Wii U News


  • Feature Reflecting on Four Years of the Wii U

    Four NL writers pitch in on the outgoing system

    The Wii U has now passed its 4th Birthday, in North America at least, though its generation is already nearing its end. A bad run, imminent discontinuation and the March 2017 arrival of the Nintendo Switch all mean that the system is on its way out, a sad fate for a system that has had some terrific...

  • Poll The Wii U is Four Years Old, But What Is Its Legacy?

    The GamePad! HD Nintendo games! Rubbish file management!

    On 18th November 2012, the Wii U was launched in North America. There was a high profile midnight launch attended by Reggie Fils-Aime to give it positive press, and it was Nintendo's jump into HD gaming, with a GamePad-led concept at the core of the messaging. The system had a relatively...

  • News Tomonobu Itagaki on Why Devil's Third Underperformed

    Basically, NoA let him down

    Many of you no doubt remember Devil's Third, the ill-fated third person action game from the creator of Ninja Gaiden. Though there was plenty of enthusiasm around the game during its initial reveal as a Wii U exclusive, pre-release confusion and quality concerns ultimately led to it having an underperforming debut,...

  • News Darksiders: Warmastered Edition Now Coming to Wii U "At a Later Stage", Delaying eShop Release

    Death by a thousand delays

    THQ Nordic claimed headlines and some goodwill a few months ago when it confirmed Darksiders: Warmastered Edition for the Wii U, helping Nintendo gamers catch up after the previous release of Darksiders II on the system. Though it'll naturally be less flashy than on PS4 and Xbox One - for example 30fps instead of 60 - it's...

  • Video This Australian Wii U Commercial Is Perfect In Every Way, Apart From Its Timing

    "Bring the family together!"

    Last week, Nintendo finally admitted what everyone knew - production of its struggling Wii U system is coming to a close. The company's focus has now shifted to the Switch, which launches in March next year, and that makes this curiously comprehensive Australian ad for the departing console all the more puzzling...

  • Editorial The Wii U Has Been Nintendo's Lowest Selling Home Console; It Deserved Better

    Its sales will fall well short of the GameCube

    It's been coming for some time, and Nintendo made the odd call to initially deny it was happening, but the Wii U is in its final stretch; manufacturing of the system is due to end soon. Nintendo's decision to make a denial, only to quietly contradict it a little over a week later is - to quote our...

  • News Nintendo Confirms Wii U Production Is Coming To A Close

    UPDATE: Nintendo of America issues statement

    Update: Nintendo of America has issued the following statement: As recently posted by Nintendo on the Wii U website in Japan, Wii U production will end in the near future for the Japanese domestic market. We have nothing to announce in terms of exact timing. We can confirm that as of today, all Wii U...

  • News Looks Like Nintendo Has A Sense Of Humour About The Wii U's Failure

    "Great artists aren’t always appreciated in their own time”

    Nintendo is used to success - it is responsible for some of the most popular video game franchises of all time, and has produced consoles and handhelds which have sold millions upon millions of units. However, like any firm with a history that stretches back more than 100 years, it...

  • Soapbox Captain Falcon, We Have A Problem With F-Zero X on Wii U

    Controls are off course on Virtual Console (Updated)

    Update: We've been asked quite a few times if this issue is the same on the Wii version of the game. As a test I've just used the exact same Wiimote + Classic Controller on both the Wii U and Wii Virtual Console versions available. The Wii version does not appear to have the same issue and the...

  • Random Raspberry Pi Hack Takes The Wii U GamePad One Step Closer To Switch

    Build it and they will come

    Nintendo Switch comes out next year, and is already shaping up to be quite an impressive concept - a stand-alone gaming system which not only connects to your TV but can also be taken on the road. Thing is, some people don't like to wait and hacker banjokazooie has taken it upon himself to create the next best thing - a...

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    Review Just Dance 2017

    Another year, another Just Dance game

    It seems like it was only yesterday that this writer was reviewing Just Dance 2016 – last year's entry in Ubisoft's mammoth dancing franchise. Most people will be at least somewhat familiar with the concept; seeing friends and family dancing along to a variety of songs with wavering levels of success. By that...

  • News Nintendo Insists That Wii U Production Will Continue Beyond This Week

    "There is no change to our continuing [Wii U] production"

    Yesterday we - like a great many other gaming sites - reported on a rumour which claimed that Wii U production was stopping this Friday. However, Japanese site IT Media has been in touch with a spokesperson from Nintendo who has said the reports are "not true" and that the console will...

  • Weirdness Mario Kart 8 Contains Hidden Swearing

    But you'll have to do a lot of digging to find it

    Modern computers allow gamers to dig into video game data files to their heart's content, and this often throws up some interesting discoveries which perhaps should have remained hidden. That certainly seems to have been the case with this latest Mario Kart 8 find. YouTube user Harm - who perhaps...

  • Rumour Last Wii U Consoles Roll Off The Production Line This Week

    The end of an era?

    Nintendo launches its new Switch console in March next year, and while the advent of new hardware is always a time of excitement, it invariably means that existing machines are put out to pasture. With popular platforms there's quite a bit of overlap between the generations, but in other cases the changeover is quite abrupt - it...