Wii U - News

December2012

  • News Error Prevents Purchase Of ZombiU And Assassin's Creed III On Euro Wii U eShop

    Botched parental restrictions in EU to blame?

    Update: Despite testing this issue throughout the day we've now discovered, thanks to prompts from readers who've encountered the issue with some videos on 3DS systems, that this issue is caused by a restriction to accessing 18-rated content before a specific time. A test after 11pm UK time brought us...

  • News Scribblenauts Unlimited And SiNG Party Arrive in Europe Early 2013

    Plenty of puzzles and songs in the new year

    Scribblenauts Unlimited sadly missed out on the European Wii U launch, but now Nintendo of Europe has announced that the puzzle game will be making its way to the home console on 8th February 2013, with the 3DS version also out on the same day. Maxwell's latest adventure did make it out for the North...

  • News Pikmin 3 and Animal Crossing: New Leaf Drop Into Q2 2013

    Localisation and development to blame

    During today's Nintendo Direct broadcasts in North America and Europe, Nintendo showed fairly brief glimpses of Pikmin 3 and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, with the Wii U title getting a little longer to flex its HD muscles. There was disappointing news, however, as Nintendo of Europe boss Satoru Shibata confirmed...

  • Nintendo Direct Watch The European Presentation Live

    Find out what's in store for European gamers in 2013

    Following on from this morning's Japanese presentation and running alongside the North American event, Europe's Nintendo Direct is taking place at 5PM UK time. On the agenda are Wii U and 3DS titles for the remainder of 2012 and early 2013. As always, we'll be providing comments as the event...

  • Nintendo Direct Watch The North American Presentation Live

    Wii U and 3DS titles to be revealed?

    Japan has had its turn, now it time for North America to get the Nintendo Direct treatment. At 9AM PT (12PM ET) Nintendo of America will hold yet another Nintendo Direct presentation, focusing on forthcoming Wii U and 3DS software due to be released both this year and early in 2013. The event will last for around...

  • Review Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper (Wii U)

    Hyper fighting

    It's great to see such a variety of titles hitting the Wii U during its launch window, and of the many ports it's a joy to see the best of the Warriors Orochi games make the transition in Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper. For the uninitiated, the Warriors Orochi series is a crossover of the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors games, where...

  • News TVii and Hulu Part of Day One Wii U Update in Japan

    NA and Europe apps on the way?

    In today's Japanese Nintendo Direct, Satoru Iwata focused on the company's homeland launch details for Wii U, with the system arriving on 8th December. One announcement that did catch the eye was confirmation that TVii will be part of the day one update, along with the slightly less surprising confirmation of a Hulu...

  • Nintendo Direct Watch The Japanese Wii U Presentation Live

    Covering the Wii U launch in Japan

    You may not realise it, but the Wii U hasn't actually launched in its native Japan yet. Us lucky westerners may already be knee-deep in Mario, ZombiU and Miiverse, but in the Land of the Rising Sun the system doesn't hit store shelves until the 8th of December. While the Nintendo Direct presentations for North...

  • News Wii U And 3DS Firmware Updates Go Live

    "Further improvements to overall system stability"

    Nintendo has pushed out firmware updates to its Wii U and 3DS consoles. In the case of both updates, Nintendo states that they offer "further improvements to overall system stability". This is the second update for the Wii U, following the 1GB install which occurs when new systems are switched on...

  • Review Tank! Tank! Tank! (Wii U)

    Meh! Meh! Meh!

    Every so often a video game comes along with a concept so amazing that copies should come with a roll of duct tape to keep consumers from having their faces rocked off. Tanks with crazy weapons fighting giant robot monsters in expansive, destructible cities seems like a concept that you’d have to work pretty hard to screw up...

  • News Trine 2: Director's Cut on Wii U Outperforms Rival Consoles

    A small win for Wii U graphics obsessives

    Trine 2: Director’s Cut has been a high profile launch download on the Wii U eShop, due to its popularity on other formats and eye-catching visuals. Prior to release day it drew a lot of attention for the latter reason, in that it showed off the fact that Wii U was bringing Nintendo into the HD age, and...

  • News Pier Solar HD Kickstarter Smashes Through Wii U Stretch Goal

    Nintendo version now assured

    You'll have to forgive us if we've been talking a lot about Pier Solar recently, but we're rather taken with WaterMelon's 16-bit RPG. Launched in 2010 on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, the game received a limited print run which has since become a collector's item. Keen to get the game into the hands of a wider audience,...

