Wii U - News

October2012

September2012

  • Feature Lessons From a Gaming Expo

    A rite of passage

    For many gamers, this hobby of ours is about more than just buying and playing games, but also about hitting up expos, which are havens of gaming and related shenanigans. We’ve spent the past few days soaking up the sights and sounds at the Eurogamer Expo in London, and we’ve had some important gaming life lessons reaffirmed in...

  • News Wii U and 3DS Pre-Paid eShop Cards Spotted

    DSiWare and WiiWare left out of the party

    The arrival of the 3DS eShop saw Nintendo move away from Nintendo Points, the custom currency that, in the opinion of some, was far from ideal. The 3DS eShop has continued to evolve and now allows top-ups of a download's value, for example, so the days of buying a block of 1000 points when you only need 100...

  • News Cloudberry Kingdom Goes Hardcore In This New Trailer

    You can change the difficulty, thankfully

    Cloudberry Kingdom is one of the few eShop titles that's set to launch this November for Wii U. While most of the game is still shrouded in mystery, its stand-out feature is its use of procedurally generated levels, which scales the difficulty to the player's level of skill. Of course, this means that...

  • News Sonic Racing Transformed Frame Rate Issues Have Been Solved

    Sumo Digital confirms that Wii U frame rate issues have been fixed

    A couple of days ago, our very own Thomas Whitehead went hands-on with a handful of third-party Wii U titles, including Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Aside from a few GamePad-specific complaints, Thomas' biggest problem with Sonic's new outing was the game's awful frame...

  • News Reggie: Big Guns Focusing on Future Wii U Projects

    To appear at E3 2013, or earlier if we're lucky

    Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime recently conducted an interview with gametrailers.com, talking about all things Wii U and no doubt mentioned that "it's all about the experience" on at least one occasion. When asked about future Wii U projects, Fils-Aime stated that arguably Nintendo's...

  • News GAME: UK Pre-Orders Are "Exceeding Expectations"

    Premium systems in demand

    With Wii U's arrival just two months away, or slightly less if you're fortunate enough to be in North America, there's plenty of focus on whether the system is going to sell well and generate buzz at launch. There's little doubt that Nintendo's succeeded in North America with most retailers, notably GameStop, closing Wii U...

  • News Nintendo Australia Brings Wii U to EB Games Expo 2012

    Nintendo, Ubisoft, THQ and SEGA join Warner Bros.

    Following yesterday's reveal that Warner Bros. will be bringing the Wii U to the EB Expo in Sydney in just over a week, we have now learned that it's not the only publisher coming to the party. Nintendo of Australia has announced today that it will also introduce the Wii U to the Australian audience...

  • News Frozenbyte: "The Wii U eShop is Very Promising"

    Affordable updates and certification on the wish list

    Of all we've heard and seen of Wii U, the eShop remains the biggest mystery. We may have an idea of some of the launch window titles, but we know little of what it'll look like or what additional content it'll feature, beyond games. We do know of Nintendo learning from some past mistakes,...

  • Hands on Wii U Third-Party Round-Up

    Trine 2, Skylanders Giants, Ninja Gaiden 3, Tekken 2, NBA 2K13 and Sonic Racing

    During this week we've been giving first impressions and hands on accounts of a number of Wii U launch window titles, both retail and downloadable. Nintendo of Europe provided access to a wide range of games we haven't yet covered, however, including some additional...

  • News Reggie Promises Steady Stream Of Wii U Consoles

    Supply chain is "solid", lessons learned from past launches

    Hardware launches are traditionally accompanied by annoying shortages as early demand outstrips supply, but Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has taken steps to calm nervous customers who may be worried that they're in for a long wait if they haven't already preordered the Wii...

  • News North America, Here Are Your 23 Wii U Launch Titles

    What you'll be able to pick up with your console come November 18th

    Nintendo has officially confirmed the 23 games which will launch alongside its Wii U console in North America on the 18th November. It has also revealed the 29 additional titles that are confirmed for release in the 'launch window', a period which runs from 18th November all the...

