Nintendo Details Future Indie Games Line-Up For Wii U and 3DS eShop, Includes Octodad And Don’t Starve

Nintendo has announced it’s bringing a whole host of first and third-party games to the Wii U and 3DS eShop during 2015. The company’s rather hefty press release detailed a number of new announcements including the arrival of Never Alone, Octodad and Don’t Starve: Giant Edition for Wii U – which you can view above – and promises exclusive GamePad features and functionality.

For the Nintendo 3DS, games such as BOXBOY! will arrive this Spring and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars launches tomorrow, March 5, featuring cross-buy over both Wii U and 3DS platforms. You’ll find Nintendo’s full eShop schedule outlined below, along with a snippet of the press release.

“The Nintendo eShop continues to grow, offering consumers a vibrant and constantly expanding library of digital content on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS,” said Steve Singer, vice president of Licensing at Nintendo of America. “We’ve seen tremendous support from the ‘Nindie’ developer community, and can’t wait for fans to get their hands on the games we will soon be helping them to launch.”

Wii U

  • 13AM Games – Runbow – Q3 2015
  • Ackk Studios – LLC Chromophore: The Two Brothers Director’s Cut – August
  • BeautiFun Games – Nihilumbra – Spring
  • Bedtime Digital Games – Back to Bed – May
  • Breakfall – STARWHAL – Q2 2015
  • Curve Digital – NOVA-111 – Summer
  • Curve Digital – OlliOlli – March 5
  • Curve Digital – The Swindle – Summer
  • Curve Digital – Ultratron – May
  • Choice Provisions – Woah Dave! – Q2 2015
  • Choice Provisions – Shutshimi – Q2 2015
  • Digerati Distribution – Slain! – Q3 2015
  • Disparity Games – Ninja Pizza Girl – June
  • Flippfly – LLC RACE THE SUN – Q2 2015
  • Frogmind – BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition – Q2 2015
  • Frozenbyte – Trine Enchanted Edition – March 12
  • Hoplite Research, LLC – Space Hulk – May 2
  • James Montagna – Dot Arcade – March
  • Juicy Beast Studio – Toto Temple Deluxe – Q2 2015
  • KnapNok Games – Affordable Space Adventures – April 9
  • Klei Entertainment – Don’t Starve: Giant Edition – Spring
  • Mixed Bag – forma.8 – Q3 2015
  • Nintendo – Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – March 5
  • Nintendo – Art Academy – 2015
  • PlayEveryWare – Elliot Quest – March
  • Prismatic Games – Hex Heroes – Q3 2015
  • Renegade Kid – Mutant Mudds Super Challenge – Q2 2015
  • Ronimo Games – Swords & Soldiers II – May
  • Saturnine Games – Antipole DX – Q3 2015
  • Super Icon – Life of Pixel – Q2 2015
  • THREAKS – Beatbuddy – Q2 2015
  • Tic Toc Studios – Adventures of Pip – May
  • Turtle Cream – 6180 the moon – Q2 2015
  • Robot Invader/Unity Games – Windup Knight 2 – April
  • Upper One Games – Never Alone – June
  • Wayforward – Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut – Q3 2015
  • Young Horses, Inc. – Octodad: Dadliest Catch – Summer

Nintendo 3DS

  • Big John Games – Cube Creator 3D  – Q2 2015
  • Big John Games – Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails – Q2 2015
  • Curve Digital – OlliOlli – March 5
  • Choice Provisions – Shutshimi – Q2 2015
  • Engine Software – Proun+ – March 5
  • Image & Form – SteamWorld Heist – August
  • Nintendo – Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – March 5
  • HAL Laboratory, Inc. – BOXBOY! – Spring
  • Renegade Kid – Dementium: The Ward – Q2 2015
  • Renegade Kid – Mutant Mudds Super Challenge – Q2 2015
  • Saturnine Games – Antipole DX – Q3 2015
  • Wayforward – Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut – Q3 2015
  • PUMO – DOOORS – Spring

Meme Run Was Apparently Pulled From Wii U eShop Due To Copyright Claim

You may have noticed that Meme Run mysteriously disappeared from the eShop yesterday. Its disappearance surprised many as there was no prior notice of the game being pulled by Nintendo from the store. Thankfully someone on Reddit has clarified why the game was pulled and it was actually due to a copyright claim. You can read all about it, right here.

To keep it brief, I own the copyright to the Trollface image, and seeing as the image was the ‘star’ of Meme Run, I sent a DMCA takedown notice to Nintendo and want to try and settle the matter amicably. I don’t really intend to have a discussion on fair use or explain my motivations beyond the fact that my business with other parties compels me to make sure that instances of copyright infringement are addressed and resolved. Typically the result in these matters is simply having the use of the image be credited, recovering some kind of monetary compensation, or simply have it removed from the work.

To that end, takedown notices are a necessary first step to quickly open a direct line of communication with the offending party and work on remedying the situation.

