Wii U - News

April2013

  • News Nintendo of Europe Apologises for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Stock Shortage

    Did you manage to hunt down a copy?

    After a fairly lengthy spell of very few notable Wii U retail releases, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate arrived in Europe on 22nd March as Capcom's latest attempt to popularise the series further in the West. It seemed to help, with the game being attributed as part of the reason for a Wii U sales spike and with the...

  • Nintendo Download 4th April 2013 (North America)

    A chick's adventure, slaying monsters, finding your groove and more

    It's Nintendo Download time, North America, and this week you have options on Wii U, 3DS and Wii. It's a mixture of the old, the new and DLC extras, so let's get right to it. Wii U eShop: Toki Tori 2 (Two Tribes, reduced to $13.49 until 25th April, will be $14.99) — Starting off...

  • News SEGA Still Not Talking About Aliens: Colonial Marines On Wii U

    No news is good news?

    Aliens: Colonial Marines is one of those games that may never see the light of day on the Wii U — many of you may not be bothered at this stage about its status, but it's still a pity nonetheless. As we all know, the game was scheduled for release in the Wii U launch window, which technically ended on the 31st March — five...

  • News Dragon Quest X Posts Poor Sales Figures In Japan

    Wii U version shifts just 33,000 units

    Square Enix is certainly in a tricky spot right now, with under-performing games and a major reshuffle at the top thanks to some poor financial results. Things have just gotten worse for the firm with the news that one of its big titles for 2013 — Dragon Quest X on Wii U — has only mana

  • Feature The Biggest Wii U Games of 2013 - Spring Edition

    Time for a few changes

    At the start of the year we published our Biggest Wii U games of 2013 feature, sharing some of the exciting releases set for Nintendo's latest home console. That list included some titles that are now available, and also some "before 31st March" predictions that have come and gone — those due to drop out due to imminent or...

  • Video Deus Ex: Human Revolution Debut Trailer Blasts Into View

    Take hold of the revolution

    Eidos has revealed the debut trailer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut, an augmented version of the 2011 original which is launching exclusively on the Wii U this year. Expected to be the ultimate edition of the sci-fi FPS title, Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut on Wii U will boast improved visuals,...

  • News Sega Adds Disclaimer to Aliens: Colonial Marines Trailers

    Too good to be true?

    Sega Europe has added a disclaimer to its Aliens: Colonial Marines trailers following complaints that the shown footage does not represent the final product. The disclaimer was added after a Reddit user reported Sega to the Advertising Standards Agency. On Sega Europe's channel, the game's trailer now has the text "The trailer...

  • News Amazon Promoting Rival Consoles On Nintendo Product Pages

    You know there's also this "Vita" thing...?

    Kotaku’s Jason Schreier has long been intrigued by Amazon.com’s lack of direct supply when it comes to Nintendo consoles. Now he has reported on another unusual habit: the advertising of other brand names on Nintendo consoles’ product pages. Looking up Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles on Amazon shows...

  • News Deus Ex: Human Revolution Developer Hopes The Game Will Boost Wii U Sales

    "It's even sharper than the PC version"

    Nintendo fans have been waiting patiently for Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut to arrive on Wii U. It's been a good couple of years since it was released on other platforms, but it looks as though it could be well worth the wait as the developer has crammed in a tonne of new features to create what it...

  • Talking Point The Unreal Engine 4 Gaffe Exposes Graphical Snobbery, Again

    The fact it's actually scalable for Wii U should surprise no-one

    A number of articles on Nintendo Life really got the community talking last week, one of which was our April Fools for the year. In terms of stories that were real, however, we had high profile comments from Epic Games' Mark Rein, who essentially stated that developers on Wii U...

March2013

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    Review The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct

    Walking Dud

    Zombies are impossible to avoid. Not that the living dead are walking among us and causing havoc, but the media has been absolutely permeated by them. As evidence, we have The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct; the Wii U’s second game about zombies – known in-game as “walkers” – works as the prequel to a television show about...

  • News Epic Games: Developers Can Use Unreal Engine 4 For Wii U Titles

    Mark Rein clarifies his previous comments

    Unreal Engine 4 is Epic Games' impressive next-generation engine, which can help developers deliver more impressive visuals when making their latest titles. It's being geared towards the upcoming PlayStation 4 and the next Xbox, both of which are expected to have plenty of power under the hood. Recently...

