Wii U - News

May2012

  • News Ubisoft Readying Seven Wii U Games

    Let's play the name game

    Ubisoft's throwing its considerable weight behind Wii U with no fewer than seven games in development, CEO Yves Guillemot has revealed. Speaking to investors (as reported by GamesIndustry.biz) Guillemot confirmed the publisher is a "very strong" supporter of Wii U, with five casual and two core titles in the works...

  • News Ben 10 and Friends Join Wii U Line-Up

    Omniverse us

    The Wii U announcements are coming thick and fast these days. Last week it was Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth and Cloudberry Kingdom; this week it's Ben 10: Omniverse. D3Publisher's next outing for the boy with multiple personalities will reach every current Nintendo format later this year, with development on the home console...

  • News Assassin's Creed III Footage Emerges From the Shadows

    Going for the kill

    We know that Assassin's Creed III is coming to Wii U, one of a promising selection of cross-platform titles on the way to Nintendo's new console. It's also one of the most highly anticipated releases, with some of those familiar with the series encouraged by the new setting and confident that this is more than another minor...

  • News Cloudberry Kingdom Will Be Wii U's Most Difficult Download Game

    We mean it

    How hard do you like your old-school 2D platformers? Was Super Meat Boy too easy for you? Then check out Cloudberry Kingdom, a new download game coming to Wii U later this year. Pwnee Studios is so confident in Cloudberry Kingdom's relentless difficulty it's promising to give $1,000 to the first person to complete it on the hardest...

  • News Ubisoft Announces Avengers Game for Wii U

    Battle for Earth

    The film's already out — good, isn't it? — but there's no video game tie-in for The Avengers. Not yet anyway, as Ubisoft's just announced Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth for Wii U. The motion-controlled superhero game will come to the console later this year with 20 different Marvel characters in tow, so expect to see all the...

  • News Nintendo Applies for Patent on Wii U Golf Tech

    Taking a swing

    Remember Nintendo's bold new vision for sports games on Wii U, shown off at E3 last year? It's dead serious about making it a reality, applying for a patent on its concept for golf. The patent pertains to using the new controller on the ground to see the lie of the ball, but it goes into more detail, revealing it's possible to 'miss'...

  • News Gaijin Games Drops Another Hint of Runner 2 on Wii U

    We'd bet on it

    The video game industry is full of teases and hype generators, with carefully placed statements designed to get us all speculating with wild abandon. To be fair to Gaijin Games, its hints aren't designed to tantalise, but to smack gamers between the eyeballs and get them excited. We give you the developer's latest blog entry in...

  • Talking Point Nintendo Should Offer Indie Game Bundles

    Competitive download prices for a good cause

    We’re just one month away from the 3DS eShop's first anniversary, a busy period that’s seen the service grow and evolve. A modest start, including a slow-burn of actual 3DS exclusives, made way for a vibrant period of service improvements, game demos and, most importantly, some top quality games. The...

  • Rumour Blockbuster UK Lists 25 Wii U Games

    Some surprising names

    We're a month away from E3 but Blockbuster reckons it's got the Wii U software line-up all figured out, listing 25 titles for pre-order. The list, according to photos sent to GoNintendo, is: Aliens: Colonial Marines Assassin's Creed III Batman: Arkham City Darksiders II DiRT 3 Formula 1 All Stars Game Party Ghost Recon...

  • Feature The Magic of Console Launches

    It’s all about day one

    In the coming weeks, as we build up to the excitement and madness of E3 2012, we’re going to reflect on some major Nintendo console launches from the past. We won’t necessarily cover them all in this series, but we’ll be looking at some notable console arrivals and thinking about why these system launches were...

  • Rumour Retro Studios Preparing Star Fox Wii U Reveal

    It's an E3 rumour, prepare the salt

    With E3 now only one month away we should prepare ourselves for plenty of rumours, some genuine and well-sourced and others that are more questionable. Today we give you — Retro Studios preparing a Wii U reveal of Star Fox at next month's video game industry spectacular. We'd class this rumour as one that's...

  • Rumour This is Wii U's Controller Charging Dock

    Looks the part

    Wii U's controller will come with a built-in rechargeable battery, so naturally Nintendo will provide a means of charging it with the console. It may not be as boring as a cable though: it could be an immensely exciting cradle. NeoGAF user Aostia claims to have unearthed a patent showing off a charging dock for the controller, which...

  • Talking Point The Critical Importance of Black Ops 2

    CoD always sells

    For those of you that follow gaming news beyond Nintendo, one title has been dominating all headlines: Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The Activision behemoth has been everywhere, grabbing attention ahead of a 'global reveal' and then accounting for the bulk of news stories on many multi-platform websites in the aftermath. While it's...

