Wii U - News

March2013

  • Talking Point The Pros and Cons of a Wii U Price War

    Sell, sell, sell, say the retailers

    Earlier this week we saw a bit of a Wii U price war break out, in the UK at least, with Amazon UK joining Asda in slashing the price of both Wii U models by £50. At the same time, a number of US retailers are being rather creative with their offerings, not necessarily going for a full-blown price reduction but...

  • News U.S. February Sales Figures Make Grim Reading for Wii U and Wider Industry

    A marginal increase on January's poor results

    NPD has released its figures for February video game sales in the U.S., and they're not results to give cheer to Nintendo, or even retailers and those invested in the overall traditional gaming market. Taken as an overall sales figure, hardware, software and accessories across the board dropped 25% in...

  • News Yacht Club Games Is Hoping To Bring Shovel Knight To The Wii U And 3DS

    "May remind you of Mega Man, Castlevania, or Dark Souls!"

    Yacht Club Games — the new studio formed by ex-WayForward staff members — has revealed its first project via a Kickstarter campaign. Shovel Knight is a 2D platforming epic which calls to mind the 8-bit NES era, and is described by the developer as "a hot mashup of new and old that may...

  • News Nintendo States That an External Hard Drive is Needed for LEGO City Undercover Download

    Update: File size of 22GB will squeeze onto a Deluxe/Premium Wii U

    Now that LEGO City Undercover is available for download in the North American eShop, IGN has completed a download and confirmed that it is a 22GB file that will squeeze onto a Wii U 32GB model with enough space. That confirms the suspicion that Nintendo's official website stating a...

  • News GameStop: Wii U Will Need Great First Party Titles To Compete

    Sales have been "slower than expected"

    It's no secret that Wii U sales have been a bit on the sluggish side in 2013, but many retailers are hopeful they'll soon pick up once a few more games start being released. One games retailer that has been disappointed with the number of Wii U units flying off the shelves is GameStop. In an interview with...

  • News Fast & Furious: Showdown Speeding To Wii U

    Australian retailer outs new racing title

    Australian retailer EB Games has confirmed that Fast & Furious: Showdown is coming to the Wii U. The game looks set to coincide with the release of the sixth movie in the long-running movie franchise. EB Games has a release date May 22nd. VG247 has

  • News UK Price War Rages As Asda And Amazon Slice £50 Off Wii U Cost

    Basic and Premium bundles down to £199 and £249 respectively

    The cries for a Wii U price cut seem to have caused a reaction, as both Amazon.co.uk and UK superstore Asda have knocked £50 off the price of both Wii U bundles. Asda — which is owned by US store Walmart — was the first to move, cutting the price of the Basic and Premium bundles...

  • News Disney Infinity Pushed Back To August

    "It gives us a little more time to add bells and whistles"

    Disney Interactive has revealed that its Disney Infinity video game and toy range will be launching in August instead of June, as was originally planned. August 18th is the proposed launch date in North America, with other regions getting the game two days later. Speaking to The New York...

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    Review LEGO City: Undercover

    On the block rockin' beat

    Between the lucrative high profile movie tie-ins and people begging for Zelda and Mega Man editions, it's sometimes easy to overlook the fact that The LEGO Group cut its teeth on its non-licensed playsets. From fantasy wonderlands to more ordinary examples, the building bricks were an ever-popular force with children and...

  • News Sakurai: Online Play Will Be Improved in Upcoming Smash Bros.

    "We've learned a lot about net play since Brawl was released"

    Super Smash Bros. Brawl was one of the few Wii games to venture online. By delving into the Nintendo WFC players from all four corners of the world could brawl with each other in what was a decent experience in some battles, and a more turbulent one in others. Unfortunately, as with most...

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    Review The Amazing Spider-Man: Ultimate Edition

    Spidey takes Manhattan, again

    Our friendly neighborhood wall crawler's cinematic reboot in last summer's The Amazing Spider-Man had us leaving theatres utterly torn. We're down with new interpretations and while the Spider-Man on-screen offered a lot of what we love about the character, the surrounding film was kind of a mess. The same can be said...

  • News Vita Knocks 3DS Down to Second in the Japanese Charts

    Hell hath indeed frozen over

    It's Japanese charts time and, to the astonishment of the world, the Gods and all creatures of the Universe, the 3DS is only the second highest selling system in Nintendo's homeland. Sony's PS Vita, combining last week's price drop and this week's release of Soul Sacrifice (as well as, to a lesser extent, Tales of Hearts...

