Wii U Features

Talking Point: Mario Kart 8 DLC is a Winning Formula for Nintendo, But It Can Go Further

Mario Kart 8 DLC is a Winning Formula for Nintendo, But It Can Go Further

A real Battle Mode, Challenges and more

We suspect that the online multiplayer servers for Mario Kart 8 saw a handsome spike this week, with the launch of DLC Pack 2 and an update that includes the 200cc race class. It's a title that just keeps growing, and as we argued recently the arrival of non-Mario franchises points to a potential future for...

Poll: What Are You Most Excited About in the Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2?

What Are You Most Excited About in the Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2?

Tracks, characters, vehicles, amiibo suits and free 200cc all coming

Earlier today Nintendo finally unveiled its full line-up for the Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2, with a whole host of lovely videos joining the announcement. We've also had a chance to go hands on with everything the DLC has to offer, including 200cc mode, to share our views on how its...

Hands On: Hitting the Tracks in Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 and 200cc Mode

Hitting the Tracks in Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 and 200cc Mode

It just keeps getting better...

When Nintendo announced that the second Mario Kart 8 DLC pack was coming earlier than promised, we were appropriately excited. Now that we've had a chance to get to grips with everything this extra content has to offer, suffice to say we're not disappointed. In this early look at the full DLC pack we check out the...

Parent Trap: Lego Dimensions Could Be A Game-Changer In The Toys To Life Sector

Lego Dimensions Could Be A Game-Changer In The Toys To Life Sector

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson reveals why Lego fever is gripping his home

With each year of parenting comes new challenges and, it seems, a new video game craze to spend money on. After Skylanders, Disney Infinity and amiibo, this year we also have to contend with Lego Dimensions. As you've likely seen, this offers a Toys to Life experience with...

Talking Point: Splatoon Is a Typically Colourful Nintendo Dabble in the Mainstream Market

Splatoon Is a Typically Colourful Nintendo Dabble in the Mainstream Market

It can't be gory with all that ink

When Splatoon was revealed at E3 2014, this writer was rather unimpressed, which in the clear perspective of hindsight was a very narrow-minded reaction. Eager to see more 'hits', the oddball, super colourful third-person competitive shooter seemed like a peculiar announcement - both fundamentally Nintendo-esque...

Feature: The Final Xenoblade Chronicles X Presentation - Dolls and Online Features

The Final Xenoblade Chronicles X Presentation - Dolls and Online Features

Info on how mech suits will work in the game, along with online mechanics

Well, there you have it. With this latest Japanese Xenoblade Chronicles X presentation, Nintendo and developer Monolith Soft have spilled all the beans they're willing to spill before the game releases in Japan on 29th April. In the past we've seen the planet of Mira detailed,...

Reaction: LEGO Dimensions Could be a Sales Phenomenon, and Nintendo Must Push It For Wii U

LEGO Dimensions Could be a Sales Phenomenon, and Nintendo Must Push It For Wii U

Can Nintendo seize LEGO dominance to replicate the Wii era of Just Dance?

Long rumoured, today finally brought official news on LEGO Dimensions, the toys-to-life project - the good news for Nintendo fans is that the late September release is confirmed for the Wii U. Admittedly LEGO games always do come to the Wii U, but in these tricky times it's...

Feature: A Day in The Future Life of a Nintendo Gamer

A Day in The Future Life of a Nintendo Gamer

When smartphones and new systems take over our days

Imagine this. When you check your phone in the morning, the Nintendo app is marked with a red dot. After you check your text messages and Facebook notifications, you click the big red "N" and get to work. Inside the app, your notifications let you know you have some extra lives for the Animal...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Plans for DLC and Microtransactions Point to Changed Priorities

Nintendo's Plans for DLC and Microtransactions Point to Changed Priorities

Previous ethics and standards are being stretched

We're in the midst of changing times for Nintendo, perhaps of a turbulent nature, and the sands are shifting in multiple ways. In the past couple of months we've seen Nintendo partner up with DeNA to move towards bringing its core IPs to smart devices, bringing a resultant boom in share prices,...

Talking Point: What We Expect from Nintendo Direct - 1st April

What We Expect from Nintendo Direct - 1st April

Release dates, teases, DLC and eShop goodies

It's that time again, and before we start referring to this as the April Fools' Day Direct, let's remember that it's airing on 2nd April in regions and countries like Japan, Australia and CET parts of Europe. Nintendo will most assuredly be announcing plenty of real details, which is certainly worth...

News: Nintendo Reveals the Final Club Nintendo Elite Rewards

Nintendo Reveals the Final Club Nintendo Elite Rewards

Lots of games on offer, retail and download-only

The time has come for Club Nintendo members in North America - the last set of Elite Status rewards. It's the end of an era, and a final hurrah for everyone with a Gold or Platinum status that can be redeemed for an extra treat. As per last year the selection consists entirely of downloads. There...

