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by Reanfan
on December 4th 2017, 10:39 am
 
Search in: Headline News Stories
Topic: Review: Earthlock ~ Festival of Magic (Wii U eShop)
Replies: 11
Views: 137

Review: Earthlock ~ Festival of Magic (Wii U eShop)


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A Rare Western JRPG Making A Festively Magical Splash On Wii U!

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Developed and published by Snowcastle Games, Earthlock: Festival of Magic might be developed by a European company, but is truly a JRPG at heart with a colorful artstyle, and music you'd expect from the Japanese sub-genre of RPG's. Is the game as a whole worth purchasing if you're a Wii U owner? We think so and here's why:



Earthlock: Festival of Magic is a mouthful so we'll just call it Earthlock for the rest of the review. Earthlock is a turn-based Japanese-style RPG that is the first fully 3D indie RPG to ever grace a Nintendo console in the West. The story is all about magic and youth and well it's pretty good, though don't expect anything groundbreaking in this regard. The gameplay on the other-hand is a bit more unique with a monster partner system, and a farm to grow ammunition for your characters guns. There's also a bit of city development and other very enjoyable features that we thoroughly had a blast with!

The game itself can be relatively short if you try to power through it, but completionists can expect over 60 hours of gameplay! The difficulty can be challenging at times, but for the most part is well balanced with easy solutions to beat otherwise extremely challenging bosses. The controls are also intuitive and easy to learn which is always a good thing, however the lack of Gamepad features despite the fact that the game can only be played with one is rather disappointing.



Visually the game looks absolutely breathtaking for an indie title as the world has a crazy amount of detail, the characters and monsters look great, and the special effects look amazing, especially the lighting effects! The audio presentation is also fantastic with great tracks that fit the game well to great ambiance in certain dungeons and locations. Overall we'd say the game showcases just how good a 3D indie game can look with enough effort!



Bottom-Line:

With amazing gameplay, easy to learn controls, and a top-notch audio-visual presentation, Earthlock: Festival of Magic is an insanely fun game that'll keep you coming back for more, the own negative aspect of the game is that it really doesn't make use of the Gamepad. Overall however we give the game an amazing level of recommendation!

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Score: ★★★★★★★★★☆ 9/10

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#Review #SnowcastleGames #JRPG #RPG #WiiU #eShop #Earthlock

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by Reanfan
on November 18th 2017, 11:05 am
 
Search in: Headline News Stories
Topic: Rumormill: SEGA Might Be Considering Moving Their Wii VC Lineup To Wii U Ahead of The Closure of The Wii Shop Channel!
Replies: 15
Views: 164

Rumormill: SEGA Might Be Considering Moving Their Wii VC Lineup To Wii U Ahead of The Closure of The Wii Shop Channel!


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SEGA Does What Nintendon't!

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According to several dataminers who thoroughly checked the Wii U eShop for a potential shutdown date have apparently uncovered new placeholders for every single Sega Genesis and Sega Master System game that's available on the Wii Shop Channel hidden in its data leading to the speculation that these games could be added to the Wii U eShop ahead of the Wii Shop Channel's closure!

This may or may not pan out as such take this with an incredibly large amount of salt. Also since the site in question can't be linked to by outside sources this seems a little sketchy. Regardless we reported it since we thought this was a rather interesting read.

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As always our rumormill articles are just that, rumors and as such we can't 100% guarantee that these news pieces are accurate because there's just not enough concrete evidence to substantiate these stories. Enjoy the read, but don't take these articles as fact.

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#Rumormill #News #WiiU #eShop #Wii #WiiShopChannel #SEGA #Genesis #MasterSystem

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by Reanfan
on October 14th 2017, 5:43 pm
 
Search in: 3DS Reviews
Topic: Review: RPG Maker ~ FES (3DS Retail)
Replies: 24
Views: 376

Review: RPG Maker ~ FES (3DS Retail)


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A lightweight but intuitive game making engine for all to enjoy!

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Created by Kadokawa / Jupiter and published by Nis America, RPG Maker: FES is a lightweight and very flexible game creation engine that's is fun to tinker around with, but how does it compare to its PC counterpart? Continue reading our review to find out the answer to that question and many more!



The FES game engine allows users to place preset assets and events with ease as well as letting them create maps with a robust world map and dungeon creator. The touch controls allow for easy placement and drawing for the various functions which is incredibly intuitive and gives the engine unparalleled ease of use which as you can probably already tell is the tool's strongest asset. You can even tweak some functions if you have basic knowledge of how game engine coding works such as creating a time of day or weather engine to run in your game or even make an adventure game similar to Zelda without using the built-in default battle system!

This game engine isn't perfect however, as a big flaw it has is a severe lack of assets such as character models, enemies, and objects. There's no way to create your own assets as far as we know which is a shame as that would alleviate much of the issues we have with the software. The biggest issue we have with the software "by a longshot" is that you can only upload a single project at a time for other players to download. This not only limits developers, but has caused a severe dearth of games to be released in the community download area of the app. Again you can purchase additional slots, but most people won't bother which is a very big problem for an app that relies on user-created content.



