Wii U - News

January2013

  • News You Can't Use Your Wii Virtual Console Saves With the Wii U Virtual Console

    Quelle surprise!

    Last week, Nintendo confirmed that the Wii U would be getting its very own Virtual Console service, allowing owners to play retro classics from yesteryear. If you're a longstanding Wii owner who likes to play NES, SNES and Mega Drive games, you may be wondering to yourself if all those hours of effort you put into The Legend of...

  • News The 90's Arcade Racer Speeds Closer to Wii U

    Update hints at exciting developments ahead

    A little over a week ago we told you about The 90's Arcade Racer, a project from one-man Greek developer Pelikan13 with the goal of creating a new experience inspired by classic arcade racers such as Daytona USA and Sega Rally. In order to get the project over the finishing line for a release this year the...

  • Review Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade (Wii U)

    Obstacle to fun, maybe

    If you were to poll gamers at large and ask them what they felt were the worst things about the Wii, chances are you'd hear "waggle" and "bad minigame collections" pretty frequently. In fact they often went hand in hand, and Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade is trying its hardest to make sure both of things carry...

  • News Travellers Tales: LEGO City Undercover "Would Definitely Lose Something On Other Platforms"

    Developer gives reasons behind Wii U exclusivity

    It's quite rare for a LEGO game of any kind to be exclusive to just one system these days. In recent years we've had games like LEGO Batman, LEGO Rock Band and LEGO Indiana Jones released on multiple platforms, and a short while ago we learnt that LEGO Marvel Super Heroes will be hitting

  • News ZombiU Writer Would Add More Melee Weapons If She Had The Chance

    Up close and personal

    No game is ever really perfect, and there are things that developers want to add with the benefit of hindsight. In the case of ZombiU, lead writer and story designer Gabrielle Shrager has admitted that if she had her way, she'd add in more melee weapons to spice things up a bit. Speaking to Game Informer, Shrager said: More...

  • News Crystal Dynamics Explains Why Tomb Raider Isn't Coming To Wii U

    One port that won't be happening

    The Tomb Raider series is receiving a reboot in March when the aptly named Tomb Raider is released on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. With the Wii U receiving plenty of ports since its release it was only natural for many to hope the latest Lara Croft game would be making an appearance as well. However with the...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops II Patch On The Way

    Should be available before the month is out

    Activision has prepared a patch for Call of Duty: Black Ops II that should be released fairly soon, possibly before the end of the month. According to a forum entry posted earlier in the week, the publisher has submitted the patch to Nintendo where it is currently being tested. There's no set date yet on...

  • News Nintendo Reveals Specific Dates For Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign

    Each of the seven games dated

    During last week's information-packed Wii U Nintendo Direct, Satoru Iwata revealed there would be a special promotion coming to the Wii U eShop to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Famicon - the Nintendo Entertainment System in the West - called the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign. The promotion will release a...

  • News Disney Infinity Will Have A New Game Released Every Year

    Games will be forwards and backwards-compatible

    Disney Interactive will be launching its ambitious Disney Infinity title this summer on pretty much every platform you can imagine, including Wii U, Wii and 3DS. The game allows the player to scan real-world toys into the environment and will feature characters from the Pirates of the Caribbean, The...

  • Feature The Big Wii U Direct Summary

    All of the details in one place

    Wii U Direct may have only been 35 minutes long, but it sure packed a lot into a short space of time, with a few extra details following in the press releases that followed. We certainly did our level best to cover everything revealed by Iwata-san in the broadcast, as well as information from Nintendo's regional...

  • Feature Nintendo Life's View - Wii U Direct

    Our team rather liked it

    When Nintendo announced Wii U Direct earlier this week, there was a mixture of fevered optimism and slight negativity, with some predicting big reveals and others expecting little more than a few release dates and trailers. Even wording promising new Wii U games was met with caution by some, but there can be little doubt...

  • News Trine 2: Director's Cut Update Now Live In Europe

    Download it while it's hot

    Trine 2: The Director's Cut has been updated in Europe by developer Frozenbyte. Frozenbyte confirmed the update was coming when we spoke to them last year, and more recently stated that it should be arriving this month. We can confirm that the update is now live in Europe, as we've just downloaded it to our

  • News Game & Wario Is Hitting Japan March 28th

    Mini game madness

    Nintendo has confirmed that Wii U title Game & Wario will be coming to Japanese stores on March 28th. The US and European release dates have yet to be confirmed, but we'd imagine they won't be far behind. Game & Wario is the next instalment in the popular WarioWare series, and is made up of various mini games. You can...

