GameSpot writer Tom Mc Shea has written a controversial article titled “Nintendo’s Plan To Quietly Kill Wii U”. Mc Shea believes that Nintendo is planning to quietly phase out the Wii U and concentrate their efforts on the mysterious Quality of Life platform. However, this goes against what Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has said in the past. As he previously explained that the platform will be entirely separate from their gaming ventures. You can read the article, here.
“The Wii U is performing dismally at retail. It’s the depressing reality in which we live, and one that has caused us to think up ways to improve the console’s fate. What if Nintendo no longer bundled it with the expensive GamePad? Or partnered with outside studios willing to create exclusive games for the Wii U? Then maybe the system wouldn’t lag so far behind its competitors. Though such moves might help Nintendo in the short term, they would be mere Band-Aids on an open wound. The Wii U is in a dire situation. I believe Nintendo has reconciled itself to that fact, and has already planned a way to bail from this sinking ship.”
“Enter the “quality of life” (QOL) platform. No one knows what to make of Nintendo’s proposed QOL initiative, partly because we know almost nothing about it. Nintendo wants to improve people’s lives in some indeterminate way–using non-wearable technology–and is going to introduce this nebulous product some time next year. According to CEO Satoru Iwata, whatever the QOL platform is, it will be entirely separate from their gaming ventures. Iwata said, “When we use ‘health’ as a keyword, some may inevitably think about ‘Wii Fit.’ However, we are considering themes that we have not incorporated to games for our existing platforms.” But what if Nintendo has much grander plans for this mysterious device than they’re letting on? This could be Nintendo’s next big idea. An idea much more in-demand than their ill-advised tablet controller, and one that could propel the company to the same heights it enjoyed during the peak years of the Wii.”
Nintendo has confirmed that both the Wii U eShop and the Nintendo 3DS eShop will be going through extended maintenance on Thursday. This has let some to believe that there will be a Nintendo Direct this week, though this is obviously unconfirmed. The eShop’s will be down Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 1pm Pacific.
“During the extended maintenance, parts of the affected services may be intermittently unavailable.”
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Capcom USA community manager Brett Elston has taken note of fans desires to have an updated Mega Man collection. Elston admits that the Anniversary and X Collection discs are rather old and says he would love to get the games out to a new audience.
Nothing to announce or tease at the moment, but I’ve definitely taken note of – and passed along – the desire for a modern collection. Those 2004 / 2006 discs are getting pretty old at this point and I’d love to get those games out to a new audience – plus give people like us an excuse to play them yet again :P
Reader SirEpicPigeon has been in contact to say that he has discovered a potentially game breaking bug in Retro Studio’s Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. SirEpicPigeon completed level 3-3 and the paths to the shop and level 3-4 opened. However, he is unable to get to level 3-4. He took to Miiverse and the internet to find a solution to the problem, but has yet to find one. He says that you have to start a new file and suggests people copy their file before they enter 3-3.
Square Enix has released on online survey to gauge fan feedback on the popular Kingdom Hearts franchise. The survey asks what platforms gamers are playing on and which genre’s people prefer. Although Kingdom Hearts 3 isn’t coming to Wii U, it’s worth letting Square Enix know that there are Wii U owners out there that want the game. You can take part in the survey, right here.
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Armillo developer Fuzzy Wuzzy Games has announced via a press release that the interesting action-platformer puzzler has been delayed until May 12th. The game was originally meant to be released on March 24th but has been pushed back so that the team can refine the game and release the best possible version. Here’s what Fuzzy Wuzzy Games had to say.
The game was just about done with the submission date approaching.. But just when we were a few days off before sending our first submission build to Nintendo, a question was brought to our attention: Is this exactly the game you guys want to release out there? Our answer: Not quite.
So we’re just asking for a bit more time to work on Armillo. Just over a month from our original intended March 24th release, aiming for our new release date of May 12th. So what do we plan to do in this time?
