Looking for a new game to spice up your collection on various Nintendo platforms? Well, this month’s Club Nintendo downloadable rewards are now available for North America, and can be purchased between 150 and 200 coins. Games available for the Nintendo 3DS are Metroid for 150 coins and Dillon’s Rolling Western for 200 coins. But if those two aren’t quite up your gaming street, you can grab Wii titles The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past in preparation for the release of A Link Between Worlds later this month, or Art Style: Cubello for some puzzle and shooting fun. Both games can be purchases for 150 coins, and all four downloadable titles are available until December 8. Which game will you be picking up this month?
Nintendo of America has confirmed that the budget Wii Mini console will be launching in North America this month. The Wii Mini is priced at $99 and comes with a WiiMote, Nunchuck, and a free copy of the best-selling Mario Kart Wii. The Wii Mini has been a controversial console for Nintendo as it lacks a number of key features including online functionality and Gamecube compatibility.
“Wii mini offers the same fun experience as Wii, which has been enjoyed by millions of people around the world,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “And it comes packaged with Mario Kart Wii, a multiplayer Mario racing game that is one of the best-selling Wii games. At such a great price, it is an extraordinary value for shoppers this holiday season.”
This week’s UK charts are now in courtesy of GFK Chart Track, and it’s good news for pirates in Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag as they storm into the top spot. But just like Batman: Arkham Origins - which slips to number 5 this week – the Wii U version for the UK won’t be released until November 22, so we’ll see how it does in later weeks. But if you’re looking for Nintendo’s Wii Fit U sales figures, you won’t find them until its physical retail release on December 6 – so far, the game’s only a digital download.
As far as the rest of the all-formats charts go, Skylanders Swap Force, which is still selling well on the Nintendo Wii, settles for ninth place, Game Freak’s Pokemon X and Y places in at number 10 and 11, respectively, and Sonic Lost World slips down the chart to number 28.
The individual charts are topped by Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag, but Nintendo titles hold their own among multi-platform franchises. Luigi’s Mansion 2 for Nintendo 3DS is still hanging around the top 40 despite it being released back in March, possibly finding a boost in sales from Halloween. For those who want to check out the top 10 all-formats, you can do so below or, here. And you can view the individual charts, here.
- (NE) Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
- (NE) Battlefield 4
- (3) FIFA 14
- (2) Grand Theft Auto V
- (1) Batman: Arkham Origins
- (NE) Football Manager 2014
- (NE) WWE 2K14
- (7) Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
- (4) Skylanders Swap Force
- (6) Pokemon Y
A new interview by French gaming site Gamekult with developers from EAD Tokyo continues to reveal interesting bits of news. The latest is that the developers initially tested Super Mario Galaxy for online play, but ultimately decided the experience should remain unique to players’ living rooms.
The quote closely echoes a recent one by Miyamoto in which he explained the reasoning behind why Super Mario 3D World was never a candidate for online play. Much speculation has taken place over where the Mario series will be headed following 3D World, as some have called for an open world game, while others are hoping for a Galaxy sequel. For now, Nintendo fans will simply have to make due with the fun-filled four-player of Super Mario 3D World. Here is the full quote from EAD Tokyo about Super Mario Galaxy:
“We decided from the outset to be limited to local multiplayer. At the time of Super Mario Galaxy, we conducted tests for the online game and we have technical expertise to implement. However, we chose to focus on a user-friendly experience in the same room.”
Online gaming publication Eurogamer has awarded the fantastic Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii as the game of the generation. The publication says that the game could well be the pinnacle of Mario’s career as there’s the unmistakable sense of a great idea reaching its fullest, and perhaps final, expression. Mario’s iconic adventure was released back in 2007 and received incredible reviews upon release. The game currently has a Metacritic score of 97 which puts it inline with its brilliant sequel, Super Mario Galaxy 2.
The sense of creative freedom is unparalleled. Once Mario’s designers had kicked themselves free of gravity and were swimming amongst the stars, they found that space allowed them to do anything they wanted. And so they did anything they wanted. Manta-ray surfing on a stiff little tube of twisting water? A marriage of crazy golf and pinball that hangs, stoically, above a black hole? Why not have an asteroid serving as the roost for a towering three-legged robot, and another that’s home to an enormous molten octopus, too? Why not lay on hollow planets, glass planets, planets like deserts and planets like desserts? Why not throw in a video game joke that’s been three decades in the construction: an ice level that comes with a lava level clamped to its back?
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The developers behind Young Justice: Legacy have announced via Facebook that they have decided to cancel the Wii U and Wii versions of the game. The company says that the decision was made based on a lack of retailer support and overall quality issues. However, the game is still coming out on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Nintendo 3DS.
Based on several factors we’ve had to cancel the Wii and Wii-U versions of Young Justice: Legacy.
We regret that this decision will prevent some fans from playing the game and the finding out what happens in the story. There were a number of reasons ranging from quality issues to lack of retailer support, but know that we didn’t make this decision lightly. We are a fairly new company, and unfortunately both of these platforms presented challenges we couldn’t overcome.
Please accept our sincere apology.
We look forward to delivering the Xbox360, PS3, 3DS, and Steam versions in less than a month.
Nintendo has confirmed that it will no longer be supplying Wii imports to Europe. The news comes after Nintendo Japan said they were discontinuing selling the console that set the world on fire in 2006. Those gamers in Europe that still wish to purchase a Wii can invest in the controversial Wii Mini, or purchase a Wii second-hand. Nintendo of America previously confirmed that they will continue to stock the console during the holiday season.
“Wii imports to Europe have been discontinued. However, there are still a variety of options for consumers to enjoy Wii games and the Wii gameplay experience.”
“Wii U, which is Nintendo’s latest home console, is backwards compatible with nearly all existing Wii games and accessories, so you can enjoy a vast library of disc-based and downloadable Wii games and Wii gameplay experiences when you switch to Wii Mode on Wii U.”
“Wii Mini is also now available across Europe offering Wii gameplay experiences at a great value. Wii Mini puts the focus squarely on games with over 1200 existing disc-based Wii titles to choose from.”
Nintendo of America has confirmed to GameSpot that the discontinuation of the Wii in Japan won’t affect availability of the console in the United States. The company told the publication that the original Wii will be available to purchase in the United States during the all important holiday season. Nintendo Japan announced a few days ago that it was discontinuing the console and that gamers would have to purchase one second-hand.
“The announcement that the Wii console has been discontinued is specific to Japan. There is no change in the status of Wii in the United States, and it is available for purchase this holiday season.”
The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 1/2D action game has gotten a new launch trailer. The new game made by Activision is based on the popular Nickolodeon TV show and is reminiscent of old Turtles arcade-style games like Turtles In Time. Unfortunately, TMNT is not releasing on Wii U, but instead will see the light of day on Wii and 3DS only. Today is the official release date for the game. Will you be picking up a copy of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on one of Nintendo’s consoles?
The Stroke Research Team at Cornwall recruited a gentleman named Mark Bennett to be the final patient in their research study that investigates whether playing Nintendo Wii for several weeks after an acute stroke is an effective form of rehabilitation. The unique experiment is called TWIST, or “The Wii In Stroke Study.” Sufferers of stroke often experience weakness in their arms, and doctors expect the repetitive motions necessary to play Wii games to be instrumental in rehabilitating patients back to normal arm strength. Doctors at the research center are expecting to release the first results from the study about six weeks from now. Interestingly, the final participant, Mr. Bennett, is patient number 101.