Wii U - News

April2013

  • News Expect Batman To Sound Different In Arkham Origins

    Kevin Conroy isn't reprising his role in the upcoming game

    Voice actor Kevin Conroy has confirmed that he won't be returning to provide his vocal talents to Bruce Wayne's alter ego in the forthcoming Batman: Arkham Origins. Conroy has lent his voice to the Caped Crusader in cartoons and games for many years, with his first video game credit being...

  • News Rex Rocket Could Come To Wii U And 3DS If Funding Targets Are Met

    Retro-styled action platformer currently being Kickstarted

    Another week, another Kickstarter campaign for a title which might be coming to Nintendo platforms. Thankfully, Rex Rocket is well worth keeping an eye on. The game is a 2D platformer which needs $6,000 of funding to get made — and it's already bagged over $2,500 of that total with 27...

  • Rumour Call Of Duty: Ghosts Will Be Spooking Wii U This Year

    Spanish retailer gives Nintendo fans renewed hope

    Activision is close to announcing this year's Call of Duty entry, but we've already seen a couple of retailers leak information related to the title. Call of Duty: Ghosts apparently uses a new game engine and is expected to hit multiple platforms — one of which should be the Wii U, if a listing by...

  • Hands On Getting Competitive in the Rayman Legends Challenges App

    Nice for a freebie, modest as compensation

    Sometimes game releases, or apps in this case, bring to an end a saga of delays, upset fans and development strife. This Rayman Legends Challenges App does that, representing the final (probably) peace offering from Ubisoft to disgrunted Wii U owners before Rayman Legends arrives in late August/early...

  • Video Let's Play The Amazing Spider-Man On Wii U

    Are your spider senses tingling?

    There are so many superhero reboots these days it's hard to keep up. Thankfully, Nintendo Life video features editor Rory Cocker seems to knows his Hulk from his Man of Steel, and was tasked this week with playing the first half an hour of The Amazing Spider-Man: Ultimate Edition, recently released on the Wii U. You...

  • Rumour New Call of Duty Title To Be Revealed Next Week

    Promotional material suggests 1st May will be the day

    Call of Duty: Black Ops II was revealed last year on 1st May during the NBA playoffs and it appears the next iteration in the Call of Duty franchise may well be announced at around the same time this year. Nothing has been revealed yet, although recent retailer listings and a few leaks on...

  • News New River City Ransom Sequel Confirmed

    A crowd-funding campaign is set to launch this Summer

    Combit Studios has announced it is currently developing a sequel to the popular sidescrolling fighter River City Ransom, which was released on the NES in 1989. According to its website, the Canada-based studio will be working with Million - the developer behind the Game Boy Advance remake River...

  • Video Here's Some Footage Of The Rayman Legends Challenges App

    Hands-on with Ubisoft's peace offering to Wii U owners

    This week sees the release of the Rayman Legends Challenges App, a free download which is largely intended to pacify angry Wii U owners following the delay of the game itself. Although the app itself is offered entirely free of charge, Nintendo Life video features editor Rory Cocker has put...

  • Hardware Review MaxPlay Wii U In-Car Adapter

    Take your gaming on the road

    A few eyebrows were raised when we reported on the existence of the MaxPlay adapter, a newfangled contraption which allows you to power your Wii U console from your car's standard 12V cigarette lighter socket. However, we can now report that this unique item is in fact the real deal, having tried it for ourselves. The...

  • News Wii U System Update Is Now Live

    Get it while it's hot

    Nintendo's long-expected Wii U system update is now live. The 673MB download speeds up various elements of the Wii U's menu, Here's the official run-down of new features, courtesy of Nintendo: Version 3.0.0 U Released: April 25, 2013 New Features: A standby function to download and install software while the system is...

  • News Analyst: Nintendo of America "Forgot Marketing 101" For Wii U

    Analysts weigh in on Wii U and Nintendo's future

    Nintendo recently revealed its financial results for 2012/2013 which showed the Wii U hadn't performed particularly well. Sales of the company's latest home console were well below the initial projection of 5.5 million units and even failed to meet the adjusted estimate of four million. Between the...

  • News Rayman Legends Release Brought Forward to 3rd September in North America, 30th August in Europe

    The free challenge app is on the Wii U eShop today, remember

    Update: We originally quoted an EU release date that we received directly and a US release date of 27th August given to Joystiq — the source link is at the end of the article. Joystiq has now confirmed that Ubisoft has corrected the US release date to 3rd September, so we've updated the...

