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    by Published on August 25th, 2015 20:16
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    Nintendo has announced a Super Mario Maker Wii U bundle will be made available exclusively at Walmart to coincide with the game's launch.
    The package will cost $299.96 and includes a 32GB Wii U, a digital copy of Super Mario Maker, a Super Mario Maker Idea Book, and the 8-bit Modern Mario amiibo.
    The console bundle will go on sale at the US retailer on September 11th, the same day Super Mario Maker launches in North America and Europe – the game launches September 10th in Japan and September 12th in Australia.
    Nintendo previously partnered with Walmart earlier this year to exclusively offer the Super Mario Gold Edition amiibo. ...
    by Published on August 22nd, 2015 16:34
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    Nintendo has patented a home console concept that does not include an optical disc drive. It may or may not be for the company's mysterious upcoming game console, codenamed NX.
    Look, ladies and gentlemen, there's no disc drive anywhere...

    As seen in a Nintendo US patent discovered by astute NeoGAF readers, this upcoming hardware's early version version didn't include such a drive.
    "The example system is not provided with an optical disc drive for reading out a program and/or data from an optical disc," the patent stated. "An example system includes an internal hard disc drive storing a program and/or data, a communication unit transmitting/receiving a program and/or data via a network, and a processor executing a program stored in the hard disc drive to perform game processing."
    Furthermore, it appears that the console's controller will include its own "display unit", ala the screen on the Wii U GamePad.
    If it is for NX then there's still always a chance things will change before launch. After all, the Xbox One nearly didn't have a disc drive, we discovered after the fact.
    Nintendo teased the NX back in March, but didn't reveal anything about it other than it's a "dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept" and more details will be revealed next year.
    We've reached out to Nintendo for comment on this one, but it seems unlikely that we'll receive any confirmation one way or another this early. In the meantime, try to take this with a grain of salt.

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/20...c-drive-report ...
    by Published on July 28th, 2015 21:26
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    Nintendo has not been shy in downplaying virtual reality’s social credentials – but perhaps this is exactly the reason why its new NX console WILL be a VR machine.
    That’s the conclusion drawn by financial analyst Digi-Capital, which reckons that either virtual reality or augmented reality could be the next ‘blue ocean’ open market that Nintendo can claim as its own.
    Nintendo’s American boss Reggie Fils-Aime said of VR in June that: "What we believe is that, in order for this technology to move forward, you need to make it fun and you need to make it social. I haven't walked the floor, so I can't say in terms of what's on the floor today, but at least based on what I've seen to date, it's not fun, and it's not social. It's just tech."
    Shigeru Miyamoto echoed the sentiment later that same month: "The current types of virtual reality aren't really a good fit for Nintendo's philosophy of trying to create entertainment that people can play together in the living room. We're constantly looking at different technology and experimenting with different elements of it, but we're not feeling virtual reality is currently in a place where it's ready to be released – as a product that fits with our philosophy of fitting in the living room."
    Digi-Capital acknowledges both of these statements, while also acknowledging the late Satoru Iwata’s claims that the NX will be offered “through a Nintendo-like solution”.
    However, what would a non-VR machine leave for Nintendo, it argues? Android has been ruled out(rightly, it says – just look at Ouya’s failure) and the flop that was the Wii U rules out the idea of “another low end traditional console with a controller/screen twist”. Plus, why would Nintendo want to compete with the powerhouses that are PS4 and Xbox One?
    The same argument applies to VR, of course, with major players such as Facebook, Steam and Sony already preparing to fight for bragging rights in that sector.
    Where Digi-Capital differs from other onlookers, however, is in its interpretation of Nintendo’s previous comments about VR. It reckons that rather than dismissing VR entirely, it was instead criticising VR’s current implementation.
    It’s conclusion? The NX could be centred about social virtual reality of augmented reality games.
    It speculates that Nintendo’s solution could involve a low cost dedicated games console with a spec equal to or lower than PS4 and Xbox One that has been optimised for VR/AR. This would be accompanied by a low cast headset, possibly following the template laid out by the likes of Samsung’s Gear VR – which, of course, would tie into Nintendo’s smartphone aspirations.
    It also believes this would be accompanied by an accessible controller designed to do for VR what the WiiRemote did for console gaming
    “This looks a bit like the original Wii strategy applied to the AR/VR market in the context of smartphones, and could enable Nintendo to leverage its IP to again ‘disrupt an entire industry, and in a good way’,” it added.
    “Incorporating smartphone HMD holders could split processing between a central console and multiple smartphones, enabling social gameplay by lowering total system costs to the user. This might be achieved with a low cost console for co-ordination amongst players, position tracking, controller interactions etc, with additional AR/VR processing handled by CPUs/GPUs in smartphones in HMD holders and/or dedicated HMDs.
    “This approach could also allow iOS/Android game developers to leverage existing skills and IP with a dedicated SDK (i.e. lower game development costs and earlier commercial viability). High quality positional tracking integrated with HMDs/controllers could further enable Immersive VR like the Vive and Oculus, but at a much lower price point. Lastly, the DeNA partnership could be leveraged to incorporate the now dominant free-to-play (or “free-to-start” as Iwata described it) business model.”

