Wii U - News

November2012

October2012

  • News Assassin's Creed III on Wii U Will Feature All DLC

    No mention of micro-transactions, yet

    With a big-budget release on the scale of Assassin's Creed III, you can be confident that one thing will definitely make an appearance — DLC. With Wii U set to support extensive online options only rarely utilised on Wii, we'll need to get used to the idea that sometimes the game in the box won't be the final...

  • News Hori Set To Release Wii U Arcade Stick At Launch

    Fight 'em up arcade style

    For all you fighting fanatics out there, Hori is going to release a Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition fight stick this December, alongside the Wii U launch in Japan. To use the stick it'll need to be plugged into a Wii Remote, simply like you would use a Classic Controller; it'll set you back ¥7980 (approximately...

  • News Wii U Set To Embark On Nationwide Tour Of Australia

    Party Down Under

    Live in Australia? Didn't get to go to the EB Expo to play the Wii U earlier this year? Fear not, as Nintendo might be heading your way soon with some of the new consoles in tow. From the 5th of November, Wii U Experience Stores will be opened temporarily around Australia. Nintendo is currently advertising that Nintendo Land and...

  • News Pitchford: Wii U GamePad is Nintendo's "Best Controller" for Hardcore Games

    GamePad link is "direct, fast and immediate"

    Aliens: Colonial Marines, from Gearbox Software, is a high-profile multi-platform title on the list of those making their way to Wii U, with confirmation that it's due in the "launch window" — up to 31st March — which means that it may hit Nintendo's console around the same time as its February...

  • News SiNG Party Will Test Your Vocal Chords This January

    Tell the neighbours to buy some earplugs...

    Are you ready to play one of the highest-profile party games for Wii U? We hope so, as Nintendo has announced that SiNG Party will be hitting European shelves on 18th January 2013. Developed by FreeStyleGames, details have been provided on various modes such as Party Mode, Sing Mode, Team Mode and Practice...

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 23: Revenge of the Halloween Hootenanny

    Best served as cold as a corpse

    Grab your bluntest instruments and aim for the head because NLFM has risen from its grave for the third annual Halloween Hootenanny! More spooky, more sinister and more deathly, this episode is best listened to in a dark castle dungeon while eating raw pumpkins. Failing that, anywhere else will do. 1. Masanao...

  • News Wii U Digital Promotion Giving You More Bang For Your Buck

    Nintendo delves deeper into its Deluxe Set promotion

    We already knew that Nintendo had mentioned a digital promotion for those who purchased the Wii U Deluxe Bundle - buyers of said bundle who purchase a game from the Nintendo eShop will receive 10% of their value back in the form of points. This in turn allows users to purchase more content from...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. U Nabbit Chase Stages Revealed

    Dang nabbit!

    With launch less than three weeks away for lucky North American gamers, Nintendo has revealed some details for New Super Mario Bros. U. Some are well known and have previously come to light through magazine previews and other sources, such as the fact that the World Map will have a number of routes and secret exits — similar in...

  • Rumour Splinter Cell: Blacklist Sneaking Onto Wii U

    The pre-E3 rumour returns, courtesy of GameStop

    Just before L.A.'s E3 extravaganza this year, rumours emerged that Splinter Cell: Blacklist was coming to Wii U, yet Ubisoft's press conference passed without any mention of the multi-platform release arriving on Nintendo's new system. Whether fans would have been particularly disappointed depends on...

  • News Ostrich Island Could Be Making Its Way To Wii U

    The game we've all been waiting for...

    MeDungeon Games has revealed that it has plans to bring Ostrich Island to the Wii U eShop. The game is already in the works for Windows, Mac, and Linux, but may make its way to Wii U should its current crowd-funding initiative prove successful. It's described as a mix between an adventure game and a...

  • News Wii U Comparison Video Shows How It Sizes Up Against Other Nintendo Hardware

    Size isn't everything

    ONM has created a video which gives viewers a further insight into the Wii U's exciting new features and how it compares in size to other Nintendo systems. As you can see in the video below, the Wii U isn't that much bigger than the Wii, so hopefully you won't need to adjust your current home setup too much. Are you...