  • News LOVEFiLM Arrives on Wii, Wii U App Will Go Live "Soon"

    Or you could use Wii mode on your Wii U

    Wii may be fading into the shadows in the face of its HD successor, but today brings a new release to the little white box in the UK. It's the LOVEFiLM app, which will allow subscribers to stream TV shows and movies directly to their TV, assuming they have a suitable online connection. If you're a subscriber,...

  • News Reggie Fils-Aime Focused on Customer Feedback, Not Industry Critics

    "Every time we launch a new system, there are significant challenges"

    With the exception of Japan, which joins the party this weekend, most of the world has now had the opportunity to pick up a Wii U, or to at least be told that it's out of stock while extra supplies are brought in. Thanks to the wonders of the internet and Nintendo's own Miiverse,...

  • News Wii U Update Will Be Available Out Of The Box Next Year

    Oh why must U make us wait

    We all had to face that dreaded update for Wii U upon first setting it up, leaving no choice but to pop off for a cup of tea or a quick stroll to the shops and back. It has come as no surprise, however, that this hour long update - some have had less time to wait, while others had much longer - will come pre-installed with...

  • News This Week's European Nintendo Direct To Focus On Wii U And 3DS Games

    2012 and beyond

    Nintendo of Europe has confirmed that a Nintendo Direct presentation will take place on the 5th December (that's tomorrow). The presentation will occur at 5PM UK time and will focus on 2012 and "early 2013" software for the Wii U and 3DS. It will be hosted by Nintendo of Europe President Satoru Shibata. As always, we'll be covering...

  • News Sony's President of Worldwide Studios Has A Wii U

    Shuhei Yoshida gets his game on

    Although most rabid fanboys would love to think that Sony and Nintendo's employees loathe each other so much that they can't even bring themselves to look at a system created by their rival, that obviously isn't the case. Just like common gamers, individuals within these two great companies will have access to a wide...

  • Feature Taking Off to the Miiverse

    Remember everyone, it's all about empathy

    Apart from those living in Japan, many Nintendo gamers will have now spent some time with Wii U, Nintendo's new home console and foray into a variety of bold new directions. A great deal of focus, unsurprisingly, is given to the company's first dalliance with HD visuals, and more prominently the various uses...

  • News Sick Of The Wii U GamePad's Weak Battery Life? Nyko Is Your Friend

    Giving gamers a boost

    The Wii U GamePad is a wonderful piece of kit that allows the user to do some amazing things. The problem with that is that you’re going to want to use it a heck of a lot, meaning that you're going to have to get used to seeing that flashing red battery warning light. Thankfully peripheral maker Nyko has already set about...

  • News Wii U Hits 40K Sales in UK Launch

    Might not sound like much, but it's a sellout

    Although Europe-wide figures are yet to surface, it appears that Wii U has been a sell-out success on its launch weekend in the UK. According to MCV's estimates, 40K units were sold throughout the UK, with retailers reporting that this effectively meant a complete sellout. Weeks ago there were worrying...

  • News Wii U Premium Bundles Most Popular in UK Launch

    System memory and a bundled game matter, clearly

    The Wii U Premium Pack was by far the people's favourite in the UK over its launch weekend, proving to be the superior of the bundle bunch. The Premium 32GB bundle reportedly accounted for 60% of the Wii U's sales this past weekend, while the ZombiU package sold at 30%. That just leaves the Basic 8GB...

  • News Wii U Titles Make Début in UK Top 20

    Early beginnings for a small install base

    It may be tempting to read the headline that Wii U titles are just in the top 20 of the UK software charts and wheel out the "Nintendo is doomed" line, as anything other than number one is a disaster of epic proportions. Of course, that's not how the real retail world operates, and the early results for Wii...

  • Review FIFA 13 (Wii U)

    Party like it's 2011

    EA has a bit of history when it comes to releasing versions of FIFA on new consoles. No matter how many years the series runs for or how many formats the game is released on, the first edition on a new machine is always a bit hit and miss. You can track that all the way back to the days of the Sega Megadrive and EA’s first...

  • News You Can Use PlayStation 2 Pads On Your Wii U, Should You Want To

    Optional extra

    Are you a bit bummed about the fact that the Wii U Pro Controller isn't compatible with original Wii titles? Do you consider Sony's iconic Dual Shock pad to be one of the best in the business? Well you're in luck - Datel Japan has released an adapter which allows you to use your PlayStation 2 joypad on the Wii U or Wii. All you have...

