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    by Published on August 1st, 2013 00:19
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    Even if you already played The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker on the GameCube, there are plenty of reasons you may want to pick up the HD remake for Wii U. It's really pretty, for starters, you can use the GamePad controller for your map and inventory, and the Tingle Bottle feature, which lets players send Miiverse messages in bottles that wash up on shore, sounds pretty nifty. But ifAmazon's listing for Wind Waker HD is to be believed, there's one more reason to pick up the game: a new difficulty mode.

    The listing is frustratingly sparse on info, saying only that you can "Take on a more challenging difficulty level," thus adding to "replay-ability." We're so happy about the possible inclusion of a new mode that we're willing to overlook the misuse of the hyphen.

    We've reached out to Nintendo for further information. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD will be out in October for Wii U.

    by Published on July 31st, 2013 23:50
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    The Canadian arm of Walmart will introduce a heavily discounted Wii U Basic sale price of $199 from August 2, according to reports.

    A snapshot of what appears to be an advertisement for the store has surfaced online, showing the white Wii U Basic package to be sold off for a full $100 less than the regular price of $300.

    The Basic model comes with 8GBs of internal storage but lacks the copy of Nintendoland included with the Deluxe models and out-of-the-box peripherals such as the Wii U stand.

    This comes after news that Wii U sales during Nintendo's first financial quarter (April 1 - June 30) totalled just 160,000 units worldwide.

    Wii U momentum is expected to pick up significantly in the second half of 2013 and early 2014, with the just-released Pikmin 3 kicking off a string of major exclusive software launches for the system, including Super Mario 3D World, Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, Mario Kart 8, Wii Fit U and Super Smash Bros. Wii U.

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    by Published on July 31st, 2013 00:31
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    Whether you're the owner of a local gaming shop or the parent of the world's most spoiled child, now you, too, can make a sizable investment in the momentary, fleeting happiness of a youth with this "life-size" Mario statue.

    Available for Ą285,000 (about $2,900) from Amazon Japan, the statue stands five feet tall and is made from fiber-reinforced plastic. There aren't really any bells or whistles to speak of, what with it being a statue and everything, but it doesgive the owner a reference point for extrapolating the heights of everyone else in the Mario mythos. Is that worth nearly $3,000? Probably. Do we have $3000?Nope. Click up on the source link below for the fully-in-Japanese details, but be warned that the related items on this listing are not safe for work.

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    by Published on July 28th, 2013 21:01
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    The upcoming Wii U port of the Gamecube's treasure-hunting The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is currently $50 on Amazon.

    The remake features off-screen play and revamps the original's cel-shaded visuals into a Pixar-esque cartoon style in 1080p. The new "Tingle Bottle" item allows players to communicate over Miiverse by channeling Sting hurling bottled messages into the ocean. Messages will also wash up on the shorelines of other players. The original game's "Pictograph" camera now carries Miiverse support and will allow players to post screenshots in the social service's Wind Waker community.

    Wind Waker HD will launch in October 2013 on Wii U.

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    by Published on July 18th, 2013 21:52
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    Nintendo exclusive doubles hardware sales in 90k debut week
    The Wii U enjoyed a rare strong week in Japan thanks to the release of Pikmin 3, which enetered the software chart at number one.
    Nintendo's struggling console didn't unseat the 3DS XL, which held on to its familiar position at the top of the hardware chart. However, the Wii U's sales more than doubled to more than 22,000 - the first time it has sold more than 10,000 units in a week since the start of May.
    And it was all thanks to the long-awaited Pikmin 3, which is the sort of exclusive content that Nintendo believes its console needs to find an audience. However, while 92,000 sales was enough to debut at number one, it is still relatively low for a first-party game.
    Of course, that's largely down to the console's low installed-base, but the comparison between Pikmin's first-week sales and those of prominent 3DS exclusives is striking: Animal Crossing sold more than 600,000 units, Tomodachi Collection sold 400,000, and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon sold 280,000.
    In that context, it's clear that Pikmin 3 will need to have a positive impact on the Wii U's sales for more than just a few weeks.
    The full hardware chart is below, with lifetime sales in parentheses:

    • 1. 3DS XL - 29,594 (29,716)
    • 2. Wii U - 22,199 (8,251)
    • 3. PlayStation Vita - 15,662 (20,776)
    • 4. 3DS - 13,841 (14,506)
    • 5. PlayStation 3 - 12,698 (11,683)
    • 6. PSP - 5,830 (5,768)
    • 7. Wii - 1,434 (1,334)
    • 8. Xbox 360 - 393 (313)