  • News Wii U and 3DS Online Connection Rates Exceed 80%

    Europe lagging behind with just 57% of connected 3DS systems

    Just recently Nintendo of America announced a 3DS connection rate of 67%, but it seems that this was a rather conservative figure. During his post financial results presentation, Satoru Iwata has outlined impressive online connection ratios for Nintendo's systems, with one region standing...

  • News Nintendo Won't Be Holding A Large-Scale Press Conference At E3 This Year

    "We are continuing to investigate ways to deliver information"

    Nintendo has confirmed that it is not doing a large-scale press conference at this year's E3, instead choosing to hold behind-closed-doors events for press and distributors. Where does that leave people watching over the internet? Nintendo has said that it is investigating "ways to...

  • Feature Nintendo's Financial Revelations and Hardware Strategies

    3DS leads as Wii U goes slow and steady

    Around this time every year Nintendo reports its financial results for the previous 12 months, and in by-gone days they could be summarised very easily — "we're rolling in cash like money hogs, victory lattes for everyone". Recently it's not been quite that simple, with the decline starting with the initial...

  • News Rejoice, Mario Kart Wii U Is Coming This Year

    Pole position

    We already know that Nintendo is working on a fresh Mario Kart entry for the Wii U and that it will make its debut at this year's E3. However, in a PR email pertaining to its 2013 financial results, Nintendo has let slip that the game will be rolled out onto the starting grid this year, which should give the struggling console a...

  • News Meet The Wii U Karaoke System Which Costs $16,000

    Big in Japan

    With many retailers complaining that the Wii U costs too much, it's odd that we're reporting on a variant of the console which retails for an eye-watering $16,000, but such is the weird and wacky world of the video game industry. Produced by Japanese company Xing, the JoySound Festa is so large it has to be wheeled around on a trolley...

  • News One Of Shin'en's Forthcoming Wii U Titles Will Have Online Play

    A first for the studio

    We already know that Shin'en Multimedia is hard at work on two new Wii U titles, but so far the company — which has produced hits such as Nano Assault Neo, FAST Racing League and Jett Rocket — has given away little information on what they might be. Speaking to

  • Review Injustice: Gods Among Us (Wii U)

    Immortal kombat

    We’ve all had this same discussion. Who would win in a fight between Batman and Superman? NetherRealm Studios — the development team behind the successful 2011 reboot of the Mortal Kombat franchise — was kind enough to create Injustice: Gods Among Us, a fighting game almost specifically designed to answer that one burning...

  • News Wii U Virtual Console Launch Lineup Is Revealed

    Eight titles available at launch

    Nintendo has revealed via its Wii U Facebook account the launch lineup for the Wii U Virtual Console. The initial batch of games will be: Punch-Out!! Balloon Fight Kirby's Adventure

  • Rumour Batman: Arkham Origins to Include Multiplayer Mode

    Play as your favourite villain

    Kotaku has reported that Batman: Arkham Origins, which is coming to the Wii U later this year, will include a multiplayer mode. The unconfirmed report states that players will step into the shoes of classic Batman villains and try to take town Batman and Robin. If the rumour is to be believed, Origins would be the...

  • Talking Point The Wii U's Identity Crisis

    Muddled messages aren't helping matters

    Let's start this with some clear points, to head-off accusations before they're made. No, we don't think Nintendo is doomed and no, we don't think the Wii U is doomed. While critical of some aspects of the Wii U since release, in general we've maintained a line that the system cannot be judged yet, and that...

  • News Road Rash-Inspired Road Redemption Confirmed For Wii U Release

    Assuming Kickstarter goal is met, of course

    Road Redemption is a motorcycle combat game which owes a massive debt to EA's 16-bit title Road Rash — and it could be coming to the Wii U, if it can meet its Kickstarter goal. DarkSeas Games — a studio made up of talent from Sega, Sony, Bioware, Gameloft, EA, Pyro Studios, Disney Interactive, 2K...

  • News Ubisoft: Splinter Cell "Really is a Thinking Game"

    Blacklist to incorporate styles suiting veterans and newcomers

    In past generations the Splinter Cell franchise was one of the biggest in the games industry, with its initially unique approach to stealth attracting plenty of plaudits and sales. While the series is still very much a fixture on the release calendar, it doesn't quite have the same...

  • News Project CARS Dev Making Sure Wii U Doesn't Get A "Crappy" Version

    That's nice of them

    Project CARS is an ambitious cross-platform racer which is coming to a wide range of systems, including the Wii U. Developer Slightly Mad Games has been speaking about the Nintendo edition of the game, and continues to say nice things about the hardware. Slightly Mad's Andy Tudor had this to say to Revo

  • Video Covert Splinter Cell Blacklist Wii U GamePad Features Revealed

    Oh so sneaky

    The confirmation that Splinter Cell Blacklist will arrive on Wii U this August was another welcome multi-platform release announcement from Ubisoft, especially as the GamePad is set to be utilised for its own unique uses. We've seen some details around weapon and item management on the touch screen — of course — as well as some...

