Itâ€™s the Wii U that hogs the eShop limelight this week – five new indie titles, a Virtual Console release of the N64 semi-classic Yoshiâ€™s Story for Â£8.99, an open beta for Namco-Bandaiâ€™s Lost Reavers and price drops on a bunch of first-party games in preparation of the new Wii U Selects range. Phew!
Those five indie games are 2D action platformer Olympia Rising (Â£4.49) – which received mostly positive reviews on Steam – the allegedly terrible COLOR BOMBS (Â£1.39), a virtual rendition of the Rubik’s Cube (Â£4.49 – also on 3DS) and Star Sky 2 ( Â£3.60) – a â€œdeeply atmospheric and meditative experienceâ€ intended for relaxation purposes.
After a false start, FPS Paranautical Activity is also due this week – it was originally planned for release last month. That last-minute delay shouldnâ€™t have come as a surprise – it has had a rough, and controversial, development.
We imagine that the Lost Reavers open beta will pique the interest of a fair few. Previously known as Project Treasure, this is Namco-Bandaiâ€™s stab at free-to-play dungeon crawling. Itâ€™s a co-op experience – enter a tomb, secure the relic inside and then make it out alive, battling zombies, mummies and boss characters along the way. Those who would rather wait for the finished package donâ€™t have too long to wait – itâ€™s due 28th April. With Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada in charge, it should be a nice addition to the Wii Uâ€™s ever-growing library.
As for the previously mentioned price drops, New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U, Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, LEGO City Undercover, Nintendo Land and Wii Party U receive permanent cuts to Â£19.99 from Friday. New Super Luigi U can alternatively be had for Â£8.99 on its lonesome. We will however point out that Base.com currently has the Nintendo Wii U Selects range to pre-order for Â£15.99 a piece.
Other Wii U games in line for a cut are relatively few – Stone Shire (Â£1.00), Wicked Monsters Blast! HD PLUS (Â£2.69) and Runbow (Â£8.24). The Runbow discount is well-timed – itâ€™s due a wealth of DLC including Winter, Anime, Steampunk, Professional and Satura’s Space Adventure packs. Looks like one piece of DLC will be free – Lilac, which we presume is a new character.
As well as the handheld version of Rubik’s Cube, the 3DS sees two other releases – good old Pilotwings (Â£7.19 – New 3DS only) and Natsumeâ€™s Super Strike Beach Volleyball (Â£4.49), which features eight characters and campaign, survival and free-play modes. Try as we might, we fail to find a single screenshot. It isnâ€™t even mentioned on Natsumeâ€™s site. We wonder if this is to prevent a mix-up with the controversial Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball series?
The pickings are slim where this weekâ€™s 3DS discounts are concerned, too. Karous – The Beast Of Re:Eden drops to Â£3.29, Samurai Defender to Â£1.59 and AeternoBlade to Â£9.99. Snow Moto Racing 3D meanwhile drops to Â£3.59. Unless mistaken, this is the 8th time it has been on discount within two years. Weâ€™re guessing publisher Zordix AB is still yet to make their money back on this one.