Wii U - News

November2012

  • Talking Point The Nintendo Network ID's Next Big Step

    Not quite fully “networked”, yet

    We’ve praised the concept behind the Nintendo Network a fair bit here on Nintendo Life, and in various news posts and features we’ve stated or alluded to the fact that it could be the start of a bright new online era for Nintendo. To start this particular article on a positive point, there are plenty of...

  • News Wii U Software Discounts Hit Ahead of Black Friday, Analysts Weigh In

    Consoles reportedly sold out, over 2500 on eBay

    Now that Wii U has had a day or so to launch and fly off store shelves, industry analysts are starting to look at the early signs of success, or otherwise, for the system. It's all very, very early days, of course, but nevertheless a couple of interesting trends have emerged. For starters, and to the...

  • News Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition Does Not Require Online Pass

    Good news for second-hand buyers

    Pre-owned titles are, of course, cheaper than buying a new copy of a game, so it’s easy to see why consumers sometimes decide to choose them instead of paying full-whack price. Of course the publishers of these games aren’t exactly jumping for joy about this, as they receive diddly-squat from the transaction of a...

  • News Premium Wii U Owners In The UK Need To Spend £62.50 To Receive £5 eShop Voucher

    Points mean prizes?

    One of the big draws for the Wii U Premium Pack is its reward scheme which allows users to gain money back on their eShop purchases. It was originally claimed that eShoppers would gain 10% back as a reward but it appears this is not the case - it’s a little bit less. Nintendo UK has revealed a little bit more information on...

  • News Dangerously Infectious ZombiU App Now Available On iOS

    Zombie me up, baby

    Following in the footsteps of Nintendo itself, Ubisoft has released a ZombiU app for iOS devices to coincide with the launch of the game on the shiny new Wii U. The free application allows you to take a picture of yourself and will automatically generate an infected image. You can see the difference between the level of...

  • News Reggie - Wii U Is "Absolutely The Beginning Of A New Generation"

    Hints at some launch window surprises

    One big debate that has surrounded Wii U ever since it was revealed is whether or not the new console is the last through the door of the old generation, or the first to break into the next one. With the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 coming towards the end of their product life cycles it seems inevitable that their...

  • News Simple Workaround Allows You To Play Wii U Games Off An SD Card

    Play your cards right

    Before the launch of the Wii U, Nintendo confirmed that software could not be played from an SD card, but it would appear that it is technically possible - provided you have one of those cheap USB card readers handy. YouTube user Shokio discovered that if you pop your SD card into one of these readers and then insert it into...

  • News Link And Mario Have Gate-Crashed These Scribblenauts Unlimited Trailers

    Crossover chaos

    The amazing news that Scribblenauts Unlimited would feature famous Nintendo characters was met with a fair degree of excitement, and thanks to two new trailers released by Warner Bros. Interactive, we can now see this magical crossover in motion. The videos detail the kind of things you can do with the classic Legend of Zelda and...

  • News Take An In-Depth Look At What's Under The Wii U's Shiny Exterior

    What silicon treasures lie beneath?

    Are you curious about what's inside the Wii U? Users across the web have been discussing the system's technical specifications for months, but now that it is finally available in North America, many folk are seeing first-hand what Nintendo has to offer. However, few (if any) observations are as thorough and...

  • News Wii U Version Of Grand Theft Auto V "Up For Consideration"

    Rockstar keeps its options open

    Grand Theft Auto V is one of the most anticipated games for 2013, with the title being released in Spring for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. It did originally appear that the game would not be making it to Wii U or PC, but Rockstar’s vice-president Dan Houser says the developer has not ruled either platform out...

  • News Ubisoft Has No Plans To Release DLC For ZombiU

    But it remains a "possibility"

    Downloadable content is still a bit of an alien concept for many Nintendo gamers. We’ve had some DLC made available for 3DS titles with the likes of Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy and New Super Mario Bros. 2 having content through internal stores, and Wii had rare instances too, but now that Wii U has arrived the scope...

  • News Halting Wii U System Update May Brick the System

    Be careful, gamers

    A number of you in North America likely have your shiny new Wii U setup, and you've probably installed the day one update that's required for access to features such as Miiverse and the eShop. According to reports out in the Twitter-sphere, however, you may also be one of a small minority that's inadvertently bricked your Wii U...

  • News Miiverse Hacked By Mistake, Possible Metal Gear And Yoshi Wii U Games Unearthed

    UPDATED: It was only a "mock up" area, says Nintendo

    EDIT: As many of you have pointed out, since the publication of this article Nintendo has revealed to GamesIndustry International that the menu accessed by the 'hacker' was in fact a mocked-up test menu and was not linked to the main Miiverse system. Nintendo's official line is as follows: It...

