Nintendo has confirmed that certain online functionality, including online play, matchmaking and leaderboards for many Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games, will no longer be accessible. The service will be closing on 20th May 2014 worldwide.
The service’s retirement will affect 20 Nintendo published Wii games and Wii Ware titles, including Animal Crossing: Let’s Go to the City, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart Wii and Pokémon Battle Revolution. More than 40 Nintendo published DS and DSi software titles will also be affected, such as Dragon Quest 9: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Pokémon Platinum Version, Professor Layton and the Curious Village and The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. The full list of titles are available on the official Nintendo of Australia website
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Christopher Roupe, an aspiring 17-year-old US marine, was killed by a female police officer who mistook Roupe’s Wii Remote for a firearm. Roupe opened the door to the police as they were looking to serve a warrant on his father over a probation violation. When he opened the door holding a Wii Remote the female officer shot him in the chest. The family’s solicitor, Cole Law, said the 17-year-old was just about to watch a movie on his Wii console when he opened the door.
Today, Ubisoft announced the latest batch of DLC songs for Just Dance 2014, available from December 17 for all current and next-gen gaming systems. The tracks included are:
- “Can’t Get Enough” by Becky G Ft. Pitbull
- “Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia
- “I Need Your Love” by Calvin Harris Ft. Ellie Goulding
- “My Main Girl” by Mainstreet
- “Gangnam Style” by PSY
- “Applause” (official choreography by Richy Jackson) by Lady Gaga
- “#thatPOWER” (alternate choreography) by will.i.am Ft. Justin Bieber
For the first time in Just Dance history, a DLC track features avatar costumes designed by two Just Dance fans selected through a contest held earlier this year. The contest was open to fans from France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, and was created with Stardoll, the virtual paperdoll community site. Through the contest, fans could virtually take part in one of the key aspects in the making of Just Dance: the creative avatar wardrobe design process.
In order to find the winning looks, Stardoll users voted for their favourite design and the two winning designs (top and bottom piece of clothing) were then selected by the Just Dance development team. The designs will appear on the dancer in the track “My Main Girl” by Mainstreet.
Furthermore, Stardoll users can purchase Just Dance costumes in a special online store, exclusively available on the Stardoll site from November 26 to December 31.
US retail outlet Sears is another company that has gotten rather confused about the Wii and the Wii U. The company has listed Wii U games as Wii games and has combined Wii and Wii U hardware. This news comes as Nintendo of America proclaimed that consumer confusion over the Wii and the Wii U is virtually non-existent.
In a new effort to explain the difference between the Wii and the Wii U to consumers, Nintendo has created a brand new comparison chart. This comprehensive chart has already been spotted in several Toys ‘R Us and Walmart stores in the United States. With consumers still confused about the Wii U, this new chart should help them distinguish the difference between the two consoles. Do you think it will be effective?
Update: It appears they are using the same comparison chart as they did at launch presumably to help consumers in the run-up to Christmas.
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EA has confirmed that both the Wii U and the Wii combined only account for a meagre 1.3 per cent of EA’s software revenues in the last financial quarter. EA stated in their latest financial report that $695 million was earned from combined sales of console, mobile and PC software. The company says that only $9 million came from Wii and Wii U software. EA has already pretty much abandoned Wii U due to poor sales for games in its franchises.
- Handhelds (Nintendo and Sony combined) account for 14 per cent of all EA mobile sales.
- Nintendo handhelds account for 6 per cent of mobile sales, while Sony handhelds account for 8 per cent.
- Despite its emphasis on mobile gaming, EA’s home console game sales still account for $309 million compared to $75 million mobile sales (though production costs are typically much lower on mobile titles, meaning the potential for profit is higher).
- PC software earns EA more money than any other format, accounting for 39.4% of all software sales
The developers behind Young Justice: Legacy have announced via Facebook that they have decided to cancel the Wii U and Wii versions of the game. The company says that the decision was made based on a lack of retailer support and overall quality issues. However, the game is still coming out on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Nintendo 3DS.
Based on several factors we’ve had to cancel the Wii and Wii-U versions of Young Justice: Legacy.
We regret that this decision will prevent some fans from playing the game and the finding out what happens in the story. There were a number of reasons ranging from quality issues to lack of retailer support, but know that we didn’t make this decision lightly. We are a fairly new company, and unfortunately both of these platforms presented challenges we couldn’t overcome.
Please accept our sincere apology.
We look forward to delivering the Xbox360, PS3, 3DS, and Steam versions in less than a month.
Nintendo has confirmed that it will no longer be supplying Wii imports to Europe. The news comes after Nintendo Japan said they were discontinuing selling the console that set the world on fire in 2006. Those gamers in Europe that still wish to purchase a Wii can invest in the controversial Wii Mini, or purchase a Wii second-hand. Nintendo of America previously confirmed that they will continue to stock the console during the holiday season.
“Wii imports to Europe have been discontinued. However, there are still a variety of options for consumers to enjoy Wii games and the Wii gameplay experience.”
“Wii U, which is Nintendo’s latest home console, is backwards compatible with nearly all existing Wii games and accessories, so you can enjoy a vast library of disc-based and downloadable Wii games and Wii gameplay experiences when you switch to Wii Mode on Wii U.”
“Wii Mini is also now available across Europe offering Wii gameplay experiences at a great value. Wii Mini puts the focus squarely on games with over 1200 existing disc-based Wii titles to choose from.”
Nintendo of America has confirmed to GameSpot that the discontinuation of the Wii in Japan won’t affect availability of the console in the United States. The company told the publication that the original Wii will be available to purchase in the United States during the all important holiday season. Nintendo Japan announced a few days ago that it was discontinuing the console and that gamers would have to purchase one second-hand.
“The announcement that the Wii console has been discontinued is specific to Japan. There is no change in the status of Wii in the United States, and it is available for purchase this holiday season.”
Nintendo Japan has confirmed via its official website that it has discontinued the original Wii console which launched in 2006. We already knew that they were planning to stop manufacturing the hit console, but now it appears as though distribution has ceased. Those Japanese gamers wanting a Wii fix will either have to purchase the backwards compatible Wii U, or hunt around stores searching for any leftover Wii stock.