Wii U - News

September2012

  • Round Up Wii U Launch Window Games

    Wallets at the ready

    Nintendo's Wii U "Launch window" is defined as the period beginning when the console is released, and ends on March 31, 2013. We've trawled through the information we have to provide you with the following details of confirmed launch day and launch period games; where necessary we've indicated a specific region. Nintendo itself...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Officially Revealed by Activision

    We already knew, but it's nice to see footage, right?

    Earlier today we shared a sneaky snapshot from the New York Wii U event, as good as confirming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for Wii U. Now the cat — which we knew was in the bag — has finally been let out and shown off near the end of the event. It was confirmed that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2...

  • News Wii U ZombiU Premium Pack Confirmed for EU

    Horrific

    During today's European Wii U Preview it was announced that a limited edition bundle would be available at launch along side the standard and deluxe bundles. The special "Wii U ZombiU Premium Pack" includes the black Wii U and GamePad, as well as both the ZombiU game and a black Wii U Pro Controller; all in, we expect, a horrifyingly cool...

  • News Nintendo Unveils TVii Service for North America

    Free with every Wii U, no monthly fee

    Nintendo's New York press conference for Wii U didn't just focus on games, but unveiled an ambitious new application for North America called TVii. This application will use the GamePad in particular to allow a range of new interactions with TV content, and seems like a big step forward in Nintendo's efforts to...

  • News Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Slaying Beasts on Wii U and 3DS in March 2013

    The series returns to the West

    Fans of the Monster Hunter series have been eagerly awaiting news of the next instalment on a Nintendo system for a good while, yet today's announcement wasn't Monster Hunter 4, but rather Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on both Wii U and 3DS, confirmed for North America and Europe in March 2013. This new title will...

  • Guide The Definitive Guide To Wii U

    Everything you need to know

    Want to know everything there is to know about Nintendo's new home console, Wii U? What it can do and which games you'll be able to play on it when it launches later this year? We've got you covered with all the information there is right here in this handy guide. As news regarding any new hardware launch is changing all...

  • News Bayonetta 2 Will Be Exclusive to Wii U

    That's deadly

    Bayonetta is an over the top, hard to understand and utterly baffling action game, which is also partly why it's so highly regarded. Developed by Platinum Games and published by SEGA, it has stood out as a unique title on PS3 and Xbox 360. The good news for Nintendo gamers that missed out is that its sequel is coming exclusively to...

  • Feature Wii U Price And Release Dates Confirmed

    Two bundles available at launch, November is the magic month

    Nintendo has just confirmed release dates and price points for its forthcoming Wii U console. In North America and Europe, we'll be getting a white "Basic" pack (with 8GB storage) and a black "Deluxe" pack (with 32GB storage and the same extras that are set to be included with the...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Appears At NYC Wii U Event

    Wii U's worst kept secret

    What we've known for quite some time has been confirmed today - Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is coming to the Wii U. That's according to an image posted by Joystiq from today's NYC Wii U presentation, anyway. Can't see how anyone would have the time (or the inclination) to fake such a photo, so what we have here is pretty...

  • Live Wii U Preview

    Live updates from today's big event

    At 3PM UK time (10AM if you're in the US), Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime and Nintendo of Europe President Satoru Shibata will deliver simultaneous announcements relating to the new Nintendo Wii U console. We'll be reporting on both events in this live text stream, as well as posting images and...

  • News You'll Be Able To Play Your WiiWare and Virtual Console Games On Wii U

    Put down those pitchforks

    Today's Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation was packed full of cool new information, but one item that will prove especially interesting for hardcore Wii downloaders is the news that digital Wii purchases will be transferable to the Wii U. That means you'll be able to re-download all of your existing WiiWare and Virtual...

  • Talking Point Wii U Preview - What To Expect

    Our predictions

    Today is Wii U day, with multiple events and broadcasts for each region lifting the lid on launch details. We've already had an initial broadcast from Japan, which was a rather busy 20 minutes of details about the hardware, as well as confirmation that the system will be released on 8th December in that region. You can read our...

  • News Nintendo announce Nintendo Network Premium

    For those loyal subjects

    During today's Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation Nintendo introduced a new dimension to their online offering, called Nintendo Network Premium. It's a loyalty program similar to "PlayStation Plus" offered on PSN. It is believed that this is only available with the Premium Wii U package, which also benefits from 32GB of...

  • News Wii U Arrives in Japan on 8th December

    Two bundles, pricing and hardware details confirmed

    The Wii U preview event in Japan was 20 minutes of flat out information on the Wii U concept, and then a lot of details about the hardware and release details. So, let's get to it. First off, Wii U's release date in Japan is 8th December, and will arrive in two bundles. There's a basic white model...