  • News Nintendo Network IDs Are Tied To A Single Wii U Console, For Now

    Will change "in the future"

    When Nintendo confirmed the death of friend codes and the establishment of the Xbox Box Live-style Nintendo Network ID, the community rejoiced. However, it seems that for the time being at least the system isn't going to be anywhere near as flexible as Microsoft and Sony's online equivalents. Nintendo Network IDs are...

  • News Isaiah Triforce Johnson Grabs First Wii U at Launch Event

    Reunited with his old pal Reggie

    To join in with all of the hubbub of North American gamers picking up Wii U systems today, Nintendo has sent out some pictures of the midnight launch event in New York for us to enjoy. As the headline makes clear, Isaiah Triforce Johnson was on hand with his trusty Power Glove to seize the honour, once again, of...

  • News Ubisoft Uplay App On The Way To Wii U

    Adding a bit extra

    Ubisoft is comfortably the most supportive third-party developer in Wii U's launch window, releasing a mixture of ports and exclusive titles that cover genres suitable for less experienced players, through to blockbusters for those who'd call themselves hardcore. It seems the publisher's support is set to step up a notch further,...

  • News Frozenbyte - Indie Developers Have More Control On Wii U eShop

    Trine 2 developer enjoying the freedom

    Trine 2: Director's Cut is available in the Wii U eShop right now in North America — and will be on launch in Europe — and the game's developer, Frozenbyte, has had nothing but praise for the way Nintendo is approaching downloadable gaming. In an interview with IGN, marketing manager at Frozenbyte, Mikael...

  • News New Trailer Released As Chasing Aurora Soars Onto Wii U eShop in North America

    Broken Rules' indie title finally flies the nest

    Broken Rules has released a launch trailer for its Wii U indie game Chasing Aurora, which is available now on the Wii U eShop in North America. Featuring up to five-player asynchronous multiplayer and glorious vector art, Chasing Aurora is a 2D aerial action game where players battle it out as birds...

  • Nintendo Download 18th November 2012 (North America)

    U better believe it

    It's a special Nintendo Download update today, as lucky gamers in North America can enter a brave new world of HD offerings on Wii U. There are five download-only titles to choose from and a giddying range of retail options, which shows how seriously Nintendo's taking the idea of selling us games without boxes. Let's get to it...

  • Feature Wii U Launch Day, Live!

    It's a whole new game

    So here we are, North America, your Wii U day has arrived. It's a Super Sunday, and some of you will be lucky enough to have a midnight launch, while others will need to have a good night's sleep and wait for the stores to open. Either way, you're first up for Nintendo's brand new system, so we expect you to be rushing home,...

  • News Jack Tretton Wishes Nintendo Every Success With Wii U

    "Nintendo has a great heritage in the business"

    President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America Jack Tretton has wished Nintendo every success with Wii U, ahead of the official launch in just a few short hours. Speaking about his own company’s heritage on the latest Official Playstation Blogcast, Tretton took the time to talk about Wii...

  • Feature What Excites Us About Wii U - NA Edition

    So close we can smell the packaging

    And so it's almost here, a new home console launch from Nintendo. We only have one of these every five years or more, and North America gets out of the gate first to soak up the new system and put it through its paces. It brings plenty of new features to the table, including its impressive GamePad, a new online...

  • News Reggie Discusses Embracing The Digital Age Ahead of Wii U Launch

    Delighted with developer input for the GamePad

    Reggie is out in force leading up to Nintendo's next generation console release on 18th November (like you'd forgotten). Reggie appeared on the Jimmy Fallon show last night in the US to do some high-profile promotion work, and took a midnight stroll to the Nintendo World Store to meet and greet fans...

  • News Wii U Mass Effect 3 Owners Cannot Retake Omega

    New DLC pack unavailable on Wii U

    Bioware is set to release some additional DLC for Mass Effect 3 on 27th November in the form of the Omega pack, however those with a copy of the game on Wii U will not be able to download it. This news comes via a tweet from the official Mass Effect account, which when answering a fan’s query on the DLC’s Wii U...

  • News Iwata Reveals How Nintendo Developed The Early Prototype For Wii U

    Simply strap two Wii consoles together

    With the immense success of the Wii, the folks at Nintendo certainly had their work cut out when developing its successor. It was around 2009 - with the Wii well into its third year of service - that Nintendo’s top men got around a table and started to discuss what their next move would be. The first task...

  • News Reggie Surprises Nintendo World Store Campers 24 Hours Before Wii U Launch

    His body is ready!