  • News Shovel Knight Hits Kickstarter Target, Stretch Goals Set

    Still 2 weeks to back and secure your copy

    Well, it's official, Shovel Knight — the debut title from Yacht Club Games — has met its Kickstarter funding goal of $75,000 and is coming to both Wii U and 3DS. There's been a lot of hype about the retro-styled platformer since the former WayForward team announced its arrival, while hands-on...

  • News Ubisoft: Players Will Let Us Know When They've Had Enough Assassin's Creed

    As long as people are buying it, Ubisoft will keep on making it

    Every year brings with it an Easter Sunday, a Christmas Day and a new Assassin's Creed title. The series is just over five years old now and there are five home console games already in existence as well as several portable iterations on the DS, PSP and Vita. It's reached the point now...

  • Talking Point Going Mobile Will Give Miiverse a New Lease of Life

    A true Nintendo social network

    We think that many Wii U owners are likely to agree on one key point: Miiverse is a welcome and excellent new feature on the system. Nintendo was clearly aware that it'd be a major feature and selling point, giving the platform its iconic pre-E3 demonstration and reveal with the viral star, Non-Specific Action Figure...

  • News Epic Games Rules Out Unreal Engine 4 For Wii U

    "If you want to make a Wii U game, we have Unreal Engine 3"

    Epic Games' Mark Rein has been speaking recently about his company's impressive Unreal Engine 4, and has delivered some rather disappointing — but predictable — news for Nintendo fans. Speaking to Kotaku, Rein admitted that the cutting-edge game development engine won't be making its...

  • News Nintendo of France: Games Will Improve Wii U Sales, Not A Price Cut

    Boost in 3DS sales attributed to first party releases

    A lot has been said about the Wii U and its slow sales in 2013. For example, research emerged yesterday from ABI which claimed the success of Nintendo's new home console hinged on a price cut. However, not everyone agrees with this statement. Speaking at GameStop's post-earnings financial call,...

  • News Digital Foundry - Need For Speed: Most Wanted U Delivers as Definitive Console Version

    Nice one, Criterion

    Earlier this year, highly respected developer Criterion stated that its release of Need for Speed: Most Wanted U would be based on the PC version, taking advantage of the technical improvements Wii U can offer over Xbox 360 and PS3. The technical capabilities of Wii U in comparison to these rivals has been hotly debated by some,...

  • Rumour Suda51 Set To Revisit No More Heroes

    Grasshopper Manufacture teases its next project

    Grasshopper Manufacture has been hard at work developing Killer is Dead, which will be released later this year on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. That hasn't stopped the studio's CEO Goichi Suda - more commonly known as Suda51 - from teasing his next game, though. In an interview with Famitsu, the...

  • News Monster Hunter And Price Cut Trigger Wii U Sales Spike In UK

    125 percent increase compared to previous week

    MCV has reported that Wii U hardware sales rose by 125 percent in the UK last week. The staggering leap is thought to have been caused by the UK launch of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, as well as HMV's price reduction on the Premium bundle - a deal which represents a saving of £140. Were you one of the...

  • News GameStop: Wii U Marketing Strategy Has "Not Broken Through" To Consumers

    More first party titles will enable system to "take off"

    Earlier in the month, GameStop President Tony Bartel said Wii U sales had been slower than the company had anticipated and that the system would need some great first party titles in order to compete. The games retailer recently had its post-earnings financial call, which has been reported on...

  • News Shigeru Miyamoto Makes His Miiverse Debut

    Nintendo legend declares 2013 'The Year of Luigi'

    Satoru Iwata took to Miiverse for the very first time earlier on to reconfirm that the update Wii U users will receive in April will reduce the time it takes to launch and exit software. Not to be outdone, Shigeru Miyamoto has now made his Miiverse debut by submitting a post to celebrate the Year of...

  • News New Research Claims Wii U Success Hinges On A Price Cut

    ABI believes the video game market is set to improve

    The video game market has been contracting in recent years. According to research from ABI, sales of video game consoles dropped by around a quarter in 2012 as the big three systems came towards the end of their life cycles. The launch of the Wii U over the festive period was reasonably...

  • Talking Point An Open Letter To Nintendo

    A Wii U owner's plea to the company they love

    Even the most dedicated Nintendo fan will admit that the Wii U hasn't had the best of starts. The console has struggled to shift units in the way that Nintendo expected, and although we've seen some quality software of late — including Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, LEGO City: Undercover and Need for...

