Wii U - News

January2013

  • Review Skylanders Giants (Wii U)

    Not a giant leap

    Plastic peripherals and Activision seem to be a match made in heaven, with Guitar Hero and then Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure both emptying our wallets. Well, it's not safe to put your money away just yet, as Skylanders Giants hits the shelves complete with a whole new set of must-have plastic collectables. So it's back to Skylands...

  • Feature Nintendo in 2012 - Part Two

    Lots of Mario and Wii U's arrival

    In the first six months of 2012, which we looked at in the first part of our 2012 retrospective, Nintendo oversaw some major releases on 3DS and announced the XL model, the Wii had a few memorable arrivals and E3 came and went with its own brand of madness. There were also a number of quirky stories that passed by,...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. U's High-Definition Credentials Tested

    Up-scaled Wii engine, or genuine leap in graphical detail?

    Now that the dust has settled on Wii U's launch, a number of people have spent extensive time with New Super Mario Bros. U and seen the first ever HD appearance of Mario outside of the Dolphin emulator on Wii. For those that do put a certain stock in visual fidelity as well as simple...

  • Feature Nintendo in 2012 - Part One

    3DS fought back, hype mode was engaged

    Not so long ago it could be argued that Nintendo was having some relaxing times, with DS and Wii systems flying off shelves and console rivals rushing to the platform in order to hop on the motion-control train. Of course, technology and the gaming industry evolve, and in 2011 Nintendo found itself trying to...

  • Rumour 3DS Cartridge Could Allow Handheld to Function as Wii U Controller

    A bucket of salt is needed for this one

    We do love the occasional rumour here at Nintendo Life, and the latest has emerged from French website nintendo-master.com, courtesy of its very own unnamed source — we love that guy/gal, we really do. In any case, the rumour is that an old DS patent is going to be revived which will allow a cartridge and...

  • News GameStop Sales of Wii U Are Reportedly "Slightly Disappointing"

    Thankfully not "very disappointing", we suppose

    Now that the Holiday season is passing and the majority of people are already returning to the drudgery of work and normal life, some analysis about festive spending and sales is expected to emerge. Wii U will be a major topic in the gaming industry when looking at sales, as it's a new home console...

  • News Picked Up A Pre-Owned Wii U Console? You Could Have Access To Free Downloads

    Content tied to hardware and not Nintendo Network ID

    We all know that the current Nintendo Network ID system isn't perfect - we've spoken about it in the past, in fact. However, things have become even more interesting with the news that second-hand Wii U consoles retain download privileges for games purchased by the original owner - even after the...

  • Feature The Biggest Wii U Games of 2013

    Well, those that we know about

    2012 was a busy year for Nintendo — which our upcoming yearly review will hopefully demonstrate — but now it's all about moving forward with its current systems, with Wii U hogging plenty of headlines by virtue of the fact that it's less than two months old. We won't truly know how well worldwide launch and Holiday...

  • News UK 007 Legends Wii U Release Now TBC 2013

    DateFall

    James Bond: 007 Legends has hardly had the most dignified of starts at retail. The game has received something of a critical mauling, and following its release the news hit that developer Eurocom had been closed down. Although the game was released in North America on 11th December, the UK release never happened. We approached Activision...

  • News Wii U Version Of Need For Speed: Most Wanted Will Feature Off-Screen Play

    Japanese release date confirmed as 14th March

    We know that Need For Speed: Most Wanted is coming to the Wii U in 2013, but up until recently there was no solid indication of when that would be. That's now changed as EA Japan has listed the release date as 14th March in that region - presumably North American and European dates will follow shortly...

  • News Miyamoto: Pikmin 3 To Be More Like Series Original

    Legendary designer looking to increase the player's stress levels

    In a recent interview with UK gaming publication, GamesMaster, Shigeru Miyamoto has claimed that he wants Pikmin 3's gameplay to have more in common with the first game of the series, rather than its sequel. Miyamoto stated that he wasn't happy with the decision to make Pikmin 2 less...

  • News Indie Hit FEZ Is Finally Shaking Off XBLA Exclusivity In 2013

    Could be heading to the Wii U eShop

    FEZ creator Phil Fish has confirmed that the indie platformer will be coming to other platforms in 2013. He broke the news on the Polytron site in a post which reflects on 2012 and explains the plans for the next twelve months. FEZ launched on Xbox Live Arcade in April 2012, and gained a raft of awards. However,...