    Following Reggie's slot on the Jimmy Fallon show, the man himself took a stroll down to Nintendo World Store in NYC, where he stumbled upon 50 campers outside gearing up for Wii U's midnight launch. Reggie had some fun with the fans in the queue, where he was taking note of what fans wanted to see on the system (Smash Bros. and...

  • News Analysts Believe Wii U Will Be Put To The Test Come Summertime

    Will Nintendo keep momentum?

    As Nintendo of America’s Scott Moffitt pointed out recently, the response to Wii U has been nothing short of “phenomenal” as its North American launch date draws ever closer. Research firm IHS Screen Digest expects Nintendo to shift 3.5 million Wii U units worldwide by the end of December, meanwhile, which even...

  • News TVii Application Won't Be Available On Wii U Launch

    Will arrive in December

    Last week we discovered that the Wii U will need to be updated with a patch on day-one of launch to enable you to use features such as Miiverse, Wii U Chat and the eShop. North America was also told that TVii, the service that allows users to navigate through their online video subscriptions more easily, will also be...

  • News Nintendo's Recommended Range For GamePad Use Is Conservative

    Playing it safe

    Ever since the GamePad was revealed people have wondered just how far away from your TV you can go with it. Can you get to the next room? The kitchen? The bathroom? The garden shed? So far Nintendo have only confirmed that you can definitely play it within the same room and the official Wii U specs declare a maximum range of up to 26...

  • News Rayman Legends Demo Available In Wii U eShop On Launch

    We will get to play it after all

    Rayman Legends was originally supposed to be a Wii U launch day title but was pushed back to a Q1 2013 release, much to the disappointment of Rayman fans across the globe. However, North American Wii U owners will still be able to get a little bit of their Rayman fix on launch day as Ubisoft has confirmed that there...

  • News Iwata Asks Reveals New Super Mario Bros. U Took Three Years To Develop

    And it's not child's play either

    New Super Mario Bros. U will be one of two first party Wii U launch titles when Nintendo’s new console finally becomes available to buy - the other of course being Nintendo Land - and it has been revealed in the latest edition of Iwata Asks that the game has been in the works ever since its predecessor New

  • News GameStop Wii U Software Pre-Orders Surpass One Million

    Mamma mia!

    The Wii U is out in just two days time in North America, and you can already smell the excitement in the air. Drunk on the 'new console' fever, it seems that people have been getting a bit anxious thinking they may not secure their console for the holiday season. We reported that Wii U pre-orders were selling out quickly, and at one...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. U To Jump Into DLC

    Additional courses planned

    New Super Mario Bros. 2 did something new for the core Mario franchise: it introduced DLC. While much of the game may have felt familiar — not always a bad thing — the idea of extra content being made available after release was new for the series, and has added some longevity to the Coin Rush mode. In an Iwata Asks...

  • News Wii U Version Of Mighty Switch Force Much Harder Than The Original

    The difficulty has gone into hyper drive

    When you get your brand spanking new Wii U home on launch day and dive into the eShop, you’ll find a sidescrolling puzzle-platformer called Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition; it's a game 3DS owners will be more than familiar with seeing as it's an enhanced port of the 3DS eShop title, Mighty Switch...

  • Developer Interview Gaijin Games Gets Drunk with Wii U Power

    WiiWare champs set their sights on the future and rhythm aliens

    While plenty of developers have stepped up to take a swing at WiiWare, only a pinch have started from scratch and built good names strictly based on their output for the service. Perhaps the biggest success story in this realm is Gaijin Games: as a brand-new studio, the three-strong...

  • News Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition Coming To European eShop

    Just not right away

    Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition will be available to download via the eShop on the same day the Wii U launches over in Japan and it has now been confirmed that European Wii U owners will be getting the same treatment, albeit not straight away. European Wii U owners will be able to download a copy of the game at some point...

  • Developer Interview KnapNok On Spinning The Bottle For Wii U And Creating Innocent Social Games For Adults

    "Wii U is a revolution of the social space of the play situation"

    Spin The Bottle certainly isn't your average run-of-the-mill video game - but then the studio behind it is unique, as well. Spawned from the development hotbed of the Copenhagen Game Collective, KnapNok Games is all about creating unique experiences with modern technology, with a...

  • News Spin The Bottle Is A Wii U Game That Doesn't Use Your TV

    Involves "tight coordination, daring trust, body and eye contact or extreme flexibility"

    KnapNok Games has released details of its forthcoming Wii U eShop title Spin The Bottle, a game which allows up to 8 players to indulge in addictive micro-challenges which take their attention away from the TV and focus it solely on the Wii U GamePad. A...

