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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...

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...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Wii U Struggles Bring a Challenge, Not Doom

Nintendo's Wii U Struggles Bring a Challenge, Not Doom

The wider picture shows more than "Nintendoomed"

So, it was a funny old day at Nintendo HQ. Within a short space of time we went from 3DS topping hardware sales in the U.S., alongside the Wii U enjoying its "highest month", to Nintendo confirming major reductions in its sales and financial projections. The timing of this — after the December NPD...

News: Satoru Iwata Explains Reduced Projections and "Large Margin" 3DS and Wii U Sales Misses

Satoru Iwata Explains Reduced Projections and "Large Margin" 3DS and Wii U Sales Misses

Wii U hardware and software sales suffered "a huge gap" from their targets

Nintendo has issued a financial update with major reductions in sales and financial projections, stepping in ahead of its Q3 report at the end of January. In all likelihood this was to head off speculation following yesterday's NPD results, which would have combined with...

News: Nintendo Confirms Major Reductions In Sales and Financial Projections

Nintendo Confirms Major Reductions In Sales and Financial Projections

Lowered expectations across the board

Yesterday brought us NPD sales results for the US, which delivered top of the class results for 3DS and Wii U's strongest month to date, but it is now clear that — combined with results worldwide — those numbers simply weren't high enough. Nintendo has today issued adjustments to its financial and sales...

News: Nintendo Picks Up Multiple Nominations in D.I.C.E. Awards

Nintendo Picks Up Multiple Nominations in D.I.C.E. Awards

Zelda and Mario lead the way

In early February Las Vegas will host the D.I.CE. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit, which is run by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS); it's a major annual meet-up of game designers and developers from around the world. The culmination of the summit is always the D.I.C.E. Awards, with...

Matters Of Import: A Peek Into The Tragically Unobtainable World Of Dragon Quest X

A Peek Into The Tragically Unobtainable World Of Dragon Quest X

Taking the quest online

In an utterly baffling move, Dragon Quest X — the most recent game in the iconic RPG series — is not only import-only but also IP blocked, meaning the game will refuse to work for all legitimate users trying to play from outside Japan. Luckily, there are ways to get your foreign internet connection to disguise itself...

News: Kirby: Triple Deluxe Makes Japanese Chart Début at Number One

Kirby: Triple Deluxe Makes Japanese Chart Début at Number One

3DS remains on top as Wii U dips below Sony rivals

The Japanese charts seem to follow the patterns of many individuals from the Holiday season into a New Year. Festive excess and gorging makes way for a rapid retreat to the norm, with appetites slowed down to more reasonable levels. The latest Media Create charts show sales figures settling back to...

News: A World Of Keflings Now Expected In "The Latter Half" Of Q1 2014

A World Of Keflings Now Expected In "The Latter Half" Of Q1 2014

Will the wait be worth it?

A World of Keflings was supposed to hit the Wii U eShop last year, but the game sadly missed its scheduled launch date. Thankfully, developer NinjaBee Games has addressed the slippage and insists that the title will see the light of day this year: A kingdom-building adventure of epic proportions, A World of Keflings has...

News: BLOK DROP U Developer Shares Perspective on HTML5 Web Framework Development for Wii U

BLOK DROP U Developer Shares Perspective on HTML5 Web Framework Development for Wii U

Also outlines level release plans

BLOK DROP U is approaching release on the Wii U eShop, and is an early representation of a range of games we may see on the platform courtesy of the Nintendo Web Framework. It's a setup that Nintendo began to promote with greater visibility throughout 2013, as it enables game makers utilising code such as HTML5 (as...

Talking Point: Claims of Wii U Third-Party Development Troubles Shouldn't Be Dismissed Lightly

Claims of Wii U Third-Party Development Troubles Shouldn't Be Dismissed Lightly

Problems may have been resolved since, but are nevertheless still relevant

Over the weekend there was an interesting article published by Eurogamer's Digital Foundry, in which a "secret developer" shared their Wii U development experience. It made tough reading for anyone loyal and committed to the Nintendo and Wii U cause, but did provide some...

News: Monster Savings To Be Had On Nintendo UK's Online Store, But You'll Want To Be Quick

Monster Savings To Be Had On Nintendo UK's Online Store, But You'll Want To Be Quick

Update: Prices are now back to normal

UPDATE: And that's that. In a matter of minutes, Nintendo UK appear to have fixed many of the prices. If you got in before that happened, let us know if your download code has been honoured. Original story: Nintendo's online store has gone discount-crazy, with many leading 3DS and Wii U games being sold for...

News: Nintendo Is Sorry That The Wii U's TVii Service Hasn't Launched In The UK Yet

Nintendo Is Sorry That The Wii U's TVii Service Hasn't Launched In The UK Yet

Please understand

While Wii U owners in North America and Japan have been enjoying Nintendo TVii for the best part of a year, it still hasn't launched anywhere else in the world as yet. The internet television and on-demand entertainment service was due to launch in Europe in 2013, but that obviously didn't happen — and Nintendo UK has publicly...