  • News Capcom Not Looking To Bring "Late Ports" To Wii U

    Focusing on new titles rather than old ones

    The Wii U has had its fair share of ports already; games that have been released previously on other consoles and have been transferred over to Nintendo's new system with a few more bells and whistles attached. Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition, Darksiders II, and Mass Effect 3 for example have all had...

December2012

  • First Impressions Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate - Wii U

    We played the monster mash

    Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for Wii U may not be an entirely new game built from the ground up, but it’s fair to say that this upcoming expansion has a lot of gamers excited. Monster Hunter Tri was without doubt one of the definitive hardcore title for Wii owners seeking an in-depth experience, and MH3 Ultimate looks set...

  • News User Created Mario Stages Are A Possibility In The Future

    Could add a new dimension to the series

    In a recent interview with GamesTM magazine, director of New Super Mario Bros. U Masataka Takemoto was asked if the possibility of level editing would find its way onto future Mario titles: I think the Coin Edit feature in Coin Battle is a step closer to that. There is a possibility of this happening in the...

  • News Wii U Title Tank! Tank! Tank! Reduces Small Child To Tears

    Tears of joy, in case you assumed otherwise

    In a neat follow-up to the most famous Nintendo-related Christmas unboxing of all time, a 7-year-old child by the name of Reese has delivered a performance which is very nearly as memorable. As you can see in the video below, Reece bursts into tears when he opens a copy of Namco Bandai's Wii U game Tank!...

  • News Wii U Games Struggling At Retail In The UK

    No games break into the top 40

    When Wii U launched in the UK last month its software struggled to make an immediate impact on the sales charts, with only Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U making into the all-format top 40 at 26th and 36th respectively. Considering only 40,000 Wii U systems were out there, it didn't appear too distressing...

  • Feature 10 Essential Games For Your New Wii U

    Got a new system this Christmas? Try these must-have titles

    Assuming you've been very good this year, many of you will have been blessed with shiny new Wii U consoles today. There's only one thing better than finding a new gaming system under your Christmas tree, and that's actually playing on it - and we guessed you may be in need of some solid...

  • Developer Interview Tomorrow Corporation on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

    It's Little Inferno just for Wii (U, and PC)

    So, Little Inferno, what can be said about it? Our own review stated that "it's as much a sandbox or digital toy as it is a game", with the simple fact that the experience can basically be summarised as burning stuff. There's money to earn and collect, as well as puzzle combos to figure out, but it's a...

  • Developer Interview WayForward Technologies on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

    High and Mighty

    Californian developer WayForward Technologies is a long-time supporter of Nintendo and its hardware. Often noted for its proficiency with 2D, the company has worked on all manner of titles on several Nintendo platforms, from licenced games to its own original properties such as Shantae and the Mighty series. For the launch of the Wii...

  • News Nintendo Europe Working On Fix For Wii U eShop 18+ Restriction

    Growing up

    We've already reported (and ranted) about the absurd mature content restrictions which impact the Wii U eShop in Europe. Games like ZombiU cannot be purchased outside of a four-hour window thanks to German law regardin

  • Nintendo Download 20th December 2012 (North America)

    Wario, escaping vektors, Wii U discounts and 3D goodies

    The download information arrived a little later than normal today, and no wonder — there's a lot of content available this week, along with some surprise sales on Wii U. Enough pre-amble, let's get into it. 3DS download software: escapeVektor (Nnooo, $9.99) — The original release on...

  • News First Ever 'Reggie Asks' Delves Into TVii

    Channel surfing, TV Tags, Miiverse integration and more

    President of Nintendo Satoru Iwata has been running the highly informative and occasionally hilarious (laughs) Iwata Asks interview series for a while now, and so far he's been the only one conducting the interviews. That all changed today as President of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime...

  • News Nintendo DS Inspired The Uniqueness Of Wii U

    Former president's philosophy still being put into practice

    Wii U is currently the system on everyone’s lips. It’s the first home console to add an extra screen to the television with the inclusion of the GamePad, but it’s not the first time Nintendo has added one to its hardware. In an interview on Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun, President of...

  • News Nintendo Is Not Working On Fix For Wii U's Slow OS

    We stand corrected

    We reported yesterday that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata had apologised for the long loading times when switching between applications on the Wii U. He went on to say that a solution was in the works, but no time-frame was given. That's great, Nintendo took responsibility for this minor hiccup; we all accepted the apology. But...

  • News False Alarm! Wii U GamePads Not Going Solo Just Yet

    UK retailer blames listing error

    A few outlets were reporting earlier this morning that UK catalogue store Very.co.uk had become the first retailer in the world to begin selling the Wii U GamePad as a standalone item - which was surprising news given that there's nothing to use two GamePads for right now, unless you like really expensive bookends...

