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Hands On: An Evening With Wii Karaoke U By Joysound

An Evening With Wii Karaoke U By Joysound

Take On Mii

Nintendo has previously stated that one of its main objectives with the Wii U is to provide experiences that can’t be done on other video game systems. In addition to this rather admirable quest, the company has also been keen to emphasise the fun that can be had with the system in local multiplayer. So far it hasn't had a great...

News: Eiji Aonuma Wants the Wii U Zelda's Hyrule to be "A Setting No One Has Ever Imagined Before"

Eiji Aonuma Wants the Wii U Zelda's Hyrule to be "A Setting No One Has Ever Imagined Before"

The quest for uniqueness remains at the core of the franchise

The Legend of Zelda can be a contradictory series, at times. It's tempting for gamers to reel off a list of what binds the various entries together, perhaps even bemoaning similarity in dungeon and collect-a-thon structures. And yet it's a series that's experimented with stylus-only...

News: Nintendo Confirms Three New Wii U Hardware Bundles for Europe

Nintendo Confirms Three New Wii U Hardware Bundles for Europe

Mario and Luigi, Wii Party U and Just Dance offerings

We've had plenty of speculation in recent times regarding Wii U bundles, as it's seemed inevitable that Nintendo will boost the value of its offerings with packed-in options to cater to various audiences. Nintendo of Europe has today stepped forward with its own offers, all set to arrive in...

News: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut Will Cost $20 More On Wii U Than On PS3 And 360

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut Will Cost $20 More On Wii U Than On PS3 And 360

The Nintendo tax?

When Square Enix announced Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut for the Wii U, everyone was pretty happy about getting to play a past classic with enhanced GamePad functions. However, when the news broke that this "exclusive" version was also coming to the PS3 and 360, some Wii U owners felt slightly short-changed. That...

News: Nintendo UK Launches Online Retail Store

Nintendo UK Launches Online Retail Store

Offering consoles, the latest titles and some extras

Nintendo UK has today launched an online store that offers a large range of games, consoles and some gift ideas. It's an intriguing move by the regional team, offering its own online store of physical products alongside conventional retailers. The stock is primarily focused on products...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Continues to Devour Competition in Japan

Monster Hunter 4 Continues to Devour Competition in Japan

Passes 2.5 million physical retail sales

It's time for the weekly Japanese sales progress report via Media Create, and Monster Hunter 4 continues its strong momentum, hopefully boding well for the future of the series' growing partnership between Capcom and Nintendo. While that blows all competition away in the software chart, the 3DS is doing a...

News: Hello Kitty Kart Racer Hitting Wii U This Year

Hello Kitty Kart Racer Hitting Wii U This Year

Um, awesome?

Just today we filed our review for Around the World With Hello Kitty and Friends, a competent 3DS minigame collection for young children. The exciting news for fans of the franchise is that Hello Kitty Kruisers is coming to the Wii U this year, which is great for young gamers but unlikely to satisfy our Mario Kart 8 cravings. We are...

Video: Proof That Mario Kart 8 Can Only Be Enriched By The Addition Of F1-Style Commentary

Proof That Mario Kart 8 Can Only Be Enriched By The Addition Of F1-Style Commentary

Murray Walker would be proud

Mario Kart 8 is shaping up to be something pretty special, with its amazing visuals, upside-down track design and trademark killer gameplay. However, the following video — produced in conjunction with our friends at Family Gamer TV and Team VVV — illustrates that there's always room for improvement. What Nintendo...

Hands On: Pure Chess (Wii U eShop)

Pure Chess (Wii U eShop)

The grand old sport comes to the people

While the 3DS eShop is maturing into a platform with a healthy variety of experiences, and the Wii U eShop promises to do so, one obvious gap is in delivering a virtual edition of one of the grandest old games / sports in existence. Chess may have appeared as a minigame option in a mediocre 3DS game or two,...

News: Ubisoft Explains Wii U Watch_Dogs Visuals as "In Between" Current and Next-Gen

Ubisoft Explains Wii U Watch_Dogs Visuals as "In Between" Current and Next-Gen

"We're optimising the controls for the beast that is the Wii U GamePad"

With regards to some key multi-platform titles coming to Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4 and Xbox One, or a combination of those five, we're in a slightly awkward spot where preview videos inevitably show footage from the upcoming Sony or Microsoft systems, and Wii U owners are left...

Video: A Punboxing of The Wind Waker HD Collector's Edition

A Punboxing of The Wind Waker HD Collector's Edition

A very punny video

When the Collector's Edition of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD landed at my doorstep on Saturday morning, I was, naturally, eager to show it off to all my envious real-life friends. Then I thought, hey, why not exhibit myself as a massive, deplorable show-off to everyone on the internet, as well?! So here I am. Now,...

News: Nintendo Wants Wii U To Be "The Console That Every Developer Wants To Publish On"

Nintendo Wants Wii U To Be "The Console That Every Developer Wants To Publish On"

"We have strong relationships with third parties"

The Wii U still isn't exactly where Nintendo wants it to be, with sales continuing to flag in both the West and Japan. The topic of third party support for the console has cropped up several times during 2013, but Nintendo's Scott Moffitt feels the system is in a strong position as we approach the...

News: Toys "R" Us Confirms Exclusive Range of Skylanders SWAP Force Characters

Toys "R" Us Confirms Exclusive Range of Skylanders SWAP Force Characters

Legendary Grim Creeper has a cool name

When you combine a video game with toys that bring characters to life, you get monster profits. You also get plenty of promotions from one of the world's most recognisable toy store brands, and Toys "R" Us is continuing its record of promoting and gaining exclusives for the Skylanders series with some special...

News: If You Liked the Latest Super Mario 3D World Trailer, You'll Love the New Screens

If You Liked the Latest Super Mario 3D World Trailer, You'll Love the New Screens

Looks creative and fun enough to us

It's amazing how effective a well constructed trailer can be in either reversing opinion or, less drastically, just building additional hype for a major title. While the Super Mario 3D World E3 trailer was competent, fun and showed off the commercial sense driving Nintendo's Wii U development projects, we think...

News: US Retailer Lists Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon For Wii U

US Retailer Lists Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon For Wii U

Newegg claims the 3DS title is making the jump to Wii U this year

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon — or Luigi's Mansion 2, if you're in Europe — was one of 2013's stand-out 3DS titles. It was so good that some lamented the fact that it was on a handheld — it was exactly the kind of epic experience that the Wii U could really have done with during...

News: Nintendo of America Selling Wii Remote Rapid Charging Cradle and Rechargeable Battery Set

Nintendo of America Selling Wii Remote Rapid Charging Cradle and Rechargeable Battery Set

No more scrambling for batteries

Earlier this year, Nintendo stated in an online customer survey it was exploring the possibility of releasing an official Wii Remote Plus fast battery charger to give gamers a bit more juice when playing for prolonged periods. The company has now decided to release one and Nintendo of America has started selling the...