  • News Watch the Japanese Wii U Announcement Here

    And we're off

    And so it begins, the first event of this Wii U preview day. It all starts in Japan, appropriately, and this presentation is only set to last 20 minutes. We expect basic details in this one, such as the hardware price, release date, maybe Miiverse info and the possibility of bundled software like Nintendo Land. It'll also be in...

  • News Nintendo of America Wii U Event Will be Live Online

    Reggie also gets chatty with the Mario brothers

    We all know that Nintendo of America is hosting its big Wii U event tomorrow in New York, with Europe and Japan each weighing in with Nintendo Direct broadcasts as well. We thought it'd be worth giving you all of the important details in one place, so that you won't miss a thing. To make sure you see...

  • News This Rayman Legends Footage Seriously Rocks

    Platforming to heaven

    Rayman Legends is a Wii U title worth keeping an eye on, as it's starting off as a system exclusive and, most importantly, is a follow-up to the highly regarded Rayman Origins. The original earned plenty of praise for gorgeous visuals — including the standard-definition Wii version — and lengthy, impressive level designs...

  • News Japanese "Wii U Launch Presentation" Confirmed

    First out of the gate

    Nintendo has announced today that there will be a Japanese Nintendo Direct broadcast on Thursday, making the Wii U reveal a truly global endeavour. As Japan is Nintendo's homeland, it's hardly surprising that it'll be the earliest announcement of the lot, with the system's price and launch date promised. The broadcast has been...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. U Character Choices Explained

    Expect "more expression and emotion" on Mii faces

    New Super Mario Bros. U is one of the most anticipated launch window titles for Wii U, and like New Super Mario Bros. 2 on 3DS the Big N will be hoping that 2D Mario converts into big sales. Some of the information and footage suggests that a good deal of effort and design has gone into Mario's HD...

  • Rumour You Will Be Able To Preorder Wii U At GameStop This Thursday

    Retailer is going big on Nintendo's new machine

    We all know that Thursday's presentation is going to be related to the Wii U, with the most likely scenario being a launch date reveal and pricing details. To add a little more spice to this speculation, GoNintendo has reported that several readers have gotten in touch to report on various goings-on at...

  • News "Nintendo Direct Wii U Preview" Confirmed For 13th September

    Satoru Shibata invites you to watch a special presentation this Thursday

    With all eyes on Nintendo's New York presentation this Thursday, the company's European arm has taken the chance to claw back a bit of the limelight. It has been confirmed that Nintendo Europe will host a Nintendo Direct presentation at 3pm UK time (that's 4pm CEST for those...

  • News Nintendo Land's Balloon Trip Breeze Drifts Into View

    New trailer shows off yet another Nintendo Land attraction

    Nintendo is slowly but surely drip-feeding us news regarding the mini-games in its forthcoming compilation Nintendo Land, with the latest reveal being Balloon Trip Breeze. Based on the NES title Balloon Fight - which received a sequel on the Game Boy called Balloon Kid - Balloon Trip Breeze...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. Wii U Details And Screens Bounce Into View

    Worlds named and Boost Rush mode revealed

    There's been a flood of content relating to the forthcoming Wii U platformer New Super Mario Bros. U, with details about new levels, game modes and a selection of fresh screenshots. Nintendo has confirmed seven of the game's worlds. Acorn Plains, Sparkling Waters, Frosted Glacier, Layer Cake Desert have...

  • Talking Point The Importance of the Wii U Press Event

    Battle for the limelight

    This Thursday’s Wii U press event is a big deal for Nintendo. Well, let’s assume it is, as a loose teaser for future reveals may cause too much fan anguish to control: we’re talking mass hysteria and riots on the streets. Joking aside, we’re 99% confident that Nintendo’s going to hit us with at least two big pieces...

  • News Doom 3 BFG Edition Could Come To Wii U, If There's Time

    id Software's John Carmack laments busy development schedule

    id Software Technical Director and co-founder John Carmack has stated that he'd love to bring Doom 3 BFG Edition to Wii U - as well as other platforms - but has also admitted that his team's lack of time means that it won't be happening just yet. Here's what he said: I wish that we...

  • Rumour Death's Apprentice Heading to Wii U in, wait for it... 2015

    Stop the press!

    If there's one thing that unites Nintendo fans in their hopes for Wii U, it's that we want big games from third-parties to join the usual batch of Mario, Zelda and Metroid titles. Naturally, a new console is a long-term investment, so you'll be pleased to know that one title is apparently confirmed for release on the system in 2015...