  • Developer Interview Broken Rules on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

    Taking flight

    While the launch line-up of download-only games on the Wii U eShop features some multi-platform releases or exclusives from studios well-known to Nintendo enthusiasts, Chasing Aurora is potentially in a category of its own. Broken Rules had previously released its highly regarded PC title And Yet It Moves on WiiWare, but may not...

  • News Reggie Fils-Aime To Host 'Reggie Asks' Interview About Nintendo TVii Today

    Application launching today in North America

    Nintendo of America announced via Twitter yesterday that it will be posting a very special 'Reggie Asks' interview focusing on the Nintendo TVii application launching for Wii U today, 20th December, across the US and Canada. Reggie will hopefully provide some new details on the service, with the Nintendo...

  • News Nintendo Is Sorry For Wii U Load Times, Is Working On A Fix

    Satoru Iwata apologises for lengthy waits when switching between applications

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has publicly apologised for the lengthy loading times endured by Wii U users when moving around the console's operating system. The comments were delivered in a Japanese Nintendo Direct broadcast. Iwata admitted that the load times were an...

  • News 3DS Continues To Dominate Sales In Japan

    Not even Wii U can stop it

    Last week Wii U launched in Japan and clocked up some impressive sales, so impressive that it even outsold the 3DS, which has been dominating hardware sales in Japan for a sustained period and outselling the competition by 2.5 times. However, the Wii U wasn't on top for long as this week the 3DS came back with a...

  • News Wii U TVii App Goes Live in North America on 20th December

    Twitter and Facebook integration included

    TVii, the app that was introduced with much fanfare at Nintendo of America's Wii U launch reveal earlier in the year, will go live on the system from 20th December. It meets Nintendo's promise that the service would arrive stateside during the course of December, though a couple of supported features will...

  • Developer Interview Shin'en Multimedia on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

    Neo beginnings

    Shin'en Multimedia is a developer likely to be well-known to Nintendo download enthusiasts, with the company having made multiple appearances on Wii and 3DS, in particular. Some of its releases, such as Jett Rocket and Art of Balance TOUCH!, have been among the best titles on WiiWare and the 3DS eShop, respectively, while the small...

  • Review Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Wii U)

    Always outnumbered, never outgunned

    Black Ops was a remarkable achievement for Treyarch. By finally carving out their own vision of the franchise, one steeped in Cold War history and with narrative focus, the studio broke out from under Infinity Ward's imposing shadow and pulled off one of the most compelling games in the series. It was a breath of...

  • News 7000 Wii U Systems Stolen in Seattle

    Nintendo will be sleepless tonight

    Earlier this week there were initial reports in local press that thousands of Wii consoles had been stolen from a distribution warehouse in Seattle, though now the story has spread wider and it's transpired that they were Wii U systems that were seized. If the stock is never retrieved, then it's a loss for Nintendo...

  • News Kojima Productions: We Aren't Thinking About Metal Gear Rising On Wii U

    No solid hope for conversion

    Early next year, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners will get the chance to sample the latest instalment in the Metal Gear series, with Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance arriving on their consoles. The game is a co-production between Kojima Productions and Platinum Games, and boasts a compelling mixture of sword-play and...

  • Developer Interview Neko Entertainment on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

    The cat meows

    Neko Entertainment has been ever-present on Nintendo consoles since it was formed in 1999. Based near Paris, France, the developer has created both retail and digital download games for most major systems of the last decade, from Nintendo 64 right through to Wii U. In something of a coup for the outfit, Neko secured a place in Wii U...

  • News The Cave On Wii U Is "Pretty Much" Like Other Versions

    Double Fine aiming for parity across platforms

    Double Fine's first Wii U game The Cave is due on the eShop early next year, and the company has been showing off what makes the Nintendo version so special. The GamePad's screen is used for character selection, and can also be used to focus the in-game camera on a certain individual by double-tapping...

  • News Capcom Releases New Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Wii U Gameplay Videos

    Includes humongous swords

    As a special pre-Christmas treat, Capcom has released a series of three gameplay videos via its community blog for the upcoming Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on Wii U. The videos contain battles with three brand new beasties; the Lagombi, Zinogre and Brachydios, with all three battles taking place on very different terrains...

