Category:  Wii U

By Patrick Kulikowski, April 8, 2014 1 3DS, News, Wii U

Nintendo’s latest Super Smash Bros.-oriented Choksetsu Direct livestream aired at 6 p.m. EST, bringing with it a whole slew of new information regarding the game.

Super Smash Bros. Director Masahiro Sakurai kicked off the stream by announcing that the 3DS version will be releasing before the Wii U edition. The former can be expected this summer, with the Wii U release slated for Winter 2014.

The stream announced a plethora of details about both versions, including the fact that the 3DS version will be running at a solid 60fps even with the 3D turned on. Fighters with alternate forms like Zelda/Sheik and Samus/Zero Suit Samus will now be divided into separate characters.

While Sakurai remained mum on 3DS/Wii U connectivity, he did outline both games’ online multiplayer, which will include fights between friends and random match-making. The stream closed off with the reveal of two new entries in the roster: Charizard, who is now a separate playable character and presumably replacing the Pokemon Trainer and newcomer Greninja.

For all of the minute details from the stream (as well as an image gallery), hit up the list after the break. Super Smash Bros. fanatics may want to strap on an oxygen mask.

And might I add that the lack of ANY mentions of Ness or Lucas in this stream is incredibly disconcerting?

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By Patrick Kulikowski, April 3, 2014 0 News, Wii U

After promising them for more than a year, Nintendo’s finally released its first batch of Game Boy Advance titles today on the Wii U Virtual Console.

So has it been worth the wait? I decided I’d find out by purchasing Advance Wars, one of the three games made available today (the others being Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Metroid Fusion). I’ve put up a little YouTube video showing you how GBA games work and look on both a TV and the Wii U GamePad.

Check that out, along with a full list of what GBA games one can expect to get in the month of April after the break.     (more…)

By Allain Richard, March 28, 2014 0 News, Wii U

Fans of Game Boy Advance titles should mark April 3 on their calendars, as the portable console’s titles will be hitting the Wii U Virtual Console.

Nintendo’s U.K. division was the first to break the news that games like F-Zero: Maximum Velocity and Advance Wars will be making their way onto the company’s digital download service for the Wii U. Nintendo of America quickly followed suit, making a similar announcement. Both regions are set to receive the titles on the same day.

Games will be released onto the Wii U Virtual Console in waves next month. So far, some of the titles slated for release include Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Metroid Fusion, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Microgame$, Golden Sun and Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi’s Island.

Do you think Nintendo’s starting GBA VC lineup is overpowering, or do you setting free the best received titles first is a good idea? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Gamersyndrome

By Allain Richard, January 18, 2014 0 News, Wii U

Even in a world where patches can add or remove things from a game after release, any game developer will tell you of a million features they just could never get working before their title went gold.

In the case of Platinum Games’ Hideki Kamiya, director of The Wonderful 101, he wishes his most recent beat-’em-up on the Wii U incorporated everyone’s favorite user generated avatars.

“We tried to make it possible to join your own Mii with TW100 as a hero. We hope we can do it in TW102,” Kamiya tweeted.

Though no official word has come out about a Wonderful 102 in the works, Kamiya later said he would enjoy making such a sequel in the future.

Source: Siliconera

By Allain Richard, January 18, 2014 0 Industry, News, Wii U

The Wii U is not doing too well in terms of sales, leading to losses for Nintendo. Their future is looking darker it seems.

Reuters reported earlier this week that the Nintendo Wii U has failed to reach its sales target for 2013, leading to a third year of revenue loss for the storied company. The annual loss still occurred despite Nintendo’s attempt at enticing people with a $50 price cut last September.

As a result, the company behind Mario reduced its current sales forecast for the Wii U to 2.8 million. The reduction represents a 70 percent decrease from their original forecast.

The 3DS faced a similar reduction, with its forecast lowered to 13.5 million units from it’s original goal of 18 million. In total, Nintendo expects an operating loss of 35 billion yen ($335 million) this business year instead of their original projection of a 100 billion yen ($959 million) profit.

Source: TechCrunch

By Stephen Hilger, January 10, 2014 0 3DS, News, Wii U

Everyone’s favorite neutral-evil platypus monarch has been confirmed for the upcoming smash.

