Retail - News

July2013

  • News Japanese Wii U eShop Promotion Undercuts Retail Prices

    Pikmin 3 is first up

    One of many headline sales strategies from Nintendo right now is to encourage us to 'go digital' and download our retail titles. It's an idea that is producing some dividends on the 3DS, particularly as the convenience of readily accessible games is so useful with a portable device. It seems that the drive to encourage us onto...

June2013

  • Talking Point New Super Luigi U Opens The Door For Quick Expansions in Other Franchises

    DLC and boxed copies can satisfy everyone

    After a bit of a wait and a release lineup that, apart from the odd exception, has been drier than the Sahara desert in recent weeks, Luigi jumps to the rescue with New Super Luigi U. It's arrived in this week's Nintendo Download update as DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U, but will have a life of its own as...

  • News Waiting For Wii U To Drop In Price? Not Going To Happen, Says Nintendo

    NoA's Scott Mofitt believes console offers "great value"

    We won't bore you with a summary of why the Wii U needs a price cut — after all, we've been over that many, many times. With the PS4 and Xbox One looming on the horizon and Wii U sales in the toilet, it's the most logical way of reigniting consumer interest and making sure there's a large...

  • Rumour Best Buy Beginning Return of Wii U Basic Models Before E3

    Time to say goodbye to the 8GB system?

    Earlier this week we reported on a rumour that GameStop will be returning Wii U Basic systems as part of a product recall by Nintendo. It's certainly not beyond the realm of possibility as the SKU has seemed to struggle, while a 32GB White Wii U is coming to Japan; if we were to don our guessing hats we'd...

  • Rumour Nintendo Is Recalling Wii U Basic Bundle

    Could we see a new bundle appear after E3?

    A company-wide email is apparently being distributed by GameStop which indicates that the retailer is withdrawing the Wii U Basic bundle from sale. The email — which has since made its way into the hands of Kotaku — states: Nintendo Wii U Basic Recall – Two Week Preparation On Tuesday, 6. .. All...

May2013

April2013

  • Talking Point The Arrival of eShop Download Codes in Stores is a Smart Move

    Another step forward

    This week it was announced that Nintendo of Europe had established an agreement with retailer GAME, for it to exclusively sell select download codes from the high street and its website; it's the first serious move to match up to similar download cards already available in Japan. The GAME retail group has stores across Europe...

  • News Fresh Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Stock Arrives In The UK

    The hunt is back on

    Getting hold of a copy of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate in the UK has been easier said than done since the game launched in March; the popularity of Capcom's beast-slaying epic has resulted in a situation where demand has far outstripped supply. Thankfully, Nintendo UK has gotten in touch with us this morning to confirm that the...

  • News South African Retailer Slices Wii U Price in Half

    Toyzone offering a Wii U for as little as R1,500

    In order to help boost Wii U sales, many UK retailers decided to cut the price of the system. Back in March Asda and Amazon sliced £50 off the price tag, while HMV knocked a staggering £140 off a Premium console and ZombiU bundle. It seems heavy price drops aren't exclusive to the UK though, as it...

  • News HMV Buyout Saves High Street Retailer

    The dog's been thrown a bone

    In recent weeks we've reported on the worrying fate of the HMV brand in the UK; rather like GAME last year, it went into administration and 81 stores were closed down as the administrators worked to salvage the business. As one of only a few retailers that stocks a relatively substantial range of video games on the UK...

  • News Amazon Promoting Rival Consoles On Nintendo Product Pages

    You know there's also this "Vita" thing...?

    Kotaku’s Jason Schreier has long been intrigued by Amazon.com’s lack of direct supply when it comes to Nintendo consoles. Now he has reported on another unusual habit: the advertising of other brand names on Nintendo consoles’ product pages. Looking up Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles on Amazon shows...

March2013

  • News Monster Hunter And Price Cut Trigger Wii U Sales Spike In UK

    125 percent increase compared to previous week

    MCV has reported that Wii U hardware sales rose by 125 percent in the UK last week. The staggering leap is thought to have been caused by the UK launch of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, as well as HMV's price reduction on the Premium bundle - a deal which represents a saving of £140. Were you one of the...

