Nano Assault Neo Review – Wii U
After getting our hands on Nano Assault Neo for Wii U, there are some debatable questions. First and foremost, did developer Shin'en deliver a Wii U must-have or is this a download to skip over?
Protect the cell against bacterium and other amassing threats with an ultra-powered antibody-sized nano ship. This dual-stick shooter offers up a disorienting lightshow on a 3D platform. The player has to watch out for enemies in all directions, but as the player moves around the cell, they also have to worry about the sides of the cell they can’t even see. It’s exhilarating and challenging, but not overwhelming (at least after a bit of practice). Clear the cells in each cluster and advance to the next area.
Clearing a cell is half the battle. Max the multiplier by clearing cells without taking damage, underneath certain times, or by collecting points upgrades. More importantly, staying alive allows the player to keep their arsenal moving into the next level, which is vital in surviving some of the harder cells.
Points can be used at the shop between levels. Purchase extra lives, 2x multipliers, and incidentals like temporary shields. The player can purchase upgrades for the maximum multiplier, too. Earn B O N U S tokens inside of levels to participate in the bonus round: a spiraling minigame that increases in speed as the player progresses. The object is to avoid the biological pillars as long as possible while collecting points tokens. It’s a dizzying way to provide complimentary gameplay to the main 3D experience.
The game features Missions to keep the player busy throughout their story mode and arcade mode game sessions. This tallied checklist includes accomplishing feats like clearing a cell with 100% clear rate, finishing a cell under 60 seconds, maxing high scores, and staying alive in Survivor Mode.
Nano Assault Neo Wii U Trailer Footage
The Wii U Gamepad operates as a secondary HUD indicating where enemies and tokens are located on the map. The 3D map can be rotated to help understand orientation, and automatically pauses the game while in use (a great option that I hope catches on). It features remote gameplay that can be engaged by click and toggled from the pause menu.
Nano Assault Neo is an excellent title that suffers because of its length. There are only twelve levels and four bosses. The bosses are pretty anticlimactic given some of the creativity and difficulty of some of the regular minion creatures. Survivor Mode can be unlocked after all sixteen levels are completed, which adds a little bit of bulk to the game. Unfortunately, there is still only 5-10 hours of gameplay here.
Presentation – Stimulating color schemes and light displays make Nano Assault Neo an excellent visual experience
Optimization – Extremely responsive dual-stick shooter
Ingenuity – Extremely creative enemies, settings, and bosses; more levels would have solidified this as a Wii U must have.
Sound – Pew pew
Entertainment – Captivating, but the length of the game is disappointing.
Nano Assault Neo and Chris Rock are the only two things ever to make antibodies kickass. Nano Assault Neo is almost one of the best downloadable Wii U titles available. It offers up unique 3D dual stick shooter gameplay that really suffers from a lack of depth. Not every game has to be excessively lengthy, but there isn't enough replay value in the Arcade Mode or Survivor Mode to justify the shortage of levels and bosses. Ultimately, it’s still a great download and an incredibly creative title. Just be prepared for the limited amount of gameplay.
GamerCheese Final Score: 4/5