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    by Published on December 7th, 2012 23:11
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    Those looking for a way to criticise the Wii U launch last week had plenty of material at their disposal.
    Weariness amongst parts of the specialist media and cynicism from the cutting edge online world has always cast doubt on it.
    It was as if some people want Nintendo to fail.
    Yes, I’m sure that on terms relative to the other consoles and devices, it was a slower start than some expected. But was it a success on Nintendo’s terms? With its typical long-term focus on momentum, and a Japanese launch only this weekend, we just don’t know yet.
    Here in the UK, the Wii U arrival last week was good in ways some have missed or simply not acknowledged yet.
    For a start, there technically was a Wii U game at No.1 in the form of the Black Ops II SKU. A tenuous link, but no less emblematic: Wii U has put Nintendo, finally – if belatedly ­– on an even footing with the other HD consoles.
    It’s created more opportunities for third party current gen triple-A projects before the costs ramp up for next-gen ones.
    Elsewhere, original Wii software sales were up £1m week-on-week, no doubt driven by the new console’s legacy playback functions.
    Other Wii titles – associated with Just Dance and Disney – had risen in the rankings, too. You can’t deny the overall additive effect on the market that it contributes to.
    Over £14m was spent on Wii U hardware and software last week.
    If Nintendo can build the buzz and maintain the stock flow, that can grow as we get closer to Christmas.
    And I think that’s what anyone sane really wants for Nintendo.

    by Published on December 6th, 2012 11:08
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    Buried amongst Nintendo America's amusing (and often silly) Direct presentation from today comes news of the next iteration of its popular lifestyle experience: Wii Fit U. Outside of a few brief screens and a very vague first half of 2013 release window, not much is known about the updated title save for one bit -- an included pedometer dubbed the Fit Meter. Functioning much like the Fitbit, this additional peripheral will, presumably, be clipped to users' clothing, gathering movement data that will eventually be transferred to the Wii U console for use in over 77 game-based activities. Health-tracking is fast becoming a crowded space, so it's no surprise the Big N would want to extend that plastic scale's functionality with some real-world info. We'll keep you updated on any further news as it's released. In th

    by Published on December 6th, 2012 09:29
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    Nintendo has announced a variety of items as part of today's Nintendo Direct presentations, including launch targets for several first and third party titles.
    Wii Fit U will launch in the first half of 2013, and as announced at this year's E3 will come with the Fit Meter electronic pedometer.
    Pikmin 3 has suffered an unexplained delay to the second quarter of 2013. The game was one of the titles originally scheduled to fall within the Wii U's launch window, which ends in March of next year.
    Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon received two release targets. The 3DS effort is set for a spring 2013 arrival in North America, and a more specific March 2013 launch for Europe. The game had previously suffered a delay from a 2012 holiday release to the first half of 2013.
    3DS title Animal Crossing: New Leaf will land in the UK, and supposedly other parts of Europe, in the second quarter of 2013 following its recent release in Japan.
    One item of particular note is the news that 3DS eShop game Rhythm Hunter HarmoKnight by Pokemon developer Game Freak is getting a North American release.
    Beyond the Pokemon franchise, a Game Freak developed title making it outside of Japan is rare. The game, which will be shortened to HarmoKnight, launched in Japan back in September. No word on if it will arrive in any other regions.
    North American Wii U launch title Scribblenauts Unlimited will hit Europe on February 8th (cool, an actual release date instead of just a target). The game's launch window in Europe before today's announcement was 2013, so that's a bit less vague.
    Wii U party game Game & Wario is slated for Q1 2013. The title, revealed back in June, is a spinoff of the WarioWare series that allows up to five players at the same time to take part in over a dozen minigames.
    Caught your breath? Alright, back to it.
    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate on 3DS will launch in Europe during March 2013, 3DS title Fire Emblem: Awakening will launch in North America on February 4th, 2013, and the 3DS remake of PSOne title Dragon Quest/Warrior 7 is scheduled for release in Japan next Feburary as well.
    The US localization of 3DS game Brain Age: Concentration Training has been pushed back to February 10th, 2013. It suffers over a two month delay from its original release date of December 3rd, 2012.
    Finally, the apps.
    The Google Street View app is heading to Wii U in Japan and North America, scheduled to make its debut on the eShop in Q1 2013. The app will apparently be free between the end of Jaunary and March of next year, and then will come at a cost from that point on.
    Then there's the Panorama View app, which allows players to look around videos in 3D space. The app, which was originally shown as a tech demo at E3 2011, will arrive on the Wii U eShop next spring as a paid download.
    No price points were revealed for either application, but a free demo will be released alongside the full version of the Panorama View app when it arrives.