  • News Nintendo Is Holding Back Wii U Titles To Maintain Momentum Into 2013

    "We realize the biggest challenge is to make sure that Wii U sells well even in the next year"

    Talking in an investor's Q&A, Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata has revealed that the company has intentionally held back certain Wii U launch titles to ensure that sales remain robust well into 2013. He said: If you look at how pre-orders are...

  • News Nintendo Considering Wii U TVii For Europe and Japan

    Details possible "in the not-so-distant future"

    While Nintendo of America's Wii U release date reveal featured a substantial section outlining TVii, the app that promises to give intuitive extra functionality to existing TV services, the equivalent European and Japanese Nintendo Direct broadcasts focused almost exclusively on games. The simple...

  • News Assassin's Creed III Micro-Transactions Sneak Into View

    Wii U inclusion yet to be confirmed

    Assassin's Creed III is one of the most high-profile multi-platform titles that'll be on store shelves for Wii U's launch. Nintendo gamers can look forward to a number of blockbuster hits that never saw the light of day on Wii, but at the same time these games may introduce one less-popular part of modern gaming:...

  • First Impressions Ed Boon's Injustice: Gods Among Us Lays The Smackdown

    Superhuman potential

    Recently we were lucky enough to attend a demonstration of NetherRealm Studio's upcoming DC Comics fighting game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, by Mortal Kombat creator himself, Ed Boon. Boon started the presentation by stating that because he had been making Mortal Kombat games for so long, he felt it was time to try something...

  • News Hurricane Sandy Forces Isaiah Triforce Johnson To Abandon Queue For Wii U

    Mother Nature takes no heed of hardware launch hype

    We reported a few days ago that Isaiah Triforce Johnson was already queuing for his Wii U outside the Nintendo World Store in New York City, almost a month before the system was due to be released. Sadly, Johnson has had to abandon his vigil due to the incoming threat of Hurricane Sandy, which is...

  • News Burger King Reveals Wii U Promotional Toys

    Lots of burgers to get them all

    Burger King has revealed its latest batch of children's toys in the form of famous Nintendo characters, alongside its promotional Wii U giveaway. We were aware that the fast food chain was scheduled to include Wii U toys in its kid's meals across the US, but no idea was given as to when these would arrive. Earlier...

  • News Miiverse To Be Detailed In An Upcoming Nintendo Direct

    "Sometime" before launch

    Nintendo has been worryingly quiet on what the Wii U dashboard and online functionality might entail on its new console. One thing we do know is that it plans to have a "social network" style presence with Miiverse, a place where gamers can see what games one another is playing and help each other progress through particular...

  • News Two Brothers Making Its Way To The Wii U eShop

    One to watch?

    Indie developers Ackkstudios got the approval to be a Wii U developer this week, and has announced that its first project is to port over Two Brothers to the Wii U eShop next year. The game is inspired by 8-bit action RPGs and GameBoy games, with the aim of combining modern gaming concepts and a classic feel to bring about a unique...

  • News Need for Speed: Most Wanted Racing Onto Wii U in 2013

    EA gives confirmation

    As part of Nintendo's financial briefing earlier this week there was a display of a number of third-party titles in the works for Wii U, one of which was Need for Speed: Most Wanted. EA's juggernaut racing series makes its latest appearance on Xbox 360, PS3 and Vita in just a few days, but the Wii U version is currently slated...

  • News Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Download Will Be Cheaper Than Retail

    But will come with a hefty file size

    Namco Bandai is set to make the Wii U version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 available both physically and digitally on launch day in Japan, according to a report on Siliconera. However, the game will be cheaper if you decide to download it from the Wii U eShop. In stores, the fighter will set gamers back 6,980 Yen,...

  • News Paper Mario, Fire Emblem and Rayman Legends Get New Trailers

    Now with 100% more Lums, goats, and arrows!

    Yesterday, Nintendo of America broadcasted a new Nintendo Direct, which focused specifically on upcoming 3DS titles and software. We already posted the brand new trailer to the newly-named Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but Nintendo also released fresh trailers for

  • News Ninja Gaiden 3 Wii U Confirmed for January 2013 Release In Europe

    Exclusive features detailed

    Nintendo Europe has confirmed that Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge will launch on January 11th 2013. The blood-soaked action title comes to Europe almost two months after it sees release in North America. The street date in that region is November 18th - Wii U launch day. Here's the list of exclusive Wii U features, ripped...

