Wii U - News

March2013

  • News Amazon UK Reveals New-Look eShop Cards

    Available in £15, £25 and £50 denominations

    Amazon UK has posted listings for the new-look Nintendo eShop cards. The cards are available in £15 (Toad), £25 (Luigi) and

  • Guide Transferring Your Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Save Data

    Sweaty palm time

    As those of you currently diving Jaggi Helm-first into Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate no doubt already know, Capcom — and various retailers — have been encouraging you to buy two copies of the game. Naturally one is for Wii U and the other is for 3DS, with the big selling point being that you can transfer your save data between...

  • Out Today Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

    Join the hunt

    Today marks the European launch of one of the year's biggest games: Capcom's Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on Wii U and 3DS. The latest instalment in the long-running franchise which has taken its Japanese homeland by a storm, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate pits you against a wide variety of bloodthirsty beasts, each of which requires a...

  • News Nintendo UK Promises to Meet Retailers, Share Wii U Strategy and Boost the System

    "We look forward to updating – and exciting – our partners"

    It's common knowledge that Wii U sales have lost momentum, worldwide, in the early months of 2013. After a promising set of launch figures, NPD results for North America in January and February have been low, Japanese sales are currently only beating Wii and Xbox 360 (which sells poorly...

  • News Wii U Version Of Dead Island: Riptide "Not Worth It", Says Deep Silver

    Lack of interest to blame?

    The Dead Island: Riptide saga shows no signs of slowing down. We reported last week that publisher Deep Silver had said the Wii U wouldn't be getting the title because the game engine would need re-writing, a claim which developer Techland subsequently shot down in flames. Now, disgruntled fans are taking to Twitter to...

  • News Real Heroes: Firefighter Sequel In Development For Wii U

    Flame on

    The CEO of Scientifically Proven Entertainment has exclusively revealed to us that his company is working on a semi-sequel to the popular Real Heroes: Firefighter series. Previously available on Wii and 3DS, the franchise puts you in the position of a fireman attempting to douse the flames and rescue people from crumbling structures...

  • News New Patch Released For Call of Duty: Black Ops II On Wii U

    Patch 'em up, mate

    For those who have been having problems with Call of Duty: Black Ops II for the Wii U, you'll be pleased to know that Treyarch has released the latest update to fix a couple of issues with the popular first-person shooter title, details of which you can see outlined below. Changes specific to the Wii U version include: Feature...

  • News Aliens: Colonial Marines Seems To Have Been Abducted From The Wii U

    Oh alien, where art thou?

    Aliens: Colonial Marines is one of those games that nobody seems to know anything about. We reported last month that it was scheduled for release in the Wii U launch window, which technically ends on the 31st March — Sunday week, to be exact. But where is it? A representative for SEGA was questioned on the game's...

  • News 3DS is Back on Top of the Japanese Charts

    Normal service is resumed

    Last week the House that Mario Built may have been a little rattled, as 3DS was knocked off the top of the Japanese Media Create hardware charts for the first time — at least by our memory — since late 2011. Sony's Vita handheld combined a healthy price drop with the release of Soul Sacrifice to improve on its major...

  • News Wii U Version Of Deus Ex Will Be The "Ultimate Edition Of The Game"

    Augments include better visuals, all the DLC and unique GamePad features

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution's executive game director Jean-Francois Dugas and game designer Emile Pedneault have been speaking to our good friends at Eurogamer about the forthcoming Wii U port of the title, and have been quick to point out that Nintendo fans will be getting the...

  • News LEGO City Goes A Little Too Undercover At North American Retail

    Copies hard to find, retailers expecting stock later this week

    LEGO City: Undercover launched in North America this week, but reports are coming in that finding the game isn't as easy as it possibly should be. Just as happened with Fire Emblem: Awakening a while back, it would seem that there's been some kind of shipping problem, as US stores are...

  • News Dragon Quest X Listing Appears On Amazon France

    Confirmation at last?

    Square Enix has so far refused to say if Dragon Quest X is coming to the west, but Amazon may have done the talking for them, as the retailer's French site has just posted a listing for the game. There's no sign of a release date yet and Amazon isn't using official box art (so you may wish to take this with a pinch of salt),...

  • News Criterion: Support Need For Speed: Most Wanted And DLC Could Happen

    "It's as simple as that"

    At the weekend we reported on the rather depressing news that the Wii U version of Need for Speed: Most Wanted may be missing out on DLC support. Unsurprisingly, that caused quite a bit of ill-feeling, with many Nintendo fans taking to Twitter to voice their concern to Criterion's staff. One staff member who has been...

  • News Nintendo Launches Year Of Luigi Miiverse Communities

    Step forward, Luigi

    To continue promoting the Year of Luigi this year, Nintendo has launched not only one, but three communities to support the brother-in-green on Miiverse. Wii U users can discuss Luigi or post doodles in his honour through the official Year of Luigi community, a dedicated discussion thread for upcoming 3DS title Luigi’s...

  • News Wii U GamePad "Screams Innovation", Says Project Cars Developer

    More positive comments

    The developer behind Project CARS seems pretty pleased with the Wii U GamePad, saying that it "screams innovation" and that it intends to take full advantage of the controller's features. Speaking with NowGamer, Slightly Mad Studios creative director Andy Tudor said: The gamepad just screams new innovations for gameplay and...

  • News Read The Thoughts of Monsters in Resident Evil Revelations

    Rachel confirmed as playable in Raid Mode

    Capcom has revealed a number of new features for the Wii U version of Resident Evil Revelations. Unsurprisingly the main additions come as a result of the GamePad, which is used to display your map, weapons and inventory when playing with two screens - similar to the way it functioned on the 3DS. As we...

