Mar 7th, 2014

We’ve wrote about Ripstone Games’ Pure Chess coming to Wii U eShop before, but the game has finally reached approval for releasing on the Wii U eShop today, according to an announcement by the team on their official Twitter account. No release date has been set in stone yet, but that should come next week.

Will you be picking up the game in the eShop when it’s finally available?

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  • oh wow, we got chess. We don’t need the new Batman game now.

    • JB

      Bat who?

      • Screamin Mime

        Better hope there is no DLC…

        • darkcreap

          I heard it is free to play. You get the pawns for free, but you have to pay extra for the rest of the pieces πŸ˜€

          Nah, just joking πŸ˜€

        • Chess map pack LOL

    • Magnus Eriksson

      Every console should have at least one decent chess game πŸ™‚

  • Niknique

    A good game of chess is always fun, if there’s online play maybe I’ll get it when it’s discounted.

  • Dark-Link73

    Isn’t this the chess game that’s supposed to have online cross-platform? If so I’ll definitely buy it.

    • readypembroke


    • Kevin Sepulveda

      Yeah it is! Making it a must have πŸ˜€

    • Brandon

      I heard the devs on this game are considering adding playstation systems into the cross platform multiplayer.

  • uPadWatcher

    Two words– CHECK MATE!

  • Sydney Ultrasyd


  • Nicolas Dorion

    Hopefully we have chess on wii u now. I don’t know how I could have played chess otherwise

  • desgraciado79

    Reach for those stars, Wii U!

  • David Trail

    They should have Mario and Zelda boards/ themes.

    • Pablo LavΓ­n

      The game has cross console online multiplayer

      • David Trail

        That’s cool, any hint of Mario themes?

        • Hyper_Fuze

          he just said it was cross console. why would mario be in there

          • SolarGalaxa

            *looks at street fighter with the Mega-Shroom*

          • David Trail

            Tekken Wii U Edition. I think multiplats on Wii U should include Nintendo references to help them sell more.

        • Pablo LavΓ­n

          I’m sorry, but I think I didn’t explained myself; the game will interact between 3DS, Wii U, PC, PS3 and 360. Idk if more, but, in this case, the game needs to be the same to make it easier to develop.

  • David Trail

    Yeah I like a good game of chess and this will work well with the game pad. Plus you can play online with pc and 3DS guys.

    • readypembroke

      Mobile and possibly Playstation people also!

  • A chess game with the gamepad should be ace

  • Snake Eater

    I love chess, gonna get this game for sure

  • greengecko007

    Truly revolutionary. Let’s take a game like chess, which is already free to play online on hundreds of websites, and make it available on the Wii U!

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      That’s shovelware for ya.

      • jrob23

        you have really turned a corner. You no longer even pretend to like Nintendo…or pretend that you aren’t a Sony fanboy. It’s all out there for us to see. Exactly when did this transformation happen though. Was it when you pretended to buy a Wii U? Or was seeing all your posts getting downvoted and knowing the jig was up you just said…”fuck it. What’s the point? Troll away, nobody is buying my schtick anymore.”
        It has been fascinating to see the slow gradual erosion of pretense.

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          It’s always fascinating to see people like yourself trying to understand my motives. You can think what you like about me, it never does change the reality of the situation unfortunately. Your beliefs matter little. Don’t like my opinions? Sounds like a personal problem. No offense but…

          • jrob23

            awwww…but the fact you memed a response shows you do genius

      • David Trail

        Better than Knack ; )

  • blindtiger

    i was wonderin what happened to this game… i realize you can play chess on every platform, including tables, but im def getting this

  • jrob23

    wow, lots of cynical people on here. Looks cool, is addressing major problems it had in cross platform play, and if you like chess why wouldn’t you want this?

    • Rinslowe

      Yep, the anti is strong with this thread. It’s just a game. Whats the big deal? It’s Chess, gorgeous and has multiplatform cross play….
      Nuff said.

    • Magnus Eriksson

      People are mad at Nintendo. But yeah, I agree. I want to have this. Love to play chess.

  • Hyper_Fuze


  • Sam

    Hmm. Chess. Looks like I’ll be picking this one up.

  • RyuNoHadouken


  • RedChu

    I’ll probably get it. I’ve been wanting a good chess game since Windows 8 doesn’t have that one Windows chess game like my old Vista laptop did.

    • Decker Shado

      Good to see I’m not the only one miffed at the lack of Chess Titans. πŸ˜‰

  • Brandon


  • classicgamer20

    ummm yay?

  • SolarGalaxa

    How exactly is this “Shovelware”? By definition, shovelware is quantity over quality, and all I see here is a developer who actually uses the Wii U Pad, and awesome graphics, not to mention cross-platform play. Which in layman terms is “quality”.

    I guess people hate the idea of bringing a game that has survived countless eons into the 21st century.

    • greengecko007

      Carbon dioxide has been around since the beginning of time, is an easily accessible gas, and not something that most people need. It’s for this reason that I don’t make my living by breathing into plastic bottles and trying to sell them to people.

      There’s nothing wrong with this game being made, and it certainly looks like it is a quality game. I’m also glad that they are supporting the Wii U, but realistically this will probably sell terribly. Chess can already be played for free online on many websites.

      • jrob23

        why do you care if it sells well? what does it selling good or bad mean for its quality and the enjoyment people will get from purchasing it?

        • greengecko007

          Because I would hate for any developing team supporting the Wii U to not be successful with their games. I wish these people the best of luck, and I already stated it does look like a quality game, but from a business standpoint, I can’t see how they think this is a good idea.

          • jrob23

            I don’t think it could have been too expensive to port over. At least not too bad where the won’t get sufficient sales to make it worthwhile. Guess it depends on price, but I can see plenty of people getting this, especially because it’s cross platform.
            I just don’t get how morons think it’s shovelware. They are just so bad at trolling it’s pathetic. Shovelware was prevalent during the wii days but there aren’t more than a handful of truly awful Wii U games I’d consider shovelware and a nicely done version of chess is not close to being one of them

      • Brandon

        does those alternatives have what this game has like oh I don’t know CROSS PLATFORM ONLINE MULTIPLAYER!?!? yeah I thought not. πŸ˜›

        • greengecko007

          Why would computer games need cross platform capabilities when there are more computer owners than console owners?

          • Brandon

            shut up.

          • David Trail

            Why do you need a PS4 when multiplats look superior on PC?

          • greengecko007

            You don’t need a PS4 to play multiplatform games. Those games are available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and sometimes even the Wii U. But here’s the crazy thing, some people actually like Sony IPs like Infamous, Little Big Planet, Modnation, Killzone, etc. Same thing applies to Microsoft. Some people don’t want to pay more for a PC either. It just comes down to personal preference.

            Also, nice job upvoting Brandon’s rude and uncalled for comment. Stay strong Nintentroll!

          • David Trail

            Those games are horrible lol. Only good Sony ip IMO is Uncharted!

          • Brandon

            yeah that’s fucking it! I heard enough!!!!!! πŸ˜›

        • David Trail

          Ha and it’s the best looking version of chess. I have seen. Plus it should have more depth than these websites.

  • Extra Vinegary

    I’ll buy it. A good game of chess while I’m taking a dump sounds good to me.

  • Ace

    Does it have cross online play?

  • Gabe Storms

    I’m buying it

  • Ryan

    this looks really nice, the graphics shot above looks excellent. I guess with a chess game its not about 1080p 60fps so theres lots of room for extra special shading and nice realistic graphics. I will definitely take a look at this if its price right and has some kind of camera panning option (don’t want a chess screen burnt into my CRT πŸ™‚