  • News Wii U Stock Shortage Reports Surface in UK

    Everyone stay calm

    Although there are a fair share of nay-sayers and doubters surrounding Wii U and its long term prospects for success, there seems to be little doubt that it'll have a strong launch. Pre-orders are sold out at various retailers in the US, for example, while GAME told us a month ago that UK pre-orders are exceeding expectations. The...

  • News Nintendo Confirms Wii U Will Be Sold At A Loss

    Still think it's expensive?

    Nintendo confirmed during its second quarter financial results briefing that Wii U will be sold at a loss. This may come as a slight shock to some considering Wii U is launching at a relatively high price, and suggests Nintendo won't be in a position to change the pricing for some time. We can't imagine what cost it would...

  • News Nintendo Releases Updated Global Release Schedule

    Time to mark your calenders!

    Nintendo has published an updated release schedule for all its big upcoming Wii U and 3DS games. Back in August, Luigi's Mansion 2 was listed for a 2013 release back in August but now we have a more definite release window for the spooky sequel. It's also good to see that Brain Age: Concentration Training is definitely...

  • News Pachter Pours Scorn Over Wii U Sales Projections

    "Disappointing and unrealistic"

    Whenever there are Nintendo-related sales figures to be discussed and dissected, you can almost guarantee that games industry analyst Michael Pachter will have some wisdom to impart. Nintendo recently proclaimed that it intended to shift 5.5 million Wii U consoles before April 2013, along with 24 million units of...

  • News Nintendo Targets 5.5 Million Wii U Sales This Financial Year

    All before April

    Earlier today we brought you the news that Nintendo had cut its profit projections due to half-year results, with the overall picture being one of disappointment if not disaster. One of the reasons for this was lower than expected 3DS sales, with six months worth of results showing around five million unit sales, leaving Nintendo...

  • News Wii U Branded Remotes Feature External Sync Button

    Nintendo's making sure everyone's in sync

    Impatient gamers rejoice! Nintendo Connect has discovered that Wii U-branded remotes will sport a handy, external sync button. As a result, players will no longer be required to remove the remote's battery cover in order to sync it with their console. Located on the underside of the remote, this surprise...

  • News Capcom Shares Revelations on Wii U's Resident Evil Potential

    Not necessarily Resident Evil 6

    With Wii U about to arrive we've seen a decent level of third-party support in the launch window release schedule, though plenty of big-name multi-platform releases and franchises are missing. One of these is Resident Evil 6, even prompting us to refer to it as a game that needs Wii U. It's not the most loved title in...

  • First Impressions Little Inferno

    Let us be your little Virgil

    2D Boy released what is still arguably the best game on the WiiWare service, World of Goo. But since the release of that game four years ago the developer has been rather quiet. The game never got a sequel and lips were sealed tight on future projects, but we knew that whatever this immensely talented — and...

  • News No Voice Support For Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed On Wii U

    Developer cites Wii U voice chat limitations as reason for omission

    Developer Sumo Digital has confirmed that Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed will not have voice chat support on Wii U. The news comes less than a week after a Nintendo representative confirmed that in-game voice chat will not be possible through the GamePad's built-in...

  • News Isaiah Triforce Johnson Is Already Queuing For His Wii U

    Remember the guy who gets all the Nintendo consoles first?

    Serial queue-starter Isaiah Triforce Johnson has made a bit of a name for himself as the first person to buy just about every piece of Nintendo hardware in recent history. He was the first to purchase Wii and the first to get his hands on 3DS in North America. Now, he has already begun to...

  • News The Wii U Nintendo Network Will Connect to EA's Origin

    So many connections

    Although Wii is rapidly fading into a borderline retro status with gamers, do you remember how simple it was to play its small collection of online games on the web? Sure, connection drops were common on the humble hardware and friend codes were a ponderous way to organise things, but a lot of the time you pressed a button and,...

  • News Rayman Creator Says Wii U is "Surprisingly Powerful"

    Developing titles is easier than expected

    We already know Rayman creator Michel Ancel is a big fan of Wii U, as last week we reported his praise of the GamePad, saying it's "more advanced than what people might think". He's also stated how surprised he is at the console's power, and that developing Rayman Legends for Wii U has been easier than he...

