Wednesday25th Nov 2020
Goodbye, old friend
Nintendo has announced a discontinuation of online services for the original Super Mario Maker on Wii U, meaning players will no longer be able to upload their own courses. The discontinuation comes into effect on 31st March 2021; from that date, it will "no longer be possible to upload courses" and on that same day, the Super...
Wednesday18th Nov 2020
Oh you poor, poor thing
Eight years ago today on the 18th November 2012, Nintendo's Wii U hit the market in North America. Coming off the back of the Wii, Nintendo's most successful home console of all time, hopes were no doubt high for this latest system, but we all know how the story goes from there. With its blocky GamePad controller and HD...
Thursday5th Nov 2020
Mario Kart still reigns supreme
Earlier today, we shared an updated list of the top ten best-selling Nintendo Switch games of all time, but how are the likes of the Wii U and 3DS doing, and even the Wii and DS before those? Well, it just so happens that Nintendo has also provided up-to-date figures for its best-selling games on those platforms. As...
Monday2nd Nov 2020
Not what Nintendo was hoping for
Last Friday saw the launch of Pikmin 3 Deluxe on Nintendo Switch, a new and improved port of Pikmin 3 which originally released on Wii U. In an unusual turn of events, the Switch version hasn't managed to outperform the original game in its opening week sales – in the UK, at least. Thanks to the Switch's...
Wednesday21st Oct 2020
Following its removal in Europe and NA
Rodea the Sky Soldier, an action-adventure title produced by Sonic lead programmer Yuji Naka, will be removed from the Wii U and 3DS eShops in Japan next month. The game's delisting follows similar removals in Europe and North America earlier this year, meaning the title will soon be unavailable digitally...
Friday9th Oct 2020
With up to 50% off
Kemco has kickstarted an October sale across Nintendo Switch, 3DS and Wii U, slashing the price of six of its RPGs for a limited time. We have a full list of the games included for you below. Discounts range from 40-50% off, with each Nintendo system being treated to two deals each. Have a look through and make sure to jump on...
Thursday10th Sep 2020
The original Super Mario Maker is celebrating its fifth anniversary today, after originally launching for the Wii U in Japan on 10th September, 2015. Also appearing in Europe and North America on the following day, Super Mario Maker flipped the Mario platforming franchise on its head by giving players access to a full suite of level...
Sunday6th Sep 2020
Update: Super Mario 3D World makes the Switch!
Update: Well, that's another one down: following in the footsteps of Pikmin 3 Deluxe (no, not Pikmin 4), Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is coming to Switch in F
Friday4th Sep 2020
Update: And it's back
Update: The game has apparently now reappeared for digital purchase on the Wii U eShop. So, if you haven't played Pikmin 3 before, this means you still have the option to buy and experience the game in its non-Deluxe, vanilla (and much cheaper) form on the hardware it was originally designed for. Here at Nintendo Life, that's...
Tuesday25th Aug 2020
It has a very different flavour in Japan
The announcement of Pikmin 3 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch may well have whetted our collective appetites for another round of this juicy, adorable real-time strategy game, but did you know about this curious translation from the original on Wii U? One of the many pieces of fruit that you can find in the game...
Sunday16th Aug 2020
Vblank Entertainment has finally locked in a release date for Shakedown: Hawaii on the Wii U. It'll be made available on 20th August on the Vblank store and the North American Wii U eShop. The standard editio
Monday10th Aug 2020
Some times for your eShop browsing diary
Nintendo has updated its network maintenance schedule with details of upcoming work that will affect its services across Switch, Wii U and 3DS. Several maintenance sessions are planned between now and mid-September, all of which have the potential to - or will definitely - impact Nintendo's network...
Friday7th Aug 2020
53 million Switch owners haven't played Pikmin 3
It's no secret that the Wii U was a bit of a commercial flop. Why that happened is a topic for another time, but the fact remains that there was a whole mess of great games for the system, and due to it only selling a disappointing 13.5 million units a lot of people missed out on some seriously spicy...
Saturday1st Aug 2020
"no conversations have come our way"
One of the few major Wii U releases that could still potentially be ported across to the Nintendo Switch is the Platinum-developed title, Star Fox Zero. Although the controls would need a massive overhaul, many Star Fox fans are still wondering what the chances are of it happening. In a recent interview with the...
Monday27th Jul 2020
"Do you know about Medium? If not, you will"
During Microsoft's recent Xbox showcase, Bloober Team – the studio behind Observer, Layers of Fear and Blair Witch – revealed its next project, called The Medium. This uni
Wednesday1st Jul 2020
Fortunately, the app still works
Another nail has seemingly been driven into the Wii U's coffin. According to multiple sources, YouTube no longer supports the system's internet browser. For many users, this was the preferred way to view YouTube videos on the system. Now, if you attempt to load a video on YouTube within the Wii U browser, you'll be...
