Feb 28th, 2014

The Nintendo eShop has been busy the past few months with announcements of games coming and those releasing soon. Arachnid Games have announced that they’re bringing their title Ballpoint Universe to the eShop as well. The game is a side-scrolling shooter with platformer elements, along with a unique hand-drawn art style. The game has been available on Steam for some time now, but the team finally announced on Facebook that it will be hitting the Wii U eShop in North America on March 18.

The entire game has been drawn by hand with a ballpoint pen, lending the game its name. Players will take on the role of Doodle, the game’s protagonist who must fight for creativity in a world of monsters.

There’s no information on the game being available outside of America yet, but we’ll keep our international readers up to date. In the mean time, check out the trailer above and be sure to look at the screenshots below to see if this something you’d like to play.

The game is currently priced at $3.99 on Steam, with no pricing announced for the Wii U version yet.

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  • Mithiragi

    Looks unique. I might pick it up.

  • Mario

    Isn’t it a bit weird that there are so many indie titles being released this year on the WiiU?

    • Jared Garcia

      Indies like having an identity that’s different. Being on the Wii U is probably making it more likely to be considered for purchase than the others.

    • Googs

      Not really, apparently Nintendo has been really nice to indies & are supporting them very much. Them being indies they don’t really care if they don’t make too much money on their games so they don’t really have a lot too lose by putting it on the Wii U e-shop + indie games sell reasonably well on Nintendo systems 🙂

      • darkcreap

        Indeed, it is a relief that at least we get indies. Only thing is I fear indies will not be enough to fill the gaps between retail releases, but maybe if one day this indies get bigger they might still want to release more ambitious projects on WiiU.

        I think one day indie companies are going to be bigger third parties and that could be nice for Nintendo. Especially since indies bring new things to the table different from the main market.

        Sony is also doing a great work with indies, I’ve heard.

      • Mario

        Well I guess that makes sense.

  • Matt

    I really wish that was the case in Australia. We get a fraction of indie games that you guys get. I wish that I knew why.

    • Mr Ninty

      what i heard is that a department in your government is against videogames. and that they have strict rules about what type of game comes in and what it must/must not contain. but you can buy ninty games from europa because we belong to they same region (pal). or buy a nippon wiiu. but i think the estore will be the same

      • Matt

        If I changed to the European e’shop, will I keep the games tha the I’ve already downloaded? I have quite a few games.

        • Mr Ninty

          sorry that i put your hopes up. but i changed my settings from netherlands to australie and it didnt work 🙁 it said my network id didnt match the region. so perhaps if you set your wiiu on a europian country and then make a new network id, perhaps then you can enter the eu-store. but no guarantee

          • Matt

            That’s ok. Thanks anyway. I’ll call up Nintendo Australia and ask them if there was a way.

          • darkcreap

            I don’t know if it will work once you have used your console in Australia, but there are some VPN service across the Internet that allow you to connect to a server in the EU or USA, so you can fool internet services with that and make them think you are in the EU. People from certain countries in the EU use it to have Netflix in the USA. You pay a monthly fee for the VPN service, though (it depends on the service, of course).

            I don’t know if that would work for you, but very likely. Try and ask this to Nintendo:

            “Hi, for certain circumstances, I would like to move from Australia to the EU for working reasons. If I take my WiiU with me and change the region configuration, will it work properly, online services included?”

            Nevertheless, if you can change the region configuration manually. I live in the EU and I see the option to change my country to Australia. But I don’t see the option to change either to Japan or the USA, so I guess that all the countries I see are PAL and that means that you can move from the EU to Australia.

            I would try and search info for those VPN services and see if you can find one with a good price with IP addresses that belong to the EU, change your console region configuration and see if it loads the local eShop, I suggest you try the UK or Ireland, since I guess you would like the eShop in English. If it does not work, at most you will lose one month’s subscription.

          • darkcreap

            No, you cannot fool them like that. Your IP address gives your localisation info (the IP address range registries are public). So, it does not matter that you tell them you live in Australia, it will detect that you are connecting to the Internet from the Netherlands.

            That is why I hate region locking.

  • sharlo galmo

    Ashly did can you put this on this site two,Retro studios confirmd a new game in development and call the WiiU a powerhouse….


    • darkcreap

      Thanks!! I just read it. Good to have it confirmed. I wonder when we will see it, though.

      • sharlo galmo

        This year on the E3 we gonna see a lot, all the secretly games etc etc…

  • Ismael Ototo

    That’s great! We get another amazing indie title. I’m still waiting for an official date for Pure Chess, though. We haven’t heard a thing from it since it was delayed, and it’s been almost two months since that.

  • Jake

    So many cool indie titles on Wii U, but Nintendo wanted to showcase more 3DS titles at the direct. I wouldn’t mind hearing about this game or a Shin’en Game

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  • Anthony Ank Mudshark Owdienko

    this will have to be cheap

  • FoxMulder900

    Cool art style, and that music is epic!

  • Alexander T. Cardosi