  • News Wii U Designed to Do The Impossible

    Nintendoes what Nintendidn't

    While Nintendo may have struggled to explain adequately the Wii U's unique charms at E3, the machine was created with one principle in mind: to do what Wii can't. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told investors that while being an improved Wii — it does full HD output for a start — it's designed to be a brand new...

  • News Iwata Defends Identical Digital and Retail Prices

    Value perception is key

    When retail games hit the 3DS eShop in August, they'll cost around the same as they do in stores, a practice many believe is counter-intuitive: without the costs of physical manufacturing and distribution, digital games sidestep many costs. But Nintendo president Satoru Iwata disagrees, claiming download games have a...

  • News Iwata Won't Promise "Overwhelmingly Rich" Wii U Launch Line-Up

    Has "several proposals"

    The 3DS had a lacklustre line-up of games. You know it, we know it and Nintendo knows it. The real question is how the company will avoid a similar situation with Wii U when it launches later this year. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told investors that it has plans in place but that it pledges to create...

  • News Download Your Wii U Games Overnight

    10GB? No problem

    Wii U will launch with a digital store offering downloads of retail games, but with the Wii U disc holding up to 25GB you could probably learn a sport to an Olympic standard in the time it'll take to download Pikmin 3. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata knows this, so Wii U will let you download games overnight. Iwata told investors:...

  • News Nintendo Readying Third Party Retail Downloads Too

    Nothing to announce yet

    We know the majority of Nintendo games will be released digitally once the retail download service kicks off in August, but Nintendo's confirmed it's preparing a service for third parties to release their packaged games digitally too. A Nintendo spokesperson told IGN: We are currently preparing a program for third parties...

April2012

  • News 'Majority' of Nintendo Games to be Released Digitally

    Maybe not all, in that case

    Most of us have now had plenty of opportunity to digest the news that Nintendo will be delving into the brave new world of retail downloads, starting with New Super Mario Bros. 2 on 3DS in August. An assumption for some has been that Nintendo would release all of its titles as both downloads and boxed game cards or discs,...

  • News Slightly Mad Reveals Project CARS Wii U Features

    Start your engines

    Slightly Mad Studios is bringing ambitious crowdfunded racer Project CARS to Wii U, and GoNintendo has unearthed a document detailing the team's plans for that touch screen controller. Slightly Mad — previously responsible for Need for Speed: Shift and sequel Shift 2 Unleashed — listed its pl

  • News Really, That's Just a Sticker on the Wii U Controller

    We promise

    Yesterday's leaked Rayman Legends trailer raced around the internet, wowing us with its demonstration of Wii U's near field communication technology and much more. Naturally the trailer was picked apart, with readers and some sites (like GameXplain, for instance) noticing a strange black square on the Wii U controller's underside:

  • News Rayman Legends is Coming to Wii U, Supports NFC

    Update: Ubisoft responds

    Update: Ubisoft has issued a statement about Rayman Legends, acknowledging its development but stressing it's for internal use only: An internal video showing images of Rayman Origins’ sequel has leaked over the Internet. This video was intended as a purely internal demonstrative video, and in NO way represents the final...

  • News Wii U Will Launch With Digital Store

    And full retail downloads

    One of the biggest criticisms levelled against 3DS was the lack of a digital store at launch, but Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has assured investors Wii U will land with a full download store. Iwata didn't discuss the available types of software — Virtual Console, WiiWare etc. — but did confirm that Wii U owners can...

  • News Wii U Release Date and Price Announcements to Come After E3

    Surprised?

    Nintendo will reveal the release date and price for Wii U after its E3 show, president Satoru Iwata has revealed. Speaking at a financial results briefing, Iwata didn't reveal much about Wii U, other than emphasising that Nintendo would reveal the system's final format and software lineup during E3. Iwata then said: Please also be...

  • News Sakurai: Smash Bros. to 'Change Direction a Little' on Wii U and 3DS

    Still a long wait ahead

    Masahiro Sakurai has been busy with Kid Icarus: Uprising for a while now, but it seems that he's finally turning his attention to the next entry in the Super Smash Bros. franchise. The confirmation of a new title for both Wii U and 3DS was actually made at E3 2011, though we later learned that the announcement was premature...

  • News Nintendo Still Envisions Selling Retail Games Digitally

    On the way

    Nintendo is sticking to its plan of putting full retail games on its digital storefronts, but hasn't given any further information of when the switch might occur. The company just posted its first ever annual loss and is keen to convince investors it can move with the times, stressing the importance of its digital functions for 3DS and...