  • News 3DS Version Of Super Smash Bros 4 To Be Shown At E3

    Joining its Wii U sibling

    Masahiro Sakurai has revealed via Twitter that the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros 4 will appear alongside the Wii U edition at this year's E3 event. According to a rough translation, he said: Wii U and 3DS versions — I would like to show you both. The Wii U version of the game had previously been confirmed for a...

  • News Capcom Reveals Resident Evil Revelations Special Edition Bundle For Japan

    It's all kinds of expensive

    This week, Capcom revealed that it is set to release a revamped version of the previously "3DS exclusive" Resident Evil Revelations - Biohazard Revelations in Japan - this year for the Wii U. The company is currently putting together a flashy bundle for gamers in Japan - with a flashy price tag to match. Feast your...

  • Rumour New Sonic Title Dashing To Wii U And 3DS

    Announcement coming next month?

    According to the chaps over at Sonic Stadium, Sega will reveal its plans for a new Sonic the Hedgehog game next month. A source close to Sega has dropped a few tasty hints to get chins wagging. The title apparently hasn't been decided yet, but the game will be coming to Wii U, PS3, 360, 3DS, PS Vita, PC and "next gen...

  • News Platinum Games Is Interested In Acquiring The Darksiders Franchise

    A match made in heaven?

    Yesterday, we reported that THQ's time was up and the company's studios were being sold off to the highest bidders. One of the shocks of the process has been the fact that nobody has come forward to purchase Darksiders II studio Vigil Games. However, it would seem that there are interested parties out there. Platinum Games...

  • News Wii U Virtual Console Games Support Wii Classic Controller And Pro Controller

    Also supports the use of two GamePads

    Details of the Wii U Virtual Console were finally announced during yesterday's Nintendo Direct, revealing that it will be up and running after a system update in Spring. Games purchased from the Wii U Virtual Console will be playable on the GamePad and Pro Controller as well as the Wii Classic Controller. You...

  • Rumour Flashback Remake Coming To Wii U eShop

    1992 classic is getting a lick of paint

    French action platformer Flashback is being remade for modern consoles, and rumour has it that a Wii U eShop edition is also on the cards. Originally developed for the Commodore Amiga by Delphine Software in 1992, the game combined 3D visuals with 2D platforming and quickly gained a cult following. Console...

  • News Take a Pikmin's Eye View with Pikmin 3's Camera Mode

    Shutterbug

    Just what does life look like from a Pikmin's perspective? You're not going to have to wait long to find out — Pikmin 3 will include a camera mode to let you get right down to sub-ankle height and see the world in a whole new way. We still don't have a solid release date for the third Pikmin game, but a new function of the strategy...

  • Talking Point Wii U Direct - Tell Us What You Thought

    Or just watch it again

    So, Wii U Direct was quite a show from Iwata-san, wasn't it? While there's a tendency for gamers of all types to always want more, we feel confident in saying that Nintendo delivered plenty of announcements and news to intrigue and excite the majority. There were some genuine surprises in there, as well as big announcements...

  • News New Footage of Bayonetta 2 and The Wonderful 101 Emerges

    "Direct" to you, in bite-size form

    Today's Nintendo Direct was certainly busy, with lots to digest and footage bursting from every seam — almost literally in the case of Yoshi's upcoming adventure. Nintendo has therefore released some bite-sized segments of the broadcast, including two videos that cover the titles currently being developed by...

  • News Wii U Party Will Get The Family Together This Summer

    Party on Nintendo!

    One of the new games revealed during today’s Nintendo Direct was Wii U Party (tentative title), which is heading to Wii U this Summer and is being developed by the same team behind the original Wii Party. It has been revealed that there will be a varity of gameplay styles on offer, and of course the GamePad will be taking...

  • News Nintendo Shows Off Monolith Soft's Wii U Project

    Looks like a Xenoblade sequel to us

    Xenoblade Chronicles may have arrived fairly late in the Wii's life cycle, and endured a drawn-out release in the West, but it earned plaudits from gamers and boosted the profile of its developer, Monolith Soft. There's little surprise, in that case, that a particularly exciting reveal in today's Nintendo Direct...

  • News Wii Fit U Gets Social With User Created Miiverse Communities

    Get fit together

    If you have over-indulged during the festive period and made a New Year’s resolution to get in shape, you will no doubt appreciate any encouragement you receive from friends and family to stay on track. During today’s Nintendo Direct it was announced that the upcoming Wii Fit U will let players create their own user communities...