  • News GameStop: Wii U Marketing Strategy Has "Not Broken Through" To Consumers

    More first party titles will enable system to "take off"

    Earlier in the month, GameStop President Tony Bartel said Wii U sales had been slower than the company had anticipated and that the system would need some great first party titles in order to compete. The games retailer recently had its post-earnings financial call, which has been reported on...

  • News Aussie Retailers Express Their Views on Wii U

    Nintendo 'needs to build awareness'

    Wii U has had a difficult few months in practically every country since the New Year. Many have attributed it to a distinct lack of new releases - something that is beginning to improve with the release of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. One nation where Wii U owners have had a more difficult time than others is...

  • News Wii U UK Price Reaches New Low As HMV Slashes Premium Bundle Cost

    £199.99 bundle represents a £140 saving

    Embattled UK high street retailer HMV has reduced the price of the Wii U Premium bundle to just £199.99. The store is also throwing in a copy of Ubisoft's ZombiU for that price, which means buyers are making a saving of £140. This marks a new low for the Wii U's UK price, with retailers in the region...

  • News Nintendo UK Promises to Meet Retailers, Share Wii U Strategy and Boost the System

    "We look forward to updating – and exciting – our partners"

    It's common knowledge that Wii U sales have lost momentum, worldwide, in the early months of 2013. After a promising set of launch figures, NPD results for North America in January and February have been low, Japanese sales are currently only beating Wii and Xbox 360 (which sells poorly...

  • News LEGO City Goes A Little Too Undercover At North American Retail

    Copies hard to find, retailers expecting stock later this week

    LEGO City: Undercover launched in North America this week, but reports are coming in that finding the game isn't as easy as it possibly should be. Just as happened with Fire Emblem: Awakening a while back, it would seem that there's been some kind of shipping problem, as US stores are...

  • News GameStop: Wii U Will Need Great First Party Titles To Compete

    Sales have been "slower than expected"

    It's no secret that Wii U sales have been a bit on the sluggish side in 2013, but many retailers are hopeful they'll soon pick up once a few more games start being released. One games retailer that has been disappointed with the number of Wii U units flying off the shelves is GameStop. In an interview with...

  • News UK Price War Rages As Asda And Amazon Slice £50 Off Wii U Cost

    Basic and Premium bundles down to £199 and £249 respectively

    The cries for a Wii U price cut seem to have caused a reaction, as both Amazon.co.uk and UK superstore Asda have knocked £50 off the price of both Wii U bundles. Asda — which is owned by US store Walmart — was the first to move, cutting the price of the Basic and Premium bundles...

  • News UK Supermarket Chain Asda Preparing a Bid for HMV

    Around 120 stores could remain

    Earlier in the year we reported that the UK and Ireland retail firm HMV had gone into administration, the latest embattled high-street chain to do so. Although best known in the past for selling music, its stock has diversified to other areas such as video games, making it one of the most prominent high street sellers...

February2013

  • News GameStop Lists Watch Dogs Wii U For Preorder

    Wishful thinking or inside knowledge?

    Last week, we reported on the rumour that Ubisoft's Watch Dogs was Wii U-bound. The story was the result of a leak of promotional materials which stated that the game was coming to "All home consoles". That rumour has been given a little more weight by the fact that GameStop has posted a preorder listing for...

  • News Xbox 360 On Track To Surpass The Wii's UK Sales Record

    Nintendo's console set to lose its UK crown

    Microsoft's Xbox 360 console has topped 8 million consoles sold in the UK to date, and is now on track to surpass Nintendo Wii's sales record in the region. This would secure the system's position as the UK's number 1 selling console. But that incoming PlayStation announcement on February 20th could...

  • News UK Retailers Call For Wii U Price Cut And Fresh Approach From Nintendo

    “Wii U has not caught the public’s imagination yet”

    UK games trade publication MCV has spoken to a wide range of retailers and the general feeling seems to be that the system needs a price cut — as well as new games and better marketing — to turn its fortunes around. January marked the console's second month on sale in the UK, and it...

