Nintendo of Europe has finally explained the odd restrictions on 18+ content (which includes reading information, looking at screenshots, and watching video) in place on the European Wii U eShop. It turns out that German law is affecting when everyone (adults and children) can look at mature content. Last week Eurogamer found that it could not look at information on the eShop during certain times (11pm to 3am). This included info on the 18+ rated games ZombieU and Assassin's Creed 3.
Apparently taking cues from 'Cinemax' or 'Showtime After Dark,' Eurogamer has discovered that the European Wii U eShop prohibits all consumers from accessing mature-rated games and content during the daytime hours.
Nintendo of Canada communications manager
director Matt Ryan tells Polygon that the Wii Mini lacks important features such as GameCube backwards compatibility and online connectivity because the firm wanted to keep the cost low so that "families" and "non-core gamers" could afford the device. Nintendo announced the pared down Nintendo Wii recently as being only for Canada and set at a suggested retail price of $99 CAN.
Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime is pushing back against complaints aimed at the Wii U. Speaking to Gamasutra, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said that the Wii U's launch hiccups - mostly tied to the system's mandatory day-one patch - was a requirement to ensure the "very best product" for consumers.
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata says that he is very sorry for the problems people had on launch day with the mandatory Wii U Day One firmware update. Speaking to IGN, he said that the length of time it took to download the update was not acceptable.
According to Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, the Wii U has sold 400,000 units in the United States. Speaking to CNET, Fils-Aime said that 300,000 Wii consoles and 500,000 portable devices also sold during the same period, for a grand total of 1.2 million hardware units sold in the US.
Google is (finally) sounding the alarm bells that an upcoming United Nations-organized conference is a serious threat to the "free and open internet" we currently enjoy (well, in most countries in the world). Government representatives around the world will get together to try and hash out an agreement on a new information and communications treaty in December.
In an interview with NowGamer, chief technical officer at Metro: Last Light developer 4A Oles Shishkovtsov said probably the most disparaging thing you can say about a brand new console: it has no power. When asked if the new game would be on the Wii U, Shishkovtsov said that it was not possible because Wii U's processor was "horrible and slow." Not exactly what the folks at Nintendo headquarters want a developer to say...
All it will take for the Wii U to be profitable will be the sale of one game with the system, claims Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. Fils-Aime made the comments in a recent interview with Mercury News. Without having that one-game attach rate the Wii U is selling at a loss. Fils-Aime's comments would suggest that the console is very close to breaking even if all it takes is the sale of one game - we assume he means a first-party title developed and published by Nintendo...
While there has been a fair share of bad news related to the Wii U's North American launch on Sunday, today we offer a story that is good news for anyone that wants to play some of those older Wii titles on the system: they look better on Wii U. According to the video to your left - pointed out by this NeoGAF forum thread - the Wii U appears to upscale Wii games.
In Episode 29 of the Super Podcast Action Committee hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the shaky launch of the Wii U console over the weekend, Sony perma-bans for PS3 'hackers,' and the good and bad side of Electronic Arts. It's a show to remember unless you stopped that Wii U firmware update - then it's a painful reminder that getting your brand new console 'bricked' kind of sucks! Download it now: SuperPAC Episode 29 (1 hour, 19 minutes) 73 MB.
The very last issue of Nintendo Power is complete, according to a tweet from Phil Theobald.
"The last issue of Nintendo Power should be on newsstands on December 11, everyone. Don't miss it--there's some amazing stuff in it," he said.
News of the magazine shutting down went public in August, much to the chagrin of fans who grew up reading the magazine during its 24 year lifespan.
With the Wii U launch less than a week away, many game publishers have strong opinions about Nintendo's newest platform. In an upcoming interview with GamesIndustry International, CEO Yves Guillemot offers his. While Ubisoft is one of the biggest third-party supporter of Wii U at launch, the company's CEO Yves Guillemot acknowledges that Nintendo may have to lower the price of the console.
Despite what those rascally anti-videogame folks would have you believe, all modern video game consoles have parental controls and Nintendo's Wii U is no exception.
