Nintendo is currently engaged in a lawsuit with Secure Axcess who claim that the Kyoto based company infringed on a patent concerning the Wii U. The patent was filed by the company back in 2000 and was published in 2003 and is for a “multiscreen personal computer display method and apparatus, or a computer which provides display capabilities on more than one screen.” Secure Axcess is under the impression that Nintendo infringes on this patent with the Wii U GamePad. The company also says it’s suing major video game retailers such as GameStop, Target, Amazon and Best Buy for selling the console to consumers “without license or authorisation.”
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Analyst David Gibson has revealed that the Wii U only sold 70K units during the month of March in the United States. The Xbox One sold 311K, but was beaten by the PlayStation 4 which was the best-selling console that month. The Nintendo 3DS managed to sell 159K and the original Wii sold 28K.
- PS4: Best selling platform.
- Xbox One: 311K
- 3DS: 159K
- Xbox 360: 111K
- Wii U: 70K
- Wii: 28K
- Vita: 10K
- PSP: 5K
French gaming website Gamesblog is reporting that a Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle will be sold in Europe. The bundle includes a 32GB Wii U Premium console with a copy of the highly anticipated karting title. It also includes a one week trail of Wii Karaoke U. The bundle will apparently retail for 299 Euros.
Ubisoft’s North American Uplay Store states that the eagerly anticipated Watch Dogs for Wii U should arrive on the console sometime during Fall 2014. Watch Dogs was delayed so the team could concentrate their efforts on the other platforms. The game is still due to come out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and PC, on May 27th.
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FarSight Studios, the developers behind The Pinball Arcade, have said on Facebook that even Sony’s PlayStation 3 outclasses the Wii U with regards to power and claims that the Wii U is a Wii 1.5. The information came about as a Nintendo fan said that the Wii U was as powerful as the PlayStation 3. You can see the response above.
Update: FarSight Studios has apologized for its recent comments on Wii U.
Warner Bros has announced that the Wii U version of LEGO Hobbit has been delayed until April 22nd in North America. However, the Nintendo 3DS and other formats haven’t been affected. Warner Bros hasn’t explained why the Wii U version has been delayed. The UK version will be available on the Wii U on April 11th.
Nintendo producer Yoshiaki Koizumi has told EDGE that the team are busy creating a new Mario title, but wouldn’t reveal which platform the game will come to. EAD Tokyo team leader Kenta Motokura said that if the game does come to Wii U then they need to figure out ways to make better use of the Wii U GamePad.
“Yoshiaki Koizumi says that while work has begun on the new game, it could not confirm whether it’ll be 3DS or Wii U title. “That’s still a secret!” he says. “I can tell you, though, that we’ve already started approaching our next challenge.”
“There’s still a lot more room for discovery and invention, and we’ll continue to propose new and exciting game mechanics going into the future.” If follow-up to Super Mario 3D World is to be a Wii U game, co-director and EAD Tokyo team leader Kenta Motokura says his team “might need to make even more use of the GamePad.”
Mario Kart 8 producer Hideki Konno and director Kosuke Yabuki have praised the power of Nintendo’s latest home console Wii U and say that the game will deliver a visually impressive experience. Konno explained to GameSpot that they have put a lot of effort into making Mario Kart 8 a good looking game, and he concluded by saying that it’s a very pretty game. Here’s what they had to say.
“We’re working with HD for the first time, and we really wanted to take advantage of that,” Mario Kart 8 producer Hideki Konno said in a roundtable interview attended by GameSpot. “The last console version was Mario Kart Wii, which was released in 2008, so it was about six years ago. And during those six years, we were able to incorporate a lot of technology in our development process, but especially on the graphics side. So we put a lot of effort into making this a good looking game–it’s a very pretty game.”
“This time with the power of the Wii U we really made an effort to keep that graphic quality high regardless of how many ways we were splitting the TV into.”
“We’ve also been able to show movement on the [karts and bikes] that we haven’t seen before,” he said. “We’re seeing bounding, we’re seeing different parts of the kart move, we’re seeing dirt on the tires, we’re seeing skidmarks left on the course–again I think we’ve done a good job of utilizing that graphical power.”
“Using the power of the Wii U, we were able to create a Mario Kart title that feels right, and the controls feel like they’re perfect for this game.”
Nintendo today revealed new information about Mario Kart 8, the latest installment in the fan-favorite racing series launching exclusively for the Wii U console on May 30 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop. For the first time in HD, Mario Kart 8 introduces original track designs that highlight the game’s new anti-gravity feature, which allows players to race upside down or up vertical surfaces. Racers will also enjoy a variety of series-favorite features, including the return of 12-player online competitive play, four-player local multiplayer, hang gliders, underwater racing and motorbikes.
New features in Mario Kart 8 include:
- Spin Boost: While racing upside down or on walls, players can bump into other racers or certain track obstacles to get a speed boost. The Spin Boost fundamentally redefines the way that players compete, and makes anti-gravity racing even more exhilarating.
- Returning Characters: In Mario Kart 8, players can race with returning characters Metal Mario, Lakitu and Shy Guy. These newly revealed returning characters join a host of previously announced favorites, including all seven of Bowser’s Koopalings, who are playable for the first time in video game history.
- New Items: Two new items join the fray in Mario Kart 8. First, the Piranha Plant attaches to the front of the player’s kart and chomps at other characters, banana peels on the track or even shells thrown by other characters. Each time the Piranha Plant lunges forward to bite, the player receives a brief boost of speed. The second new item is the Boomerang Flower. After acquiring it, racers can throw a Boomerang at opponents to stun them, and its arc allows players to strike multiple opponents with a single toss. The Boomerang can be thrown three times – forward or backward.
- New Courses: Remixed classic courses make a return in Mario Kart 8, with favorites such as Moo Moo Meadows from Mario Kart Wii, Toad’s Turnpike from Mario Kart 64 and Donut Plains from Super Mario Kart, among others. The graphics and layout of these courses have been redesigned and re-imagined. For example, Toad’s Turnpike now allows players to drive up certain walls in anti-gravity mode. Mario Kart 8 will include 16 new courses and 16 remixed classic courses.
- Live Recorded Music: For the first time in the Mario Kart series, select courses in Mario Kart 8 feature music recorded by live performers.
- Control Scheme: Mario Kart 8 will support a variety of control schemes, including the Wii U GamePad, the Wii U Pro Controller, the Wii Wheel and the Wii Remote and Nunchuk. The game can also be played in off-TV mode using just the Wii U GamePad.
Platinum Games well-received action packed title The Wonderful 101 is currently available for $29.99 on the Wii U eShop at the moment. It looks as though the pricing now matches the price drops that we’ve been seeing from certain retailers. The Wonderful 101 currently has an average review score of 78 on Metacritic.