  • News The Nano Soundtrack Collection is Blowing Up Speakers Right Now

    Shin'en delivers a gift to the fans

    After confirming the imminent arrival of Nano Assault EX on the 3DS eShop last week, Shin'en Multimedia stated that it had a much-requested surprise on the way for fans of the series — that new treat is The Nano Soundtrack Collection. As anyone who's played any of the "Nano" titles — from DS to Wii U — will...

  • News Two Tribes: We Could Make A Damn Fine Star Fox Game For Wii U

    "It would be awesome to work on"

    Two Tribes co-founder Collin van Ginkel has revealed that the studio would love to work on a new Star Fox game for the Wii U. Speaking in an interview with NintyChronicle, van Ginkel was asked which franchise he would want to work on someday. He replied: I think we could make a damn fine Star fox game for Wii U...

  • News Unannounced Square Enix Wii U Title To Be Revealed At PAX East

    What could it possibly be?

    Square Enix will be attending PAX East this year, showcasing games for various platforms; this will apparently include a Wii U title. In an invitation sent to Gamezone, the company indicated that a previously unannounced title would be revealed for the console, although details were scarce. The convention will take place...

  • Video Assassin's Creed III - Tyranny of King Washington's "Wolf Power" Has Some Bite

    It's a dog's life

    As a big-budget release, Assassin's Creed III was always destined to have a fair bit of DLC. After a couple of packs featuring extra missions and multiplayer bonuses — the latter's not recommended on Wii U due to the lack of an active online community — it got to the main event, The Tyranny of King Washington. It's a new...

  • News Miyamoto Overseeing Series of Animated Shorts

    Even in his spare time he's playing with Pikmin

    Nintendo has a bit of a history in cartoon making, as anyone who ever had the pleasure of watching The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! will testify to. It seems as though the company is now contemplating venturing into the business once more, with a few animated shorts designed to be viewed using the...

  • News Terra Incognita Hits Wii U Kickstarter Target

    Developing on a tight budget

    Over the weekend we directed your attention to another Kickstarter campaign, with Terra Incognita adding Wii U as a funding stretch goal. It's a project with the self-professed objective of producing an experience reminiscent of turn-based RPGs with old-fashioned pixel graphics. As our initial story explained, the...

  • News Pachter: Wii U Will Sell Between 30 to 50 Million Units During Its Lifetime

    Will "Probably" Be Nintendo's Final Home Console

    Industry analyst Michael Pachter has been speaking at the ongoing SXSW Interactive 2013 festival in Austin, and has delivered some dismal predictions for Nintendo's Wii U console. During his presentation, Pachter addressed the future of home consoles, and gave some proposed figures for the big...

  • News Terra Incognita Could Come To The Wii U If Kickstarter Goal Is Reached

    Going back to the basics

    Terra Incognita, a retro-inspired RPG that plans to bring some nostalgia to gamers, will make its way to the Wii U if its Kickstarter campaign is successful. Dan Steer, the creator behind the nostalgic venture, has confirmed via the game's Kickstarter page that if the project reached £3,500 that it would indeed journey...

  • News Minecraft is Just As Likely To Appear on Wii U as Any Other Platform

    Hope for it yet... Maybe...

    The massively popular indie title Minecraft has built itself quite a fanbase since its emergence in 2011. It all started on mobile devices and PC, but moved over to the console market when it appeared on the Xbox Live Arcade. Due to Microsoft's exclusivity deal with Mojang, the game's developer, it hasn't been made...

  • News Miyamoto: Mobile Competition Actually Helps Wii U

    Says the console will be "very much improved" once updates are complete

    The performance of the Wii U operating system has been a major talking point ever since its release. A few system updates have arrived since the console launched that have smoothed things out a bit, but the major updates are yet to be implemented. In an interview with TIME,...

  • Talking Point NFC and AR - Two Cool Extras That Need Some Love

    The features that time forgot

    Remember the augmented reality (AR) games on 3DS? Go on, check your handheld, they're still there, quietly sitting on the home screen waiting to be enjoyed. Built into the system for all to experience whenever they like, taking an established technology and adding a hefty dose of Nintendo whimsy and charm. They were...

  • News Wii U Error Preventing Access To eShop And Firmware Updates In Japan

    Fix expected this weekend

    Wii U owners in Japan are reporting that an error with the system is preventing them from accessing the eShop, as well as downloading firmware updates. According to Nintendo, a patch will be issued to fix the error — officially titled 105-3102 — this weekend, but the timing couldn't be worse. Beta testing for the Wii...

  • News Pikmin 3 Aims to "Simply Go Deeper" Than Previous Experiences

    Miyamoto believes players need to play Wii U before grasping "how fun it is"

    As part of an extensive interview that's been published by GameSpot, we've already been given an idea of Shigeru Miyamoto's perspective on Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon's role as "lighter fare" on 3DS. Naturally a big topic raised with the executive producer was an upcoming...

