Mar 11th, 2014


It’s no secret that third party support for the Wii U seems to be diminishing, while the Nintendo 3DS continues to chug along. Nintendo has done an admirable job changing its policies to be more open and friendly for indie developers, which has resulted in a surge or indie games available on both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShop. So many are now available that Nintendo has opened a brand new website dedicated to showcasing all the games you can play on your Wii U or Nintendo 3DS.

The site boasts over 1,000 indie games available on both systems and you can click the card for each indie game to be taken to Nintendo’s official page for that particular game. The only downside of this presentation is that the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games aren’t really divided up by category, so you can’t browse either by using this particular website. Still, this is a nice effort by Nintendo to showcase developer’s works and get the word out about great eShop games.

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  • Wren Justin Umlauf

    Now they just need to start having flash sales like Steam and make the eshop available from a web browser so its easy to keep an eye on the deals. I would always prefer to buy a game on my Wii U but sometimes those steam sales are too good to pass up

    • A website to be able to access games and purchase them would help bring Nintendo into the modern age in terms of online stuff. Both Microsoft and Sony have this now.

      • Wren Justin Umlauf

        Yeah, I mean how awesome would it be to be on break at work, browsing on your phone and see a game you want is on sale. You could buy it right then and there and your Wii U could have it downloaded by the time you got home.

        • FoxMulder900

          Also the ability to pre-load pre-ordered games would be nice! Steam does this but I’m not sure about PS4/XB1?

          • Blue Hernandez

            PS4 no. X1 is supposedly working on it.

      • Squidward

        Hopefully Nintendo can improve the VC by adding N64 and GCN games if that does happen……sigh another day, another article……

        • Capt. Smoker

          DS and maybe a 3DS adapter wouldn’t do any harm either ^^

        • Jack5221

          They can start by adding more VC games per week. Because right now its only 1 VC game a week, and its random between NES / SNES. If there was N64 / NGC VC then that would really suck to just get 1 VC game a week and not know which console its going to be from.

        • Kevin James McAllister

          The Wii U’s VC has been ridiculous. They promised us Gamecube games way before the system came out, and now they’re trying to hold us over by saying that DS games will eventually come to Wii U. They really need to start delivering on some promises, and they need to stop teasing us with ideas like GCN on VC until they’re ready to deliver.

      • thedeciderU

        the way things have gone so far, nintendo will have this available in 2020

    • Capt. Smoker

      Agreed, I lost my copy of Rollercoaster tycoon 3 a while back, bought it on Steam on sale for £2.49 , deluxe edition too, those sales drop my jaw to the floor, it’s unbeatable

    • Zuxs13

      They have done a lot of sales as of late. There have been some VC sales along with Indie games sales, some have been some really good prices, others not so much, but overall its been a step in the right direction.

      I love the idea of being able to buy them from the web or right from my phone, even Nintendo has stated they have that as a plan. You’d be able to by then set it to DL, and when you get home it would be ready to install and play.

      • Kevin James McAllister

        I loved the indie game sale they had a few weeks back. I bought the Giana Sisters because of it.

        I haven’t noticed, but any idea if any of Nintendo’s own games have benefited from sales prices? I think that would help increase interest, too. Because even though Nintendo has the cheapest console, their AAA games never come down in price. After buying a bunch of games, you’re already paying more than for one of Nintendo’s competitors. If they started selling New Super Mario Bros U for $30 on Wii U, and kept that up with other 1st party titles once they’re a year old or so, they’d be doing quite well.

    • Kevin James McAllister

      Agreed. I already have a pretty decent indie collection on my Wii U, but they definitely need to keep offering more deals. The deal they had with the indie games earlier on was awesome – 60% off each game as long as you buy or already own one at full price. More of that would be amazing, especially if they started doing that with their own games.

      But yeah, they definitely need to put the eshop online so I can buy games from work or a friend’s house and have it downloaded by the time I get home. That would be fantastic.

    • TechTinker11

      While they don’t have huge steam like sales, their are quite a bit still. Website might be in the planning, as MiiVerse is now there, you might be able to from your phone soon too, we’ll see.

  • Capt. Smoker

    I’d be happy if Nintendo devoted time to indies, the Wii U could wind up being a great alternative to Steam, should they go out of their way to achieve those sort of heights, it’s going to be an interesting year, for sure…..

    • Andrew Clear

      Nintendo is actually devoting a lot of time to indie developers. They allow them to have dev kits free for 6 months, and if you want to keep it, you have another 6 months to pay for it. They also have forums set up, and even encourage you to talk to their publishing and PR, etc, etc.

      From my experience so far, I have nothing but good things to say about Nintendo. My only regret is that I am in school, and I don’t think I’ll have enough time to finish a game before 6 months elapse, and try to get it to fund the purchase of the dev kit.

