Back in November, we thought Captain U would be the last Wii U game released on the console. But, thanks to Markanime, that’s not the case.
Pad of Time is a 2.5D platformer inspired by the N64 classics that allows you to travel between the past, present and future of each level. We hear you, Sonic CD fans! And we don’t need to travel too far into the future to play it, as the game will launch on April 13.
There are no time warps to wade through here; you can switch between the three time periods whenever you want at the touch of your screen. It also has a bit of a Paper Mario vibe, with 2D character models and polygonal backgrounds with tons of color and depth.
And don’t worry, if you don’t have your Wii U yet (gasp! How could you?), the game is also coming to Switch. But the Wi U version has a really neat little mode that lets you play through the whole game like it’s a Game Boy game, changing the visuals to those blocky sepia and green tones that we’re used to remember so fondly.
Here’s what to expect from Pad of Time, straight from the press kit:
Pad of Time is a classic action-adventure game with a retro Nintendo 64 aesthetic with a twist! In this game, you can use a time machine to switch between the past, present and future of each level.
Our main characters are ready to mess up “the timeline” for their own benefit and face tough bosses.
– Classic platformer 2.5D graphics with retro Nintendo 64 (Paper Mario) aesthetics
– Travel in time, discover the past, present and future of all levels
– 3 playable characters with balanced, fast and strong unique abilities
– Kawaii Chibi-looking characters that fit Nintendo consoles perfectly
– Play the whole game with a Gameboy look [Exclusive feature on Wii U]– Based on an online animated web series
– Game developed by a solo indie game developer as a side project
The main characters are three brothers: Mark, July and Art.
Mark, the geeky brother. He created the Pad of Time and only wants to test it. Its abilities are balanced and it is recommended for beginners.
July, the clever and skillful sister. She wants to know more about time itself. This character always wears roller skates and moves fast, if you are an experienced player this is your character.
Art, the big brother, he has a museum and wants to recover precious pieces of the past, this character is the slowest but jumps higher, if you have already beaten a level, Art will be useful for replayability.
It sounds so damn fun, but it’s also looks awesome. We love those background visuals that pop with color, and the Game Boy mode is an adorable little touch.
Don’t forget that Nintendo recently announced that the Wii U eShop will be closing next March, so if you want to get Pad of Time on your trusty old Wii U, you’ll need to get in pretty quickly.
What do you think of Pad of Time? And will we see more Wii U releases soon? Let us know in the comments!