After knocking around on other systems for many months, Never Alone and Funk of Titans finally arrive on Wii U this Thursday. Never Alone weâ€™re pleased to see. Funk of Titans? Not so much.
Those who missed Never Alone (Â£12.99) on PS4 and Xbox One are in for a short but sweet treat. This snow covered side-scrolling adventure was developed in collaboration with the IÃ±upiat, an Alaska Native people, and tells a story that has been shared for generations. We gave the Xbox One iteration an 8/10 last December, claiming that itâ€™s more than a worthy way to spend an evening.
While Never Alone arrived to (mostly) rave reviews, Funk of Titans (Â£8.09) pretty much flunked. The Metacritic stands at a miserable 43% with a fair few 3/10 reviews behind it. â€œEven if you could play Funk Of Titans on your phone, for free, it is so ludicrously sketchy and tedious that it would still be impossible to recommendâ€ said gamesTM.
Capcomâ€™s Megaman Battle Network 4 Blue Moon and Megaman Battle Network 4 Red Sun (Â£6.29 each) from 2003 are this weekâ€™s Wii U Virtual Console offerings. Curiously, Network 4 is considered the black sheep of the series due to the lack of storyline and some odd design choices.
Over on 3DS thereâ€™s just one new game due out Thursday – Spicysoftâ€™s BIKE RIDER DX2: GALAXY (Â£2.69), a 2D racer where each â€œtrackâ€ is based on a sign from the zodiac. Lasers, whirlwinds and spiked blocks act as obstacles while power-ups turn your racer into a frog and give the ability of flight. Screenshots and a video can be found here.
And now onto the main attraction – 14 titles from 7 studios across 6 countries, itâ€™s the Wii Uâ€™s Epic Indie Sale. Download one (or more) of the following acclaimed indie hits at their regular price and the second can be had at a heavily discounted price. From WayForward thereâ€™s Shantae and the Pirateâ€™s Curse (Â£6.39 – regular price Â£15.99), Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition (Â£3.59 – Â£8.99) and Mighty Switch Force! 2 (Â£2.00 – Â£5.00). Two Tribes Publishing meanwhile offer EDGE (71p – regular price Â£1.79), RUSH (71p – regular price Â£1.79), Swords & Soldiers (99p – Â£2.69), Toki Tori (69p – Â£1.79) and Toki Tori 2 + (Â£5.19 – Â£12.99).
Also included in the sale: BIT.TRIP Presentsâ€¦ Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Â£3.99 – regular price Â£9.99), Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Â£5.19 – Â£12.99), Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (Â£4.79 – Â£11.99), Spin the Bottle: Bumpieâ€™s Party (Â£3.20 – Â£8.00), Trine 2: Directorâ€™s Cut (Â£5.39 – Â£13.99) and Trine Enchanted Edition (Â£4.39 – Â£10.99).
Phew! Many of the above are amongst the eShopâ€™s finest. Weâ€™d personally recommend Trine 2: Directorâ€™s Cut, Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition, Shantae and the Pirateâ€™s Curse and Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. If you often have friends round then you can add Spin the Bottle: Bumpieâ€™s Party to that list too.
Sanuk are cutting their Wii U titles by a couple of quid each this week as well, including Bombing Bastards, Spot The Differences: Party! and Talking Phrasebook â€“ 7 Language. The 3DS though sees just one discount – Snow Moto Racing 3D at Â£3.59. Weâ€™re pretty sure this one is reduced on a monthly basis.