  • Talking Point Wii U and the Next Generation of Consoles

    Getting there first

    Wii U is getting ever closer, with a press conference scheduled for this week that’s expected to include details such as the system's price and a launch date. It’s possible to argue that Nintendo has been playing it too slowly in terms of building hype for Wii U, but that’s the company’s style in recent years when...

  • Rumour Nintendo Land May Not be Bundled With Wii U

    Displayed for pre-order by Australian retailer

    With just five days until Nintendo's expected to lift the lid on Wii U launch plans, some retailers are starting to accept deposits for the system and advertise its arrival later in the year. Specific details are missing, of course, but one major store in Australia — JB Hi-Fi — is listing Nintendo...

  • News Metroid Blast Joins Nintendo Land Roster

    Samus old story

    New screens have broken cover online which show a new game in the forthcoming Wii U title Nintendo Land. Metroid Blast is - as you might expect from the name - set in the universe made so famous by the heroic exploits of Samus Aran. It appears to feature co-operative gameplay, with players taking out large-scale enemies. Nintendo...

  • News Mass Effect 3 Wii U Developer Keen to Meet Expectations

    Also working on new IP and "another big franchise" for the system

    Last week we reported that a young development studio, Straight Right, had been entrusted with the Wii U port of Mass Effect 3, which surprised some due to its relative inexperience. In an interview with Eurogamer.net, it's become clear that the developer has more mileage than...

  • News 20 Extra Mutant Mudds Levels on The Way to eShop For Free

    Oh, and Renegade Kid is now an approved Wii U developer

    Mutant Mudds, a stylish retro platformer from Renegade Kid, is one of the top titles on the 3DS eShop. It's got plenty of content for those with the skills and patience, but some of you may know that the PC version has an extra 20 'Grannie' levels, which are particularly challenging stages that...

  • News Bethesda Yet to Decide on Support for Wii U

    Clearly not in a hurry

    Bethesda Game Studios is a big deal in the video game industry; the company is behind major titles such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which it developed, and it handled publication of Fallout: New Vegas. Both are epic, open-world titles with enough content to devour dozens of hours, yet if your gaming has been restricted to...

  • News Wii U Ghost Recon Online Remains Barred From Active Duty

    Project is still "on hold" while Ubisoft focus on PC version

    Back in June, we posted a story which attempted to dissuade fears that Ubisoft had completely forgotten about its commitment to bring Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online to Wii U. At the time, Ubisoft's senior vice president of sales and marketing Tony Key stated that the company wanted to...

  • News Rayman Creator: Wii U Is For The Core Gamer

    Legendary designer seems very pleased by Nintendo's new console

    Rayman creator Michel Ancel has taken part in an interview with French site GameBlog, where he talks about his experience with Nintendo's new Wii U console. Ancel's comments, which have been translated by a NeoGAF forum member, give a tantalising glimpse into the power and potential of...

  • News Tekken Producer: Working With Nintendo Offers Unique Possibilities

    There's mushroom for fun features

    Tekken series producer Katsuhiro Harada has spoken to Siliconera about the upcoming Tekken Tag Tournament 2, and briefly discussed what it's like working with Nintendo on the Wii U version. It would appear that from a marketing perspective Namco Bandai are currently keen to push the 360 and PS3 editions of the...

  • Rumour European Wii U Release Date and Pricing Confirmed by French Retailer

    7th December, €349 - games to retail for €69.90?

    French retailer FNAC has apparently revealed the European release date for the Wii U, as well as a potential price. French site Jeuxactu broke the news, along with a photo showing a promotional flyer in a Paris store. Here's what the site had to say about the news (magically converted into a...

  • News Capcom: The Next Gen Doesn't Start With Wii U

    "Time is required before the next generation console cycle begins in earnest"

    Capcom has released its annual report, in which it outlines the current state of its business and its predictions and aims for the future. The company has stated that it wishes to move away from the current development model - which involves big budget games with long...

  • News Job Listing Leaks Big Budget Fantasy RPG For Wii U

    Massive budget and a team of gaming industry veterans involved

    Job listings are great. Not only do they offer people a welcome route into this crazy industry that we know and love, but they also inadvertantly provide leaks on forthcoming titles we currently know nothing about. Take this listing as an example. It's for a 'big budget' European RPG...

