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What to Expect on Nintendo Platforms in 2015

Wii U eShop

by Justin Berube, Alex Osborn, and Bryan Rose - January 28, 2015, 10:41 am EST

Wii U has some cool digital content on the way too.

Wii U eShop


Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (Wii U)

NA Release Date: March. 5, 2015

Video: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (Wii U) Gameplay Footage

A brand new version of Mario vs. Donkey Kong is scheduled to come out this March. Those who have played a previous entry in the series will know what to expect, but there are some new gameplay mechanics thrown into the mix to freshen things up. This title is launching on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS and will be Nintendo's first cross-buy title.


Affordable Space Adventures

Preview: Affordable Space Adventures Hands-on Impressions

Video: Affordable Space Adventures Gameplay Footage

Affordable Space Adventures is an upcoming game where players will have to navigate a junker spacecraft through various passageways while solving puzzles. While the premise sounds simple, the control system spices up the concept since many of the ship’s functions will be found on the Wii U GamePad’s touch screen.


Project Treasure

A surprise game announcement from the most recent Nintendo Direct is Project Treasure. The title is being developed by Bandai Namco Games. Tekken and Pokken Tournament director Katsuhiro Harada will be directing the upcoming title which will be a free to play four player online multiplayer game in which players work together to find treasure, counter traps, and ward off enemies in order to clear stages. No word on this title’s release date yet, so stay tuned.


Mighty No. 9

Mega Man fans have had it rough these past few years as Capcom has basically kicked the Blue Bomber to the curb. Fortunately, former Mega Man series designer Keiji Inafune has taken it upon himself to lead his new development studio at Comcept to create Mighty No. 9, a completely new franchise that is basically a love letter to all those who hold Capcom’s wayward franchise close to their heart. While the game borrows heavily from Mega Man in both aesthetics and mechanics, there’s this intangible sense of newness that gives it feel fresh and modern feel. I expect to spend many hours blasting robots on both my Wii U GamePad and on the road with my 3DS when it launches on both platforms later this year.


Mutant Mudds Super Challenge

Mutant Mudds Super Challenge, from developer Renegade Kid, is coming to both Wii U and 3DS. Super Challenge is a brand-new game that will be packed with a whopping 40 levels. Those who can’t get enough Mutant Mudds don’t need to worry though because a full Mutant Mudds sequel is still in the works too.


Art Academy (With Lessons)

A new Wii U Art Academy game featuring lessons was announced around the time Art Academy: SketchPad released on Wii U in 2013. It's likely that the development of Pokémon Art Academy put the Wii U title on the backburner. Now there is seemingly nothing in the way of the Wii U version’s development.



JdloJanuary 28, 2015

Why are your news stories so short?  I know you can only report on info you have, but man, there is no substance to any of these articles.

Quote from: Jdlo

Why are your news stories so short?  I know you can only report on info you have, but man, there is no substance to any of these articles.

This is a massive 10 page Feature. The first page is a short intro created to describe the Feature in its entirety before going more in depth. Please use the table of contents on the right hand side of the page to navigate the different pages and to see the real meat of this particular article.

I hope that helps. :)

This is a ten page feature, so I think there's at least a certain degree of substance to it.

CericJanuary 28, 2015

Forgot Steamworld Heist was coming.  That looks interesting.  I really need to get there first Steamworld game which is tower defense and looks interesting.

CericJanuary 28, 2015

Technically Star Fox has a Release Date of Before Zelda.  I'm looking forward to being able to actually play Xenoblade.

fred13January 28, 2015

First of all you missed Metroid Prime Trilogy out tomorrow on Wii U.

Second, this never dawned on me. When I saw the Fire Emblem Amiibo integration with Codename: S.T.E.A.M. during the Nintendo Direct I just assumed that meant that Ike, Robin, and Lucina Amiibo would release by March 13th at the latest, but this makes it sound like Robin and Lucina aren't very likely to come by then. I was going to skip Ike and grab Robin and Lucina (I loved Awakening, but I've never played any of the other FE games so I have no emotional attachment to Ike or Marth) Now I'm wondering if I need to try and find Marth and Ike so I can enjoy the Amiibo side of Codename: STEAM

Just to clarify things, we did not include Virtual Console titles on this list. While the Wii Download games on Wii U are technically not called Virtual Console, they are in a sense. It's for that reason they did not make the list.

As far as release dates go, they are only shown on this Feature if the exact month of the release is known (at a minimum). Anything else I felt had a higher chance of slipping out of its "Release Window" so it doesn't have a release date listed.

Please Understand!

TrueNerdJanuary 28, 2015

This is gonna be a good year, even if Zelda falls into 2016. There are six full priced retail games that I plan on buying on that list. Nine if Star Fox and Project Giant Robot/Guard are good and separate games. Ten if I cave and don't wait for a sale or price drop for Kirby Rainbow Curse.

I'd also like to purchase Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze and Captain Toad at some point.

Maybe I'll hold off til 2016 on that PS4 purchase.

Mop it upJanuary 28, 2015

I don't expect all of this stuff to release in 2015, but it's a nice summation anyway.

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