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07/04/2014: Nintendo Makes. Sony Copies & Paste.

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07/03/2014: Mario actor Bob Hoskins dies at 71.

Bob Hoskins portrayed Mario in the live-action Super Mario Bros. film, citing it as the worst role he ever took on.

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British actor Bob Hoskins has passed away due to complications of pneumonia. He was 71 and while he was remembered for greater roles than that of his portrayal of Mario in the Super Mario Bros. movie, it is one of his most famous roles considering how unpopular the movie eventually was. Hoskins himself hated his part in the movie and publicly stated it was the worst decision he could have made in his career.

The worst thing I ever did? Super Mario Brothers. It was a f****** nightmare. The whole experience was a nightmare. It had a husband-and-wife team directing, whose arrogance had been mistaken for talent. After so many weeks their own agent told them to get off the set! F****** nightmare. F****** idiots.

Hoskins was the last actor alive to have portrayed Mario in a live action capacity, as Lou Albano from the Mario TV show passed away a few years ago at the age of 76.

Hoskins was the last actor alive to have portrayed Mario in a live action capacity, as Lou Albano from the Mario TV show passed away a few years ago at the age of 76.

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06/19/2014: Lostwinds 1 can now be transfer to the Wii U console.

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We inform you that there's a new update for Lost Winds.
This update allows you to transfer the game to a Wii U console by using the Wii's data transfer. If you want to enjoy Lost Winds in your Wii U console, download the update and then carry on the data transfer.

As a Gamer and a webmaster. I can confirm this. I just transferred my lost winds game from the Wii to the Wii U last night. For almost two years. I almost gave up hope. Than this miracle happen. There was a light at the end of the tunnel. shining bright. Than the Rocket took off carrying the Lostwinds game to the Wii U. Nintendo and Frontier has finally done it.

So you all can now update the system transfer and move your Lostwinds data from the Wii to the Wii U.

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06/17/2014: Nintendo E3 2014 Digital Press Conference.

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06/17/2014: GameCube Virtual Console Could Give Wii U Direction.

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GameCube Virtual Console possible struggles and triumphs
“Could the lack of analog triggers on the Wii U’s controller affect the possibility of GameCube games coming to the Virtual Console?” asks Facebook user, Kalman Molnar. The Virtual Console, for those who are not aware, is a Wii Shop/eShop subcategory that features the gems of Nintendo’s past. On the Wii you can find NES, SNES, and N64 titles such as, Castlevania, the original The Legend of Zelda, Super Metroid, PunchOut!!, and Starfox 64. The Wii U isn’t quite there yet, currently featuring only NES, SNES, and soon to be DS games, and with the 3DS featuring NES, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, and Sega Game Gear titles; it’s easy to see why the Virtual Console is kind of a big deal.

I’m a huge Nintendo fan, but due to life events, extracurricular activities, and planning for college, I missed a ton of awesome things during the GameCube era. During that time, all I really ever played was my PlayStation 2. Ratchet and Clank (I owned 3 of 4), Pac-Man World 2, God of War 1 and 2, and the not-so-occasional Mario Kart 64 with friends was my routine. For lack of a better term, I was pretty dang casual. It wasn’t until around college graduation and beyond that I experienced games such as Mario Kart: Double Dash, Metroid Prime, and Super Smash Bros. Melee on my ex-boyfriend’s GameCube.

To those of you more familiar with the GameCube, there are a few titles such as, F-Zero GX, Mario Kart: Double Dash, and many other games that took advantage of the GameCube’s back triggers – a function that is not found on the Wii U Gamepad Controller nor the Wii U Pro Controller and the sole reason for this article

Also Nintendo is working on a Gamecube controller input for their new Wii U hit Super Smash Bros Brawl.

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A question many fans want the answer to is, “will we be seeing any GameCube Virtual Console games on the Wii U”? According to this quote from a NintendoGal interview with Amber McCollum, Nintendo of America’s Director of Entertainment & Trend Marketing, the answer is: maybe.

As the Wii U Controller lacks analog triggers, how will games like those mentioned above be featured on the Virtual Console, if at all, without being completely botched? There are certain titles that will be ok without the added button sensitivity, but in certain games, mainly racers, the level of trigger depression played a big part in drifting, acceleration changes within gear shifts, etc. If GameCube games that required this precision were put onto the Virtual Console, would Nintendo opt for different modes of play like touch screen controls, the gyroscope, or perhaps utilizing that second analog stick? Or would they simply create a separate controller that does feature analog triggers? All in all, I don’t think that it’s that big of an issue to correct. We’ve seen Nintendo remap the controls from setups as odd as the Nintendo 64 to the original Wii Classic Controller. We’ve also seen Nintendo recreate the control scheme altogether with Wii Motion Plus and the aforementioned original Wii Classic Controller. As someone who missed out on a great portion of the GameCube’s library, I’d definitely leap for joy with such an inclusion on the eShop. Many critics of the Wii U say that it’s setting itself up to be the GameCube 2.0. My rebuttal to that would be “Yes!”, using my best Captain Falcon impression. If the Wii U were to make their current audience familiar again with games such as, Geist, Eternal Darkness, Baiten Kaitos, Timesplitters, Viewtiful Joe, the Metroid Prime series, Wave Race, Battalion Wars, etc., that could lead to Nintendo go back in that direction and give the core gamers what they truly want – core titles.

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06/14/2014: {RUMOR} Nintendo Planning HD Remakes Of Seven N64 Titles On Wii U As “ReUmagined” Series?.

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A new rumor making the rounds on the internet is touting the idea that Nintendo will be making a “ReUmagined” series in which the company gives seven Nintendo 64 games “the Wind Waker HD treatment,” remaking them in HD to be sold on the Wii U eShop. Supposedly, Super Mario 64 would be the first title, followed by six others, and all seven games would feature new content and retail at $30. The idea is that Nintendo would be filling gaps in their Wii U lineup of games by re-releasing the old N64 classics.

Some of the details on the hypothetical Mario 64 remake include a two-player mode in which both Mario and Luigi can be controlled simultaneously, with one camera following Mario on the main screen, and the other following Luigi on the gamepad. Does this all sound too good to be true? If the ReUmagined series turned out to be real, which N64 games would you want to see remade into Wii U titles?

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05/31/2014: Gameboy Advanced Emulator GBA4iOS Has Been Taken Down by Nintendo.

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Riley Testut, Developer of the extremely popular Gameboy Advanced emulator GBA4iOS has recently announced on Twitter that Nintendo has sent a DMCA Notice for the popular Gameboy Advanced Emulation iOS application to be shut down.

Riley Testut, Developer of the extremely popular Gameboy Advanced emulator GBA4iOS has recently announced on Twitter that Nintendo has sent a DMCA Notice for the popular Gameboy Advanced Emulation iOS application to be shut down.

The issue doesn’t seem to be the emulator, but the fact that the in-app browser links directly to a ROM website. The solution would be to link the in-app browser to a search engine like Google, and let user find the Rom files themselves, which isn’t hard. This shutdown will not effect anyone who already has the Gameboy Advanced emulator installed on their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, but will affect people who do not already own the app and want to download it.
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The app was just about to reach it’s 10 million download mark, and the 18 year old Dallas-based high school developer seems to be determined to get the app back up and running. We’ll be sure to keep you guys posted for more news about the return of GBA4iOS, and any problems the app may face in the future. A lot of people seem to think it may be a sign that Nintendo is trying to remove all other competitors as they may porting some old Gameboy classics to the iOS platform, but only time can tell what the future holds for Nintendo’s relationship with iOS.

