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News: Kirby: Triple Deluxe Remains Number One in Japan as Hardware Sales Dip

Kirby: Triple Deluxe Remains Number One in Japan as Hardware Sales Dip

Well, it is January

It's Wednesday, which means Media Create Japanese chart results, and this week brings further cheer for everyone's favourite pink ball, as Kirby: Triple Deluxe retains top spot in the software chart. The hardware positions remain the same, but with every system seeing a drop in sales. To start with the software top 20, Kirby...

News: Masahiro Sakurai Confirms Super Smash Bros. Changes to Edge Grabbing Mechanics

Masahiro Sakurai Confirms Super Smash Bros. Changes to Edge Grabbing Mechanics

If you have the skills, this stuff matters

While Masahiro Sakurai's daily Miiverse posts are entertaining in their own right, in recent weeks he's been revealing more tid-bits of info on features and fighting mechanics in the new Super Smash Bros. titles. While not wholly revealing in themselves, they're gradually painting a picture of a development...

News: Netflix Wii U App Update Goes Live

Netflix Wii U App Update Goes Live

Spot the differences

Gone are the days of slotting in a cartridge and simply playing a game, as consoles have become multimedia devices for surfing the web and watching slightly different TV. The Wii U's Netflix app does a pretty decent job with the service, happily handling the HD streaming and being nice and functional all around. But still,...

News: Nintendo of America Offers Stock of Refurbished Wii U Deluxe Sets for $250

Nintendo of America Offers Stock of Refurbished Wii U Deluxe Sets for $250

A $50 saving on the recommended retail price for new systems

While two of the biggest retailers in the UK are dropping Wii U console prices, the tale naturally varies elsewhere. Gamers in North America currently considering a Wii U find some retailers sticking with the recommended 32GB price of $299 — there are some cheaper options. Just like...

Talking Point: The Wii U's 'Relevance' Is About Sales, Nintendo's Strategy Has Remained Consistent

The Wii U's 'Relevance' Is About Sales, Nintendo's Strategy Has Remained Consistent

It's tried to stick to a winning Wii formula

Last week was a bit grim for Nintendo and its followers, as it changed from an official stance of predicting a positive year to the polar opposite. Gone were optimistic projections aligned with profits, and in their place were lower numbers — distressingly so with Wii U — and predicted losses...

News: BBC is "Working to bring iPlayer" to the Wii U

BBC is "Working to bring iPlayer" to the Wii U

It's still a thing, then

While the Wii U has some useful apps for TV viewing, including examples such as Netflix, it's still short of some key features. Those with TVii in North America can lord it over those missing out in Europe, for example, while another absentee to date is BBC iPlayer, which did feature on the Wii. Thankfully it is still...

News: UK Retailer Argos Drops Wii U Premium to £179.99

UK Retailer Argos Drops Wii U Premium to £179.99

Update: Amazon UK joins in

Update Amazon, not one to be outdone on a deal, has now matched the Argos Wii U Premium price of £179.99, which you can see right here; as with Argos, this is for the standard 32GB model. Original article After a festive period that — as acknowledged by Nintendo — failed to deliver the bumper sales it anticipated,...

News: Nintendo Confirms Rambi's Return in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Nintendo Confirms Rambi's Return in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Power play

With its release now a little over a month away, Nintendo is starting to gradually reveal more minor pieces of information for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. At the end of last year we were shown the return of Funky Kong, and now there's confirmation that a favourite from Donkey Kong Country Returns — and from the original Super...

News: Mario Party: Island Tour Arrives in the UK Top 20

Mario Party: Island Tour Arrives in the UK Top 20

Super Mario 3D World sneaks back into the top 40

Mario Party: Island Tour arrived on the 3DS in Europe on 17th January, and its opening weekend of sales have helped it up to 18th in this week's all-format UK charts. It's a reasonable mini-game collection, in our view, describing it as "a sound purchase for kids, families or anyone looking to play...

News: Mario And Zelda On Mobile Could Bring New Players To Nintendo Consoles, Suggest Industry Analysts

Mario And Zelda On Mobile Could Bring New Players To Nintendo Consoles, Suggest Industry Analysts

Nintendo could make "billions" with its "treasure trove" of characters

Last week's dismal news regarding Nintendo's financials has triggered a wave of comment and debate, with many industry experts earning their keep by offering several different scenarios for getting the Japanese giant out of the hole it currently finds itself in. However, the...

News: Shadow Of The Eternals Isn't Dead, But Don't Expect Big News Any Time Soon

Shadow Of The Eternals Isn't Dead, But Don't Expect Big News Any Time Soon

Precursor "taking a look" at potential options

It's fair to say that Shadow Of The Eternals has had a particularly eventful development period. The game's status as a spiritual sequel to the GameCube classic Eternal Darkness ensured that it received plenty of attention when it was initially announced, but after more than one failed crowd-funding...

Review: Hot Wheels: World's Best Driver (Wii U)

Hot Wheels: World's Best Driver (Wii U)

Lead it Away

It’s wonderful to think about the toys of our childhood and how they’re being brought back to life as video games. Through gaming, new generations of youngsters can enjoy the same things that older gamers did in their youth, but in a completely different way. It’s safe to assume that many of you reading this grew up building with...

Weirdness: When Publicity Pictures Aren't Worth It - Aaron Paul With Wii Fit U

When Publicity Pictures Aren't Worth It - Aaron Paul With Wii Fit U

Wii Fit U, B****

Aaron Paul is all the rage right now. Although an actor with a highly respectable career over a number of years, he's shot to prominence in recent times due to his role as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad; he's now appearing in the lead role of the upcoming Need for Speed movie, for better or worse. So he's hot stuff, winning awards...

News: Mathematical Adventure Time DLC Heads to Wii U

Mathematical Adventure Time DLC Heads to Wii U

Get your brawl on with Peppermint Butler

Adventure time fans yearning for new characters to dungeon-crawl with in the Wii U's Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! will be pleased to discover that a fresh batch of DLC is now available. The downloadable content, which is currently up for purchase on the Wii U eShop, features three...

News: Nintendo President Satoru Iwata "Has Earned The Right To Fail", Says David Jaffe

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata "Has Earned The Right To Fail", Says David Jaffe

Nintendo's "ups and downs" are what make the company great

Yesterday, Nintendo revealed that it was slashing its hardware projections for this financial year and that it expects to make a loss — not the kind of news that under-fire president Satoru Iwata will have wanted to impart to investors and shareholders, we're sure. Iwata himself has...

News: Nintendo Has "Great Games" But Is Facing A "Structural Problem", According To Industry Analysts

Nintendo Has "Great Games" But Is Facing A "Structural Problem", According To Industry Analysts

"The first step to recovery is to acknowledge the problem"

Today's somewhat dismal financial results have given Nintendo fans plenty of food for thought, as well as providing the company's critics with all the ammunition they need. Mitsushige Akino, chief fund manager at Ichiyoshi Asset Management Co. in Tokyo, feels that Nintendo needs to...