Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Wii U

War returns! Darksiders Warmastered Edition released for Wii U

Link’s adventure won’t be the last for Wii U owners with the return of the first Horseman of the Apocalypse, War. The demon- and angel-slaying demigod is back in the digital and physical release of Darksiders Warmastered Edition. The $19.99 action-heavy adventure follows the horseman as he battles the forces of Heaven and Hell throughout a desolate Earth. The revamped version sports a higher resolution and other graphical as well as performance improvements.

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Dreamcast shooter Ghost Blade HD released for PS4, Xbox One, Wii U

Indie developer Hucast Games has officially released their Dreamcast title Ghost Blade HD for PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U. The $9.99 bullet-hell-style vertical shooter, said to be inspired by similar releases from the 1990s, features two-player local co-op, five stages, three ships, leaderboard support, and three difficulty levels. Players will be able to blast their way through several modes, including Practice and Score Attack.

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SteamWorld Collection available for PS4, on November 15 for Wii U

Rising Star is giving another indie title the physical treatment today with the release of SteamWorld Collection for PS4. Wii U owners will be able to snag it on November 15. The release bundles SteamWorld Dig, a mining platformer, and SteamWorld Heist, a turn-based strategy game. Unlike other strategy games, players are more involved in combat with manual control over where their robots aim, allowing for precise ricochet shots.

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Severed available on eShop for 3DS, supports cross-buy with Wii U

Drinkbox Studios’ touch-controlled action title Severed has launched for 3DS. The digital release, now on eShop, has players lead the one-armed warrior Sasha on a quest to track down her family. By flicking and swiping their fingers, players hack and slash their way through monsters as well as solve a variety of environmental puzzles. The 3DS version features cross-buy support with the Wii U version, achievements, and a dual-screen option, along with an option for 3D. A launch discount is also ongoing, until October 20.

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505 Games to publish console and PC versions of Bloodstained

505 Games has announced a deal to publish Koji Igarashi’s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. The Castlevania-style action platformer was successfully funded through Kickstarter last year, and is currently in production. Campaign rewards include digital and physical releases for PC, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One, and Wii U, which remain under the direction of Fangamer. 505 Games will handle the retail release for all platforms, aside from any mobile and tablet versions. A video detailing the partnership has been released and posted below.

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Claymation point-and-click adventure Armikrog out for console

The crowdfunded point-and-click adventure title Armikrog has launched for console on eShop, Live, and PSN. The game, developed by members from the teams behind Earthworm Jim and Neverhood, is a claymation adventure that follows the astronaut Tommynaut and his talking blind dog, Beak-Beak. The duo must make their way to safety after they crash land on an alien planet and get stuck in the fortress Armikrog.

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Nordic Games now THQ Nordic, several THQ projects in the works

After eight years, Nordic Games has decided to take full advantage of their 2013 asset acquisition of THQ and reincorporate themselves as THQ Nordic. The change comes as the company looks to enter their next phase and fully embrace their IPs, as they seek to “align them with the very best development resources to expand upon them with the level of experience that communities and established fan bases expect and deserve.” The studio currently has 23 ongoing projects, 13 of which have not been revealed publicly. According to the release, the majority of those that haven’t been announced are based on THQ properties. It seems as though Darksiders II will be getting plenty of company.

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Becks sets out for PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U and Xbox One in Mighty No. 9

After a long road, the Mega Man-inspired action-platformer Mighty No. 9 has been released for console and PC. Developed by comcept and designed by Keiji Inafune, Mighty No. 9 follows the adventures of the robot Beck, unit No. 9 of a 10-robot squad of combat units. After a computer virus infects the others as well as the world’s machines, Beck, alongside his friend Call, must fight the now-violent bots as they track down the source.

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Console versions of Minecraft get new versus mini-game, Battle

A new mini-game has launched for the console versions of Minecraft, Battle. The free update includes the mode as well as three maps, and more map packs are planned to launch in the future for $2.99 each. The last-man-standing mode has players battle for resources and weapons in booby-trapped arenas. The maps were designed specifically for consoles so that they are “super-accessible and fast-paced, made to support couch-based competition just as easily as online matchmaking.”

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Motion-based action title Severed announced for iOS, DS, and Wii U

Drinkbox Studio’s touch-control action title Severed will be released for iOS, DS, and Wii U later this summer. As the one-armed warrior Sasha, players set out on a quest to find her family that will see them facing strange monsters and solving puzzles by using swipe motions. As she progresses, players will gain new powers as they unlocks abilities along an upgrade tree.

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