  • News RPG Mashup to Combine Fire Emblem and Shin-Megami Tensei

    Atlus goes big time with Nintendo

    Perhaps the least expected reveal during today's Wii U Direct was confirmation that Nintendo is currently developing an RPG in collaboration with Atlus. Although no title was given it'll combine the franchises of Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem, and as this was part of a global broadcast we can also be sure that...

  • News Aonuma: Wii U Zelda Is All About "Rethinking Series Conventions"

    Nintendo has something new planned for Link

    Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma has given a few tantalising details regarding the all-new Wii U Legend of Zelda title during today's Wii U Direct. The game will be the second Zelda release for the new console, with an updated version of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker coming later this year. No footage or screens...

  • News 3D Super Mario Title In Development For Wii U

    Mamma mia!

    Not only did we get spectacular news about a Wind Waker HD remake for the Wii U during the Wii U Direct broadcast today, we were also told that a new Super Mario title is currently in development for the console. The Nintendo EAD Tokyo Software Development team behind the incredible Super Mario Galaxy titles for Wii and popular

  • News Mario Kart Wii U Driving Into E3 This Year

    Should be in gear and playable

    In a reassuring segment of today's Wii U Direct, Satoru Iwata announced — in name if not footage — games that will be playing a bigger role later this year. One of these was a new Mario Kart entry, currently in development and, most importantly, planned to be playable at this year's E3. With an over-riding message...

  • News New Yoshi Title Being Developed By The Guys Behind Kirby's Epic Yarn

    Warning: Beware of extreme cuteness ahead

    During today's Wii U Direct broadcast, host Satoru Iwata revealed that the developer behind Kirby's Epic Yarn, Good Feel Inc, is hard at work developing a new title for the Wii U: Yarn Yoshi. This is the first console game to feature Yoshi as the main character since Yoshi’s Story for the Nintendo 64 way...

  • News Nintendo Reveals Plans For Wii U Virtual Console

    Games being coded from the ground up, will be playable on GamePad

    The rumours were true - today, Nintendo confirmed its plans for the Wii U Virtual Console during the Wii U Direct presentation. Following a spring system update, the Virtual Console service will launch on the Wii U. NES and SNES games will be

  • News Nintendo Unveils The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD for Wii U

    Sailing onto the system this Fall

    During today's global Wii U Direct, a fantasy of many Zelda fans was revealed to be true, it was confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is being re-produced and released in HD on Wii U. It's targeted to hit the platform this Fall. As explained by Zelda head man Eiji Aonuma, the decision to re-master the...

  • News Wii U System Updates Due In Spring And Summer

    Will improve overall system speed

    The Wii U menu isn't exactly fast - we know that, and thankfully Nintendo does, too. During today's Wii U Direct, the company confirmed that two Wii U system updates will take place this year - one in the spring and another in the summer - with the aim of speeding up the overall system experience. According to...

  • Nintendo Direct Watch The Wii U Direct Presentation Live

    We'll be watching with you

    Today's Nintendo Direct presentation has a special title which should leave no doubt as to what the subject matter is going to be. "Wii U Direct" is going to be focused on new developments for Nintendo's newest home console, and will be hosted by Satoru Iwata himself. Tune in at 2PM GMT / 9AM EST to watch the...

  • Rumour Today's Nintendo Direct To Focus On Wii U Virtual Console

    GameCube games also coming?

    One of the biggest questions regarding Nintendo's online strategy for the Wii U revolves around Virtual Console releases, and how they're going to be made available on the new platform. Today's Nintendo Direct - which is focused on Wii U software and developments - could well be related to a Virtual Console announcement...

  • News Satoru Iwata Tweets That Wii U Direct Will Be "A Bit Different"

    Wording suggests a look at Nintendo-specific projects

    Earlier today we brought you the news that Satoru Iwata is hosting a global Nintendo Direct Broadcast — Wii U Direct — tomorrow at 2PM GMT / 9AM EST. The press release and a subsequent tweet stated that new software and services for the home console would be on the agenda. Satoru Iwata, for...

  • News Resident Evil Revelations Set to Infest Wii U

    Terrifies North America on 21st May, Europe on 24th May

    Not long ago rumours spread around the web, like a virus we guess, that 3DS title Resident Evil Revelations was getting revamped for home consoles. Capcom has now issued a press release to confirm that the rumours were true, and thankfully Wii U is one of the platforms getting the re-boot. Set...

