Well this looks like a spectacular post Christmas Wii U deal. You can grab the Super Mario 3D World Wii U and Nintendo Land 32GB Premium bundle for $269.99 on eBay via Buy.com. That’s not a bad offer at all if you are on the fence about purchasing a Wii U. They’re still in stock while I’m typing this, so be sure to get one if you want a bargain.
You’ll be interested to know that aside from the Nintendo 3DS, the Wii U was the only console that saw an overall increase in software sales in 2014 in Japan. Wii U software sales were up 112.95% compared to 2013 which can only be good news for Nintendo. However, Siliconera says that the Nintendo 3DS was the only healthy platform in Japan during the end-of-year season. This is presumably because all platform holders are facing stiff competition from mobile devices.
This week’s individual UK charts are now in courtesy of GFK Chart-Track and sales tracker UKIE. In a surprising turn for the UK, four Wii U games are sitting quite comfortably within the top 40, with Mario Kart 8 garnering top speed as the highest entry this week at 20. Not far behind is Nintendo Land – one of the console’s launch games back in 2012 – which comes in at 25, due to a special deal at a number of UK retailers this week. And as always, Grand Theft Auto V refuses to budge in its fifth consecutive week at the top of the chart.
Super Smash Bros also benefits from the boost in Wii U game sales, moving up five places from 32 to 27, while Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker finds footing as a re-entry at 39. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire for the 3DS both slip down to 38 and 32, respectively. The full individual UK top 40 games chart can be found below.
1. (01) [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V
2. (03) [PS4] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
3. (02) [XBO] Grand Theft Auto V
4. (04) [PS4] FIFA 15
5. (05) [XBO] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
6. (06) [XBO] Assassin’s Creed: Unity
7. (09) [XBO] FIFA 15
8. (15)  Minecraft: Xbox Edition
9. (13)  FIFA 15
10. (08) [PS4] The Crew
11. (22) [PC] Football Manager 2015
12. (10) [XBO] Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
13. (12) [PS4] Far Cry 4
14. (07) [PS4] DriveClub
15. (28) [XBO] Minecraft: Xbox Edition
16. (27) [PS3] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
17. (21) [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
18. (17) [XBO] Far Cry 4
19. (RE) [WII] Just Dance 2015
20. (RE) [WIIU] Mario Kart 8
21. (20) [PS4] Destiny
22. (25) [PS3] FIFA 15
23. (14) [XBO] The Crew
24. (16)  Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
25. (RE) [WIIU] Nintendo Land
26. (18) [XBO] Forza Horizon 2
27. (32) [WIIU] Super Smash Bros
28. (11) [XBO] Halo: The Master Chief Collection
29. (RE) [PS4] Watch Dogs
30. (19)  Far Cry 4
31. (RE) [PS4] Dragon Age: Inquisition
32. (30) [3DS] Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
33. (RE)  Terraria
34. (37)  Assassin’s Creed: Rogue
35. (RE) [PS4] Alien: Isolation
36. (29) [PS4] Shadow of Mordor
37. (RE) [PS3] Assassin’s Creed: Rogue
38. (35) [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby
39. (RE) [WIIU] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
40. (RE)  Grand Theft Auto V
Treefall Studios, the developer behind eShop titles The Letter and Maze, has announced via YouTube that they currently have five Wii U exclusive indie titles in development for Nintendo’s latest home console. The five brand new games from TreeFall Studios which have been announced exclusively for the Wii U for 2015 include: Journey of a Special Average Balloon, Elodia: Book 1: Infection, PitterPot, Cedar Acres, Scrap. Treefall Studios also revealed that they’re doing a ToonTanks and Maze collaboration for the future.
Here’s something neat from Nintendo, Super Mario Galaxy 2 for the Wii U Virtual Console will access your original Wii save file if you transferred your data from Wii to Wii U. Kinda handy if you were in the middle of completing the game on the Wii, but never got around to finishing it. Let me tell you, it’s well worth finishing if you get the chance.
Thanks, Shuhei Yoshida
Want to know what’s included in the Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric patch? Well, details have now emerged that the 1GB patch fixes a number of problems with the broken game. Sega and Big Red Button have yet to announce exactly what’s included within the 1GB patch, but scouring the internet it appears as though the following issues have been fixed with the game.
Knuckles Infinite Jump fixed
Some level barriers added to prevent the player from escaping the map. The most notorious example…
This is reported to no longer work, an invisible barrier prevents the player from escaping.
Navigation arrows “Small yellow arrows added which show you where to go” (They were in the original, but they now have some issues).
Improved Framerate during speed sections
Loops are ‘less choppy’
Minor lighting improvements
It seems as though a small number of users are reporting frustrating problems when trying to download the Wii version of Super Mario Galaxy 2 to their external USB hard drives. The users that have encountered the problems say that the game causes a black screen and crashing. As I mentioned before this is only happening to small number of users, but they’re advising people to download the game to the system memory rather than your external hard drive. Have you encountered this issue with Super Mario Galaxy 2 Wii on the Wii U?