  • News TT Fusion: LEGO City: Undercover Will Be "The Best Game on the Wii U"

    May be a bit biased...

    Wii U owners haven't had a whole lot of new releases in recent weeks - the delay of Rayman Legends hasn't helped matters - but LEGO City: Undercover will be arriving in a few short weeks, which is definitely something to look forward to. Loz Doyle, the game's executive producer, recently spoke to NOW Gamer, where he...

  • Feature Series Reboots That Have Divided Gamers

    They did WHAT with [insert treasured franchise name here]?

    There are some undeniable truths in life, death and taxes being two examples, and the video game industry has its own rules and obligations that can never be avoided. One of these revolves around reboots of treasured franchises — if you're going to "re-imagine" a popular character or...

  • Video More LEGO City: Undercover Webisodes Introduce the Cast

    Meet Chief Dunby and Frank Honey

    With its release looming ever-closer, Nintendo UK is continuing its webisode series to introduce the cast of LEGO City: Undercover. The first video revolved around Chase McCain, the hero that you control as you venture around the open-world city and indulge in various wacky shenanigans. The latest videos — yes,...

  • News Ubisoft Is "Optimistic" About Wii U, But Would Like a Price Cut All The Same

    "We think that Wii U will find its public at some point"

    Ubisoft’s executive director for EMEA territories Alain Corre has added his voice to the those calling for a Wii U price cut. When asked by Edge Online if he would welcome a reduction in price, Corre said: Always. We always want the hardware to be at a low price because we want as many...

  • News Doesn't Look Like Minecraft Will Be Coming To Wii U Anytime Soon

    Love can't build a bridge?

    The Wii U eShop is becoming a haven for indie developers, but it seems that not everyone is keen to join the party. According to Edge Online, Mojang’s Jens Bergensten has said that his company is unlikely to port its indie smash hit Minecraft to the Wii U. Bergensten said: Microsoft has an exclusivity deal for...

  • News Miyamoto: Harnessing NFC On Wii U Is Our Priority Right Now

    Nintendo's Senior Managing Director also talks dual GamePad support

    Super Mario creator and Nintendo Senior Managing Director Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed a little more about his company's plans for the Wii U console, and NFC features quite heavily. Speaking with Polygon, Miyamoto stressed that NFC is going to happen in a big way on the Wii U:...

  • News Lead Designer On Watch_Dogs Has Parted Company With Ubisoft

    Jamie Keen has joined EA

    It has been reported that Watch_Dogs lead game designer Jamie Keen has left Ubisoft and is now working at EA Gothenburg — also known as Ghost Games. VideoGamer.com found the information in Keen's

  • News Ubisoft: Michel Ancel Not Currently Working on Beyond Good & Evil 2

    He's "like 300 people", but all of them are focused on Rayman Legends

    Beyond Good & Evil 2 is a Ubisoft project that we know is on the way - we just don't know any specifics yet. Ubisoft Montpellier is the studio behind the game, with Michel Ancel at the helm. However, Ancel has been reasonably busy as of late, what with the development of...

  • News Resident Evil Revelations "Infernal Mode" on Wii U Looks Hard as Hell

    We need a bigger gun...

    While it's not quite the new series entry we may have been hoping for, Resident Evil Revelations on Wii U does take an excellent 3DS title, add some additional characters for the online co-op mode and apply a lick of HD paint. While we need to see it in action and sample its GamePad controls to get a better idea of whether...

  • News PETA Starts "Whaling" About Assassin's Creed IV's Animal Cruelty

    Not a joke this time, presumably?

    Animal rights orgnaisation PETA is no stranger to using video games to further its cause — it infamously attacked Mario for wearing a Tanooki suit, but later admitted that it was just a joke. Now, the group has its sights set on Ubisoft's recently-annoinced Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag for "glorifying" the...

  • News Ubisoft "Can't Disclose" Information About Rayman Legends NFC Connectivity

    Skylanders-style figures were "something we were thinking about", says publisher

    Remember that leaked Rayman Legends trailer which appeared to indicate that the game would boast some kind of NFC connectivity with action figures? It turned out to be a case of Ubisoft "thinking out loud" rather than an indication of what the final game will contain,...

  • News Wii U System Update Adds "Stability Improvements"

    Don't get too excited

    A while back, Nintendo publicly admitted that the Wii U needed a speed boost, and stated that updates were on the way this year which will make games boot faster and generally streamline the user experience. Today, an 30MB update — version 2.1.3 U — has been pushed to consoles all over the world which offers "further...