  • Rumour Take-Two To Reveal Next-Gen Versions of Grand Theft Auto V At Investor Call

    Handful of salt at the ready

    After a brief delay Grand Theft Auto V is down for a 17th September release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and Rockstar, the game's developer, has not commented on it ever emerging on the next generation of consoles. Rumours have always been rife that Grand Theft Auto V will eventually become available for Wii U,...

  • Interview Marc Franklin - Nintendo of America

    We chat with Nintendo's head PR honcho about 3DS, Earthbound and Zelda

    Between test drives of a selection of Nintendo's 2013 line-up, including The Legend of Zelda 3DS, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, we had the chance to catch up with Nintendo of America's PR wizard Marc Franklin to talk about w

  • Video Nintendo Life Plays The First 35 Minutes Of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

    Learning the hard way

    Capcom's Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is a fantastic game, but it's also a seriously hardcore experience, requiring dedication, skill and the patience of a saint. Just in case our reviews of the Wii U and the 3DS versions haven't convinced you to make the purchase, we sat our video features editor and Monster Hunter virgin Rory...

  • News Nintendo Of America Rep Insists That Lost Digital Content "Not Covered For Replacement"

    Don't lose that 3DS

    We've previously grumbled a bit about the fact that Nintendo currently does not employ a proper ID-based system for its downloads. Instead, the content you purchase on your Wii U and 3DS via their respective eShops is tied to the system itself. Stories have been circulating that Nintendo is prepared to replace digital content if...

  • Rumour Wii U System Update Could Go Live Tomorrow

    Virtual Console looks set to open on Tuesday

    The Wii U Virtual Console is scheduled to launch a day after the upcoming system update, which is set to go live at some point this week. Nintendo didn't give any specific date for the update, but it appears that it could be up and running as soon as Monday as the official website has already started...

  • Talking Point The Arrival of eShop Download Codes in Stores is a Smart Move

    Another step forward

    This week it was announced that Nintendo of Europe had established an agreement with retailer GAME, for it to exclusively sell select download codes from the high street and its website; it's the first serious move to match up to similar download cards already available in Japan. The GAME retail group has stores across Europe as...

  • News Neko Entertainment To Release Another Cocoto Game in Europe

    It's set to be a retail release

    Cocoto, the little red devil who's featured in a few games over the years on several platforms, looks set to be making a comeback in the near future after developer Neko Entertainment confirmed it's working on releasing a new addition to the series with publisher BigBen Interactive. When asked in an interview with...

  • News GAME Bags European Exclusive On eShop Download Codes

    25% additional trade-in value with selected physical titles

    UK video game retailer GAME has announced an exclusive partnership with Nintendo which allows it to sell software via eShop codes in-store and online. The agreement will allow Wii U and 3DS owners across Europe to purchase digital content for their consoles via GAME's chain of physical...

  • News Fresh Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Stock Arrives In The UK

    The hunt is back on

    Getting hold of a copy of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate in the UK has been easier said than done since the game launched in March; the popularity of Capcom's beast-slaying epic has resulted in a situation where demand has far outstripped supply. Thankfully, Nintendo UK has gotten in touch with us this morning to confirm that the...

  • News Reggie: Pace Of Wii U Software Launches Is "Slower Than Hoped"

    Nintendo of America boss says E3 will bring new software

    Let's face facts — the Wii U's software line-up so far hasn't been as robust as many would have hoped. While the console has hosted some amazing titles since its launch last year, the release schedule has dried up in recent months — thanks to delays and cancellations, as well as

  • News Pandora’s Tower Developer Thinks The Wii U Is "Unique" And "Exciting"

    Ganbarion is already thinking of how to exploit the console's features

    Japanese developer Ganbarion scored a critical success with Pandora's Tower on the Wii, and the company is now shifting its attention to Nintendo's latest console, the Wii U. Speaking to Siliconera, Pandora’s Tower director Toru Haga was full of praise for the console: The...

  • Video The Edited Highlights Of This Week's Nintendo Direct

    All killer, no filler

    This week's Nintendo Direct presentation was packed with amazing info, but with a running time of almost 40 minutes, it might have been a little bit on the long side for many impatient Nintendo fans. But fear not — Nintendo Life Video Features Editor Rory Cocker has sifted through the footage and pulled together the prime...