I did try to reach out to the creator earlier this year and obtain the information I needed, but he claimed that he was not at liberty to speak about his relationship with Nintendo or any of the particulars regarding the game’s sales data. My lawyer had been busy working on another case (which I am actually not at liberty to talk about lest I void the terms of our agreement) and I prefer to let him handle the matter of my legal representation, so I sort of dragged my feet on actually setting this in motion so he could wrap up our current case.

Thanks, MasterPikachu6

Here’s Plenty Of Gameplay Clips For Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars will be heading to the North American eShop next week on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. It’s also a crossbuy title which means if you purchase the Wii U version you will get the Nintendo 3DS version for free. The videos showcased above and below show off both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Be sure to check them out.

Pokemon Shuffle Rewarding Players With Bonus Jewel After Glitch, Plus Special Event Details

Pokemon Shuffle landed on the 3DS eShop for both North America and Europe last week but stumbled into a hiccup during launch. Fortunately, players who downloaded the game and were unable to create extra data by “checking-in” can now do so and will be rewarded with a bonus jewel as an apology from the eShop team. And given jewels are particularly hard to come by during the game, unless paid for via a micro-transaction, make sure you spend your freebie wisely.

Additionally, Pokemon Shuffle has begun its series of daily events and special challenges. From now until March 9, players can catch a rare Mew and battle it in the special challenges mode to add it to their team. Players can also fill up their coin pouch with Meowth’s Coin Mania challenge from Saturday to Monday until March 16, but will only be able to play once per 24-hour period. And finally, Pokemon Shuffle is offering up a special Rotom daily challenge, where you’ll be able to catch either Frost Rotom, Heat Rotom, Wash Rotom, Mow Rotom, and Fan Rotom on different days with unlimited play until March 21. Are you enjoying the Candy Crush stylised game? Let us know in the comments below.

Here’s This Week’s Nintendo Downloads On The Nintendo eShop In The US

Nintendo of America has finally detailed the games that we can get hold of this week in the US Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop. Leading the way is Punch-Out!! on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. This give gamers the chance to experience the Wii title if they missed out upon release. There’s also the zany Citizens of Earth which you can check out in the video here. Anyway, here’s the games you can download this week in the United States.

  • NintendoeShop on Wii U
    • Punch-Out!! – Did you miss out on the Punch-Out!! game when it launched for the Wii console? Now you can download it in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U! Little Mac is back and ready to slug his way through some of the most outlandish boxers for a chance to win the Championship Belt. Hook, jab and swing through a hilarious cast of opponents in this modern update of the classic Punch-Out!! Also, get Punch-Out!! for 50 percent off (reduced from $19.99 to $9.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 29.
  • NintendoeShop on Wii U and Nintendo3DS
    • Citizens of Earth – Get Citizens of Earth in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS each for the introductory price of $11.99. Recruit the yoga instructor, the cop, your mom and all the other citizens to join your party and fight your battles. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U and Nintendo3DS
    • S.C.A.T. – Alien invaders have landed on Earth and seek to conquer it. In response, Earth has sent soldiers from the Special Cybernetic Attack Team (S.C.A.T.) to meet them on the battlefield. Play solo or with a friend as you battle through five stages of enemies and bosses in the name of saving humanity from total annihilation. S.C.A.T. is now available in the Nintendo eShop on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.

Nintendo eShop Sales:

  • NintendoeShop on Wii U and Nintendo3DS
    • It’s week two of the Throwback Sale! Save up to 50 percent on select games of past and current Nintendo console generations. This week’s sale starts at 9 a.m. PT on Jan. 22 and ends at 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 29.
  • NintendoeShop on Wii U
    • Only one week left to take advantage of deals on hit indie games with the Super Indie Connection Sale #2. Now through 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 29, fans who already own any participating games or purchase one at full price during this promotion will receive 60 percent off other participating games.
    • Super Toy Cars is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 29.
    • Darts Up is 40 percent off (reduced from $2.49 to $1.49) until 8:59am PT on Feb. 19.

Also new this week:

Indie Developer TreeFall Studios Have Five New Indie Games For Wii U In 2015

Treefall Studios, the developer behind eShop titles The Letter and Maze, has announced via YouTube that they currently have five Wii U exclusive indie titles in development for Nintendo’s latest home console. The five brand new games from TreeFall Studios which have been announced exclusively for the Wii U for 2015 include: Journey of a Special Average Balloon, Elodia: Book 1: Infection, PitterPot, Cedar Acres, Scrap. Treefall Studios also revealed that they’re doing a ToonTanks and Maze collaboration for the future.

Thanks, zack4812

Here’s The Trailer For Mario vs Donkey Kong Wii U

Nintendo has uploaded a trailer for the recently announced Mario Vs Donkey Kong on the Wii U. The game was revealed by the company during today’s Nintendo Direct presentation. If you buy the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS version of the new Mario vs. Donkey Kong game you’ll get the other version free. The games launches March 3rd on the Nintendo eShop