Running late but still great – Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber hits Wii U VC

Square-Enix’s Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber hits the Wii U’s Virtual Console service this Thursday for a modest £8.99. If you’re able to finish this cult tactical RPG before the Switch arrives in less than a month, then you deserve a pat on the back.


Indeed, it’s nice to see Wii U support with the Switch’s release looming. While this late N64 RPG was never released in Europe, it did make it onto the Wii VC years ago. Way back in 2010, to be precise. We’re looking forward to a Switch re-release in 2024.

A few new indies are due on the soon-to-be-outdated console too. These include Words Up! Academy (£2.69) – which is simply described as a “puzzle and skill game” – and Maze Break (£6.00), which combines Breakout/Arkanoid with traditional maze solving.

They’re joined by Plantera (£4.49), due on both Wii U and 3DS with same ID cross-buy.


Plantera gives the chance to create your own garden, while defending it from magpies, foxes and other pesky critters. Steam reviews are ‘very positive‘ which is encouraging.

The 3DS gets one other release this week – Petite Games’ Hit Ninja (£1.79). Think along the lines of Nintendoland’s Takamaru’s Ninja Castle and you’ll get the gist of this arcade shooter.

The handheld also gets a few new video downloads: Azure Striker Gunvolt: The Anime (£2.49), and five different volumes of Geronimo Stilton (£2.69 each). He’s an Italian mouse if you wasn’t aware; less Danger Mouse, and more Basil the Great Mouse Detective.

Nintendo’s Swapdoodle gets three pieces of DLC too – Dollo’s Cat Doodles, Dollo’s Dog Doodles and Nikki’s Enchanting Fairy Tale Friends (£2.69 each). They aim to teach how to draw their respective subject matters. A cat is about the only thing we can draw.


As for discounts, Shadow Puppeteer (£9.44), Frankenstein – Master of Death (£4.79), Joe’s Diner (£4.79), and Super Destronaut 2: Go Duck Yourself (£1.43) are due a drop on Wii U. 3DS meanwhile discounts include Collide-a-Ball (99p), Snow Moto Racing 3D (£5.39) and Pixel Paint (£2.99).

Joe’s Diner was down for a physical Wii U release a while ago, but that idea seems to have been scrapped. Looks like the Xbox One version won’t make it out either – it’s one of those games that’s forever lingering on release lists.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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