  • News Nintendo Sets 10.5 Million Wii U Sales Target

    The power of two

    Nintendo expects to sell as many as 10.5 million Wii U consoles in the machine's first financial year. The company provided combined sales targets for Wii and Wii U for the upcoming financial year, targeting combined sales of 10.5m consoles and 70m software units across both machines. It hasn't revealed precisely how many Wii U...

  • Feature Nintendo Banks on Its Old Money Makers

    If in doubt…

    Nintendo is set to announce its latest financial results that will cover the past year, and it’s anticipated that, for the first time in its history, the company will record a yearly loss. It’s an obvious blow for Nintendo, particularly as the past five to six years have brought staggering success. Even the results for 2010-2011...

  • News We'll Finally See Pikmin 3 at This Year's E3

    Plucky for you

    It seems ages since we first heard about Pikmin 3, doesn't it? Shigeru Miyamoto apologised for its no show way back at E3 2010, and it was the same at last year's show. There'll be no such apology this year, as Nintendo confirms we will see Pikmin 3 in June. The Wii U threequel will be the first HD entry in the series, but other than...

  • News Mario Wii U "Based On" New Super Mario Bros. Mii

    Crowd pleaser

    The Super Mario Bros. game for Wii U that Shigeru Miyamoto teased yesterday will be based on last year's New Super Mario Bros. Mii experience, Nintendo has confirmed. A representative told Kotaku: In a recent interview, Mr. Miyamoto confirmed that a new Super Mario Bros. game for the Wii

  • Feature Super Mario on Wii U - Crowd Pleaser or Game Changer?

    The plumber's conundrum

    The news that Shigeru Miyamoto will show off Super Mario Bros. on Wii U at E3 is more or less confirmation of what we all expected. When 3DS faltered many said Nintendo needed to show the way with a Mario game, and Super Mario 3D Land's Christmas appearance gave the console a big shot in the arm, becoming its first...

  • News Miyamoto Working on "Small, Important" Wii U Projects

    Fingers in many pies

    Shigeru Miyamoto must be a busy man. When he's not saying Angry Birds would have been better on DS or having weird game ideas, he's actually working. At the moment, Miyamoto is juggling several projects, including a few for Wii U. Speaking to El Mundo in the same interview he used to confirm

  • News Miyamoto to Show Wii U Mario at E3

    But in what form?

    Update: A Nintendo spokesperson has confirmed to Eurogamer.net that Nintendo will show off a Super Mario Bros. game for Wii U at E3. According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo, we'll see the first Super Mario game for Wii U at E3 this year. A translation of the original story sees Shigeru Miyamoto telling the news

  • News Nicalis Announces 1001 Spikes for Wii U and 3DS eShop

    Due this year

    Nicalis is still putting the finishing touches to its WiiWare translation of La-Mulana, but it's already announced its next project, 1,001 Spikes for digital release on Wii U and 3DS. Like La-Mulana and Cave Story, 1,001 Spikes is a retro-styled platformer that started life elsewhere, in this case as Xbox Live Indie game Aban Hawkins...

  • News The Wii U RUNNER 2 Hotline is Now Open

    Gaijin Games soliciting rad ideas for sprint-'em-up sequel

    When we spoke to Alex Neuse of Gaijin Games at PAX East about the prospect of BIT.TRIP Presents RUNNER 2 making its way to Nintendo's shiny new HD console, the answer was optimistic but cagey: yes, they have a Wii U development kit, no, they have no set plans. It appears that Gaijin is...

  • News Miyamoto: "F-Zero Could Work on Wii U"

    Commence mouth-foaming

    Oh, F-Zero — where did you go? Everyone's favourite anti-gravity racing franchise that isn't WipEout has been missing from Nintendo consoles for years, save the appearance of F-Zero: Maximum Velocity as a 3DS Ambassador game. What's Shigeru Miyamoto got to say about this? Not very much. Speaking to Edge, Miyamoto addressed...

  • News U.S. Patent Cites Wii U as "Universal Remote Controller"

    What else could it do?

    THQ's Danny Bilson wasn't kidding when he called the Wii U controller the "Swiss army knife of video game controllers." Touch screen, game streaming, motion control and near-field communication technology is all well and good, but the latest rumour points to the pad controlling more than just the Wii U console. A...

  • News Gaijin Drops Biggest Hint Yet at Wii U Runner2

    Place your bets now, please

    Gaijin Games' BIT.TRIP series started on WiiWare, but the studio's next game, BIT.TRIP Presents Runner2, is for HD consoles only. But wait — Wii U is a HD console, right? Yes it is, so we tracked down Gaijin's Alex Neuse and Mike Roush at PAX East to question them. Our editor-at-large and t-shirt-hander-outer Jon...