  • News Wii U Will Be Playable At EB Expo 2012 In Sydney

    Warner Bros. Interactive showcasing their Wii U offerings

    You may recall that we reported last week that the EB Expo - set in Sydney in just over a week's time - will feature Pokemon Black and White 2 as the only playable title on a Nintendo system. However, we've since received some wonderful news from Joel Graham, Warner Bros. Interactive...

  • Events Nintendo Life Is Coming to Eurogamer Expo 2012

    Win a Wii U, plus much more

    You might have noticed that we've been getting increasingly excited about this year's Eurogamer Expo, which is due to start tomorrow in London. The reasons are legion; it's going to be the first public UK showing of Nintendo's Wii U console where you can get your hands on Pikmin 3, ZombiU and New Super Mario Bros U...

  • Rumour Kid Icarus Planning a Wii U Uprising?

    Too good to be true? Not according to Amazon

    While Kid Icarus: Uprising lead designer Masahiro Sakurai has stated that he has no plans to make a sequel , it looks like a console port may be in the works, depending on how optimistic you happen to be. Earlier today, Amazon France put up a listing for Kid Icarus: Uprising, except the game is being...

  • First Impressions Wii U Blockbuster Ports

    Mass Effect 3 and Darksiders II put through their paces

    One thing that many will have already noticed about the Wii U launch line-up is that it's showing the beginnings of greater third-party parity for Nintendo gamers. There are exclusives, of course, but there is also a mix of big-budget titles being ported to the new system: some will be...

  • News Capcom Explains Wii U and 3DS Cross-Play in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

    "You can have a Monster Hunter party"

    The announcement of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for Europe and North America, as part of Nintendo's recent Wii U reveal extravaganzas, finally gave fans of the series a welcome fix after a rather lengthy delay. Some were disappointed with the titles coming in March 2013, especially as Japan will get the new...

  • News Reggie: Miiverse Is Going To Be Unlike Anything You've Seen Before

    Online service will be "a very compelling part" of Wii U

    With the Wii U launch looming over us, it's rather worrying that we still know relatively little about the online side of the console - even developers are in the dark at present. However, in an interview with IGN, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime provided some assurances that...

  • News French Domination Predicted For Wii U

    Industry experts believe Wii U will outsell rivals by massive margin

    With many within the industry predicting a tough time for Nintendo and its Wii U system, leading tech company IDG has bravely stated that it thinks the console will enjoy a comfortable lead over its next-gen rivals by the time 2014 rolls around. The predictions were made by a...

  • News Toys R Us Taking Wii U Pre-Orders Again

    Wii U Basic Bundle and two games available for $419

    While stores left, right and centre are running out of pre-orders for the Wii U, it's since turned out that Toys R Us is now accepting them again. There's a caveat, of course - they're fresh out of Wii U Premium Models, and are bundling the Basic 8 GB model with copies of Scribblenauts: Unlimited...

  • Interview 5th Cell - Scribblenauts Unlimited

    Word up

    If adorable lexical puzzle games are up your street, you're bound to have heard of Scribblenauts, the series that lets you generate any item into the world by simply entering its name. The series has been around for a while on Nintendo DS, plus iOS, but it'll be hitting a home console for the first time when Scribblenauts Unlimited is...

  • Hands On Ubisoft's Wii U Launch Hits

    Taking Rayman Legends and ZombiU for another spin

    When it comes to third-party launch support for Wii U, Ubisoft is the stand-out with its sheer volume of titles on the way. As always, the publisher is wading in with a substantial variety of games to cater to gamers of almost all levels and persuasions, but we recently had a chance to have another...

  • News GameStop Closes Wii U Pre-Orders in the U.S.

    Waiting lists opened

    While pre-orders are still very much available, at the time of writing, around Europe and elsewhere, it seems that demand for Wii U in the U.S. is hitting some impressive heights. We previously reported that Wii U pre-orders were selling out in the U.S., in terms of online purchases, but it's now being reported by softpedia.com...

