Wii U - News

June2011

  • News Nintendo Not Interested in Producing Free-To-Play Software

    Iwata not willing to take the risk, it seems

    Nintendo's made it clear that it hasn't been totally satisfied with its online efforts thus far, and the upcoming Wii U will hopefully resolve all that. Although the company hasn't revealed exactly how things will be different with its next home console, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has made one thing clear: Nintendo is not interested in free-to-play..

  • News Surprise, SEGA Bringing High Definition Sonic to Wii U

    Pick your jaw off the floor

    While SEGA won't be bringing Sonic Generations to Wii U — though the 20th anniversary hedgehog game is coming to 3DS — the blue-and-white company has confirmed its iconic hero will be racing to Wii U in high definition. SEGA West president Mike Hayes revealed to Games Industry.biz that the publisher is looking at ways...

  • E3 2011 Reader Questions

    Your E3 questions answered

    Well the E3 2011 show is in the books and now we thought it might be a good time to sit down and answer some of your questions about what transpired at the show and what we can expect in the coming months as Nintendo gets set to launch their brand new Wii U console next year. So without further ado, let's get to it. Have any games actually been confirmed for Wii U or is..

  • First Impressions Nintendo Wii U

    Taking Nintendo's new console for a spin

    After seeing the Wii U and its touchpad controller revealed at Nintendo's E3 Press Conference, it was difficult to get an idea of what the system would hold from a gaming perspective. Sure, the visual power looked good and the controller itself featured a wide array of control functionality, but getting a feel for what the system could do from a practical..

  • News Wii U Won't Support Blu-ray or DVD Playback

    So don't bother trying

    With news that the Wii U won't be compatible with GameCube games, and that the console's proprietary disc format is able to hold an amount of data that rivals the PlayStation 3, we naturally wonder if the console will be able to play Blu-ray Discs, or even DVDs. At this year's E3 analyst Q&A session, hopes of being able to play the aforementioned formats on the Wii U have..

  • News Iwata Talks Wii U Voice Chat and Social Networking

    Promising improvements

    Nintendo's not revealed much of its online plans for Wii U, other than saying it represents a massive leap forward, but President Satoru Iwata spoke to investors after E3 to reveal a little more about the company's pledge to give developers more freedom in creating online environments. Referring to the company's current model of offering a rather rigid online structure for..

  • News Nintendo Buys Up Domains for WiiUWare, Wii U Sports and More

    It's all coming up Wii U

    The best thing about Nintendo's new console being called Wii U is it's easy for the company to think up domain names. The latest batch below show the Big N has gone all-out to register several high-profile domains, and although they're not all likely to be used there are some interesting registrations. WiiUWare.com is one of the more interesting names, particularly as..

  • News Take a Closer Look at the Wii U Console

    See it from behind

    You've had your first look at the Wii U console, but we know you want to see Nintendo's new white box from all angles. While the machine was locked away pretty securely at E3, enterprising Japanese site Inside Games has snapped photos from the front, back and side to show exactly what's included. The back will be of most interest,...

  • News Netflix has Another Nintendo Console Queued Up

    The partnership continues

    Netflix is already available for Wii users in the United States and Canada, and is also scheduled to hit 3DS users this summer. That's not where it ends, as the streaming service is also coming to Wii U. In an interview conducted by AllThingsD, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata was quizzed on a number of topics; from the things Nintendo hopes to accomplish with the launch of..

  • News Wii U Controller Gave Suda51 Ideas for No More Heroes 3

    Of course, he's very secretive about them

    It's not the first time that Grasshopper Manufacture CEO Goichi Suda (Suda51) has spoken about the possibility of developing a No More Heroes 3, but at E3 2011, the video game designer confirmed that the third instalment in the No More Heroes series is indeed coming to Wii U. Speaking to Destructoid, Suda51...

  • News Share Your Own Stages Online in Tekken Wii U

    Make your own Pac-Land

    Tekken is coming to a Nintendo home console for the first time ever, and series producer Katsuhiro Harada has spoken about some of the new features made possible by the Wii U. The interview below confirms several promising features, including the ability to customise your own stages and share these online with other players. The new controller will also be used to draw on..