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  • Dark-Link73

    It’s good to see that as the big dogs of the industry slowly decrease support for the Wii U, Nintendo is slowly increasing its support for the Indie developer. After all they (Indie) are the only ones who seem to have a positive opinion of Nintendo nowadays.

    On a side note. Speaking of decreased support (I posted this yesterday but it got lost in the comments, sorry for the double post), yesterday I went to my local GameStop to pre-order Watch_Dogs and the manager told me that the Wii U version was pushed forward. I asked him if meant to say “pushed back”, and he replied “no, it got pushed forward. The was delayed to July, but now it got pushed forward again to May 27th.” After I questioned him again if he was sure it was the Wii U version he showed me the computer screen his computer showed indeed May 27th.
    IF true, this can be good or bad. If Ubi lied about the reasons for delaying the game and it is completed, them it is good they are not afraid to compete with MK8 by releasing W_D around the same time. But, if Ubi was telling the truth about the game needing further development and they are just releasing the game on time just because the backlash from a few bratty gamers with immediate gratification issues, then this is bad.

    I rather wait for a well tuned up game than a rushed version.

    • Zuxs13

      I welcome the idide’s as well i have found a few gems to play and for a few bucks they are worth it.

      It would be best if they released Watch Dogs close to MK but not too close. I guess we will find out next Nintendo direct or E3.

    • Mr Ninty

      if they release it to long after the other versions then its a waste off money. if they release it on the same time and its 97%complete with only some minor bugs and inperfections than the will make some money and keep everbody happy. and after all the can give the game some updates it cant get worse then battlefield 4

      • Dark-Link73

        “ cant get worse then battlefield 4.” I know, right?

    • steveb944

      I really hope you’re right about Watch Dogs. I don’t think there’ll be bugs, it’ll just not be as much gamepad integration, which I’m fine with not having to wait half a year for

      • Dark-Link73

        Me too, I’ve been hyped for this since it was announced, and then confirmed, on Wii U. Ultimately Ubisoft has the last word on their releases, so all we can do is wait for May 27th.

  • GregoryTheRainMaker

    I like this.

  • Zuxs13

    Ashley the site does divide up Wii U from 3DS games. When you click the link above it opens the page to the image above and has 7 games it showcases, 6 3DS and 1 Wii U game. Scroll below it and it says “Wii U games” and “Nintendo 3DS games” each button takes you to each consoles game list, and there are a number of sorting options to filter the games you want,

    • ZeldaFan83

      That’s not part of the Indie site. That’s the game guide site that has been around for years. There should be an option to sort the Indie site that has over 1000 titles by system, genre, etc. You shouldn’t have to go to a different site to sort out all the different Nintendo titles from the last 30 years. The Indie site is all about Indie titles for Wii U and 3DS.

      • DC777

        I still don’t see most of the indie titles, just what is usually lumped in with the regulars.

  • Ryan F

    Gotta wonder if the original king of indie games, Minecraft, will ever come to Wii U. So much potential there!

    • crafting and the gamepad just seem too perfect!

    • DC777

      That would make too much sense.

    • Cyntheta Luis

      Rather have Cube world.
      Imagine carfting your sword and see the beautiful map on the wii U gamepad

  • Extra Vinegary

    I guess this is the only third party support we can expect.

  • DC777

    I’m sure I’m not the only one who clicks one of these indie titles then brace myself for the inevitable disappointment. I wish we had Earthlink or something a little more modern already.

    Btw a lot of the big Wii U titles have no price on the website, not a good idea. As a lot of people said let’s get some sales here on some of these old ports.

  • Carlos Webster

    Wow, that looks like the Apple inc. website. I don’t mind, however, because Apple and Nintendo are my two favorite companies. (Sony comes in at a close second).

  • Glad to see them showing support to the only creators really championing their console hardware.

  • Decker Shado

    Oh, one of the indie titles coming to the 3DS is a first-person shooter.


  • Fred

    They’re not divided because they want 3DS owners to stumble upon Wii U games that they really want (with they hope that they consider buying a Wii U)

  • Ice Climbers

    It should be noted that this isn’t an indie site. Its a separate page of an eShop site. Take indie out of the URL and it will take you to the eShop site’s home page, which has new titles and Virtual Console games (SMB3 for 3DS included!) listed as well as indies.

  • Jeovany

    This is a step in the right direction but nintendo need to do much more than this. Still this look promissing

  • Cyntheta Luis

    GJ Nintendo!! Love me some Indie

  • I got now 3DS, Wii U and a PS4 in the house, so I say BRING IT ON! No
    matter what platform it is. Best parts from the both (three?) worlds. o_

    XBOXONE is dead to me – and am pretty sure it’s to others as well. In my world Nintendo and Sony are the genuine console/gaming companies. Rest is dust.

  • jrob23

    This is weak. 3rd parties have abandoned the Wii U. Call me when the Wii U gets Infamous, Witcher 3, and The Last of Us
    -Daniel Gonzalez

  • Donaald

    Good! Now enable eshop everywhere, Nintendo!