  • Video An Ultimate Monster Hunter Gives a Masterclass

    Less gathering, more hunting

    Quite a number of us have probably, judging by the popularity of the subject within the community's forums, been playing a fair bit of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on 3DS and Wii U. It's a title that — given the chance to sink its claws in — can be difficult to put down. Still, advancing to the stage where you can...

  • News Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Update Goes Live on Wii U

    Improved motion controls included

    Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed was possibly one of the most pleasant surprises in the Wii U launch lineup, as it features a huge amount of fan-service and top-notch track design. Throw in some Wii U-specific multiplayer options, and it's been a stand-out in the system's young life. As we've seen recently...

  • News Iwata's First Post On Miiverse Reconfirms Reduced Loading Times For Wii U

    New update will make it quicker to load and exit games

    Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata has taken to the Miiverse to reconfirm that the update Wii U users are receiving in April will bring with it faster loading times. Iwata wrote: Hello, this is Satoru Iwata of Nintendo. As we announced in the January Nintendo Direct, we plan to release...

  • News Metroid Prime Developer Working On 2D Platformer For Mobile Formats

    Wii U eShop edition could be on the horizon

    Sunbreak Games is a studio founded by former Retro staffer Jason Behr, who worked as lead level designer on the Metroid Prime series during his time with the company and can also list Halo 4 on his résumé. Behr has gotten in touch to let us know about his studio's next project, a 2D platform adventure by...

  • Out Today LEGO City: Undercover And Luigi's Mansion 2

    Bumper times ahead for Euro gamers

    Nintendo fans are being blessed with some seriously amazing software lately. We've only just had the amazing Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on 3DS and Wii U, and today European gamers have a double helping of brilliance in the shape of LEGO City: Undercover and Luigi's Mansion 2. "There are technical cracks in its...

  • News Forgotten Memories: Sixth Sense Developer Hopes To Bring Game To Wii U

    Can you sense it?

    Psychoz Interactive is hoping to bring survival horror Forgotton Memories: Sixth Sense to the Wii U eShop. The game — which has been made using Unity — has been in development for a couple of years, with the studio now wanting to make plans to bring its work to the Nintendo console. Lead Programmer for Psychoz Interactive...

  • News iOS Developers May Be Able To Port Games To The Wii U

    Opens plenty of opportunities

    Nintendo is opening its doors to even more indie developers than ever, but it would seem that a new third-party service could make it even easier for bedroom coders to get their titles onto the Wii U eShop. According to a tweet from Steward Christie — who works for Tizen App Developers and is currently attending GDC...

  • Rumour Vigil Co-founder Interested In Buying Darksiders IP

    Will the horsemen ride again?

    When THQ bit the dust a while back, Vigil Games was one of the companies which didn't get purchased. This seemed to spell the end of the popular Darksiders franchise. However, hope is not lost. It would appear that Crytek USA CEO David Adams has expressed an interest in purchasing the IP he and many members of his...

  • News Access Miiverse On Your Smartphone And PC By The End Of May

    Keep up to date on the go

    During a talk at the Game Developers Conference today, Miiverse producer Kiyoshi Mizuki said Nintendo's popular social network application would be accessible on smartphones and PCs between April and May. A 3DS version is currently in development and will arrive sometime in the future, though a release date is unknown at...

  • News Nintendo To Reveal Its Web Framework For Wii U At GDC

    Big N looking to reduce development time for games and applications

    The Nintendo Web Framework is due to be unveiled in a panel today entitled "Nintendo Wii U Application Development with HTML and JavaScript" at this week's Game Developer's Conference (GDC). The panel focuses on developing games and applications for Wii U using HTML 5, Javascript...

  • News New Watch_Dogs Trailer Spies on Aiden Pearce

    He's more than just a hacker

    Watch_Dogs is one of many titles Ubisoft currently has in the works and it will be hacking its way onto several platforms, including the Wii U, at some point in 2013. A new trailer has now emerged for the game and anyone who watched the PlayStation 4 reveal event may find it a little familiar. The action found in the...

  • News Netflix Now Available on TVii

    Still no sign of TiVO

    TVii was seen as an important selling point for the Wii U in North America at launch. Unfortunately, however, it was delayed by a month and when it was released it only featured Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus - services such as TiVO and Google Maps were nowhere to be seen. TiVO is set for an early 2013 release but it...