There's also a free player app that allows anyone to play games created on the engine free of charge on the 3DS which is nice, but there isn't alot of completed content available to the community, just a bunch of short user-created demo's which won't hold most players attention for long. Bottom line, the developers should have made at least one or two finished games available from the start to showcase what the engine is capable of and to appease the players who are interested in playing rather than creation.

Visually the engine allows players to create games that look like they belong on the Gameboy Advance, which is impressive given the hardware you're working with and the art-style of the pre-made assets are gorgeous in all of their 16-bit glory! The audio is another limitation that the game has as there just aren't many tracks so don't expect to craft a masterpiece in that regard, but what is there is pretty good.



Bottom-Line:

With easy to use tools and an intuitive interface RPG Maker: FES is one of the easiest game creation engines we've ever seen so even the most inexperienced developers can craft an epic adventure of their own with this software, however many aspects of the software leave much to be desired, but if you can live with these limitations this software is a real gem albeit a flawed one. We give RPG Maker: FES for the 3DS a decently solid level of recommendation.

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Score: ★★★★★★¾☆☆☆ 6.75/10

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#Review #KadokawaGames #NisAmerica #RPGMaker #GameEngine #3DS #Retail #eShop #Gaming

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by Reanfan
on March 13th 2017, 10:37 am
 
Search in: WiiU eshop Reviews
Topic: Review: Kick & Fennick (Wii U eShop)
Replies: 6
Views: 662

Review: Kick & Fennick (Wii U eShop)


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Rock Solid Platforming!

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Developed by Jaywalkers Interactive and published by Abstraction Games, Kick & Fennick is a fantastic 2.5D platformer with alot of charm and a fantastic audio-visual presentation! Is this enough to make Kick & Fennick a blockbuster indie hit like Shovel Knight or Freedom Planet? Not quite, but it's still a fantastic title in its own right and here's why!

Kick & Fennick is a fairly lengthy platformer with over 5 hours of gameplay. The gameplay itself is quite unique as your character will use a rather oversized gun to launch himself to reach otherwise inaccessible platforms and in certain cases to defeat enemies. There are some collectables in the game, but not many.



The game starts off easy, but actually becomes fairly difficult in the later stages and should provide a decent challenge which is always a good thing!

The controls are perfect and should be a cinch for most players to learn! Visually the game is gorgeous and looks on par with AAA 2.5D platformers such as Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze so expect to be wowed! The soundtrack is also superb and fits the game quite nicely!



Bottom-Line:

With great gameplay, flawless controls, and a perfectly balanced level of difficulty, Kick & Fennick will draw players in, and its charming and superb audio-visual presentation will leave a smile on their faces! These reasons and more are why we highly recommend the game to all Wii U owners! It's not quite at the same level as masterpieces such as Shovel Knight, but it comes very close!

Price: $14.99

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Score: ★★★★★★★★½☆☆ 8.5/10

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#WiiU #Review #KickAndFennick #eShop

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by Reanfan
on January 28th 2017, 10:33 pm
 
Search in: Latest Nintendo News
Topic: News: Earthlock Festival of Magic Is Set To Arrive On The Wii U eShop In Late February To Early March!
Replies: 3
Views: 718

News: Earthlock Festival of Magic Is Set To Arrive On The Wii U eShop In Late February To Early March!


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Let's Get This Party Started! ♪

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It's been a longtime coming, but the wait for Snowcastle Games' Wii U JRPG Earthlock Festival of Magic's release is almost over as the developer has confirmed that the game will likely be hitting the Wii U eShop sometime between late-February and early-March of this year if they don't run into any unforeseen issues. Are you looking forward to this upcoming eShop gem? As always be sure to let us know in our comment section below!

Source: Nintendo Everything.

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#SnowcastleGames #WiiU #eShop #JRPG #Indie #Nindie

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by Reanfan
on August 24th 2016, 2:34 pm
 
Search in: WiiU eshop Reviews
Topic: Review: Tumblestone (Wii U eShop)
Replies: 7
Views: 870

Review: Tumblestone (Wii U eShop)


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Holy Cleopatra!

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Developed and published by The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild, Tumblestone is a match-three puzzler like no other, as it possesses some of the best multiplayer action that we've ever seen in the genre as well as many unique modes of play!

Tumblestone's single player campaign starts off relatively easy, but quickly becomes exceptionally difficult to the point that the game might be too tough for the average player to complete. The multiplayer is the real draw of the game and it's among the best in the genre in that regard! There are several modes of multiplayer including tug of war, vs., and more that will test you and your friends' skills.



The controls are easy to learn and work quite well with the game. As for the visuals they are quite nice for a puzzler and there's quite a nice variety to the stage backgrounds, characters, and the world maps. The music and sound effects are also superb so expect a fantastic audio-visual presentation with this game!