  • Developer Interview Frozenbyte on the First Days of the Wii U eShop

    A not-so frosty reception

    Over the last few months, Nintendo has displayed a significant shift in its attitude towards digital distribution and online in general. On 3DS we've seen the addition of downloadable retail games, a more regular stream of demos and downloadable content for first party titles. Wii U looks set to extend this approach...

  • News Wii U Software Falls Off The UK Charts

    Nintendo Land the only survivor

    Last week we reported on some struggles for Wii U software in the UK all-format charts, with various possible reasons behind the lack of impact of the system's games. There's a low install base, for one, meaning that it's too early to proclaim the console to be in any kind of trouble; with that said there seems to be...

  • Review James Bond: 007 Legends (Wii U)

    Thunderbore

    With the new James Bond film Skyfall currently rocking movie theaters across the globe, you might expect this year's 007 game to be all about the present. Instead, Eurocom's swansong digs into the franchise's rich 50-year legacy, updating some of Bond's more memorable moments for the modern era. With the successful re-imagining of...

  • News Warren Spector Hints At Epic Mickey 3

    Would also like to work with other Disney characters

    Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is out right now on Wii and Wii U. The game sees you painting your way through several Disney-esque levels with Mickey and his pal Oswald and is designed with two players in mind. In an interview with Red Bull, Warren Spector, the man behind Epic Mickey, has hinted...

  • News Miyamoto Wants To Return To Unrealised GameCube-GBA Link Ideas With Wii U

    A decade's worth of ideas

    The GameCube-Game Boy Advance link cable is now a relic of Nintendo’s past. First shown at E3 2002, the cable was designed to connect gamers’ GBAs to the GameCube and allow them to use it as a controller. At that E3 show, Nintendo showed off Pacman Vs., a game that could only be played with GBAs. In truth there...

  • Rumour Capcom Is Bringing Its Arcade Classics To 3DS And Wii U eShop

    Coin-op titles headed to Nintendo systems in 2013?

    Capcom is working on bringing its arcade classics to digital platforms in the form of Capcom Arcade Cabinet, and according to French site Pockett Videogames, the Wii U eShop and 3DS eShop will be joining the retro party. So far, it would seem as if Capcom Arcade Cabinet is only coming to the Xbox...

  • News Wii U GamePad Lookalike On the Way

    No surprise, really

    One thing is guaranteed when a new high-profile gadget arrives in the market: within months it'll be heavily copied for a tablet device. It happened with the PlayStation Vita, and now it's the turn of the Wii U GamePad. The culprit this time is Chinese company JinXing with its SMART S7300 Console, described as a Dual Core HD...

  • News Nintendo Releases a Video Guide for Wii to Wii U Transfer

    Don't forget the extra TV

    Though Wii U has been available in North America for nearly a month, Nintendo is still producing information and videos to help new owners get the most out of their systems. One strength of the new console, something that Nintendo's been offering for a number of years on different systems, is full backward compatibility...

  • News Monolith Soft: We Want To Be Like Bethesda

    Xenoblade Chronicles developer has big ambitions

    Monolith Soft is certainly a developer worth keeping a close eye on. In 2007 Nintendo became the studio's parent company by acquiring an 80% stake in the business, and since then the developer has made titles such as Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii and Project X Zone — a Japan only crossover RPG...

  • News Wii U Review Score Average Is Modest, At Best

    Doesn't necessarily tell the whole story

    Now that the Wii U and its launch library of games has been in the wild for almost a month, in North America at least, a general impression of the critical reaction to these titles and the console is starting to emerge. It's not a complete picture, of course, but gaming enthusiasts can start to see the trends...

  • News Masahiro Sakurai: The Wait For Smash Bros. Will Be Worth It

    Producer stops tweeting to focus solely on upcoming brawler

    Masahiro Sakurai, producer of Kid Icarus: Uprising, is currently working hard on the next instalment of the Smash Bros. series which will be available on both Wii U and 3DS. In his latest Famitsu column Sakurai reiterated that the game is still a long way off, and that Nintendo fans would...

  • News Oliver Twins Admit Dizzy Returns Kickstarter Has Failed

    Potential Wii U release no longer on the cards

    We've seen our fair share of Kickstarter success stories of late, but it's worth remembering that not every campaign achieves its goal. One Kickstarter project which looks unlikely to reach its target is Dizzy Returns, a drive by famous coding siblings The Oliver Twins to create an all-new game...

  • News Operation Friidom Petitions Nintendo For Greater Control Over Network ID Accounts

    You'll never take our Friidom

    As we've previously reported, Nintendo Network IDs are tied to a single Wii U console - for the time being, at least. Nintendo has stated that in the future that this will change, but that clearly can't come soon enough for American Nintendo fan Curtis Bonds, who has established a petition to speed things up a little...

