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News: New Wii U System Update Goes Live Across Europe, North America and Japan

New Wii U System Update Goes Live Across Europe, North America and Japan

Brings Wii Off-TV play, but with a twist

A brand new firmware update has pushed its way across the Mushroom Kingdom and landed on Wii U consoles across Europe, North America and Japan. The prompt for the update began after the scheduled extended maintenance for the Nintendo Network and Miiverse ended. One of the big changes included is the use of...

Interview: Ubisoft on Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag's Place in the Franchise, and Returning to Wii U

Ubisoft on Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag's Place in the Franchise, and Returning to Wii U

Wii U release dates also confirmed

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag is, perhaps depending on your perspective, a highly tempting multi-platform blockbuster coming to the Wii U or, alternatively, a title below first-party releases and exclusives in the pecking order this Holiday season. It's a release, notably alongside another Ubisoft title in...

News: Ubisoft: Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag's Team Has "Worked to Improve" Overall Performance on Wii U

Ubisoft: Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag's Team Has "Worked to Improve" Overall Performance on Wii U

Developer gives us assurances on prioritising improved framerate

While it's easy to focus on the major first-party and exclusive games on the way to the Wii U in the coming months, it shouldn't be forgotten that Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag, one of the highest profile multi-platform games of the year, is coming to the Wii U. It was perhaps...

News: Zelda-Like Hyper Light Drifter May Come To Wii U If Crowdfunding Campaign Hits $500,000

Zelda-Like Hyper Light Drifter May Come To Wii U If Crowdfunding Campaign Hits $500,000

Kickstarter push has annihilated its initial target

Hyper Light Drifter is a 2D Action RPG, described by developer Heart Machine as playing like the best parts of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Diablo, but with "modernized mechanics and designs on a much grander scale". The game's Kickstarter campaign launched on September 12th and...

News: TT Games Reveals Some New Characters in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

TT Games Reveals Some New Characters in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

Will have a demo available on "most platforms"

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is set to blast onto Wii U in October in North America and 15th November in Europe, and anticipation for it is building by the day. Developer TT Games presented it during Eurogamer Expo as part of a Q&A session with director Arthur Parsons and revealed a few new characters...

News: Extended Nintendo Network and Miiverse Maintenance Confirmed for 30th September

Extended Nintendo Network and Miiverse Maintenance Confirmed for 30th September

Will affect online play and leaderboards as well as the bespoke network

The Nintendo Network and Miiverse have a fairly solid track record in minimising downtime, but some upcoming maintenance will take the service down for a fairly extended period; there's some loose speculation on the web that this could be related to a potential Wii U update,...

News: Conatus Creative Includes Wii U and 3DS Stretch Goals For River City Ransom: Underground

Conatus Creative Includes Wii U and 3DS Stretch Goals For River City Ransom: Underground

It's yours for $320,000

Back in April this year, we reported that Conatus Creative — previously known as Combit Studios — was developing a sequel to River City Ransom, which was first released on the NES back in 1989. The company had planned to run a crowdufunding campaign towards the end of the Summer to help fund the game. Earlier this...

News: China Removes Game Console Ban

China Removes Game Console Ban

There is a catch or two

Earlier this year we reported that China was considering a removal of its ban on video game consoles; it was a rule that was bypassed by TV plug and play systems, including a Nintendo offering called iQue which included Nintendo 64 games. Modern systems with separately sold retail games were, however, out of bounds. As part...

News: Nintendo UK Looking To Raise Awareness Of Wii U With Tesco Campaign

Nintendo UK Looking To Raise Awareness Of Wii U With Tesco Campaign

"There are many people out there that don’t know what this is"

Nintendo UK has admitted that many consumers don't realise the Wii U is a new console, and that it intends to bolster awareness by embarking on an ambitious in-store campaign with leading UK supermarket chain Tesco. Nintendo is making sure that its new system has a considerable...