  • News Tomorrow Corporation Turns Up The Heat With New Little Inferno Trailer

    Great balls of fire!

    With the Wii U launch just days away in North America, Tomorrow Corporation has released a new trailer for its upcoming Wii U eShop title Little Inferno. This bizarre new title from Kyle Gabler (World of Goo) and Kyle Gray (Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure) provides the player with an "entertainment fireplace". Players...

  • News Wii U Basic Can Only Store 3GB Of Downloaded Software

    You can't swing a cat in there

    Gamers will have two choices when the Wii U is released, they can either take home a Premium Pack which has 32GB of memory, or the Basic Pack which comes with a relatively meagre 8GB. However, once the internal drives have been formatted and other built-in data requirements are taken into account these figures nosedive...

  • News Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition Looked Set To Be "Simplified"

    Nintendo wanted it to stay "hardcore"

    As we all know, Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition will be on the shelves on the same day as Wii U launches. The game is not only a true rendition of the version found on other consoles but also has new exclusive elements, such as extra Nintendo themed character costumes and the return of Tekken Ball. It...

  • Talking Point The Realities of Wii U System Memory Have Become Clear

    The fridge will fill up quickly

    Today's unexpected Japanese Nintendo Direct broadcast gave us various details to frantically decipher and translate, ranging from confirmation that the Wii U GamePad won't have backward compatibility with WiiWare or Wii Virtual Console games, to some less intriguing information about parental controls. Another section...

  • News Wii U Deluxe Set Selling Like Hot Cakes

    "Response has been phenomenal"

    In just a few short days the long, arduous wait for Wii U will be over - in North America at least - as Reggie Fils-Aime will hand over the very first Wii U console at the Nintendo World Store in New York City, in exchange for money of course. It appears, however, that if you decided against pre-ordering a Wii U...

  • News Wii U External Hard Drive Usage Outlined by Satoru Iwata

    Up to 2TB supported

    For those of you that have watched today's Nintendo Direct broadcast — you can check it out here — you'll have seen lots of graphics of external hard drives, Wii U systems and some interesting demonstrations with large science lab-style glass jars. There was some pretty good news from Satoru Iwata, and a few small things that...

  • News Wii U GamePad Will Not Have Backward Compatibility

    Not just yet, anyway...

    We've already argued that backwards compatibility is an important aspect when purchasing a console, and Wii U is no different. The latest Nintendo Direct provides us with new infomation on playing previous software titles — including WiiWare and Virtual Console — and how they will not be playable on the Wii U GamePad,...

  • News Unexpected Wii U Nintendo Direct Details Storage And Online

    Nintendo loves surprises

    Nintendo is always great at surprises, especially when it comes to not letting anybody know about its forthcoming Nintendo Direct presentations. True to form, Nintendo Japan uploaded a new video literally just minutes ago without telling anyone, so excuse us if we seem a little dazed. We'll be breaking down the video and...

  • News Nintendo Talks Miiverse, Nintendo Network, And Internet Browser

    NoA's Bill Trinen dishes on the Wii U's online functionalities

    Last week, Nintendo of Japan hosted a Nintendo Direct, which focused on Miiverse and a variety of online features for Wii U. While Nintendo of America has yet to host its own streamed broadcast on the subject, it's released a new video that showcases Miiverse, Nintendo Network, and the...

  • News New Chasing Aurora Gameplay Videos Show Off Different Modes

    Catch that pigeon!

    Broken Rules has released a series of new videos showing off the various game modes in its upcoming Wii U title Chasing Aurora. As the first title in a three-part series, Chasing Aurora is a 2D aerial action game in which players control birds and battle it out over the Alps for a glowing treasure known as Aurora's Gem. The game...

  • News ZombiU Live Action Video Shows Multiplayer Battle

    All hail the Zombie King

    Halloween may be gone for the year, but one particular Wii U game will be playing on the fact that, for many of us, it's the time of year with long, dark nights. ZombiU is one of the most eagerly anticipated Wii U launch titles, with early impressions emphasizing the complexities and difficulties it'll offer, as well as its...

  • Competition Winner Win a Wii U at Eurogamer Expo

    One lucky winner

    Nintendo Life attended Eurogamer.net's annual Eurogamer Expo in late September, the first ever public showing of the Wii U console in the UK. We had a great time meeting gamers, filling up our 3DS puzzle pieces and running rather intense competitions in the Nintendo Life StreetPass Zone. You can get a taste of what it was all about...

