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News: New Wii Design Could Go As Low as £80

New Wii Design Could Go As Low as £80

Retailers gear up for Christmas

The new look Wii is coming to Europe, and comes with Wii Sports and Wii Party but no GameCube support. It's now come to light that Nintendo isn't expected to drastically reduce the console's trade price, but that retailers may still drop the machine to as low as £79.99 in the run-up to Christmas. A Nintendo...

News: Rhythm Heaven Wii & 3DS Take Japan Chart Top Spots

Rhythm Heaven Wii & 3DS Take Japan Chart Top Spots

A good week

Last week 3DS sales leapt in Japan after the console dropped from 25,000 Yen to 15,000 Yen, and it's still ruling the roost this week according to Media Create's figures. The console sold 105,639 units to sit pretty at the top of the chart, outselling all other consoles combined. It was still a sharp decline from the previous week though, when Nintendo shifted nearly 200,000 consoles..

Rumour: Nintendo Preparing Dual Analogue 3DS Revamp

Nintendo Preparing Dual Analogue 3DS Revamp

Add-on for current consoles too

French site 01net has sparked up another intense round of rumour milling with its latest rumour that Nintendo is currently preparing to unveil a new design of the Nintendo 3DS. 01net's anonymous source claims the company will show off a new version of the console that downplays the 3D aspects and introduces a second...

News: New Wii is No Smaller Than Before

New Wii is No Smaller Than Before

Just cheaper

The new look Wii console will lose GameCube compatibility, which prompted some to presume the console will be more compact, but Nintendo has revealed the console is exactly the same size as its predecessor. The Nintendo website listed the box contents, and specifically states: The newly configured Wii console retains the same physical...

News: Wii Owners Encounter Xenoblade Disc Read Errors

Wii Owners Encounter Xenoblade Disc Read Errors

Not a good start

Xenoblade Chronicles released across the UK and Europe today, but some Wii owners are reporting difficulty getting their consoles to recognise the game. Our own Marcel van Duyn has reported disc read errors when attempting to load the game, despite the console only being newly replaced by Nintendo after the notorious Super Smash...

News: Current Wii Model to be Discontinued

Current Wii Model to be Discontinued

Wave goodbye to your GameCube ports, forever.

Earlier today Nintendo announced that a new Wii design would be available before Christmas in the UK and Europe. Part of the redesign was to lose GameCube support including both the backwards compatibility to play GameCube games and use of the GameCube controllers for Wii titles. Nintendo has now...

News: First Photo of New Look Wii Console

First Photo of New Look Wii Console

Not really much different

Anyone expecting a huge change for the upcoming Wii redesign might be disappointed that the console has only undergone a slight alteration, as Eurogamer's first image proves. The console's box art shows the machine lying horizontal for the first time on a Wii hardware box, with the console logo displayed on the front too...

News: New Look Wii Released This Christmas

New Look Wii Released This Christmas

Backwards compatibility for Gamecube cut

Nintendo will release a new-look Wii console in the UK this Christmas, reports Official Nintendo Magazine. The console will be part of a new package that includes Wii Party and Wii Sports, and will be a white Wii slightly redesigned to sit horizontally rather than vertically. Nintendo has also revealed it'll...

News: Wii U Controller Patent Reveals Interesting Features

Wii U Controller Patent Reveals Interesting Features

Fingers crossed for a mini George Foreman grill

At this stage in the game, Nintendo has officially revealed relatively little about the specifics behind the upcoming Wii U and its controller technology. Apart from the standard features one would come to expect from any brand of console controller, we know the Wii U's will also sport a 6.2-inch touch...

News: Nintendo DS Sales Figures Make Wii's Look Tiny

Nintendo DS Sales Figures Make Wii's Look Tiny

More big numbers

The Nintendo Annual Report Wii sales figures were impressive, weren't they? 86m Wii consoles sold with over 716m games sold as well. The DS sales figures dwarf those big numbers, though. Worldwide, the DS family of consoles — that's DS, DS Lite, DSi and DSi XL/LL of course — has shifted a massive 146.42m units. An estimated...