  • News Platinum Games: Ask Capcom if You Want Okami 2

    Hideki Kamiya appears open to the idea

    Okami, with its vibrant Japanese art style and immersive gameplay elements, is loved by many a gamer. Originally a PlayStation 2 title, it came to the Wii with motion controls and also recently had a HD version made for the PlayStation 3. Plenty of people out there would love to see a sequel made —...

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    Review Jeopardy!

    I’ll play your game, you rogue

    As the tagline on the game’s case suggests, the ever popular Jeopardy! very well might be “America’s favorite quiz show”. Countless incarnations of the television program have swept across game consoles from the NES to the current generation of platforms, finally landing squarely on Wii U. After years and...

  • News Ubisoft: Female Protagonists in Main Assassin's Creed Titles "Wouldn't Be Surprising"

    Could Assassin's Creed V star a leading lady?

    Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag has been officially revealed - we now know it'll be hitting North American shores on 29th October before setting sail for Europe for a 1st November release. The next instalment in the series will have you take control of Edward Kenway, the father of Haytham Kenway from the...

  • News Nintendo to Show a Lot of Unreleased Games at the SXSW Gaming Expo

    Get your mitts on them before anyone else

    If you're heading to the SXSW expo in Austin, Texas this weekend you may be lucky enough to grab yourself some play time with a handful of the big Wii U and 3DS releases of the year. The best part? Quite a few of these games haven't even hit the shelves yet. Animal Crossing: New Leaf will make its North...

  • News Wii U January Sales in U.S. May be Higher Than NPD Figures, Thanks To Resellers

    Doesn't mean more systems in homes, however

    In mid-February the video game sales-tracker for the U.S., NPD, issued its sales results for January — the figures showed a year-on-year industry decline and Wii U sales "well below" 100,000. The actual estimate was between 45,000 and 59,000 Wii U sales, which reinforced a general impression —...

  • News "Modified" Version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution Classified by Australian Ratings Board

    Is an enhanced Wii U port on the way?

    A new "modified" version of Square Enix's Deus Ex: Human Revolution has been classified by the Australian Ratings Board. The rating board listing does not specifically state which systems the title is for. However, the Wii U seems to be a likely choice, given that it was previously discovered by Eurogamer that...

  • News Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag Release Dates and Details are Pillaged

    Arriving during the triple-A silly season

    So, we can legitimately reveal some key Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag details now, even though the embargo has leaked more than a ship pillaged by Blackbeard — add your own additional pirate puns here, dear readers. For starters, the details that really matter are that the game will arrive on Wii U on...

  • News LinkedIn Profile Reveals Ubisoft Montpellier Has Unannounced Multiplatform Title In The Works

    It's a "full physics related project"

    Ubisoft staffers certainly enjoy revealing things on their LinkedIn profiles. Last week an employee listed Splinter Cell: Blacklist as an upcoming Wii U title, and now another has added an unannounced project to their online CV. According to Gregory Riachi’s profile, Ubisoft Montpellier has been working on a...

  • News Crytek: Crysis 3 Was "Very Close To Launching" On Wii U

    The game was running on Nintendo's system

    EA published Crysis 3 in February on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Unfortunately, Wii U missed out on the futuristic first person shooter, but that hasn't stopped people holding out hope for it. Back in January, Cevat Yerli, CEO and founder of Crytek, the game's developer, said Nintendo and EA did hold...

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    Review Wheel of Fortune

    Worth a spin?

    Since its debut in 1975, Wheel of Fortune has been an early evening staple in homes across America. Its engaging simplicity has had viewers shouting answers at their television sets for almost 40 years now, and the tension stirred by a spin of its titular wheel has been felt by everybody rooting either for or against any given...

  • News Ubisoft Devoted Significant Resources to Watch_Dogs After E3 Reveal

    Yves Guillemot is confident it will live up to the hype

    Interest in Ubisoft's upcoming multi-generational Watch_Dogs title seems to be growing by the day. The game will be released on Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and the yet to be launched PlayStation 4. It turns out Ubisoft really stepped it up a notch after announcing the game at last...

  • News Wireless Wii Portal Inspires Skylanders Chess Invention

    There's a use for those old Portals of Power after all

    As you will have no doubt read, Skylanders Swap Force will require a new Portal and Starter Pack this year. Family Gamer TV owner and occasional Nintendo Life contributor Andy Robertson asked his kids what they should do with their old Portal of Power, and they came up with a version of Chess...