  • Feature Your Guide to a Nintendo Holiday

    Christmas time, Mario and Trine...

    It's Christmas time, and we all know what that means — rapidly depleting bank accounts, lots of food and merriment, and plenty of video gaming. The Holiday season actually means different things depending on your own perspective, of course, but to many it's a great opportunity to spend time with family and...

  • Review Game Party Champions (Wii U)

    Mini lame

    Whenever a new console is launched, there are always one or two decidedly awful titles released that have been thrown together in time for the big night. The publisher’s thinking here is that most early adopters will want to leave the store with a stack of games for their new console, and if they keep the retail price low, their atrocity...

  • News Amazon Distributes Nintendo Land Codes For Missing Bundle Copies

    You may have to ask for a physical copy

    During the European Wii U launch shenanigans a few days ago, we reported that some gamers were receiving their Wii U systems a day early from Amazon and other online retailers, but that some Premium bundles were missing their copy of Nintendo Land. This must have been particularly frustrating for those buying...

  • Talking Point Selling the Wii U Concept - The GamePad and eShop

    All part of a big package

    So the Wii U system is now well and truly out in the wild, with Japan being the last major territory to join in. It may seem peculiar that Nintendo should satisfy its home country last, but judging from the area's consistently daunting sales of 3DS it's not likely to be a tough market to crack. North America and Europe —...

November2012

  • News Your Wii U GamePad May Be More Responsive Than Your HDTV

    Latency tests show that Nintendo's streaming tech is rock solid

    One of the first things many people will question when picking up the Wii U GamePad for the first time is the quality of the streaming. With no wired connection between the console and controller, many make the assumption that the delay must be greater than when playing on a standard...

  • News Wii U Takes London By Storm With Midnight Launch

    Hundreds of Nintendo fans braved the cold

    For Europe, the wait is finally over. At the stroke of midnight on November 30th the Wii U was released into the wild, and there's no better way to celebrate such a thing than to hold a big midnight launch event at HMV’s flagship store on Oxford Street, London. People flocked from far and wide to get a...

  • Review Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge (Wii U)

    Bloody hell

    It’s been a long time since master ninja Ryu Hayabusa infiltrated a Nintendo home console, with 1995’s Ninja Gaiden Trilogy for the SNES marking his last appearance. Tecmo Koei decided the time was finally right for Ryu to make his return with Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, a souped-up, improved version of Ninja Gaiden 3, which...

  • Hardware Review Wii U

    The Nintendo Life verdict on the biggest hardware launch of 2012

    After months of waiting, the Wii U is finally here. The system launched in North America on the 18th and comes to European shores today. We’ve had our hands on a Euro console for a while now, and have been putting it through its paces to bring you our impressions of what is...

  • News Wii U Can Stream MP4 Videos Directly From Your Computer

    Watch trailers and more

    European Nintendo fans are only just getting their hands on the shiny new Wii U console today, but users in the States are starting to find out some cool hidden features - such as the ability to stream MP4 videos straight from your computer. Entering your computer's IP address into the Wii U browser allows you to beam movies...

  • Guide Getting Started With Your Wii U

    Nintendo provides some how-to guides for your new console

    Unlike most readers at Nintendo Life, not everyone who buys a Wii U will know everything about it before they've even opened the box. Hardware launches such as this are a great time for companies to attract new users, with that in mind Nintendo has released a series of handy videos to get...

  • Review Nintendo Land (Wii U)

    This Land is your land

    Nintendo Land has a lot to live up to. Not only does its name invoke a fantastic, imaginary kingdom many of us would happily sail to sight-unseen, it's also the game poised to provide proof of the Wii U's concept, as Wii Sports did for the Wii back in 2006. And like Wii Sports before it, if you've picked up a Deluxe Wii U it's...

  • News Molyneux: Wii U Is Good, But It's Not Great

    Industry veteran has "unbelievable respect" for its creator, though

    Co-founder of 22 Cans and industry legend Peter Molyneux has already spoken out a few times saying he doesn't think modern day consoles are equipped properly for the ever-changing gaming market. Recently the former Bullfrog and Lionhead boss said he "struggles to see anything...

  • News Assassins Creed III, FIFA 13 And Mass Effect 3 All Come Without Online Passes On Wii U

    Pre-owned copies will be able to go online without code redemption

    In an attempt to stop people buying their games from the pre-owned section, games publishers often slip a code into the packaging of their latest games that will be required should you wish to play online. We already know that Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition does not require...