News: Japanese 3DS Sales Slump Coincided with Price Cut Announcement

Japanese 3DS Sales Slump Coincided with Price Cut Announcement

No doubt sales will pick up again soon

How do you temporarily halt sales of the 3DS? In Japan's case at least, an announcement of a price cut that will come into effect the following month will do it. According to Media Create and as reported by Andriasang, the 3DS sold about 16,415 units during the week that ran from 25th to 31st July in Japan...

News: From April to June, Nintendo Only Sold 700,000 3DS Consoles

From April to June, Nintendo Only Sold 700,000 3DS Consoles

That's worldwide

We knew 3DS was off to a slow start, but the bigger picture is becoming clearer thanks to Nintendo's latest financial report. The company reveals that in the three months before June 2011 the console shifted just 710,000 units around the world, with 4.53 million software units sold. By way of comparison, the legacy DS system —...

News: 3DS Gets Big Price Drop in Japan Next Month

3DS Gets Big Price Drop in Japan Next Month

Shaving zeroes

The 3DS has had a sluggish sales start so far but Nintendo is hoping to give the machine a kick start in Japan with a huge price drop effective 11th August. The recommended retail price will drop from 25,000 Yen (around $317 / £196) to 15,000 Yen ($190 / £117), a huge decrease this early in the console's life span. A similar price drop will come to Europe and North America between..

News: EA Sports Working Closely with Nintendo on Wii U's Online

EA Sports Working Closely with Nintendo on Wii U's Online

Vice president happy with Nintendo's attitude

Nintendo has expressed its own dissatisfaction with its online efforts and it's clearly one area that will need to be tackled with the upcoming Wii U. When Nintendo of America's president Reggie Fils-Aime spoke to Forbes, he talked about implementing a more flexible online system that will appeal to developers and it now seems that EA Sports might be..

News: Boost Your 3DS Battery with Hyperkin's Powerplus

Boost Your 3DS Battery with Hyperkin's Powerplus

Squeeze more juice

The 3DS's battery life isn't the best around, but Hyperkin's newest accessory will keep the power light at the end of the tunnel on a little longer. The 3DS Powerplus is a rechargeable 1800mAH battery pack that nearly doubles the console's battery life, slotting onto the console and charging via USB, and is available now for...

News: 3DS Double Sales in Japan After Star Fox and Flare Red Launch

3DS Double Sales in Japan After Star Fox and Flare Red Launch

The Fox effect

Star Fox 64 3DS hits the West on 9th September, but it's already out in Japan and has given the console's sales a sizeable boost. Between 11th and 17th July, the game shifted 32,475 units across the country, putting it in sixth position behind two PlayStation baseball games, Taiko Drum Master Portable DX on PSP, Puyo Puyo!! on DS and the first Wii entry in Level-5's popular football..

News: Nintendo Refuses to Confirm GameCube Downloads on Wii U

Nintendo Refuses to Confirm GameCube Downloads on Wii U

No denying either

Yesterday we reported that GameCube games could come to Wii U via WiiWare, and Nintendo has now released an official (and very carefully worded) statement to Destructoid: To clarify the capabilities of the Wii U system: As correctly stated, Wii U will not play Nintendo GameCube discs, however Nintendo has not made any...

News: Vigil Games Talks Darksiders II and Tricky Wii U Development

Vigil Games Talks Darksiders II and Tricky Wii U Development

Staff members have high opinions of the console

The action adventure game Darksiders II for the Wii U won't look any better than the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 versions, but not because it is unable to do so. Jay Fitzloff, marketing manager at THQ's Vigil Games spoke to Video Gamer about how relatively easy it was to get the the visuals to match the standards of the PS3 and 360 versions: We're not..