  • News More Tantalising Wii U Pricing Rumours Emerge Online

    Starting at $249.99, release date 11th November

    Got your pinch of salt ready? Video Product Distributors have posted up some information relating to the possible SKUs for Nintendo's Wii U console. In case you didn't know already, VPD is a distribution company which counts Amazon, Blockbuster and Overstock as some of its customers. The launch date...

  • News Two Tribes Experimenting with Toki Tori 2 Wii U Level Editor

    Hatching a plan

    Two Tribes has started work on the level editor for the Wii U version of Toki Tori 2. It's still in proof of concept stage for now, "but it looks promising". The developer tweeted that the first draft of the mode has been coded. You'll be able to edit on the GamePad while the television sits in a paused state, matching the changes...

  • News Dragon Quest X Wii U Details Confirmed For Tokyo Game Show

    Dreaming of a worldwide release

    Dragon Quest X on Wii arrived in Japan a month ago and has been selling in good numbers, albeit below the normal expectations for the series. This has no doubt been influenced by the waning influence of Wii, but Square Enix is now preparing to reveal Dragon Quest X on Wii U at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show, building...

  • News Ron Gilbert's The Cave Coming To Wii U eShop

    Promises Metroidvania-like platform adventure action

    Ron Gilbert is something of a legend in gaming circles; he's the genius behind such LucasArts classics as Maniac Mansion and The Secret of Monkey Island. He's currently working alongside fellow ex-LucasArts staffer Tim Schafer at Double Fine Productions, and The Cave is his latest venture...

  • Talking Point Miiverse and Social Networking

    Bringing gamers together

    In the past week, two particular news items and events have made us think about the future role of Miiverse on Wii U, and why it could be vitally important to the system. On the one hand, Satoru Iwata spoke to Kotaku to explain that Miiverse will be a ”social graph” for gamers, highlighting that the service will aim to...

August2012

  • News ZombiU Gets Royally Scary in Buckingham Palace

    The guided tours seem to have been cancelled

    Ubisoft's ZombiU hype machine is well and truly underway, with some new footage just released after its debut at PAX. It's a title that, in concept and use of the GamePad if nothing else at this stage, has us rather intrigued. The latest video takes place within Buckingham Palace, which is looking a bit...

  • News Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 has Wii U in its Sights

    ESRB rating says so

    Recent weeks and months have brought a mixture of good and bad news for those hoping to see Wii U join in with various big-budget multi-platform titles. Of course, developers face the challenge not just to make adjustments to the Wii U hardware, but also to make use of the Wii U GamePad capabilities. It seems we have one more...

  • News Blitz: Forget The Specs, Wii U Is Getting Developers Excited

    UK studio speaks out on Wii U tech specs, and why they're irrelevant

    Blitz Game Studios has spoken exclusively to Eurogamer.net about the forthcoming Wii U console, and has addressed some of the irksome issues regarding the technical specifications of the machine. With many Nintendo-hating nay-sayers pointing out that the Wii U is only capable of...

  • News Some Wii U Accessories For Your Christmas Stocking

    Thanks, Atomic!

    If you enjoy playing with plastic swords and shields on the Wii, then you're going to love the Wii U goodies which Atomic Accessories has in store for unsuspecting consumers this coming Christmas. If you're worried about scratching your lovely Wii U GamePad, why not invest in a silicone case? You'll be the envy of all your friends...

  • News Rookie Developer Shepherding Mass Effect 3 Onto Wii U

    Read it and reap

    Mass Effect 3 is possibly one of Wii U's biggest launch window titles, or alternatively the port falls way down the pecking order; it's all down to personal perspective. In any case, and much like Batman Arkham City: Armoured Edition, the Wii U release won't be put together by the original team but handled by an external development...

  • News Get Your Feet Wet With This Assassin's Creed III Naval Warfare Footage

    High seas havoc

    Ubisoft has released footage of Assassin's Creed III which shows off the highly-anticipated naval warfare component of the game. A first for a series where contact with water previously meant instant death for some unlucky assassins, this section of the game looks set to add a bit a variety to proceedings and break up the endless...

  • News Nintendo Taking No Prisoners At PAX Prime

    Wii U and 3DS presence, plus bubble-blowing and Kid Icarus multiplayer

    Nintendo has confirmed that it is bringing its Wii U and 3DS lineup to this year's PAX Prime, due to take place at Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center from August 31st through to September 2nd. A whole raft of games and events are planned, including a Kid Icarus:...

  • News Prince of Persia Creator Is Bringing His Karateka Remake To Wii U

    Jordan Mechner's martial arts classic is coming to Nintendo's new console

    You may have heard of Jordan Mechner. He's the man behind a little game called Prince of Persia, one of the most successful and enduring video game franchises of all time. He also created a title called Karateka in 1984, an action game which involves plenty of martial arts...

