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.”
Nintendo of America has updated its Club Nintendo rewards for those of you in the United States. There are four titles that you can get your hands on including Balloon Flight and Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels. Which games will you be spending your hard-earned coins on this month?
- Mario’s Picross - 100 coins (Nintendo 3DS eShop)
- Super Mario Bros The Lost Levels - 150 coins (Wii Shop)
- Starship Defense - 150 coins (Nintendo 3DS eShop)
- Balloon Fight - 200 coins (Wii U eShop or the Wii Shop)
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Nintendo’s Wii Fit Plus improves the lives of patients with type-2 diabetes and controls their blood sugar levels, according to a new medical report. BMC Endocrine Disorders carried out the trial based on 220 participants for a period of 12 weeks, with half of those asked to use Wii Fit Plus for half an hour a day. The second half who chose to participate in the trial remained under routine care and received a Wii console, balance board and the fitness game 12 weeks later.
For those that received the fitness game from the beginning, the report indicates that they lost weight and simultaneously improved their blood sugar levels. Once the second half of the participants were switched over to Wii Fit Plus, they noticed similar benefits also.
Experts noted that daily physical activity increased significantly, along with mental health and subjective well-being. The study also found that the number of patients suffering from depression notably decreased. However, the report recorded that a third of the patients dropped out of the trial, meaning that it could be difficult to get people to retain the same level of enthusiasm over a sustained period of time.
Dr Richard Elliott, of Diabetes UK, said: “Physical activity and a healthy balanced diet, along with taking doctor-prescribed medications if necessary, can help people with type-2 diabetes to control their condition and minimise their risk of diabetes related complications over time.
“To make physical activity part of your daily routine it’s important to find an approach that works for you and is enjoyable, as this will make it easier to keep active in the long run.
“Computer games that promote a healthy lifestyle might be one way to achieve this, but different forms of physical activity might work better for different people. Further research will be needed to identify the long-term effects of such games compared to other approaches.”
US retail outlet Sears is another company that has gotten rather confused about the Wii and the Wii U. The company has listed Wii U games as Wii games and has combined Wii and Wii U hardware. This news comes as Nintendo of America proclaimed that consumer confusion over the Wii and the Wii U is virtually non-existent.