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Another day, another Kickstarter for a Wii U eShop project.

Maestro Games has launched a new campaign for Cosmic Highway, a new title set to hit Nintendo’s digital store in late spring. The indie dev hopes to raise funds to finish the game’s final 15 levels and overall content for Wii U.

The Kickstarter will end on March 15. Maestro hopes to raise a total of $6,000.

You can find more information about Cosmic Highway here.

Maestro Interactive is bringing three titles to the Wii U eShop. One of these is Cosmic Highway.

A first screenshot was released by Maestro – posted below – but be aware that it comes from an early prototype:

The character featured in the shot is known as the “Inventor”. In Cosmic Highway, the Inventor will be able to use a smokescreen ability to cloud up his opponents’ view.


Two Tribes is very close to submitting Toki Tori 2 to Nintendo. On Twitter, the studio wrote that it anticipates sending the game off to the Big N next week.

Two Tribes estimates being 97.21% done with the game… quite the precise figure!


Gaijin Games was a staunch supporter of the Wii– and Nintendo in general– over the last generation, but believe it or not they had initially planned on skipping the Wii U with their upcoming game Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. The following comes from an interview with NES:

Once we started seeing what the Wii U had to offer, being Nintendo developers, we started to get excited. Since we’d self-published with Nintendo before with lilt line, we were confident that we could handle it with Runner2, and made the decision to go in that direction for the Wii U version.

– Either Alex Neuse or Mike Roush; it isn’t clarified

They weren’t always completely happy with the system, however, and they say that if they had to complain about anything it would be the way Nintendo does online. They say it “isn’t as robust as Sony or Microsoft’s”, but note that it’s “WAY better than the Wii” and in the end it’s easy enough to work with once you get the hang of it.

Via Nintendo Life

Nintendo has scheduled a new round of “emergency maintenance” for its services next week. Two different stages are planned.

The first stage will affect network services, the DS itself, and Pokemon games:

From Monday, February 25, 2013 11:00 PM – Tuesday, February 26, 2013 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Affected Services:

  • Nintendo DS
  • Network Services
  • Pokémon Black Version
  • Pokémon White Version
  • Pokémon Black Version 2
  • Pokémon White Version 2

Meanwhile, Wii U services will be down for only an hour on Monday:

From Monday, February 25, 2013 4:00 PM – Monday, February 25, 2013 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Affected Services:

  • Wii U
  • Match Making, Ranking, etc.
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
  • Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper

As Nintendo notes: “During the emergency maintenance, parts of the affected services may be intermittently unavailable.”


Notion Games has now launched a Kickstarter for its planned Wii U eShop game, Super Ubi Land. The indie dev is looking to raise $5,000 before April 8. With the funds, Notion hopes to purchase development kits for the Wii U, Ouya, and other platforms.

More information can be found on the official Kickstarter page.

Indie developers continue to show very strong support for Wii U. PD Design Studio is yet another company that intends to bring a game to the system’s eShop.

In late Q3 or early Q4, PD Design will release Dusty Raging Fist on Wii U – a side-scrolling fighter. It’s not the same game as Dusty Revenge (a title that can be found on Steam Greenlight), though it does take place in the same universe. Raging Fist takes place earlier, meaning you’ll be controlling different characters.

PD Design has hinted that it could support the Wii U eShop even further down the road. But while the team hopes to “capitalize” on its new developer status on the console, “we’ll only do so if the game is suitable for it.”


I’m not sure how long this is going to be on sale (no word on the sale at all from WayForward), but you can pick up Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition for but five dollars on the North American Wii U eShop. This price finally got me to jump in and pick up the game, and I bet it’ll convince one or two of you as well. :]

Trailers featured in the compilation video: F-Zero (Wii U VC), Picdun 2 (3DS eShop), and Viking Invasion 2.