  • News Toki Tori 2 Lands on Wii U eShop on 20th December

    Not for use in festive meals

    Toki Tori 2 is likely to be one of the most widely recognisable names in the early weeks of the Wii U eShop, due to its predecessor being one of the leading titles to herald the arrival of WiiWare. The diminutive little chicken isn't going to be quite ready for launch day, however, with confirmation from Two Tribes that...

  • News Guess What? Wii U Discs Have A Rounded Edge

    Nintendo gets out the sandpaper

    As we’ve known for a while now, the Wii U will use piracy-fighting proprietary discs that will hold a capacity of 25GB – the same amount as a single-layer Blu-ray Disc used by the PlayStation 3 and much more than the 4.5GB single-layer DVDs that the Wii uses. Sometimes we get so bogged down by all this technical...

  • News Take A Look At The Gatorade-Infused Exclusive Features Of Wii U NBA 2K13

    Is it the shoes?

    2K Sports has slam-dunked a Developer Insight video for its upcoming NBA 2K13 for the Wii U. The video pays particular attention to hilariously-titled Gatorade Biometric Scanner. This feature allows you to quickly view your player's fatigue level and see whether they're hot or cold; all this can be done simply by holding the...

  • News Wii U Has "Plenty Of Power" According To Team Ninja

    But with great power, comes great responsibility

    Nintendo has had plenty of third party support for the Wii U with a whole host of games being released alongside its first party titles in the coming months. One such developer is Team Ninja - who will be releasing Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge on January 11th - and in a recent interview its studio...

  • News Ubisoft Boss Thinks Wii U Is Cheap, But Is Still Unhappy On Pricing

    No pleasing some people

    Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has stated that although the Wii U is cheap when compared to devices like Apple's iPad, he's not 100% happy with the price of the system. Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Guillemot remarked: I always prefer lower pricing, so I can't say I'm happy. I'm never happy when the machines are expensive...

  • News Wii U Holiday Sales Projected to Exceed Wii Launch

    Four year sales expected to be lower, though

    With Wii U set to arrive, and Nintendo needing a strong performance to appease shareholders, market analysts are inevitably checking various sources of data and making their predictions on the system's outlook. The latest to do so is research firm IHS Screen Digest, with projections that bring good and...

  • News Wii U Software Storage on USB Devices Detailed

    UPDATE: Original source was "misinterpreted"

    UPDATE: We've since been contacted by Official Nintendo Magazine - the source of this particular piece of news - to clarify a few points. According to ONM, a post on the Japanese Wii U website was "misinterpreted" and it has NOT been confirmed by Nintendo that software cannot be played directly from...

  • Talking Point Life Without Wii U Achievements

    Nintendo sticks to its guns

    Nintendo isn't at all keen on mandatory, system-integrated achievements or trophies. The idea was ignored for Wii, while gamers with an Xbox 360 got used to notifications re-affirming their awesomeness for acts as simple as starting a new game, with their Gamerscore continually getting bigger with each accomplishment...

  • News Ubisoft Plan To Sell Wii U Retail Games Via The eShop

    Uplay service also incoming

    Nintendo are being secretive as always about their plans to bring retail Wii U games to the eShop but that hasn't stopped third party developers from getting the ball rolling with their own digital plans for the new console. Namco Bandai has already confirmed that Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition will be available...

  • News Wii U Won't Include Trophies Or Achievements

    Maybe in the future?

    Creative director and co-founder of 5th Cell Jeremiah Slaczka has revealed on NeoGAF that the Wii U will not have a universal achievement system. Slaczka went on to explain how Scribblenauts Unlimited would have its own in-game accomplishments: There are no Wii U accomplishments that are system wide. Scribblenauts Unlimited...

  • News Unemployment And Platforming Combine In Wii U Title 8-Bit Boy

    One man show

    Danish one-man studio AwesomeBlade Software has announced that its retro-themed platformer 8-Bit Boy is coming to the Wii U. Created by Rasmus Kønig Sørensen - a Danish ex-video game journalist with a bachelor degree in Construction Management - 8-Bit Boy is a love letter to the 2D platforming epics of old. Sørensen counts himself...

  • Feature Nintendo's Wii U Hype Machine

    Sharing the message

    Today marks the start of a major countdown for Wii U, as it's set to arrive in North American stores in just seven days; it's a major event for Nintendo, as new home consoles aren't an overly frequent occurrence. It's been six years since Wii arrived and revolutionised gaming with its focus on motion controls, and now the company...

