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You guys have no idea how happy it makes me to be able to post about this game on our site! I found out about it just earlier today, emailed the developer about doing an interview, and got this wonderful little tidbit of information that brings utter joy to my heart. When asked whether or not the game could come to Wii U in the future, March the Slag (the game’s sole developer) said the following:

“Without making any promises, I think it will be likely that the game ends up on the Wii U. I have been in touch with a publisher that is interested in putting it on that console, and I’d be more than interested in seeing that happen!” – A Hat in Time developer Jonas Kærlev

That’s good enough for me! If you’ve yet to learn anything about this game, you should absolutely look into it. It’s an exploration platformer inspired by the likes of Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Banjo Kazooie, and Donkey Kong 64— but with a beautiful, somewhat Wind Waker-esque art style!

Full interview with Jonas about the game and platforming as a whole coming as soon as I get it done, which might be tonight. Or tomorrow. We’ll see.

This week’s Japanese eShop update is as follows:


Downloadable Titles
Magi Hajimari no Meiky? (Demo) – FREE
Layton Kyouju Ky?jyu: Kiseki no Kamen Plus (Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Plus, retail game) – 3,000 yen
Dragon Quest VII – Eden no Senshitachi (retail title) – 6,090 yen

Virtual Console
Double Dragon (Famicom) – 500 yen
Ariel Crystal Densetsu (Crystal Warriors, Game Gear) – 300 yen

Video Content

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Nintendo Direct
Short Chotto Nintendo Direct (referred to as Nintendo eShop News) on the Wii U eShop about special prizes for Wii U games being registered on Club Nintendo here in Japan
Fantasy Life videos
New Super Mario Bros. U skills video
Animal Crossing: New Leaf commercials
Tank! Tank! Tank! videos
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask video
Magi Hajimari no Meiky? video
Zombie Slayer video
Johnny Kung Fu video
Nyokenshi Akane video


Wouldn’t you say that Trine 2: Director’s Cut looks quite amazing on Wii U? Developer Frozenbyte was even able to enhance the game’s visuals. But those graphics come with a (small) price. Frozenbyte won’t have Director’s Cut running at 60 FPS in the future.

Frozenbyte vice president Joel Kinnunen explained:

“As much as we praise the Wii U, there’s no chance for 60 fps. It’s just too much for the consoles with the graphics we’re throwing at it. The game runs at a rather steady 30 fps but there’s just not much room left. Sorry!”


Mutant Mudds Deluxe was originally planned for release this quarter on the Wii U eShop. That tentative window has now shifted, according to Renegade Kid.

Co-founder Jools Watsham tweeted that Deluxe will now arrive during Q2 2013. Watsham did not confirm a more specific date for the game’s release.

Chasing Aurora’s update and demo are complete. Based on a tweet from developer Felix Bohatsch, both items could be submitted today.

Bohatsch tweeted yesterday:


Death Inc. is yet another Kickstarter project that could make its way to Wii U. Developer Ambient Studios is only working on PC, Mac and Linux versions at present, but it sounds like a release on the Wii U eShop could be possible.

An Ambient spokesperson said the following when asked about a Wii U version:

“A Wii U version would be amazing! First thoughts on this are (bearing in mind I’m at home, so I can’t talk to any of the programmers right now) is that we’re building in Unity. I have no idea whether the engine supports that platform nor the additional work that would be involved in getting it to work. If however, it does and the kickstarter is successful and the game is well received, then I would love to take a look into doing this. It’s a great idea!”

Just what is Death Inc.? It’s a strategy game that has you playing as the Grim Reaper, who is looking to spread the bubonic plague. Ambient is made up of former employees from Media Molecule, Lionhead and Criterion – a nice selection of talent!

Of course, before Ambient Studios can proceed with Death Inc., the indie dev needs to meet its Kickstarter goal£23,024 has been raised thus far. A £300,000 total needs to be met before March 6.


This month’s Game Informer review scores are as follows:

The Cave – 7.75
Dead Space 3 – 9.75
Anarchy Reigns – 7.5
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time – 9.0
Knytt Underground – 7.5
Joe Danger Touch – 8.25
Fire Emblem: Awakening – 9.0
Crimson Shroud – 7.5
Hundreds – 8.0
Aero Porter – 5.0
Middle Manager of Justice – 6.0


1. Balloon Fight
2. The Cave
3. Puddle
4. Little Inferno
5. Trine 2: Director’s Cut
6. Nano Assault Neo
7. New Super Mario Bros. U
8. Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition
9. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
10. Scribblenauts Unlimited
11. Funky Barn Download
12. ZombiU
13. Darksiders II
14. Assassin’s Creed III
15. Chasing Aurora
16. Just Dance 4
17. Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition
18. Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition
19. Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
20. Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper


1. Nintendo Direct – Wii U Games January 23, 2013
2. The Cave Trailer
3. Balloon Fight Video
4. The Cave Character Trailer
5. Puddle Video
6. Monolith Soft Announcement Video
7. Wonderful 101 Video
8. Trine 2: Director’s Cut Video
9. Bayonetta 2 Developer Video
10. New Super Mario Bros. U Video
11. Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem Announcement Video
12. Little Inferno Video
13. Funky Barn Video
14. Little Inferno Video 2
15. Scribblenauts Unlimited Video
16. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Video
17. Nano Assault Neo Video
18. Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition
19. Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth Video
20. Toki Tori 2 Video

Source: Wii U eShop

Update: Bumped to the front page. Nintendo has also confirmed Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 for release this week.

This week’s European Nintendo Downloads are as follows:

Wii U Download (technically retail)

Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 – €59.99 / £49.99

3DS Download

Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D – €9.99 / £8.99

3DS retail

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed – €39.99 / £29.99

3DS demo

Fractured Soul – free

3DS Virtual Console

Mega Man 2 – €4.99 / £4.49

3DS video

The Beet Party: Jurassic Fridge – €0.99 / £0.89

Wii Virtual Console

Sengoku 2 – 900 Wii Points

Source: Nintendo PR