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05/31/2014: Player Line-up and Other Details Confirmed for the Smash Bros. 2014 Invitational.

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Nintendo has been dropping many announcements on Smash Bros. fans today, one of which included a new Smash Bros. Invitational video that includes the new player line-up, venue and rules.
This competition will take place on Tuesday, June 10th, at 4:00 – 6:30 PM PT via popular game streaming service Twitch. 16 lucky players will get the opportunity to face off in the competition of a lifetime (player names listed in the video above). There will be three announcers and one host: Wynton “Prog” Smith, Bobby “Scar” Scarnewman, D’Ron “D1″ Maingrette and Geoff Keighley respectively. The contestants will chose a single character for the whole tournament from a limited roster through a special draft. Nintendo has yet to tell us why the entire (announced) roster isn’t playable in the competition, but fans are excited for the opportunity to finally see a full battle go down. Are you excited for this competition? You can let me know by leaving a comment below!

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05/30/2014: Nintendo PR – E4 partners with Nintendo Wii U Mario Kart TV.

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Channel 4 Sales today announced a new partnership with E4 and Nintendo to celebrate its latest release Mario Kart 8 on Wii U, due to hit the shelves on Friday 30th May. Mario Kart 8’s new Mario Kart TV feature allows players to share a 30, 45 or 60-second highlight reel of their best race moments with their friends immediately after play via Nintendo’s Miiverse social network and YouTube. In this exclusive partnership with E4, from the game’s release on Friday 30th May to Monday 2nd June, players using Mario Kart TV to upload their race highlights to MiiVerse and YouTube, will also be able to enter a competition to win one of five chances to have their race highlights broadcast on E4. Players can enter their details for a chance to win via a linked E4 Nintendo competition page.

Each evening from Monday 2nd June to Friday 6th June, one winning player’s race highlights showreel, including the player’s name, will be broadcast in commercial airtime at approx. 8.10pm on E4. The five winners will also each win a real-life Mario Kart cup. To promote the competition to win this unique opportunity – and find out more about the new Mario Kart 8 game – ad spots will be broadcast across E4 between Friday 23rd May and Sunday 1st June. E4 viewers will be given the chance to win a Wii U – the competition will be advertised in the winning players ad spots. The partnership was brokered by Matt Waller, Group Partnerships Manager, Channel 4 Sales and Liam Hannan, Communications Manager at MEC.

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05/30/2014: Nintendo and Tecmo Talk about the Creation of Hyrule Warriors.

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In a recent interview with Japanese gaming website Famitsu, Nintendo’s very own Legend of Zelda Director Eiji Anouma talked with Hyrule Warriors Producer Hisashi Koinuma and Yosuke Hayashi about the creation of the unimaginable crossover. Here are a few excerpts from the interview: “Warriors has teamed up with series such as Gundam, Fist of the North Star and One Piece, and I thought about doing something with Nintendo,” explains Koinuma. “While thinking about what would make for a good collaboration, it was Hayashi that proposed [the idea] by saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting to do a collaboration with The Legend of Zelda?’” They spoke with Eiji Aonuma and Shigeru Miyamoto, whom agreed on the collaboration. Aonuma apparently considered the idea of a cross over years ago when Tecmo announced the One Piecegame. “Miyamoto told me, ‘The folks at Tecmo Koei are talking about a Zelda Musou. Are you interested?’” Aonuma said, “and I responded with ‘definitely!’”

“You can say that luck also played a role,” Koinuma said. “The title that our company wanted to do a Musou game collaboration with the most just so happened to be the one title that the folks at Nintendo said ‘we can entrust them with this one’ to, so we were both able to come to an agreement regarding The Legend of Zelda.” From the looks of it, both Nintendo and Tecmo had been very open to the idea of a crossover and the result of this collaboration is stellar. If you’re interested in reading more, why not check out the entire interview? There’s bound to be a ton of new info!

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05/29/2014: Wii U Version of Super Smash Bros. To Support Gamecube Controllers.

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Nintendo has announced that the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. will be playable with the famed Gamecube Controller through the use of its new, licensed Gamecube Controller Adapter for the Wii U. This is big news because the Gamecube controller is a fan favorite for professional Smash players and regular Smash fans alike! The accessory will plug in to your Wii U via the two USB ports on the front of the system, from there you will be able to plug in the up four Gamecube controllers!

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A small problem seems to occur when you realise that not everyone who wants to play with a Gamecube controller will own a Gamecube controller, a solution may be for Nintendo to start reproducing the controller, and we may have some evidence of that via the pictures above. The hint that Nintendo is reproducing Gamecube Controllers is the fact that the controller pictured above sports the official Smash Bros. logo instead of the Gamecube logo, and if they were to reproduce the Gamecube controller, it would not be very smart to have it branded for a ten year old system, so the picture above shows an entirely new controller design that we have never seen before. What are your thoughts on the use of the Gamecube controller with the Wii U? You can let us know by leaving a comment below!

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05/17/2014: Nintendo finally does right by hardcore fighting fans with Smash Bros..