  • Feature The Big Nintendo 3DS Direct Summary

    There's a lot to take in

    Before the latest Nintendo Direct broadcast, we're sure that many were unsure of what to expect. We've watched enough of them to know that sometimes they can be rather light on revelations, simply stringing us along with a few release dates, and on other occasions they can be blockbuster events that get the Nintendo Life...

  • News Game & Wario Brings Mayhem to North America on 23rd June

    It looks suitably bonkers

    Game & Wario is a game that promises "GamePad Pandemonium", yet the latter adjective was a good description for the sheer volume of reveals and information that came from the most recent Nintendo Direct broadcast. One story that we didn't cover right away but want to bring to your attention is the release date for...

  • News Iwata Reveals More Details On New Super Luigi U

    No bros allowed

    Satoru Iwata revealed more details about New Super Luigi U, the upcoming downloadable expansion for New Super Mario Bros. U, during today's Nintendo Direct presentation. First revealed in February as part of Nintendo's Year of Luigi, New Super Luigi U takes the "Bros." out of the equation, giving Mario's clumsy green brother the...

  • News Wii U System Update Coming Next Week

    A whole host of enhancements promised

    Nintendo has confirmed that a Wii U system update will be rolled out worldwide next week. As expected, the update will shorten loading times when switching between applications or returning to the Wii U Menu. You'll also be able to copy or move data from one USB hard drive to another, automatically install new...

  • News Pikmin 3 Arrives in North America on 4th August

    Europe has a less specific date of "just a few months"

    While today may have been branded as a 3DS Direct, the Wii U was mentioned and has enjoyed a bit of attention in the huge amount of information to come out of Nintendo since the broadcasts. One of these is an important one for the home console, with Pikmin 3 confirmed to arrive in North America...

  • News FIFA 14 Details Announced, Wii U Version Not Included In The Initial Line-Up

    Maybe we'll get FIFA 13.5 instead

    We reported yesterday that EA would be giving us some fresh details on its annual installment in the FIFA series of games, FIFA 14. Right on schedule, EA has indeed released a plethora of information on new features for the upcoming title, but what's even more interesting is the fact that there's no Wii U listing...

  • News Frontier Adamant Coaster Crazy Deluxe Won't Impact Elite: Dangerous Development

    Forced on the defensive after negative reaction to Wii U title from fans

    Frontier Developments has been forced to defend itself following the announcement of Coaster Crazy Deluxe for the Wii U eShop. There's been something of a negative reaction from certain sectors of the gaming public, with some individuals suggesting that Frontier has used money...

  • News Injustice: Gods Among Us For Wii U May Not Support Cross-Unlock Content With iOS Version

    Perhaps in a future update?

    Just days before its release in the UK, we were given unfortunate news that Injustice: Gods Among Us will miss its scheduled release date of 19th April this week in that region. For any Brits reading it's worth noting that it'll only be delayed by one week, launching on 26th April. Now, it seems, the spotlight has been...

  • News EA Announcing More FIFA 14 News Tomorrow

    Back of the net

    The football season is slowly drawing to a close, which can only mean one thing: EA will soon be announcing its next FIFA title in preparation for the next campaign. Fans of the series will be pleased to hear EA will be revealing more news on FIFA 14 tomorrow, on the same day as Nintendo Direct. Coincidence? Probably, yes. [tweet...

  • News Climax Studios Working On Two Wii U Titles

    One looks a lot like Prince of Persia

    Update: In response to the Prince of Persia-esque image above, Ubisoft has now said the following: The screenshots in question are from a prototype created by one of our partners, not a game currently in development. Prince of Persia remains an important element in Ubisoft’s portfolio, but we’re currently...

  • News Play Wii U From The Comfort Of The Passenger Seat With MaxPlay

    A new standard of in-car entertainment

    We know the Wii U is pretty portable, but the guys at MaxBuy have taken things to the next level. They've produced the MaxPlay, a device which connects to your car's cigarette lighter and enables you to play Wii U on the move — as long as the game you're using supports off-TV play, of course. Not only does...

  • Guide The Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Wii U Update is Now Live

    We tell you how to make the most of it

    With a game like Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, it's easy to see why a number of gamers would be tempted by the 3DS version. This is an experience that devours dozens of hours of your life, and indulging in the quest to that degree can be tricky if you're fighting over access to a shared TV in order to enjoy it...

  • News Rating Emerges For The Previously Unannounced Tekken Revolution

    Could Namco Bandai's brawler be fighting to the Wii U or 3DS?