  • Developer Interview Shin'en Multimedia on Nintendo, eShop Development, 3DS and Wii U

    Blasting onto eShop

    With the 3DS eShop continuing to grow, and the Wii U equivalent already shaping up with an increasingly encouraging range of confirmed titles, there’s plenty of positivity around Nintendo’s download offerings. Like any platform it still has its detractors and issues, such as the occasional broken mess on the release schedule...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Live Streaming Confirmed, But Not on Wii U

    It's "being evaluated for a future update"

    Activision has confirmed that Call of Duty: Black Ops II will feature YouTube support to live stream online multiplayer League Play games, with the player's webcam and audio commentary also recorded. Those who pay for the Elite service, meanwhile, will be able to view additional info on players as they...

  • News Nintendo Executive Describes Rise of Tablet Gaming as "Undeniable"

    Believes these devices can be "allies"

    In recent years Nintendo has continually faced the threat of smartphones and tablet devices to its handheld systems, though the Wii U GamePad's inclusion of its own touch screen is now attracting similar comparisons. It's not always a popular topic amongst Nintendo gamers, but the rise in popularity of gaming...

  • News Wii U Browser to Use Multiple GamePad Control Options

    Gyro sensor, touch screen and buttons

    Nintendo hasn't always enjoyed the most success with its console web browsers, often due to modest specifications or a lack of system memory. Nintendo's now released a new Iwata Asks transcript where the team discuss the development of the Wii U Browser, and why it'll be a pleasant surprise for gamers. Part of...

  • News Nintendo World NYC Gearing Up For Wii U Midnight Launch

    Is your body ready?

    Nintendo will be holding a midnight launch at New York's Nintendo World Store to mark the release of Wii U; from 6pm on Saturday 17th November you can head down to the store and join in the hype. You can take a wild guess who will be there — none other than the man himself, Reggie Fils-Aime — to welcome fans and continue the...

  • News Satoru Iwata Would Like Miiverse to Become a "Game Diary"

    Oh, and there's a cardboard GamePad

    As more information continues to arrive in the final days before Wii U hits stores, additional Iwata Asks transcriptions are arriving in English to spread the word. One of the more recent additions features the Nintendo boss interviewing the developers behind Miiverse, a team with extensive experience in web...

  • News First Image of Wii U eShop Surfaces

    Mario and Luigi have never looked better

    While Nintendo has been keeping the Wii U's download retail system under wraps, the first picture of the console's eShop has now been released on Nintendo of Japan's website. The lone image shows off the system's interface, which looks similar to the 3DS' online storefront, and Nintendo is also promising...

  • News You'll Need To Update Your Wii U To Play Wii Games

    This update is crucial

    We are already aware that you'll need to update your Wii U fresh from the box to include key features such as Miiverse, Tvii, Wii U Chat and eShop. However, another very important feature in this update is Wii functionality. As you will no doubt be aware, the Wii U will have backwards compatibility with Nintendo's previous...

  • News Mega Drive RPG Classic Pier Solar Could Be Headed To Wii U

    Kickstarter campaign for HD version at 50% after just 3 days

    Back in 2010, indie developer WaterMelon created an all-new RPG for the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis to US readers) called Pier Solar and the Great Architects. An incredible achievement in itself, the game soon found a cult audience thanks to its gorgeous 2D visuals and gripping story line,...

  • News Rest Easy, You Can Replace The Wii U GamePad Battery Yourself

    Thank The Maker

    Anyone who has owned an Apple product will know that the company doesn't believe in user-serviceable power cells. Apple's reasoning is that by the time your iPod or iPhone's battery stops holding a charge, you'll be considering an replacement, or will have made the upgrade already. If you do insist on getting a new battery, you have...

  • News Hide And Seek Footage From Chasing Aurora is Found

    You can fly, but you can't hide

    We're certainly interested here at Nintendo Life when more information about Chasing Aurora emerges, so new footage of one of its multiplayer modes has caught our eye. Its attractive art style does it no harm, either. We interviewed developer Broken Rules last month, where it briefly mentioned the game's multiplayer...

  • News Wii to Wii U Data Transfer Details Emerge

    Pay close attention

    One feature pre-occupying the minds of some potential Wii U owners is the process to move their WiiWare and Virtual Console data onto the new console. With backwards compatibility a big part of the system — for some gamers — having access to years' worth of purchases is a welcome bonus. Of course, with Wii not having a user...

  • Reaction Wii U's Social Potential Takes Shape

    A bold new direction for Nintendo

    With just 11 days until Wii U arrives in North America — at the time of writing — it's perhaps surprising that substantial details on Nintendo's online services have taken so long to emerge. That said, it's not unprecedented, as Nintendo often likes to keep its cards close to its chest, withholding details and...