King Dedede made his first appearance in last generation’s Super Smash Bros. Brawl where he was amongst the handful of the slower, bulkier characters. From the screenshots on the Smash website, it seems he will have similar moves from the last game.

We’ll have to wait and see if Meta Knight shall be joining his fellow Kirby-mates yet again. Let’s just hope there is some balancing if the infamous warrior returns.

We’ll keep you posted on the bigger updates.

By Stephen Hilger, January 9, 2014 0 3DS, News, Wii U

The official Super Smash Bros. website has uploaded yet another snapshot that has confirmed Rainbow Road as a stage in the upcoming brawler.

The beloved (and dreaded) Rainbow Road has been the finale stage in every Mario Kart game to date. While the SNES Mario Kart’s Rainbow Road was certainly the most challenging, the stage is more well known for its psychedelic aesthetic and delightful music.

Since the screenshot is clearly from 3DS footage, it may be that this stage will be exclusive to the 3DS version of the game. It also seems to be modeled after Mario Kart 7‘s version of the stage, making its 3DS exclusivity even more likely.

I imagine the stage will play much like the Mario Kart level from Brawl, where fighters are centered on a platform which is at the mercy of oncoming traffic. That sounds perfect to me.

For more information, check out the official Super Smash Bros. website. Also, check out a neat history of Rainbow Road after the jump. Around minute seven of the clip, Funky Kong violently motorcycles down everyone’s favorite technicolor highway. You should watch it.

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By Patrick Kulikowski, December 26, 2013 1 3DS, News, Wii U

If you tried connecting to the Nintendo eShop via your 3DS or Wii U on Christmas Day, you were probably met with an error message, much like Steam’s and PlayStation Network’s online stores.

Unlike the PSN and Steam, however, the eShop’s connection errors have spilled over into the day after, preventing a number of eShoppers from presumably spending their recently-acquired credit on the service.

In Nintendo of America’ latest tweet, posted today at 5:59 PM EST, the company apologized “for the continued interruption of Nintendo eShop service” and assured users that it is “working to resolve the situation.”

Nevertheless, the downtime hasn’t stopped the company from revealing the Nintendo eShop’s newest updates today, including the release of SNES Virtual Console title Super Punch-Out!! on Wii U and the Game Boy Color Virtual Console debut of Mario Tennis on the 3DS.

At a time like this, I think it’s fitting to either play an offline 3DS game, bust out the ol’ NES, SNES, N64 or what-have-you, or if all else fails, this.

By Stephen Hilger, December 26, 2013 0 3DS, News, Wii U

The princess of Hyrule will once again be gracing the Super Smash battlefield.

Zelda was recently confirmed on the game’s official website, making her the 20th official character for upcoming Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U.

One might notice that Zelda is not picture with her usual counterpart, Sheik. This could either mean that Sheik will be an individual character (rather than Zelda’s transformation), or perhaps “he” will not be making an appearance this game. Only time will tell.

Zelda’s appearance in Super Smash Bros. may not be too surprising, but it’s nice to see that the upcoming title finally features more playable female characters. Fighting games don’t have the finest reputation for gender equality, so it’s nice to see Nintendo leading the way by featuring three princesses, a space bounty-hunter and a yoga instructor.

Baby steps are better than nothing.

By Stephen Hilger, December 19, 2013 0 3DS, News, Wii U

The official Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U website has confirmed that Rosalina and Luma will be joining the upcoming games’ rosters.

Hailing from the Super Mario Galaxy games, Rosalina and Luma seem to be quite a unique pair. From the gameplay footage, the space princess’ attacks seem to be a mix of the floaty grace of Peach and the elemental magic of Zelda. While Luma seems to be able to attack on his own as well, Rosalina is also shown as being able to control him directly. Their pairing seems to be halfway between the independence of the Ice Climbers and the controlled ownership of Olimar’s Pikmin.

Rosalina and Luma are the fourth (or if you count both of them: fifth) official new characters. They are joined alongside newcomers Animal Crossing‘s Villager, Wii Fit Trainer and Mega Man. While another Mario character isn’t the most exciting news, it’s nice to see more female characters join the Smash canon. And chubby star-things, of course.

Check out the video after the jump to see exactly how Rosalina and Luma duke it out. Also, watch Luma high-five Kirby. It’s cute.

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