  • News Amazon Lists The Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker HD For $59.99

    Nintendo taking the full-price route?

    The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is an updated version of the GameCube classic, which may lead you to assume that Nintendo will follow the example set by HD remakes on other consoles and give the game a lower-than-usual retail price. Of course, that isn't how Nintendo works - recent 3DS remakes for The...

January2013

  • News So, How Is The Wii U Doing In The UK?

    Could do better?

    Although those who have purchased the Wii U - us included - are perfectly happy with the system, experts and analysts want cold, hard numbers to prove how well a new piece of hardware is doing. And sadly, in the case of the Wii U, those figure are a little on the depressing side. Eurogamer has conduced its own investigation into...

  • News GAME Doubles Up On Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

    Get both the 3DS and Wii U versions for a slightly reduced price in the UK

    As you probably know, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is launching on two Nintendo systems this year - the 3DS and the Wii U. While the Wii U version offers online play, the 3DS edition has that all-important portable factor - something we can imagine is causing many potential...

  • News Nintendo Comes Out On Top In Consumer Experience Poll

    Beating Apple, Sony and Microsoft

    A recent poll has seen Nintendo top the list for best customer service, outranking Apple, Sony, Samsung and Microsoft - among others. The findings were charted by Forrester, an independent market research firm that specialises in the tech sector. 7,500 US participants in the survey were asked: “How well did they...

  • Talking Point The Future Role of High Street Games Retailers

    Tough times ahead?

    The past twelve months have shown just how volatile the current market is for retailers. With the global recession taking its toll, several high street businesses are finding it difficult to compete. This week alone saw both HMV and Blockbuster slip into administration in the UK, putting thousands of jobs at risk. Video game...

  • News Blockbuster UK Joins HMV In Administration

    UK games retail suffers its second blow in the space of a week

    This week, HMV - the UK's last major high street entertainment retailer - slid into administration after suppliers declined to help the ailing chain, putting around 4,350 jobs at risk. The bad news for UK retail doesn't end there, however - Blockbuster UK has also announced its...

  • News UK Retailer HMV Set To Go Into Administration

    4,350 jobs at risk

    HMV is the latest high street casualty in the UK. The music, DVD and video game retailer is to appoint an administrator, putting around 4,350 jobs at risk. The company has been in a financial mess for more than a year now; in December share prices plummeted after it warned it could breach bank loan agreements. The retailer...

  • News UK Video Games Market Fell By 17.4% in 2012

    Big challenges for the industry

    The Entertainment Retailers Association has reported that in 2012 the UK video games market fell by 17.4%, including both physical and digital sales. In 2011 the whole video games market in the UK was worth £1.934 billion, in comparison to £1.598 billion in 2012. While digital sales did increase by 7.7% in 2012,...

December2012

  • News False Alarm! Wii U GamePads Not Going Solo Just Yet

    UK retailer blames listing error

    A few outlets were reporting earlier this morning that UK catalogue store Very.co.uk had become the first retailer in the world to begin selling the Wii U GamePad as a standalone item - which was surprising news given that there's nothing to use two GamePads for right now, unless you like really expensive bookends...

November2012

October2012

  • News Project X Zone Struggles At Japanese Retail

    Crossover RPG limps to 100,000 copies

    Namco Bandai's much-hyped tactical RPG Project X Zone isn't performing as well as expected in its native Japan, with just 12,450 sold during the week of Monday 15th October. That brings the game's total sales to 97,989 units since its launch a week before. In contrast, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy has...

  • News GameStop Kids Store Launches, 80 More Planned

    Mario and Pokémon plushes a-hoy!

    Are you tired of going into a video game store and seeing M-rated games covering the shelves, with rows and rows of box covers full of guns and snarling faces? Help is at hand, if you live in the U.S. near Grapevine Mills Mall in TX, as there's a new GameStop Kids store in town. The first of a new range of 80 stores...