    The Australian Classification Board has rated Tekken Revolution, a hitherto unheard of entry in the long-running fighting game franchise. This follows the news that Namco Bandai has also rated Tekken Arena in Europe — could we be looking at two entirely new instalments, or is this a...

  • News Pachter: Price Cut Unlikely To Help Wii U Without Software Support

    Expects continued slow sales

    Sometimes it’s rather difficult not to see Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter as the herald of the U-pocalypse, but you can’t say he isn’t committed to his job. According to GamesIndustry International, Pachter has forecast sales of just 55,000 Wii U consoles within the last month, as NPD Group prepares to...

  • News Criterion Has No Immediate Plans For More Need For Speed

    Burnt out?

    Criterion Games' Creative Director Alex Ward has taken to Twitter to debunk recent rumors about a Need For Speed reboot. In a series of tweets, Ward explained that Criterion wanted to take a break from the Need For Speed series, and racing games in general. [tweet 323861676720005121] Ward did, however, leave the door open for future...

  • News Injustice: Gods Among Us Release Pushed Back To 26th April In The UK

    No details as to why it's delayed

    Expected to arrive in the UK this Friday 19th April, Injustice: Gods Among Us has been delayed for the Wii U. The upcoming brawler has been pushed back to the 26th April, so we've just one week to wait. Speaking to CVG, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. had confirmed the new release date, but never gave any...

  • Developer Interview Ubisoft on the Expanding Rayman Legends and Wii U's Free Challenge Mode

    The upcoming Wii U eShop app sounds promising

    When Wii U was preparing for launch, a good number of gamers were particularly excited about Rayman Legends, at one time a Wii U-exclusive launch title. Unfortunately for those eager fans, both promising selling points fell by the way-side, with an initial delay to Spring 2013 being extended to...

  • News Sam Fisher Shows Off His Abilities In This New Splinter Cell Blacklist Trailer

    Stalking the shadows

    Ubisoft has unleashed a new trailer for Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist which showcases Sam Fisher's impressive selection of unique abilities. The game launches on Nintendo's system in August. The Wii U edition will offer all the features of its current-gen siblings, but will come with exclusive Wii U GamePad features,...

  • News First-Person Puzzler QUBE Is Coming To The Wii U eShop

    Colour us excited

    Toxic Games has revealed that its unique first-person puzzle title QUBE is coming to the Wii U eShop. QUBE — which stands for Quick Understanding of Block Extrusion, in case you were wondering — is currently available on PC and Mac. The objective of the game is to move around levels by manipulating coloured blocks. Toxic...

  • News Luigi's Mansion 2 Refuses to Get Scared Out of the UK Top 10

    No Wii U exclusives in the top 40

    Last week we were rather pleased to report that Luigi's Mansion 2 secured 5th place in the UK all-format chart for the second week running; maintaining a top 10 place beyond launch week is relatively rare for 3DS titles in the region. That was an excellent achievement, but even better news this week is that Luigi is...

  • News WB Montreal Looking To "Add Value" To Batman: Arkham Origins

    Rocksteady offering support to the studio

    Last week Batman: Arkham Origins was announced for Wii U and other platforms. It's being developed by WB Montreal instead of Rocksteady and is set a few years before Batman: Arkham Asylum, allowing you to take control of a younger caped crusader as he bumps into some of his most recognisable foes for the...

  • News C-Wars Could Make It To Wii U And 3DS Should It Surpass Kickstarter Goal

    It's halfway there already

    C-Wars is a real-time strategy tower defence game that's being developed by Onipunks. The studio has just launched a Kickstarter campaign and is set to appear on PC, Mac, Linux and Android at some point this year. However, the developer confirmed it could also appear on Wii U and 3DS should it be successful in receiving...

  • News Splinter Cell: Blacklist Features "Nostalgic" Gameplay Elements

    Building on what was achieved with Conviction

    Ubisoft Toronto was created in 2009 and is close to releasing its first title Splinter Cell: Blacklist, which is coming to Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. In an interview with Game Reactor at the recent Game Developers Conference Jade Raymond, who heads up the studio, spoke about the upcoming...

  • News NetherRealm Had A Tough Time Building The Roster For Injustice: Gods Among Us

    The fighter features a three button playing style

    Upcoming beat 'em up Injustice: Gods Among Us features a plethora of characters from the DC universe and is fighting its way onto consoles on 16th April in North America and 19th April in Europe. Considering just how many characters have graced the pages of DC comics over the years, its...

  • News Buddy & Me Wii U eShop Version Added As Kickstarter Stretch Goal

    Needs to hit $55,000 funding target

    If you cast your mind back a couple of weeks, you'll recall that we were the first site to break the news about Buddy & Me, a title from Sunbreak Games — a studio founded by former Metroid Prime developer Jason Behr. Behr revealed at the time that a Wii U eShop edition of the game was a possibility, but...