  • Talking Point The Problem With 'Old' Wii U Ports

    The classic catch-22

    So, it looks like Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut is coming to Wii U, with a ratings board classification and the common knowledge that Australia-based studio Straight Right has been working on a high profile Square Enix franchise for Nintendo's new system. Although still in rumour territory until announced at PAX...

  • News Dead Island: Riptide Developer Says The Engine "Runs On Wii U Without Any Problems"

    Dev contests publisher Deep Silver's previous stance

    At the weekend we reported that Dead Island: Riptide would be skipping the Wii U because a port would require a complete re-write of the game's code. That was the official stance of publisher Deep Silver, but developer Techland has countered the claim by stating that the engine runs perfectly...

  • News Ashes Cricket 2013 Announced For Wii U

    Prepare to be bowled over

    You would not believe how many emails we've had over the years about Ashes Cricket 2009. No, seriously — you simply would not believe it. It's easily one of the most requested titles we've ever covered, and the fact that it wasn't released in some cricket-loving parts of the world seems to have upset an awful lot of...

  • News Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut Leaked By Amazon

    Amazon spills details ahead of rumoured PAX East announcment

    At the start of the month we reported on the rumour that a modified version of Square Enix's Deus Ex: Human Revolution was coming to the Wii U. That rumour has now been given additional weight by the editor of a German website, who has claimed on a podcast that he's seen the game —...

  • Video This Brünnhilde Great Sword Can Be Yours For Just 60,000 Zeni

    While stocks last!

    Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is pretty great and all, but sometimes you just want to put down your controller, pick up a massive blade and actually slay some beasts in the real world. Thank goodness then for the MHSN's recent promotion on the Brünnhilde Great Sword, which is an absolute steal at just 60,000 Zeni. Or perhaps you'd...

  • Hardware Review Oyen Digital MiniPro 1TB Hard Drive For Wii U

    Storage solution

    As we all know, Nintendo's intention with the Wii U when it comes to storage is to let the user decide. Rather than equip the console with a massive hard drive, it has instead enabled owners to plug in their own solutions. The thinking behind this move is that storage is so cheap these days, most people have at least a couple of...

  • News Project CARS Will "Look And Feel Amazing" On Wii U, Says Developer

    "Likely" to run at 720p and 30fps

    Project CARS developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed that the Wii U version of the game will run at 720p and 30fps, but will still "look and feel amazing". Creative Director Andy Tudor has been speaking to NowGamer about the forthcoming racer, and had this to say: We always prefer to aim for 30fps generally...

  • News Preorder Both Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Versions At GAME, Get A Free T-Shirt

    Suit up for the hunt

    UK retailer GAME has confirmed that customers who preorder both the Wii U and 3DS versions of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will receive an exclusive T-Shirt which should make them the envy of their fellow hunters. In a similar offer, UK online store ShopTo has announced that those who preorder either the Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate...

  • News Ubisoft Wii U Titles Receive eShop Price Cuts In Europe

    Grab them while they're cheap(er)

    If you've been keeping your powder dry when it comes to purchasing digital games on your Wii U console, today's European Nintendo Download news should be music to your ears, as Ubisoft has reduced the price of all of its titles on the Wii U eShop. It follows a similar sale which occurred in North America not so...

  • News Shaun Of The Dead Star Seems Pleased With ZombiU Homage

    You've got red on you

    We've all heard of life imitating art, but what about art imitating art? That's exactly what has happened with ZombiU, as it gives the player a cricket bat as their only melee option — a loving nod to the seminal 2004 British horror comedy Shaun of the Dead. In case you haven't seen it, the film focuses on one man's quest...

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    Review Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

    Don't forget your potions

    While the arrival of a new Monster Hunter title, particularly of the handheld variety, in Japan can probably cause retailer's systems to crash, it's a franchise that's been unable to capture that same fevered audience in the West. Capcom's latest attempt is Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, an expanded and enhanced re-release of...

  • News Wii U Version of Need For Speed: Most Wanted Unlikely To Get DLC Support

    The most wanted DLC looks set to skip Wii U

    The Wii U edition of Need for Speed: Most Wanted will be released in just a few days time, and those who pick up a copy will find that the Ultimate Speed Pack — downloadable content on other versions — will come included free of charge. Unfortunately, however, it appears that any future DLC for the...

  • News Dead Island: Riptide Is Skipping Wii U

    Game engine would need to be rewritten, says producer

    Zombie-slaying sequel Dead Island: Riptide is joining Saints Row 4 as another title which isn't coming to the Wii U. Speaking in an interview with Digital Spy, Deep Silver producer Alexander Toplansky revealed that the port wasn't happening because his team would have to rewrite the game's...

  • Reaction Doom and Gloom Merchants on Wii U Being Nintendo's Last Home Console

    We discuss the casual dismissal of Wii U in some quarters

    In a regular series of features, we're going to take a rather strong statement or opinion expressed about Nintendo, and give our own take. These opinions aren't those of the site as a whole, but rather of a collection of your humble Nintendo Life writers. This time around we're looking at a...

  • News Saints Row 4 is Skipping Wii U

    Will only be on "current-gen consoles" and PC

    When THQ sold off its assets at auction earlier this year, Volition ended up in the hands of Koch Media, which has naturally now taken on the Saints Row franchise as a result. Koch Media denoted the series to Deep Silver, which has now confirmed the first game to be released post-THQ will be Saints...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

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