  • News Nintendo's Wii U Marketing Currently Focusing On Core Fans

    Will move onto a broader audience in coming months

    Nintendo’s marketing machine is in full swing right now as the final hours tick down to the European Wii U launch at midnight. A lot of the marketing has focused on telling people what they can do with Wii U, as we’ve seen with several television adverts showing families having a jolly good time...

  • News Hacker Claims To Have Deciphered Wii U CPU and GPU Speeds

    Info apparently obtained from Wii U hacks

    For plenty that aren't merely interested in playing games on Wii U, but also want to know about its capabilities under the hood, the past few weeks have been full of claim and counter-claim about various aspects of the system. The CPU has been at the forefront of the debate, with negative and damning...

  • News Some Euro Wii U Buyers Reporting A Distinct Lack Of Nintendo Land In Their Premium Bundle

    Some of our bundled software is missing

    As you'll no doubt be aware if you've been closely following our Wii U Euro launch thread, many people who ordered their systems online have been getting them a day early. While this should be reason enough to be very excited indeed, we've been informed by some early adopters that their joy has quickly turned...

  • Nintendo Download 30th November 2012 (Europe) - Wii U Edition

    Got your hard drive ready?

    Wii U is finally arriving in Europe and PAL regions, and with it comes all of the excitement of a new system. Part of that — after the system update, of course — is the Wii U eShop, which arrives with some exciting download-only games as well as a host of retail titles. There's plenty to get through, so let's get to...

  • Feature EU Wii U Launch Day - Live!

    Hey America, now it's our turn!

    Wii U launched what feels like years ago - Sunday 18th November in North America, to be precise. After literally days of waiting (days can seem like months when it comes to new Nintendo hardware) Europe is finally getting the shiny new system, and we're going to share the experience with you just as we did with the US...

  • Review New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U)

    High definition hijinks

    New Super Mario Bros. U marks the first time that a brand new Mario game has accompanied a Nintendo hardware launch since the days of the N64, and consequently places an inordinate amount of pressure and expectation on its high-definition shoulders. It’s perhaps not what hardcore fans wanted; following so closely on the...

  • News Iwata: We Don't Want To Emulate Xbox Live and PSN

    Nintendo president also sorry for 1GB day-one update

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has stated in an interview with IGN that his company is not attempting to play catch-up with rivals Microsoft and Sony when it comes to online services. With the recent launch of the Wii U and the establishment of Miiverse, Nintendo has recieved a few critical...

  • News Wii U Version Of 007 Legends Canned In Australia

    Epic Mickey 2, NBA 2K13 and Marvel Avengers all delayed

    The Wii U launches in Australia on Friday and several stores will open at midnight so that eager Aussies can get hold of one as quickly as possible. However, three games that won't be available alongside the Wii U Down Under are Epic Mickey 2: Power of Two, NBA 2K13, and

  • News Pier Solar Kickstarter Campaign Successful, Wii U Port Added As New Stretch Goal

    $200,000 is the figure required

    Indie developer WaterMelon, creators of the recent Pier Solar and the Great Architects for the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis in the US), recently launched a Kickstarter campaign with the aim being to create a HD edition for Xbox 360, PC, Mac and Dreamcast. The target was set at $139,000 and it didn’t take long for the...

  • Review Scribblenauts Unlimited (Wii U)

    Scribble to your heart’s content

    The Scribblenauts series has always been about pushing your imagination to its limits and solving puzzles in unique and often hilarious ways. With its various open worlds and the ability to seamlessly traverse between them, as well as the brand new object editor which lets you create almost anything and everything,...

  • News Australian Wii U Midnight Launch Details Revealed

    Bonza!

    The Wii U will finally become available in Europe this coming Friday, and HMV's flagship London store on Oxford Street will be hosting the big event with a midnight launch. It’s not just Europe that will be having a very happy 30th November, though - on the other side of the globe Australians will be picking up their brand spanking new Wii...

  • Review ESPN Sports Connection (Wii U)

    Taking one for the team

    Launching with Wii Sports was, in hindsight, one of Nintendo's best ideas: the pack-in's elegant simplicity helped skyrocket the fledgling Wii right up into the stratosphere. Families rallied around Tennis, grannies couldn't get enough Bowling, that annoying uncle hogged Golf, mass hysteria yadda yadda. So no surprise then...

  • News Game Designer Says "Wii U Isn't Sure of Itself, and That's its Greatest Virtue"

    Nintendo tackles modern technology habits

    There are plenty of us, outside of North America at least, that are waiting to spend serious time on Wii U, so concepts such as asynchronous multiplayer are still shrouded in some mystery; even early adopters are likely to still be discovering new uses for the system's GamePad controller. Plenty is already...

