Feb 12th, 2013

The Wii U just got its first free-to-play game: Tank Tank Tank. Publisher Namco Bandai recently released the title as a free to play game in Japan, and now they’ve done the same in Europe. Apparently, sales of the action game weren’t all that great, which made the publishers try a new approach.

From now on, the game is free to download on the European Wii U eShop, where players can play up to 3 times per day. The game is now split into three parts, with each part with one of the game modes. You can play each part for free for up to 3 times a day, or you can purchase each part for 2 Euros. However, the price will rise to 10 Euros on February 28, so if you’re interested in the game, now is the time to act. If you’re in Europe, of course.

Tank Tank Tank was one of the Wii U launch titles and didn’t do well among reviewers. Sales have been somewhat disappointing as well, which explains why Namco is trying this new approach. We suspect it’s only a matter of time before North American Wii U owners get the same treatment.

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  • Yes but what about in the US? and is this game worth playing

  • Ultranist

    WiiU needs more F2P games like TF2

    • Letha1Rage

      I agree completely but I think the only way a game like that would be profitable on the wii u right now(not dissing the wii u in fact I love it I am just saying you cant turn away from the fact that it hasn’t sold that many units)would be for the game to have a fair amount of in game purchases which I personally am fine with as long as the game is great or if they do it in this style where you are limited to how often you can play I like the second way better but that is just me.

      • DragonSilths

        Hasnt sold that many units? It sold more in its first 2 months then the PS3 and Xbox 360 did combined in their first 2 months. Do people honestly expect 10 million or so in its launch to launch window??? Come on now people be reasonable.

        • CharmanderRulz

          That’s the point he was making. No matter how many units it sold for the amount of time the Wii U had it can’t have the same size instal as a fully established console so games would need something like “in game purchases” (or something different)  to counter this if they wanted a better chance of making profit. Put it this way when we found out the Wii U had sold around 3 million units it was about the time Mario U sold 1.5 million. Be it the dates of this info where close but not the same but we can see it was about half the the instal base and if you got the same percentage on the Wii it would be around 50 million! No one is expecting the Wii U to beat the Wii over night. If we wait for the heavy hitters (likely to be at E3) this will drive the instal base and get more third party as a domino effect.

        • Letha1Rage

          No I wasn’t trying to say that I was not saying it is performing poorly I am saying other consoles can afford to have free to play games on them because they have amassed millions and millions of users over their entire life span. Xbox is just now getting a few free to play games after 7 or 8 years on the market. I was just trying to state that right now with it being so early in the wii u’s life cycle that it would be hard to make a substantial profit off of a free to play game.

        • val berger

          You’re talking about a totally different situation there. Sooner or later you’ll see, that Nintendo really didn’t sell as many consoles as they should have. I myself would love to see the WiiU really having an impact, but obviously it hasn’t.

  • Fred

    Really? I thought sales would be good for this game. I love it and every time we have people over to play with us they all like it. It’s a very fun game even my wife likes it.

    • oh really? I guess I give it a try. im gonna have to search up gameplay vids of it first.

  • TrueWiiMaster

    I’m really hoping this happens in America too.  Tank! Tank! Tank! is a game I’d like to try, but based on reviews, I’d rather not buy it.  Now that this has left Japan (they did it there a while back) chances are definitely looking up.  Hopefully the 80% discounted additional content comes over too.

  • Takarashi282

    I’ve played the arcade version of this.  It was pretty decent!

  • I want to get the demo. the game sucks, but I still wanna try it. I’d rather not buy the full game.

  • Scott Duperree

    I thought the videos for this game looked like a little bit of frantic fun.  I couldn’t imagine dropping more than 5 bucks for it though.

  • Oblivion

    I wonder if a VPN is enough to spoof a European connection. They might check the console region though.

  • DemonRoach

    Who wants to buy software made for an 8 year old.  

    • You do 😀

    • DragonSilths

      My good sir you got major misinformation here. The 8 year olds you speak of are playing a popular (crappy) but popular game called COD on the Xbox 360 and PS3. The majority of Nintendos community were people who STARTED GAMING WHEN THEY WERE 8. But are now in their teens, or 20’s, hell all the way up to 40’s and some peoples grandparents. Dont you wish you had gaming grandparents? All though if your grandfather was forced to play COD he might go crazy and think the war is happening again. Point is while age has nothing to do with gaming, gamers are gamers regardless. You sir are no gamer. You try to convince yourself every day that you are, but denial is a powerful thing my friend and we can help you. Trust me this will be hard for you to swallow but you sir are a gaming imposter.

      • D Moness

         Just ignore the really bad troll. Bad as in he sucks at it. He already got his ass handed twice in a lego city undercover newspost.

  • Guest

    Coool 🙂

  • LonDonE247

    as if today, it still is not up in the uk eshop for wii u, i think it updates on Thursdays, so hopefully its her by then, i so wanna get this, Jesus i cant believe that games like this, which are not bad per se, but its games like this which is all i have to play this month on wii u, WHERE THE HELL ARE THE GAMES NINTENDO? they claimed wii u was more for the core gamers, bullshit! they said the 3rd party support would be great, i call bullshit again, mediocre 3rd party ports of 2 games, in not support, whilst all the big games of 2013 are no where to be seen, an what about far cry 3? i can think of no other game better then fc3 to show off what the wii u can do, with regards to hd graphics, the ps3 an 360 versions are terrible! an full of constant screen tearing, an frame rates of 20 to 22 fps! LOL so having this game on wii u, but optimised, an running with full v sync, an locked at 30fps would of shut all those retarded wii u haters up! but again, no we get nothing, instead we are loosing so called exclusives! an from Nintendo for launch we got no core games, like say metroid prime 4, that is a core game, an would have worked well with the touch controller, an also retros team are one of the best in world when it comes to art design an graphics,  oh Nintendo WAKE UP!  

  • Matt Lambourne

    I can’t find it on the eShop.  Am I missing something?

    • Weell, you in Europe?
      Wait I feel stupid, why would you try that in America yet?
      Can you tell me what country you live in?

      • Matt Lambourne

        I’m in UK.

  • Johny

    well… i’ve never said no to free content 🙂 … and im glad we get free games. its kinda sad that the game didnt sell well.. but.. what can you do about it. in this lifespan of wii u (where theres not really SUCH amount of wii u’s sold) average games have a hard time selling obviously 🙂

  • I have the original disc version and i’m willing to compare the two load times.
    ( if it makes any difference ).

  • Desiderio Lazaro

    Not yet in Portugal

    • D Moness

       i used the search function to find it(around an hour ago)

      • Desiderio Lazaro

        and..? did you find it?

  • So if this is available now in Europe…. then why isn’t it up on the eShop? 

    I checked, its not there 

  • ludist210

    I’m wondering if that’s why it disappeared from the “Coming Soon to the eShop” section in the North American eShop.  Maybe they’re going to try that approach in America soon with this game? I was interested, but not at full price.