  • News Shovel Knight Closing In On Kickstarter Goal

    17 days left to reach its target

    Two weeks ago, Yacht Club Games said it was hoping to bring Shovel Knight to the Wii U and 3DS. Three days later, it had been confirmed that both versions will see a release. The 2D platformer is the studio's first title, and i

  • News Wii U Version Of Lords Of New York Could Be On The Cards

    Kickstarter project adds Wii U eShop edition as a stretch goal

    Poker-based adventure RPG Lords of New York could be coming to the Wii U eShop, assuming it meets its Kickstarter goal of $295,000. It has currently gained just over $11,000 at the time of writing, with 20 days remaining. Here's the official description taken from the Kickstarter page:...

  • Video The Wonderful 101 Was Looking Good at PAX East

    It's oh so wonderful

    Those that were lucky enough to attend PAX East 2013 this year were given the chance to play The Wonderful 101, Platinum Games' upcoming Wii U exclusive. The footage below features our heroes battling it out against one of the giant robots, with plenty of action and fantastic visuals on show. Is The Wonderful 101 on your Wii U...

  • News ZombiU Patch Rises From The Grave To Harass The Living

    Long-expected fix now hitting Wii U consoles worldwide

    ZombiU is a fantastic game, but like so many modern titles, it shipped with a few bugs which have impacted the enjoyment of many players. Ubisoft confirmed that a patch was incoming a while ago, and we're now hearing reports that it's live. We don't currently have any solid details about what...

  • News No Battlefield 4 For Wii U Because DICE Wants To "Play It Safe"

    Not ruling it out in the future, however

    DICE creative director Lars Gustavsson has explained why the next entry in its best-selling Battlefield series won't be coming to the Wii U at launch. Speaking at GDC after the reveal of Battlefield 4's launch trailer, Gustavsson told Videogamer: I think overall for me as creative director, number one is...

  • Video Wii U Menu Speed Upgrade Cuts Waiting Time By More Than Half

    Nintendo shows off forthcoming performance enhancement

    We all know that the Wii U isn't the fastest system when it comes to navigating the main user interface, but Nintendo is aware of this fact and is issuing two software updates this spring and summer which will cut down waiting times. The company has released a video which shows just how much...

  • News UK Gamers Rate Wii As "Best Ever" Console

    2,000 GAME customers cast their vote

    A survey of GAME customers in the United Kingdom has revealed that the general public rates the Wii as the world's best ever console. The high street chain quizzed 2,000 of its customers to obtain the information, and the Wii claimed 15% of the total vote. The Super Nintendo was the next most popular Nintendo...

  • News Rachel Features In New Resident Evil Revelations Gameplay Trailer

    Don't get in her way

    Last week it was confirmed that Rachel would be a playable character in the revamped version of Resident Evil Revelations for the Wii U. Capcom has now eleased a brand new trailer, focusing on Rachel eliminating all that crosses her path. She made her debut in the 3DS version, and soon gamers will be able to slip into her

  • News ZombiU Developers Talk Permadeath And Protagonists

    Giving new meaning to "silent protagonist"

    At this year's GDC, Ubisoft Montpellier gave a post-mortem discussion on their Wii U launch title, ZombiU, discussing the genesis of the game and the unique approach they took to involving the player in the story. First shown at E3 2011 as the darkly comical Killer Freaks From Outer Space, story design...

  • News Fez For Wii U Is Highly Unlikely Unless Nintendo Pays For It

    It'd have to port it, too

    Fez creator, Phil Fish, has been doing the rounds across the internet recently, with his comments that Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate would be more suited to the Playstation Vita; he later attempted to clear up the fact that he was taken out of context on Twitter, by saying that he loves Nintendo more than it deserves. In a...

  • News Ubisoft Not Disappointed With Wii U Install Base

    Would still like to see more out there, though

    The Wii U has had a slow start to the year. After selling a decent amount before Christmas, sales have started to slip and many Wii U owners are worried about the future of third party titles, considering the install base is currently much lower than other platforms. However, despite many attributing...

  • News Ubisoft Reveals Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag Special Editions And First Gameplay Trailer

    VIP pass 'The Watch' coming, too

    Ubisoft has revealed the very first gameplay trailer for the upcoming new adventure in the Assassin's Creed series, Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag, as well as four special editions. Those who pre-order the game will also gain access to 'The Watch', a VIP program allowing players to dive deeper into the Assassin's...

  • Talking Point The Download or Disc Dilemma

    Do you download?

    In moving from the Wii Shop and DSi Shop to the Wii U eShop and 3DS eShop, Nintendo has shown a desire to compete head on with the Xbox, PlayStation and Steam online marketplaces and offer full retail downloads. It's amazing to think that downloads from the Wii Shop were limited to a meagre maximum of 40MB, yet now we can download...

