Nintendo announced during the last Wii U-focused Nintendo Direct, which took place in January, that a new 3D Mario platformer and Mario Kart for Wii U are scheduled to be playable at this year’s E3. Also during the online presentation the company touched on the next original The Legend of Zelda game for its latest console.
Although none of them were given official names, pre-order pages for all three games have already popped up on Walmart’s website. The retailer is listing these three Wii U games for pre-order: Mario 3D, Zelda 2 (RPG) and Mario Kart U. Note that “Zelda 2 (RPG)” isn’t referring to The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker remake, as that title has a pre-order page, too.
American retailers Best Buy and Walmart have both listed Xenoblade for Wii U. Could this mean that Xenoblade Chronicles is being remade for Nintendo’s first HD console? Perhaps not, as the game’s only released last year in North America. But it is, however, probably referring to Monolith Soft’s first Wii U game, which is code-named ‘X.’ Let’s hope this means that the studio’s upcoming Wii U role-playing game will be released sooner rather than later.
A boy from Talladega, Ala., received a Nintendo 3DS XL box for Christmas. Instead of containing the actual handheld, the box was full of rocks wrapped in tissue paper.
The box was purchased from a local Walmart, and after explaining to the retailer what had happened, the boy’s mother was able to receive an actual Nintendo 3DS XL for her son.
Apparently, scams like this happen because consumers purchase merchandise from Walmart and then return it to the store with the items missing.
Cheap Ass Gamer have been informed that Walmart in-store pre-orders for Wii U will begin on Sunday, October 14th. If you’re considering popping down there on Sunday then you should be warned that you can only pre-order a maximum of two Wii U consoles. There’s also a Layaway service fee of $5 and 10% down applies to reserve the console.
Retailers will soon begin selling Wii U branded Nintendo eShop cards. It looks like you have the option of purchasing Nintendo eShop cards worth of $20, $35 and $50. These cards can only be used on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS or Wii U.
Nintendo has already begun rebranding existing Wii Remote Plus with the Wii U logo ahead of the console’s launch in North America on November 18th. We already know that Wii accessories will be compatible with Wii U, but the rebranding will help prospective Wii U owners know this. We heard that a number of Nintendo Land mini games will only support Wii Motion Plus or Wii Remote Plus, so expect these to be in high demand.
Those of you that have yet to pre-order the Wii U may want to take a look at a bundle that has been created by Walmart. The bundle which retails for $399 comes with either the Basic 8GB Wii U console, or the Premium 32GB console, whatever Wii U game you would like, and your choice of Wii Remote Plus colour.
The NPD group which tracks video game sales throughout the United States has announced that its reports will include sales figures from Walmart starting from next month. NPD Group’s David Reiley also mentioned that next months report will also include another prolific retailer in the United States which hadn’t previously been included.
“Our enhanced retail coverage, including the addition of several new retailers, begins with May data released on Thursday, June 14. Yes, it does include Walmart.”
- NPD Group’s David Riley
Popular US store Walmart is considering acquiring doomed retail store GAME, that’s according to MCV. Investors believe that Walmart is currently prepared to offer 12p per share to buyout the GAME Group. MCV also reported that Comet owner OpCapita has offered a buyout bid that the GAME board is currently evaluating. Nintendo revealed earlier today that Kid Icarus: Uprising won’t be sold at either GAME or GameStation.
Walmart has informed customers precisely which items are going to be discounted on Black Friday in the United States. Those of you looking to pick up a Wii to play The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword are in luck as you will be able to pick up a limited edition Blue Wii console for a mere $99.96. Not bad, not bad at all.