It's a good day to be a Smash Bros. fan--and an even better one if you love watching high-level Smash Bros. play. Today's Nintendo Direct revolved entirely around Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS--the latter coming in Summer 2014, the former in Winter 2014. And while the Internet and GamesRadar offices are abuzz with talk of new modes and character reveals, I'm actually most intrigued by the announcement of the online functionality and balance changes that minimize randomness. In particular, the new "For Glory" mode of online play sends a message to Smash Bros. players: we want to foster and cater to skilled players just as much as casual fans.
If you missed the Nintendo Direct and/or became too overcome by glee to take in new information, here's a quick refresher. Both versions of the new Smash Bros. have online functionality, divided into two modes of play: For Fun, and For Glory. For Fun is the classic Smash Bros. free-for-all, with all items enabled and randomized stages--except Final Destination. Such an iconic stage is only available online in the For Glory mode of play, which is essentially the Smash Bros. version of Ranked matches. For Glory takes everything you know about expert-level Smash Bros. and condenses it into a single online environment. Matches can be one-on-one duels, there are no items turned on, and Final Destination is the only battlefield available. Since Smash Bros. Melee, Final Destination has been the de facto stage for proving one's skill. The flat, predictable nature of the stage lets you focus purely on the fight at hand, without shifting platforms or ridiculous items getting in the way. In an ingenious move, Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS will include a Final Destination version of almost all the stages, so expert players won't have to stare at the same in-space theme for hours on end.
While there don't seem to be any plans for a formal ranked ladder (the confusing reverse leaderboard that is Global Smash Power notwithstanding), the new Smash Bros. will include matchmaking so that newcomers won't be pitted against the best players. That's invaluable for the growth of an online community, because the best players can only get better if they're constantly playing against competitors of their own caliber. And unlike the For Fun mode, which only records your total wins, For Glory keeps track of your win-loss ratio. A dedicated fighting game player wouldn't have it any other way. On top of the normalized settings of For Glory, game director Masahiro Sakurai emphasized that there will be repercussions for anyone who detracts from the online experience--as with any self-respecting fighting game. If you are constantly rage-quitting matches, griefing players by only attacking them, purposely killing yourself, or out-and-out cheating, you will get banned. Sakurai implied that the duration of your ban will increase with repeat offenses. Recent fighters like Killer Instinct have implemented similar punishments to great effect, so this is a welcome modern addition to the bare-bones, unregulated online play seen in Brawl.
Combined, these changes should do wonders to improve Nintendo's image, proving that it's not a company that's miles behind the curve in regards to the online gaming space. Sakurai also made a point about calling out the 60FPS frame rate for both the 3DS and Wii U versions, which sounds like a statement aimed directly at appeasing professional-level players. The average gamer appreciates the smoothness of 60FPS, but probably can't tell the difference in frames during a match. But since pro players need to know how every frame of their attack animations function, they'll definitely appreciate the high frame rate. And changes aimed at improving high-level Smash Bros. play aren't just limited to new online modes or technical improvements. Remember tripping, the totally random Smash Bros. Brawl mechanic that everyone hated? Randomness in fighting games is awful: the person on the receiving end feels like they got screwed over by an unpredictable force, and their opponent feels like they only won by chance. Tripping is gone in the new Smash Bros., but Nintendo has gone as far as to rebalance the variable aspects out of existing characters. Olimar's Pikmin now pop up in a reliable order, and King Dedede's projectiles only come in one variety.
In addition, players won't have to worry about switching everything up while playing as or against Samus, Zelda and Charizard, now that their alternate forms have been turned into standalone fighters. All these changes go a long way towards making the fights feel more consistent, and emphasize player skill over dumb luck. (I wouldn't be surprised if Peach's turnips also get standardized in the same manner.) So what does all this really mean? Nintendo has finally come to appreciate its most dedicated fans. This is the same company that wanted to shut down the Smash Bros. Melee tournament at EVO, the nation's biggest annual fighting game tourney, in 2013--which went on to break livestream records. Instead of making online matchmaking an afterthought, the newest Smash Bros. has given pro-level players their own mode to enjoy, all without detracting any fun from the casual fan.
If I have one concern, it's the discrepancy between the 3DS and Wii U release dates. Information is invaluable in a fighting game, because knowledge is power. If you know a match-up by heart, understanding everything that you and your opponent are capable of, you're going to have a huge advantage. It's almost forcing serious Smash Bros. players to pick up the 3DS version and train up, lest they know far less about the game's systems on the Wii U version's launch day. But on the whole, Nintendo has done everything in its power to make high-level Smash play the best it can be. After the slapdash implementation of online play in Smash Bros. Brawl, I had my doubts--but after today's news, Nintendo has asserted that they have the interest of the players, be they rookies or professionals, at heart. For people who like to play--or watch--Smash Bros. in its purest, most skill-intensive form, this is an exciting time. Oh, and the fact that Nintendo credits Mega Man's uppercut move to Marvel vs. Capcom is incredible. It just had to be said.

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03/12/2014: Future video Game Movies in the works.

Need for Speed March 14, 2014 TBC TBC TBC Electronic Arts
Heavenly Sword June 2014[55] TBC TBC TBC Ninja Theory
Untitled sixth Resident Evil film September 12, 2014 TBC TBC TBC Capcom
Agent 47 TBC TBC TBC TBC Square Enix
Assassin's Creed August 7, 2015[59] TBC TBC TBC Ubisoft
Ratchet and Clank 2015 TBC TBC TBC Insomniac Games
Warcraft March 11, 2016[62] TBC TBC TBC Blizzard Entertainment
Angry Birds July 1, 2016 TBC TBC TBC Rovio Entertainment
Metal Gear Solid 2016 TBC TBC TBC Konami
Sly Cooper Q1 2016 TBC TBC TBC Sucker Punch Productions
Mass Effect 2018-2019 TBC TBC TBC Bioware
Untitled Tomb Raider reboot TBC TBC TBC TBC Square Enix
Just Cause: Scorpion Rising[68] TBC TBC TBC TBC Square Enix
Deus Ex: Human Revolution TBC TBC TBC TBC Square Enix
Splinter Cell TBC TBC TBC TBC Ubisoft
Mortal Kombat reboot TBC TBC TBC TBC NetherRealm Studios
The Last of Us[73] TBC TBC TBC TBC Naughty Dog
Gran Turismo TBC TBC TBC TBC Polyphony Digital
Uncharted TBC TBC TBC TBC Naughty Dog

03/07/2014: Warning! A Huge Steam Locomotive Is Approaching In Steel Empire.

Steel Empire, a vintage Sega Genesis shooter, is coming to Nintendo 3DS on March 19. Mebius and Starfish are re-releasing the game via eShop with a few extra features. Steel Empire for 3DS has a replay saving feature and achievements. Same steampunk bosses and leveling up system from the original game.
Steel Empire has only been announced for Japan, but UFO Interactive has published many of Starfish’s games. Perhaps there’s a chance for this to come over. Read more at

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03/07/2014: Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson - more screens, art, official site open.

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02/23/2014: To All Nintendo Gamers.

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02/18/2014: Rumour: Minecraft Is Already In Development For Wii U, GamePad Said To Be The Focus.

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Could be released by the end of 2014

Minecraft is something of a smash hit, having sold over 30 million copies since its launch a few years back. The game is currently being ported to the PS3, PS4, PS Vita and Xbox One — and, if a new rumour is to be believed, the Wii U. The source is a retailer who has previously shared inside information with Nintendo Enthusiast, so it might be wise to take this with a fairly large bag of salt. According to the source, Minecraft studio Mojang has taken possession of Wii U developer kits — although quite how a retailer would know this kind of information is unclear — and the game will make heavy use of the GamePad. Nintendo's Dan Adelman and Damon Baker have previously stated that they have a "continuing relationship" with Mojang, so getting Minecraft on the Wii U is clearly one of the company's aims. However, whether or not you believe that is actually happening right now depends on how much stock you place in this mysterious retail "source". Let us know what your gut feeling is, and how much you'd love to play Minecraft on your GamePad.

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02/14/2014: Dreamcast developer has plans for Wii U and 3DS.

Did you guys know the Dreamcast is still around? Yup, it is. Even though Sega’s left it for dead, 16 years after it’s release developers still continue to make games for it. Just this year developers Hucast and KonTechs Ltd. released their Kickstarter funded bullet-hell space shooter Redux: Dark Matters onto the old system. Which itself was a remake of the 2009 Dreamcast title DUX.

What you might find more interesting though is that one of the developers, René Hellwig, was recently quoted as saying:

We have plans for Wii U and 3DS. We think Redux would look amazing with stereoscopic 3D graphics! Since we developed the game on PC with HD graphics it will be easy for us to port the game to Nintendo consoles. Nintendo is more straightforward with Indie devs, and we believe that in the coming years Nintendo consoles will be a great place to publish Indie games.

Which suggests that Dark Matters may make it’s way to a Nintendo console sometime soon. Of course, if you’re interested in the game but don’t want to wait for an eventual eShop release you can order it here from the developers. Of course you’ll need to have a Dreamcast to play it on. The game’s gotten rave reviews, so if you get the chance there’s no reason not to try it out!

So what do you all think of this? Would you be interested in playing a game like Redux: Dark Matters on the Wii U or 3DS? Let us know in the comments!

[Source: Nintendo Life]

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02/10/2014: Get Pokémon Bank!.

Pokémon Bank is available via the Nintendo eShop. We've made it easy for you to locate and purchase Pokémon Bank with this handy QR Code®. Simply press both the L and R buttons from your Nintendo 3DS system's HOME Menu, then tap the QR Code® button in the lower left. Aim the camera at the QR Code here to be taken directly to Pokémon Bank in the Nintendo eShop. Be sure your Nintendo 3DS system is connected to the Internet!