  • News Wii U Direct Scheduled For Tomorrow

    A look at new software and services for the Wii U console

    Nintendo has today confirmed that a special "Wii U Direct - Nintendo Games" Nintendo Direct will be broadcast worldwide tomorrow (Wednesday 23rd January) and will be hosted by none other than Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. It's due to take place at 2PM GMT / 9AM EST. You can view the...

  • Review Rapala Pro Bass Fishing (Wii U)

    Dead in the water

    In attempting to craft a realistic fishing experience, Rapala Pro Bass Fishing got one thing exactly right: you'll be sitting around doing nothing for most of the time you play it. Unfortunately that's due to its almost insultingly lengthy load times, but we'll still give it some credit for unintentional verisimilitude. The...

  • News This Homage To Sega's Classic Racers Could Be Speeding To The Wii U eShop

    Rolling start?

    During the '90s, Sega was the undisputed king of arcade racers. The Japanese coin-op veteran produced a string of solid-gold classics, such as Virtua Racing, Daytona USA, Sega Rally and Scud Race. Sadly, as interest in arcade hardware has dipped, the need for these attention-grabbing experiences has lessened - but there are few who...

  • News Neko Entertainment Discusses The Possibility Of Further Wii U Support

    Games for 3DS not ruled out, either

    Neko Entertainment released Puddle on the Wii U eShop in time for the launch of the the next generation console across Europe, and since then has been making quite a splash with gamers. It's only been over a month since its release, but that hasn't stopped Neko's QA Manager Sébastien Chipot-Delys discussing...

  • Feature What You Told Us About Wii U

    Quite a lot, actually

    Not long ago we published The Big Wii U Survey, as we asked you whether you owned a Wii U and, if you do, what you think about it. The response was terrific, with over 4,300 fully completed submissions being returned to us. As promised, below is a summary of what you told us, with some surprising statistics thrown in...

  • News Frozenbyte - Boxed Retail Release Of Trine 2: Director's Cut Is "A Possibility"

    Seems unlikely, however

    One problem with the Nintendo Network ID system is that you cannot currently transfer them between consoles. This of course means you can't nip over to your friend's house and sign in to your own NNID, and more crucially should anything happen to your Wii U you'll be reliant on Nintendo customer services to retrieve the...

  • News Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Getting A Demo In February

    Monster Hunter Try

    Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will be released on Wii U and 3DS in North America and Europe on 19th March and 22nd March respectively. The full game is expected to be available in the eShop at around the same time. Capcom has also revealed that a demo for the game will also be available to download for both the 3DS and Wii U versions...

  • Developer Interview Fuzzy Wuzzy Games Talks Armillo And Developing For The Wii U eShop

    Rolling ever onwards

    Yesterday we exclusively broke the news that Fuzzy Wuzzy Games' Armillo is coming to the Wii U eShop. Keen to know more about the development and history of this interesting title, we sat down with James Saito and Yanni Fyssas for a little chat. Nintendo Life: Can you give us a bit of information on your respective backgrounds...

  • News House Of The Dead: Overkill Studio Working On Secret Wii U Project

    Unannounced title in development

    UK studio Headstrong Games - the company behind House of the Dead: Overkill, New Art Academy, Battalion Wars 2 and Lords of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest - is working on an unannounced title for the Wii U. We know this because Headstrong Games Associate Producer

  • News Fuzzy Wuzzy Games Is Rolling Armillo Onto The Wii U eShop

    Former XNA title now heading to Nintendo's machine

    Fuzzy Wuzzy Games has exclusively revealed to us that it is bringing Armillo to the Wii U eShop this year. The game was previously in development for the XNA platform with a view to release on Xbox Live Arcade, but Fuzzy Wuzzy Games has now shifted focus to the Wii U, having created a very...

  • News Two New Assassin's Creed III DLC Packs Available Now

    The Tyranny of King Washington on the way

    Assassin's Creed III has been out on Wii U since the day the console launched. It represented the first time a game from the Assassin's Creed franchise made it onto a Nintendo home console alongside the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions. Ubisoft was quick to make it known that the Wii U version would be...

  • News Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Taking A Bite Out Of 3DS And Wii U On March 19th

    Back for seconds three days later in Europe

    Capcom and Nintendo have confirmed that Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will be released in North America on March 19th. The game will be available on both the Wii U and 3DS. Europe will have to wait just three days longer to get its hands on the epic title. Downloadable versions are also expected to be made...

  • News Need For Speed: Most Wanted Screeching On North American Wii U Consoles March 19th

    Update: New Wii U exclusive features detailed

    EA's popular racing title Need For Speed: Most Wanted will be hitting the Wii U in North America on March 19th. This is just a short while after the Japanese launch, which is due to occur on the 14th of the same month. The game was originally launched on PS3 and 360 last year, and met with a positive...