  • Rumour Wii U is 50% More Powerful Than PlayStation 3

    The chips are up

    Wii U's IBM Power processor is capable of some pretty good-looking visuals, with full 1080p output, but how powerful is the console overall? We don't know for sure, but one analyst thinks the machine will knock Sony's PlayStation 3 into a cocked hat. Arvind Bhatia, from firm Sterne Agee, told Industry Gamers: Some of the developers we spoke to indicated to us that the console will..

  • News CryENGINE "Pretty Much Running" on Wii U

    Can we expect a Crytek FPS, then?

    Gamers wondering if Crytek's CryENGINE would run on the upcoming Wii U console can wonder no more, for the developer has spoken. In an interview conducted by Develop, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli expressed his desire to support "every platform that's a major player in the industry of gaming" with the studio's...

  • News Nintendo Taking "Massive Leap" with Wii U's Online Set-Up

    PlayStation Network and Xbox Live might want to watch out

    Nintendo might feel that it's finally starting to get the hang of digital storekeeping, but what about a console's online presence and functionality? Speaking to Eurogamer, Nintendo marketing manager Rob Lowe explained the importance of having a strong online set-up now as opposed to having...

  • News Wii U and Its Controller Near Their Final Form Factor

    Reggie Fils-Aime talks design and tablet trend

    Although the aesthetic design of the Wii U controller may look similar to tablet devices, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime points out that the company is not trying to tap into the tablet market. During a VentureBeat interview, Fils-Aime spoke about Wii U's development and how it took place before tablet devices gained the popularity we..

  • News Pachter: Wii U is Too Late, 'Dumbest Name Ever'

    Pram toppled, toys everywhere

    Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has weighed with his thoughts on Nintendo's E3 revelation of Wii U, and it seems Mr Pachter isn't 100% sold on the console. Speaking to Eurogamer last week, Pachter had this to say: Nintendo won with a very cool console innovation and great 3DS software. While he seems sold on...

  • News Sakurai Talks Connecting Smash Bros 3DS and Wii U

    New experiences planned

    Last week at E3 Satoru Iwata announced that Smash Bros. is coming to Wii U and 3DS, and there was much rejoicing, particularly when Iwata confirmed the two versions would be able to communicate with each other. A new Iwata Asks between the Nintendo President and Smash Bros. head Masuhiro Sakurai has delved a little more into...

  • News Following Wii U Unveiling, Nintendo Shares Drop 10%

    Iwata: "It's very strange."

    Much like the 3DS, Nintendo is adamant that Wii U has to be seen and experienced first-hand if it is to be understood. Could this be the reason why Nintendo shares took a plunge following the new console's announcement at E3? In the two days following Nintendo's E3 conference on Tuesday, shares dropped by almost 10...

  • News SEGA: "Wii U Due in Spring or Summer 2012"

    Let the countdown commence!

    Nintendo's E3 2011 reveal of Wii U ended with a fairly open-ended "coming to your living room in 2012" which, combined with the company's previous assertion the machine wouldn't see release before April gave us a launch window between May and December. SEGA's Alan Pritchard may have just narrowed that for us. Speaking to Gamespot about the upcoming Sonic..

  • News Miyamoto: "3DS Could Be a Convenient Wii U Controller"

    Ah, the possibilities

    With Nintendo considering the prospect of making Wii U games that use more than one of the new controllers, it's apparently possible that we could even be using the 3DS as an additional controller too. During E3 2011, Shigeru Miyamoto was asked by Switched On whether gamers would be able to use two of the touch pad Wii U...

  • News Darksiders II Launching in 2012 for Wii U

    Up and running already, and looking good

    Footage of upcoming third-party Wii U titles shown at E3 may have consisted of content from PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games, but that doesn't necessarily mean the end products won't be able to look as good. Developed by Vigil, Darksiders II is up and running on Wii U and has been for about five weeks. THQ Core Games EVP Danny Bilson spoke to Eurogamer and..

  • News Ubisoft's Wii U Exclusive is Chock Full of Space Freaks

    New IP for new console

    The very first Wii game revealed by a third-party studio was Ubisoft's original first-person shooter Red Steel, and it looks like the company is getting in on the FPS ground floor again when successor console Wii U launches in 2012. Revealed during E3, Killer Freaks from Outer Space centers around the battle between man and an...