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02/04/2014: Don't judge Nintendo to QUICKLY!!!!!.

For all the people, that are saying Nintendo is failing, The Wii U is in Big Trouble. I got news for you.

You're underestimating Nintendo. The Wii U isn't in more trouble than the 3DS. Poor marketing and advertising maybe, but there is still hope for their HD console. More Nintendo and indie games are coming up this year like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (next month), Mario Kart 8 (this spring), FAST Racing NEO, Watch_Dogs (from Ubisoft), Project CARS, Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem (published by ATLUS)-- and their most anticipating titles from Nintendo-- Super Smash Bros. (co-developed by Sora and Bandai-Namco), Bayonetta 2 (published by Nintendo and developed by PlatinumGames, Inc.) and X (developed by MonolithSoft, Inc.). 2014 is just the beginning for the Big N... and there's hope that the Wii U will deliver these games this year and beyond. For the xbox/Playstation Fanboys out there.
At least Nintendo makes a console that works. The Xbox One is having major problems & The PS4 is have major console problems. Yes Microsoft & Sony has got some great games. But what is the point of getting those games for those consoles when the Xbox One/PS4 refuses to work. Those to consoles are the Atari 5200 & the Atari Jaguar CD all over again. And you fanboys are just wasting money on a overprice paper weight. EA, the biggest crappy game company that is also the worst video game company said the Wii U is crap. when they can't make good games for them self's. Also EA, AKA Electronic Arts has been voted the Worst company two years in a row. Also since the launch of the xbox One and the PS4, Both of those consoles have been breaking down and NOT working!! How do you like them apples? Nintendo haters.

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02/03/2014: Project Cars "Promising" on Wii U .

project C.A.R.S. trailer - Speed and Sound from JonZ on Vimeo.

Project CARS is a game developed by Slightly Mad Studio (creator of Shift series and GTR). Based on realistic physics and outstanding graphics. As this project is on initial stage of development, all seen footage is pre-alpha. This project is currently funded by SMS under World Mass Development. WMD is a platform that let the community join the project as investors and tester.

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02/03/2014: Wii U Virtual Console will be getting DS games soon.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata gave a presentation detailing what they're doing to turnaround the company's poor performance. It was also revealed that the Wii U will be seeing Nintendo DS games appearing on the Virtual Console. A slide on this page gives one example of what DS a game like Brain Age will look like on the Wii U GamePad. About time. We'll share more on what to expect from this as soon as we hear anything.

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02/03/2014: ReVeN is the next 2D Metroid-inspired game to watch.

Since Nintendo seems dead set on never giving us another proper 2D Metroid game, it is up to the indie community to pull up the slack. Ghost Song, a game heavily inspired by old school Metroid titles, and Paradise Lost, a gorgeous pixelated stealth Metroidvania, both enjoyed pretty immense crowdfunding success on Kickstarter last year. A few days into its own campaign, ReVeN looks like it might just do the same.

To be fair, whether ReVeN will employ classic Metroidvania exploration and backtracking is unclear from the video, but what is clear is that the team takes a lot of inspiration from the legendary Nintendo franchise. The developer is named Varia Games, after all.

After about a week of its campaign, ReVeN has earned more than two-thirds of its funding goal of $18,000 on Kickstarter. Additionally, it is up for voting on Steam Greenlight. Are you paying attention to this, Nintendo? People want another 2D Metroid game so badly that they are now making their own, and those games are becoming fairly successful.

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02/02/2014: Boy tries to rape mom, kills her, over Call of Duty ban, Uses the gun he was given at 11-years-old.

A 14-year-old boy from rural Iowa has been charged with first degree murder after shooting his mother with a .22 caliber rifle he received as a present. Noah Crooks, who was 13 at the time, attempted to rape his mother in a fit of rage after he was grounded from Call of Duty. "I’m not joking at all. She’s dead. I’m scared. I killed my mom with my .22. I don’t know why I did it," confessed Crooks in a 911 call after the act. "I feel crazy and I know I'm not. I think I have some form of ADD. "I tried to rape her. I tried to rape her but I couldn't do it. Who tries to rape their own mom? My life is down the drain now." According to Crooks' own confession, his game was taken from him due to bad grades at school, at which point he snapped. After finding himself unable to follow through with the first act of violence, he used the rifle his mother had given him as a gift when he was 11-years-old. Gretchen Crooks was shot over 20 times. Her pajama top had been undone and she was naked from the waist down. After the boy killed his mother, he texted his dad to confess that he'd killed his mother "accidentally." The father, thinking his son was joking, joshingly responded by telling him to "throw her in the grove." According to the father, the mother and son would fight often, but would make up and play videogames together. Noah did once say he wanted to kill his mother, but the father didn't take it too seriously. Crooks' lawyers are attempting to argue that the murder was the result of a "tumor of rage" that rendered him unable to control himself. A child psychologist will also be attempting to see if he suffers from intermittent explosive disorder.

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02/02/2014: Watch the Super Bowl with Nintendo TVii, enter for a chance to win a special Nintendo jersey.

Those who watch the Super Bowl with Nintendo TVii tomorrow can enter for a chance to win a special, limited edition Nintendo jersey. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime shared the giveaway news on Twitter just a few minutes ago. He also made note of how Nintendo TVii users can make predictions about the game in real-time and earn high standings on the Leaderboard against other football fans. The tweets in full:


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02/02/2014: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze footage.

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02/02/2014: Wii U Outsells Xbox One The Week Before Christmas According To VGChartz.

We’ll start with the obligatory caveat: VGChartz is a controversial website. Any sales numbers taken from the site should, for a variety of reasons, be taken with a grain of salt. The numbers presented below should be viewed as estimates rather than hard data. That being said, VGChartz’ weekly global sales figures for the week ending Dec. 21st place Nintendo’s Wii U one spot ahead of Microsoft’s Xbox One. The Wii U sold 319,860 units globally according to VGChartz, while the Xbox One sold just 307,366. Notably, the Xbox One is still not for sale in Japan. But Microsoft has never mounted much of a threat in that region. (According to the below chart, the PSP sold nearly 9,000 units in Japan, while the Xbox 360 sold a paltry 688, lower than any other system currently for sale in the region. There is little reason to believe the Xbox One will change this.)

While the Wii U does appear to have some new legs this holiday season following the release of Super Mario 3D World, the real holiday power-houses are Nintendo’s 3DS handheld system and Sony’s PS4, with 1.07m units and 656,655 units sold respectively. But even the Xbox 360 and PS3 outsold the Wii U and Xbox One during the major shopping week before Christmas according to these estimates. I’m not sure if this bodes well for the Wii U, or ill for the Xbox One. One week of sales data—or sales estimates—can only provide so much insight. Certainly the Wii U has a better stockpile of exclusive video games at this point than either of its major rivals’ next-gen systems, and enjoys a price-point well below either the PS4 ($100 less) or the Xbox One ($200 less) making it an attractive holiday purchase. But analysts remain dubious about the Wii U’s sales prospects. Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter doubts the system will top 20m units by 2016.