  • News GamerPrint Gets Festive With Video Game Christmas Cards

    Ho Ho Bros

    It's almost that time of year, when everyone is merry, bright, and decking the halls with boughs of holly. Whether we like it or not, it's creeping up fast. Buying cards for this festive time, meanwhile, can often be a little bit dull, but GamerPrint has something to offer gamers for the upcoming holiday season. The gaming enthusiast's...

  • News Soothsayers, Begone - 3DS Software Sales Rise 89 Percent Over Last Year

    Nintendo's handheld remains robust in the face of mobile competition

    Like a broken record, industry experts seem to delight in telling anyone that will listen that the 3DS is doomed. The rise of mobile phone gaming on iOS and Android seems to suggest to many that traditional consoles have no real future, but this anaylsis conviently ignores the fact...

  • News Teens Losing Interest In Social Gaming, Turning To Traditional Consoles

    Research also shows the growth of digital downloads

    Everywhere you look, there seems to be a story about how traditional consoles are under threat from social gaming, and that the console market as we know it is all but doomed. However, new research from Analyst firm Piper Jaffray reveals that attitudes towards social gaming are changing, with teen...

  • News NPD: US Consumers Want a Hot Item This Xmas, But The Wii U Isn't It

    Industry as a whole is in better shape, though

    2012 hasn't been a fantastic year for the video game industry in terms of sales. Year on year, the market is shrinking - August saw a drop of 20 percent, which is understandably worrying for developers, publishers and retailers. However, The NPD Group - whose job it is to research sales trends in the...

  • News Wii U Resellers Captilise On Demand By Fleecing Consumers

    Would you pay $1,550 for Nintendo's new console this Christmas?

    Unless you count the Virtual Boy, pretty much every new Nintendo console has experienced incredible demand in the first month of its release. Millions of people want to upgrade but stock is usually limited - hardly surprising with brand new hardware. Sadly, this situation allows...

  • News Nintendo: Phones And Tablets Aren't Games Devices

    UK PR director bullish about 3DS' forthcoming Christmas war against mobile

    Nintendo UK's marketing and PR director Shelly Pearce has spoken to MCV about the upcoming war for wallets this Christmas, and has stated that the company is confident that its 'true' gaming systems will hold their own against devices like smartphones and tablets. When asked...

September2012

  • News Reggie Promises Steady Stream Of Wii U Consoles

    Supply chain is "solid", lessons learned from past launches

    Hardware launches are traditionally accompanied by annoying shortages as early demand outstrips supply, but Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has taken steps to calm nervous customers who may be worried that they're in for a long wait if they haven't already preordered the Wii...

  • News North America, Here Are Your 23 Wii U Launch Titles

    What you'll be able to pick up with your console come November 18th

    Nintendo has officially confirmed the 23 games which will launch alongside its Wii U console in North America on the 18th November. It has also revealed the 29 additional titles that are confirmed for release in the 'launch window', a period which runs from 18th November all the...

  • News French Domination Predicted For Wii U

    Industry experts believe Wii U will outsell rivals by massive margin

    With many within the industry predicting a tough time for Nintendo and its Wii U system, leading tech company IDG has bravely stated that it thinks the console will enjoy a comfortable lead over its next-gen rivals by the time 2014 rolls around. The predictions were made by a...

  • News Toys R Us Taking Wii U Pre-Orders Again

    Wii U Basic Bundle and two games available for $419

    While stores left, right and centre are running out of pre-orders for the Wii U, it's since turned out that Toys R Us is now accepting them again. There's a caveat, of course - they're fresh out of Wii U Premium Models, and are bundling the Basic 8 GB model with copies of Scribblenauts: Unlimited...

  • News Nintendo: Wii U Basic Bundle Designed To Attract Core Gamers

    If Nintendo Land isn't your thing, try something else

    There's a school of thought which suggests that much of the Wii's success was down to Wii Sports - possibly one of the most effective pack-in games of all time. The game illustrated perfectly what the console was about, and consequently became one of the system's most played titles. With the Wii...

  • Talking Point Are Wii U Games Going To Be Too Expensive?

    At $60 a pop, can the Wii U really provide value for money?

