It looks like consumers will be able to purchase a discounted Pikachu Edition Nintendo 3DS XL, if they act fast. The limited edition system launches in the U.S. on March 24th at a suggested retail price of $199.99, but it appears as though retailer Toys “R” Us will sell it for $149.99 until March 30th. The Pikachu Edition Nintendo 3DS XL comes packaged with a 4GB SD Card and launches on the same day as Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity.
According to an NPD representative, the sales for the Wii U console in the U.S. were ‘well under’ 100,000 units for January. Gamastura estimates that Nintendo sold somewhere between 45,000 and 59,000 Wii U consoles in North America last month. If the website’s estimate is true, the Wii U will have sold worse than any of the three previous-generation home consoles – the Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 – sold in their worst months, though the Wii console’s recent performance may be an exception. The Wii U launched November 18th, 2012, in North America.
To help raise money for Child’s Play, Cody Thomson, 36, is planning to walk across several states in the U.S., including N.C., Tenn., Miss., Ark., Okla., Texas, N.M., Ariz. and Calif. Thomson, a self-proclaimed avid gamer, said to IGN that he is packing his Nintendo 3DS and plans to play Paper Mario, Professor Layton and Fire Emblem at the end of each day. It’s going to take roughly eight months for Thomson to traverse the country, and he will have walked about 3,000 miles once he’s done. Thomson’s lengthy journey begins on March 10th.
“I’ve spent months on the planning. Now I’m a few weeks out from setting off, so it’s a good time to start talking about this and raising some funds for Child’s Play. I’m seeking about $8,000 to fund the costs of the journey and everything else is for the kids. The sky’s the limit. But however much I get, I’m doing this.”
“When I was a kid I had an eye disease and the doctor actually advised that I get a games machine to strengthen my eye muscles. My parents bought me an Atari 2600. I wasn’t hospitalized, but games helped me. They had a beneficial impact. They helped me to see and I think that Child’s Play is wonderful, what they do. Kids in hospital need escapism as much as anybody.”
“I’ve been saving up games. I have Paper Mario, Professor Layton and Fire Emblem planned, so that’s something to look forward to at the end of every day.”
Nintendo today revealed that the Wii U GamePad Accessory Kit, which includes a cleaning cloth, an extra-large stylus and a screen protector for the 6.2-inch touchscreen controller, launches next month in North America. Beginning February 4th, in the U.S. and Canada, the Wii U GamePad Accessory Kit can be purchased for a suggested retail price of $12.99 from retailers.
“To ensure that Wii U users get the most out of their GamePad controller, Nintendo will be offering a Wii U GamePad Accessory Set to help owners protect their screens.”
“The set will be available at stores on February 4 for a suggested retail price of $12.99 and includes a Wii U GamePad screen protector that fits over the screen to protect it from scratches and dirt, an extra-large stylus for comfortable touch-screen game play and a cleaning cloth.”
Nintendo of America has confirmed, via Twitter, that the Fire Emblem: Awakening Nintendo 3DS hardware bundle is coming to the U.S. and Canada. The downloadable version of Fire Emblem: Awakening is pre-installed on the Nintendo 3DS included in the bundle. Details on the bundle’s pricing and release date will eventually come.
Fire Emblem: Awakening launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS on February 4th in North America, and a free demo of the strategy role-playing game will be made available to download from the Nintendo eShop next week, on January 17th.
Monolith Soft’s first Wii U project will be a challenging game that will bring people together, according to the developer, and consumers can expect it to be both very flashy and addicting.
The developer’s executive producer, Hirohide Sugira, says he and his team want to recuperate the Japanese gaming industry by showing what they can do with their first HD, Wii U game.
Michihiko Inaba of Monolith Soft says he wants the forthcoming game to show that Japan can keep up with developers in the U.S., in terms of technology. Inaba also says Monolith Soft’s goal is to become like Bethesda Softworks, the developer of the Fallout series.
Inaba: “I’d like to make an HD game that will wow the players. I want to show that Japan can still keep up with the USA when it comes next gen technology. Our goal is to become something like the developers of the Fallout series, Bethesda Softworks.”
Sugiura: “I believe that today’s Japanese gaming industry has lost its touch, and we’d like to do something to change that.”
Today marks the release of the first new video game console in six years. Nintendo’s Wii U has finally launched in the U.S. The new console boasts full HD graphics and a unique controller called the Wii U GamePad, which hosts a wide variety of features, including a traditional gaming layout, motion controls, a microphone, speakers, a camera, a TV Control button, and a 6.2-inch touchscreen.
The Wii U releases in Europe on November 30th and Japan on December 8th.
Offered by Burger King, the “Wii U Instant Win Game” began yesterday and ends on December 2nd. For a chance to win a free Wii U Basic Set, legal U.S. residents who are 13 years old or older can visit a participating Burger King or BK.com to obtain a code. After obtaining the code, participants must submit their codes online and play a game called “game play.” After that, participants will be notified whether they are potential winners of a Wii U Basic Set.
For the official rules of Burger King’s “Wii U Instant Win Game,” go here.
A few days after Nintendo announced its upcoming console’s price and release date, another retailer runs out of Wii U supply. American retailer Sears has now sold out of its Wii U stock, including both the Wii U Basic Set and Wii U Deluxe Set. However, in Australia, EB Games and JB Hi-Fi are still accepting pre-orders for both models, as is Game in the UK.
WB Games announced that consumers who pre-order Scribblenauts Unlimited for Wii U, Nintendo 3DS or PC at a GameStop in the U.S. will be eligible to receive one of three different Rooster Hats: Maxwell’s original red, his doppelganger’s blue, or his sister Lily’s pink. You can pick up your Rooster Hat alongside your pre-ordered copy of the game this holiday.