“This is how it goes,” says Pachter. “We expect Sony’s and Microsoft’s new consoles to thrive over the next three years, with cumulative worldwide sales of 37.7 million PS4 and 29 million Xbox One consoles by year-end 2016. We do not expect Nintendo’s Wii U to fare as well, with cumulative sales of under 20 million by 2016.” The Wii U is a peculiar animal. I’ve sounded doubts and praise for the system, which I believe has both great potential and absolutely terrible marketing, and may yet surprise us all in the end. If Nintendo can really come through with must-have exclusive content, the Wii U might start catching up with its cousin, the 3DS, which itself was something of a surprise. 2014 should be an interesting year for all three systems, as we see the next-gen race really take off. I suspect that by next New Years Eve we’ll have a much clearer portrait of where the console wars are headed. My best guess: The 3DS will still be the system to beat. Update: Shawn Long of Nintendo Enthusiast (who, it appears, stumbled on this story before anyone else) asks an interesting question: “Could [the boost in sales] be the reason for the downtime of the Nintendo eShop that plagued the world this past week?” I’d say, possibly. But if so, Nintendo needs to bolster its eShop for any other unexpected successes in the future.

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02/02/2014: Silent Hill 3 Coming To Movie Theaters In 3D.

Konami's grisly horror game franchise, Silent Hill, is coming back to movie theaters, this time with a story based on one of its best entries, Silent Hill 3. Like any movie worth watching, it will be filmed in stereoscopic 3D. Fangoria reports that the next Silent Hill flick, Silent Hill Revelation, will tell the tale of Silent Hill 3 star Heather Mason and the search for her father. "For years, Heather Mason and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn't fully understand," reads the official synopsis.

"Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by terrifying nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she's not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her in Silent Hill forever." The first Silent Hill movie was somewhat loosely based on the plot of the debut PlayStation entry in the series. Original screenwriter Roger Avary will not return for the sequel, according to Fangoria, with Michael J. Bassett taking over writing duties.

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01/25/2014: 8-Year-Old Finds Porn On Nintendo System He Got For Christmas.

A Hampton, Va., father wants answers after his 8-year-old son discovered porn on a Nintendo handheld gaming console that he got for Christmas. Tom Mayhew told Virginia TV news website WAVY that his son and some other young children discovered pornographic stills on the gaming system when he was playing with it Christmas morning. "It was a shocker because we had family here, and there were a lot of kids here," Mayhew told the station. "The kids were the ones that discovered those pictures." There were 12 images in all, with time stamps from early December. Mayhew said he bought the Nintendo at a local Walmart on Dec. 23. He originally thought the images came with the toy, but he now thinks someone bought it previously, put the porn on it, and then returned it. Mayhew said thought the Nintendo was new, not used.

"There is no reason for them to be even really on there. It's disgusting for one. It seems that this was the only thing left on it," Mayhew said. Although WAVY reported that the system was a Nintendo DS, that system was discontinued in 2007. The Nintendo DSi, a redesign of the system, is capable of web browsing. It comes with several cameras, and can store external content. Those feature might explain how a previous user was able to get porn onto it. This isn't the only incident in which a child discovered porn on a Nintendo device. Last year, a Colorado father was furious to find that a used Nintendo 3DS he bought as a Christmas gift for his 5-year-old son had 9 racy images on it. "You can't unsee this," father Mark Giles told KUSA at the time. "He's not going to forget about this tomorrow." GameStop gave him a new Nintendo 3DS and some games for his trouble. The store said that despite stringent refurbishing policies, occasionally things slip through.
On Christmas morning 2012, a 9-year-old girl in Sacramento, Calif., discovered pornographic videos on an Android tablet. The device was purchased through Target, which suggested the child's mother return the gift, CBS 13 reports. In October 2012, a mother in Georgia filed a lawsuit against Sprint and RadioShack after her 13-year-old daughter allegedly found pornographic images on a cell phone.

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12/24/2013: GTA V Weekly signatures on NC.

December 24/2013, GTA V Wii U Petition has reached,7,663 signatures.

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12/20/2013: Happy Holidays from Nintendo.

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12/20/2013: 3DS update version 7.1.0-14 out now.

A new update is out now for the 3DS. It’s nothing too major, though the firmware has been brought forward to version 7.1.0-14. Today’s update, Nintendo says, provides “Further improvements to overall system stability” while also making small adjustments “to enhance the user experience”.

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12/16/2013: Wii U Is Winning Next-Gen Gaming, Not Xbox One Or PS4.

Everyone's wondering whether the PS4 or Xbox One is winning. Well, wonder no more. The answer is clear: the Wii U is winning.

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12/13/2013: Wii U Sales Spike 75%; More Popular Than Xbox One, PS4 According To Rakuten.

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Nintendo's head honcho Satoru Iwata has come under fire recently from industry analyst Michael Pachter, with the analyst claiming that the executive has overstayed his welcome as an employee at Nintendo, as reported by Gamepolitics. However, Pachter must feel awfully silly given that, which is owned by Rakuten, has revealed that the Wii U has seen a sales spike of 75% in October, and the system has proven to be the most popular device amongst kids, along with the iPad, beating out the Xbox One and PS4.

PlayerEssence picked up a story from MCVUK, where's Rakuten revealed the Wii U is the most talked about holiday gift item for kids via Twitter, and that... “The marketplace’s social media analysis surprisingly showed that the brand new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles are trailing in second and third place respectively behind the Wii U and iPad.

“This is despite the fact that both new consoles sold out on Rakuten’s during Black Friday, which have since been restocked. It appears that those on the hunt for the latest consoles are gamers rather than consumers buying for their loved ones.”

As we previously reported, the Xbox One picked up the Black Friday sales victory over the PS4 and Wii U, but many feel the console did so on a fluke, given that during the time the PS4 was sold out the world around.

Of course, the Wii U could still be a hot ticket item due to many consumers and gamers alike still not being warmed to Microsoft or the Xbox One over the DRM issues the company rolled out earlier this year. Despite the DRM reversals, Microsoft has not been able to completely 180 themselves into a positive light with the public, which could further affect their sales beyond the hardcore day-one adopters.

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Given that the Xbox One originally helped boost the Wii U's sales by 220% back in May, it's not unlikely that gamers who may have been on the fence or consumers getting last minute gifts decided it was just best to go with the Wii U since the PS4 has been sold out so often since its release on November 15th.

However, as noted by MCVUK, this is just's interpretation of the numbers, and while we all want to see the Wii U continue to maintain its dominance over the market, we won't know for sure how much it managed to sell in SKUs the world around until the official numbers roll in.

We do know, however, that the Wii U has seen a massive spike in sales over in Japan, thanks to rolling out a series of high quality games, such as Super Mario 3D World, which helped the console to become the top selling home console on the weekly charts.

There is one thing we know for sure: Sony is gunning hard for Nintendo; and 2014 will be an absolute battleground whether Nintendo wanted to participate in one of the most brutal console war showdowns or not.

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12/09/2013: GTA V Weekly signatures on NC.

December 09/2013, GTA V Wii U Petition has reached,7,494 signatures.

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12/05/2013: Pornhub releases console-viewing statistics.

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No surprise to see the Wii coming in last in this category, but I'm surprised to see a sizable percentage!

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12/03/2013: Future Retro Mario 3D World.

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12/02/2013: Nintendo: Xbox One, PS4 launch can be "good for us".

President Satoru Iwata says new consoles will "energize the video game industry as a whole."
Microsoft and Sony may not be the only companies that benefit from the upcoming launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. New consoles coming to market may signal greater consumer interest in games overall, according to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, who downplayed the effect competing consoles will have on Nintendo's business this holiday during a recent earnings presentation.

"I think the launch of other video game systems is also good for us because they energize the video game industry as a whole," Iwata said. "Though there are some who take the view that intensified competition means overseas competition will be tough for Nintendo, no matter how Nintendo does domestically, I do not necessarily see it that way. This year, what Nintendo is promoting is, conversely, to stand out in the game industry for individuality. I believe we have become a unique value."