    by Published on May 11th, 2015 19:23
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    The still mysterious Nintendo NX could be the first home console from the company to be region free.
    “Removing region-locking from current game machines presents various issues, so we don't consider that to be very realistic,” Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata told investors, as per a translation on Neogaf.
    “However, regarding NX, given the customer feedback and proposals from the market, while nothing has been decided yet, we're currently investigating internally what problems there would be in realising it.
    “You can think of that as the current situation. I understand your desire, so I'd like to look at it optimistically going forward.”
    Iwata has in the past suggested that “cultural acceptance and legal restrictions” made the idea of making systems region free an impossibility. However, six months age he seemed to change his mind, admitting that a region free console strategy would benefit both Nintendo and its customers.
    Note that while the Wii U is region locked both the PS4 and Xbox One are region free.
    In the past Nintendo’s handheld systems used to be region free, although this practise came to an end with the 3DS.
    The removal of region coding enables customers to obtain games from overseas. Why would they want to do this? Well, in some instances importing games can be cheaper but more commonly it allows gamers to play titles that have not been released in their region. This was quite a big thing for Xbox 360 shmup fans, for instance, who last generation were able to access a small library of Cave titles that the publisher made region-free (which actually varied on a title-by-title basis).
    A more modern complication with region-free gaming is that games bought from other regions may not be compatible with DLC or other add-on content acquired in their home region.

    by Published on December 2nd, 2014 22:45
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    The trade price of the Wii U 8GB Basic console has been significantly cut in the UK, MCV understands.
    Nintendo in late October slashed in the region of £70 off of the trade price of the Wii U, with one retail source saying that Nintendo is actively trying to “clear out” the existing stock of the white console.
    The result is a handful of pretty sizable discounts to the hardware in the UK including a £199.99 offer from Amazon(that includes Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World, Wii Party U and NintendoLand), a £189.99 bundle from Zavvi(including Super Smash Bros and NintendoLand), an assortment of £159.99 offers from GAME (including two games and an Amiibo) and a games-less £149.86 offer fromShopTo.
    The trade price of the Premium 32GB model has not changed and comments from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata earlier this year suggests this is not going to change in the short term.
    Nintendo doesn’t officially cite RRPs in the UK, meaning that it will typically not highlight any price cuts – a stark contrast to the noise made by rivals Sony and Microsoft about their recent next-gen pricing activity.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nintendo-Par...7440777&sr=1-2 ...
    by Published on November 27th, 2014 23:02
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    The hat-trick of Black Friday hardware bundles at GAME has been completed with a Wii U deal that will be available from midnight.
    The £199.99 bundle includes a Basic 8GB console, copies of Super Smash Bros and New Super Mario Bros U and an Amiibo.

    Alternatively Amazon is offering the same price for an 8GB console and copies of Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World, NintendoLand and Wii Party U.
    Confirmed by GAME earlier was a £299.99 Xbox One bundleincluding four games. A £299.99 PS4 bundle has been rumoured but not yet officially confirmed.
    The retailer will be announcing deal on the hour from 6pm tonight leading up to its midnight openings tonight at over 300 UK stores.

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    by Published on October 19th, 2014 20:23
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    Even if the line of NFC-compatible amiibo toys doesn't eventually reflect Super Smash Bros.' entire roster, buying every figure revealed so far would put you back about $234 (!!!). You can ease into the investment by ordering the game from Toys R Us however, as the chain is offering a free amiibo with the purchase of Smash Bros. on Wii U.

    The promotion is offered online while supplies last and is activated by placing both a copy of Smash Bros. and an amiibo of your choice in your cart. When we contacted employees at local stores to see if the deal is valid in store however, we received inconsistent answers, so you may want to call your nearest store before stopping in.

    As for the $99.99 bundle that includes a GameCube-style controller, adapter and a copy of Smash Bros.[COLOR=#333333], it's currently absent from Toys R Us' website. We've contacted Toys R Us' PR department to see if the bundle will also eventually be compatible with the free amiibo deal and will update if we hear anything.

    http://www.toysrus.com/search/index....mash+bros&sr=1 ...
    by Published on October 17th, 2014 23:57
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    Product details posted at Amazon today reveal new features and gameplay modes for the upcoming Wii U version of Nintendo's mascot brawler Super Smash Bros.

    Amazon's description reads: "Whether you're creating stages on the GamePad, competing in challenges crafted by Master Hand and Crazy Hand, or outwitting your opponents in a brand new board game mode, there's no doubt that the ultimate Smash Bros. game has arrived."

    The update suggests that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will include a level-editing feature similar to the Stage Builder in 2008's Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The board game mode is another new addition, though further details regarding this feature are not yet known.

    Amazon's promised challenges featuring the Hand characters also coincide with a recent Miiverse teaser, and match up with hidden audio files discovered in the 3DS edition touting "Master Orders" and "Crazy Orders" modes.

    Super Smash Bros. for Wii U hits retail on November 21.

    by Published on October 11th, 2014 21:37
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    The launch of a new Super Smash Bros. game for the first time in six years on 3DS was great news, but it left us wondering: when the heck is it coming to Wii U? Luckily, Nintendo has quickly answered that question. It'll arrive to the big console on November 21st in North America for $59.99, and in the UK on December 5th for £39.99 (see the new game trailer below). Being Nintendo, there's more, of course. You'll be able to pick up a set of 12Amiibo figures for $12.99 (with six more coming by December) and even use a GameCube to control your Wii U too, thanks to a $19.99 adapter. In fact, if you want the whole shebang -- GameCube, Super Smash Bros. and the adapter -- Nintendo's also offering the complete bundle for $100.

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