  • Rumour Yoshi's Land Coming To Wii U

    Best Buy product page outs potential sequel

    Yesterday, retailer Best Buy Canada leaked the existence of the Wii Mini - a smaller, cheaper (and arguably less useful) version of the Wii console which was officially confirmed by Nintendo hours later. It would appear that Best Buy isn't done with letting cats out of bags, and has published a product...

  • News Wii U GamePad Offers Nine-Axis Controls

    Utilises the earth’s magnetic pull

    Motion sensors have been a major part of the gaming industry for a while now. Ever since the Nintendo Wii was first revealed all those years ago developers have been clambering over each other to implement motion controls into their games – even more so when it became so successful. Since then we’ve seen...

  • News TVii Application Will Be Available In Japan At Launch

    But not all of its features will be free

    Nintendo has revealed that TVii - the application that allows users to merge all of their video streaming packages together and change TV channels - will be available in selected European regions at some point in 2013. It looked as though Japan was being left in the lurch but this is not the case as the Land...

  • News Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition Dogged By Performance Issues

    More frame rate woes

    Wii U has launched with more titles to choose from than ever before. Of course those with a keen eye will be quick to point out that this is largely because third party developers have simply ported some of their old games from other platforms over to Nintendo’s new console. One of those titles is Batman: Arkham City Armored...

  • News Latest Iwata Asks Episode Reveals How Killer Freaks Became ZombiU

    From hyperactive alien Rabbids to slow lumbering zombies

    During E3 back in 2011 Ubisoft revealed a trailer for a Wii U exclusive game known as Killer Freaks from Outer Space. The game looked to be a light-hearted survival horror game that featured strange intergalactic creatures that were hell bent on consuming every living being in their path...

  • News Want To Know What It's Like To Drop Your Wii U GamePad?

    Drop it like it's hot

    Those crazy guys over at GizmoSlip are known for their drop tests, testing the durability of expensive new gadgets by dropping them from a maximum height of 6 feet onto a concrete surface with no other aim but to see if it smashes into a million pieces or not. The Wii U GamePad was next on their 'to break' list, plunging it to...

  • News Reggie: Sony and Microsoft Need To React To What Nintendo Is Doing With Wii U

    "Faster processors and pretty pictures won't be enough"

    The Wii U has its fair share of plaudits but its fair to say it also has an equal share of doubters as well. Since the new console has launched many developers have taken a swipe at it claiming its lack of power will make it outdated and irrelevant once Sony and Microsoft throw their new...

  • News People Are Already Queuing For The Wii U In London

    Dedicated fans show their appreciation for Nintendo

    Last week we reported that HMV's flagship store on Oxford Street would be hosting the UK's Wii U midnight launch, with the first 100 in the line getting a free copy of New Super Mario Bros. U. Some more prizes and goody bags will be given away on the night too to mark the occasion. It comes as no...

  • Review SiNG Party (Wii U)

    Pants party

    When you're aiming for a wide audience with your new console, it's important to have all of your boxes ticked. New Mario? Check. Zombies? Check. Party game? Check, mate. That seems to be the driving force behind SiNG Party, a game so light and fluffy that it wafts through the air like the smell of cotton candy. It just kind of exists in...

  • News Miyamoto: Nintendo Will Offer more Support To "Committed" Third Party Developers

    Exclusive titles will get big support

    While Wii U's launch is now well underway, with a fair bit of fanfare surrounding it, many want to know what the games of the future will be like on Nintendo's new home console. Some people certainly believe that when it comes to utilising the unique control schemes the Wii and Wii U have to offer, it's only...

  • News New Update Incoming For Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed

    Will address Boost Challenge and Ninja Tag issues

    Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed is the only racing title currently available on Wii U, and it looks as though many people who picked up the game have found a few minor issues with it. The issues in question happen during non-race modes like Boost Challenge and Ninja Tag where, according to...

  • News Wii U Shifts 400K Units in Début Week

    It's "essentially sold out of retail"

    Nintendo's revealed its sales results to incorporate the Wii U launch and the Black Friday festivities, with NoA COO Reggie Fils-Aime weighing in with the company's perspective in an interview with CNET. Nintendo's total hardware sales — according to internal data — hit around 1.2 million units in the U.S.,...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. U Director Explains Why Peach Isn't A Playable Character

    She's just not suited for it

    New Super Mario Bros. U is the latest instalment in the New Super Mario Bros. series and allows you to play as Mario, Luigi, Toad and even your own Mii. Previous Mario sidescrollers – like Super Mario Bros. 2 on the NES for example – have allowed you to play as Princess Peach as well, but she's since been dropped and...