  • News Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Trailer Brings the Madness

    Includes a panda dressed as Princess Peach

    Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition will be available on launch day, and will include a number of features and modes exclusive to Nintendo's console. As you'd expect, adding Nintendo into a Tekken title promises to bring bizarre and humorous results, while the GamePad itself will allow control options...

  • News Nintendo Direct Wii U Summary Released by NoA

    WaraWara Plaza and Wii U Chat prominent

    With this morning's Nintendo Direct broadcast, there was a lot to digest, translate and understand about Miiverse and other Wii U system details. Nintendo of America has kindly put together a short summary video to highlight the key features, and provide a slightly more detailed look at the console's UI (user...

  • News Satoru Iwata Provides the Ultimate Wii U Unboxing

    Shaky YouTube videos, begone!

    Whenever new consoles hit the market, we see a glut of shaky-cam unboxing videos on YouTube, which we may watch out of sheer curiosity. In a surprising sequence in today's Nintendo Direct, however, Satoru Iwata provided his own video, albeit with much higher production values, which he called the Wii U Premium Pack...

  • News Miiverse Explained In Latest Nintendo Direct

    New information for the online social service

    Today's Nintendo Direct's broadcast provided fresh details on Miiverse, the feature many have been waiting to hear more about. It really starts with the WaraWara Plaza — an image can be found at the end of this article — when you power-up the Wii U; this is the first thing you'll see on the TV...

  • News Wii U Chat To Include Drawing on GamePad Screen

    We fear the consequences

    One of the smaller demonstrations in today's Wii U Nintendo Direct was that for Wii U Chat, the feature briefly shown prior to E3. Using the GamePad stand — though simply holding the controller is an option — Satoru Iwata called up Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime for a chat. Reggie did even say a few lines in...

  • News Wii U User Accounts and Nintendo Network ID Detailed

    12 user accounts allowed

    During today's Nintendo Direct broadcast, Satoru Iwata provided information on Wii U user accounts and the Nintendo Network ID. In terms of user accounts, it'll be possible to have up to 12 on the system, with each storing their own save data, settings and internet browser bookmarks. With the console's concept of being an...

  • Nintendo Direct Watch The Japanese Wii U Presentation Live

    Miiverse time, at last

    So here we are, another Nintendo Direct broadcast to sink our teeth into, with the focus expected to be on Miiverse. The great news is that you can watch it right here: 11am UK time, 12pm Central European time, 6am Eastern, 5am Central and 3am Pacific. It'll be in Japanese, of course, but we'll be watching with you and...

  • News Japanese Nintendo Direct Confirmed For 7th November

    Miiverse will be the main focus

    With Wii U on the horizon, Nintendo has revealed yet another Nintendo Direct broadcast for Japan at short notice. The presentation will focus on Miiverse, which isn't a surprise as we reported last month that this was expected to happen close to the console's launch. The presentation will be approximately 35 minutes...

  • News Wii U Will Require Day One Update for Key Features

    Miiverse, Wii U Chat, eShop and TVii included

    Wii U is getting so close that we can smell the packaging, and vital details about what to expect out of the box are starting to emerge. While many are no doubt hoping that preview systems will reveal Wii U's secrets to the world, it seems that we'll all have a little longer to wait. As reported by IGN,...

  • News Ubisoft: Wii U Stock Apparently Being Focused on US

    Tense times for Europe?

    Earlier today we reported that UK retailer GAME is bracing for a Wii U sell out, admitting that stock will be "tight on day one". This is a theme occurring regularly, with reports a couple of weeks ago of potential Wii U stock shortages in the UK, and the rather common knowledge that pre-orders are sold out at many US...

  • News Mass Effect 3 Wii U Content Detailed

    DLC becomes on-disc C

    Mass Effect 3 was one of Wii U's major third-party announcements for a launch release, bringing one of the year's biggest blockbuster titles to the system. The excitement is perhaps dulled by the fact that it's the concluding part of a trilogy, and that a special edition combining the games, Mass Effect Trilogy, is out today...

  • News Nintendo Teams Up With Disney For "Wii U Showdown"

    Get ready to cringe

    With Nintendo's quest to appeal to an extraordinarily wide range of gamers, it'll be susceptible to using marketing or adverts that make the older, jaded or more cynical amongst us gnash our teeth. These celebrity-based adverts can often be categorised as good, bad or cringeworthy, and we think another candidate for the latter...

  • News The Pinball Arcade Set for Wii U Launch Window Release

    Pinball wizards

    In a recent interview with Warpzoned, Rob Mann, community manager at Farsight Studios, has confirmed that his company is hoping to release The Pinball Arcade during the Wii U's launch window. The pinball simulation game is notable for including a collection of real-world pinball tables, which have been accurately remade in digital...

