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Friday, March 6, 2015

The Wii U has a load of quality indie and downloadable titles on the way

The Wii U hasn't had the best track record with support, either from the big publishers or the indies. The good news is that this 2015 should see a turnaround on the indie side of things, with a very impressive line up of indie titles on the way indeed.

The full list of games coming to the Nintendo Wii U eShop, as outlined at this year's GDC, can be seen below:

6180 the moon – Q2 2015
Adventures of Pip – May
Affordable Space Adventures – April 9
Antipole DX – Q3 2015
Art Academy – 2015
Back to Bed – May
BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition – Q2 2015
Beatbuddy – Q2 2015
Chromophore: The Two Brothers Director’s Cut – August
Don’t Starve: Giant Edition – Spring
Dot Arcade – March
Elliot Quest – March
forma.8 – Q3 2015
Hex Heroes – Q3 2015
Life of Pixel – Q2 2015
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – March 5
Mutant Mudds Super Challenge – Q2 2015
Never Alone – June
Nihilumbra – Spring
Ninja Pizza Girl – June
NOVA-111 – Summer
Octodad: Dadliest Catch – Summer
OlliOlli – March 5
RACE THE SUN – Q2 2015
Runbow – Q3 2015
Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut – Q3 2015
Shutshimi – Q2 2015
Slain! – Q3 2015
Space Hulk – May 2
STARWHAL – Q2 2015
Swords & Soldiers 2 – May
The Swindle – Summer
Toto Temple Deluxe – Q2 2015
Trine Enchanted Edition – March 12
Ultratron – May
Windup Knight 2 – April
Woah Dave! – Q2 2015

There's also a couple I really wanted to highlight here:

Never Alone was one of my favourite games of last year, as it does a brilliant job of representing a native culture and its traditions through the video game form. As such, as well as being entertaining, it's a powerfully educational game, and you'll come away from it knowing more about the Alaska Native peoples than you did going in.

Space Hulk represents something I really wish there was more of on the Wii U - that Gamepad is idea for board games, and yet there are virtually none on it. Space Hulk is a classic Games Workshop (Warhammer) board game, where you'll take on a squad of warriors making their way through the creaking metal space ships of the future, fighting off alien infestations.

Don't Starve is a survival roguelike, where you'll start each game dropped into a world with almost nothing at your disposal. You'll need to eke out a living by collecting materials and crafting tools, and you'll want to work fast, because once night falls if you're not able to keep a fire going it's going to be game over.

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is one of the craziest indie games in recent years where you play as an Octopus that is desperately trying to keep up the illusion that he's a normal person. So he wears a suit and then tries to do all the things normal people do... only he has tentacles, and that makes doing normal things incredibly difficult indeed.

Of course, quite a few of these games are already available elsewhere, but the support on the Wii U is welcome for people that use it as their primary gaming device.

- Matt S. 
Find me on Twitter: @digitallydownld
The Wii U has a load of quality indie and downloadable titles on the way
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