One way Nintendo will stand out this holiday season is by promoting family-oriented titles for Wii U, compared to the slate of titles for Xbox One and PS4 aimed at "highly skilled" players, Iwata said.

"We have an offering of software for the end of this calendar year that encourages family fun at home," Iwata said. Some of the titles he called out were Super Mario 3D World, Wii Party U, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Wii Sports Club, and Wii Fit U.

"Other companies will launch new consoles, but I think they focus on targeting highly skilled users," Iwata said. "Therefore, in that sense, though the competition will heat up because new game consoles will come out and there will be a 'war of the game consoles' played out in media articles, we wonder if the target user will actually be the same."

Looking into 2014, Iwata said Nintendo is preparing "a number" of Wii U games that will appeal to "highly skilled users." He did not name these outright, but core-focused 2014 Nintendo games could include Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros., and Bayonetta 2, among others. A new Legend of Zelda game for Wii U is also in development, though Nintendo has yet to announce a release date.

The PS4 launches in North America on November 15, while the Xbox One arrives November 22.

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12/02/2013: Play Wii U for free at six airports this month.

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Passengers traveling through six U.S. airports have an added option for battling boredom this month. Southwest Airlines and Japanese video game giant Nintendo have partnered to provide Wii U gaming lounges on heavily-trafficked areas of concourses at Dallas Love Field, Chicago Midway, Atlanta, Denver, Tampa Bay and St. Louis airports. "These are some of the busiest places for holiday travelers and we want to make sure they are having fun while at the airport," said Southwest Airlines spokesman Dan Landson. The game kiosks are free and feature Super Mario 3-D World and other new and popular games. Four people can play at each kiosk and there are several kiosks in each airport gaming lounge. The lounges are open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., and each has attendants on hand to assist game players and answer questions.
While fun, travelers will need to keep track of flight boarding times because "there are also no time limits for game players," said Landson. Installed just before the big Thanksgiving holiday travel weekend, the Wii U gaming lounges will stay at these airports until Dec. 22. To kick off the promotion, on Nov. 26 more than 100 passengers on Southwest Airlines Flight 1883 from New Orleans to Dallas received a Wii U console as a gift. Travelers who missed out on that flight may still be able to reap extra rewards from the Southwest/Nintendo partnership. A sweepstakes underway through Dec. 25 will award 30 prizes, each consisting of two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines and one Wii U Deluxe Gaming system. While these promotions end by Christmas, there are numerous airports where video game play is an option year-round.
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12/02/2013: This week's European downloads - December 5 (More 3D SEGA, Bravely Default and more).

Nintendo eShop (3DS)

YouTube (Google) - Free
Discover and watch your favourite videos and channels on YouTube. From comedy to music to sports, find the channels you love. Watching a video is just the beginning when you can like, share, comment, and more. By signing in to YouTube, you can easily access your subscribed channels, playlists, and favourites. Released on Friday 29th November.

3D Altered Beast (SEGA) - €4.99/£4.49
Summoned from the dead by Zeus, shape shift into various beasts and fight off hordes of demons to rescue the captured Athena from the clutches of Neff. Transform into a variety of beasts and fight off throngs of demons sent forth by the evil Neff. The mighty shape-shifting god will challenge you in various, hideous forms in each level, but you are armed to the teeth with transformative tricks of your own!

3D Sonic The Hedgehog (SEGA) - €4.99/£4.49
The evil scientist, Dr. Eggman (aka Dr. Robotnik), has snatched the animals of South Island, turning them into robot slaves. Only one hero can defeat Dr. Eggman and rescue the animals from his vile clutches - it's the super-cool hedgehog with the blue spiky hair, Sonic!

Bravely Default (Nintendo) - €44.99/£39.99
The crystal's glow wanes by the hour. Its fading light portends a greater darkness to come. Something must be done... In Bravely Default, quest through Luxendarc to awaken the crystals in a unique and innovative RPG experience, only on Nintendo 3DS family systems. Meet mysterious allies and terrible foes from all corners of the world, and best your enemies in instantly accessible turn-based battles. The new "Brave and Default" and "Bravely Second" systems set the stage for even more strategies, allowing you to disrupt the flow of traditional turn-based battles by attacking multiple times in a single turn - or even freezing time.

Bravely Default SP Drink (Nintendo) - €0.99/£0.89 (First time use costs €0.50/£0.50)
Bravely Second is a powerful system in Bravely Default that enables the player to freeze time during a battle. Attacks during Bravely Second use Sleep Points that can be accrued when players leave their Nintendo 3DS in Sleep Mode, or through purchasing an SP Drink from Nintendo eShop, which allows the player to recover 3 Sleep Points immediately after the Drink has been used.

Scribblenauts Unlimited (Nintendo) - €39.99/£34.99
In this Nintendo 3DS game, players solve puzzles using anything they can think of. Players simply tap in a word on the Touch Screen and it appears in the game - from anvils to zombies, the possibilities are nearly endless! Players can see how others nearby creatively solved the puzzles via StreetPass too!

Monster High 13 Wishes (Little Orbit) - €29.99/£24.99
It's up to you to help Frankie Stein and her ghoulfriends track down the 13 magical mirror shards needed to set things right--before it's too late!

Disney Frozen: Olaf's Quest (Avanquest) - €29.99/£24.99
Every day is a snow day with Disney Frozen: Olaf's Quest, the new, puzzle platformer video game based on the upcoming animated movie of the same name from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures! Following the events of the film this original adventure throws the focus to Olaf, the happy-go-lucky snowman, as he tries to hold himself together through all the perilous situations he stumbles into. An Icy (and Dicey) Adventure - Players must guide Olaf across 60 imaginative levels inspired by the mythical kingdom of Arendelle, navigating stimulating but accessible challenges, icy hazards and encountering mischievous natives while discovering hidden collectibles and unlockable accessories along the way.

Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey (Cypronia) - €4.99/£4.49
Help Jennifer, a young marine biologist, win the Best Aquarium Award. Dive to the bottom of the sea and find various hidden items in numerous eye-teasing locations. Get cash for them to buy cute sea creatures and beautiful ornaments to create three unique aquariums. Choose from tons of accessories and supplies to make the life of your exotic swimming pets fun and comfortable. Become a genuine aquarist, polish your design skills and win trophies in this dazzling hidden object spin-off of the original Fishdom.

Double Dragon (Arc System Works, NES VC) - €4.99/£4.49
Double Dragon is one of the most famous arcade-action fighting games ever and formed the template for many followers to come. Help Billy Lee in his quest to save his kidnapped girlfriend Marian from an evil gang. Use whatever weapons come to hand, or your good old fists and feet, to battle through the city. You can also level-up to unlock new moves.

Special offers
Luxor (MSL) - €5.99/£5.39 (Ends December 19, normally €11.99/£10.79)
Secret Mysteries in London - €5.99/£5.39 (Ends December 19, normally €11.99/£10.79)
Jewel Quest 4 Heritage - €5.99/£5.39 (Ends December 19, normally €11.99/£10.79)
4 Elements - €5.99/£5.39 (Ends December 19, normally €11.99/£10.79)
Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH (Shin'en Multimedia) - €2.99/£2.50 (Permanent, was €4.99/£4.49)

Nintendo DSiWare

Hooked on Bass Fishing (Gamebridge) - €4.99/£4.49
Hooked on Bass Fishing is a fun and simple game that offers fishing enthusiasts the ultimate fishing experience! To start the game, all you need to do is tap the area on the touch screen in which you want to fish. Next, cast your line and tap the touch screen as soon as a fish has taken a bite! In order to safely land your fish, slide your stylus in the appropriate direction to hoist your fish out of the water! By mixing various actions and virtual interpretations of fishing, players can enjoy the appealing aspects of fishing in a game-like way. You can also use points you have achieved from a fishing contest to purchase new rods, lines and reels. Try challenging yourself in a fishing contest to receive points!

