One of the things I most liked about the Wii was the Wii Shop Channel. Classic games from my childhood on the Virtual Console, and new quirky games on WiiWare? What's not to love?
For all its charms, however, the Wii Shop Channel was limited in scope, and it was a pain to navigate. I never liked the whole points system. And frankly, for the past year or more, it's been pretty dead. There hasn't been much new in the Wii Shop for quite some time. However, from what we've seen, the Wii U eShop promises to change all that.
I'm really looking forward to two of the eShop games that will be available, specifically Nano Assault Neo, and Little Inferno. The first is a twin stick shoot 'em up by Shin'en Multimedia, which just looks awesome. The other is the follow up game by the developers of World of Goo, a smash hit that I was very proud to have purchased for the Wii. I'm a big fan of World of Goo, and when I heard they were making another game it was a simple instant buy for me.
Nintendo of course, will bring its own titles to the Wii U eShop, and is encouraging eShop purchases with the Deluxe Set digital promotion which gives 10% back in the form of points for online purchases. I'm not sure which first party games I'll be downloading, because I have a number of those titles pre-ordered already in physical form. But with all these third party developers lined up to sell their games on the eShop, it's shaping up to be a lot more open than the Wii Shop Channel, I'm hoping there will be some breakout gems on the Wii U. It's great to see Nintendo embracing online distribution for the Wii U, and indie developers as well.
Here's a few videos of Nano Assault Neo and Little Inferno for you to check out:
Tune in tomorrow for "4 days out from Wii U... friends!"