  • News Lack of "OMG" Idea Explains Borderlands Wii U Absence

    Aliens: Colonial Marines pushed some buttons

    Gearbox is the developer behind Aliens: Colonial Marines, a title coming to Wii U in 2013 that promises to make many film-buffs weep with joy at the first "beep" sound to emanate from the GamePad. The famous motion control sensor from Aliens will be recreated on the system's controller, and is likely to...

  • Guide Transferring your Mii to the Wii U

    From Mii to U

    When the Wii first arrived in 2006, the ability to put yourself in the game with Miis was a novel addition that caught on quickly. These days most of us have grown quite attached to our own Miis, as evidenced by the number of them gracing the Nintendo Life forums and comment sections as user avatars. Thankfully, a new console doesn't...

  • News Wii U Can be Used as a Portable Home Console

    Not something we ever considered...

    We never thought we'd see a Wii U treated as a portable system, but that's exactly what's happened with a keen Japanese gamer — importing a system ahead of time clearly wasn't enough on its own. The console isn't portable, of course, but on select games you don't technically need to use the TV; a power outlet is...

  • News Reggie Fils-Aime: Wii U Is "Much More Graphically Intensive" Than Rival Systems

    Content from major devs to make for a "well-rounded console"

    While there's been much talk about Wii U in terms of its substantial launch lineup, as well as opinions on the system's operation system and functions such as Miiverse, there's also been plenty of discussion about CPU chips and graphical capabilities. Like Wii before it, some are...

  • News Fan Made Wii U Album Available For Download

    Wii bet that U will like these!

    Wii U Grooves - a fan made album of remixed Wii U sounds - has been uploaded to the interwebs for your listening pleasure. DJ Cutman, who has a passion for video games and chip-tune music, mixed the 9-track album and has made it available for download right here. The songs are inspired - and cleverly named - by the...

  • News The Godfather of Video Games Is Baffled By The Wii U

    Atari founder Nolan Bushnell doesn't think Nintendo's console will be a success

    When you're considering the history of the video game industry, the name Nolan Bushnell is almost certain to crop up. Bushnell founded Atari back in 1972 and enjoyed incredible success with arcade hits like Pong and the Atari VCS home console. Although he's not been...

  • News Nintendo TVii Service Coming To Europe In "Selected Regions"

    Will be available sometime in 2013

    Nintendo's Wii U launched in North America recently without the TVii application that allows users to merge all of their video streaming packages together into one comfortable little hub. The app will be made available in December, however, once Nintendo has given it one final polish. It seems North Americans...

  • Talking Point Nintendo And The Third-Party Challenge

    Can the Big N win over support for Wii U in the long run?

    With Wii U finally available in North America and shortly on its way to European store shelves, Nintendo fans across the world seemingly have a lot to be happy about. At long last, we’ll be able to experience our favourite franchises in glorious high-definition, along with some high profile...

  • Review Rabbids Land (Wii U)

    Worth your launch day carrots?

    The inaugural Rabbids game was a launch title for the Wii back in 2006, so it seems only fitting that Wii U should have its own outing with the furry little hellions right from the get-go in Rabbids Land. This time around the action is presented in the context of a digital board game, like Mario Party, and while the...

  • Review Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Wii U)

    Tag, you're it

    For as well known a household name as Tekken is, it’s strange to realize that it’s never made its way to a Nintendo home console at any point. There have been handheld offerings on the Game Boy Advance and 3DS, but portable fighters are rarely more than appetizers compared to their beefy console counterparts. Namco Bandai finally...

  • News ZombiU Demo Coming To Wii U eShop

    Expect it before 15th December

    Ubisoft has a plenty of Wii U titles available on launch with the likes of ZombiU, Assassin’s Creed III and Rabbids Land to name a few. Rayman Legends unfortunately didn’t make it into the launch line up and is now penned in for an early 2013 release

  • News Call of Duty Black Ops II Suffers From Reduced Frame Rate On Wii U

    Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions more consistent

    Now that Wii U has finally been released, we have three HD home consoles on the market. It seems every man and his dog wants to know which one performs best, especially when it comes to those third party multi-platform games Nintendo gamers aren't used to seeing. One of those multi-platform games...