Bottom-Line:

With excellent gameplay and intuitive controls Tumblestone will immediately hook fans of the puzzle genre and the challenging difficulty will keep you coming back for more, though the biggest draw of Tumblestone is most certainly its fantastic multiplayer modes! The charming graphics and excellent soundtrack is just the virtual cherry on top! There's really no reason to skip this game if you like the genre other than its price. At $24.99 it's one of the most expensive eShop only titles, however it feels like a retail game so the price is understandable!

Price: $24.99

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Score: ★★★★★★★★★★ 10/10

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#Review #Tumblestone #WiiU #eShop #Indie #Nindie

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by Gamergy
on August 3rd 2016, 10:30 pm
 
Search in: Latest Nintendo News
Topic: News: A bunch of AquaMoto Racing Utopia footage is up on Youtube
Replies: 1
Views: 519

News: A bunch of AquaMoto Racing Utopia footage is up on Youtube


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Not in English, however

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Not long ago some footage of AquaMoto Racing Utopia, a game coming to Wii U, got uploaded to Youtube. AquaMoto Racing Utopia takes on the boat racing-genre that has been mostly absent of presence in recent times in gaming.

If you like the Wave Race series, AquaMoto Racing Utopia might scratch that itch you've been craving. Check out the first video in the series below



There are even more videos at the youtuber's video page here

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#WiiU #eShop #WaveRace #Indie #Nindie

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by Reanfan
on August 3rd 2016, 2:39 pm
 
Search in: Latest Nintendo News
Topic: eShop: Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia Hits The North American Wii U VC Service Tomorrow!
Replies: 2
Views: 769

eShop: Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia Hits The North American Wii U VC Service Tomorrow!


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Pokémon Wranglers Unite!

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It looks like, yet another Pokémon title will be hitting the Wii U Virtual Console Service as a listing for Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia has appeared on Nintendo of America's website! The game will be priced at the standard cost of $9.99 the same as most other DS games on the service!

Are you looking forward to this game's VC release? As always be sure to leave us a comment below!

Source: Nintendo Everything.

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#WiiU #VC #eShop #DS #PokémonRanger #ShadowsOfAlmia

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by Reanfan
on July 27th 2016, 12:41 am
 
Search in: 3DS eShop Reviews
Topic: Review: Infinite Dunamis (3DS eShop)
Replies: 8
Views: 801

Review: Infinite Dunamis (3DS eShop)


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Infinitely Solid!

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We're huge JRPG buffs here at WiiWareWave so we always jump at the opportunity to review a new JRPG! Kemco are perhaps best known for being prolific contributors of the genre, especially on the 3DS eShop so it shouldn't come as a surprise that they've released yet another JRPG on Nintendo's aging handheld console. Does Infinite Dunamis live up to the solid to great standard of Kemco's other eShop offerings? We think so and here's why:

Infinite Dunamis possesses a steampunk-style world and story and is quite different in that regard to most of Kemco's other JRPG offerings. The battle system is fairly straightforward, however there are a few unique elements that make it feel a little more unique. The level of customization of Estelle, one of the main characters is definitely one of the highlights of the game.



The controls are easy to learn and very intuitive which is always a good thing, in-terms of difficulty, the game is no cakewalk especially later on, but it's not overly difficult either so don't expect to get stuck too often. Visually the game looks decent enough, sure it's not going to win any awards in this regard, but it still looks nice for a budget title! The sound-track on the other hand is superb and fits the mood of the game quite nicely!

Bottom-Line:

With solid gameplay, a fairly unique steampunk story, excellent controls, and a well-balanced level of difficulty, Infinite Dunamis is a rather enjoyable JRPG that fans of the genre should thoroughly enjoy! The visuals are decent enough, but the sound-track is definitely the high-point of the game. If you're a fan of Japanese roleplaying games, you'll be right at home with Infinite Dunamis!

Price: $9.99/£9.99

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Score: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 7/10

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#Review #3DS #eShop #Kemco #InfiniteDunamis #JRPG

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by Reanfan
on July 20th 2016, 6:05 pm
 
Search in: Latest Nintendo News
Topic: Virtual Console: Pokémon Ranger Is Set To Hit The North American Wii U Virtual Console Service Tomorrow!
Replies: 3
Views: 749

Virtual Console: Pokémon Ranger Is Set To Hit The North American Wii U Virtual Console Service Tomorrow!


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Wrangling Mons!

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It looks like the DS title, Pokémon Ranger will be released on the North American Wii U Virtual Console Service tomorrow according to a listing on Nintendo of America's official website! The game will be priced at $9.99! Are you looking forward to this upcoming Virtual Console title? As always be sure to let us know your thoughts in our comment section below!

Source: Nintendo.

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#WiiU #eShop #VC #DS #PokémonRanger

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