  • News Aliens: Colonial Marines Wii U Definitely "Not a Port"

    Cleared up

    Gearbox is doing a lot of talking about Aliens: Colonial Marines on Wii U lately, but wants to make one thing clear: it's not a port. Warp Zoned spoke to SEGA senior producer Matt Powers, who referred to the game as "the Wii U port" before Gearbox community manager Chris Faylor stepped in to clarify: I hate that word. The Wii U...

  • News Suda51 Still Waiting for His Wii U Dev Kit

    Must be a problem with the post office...

    The Wii U controller may have given Suda 51 ideas for No More Heroes 3, but the eccentric head of Grasshopper Manufacture is still waiting for a development kit to call his own. Speaking to Nintendo Life's Jon Wahlgren this past weekend, Suda revealed he's not even sure he'll be working on Nintendo's new...

  • News Capcom: "No Plans for Resident Evil 6 Wii U At This Time"

    Shot down

    Capcom's annual Captivate event came and went without even a smidgen of Nintendo-related news. The biggest Nintendo story? That Resident Evil 6 isn't coming to Wii U — not now, anyway. IGN asked producers Yoshiaki Hirabayashi and Hiroyuki Kobayashi if their upcoming horror shooter would find a way to Nintendo's new console later this...

  • Rumour Wii U Components Cost $180, Will Retail at $300

    The money merry-go-around

    While nobody can seem to agree on exactly what's inside the Wii U, one anonymous tipster has told Forget the Box that the console's components will cost around $180 USD. That figure supposedly comes from sources "closely involved with manufacturing and distributing Nintendo products." The $180 number includes the...

  • Rumour ViviTouch to Demo Wii U Haptics Tech at E3

    Feels good

    Here's a Wii U rumour that's more towards the 'believable' end of the scale: Wii U's new controller could include haptic technology. According to an E3 floor plan (via NeoGAF), haptics specialist ViviTouch will show a Wii U peripheral at the upcoming trade show. ViviTouch's haptic tech is a more advanced form of physical feedback than...

  • News Nintendo: "Experience of Playing", Not Tech Specs, Key to Wii U

    It worked for Wii

    As the release of Wii U approaches, much focus seems to be on its technical capabilities, particularly its graphical prowess. Comments from anonymous developers that Wii U is less powerful than PS3 and Xbox 360 have raised the issue about how capable the machine 'needs' to be in terms of the graphics it's producing: we've already...

  • Talking Point Is Wii U's Power Really That Important?

    It's how you use it

    One topic's dominated the Wii U news since Nintendo revealed its new console at E3 2011 — just how powerful is it? Nintendo's Wii U technical specifications give the vaguest of nods to its under-the-hood power, just mentioning a multi-core IBM processor — which we know is based on game show-conquering chip Watson — but it...

  • News Gearbox: Wii U Out-RAMs Xbox 360 and PS3

    Has "really great processor"

    There's a lot of Wii U love going on at Gearbox these days. Last week Randy Pitchford implored Nintendo for more Wii U power, and now the studio's Brian Martell has told Official Nintendo Magazine the console will have one of the best-looking versions of upcoming shooter Aliens: Colonial Marines. Martell is chief...

  • News Ubisoft Wants to Be Top Dog on Wii U

    Sound familiar?

    Ubisoft will stick to its tactic of big launch support for new consoles when Wii U launches later this year. Last year Ubi launched six games alongside 3DS and, back in 2006, released half a dozen games on the same day as Wii. That plan helped it become the biggest third-party publisher on both formats — though Ubi's Wii success...

  • News Funcom: Wii U Could Do MMOs Without Compromise

    Who needs F keys?

    Massively multiplayer online games and consoles don't exactly have the strongest working relationship, despite the efforts of sizeable publishers: SEGA had Phantasy Star Online and Phantasy Star Universe, Square Enix brought Final Fantasy XI to Xbox 360 and Sony Online Entertainment's EverQuest Online Adventures for PS2 only just...

  • Rumour Wii U Release Date Unveiled in Mystery Email

    So secret we can't see it

    It's Wii U speculation day, it seems. Just as we get over the latest anonymous sources telling us that Wii U is less powerful than PS3 and Xbox 360, we hear about the Wii U release dates being leaked. According to a Wii U themed website, and now being circulated around the web, Nintendo's next console will hit North America...

  • News Developers: Wii U "Less Powerful than PS3 and 360"

    Is it, isn't it?

