This is actually the first game I played once I got my Wii U in order. It's just $10, and it looks GLORIOUS.
It's like a faster-paced, no-frills version of the 3DS game. The enemies are more plentiful, your rate of fire is faster, the story bits are gone (sorry Joe), and it's just pure arcade action.
The game has awesome leaderboards. Unlike any leaderboards in any Wii game ever, you can filter your Friends' scores. The leaderboards also appear to be updated damn near instantaneously, unlikes the lb's for most PSN games I've played.
You can play on the TV or the GamePad. Either way, you're getting kick-ass visuals. Shin'en are masters at what they do, always have been and still are.
I did a bit better after playing the game again, scoring 1.7 million points on Epsilon. Still, I have no idea how the bonus round works which seems to be able to give quite a lot of points if you can enter it. Do the letters drop randomly or is there something I have to do to get them to drop? And what's with the leaderboard saying the total of missions? I'm not even sure what that means.
Aside from being in the midst of a combo or at the end after the exit appears, is time a factor in this game? Like should I be running around killing everyone as fast as possible, or does that not matter as much?
@VofEscaflowne I think mission total means how many attempts you have made to get that score? Although if I'm right, it doesn't make sense that there are scores with 0 for that...
PS. I love the almost Metroid Prime-ish feel of this game's environments and music (at times.)
Oh I think I figured it out. It's the game's "achievements" where you have missions to complete. Kind of odd to list those since I don't imagine they'll update even if you have them all but don't beat your current high score.
I'm 12th on Episilon now with 2,135,550. 2nd in Negative World.
I didn't get the bonus round though, that would have helped a lot. How do you get it? It seems like it depends on how quickly you are killing the enemies? If so, that would make it tough, because the only reason I scored so high is because I make my hit accuracy high by being very careful about how and when I kill the enemies. Also I used Renjaku's "cheat" on the boss which is don't shoot at all, just use the 1,000 point item over and over on it and you get 100% accuracy.
We have 3 people in the top 20! Gah, I really, really wish Nintendo had set up some kind of "clan" system, we could dominate and then everyone would be like "Yo, who are these Negative World people and how do I join their clan?!"
And then Guillaume would join the NWR clan and became our rival...
I really wish that I understood how to get the bonus round though. I didn't get past "B" in that run. I know it isn't random, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Playing slow / conservatively seems to hurt your chances to get letters.
As one of the TOP NEGATIVE WORLD PLAYERS, and also TOP PLAYERS IN THE WORLD, PERIOD I can give a few tips but there are still some things I don't understand.
One thing that is very important for score is your hit percentage. So instead of firing willy nilly, try to make each shot count.
Another thing that helps a ton is to clear out the maps 100%. When you hit 90% the exit appears and you have to rush to it quickly. But that last 10% is definitely possible to take out. Use the map on the GamePad and get it done! Also, it helps if you take out the more "difficult" enemies first, so that last 10% are just scrubs.
Another thing that will give your score a huge boost is to make sure you have the $1,000 item (forget what it is called) and use it EXCLUSIVELY on the boss (IE, don't fire a single shot of your regular gun.) You will get 100 accuracy for the boss stage and get massive points. This thing probably helps during other missions too, but I don't know if you would have enough money to buy it all the time.
I'd also say figure out how to trigger the letters you collect to get to the bonus round, because that is huge. I have no freaking idea what triggers them though.