  • News EA: FIFA 13 on Wii U is "Laying the Foundation"

    Ultimate Team missing as Wii U's online is in its "infancy"

    FIFA 13 on Wii U was inevitable, as EA is always keen to bring one of its biggest franchises to every system possible. Occasionally it's a little too keen and churns out yearly updates that are barely updates at all, or in the now-infamous case of FIFA 13 on Wii, some releases aren't far...

  • News First UK Wii U Television Advertisement Breaks Cover

    Commercial break

    The first UK television advertisement for the new Wii U console aired tonight, shown in a commercial break during an episode of the TV series Homeland. Narrated by British comedian Adam Buxton, the advert did its best to show off the core features of Nintendo's new system, such as the GamePad's fancy touchscreen and the ability to...

  • Talking Point Affordable Consoles Come at a Cost

    There are no easy answers

    Earlier this week we reported on the news that Foxconn, manufacturer for many of the world’s biggest technology companies, employed under-age interns to work on Wii U manufacturing. Foxconn admitted that it had employed 14-16 year old school attendees and stated that it had “apologized to each of the students for our...

  • News Chasing Aurora 'Freeze Tag' Mode Gameplay Footage

    Tag, you're it!

    Back towards the start of the summer, Broken Rules announced Chasing Aurora, a beautiful physics based flight game for the Wii U eShop this year. Broken Rules is aiming for a November release; it's hoping to have it ready for Wii U's launch day. Below is a gameplay trailer for one of the multiplayer modes, 'Freeze Tag', where the...

  • News MCV: Wii U Is A Stopgap System, Real Successor Is Still To Come

    "It was never intended as a next generation console"

    Video game trade site MCV Pacific has posted an interesting opinion piece which speculates that the Wii U is merely a stopgap to lift Nintendo's flagging fortunes following the false start of the 3DS (in the west, at least) and plummeting Wii sales. The Wii U hasn't been given a new moniker, but...

  • News Wii U In-Game Voice Chat Won't Use GamePad Microphone

    Oh, Nintendo

    It's hoped by many that Wii U will finally take Nintendo onto a more level playing field in online gaming, though news that Call of Duty Elite isn't coming to Wii U at launch is undoubtedly disappointing. According to a report today from Kotaku, meanwhile, it seems that in-game chat will neglect to use the GamePad microphone, which...

  • News Business Insider: Wii U Is The Most Fun I've Had With A Game Console, Ever

    Glowing praise from an unlikely source

    As the Nintendo-loving world waits with bated breath for the Wii U to launch and various skeptics pour scorn over its chances, it would appear that the new format has unequivocal support from one sector of the market, at least. Business Insider's Dylan Love got some hands-on time with the new console at a...

  • News Nintendo Responds To Foxconn's Admission Of Guilt In Child Labour Scandal

    "We take our responsibilities as a global company very seriously"

    Yesterday, allegations surfaced online that Chinese manufacturer Foxconn - which counts Nintendo, Sony and Apple as some of its clients - was employing children in its factories. Foxconn has since admitted guilt, issuing the following statement: We recognize that full...

  • News Call Of Duty Elite Isn't Coming to Wii U at Launch

    Activision confirms that Call of Duty Elite will not ship with Black Ops 2

    Wii U's online system still remains a mystery to many developers, as Nintendo continues to remain tight-lipped on how things like Miiverse and the eShop will work. Just yesterday, Activision admitted that it was unsure as to how they will deliver DLC to Wii U players, or...

  • News Nintendo Invades Scribblenauts Unlimited

    Characters from Legend of Zelda and Mario to make appearances

    Recently 5th Cell teased Nintendo fans with a mysterious image which hinted that a few well-known characters would be making an appearance in the upcoming Scribblenauts Unlimited. Now Warner Bros. has revealed that a handful of characters and items from the Legend of Zelda and Mario...

  • News Disney Paints A New Epic Mickey 2 Trailer

    Now with 100% more Warren Spector

    Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is set to release next month, and to celebrate we've been given a new video which shows off some paint and thinner gameplay. Here's the official blurb: This new video features exciting gameplay as game developer Warren Spector discusses Mickey’s magic paint brush and his...

  • News Captain Falcon's Twister Race Leads Final Nintendo Land Mini Game Trio

    New details also include Octopus Dance and Yoshi's Fruit Cart

    A picture of a fact sheet has been found detailing the final three Nintendo Land attractions which have - up until now - not been revealed. The picture was taken by an ONM reader at the Play Expo in Manchester last weekend, which provides fresh information on the upcoming compilation...

