Wii U

  • 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

  • Nintendo Reveals The Hideous $130 2DS, Will Cut Wii U Price To $299

    Nintendo Reveals The Hideous $130 2DS, Will Cut Wii U Price To $299

    Nintendo wants to compete with cheap tablets more than ever, but just not the way you think. The company will release a new version of the 3DS — the Nintendo 2DS, which has a tablet-esque form factor. As the name suggests, it is a 2D-only handheld console compatible with 3DS and DS games. At $129.99, the 2DS is $40 cheaper than its sibling. The company also announced a $50 price cut for… Read More

  • What Games Are: Self-Publishing On Console Will Not Create The Next SuperCell. But Microconsoles Might. Crunch Network

    What Games Are: Self-Publishing On Console Will Not Create The Next SuperCell. But Microconsoles Might.

    It’s interesting to watch Microsoft pivot to liberalize their platform and allow self-publishing for indies, but that doesn’t mean Xbox will suddenly be the home of the next SuperCell. There’s still too much legacy in how console makers think to let that happen. Microconsoles, on the other hand, may well offer that possibility. Read More

  • What Games Are: Who Will Create The No-Bullshit Games Console?

    What Games Are: Who Will Create The No-Bullshit Games Console?

    For a device category whose core appeal is supposed to be making games simple, we get complex ambitions, the rush to features and a proposition that increasingly makes no sense. What is a game console supposed to be for? What is its core purpose? How do we deliver core purpose and connect with the root reason for buying into these platforms in the first place? Who will get past the bullshit? Read More

  • Nintendo Offers Smartphone App Porting Tool, But Should Be Porting Its Content To Phones Instead

    Nintendo Offers Smartphone App Porting Tool, But Should Be Porting Its Content To Phones Instead

    Nintendo is trying to get people to buy the new Wii U, but it just isn’t working, according to recent sales numbers. Now, the Japanese gaming giant is hoping that helping developers port their smartphone content to the home gaming console with conversion software will help entice buyers, according to the Japan Times. Read More

  • Wii U Reportedly Hacked To Allow Users To Run Games From USB Devices

    Wii U Reportedly Hacked To Allow Users To Run Games From USB Devices

    The builders of Wii hacking devices, Wiikey, have announced that they’ve found a method to hack the Wii U to play content via USB media. The kit also claims to work on devices from any region and requires no soldering. Read More

  • Nintendo Amazingly Gets Worse At Marketing Just In Time For Plummeting Wii U Sales

    Nintendo Amazingly Gets Worse At Marketing Just In Time For Plummeting Wii U Sales

    Perhaps poor marketing is holding back Wii U sales for Nintendo. As Spike TV’s GTTV host Geoff Keighley noted on Twitter, a new campaign from Nintendo is using flyers to show just how awesome the Wii U is. Except, instead of going after console rivals Nintendo decided to aim its attack at its own, older-generation console the Wii. To be fair, the Wii is probably the strongest competitor… Read More

  • What Games Are: Where Did Wii U Go Wrong?

    What Games Are: Where Did Wii U Go Wrong?

    Remember that console that Nintendo launched with the tablet controller? No, not the Wii, the other one. No? Strangely most of us seem to have forgotten all about it too, and quickly. Sales are terrible and buzz about the system is almost nil. Is it salvageable at this point, or does Nintendo need to go and have a good long think about how it got to this point after riding so high. Read More

  • What Games Are: Consoles Are Sinking. Get To The Lifeboats! Crunch Network

    What Games Are: Consoles Are Sinking. Get To The Lifeboats!

    While the Sony press event this week has largely been received as a wasted opportunity, it speaks more to the fate of the game console than the PS4. Microsoft may win the next generation, but will winning really look like total victory or merely an example of being the best loser? With microconsoles shaking up the entire industry from top to bottom, the game console as we know it looks doomed. Read More

  • Nintendo Promises More Titles For Wii U Including New Zelda, Mario Games

    Nintendo Promises More Titles For Wii U Including New Zelda, Mario Games

    Nintendo has a lot to announce this morning, including an app for its Miiverse platform, as well as some fan-favorite game titles that will be available on the Wii U platform in the coming months. By the time E3 rolls around, in mid-June, the Wii U will support two new Zelda games, as well as new Super Mario and Mario Kart titles. Nintendo announced the Wii U back in June, offering a new level… Read More