    The full software chart is below, with the previous week's sales in parentheses:

    • 1. [Wii U] Pikmin 3 (Nintendo, 07/11/13) - 92,720 (New)
    • 2. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) - 53,654 (New)
    • 3. [PS3] Earth Defense Force 2025 (D3 Publisher, 07/04/13) - 37,024 (191,713)
    • 4. [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life (Nintendo, 04/18/13) - 26,065 (1,259,847)
    • 5. [Wii U] New Super Luigi U (Nintendo, 07/11/13) - 24,881 (New)
    • 6. [PSV] Toukiden (Tecmo Koei, 06/27/13) - 20,853 (186,963)
    • 7. [PSP] Toukiden (Tecmo Koei, 06/27/13) - 19,262 (118,404)
    • 8. [PS3] Dead Island: Riptide (Spike Chunsoft, 07/11/13) - 18,462 (New)
    • 9. [PS3] Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection (Konami, 07/11/13) - 17,599(New)
    • 10. [3DS] Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (Nintendo, 06/13/13) - 12,963 (206,322)
    • 11. [PS3] Gundam Breaker (Namco Bandai, 06/27/13) - 10,224 (242,819)
    • 12. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) - 10,088 (3,325,123)
    • 13. [3DS] Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (Nintendo, 03/21/13) - 9,184 (825,026)
    • 14. [PS3] The Last of Us (SCEJ, 06/20/13) - 9,158 (173,181)
    • 15. [PSP] Hanayaka Kana, Ware ga Ichizoku: Tasogare Polarstar (Idea Factry, 07/11/13) - 9,046 (New)
    • 16. [PSP] DanganRonpa: Academy of Hope and High School Students of Despair(PSP the Best) (Spike, 11/23/11) - 6,106 (91,204)
    • 17. [3DS] Digimon World Re: Digitize Decode (Namco Bandai, 06/27/13) - 5,912 (50,952)
    • 18. [3DS] Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl (Namco Bandai, 06/27/13) - 5,870 (106,914)
    • 19. [Wii] Taiko Drum Master Wii Super Wonderful Edition (Namco Bandai, 11/29/12) - 5,203 (516,866)
    • 20. [PS3] Atelier Escha & Logy: The Alchemist of Dusk Sky (Gust, 06/27/13) - 5,031 (72,873)

    by Published on July 18th, 2013 21:15
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    The much-requested cult classic RPG EarthBound has been released on the Wii U Virtual Console. The SNES port will feature a Wii U GamePad-optimized strategy guide.This will be the first release of EarthBound since 2003, when a collection of Mother 1 and 2 (the latter is the Japanese title) was released for the GameBoy Advance in Japan. It is the first time the game has been officially released in Europe, and the first time it’s been seen in North America since 1995.

    by Published on July 17th, 2013 22:48
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    Following Asda's aggressive price cut on Wii U last week, Amazon has followed suit.
    The firm is selling the 32GB Premium set for Ł199.00 and the Basic set for just Ł149.00. In-line with the price activity at Asda.
    The price activity has been causing a slight uptick in Wii U sales, but not a significant boost. This suggests that the real reason behind Wii U's poor performance is more closely linked to a lack of awareness and a lack of software.
    Nintendo has a few games launching over the coming weeks, including Pikmin 3, which retailers hope will cause an improvement in sales.
    Nintendo has repeatedly promised to be more direct in educating consumers with its marketing and improve the software line-up, and this Christmas it is launching games in the Zelda, Mario and Donkey Kong franchises. It will prove to be a crucial Christmas for Wii U.

    by Published on July 17th, 2013 22:41
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    Nintendo's own take on the Skylanders toy/game model will be released next month – but the toys might miss the launch.
    Announced earlier this year, Pokémon Rumble U is a download-only action games that sees Wii U owners brawl their way through waves of cartoony creatures, following the formula laid down by the Wii and 3DS versions.
    The game has already been released in Japan, alongside toy figures that users can collect and scan in using the Wii U GamePad's built-in NFC technology. Characters scanned will then appear in the game.
    Pokémon Rumble U will be released in Europe on August 15th. It will be available to buy via the Nintendo eShop on Wii U, but there's no confirmation that the toys will be appearing at retail.
    The official Nintendo statement given to MCV is: "We're still working through the plans for the small number of figurines we plan to release, and will update people in due course."
    If they were to arrive on Pokémon Rumble U's launch day, they would hit shelves one week ahead of multi-format rival Disney Infinity, which debuts on August 23rd.
    And this week, Rovio announced its own entry into the toys/game crossover market with Angry Birds Star Wars II, arriving on September 19th.
    Activision, meanwhile, continues to move forward with the series that started it all. Skylanders: Swap Force is due for release later this year, along with a new range of customisable figurines.

