Nintendo 3DS and Wii U just got new games
The 3DS and Wii U consoles received new games on December 16, 2021. The platforms have long been abandoned by Nintendo, but some developers have remained hopeful.
Nintendo stopped making games for the 3DS in 2019. The company discontinued the Wii U a few years earlier in 2017. But there have been several new releases for these platforms in the meantime and now. These include Lunar for the 3DS as well as Captain U and RTO 3 for the Wii U. The latter joins two other games released this year on the Wii U. The former joins nine other games released this year on the 3DS. Moonbound, Captain U, and RTO 3 all released on December 16.
Captain U takes place in a “new, but familiar universe. You are now known as Captain U and you are here to locate the missing princess! Equipped with this universe’s legendary weapon, the PowerPad, you will use your unique powers to find the princess and save the universe!” The game is a platform game.
RDO 3 is a shooter that takes place on a lunar base being disfigured. “After escaping enemy captivity, you are now alone and must fight overwhelming odds to survive.”
Moonbound is “a challenging 2D arcade action game that forces the player to make quick decisions under pressure. The player controls an astronaut who returns to Earth after completing a geological survey mission in the Beta Iridian solar system. The astronaut’s ship is suddenly damaged by an explosion!The energy crystals that are used as the main power source of the ship are ejected out of the ship and land on six different moons.The player must bring all the remaining crystals back to the ship to be able to return to Earth.
The developer behind Moonbound, Jouni Mutanen, has apparently been working on the game since September 1, 2016. He claims to have put 3,196 hours into production despite a number of setbacks including the death of his father.
“Moonbound is one of my dream projects,” he said. noted. “I love arcade games and always wanted to develop my own arcade game.”
Moonbound, Captain U and RTO 3 can all be purchased from Nintendo eShop.
Since the company no longer produces games for them, the future is uncertain for the 3DS and Wii U. Nintendo has made no statement about when support for the platforms will end. But the writing is in many ways already on the wall and the days are clearly numbered for consoles.
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