  • Nintendo Is Working On A Mobile App For Its Miiverse Social Network

    Nintendo Is Working On A Mobile App For Its Miiverse Social Network

    Nintendo is no stranger to gaming on the go (I’ve been clinging to Nintendo handhelds for as long as I’ve been able to walk) but president Satoru Iwata just let slip some unexpected information about the company’s next mobile foray during a live Nintendo Direct address. No, Nintendo hasn’t decided to make smartphone games — instead, Iwata spoke of plans to let… Read More

  • Google Maps On The Wii U Lets You Wander The World’s Streets With Your GamePad Beginning In January

    Google Maps On The Wii U Lets You Wander The World’s Streets With Your GamePad Beginning In January

    While I’ve managed to resist the call of the Wii U so far, neat tricks with the GamePad like the newly-announced Google Maps app Street View integration have me sorely tempted. Nintendo announced today that Google Maps will be arriving on the Wii U gaming console in early 2013, delivering a unique Street View mode for the GamePad touchscreen controller that allows users to pan around… Read More

  • Nintendo’s Wii Mini Tipped By Best Buy Canada For December 7 Release

    Nintendo’s Wii Mini Tipped By Best Buy Canada For December 7 Release

    Sony’s PlayStation 3 and the Microsoft Xbox 360 have both seen physical hardware design changes in their many years on the market, but the Wii has remained mostly the same Wii since its launch, with a minor update last year that made it slightly smaller. Now that Nintendo has released the Wii U, however, it looks like a bigger change is on the way for its older console, called the Wii Mini. Read More

  • YouTube App Comes To The Wii U, Viewable On GamePad Or TV

    YouTube App Comes To The Wii U, Viewable On GamePad Or TV

    The Wii U’s GamePad is essentially the console’s secret weapon, so it’s good to see YouTube arrive on Nintendo’s latest hardware with built-in support for its tablet-style controller. The Wii U version of YouTube is available now, following hot on the heels of the version for the Wii, and it allows you to both browse and view on your GamePad as well as on the TV. Read More

  • Hulu Plus Lands On Nintendo Wii U, Uses GamePad For Second Screen Viewing

    Hulu Plus Lands On Nintendo Wii U, Uses GamePad For Second Screen Viewing

    Hulu Plus landed on the Wii at the start of the year and the company has now announced it’s arrived on the Wii U — utilizing the GamePad controller as a second screen so viewers can watch shows on their TV and view additional content, such as episode synopses, on the GamePad. Read More

  • Wii U Gray Market Is Frothy And Heating Up As Scalpers Sell Online

    Wii U Gray Market Is Frothy And Heating Up As Scalpers Sell Online

    While Gamestop is reporting record Wii U preorders and sales, it looks like the Wii gray market is in full effect, driving prices of the console into the thousands as unyielding children barrack their parents into buying them the latest and greatest this holiday. Read More

  • Putting Away Childish Things: The Wii U Redefines Nintendo

    Putting Away Childish Things: The Wii U Redefines Nintendo

    Six years ago, almost to the day, I remember sitting on the couch with my then one-year-old son playing Elebits on the recently launched Wii. I thought he’d understand the simple point and shoot game. It was sort of a shooter. You walked around a house and aimed at the little characters. He was enthralled. I was a new parent and I was showing him the magic of the Wii –… Read More

  • The Verbal Elegance Of Apple And Nintendo

    The Verbal Elegance Of Apple And Nintendo

    Editor’s Note: Tadhg Kelly is a game designer with 20 years experience. He is the creator of the leading game design blog What Games Are, and consults for many companies on game design and development. You can follow him on Twitter here. Companies often shout in the games industry. They yell with videos, music, press events with booth babes and the monster that is E3. They hustle and… Read More

  • Nintendo’s Wii U Hits U.S. Stores November 18, Starts At $299.99

    Nintendo’s Wii U Hits U.S. Stores November 18, Starts At $299.99

    Nintendo will finally make its Wii U available to customers this November, after having previewed the next-gen console for over a year now, the company announced at a press event today. The Wii U will come in a $299.99 Basic version in white with 8GB of onboard storage, and a 32GB Deluxe model in black for $349.99. It’ll hit the U.S. on November 18 and Europe on November 30. The console… Read More

  • Facepalm: The Wii U Games We’re Seeing This Week Are Stuck At 720p

    Facepalm: The Wii U Games We’re Seeing This Week Are Stuck At 720p

    According to WiiUDaily (and we’re confirming), the games shown at E3 are native at 720p resolution, a considerable step down from the 1080p, 3D-pumping action coming out of the 360 and the PS3 in many cases. Although there is no absolute proof that the Wii U launch titles will all be 720p, the site noted that “the representative couldn’t confirm whether the games can be… Read More