  • Rumour Nintendo to Launch Wii U on 18th November in North America

    Oops!

    The launch date for Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U console looks set to be 18th November for North America, if rumours are to be believed. During a presentation at the GameStop managers’ conference in Texas the Wii U launch date was leaked by an employee of PDP, who make gaming accessories. PDP’s community manager went into damage control...

  • News Nintendo In The Game For Golden Joystick Awards

    Your votes can help

    It's awards season, once again, with nominations for the 30th Golden Joystick Awards now confirmed and Nintendo games or exclusives featuring in a number of categories. These awards are decided entirely by the public, so if you feel that the big N deserves a chance to win you can have your say. Below are the nominations for...

  • News Sumo Digital: Wii U "Looks As Good" as HD Platforms

    Shares thoughts on GPU and memory

    Sumo Digital is the developer of upcoming multi-platform racer Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, a title set to hit later this year on both Wii U and 3DS. Just one week ago comments from a representative of publisher SEGA, related to this title, described the graphical capabilities of Wii U as on par or...

  • News Satoru Iwata: Miiverse is About More Than Competitive Multiplayer

    It's a "social graph" for gamers

    Since Miiverse was revealed during Nintendo's pre-E3 video presentation, it's become evident that it takes the Mii concept from Wii and expands it to something more than a humorous avatar that's playable in some games. Wii did allow some fun ways of sharing Mii characters and giving them more personality, and 3DS has...

  • Video See The Brains Behind ZombiU in This Dev Diary

    Release due 'this Christmas'

    ZombiU is arguably one of the most intriguing Wii U launch titles announced so far, eschewing the bright and colourful approach of certain high-profile rivals and promising dark, frightening survival horror in a zombie-infested London. During E3 it also showed off some clever uses of the Wii U GamePad, by making it a key...

  • News Those Wii U Launch Details Might be Coming in September

    About time

    Nintendo has taken its time in revealing Wii U information, but the veil of secrecy has to be lifted at some point soon with the console due for release by the end of 2012. Initiate hype mode: we might get all those juicy launch details in a few weeks' time. GamesIndustry International reports that Nintendo of America will be hosting a...

  • Interview Two Tribes - Toki Tori 2

    No more flapping around

    A little over a week ago Two Tribes released its first trailer for Toki Tori 2, showing off footage of the diminutive feathered hero solving puzzles and using various creatures in the environment to help him on his way. It showed off some nifty gameplay mechanics, while the developer revealed details via its blog of the...

  • News SEGA Declares Wii U Graphical Capabilities to be "On Par" or Better Than PS3

    Steady on now

    Update: Following an update to the source article, we have amended the headline to absolutely clarify that sections of this article are referring to Wii U's graphical capabilities, specifically, based on comments made by SEGA Marketing Executive Ben Finch at Gamescom. Original Article The capabilities of Wii U, from the perspective...

  • News Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge Brings Series Back to the Hardcore on Wii U

    "It's kind of the hardcore fan package of Ninja Gaiden 3"

    When Ninja Gaiden 3 arrived on the HD systems, it divided critics due to its attempts to shift the focus of the series towards a mainstream-friendly style, alienating long term fans in the process. Our Ninja Gaiden 3 review on Push Square matched the opinions of some other critics, arguing...

  • News Rayman Legends is Exclusive to Wii U

    At least for now

    A new Rayman Legends trailer has rolled out of Gamescom, and there's an interesting if not entirely unexpected fact at the end — it's a Wii U exclusive. That's slightly at odds with what Ubisoft's Michael Micholic said during E3, when he stated that the publisher was "not really saying it's a Wii U exclusive". Has Nintendo...

  • News Developers Enthusiastic About Wii U's Download Service

    The future's bright

    Several developers have expressed displeasure at Nintendo's previous digital set ups with WiiWare and DSiWare over the years. While the services certainly had successes — Gaijin Games' BIT.TRIP series and Frontier's LostWinds, to name a couple — a number of problems with them have been cited, from lack of flexibility through...

  • Feature DS Games We Want on Wii U

    Two screens, only much bigger

    Seven years and over 150 million sales have passed since Nintendo surprised the world by releasing its dual screen handheld back in 2004, introducing true touch screen gaming to the masses for the first time. The concept proved such a success that Nintendo has now implemented it in its next home console, Wii U, via a...

  • Talking Point Why is Nintendo Not at Gamescom?