  • Feature Reinventing Nintendo's Legacy Franchises on Wii U

    It's comeback time

    Despite often being criticized for a perceived lack of new franchises, Nintendo’s back catalogue offers a wealth of unique games which have each carved out their own place in the company’s legacy. From Mario to Link to lesser known characters such as Ness and the Ice Climbers, it is clear that Nintendo has a diverse range of...

  • News UK Retailers: Wii U Is Sold Out

    Allocation is all on pre-orders

    The Wii U has now launched in North America - as if you needed telling - and will emerge in the European market this coming Friday, 30th November. It's fair to say Nintendo fans in the UK, jealous of their North American counterparts, are chomping at the bit to get hold of their new console, but if you haven't got a...

  • News YouTube App Goes Live on Wii U

    In case you hadn't tapped the icon yet

    After a launch day that involved a firmware update and a few icons on the home menu that weren't quite ready for action, Wii U is starting to get into its stride with entertainment apps. It's not just about games, remember. If you haven't tried it in the last couple of days, you should know that the free...

  • Review ZombiU (Wii U)

    Fear Factor

    ZombiU definitely has a lot to prove. After Red Steel - Ubisoft’s hardcore offering at the Wii’s launch - failed to win over the masses by making large promises it failed to deliver on, public response to ZombiU has typically been laced with skepticism. Now that the game has been unleashed and is happily infecting shiny new Wii U...

  • Guide Using USB Storage with the Wii U

    Commit these instructions to memory

    The Wii U's eShop represents a big step forward in digital distribution for Nintendo, with eShop-only indie titles sharing shelf space with downloadable versions of major retail releases from day one. These larger titles can easily occupy over 10GB of space, with Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition confirmed to...

  • News Wii U UK Launch Event Set for HMV in London

    Free games for the first 100

    With one week before its release in Europe, details have now emerged of the UK's Wii U launch event — it's set for HMV's flagship London store on Oxford Street. As you'd expect it'll be a midnight launch, and various incentives and activities are planned to keep eager Wii U early-adopters warm. The doors will...

  • News Scribblenauts Unlimited Delayed In Europe Until 2013

    And we don't know why just yet

    5th Cell, developer of Scribblenauts Unlimited, has confirmed that the Wii U title — and the 3DS title too, for that matter — won't hit European shores until 2013. Responding to a post on NeoGAF, 5th Cell CEO Jeremiah Slaczka denied that it's an issue of localisation. "Nope. It's due to stuff I can't talk about...

  • News Analyst Believes Nintendo Shouldn't Compete With Sony And Microsoft

    Wii U “in an awkward place with its identity”

    Wii U has a plethora of games for consumers to choose from on launch. There’s something for everyone – for the casual gamers there’s Nintendo Land and the like and for the more core gamers there are titles such as Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition and Call of Duty: Black Ops II. However,...

  • News Nintendo Provides Final Wii U Launch Line-Up for Europe

    The final, final list

    With the European launch of Wii U getting ever closer — quiet, North Americans — Nintendo of Europe has now issued its definitive list of packaged retails games that'll be there on day one. We already knew about all — or at least most — of these, but it's nevertheless nice to see a confirmed line-up for what games...

  • News SUMO Digital Invites Fans To Campaign for Sonic Racing DLC Characters

    Now that's a challenge

    Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is one of many Wii U launch titles, though it provides the sole source of racing fun for early adopters in North America. Of course the Wii U version, like its compatriots on Xbox 360 and PS3, will be open to potential DLC as the months pass by, and Sumo Digital's Steve Lycett has taken...

  • News THQ Adds Clarity To The Wii U "Horrible, Slow CPU" Comments

    But worries surrounding it refuse to go away

    It emerged yesterday that 4A, the developer behind Metro: Last Light, is not very impressed with the Wii U's CPU; Oles Shishkovtsov, the studio's chief technical officer, called it "a horrible, slow CPU". Huw Beynon of THQ, publisher for the latest Metro title, elaborated further by saying that bringing...

  • News Wii U System Update Can Be Downloaded in the Background

    Play while you wait

    If one complaint drowned out all others among excited Wii U owners on launch day, it was the waiting time to install the system update. Depending on your internet speed and the performance of the Nintendo servers, the download typically seemed to take anything between 45 minutes and three hours, and then you'd have another 10-15...

  • News Wii U GamePad Can Play Assassin's Creed 3 in 3D

    All about the software and glasses

    When Wii U was unveiled, just a few months after the arrival of 3DS, some wondered whether the GamePad's screen would feature autostereoscopic capabilities like the handheld's screen. It didn't take long for that idea to fade away, as the realities of a glasses-free 3D screen that size, as well as its constant use...