  • News Under-Age Workers Allegedly Worked on Wii U Manufacturing

    The latest controversy for Foxconn

    If you own a number of gadgets and gizmos from major companies such as Apple, Sony and Microsoft, it's in all likelihood been manufactured by Foxconn, based primarily in China. The reason we can buy technology at affordable prices isn't just because of cheaper parts and research, but due to low-paid labour in...

  • News Wii U GamePad Wireless Range is "Fine Within The Same Space"

    If your walls are thin, the bathroom may be an option

    The Wii U GamePad is Nintendo's next big home console innovation and the main selling point of the system. A big part of that appeal is the fact that it wirelessly streams the game, whether it's a match for the TV images or alternative features, from the console to the controller. We all know...

  • News Pikmin 3 Sprouting For Spring 2013 Release In North America

    Out of the launch window?

    According to the latest Iwata Asks, the highly anticipated strategy game Pikmin 3 has been pushed back to a Spring 2013 release in North America. The game was previously slated as a 'launch window' title across the US, but that period ends on March 31st - which is just eleven days into Spring. Unless it is released between...

  • News ZombiU Structure "Really Inspired by Metroid"

    "Difficult but fair" challenge also a focus

    ZombiU is arguably the highest-profile third-party title on Wii U at launch, dominating the system's demo areas at trade shows and even getting its own console bundle in Europe. Despite the occasional bug and glitch, the builds that we've seen are also promising, with a potential level of immersion and...

  • News Walmart Offers Layaway and Midnight Pickup For Wii U

    Attention shoppers!

    Wii U pre-orders have been selling out left and right, with most major retailers no longer taking pre-orders in North America. However, this past Sunday Walmart came to the rescue, as it has announced that it will take pre-orders for Nintendo's upcoming system. To make things even more affordable, Walmart is also offering...

  • News Activision Clueless On How Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Will Work On Wii U

    Nintendo's online plans are still a mystery to many third parties

    Despite the launch of the Wii U being just one month away, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 publisher Activision has admitted that it still doesn't know how the online side of Nintendo's new console will work, echoing worrying statements from other areas of the industry. To quote

  • News Behold The Ungodly Union Of The Wii U Pro Controller And SNES Pad

    Fusion frenzy

    Australian store EB Games has listed a new controller for the Wii U which boasts SNES-style controls. Dubbed the Wii U Controller - SNES version, the design appears to be based on the standard Wii U Pro Controller, but with an additional helping of controls slapped in the middle. Although the image posted looks legit, the price...

  • News More Nintendo Characters Heading To Scribblenauts Unlimited

    Guess who?

    5th Cell could be giving us Nintendo fans a special treat with the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of Scribblenauts Unlimited according to a promotional teaser image posted on the GameStop Facebook page. We're guessing Yoshi and Peach are in there on the left side. Yoshi's tail seems to be poking out to the far left, while Peach's...

  • News Wii U Pro Controller Lasts 80 Hours On A Single Charge, Not Backwards Compatible

    Two steps forward, one step back

    According to both Gamestop and Amazon, the Wii U Pro Controller is said to have a battery life of around 80 hours for a single charge. This is a drastic increase compared to the Wii U Gamepad controller, and for comparison, most PS3 controllers tend to last 20-25 hours. While this number hasn't been publicly annou

  • News Reggie: "Certainly Possible" Wii U Consoles Could Be Sold By Cable Providers

    Nintendo of America president hints on the future of Wii U

    In an interview with the Seattle Times, Nintendo of America President Reggie-Fils Aime left open the possibility of selling Wii U consoles through cable providers. While this might seem pretty far-fetched, it's well-known that Nintendo is hoping for big things from its Nintendo TVii...

  • News The Amazing Spider-Man is Swinging Onto Wii U Next Year

    Our spidey sense is tingling

    Marvel has announced, at this year's New York Comic Con, that The Amazing Spider-Man will be available next Spring for Wii U. The port was announced during Marvel's panel at the convention, and the game will be taking advantage of the GamePad's touchscreen controls, as well as having the option to use motion control...

