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Yacht Club Games has confirmed a few Nintendo-specific features for Shovel Knight. On 3DS, the game will incorporate StreetPass and stereoscopic 3D visuals. Wii U will make use of Miiverse integration.

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Image & Form is working on the next SteamWorld game. We’ve known that it won’t be a direct follow-up to Dig, but another entry in the series. This was recently reconfirmed by Image & Form Brjann Sigurgeirsson.

The new SteamWorld title will hit the 3DS “first”, according to Sigurgeirsson, suggesting that the downloadable release will eventually make its way to other platforms.

As for concrete details… well, there isn’t much yet. There will be some elements from SteamWorld Dig as well as “other gameplay elements.” The project is due out sometime next year.

Sigurgeirsson told NintendoWorldReport:

“It is the next SteamWorld game, meaning that it is going to be in the SteamWorld universe. The next game is not going to be a direct sequel to SteamWorld Dig, it is not going to be SteamWorld Dig 2. It is coming to the Nintendo 3DS first, because we think it is a fantastic platform. If I have any updates on the game? The thing is that earlier, when we did SteamWorld Dig, the first thing I went out and said was that it was going to be released at the end of February 2013 and then I said by the end of March.”

“If there is one thing I have learned, is talking too much before everything is set in stone. It is very likely that I would have to eat my own words. So I sort of promised that the rest of team, that they sort of would kill me if I say too much. I will say a few things. Gameplay wise, it will have elements from SteamWorld Dig, you will definitely know in which environment you are. Then there would be other gameplay elements in there and the mix is very interesting. I have played the vertical slice, the very early alpha version of this game and it is fantastic. I tell you that much. It is just the brilliance of our lead game designer, he is a genius at mixing stuff that really fits well together. It was so exciting to just spend 30 minutes playing this next SteamWorld game that I was… yeah, I was happy to see it. So the update on the game is I don’t have a release date for it, we don’t have a date on when we will release the title for it, but euhmm… that it is going to be very cool. It is coming out in 2014.”

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Everyone loves announcements of announcements, right? Here’s another one for you, straight from Image & Form:


Might this have something to do with the next SteamWorld game? Or something else entirely?

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EnjoyUp has several Wii U titles in the works. Studio head Julio Moruno, speaking with Revogamers, shared some details about the upcoming projects.

Abyss may be the simplest of the group. It’s a port of the DSiWare version with new missions and a two-player multiplayer racing mode. The graphics have also been updated, and off-TV play is supported.

We’ve also previously heard about Rock’N Racing Off Road. This is a racing title inspired by Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart’s Super Off Road with multiplayer supporting up to five players. Rock’N Racing Off Road offers off-TV play, too. EnjoyUp is also taking advantage of Unity for physics: driving, crashes and collisions.

Lastly, Aguraki is a difficult side-scrolling shooter with bosses, multiplayer options, and online leaderboards. Moruno loves Treasure games, so Aguraki will likely incorporate a similar style.

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Heart Machine is looking to maintain a similar experience for Hyper Light Drifter across all platforms. That means the Wii U, which can offer unique features in its own right thanks to the GamePad, won’t be much different than the other versions. Heart Machine does intend to include off-TV play support, though that’s about it.

Creator Alex Presto spoke with EDGE this month about maintaining his original vision for Hyper Light Drifter. He said:

Even if we put it on 3DS, we wouldn’t just toss weird touch elements in there for the sake of having them, and it’s the same thing for Wii U. Sure, we want to be able to play on (the GamePad’s) screen, but it’s a game that’s really all about classic controls, and we don’t want to change that for any one console. We want everyone to experience the game as we envisioned it.

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Shin’en is set out again to impress from a technical standpoint. The studio said on Twitter earlier today that FAST Racing Neo – the studio’s second Wii U eShop title – will feature “hyper real graphics”. That’s thanks to the use of 4,000 – 8,000 textures.

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Lefthanded Studios has reduced the funds required to bring Lobodestroyo to Wii U. On Kickstarter, the game now only needs $41,000 to ensure a release on Nintendo’s system – down from the original $48,000 target.

You can find Lobodestroyo’s Kickstarter page here. Three weeks remain in the campaign.

Two Tribes intends to share news about new titles starting next year. The company wrote on Twitter earlier today:


Two Tribes’ latest release was Toki Tori 2. The company has also been re-releasing some of its classic games on the Wii U eShop.

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Two Tribes’ third and final classic game for the Wii U eShop is on track for launch next month. In a tweet published a short while ago, the studio revealed a tentative December 12 release for the downloadable title. You can expect RUSH out on that date if there are no unexpected problems.


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