  • News Amazon Instant Video Goes Live on Wii U

    Just tap the icon

    Much like the arrival of Hulu Plus on Wii U, good things come to those who wait. Joining yesterday's addition to the TV streaming options on Nintendo's new system, and Netflix which was ready on day one, is Amazon Instant Video, live right now. If you're a subscriber to the service, simply tap on the tile visible on the home menu...

  • News THQ Enters Forebearance Agreement With Creditors

    Foreclosure delayed, for now

    THQ has been going through some difficult times lately. The developer currently has $16.4 million outstanding on its facility and two weeks ago it defaulted on a loan worth $50 million. Things were looking bleak, but it appears the company has entered into an agreement with the finance company Wells Fargo Capital Finance...

  • News "What is Wii U?" Adverts Start Quizzing Gamers

    Depends on the game, of course

    With all of the hubbub and excitement it may be possible that some Nintendo fans have forgotten about us Europeans and PAL gamers, still waiting for Wii U to arrive. It's actually the worst for Japanese gamers who'll get the system last — what were the odds on that a year ago? In any case, for many of us the...

  • News Hulu Plus Now Up and Running on Wii U

    Watch TV, on your TV!

    Wii U is a pretty strong offering, in terms of functionality, on day one once the system update is in place. More is on the way, of course, such as the TVii app that will arrive in December, while the Wii U menu on the GamePad is showing some other services that aren't quite up and running just yet. One of these icons is for...

  • News Sumo Digital: Mario Kart Could Learn From Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

    "We've pushed the genre forward with this game"

    Racing games aren't exactly in abundance for Wii U at the moment. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed represents the only racer on Nintendo's new console at this current time, with Need For Speed: Most Wanted set to emerge later in the launch window. Some may see titles like Sonic & All-Stars...

  • News Wii U Demo Pods Being Installed In UK GAME Stores

    Hundreds of consoles sent out into the wild

    It can be quite difficult to really sell the concept of a new console with just words and advertising alone; this is something Nintendo has found with Wii, 3DS and now Wii U. The best way for people to get a feel for what a new console is like is for them to literally get their mitts on it; that's exactly...

  • Site News Don't Worry, Our Wii U Reviews Are Incoming

    Taking our sweet time

    As you've no doubt noticed, the Wii U has just been released in the US. New console launches are exciting times; the anticipation of fresh hardware creates a groundswell of interest, and fans clamour over magazines and websites to digest critical reaction to new software. We're already aware from the various comments on...

  • News Microwave 'Artist' Returns to Melt a Wii U

    A deluxe model, no less

    So, plenty of you in North America have a shiny Wii U, and you're possibly cradling the GamePad in your arms between game sessions and telling children with sticky hands to stay away. Or maybe you're just playing a load of games, but we're sure most are you are being quite careful to keep your new console shiny. What you...

  • News 2K Boss Has No Doubts That Wii U Will Be Successful

    "Nintendo always impresses and surprises me"

    2K Games president Christoph Hartmann is clearly something of a Nintendo fan, and has made some incredibly positive noises to UK trade publication MCV. Speaking in an interview which goes live on MCV tomorrow, Hartmann was effusive in his praise: Nintendo always impresses and surprises me. The team...

  • News The Wii U CPU Is "Horrible" According To Metro: Last Light Developer

    Honesty may not be the best policy

    Ukrainian developer 4A clearly isn't happy about the Wii U's CPU, and isn't afraid to be blunt about it. Oles Shishkovtsov, the studio's chief technical officer, explained how he wasn't one bit impressed with the brains of Nintendo's new console, explaining that it has "a horrible, slow CPU." 4A's upcoming game -...

  • News Wii U Becomes Profitable With One Game Sale

    Buy a game, make Mario say wahoo!

    It was confirmed in late October that Wii U will be sold at a loss, which gave the retail price some context and perhaps made some supporters nervous about the financial impact on the company. According to comments from Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime, however, the loss on each console is evidently small...

  • News Wii U on Plenty of U.S. Christmas Lists

    The kids are alright

    With the Holiday season upon us, there are a number of gadgets vying to be the hottest attraction for shoppers, with Wii U doing its best to join in. Of course, so much money at this time of year is spent on kids, and according to surveys conducted by research firm Nielson, Wii U is high on a lot of wishlists. Of those...

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