Wii U

  • Super Smash Brothers Wii U Preview

    Hands-On With Super Smash Bros. For Wii U

    Later this week, Nintendo launches Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the fifth game in the wildly popular fighting game franchise that brings together all the company’s biggest characters. We’ve had a chance to play through some of the game this weekend and wanted to share some quick thoughts before our full review. Read More

  • Nintendo Slowly Modernizes Its Online Strategy

    Nintendo Slowly Modernizes Its Online Strategy

    In a “Semi-Annual Financial Results Briefing” released last week, Nintendo publicly discussed its evolving digital strategy. The Japanese video game hardware and software developer has spent years playing catch-up with rivals Microsoft and Sony, and it was good to see the company acknowledge some of its shortcomings and show that it is looking to improve. Read More

  • Watch TechCrunch Play Bayonetta 2

    Watch TechCrunch Play Bayonetta 2

    In about an hour, TechCrunch is officially launching our new Twitch channel by streaming Bayonetta 2, the somewhat controversial action game that’s coming exclusively to Nintendo’s Wii U a week from today. Read More

  • Nintendo’s Mario Kart DLC Is The Best (And Also The Worst)

    Nintendo’s Mario Kart DLC Is The Best (And Also The Worst)

    Nintendo has seen better times. Back in June, the company announced a quarterly loss despite tripling sales of its flagship console, the Wii U. The numbers were bad, but look even worse when looking back with context: if Nintendo sold the Wii U at the same rate as the previous quarter for a year, it would only sell about 2 million units. Read More

  • Nintendo Posts A Loss Despite Wii U Sales Tripling During The Quarter

    Nintendo Posts A Loss Despite Wii U Sales Tripling During The Quarter

    Nintendo’s quarterly results are out (via WSJ), and the company saw disappointing sales of both its hardware platforms, with the Wii U managing to triple sales but still only achieving 510,000 units shipped overall, and the Nintendo 3DS dropping below a million units moved with a 41 percent decline in sales year-over-year. The release of Mario Kart 8 still managed to buoy the… Read More

  • The Next Legend Of Zelda Game Lands On The Wii U In 2015

    The Next Legend Of Zelda Game Lands On The Wii U In 2015

    At its E3 press conference this morning, Nintendo gave us the first real look at the first game in the “Legend of Zelda” series to be made from the ground up for the Wii U. Read More

  • Mario Maker Lets You Build Your Own Levels For The Greatest Platformer – And Tweak Graphics

    Mario Maker Lets You Build Your Own Levels For The Greatest Platformer – And Tweak Graphics

    Nintendo debuted Mario Maker at its E3 special digital event, which allows you to build your own courses for the famous plumber to navigate. You can build the courses on your Wii U, and paint using tiles and objects you’ll remember if you’ve played the series at all, including bricks, enemies and pipes, and you can render them in either 8-bit or New Super Mario Bros. U-style 3D… Read More

  • Games And Virtual Reality Likely To Take Center Stage At E3 2014

    Games And Virtual Reality Likely To Take Center Stage At E3 2014

    This year’s E3 gaming expo in LA is set to kick off today, with Sony and Microsoft keynotes scheduled for mid-day and this evening, and Nintendo set to show off its news tomorrow. All indications suggest we’ll see a software- and games-heavy E3, given that almost everyone involved has recently introduced major updates to their hardware lineups, including last year’s Xbox One… Read More

  • The Console Market Is In Crisis

    The Console Market Is In Crisis

    Neither of the games industry’s new flagship boxes — the PS4 and the Xbox One — is selling well compared to previous generations of flagship home consoles. The console market as a whole appears to be shrinking significantly — and that’s having a knock-on impact on games studios and game development. Read More

  • Nintendo Confirms Wii U Has Flopped, Slashes Sales Forecast By ~70%

    Nintendo Confirms Wii U Has Flopped, Slashes Sales Forecast By ~70%

    Nintendo has confirmed what we knew already: its unhappy controller/console combo, the Wii U, is a flop. The company said hardware sales of the Wii U had failed to reach its target during the year-end, pushing it into a third consecutive annual loss, Reuters reports. Read More

  • The Death Of Nintendo Has Been Greatly Under-Exaggerated Crunch Network

    The Death Of Nintendo Has Been Greatly Under-Exaggerated

    I love Nintendo. I love Nintendo. I love Nintendo. I feel the need to say that over and over again to begin with because this post will inevitably be read by some as some sort of anti-Nintendo screed. I know that because every single time I write anything mildly critical of Nintendo, groups of folks reveal themselves that make Android and iPhone diehards look like placid hippies. Those people… Read More

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