  • News Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 Is Download-Only In North America, Too

    Following Europe into digital realms

    Last week, we revealed that Wii U slugfest Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 would be only available as a digital download in Europe. Today, we've been told that the game will adopt the same distribution platform for North America. That means that Japan is only region to get a physical copy of the game -...

  • News Still No Solid Release Date For Aliens: Colonial Marines On Wii U

    Due out "in launch window"

    Sega has confirmed that Aliens: Colonial Marines has "gone gold" (meaning it's finished and ready for production) on 360, PS3 and PC, but has stated that the Wii U version isn't quite ready yet. According to Eurogamer: We asked Sega what was going on. The publisher told us the Wii U version is due out in the Wii U...

  • News Disney Infinity Pricing Emerges

    Warn the bank manager

    We can imagine a tired old Executive at Activision in late 2011, working through yet more paperwork and then coming across sales figures for the experimental Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, a game where the publisher was boldly asking parents and enthusiasts to buy the game and a load of toys. Their eyes would have widened,...

  • News ZombiU Now Populated By Over 300,000 Undead Players

    Back from the dead

    We reported earlier that Ubisoft is open to the idea of more ZombiU games - which is good news of fans of the Wii U launch title. However, this might come as slightly less positive news to the 300,000 players who have already fallen foul of the game's stern difficulty level and nerve-shredding atmosphere. In the same interview...

  • News Wii U Advert Banned In The UK

    ASA concluded it was "misleading"

    A few weeks before Wii U launched in the UK, Nintendo ran an advert showing off a few of the new system's features. One of the elements displayed was the ability to switch the action from the television to the GamePad – the advert showed how a gamer allowed his girlfriend to watch TV while he happily played New...

  • News Ubisoft Open To The Idea Of ZombiU Sequels

    A frightening franchise?

    Wii U launch title ZombiU seemed to divide critics across the globe, but we thought it was pretty darn special - so much so that we've got all of our fingers and toes crossed that a sequel eventually goes into development. It would appear that the guys at Ubisoft are equally keen to see the game turn into a fully-fledged...

  • News Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Receiving Day-One Keyboard Update

    Chat to your heart's content

    Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is already pre-occupying plenty of gamers in Japan; it was released in The Land of the Rising Sun on Wii U launch, joining its 3DS cousin. The West will get hold of the game, both in the home console and portable variety, at some point in March 2013. A lot of people have been wondering whether...

  • News 3DS Maintains Dominance of the Japanese Charts

    Wii U slips just behind PlayStation 3

    The latest round of sales results from Japan, covering the period from 7th to 13th January, give us an early indication of sales levels in the region after the boosted business of the Holiday season. They tell a mixed tale, with 3DS still ruling the roost and Wii U scrapping it out within the main pack. In...

  • News Disney Infinity Developer Would Like to Include Star Wars And Marvel

    No decision made as yet

    Yesterday Disney Interactive revealed that Disney Infinity — possibly its most ambitious project yet — would be coming to Wii U, Wii and 3DS this summer, as well as mobile devices and other platforms. The game allows the player to bring real-world toys to life by scanning them into the game in the same way that...

  • News Epic Mickey Future In Doubt After Sequel Falls Short In Sales

    Epic Mickey 2 only sold 270,000 copies to the original's 1.3 million

    Let's face it, Epic Mickey 2 was something of a critical disappointment. After the promise of the first game, we had high hopes that the follow-up would be even better, but as our Epic Mickey 2 Wii U review shows, it was a bit of letdown. It would seem that the poor reaction has...

  • News The Sundance Festival and Red Carpet Are Calling For Mario

    Nintendo's going to the movies

    The Sundance Film Festival is one of the best-known and prestigious events of its kind in the film calendar, with events, screenings and prize-giving being given gloss by plenty of celebrities and successful actors. After Nintendo UK's short-film partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI) last year it's now...

  • News Disney Infinity Heading to Wii U, Wii and 3DS This Summer

    Golly, that's a lot of platforms

    Late last year details emerged of Disney Infinity, a title that incorporates real-life figurines and a portal concept made popular by the Skylanders series, while adding a great deal of customisation and a sandbox environment to encourage freedom and experimentation. Disney Interactive has now unveiled a host of new...