    Welcome once again to the best game show on the internet, How Powerful is Wii U? While recently Darksiders II developer Vigil Games said Wii U is "on par" with current generation consoles, now a band of anonymous developers have spoken out to Games Industry.biz about the machine's power, claiming it's not got quite as much...

  • News N-Space Would "Love to Work" on a New Geist Title

    Talk about Heroes of Ruin, too

    N-Space is a developer that is becoming a regular on Nintendo systems, perhaps best known for producing the DS port of Call of Duty: Black Ops. It's currently in the process of developing Heroes of Ruin on 3DS, a new RPG that will be published by Square Enix. Before we get to that, though, it seems that it's interested...

March2012

  • News Gearbox: "No Other Platform Can Do What Wii U Can"

    "Nintendo to show more soon"

    Gearbox Software is prototyping Aliens: Colonial Marines for Wii U, and studio president Randy Pitchford has spoken to Vox Games about its work so far on the next Nintendo platform. Comparing the upcoming shooter to its current-gen counterparts, Pitchford was glowing about Wii U's potential: The Wii U version has so...

  • News Ubisoft Ready for Digital Content Blitz on Wii U

    "We'll absolutely take advantage"

    Ubisoft's always a big day-one supporter of any console — it launched six games with 3DS a year ago — and it's one of the few publishers to have announced multiple Wii U projects in the forms of Assassin's Creed III, Killer Freaks from Outer Space and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online. It's not just retail games...

  • News Vigil Games: "Wii U On Par with Current-Gen Consoles"

    No concessions necessary

    Vigil Games, the team behind Darksiders II on Wii U, has told GameReactor that Nintendo's new console isn't a huge technical leap over the Xbox 360 and PS3. In a video interview, game director Marvin Donald told the site: So far the hardware's been on par with what we have with the current generations. Based on what I...

  • News Ubisoft Fills In Assassin's Creed III Wii U Details

    Eagle vision

    Assassin's Creed III is coming to Wii U, and Nintendo Gamer magazine (via NintenGen) has revealed some fresh details about how the game will use Wii U's new controller. As expected by anyone who's ever played a DS game, the Wii U's second screen will be used as a persistent map and navigation tool, linked to the series' virtual reality...

  • News Darksiders II on Wii U to be Available on 'Day One'

    Enhanced controls promised

    While a number of developers and high-profile games have tentatively stated that they'll arrive on Wii U, one that has clearly promised an appearance is Darksiders II from Vigil Games. Although anticipated as a release in the new console's launch period, the developer has gone one step further and stated that its title...

  • Rumour Ubisoft to Bring Your Shape to Wii U

    The shock

    Ubisoft's Your Shape series rose to prominence on Kinect, but it stopped off on Wii first before leaping onto Microsoft's swanky sensor. Now it looks like the fitness series is ready to come back to Nintendo, with a Wii U version supposedly in the works. According to a post from The Royalty Network (via Go Nintendo), Ubisoft has requested...

  • Talking Point Why Wii U's Image Must Grab Attention

    First impressions count

    With each passing week we get closer to the arrival of Nintendo’s next home console, Wii U. It’s due by the end of 2012, yet there’s still so much that we don’t know: technical specifications, prices, planned launch games and even the final name. All of these factors will be important to its early success, but...

  • News BIT.TRIP Runner 2 Could Dash Onto Wii U

    Commander Video loves Nintendo

    The WiiWare service has, despite its detractors, been host to some terrific download games, including six BIT.TRIP titles from Gaijin Games. While these titles have been released at retail with BIT.TRIP COMPLETE and BIT.TRIP SAGA on Wii and 3DS respectively, the developer's latest project, Runner 2 - Future Legend of...

  • Feature Obscure Series That Should Return on Wii U

    Baby come back

    Whenever a new system is announced, cyberspace is filled with wish lists of games that ought to be released faster than you can say Miyamoto. Very little is known so far about games coming to Wii U, so speculation is rife even though some classic series have already been heavily hinted at (Pikmin 3) or should be an announcement away...

  • News Michael Pachter Suggests That Wii U Could Struggle

    Too early to know

    Earlier today we reported that the Gears of War developer expects Wii U success, so it would be remiss of us to not report the alternative viewpoint of well-known Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter. On his regular GameTrailers show, Pachter answered a question about whether Wii U would face a similar fate to Dreamcast, an...

  • News Gears of War Developer Expects Wii U Success

    'I think it will do great'

    With Wii U getting closer to release and with so many details yet to be revealed, the clamour for insight and opinion on the console is growing. At the recent Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco Eurogamer.net took the opportunity to discuss the console with Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games, a developer best...