    In an age where many gamers are getting their entertainment for free via either 'freemium' smartphone titles or free-to-play web services, it should hardly be a massive shock to learn that there are some individuals out there that believe big-budget home console releases are a dying breed;...

  • Rumour You Will Be Able To Preorder Wii U At GameStop This Thursday

    Retailer is going big on Nintendo's new machine

    We all know that Thursday's presentation is going to be related to the Wii U, with the most likely scenario being a launch date reveal and pricing details. To add a little more spice to this speculation, GoNintendo has reported that several readers have gotten in touch to report on various goings-on at...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. 2 Smashes The One Million Barrier In Japan

    New 3DS title has sold faster than Mario 3D Land

    New Super Mario Bros. 2 has sold a staggering 1,068,878 units in Japan since it was released on July 28th - five weeks ago. The figure has been reported in the latest Enterbrain chart, which covers August 27th through September 2nd. The previous Mario title on the 3DS - Super Mario 3D Land - took...

  • News More Tantalising Wii U Pricing Rumours Emerge Online

    Starting at $249.99, release date 11th November

    Got your pinch of salt ready? Video Product Distributors have posted up some information relating to the possible SKUs for Nintendo's Wii U console. In case you didn't know already, VPD is a distribution company which counts Amazon, Blockbuster and Overstock as some of its customers. The launch date...

August2012

July2012

  • News GameStop Exploring Possibility of Second-Hand Digital Sales

    This could affect us, Nintendo fans!

    As you can tell from our tagline, it's with a sense of genuine delight that we can bring you news about potential industry changes with retail download software, and actually have an interest in the outcome. After so long lagging behind Sony, Microsoft and PC platforms in terms of full retail downloads, Nintendo...

  • News GAME Goes Large With 3DS XL Trade-In Deal

    Game on, retailers

    With 3DS XL arriving in just five short days in Europe, UK retailer GAME has launched what seems to be the best trade-in offer so far. If you trade a 3DS console with its original packaging you can get an XL system, and an all-important AC adaptor, for £79.99. You can check all of the details for yourself on GAME.co.uk, which...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. 2 Download Size Breaks Some Blocks

    2950 of them, to be precise

    The arrival of New Super Mario Bros. 2 will herald the dawning of a new downloadable retail age for Nintendo, with gamers having the option of buying direct from the eShop or as download codes from retailers: old-fashioned physical copies are still an option, of course. For those carefully managing their SD card space,...

  • News 3DS XL With Two Circle Pads Advertised by UK Store

    UPDATE: HMV issues an apology, of sorts

    After this story attracted a lot of attention today, HMV has issued a clarification and apology to Eurogamer.net, confirming that this false information was only shown in one store. It's apparent this was just one particular store being a little over-enthusiastic — and the poster has been removed. If it's...

  • News Nintendo Drops Price of 3DS AC Adapter in Japan

    The writing's on the wall socket

    The upcoming 3DS XL packaging in Europe may say in big letters that an AC adapter is not included in the box, but that won't stop complaints on the internet and a few confused customers. It was a decision taken, apparently, to make the console more affordable, with adapters and cradles available to buy separately:...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. 2 Pre-Order Bonus is Golden

    Not real gold, though

    It's a big Mario release, so it's time for retailers to coax us to their stores with some 'collectibles' that, in all likelihood, will be lost behind the furniture within days. Still, extras are always nice, and lucky UK gamers will have the chance to get hold of a gold coin cartridge case — not actually made of gold,...

June2012

  • News 3DS XL Trade Price is Just £146

    Updated: VAT makes trade rate roughly £167.50

    Article update MCV has now spoken to an alternative retail source, which states that the quoted trade rate of £146 is liable for VAT at around £21.50, making the actual rate about £167.50. With GameStop already going close to that figure at £169.97, perhaps that will be the lower end of the price...

  • News Major Retailers List 3DS XL at £179.99

    Updated prices - GameStop undercuts rivals

    Updated article This morning GameStop.co.uk has entered into the price-war by undercutting its rivals, below. GameStop.co.uk — £169.97 Original article After Friday's announcement of 3DS XL, European gamers faced the standard wait to see how the device would be priced by major retailers. The...

