US retailer Frys is advertising a Wii U bundle that console owners can’t miss out on. The retailer is selling ZombiU, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and Nintendo Land together for the bargain price of $59.99. The regular price for all three games is $129.97. Will you be purchasing this three game bundle extravaganza?
Nintendo is apparently looking to introduce a 8GB Wii U Basic pack which comes bundled with Nintendo Land this holiday season. This means that the 8GB Basic won’t receive a price cut, but it will instead be bundled with the well-received Nintendo Land. However, the Wii U 32GB will apparently continue to be bundled with Nintendo Land, but it will see a price reduction.
For a limited time, Best Buy is selling the Wii U Basic Set bundled with Nintendo Land for only $299.99. Regularly, the Wii U Basic Set is sold at that same price without Nintendo Land, whereas the Wii U Deluxe Set includes the party game and costs $349.99. Nintendo Land retails for $59.99, so, technically, if you decide to purchase the Wii U Basic Set bundle from the American retailer, you’re saving over $50. Will you be purchasing the bundle? Or do you rather paying the extra cash for the Wii U Deluxe Set, which features more memory? Let us know in the comments section below.
Anything’s possible, even a Nintendo theme park, according to legendary Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto. ABC recently asked Miyamoto whether he would consider an actual Mario theme park, as opposed to a digital amusement park like the one found in Wii U launch title Nintendo Land. The company is currently focusing on digital products; however, Miyamoto reassures that a Nintendo theme park isn’t out of the question. Who wouldn’t want to visit a real ‘Nintendo Land’ or ‘Nintendo World’?
ABC: “Nintendo Land” very much teased us, and everyone wants to actually go to Nintendo Land in person. Have you ever been approached about a Mario theme-park, or is that ever something you would consider in real life?
Miyamoto: Certainly, with Nintendo being in the entertainment industry, there may come some point in the future where that might become a possibility. But right now we’ve got our hands full creating our digital products. Certainly, it’s not an impossibility.
Capcom’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U has entered the UK all-formats chart this week. The game charted at number ten for the Nintendo 3DS and number twelve on the Wii U. Nintendo Land also made a re-entry in the UK all-formats charts and entered in at number thirty-six. All in all it was a slow week in the UK as the number one game Gears of War: Judgement sold less than 4 times the amount that Gears of War 3 sold in its first week.
Nintendo Land doesn’t feature online multiplayer; however, it includes local multiplayer for up to five players. IGN asked the party game’s director, Takayuki Shimamura, why there is no option to play its multiplayer minigames with other Wii U players online. According to Shimamura, it’s more fun to have players – with different designated roles – to be able to communicate with each other in the same room while engaged in a minigame. Do you wish Nintendo Land included online multiplayer, or are you lucky enough to always have other potential players in your household?
“The biggest mission of Nintendo Land development was to bring across the charms of this new game structure involving a large TV screen and a smaller GamePad in your hand.”
“With the GamePad, it’s now much more fun to have players carry out different roles in the same space. One of the themes we paid attention to during development was how fun it is for you and your friends to talk with each other while playing, so the game is balanced based on the concept that the group of people involved is all interacting with each other at once. As a result, we did not consider online-based multiplayer for Nintendo Land.”
-Nintendo Land director Takayuki Shimamura
Nintendo of America has confirmed via a press release that the ZombiU Wii U bundle is officially coming to North America. The Wii U ZombiU Deluxe Set comes with all the contents of the standard Wii U Deluxe Set, plus the addition of the ZombiU game, a black Wii U Pro Controller and a collectible booklet featuring artwork from the game and never-before-seen developer commentary. Nintendo Land will also be included as a downloadable game, rather than a packed-in disc. The jam-packed ZombiU Deluxe Set will be available at a suggested retail price of $389.99, a savings of $70 if all items were purchased separately.
Nintendo has announced that both Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros U have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide since launch last year. By the end of December, Nintendo Land sales reached 2 million while New Super Mario Bros U sales were over 2.3 million. Nintendo also revealed that they expect to sell four million Wii U consoles by the end of March.
US retail emporium Best Buy has begun discounting the Wii U 8GB Basic Set presumably because the Deluxe is getting more love from consumers. You can now pick up a 8GB Basic Wii U system with Nintendo Land for $299.99 on the Best Buy website. I’m not sure whether the offer is replicated in stores, so you will need to check.
Each of the four reviewers on the magazine’s panel awarded New Super Mario Bros. U with a nine, giving the platformer a 36 out of a possible score of 40.
Three of the reviewers awarded Nintendo Land with a nine, and one gave it an eight, giving the party game a 35 out of 40.