  • Talking Point Games That Need Wii U - Dishonored

    Choose how you play

    Wii U owners will know what it means to be an assassin after Ubisoft introduces us to Connor in Assassin’s Creed III later this year. However, while this native American is more adept with Tomahawks and muskets, Arkane Studios has other plans. Doing his work in a Steampunk inspired Victorian London, this particular assassin...

  • Rumour Square Enix Triple-A Title Being Ported to Wii U

    Straight Right employee can't keep a secret

    Straight Right is the Australian development studio that's becoming a little better known to Nintendo gamers, courtesy of it handling the Wii U port of Bioware's Mass Effect 3. The company is showing plenty of enthusiasm for Nintendo's new system, saying the following when addressing its desire to meet...

  • Rumour Wii U Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Not Running Natively At 1080p?

    Uh-oh

    A few days ago, Nintendo was left with egg on its face after issuing conflicting reports about what resolution New Super Mario Bros. U would run at. Now, it would seem as if Activision is the company that is to be left red-faced. According to GotGame, an Activision representative has confirmed that

  • News Retro Studios Gets a Bigger Office

    Scaling up for Wii U development?

    Metroid Prime and Donkey Kong Country Returns developer Retro Studios has moved to a larger premises, hinting that the company is expanding to handle significant support for Nintendo's Wii U console. According to n1ntendo.nl, the move was very hush-hush, and no press release was issued to mark t

  • News Ken's Rage Cannot Be Contained By PS3 And 360 Alone, Wii U Version Confirmed

    Fist of the North Star sequel says you're already dead

    The sequel to 360 and PS3 brawler Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage has been confirmed as coming to the Wii U. Based on one of the most famous anime franchises of all time, Ken's Rage 2 looks disarmingly similar to its prequel and uses Koei's long-running Dynasty Warriors template as its...

  • News Ubisoft States That Wii U GamePad Latency is "Just 1/60 of a Second"

    GamePad is "more advanced than what people might think"

    Nintendo's most recent systems, particularly from DS onwards, have succeeded on the strength of unique selling points rather than raw power, even if some label these as "gimmicks". DS introduced dual screens and stylus-based touch controls, 3DS was initially marketed on its glasses-free 3D...

  • News Former Sega CEO Was Instrumental In Securing Unity's Nintendo Deal

    Development platform is being pushed out to first and third party studios

    We've already touched upon the significance of Nintendo's agreement with Unity, but CEO David Helgason has spilled a few more beans in an exclusive interview with the lovely folks at VG247

  • Feature Reinventing Nintendo's Major Franchises on Wii U

    Time for some comebacks

    Thanks to its fresh approach to gaming, the Wii has been a breeding ground for reinvention throughout its six year life cycle, offering us established franchises with a twist due in part to motion controls. The Legend of Zelda has been perhaps the biggest beneficiary of this in the form of Skyward Sword, with Wii MotionPlus...

  • News Wii U Epic Mickey 2 May Not Feature Off-TV Play

    Golly, Pluto!

    At a preview event on Tuesday, a Disney Interactive employee apparently confirmed that Disney Epic Mickey: The Power of Two will not include off-TV play. This means that you won’t be able to play the game solely on the Wii U GamePad. Off-TV play was something Junction Studios would have liked to achieve, but due to time restrains it...

  • News Take a Tour of The Tower of London, ZombiU Style

    The Beefeaters might end up eating you

    To drum up even more interest in its undead-filled Wii U launch title ZombiU, Ubisoft has released a video walkthrough for the game's spooky Tower of London segment. Set in the famous structure - which can trace its history all the way back to 1066 - the video illustrates the kind of hair-raising gameplay you...

  • News Watch Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate's Newest Trailer Right Here

    Two hunters are better than one

    Capcom is kicking off New York Comic-Con with a brand new trailer for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, which is set to release sometime in March 2013. While the trailer mostly focuses on the Wii U version and its online co-op, there are a few glimpses into the 3DS version, and the ability to play locally alongside the Wii...

  • News More Nintendo Costumes For Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition

    Dress up as Sheik, Captain Falcon and Toad

    Last month, Namco Bandai announced that gamers would be able to dress up as certain Nintendo characters in Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition; including big N's mascot Mario. New outfits have been added to the wardrobe, with players be able to dress characters up as Sheik (Zelda), Captain Falcon...

  • News Casual And Hardcore Gamers, Madden NFL 13 Has Something For You Both

    But will it be enough to make up for missing features?