  • News Injustice: Gods Among Us Coming To Wii U In April

    Wii U version misses out on Collector's Edition

    Injustice: Gods Among Us is a heroic beat-em-up featuring a host of characters from the DC universe, and is on its way to Wii U as well as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Warner Bros. has now revealed the game's release dates: 16th April in North America and 19th April in Europe. The fighter does have a...

  • News Renegade Kid Will Definitely Be Developing More Games For Wii U

    Mutant Mudds Deluxe is just the beginning

    Mutant Mudds Deluxe is heading to Wii U in the first quarter of this year and it appears Renegade Kid, the game's developer, enjoyed making the game so much it will be making more Wii U titles in the future. Speaking in an interview with Official Nintendo Magazine, Renegade Kid's co-founder Jools Watsham...

  • News Club Nintendo Accounts Can't Be Linked To The Wii Shop On Wii U

    "Certain system constraints" punishing gamers

    As you may already be aware the Wii U eShop can be linked up to your Club Nintendo account. This means that when you purchase a game it is automatically registered and you may become eligible for surveys, which allow you to earn some coins. However it appears that games bought from the Wii Shop — via...

  • Talking Point Wii U's Beginnings and Challenges For 2013

    Convincing sceptics is one

    Recent sales figures and industry conversations have given us a fair old glut of analytical articles focused on Wii U in recent days. For a system that's barely a couple of months old, there's been a temptation in some quarters to either predict doom and a major loss of market share, or to put faith in Nintendo's...

  • News Anima: Gate Of Memories Coming To Wii U eShop

    Another Kickstarter campaign is successful

    Spanish developer Anima Project Studio - the team behind the WiiWare title ANIMA: Ark of Sinners - has announced that its next project is coming to the Wii U eShop. Anima: Gate of Memories has recently passed its Kickstarter goal of $90,000, bringing in $110,664. The title will initially see release on PC...

  • News How Did GameStop's 500,000 Wii U Reservations Become 320,000 Actual Sales?

    GameStop explains the math behind its sales figures

    Before the Wii U launched, US outlet GameStop proudly stated that half a million people were on its waiting list for the shiny new console. However, speaking to investors last week, GameStop admitted that only 320,000 consoles were actually sold by the chain - which means 180,000 "orders"...

  • Review Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2013 (Wii U)

    The hunt is on?

    Maybe we're just gullible human beings here at Nintendo Life Towers, but we expected Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2013 to feature some...you know...hunting. Not that we're disappointed, as this far more action-oriented approach has undoubtedly made for a better game, but the FPS / survival approach certainly caught us off guard. So,...

  • News Wii U Software Sales Are "Struggling"

    Analyst states Wii U launch games have failed to match Wii and GameCube equivalents

    Last week NPD figures — which cover U.S. retail results — were published covering 25th November to 29th December, and Nintendo of America issued a few facts and figures of its own in response to them. The figures showed that Wii U had performed pretty well since...

  • News Analyst Firm Concerned That Wii U Will "Lack Broad Appeal"

    Believes Sony and Microsoft successors are due this year

    Last week saw the annual tech hoopla of Consumer Electronics Association (CES) 2013, with a number of gadgets such as the Nvidia Project Shield handheld unveiled. Although not all major technology companies were in attendance, it was an opportunity for various contacts to be made and for...

  • News Satoru Iwata: Customers Understanding The Wii U "Will Take a Little Time"

    "We aim to leave a smile on our customer's faces"

    With a New Year and Nintendo's upcoming announcement of its Q3 financial results, Satoru Iwata and his team have plenty to think about. 2013 will be an important year to continue momentum on 3DS with big releases, and more importantly to grow the Wii U audience as much as possible. Speaking to...

  • News Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 Will Be Download-Only In Europe

    Becomes first ever download-only Wii U retail title

    Tecmo Koei’s Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 is a 3D fighter that has you beating your way through countless hoards of enemies. The game is based on the popular manga series Fist of the North Star, which has been running in one form or another since 1983. The game is set to be released on...

  • News Platinum Games' Hideki Kamiya: Bayonetta eShop Release Down To SEGA Or Nintendo

    Remains a possibility

    Last year during a Wii U preview video we learnt that Bayonetta, a highly regarded action title released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, was getting a sequel that would be exclusive to Wii U. Bayonetta 2 is being developed by Platinum Games with the help of Nintendo's producers so it's very unlikely it will appear on other...

  • News Ubisoft: Wii U Power Meant No Limitations For Rayman Legends

    Rayman creator lavishes Wii U with more praise

    Rayman creator Michel Ancel has had nothing but positive things to say about Wii U since he’s been working with the new system. In previous interviews he has noted that Nintendo’s new home console is “surprisingly powerful” and that Ubisoft could really focus on making its latest game, Rayman...

