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Review: Wii Party U (Wii U)

Wii Party U (Wii U)

Don't be tardy for this party

It's no secret that Nintendo has struggled with getting the word out about the Wii U. Unclear branding and messaging — not to mention a lack of consumer awareness and hard-hitting software in the first half of 2013 — have resulted in a lot of confusion and missed opportunities. More importantly, the company itself...

Video: This Is The Effect Wii Party U Has On Excitable Children

This Is The Effect Wii Party U Has On Excitable Children

Ain't no party like a Wii U party, y'all

Perhaps the best way to assess the impact of Wii Party U — along with our in-depth review, of course — is to see it in action. This new release is designed for families to play together in the same room so to test this out, we eavesdropped on one family as they played — with permission, of course...

News: Mario & Luigi Premium Wii U Bundle Confirmed For North American Release

Mario & Luigi Premium Wii U Bundle Confirmed For North American Release

Retail price of $299.99, available November 1st

Nintendo of America has confirmed that the Mario & Luigi Premium Pack which was recently confirmed for Europe is also getting a release state-side. The bundle — which comprises of a 32GB Wii U with New Super Mario U and New Super Luigi U on a single disc — launches November 1st and will retail...

News: This Is How Much Space Super Mario 3D World Will Gobble Up On Your Wii U

This Is How Much Space Super Mario 3D World Will Gobble Up On Your Wii U

Perhaps not as much as you'd expect

Super Mario 3D World is just around the corner, and we can reveal how much space the game will take up if you opt for the digital download route. The eagerly-awaited platforming epic clocks in at 1702MB, which isn't too bad when you consider that Sonic Lost World was a 8475MB download. How has Nintendo managed...

Video: This Japanese Super Mario 3D World Trailer Is Six Minutes Of Pure Platforming Bliss

This Japanese Super Mario 3D World Trailer Is Six Minutes Of Pure Platforming Bliss

Update: An English language version has now surfaced

Update: There is now an English version of the trailer that features the phrase "cat's pyjamas". It can be found below the Japanese one. Enjoy! Original Article: The excitement level in the Nintendo Life office for Super Mario 3D World is reaching fever pitch, but this new Japanese trailer may...

News: Cypronia Reveals New Wii U eShop Games, Including "Physics-Based Demolition" Title Angry Bunnies

Cypronia Reveals New Wii U eShop Games, Including "Physics-Based Demolition" Title Angry Bunnies

UPDATE: Angry Bunnies also confirmed for 3DS eShop release

Slovakian developer and publisher Cypronia has announced four new titles for the Wii U eShop. These include puzzler Color Zen, art package My Style Studio: Notebook and "hairdressing app" My Style Studio: Hair Salon. However, the most interesting release has to be An

First Impressions: Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW!

Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW!

(More) Adventure Time with Finn and Jake!

D3Publisher, which published last year’s Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?, attended this year’s New York Comic Con with the next title in the growing series. Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! — developed by WayForward — will be released this...

News: Just Dance Kids 2014 Features Over 30 Tracks And A Dance Director Mode On Wii U

Just Dance Kids 2014 Features Over 30 Tracks And A Dance Director Mode On Wii U

The kids are on the dance floor

Just Dance 2014 was released earlier this month and its younger sibling Just Dance Kids 2014 has now joined the party as well. It's available on both Wii U and Wii and as the title suggests this one is aimed mainly at children and therefore features appropriate songs and content. The tracklist boasts more than 30...

Soapbox: The Wii Changed The Face of Gaming, Before The Console Industry Promptly Forgot Its Lessons

The Wii Changed The Face of Gaming, Before The Console Industry Promptly Forgot Its Lessons

Tom Whitehead believes that the Wii's good work has, in part, been wasted

This week the Nintendo Japan website updated the status of Wii production, officially bringing it to an end. We'd previously argued that Nintendo could have ruled the micro console market with Wii and the company, potentially, missed a trick; it seems to be a decision made...

News: Nintendo Unleashed Details Revealed for MCM London Comic Con

Nintendo Unleashed Details Revealed for MCM London Comic Con

The last stop for the 2013 tour

As part of a sustained campaign to raise awareness of the Wii U and 3DS libraries, Nintendo UK has been taking its Nintendo Unleashed tour to various expos, events and locations, including a major presence at the recent Eurogamer Expo. The company has now confirmed its lineup for this week's MCM London Comic Con (25th...

Video: Holy PR Hype! It's a 17 Minute Batman: Arkham Origins Gameplay Walkthrough

Holy PR Hype! It's a 17 Minute Batman: Arkham Origins Gameplay Walkthrough

Batman does his usual bat-like stuff

Late last week the news that Batman: Arkham Origins and Blackgate are delayed on Wii U and 3DS in Europe made some Nintendo Life staffers roll their eyes so vigorously that medical attention was required. Of course, North American gamers don't appear to have such a delay, so Europeans will probably be told to...

News: Nintendo States That "Additional Games" Are In Development to Utilise Cross-Platform Multiplayer

Nintendo States That "Additional Games" Are In Development to Utilise Cross-Platform Multiplayer

Console wars ahoy!

In recent weeks and months we've seen a few projects emerge that utilise multiplayer between Nintendo systems and others from Sony, Microsoft, iOS and Android. One example on the market is Disney Infinity, but in the download-only stakes we have upcoming titles Pure Chess and Cubemen 2, titles that'll boost their online...

News: Bewitching Adventure Knite & The Ghost Lights Is Confirmed For Wii U eShop Release

Bewitching Adventure Knite & The Ghost Lights Is Confirmed For Wii U eShop Release

"We're really excited about this and have been waiting to announce it"

Knite & The Ghost Lights is one of the most unique looking titles we've seen on Kickstarter yet, and its creators are aiming to release a Wii U port "close to launch". Developed by Mobot Studios — which is also behind Paper Monsters — the game offers a mixture of...

Review: Just Dance 2014 (Wii U)

Just Dance 2014 (Wii U)

Boogie wonderland

Ubisoft's party bus has pulled in right on time yet again, with another autumn bringing another main entry for the effortlessly silly Just Dance series of all-around good times. The franchise has had an annual numbered release since it first boogied in 2009, and this year eschews the numeric uptick in favor of a far more honest...

News: Sonic Can't Quite Dash Into the UK All-Format Top 10

Sonic Can't Quite Dash Into the UK All-Format Top 10

Both Pokémon titles drop below the multi-format Skylanders SWAP Force

UKIE has issued its update of the latest comings and goings in the UK software all-format charts, and there are some positives and negatives for Nintendo to consider. At the higher end of the scale we have Pokémon X & Pokémon Y in fourth and fifth place respectively, both...

News: Wii U Isn't Getting Need For Speed: Rivals Thanks To Low Sales Of Most Wanted

Wii U Isn't Getting Need For Speed: Rivals Thanks To Low Sales Of Most Wanted

"I’d love for it to be way bigger than it was"

The Wii U version of Need for Speed: Most Wanted is arguably the definitive version, adding in new features which are exclusive to Nintendo's console. However, it didn't sell as well as expected — which seems to be a key reason why we're not getting Need for Speed: Rivals. The Six

Review: Sonic Lost World (Wii U)

Sonic Lost World (Wii U)

Sonic gets lost in his own world

It's tough being Sonic. Every new release starring the mascot comes with a significant weight of expectancy, and the evolution from his 16-bit 2D heights to a current-day franchise hasn't always been straight-forward or successful. His home console exploits have been showing positive trends, however, with Sonic...