We want to redo some of our least received levels so that their quality is more consistent with the rest of the game. We’re going to continue polishing up the game including the audio and visuals, and fix up any remaining bugs/issues that come up. We’ve enlisted a good number of testers who will help ensure our game’s stability and also received some excellent feedback lately that we would like to put into action as well.
Armillo is running quite nicely on the Wii U system, which includes Off-TV Play, optional tilt control, and Wii U Pro Controller support.
Delaying the game will get that extra polish in there, and it will make us happier with the final product. We apologize for the wait, but hope it’ll be worth it in the end.
Also, exciting news is that Emily Rogers is closely working with us on making sure the game is up to par. We hope you guys can look forward to seeing Armillo when it comes out in May!
Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune has revealed that he is working on a brand new project titled Azure Striker for the Nintendo 3DS. The intriguing title is a side-scrolling action game which you can see in the video above. Azure Striker Gunvolt is being developed by the team behind Mega Man and Mighty No. 9. Azure Striker Gunvolt will be released in the summer on the Nintendo 3DS eShop in Japan.
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Ex Criterion boss Alex Ward has taken to Twitter to complain about both EA and Nintendo. Ward who helped develop the respected port of Need for Speed: Most Wanted Wii U says that neither EA or Nintendo gave the team any support and they were left feeling rather aggrieved. Ward has now started his own indie company, but when asked about if his game would come to Wii U he replied that it’s fairly unlikely.
The official Nintendo Store is selling a refurbished 32GB Deluxe Wii U console with the entertaining Nintendo Land for $200. The console also comes with a standard one year warranty, so if you have any problems with the device you’ll be covered.
The Wii U Deluxe Set is now available as an Authentic Nintendo Refurbished set only from Nintendo, and it comes with our standard one year warranty. Although it may have minor cosmetic blemishes, it is guaranteed to be fully functional. We think you will find the standards for Authentic Nintendo Refurbished Products are very high.
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Genius Sonority has confirmed via a press release that Denpa Men 3 is coming to the Nintendo 3DS eShop this summer. A demo for the game will be arriving in May on the eShop and the Denpa Men 2 is currently on sale.
The Denpa Men 3 is the third game in the expansive RPG series where players catch and form parties with Denpa Men to conquer dungeons and explore a vast world. In the third iteration, the Denpa Men you are trying to capture can now fight back by throwing colored balls at you, but players have new weapons at their disposal such as an antenna to capture Denpa Men.
The Denpa Men are mysterious creatures who appear around radio waves. Find Wi-Fi signals or scan QR codes to find Denpa Men, and use the AR “Catch” feature of the Nintendo 3DS to make them part of your team. Each Denpa Man is unique in its appearance, stats, and abilities. The possibilities of their variations are limitless. It is also said that among them exists a very rare kind of Denpa Man.
■Continuing the adventure – THE ‘DENPA’ MEN 3: The Rise of Digitoll can inherit data from the previous two games THE ‘DENPA’ MEN: They Came By Wave and THE ‘DENPA’ MEN 2: Beyond the Waves, allowing players to start a new adventure with characters they’ve captured previously.
■Personalize to your hearts content – Once the Denpa Men join your party, they come with their own highly customizable houses, where the interiors can be decorated to their liking. Decorative items can be exchanged with other players.
■Share your Denpa Men- Deploy the Denpa Men not currently in your party to other players around the world. Or, if you need a little help on your adventure, borrow a Denpa Man from someone else. If your Denpa Man is high in demand, you might just earn a little cash on the side.
■Go shopping – Connect your 3DS to the internet and shop with players from around the world. You might be able to trade better items for better prices than the in-game shop.
■Battle over the Network – Enter the coliseum to pit your Denpa Men against other players around the globe.
■Make some memories – While on your quest, hold down the L / R buttons (simultaneously) anytime to snap a shot of your characters. These are stored on the SD card, so they can be transferred and shared anytime!