  • News Nintendo Says The Play Limit On Demos Is Set By The Publishers

    But why have a limit in the first place?

    Similar to 3DS equivalents, Wii U demos come included with a play limit - meaning that after you've played a demo a certain number of times you can no longer access it, leaving it unavailable for further use. Eurogamer.net questioned Nintendo on why limits vary with each demo title, and why such a limit...

  • News YouTube Workaround Now Needed For Wii U Web Browser

    It works, but is a fiddle

    Many opinions on the Wii U's dedicated YouTube app agree on one thing — it's not the best. With slow load times and in some cases a bad habit of crashing, it seems ripe for some updates and improvements in the future. Many discovered that, courtesy of the system's speedy Web Browser, it was actually quicker and a far more...

  • News 2K Sports: Wii U Has The Potential To Offer A "Superior" Experience

    The smell of sweet success

    Senior Producer of NBA 2K13 Rob Jones has said that in many ways the Wii U version of the hit basketball title is "superior" to versions on other platforms - which is quite impressive considering it's also been released on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. He explains that the newest addition to the Nintendo console...

  • Review NBA 2K13 (Wii U)

    Hoop dreams

    Despite its only competitor in the basketball sim arena being dormant for the past few years, the NBA 2K series has continued to march forward year after year enjoying fan and critical acclaim thanks to its constant improvement with each franchise iteration. The series finally makes the bounce pass to a Nintendo console, and hoops fans...

  • Developer Interview ZombiU Producer Talks About Beginnings, Reactions and Survival Horror

    "Some players are not into survival, and that’s totally fine"

    In terms of high-profile third-party exclusives on Wii U launch day, ZombiU was comfortably the biggest show in town. While a number of multi-platform titles brought their HD shine to a Nintendo platform for the first time, those looking for a new experience that was hardcore in nature...

  • News The Amazing Spider-Man: Ultimate Edition Revealed By Amazon

    Swinging into the Wii U launch window

    Marvel revealed earlier this year at the New York Comic Con that The Amazing Spider-Man - a game that's been on other consoles for a while now - would be making the move to Wii U in Spring 2013. Online retailer Amazon has now listed the game as available for pre-order and gives it a release date of 5th March,...

  • Nintendo Download 13th December 2012 (North America)

    Crimson RPG questing, ninja action, world music and more

    It's time for another Nintendo Download update, and this one brings with it quite a few titles on all platforms. There are some retail goodies, the conclusion of the Guild01 trilogy, a long awaited 3DS Virtual Console release and more. Let's get on with it, shall we? 3DS download software:...

  • News ZombiU Producer "Disappointed" By Early Reviews

    Additional opinions provided the antidote

    ZombiU was a high-profile system exclusive on Wii U's launch day, grabbing a lot of headlines and even having its own hardware bundle in Europe. It's also a survival horror title that we rated rather highly here at Nintendo Life, yet it attracted a broad range of diverse critical opinions in various reviews...

  • News System Faults Didn't Stop THQ From Bringing Metro: Last Light To Wii U

    Clarification incoming!

    We reported last month that A4 Games - developer of Metro: Last Light - had found that the Wii U had a "horrible, slow CPU", with Huw Beynon of THQ elaborating that the console wasn't "worth pursuing at this time". The end result is that Wii U owners aren't going to see the first person shooter on their consoles next year...

  • News Trine 2: Director's Cut Is Getting An Update Next Week

    Trine harder

    Frozenbyte has told Nintendo Life that an update for its Wii U eShop title Trine 2: Director's Cut should be available sometime next week. The update will bring several extra features, such as in-game voice chat and Wii U Pro Controller support, plus some additional language support and visual improvements. The puzzle-platformer sees...

  • News Nintendo Land Was Originally Going To Feature Star Fox And Excitebike

    Developers reveal the ideas that didn't make it into the final game

    In this week's issue of Japanese magazine Famitsu, the developers behind the Wii U title Nintendo Land have spoken about its creation in a roundtable interview. Interestingly, they revealed that ideas for potential mini-game settings had to be put aside as development progressed...

  • News Nintendo Confirms It Is Possible To Transfer Network IDs To Another Wii U

    Only in the event of a repair, it seems

    Last month we reported that Nintendo Network IDs were tied to one console - meaning you couldn't sign into your own account on a friend's Wii U or worse still, if you were unlucky and broke your brand new Wii U, there would likely be no easy way to simply login on a new console and retrieve your details. For...