May2012

  • News Retailers Call for Summer Blockbusters

    Too many games in Q4

    Last December we complained about the overcrowded Holiday release schedule, making the simple point that being bombarded with too many games in the approach to Christmas was bad for gamers and publishers alike. The final three months of the year may be wonderfully exciting if you have deep pockets and a lot of spare time, but...

April2012

  • News 'Majority' of Nintendo Games to be Released Digitally

    Maybe not all, in that case

    Most of us have now had plenty of opportunity to digest the news that Nintendo will be delving into the brave new world of retail downloads, starting with New Super Mario Bros. 2 on 3DS in August. An assumption for some has been that Nintendo would release all of its titles as both downloads and boxed game cards or discs,...

  • News Nintendo Dominates UK's All-Time Top 10

    Mario Kart on the podium

    Trade and industry magazine MCV has posted a top ten of the biggest-selling single SKUs of all time, and Nintendo's on top. An SKU is a "stock-keeping unit" — a product with a unique barcode — and is used to separate the same game on multiple formats. MCV's list looks at the biggest-selling SKUs in UK history,...

February2012

  • News GAME Not Selling Mario Party 9

    Not available online either

    It's emerged today that UK retailer GAME will not be stocking Mario Party 9 when it's released this coming Friday. In a Nintendo statement GAME and Gamestation, which are both part of GAME Group plc., were omitted from a list of retailers where the title will be available. At the current time the retail group doesn't have...

  • News GAME Drops The Last Story Limited Edition

    Pre-orders are out of luck

    For UK gamers planning to pick up the special edition of The Last Story from retailer GAME, there's been some disappointing news as their orders have been cancelled. As reported by Eurogamer, emails were sent to affected customers earlier this week, giving only a few days notice before the title launches on 24th February...

January2012

  • News SoulCalibur V 3DS Appears on Retail Coming Soon List

    Draw your weapon

    3DS certainly isn't short of fighting games, but it may be getting one more added to its stable in the form of Namco Bandai's SoulCalibur V. A retail insider tipped us off that a pre-order listing for the game appears on tills at a major high street chain. Namco Bandai had not responded to our invitation to comment at the time of...

  • News UK's Best-Selling Games of 2011 Revealed

    Nintendo misses all-format top 10

    Now 2011's over and done with, the Association for United Kingdom Interactive Entertainment — UKIE for short — has revealed the best-selling games across all formats last year. To nobody's surprise, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was the best-selling game of the year, but what's most surprising is the...

December2011

  • News UK Retailers: "We'll Have Enough 3DS Stock for Christmas"

    No need to panic

    Last week UK 3DS sales hit 70,000, making it the biggest selling console in the nation amid reports of low 3DS stock levels around the country. Now retailers have stepped in to assure customers there'll be enough to go around for Christmas. Representatives from GAME Group, HMV and Sainsbury's all confirmed to

  • News 3DS Was UK's Biggest-Selling Console Last Week

    Nearly 70,000 sold

    Buoyed by the releases of Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7, 3DS was the biggest-selling console in the United Kingdom last week. Nearly 70,000 units of the console were sold around the UK in the last week, MCV reports. By comparison, the 3DS racked up 113,000 sales at launc

  • News UK Retail Reports Red 3DS Reaching Really Rare Rating

    Not many about

    It's Christmas time, and you may need to be afraid if you're after a red 3DS, according to a report from MCV. The trade magazine claims UK retailers are struggling to keep the red 3DS in stock in the run up to Christmas, with other colours also tough to get hold of. The releases of Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land and a...

November2011

  • News GAME and Gamestation Give Away Mario 3DS Pouches

    But only if you pre-order

    With Super Mario 3D Land out next week and Mario Kart 7 hot on its heels two weeks later, GAME and Gamestation are stepping up their pre-order initiative with two giveaways. Pre-order customers will receive a 3DS pouch bearing artwork from the relevant game when they purchase their game. Neat giveaway items, but as we'd bet many 3DS owners will buy both titles it's a bit..

