Club Nintendo has been updated with four downloadable games. Members of the loyalty program can swap their coins for Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters and Number Battle on Nintendo 3DS. They can also redeem download codes for the NES classic Yoshi and WiiWare title Bonsai Barber on Wii U. Last month’s Club Nintendo update offered Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Donkey Kong Jr. and PiCTOBiTS to users.
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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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!
The Super Nintendo classic Super Mario Kart will release on Nintendo eShop as a Wii U Virtual Console title on 27th March 2014. As part of a promotion to celebrate both this legendary title and Mario Kart 8, fans who purchase Super Mario Kart on Nintendo eShop from its release until 30th June 2014 can get a discount of £5.49 on Mario Kart 8 if they choose to purchase Mario Kart 8 on Nintendo eShop from the release of the game until 30th June 2014, providing the purchase takes place on the same Wii U console.
Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition will be coming to the Wii U eshop at an undisclosed date. The Championship Edition includes all the DLC and includes new levels and boss battles. The characters in the game will also be granted new abilities. The digital version of Guacamelee is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Wii U.
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WaterMelon Games has uploaded a brand new teaser trailer for upcoming Wii U game Pier Solar HD. The trailer showcases areas available to explore within the JRPG-inspired title, while the gorgeous music keeps on pace with the intrepid team. Pier Solar HD will arrive on the Wii U eShop, as well as PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux, Android and Dreamcast in April. Let us know if this is a game you’ll be purchasing in the comments below.
Looks like we'll be announcing a new classic coming to Wii U soon. Can you guess which one?—
Two Tribes (@TwoTribesGames) March 05, 2014
Two Tribes have announced via Twitter that they plan to announce another title in their classics range for the Wii U eShop. The previous classics from the developer are Toki Tori, EDGE, and RUSH, so any guesses as to what’s next from Two Tribes?
This week’s European download is offering discounts galore on both the Wii U and 3DS eShop. Since the Year of Luigi is due to come to an end on March 18, Nintendo has given the green plumber one last glittering send-off in a special Luigi-themed sale starting this Thursday. So if you’ve yet to get your hands on Mario and Luigi: Dream Team Bros. for 3DS or New Super Luigi U for the Wii U, you’ll no longer miss out on the enemy-bopping fun.
New Super Luigi U – which is add-on content for New Super Mario. Bros. U – can be purchased for the delightful price of €14.99 or £13.49 (usually €19.99 / £17.99). But if an RPG tickles your fancy, Mario and Luigi: Dream Team Bros. can be grabbed for €31.99 or £27.99 (usually €39.99 / £34.99). Both will be available at reduced prices until March 13. Plus, you can also grab Super Mario Bros. for either Wii U or 3DS at €2.49 or £1.74 (usually €4.99 / £3.49) until the same date.
There are a multitude of other discounts featured from Thursday, both temporary and permanent, so if you’re itching for a new game on the 3DS check out the list below.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts:
- The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves – €6.99 / £6.29 until March 13 (usually €9.99 / £8.99)
- Football Up 3D - €3.49 / £2.99 until April 3 (usually €6.99 / £5.99)
- SpeedX 3D – €2.10 / £1.89 until May 1 (usually €2.99 / £2.69)
- Monster Shooter – €2.10 / £1.99 until April 3 (usually €6.99 / £6.29)
- 3D Game Collection – €5.99 / £5.99 until March 27 (usually €13.99 / £11.99)
- Funfair Party Games – €6.99 / £6.99 until March 27 (usually €19.99 / £17.99)
- Gardenscapes – €5.99 / £5.99 until March 27 (usually €14.99 / £14.99)
- 3D Mahjongg – €3.99 / £3.29 until March 27 (usually €4.99 / £4.49)
- Jewel Match 3 – €5.99 / £4.99 until March 27 (usually €6.99 / £5.99)
- Murder on the Titanic – €5.99 / £4.99 until March 27 (usually €14.99 / £14.99)
- Secret Agent Files: Miami – €6.99 / £5.79 until March 27 (usually €7.99 / £6.99)
3DS eShop Permanent Discounts:
- Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two Towns – €19.99 / £17.99 (was €29.99 / £24.99)
- Beyblade: Evolution – €19.99 / £19.99 (was €29.99 / £29.99)
- Girls’ Fashion Shoot – €19.99 / £19.99 (was €29.99 / £29.99)
- Crazy Kangaroo – €1.99 / £1.89 (was €2.99 / £2.69)
Game developer WayForward has revealed via Twitter that Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse will be delayed for another couple of months. The 3DS platform title was due for release between last December and mid-March this year. However, WayForward has informed fans that the game will be in development for a little longer, in order for the team to polish and add the “finishing touches”.
Though there’s still haze surrounding the exact release date of the title, WayForward expect Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse to land on the 3DS eShop in the second quarter of 2014.
“Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse will be in development for a couple more months while we add a few finishing touches. Almost there!” – WayForward via Twitter