Nintendo Offers Insight on Four Upcoming Wii U eShop Indie Games

Last night at PAX Prime, Nintendo hosted their [email protected] panel during which four upcoming indie games were highlighted.

First to be shown off is Fast Racing Neo, a futuristic racer from Shin’en Multimedia in Germany. The game is set to release at the end of the year with 16 tracks, 2 player splitscreen, 8 player multiplayer, and 60 frames per second gameplay.

Next up was Black Lantern Studios with Hive Jump, a four player cooperative shooter heavily influenced by Metroid and Contra. It takes place in the 24th century as space colonies come under attack by hive minded aliens. There is some base management, jump packs, fast paced action, and very cool boss battles with large foes. Hive Jump will be coming in the first quarter of 2016.

Kerbal Space Program made an appearance and develoepr Squad talked about how the gamepad will be incorporated as a cockpit view from which you can control your rockets and other vehicles. You can also put coordinates on the gamepad’s map and execute the command on the TV screen. The game will release simultaneously across all platforms along with Wii U.

Yacht Club was the last to join the stage, first showing off Plague Knight’s upcoming DLC in Shovel Knight. The expansion will be very different from the main campaign, as every level was altered to match Plague Knight’s different style of combat and traversal. He uses an assortment of bombs and chemical concoctions which can be combined to both take out enemies and for platforming. A challenge mode and gender swapping option were mentioned, but the main announcement was that of the Shovel Knight Amiibo, which was heavily rumored earlier this week. The Amiibo unlocks cooperative play on the Wii U as well as customizable gear and challenge stages on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

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Steven Santana

Born in Queens, raised in Vegas, living in Vancouver. 25, loves dogs, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and long form video critiques.

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