  • News Nintendo Explains Why Nintendo Land Doesn't Include Online Multiplayer

    It's all about encouraging gamers to play together in real life

    We're massive fans of Nintendo Land here at Nintendo Life Towers - multiplayer action is rife in Animal Crossing Sweet Day and Luigi's Ghost Mansion, but there are many out there who haven't sampled the wonders of the Wii U's star attraction due to a lack of potential co-players, and...

  • News Toki Tori 2 Delayed Until Early 2013

    This egg's not ready to hatch

    Developer Two Tribes has today confirmed that it's delayed the release of Toki Tori 2 on the Wii U eShop, so it won't be arriving on 20th December. The reasoning is simple; the developer wants to make a better game. Toki Tori 2’s a personal project for us. It’s first game we’ve made without being tied to a...

  • News Web Developer Puts HTML5 Games to the Test on Wii U Browser

    It works, sort of

    Prior to Wii U's launch we posted the news that the Wii U web browser posted impressive benchmark results when running resources such as audio and video, its score putting it above Internet Explorer 10. Those were pleasing results, though Matt Hackett, co-founder of HTML5 game developer Lost Decade Games, put the browser to work...

  • News Wii U Is The "Greenest" HD Console

    Not literally, obviously

    The Digital Foundry team over at Eurogamer.net has been doing a fair amount of work with Wii U since it launched, for the most part putting multi-platform titles through their paces on the system. The results, with Trine 2: Director's Cut being the exception, are that the system has often fallen slightly behind its rivals,...

  • News Japan Clocks Up Impressive Wii U Launch Sales

    New Super Mario Bros. U and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate most popular titles

    Wii U launched in Japan on Saturday, a whole three weeks after North America got its hands on the new console. As you'd expect Nintendo's homeland went wild for it, and that's been reflected in the opening weekend's sales. According to Famitsu Wii U sold 308,570 units in just...

  • News Petition Started To Get Dark Souls II On The Wii U

    Prepare to die, possibly?

    Namco Bandai recently announced Dark Souls II, the sequel to one of 2011's surprise critical hits. Only the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC versions have been confirmed so far - there's no love for Nintendo players, sadly. However, a group of fans is hoping to change that by petitioning Namco Bandai - and developer From Software - in...

  • News Give Your Wii U A Retro Makeover With This NES Skin

    Beauty is only skin deep

    The Wii U is an attractive system - a little too prone to picking up fingerprints perhaps, but aesthetically pleasing all the same. However, if it's just not "Nintendo" enough for you in its present guise, then you could slap this NES skin on it. Available in a gloss or matte finish, this skin will transform your shiny new...

  • News Sumo Digital: Mario Kart Should Incorporate Other Nintendo Franchises

    Smash Bros. in a kart

    Steve Lycett, executive producer of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, is quite proud of his game on Wii U - and rightly so. Recently he made comments about how he feels the game pushes the genre forwards and said that Nintendo's Mario Kart series could learn a lot from it. Speaking to Mario's Hat, Lycett said he has a...

  • Review Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition (Wii U)

    The Dark Knight Rises… again

    Last year saw the release of Batman: Arkham City, an open-world action adventure game that was touted as one of the best titles of its generation. Now Nintendo gamers are treated to an all new iteration of the already classic game made specifically for Wii U, with Batman: Arkham City: Armored Edition. While the new...

  • News Wii U Struggles to Make an Impact in the UK Software Charts

    Stock shortages or poor sales?

    When Wii U initially launched in the UK its system exclusive titles made a modest start in the all-format software charts, which was hardly surprising as only 40,000 units had been available for sale in its first week. This week's results, unfortunately, make slightly grim reading, with no Wii U exclusives making it...

  • Review Assassin's Creed III (Wii U)

    America, **** yeah!

    Assassin's Creed III is a weird game to launch alongside Wii U: there is little context for those Nintendo-only players who sat out the other four games because they perhaps didn't own the proper hardware, and those who are invested in the series probably already picked this up elsewhere when it released weeks before the Wii U...

  • News Wii U Selling 1.2 Games Per Console In North America

    Game sales low compared to Wii

    The Wii U was launched with a huge selection of games to choose from covering a whole host of genres. There's the likes of Assassin's Creed III, Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition for experienced gamers while titles such as Nintendo Land and

  • Review Darksiders II (Wii U)

    Don't fear the reaper

    Whenever a new piece of Nintendo hardware is released one of the first things fans ask is “when is a Zelda game coming out?” In the case of the Wii U, the answer is simple: it’s already out, it’s just called Darksiders II. Like the original Darksiders, this sequel wears its inspiration on its sleeve. You’ll ride a...