    Snubbed

    One of the biggest gaming events in Europe and Nintendo is nowhere to be seen, but why? Over the years the company has had a somewhat sporadic attendance of events, often speculated within the media: a strength of character and desire to do its own thing, or perhaps it's due to a lack of games to show. This year is important for Nintendo,...

  • Rumour Wii U European Launch Could be Delayed

    Manufacturing problems with the GamePad

    At present there are some rumours swirling around the internet about potential launch dates for Wii U, with most agreeing that Nintendo is aiming for early-mid November. That's in North America, but industry sources seem to be suggesting that there may be delays in Europe, with some speculating that it'll...

  • News Maxwell Goes a Bit Mario in Scribblenauts Unlimited

    Doesn't have to rescue Princess Peach, thankfully

    Scribblenauts Unlimited was one of the most charming reveals at E3 2012, with the good news being that it's coming to both Wii U and 3DS. As a follow-up to the DS titles that focus on the gamer's creativity to make the experience even more fun, we're already cooking up some bizarre scenarios to try...

  • News Toki Tori 2 Trailer Flutters Into View

    Wii U exclusive Tokidex confirmed

    We've known for a little while that Two Tribes is bringing Toki Tori 2 to Wii U as a download title, and the developer has today released a new trailer and news on one way the GamePad will be used. The trailer shows off some of the puzzles and the use of a stomp move, which can manipulate creatures as items as well...

  • News Warner Bros. Gets the Party Started With Game Party Champions On Wii U

    Spectre of party gaming looks certain to haunt Nintendo's new console

    Warner Bros. Games has announced Game Party Champions for Wii U, triggering a flood of negative responses on its Facebook page. "Let's get the shovelware started early," stated one person, while another lamented: "Games like this are why so many people hate the Wii." Developed by...

  • News Best Buy Gives Strongest Indication Yet That Black Ops 2 Wii U Is Coming

    Pre-order tags in-store now

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 coming to Wii U is starting to become gaming's worst-kept secret; although no official confirmation has been made as yet, it's looking very likely that we'll be enjoying Activision's world famous war simulation on our shiny new Wii U consoles at some point in the near future. And that's a...

  • News Could The Wii U GamePad Suffer From Latency?

    Early hands-on reports suggest so

    One of the most impressive aspects of the Wii U's GamePad controller is its ability to stream gameplay directly from the console so you can play on it even when someone else is hogging your television. This facet of the controller could be a massive selling point in homes that boast large families and subsequently...

  • News Sakurai Spills Some Beans On Super Smash Bros. 4

    Control methods being explored, more cameos looking unlikely

    Super Smash Bros. boss Masahiro Sakurai has spoken to IGN about the fourth installment in the series, revealing that he's keen to avoid unnecessary gimmicks and feels that adding more non-Nintendo characters might be detrimental to the game's focus. "The GameCube controller is not the...

  • News EA: Wii U Will Have The Best FIFA 13

    Nintendo version to offer enhancements over its console rivals

    EA producer Matt Prior has told Official Nintendo Magazine that the Wii U edition of FIFA 13 will boast the best visuals out of all of the console editions. Having previously stated that the Nintendo version would be visually superior to its PS3 and Xbox 360 counterparts, Prior elab

  • News Wii U Box Art Breaks Cover

    Possible final design spotted on Amazon

    It seems almost childish to get excited about box artwork in this age of digital downloads and on-demand gaming, but we're not going to let that stop us from squealing with delight at the supposed final designs posted up on the Canadian arm of Amazon. Listings for Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed III and

  • News HMV Says You Can Now Preorder the Wii U in Black and White

    UK-based chain opens up the order book

    Despite the absence of a 100% solid release date, UK entertainment retailer HMV has started advertising preorders for both the black and white Wii U system in its stores. Spotted by an eagle-eyed consumer and reported by GoNintendo, the promotion appears to be live in many stores up and down the United...

  • News Go for Goal with These FIFA 13 Wii U Shots

    Golden boots

    FIFA 13 was confirmed for release on Wii U yesterday, and after a brief run out at EA's Summer Showcase here are the first screenshots. They show off several of the new functions, such as lifting the GamePad to take direct control of set pieces, on the fly stat checking and those all-important touch screen management options. Remember:...

  • News Wii U's Madden NFL 13 is Only Coming Out in North America

    Undrafted

    If you're a non-North American fan of American football, you might want to fling a coloured flag in EA's direction: the Wii U version of Madden NFL 13 is only being released in North America. Madden NFL 13 on Wii U was officially confirmed last night at EA's Summer Showcase, scheduled for release at the console's launch. However, it was...