  • News Capcom Seeks a Western "Breakthrough" With Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

    "We're giving opportunity and options to consumers to really pick up the version they want"

    Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is old news in Japan — in the case of the 3DS version, very old news — yet it's one of two high-profile releases landing on the Wii U in the West in March, while also giving Nintendo handheld owners their first chance of...

  • News The Conduit Getting HD Remake For Mobile Tegra Devices

    ...but will it come to Wii U?

    The Nvidia TegraZone website has been updated with game information for the mobile port of High Voltage Software's The Conduit, and it appears that the game will be receiving a HD update. Tegra-based chipsets can be found in smartphones and tablets. Eric Nofsinger, Chief Creative Officer for High Voltage Software,...

  • News Konami Won't Rule Out Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2 On Wii U

    Never say never

    Konami has been fairly adamant that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 isn't coming to the Wii U, thanks simply to a lack of available resource and time. This is perfectly understandable; developer Mercury Steam has only just finished work on the 3DS title Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, and has its hands full...

  • News These Disney Infinity Accessories Will Drain Your Wallet

    The need for a second job, is now

    Accessory manufacturer PDP unveiled a line-up of peripherals that will be available alongside the launch of Disney Interactive Studio's upcoming summer hit title, Disney Infinity, for the Wii U. The specialist company is planning to release cases and stands which can store your character figures, as well as...

February2013

  • News Update to Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate To Bring Off-TV Play and Cross-Region Online Multiplayer

    Play with hunters from across the Atlantic from April onwards

    With Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate around the corner on both Wii U and 3DS, it promises to bring an expanded version of the Wii original to a new audience, as well as enthusiastic veteran hunters. It's also a game that has an active community and fan-base, many of whom frequent the...

  • News Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag is Confirmed For Wii U

    Everything else is secret until 4th March, mateys

    So, earlier this week we reported the not-very-surprising rumour that a new Assassin's Creed game is coming this year, which seemed awfully coincidental. One of our network's team was also gearing up for an Assassin's Creed themed press event; what could it all mean? Predictably, it means exactly as...

  • News The Amazing Spider-Man: Ultimate Edition Not Releasing Down Under

    Australia misses out on yet another Wii U title

    Australian Wii U owners are having a tougher time than those in other regions, with a handful of games not making the trip Down Under. Activision has confirmed that another of its Wii U titles will not be releasing in Australia. This time it's The Amazing Spider-Man: Ultimate Edition. This is the...

  • News 3DS Stays on Top in Japan, but Wii U Falls Behind Vita

    Like two bald men fighting over a comb...

    Some things seem to be ever-lasting in the Japanese video game charts, one of which is continued dominance for the 3DS. It goes like this — the two models outsell every other platform combined, and rivals or those not inclined to like the system curse the skies and wonder how it came to such a position of...

  • News Ubisoft: Rayman Legends Delay Will Result In A Better Game For Wii U

    "When we saw we had more time, we saw all of the possibilities"

    Rayman Legends should have been with us today, but we all know how that turned out. However, Ubisoft is clearly of the opinion that every cloud should have a silver lining, and CEO Yves Guillemot has made assurances that the company isn't just sitting on the finished Wii U code —...

  • News Masahiro Sakurai's Arm Injury Impacts His Work On Smash Bros.

    "Now I realize how important it is to have your health"

    Kirby and Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai has revealed in the latest issue of Famitsu magazine that he's picked up a painful injury which is hindering his work — although it's worth pointing out that he stopped short of saying his situation will result in any kind of delay for the...

  • Feature A Further Investigation into LEGO City: Undercover

    Building blocks

    After months of building up our LEGO City sets, staring at trailers and dreaming about the video game adventures we'd soon be getting into, we recently got our hands on a near-final version of LEGO City: Undercover at developer TT Fusion's offices. We've already posted our first impressions of LEGO City: Undercover and an interview...

  • News Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge Update Now Available

    Brings some new costumes and more ninja trials

    Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge may be making the leap over to other consoles but that doesn't mean Team Ninja has neglected bringing any new content to the Wii U version. A new update is available right now and can be downloaded automatically by simply booting up the game. It's free of charge and brings...

  • News Ubisoft: Beyond Good & Evil 2 Is On The Way

    Yves Guillemot confirms the sequel is coming

    Beyond Good & Evil emerged on a multitude of platforms — including the GameCube — ten years ago now and people have wanted to know about its sequel ever since. Beyond Good & Evil 2 has certainly been an elusive one; news on its release has been pretty thin on the ground leading many to...

  • Rumour Assassin's Creed IV Due This Year, Features Pirates

    Ooh-arrr, and so on

    It's rumoured release time again, just as today threatened to pass without any new additions. This time around it's an all new entry in the Assassin's Creed series, which will apparently be called Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, moving beyond all of that silly non-numbered spin-off business. It's apparently due this fiscal year,...