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Scribblenauts Unlimited (Nintendo) - €49.99/£39.99
Take your imagination on a wild ride in Scribblenauts Unlimited on Wii U. Explore a huge side-scrolling open world filled with robust puzzles, and solve them using the most powerful tool in Maxwell's universe: your imagination! Step into a high-definition hand-drawn world and crack hundreds of brain-teasing challenges using anything you can think of. If you need to climb a tree, simply type in "ladder" using the Wii U GamePad's touch screen, and watch as the item appears right away. Be more adventurous and try out a grappling hook, jet pack, or any other inventive solution that pops into your head! And with the object editor, players can customise their creations and share them online with other players!

Pikmin 3 AOC All-New Mission Stages 12-15 x2 (Nintendo) - €4.99/£4.49
A pack of additional stages for Pikmin 3 Mission mode. Four stages each for "Collect Treasure!" and "Battle Enemies!" with four completely new maps, from a sandy beach to a strange factory. Additional stages can be played in the order of your choice.

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12/02/2013: GTA V Weekly signatures on NC.

December 02/2013, GTA V Wii U Petition has reached, 7,393 signatures.
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12/02/2013: Paperboy 3: The Hard Way.

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11/25/2013: PS4 Launch Titles Murdered By Wii U Launch Titles On Metacritic.

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Remember the Wii U's exclusive launch line-up? You know, games like New Super Mario Bros. U? Nintendo Land? ZombiU? Well, guess what? They own the PS4's line-up. Yup, those aforementioned games have put a whooping to the PlayStation 4's launch line-up... if we're going by Metacritic scores.

While Resolutiongate: The Pixeling rages on – with fanboys between the Xbone and the PS4 arguing over pixel density and resolution parity – other gamers have argued that graphics and resolution don't matter (including Microsoft's own VP, Phil Spencer). Well, if you really want to argue that “it's all about the games”, I have some bad news for you (although it's good news for Nintendonites): The Wii U beats the pants off the PlayStation 4's exclusive line-up like Justin Bieber beats Kid Rock in record sales.

It may be small, skinny looking and catering to loud little children, but it can still open up a can on the competition when it needs to.

Earlier we reported that the PlayStation 4 launch titles were being killed on Metacritic. Well, if you take those hideous scores – scores uglier than a Lady Gaga meat dress – you'll see that they match up in piss-poor ways to Nintendo's offerings. Check out the comparisons below.

Killzone: Shadow Fall, Sony's biggest AAA game for the PS4, sits at 75 on Metacritic with a user rating of 7.7.

ZombiU, Ubisoft's exclusive AAA launch title for the Wii U, sits at 77 on Metacritic with a user rating of 7.5.

Looks like Nintendo cleaned house on the AAA front. So what's next? Ah, yes, the mid-level offerings. Let's take a look at the scores.

Knack, the Cernified family adventure title for the PS4, sits at 59 on Metacritic with a user rating of 6.9.

New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo's reliable system-selling brand for the Wii U, sits at 84 on Metacritic with a user rating of 8.0.

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Another victory for the Big 'N'. This slaughter is worse than Jason Voorhees at spring break in Cancun.

Moving on to the sub-par offerings that companies threw out there to hit the middle grounds... we have two titles that were unlikely to be considered system movers but both Sony and Nintendo hoped the following would hit a sweet spot with tree-hugging, new wave, French hipsters and annoying little brats. I'm talking about Contrast and Nintendo Land.

Contrast, the art-deco French platformer for the PS3, PS4 and PC, sits at 67 on Metacritic with a user rating of 7.3.

Nintendo Land, the cash-in mini-game affair for the Wii U, sits at 77 on Metacritic with a user rating of 7.7.

Last and least are two games that could very well be considered bargain-bin bait; it's a battle of the twin-stick shooters that no one cares about... I'm talking about Resogun and Nano Assault Neo for the PS4 and Wii U, respectively. Both titles looked to underwhelm with marginally uninspired gameplay, but surprisingly, one came out on top over the other in an unlikely fashion.

Resogun, from developers XDEV, sits at 82 on Metacritic with a user rating of 8.6.

Nano Assault Neo, the worthless title from Majesco, sits at 71 on Metacritic with a user rating of 7.2.

Score the one and only win for the PS4 over the Wii U. Still, Nintendo's little tablet monster has managed to best Sony's fourth-generation beast in the games department – according to Metacritic – with three of their exclusive launch games beating out the competition in review scores. On the upside, at least the PS4 wins out with stronger hardware, so it's not all bust.

Additionally, many of the PS4's game reviews are still coming in and the scores may shift a few points north or south by this same time next week. However, it's likely that the gauge has already been set and the only needle-changing variable will be with the user review scores, for PS4 games.

What's more is that I would be willing to bet that the Wii U will also absolutely, 100%, right across the board, beat the living bull crap out of the Xbox One in Metacritic scores game-for-game when Microsoft's system drops next week.

If the Wii U beats the Xbox One in games, then not only will the Xbox One have been slaughtered on the hardware front by the PS4 but it will have lost on the game front against the Wii U. Total annihilation for the Xbox 720p.

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11/25/2013: Toys R' Us locations beefing up their Nintendo displays?.

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Seems like some Toys R' U.S. locations are getting a Nintendo makeover, allocating more space to Nintendo's products. Check out some pics of a revamp above.

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11/25/2013: Extra Life 2013 – Prize winners finally revealed!.

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Did you know that if you participated in Nintendo Everything's Extra Life 2013 livestream charity event, you may have been entered to win some fabulous prizes? Anyone who correctly answered a question in Jeopardy or who donated money received some number of raffle tickets which were used in a drawing for some digital download games and a few physical prizes that they’ll send out to you. The winners of those prizes are below, but first, the rules:
1) You have to be in North America to be eligible for game codes.
2) You must be in the lower 48 United States to be eligible for physical prizes.
Each prize has three winners: The primary winner gets the prize unless they don’t qualify, in which case it goes to the first backup winner, and if they aren’t eligible, the second backup. Please Nintendo Everything at with your name and what you won if your name is listed below at all, even if you’re the runner-up or third-back-up winner since they need a way to contact you directly. This is how we’ll work out shipping details or code exchanging.