  • News GAME Bracing Itself For Pre-Launch Wii U Sell Out In The UK

    White basic bundle already completely sold out on day one

    UK video games retailer GAME has revealed that it expects to sell out of its entire allocation of Wii U consoles before the launch day of 30th November rolls around, but has stated that all current pre-orders will be fulfilled on the day of release. Speaking to Videogamer.com, a GAME...

  • News Miyamoto Working to Encourage More Wii U Third-Party Developers

    "I am trying to meet with the game developers individually"

    One of the big challenges facing Nintendo and its Wii U system is to encourage more third-party developers to commit to major projects on the system. While Wii had a diverse library — perhaps more so than many think — it arguably lacked a lot of big-hitting titles from third-parties...

  • News Hori Releasing Wii U Arcade Stick In The UK This December

    Not the prettiest, but will do the job

    Last week it was revealed that Hori is releasing a Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition fight stick in Japan, alongside the Wii U's launch on 8th December. We were hoping that this would be available in the West, and today Nintendo Gamer confirmed that one will indeed be making its way to the UK; but sadly...

  • Developer Interview Nyamyam On Tengami, Life After Rare And Nintendo's Stance On Indies

    "I think the hardware capabilities of the Wii U Game Pad are a good match for Tengami"

    Last week, we revealed that UK studio Nyamyam was impressed with the Wii U eShop and the potential it offers for independent developers. Keen for more knowledge, we got in touch with Nyamyam's Jennifer Schneidereit to talk about Wii U, Nintendo and Tengami - the...

  • News Wii U Kiosks Will Allow Gamers To Try Before They Buy

    A sneak peek before release

    Starting from today, Nintendo is supplying 5,000 Wii U kiosks across select retail stores in North America, to allow consumers the chance to try the console before making the big purchase. Participating retailers include Target, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart and Toys ‘R’ Us stores in the U.S. New Super Mario Bros. U,...

  • Talking Point Splinter Cell Director Doubts Triple-A Gaming's Future

    "Lower-case aaa" may take over

    While it's easy to get tangled up in technicalities when it comes to the graphical prowess of Wii U, one thing is 99% certain: the successors to Xbox 360 and PS3 will be more powerful, from a graphical standpoint. Whether or not the Wii U matches or surpasses the existing HD systems in this respect — it will take...

  • News Wii U Web Browser Software Specifications Revealed

    We're caught in Nintendo's web

    CVG has revealed a number of details concerning the Wii U's web browser software. According to the report, the Wii U will run a version of NetFront browser (NX v2.1), and will work on both the TV and GamePad screen, as previously demoed. As with most home systems, it will not be possible to download or upload videos...

  • News Miyamoto's Ideas for Metroid can be Found in Nintendo Land

    Not a bad starting point

    As you no doubt saw over the weekend, Shigeru Miyamoto recently conducted an interview with Gamekult.com, during which he shared some views on Wii U and Nintendo's most iconic characters. Some additional translated comments now provide Miyamoto's views on the Metroid franchise, and he's suggested that Wii U launch title...

  • News GAME Mobile App Suggests That Nintendo ID Is On Its Way

    Sign-in of the times?

    It's pretty much a given that Nintendo will create some kind of user ID system on the Wii U console, and we've had further evidence from UK retailer GAME. The company's mobile application for iOS now has a field requesting a "Nintendo ID" - and it's nestled right next to the "PSN" and "XBOX Live Tag" ID fields. Nintendo has...

  • News Developer Excited by Indie Friendly Wii U eShop

    Anticipated indie title teased for Wii U

    The Wii U eShop may still be a mystery to us — a Nintendo Direct broadcast to show it off wouldn't be a surprise — but there have certainly been plenty of developers queuing up to share optimistic viewpoints on the platform. The latest to do so is a young studio called Nyamyam, founded in late 2010 by two...

  • Talking Point Wii U and the Importance of Backward Compatibility

    Long live the Wii

    In future years, maybe even in a matter of weeks, there's likely to be plenty written about Wii and its lifespan, with judgements made on its strengths and weaknesses. The list of negatives is fairly predictable: it was underpowered, with motion controls that brought an unrelenting wave of sub-par games, it struggled for major...

  • News EA Releases Full Details On FIFA 13's Wii U GamePad Features

    A new way to play the beautiful game

    EA has now released a vast amount of detail on how FIFA 13 will make use of the Wii U GamePad's features. Some of this has already been covered in detail before, including taking control of the manager making strategic decisions on the sidelines, "shake and shoot" and touch screen navigation as opposed to...

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