Indie News Roundup March 6 2016 Feature

Feb. 29 to Mar. 6 Indie News Roundup

The Hand of Panda

Back in 2013 a Kickstarter was launched to fund a 3DS project called The Hand of Panda. After reaching $3000 dollars in donations and a lot of hard work, the game is finally complete and released on the 3DS during last week.

Here’s the game’s description from Kickstarter and the pitch video:

“The Hand of Panda is a culmination of several gameplay types combined to create an updated bonus round feel and experience. While mostly basing this game off our favorite bonus round, “Test your might” from the classic Mortal Kombat game, we decided it was time to update this and create something new and more enjoyable for today’s audience.

Wrapped in an Asian theme, this game challenges you acquire the skills and power necessary destroy over 50 real and exceptionally unreal known materials: Earn the right to challenge each floor of the various pagodas to break a variety of Wood, Metal, Stone, Rare, Backer Created, and Legendary Items. The journey will test your skills of speed, strategy and memorization, while facing the various obstacles in your way and become the Greatest Master the land has ever seen.”

If The Hand of Panda does well on 3DS, it might be possible to eventually bring the game to the Wii U, according to the development team.

Bird Mania Party

Teyon has announced that Bird Mania 3D is coming to Wii U in the form of “Bird Mania Party”. It’ll be available starting March 10 in Europe, and March 17 in North America. Pricing will be set at $1.99 / €1.99.

Here’s an overview of the game and a trailer:

Take to the bright blue skies and fly the distance! Fly past treetops, bushes and stinging bees and dash for crazy combos. Collect bonuses and unlock achievements to up your score right to the top as you zoom at the speed of lightning to the pumping music!
Invite friends and start Bird Mania Party! Team up with your buddy to master a challenge in a co-op mode or race for the top spot on Leaderboards in a competition mode for up to 5 players.

Features:

• Incredibly addictive game-play with a fast paced tempo
• 2 party multi-player modes for up to 5 players
• Over 20 achievements and extra bonuses to unlock
• Leaderboards for the ultimate competition with other bird maniacs
• Support for Wii U™ GamePad and Wii Remote

Mutant Mudds Super Challenge

Mutant Mudds Super Challenge has been confirmed to release this month, with a final release date shared by Nintendo Life. The title is officially slated for March 17 in both North America, Europe and Australasia. Pricing is set at $9.99 / €9.99 / £8.99.

If you purchase Mutant Mudds Super Challenge on Wii U, you can also get the 3DS version for free, and vice-versa. There’s also a 15% discount promotion for those who have the original Mutant Mudds or downloaded the Nindies@Home Preview demo during the first 30 days of launch.

Here’s the latest trailer to remind you what the game looks like.

Justice Chronicles

Another Kemco RPG, Justice Chronicles, is slated for the European 3DS eShop later this month. On March 31, it will be available for €9.99.

Here’s the game’s official trailer:

Jotun: Valhalla Edition

Thunder Lotus Games previously released Jotun on PC last September.

The game is now making its way to consoles, with a Wii U version scheduled for this summer, with price set at $15.

Jotun is a hand-drawn exploration game set in a world inspired by Norse mythology. Players take on the role of Thora, “a Viking warrior who died an inglorious death”. Thora will need to “prove herself to the Gods” in hopes of entering Valhalla, the great hall of the afterlife in Norse mythology.

The console version will be named “Jotun: Valhalla Edition” and features an extra “boss rush mode with even fiercer versions of the already challenging jotun” or “Norse elementals”. The new Valhalla Mode has a higher difficulty thanks to fiercer jotun.

You can find the announcement trailer for Jotun: Valhalla Edition below:

Futuridium EP Deluxe

MixedBag recently revealed that Futuridium EP Deluxe is coming to both Wii U and New 3DS. This shoot’em up game was originally released in 2014, and now will be out “soon” on Nintendo’s systems. Both versions run at 60 frames per second, and the New 3DS version will offer 3D support.

Here’s an overview and some screenshots of Futuridium EP Deluxe:

Futuridium EP Deluxe is a psychedelic retro inspired shoot’em up with a modern twist, that blends together frantic action, puzzle elements, a vibrant low poly aesthetic and an heart pumping electronic soundtrack. As a lone starship pilot lost in a dimensional loop just before a big space battle, with a limited and constantly depleting energy tank, your only hope is to fly as fast as possible over enormous space dreadnoughts, destroying their defenses and the cyan power cubes to get some energy back.