  • News Young Justice: Legacy Coming To Wii U And 3DS Despite Show Axe

    The legacy lives on

    Little Orbit has announced that Young Justice: Legacy — based on the recently cancelled Young Justice animated series — will be released this September for the all major platforms, including 3DS and Wii U. The game was previously announced for release this Spring on the Wii, but those plans have apparently been scrapped...

  • News Platinum's Kamiya: "No Other Way" That Bayonetta 2 Could Be Made Without Nintendo

    It's exclusive for a reason

    Platinum Games’ Hideki Kamiya has reminded his Twitter followers that without Nintendo, the highly anticipated Bayonetta 2 wouldn’t be in development. Kamiya, who directed the original Bayonetta for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, is supervising development of the Wii U exclusive and directing a new IP, The Wonderful 101,...

  • News Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Makes Its Debut in UK Top 10

    Taking a bite out of the sales charts

    Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate hit Europe late last week, landing on Wii U and 3DS to accommodate all gamers with a current Nintendo platform. It's a high-profile release that's had a fair bit of attention — as well as broadly positive reviews — while the Wii U version has been seen by some as the first step in a...

  • News Nintendo Spells Out Why You Should Pick Wii U In Promotional Flyer

    Desperate times call for desperate measures?

    We've all been there. At some point over the past few months we've all had one person (or perhaps several) ask "What's the difference between the Wii U and the Wii, and why on earth should I get one?" Many seem to think it's associated with the original Wii, instead of an entirely new console altogether...

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    Review Need for Speed: Most Wanted U

    Just what U wanted

    Criterion is best known for developing the smash hit Burnout games — which last appeared on a Nintendo console over ten years ago — but since then the studio's gone on to helm the long-running Need for Speed series of racing games. Its latest effort is Need for Speed: Most Wanted U, an enhanced port of last year's PS3/360...

  • News Aussie Retailers Express Their Views on Wii U

    Nintendo 'needs to build awareness'

    Wii U has had a difficult few months in practically every country since the New Year. Many have attributed it to a distinct lack of new releases - something that is beginning to improve with the release of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. One nation where Wii U owners have had a more difficult time than others is...

  • News Erutan Beautifully Sings 'The Hunter's Mark' in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Trailer

    Capcom developed the special trailer just for her

    Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate has finally emerged in the West and to celebrate the release Capcom has conjured up a new trailer which features well-known performer Erutan softly sing along with the game's theme. Erutan - whose real name is Kate Covington - has been playing music since she was one and a...

  • News Diablo III May Not Be A Sony Exclusive After All

    Blizzard appears to be considering its options

    Diablo III was shown off this weekend at PAX East and up to now it had appeared that it was a Sony exclusive, given that it's only been announced for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. However, this may not actually be the case as in an interview with Penny Arcade Report, the game's lead designer Joshua...

  • News Gearbox: Future of Aliens: Colonial Marines in SEGA's Hands

    Will it ever colonise on Wii U?

    Nobody seems to know very much at all about the Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines. The first person shooter was released on other platforms back in February and was supposed to be released for Wii U in the system's launch window - which is set to close on 31st March. There have been rumours that the title has...

  • Talking Point The Perils and Positives of a Packed Release Schedule

    Room for no more

    We're all more than a little familiar with video game droughts by now. Until a few years ago, it was tradition to suffer a lack of software in the summer, surviving only on the ever-faithful backlog and the revitalising elixir provided by E3 info dumps. It's common in the months following a console launch too: we're sure you...

  • News Wii U UK Price Reaches New Low As HMV Slashes Premium Bundle Cost

    £199.99 bundle represents a £140 saving

    Embattled UK high street retailer HMV has reduced the price of the Wii U Premium bundle to just £199.99. The store is also throwing in a copy of Ubisoft's ZombiU for that price, which means buyers are making a saving of £140. This marks a new low for the Wii U's UK price, with retailers in the region...

  • News Amazon UK Reveals New-Look eShop Cards

    Available in £15, £25 and £50 denominations

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

  • Guide Transferring Your Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Save Data

    Sweaty palm time

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

  • Out Today Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

    Join the hunt

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

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

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

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

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

    Lack of interest to blame?

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

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

    Flame on

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

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

    Patch 'em up, mate

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

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

    Oh alien, where art thou?

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

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

    Normal service is resumed

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

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

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

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

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

    Copies hard to find, retailers expecting stock later this week

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

  • News Dragon Quest X Listing Appears On Amazon France

    Confirmation at last?