  • News Grab a 3DS for £90 As Makro Goes Crazy Tomorrow

    All Nintendo machines sub-£100

    Cash and carry chain Makro is having a particularly good deal in its UK stores tomorrow, offering any Nintendo console of your choice for under £100. The retailer — which only sells to card-carrying members, it should be pointed out — is selling all Nintendo hardware at an eye-watering £90, including the...

August2011

  • News 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 Telltale Bringing Back to the Future Wii to Retail

    More games to follow

    Way back last year we broke the news that Back to the Future would not make it to WiiWare, but Telltale has just announced an agreement with Nintendo of America that will see the series reach Wii after all. Back to the Future: The Game will contain all the episodes available digitally on other platforms, and will see release on Wii in October for $19.99. It's the first in a..

  • News Nintendo eShop Cards Make it Down Under

    Slowly spreading out

    Australian outlets of EB Games have started stocking eShop cards for the 3DS, with Mario and Zelda-themed cards now available. As with Nintendo Points, you can use these new cards on the Wii Shop Channel, DSi Shop or 3DS eShop, though the points can't be distributed between the three: you must put the full value into one of...

  • News Xenoblade Chronicles Assaults UK Top 10

    In at seven

    In a turn-up for the books, Japanese RPG Xenoblade Chronicles has sold well enough to make it to seventh place in the official UK charts. It wasn't the only Nintendo title to make it into the top 10 though: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D continued its post-3DS price cut rise up the charts to make it to number 4, its highest position...

  • News Nintendo 3DS eShop Cards Sneak Out in the UK

    Spotted at Sainsbury's

    It's been a long and arduous path to this moment, but we can reveal that Nintendo eShop cards are finally making their way out to stores in the UK. User BMagwood769 sent us this photo of a £15 Nintendo 3DS eShop card purchased in his local Sainsbury's supermarket. We've contacted Nintendo for further information, but hopefully this is the start of the long-awaited roll-out..

  • News UK 3DS High Street Price Drop Round-Up

    Lots of deals to be had

    Fancy picking up a 3DS in the UK today? We've created a handy overview of the biggest and best deals available across the UK to help you plot where to spend your money. Tesco — £114.99All reports point to Tesco offering their consoles at the lowest price at a stunning £114.99, available both in-store and through its Tesco Direct online service. Amazon is also matching..

  • News UK 3DS Price War Heats Up as Tesco Drops Console to £115

    Fighting for your money

    The 3DS price drop comes into effect tomorrow and already major retailers are jostling for position on the starting grid. Yesterday we revealed that GAME and HMV will sell the console for as little as £139.99, but as predicted the supermarkets are going even cheaper with their pricing: Morrison's will drop the machine to £120 for 10 days, while behemoth Tesco goes still..

  • News UK Retail Pegs 3DS for New £140 Price Point

    Cheap as chips

    Update: GAME and Gamestation will be selling the machine for £149.99 from Friday 12th August. The 3DS price drop is nearly upon us and while we know that the North American machine will cost $169.99, the UK price is up to individual retailers to set. We can now reveal that the country's biggest High Street chains are looking to sell the console for as little as £139.99 effective..

July2011

  • News Australia 3DS Price Goes to $249.95 on 12th August

    Free games for everyone!

    So we know about the European 3DS price drop and cheaper North American 3DS too, and now we have the next big piece in the puzzle: Australia. Nintendo of Australia announced the 3DS will drop to AU $249.95 from 12th August, down from $349.95. New Zealanders, your price will be NZ $343.99. As with the other territories, those...

  • News 3DS Drops to $169.99 from 12th August

    Hoping to stop the rot

    Fresh from the announcement of the Japanese 3DS price drop we have news of the North American savings. From 12th August the machine will drop to $169.99, down from $249.99, a huge price drop that Nintendo hopes will set the console up for a profitable holiday season. If you've already picked up your machine, you're eligible...