  • News Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge Is Australia's First 18-Rated Video Game

    Bloody brilliant, mate

    Up until 1st January 2013, video games in Australia were forbidden from using the R18 rating that applies to movies, which meant players down under often missed out on playing titles which contained mature or adult themes. That has now changed, and the first game to be granted the coveted R18 rating is the Wii U bloodbath...

  • News Chasing Aurora Demo Soaring Into Wii U eShop Soon

    Broken Rules also working on an update

    The Wii U eShop is already populated with some great games that have been developed by hard-working indie developers. One such title is Chasing Aurora, which has you soaring across the skies and flying through narrow little gates in a race against time. In our recent interview with Broken Rules, the game's...

  • Review Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Wii U)

    Port by numbers

    Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two should, on paper, be an excellent game. The original Wii-exclusive title showed a great deal of promise but flawed execution, so optimistic logic suggested that the sequel would resolve those issues and build on the strengths found in that début, making some Disney fans very happy. Not only...

  • News Nintendo Announces 890,000 Wii U Sales in U.S. Launch

    Higher revenues than Wii launch, 3DS has over 1.25 million sales in Holiday period

    Nintendo of America has issued a series of facts and figures for its Holiday period performance in the U.S., following publication of the latest NPD figures that cover 25th November to 29th December. There were some solid results and, perhaps most importantly, decent...

  • News Trine 2 Magic Mayhem DLC Appears Unlikely To Happen

    Developer confirms Trine 3 will happen, eventually

    Trine 2: Director's Cut has proven to be a popular title in the Wii U eShop for many reasons. It's a very good game for a start, something we pointed out in our Trine 2: Director's Cut review, and it has some of the most glorious HD visuals ever seen on a home console; it really showed what Wii U...

  • News The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct Coming To Wii U

    More zombie hoards incoming

    Wii U has its fair share of mature games already with the likes of Assassin's Creed III, Darksiders II and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge - which will be out in Europe 11th January. Chances are if you're a fan of fighting through hoards of undead monsters you picked up a copy of ZombiU when the new console launched, and now...

  • News Data Analyst Firm Expects Discs to Remain as Console Mainstays

    Predicts that Wii U will exceed 50 million sales by year-end 2016

    With the continually evolving gaming industry, and a dizzying range of devices and platforms beyond the conventional big three of Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft, there are plenty of people who wonder whether the era of the dedicated game console is coming to a gradual end. Time will...

  • News Police Recover Vehicles Used In Wii U Heist

    Unfortunately, they were empty

    Last month a group of thieves managed to steal 7,000 Wii U consoles from a distribution warehouse in Seattle. They did this by simply driving to SeaTac's Seattle Air Cargo warehouse during a storm, walking in, loading up pallets of the consoles into three large vehicles and then driving off. Since then information has...

  • Review Mass Effect 3 (Wii U)

    Massively Effective

    Wii U had a rock solid line-up of launch titles to accompany it last year. From Grade-A third party franchises such as Assassin’s Creed through to Mario, a classic staple in the Nintendo canon. Oddly enough, more than a few of these launch games were sequels, or even third games in series’ that have already been around for...

  • News Nintendo Maintains Momentum and Dominance in Japanese Charts

    3DS still comfortably out-performing Wii U

    It's a New Year, but the same old story in the Japanese hardware and software charts. In recent times it's not been a question of how dominant Nintendo (particularly 3DS) is, but the extent to which it's outperforming rival systems. The most recent results (covering the first week of the New Year) continue...

  • News Zen Pinball 2 Dev Working With Nintendo To Ensure Smooth Launch

    It's the first free download with paid-for DLC on any Nintendo system

    Zen Pinball 2 was supposed to hit the Wii U eShop back in December, but the release was delayed until January so that Zen Studios could fine-tune the game a little more. We're now a third of the way through the month and there's still no sign of the game, but the developer has at...

  • News Nyko Power Pak Boosts Wii U GamePad Stamina By Three Times

    More power to your controller

    As great as the Wii U is, the one thing that bugs many owners is the terrible battery life of the GamePad controller. We've lost count of the number of times we've had to play with it connected to the wall charger because we forgot to top-up the battery after the previous day's session. Thankfully, peripheral...