  • Talking Point The Inevitability of Digital Retail Games

    How will it affect our gaming?

    For Nintendo gamers, the video game market is currently a simple, relatively traditional place. If you want to buy a retail title, you hit the high street or visit your online retailer of choice and pick up a box with a disc or game cart inside. Pop that media into your Wii, 3DS or DS and you’re immediately playing...

  • News Shin'en Licensed to Develop for Wii U

    Rocket start

    German developer Shin'en Multimedia is licensed to develop for Wii U. The team behind WiiWare hits Art of Balance, FAST Racing League, Jett Rocket recently updated its home page with the following message: Welcome to Shin'en's web-site. If you're interested in our services and productions, you've come to the right place. Shin'en was...

  • News Havok Physics and Animation to Power Wii U Games

    Some of them, anyway

    Havok will provide its physics and animation tools to developers working on Wii U. Havok Physics is arguably the most recognisable in-game physics engine — a small field, admittedly — and has powered games including Half-Life 2, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and more. Managing director David Coghlan is very excited: We are...

  • News Darksiders II Creative Director: "Don't Compare It to Zelda"

    There's no link

    THQ's original Darksiders on PS3 and Xbox 360 drew a lot of comparisons with Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series, but creative director Joe Madureira wants the upcoming Wii U sequel to skip those analogies this time. Joe Mad told Official Nintendo Magazine he only wants to compare Darksiders II to its predecessor: I'll be curious...

  • News Assassin's Creed III is Coming to Wii U

    Sneaky

    Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed III will be released on Wii U, the publisher has revealed. The game reaches PS3 and Xbox 360 on 31st October but as we don't know when Wii U is out don't take this as a day one Wii U release. Still, the news that Ubisoft's supporting Wii U with one of its biggest upcoming titles has to be a reason to be cheerful,...

February2012

  • News Tekken Wii U Could Use Controller as Digital Strategy Guide

    hcf+1+2

    Fresh from Tekken 3D Prime Edition, series stalwart Katsuhiro Harada has turned his thoughts to Tekken on Wii U and how it might use that tantalising second screen built into the controller. Speaking to Nintendo Gamer, Harada spoke of using the controller's screen to emulate the arcade Tekken experience, where second screens show player...

  • News Wii U Controller Originally Had Proper Analogue Sticks

    All change

    The Wii U controller features 3DS-like Circle Pad sliders instead of the tilting analogue sticks that have been the industry norm since Nintendo 64. That wasn't always the case, though. An earlier version of the controller than the one we've seen included proper analogue sticks raised from the controller's surface, among other changes, as...

  • News Gearbox Wants As Much Wii U Power As Possible

    More power

    Gearbox Software's Aliens: Colonial Marines is in the works for Wii U, and president Randy Pitchford has urged Nintendo to make the machine as powerful as it can afford. Speaking to Nintendo-Gamer, Pitchford said: Our hope at Gearbox is that the final specification for the hardware is much more powerful than the current competitive...

  • Reaction Nintendo Direct - Nintendo Joins the Modern Age

    Bringing the hype

    Yesterday, on the same day that rival Sony launched PlayStation Vita in Europe and North America, Nintendo hosted three online broadcasts designed to reveal and publicise upcoming services and titles. It was the second time Nintendo Direct had taken place, though the timing and execution of this second run showed that the company...

  • Rumour Nintendo Courting Comcast for Wii U

    Cable may be on the way

    According to Adweek, Nintendo is doing the rounds at major media chains including cable company Comcast, hoping to secure their support for Wii U. The site claims Nintendo executives met with a number of top content companies at last month's Consumer Electronics Show, but sources admit it's very early days so far and that...

  • Talking Point Achievements, Trophies and Wii U

    Achievement unlocked?

    Back in 2005, Microsoft kick-started the HD console era with Xbox 360, at the time a technical marvel with online capabilities that were one of the jewels in its creamy white, far-too-easily overheating crown. However, while online play, reams of downloadable content (DLC) and a single, unified community were indeed admirable...

  • News Next Smash Bros. Development Starts with a Look Back

    Sakurai in retrospective mode

    The announcement of a new Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS drew cheers at E3, even if we knew it would be a few years until we got to play it. Creator Masahiro Sakurai has just wrapped up work on Kid Icarus: Uprising, but before his thoughts turn to the new fighter he's taking a look back at development of Super Smash...

  • News Capcom Tight-Lipped About Resident Evil 6 Wii U

    It's oh so quiet

    Resident Evil 6 is one of the biggest games heading to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 just before Christmas, but with Wii U due around the same time will Capcom consider bringing the title across to Nintendo's own HD console? Capcom senior vice-president Christian Svensson was asked just that in a Capcom Unity forum thread, though his...

