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Darksiders II now back on the Wii U eShop

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Last year when THQ imploded and its assets were auctioned off to the highest bidder, its newly released Darksiders 2 was removed from the Wii U eShop. The first round of auctions found the Darksiders 2 IP without a bidder and many thought the series was dead before a second round of auctions were announced. During this round, Nordic Games purchased the Darksiders 2 IP and has since restored the game to the eShop for virtual purchases.

If you were interested in picking up this game before but hadn’t done so, you’ll be able to find it in the eShop now. Curiously, the announcement of the game being returned to the eShop was prefaced with, “Yes they do still exist: amazing games for the Wii U.”

If you haven’t played Darksiders 2 yet, it feels like a cross between God of War combat and Legend of Zelda dungeon-solving. Despite the announcement of the return of Darksiders 2 to the Nintendo eShop, we don’t know if Nordic Games will be working on a Darksiders 3 game.

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  • Fred

    How much is it on the eShop?

    • steveb944

      $60, Amazon it goes for ~$34.

      • Fred

        Wow that was silly of them. You’d think since they picked it up at auction they’d drop the price and hope to spur some extra sales

  • Christian Schoff

    Good to hear.

  • HungryMetroid

    I hope they lowered its price

  • DJKeens

    It’d be nice if that was a sign of a possible patch for the lock ups. I wrote NG and they said it wasn’t possible until the deal was done. Selling it again on the eshop certainly points in that direction.

    • C.S. Bailey

      OK, so I’m not the only person that gets that every now and then. I just restarted the game and had that happen in the second dungeon. i honestly thinks that’s why I stopped playing it in the first place. Having customer service tell me unplug my brand new (screeching) console every time it happened didn’t appeal to me back then.

      • DJKeens

        I can think of one place it happened consistently: The City of the Dead when you’re have to throw a bomb on the switch on the center island. As soon as it exploded it locked up. I did notice oddly enough if took the wii u offline it sometimes would work but 100% fix was to start over from scratch. Probably some corrupt data in the save file. It was always with bombs for me.

  • Donaald

    One of my favorite Action/Adventure games.

  • CEObrainz

    Is this game good? I’ve heard positive things about the game but I’m still contemplating purchasing this.

    • Mario

      I’ve seen videos of the game on Youtube. From what I seen, Darksiders 2 seems to be a pretty good Action-Adventure puzzle game.

      • CEObrainz

        Hmm, well I’ll still have to put a few more hours into MH3U before thinking about this game, but I’m adding it to my list for sure.

        • Magnus Eriksson

          Its a good game :) A bit framedrop, but not too bothering

    • MerryBlind .

      Personally, I thought the first one was the kind of game which does everything right, but lacks that little ‘something’, y’know that sparkle, that soul, or heart. I’m sure you know what I’m saying.

      However I have to say I haven’t played much of it, just a bit here and there because my friend had it. I just never bothered playing it for real because it wasn’t ‘memorable’ for me, but I know the series is generally well appreciated by a lot of people.

      • CEObrainz

        That sounds like a fair review, if I can find at least a few hours worth of entertainment from it then it will be a worth while purchase.

        • ICHI

          That is a fair review, it does nothing technically wrong and it is really fun but it borrows everything from another game. God of war fighting, Zelda over world, horse riding and puzzles, diablo loot system, kingdoms of amalur boss fights and prince of persia platforming. All good stuff but doesn’t give the game it’s own identity, and for those that don’t care about that sort of thing (those people who buy best of albums and claim to be fans) it’s probably the best game ever made :-)

          • Mario

            So? Kid Icarus borrows some elements from the Mario And Zelda. So what’s your point?

          • ICHI

            My point is summarised in the last sentence, it’s the few words before I finished typing, right at the end there, I’m sure you can see it if you look hard enough :-)

          • Mario

            It’s probably the best game ever made?

          • ICHI

            If that’s the way you want to take it then go for it :-) I’m hoping you don’t think that single part is a sentence.

          • Mario

            Ok.

        • MerryBlind .

          lol well it wasn’t really a ‘review’, more like my ‘impression’ since I haven’t played the game thhaaaat much, but thanks anyway!
          Like I said, it IS a good game; my friend really liked it and was trying to convince me to get it and almost did, but there was ‘something’ off for me, can’t put my finger on it (which could simply be the artstyle tbh).
          However, if it DOES interests you, then you’ll probably enjoy it! Also keep in mind my expression is with the first game, but from what I’ve seen both look fairly similar, except in ‘tone’; the 2nd seems ‘darker’.

    • steveb944

      The game is phenomenal. I had the physical disk copy, which sells for $34 on Amazon compared to $60 e shop.

      I played the full story and on disc DLC for a total of 48 hours. It’s great combat and play style as others have said. Sort of Devil May Cry aggressive with a bit of Zelda tools and puzzles. Great game.

      I’m still hoping for a sequel in the franchise, but I sold my old physical copy as soon as I found out it had been canceled.

    • DJKeens

      This is one of those games I keep coming back to. With the customization available in possessed weapons it’s fun to change up how you play. Downside for me was the story. It was good but War’s story was better. Still engaging and hopefully well get to see strife or fury’s story soon. Overall it’s a great spin on the apocalypse.