  • News BioShock Creator Has A Wii U, But It's For Pleasure And Not Business

    "Nothing is brewing right now"

    Ken Levine is a pretty big name in the video game industry. The mind behind such seminal titles as Thief: The Dark Project, System Shock 2 and BioShock, Levine's one of those figures who could potentially make third party support for the Wii U explode if he decided to jump on board himself - but sadly, that doesn't...

  • News Kickstarter RPG Days Of Dawn Could Be Questing To The Wii U

    Nintendo's console provides "dream setup" for forthcoming fantasy adventure

    German studio Bumblebee has revealed that if its Kickstarter campaign for fantasy RPG Days of Dawn is successful, it will consider porting the game to the Wii U. Days of Dawn is described by the developer as an old-school RPG with HD-quality visuals: "Days of Dawn“ is...

  • Review Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 (Wii U)

    Witness the fitness

    Wii Fit may have kickstarted the fitness genre, but it isn't the only game in town. Ubisoft's Your Shape series started out on Wii with its own motion capture camera before moving to Kinect, and now comes full circle with Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 for the Wii U. While ditching the motion capture for a Wii Remote comes with...

  • Review Funky Barn (Wii U)

    E - I - E - I - oh

    If you're looking for the most happening place on Miiverse, look no further than the community for Funky Barn. Filled with sketches of animals in sunglasses and musical references, it's become a haven for memes and the friendliest trolling you've ever seen. When somebody posts about the game itself rather than its title, it's met...

  • Feature Our Staff's Thoughts on Wii U - Part Two

    Because U are worth it

    Yesterday we brought you the first part of our staff thoughts on Wii U, so now we bring you the not-creatively-titled part two. More Nintendo Life staffers weigh in with their impressions, good and bad, of their new Nintendo home consoles. We recommend you get a comfy seat and a snack, as this entry is a little longer than...

  • News Wii U Launches In Japan To Great Fanfare

    Japanese gamers join the party

    Western Wii U owners may have noticed in the last few days that there’s been a few Japanese Miis wandering around the WaraWara and Nintendo Land plazas. That’s because it is now official: the Land of the Rising Sun has Wii U. The console launched on Saturday and Japanese gamers flocked to their nearest store in...

  • Feature Our Staff's Thoughts on Wii U - Part One

    The beginning of a new era

    Now that Wii U has arrived in both Europe and North America, a number of the Nintendo Life team have got their hands on the system and have been happily playing various launch titles. We've already produced a number of Wii U reviews — with more on the way — and provided a formal hardware review, but decided that it'd...

  • News Mass Effect Trilogy Could Yet Come To Wii U

    BioWare has plans for Nintendo's new console

    Mass Effect 3 was a Wii U launch title and saw the franchise make an appearance on a Nintendo console for the very first time. Naturally fans of the series want to see the previous two games make the move to Wii U as well, but BioWare has no plans to do so - at least for now. Speaking to GamerSyndrome,...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. U Wins VGA For Best Wii / Wii U Game

    No other Nintendo winners

    Another year, another Video Game Awards (VGA) extravaganza on Spike TV. The VGAs are undoubtedly polarising within the gaming community, possibly due to their reliance on celebrity presenters — Samuel L. Jackson made his fourth appearance this year — exclusive premieres of trailers and a lot of glitzy goings-on that...

  • Talking Point Time for Wii U to Treat Us Like Adults

    The nanny console

    This week has brought us an interesting story about Wii U eShop restrictions that are limited to European consoles, but perhaps provide greater insight into the relationship between gamers and their new Nintendo systems. It came to light that what we initially thought was a botched parental control issue on the platform was...

  • News Nintendo UK Looking To Maintain Wii U Momentum

    Focus turns to Q1 2013

    It's fair to say the Wii U's launch has been a success, with the system selling out across the United States and shifting 40,000 units in the UK. Extra shipments are coming in thick and fast to meet the extreme demand that you'd expect for a new Nintendo console at Christmas time. Nobody really doubted that Wii U would be...

  • News 18-Rated Content on Wii U eShop Only Accessible for Four Hours a Day

    Yes, really

    Earlier this week we received messages from readers that couldn't download ZombiU or Assassin's Creed III from the Wii U eShop. We tested this and received the same error message, which made it seem as if there were botched parental controls on the platform. You cannot view this content. The times during which this content can be...