  • News Wii U Uses 25GB Discs and Lacks GameCube Compatibility

    Good news, bad news?

    Along with the unveiling of Wii U at E3, Nintendo subsequently revealed further details regarding the technical specifications of the console. There is, however, plenty we still don't know about Wii U and with a scheduled launch in 2012, we can expect these unknowns to be revealed slowly like a season of Lost. A couple of things...

  • News Wii U Games Using Two New Controllers Being Considered

    The more the merrier, right?

    For all the questions that Nintendo's appearance at E3 2011 answered, many more new ones have arisen. Nintendo EAD designer Katsuya Eguchi is working on a five-player Wii U prototype game that utilises just the one Wii U controller and four regular Wii Remotes and Nunchuks. Is this because the Wii U controller will have a price tag heavy enough to put users off from..

  • News Wii U Hopes to Rectify Problems that Wii is Experiencing

    Terms like "core" and "casual" pop up, again

    Without getting into semantics, the Nintendo Wii was and still is a huge success. With all the people that the console managed to please, there's naturally a percentage of people it failed to win over. With Nintendo's next console, the company hopes to fix several issues that come as a result of being...

  • News Iwata Asks Delves Into Wii U Development

    Console started life three years ago

    Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, and head of the Entertainment Analysis and Development Shigeru Miyamoto sat down for a wide-ranging interview about Wii U, revealing the machine first reared its head in Nintendo meetings back in 2008. The seven-page chat also addresses the perception that Nintendo's addition of a touch screen controller is an admission of the..

  • News Wii U Touch Screen is Resistive, Not Capacitive

    Lost? Let us explain

    The 6.2" screen in the centre of the Wii U controller is likely to use the same resistive technology that features in the DS and 3DS consoles, rather than the more advanced capacitive system used in modern smart phones and Apple's iDevices. Hardware images released by Nintendo show a stylus being used on the touch screen, indicating resistive technology at work as..

  • News Wii U's IBM Power Processor Means Business

    Companies hook up again

    IBM has been providing chips for Nintendo consoles for years and will continue to do so, as the two are joining forces once again to power next year's Wii U. IBM's Power microprocessor will run the console, though neither IBM nor Nintendo has given any clock speeds or solid figures, other than stating it's a bespoke chip for...

  • News You May Have Missed These Mini Metroid Nods

    No new game, but Samus's presence is felt

    We didn't see a new Metroid game during Nintendo's E3 2011 conference, but that doesn't mean heroine Samus Aran was absent from the show. The Wii U press kit shows off a multiplayer game where two Wii Remote wielders must escape from a Wii U controller user, piloting Samus Aran's ship around and presumably raining down laser death. The ground troops were..

  • News You'll Enjoy This HD Wii U Third Party Software Video

    Darksiders II, Ninja Gaiden and more

    We brought you the list of third-party Wii U games yesterday, but if a picture is worth a thousand words then this video could buy and sell the Oxford English Dictionary 40 times over. Showing off games from Darksiders II to Ninja Gaiden III: Razor's Edge, the machine certainly makes those games gleam. While none of this really shows off what the new controller..

  • News Watch Nintendo's Vision for Wii U in HD Video

    New ideas unfold

    The Wii U controller is brand new, but as the machine will interface with all existing Wii accessories and games Nintendo has wisely chosen to show off the controller's possibilities with what it could bring to Wii software. The HD video below shows the ideas it could inject into Wii Sports, Wii Fit Plus and more, as well as unique...

  • News SEGA Prototyping Aliens: Colonial Marines for Wii U

    Lurking in the shadows

    One of the many third-party Wii U games shown off at E3 was SEGA's Aliens: Colonial Marines, with the company announcing the game is being 'considered' for the next Nintendo console. The footage shown during the E3 conference looked pretty good to us, and the possibilities for the Wii controller with the Aliens franchise are...

  • News Pikmin 3 Plucked from Wii to Find a Home on Wii U

    You must wait longer for Olimar

    Yesterday's developer roundtable gave some interesting nuggets of information, with Shigeru Miyamoto confirming that Pikmin 3 will now launch on the company's new Wii U console, skipping Wii all together. Miyamoto explained the console is just a "much better fit" for the series, and having seen the Wii U controller we can't help but agree. How do you feel..