  • Talking Point Another Look at the News - 3rd August

    We're on our soapbox

    It's been a relatively busy week of Nintendo news, culminating in the EA Summer Showcase that was more of a polite presentation, in terms of Wii U at least. Once again we take a look at some of the news of the past week and give a personal spin, ranging from optimism to shouting from on top of our soapbox, depending on the...

  • News 2K Games: Gamers Need Time to 'See The Beauty' of Wii U

    Nintendo is 'an impressive company'

    After the limited appearance of Wii U at EA's Summer Showcase, it was another indication that developer support for the system, in some quarters, is still relatively limited. With the console arriving in a matter of months, it seems that a number of companies are adopting a "wait and see" approach, though there is...

  • News Square Enix Targets Ten Years of Support for Dragon Quest X

    X marks the content

    Dragon Quest X has now arrived on Wii in Japan, with a Wii U version also said to be on the way in the future, and publisher Square Enix will no doubt be hoping that the substantial online play will attract a lot of loyal gamers. Any title like this with a focus of online play needs consistent and new content to keep gamers...

  • News Mass Effect 3 Set to Launch Alongside Wii U

    Ready for takeoff

    Don't worry about missing out on any backstory if you jump into the Mass Effect series for the first time on Wii U; Mass Effect 3 will include an interactive mode that fills in the most important parts and lets you make key choices to shape your character. That's better than nothing, right? Speaking at EA's Summer Showcase,...

  • News Madden NFL 13 Gets Tactical on Wii U

    Touchdown

    The Wii U version of Madden NFL 13 has been shown off for the first time at EA's Summer Showcase. On top of the Madden features you've come to expect, the American football series will use the GamePad in several unique ways to really kick things off. You'll be able to use the touch screen for play calling and swift tactical changes with...

  • News FIFA 13 is a Wii U Launch Title

    Back of the net

    FIFA 13 has been announced as a launch title for Wii U at EA's Summer Showcase. EA hyped up the soccer simulator as the best FIFA on a Nintendo console yet, with the Wii U allowing for a "different experience" to the other platforms. The company thinks that if your dad can use a mobile phone, he should also be able to play FIFA 13...

  • News Crysis 3 Isn't Coming to Wii U

    Crysis city

    There's been conflicting information about Crytek's Wii U ambitions for a while, particularly in regards to Crysis 3. The latest word is no: at this time, there aren't any plans to put a version of Crysis 3 on Wii U. Over the last couple of months we've heard that, despite CryEngine 3 running "beautifully" on Wii U, there was no chance...

  • News EA's Summer Showcase May Feature Wii U

    It's today, by the way

    We already know that EA is watching Wii U closely and has confirmed FIFA 13 for the system, but is the publisher/developer planning more for Nintendo's new console? We may find out today, as part of EA's Summer Showcase. IGN has stated that Wii U games will feature in the presentation, though the off

  • News EA is Watching Wii U Closely

    Tell us something new

    Speaking at EA's first quarter earnings meeting, EA chief operating officer Peter Moore mentioned that the company is "keeping a very close eye" on Wii U. Earlier, FIFA 13 was confirmed for Wii U. IGN reports that Moore noted Wii U's "lackluster response" at E3, but that Nintendo is not a company to take lightly, "as proven by...

  • News JAY Z Named As Executive Producer of NBA 2K13

    Oh, he's gonna run this game

    If you want to gain some street credibility for your new game, maybe the way to go is to hire a multi-million selling hip-hop star as executive producer: yep, that might do it. It's been confirmed that executive producer of upcoming Wii and Wii U title NBA 2K13 will be rap royalty JAY Z, who's had almost as many hits as...

  • News WWE 13 Won't Wrestle with Wii U

    No, absolutely not

    We're used to developers and publishers dancing around questions of planned release platforms, when a game will hits stores and so on, so it's refreshing to bring you a recent Twitter exchange between a wrestling game fan and Cory Ledesma, Creative Director for WWE Games at THQ. We know that WWE 13 is coming to Wii, but naturally...

  • News FIFA 13 Confirmed for Wii U

    Extensive GamePad controls detailed

    As we wait for more big developers and franchises to commit to Wii U, we have one more that we can tick off the list today. FIFA 13 has been confirmed for Nintendo's upcoming console, with no solid release date but a variety of details being shared as part of the announcement in the Official Nintendo Magazine. To...