    Developers at EA Tiburon have stated that they are doing their best to take advantage of the Wii U's unique capabilities in ways that they hope will be the best for both casual and more experienced gamers, and hopefully will make users feel that they are not missing out too much on features that...

  • Talking Point Games That Need Wii U - Resident Evil 6

    A much needed second chance

    As great as Nintendo’s first-party efforts are, Wii U is going to have a reliance on its third-party support. Nintendo certainly recognises that and has already drawn franchises like FIFA, Call of Duty, Mass Effect and Assassin’s Creed to its cause. However, as encouraging as that is, it’s still not enough. The...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. U Confirmed as 1080p, Or Not

    Nintendo can't decide

    In recent hours it's been reported on a number of websites, including our colleagues at Eurogamer, that New Super Mario Bros. U will support a full 1080p HD resolution, a bump up from the 720p seen in various demo and hands-on sessions of the game. The game's official site has been quoted as saying the following. Experience...

  • News Rayman Origins Was In The Works For The Wii U

    Rayman Legends predecessor could have been on the Wii U

    Once upon a time, Rayman Origins was in the works for the Wii U, as Ubisoft expected an earlier launch date for the console. Sadly the team had no choice but to scrap development once they discovered that the system wouldn't be released in 2011. Rayman creator Michel Ancel told Nintendo Power...

  • News Take A Look At The Inside Of The Wii U

    It's the inside that counts

    Ever wondered what the inside of the Wii U looks like? As part of the Iwata Asks series, four Nintendo product developers and general managers sat down this week to discuss the engineering behind the Wii U, as well as how it differs to the Wii. There is an incredible amount of detail on the challenges and processes that...

  • News Two Tribes: Old Wii U GamePad Design "Was Like a Toy"

    Developer is pleased with revised model

    As with any consumer product, the Wii U has gone through revisions since it leapt off the drawing boards at Nintendo's Kyoto HQ. One of the features that has undergone the most change is the GamePad itself; as you will no doubt recall, the first publicly-announced model had slider pads like the one seen on...

  • News Guess What? Michael Pachter Isn't a Fan of The Wii U

    Doesn't think third parties will succeed on Nintendo's new console

    Wedbush Securities Digital media and electronics analyst Michael Pachter seems to have an odd relationship with Nintendo. He's forever casting doubt on the company's chances, taking any chance he can to stick the boot in and predict naught but doom and gloom for Mario and company...

  • News Factory Fire Will Not Affect Wii U Production

    Nintendo says there's no impact on units being shipped

    News has emerged that a fire broke out at an unnamed Wii U system assembly factory in Japan, with just a little over a month until the console's release across North America, Europe and Japan. An analyst for the Australian bank Macquarie, in Tokyo, subsequently downgraded Wii U’s shipping...

  • Interview Broken Rules Talks About Chasing Aurora and Being Early on Wii U

    Taking flight on Nintendo's new system

    Chasing Aurora is an eye-catching Wii U eShop title that's scheduled to arrive in November. While its art style immediately grabs attention, we wanted to know more about it, especially as it's only a matter of weeks away. We got in touch with developer Broken Rules and spoke to its man Martin Pichlmair about...

  • News Justin Bieber Surprises Just Dance 4 Fans

    The girls just couldn't 'Belieb' it

    Ubisoft invited a bunch of young girls to come and play Just Dance 4 early for what they thought was a research focus group. The girls figured they were being asked to give some feedback on the game, but little did they know that Ubisoft had another trick up its sleeves. Justin Bieber was called upon to help...

  • News Activision Releases New Trailer For Transformers Prime

    Planes, trains and Autobots

    Based on the award-winning animated television show produced by Hasbro Studios, Transformers Prime lets you play as your favourite Autobot character and embark on an action-packed adventure to save the earth from the evil Megatron and his new secret weapon. Get a preview glimpse of the Wii U version in the video below,...

  • News Will LEGO City Undercover Have Multiplayer? Not Even Nintendo Seems to Know

    Confusion reigns

    For the longest time, we've been labouring under the belief that the forthcoming LEGO City Undercover will boast a two-player mode. Heck, we've even listed it as such on the game's profile page on this very site. However, it would appear that the number of players that will be able to enjoy the game on a single Wii U console at any...