Friday26th Jun 2020
We kid you not
Vblank Entertainment is bringing physical versions of Shakedown: Hawaii to the Wii and Wii U this summer. Yes, you read that correctly. Originally released on the 3DS and Switch, the game will include all of the latest updates, including The Mogul Update, the Full Tank Update and "many other little tweaks, improvements and...
Don't believe everything you see
We've all seen some pretty convincing Photoshop efforts in our time, trying to trick us into believing that certain sought-after games are headed to Switch, but this newly-discovered eShop exploit will make fake rumours look even more believable. Or at least, it would have done if you hadn't read this article...
Tuesday16th Jun 2020
It's having quite the journey
Last week, Sony gave us our first look at the PlayStation 5, showing off a decent number of upcoming titles and inspiring an even larger number of excellent memes. What you might not know, however, is that one of the games featured was actually once confirmed for release on Wii U. Of course, the g
Friday29th May 2020
Five years ago (well, five years and a day ago, actually) the original Splatoon inked its way onto the Wii U. It was an exciting and fresh take on the online shooter and a completely new venture for Nintendo - and boy are we happy that it was released. Splatoon and its sequel, Splatoon 2, have arguably been two of the most important...
Thursday14th May 2020
Four games have been pushed back
With the coronavirus pandemic causing havoc across the entire industry, it comes as no surprise to hear that some physical game releases are being pushed back. Indie publisher Pixelheart is the latest to reveal a new release schedule for its upcoming games. The publisher has decided to postpone each game in its...
Thursday7th May 2020
Did someone say Mario Kart?
We've already received an updated list of the top ten best-selling Nintendo Switch games today, but how about the 3DS, the Wii U, and even the Wii and DS? Well, as it happens, Nintendo has also provided updated lists for each of these consoles, and while the standings below have seen very little change over the past few...
Tuesday28th Apr 2020
By 31st July 2020
Nintendo has announced it will shutdown the limited eShops for the Wii U and 3DS family of systems in certain Latin American and Caribbean countries by 31st July 2020. The brief summary on the Nintendo Support page explains how users in affected regions will no longer be able to redeem codes, redownload software, or update...
Tuesday17th Mar 2020
Update: And it's back?
Update (Tue 17th Mar, 2020 18:50 GMT): Nintendo has yet to announce anything officially, but it appears that services are once again running as normal. We've had success accessing the eShop, and multiple users have reported similar success stories. If you're still struggling to access the eShop or other online services...
Friday6th Mar 2020
And you can pre-order both right now
Even though first-party support for the Wii U came to a halt a number of years ago, that hasn't stopped third-party developers and publishers from pumping out new releases for Nintendo's previous generation of console hardware. PixelHeart – a publisher and distributor of retro and next-generation games – has...
Wednesday4th Mar 2020
Quack, it's back!
Last year in August, Capcom pulled the 2013 DuckTales: Remastered from all digital storefronts, including the Wii U eShop. It was believed to be tied to the game's license, as it's all about the Disney-owned character, Scrooge McDuck. Now, roughly eight months later, the Capcom-Unity blog has announced the remaster has returned to...
Monday10th Feb 2020
The game's history explained
Unless you've been living under a giant fist/sword/gun-shaped rock over the past week or so, you'll be aware that Wii U exclusive The Wonderful 101 has been all over the news just lately. The sudden interest has arrived thanks to PlatinumGames' new Kickstarter campaign which has already generated enough funds to secure a...
Take that, Switch
The good ol' Wii U is getting a brand new release this week, and if that's not exciting enough, it's even launching exclusively on the console. Who needs Switch anyway? Space Hunted: The Lost Levels is the latest title headed our way from Ultra Dolphin Revolution, the indie dev which also brought Shadow Archer to Wii U towards the...
Wednesday5th Feb 2020
Including the game's very first screenshot
As you'll no doubt be aware if you've visited the site over the last couple of days, PlatinumGames revealed a Kickstarter campaign earlier this week which will bring The Wonderful 101: Remastered to Switch later this year. It's been quite the success, raising
Tuesday4th Feb 2020
Chaos and colour multiplied by 101
Editor’s Note: With The Wonderful 101: Remastered Kickstarter now in full swing, we thought you might like to read our 2013 review for the Wii U original. Playing The Wonderful 101 for the first time on "normal" difficulty is a stressful, headache-inducing experience that, nevertheless, delivers a genuine...