  • News European 3DS Price to Drop by a Third, says Nintendo

    Free eShop games too

    Europe isn't being spared from the latest Nintendo 3DS price drops, as a Nintendo representative has told Eurogamer the machine's price will drop by around a third later this year: Nintendo of Europe will be reducing the European trade price of Nintendo 3DS to retailers by around a third from 12th August 2011, as part of a global trade price reduction initiative. This would..

  • News Amazon Suspends 3DS Sales

    Update: All is well

    Second Update: The 3DS is back on sale at Amazon, with no explanation of how the problem was solved. As you were, then. First Update: An Amazon representative had this to say on the matter: “The reason why this is under a review : The flip-screen is loose when its opened, please inform them that Nintendo has confirmed as long...

  • Rumour Aliens: Infestation to Attack DS in October

    Maybe through the chest

    Here's something we didn't see coming: according to UK retailer Gamestation, SEGA is bringing the queen of all sci-fi series to DS in October. The retailer's website lists Aliens: Infestation for DSi and DS Lite, and further digging revealed the game's presence on an in-store pre-order list with a tentative release date of 7th October 2011. In May, the Australian..

June2011

  • News Xenoblade Chronicles Classic Controller Pack Gets Detailed

    Only at GAME Group

    Fancy that delicious looking red Classic Controller Pro pack for the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles? You'll need to place a pre-order at GAME or Gamestation, then. Nintendo just announced the pack is exclusive to GAME Group stores and only for customers who pre-order before 2nd September. The bundle contains the game, red Classic...

  • News GameStop Will Accept Trade-Ins on RE: Mercenaries 3D

    Business as usual

    The news that Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D save data cannot be deleted sparked a frenzy worldwide, with rental companies and retailers working out the impact it'll have on their businesses. Major games retailer GameStop made the bold decision not to trade the game in from customers, but has now changed its corporate mind and will accept trade-ins from today. Although it's not..

  • Rumour The Mercenaries 3D to be Recalled in Australia

    EB Games allegedly making the move tomorrow

    Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D has gathered some negative attention lately when it was revealed that gamers will not be able to delete their save data, leading some to believe it's Capcom's method of deterring consumers from buying pre-owned copies. The third-person action shooter has an Australian retail release date of 30th June, but reports were in..

  • News BIT.TRIP COMPLETE Fills Retail Void on 13th September

    Core fans rejoice!

    BIT.TRIP COMPLETE, the disc collection of WiiWare's finest retro-styled musically-themed series, is coming to retail in North America on 13th September. The package contains all six games as well as a soundtrack CD, video gallery, 120 in-game challenges, art gallery, online leaderboards and more. Want to learn more about these games? Check out our BIT.TRIP reviews to see what..

  • News Play Lists Pilotwings for Wii, Pre-Orders Open Now

    Swooping in on a jet stream of rumours

    You wait ages for one Pilotwings games, then Play.com goes and lists another one. Pilotwings Wii turned up in the online store's E3 section, alongside games that actually were announced at E3. Does Play know something we don't, or is it just guessing? We'll do our best to find out. Thanks to user JettiBlue for...

  • News Ubisoft and Nintendo to Team Up for New 3DS Bundle

    Out in October

    UK industry magazine MCV reports that Ubisoft and Nintendo will offer a 3DS hardware bundle in October this year. The console will be available in Cosmos Black or Aqua Blue and come packed with Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3D and Driver Renegade 3D. There's currently no price for the packages. This isn't the first time Nintendo and...

May2011

  • News As Predicted, Wii Drops to £99 in UK Today

    Will low price = higher sales?

    From today, the Nintendo Wii will be available across the UK in two varieties: white with Mario Kart Wii and a Wii Wheel, or black with Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort. The console's price has changed too, dropping to around £129.99, but many retailers are taking the chance to sell the machine even more cheaply. As...

  • News UK Pre-Orders Bag a Gold Sleeve and Poster for Ocarina 3D

    Shiny

    North American 3DS owners may be frustrated by the lack of pre-order bonuses for Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, but fans in the UK will be able to pick up a limited edition golden sleeve and double-sided A2 poster when they pre-order and purchase Link's 3D adventure. GAME and Gamestation stores are both offering the bonuses to early birds, with the poster depicting Link in battle on one..

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