  • News Wii U Pro Controller Feels "Amateurish", Say Kotaku

    Hands-on time reveals potential issue

    Kotaku's Brian Ashcraft has voiced his opinion on the Wii U Pro Controller, and it's not pretty. Ashcraft has stated in no uncertain terms that he "hates" the pad, which bares a strong resemblance to the Xbox 360 controller. He said: The Wii U Controller...feels, well, cheap. There's a nice gloss coating,...

  • News The Wii U Is Region Locked, Of Course

    Quelle surprise!

    To the surprise of absolutely nobody, it has been confirmed by Japanese publication Famitsu (via a translated tweet) that the Wii U will feature a region lock system. This is hardly a massive shock, as all Nintendo's domestic consoles have incorporated such a safeguard - only the Game Boy and DS ranges have opted out so far. The...

  • News Nintendo Is Getting Its Hands Dirty With Bayonetta 2

    Platinum confirm that Nintendo has producers working on the title

    We've already been over the fact that Bayonetta 2's announcement for the Wii U has upset a very vocal minority of fanboys who expected the sequel to come to the PS3 or Xbox 360, but it's possible that there could be further misery in store for those who cried foul at the news...

  • First Impressions Nano Assault Neo

    Big things from a small world

    Nano Assault on 3DS probably qualifies as an under-appreciated gem, a title that was awarded an impressive 8/10 in our review but unfortunately never arrived in Europe. It's a pity that it hasn't been enjoyed outside of North America and Japan, though thankfully developer Shin'en Multimedia has confirmed that a 3DS...

  • Interview Unity - Licensing Deal Means A New Era For Indies On Nintendo Systems

    We speak exclusively to Unity's Tracy Erickson about the new agreement with Nintendo

    Nintendo recently signed a worldwide license agreement with Unity Technologies to bring its multi-platform engine and development tools to the Wii U. To get a better idea of what benefits this deal will bring, we spoke exclusively to Unity's Tracy Erickson, who is...

  • First Impressions Toki Tori 2

    The bird's still got it

    Toki Tori 2 was one of the first eShop titles confirmed for Wii U, showing that developer Two Tribes is more than happy to take another early plunge on Nintendo's download platform. It seems only right, too, as the developer's first ever release was Toki Tori on Game Boy Color, before a new version of that game had a start...

  • News Platinum: Without Nintendo, There Would Be No Bayonetta 2

    Right place, right time

    The announcment of Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U sent shockwaves through the gaming world, causing lovers of the original to cry foul and forcing Platinum Games to publish a statement which insisted that the release was not an attempt to snub existing fans. Card-carrying Otaku may wish to look away now, as the developer has...

  • Hands On Nintendo Land

    Playing together and going solo

    Nintendo Land is going to be played by a lot of Wii U owners, which we know thanks to pre-orders for the system's Premium Set being practically sold out in the U.S., for example. We were able to try a number of its titles in a post-E3 London event, where we gave you first impressions of Nintendo Land's multiplayer...

  • First Impressions Assassin's Creed III

    Battles on the high seas

    Assassin’s Creed III is one of Wii U’s highest-profile launch titles, with the November date coming just a few weeks after its appearance on the other HD systems. It’s also one of Ubisoft’s most ambitious development projects in its long history, with a number of studios and hundreds of staff working on what it...

  • News Assassin's Creed III Confirmed For UK Wii U Launch

    Another massive release for day one

    Highly anticipated action title Assassin's Creed III has been confirmed as a day one launch title in the UK, thanks to Ubisoft's own online store. That means that the publisher will be releasing seven titles for launch, with Rayman Legends, Just Dance 4,

  • News Need For Speed Is Most Wanted On Wii U, But Is It Coming?

    Criterion refuse to confirm or deny existence of Wii U version

    Need for Speed: Most Wanted is shaping up pretty nicely at the moment, following on neatly from Criterion's previous effort, the critically acclaimed Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. We've been crossing our fingers (and toes) that this new law-breaking installment is Wii U-bound, but there's...