  • News This Injustice: Gods Among Us Infographic Makes a Pitch for the Ultimate Superhero and Villain

    They'd sure have strange outfits

    With Injustice: Gods Among Us arriving on Wii U next week, Warner Bros. has seen some of the infographic action going on to celebrate two years of the 3DS and decided to get in on the act. With the brawler concerning itself with heroes and villains from the DC Universe, these diagrams attempt to put together the...

  • News Tales Producer Says The Series Could Eventually Make It To Wii U

    If the system becomes more successful

    Recently Hideo Baba, the producer behind the Tales franchise, praised the Wii U by calling it a "brilliant console". However, he confirmed he currently has no plans to develop any games for the system. That could all change though, as in an interview with Destructoid Baba said the series could appear on Wii U...

  • News South African Retailer Slices Wii U Price in Half

    Toyzone offering a Wii U for as little as R1,500

    In order to help boost Wii U sales, many UK retailers decided to cut the price of the system. Back in March Asda and Amazon sliced £50 off the price tag, while HMV knocked a staggering £140 off a Premium console and ZombiU bundle. It seems heavy price drops aren't exclusive to the UK though, as it...

  • Review The Croods: Prehistoric Party! (Wii U)

    Croodités

    As a video game adaptation of Dreamworks' cave-dweller caper, The Croods: Prehistoric Party casts the film's characters in a Mario Party-style experience for up to four players. It borrows heavily from Nintendo's series, linking disparate mini-games together with a simple board game conceit. Like the movie's titular Neanderthal family...

  • News Resident Evil Revelations DLC Season Pass Revealed on Steam

    Delicious DLC, or horrifyingly disappointing add-ons?

    The upcoming Resident Evil Revelations re-release on Wii U is bringing some new features over its 3DS original — there'll be an "infernal" difficulty level, off-screen play for that, er, unique handheld experience, and you'll be able to troll other players by giving monsters speech bubbles with...

  • Rumour Criterion Is Rebooting Need For Speed: Underground

    Updated: Criterion's creative director shoots down rumours

    UPDATE: Criterion's Alex Ward has tweeted in response to these rumours: [tweet 322632944776802304] So that's that, then. ORIGINAL STORY: We've already reported on the fact that Criterion is working on a new project, and if a fresh rumour is to be believed, we could now have a name for...

  • News Super Comboman Fuses Smash Bros. With Marvel Vs Capcom, And It Could Be Coming To Wii U

    Visually stunning platform title was built using Unity 3D

    Kickstarter-funded title Super Comboman could be coming to the Wii U eShop, we can exclusively reveal. We've been speaking to Interabang Entertainment's Justin Woodward about the forthcoming platforming adventure, which raised $16,170 on Kickstarter last November — just a little over the...

  • News Ubisoft's E3 2013 Conference Dated

    Mark 10th June on your calendars

    E3 2013 is almost upon us. With a little over two months to go, you can almost smell the excitement in the air amongst gamers, developers and publishers alike. To kick off the major gaming event, Ubisoft will be holding its presentation on Monday 10th June - which is actually a day before E3 is scheduled to begin...

  • Video SEGA Teases Possible Castle of Illusion Title

    Disney is involved in some capacity

    Earlier last week, we reported that Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is looking set for release on the Wii U, as the title received a classification in Brazil. To add further speculation to this news, SEGA posted the following teaser video on its Twitter account, suggesting that a remastered version will...

  • Nintendo Download 11th April 2013 (North America)

    A rolling ranger, brawling Gods, a pink ball's debut and more

    It's Nintendo Download time, North America, and this week there's new content to choose from on Wii U, 3DS and DSi. In the coming week there'll be a couple of tasty retail downloads and a classic platformer that'll cost less than a chocolate bar, while today a rolling Ranger makes his...

  • News Skylanders Giants Toys Munching Their Way Into McDonald's Happy Meals This Month

    I'll have a Spyro with fries, please

    Activision and popular fast-food giant McDonald's have teamed up to bring characters from Skylanders Giants to Happy Meals this month. Starting this Friday 12th April and running up until the 2nd of May in the US, those who purchase a Happy Meal will receive one of nine character figures. Not only this, but...

  • News Injustice: Gods Among Us Will Support Off-TV Play On Wii U

    In-game quick move list also included

    With Warner Bros. and NetherRealm's upcoming title Injustice: Gods Among Us set to release next week in North America on the 16th April — and in Europe three days later on the 19th April — new details have been emerging prior to its launch. What sets the Wii U version apart from other platforms' release is...