  • News NPD: US Consumers Want a Hot Item This Xmas, But The Wii U Isn't It

    Industry as a whole is in better shape, though

    2012 hasn't been a fantastic year for the video game industry in terms of sales. Year on year, the market is shrinking - August saw a drop of 20 percent, which is understandably worrying for developers, publishers and retailers. However, The NPD Group - whose job it is to research sales trends in the...

  • News Here's That Batman Arkham City Video Walkthrough You Wanted

    See what Wii can do for U

    Warner Bros. Montreal is in charge of developing Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition, and they've released a video that shows off exactly how the Wii U GamePad will change the way you play. While the core gameplay hasn't been altered, the touch screen and gyroscopic functionalities of the GamePad allow you to wield The...

  • News Puddle For Wii U Will Be The Definitive Version Of The Game

    Neko Entertainment explains why the Wii U version is the best so far

    In September we confirmed that Puddle would be available for Wii U on the Nintendo eShop. Neko Entertainment has now dropped some good news on the Wii U version, that it's been improved in a number of areas specifically for Nintendo's upcoming home console. Due to the good...

  • Feature EB Expo 2012 Nintendo Booth Impressions

    Get N or Get Out

    As you may have noticed over the past few days, we have been posting our impressions of games that were available to play at the recent EB Expo. We've also got some impressions for you of Nintendo's impressive booth itself. Throughout the weekend, the line to get into the Nintendo booth was one of the longest. The line moved at a...

  • Developer Interview Frozenbyte Talks Trine 2, Wii U eShop and Working with Nintendo

    An ice chat

    The excitement for Wii U isn't limited to the second screen, the possibility of five player games or the chance that Nintendo is getting its groove back with third party publishers: there's also the small matter of its approach to digital distribution. WiiWare started well before floundering and DSiWare hosted a few gems among its...

  • News Reggie: Time Spent on Rival Devices is a Missed Opportunity For Nintendo

    Company looks to offer a broader degree of entertainment

    Nintendo is entering a unique phase in its existance, a period where its rivals not only include Microsoft and Sony, but also Apple and Google. Despite Nintendo's best efforts to deny the threat, mobile and social gaming is most definitely on the rise, and many predict that the traditional...

  • News Wii U Resellers Captilise On Demand By Fleecing Consumers

    Would you pay $1,550 for Nintendo's new console this Christmas?

    Unless you count the Virtual Boy, pretty much every new Nintendo console has experienced incredible demand in the first month of its release. Millions of people want to upgrade but stock is usually limited - hardly surprising with brand new hardware. Sadly, this situation allows...

  • News Trine 2 Developer: Nintendo is Reaching Out to Indies

    Exclusive interview reveals information about Wii U patching process

    Trine 2: Director's Cut developer Frozenbyte has spoken to us in an exclusive interview about working on Wii U, and has continued the current trend for positive comments about Nintendo's attitude towards smaller studios. Contrary to the perception that Nintendo is aloof and...

  • News Mass Effect fans, Take Note: Cris Velasco Is Scoring ZombiU's Soundtrack

    Veteran game composer crafting a dark score for Ubisoft's upcoming zombie title

    Hot off the heels of Mass Effect 3 and Borderlands 2, BAFTA award winning composer Cris Velasco will be lending his musical talents to the horror genre with Ubisoft's ZombiU. Best known for his work on the God of War series, Cris is no stranger to the game industry,...

  • First Impressions Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

    Hands-on impressions from the EB Expo in Australia

    Sega had a playable version of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed at the EB Expo 2012, so we naturally took the opportunity to check out how it compares to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 editions, as well as see if the previously-noted frame rate issues were indeed solved,

  • News Rayman Legends Won't Arrive Until Q1 2013

    Launch day disappointment

    When it comes to big third-party exclusives, Rayman Legends is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated Wii U launch window releases. We say launch window, as Ubisoft has now confirmed that the title isn't due to hit stores until Q1 2013, which means any date between 1st January and 31st March next year. In a statement...

  • News Want to Know Why Rayman Legends is a Wii U Exclusive?

    Developer reveals why Ubisoft decided against a multi-platform release

    Rayman Origins was a real cracker of a game, offering lush visuals and engaging action. It was also released across a wide range of formats - something which won't be happening with its sequel, Rayman Legends. Speaking to Nintendo Power, level designer Chris McEntee explained...

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