  • News LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes to the Rescue on Wii U This Spring

    Holy surprise release, Batman!

    LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes arrived on various platforms including Wii, 3DS and DS, in June 2012, though the most impressive entries — with large worlds to explore — were arguably found on Xbox 360 and PS3. For those with a Wii U that want to enjoy the full-fat experience, Warner Bros. Interactive has today...

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    Review Ben 10: Omniverse

    Hangin' with the Plumbers

    Is it just us or has Wii U already amassed a swath of licensed beat-em-ups in the three months since its November launch? It seems like there's no shortage of ways to punch and/or slice hordes of bad things, between the reasonably OK Transformers Prime and the why-oh-why of Rise of the Guardians, so forgive us if the...

  • Interview TT Fusion On Building LEGO City: Undercover

    One brick at a time

    As you may have seen from our LEGO City: Undercover first impressions, we recently visited TT Fusion to go hands-on with the upcoming Wii U title and to learn more about its development. We also had the opportunity to talk in detail with four members of the development team: executive producer Loz Doyle, script writer Graham...

  • News TT Fusion: LEGO City Undercover Could Take 40-50 Hours To Beat Fully

    GamePad is a "central and a core element of the game"

    We recently had the opportunity to spend a day at TT Fusion games in Wilmslow, England, to learn more about LEGO City: Undercover and have an extensive play-through on a close-to-final build. You can check out our first impressions of LEGO City: Undercover here, but our day at the studio also...

  • First Impressions LEGO City Undercover

    Cruising round the blocks

    Recently we were fortunate enough to travel to TT Fusion's HQ in Wilmslow, England, to learn more about LEGO City Undercover, a high profile Wii U exclusive that arrives in March. During our day at the studio we were able to partake in an extensive hands-on session with the title, in order to gain a greater understanding...

  • News LinkedIn Profile Suggests That Splinter Cell: Blacklist Is Stalking Towards Wii U

    Ubisoft loves the Wii U after all?

    Ubisoft may have annoyed a lot of Nintendo fans with the Rayman Legends delay, but the recent news that Watch_Dogs is coming to the Wii U this year has surely given the publisher a little boost. That goodwill could be amplified if the LinkedIn profile of a Ubisoft staffer is to be believed. The profile lists...

  • News Bioware: "No Plans" To Bring New Mass Effect 3 DLC To Wii U

    Citadel and Reckoning DLC unlikely to see the light of day on Wii U

    Mass Effect 3 was released for Wii U on launch day, and included all of the downloadable content that had been made available up to that point. Since then Bioware, the game's developer, has released further DLC for the epic sci-fi adventure in the form of the Omega Pack, which saw...

  • News Ubisoft Still Undecided On How To Use The Wii U GamePad In Watch_Dogs

    Just put a map on it?

    We reported over the weekend that those who purchase Watch_Dogs for the Wii U would get the same experience as copies of the game sold on other platforms, and now developer Ubisoft is thinking on how to implement the games features on the GamePad. Speaking with

  • Rumour Rayman Creator To Part Company With Ubisoft

    Michel Ancel to leave publisher after Rayman Legends is released?

    Ubisoft's decision to hold back the Wii U version of Rayman Legends to facilitate a multi-platform launch has caused quite a bit of ill-feeling, but if this latest rumour is to be believed, it could end up costing the French publisher one of its most talented staffers. French site

  • News Developer Says Watch_Dogs Will Offer The "Same Experience" On All Consoles

    "Players will have the same enjoyment; they will not feel any letdown."

    Ubisoft's hotly anticipated Watch_Dogs was officially announced as a Wii U title last week. The game will now be released on Nintendo's system as well as PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and the newly announced PlayStation 4. Naturally, when games go multiplatform some people want...

  • News Nintendo - "Innovation is Important" for the 2D Mario Series

    "We need innovation that retains 2D Mario's play sensation"

    At E3 2012 Nintendo of America's Reggie Fils-Aime stated that Nintendo gamers want Mario at a system's launch, and that's what was given with New Super Mario Bros. U, the latest in the re-born 2D series. After a notably mixed reaction among Nintendo gamers to New Super Mario Bros. 2 on...

  • News Take-Two Snaps Up WWE Licence

    Grappling with a new publisher

    Back in January, the unfortunate demise of THQ became complete as several developers swooped in to purchase its assets at auction. As a result Relic, the developer of Company of Heroes, is now owned by SEGA, THQ Montreal is under Ubisoft's wing and Volition, the studio behind the Saint's Row franchise, has become a...