      • Mario

        I wonder what the two other horsemen had been doing during the apocalypse?

        • C.S. Bailey

          Apparently, Strife lost a gun that was eventually given to Death in DSII.

          • Mario

            And Fury?

          • C.S. Bailey

            Not positive, still have some to go. That last bit of info is given to you about an hour into the game at most after receiving an item.

  • Saul Rivera

    One of the first games I was going to buy for the Wii U..yet…never got around to getting it

    • ICHI

      I did exactly the same though managed to get the disk on the cheap just before Christmas, it’s an excellent game, though can be a bit buggy being a launch game and a port.

  • David Flick

    Would love to give it a try but I just ordered W101 so I should be busy

    • Dylan Clark

      W101 is a bowl of hot shit lol so have fun.

    • alex toschi

      Don’t listen to David. Wonderful 101 is an amazing game. So underrated it’s not even funny

  • Green

    Is it 60? I’d be willing to pay 20-30 , but no more :o.

    • steveb944

      Yeah it’s $60 on there but you can get it from Amazon for $34. Well worth it.

  • Steve Rees

    Great game! Infact I’m playing it right now, although I’ve had the hard copy for ages, I’ve not been able to.really play it until I got my own WiiU. My wife’s being in the front room, mine now in my gaming room. :-P Get it if you can peeps!

  • David Trail

    I would have bought it for £10/ £15 but the price they are asking is absurd.

    • TaintedXGamer

      Brought my copy a while ago, loving it got it preowned at 9.99 ;) the game’s really good!

  • Krzysztof

    Darksiders II (Nintendo Wii U)
    http://amazon.co.uk/dp/B00844Q8LO

    £17

  • Charlieblizz

    Really enjoyed it, and hope we see a third installment. I knew it was unlikely, but I was really hoping nintendo would have waded into that auction and grabbed the Darksiders IP for itself.

  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    This title interested me. if I can find it at a reasonable price, I’ll pick it up

    • darkcreap

      Check the WiiU eShop. It is on sale due to the release. I have checked my eShop price vs my country’s Amazon store and it is cheaper at the eShop. Try and compare, maybe you might like to go digital for this game.

      I bought my first digital game for a game with retail release recently. It is Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. It was cheaper on retail, but the loading times made me think about buying it in digital format.

      Bad thing is that I don’t know anyone with the disc version to compare loading times.

      • larz_1234

        The load times are not too bad on the retail disk. I just ran a test and a level loaded in about 10 seconds and going back to the world map was about 12 seconds.

        • darkcreap

          Similar to the load times I have on hard disk.

  • Daniel Gonzalez

    $20 sounds more like a reasonable price.

    • Stephen Macneil

      The game is $20 for every other platform. I got the wii u version for $20 on sake but that’s what it should be.

  • Stephen Macneil

    Got this on sale for $20 but didn’t get the chance to play it yet. Looking forward to it though.

  • WiiUPS4

    Awesome ..I want this game

  • Restone

    Sorry but don’t be fooled. Darksiders II plays nothing like a Zelda game. Not saying it’s not a good game but it strayed away from what the first Darksiders was. The first installment had that action and puzzlesque feeling, same progression style and boss fight styles (and similar items too!) a Zelda game has, and it included the action and gore from a GoW game.

    My guess is that the developers got tired of having a the game called a Zelda knockoff and took the game on a completely different road. Darksiders II approach is more of an action hack and slash dungeon crawler game with some platforming (you’ll be climbing walls and jumping most of the game). There are only 1 or 2 bosses (next to nothing with the amount of enemies in the game) that require some thinking to damage (a la Zelda) but the rest of the enemies and bosses is just mash the A button like a Hack & Slash game while their hp bar goes down. Also there are pretty much no puzzles, which in turn have been substituted with platforming and wall climbing to press X switch to move X platform or gain access to a new area where more platforming awaits. Items are scarce and the only few “puzzles” in the game (if you can call them that) revolve around them, and are in turn repeated and recycled throughout the whole game which makes it a tad bit tedious and boring. While there are few “puzzle” items, there is a ton of loot (armor, weapons, etc) that you can get from the many dungeons infested with boring enemies, strengthening more the hack and slash and dungeon crawler aspect of the game.

    I have nothing against this game, I played it to the very end and enjoyed it. Just don’t buy it expecting it to play like a Zelda game (go to the first one if you want one) because if you do you will be in for a big disappointment. It feels more like a Diablo and GoW crossover. Oh, it also has an overworld hub and you can ride a horse. That’s as much Zelda as you can get.

    Just my opinion though.

  • Rinslowe

    “we don’t know if Nordic Games will be working on a Darksiders 3 game.”

    If they were and it missed the Wii U, it would be beyond a joke…

  • C.S. Bailey

    First game I downloaded…….. took ages since it was launch week.

  • Pilu Skifte Grønvold

    Great news! loved the game. Still hoping for Darksiders 3.

  • Jon Neale

    Nordic games need to patch this up if they want people to buy it at that price! An excellent game but at points glitches prevent normal play.

  • GregoryTheRainMaker

    Not bad. I might try to play this at a lower price.

  • DC777

    I can’t find it today. Did they take it down again?