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Wii U E-Shop Goes Dual Screen and Retro


Todays Nintendo Direct unveiled many interesting and exciting things, but the biggest change however,  coming is to the E-Shop. Over a year ago Nintendo announced they were going to make DS games playable on the Wii U. It makes sense right? I mean you have the game pad, so playing all your classic DS games on a Pad/TV combo would be awesome. Considering the DS has one of the best game line ups in history, you cant blame people for getting excited. As of right now, the long awaited dream has come true!

Whilst the library cannot be considered a library at all in its current state, Mario Kart DS and Wario Ware Touched are available to purchase right now. Mario Kart is immensely popular at the moment, so having yet another title on the Wii U is great if you want to relive those glory days of yesteryear on the big screen, and Wario Ware, as usual, is a brilliantly addictive minigame collection. The DS announcement was only half of the story however, as we finally have access to the N64, which again, is full of classics. Again, with only 2 titles to choose from you are somewhat limited but when those 2 titles are Mario 64 and Donkey Kong 64  you can forgive them. Each game can be purchased for £8.99, and for a short time, if you buy 3 of the 4 games, you get the 4th free.


To top it all off, the next 2 Wii games coming to the E-Shop are Pandora’s Tower, a pretty obscure RPG set in a rather large tower…oh and their is a rather creepy old woman obsessed with “Beast Flesh”, and Sin and Punishment, a sequel to the classic N64 ‘Shmup. Pandoras Tower is due for release on the 16th April, whilst Sin and Punishment is coming on the 30th. Additionally both games are 25% during their first week on sale, so grab them on launch.


  • Kevin Malone
    Posted April 3, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Wait, do you mean Pandora’s Tower and Sin & Punishment are slated for release on the European eShop this month? Any idea if North America gets it, too?

    • Adam Carr
      Posted April 3, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      Unfortunately the announcement was for the EU E-Shop, and as far as I am aware these games have not been given a NA release date. Sorry.

      • Kevin Malone
        Posted April 3, 2015 at 10:12 pm

        Thanks for the heads up.

        Seems an NA release may eventually happen. My reasoning is that Nintendo made a big announcement about including Wii games in their eShop now. After the initial one Wii title release for the first two or three weeks after that announcement, it would seem odd to suddenly not bother with anymore Wii releases on the Wii U eShop anytime soon. This idea came to mind when the 1 April, 2015, Nintendo Direct included an announcement for DS and N64 games now being included in the eShop. Certainly they do not mean the same schedule of two or three games in the first weeks and then nothing else in the near future.

        • Adam Carr
          Posted April 4, 2015 at 12:13 am

          I hope so. From what I remember of Pandora’s Tower, it got a warm reception. I personally enjoyed the game a great deal, so the more people who can play it, and judge it for themselves the better.

          • Kevin Malone
            Posted April 4, 2015 at 12:43 am

            I have been curious for some time now whether the eShop re-release of Pandora’s Tower fixes the ‘bug’ players have been mentioning that occurs near the end of the game, and which causes the Wii U to freeze. To me, it seems natural that Nintendo would patch it, rather than leaving such a major bug in the game, but so far I have not heard confirmation either way. And yeah, certainly the impression I have that Pandora’s Tower was one of the more warmly received Wii titles, along with many other XSeed titles for that matter.

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