  • News Cars Confirmed As Another Disney Infinity Play Set

    Parents, hide your wallets!

    Ahead of the summer release of Disney Infinity on Wii U, 3DS and Wii, we can expect Disney to continually reveal more details about the optional extras that we'll be able to buy. Like Activision's Skylanders series, there'll be all manner of toys that unlock characters, as well as other add-ons that'll act as buffs for...

  • Video Chase McCain Introduced in New LEGO City: Undercover Webisode

    Fighting crime and free running

    LEGO City Undercover is a major Wii U title that's now roughly a month from arrival in North America and Europe, bringing a new franchise to the popular series of games. Ahead of its release (18th March in North America and 28th March in Europe), Nintendo is stepping up its marketing to introduce the City franchise...

  • News "Emergency Maintenance" Planned For Nintendo Online Services on 26th February

    Don't get too excited

    It seems we have a monthly trend of service maintenance kicking into effect with Nintendo online functionality, as more "Emergency Maintenance" is on the way in major territories next week. There was a round of downtime on various platforms on 28th January, and a similar period is on the way from 26th February, or very late on...

  • News Ubisoft CEO Not Satisfied With Wii U Sales

    But says they will improve

    Ubisoft has been cruel and kind to Wii U recently. Of course there was the now infamous announcement that the publisher would be delaying Rayman Legends until September to allow for a multiplatform release, then it made a peace offering with the announcement of an online challenge mode for the delayed game th

  • Talking Point Sony's PlayStation 4 Poses a Fresh Challenge for Wii U in the 2013 Holidays

    A festive dust up

    If you live somewhere with no internet access or connection to the outside world, it may be news to you that Sony unveiled its PlayStation 4 console in New York on 20th February. Over the course of two hours it confirmed a Holiday 2013 release, showed off the system's user interface and social functions, a new version of the...

  • Nintendo Download 21st February 2013 (North America)

    F-Zero, demos to hunt, adventures, vikings and a famous green dinosaur

    It's Thursday, and it's time for Nintendo Download news in North America. Continuing the recent trend also seen in Europe there are only offerings for Wii U and 3DS, with a variety of demos, download-only games and a retail release to test your resolve. Let's see what's on offer...

  • News Monster Hunter 3 G on 3DS to Go Online Via Wii U Adapter

    An optional extra for those with just the 3DS game

    While today's 3DS Nintendo Direct from Japan showed a variety of interesting upcoming games, there was a surprise announcement of a new peripheral that will allow those with Monster Hunter 3 G on 3DS in Japan to take their local multiplayer games online for the first time. All you need is a Wii U...

  • Rumour Scribblenauts Unlimited UK Recall Due To Lack Of UK English

    You say tomato, I say tomato

    At the start of this month it was revealed that Scribblenauts Unlimited would be subject to a delay in Europe. We've not been given a solid reason for the delay, but a rumour has emerged which seems plausible. According to Nintendo Nation, a GAME customer was told by a store m

  • News Future Wii U Need For Speed Titles Will Ship On The Same Day As Other Platforms

    Criterion Vice President "loves" the Wii U

    The high-octane racer Need for Speed: Most Wanted is heading for Wii U in North America and Europe on 19th and 21st March respectively. As we already know, the upcoming release will be the definitive version of the game, with assets taken from the superior PC iteration, rather than the other home console...

  • News Watch Dogs Confirmed For Release On Wii U

    Though Ubisoft insists we now call it Watch_Dogs

    While plenty of Sony gamers are drooling over the announcement of the Playstation 4, some good news has come to light for Nintendo fans - in particular, Wii U owners. You read the headline right, Watch_Dogs is coming to the Wii U. We reported last week that the title was rumoured for release on the...

  • News John Lasseter Speaks of His Appreciation For Video Games

    Pixar's chief creative officer is excited by Disney Infinity

    Disney Infinity is due to be released this summer on Wii U, Wii and 3DS as well as other platforms, and it looks to be Disney Interactive's most ambitious project yet. It allows the player to scan real-life toys into the virtual world from all sorts of Disney universes like The Nightmare...

  • News Filtering Miiverse Content Is Easier With A New Update

    Cut out the unwanted posts

    Nintendo has been busy behind the scenes updating Miiverse, including changes to make filtering content that little bit easier. A verified member of staff, Marty, appeared on the platform today to inform us of the new update. You can now filter for 'Player Posts' in each gaming community. If you touch the option at the...

  • News Toys R Us CEO Hints at Exclusive Disney Infinity Figures

    "Plenty of room" for both Skylanders and Disney Infinity, too

    Jerry Storch, CEO and Chairman of Toys R’ Us has spoken to Family Gamer TV about his stores’ anticipation of Disney Infinity to further substantiate the toys-to-life genre. Talking at the Skylanders Swap Force launch event, Storch confirmed that he thought there was “plenty of...

