Wii U eShop Is Live With Netflix, Mario, And $10 Indie Games

By Spencer . November 17, 2012 . 11:10pm


Here’s a quick look at the Nintendo eShop for Wii U, which you control using the touch screen. Nintendo put full retail games like Assassin’s Creed III, New Super Mario Bros. U, and Nintendo Land online. Each game has its own page with screenshots and trailers. You can tap any item to view the media on the GamePad and TV simultaneously.



Retail games like Nintendo Land are the same price in stores and as a download. If you purchase the 32 GB Deluxe set you get 10% of your purchase back as points which can be redeemed for Nintendo eShop credit. You can also link your Club Nintendo account to your Nintendo Network account. Some games like Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition and strangely Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition are retail only. Perhaps these games will be released digitally at a later date? Namco Bandai announced Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition for Japan’s eShop.


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Wii U has a few indie games available at launch like Nano Assault Neo and Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition. The cheapest download only games are $10. Chasing Aurora and Little Inferno are $15. Trine 2: Director’s Cut is the most expensive at $20.


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You can search for downloadable software by genre and Nintendo has categories for training, study, practice, and utility. It looks like Nintendo has plans to release more apps, but Netflix is the only video application available right now. Even though Hulu Plus, YouTube, and Amazon Video are on the system menu, you can’t run or download them.

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  • landlock

    I still can’t believe the WiiU version of Assassin’s Creed 3 is £47.99 that sure isn’t going to help third-party sales on the WiiU for multiplatform games. Well done UBI Soft. 

    • Steven McCall

      Ehh Assassin’s Creed 3 is still €69.99 on Playstation Network here in Ireland so that’s £56…..

      • landlock

        Oops I meant the retail version is £34.99 on the XB360/PS3 and £47.99 on the WiiU. I can’t even imagine what the digital version costs on the WiiU but most WiiU games have a RRP of £59.99 so it’s not going to be good.

  • malek86

    I wonder if the Wii U will be a good platform for indies, or if everyone is gonna forget it soon like the Wii, now that Steam gets the vast majority of the sales.

    • Zonic505

      It was reported by Frozenbyte (Trine 2 developers) that the Wii U eShop functions similar to Steam or Apple’s app store, where developers can choose their own prices, & better yet, determine when sales happen. So I’d have to say that it hopefully will turn out to be a good platform for them.

      • malek86

        I hope so, but for some reason, I can’t see Nintendo being that permissive. The 3DS eShop barely has any discounts… dunno if they would do things differently for the Wii U.

        • PreyMantis

          I guess you missed out on all those discounts sometime ago…

          • malek86

            All ranging from 20% to 30% off. Also only for first-party games (Pushmo, Colors, Ketzal’s Corridors). I don’t think they are a good indication of Nintendo’s intentions with third parties. We’ll need to wait more for that.

            This week we did see Marvel Pinball for 30% off which is cool, but again, I wonder if we are gonna see some actually heavy discounts like on Steam, or if that model just wouldn’t work on consoles.

          • PreyMantis

            A discount is still a discount, but I agree, they need to be more like Steam in terms of discounts. We’ll just have to wait for that.

  • isfuturebright

    They should have made a 400-450$ model which came with at least 120gb. I’m sure some people would rather buy, I know I would. Though I don’t see myself buying any 3A game digitally, I’m sure a lot of people do.

    • why?

      when you can spend 100 dollars yourself and get 2 tb

      Its better to get your own

      • isfuturebright

        Because it’s easier if it’s already there. I don’t see the need for 2TB of space but also I don’t like the ideia of having to plug external hd to the console. Also if you think from a casual consumer perspective you’re just making it harder for them.

        • no, its easier and cheaper and more reliable to get your own. 

          The casual consumer wont have to buy anything because they already have one.

          • isfuturebright

            Cheaper, yes. Easier? I’m not sure. Even if they already have one, when you decide to use your hard drive it will be formated in a way that will only be used by the Wii U afterwards. 
            So if you wanna keep using like you used to AND use with the Wii U you can’t. You have to pick one. So in a sense you’ll need to have an external hard drive just for the console.

          • yeah its easier, and we all get more memory for less. 

            No, you can partition your drive. You can use it on the wii u and anything else you want. 

      • modsme

        I can plug an external hard drive into the Wii U?

        • Yeah you can. Nintendo recommends an external hard drive with its own AC adapter or 2 USB ports so it has stable power.

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Can’t wait to get this thing.  Heading to the Nintendo World Store’s massive line around noon to pick up my pre-order.

  • Shaddap and take my indies! o/
    I hope it’s easier to put stuff on there. ><

  • Man I can’t seem to connect online with my verizon wireless route. It gives me these issues with the DSi but my Wii and 3DS connect fine. anyone got any tips or even better how to remove the security key on my verizon router because when I had a wifi before I made sure it had no security and everything connected no problem.

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