The UK retailer, ASDA, is apparently going to stop selling Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS products as part of a change of product range in 8 weeks time. This rumour crops up as a user on Hot UK Deals claims these deals will be going nationwide, and another user commented:
All asda stores will not be selling ds, 3ds, wii or wii u games in store as part of a range change in 8 weeks. Stores have been told to clear through at discretion with sale stickers. If your local store hasn’t done this yet, they may just be holding on a while, as they won’t get a credit for the markdown, and may be waiting on a central price change.
ASDA already stopped retailing the Wii U in stores in July 2013, and it looks like this may have spread to other Nintendo products as well. But perhaps this is just while the products are relatively unpopular, and once they pick up pace they will start selling them again. It would be bad news for Nintendo and its fans if this is true!
A Japanese newspaper, Mainichi Shimbun, has discovered that in Oita prison, inmates are allowed to play the Nintendo DS to help combat their dementia. 21% of inmates are over 65, this causes a lot of problems with patients suffering from dementia, as it usually gets worse once they’re in prison. To help combat the problem, the prison set up a program in which inmates suffering from dementia could partake in certain exercises to help them, like yoga and playing brain training games on the Nintendo DS, a few times a month. One inmate in his sixties said: “The DS is the most fun part. I want to keep my brain sharp by practicing like this.” Who doesn’t love a bit of brain training?
“After they get out of prison, I hope they will take steps to continue to look after their [mental] health, such as using the DS. We need a support system for prisoners once they are released, too.”— Warden
Yup, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 64 titles will be hitting the Wii U Virtual Console today. You will be able to download classics such as Super Mario 64 and Yoshi’s Island DS today. More titles will obviously be added over time.
Everyone loves Frozen so it comes as no surprise that the video game adaptation inspired by the movie has been a massive success in the United Kingdom. In fact it’s the Nintendo DS version of Frozen: Olaf’s Quest which has proven the most popular and has easily outsold the Nintendo 3DS version of the same game.
The success of Frozen was a bit of a surprise. We thought it’d do well. We’d done some decent movie licences before, such as Sony’s Hotel Transylvania and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. We thought this one was going to be maybe a little bit bigger as it was Disney, but nowhere near the stratospheric sales that we’ve experienced.
We thought Frozen would be our last title on DS to be honest. Nintendo hasn’t been manufacturing the console for a few years, but we thought that there is a big user base our there, and there is a second hand, hand-me-down market for the old DS consoles. We launched Olaf’s Quest on DS and it’s still outselling 3DS. And we’ve got Disney’s next big film out in January, Big Hero 6, and we’re bringing that out on 3DS and DS. If you’d said to me 18 months ago you’d be bringing out a DS product in January 2015 I’d have laughed.
Thanks, Shuhei Yoshida
The Wii U Virtual Console has received its first Nintendo DS title in Japan. Brain Age is now available in the region as a free download through the service. Originally released in 2006, the brain-training game presents quick mental activities that were designed to help players flex their mental muscles. It was inspired by the research of Dr. Ryuta Kawashima, a prominent Japanese neuroscientist. Nintendo has yet to release DS games on Wii U outside Japan.
Nintendo has announced that Nintendo DS software will be added to the future Virtual Console lineup for Wii U. Because the DS has a “very strong” library of games, Nintendo says it wants to make the dual-screen handheld’s titles playable on Wii U via the Wii U GamePad controller. The reveal was made during a corporate briefing today in Japan, where the firm also confirmed that Mario Kart 8 is scheduled to launch globally in May.
More news about a senseless death over a Nintendo console has emerged this week, as a mother of four children named Shizu Shigeta is now being tried in Tokyo for killing her five-year-old over his Nintendo DS. While on trial, Shigeta admitted responsibility for the death of her son, who she sealed inside two garbage bags after arguing with him about the handheld console and the mess he had left in their living room.
On September 1st, 2012, stressed from work and lack of sleep, Shigeta became angered by the mess her children had made in the house. She tossed her son’s DS into a garbage bag with several toys, then consumed several sleeping pills and a glass of shochu whiskey, only to awake the next morning to her five-year-old, Koshi, inquiring about his missing DS. Furious over her son’s attitude, and still reeling from her night of intoxication, the mother of four lashed out at the boy, asking him “Would you rather breathe or play DS?”
Koshi responded by saying “I’d rather play DS,” at which point the mother became enraged, binding the boy’s hands and feet with twine, and covering his eyes and mouth with tape. She then sealed him inside two garbage bags and passed out. By the time she awoke from the boy’s father arriving home, Koshi was unconscious. He died three days later from hypoxic encephalopathy, or brain damage caused by lack of oxygen.
Having been forced to listen to recounts of the incident in court, Shigeta claims to only recall “fragments” of the event. Amazingly, on account of the circumstances and her apparent devastation over her son’s death, the prosecution is only asking for a sentence of four years in prison.