  • Rumour Aliens: Colonial Marines Had Resources Moved to More "Important" Projects

    Supposedly while still collecting cheques from SEGA

    Aliens: Colonial Marines is a title that has rapidly moved from being a hyped blockbuster release to a poorly received disappointment. That hasn't necessarily damaged sales excessively — it went to number one in the UK charts — but it has nevertheless had a lot of negative press and gamer...

  • News The European Version Of F-Zero On Wii U Virtual Console Comes With 60Hz Support

    Nintendo does listen, after all

    If you're a European gamer then you'll no doubt be aware of how TV standards can impact the way games play. Back in the days of the SNES, NES and Mega Drive, EU gamers were saddled with slower versions of existing software. This is because Japanese and American TVs used the NTSC standard, while in Europe the PAL...

  • News No Off-Screen Play For Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate On Wii U

    It's vital to maintain the two-screen experience, says Capcom

    Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate producer Ryozo Tsujimoto has revealed that the Wii U version of the game will not support off-TV play. Speaking to Joystiq, Tsujimoto explained that the reasoning behind the move was to maintain the all-important two-screen experience: We don't have that...

  • News Fan Feedback Prompted Capcom's Resident Evil: Revelations HD Development

    Giving the fans what they want

    Resident Evil: Revelations has been out on 3DS for just over a year, and soon we'll be able to play it in full HD as the game is now in development for Wii U, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Many people have wondered why Capcom made the decision to make the switch to home consoles, and whether or not this was all part of...

  • News Activision: New Skylanders Portal Of Power Down To "New Functionality"

    Still works with the old figures, though

    Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision has spoken to Family Gamer and given a few more details about Skylanders Swap Force, which is due out on Wii, Wii U and 3DS later this year. One of the hot topics is the new Portal of Power, which is name for the USB portal that you plug into your console to access the toy...

  • News Turns Out Destiny Could Be Coming To The Wii U After All

    Game's official preorder page contains Wii U listing

    Yesterday we were sad to report that Bungie's promising online sci-fi epic Destiny wasn't looking likely for a Wii U release. The guys behind the game revealed that although the final platforms haven't yet been 100% decided, PlayStation and Xbox versions of the game were almost certain — and...

  • News You Can Now Control Your PC With Your Wii U GamePad

    UPDATE: Actually, it's the Pro Controller, not the GamePad

    Update: As several helpful readers have pointed out, this hack is actually for the Wii U Pro Controller and not the GamePad — although someone is working on it. Apologies for any misunderstanding or disappointment caused. Those bedroom coders. Is there anything they can't do? Take the...

  • News GameStop Lists Watch Dogs Wii U For Preorder

    Wishful thinking or inside knowledge?

    Last week, we reported on the rumour that Ubisoft's Watch Dogs was Wii U-bound. The story was the result of a leak of promotional materials which stated that the game was coming to "All home consoles". That rumour has been given a little more weight by the fact that GameStop has posted a preorder listing for...

  • News Rayman Legends Challenge Mode Coming Exclusively To Wii U This April

    And it's free, too

    As we all know Rayman Legends has now been delayed until September to accommodate a now mutiplatform release. To ease Wii U owners' pains, Ubisoft said it would be bringing a second demo to the Wii U eShop. However, it turns out that instead of a demo, it will be releasing the game's full online challenge mode for free in April

  • News Dragon Quest X Release Date Announced For Japan

    The quest begins in the east

    Square Enix has revealed today that it is set to release Dragon Quest X in Japan on 30th March. Boasting the same content as the Wii release, the Wii U version has enhanced graphics and the option to play the game entirely on the Wii U GamePad. The MMO RPG will retail at 6,980 yen (that's around €55 / £48 / $75) and...

  • Rumour Aliens: Colonial Marines Tester Says Wii U Version Is "The Worst"

    "It is a bit of a joke"

    One of the worst things about the internet is that people can post things with very little proof and others will gleefully report it as fact. So please, as you read and digest the following item of news, be aware that we're treating it as a rumour for the time being. A Reddit poster by the name of “soetester” (Sega of...

  • News It Doesn't Look Like Bungie's Next Epic Is Coming To Wii U

    Halo creator keeps silent on Nintendo version

    Former Halo studio Bungie has revealed more information about its next project — including hints about the platforms it is coming to — but sadly it would appear that the Wii U won't be getting any action. Destiny is being billed as a "shared-world" shooter, and has a strong focus on co-operative...

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