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Shadow Puppeteer

Shadow Puppeteer players should now have access to a new patch. As relayed by the game’s Twitter account, this should include a fix for the crab boss.

Here’s the official tweet:


If you pick up Shadow Puppeteer on the eShop today, it’s highly recommended that you play directly from the Wii U’s storage. Unfortunately, performance is drastically impacted if the download is being read from an external hard drive. The game’s developers to intend to patch things in the future, but until then, definitely be aware of the potential issues you may encounter.

“We have found that playing the game from an external hard drive will make the game run slower because the read/write rate of the hard drive. Of course we want everyone to be able to play the game, from external hard drives too, so we will make sure to address this in our patches. Until then we recommend that the game is played directly from the Wii U.”


System: Wii U (eShop)
Release date: January 28, 2016
Developer: Sarepta Studio
Publisher Snow Cannon Games

The premise of Shadow Puppeteer is simple: one night, a boy and his shadow are separated by a strange man playing a music box. From there, the journey consists of chasing him down throughout gloomy Tim Burton-esque levels. The game has you controlling the boy and his shadow individually with the controller being split by its left and right sides – each analogue stick controls a character with the buttons on their respective sides being used for jumping and other interactions. If you played Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, the concept should seem familiar. Where this differs is that you control the boy in a 3D space and his shadow along the surfaces of the environment, interacting with other shadows as a 2D platformer. The two ideas on their own aren’t exactly unique, but fusing them together provides plenty of puzzling levels.

We posted a pair of Shadow Puppeteer gameplay videos yesterday, but one more has appeared today as well. View the latest footage below.

We have another video showing gameplay from the Wii U eShop title Shadow Puppeteer. Catch 25 more minutes of footage below.

The file size is in for the indie game Shadow Puppeteer. Note that the game is a 2,134MB download in Europe, which should be pretty much the same in North America. You can pick up the title from the eShop on January 28.


Next week, Shadow Puppeteer will debut on the Wii U eShop. 14 minutes of footage can be found below.

Through a listing on Nintendo’s website, it’s now confirmed that Shadow Puppeteer will be available in North America next week. It should arrive on January 28 for $14.99. The European release is also planned for the same day.


Shadow Puppeteer was originally listed for release on January 21 in Europe on the Wii U eShop. That date has since changed, and the game is now expected on January 28. We’ll let you know if we hear about the release date moving again.


This month, Shadow Puppeteer will be launching on the European Wii U eShop (and likely the North American store around the same time). Get a look at some gameplay below.