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

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

    "It's as simple as that"

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

  • News Nintendo Launches Year Of Luigi Miiverse Communities

    Step forward, Luigi

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

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

    More positive comments

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

  • News Read The Thoughts of Monsters in Resident Evil Revelations

    Rachel confirmed as playable in Raid Mode

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

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

    The classic catch-22

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

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

    Dev contests publisher Deep Silver's previous stance

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

  • News Ashes Cricket 2013 Announced For Wii U

    Prepare to be bowled over

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

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

    Amazon spills details ahead of rumoured PAX East announcment

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

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

    While stocks last!

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

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

    Storage solution

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

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

    "Likely" to run at 720p and 30fps

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

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

    Suit up for the hunt

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

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

    Grab them while they're cheap(er)

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

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

    You've got red on you

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

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    Review Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

    Don't forget your potions

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

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

    The most wanted DLC looks set to skip Wii U

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

  • News Dead Island: Riptide Is Skipping Wii U

    Game engine would need to be rewritten, says producer

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

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

    We discuss the casual dismissal of Wii U in some quarters

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

  • News Saints Row 4 is Skipping Wii U

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

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

  • Talking Point The Pros and Cons of a Wii U Price War

    Sell, sell, sell, say the retailers

    Earlier this week we saw a bit of a Wii U price war break out, in the UK at least, with Amazon UK joining Asda in slashing the price of both Wii U models by £50. At the same time, a number of US retailers are being rather creative with their offerings, not necessarily going for a full-blown price reduction but...

  • News U.S. February Sales Figures Make Grim Reading for Wii U and Wider Industry

    A marginal increase on January's poor results

    NPD has released its figures for February video game sales in the U.S., and they're not results to give cheer to Nintendo, or even retailers and those invested in the overall traditional gaming market. Taken as an overall sales figure, hardware, software and accessories across the board dropped 25% in...

  • News Yacht Club Games Is Hoping To Bring Shovel Knight To The Wii U And 3DS

    "May remind you of Mega Man, Castlevania, or Dark Souls!"

    Yacht Club Games — the new studio formed by ex-WayForward staff members — has revealed its first project via a Kickstarter campaign. Shovel Knight is a 2D platforming epic which calls to mind the 8-bit NES era, and is described by the developer as "a hot mashup of new and old that may...

  • News Nintendo States That an External Hard Drive is Needed for LEGO City Undercover Download

    Update: File size of 22GB will squeeze onto a Deluxe/Premium Wii U

    Now that LEGO City Undercover is available for download in the North American eShop, IGN has completed a download and confirmed that it is a 22GB file that will squeeze onto a Wii U 32GB model with enough space. That confirms the suspicion that Nintendo's official website stating a...

  • News GameStop: Wii U Will Need Great First Party Titles To Compete

    Sales have been "slower than expected"

    It's no secret that Wii U sales have been a bit on the sluggish side in 2013, but many retailers are hopeful they'll soon pick up once a few more games start being released. One games retailer that has been disappointed with the number of Wii U units flying off the shelves is GameStop. In an interview with...

  • News Fast & Furious: Showdown Speeding To Wii U

    Australian retailer outs new racing title

    Australian retailer EB Games has confirmed that Fast & Furious: Showdown is coming to the Wii U. The game looks set to coincide with the release of the sixth movie in the long-running movie franchise. EB Games has a release date May 22nd. VG247 has

  • News UK Price War Rages As Asda And Amazon Slice £50 Off Wii U Cost

    Basic and Premium bundles down to £199 and £249 respectively

    The cries for a Wii U price cut seem to have caused a reaction, as both Amazon.co.uk and UK superstore Asda have knocked £50 off the price of both Wii U bundles. Asda — which is owned by US store Walmart — was the first to move, cutting the price of the Basic and Premium bundles...

  • News Disney Infinity Pushed Back To August

    "It gives us a little more time to add bells and whistles"

    Disney Interactive has revealed that its Disney Infinity video game and toy range will be launching in August instead of June, as was originally planned. August 18th is the proposed launch date in North America, with other regions getting the game two days later. Speaking to The New York...

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    Review LEGO City: Undercover

    On the block rockin' beat

    Between the lucrative high profile movie tie-ins and people begging for Zelda and Mega Man editions, it's sometimes easy to overlook the fact that The LEGO Group cut its teeth on its non-licensed playsets. From fantasy wonderlands to more ordinary examples, the building bricks were an ever-popular force with children and...

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