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Japan’s Wii U eShop is rather barren at present. A few retail games are up for download as well as the free-to-play Tank! Tank! Tank! version, but it’s lacking original indie content.

Arc System Works will be improving the situation by publishing Nano Assault Neo in Japan. This will be the Japanese store’s first indie Wii U eShop game.

Interestingly, without a Japanese publisher, developers can’t release their games on the 3DS or Wii U eShop.

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The Wii U eShop is gaining yet another indie title. Another Castle, a 2D platformer with randomly generated levels, is coming to Nintendo’s console.

David Byers is Another Castle’s sole developer. His past work includes Kid Vector, Love Me Not, Blast Soccer, and Haunted Hallway for iOS and Android.

Speaking about the game’s development and how Another Castle wound up on Wii U, Byers explained:

Uncade right now is basically just me. I’m based in Richmond, Virginia. Part of the reason I named my company Uncade, as in “unlike an arcade”, is that we are in a period of great disruption in the game industry right now. Everything from motion controls, digital distribution, smart phones, fantastic middleware, and the rise of indie development are shaking up what’s possible, even for just a solo developer such as myself.

I’m really excited to be working on the Wii U, and am especially looking forward to coming up with some funky uses for the tablet controller.

With the development for Another Castle I decided to switch things up. Instead of making a small mobile focused title, I decided to work on a larger game where I would release as early as I can for free, and iteratively improve the game, eventually getting to a saleable alpha and then full release.

Emily Rogers ended up playing the prototype and got in touch, asking if I would like to get the game on the eShop. I of course said yes, because I think Another Castle on the eShop should be a slam dunk, it’s something I think Nintendo fans in particular will really enjoy. I spent some time improving the prototype, and Emily then got me in touch with Dan [Adelman] at Nintendo, and I was just approved as a Wii U developer yesterday. The eShop seems pretty indie friendly from what I’ve seen so far, the most important thing for me being the ability to add post release content updates.

Byers has launched a Kickstarter for Another Castle here. He’s looking to raise $12,000 by March 29.

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The Wii U eShop already offers a number of strong indie games including Nano Assault Neo, Mighty Switch Force! HD, and Trine 2: Director’s Cut. This is just the start of support for the digital store. Other titles such as Toki Tori 2, Mutant Mudds Deluxe, Cloudberry Kingdom, and Pokemon Scramble U are on the way.

Well over 20 projects are in store for the Wii U eShop. A near-final listing of upcoming games is posted below.

8 Bit Boy (Awesomeblade Software)
Aban Hawkins & the 1001 Spikes (Nicalis)
Anima: Gate of Memories (Anima Project Studio)
Armillo (Fuzzy Wuzzy Games)
Biker Bash (Slightly Mad Studios)
Cloudberry Kingdom (Pwnee Studios)
Cosmic Highway (Maestro Interactive Games)
Cryamore (NostalgiCO)
Days of Dawn (Bumblebee Games)
Dusty Raging Fist (PD Design Studio)
Fade into Darkness (Maestro Interactive Games)
Mutant Mudds Deluxe (Renegade Kid)
Noctemis (Lacuna Entertainment)
Oliver and Spike: Dimension Jumpers (Rock Pocket Games)
Pier Solar and the Great Architects HD (Watermelon Co.)
Pokemon Scramble U (Nintendo)
Project Y2K (Ackkstudios)
Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails (Dakko Dakko)
Spin the Bottle (KnapNok Games)
Star Beast: The Stellar War (Pixel Entertainment)
Super Ubi Land (Notion Games)
The Pinball Arcade (Farsight Studios)
The 90’s Arcade Racer (Nicalis)
Toki Tori 2 (Two Tribes)
Two Brothers (Ackkstudios)
Unepic (Enjoy Up Games)
Zen Pinball 2 (Zen Studios)

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Days of Dawn has successfully reached its Kickstarter goal of $50,000. That bodes well for Nintendo fans, as developer Bumblebee possesses a Wii U dev kit and has expressed great interest in bringing its game to the eShop. If and when there is any Days of Dawn-related news to share for Wii U, we’ll have it right here.


This week’s Wii U eShop charts are as follows:

Software

1. F-Zero
2. Balloon Fight
3. Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition
4. Trine 2: Director’s Cut
5. Nintendo Land
6. The Cave
7. Puddle
8. Little Inferno
9. Nano Assault Neo
10. New Super Mario Bros. U
11. ZombiU
12. Assassin’s Creed III
13. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
14. Just Dance 4
15. Scribblenauts Unlimited
16. Rabbids Land
17. Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
18. Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2
19. Chasing Aurora
20. ESPN Sports Connection

Videos

1. Nintendo Direct: February 14, 2013
2. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Trailer
3. Trine 2: Director’s Cut Video
4. The Cave Trailer
5. Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move Trailer
6. F-Zero Trailer
7. Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 Video
8. Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition Video
9. New Super Mario Bros. U Video
10. LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins Video
11. Puddle Video
12. HarmoKnight Video
13. Nano Assault Neo Video
14. Little Inferno Video
15. Balloon Fight Video
16. Rabbids Land Video
17. The Cave Character Trailer
18. Little Inferno Video 2
19. Scribblenauts Unlimited Video
20. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Video

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You won’t have to wait until Thursday – the day Nintendo’s shops typically update – for Runner2. Developer Gaijin Games confirmed on Twitter that its latest title will be available on the North American Wii U eShop tomorrow.

The tweet reads:

A bit of unfortunate news for our friends in Europe: it’s unclear when Runner2 will be hitting the continent. Gaijin said that the studio is “still wrapping our braintenticles around that one.”

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