  • News Rocksteady Confident in Batman: Arkham Origins Developer

    Holy vote of confidence, Batman!

    When WB Games Montreal was announced as the developer for Batman: Arkham Origins, fans of the series were concerned that things wouldn't be the same without original Arkham developer Rocksteady Studios. In the latest issue of Game Informer, Rocksteady's Sefton Hill said the studio is confident that Batman's in good...

  • News WayForward and Ubisoft Releasing The Smurfs 2 on Wii U, Wii and DS

    Hopefully it won't make us feel blue

    The Smurfs are making a comeback this Summer with the release of the aptly named The Smurfs 2 in cinemas across the world and Sony Pictures has decided to release a platforming game alongside it. Now, before you throw your arms up in despair, it might not actually be that bad as it's being developed by Ubisoft...

  • News Disney's Planes Jetting Onto All Nintendo Platforms This Year

    Wii U, Wii, 3DS and DS editions coming in August

    Disney Interactive Studios has revealed that Disney's Planes — which is based on the forthcoming CGI film — will be hitting all Nintendo platforms later in 2013. Wii U, Wii, 3DS and DS versions are in development, with August 6th being the take-off date in North America — just a few days before...

  • News Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Update Takes a Bite Out of Wii U on 16th April

    Off-TV GamePad play and cross-region online included

    While Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is a top-notch experience in its current guise, Capcom aknowledged that a couple of key features could be added to enhance it further. And so it promised an April update to bring us Off-TV GamePad-only play and cross-region online multiplayer. GamePad-only play is a...

  • News Animal Crossing: New Leaf Passes Three Million Sales in Japan

    Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon still number one in the charts

    Update: As correctly pointed out on Twitter by NintenDaan, it's worth remembering that Media Create charts only account for physical retail sales. The full sales for Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be further beyond three million due to its success on the 3DS eShop. Original Article: Last...

  • News Rayman Creator Michel Ancel "Wasn't Shocked" By Backlash To Legends Delay

    Ubisoft hoping to make it up with additional content

    When Ubisoft made the decision to delay the launch of Rayman Legends to accommodate a multi-platform launch — thereby robbing the game of Wii U exclusivity — the reaction from Nintendo fans was intense. However, Rayman creator Michel Ancel says that the response from fans didn't surprise him...

  • News Splinter Cell Blacklist Sneaks Onto Wii U in August

    Ubisoft's support continues

    Nintendo has sent out a fresh press release re-affirming third-party support coming to Wii U, and within the details of titles we know about is one that was still an unknown. After plenty of rumours suggesting its arrival, it's now confirmed that Sam Fisher's latest adventure, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist, is...

  • Talking Point The Next-Gen Console War is Wii U's to Lose

    Graphical differences and consumer budgets continue to shrink

    If you'll forgive us, let's delve of into a faint whiff of politics in this introduction. In most major industrialised countries — whether in the West or Japan — national economies aren't exactly in rude health. After spells of prosperity and golden toilet seats for all in the...

  • News Wii U Version Of Isometric Action Adventure Bloom: Memories "Definitely" On The Cards

    Gorgeous-looking RPG has the approval of Jenova Chen and David Jaffe

    Bloom: Memories developer Studio Fawn has confirmed to us that the game will most certainly be coming to the Wii U eShop — if it can reach its Kickstarter goal of $50,000. The title is described as "an epic adventure about the love between a mother and her child" and is...

  • News GameFly Slaps June 30th Release Date On Game & Wario In North America

    Retailer outs possible launch day for Wii U title

    Online retailer GameFly has given Game & Wario a June 30th release date in North America — ahead of any official confirmation from Nintendo itself. The Wii U game was released in Japan at the end of March, and is the next entry in the popular WarioWare series, which started on the Game Boy...

  • News BIT.TRIP Runner 2 Dashing To European Wii U eShop Tomorrow

    Australian release delayed due to rating issues, though

    When we reported on this week's European eShop downloads there were a few disappointed comments regarding the absence of BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, which many expected to see among the games listed in the update. However, we've got a bit of last-minute news that...

  • News Deep Silver Has "No Plans" To Support Wii U

    "Their audience is not who we reach best"

    Deep Silver's desicion to not bring Dead Island: Riptide to the Wii U caused a moderate amount of drama last month — not least because the excuse given was denied by the development team behind the game, forcing Deep Silver to admit that the real reason was that the process simply

  • News Batman: Arkham Origins Confirmed for Wii U

    3DS gets a 2.5D spin off, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate

    Earlier in the year we learned that a new Batman Arkham title was due in 2013, courtesy of a Warner Bros. financial briefing, and we were hoping that it'd appear on Wii U. The good news is that the statement was true and that Nintendo's system is in line to enjoy the next entry; Batman:...

