Spotted on a North American retailer website is the lowest selling price currently seen for the Wii U basic set. Target is offering the basic set for a cheap as chips sale price of $239.99, which is $60 lower than its current recommended retail price at $299.99. The news comes just after a rumour was unveiled detailing that the Wii U only sold 38,000 units last month. And with the drop at UK retailers Asda and Amazon last month, could we be seeing a new price for the Wii U across North America in due time?
Today, Nintendo released another Wii U System Update. Once you download and install the new update, your System Software Version will be 3.0.1 U. According to Nintendo, the update brings “Further improvements to overall system stability and software compatibility.” The newly released update is not as big as last month’s update, which brought a number of improvements, including faster load times when switching between applications, and a standby function to download and install software while the Wii U is powered off. If you’re unsure of how to perform a System Update, click here.
Sniper Elite V2 developer Rebellion has released a new trailer for the sniping extravaganza to coincide with the North American launch of the game. The Wii U version of the highly acclaimed Sniper Elite V2 gives gamers an all-new, immersive experience via the Wii U GamePad touch screen. Using the GamePad, players can tag enemies and booby traps, track enemy locations and activity as well as monitor the blast radius of planted explosives, never having to leave the battlefield for a second.
Ubisoft has announced an extra sweet treat for fans who pre-order the upcoming title Watch Dogs. The open-world action game features two additional content packages, depending on whether you pre-order from GameStop or Amazon in North America.
When pre-ordering the title from GameStop, players will receive a single player mission named ‘The Palace Pack’, which includes an investigation bonus and ATM hack boost. Both unlock exclusive in-game content, allowing you to find more investigations as well as increasing cash rewards when hacking banks through the ATM hack boost. And if you pre-order extra early, you’ll also receive a neat game poster, designed by comic-book artist Alex Ross.
Looking to pre-order on Amazon? If so, players will receive the Signature Shot Pack. The content comes as a single player mission that gives you access to the Biometric Assault Rifle, which was smuggled into Chicago for the captain of the Black Viceroy’s gang, as well as the Black Viceroy’s Outfit once completed. By all accounts, the weapon only works for the first person to make an imprint of their palm on the handle, so players will need to steal the package and make the imprint to be in with a chance of success. Watch Dogs is available for pre-order until November 18 and will be released in North America on November 19 for the Wii U.
Ubisoft has just released a new Splinter Cell Blacklist trailer which highlights the game’s co-op mode. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist offers two player CO OP mode with 4 mission types, 14 maps with 2 player split-screen. Play as Sam Fisher or Isaac Briggs (a CIA operative) and work as a duo : help your teammate access parts of the maps you couldn’t access on your own, create your own tactics depending on your play style and watch each other’s back as you complete missions.
Known for his wacky, addictive games and his cruel but charming nature, Wario has launched his very own social media campaign to raise awareness for his latest title Game and Wario on the Wii U. And if you thought he was walking on the serious side for once, you’d be entirely wrong with a Kickstarter parody website named ‘Crowdfarter’.
Although it’s primarily all fun and games, Nintendo is serious about one thing: they’re hoping to raise awareness for both Game and Wario and the Wii U. Encouraging you to ‘donate’ to the crowdfarter website, Nintendo want you to share the page over Facebook and tweet your recommendations over Twitter, and in return they will offer you exclusive items relating to the upcoming title. Such items on offer include a badge saying you ‘crowdfarted’ for the cause, as well as exclusive wallpaper and a ringtone for your phone.
In addition, the big man himself will even be visiting his website and will post daily updates about his shenanigans within Game and Wario. Although it may inflate Wario’s ego, help spread your thoughts on this game by visiting the website and ‘crowdfarting’ for yourself. Game and Wario is due for release in North America and Europe on June 23 and 28.
Warner Bros has released the first trailer for its eagerly anticipated Batman: Arkham Origins. In this first trailer we see Batman go into a long running battle with Deathstroke. It has been confirmed that Deathstroke will be a playable character in Origins, though it’s not apparent if his missions are structured like Catwoman’s Arkham City missions. Batman: Arkham Origins is coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and Wii U on October 25th.
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Kickstarter-led project Shadow of the Eternals has been on the crowdfunding market for two weeks, but with 29 days to go and only $80,000 of its $1,350,000 goal met, Denis Dyack has chosen to produce a video response – which you can see above – saying why he thinks the project isn’t amassing the expected success.
In a half-hour video, Dyack responds to a variety of topics but chooses to focus his attention on the Kotaku article published last year, which expresses how X-Men Destiny’s development suffered at the hands of Eternal Darkness 2. Dyack admits that because of the negativity surrounding the previous projects he’s worked on – such as the accusations of embezzlement and his harsh exterior with prior staff – it has, ultimately, affected the crowdfunding project for Precursor Games’ Shadow of the Eternals. He says:
“When I first saw this article, I believed that because there was not a single credible source where nothing could be verified that anyone would actually believe this. I knew what they were saying in accusations about me embezzling money from Activision and being terrible to people were not true, but from my perspective, now that I look at it, I probably should have came out sooner but I underestimated the advance of technology on the internet. Every time [the article] was linked it got this incremental shred of credibility.
“I’ve got to do something about this, because it’s affecting me, it’s affecting my colleagues at Precursor Games, and it’s affecting the community that wants to see this game get made.”
Dyack believes that the Kotaku article and its claims were entirely false, so Silicon Knights decided not to comment lest it render the article as a ‘credible source’. Dyack continues to delve deeper into the root of the problem throughout the video commenting on his relationship with Nintendo, the privilege of working with Iwata and Miyamoto, as well as apologising for the outcome of X-Men Destiny.
Given that Precursor’s CEO Paul Caporicci responded to fans questions in a recent blog post and backed his fellow colleague, do you agree with Dyack and do you think the crowdfunding of Shadow of the Eternals is being hindered? Let us know in the comments below.
Unfortunately, this rumour may not be what you want to hear. Speculation concerning the numbers of Wii U units sold during April has arisen from the depths of the internet, leaving many in a real state of bother. Allegedly, the Wii U sold 38,000 units during the month of April according to a leak from the latest NPD figures – of course, this is just speculation, so as we always say, take it with a grain of salt.
Nintendo Europe has announced that two Kirby titles will be appearing on the Wii U Virtual Console this week. Kirby’s Dream Course puts a new spin on golf, with Kirby as the ball and enemies as obstacles! Conquer eight different courses packed with water, spikes, conveyor belts and trampolines. Roll Kirby to take out enemies, and then head for the hole that appears. Adjust the angle of movement, add spin and power, and also copy the powers of enemies; such as using a parasol to float, ice to freeze water or fire to burn bad guys! Kirby’s Dream Course also features a two-player mode to compete against a friend.
Kirby Super Star features not one, not two, but six games in one – plus extra modes and minigames – all starring the powerful pink hero with the ability to copy his enemies’ abilities. Each adventure has its own storyline, featuring Kirby battling against classic foes like Meta Knight and King Dedede, and unique gameplay; from platforming to treasure-hunting and even a space shoot ‘em up! A friend can also join in as Kirby’s helper, using their own copy abilities to attack enemies and come to Kirby’s aid.