  • News This is the Wii U Controller in All Its Glory

    Touch screen, analogue sticks, buttons and all

    You wanted a good look at the Nintendo Wii U controller — here it is. The controller does indeed contain a 6" touch screen as well as all the buttons found on the Classic Controller. Here's the full list of gadgetry it contains: New Controller:The new controller incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. Mii Screenshots Gleam in HD

    First Wii U shots are here

    Nintendo's Wii U is the company's new console with HD support, and to prove it we've got 720p screenshots of one of the games on display at this year's E3, a project Nintendo is calling New Super Mario Bros. Mii. As you can probably guess, the game is similar to New Super Mario Bros. Wii with one important exception: players can use their Mii characters alongside Mario,..

  • News Ubisoft Announces Wii U Support with IPs Old and New

    Are you ready?

    Ubisoft has revealed a handful of titles it will be developing for the Nintendo Wii U. Along with some familiar franchises, the publisher has also announced that new IPs will be worked on for the system. Gamers can look forward to popular franchises like Assassin's Creed, Rabbids and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online to hit the Wii U, but even more exciting is the impending arrival of..

  • Fact Sheet Wii U - 1080p HD Confirmed, No BluRay

    Nintendo embraces HD in 2012

    After announcing the Wii U earlier today Nintendo has now revealed some details of the hardware behind the new system. As expected the console will be a full HD console with 1080p/720p output via HDMI, it will also feature a multi-core PowerPC processor which may be comparable with Xbox 360. As always Nintendo has tried...

  • News Your First Look at the Wii U Console

    Here it is

    We've seen plenty of shots and video of the controller itself, but nothing so far of the actual Wii U console. That's all changed now, as Nintendo has revealed the first shot of the machine. It looks rather like the original Wii, only more rounded, and not quite like the Super NES design some rumours pointed towards. Do you like the look...

  • Reaction Nintendo's Complete Press Release

    Soak it in

    Nintendo's Upcoming Wii U Console Features Controller with 6.2-inch Screen Nintendo 3DS Continues its Evolution with Mario Kart, Super Mario and the Nintendo eShop as Nintendo Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of The Legend of Zelda NOTE: Multimedia available hereLOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- At the E3 Expo, Nintendo introduced a new paradigm for video games and home entertainment: Wii..

  • Reaction Third-Party Wii U Games Confirmed

    There's a lot to cover

    Nintendo made a big song and dance about its new Wii U console reaching out to all gamers, and a big part of that is going to be support from third party publishers. Through an on-stage video we already know about several third-party games on the way to Nintendo's new home console: Ninja Gaiden 3 Darksiders II Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online Tekken Metro Last Light Aliens..

  • News New Smash Bros. Announced for Wii U and 3DS

    Series goes portable at last

    Years of wailing have paid off: Nintendo just announced a new entry in the Super Smash Bros. series is coming to the 3DS. Not only that, it will also launch on Nintendo's next home console, the Wii U. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata made the announcement on stage at E3, where he also revealed that the 3DS and Wii U games...

  • E3 2011 Nintendo Announces Wii Successor "Wii U"

    It's real!

    Nintendo's new console is called Wii U. The console comes with a touch screen sensitive controller and will allow streaming of games from the console to the portable controller. Users can play games on the controller without the need to have the TV on, or completely independently, but the two can be combined: Nintendo showed the user...

July2010

  • News Pikmin 3 Development Going "Extremely Well"

    The alien vs. garden battle wages on at Nintendo

    Nintendo's E3 showing was quite a success for fans, showcasing the new 3DS handheld and the return of beloved characters in the forms of Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kid Icarus: Uprising. But despite the slew of new reveals, one question couldn't be shaken: What's up with Pikmin 3? An investor during a recent Q&A session..

June2010

  • E3 2010 Pikmin 3 Still Coming Despite No-Show

    Miyamoto assures everyone it's on the way

    We were expecting to see Pikmin 3 this year: you were expecting it, we were expecting it. It wasn't shown off, though. Why not? Speaking at the Nintendo Developer's Roundtable, Shigeru Miyamoto explained that, had the game been shown off today, it would have been lost under the reams of information about...

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