Try to escape the infinite loop of Futuridium: you can count only on your reflexes, your dual lasers, the nimbleness of your starship and… the ability to turn 180° on the spot! Can you beat all the 50 levels, the 5 bosses, unlock all the extra game modes and collect the 150 medals?

Good luck! You’ll need it…

Kick & Fennick

Kick & Fennick was first confirmed for Wii U in January, but Abstraction Games has now sent out an official announcement, stating that the game is coming to the Wii U eShop this Spring.

You can find an overview or the game and the announcement trailer below:

Kick & Fennick tells the story of a young boy named Kick who finds himself waking up in a bright and colorful, yet dangerous world. Armed with a giant gun that can be used to shoot down enemy robots, while also allowing him to make huge jumps using the weapon’s powerful recoil, Kick searches for a way to the highest tower in the city to find a new energy core for Fennick, his helpful flying robot friend. Together they must explore this strange, new world, jumping and shooting their way through 45 levels of collapsed skyscrapers, treadmills, bouncypads, magnets, teleporters, and a big guard robot that is never far behind!

Gamers take on the role of Kick, a young boy who must use his brains and propellant rifle to traverse and advance through the sprawling, intricate worlds (along with his robot pal Fennick, of course).

Key features of Kick & Fennick include:

·Players take on the role of Kick and must use a combination of jumping and blasting to navigate all 45 levels and find their way to the Core Tower to save Fennick!

·Marvel at the brightly colored world of Kick & Fennick with inspired character design, intricate and delightfully chaotic levels, highly-detailed animations, and a cinematic camera system that dynamically follows all of the action.

– offers up challenging platforming adventures and puzzles that will keep gamers of all ages entertained. As unique as it is challenging, Kick & Fennick continues to find new ways to push your platforming skills to their absolute limit you use an oversized weapon which is both challenging to master, but gives you the ability to reach platforms and items that you would not normally be able to reach in a standard platformer. Kick and Fennick is distinctive in the way that learning the capabilities that your weapon gives you is paired well with the exceptional level design.

– is a true “smooth and easy-going” platformer – it’s challenging enough to make you feel as though you’re continually accomplishing challenges, but not to the point where you’ll throw your controller in frustration! The intricacy and difficulty of the puzzles ramps up gradually and right along with your comfort level for the game’s unique play mechanics.

Shovel Knight

It was announced in the latest Japanese Nintendo Direct that Nintendo will be the ones publishing Shovel Knight for Club Yacht Games in Japan.

The game and amiibo are scheduled for release on June 30.

shovel-knight-japanSDK Paint

HullBreach Studios has one final update lined up for SDK Paint, which will launch later in Q1. Version 4 will introduce new features as pack-ins or add-on content.

Here’s a list of what’s included in the patch:

General – All menus in 720P
General – Music on all menus
Painting – New erasers: square, round, smudge
Painting – New brushes: Charcoal, Highlight, Oil, Watercolor
Painting – Load existing art without leaving screen
Painting – Fix to opacity bug with Undo/Redo
Stencils – Tomeling Pack: Texture
Galleries – Autofocus depth-of-field
Galleries – Faster 720P, removed 480P
Galleries – Cheatsheet for controls
Slideshows – New feature to view art animated with music
Slideshows – Pack 1: Carousel, Cascade, TBA
Sharing – Online gallery posting
Sharing – Miiverse Stamps

The following add-on content will also be available:

Slideshows – Pack 2: Cubes, Wobbler, TBA
Slideshows – Pack 3: (Modes TBA)
Slideshows – Pack 4: (Modes TBA)

And here’s the original Miiverse post:

The Pinball Arcade

FarSight Studios’ The Pinball Arcade will soon be arriving on the Wii U eShop, but while you wait, take a look at the new teaser trailer below:

Dungeons & Robots

A new trailer for Glow Games’ Dungeons & Robots was recently shared to promote the game on Steam Early Access. Check out the video below, while you wait for the Wii U version.

Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails

Big John Games put together a new developer video for Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails, which was released on the 3DS eShop last month. Check it out below:

Chasing Dead

Ahead of the game’s Wii U eShop release last Thursday, 2020Venture put up some additional footage with developer commentary for Chasing Dead.

Check it out below, plus some gameplay footage from the game:

Terraria

FamilyGamerTV has posted some brand new footage of Terraria running on the Wii U. View the videos below for some gameplay footage, along with some commentary from Dean Scott of 505 Games, including off-TV play and a look at multiplayer.

Gunscape

Snorth93 has captured a few more minutes of Gunscape footage showing off online multiplayer. Take a look below:

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