  • News Nintendo Considered a 3D Screen on Wii U

    A tablet-sized 3DS?

    Nintendo's next home console, which may or may not be called Wii U, is due before the end of the year. While Nintendo is gradually unveiling details about the console and its tablet controller, the recent appearance of the console's patent filings has provided an interesting insight into what the machine could potentially...

  • News Nintendo Confirms Takeover of MobiClip

    Videos galore on 3DS and Wii U

    Nintendo has just confirmed the acquisition of the Paris-based video technology company MobiClip. It has provided video content for various titles on Game Boy Advance and more recently DS, most famously in the Professor Layton series. The company has specialised in delivering high-quality video to a number of devices,...

  • News Miyamoto Having a Ball Working on Pikmin 3

    Now how about showing us?

    Shigeru Miyamoto has been working on Pikmin 3 for years — we first heard of it nearly three years ago — but so far we've yet to see a single snifter of a teaser of a screenshot. Having worked so long on something so secretive, is Miyamoto in danger of losing his passion for Pikmin? Not on your Bulborb. Speaking to...

  • News Two Tribes Announces Toki Tori 2 Wii U Plans

    They're not playing chicken

    Some of you may remember that Toki Tori, developed by Two Tribes, was a launch title on WiiWare. With the Wii's successor due this year, Two Tribes has decided to try and make an appearance on Wii U's download service. Through a press release and blog entry, it's been confirmed that efforts are underway to bring Toki Tori...

  • Talking Point Wii U and the Future of the Online Pass

    'Project $10' and what it could mean

    With the number of gamers indulging in online play on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 at an all-time high, it’s disheartening sometimes to observe how far Nintendo has been lagging behind, as far as online functionality goes. For those lucky enough to own more than one console, the Wii isn’t exactly the go-to...

  • News Skylanders Developer "Looking at Wii U NFC Technology"

    Giant sized controller ahoy

    Yesterday's announcement of Skylanders Giants for Wii naturally led to questions of whether or not the game will head over to Wii U, particularly with Wii U's Near Field Communication functions that behave a little like Skylanders' figure-portal doohickey. Toys for Bob CEO Paul Reiche III was tight-lipped about the possibilities when quizzed at the American Toy Fair, sim

  • News THQ Could Lose Stock Market Listing

    That's bad, by the way

    Not long ago we revealed the positive news that THQ has two secret Wii U titles in the works, with Darksiders II and Metro: Last Light already unveiled for the new console way back at E3 2011. While that's the good news, unfortunately the developer is enduring some serious financial issues. As reported by Gamasutra, THQ is in danger of being delisted from the Nasdaq stock..

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  • News Team Ninja Reveals Wii U Evolution

    New features in the shadows

    Last week we heard from Street Fighter IV producer Yoshinori Ono, who stated that the Wii U is more capable than what we saw at E3. Ono said he couldn't reveal more due to fear of Nintendo assassins, by which he may be referring to previous Nintendo collaborators Team Ninja. In an interview with Nintendo Gamer magazine,...

  • News "Trustworthy" Third Parties Get Microtransactions Go-Ahead

    Horse armour anybody?

    Downloadable content, software updates and microtransactions are not things that owners of Nintendo systems have been hugely exposed to in the past, but things are about to change. With expanded online offering Nintendo Network on the cards for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, third party developers will soon be allowed to sell...

  • News Iwata: Zelda on Wii U Won't Look Cheap

    Rolling out the barrel

    We all know The Legend of Zelda will come to Wii U, but whether it'll look as good as the Zelda HD Experience from E3 is another matter. Nintendo knows it has to deliver on the graphical front though, as president Satoru Iwata told investors. Explaining that not all Wii U games will take the ultra-realistic, high cost...

  • News Nintendo May Not Call Wii U a Home Console

    A rose by any other name

    When we saw Wii U at E3, we were pretty certain it was a console. We even saw people playing it in a home-style setting. So it's a home console, right? Wrong. Talking to investors after the latest financial results, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata suggested the company won't refer to it as a traditional home console: As for...

  • Talking Point NFC and the Latest Wii U Wizardry

    Near Field Communication: cooler than it sounds

    As you may have noticed, we've seen a flurry of news stories coming out of Nintendo HQ in the past few days. We started with bad news, that Nintendo expects to make a loss in the current financial year, though the news that Wii U will launch in time for Christmas 2012 helped ease the pain. Of course,...

