Jan 21st, 2013

Developer Fuzzy Wuzzy has announced that its space-themed puzzle platformer Armillo, which was originally planned for release through Xbox Live Arcade, is now aiming for a release on the Wii U eShop later this year.

The game – which is described as an action-oriented experience where you control Armillo, a cute space armadillo, around spherical worlds to battle enemies, solve puzzles, and navigate your way through different kinds of terrain – is still a work in progress but the developer has apparently received the official go-ahead from Nintendo to begin development for Wii U.

As the developers themselves explain in a video blog post (you can see the full thing below), the game is in the process of shifting from its original XNA engine over to the Wii U-friendly Unity. As part of the transition the team claims the game’s visuals and mechanics will be getting a total overhaul and the finished product will look  “a lot better” than the gameplay footage that’s been floating around for the last few years.

Even a look at the XNA build shows a game with quite a bit of promise though, the gameplay an intriguing mix of ideas and styles, with obvious inspiration from the likes of Marble Madness and Super Mario Galaxy combined with some unique platform puzzles.

Perhaps the most important takeaway from this news is that it seems to indicate Nintendo’s commitment to to delivering on claims that Wii U will be a system friendly to indie developers, where even games from tiny teams like Fuzzy Wuzzy have an equal shot at getting on the store.

Check out the video below to see the guys talk briefly about their plans for the game, and then hit the comments. Are you excited to get your hands on Armillo for Wii U? Are there other indie projects you’d like to see make the jump?

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  • Letha1Rage

    Looks like a cool game I would probably pay around 10 bucks for it.

  • Mickey Mouse

    I’ll keep an eye on this, it looks quite fun.

  • AAAkabob

    Looks really good.

  • Jeffery02

    Let’s hope it doesn’t take them long to finish. I love the Wii U but the Wii U’s eShop has been kinda slow with adding new games. I really hope it picks up, because the Wii U’s limited library is it’s only downfall at the moment.

    • The Cave, Toki Tori 2, bit.trip… new eshop games are on the way.

      • Jeffery02

         I know. I just hate gaming droughts. Hopefully Nintendo will get the Wii U Virtual Console up and running soon so that they can have weekly eShop updates like they do on the 3DS

        • Agreed, they really need to get the Wii U virtual console going ASAP.

    • Elem187

      ” the Wii U’s limited library is it’s only downfall at the moment. ”

      I really do not understand this comment people keep making in reference to the Wii U. Lets put this in perspective the PS3 launched with a total of 12 games and after its first 4 months only had 21 games for the system. The 360 even had less than that.

      The Wii U launched with 30+ games and will have more than 40 by end of February. Can we stop saying it has a lack of games? Its a criticism that Sony and Microsoft fanbois created out of thin air to attack Nintendo, there is no reason to repeat this nonsense.

      • Jeffery02

        I never said that the Wii U has a lacking library. That’s not what I’m saying. It has a lot of games for a launch window. I’m just saying that the lack of eShop updates disappoints me at the moment. I’ve played almost every Wii U game that I had an interest in playing and now I’m yearning for more. Don’t think that means I regret getting it. I love my Wii U and I’m happy I got it launch day.

        To reword my statement, the Wii U’s only downfall is that it’s a new system. Is that better? I tell everyone that they should get a Wii U eventually even if there aren’t any system sellers for them yet. I never tell them to not get it. I just tell them to wait if they’re not sure.

        Btw, I never brought up the PS3 nor the 360 and I couldn’t really care about them. They have been out for a while and got much better established and I can’t wait for the Wii U to do the same. I’m just being impatient for the games I want to play that are still in development.

  • I’m confused, is this game still coming to XBLA or is it fully switching gears to the Wii U?

  • uPadWatcher

    Looks like a very promising eShop title for the U.  The more indies in making games for the Wii U, the better we see the best and most unique games.

  • Sidney Majurie

    My kind of game. Keep bringing the indie games Nintendo!