A recently-surfaced rumor has suggested that a Mario Kart 8 demo will be available for Wii U owners. The unconfirmed demo will apparently launch in the Nintendo eShop and is said to contain more than three tracks. Nintendo has yet to announce whether it will release a demo of the upcoming racing title via its online marketplace. Mario Kart 8 is also rumored to feature a Grand Prix mode that supports up to four players. The full game arrives May 30 in stores and in the eShop.
NES Remix director Koichi Hayashida was asked by IGN whether he had thought about bringing a Super Nintendo Remix to the Wii U. Hayashida says that he would love to embark on that project, but says it’s really dependant on the fans. He was also asked by the publication as to whether he had considered including non-Nintendo games like Mega Man, Castlevania, and Contra. Here’s his response.
“Well personally I’m a fan of those games, and I like them a lot,” Hayashida said. “If there’s a big enough outpouring of support for these titles, it’s something I’d like to take a look at.”
Well, personally, I have a large desire to explore that very idea,” he explained. “But it really harkens back to the answer I just gave. Does the marketplace want it or need it?”
Nintendo World Report has put together an interesting feature comparing Nintendo home console sales from their second March on the market. It makes dismissal reading for the Wii U which saw the under performing GameCube sell double the amount of units that Wii U has during the same time frame.
Sales from the Wii U, Wii, and GameCube from their second March on the market:
- Wii U (March 2014) – 70,000
- Wii (March 2008) – 721,000
- GameCube (March 2003) – 165,000
Taking it a step further, here’s where each of those three systems were at sales-wise overall at those same points:
- Wii U – Between 5 and 6 million units worldwide as of March 2014
- Wii – About 25 million units worldwide as of March 2008
- GameCube – About 9.5 million units worldwide as of March 2003 (Update from NWR: We originally had 14.5 million units for GameCube but we were mistaken. Thanks to all who pointed out the correction.)
Online gaming publication Polygon is reporting that Nintendo’s Taiwan subsidiary, Nintendo Phuten, will close at the end of May. The site says that all of the staff will leave by the end of this month. Nintendo Phuten is responsible for sales of Nintendo hardware and software in Taiwan. Polygon says that future business for the region will be handled by Nintendo Hong Kong.
Sledgehammer Games revealed the first image showing in-game character models for the next Call of Duty during their GDC 2014 panel, Quest for Quality: Maximizing the Relationship Between Creative and Production. The next game in the immensely popular Call of Duty series has been in development at Sledgehammer for three years and is expected to launch later this year. IGN says that the new Call of Duty will be a next-gen first.
Drew James, one of the engineers at Ubisoft Reflections, has added further speculation that a new Prince of Persia title is in the works. We heard last week that Ubisoft is apparently preparing to show off a new 2D Prince of Persia game using the UbiArt Framework which powers Rayman Legends and the forthcoming, Child of Light. Interestingly the account seems to have disappeared from Twitter.
Bandai Namco has revealed that Pac is certainly back with a sequel to Ghostly Adventures. In a special announcement trailer, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 – a simple, yet effective title – will be gracing our console screens at some point in 2014. The first Ghostly Adventures title released in North America last October, though only reached European shores last month.
The sequel will feature Pac, Spiral and Cylindria as they defend PacWorld from Lord Betrayus in a captivating, new storyline. Check out the trailer above to get a feel for the next instalment in PacWorld. Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 will launch in North America on the 3DS, Wii U, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms.