Nintendo has confirmed that certain online functionality, including online play, matchmaking and leaderboards for many Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games, will no longer be accessible. The service will be closing on 20th May 2014 worldwide.
The service’s retirement will affect 20 Nintendo published Wii games and Wii Ware titles, including Animal Crossing: Let’s Go to the City, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart Wii and Pokémon Battle Revolution. More than 40 Nintendo published DS and DSi software titles will also be affected, such as Dragon Quest 9: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Pokémon Platinum Version, Professor Layton and the Curious Village and The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. The full list of titles are available on the official Nintendo of Australia website
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A couple Super Smash Bros. screenshot comparisons have appeared on NeoGAF. The two images compare Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (left) with Super Smash Bros. Brawl (right). Zelda’s outfit looks largely the same across both pictures, but Mario’s clothes look quite different. The Wii crossover fighting game was released in 2008 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is scheduled to arrive this year.
Christopher Roupe, an aspiring 17-year-old US marine, was killed by a female police officer who mistook Roupe’s Wii Remote for a firearm. Roupe opened the door to the police as they were looking to serve a warrant on his father over a probation violation. When he opened the door holding a Wii Remote the female officer shot him in the chest. The family’s solicitor, Cole Law, said the 17-year-old was just about to watch a movie on his Wii console when he opened the door.
As you will know from the Japanese sales charts yesterday Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze didn’t do too well in Japan. The game only managed to shift 35,717 units while the Wii U sold 8,782 units. Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Wii sold an impressive 163,310 copies in its first week and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D sold 104,569 copies in its first week.
Nintendo has released a new trailer for The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past to coincide with the game’s arrival in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. The action-adventure game originally launched in 1991 for the Super NES, and it can now be purchased through the Wii U Virtual Console service for $7.99. However, if you already own the title on Wii, you can transfer the game to Wii U and then purchase the updated title from the Wii U eShop for $1.50.
Nintendo has confirmed that Mario Kart 8 will arrive in May. The upcoming Wii U racing game’s launch month was revealed by company president Satoru Iwata during a corporate briefing today in Japan. Iwata also announced that Mario Kart Wii, which was released in 2008, has sold 35.26 million copies to date.
Popular online retailer Amazon is currently selling the special Mario & Luigi Wii Remote Plus controllers for $31.99. The colourful Wii Remote normally retail for $39.99, but are on sale for a limited time for $31.99. So if you’re looking for some extra Wii Remotes, you can’t go wrong with these.
Nintendo of America is running a eShop sale starting today which sees two Virtual Console games for two dollars each for two days. Today’s games are Mega Man: Dr Wily’s Revenge and Mega Man X both of which will retail for two dollars. The promotion ends on December 18th. Will you be purchasing either of these games?
Today, Ubisoft announced the latest batch of DLC songs for Just Dance 2014, available from December 17 for all current and next-gen gaming systems. The tracks included are:
- “Can’t Get Enough” by Becky G Ft. Pitbull
- “Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia
- “I Need Your Love” by Calvin Harris Ft. Ellie Goulding
- “My Main Girl” by Mainstreet
- “Gangnam Style” by PSY
- “Applause” (official choreography by Richy Jackson) by Lady Gaga
- “#thatPOWER” (alternate choreography) by will.i.am Ft. Justin Bieber
For the first time in Just Dance history, a DLC track features avatar costumes designed by two Just Dance fans selected through a contest held earlier this year. The contest was open to fans from France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, and was created with Stardoll, the virtual paperdoll community site. Through the contest, fans could virtually take part in one of the key aspects in the making of Just Dance: the creative avatar wardrobe design process.
In order to find the winning looks, Stardoll users voted for their favourite design and the two winning designs (top and bottom piece of clothing) were then selected by the Just Dance development team. The designs will appear on the dancer in the track “My Main Girl” by Mainstreet.
Furthermore, Stardoll users can purchase Just Dance costumes in a special online store, exclusively available on the Stardoll site from November 26 to December 31.
DFC Intelligence has predicted that the Wii U will shift only 25 million units by the end of its lifetime – placing Nintendo’s latest console slightly above the Nintendo GameCube, which sold roughly 22 million units. On the other hand, the Wii – which was released in 2006 – has surpassed 100 million lifetime sales, making it Nintendo’s best-selling home console.
Wii U “is expected to be mainly a system for Nintendo first-party software,” DFC Intelligence wrote in a market research report provided to IGN.
“[Its] sales [are] anticipated to be only about a quarter of the Wii.”