News: Batman: Arkham Origins Will Be Cheaper on Wii U

Batman: Arkham Origins Will Be Cheaper on Wii U

Savings in lieu of online multiplayer

Although Batman: Arkham Origins for the Wii U will not be receiving the online multiplayer mode provided to its Xbox 360 and PS3 brethren, the omission does seem to be reflected in a lower price point. Kotaku reports that a $50 price for the Wii U version has been confirmed with a represent

News: Nintendo Acquires 27% of Panasonic’s PUX Technology, Which Includes Voice Recognition

Nintendo Acquires 27% of Panasonic’s PUX Technology, Which Includes Voice Recognition

As well as tools for detecting handwriting, faces, objects, and gestures

Nintendo has, in the past, utilised technologies for its games and then purchased shares in the related companies, either in part of through a full acquisition. One example is from February 2012 when Nintendo purchased MobiClip, and in a similar move the company has now...

News: Shigeru Miyamoto Explains That Internal Development Teams "Gravitate" Towards Big Franchises

Shigeru Miyamoto Explains That Internal Development Teams "Gravitate" Towards Big Franchises

Less about names and more about desired game styles

We suspect a common complaint for some with Nintendo's current and confirmed lineup of titles is the absence of particular cherished and relatively under-served franchises. Examples such as Star Fox, F-Zero and 1080° are notable examples, as they enjoyed various entries on previous systems yet...

Talking Point: The Steam Gaming Machines Are An Unconventional Challenge to the Wii U

The Steam Gaming Machines Are An Unconventional Challenge to the Wii U

Sony and Microsoft aren't the only competitors

When considering the challenges and competitors that the Wii U faces in the months and years to come, it's becoming an increasingly cluttered and tricky space to manoeuvre. Much the same was said during the early days of the 3DS, as its struggles saw it stacked up against smartphones and tablets; at...

News: Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass Confirmed for Wii U

Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass Confirmed for Wii U

Well, that's a first

Nintendo gamers should be familiar with some secondary treatment when it comes to online modes and DLC in triple-A releases; even when major titles bring all DLC to the Wii U, for example, the system often misses out on season ticket deals. While Batman: Arkham Origins on the Wii U will be missing the online multiplayer from...

News: Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games May Not Be Competing on 8th November After All

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games May Not Be Competing on 8th November After All

Nintendo says the eShop notification was an error

Earlier this week it appeared the upcoming Wii U title Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games was given a release date, as a notification on the system in North America stated it would be sliding in on 8th November. However, in a dramatic twist it seems this was in fact an error as...

News: Nintendo and System Exclusives Earn Golden Joystick Nominations

Nintendo and System Exclusives Earn Golden Joystick Nominations

You still have time to vote

The Golden Joysticks are an annual games industry awards shindig in the UK, which take place this year on 25th October. The awards are based on the votes of the public, so they also give you a chance to back your favourite games and companies. You can vote until the end of this month at the link above, and as we know...

News: Splinter Cell Blacklist Homeland DLC Available Now on Wii U

Splinter Cell Blacklist Homeland DLC Available Now on Wii U

Missions, weapons and gear included

Splinter Cell Blacklist is Ubisoft's latest entry in one of its most popular franchises, blending its recent focus on action with the option — should you prefer — of reverting back to the classic sneaking for which the series is renowned. As is standard for any high-profile triple-A title, there's optional...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Maintains Japanese Chart Dominance

Monster Hunter 4 Maintains Japanese Chart Dominance

As does the 3DS, naturally

Last week we reported that Monster Hunter 4 sold a staggering 1.7 million retail units in just two days, a figure not too far off two million when estimated download sales were also considered. In its first full week and its second appearance on the Media Create Japanese software chart it's continued that strong form,...

Video: Epic Launch Trailer Shows Off The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

Epic Launch Trailer Shows Off The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

There's also a gorgeous orchestrated video for art contest winners

Wii U eShop enthusiasts in North America may already be adventuring through The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, but for everyone else the wait continues for its official arrival on 4th October. That's surprisingly close, however, and Nintendo UK has now released its own rather...