#1 Edited by BisonHero (6237 posts) -

I keep seeing coverage of the 3DS eShop, and as a 3DS owner, I can vouch that some of those games are totally legit.

How is the Wii U's eShop doing? Any good downloadable games? Even at launch, the only one I really remember them pushing was that game where you fly around as a weird papercraft bird, and an HD port of Mighty Switch Force.

WiiWare on the Wii was almost always abysmal, except for exceedingly rare diamonds in the rough like Swords & Soldiers and Fluidity. Given that I've heard even less about the Wii U eShop, should I assume things are not going great?

#2 Posted by Hailinel (23971 posts) -

I keep seeing coverage of the 3DS eShop, and as a 3DS owner, I can vouch that some of those games are totally legit.

How is the Wii U's eShop doing? Any good downloadable games? Even at launch, the only one I really remember them pushing was that game where you fly around as a weird papercraft bird, and an HD port of Mighty Switch Force.

WiiWare on the Wii was almost always abysmal, except for exceedingly rare diamonds in the rough like Swords & Soldiers and Fluidity. Given that I've heard even less about the Wii U eShop, should I assume things are not going great?

There's actually plenty of good stuff on the eShop (both Wii U and 3DS). The releases have by and large been of respectable quality, as opposed to the Wii Shop Channel's ridiculous beer pong and Family Tennis games and what have you. You just need to look elsewhere for news on it, because you aren't likely to get much about it on Giant Bomb other than more pleas for Jeff to bring back the Download Express.

#3 Posted by BisonHero (6237 posts) -

@hailinel: Yeah, I wasn't really trying to bash the Wii U eShop or anything, but I'm just kind of curious why I've heard so little.

I remember actually seeing a few outlets reviewing Fluidity and giving it really good reviews, which led to me buying it, and it's a really cool game that I bet nobody played; by comparison, I just don't see many Wii U downloadable games getting highlighted at all on any of the sites I read. Even if the 3DS eShop games don't get a formal review, at least I see places doing a little write up or podcast mention of something like Attack of the Friday Monsters, or what have you.

I literally don't have any sense of what are the interesting downloadable games for the Wii U, so are there any that someone cares to recommend?

#4 Edited by MikkaQ (10269 posts) -

I don't know... seems okay but I've found more stuff to enjoy on the 3DS then the Wii U. What I do like is how small Nintendo's first party games are. The new Mario game is under 2 gigs and Windwaker is around that size too. Pretty refreshing compared to the 15 GB+ downloads I'm used to on Steam. Downloads also seem fast on Wii U, at least compared to the 3DS.

#5 Edited by Hailinel (23971 posts) -

@hailinel: Yeah, I wasn't really trying to bash the Wii U eShop or anything, but I'm just kind of curious why I've heard so little.

I remember actually seeing a few outlets reviewing Fluidity and giving it really good reviews, which led to me buying it, and it's a really cool game that I bet nobody played; by comparison, I just don't see many Wii U downloadable games getting highlighted at all on any of the sites I read. Even if the 3DS eShop games don't get a formal review, at least I see places doing a little write up or podcast mention of something like Attack of the Friday Monsters, or what have you.

I literally don't have any sense of what are the interesting downloadable games for the Wii U, so are there any that someone cares to recommend?

Well, I guess it kind of depends on what you're in the market for.

#6 Posted by Gonmog (580 posts) -

@hailinel: http://www.nintendolife.com/ seems to do well with the eShop reviews. Give them a check out. Really won't see much Nintendo system news on most big all system sites, not a large market for it. That and you got Nintendo Direct that more or less does all the "press" work.

#7 Posted by MormonWarrior (2544 posts) -

The recent Nintendo Direct mashup video of all the cool indie games coming to Wii U/3DS made me hopeful. Shovel Knight looks like it could be really cool.