  • News Sony: Wii U Offering "Something That Vita and PS3 can do Quite Easily"

    Ding Ding, FIGHT!

    What do you get when a Nintendo system's big selling point is innovative dual screen play — with a GamePad featuring its own screen — and a competitor's handheld and home console systems also offer various dual-screen connectivity options? You get a lot of corporate boasting and big talk, that's what, and the Nintendo vs Sony...

  • News Reggie Fils-Aime Would Love to See GameCube Games on Wii U Virtual Console

    So would we, Reggie

    As Nintendo's Wii U approaches we can expect a number of announcements, some big and others small, over the coming weeks. There are a variety of things we want to know more about, one of which is the Virtual Console offering on eShop. The latest console to feature on the Wii's Virtual Console was Nintendo 64, so it immediately...

  • News Neko Entertainment Bringing Puddle to Wii U

    Physics-based fun

    Neko Entertainment has confirmed exclusively to Nintendo Life that it will be bringing Puddle to the Wii U eShop in the future. Puddle has previously been released on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. The physics-based puzzle / platform game has you guiding a puddle of fluid to a goal by tilting around the environment...

  • News Unity Engine comes to Wii U in Major License Deal

    Wii U-nity

    It has been revealed that Unity Technologies, provider of the Unity multi-platform engine and development tools, has entered into a worldwide license agreement with Nintendo to provide a version of Unity which supports deployment to the Wii U. Unity is popular game creation engine highly-regarded in the mobile sector, and whilst it has...

  • News Ubisoft: Wii U Is The Most Innovative System On Earth

    Or any other planet, for that matter

    Ubisoft's Jean-Phillipe Caro has lavished praise on Nintendo's new Wii U console, giving it the lion's share of the credit when it comes to explaining ZombiU's positive pre-release reception. Speaking to ONM, Caro said: I think we are making something fresh with the most innovative console. The Wii U is the...

  • News Replacement Wii U GamePads Will Be Available If You Bust Yours At Launch

    Accident-prone players, rejoice

    Nintendo caused quite a few raised eyebrows when it revealed that stand-alone Wii U GamePads would not be made available in the West at launch. This news led some people to wonder what exactly would happen if your GamePad is broken, or develops a fault. Thankfully, Nintendo has taken some steps to remove this...

  • News Don't Expect Any NFC-Ready Games At Wii U Launch

    None of the day-one titles feature any support for new wireless tech

    If you follow the world of cell phones then you'll have heard of NFC (or "Near Field Communication"). It's a big thing in the mobile world right now (despite the fact that Apple has left it out of the new iPhone 5) and Nintendo has been forward-thinking enough to include it in the...

  • News Unsure About Wii U's Online Capabilities? Don't Worry, So Are Some Developers

    Tekken Tag 2 producer admits he doesn't fully understand the online side of Wii U

    Nintendo has devulged quite a bit of information on its forthcoming Wii U console lately, but the company is still holding some cards close to its chest. The true extent of its online functionality is one of the things that remains a little fuzzy. Don't feel upset,...

  • News Gears of War Creator Loves Nintendo, Will Be Watching Wii U Closely

    Feels Nintendo have "lost a little of their core" but are dealing with it

    The man behind the muscle-bound Gears of War series has stated that he'll be keeping a close eye on the Wii U. Cliff Bleszinski - Design Director at Epic Games - was responding to open questions on Reddit and had this to say about Nintendo's new console: Being raised on All...

  • News You Can Dress Up As Zelda and Fox McCloud In Tekken Tag 2 Wii U Edition

    More Nintendo costumes confirmed for Namco Bandai brawler

    We already know about the super-strange Mario and Luigi costumes in Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition, but recent details in Japanese magazine Famitsu suggest that more Nintendo fan-service is on the cards. As well as the famous Mario Brothers, you'll be able to dress up as Princess...

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