July2012

  • News Katsuya Eguchi: Wii U Design Philosophy is For Everyday Life

    Wii U Pro controller designed so some gamers don't 'feel left out'

    Katsuya Eguchi is one of Nintendo's prominent figures, with credits as far back as Super Mario Bros. 3 and senior leadership roles in some of the company's biggest titles, such as Animal Crossing: City Folk and Wii Sports Resort. Perhaps his most important role to date is his latest,...

  • News Namco's Harada: Smash Bros. Design is Sakurai's Job

    Super Smash Boss

    If you're worried that Namco Bandai's involvement in the next Super Smash Bros. will mean an influx of Tekken characters, fear not. Tekken series director Katsuhiro Harada says that usual Smash main man Masahiro Sakurai remains in control of design. Harada assured Dusty Cartridge that he is focused on Tekken — including upcoming...

  • News Two Tribes Has 'Something Big' Coming to Nintendo

    Tell us all about it

    Two Tribes has already confirmed that it's working to bring Toki Tori 2 to Wii U, with the goal of arriving on the system on or near its launch. As it's a developer that's already keen to be involved in Nintendo's next console, we were certainly encouraged when the following exchange took place on our Twitter feed...

  • Interview Tomorrow Corporation - Little Inferno

    Burning down the house

    When some of the folks behind WiiWare wonder World of Goo and the creator of DS darling Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure team up for a project, well, you best sit down and pay attention. Tomorrow Corporation is hoping to light up Wii U when their debut title Little Inferno hits this winter. We caught up with the men...

  • News Crytek: Crysis 3 on Wii U 'Is a Possibility'

    Some decisions would be nice

    The Crysis series is highly regarded by many FPS fans who get their game on with an Xbox 360, PS3 or PC. With Crysis 3 due to arrive Spring 2013, it's natural for some Nintendo gamers to wonder whether this title will make the jump to Wii U. After all, developer Crytek was in the Wii U cheerleading brigade just one month...

  • News Skylanders: Giants Introduces Swarm the Super-Sized Bee

    UPDATE: Release dates confirmed

    Activision has now confirmed the release dates for Skylanders: Giants, set to arrive on Wii and 3DS on 19th October in Europe and 21st October in North America. Original article Skylanders: Giants, the sequel to the rather successful original, is confirmed for 3DS, Wii and Wii U. That means whatever your console of...

  • News Bing Gordon: Nintendo's 'On Track' to Primarily Focus on Software

    But not while Miyamoto's around

    The evolution of inexpensive tablet computers with gaming potential, and the continuing 'will they/won't they' question of whether Apple or Google will enter the home console market means that Nintendo, and its competitors, face big challenges. Those challenges may have been in the mind of experienced industry figure...

  • News FIFA Producer: Wii U Potential is "Pretty Exciting"

    Goal?

    FIFA 13 hasn't been announced for Wii U yet, but during an interview about the game and the future of the series, FIFA executive producer David Rutter expressed interest in the potential of Wii U GamePad, labelling it "pretty exciting". CVG asked Rutter if he found Wii U interesting and received an enthusiastic response in return. Rutter is...

  • News Vigil: Darksiders II Uses Wii U GamePad in "Interesting Ways"

    But deathly silent for now

    We're all a bit in the dark about just what Darksiders II will be doing with Wii U GamePad. So far we only know that it'll be used for an easy access inventory — but according to the game's lead designer, there's more to come. Speaking to our sister site Push Square this weekend, Vigil Games' Haydn Dalton implied that...

  • News Nnooo Approved for Wii U Development

    Yesss

    Australian development studio Nnooo will be familiar to afficionados of Nintendo download services. The company was there for the WiiWare launch with Pop, followed up with some DSiWare apps before releasing its best title to date, escapeVektor: Chapter 1. The studio's continued support for Nintendo means that escapeVektor is on the way to 3DS,...

  • News Yves Guillemot: Nintendo's 'Created Something Good' with Wii U

    Nintendo 'taking lots of risks with the games they create'

    When it came to judging console manufacturer's and publisher's efforts at E3, Ubisoft was the recipient of plenty of praise from attendees and those viewing on the web. Its own press conference may have included some sketchy, cringeworthy jokes — though that's not exactly rare at E3 —...

  • Feature GameCube - GBA Connectivity and Wii U

    Blazing a trail

    Nintendo has been known to dip into its past when looking for the future. The 3DS is a good example: while the handheld may be the first glasses-free 3D video game system, it's hardly the company's first foray into the third dimension. The forgotten Famicom 3D System brought pop-out graphics to Nintendo's original home console in...

Wii U - Features

Most Read

Wii U - Guides