    by Published on December 3rd, 2012 23:11
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    Games industry analysts have weighed in with US sales predictions for the month of November, ahead of the NPD Group's release of official market data this Thursday.
    Perhaps most interestingly, Wedbush Morgan's Michael Pachter and fellow analyst firm EEDAR both expect Wii U to have sold 450,000 units last month, a figure impacted more by a slower-than-expected production schedule than by disappointing demand, according to the former. In comparison, the pair forecast Xbox 360 sales of at least 1,350,000.Pachter also predicted a Wii U software attach rate of three games per console, suggesting that 1.3 million software units were sold in November, generating sales likely approaching $80 million.
    Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz was less optimistic, forecasting that Wii U games generated roughly $50 million in retail software sales, which would be slightly above first month sales for the original Wii.
    Elsewhere, analysts expect November software sales to be led by new releases including Black Ops 2, Halo 4 and Assassin's Creed 3.
    Pachter forecast 8.5 million Black Ops 2 sales, "slightly below" last November's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, while Creutz expects the game to have shifted 7.9 million, down 11 per cent year-on-year.
    However, Creutz points out that Modern Warfare 3 was on sale for an extra week during last November's NPD reporting period. "Call of Duty sales will not be comparable on an apples/apples basis," he said. "We think that getting a real read on the y/y performance of CoD will not be possible until December NPD data comes out.
    Creutz also predicted Halo 4 sales of 2.9 million units, Assassin's Creed 3 sales of 2.6 million, and Need for Speed: Most Wanted sales of 469,000 units.
    Wedbush / EEDAR November hardware sales estimates (change year-on-year):

    • 360 - 1,400,000 (-17%) / 1,350,000 (-20%)
    • PS3 - 700,000 (-22%) / 850,000 (-5%)
    • Wii U 450,000 (n/a) / 450,000 (n/a)
    • 3DS - 440,000 (-45%) / 800,000 (0%)
    • Wii - 435,000 (-50%) / 170,000 (-80%)
    • DS - 375,000 (7%) / 260,000 (-26%)
    • Vita 190,000 (n/a) / 190,000 (n/a)
    • PSP - 9,500 (-96%) / 8,000 (-92%)
    • PS2 - 500 (-98%) / (n/a)
    • Total - 4,000,000 (-18%) / 4,088,000 (-16%)

    http://www.computerandvideogames.com...-85m-analysts/ ...
    by Published on December 3rd, 2012 22:43
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    Nintendo’s high-end Premium Wii U SKU was by far the most attractive to UK buyers over the console’s launch weekend.
    That’s according to data from GfK Chart-Track, which says that the £300 bundle won around a 60 per cent share of the console’s launch weekend sales.
    The ZombiU bundle accounted for 30 per cent, leaving Nintendo’s entry-level 8GB Basic pack grabbing just 10 per cent.
    The machine was helped by a 24-strong launch software line-up what Chart-Track describes as “more than any other home console ever launched in the UK”. Wii launched with just 14 games, for instance.
    The highest Wii U entry in the software charts was bundled game Nintendo Land, although it failed to break into the Top Ten, debuting at No.11. Fellow first party release New Super Mario Bros U entered the listings in 13th with Ubisoft claiming the highest charting third party title – ZombiU in 17th.
    No other Wii U exclusives charted.

    by Published on December 3rd, 2012 22:32
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    Nintendo’s Wii U console sold around 40,000 units in its first 48 hours on sale in the UK, MCV understands.
    Retail sources suggest that effectively amounts to a complete sellout on the UK High Street. Stock is continuing to filter through to retail at a trickle but abundant supplies are not expected until the New Year.
    Undoubtedly sales could have been considerably higher had stocks have been more plentiful.
    Furthermore, MCV understands that the console has enjoyed a software attach rate in excess of 2:1.
    The figures were arrived at through a combination of feedback from retailers and software sales data passed on by trade sources. Using this MCV was able to extrapolate estimated sales based on the previously confirmed Wii U bundle market shares.
    UPDATE: These numbers exclude digital software sales from Nintendo's eShop.