Prize: Mario Plush + Life-size Mario Hat
Primary winner: Jacyln Kinney
First Backup: Kim Bakker
Second Backup: Tadreew

Prize: E3 Cooking Mama Oven Mitt + Donkey Kong Plush
Primary winner: Louie Roberts
First Backup: Bjorn Johannessen
Second Backup: Alicia Harris

Prize: Phantom Hourglass Tin Lunchbox + Yoshi Plush + Koopa Plush
Primary winner: Oyvind Nilsen
First Backup: creepled
Second Backup: Vacoze

Prize: One Piece Pirate Warriors 2 (PS3 Code)
Primary winner: Kim Bakker
First Backup: Alicia Harris
Second Backup: Louie Roberts

Prize: NARUTO Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst (Steam Code)
Primary winner: Alicia Harris
First Backup: Kim Bakker
Second Backup: Michael Sahm

Prize: Mutant Mudds Deluxe (Wii U Code)
Primary winner: Jacyln Kinney
First Backup: Alex Rainbird
Second Backup: D S

Prize: Mutant Mudds Deluxe (Wii U Code)
Primary winner: Vacoze
First Backup: Jose Luis Castillo del Real
Second Backup: Alicia Harris

Prize: ATV Wild Ride 3D (3DS Code)
Primary winner: Alex Rainbird
First Backup: Alicia Harris
Second Backup: Robert Williams

Prize: ATV Wild Ride 3D (3DS Code)
Primary winner: Vacoze
First Backup: Oyvind Nilsen
Second Backup: Bjorn Johannessen Once again, please email NE at if your name appears on this list at all. Even if you’re a backup winner, they will need a way to contact you in case it comes down to you. Please try to contact NE within a week or two.

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11/24/2013: FAST Racing Neo content coming next year.

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Shin’en casually announced FAST Racing Neo a few weeks ago. Soon after, the game dropped off the radar. Neo’s announcement came without any sort of information or media. This begs the question: when will we actually see something pertaining to the game? Unfortunately, Shin’en intends to keep us waiting a bit longer. The studio will be sharing content starting next year. Shin’en’s Manfred Linzner told Pretendo:

"In 2014. We currently optimize the local multiplayer part and it seems as we can go far beyond what we have done previously."

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11/24/2013: Bravely Default Collector’s Edition pre-orders open.

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Pre-orders are open for the Bravely Default Collector’s Edition… well, at GameStop at least. You can place an order here... The standard version can also be found here.. In Nintendo’s original announcement, the company said that the Bravely Default Collector’s Edition would be available “at select retailers.” Hopefully this means other retailers will open pre-orders in the near future. If other options appear, we’ll update this post.

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11/24/2013: Video: Super Mario Galaxy vs. Super Mario 3D World.

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11/22/2013: “Dex” now includes Wii U stretch goal on Kickstarter.

Dreadlocks’ cyberpunk 2D RPG “Dex” has been updated on Kickstarter with a Wii U stretch goal. If the campaign reaches £28,000 in total funds by December 12, the game will come to Nintendo’s home console. Dreadlocks would release Dex on Wii U two to three months after the initial launch on PC, Mac, Linux, and Ouya. All backers eligible for the game download would have the option of choosing the Wii U version. You can check out the Dex Kickstarter page here.

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11/22/2013: Wii U sales increase by 200% in US.

Wii U sales jumped by 200% during September in the US. The release of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD and a $50 price cut helped Nintendo treble sales of its console last month.

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While Wind Waker HD wasn't released in the shops until 4 October, US gamers could download the GameCube remake in September. The download code came with a limited edition Wind Waker HD bundle. The new Zelda game also helped Nintendo boost Wii U sales by 685% in the UK last week. Nintendo will be hoping that this is just the beginning for the new console, with games such as Wii Party U, Wii Fit U, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and Super Mario 3D World coming before Christmas. 3DS also had a good month as it was the best-selling video game system in the U.S. for the fifth consecutive month. With Pokemon X and Y registering 4 million sales worldwide, don't expect this to change in October.

SOURCE: Thomas East,

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11/12/2013: Sony president Shuhei Yoshida owns two Wii U consoles.

Sony Computer Entertainment's president of worldwide studios isn't afraid to admit he owns not one, but two Wii U consoles.

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Here’s something you’ll never see a Microsoft executive admit. On Twitter earlier today, Sony’s president of worldwide studios announced that he has two Wii U consoles. Yoshida has stated that he’s a fan of Nintendo in the past, so fans were questioning him on Twitter as to which Nintendo games he’s playing. While Yoshida didn’t specifically mention any games, he did state that he owns two consoles and later on, that one is the Japanese Wii U and the other is an American Wii U.

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11/08/2013: Wii Mini Officially Coming to the US.

$99 gets you the system along with Mario Kart Wii! This Christmas, value shoppers looking for a console to put under the tree will have a new option to keep an eye out for. While the Wii U will retail for a significantly lower price than Sony and Microsoft’s consoles, there will be another Nintendo option for the budget conscious. That’s because the Wii Mini will make its US debut this month, at a bargain price of $99. The red and black colored system will also come with a Wii Remote Plus, a Nunchuk, and a copy of Mario Kart Wii.

Today’s announcement comes just two weeks after news that Nintendo would cease production of the original Wii. While the Wii Mini comes at a significantly lower price than the original Wii debuted at, it should be noted that the lower price point does come with some drawbacks. Specifically, the system no longer offers backward compatibility with GameCube titles, and offers no Internet or SD card support. Still, considering the price of Wii Remotes and the inclusion of Mario Kart, Wii Mini might even appeal to those that already own a Nintendo Wii.

Is the Wii Mini something that interests you? Or will you ask Santa for a Wii U instead? As always, let us know what you think in the comments below!

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11/08/2013: Wii Party U Boosts Japanese Wii U Sales to 38,000 Units.

Wii U sales have been slowly but surely gaining traction in the last few months. Bolstered by bundles and strong software releases, Nintendo’s latest console is showing that it might be down, but it’s certainly not out. Last week’s Media Create numbers certainly back up that fact as Wii U got a hefty boost alongside the release of Wii Party U. Last week, the console moved a mere 2,598 units, compared to 38,802 this week. Overall, Nintendo sold more than 127,000 systems in Japan between October 28 and November 3. The majority of those sales were split between the 3DS and 3DS LL, though the Nintendo Wii still managed to sell 477 units. A pretty impressive feat, all things considered!

The 3DS also managed to take three of the top five positions on the software charts, with the mammoth (or should I say Mamoswine?) Pokémon X and Y selling more than 162,000 copies. Level-5′s Danball Senki Wars and Capcom’s Monster Hunter 4 both appeared in third and fourth place on the list. Wii U’s top seller Wii Party U debuted at number six on the charts with over 37,000 copies sold.

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11/06/2013: Nintendo gives tips on how to avoid a Wii U hard-lock when transferring Wii Fit data to Wii Fit U.

Conditions that May Produce the Error:

The lock-up error may occur in instances when all of the following conditions are met:

Two or more sets of user data were created in Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus and the data created earlier was deleted.
A Mii character used in Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus is registered in the Wii U Mii Maker.
The data from Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus is transferred to the Wii U.

How to Resolve the Error:

If you encounter this error, you will need to delete any Mii characters in the Wii U Mii Maker that were used in Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus, start Wii Fit U, and then transfer user data.

If the Mii character that needs to be deleted is the user’s Mii character, please follow the steps below to change the user’s Mii character:

From the user selection screen, highlight the user.
Go to User Settings.
Select View/Modify User Information.
Tap Next to enter the user’s password.
Select Change Mii and choose a new Mii character from Mii Maker.
Delete the user’s original Mii from Mii Maker.
Furthermore, if the deleted Mii was being used in other software, the user will have to re-register their new Mii character with each piece of software.

To use the deleted Mii character with Wii Fit U, after transferring all user data, the user must once again go to the Mii Maker and then select Copy from Wii Menu.

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11/06/2013: Call of Duty: Ghosts - video interviews.

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11/06/2013: Grand Theft Auto V Wii U Petition.

Wii U Gamers want GTAV for the Wii U. It's about time we get this series for a Nintendo Console. Sign the Petition Below. Just click on the image.

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