    by Published on June 5th, 2013 22:04
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    Wii U is entering a perilous period at UK retail.
    It was reported this morning that GameStop is removing its Wii U Basic 8GB stock from shelves in the US and returning it to Nintendo.
    Neither Nintendo or GameStop has responded officially to the claims. Nintendo UK, however, has confirmed to MCV that there are currently no plans to withdraw the SKU from the UK market.
    But there could still be some bad news on the horizon for the console in the UK.
    MCV has been told from sources in UK retail that some retailers – including leading national GAME – are reassessing the shelf space they allocate to Nintendo’s machine.
    Indeed, GAME is understood in some stores to be relegating the Wii U from its current wall bay display spaces to smaller, less prominent floor areas. And unless sales of the machine and its software pick up it could be reduced further still to make room for PS4 and Xbox One later this year.
    Nintendo told MCV that it does not comment on rumour and speculation while GAME has not answered enquiries on the subject.

    by Published on June 4th, 2013 23:47
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    Shigeru Miyamoto has requested patience. Speaking with CNN in early April, he urged consumers to give Wii U a chance, to give Nintendo an opportunity to communicate the usefulness of the console’s second screen and to look forward to the games coming in late 2013. But with low sales in every territory for Nintendo’s latest console, Christmas may be too late.Wii U’s figures tell an unprecedented story. Nintendo has shifted 3.45 million Wii Us worldwide, with only 390,000 of those sold in 2013. While Nintendo stays tight-lipped on exact monthly sales figures, estimates from NPD Group data state that Wii U sold around 57,000 units in January and 64–75,000 in February in the US, a long way short of 360’s 302,000 and PS3’s 263,000 in February alone. In fact, in no four-week period on record has 360 or PS3 sold as few units as Wii U at its lowest ebb.While these numbers paint a dismal picture, the future looks darker still. Titles championed by Nintendo at the console’s E3 debut have been delayed or ported to other platforms, and publishers that shared Nintendo’s stage at Wii U’s E3 announcement have drifted away. Rayman Legends has gone multiplatform, Metro: Last Light and Aliens: Colonial Marines have been cancelled for the console, none of EA’s key 2013 titles – Dead Space 3, Crysis 3 and Battlefield 4 – are heading to Wii U, and both Madden and FIFA are running one year behind their PS3 and 360 counterparts. “Imagine a shooter like Battlefield… brought to you on a Nintendo system with that breakthrough controller,” said John Riccitiello at Nintendo’s 2011 E3 conference. Two years on, and imagination is the closest anyone will get to a Wii U version of EA’s FPS series.EA won’t be bringing Battlefield 4 to Wii U.

    “Nintendo always went against the grain,” says EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich. “It’s risky for publishers to jump on revolutionary technology from day one and this puts tremendous pressure on the firstparty studios to lead the charge. With Wii U, a few key firstparty titles were delayed, and without them consumers are still on the fence about the console.”“Third parties won’t say this on the record, but many have confided in me that they are sceptical about Wii U,” says Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter. “The control scheme is very DS-like, the graphics are comparable to current-generation consoles, and the price point is relatively high. Although Nintendo did a commendable job with launch support, the lack of support from big publishers – Battlefield 4 and GTAV, for example – speaks volumes.”The clock is ticking on Wii U and the platform’s success now depends on the power of Nintendo’s firstparty titles to revive its fortunes. Mario Kart, Zelda, Super Smash Bros and Mario games have been announced, but with no release date. Pikmin 3, Bayonetta 2, The Wonderful 101 and an untitled Yoshi platformer have been shown off, but also have no date attached to them. “I suppose the right question is why they didn’t have more firstparty titles available at launch,” says Pachter. “And the answer is likely that they didn’t plan very well.”E3 will no doubt give shape to some firstparty games – Nintendo still intends to hold a press event, despite shunning the big stage – but the company’s attempt to court hardcore players failed long before the launch of Wii U. The barrage of ‘core’ games for Wii in 2010 was a clear shift in direction. As far back as 2008, Nintendo had set about securing the rights to Monster Hunter, guaranteeing Wii’s ongoing success in Japan, and the 2010/11 years saw it finance and publish Metroid: Other M, Pandora’s Tower, The Last Story and Xenoblade Chronicles at extraordinary expense. All three were costly and underperformed, particularly in the west.

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