Parent Trap: What My Kids Want From Lego's Toys To Life Concept, Lego Dimensions

What My Kids Want From Lego's Toys To Life Concept, Lego Dimensions

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson on the future of Lego video games

Recent rumours of a new Toys to Life product from Lego has the internet buzzing and has made my kids put on their inventor hats. If you missed it, this is the news that Warner will team up with Lego for a new title called Lego Dimensions to compete with Skylanders, Disney Infinity and...

Talking Point: It's Too Early to Write Off the Wii U Over The Legend of Zelda's Delay

It's Too Early to Write Off the Wii U Over The Legend of Zelda's Delay

The upcoming Nintendo Direct may show why

The delay of The Legend of Zelda on Wii U was undoubtedly disappointing for fans excited about its original 2015 release, but many reacted with a degree of acceptance - better to wait longer for a classic than have an underwhelming end result was a common refrain. We suggested the delay was perhaps good...

Talking Point: The Legend of Zelda on Wii U May Benefit From a Delay, But It Leaves a Blockbuster-Sized Gap

The Legend of Zelda on Wii U May Benefit From a Delay, But It Leaves a Blockbuster-Sized Gap

Nintendo needs a plan B

There'll be a number of Nintendo fans that, if they feel so inclined, can now say "I told you so". After insisting in December 2014 that The Legend of Zelda for Wii U was on track for a 2015 release, despite bold promises of a sizeable integrated game world and innovative ideas, Eiji Aonuma released a video update stating...

News: ​Japan Weekly: Bravely Second Jobs Revealed and Theatrhythm Dragon Quest Reviewed

​Japan Weekly: Bravely Second Jobs Revealed and Theatrhythm Dragon Quest Reviewed

Along with a handful of other 3DS and Wii U reviews straight from Japan

Finally — this week's Famitsu has made up for the last couple of disappointing releases when it comes to juicy Nintendo news. While we still haven't heard when Bravely Second: End Layer will make it outside of Japan, that hasn't stopped Famitsu from feeding Japanese gamers...

Interview: Nintendo and Nd Cube on Bowser, amiibo and the Pure Luck of the Dice in Mario Party 10

Nintendo and Nd Cube on Bowser, amiibo and the Pure Luck of the Dice in Mario Party 10

Part of the goal are "actions that are overflowing with energy"

Mario Party 10, as the name makes very clear, is just the latest in one of Nintendo's most substantial franchises. Especially frequent on the GameCube, it's evidently achieved a good degree of success and remains a mainstay on Nintendo hardware, with the home console entries being...

Opinion: Splatoon Is to Shooters what Mario Kart Is to Racers

Splatoon Is to Shooters what Mario Kart Is to Racers

Ron and Alex share their thoughts on Nintendo's new IP

Our resident writing aficionado Ron and video guru Alex both got a chance to try their hands at a preview build of Splatoon recently, and despite writing an official preview, they felt they had more to say on a more personal note. We've made them scrawl out a few words to help explain just...

Preview: We Take Aim at Splatoon to See if It Offers the Best of Both Worlds

We Take Aim at Splatoon to See if It Offers the Best of Both Worlds

Catching up with Splatoon's solo and multiplayer modes

During past Nintendo Direct presentations, the main focus of Splatoon has undoubtedly been the multiplayer gameplay, leaving many caught off guard when it was announced that Nintendo's upcoming squad-based shooter would feature a single player campaign as well. Not much has been revealed about...

Reaction: The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think a Unified Platform is the Future

The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think a Unified Platform is the Future

Better, together

When Nintendo today announced its partnership with DeNA, which focuses on "smart devices" (mobile phones and tablets), it was wise to also include a statement of intent around its current business - dedicated game systems. As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm...

Talking Point: It's Time for a Nintendo Direct to Set the Agenda

It's Time for a Nintendo Direct to Set the Agenda

With two months since the last broadcast, our bodies are ready

Ever since the broadcasts began, Nintendo Direct has given fans a fix of reveals, footage and talking points about upcoming releases; so when a gap opens up between presentations, there's some nervous twitching. When is the next video coming, and will Satoru Iwata appear in front of...

Japan Weekly: Famitsu Gives More Details on Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition and Xenoblade Chronicles X

Famitsu Gives More Details on Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition and Xenoblade Chronicles X

Along with a quick look at Stella Glow, the upcoming 3DS RPG

Unlike last week's Famitsu magazine, this week's magazine featured much less information on upcoming Nintendo games. One Famitsu magazine each month serves as a recap magazine for the gaming news of the past month, with some new information peppered throughout. Unfortunately, this means...