  • News Nano Assault Neo Developer Lavishes More Praise On Wii U

    Shin'en clearly pleased with Nintendo's new hardware

    We know that Shin'en Multimedia - the studio behind the Wii U eShop title Nano Assault Neo - is fond of Nintendo's latest console, because we spoke to the company recently about developing for it. However, Shin'en is clearly a very pro-Wii U firm, as the Manfred Linzner has recently spoken to UK...

  • News Virtual Console Games Will Eventually Be Playable On Wii U GamePad Alone

    Nintendo still working towards getting the Virtual Console set up on Wii U

    The Wii U eShop has been hailed by a number of small developers as an exciting new platform on which to publish games; however, since the system's launch the eShop hasn’t seen a significant growth due to few new titles emerging. Many people have also been wondering what is...

  • News GameStop Reports 320,000 Wii U Sales Since Launch

    Covers a large range of trading territories

    As another year settles in snippets of information are starting to reveal the Holiday fortunes of Wii U, since its North American arrival on 18th November and its subsequent releases in Europe, Japan and elsewhere. NPD figures should paint a clearer picture for the US later this week, while Nintendo's own...

  • News The Big Wii U Survey

    So, what do you think of Wii U?

    Chances are, if you're a dedicated Nintendo fan then you already own a Wii U console. Nintendo's latest hardware has a lot to live up to - its predecessor the Wii is one of the best-selling pieces of gaming hardware ever - but we personally think it's off to a good start, with some unique features, a great online...

  • News LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Coming To Wii U And 3DS

    Marvellous!

    We’re big fans of LEGO games here at Nintendo Life. Recently we’ve seen the likes of Lord of the Rings, Batman and the DC Superheroes receive the LEGO treatment while original game LEGO City: Undercover is due out on Wii U soon. The DC Universe of characters won’t be the only ones to get their own LEGO game as it has now been...

  • News "No Chance" Of Castlevania Lords Of Shadow 2 On Wii U

    Fangs for nothing

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate is hitting the 3DS early this year, giving fans of the franchise a fresh reason to pick up their vampire-killing whip and lay the smackdown on the undead hordes. The game is part of the Lords of Shadow sub-series, which started in 2010 with the Xbox 360 and PS3 reboot and will continue...

  • Review Just Dance 4 (Wii U)

    Dance epidemic tonight

    Given its massive success, we can't even feign surprise at this point that Just Dance hasn't veered far from its path. Pleased with its gift horse and eyes locked firmly elsewhere but its mouth, Ubisoft keeps it on the same track for yet another go round of light-hearted party fun. The prerequisite tweaks and fiddles to the...

  • News Avengers Assembling In The UK On 25th January

    Marvellous?

    Wii U has had quite a lot of third party support since its launch and no publisher has backed the system more than Ubisoft, which is releasing games left, right and centre. We already have the likes of exclusive ZombiU and multi-platform release Assassin's Creed III, Rayman Legends will be making an appearance in a few months, and now...

  • News Crysis 3 Not Coming To Wii U Due To A "Lack Of Business Drive"

    Crysis averted

    We reported a couple of months back that Crysis 3 wouldn't be making its way to the Wii U following comments from a Crytek staffer. Just in case you still held out hope, Cevat Yerli, CEO and founder of Crytek, has confirmed to Digital Spy that there is currently no chance of the futuristic FPS making its way to Wii U. Yerli said:

  • News Team Ninja: Wii U Is "Definitely Next Generation"

    "Players want new innovation"

    A few months back Ukrainian developer 4A, the team behind Metro: Last Light, claimed that it was not impressed with the graphical processing power of Wii U, saying it has a "horrible, slow CPU". This comment naturally sparked off a debate within the industry with many people agreeing with the statement, while others...

  • News Team Ninja Considering More Titles For Wii U

    Working on an action game

    In a recent interview with Official Nintendo Magazine, developer Team Ninja said that it is considering developing more games for the Wii U after Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge is released in Europe this month. When asked about what was next on the team's agenda, Yosuke Hayashi - director behind the upcoming action/adventure...

  • News Satoru Iwata Says That Wii U is "Selling Steadily"

    Nintendo share prices have dropped since the system's launch

    Although no concrete sales figures for Wii U have been given so far, Satoru Iwata has spoken about the performance of Nintendo's new home console in its early weeks. Many have observed that stock has been readily available and easy to obtain in recent times, a significantly different...

  • News Capcom Reveals Weapon Details for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

    Quite the "sworded" affair

    In anticipation of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate's release in March, Capcom Unity has begun posting some details about the game's weapons, starting with the classic Sword and Shield combo. The full weapon description states how this weapon set is more suited to novices, although skilled players who master it will be able to...

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