    by Published on December 3rd, 2012 22:25
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    Retailer Amazon has apologised to customers who found that their copies of Nintendo land were missing from their Premium Wii U bundles.
    Videogamer reports that Amazon has blamed “supplier error” for the gaffe and that only a “small number” of customers were affected.
    It won’t, however, be replacing the game directly – instead it has mailed out download codes for Nintendo Land to all customers who purchased the SKU, regardless of whether or not the game was missing.
    "It's been brought to our attention that a small number of orders for this item may have been delivered without the advertised game, Nintendo Land, due to supplier error," an email to customers confirmed.
    "In the event that your order was one of the small number missing the game, please use the following code and instructions below, to download the game."
    The move may yet leave some customers dissatisfied, though, as downloading the game will take up a chunk of the console’s 29GB available storage space and expedite the need for consumers to add to the machine’s storage through external memory.

    by Published on December 3rd, 2012 22:23
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    The Wii U is finally with us, and with it comes the first weekly Top 20 for the machine thanks to data from UKIE GfK Chart-Track.
    As was reported earlier, Nintendo’s first party duo of Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros U rule the roost in first and second place. Ubisoft scores the highest selling third party game with ZombiU, which charts in third.
    Three multi-format titles occupy places four to six in the shape of Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed, Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
    However, there were some titles that didn’t perform as expected – FIFA 13, Darksiders II, Mass Effect 3 and Skylanders Giants were all left languishing around the bottom of the listings with very low sales numbers.
    Four games missed out on the Top 20 – Funky Barn (505 Games), Your Shape: Fitness Evolved (Ubisoft), Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper (Tecmo Koei) and Transformers Prime (Activision).
    Here’s the inaugural Wii U Top 20 for the week ending December 1st:
    1. Nintendo Land (Nintendo)
    2. New Super Mario Bros U (Nintendo)
    3. Zombi U (Ubisoft)
    4. Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed (Sega)
    5. Batman: Arkham City – Armoured Edition (Warner Bros)
    6. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Activision)
    7. Sports Connection (Ubisoft)
    8. Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft)
    9. Just Dance 4 (Ubisoft)
    10. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Namco Bandai)
    11. Rabbids Land (Ubisoft)
    12. Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Disney)
    13. Tank! Tank! Tank! (Namco Bandai)
    14. FIFA 13 (EA)
    15. Darksiders II (THQ)
    16. Family Party: 30 Games Obstacle Arcade (Namco Bandai)
    17. Mass Effect 3 (EA)
    18. Ben 10: Omniverse (Namco Bandai)
    19. Skylanders Giants (Activision)
    20. Game Party Champions (Warner Bros)

    by Published on December 2nd, 2012 18:28
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    Nyko's first line of Wii U accessories is all focused on the problem of the GamePad's short battery life. The company has revealed five different devices to help extend playtime, from battery packs to power cables.

    The UBoost is the traditional add-on battery pack, attaching to the back of the GamePad to extend playtime "upwards of 10 hours." It has a built-in kickstand, replacing the dock as a stand – though the dock still charges the GamePad with the device plugged in. The Charge Base Pro charges two Pro Controllers simultaneously.

    Other accessories include replacement charging stands and AC adapters for GamePads, and the Charge Link, a handy USB charging cable. You can use the Wii U (or any other powered USB device) to charge the Wii U's controller. What a novel idea!

    The Charge Link cable is out now for $15, while everything else is due sometime this year.

    by Published on December 1st, 2012 23:56
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    James Honeywell, head of consumer marketing at Nintendo UK, has said the platform holder is optimistic about Wii U's performance during the holiday period.
    Asked if he thinks Wii U's UK launch can replicate the strong start the console has made in the US, he told us: "Absolutely.""The US has been a fantastic launch. Obviously that's a much bigger market, and so they've got more stock, but we're hoping for the same standard of success here in the UK.
    "We've got a fantastic launch line-up, and we think it'll be sold out in the first few days, if not the first few hours. But after that we've got really strong deliveries of follow-up stock.
    "We hope to live up to the same kind of success with the Wii," Honeywell added at last night's midnight launch. "As you can see, people are really excited about it. Time will tell."
    Nintendo claims to have sold 400,000 Wii U units during the system's first week of availability in the US, with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime saying it's "essentially sold out of retail".