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The initial launch for The Song of Seven: Chapter 1 took place earlier this month. Take a look at the video below for an extended look at the title.

There’s no date yet, but The Song of Seven: Chapter 1 should eventually make its way to Wii U.

More Dual Core footage

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More footage is in of the indie title Dual Core, which came to the North American Wii U eShop a few days ago. Here’s some additional gameplay:

EDGE has a lengthy feature on Yooka-Laylee this month. There’s talk about developer Playtonic, and plenty on the game itself.

One point brought up early on is that Yooka-Laylee felt “almost unrecognizable from the footage that convinced so many to part with their money.” The two main characters are essentially the same. However, EDGE says that “their world is a very pleasant surprise – significantly more substantial than we’d anticipated, with a scale and a level of detail belying the size of the team making it.”

Yooka-Laylee takes plenty of cues from the 3D platformers of old on the N64. Just like with Rare’s classic games, this one will feature spoken gibberish for the characters. It took director Chris Sutherland and composer Grant Kirkhope some time to remember how to come up with these sounds, with Sutherland noting that the team “spent a lot of time trying to figure out the timing and iterating regularly until it sounded just right.”

Several new games out came out this week on the Wii U and 3DS eShops. If you’re interested in checking out what’s new in screenshot form, take a peak at the gallery below.

Stone Shire developer Finger Gun Games is prepping its next Wii U eShop release. With “Ohayou! Beginner’s Japanese”, the indie developer is making an edutainment download which promises to teach users the basics of Japanese Hiragana and Katakana.

Here’s an overview:

While the instructors Asuka and Kenji give you teachings on the TV screen, the player will use the Wii U GamePad to navigate menus and turn around digital flash cards to give them more details on a chosen Japanese character, such as its romaji relation and a vocal pronunciation of it. When you think you’re ready to test your knowledge, you can then participate in the memory games where you will use your finger like a sword to “cut” across the correct cards that match up with an indicated romaji or vocal sound. Master all thirty tests and you will become a Hiragana Samurai and a Katakana Ninja! Release date will be coming soon!

You’ll find some screenshots of Ohayou! Beginner’s Japanese below.


Yesterday’s Nintendo Download report noted that some Sonic games are now discounted on the North American eShop. However, it didn’t include any specifics on the titles and prices.

We’ve gathered up that information below:

Sonic Lost World (Wii U) – $19.99 (was $29.95)
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Wii U) – $19.99 (was $29.99)
Sonic Generations (3DS) – $19.99 (was $29.99)
Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble – $2.99 (was $4.99)

These discounts are valid until June 6 at 8:59 AM PT / 11:59 AM ET.

System: Wii U (eShop)
Release date: May 26, 2016
Developer: Arcane Four Studios
Publisher Arcane Four Studios

One criticism that’s tough to lob at the Wii U is to say that it’s lacking in good 2D platformers. From its best such as Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze to the more run-of-the-mill New Super Mario Bros. U, there’s consistently solid base-level mechanics and there’s fun to be had in just running and jumping. Unfortunately, I found even the simple act of controlling the character in Rynn’s Adventure miserable. It’s a reminder of how important it is to get basic movement to feel right in a platformer. When other issues are compounded on this basic failure, then the whole of the design feels anything but compelling.

A pair of characters have been introduced for Yooka-Laylee over on the project’s Kickstarter page. This time around, we’re able to see “the hapless, multi-limbed scientist Dr. Puzz and her traitorous former colleague Dr. Quack”.

We have the character art above. You can read about both of them below.

In Yooka-Laylee, Dr. Quack is a ruthless, exosuit-wearing fowl, who’s making the best of a bad situation under the corporate rule of Capital B. The good doctor wasn’t always this unpleasant, but the ruthless takeover of his Quack Corp organisation has persuaded Quack to concoct all manner of crude inventions to satisfy the demands of his new boss – and the shareholders, of course.

Quack’s sweet, naive prodigy, Dr. Puzz proved far more morally rigid than her former colleague, breaking ties with Quack Corp as soon as the exosuits started stirring – and taking her own inventions with her. The tentacled technician – designed by Ed ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ Bryan – is the gateway to all of Yooka-Laylee’s wild and wonderful transformations, which we’ll be revealing in the near future.


On May 30, the eShop will be down for six hours of maintenance. The digital stores on both Wii U and 3DS will both be impacted with downtime.

Here’s when the maintenance is scheduled for:

– 1 PM PT (May 30) – 7 PM PT (May 30)
– 4 PM ET (May 30) – 10 PM ET (May 30)
– 9 PM in the UK (May 30) – 3 AM in the UK (June 1)
– 10 PM in Europe (May 30) – 4 AM in Europe (June 1)


Another round of footage is in from today’s European Wii U Virtual Console title, Mario Hoops 3-on-3. Here’s the latest gameplay:

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