  • News Action RPG CrossCode Could Be Heading To The Wii U eShop

    Retro role-player looks like a perfect fit for the GamePad

    Browser-based action RPG CrossCode could be coming to the Wii U eShop, according to its developer Radical Fish Games. Speaking to Nintendo Enthusiast, the studio has expressed interest in porting the game to Nintendo's system, but pointed out that finishing the PC version remains the...

  • News Miyamoto: Game Development is Still About "Starting From The Idea"

    Talks about his use of Flipnote Studio, and new approaches to distribution

    As reported earlier today, Shigeru Miyamoto's comprehensive interview with Rolling Stone has suggested that retirement isn't currently in the designer's plans, helping to put to rest one of the enduring question marks hanging over the Kyoto-based company. We do recommend...

  • News The Pokémon Company Describes 2013 as a "Key Year" for the Franchise

    Big plans to take the series further

    The Pokémon franchise is, without a doubt, a vital part of Nintendo's success, especially in the handheld space, with a new generation 'mon release prompting hype and excitement that's only seen for select brands. It's big in both Japan and the West, and an iconic part of the gaming industry. It's not from...

  • News Nintendo Working On Wii Remote Fast Charging Battery Pack

    Online survey points to long-awaited accessory release

    If there's one thing that really annoys us about using Wii Remotes in the Nintendo Life office, it's the fact that you need a constant supply of AA batteries on hand at all times, or a stock of rechargeable AA batteries which take ages to fully juice-up. Both the Xbox 360 and PS3 feature bespoke...

  • Interview Michael Pachter On Wii U, 3DS And The Challenges Facing Nintendo This Generation

    "I don’t hate Nintendo at all"

    Michael Pachter has been called a lot of things — not all of them repeatable on a family-friendly site such as this — but many of his harshest critics seem to miss the point of what he is actually saying; his job is to ensure that people invest their cash wisely and not to placate over-zealous fans. Nevertheless,...

  • News EnjoyUp Shows Abyss Running On The Wii U

    We love a good teaser image

    EnjoyUp, the company behind DSiWare download title Abyss, has posted a teaser image on its Facebook page of the game — or perhaps a sequel — running on the Wii U. The picture was posted with the caption, 'Abyss on Wii U?', so the company is sure working on something new for Nintendo's latest console. We look forward...

  • News LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Release Date Emerges From The Batcave

    To the Batmobile!

    We reported towards the end of February that LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes was set to blast onto the Wii U this Spring, however with Spring ending this month and still no official release date, that didn't seem to be the case. News has now emerged that Batman and co. will hit Nintendo's new console next month. Several online...

  • Talking Point The Terrible Timing of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate's Stock Issues

    LEGO City Undercover had problems in North America, too

    There's a strange dichotomy at work right now with Nintendo, Wii U and its games. We endured an undeniable retail software drought, with game retailers probably weary of trying to sell the same old launch titles week after week. We then had two diverse, high profile games arrive near each other...

  • News Luigi's Mansion 2 Still Scaring the UK Top 10

    Luigi's got legs

    When it comes to the UK software charts, we're typically used to seeing major games exclusive to Nintendo platforms making an early bee-line for the top 10 before, in many cases, promptly dropping back to modest placings the following week. That's not the case with Luigi's Mansion 2, however, which has steadfastly held onto the...

  • Rumour Nintendo Handing Out Free Dev Kits To Generate Interest In Wii U

    Last gasp or forward-thinking?

    Wii U dev kits usually cost around $5,000, but it would appear that Nintendo is forgoing that fee in order to kick-start interest in the system amongst the development community. The rumour has been triggered by Destructoid's Jonathan Holmes, who tweeted the following: [tweet 320243046916706304] More support from...

  • News Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse Looks Set For Wii U

    Sources point to a release of the 1990 original

    When Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion was described as a sequel to SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis classic Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, there were plenty of retro gamers that got rather excited; in the opinion of various critics the 3DS title failed to live up to that billing. Castle of...

  • Talking Point Nintendo Should Make EA Co-operation a Priority

    Whether we like it or not

    Let's say something right off the bat — we expect a number of readers will have read that headline and scoffed audibly, confidently saying that this article is deranged and already wrong. EA isn't exactly flavour of the month, and is at the time of writing a semi-final candidate to once again be crowned as the "worst...

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