  • Review Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Wii U)

    Mighty morphin power racers

    SEGA may no longer be the same company that bloodied Nintendo’s nose during the glorious days of the 16-bit console wars, but it still has a keen fan base and a truly amazing legacy within the games industry. Even so, there have been numerous occasions over the past few years where it's struggled to emerge from...

  • News Here's How PlayStation Boss Shuhei Yoshida Lovingly Trolled Nintendo

    Subtle yet effective

    President of Sony's Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, has recently treated himself to a Wii U. That's right, Yoshida (@yosp as he's known on Twitter), posted his Nintendo Network ID to his followers earlier this week in the hope of discussing his experience with fellow Wii U users. However, in a cheeky and light-hearted...

  • Review Wipeout 3 (Wii U)

    Thrills and spills

    Gamers will forever associate the name Wipeout with Psygnosis' futuristic racing series, but in the world of primetime TV, Wipeout means wacky announcers, massive pratfalls and Big Red Balls. Based on ABC's hit US game show (which our UK readers will recognize as Total Wipeout) Wipeout 3 brings the slapstick spirit of the show to...

  • News Rayman Legends Release Date Confirmed For The UK

    Update: EMEA territories on 28th February, UK on 1st March

    It's been confirmed by Ubisoft that this title will actually arrive in the UK on 1st March, but in the other EMEA territories on 28th February. Original article One title that was noticeably absent from the Wii U launch in Europe was the graphically stunning Rayman Legends. Back in October...

  • News How A Modified Wii Zapper Inspired The Wii U

    Prototype also impacted the development of the 3DS

    With the Wii U launching in Japan tomorrow, the latest edition of Iwata Asks focuses on Nintendo Land, one of the console's most significant first-party titles. During the interview, Takayuki Shimamura from EAD's Software Development Department revealed a prototype Wii Zapper - with a screen...

  • News Nintendo Enjoys Bumper North American Hardware Sales In November

    More than 1.75 million hardware units shifted in one month

    Nintendo has released its sales figures for the month of November, revealing that it has sold more than 1.75 million units across the US. This means that November 2012 marks the 36th time that Nintendo has sold over 1 million units in a month in North America since 2004. Attributing to this...

  • News Pachter: "I think Nintendo becomes completely irrelevant"

    Outspoken analyst casts doubt on Nintendo and Wii U's third party appeal

    Michael Pachter - Managing Director of Wedbush Securities and someone who can always be relied on to stir up emotions - has made some interesting comments regarding Nintendo at the Digital Game Monetization Summit in San Francisco. Speaking mainly about the state of the games...

  • News This LEGO City: Undercover Trailer is a Treat

    Shawshank Redemption, anyone?

    During yesterday's Nintendo Direct shenanigans, it was tough to keep track of the varied footage and announcements from across the regions. With that in mind, we consider it our duty to make sure that you see the latest LEGO City: Undercover trailer that was included in the Nintendo of Europe broadcast. Not only does...

  • Nintendo Download 6th December 2012 (North America)

    Titanic murders, mighty bombs, burgers and retail goodies

    It's Nintendo Download update time, and this week brings a rather lengthy list of titles for North America. All four systems are covered, with quite a few retail games making their download début, so let's get on with it. 3DS download software: Murder on the Titanic (Joindots GmbH, $7.99)...

  • News Conker's Bad Fur Day Creator Could End Up Making Wii U eShop Games

    "It definitely might have potential for the new controller"

    Chris Seavor - the man behind Rare's infamous Conker's Bad Fur Day on the Nintendo 64 - has revealed in an interview with Not Enough Shaders that he's considering the possibility of developing for the Wii U eShop:

  • News Wii Fit U Arriving In The U.S. In Q1 2013

    Features an all new dance category

    Wii Fit has certainly been a revelation for modern day gaming that's turned people's living rooms into their own personal gym. It was part of what made people who were unfamiliar with the hobby give it a go, and its success was phenomenal. At E3 earlier this year, Nintendo announced that it would be bringing out a...

  • News Nintendo Vs. Zombies: 28-Bits Later Mixes Metroid, Mario And ZombiU

    All set to a obligatory dubstep soundtrack

    To create hype for the launch of the Wii U, Nintendo issued consoles to a select group of movie-making fans and gave them 10 days to create a short film to promote the system. YouTube movie making group mikeNgary Films were lucky enough to receive a console and came up with Nintendo Vs. Zombies: 28-Bits...

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