  • News Wii U Controller Gets Intriguing New Wireless Technology

    Near Field Communication is go

    Satoru Iwata revealed to investors that the Wii U controller will feature Near Field Communication (NFC) functions. The wireless technology is commonly used in non-contact transactions such as swiping travel cards and making credit or debit card payments. It's Iwata's description of the technology's applications,...

  • News Nintendo Considering Retail Downloads on 3DS and Wii U

    That'd be handy

    Nintendo has the infrastructure in place to allow full retail games to be downloaded to 3DS, but is still considering when and if to deploy it. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed at an investor briefing that Wii U will also share the same infrastructure — impressive considering Wii U uses 25GB discs — but the company is not...

  • News Wii U to Get Online User Accounts

    About time

    While Xbox 360's Gamertag and PlayStation Network's PSN ID systems have allowed unique online identifiers for some time, Nintendo's 3DS, Wii and DS have lagged behind in the online space. Speaking to investors, president Satoru Iwata revealed Wii U will get individual user accounts for online services. Iwata said: Also for the Wii U, we...

  • News Nintendo Network Will Get Competitions and User Communication

    And much more

    The mysterious Nintendo Network logo that surfaced last week has been explained at an investor meeting by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. As expected, the Nintendo Network is the company's new online infrastructure, but it spans far further than simply online matchmaking and eshopping. As Iwata tells it, Nintendo Network — which covers Wii U and 3DS — is a unified online platform..

  • News Iwata: "Wii U Will Be At its Best at Launch"

    No waiting here

    As we reported yesterday, Wii U will launch in time for Christmas, with Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealing to investors the company has learnt from the 3DS launch. Iwata told investors: For the launch of new hardware, it is, of course, regarded as a sort of requisite not to miss the critical year-end sales season. The company...

  • Rumour Nintendo Considering Alternative Names for Wii U

    Who remembers the Revolution?

    According to rumours that have surfaced online, Nintendo is considering the possibility of rebranding its next home console, potentially leaving Wii U behind. As reported by CVG, staff at the top level in both Japan and North America are apparently discussing a name change, though whether this would affect the console's...

  • News Ono: "Wii U More Capable Than We Saw at E3"

    O yes

    Super Street Fighter IV producer Yoshinori Ono has hinted there's far more to Wii U than we've seen so far. Speaking to 3D Juegos (translated by NeoGAF, so you have been warned), Ono spoke vaguely about the console development kits: What we saw last E3 is not a reflection of everything this console is able to offe

  • News Crystal Dynamics Explains Tomb Raider Wii U No-Show

    A simple port wouldn't cut it

    Crystal Dynamics' big budget Tomb Raider is coming to HD consoles later this year, but it won't make it onto Wii or Wii U. In a recent podcast (as posted in the Eidos forums) the developer explained why Lara's latest won't come to Wii U: When we started developing the game we made a conscious decision that it was all...

  • News Wii U to Launch Just in Time for Christmas

    Will you find it under your tree?

    We already know that Nintendo will release Wii U before the year's out, but Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has dropped a pretty big hint that the machine will land close to Christmas. According to several sources including Reuters and Bloomberg Japan, Iwata revealed during an investors' briefing that Wii U will hit...

  • Rumour UK Racing Studio Makes Big Wii U Commitment

    Who could it be?

    Tucked away in Develop's story about the Wii U's graphical power is this little nugget of information: Develop also understands that a prominent UK racing studio has committed to support Wii U with one project each year. We reported earlier this week that Slightly Mad Studios is working on Wii U, bringing

  • Rumour Wii U "Twice as Powerful as Xbox 360"

    Anonymous source speaks up

    An anonymous developer speaking to Develop has claimed Wii U has twice the power of Microsoft's Xbox 360. The source said Nintendo's next console boasts twice the processing and graphical output of Microsoft's 6-year old console. Of course there are no statistics to back this up, but if true, it would represent an enormous...

  • News Need for Speed: Shift Dev Creating Project CARS for Wii U

    Step on it

    Slightly Mad Studios has confirmed it's bringing Project CARS to Wii U in 2012. The studio behind Need for Speed: Shift and Shift 2: Unleashed confirmed its latest racing project is on the way to Nintendo's next home console alongside PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The game's description mentions several features Nintendo fans have been requesting for some time: user-generated content..

  • Rumour Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Sequel for 3DS and Wii U

    Wheelie?

    Some dismissed Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing as a SEGA-themed Mario Kart wannabe, but was obviously superior for including Shenmue protagonist Ryo Hazuki as a playable character (wait, what?). According to a new rumour, there could be a follow-up in the works at developer Sumo Digital. The Sonic Stadium received a tip that claims the series is heading to 3DS and Wii U, with an..

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