Available for purchase in North America this Sunday, Nintendo's new console puts the parental controls right on the Wii U's main menu as opposed to burying it somewhere in system settings. It's that pink icon in the second row.
Here's what the controls can do:
Looking forward to playing around with Wii U's online features?
Well, you're going to have to perform a system update first.
According to IGN (and confirmed in this morning's Nintendo Direct presentation), online features like Miiverse, Wii U Chat, Nintendo TVii and the system's eShop will be enabled with a Day 1 system update.
As is usually the case with new consoles, Nintendo's Wii U will initially be sold at a loss to the company when it releases in November. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata confirmed during the company's financial results briefing this week that the Wii U would be sold for far less than it cost to make, but the conventional wisdom is that the company will make most of its money on software.
Nintendo today lowered its full-year (fiscal year ending March 31, 2013) sales forecast, pointing to sluggish hardware and software sales and yen appreciation. the company also said that it expects to sell 5.5 million Wii U units by April of 2013. The Wii U is set to launch in November in Europe and North America. Previously the company expected to post profits of 20 billion yen ($250.7 million), but has lowered that number to 6 billion yen ($75.2 million).
Impulse Technology, a company that develops interactive exercise equipment, has decided it would be in its best interest to drop a patent infringement lawsuit it filed against Nintendo. In its lawsuit, Impulse Technology alleged that Nintendo's Wii console, Wii Remote controller, Wii Balance Board accessory and Wii Fit Plus software infringed on one of Impulse's patents (U.S. Patent No. 5,524,637). Nintendo claims that they dumped the lawsuit after an unfavorable ruling by Judge James Gwin of the U.S.
In Episode 25 of the Super Podcast Action Committee hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about what happens when a fully funded Kickstarter project (in this case the game Haunts: The Manse Macabre) fails to become reality, the wisdom of knowing when to shut down a failing Kickstarter campaign (the focus of that topic being Loot Drop's attempts to fund the 'Old School RPG'), the latest on the "six strikes" copyright enforcement scheme adopted by U.S. ISPs, Andrew's latest video, and the horrors of using voice chat on Nintendo's Wii U.
Our own Andrew Eisen does his best to fit into Nintendo's new "I'm Not a Gamer" ad campaign for the Nintendo 3DS, with an ad of his own with the same message. You can check it out to your left and - assuming you like it as much as I do - you can subscribe to Andrew's YouTube Channel to see even more funny videos.
41-year-old Justin Success Brooks of the United Kingdom found out the hard way that it's not a good idea to mess with the folks at Nintendo. He has been charged with the "fraudulent sale of counterfeit Nintendo games," according to a report in the Croydon Guardian. Brooks was caught red-handed in an investigation conducted by Nintendo and the UK Interactive Entertainment association.
Earlier this week we reported that Foxconn - the company that helps build many of the products that are popular in the West from companies like Apple, Sony, Samsung, Microsoft and Nintendo - reported that it found underage interns working in one of its plants in Yantai, China. Today we have learned that that plant is responsible for assembling Nintendo products.
Nintendo announced this morning that it has slashed the price of the Wii to $129.99 in the United States. The lower-priced SKU also comes bundled with two games - Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort along with one black console, and a black Wii Remote Plus controller and Nunchuck - of course. The two games will be included on a single disc - just like they did with Duck Hunt and Super Mario Bros. on the NES. Look forward to seeing those packed-in discs for sale at GameStop in about a month....
When Nintendo first started advertising the newest Mario game for the Wii U - Super Mario Bros U - it claimed that the game was capable of being displayed in 1080p. It turns out that that little advertising bullet point isn't true, and now Nintendo is pulling the claim for any advertising related to the game.
A message on the game's official website stated:
"Experience Mario like never before... in full 1080p HD, only on the Wii U console!"
A "day late and 30 minutes short" would be the best way to describe Episode 23 of the Super Podcast Action Committee as host Andrew Eisen struggles with being sick and co-host E. Zachary Knight rails against the wickedness of the state of Oklahoma keeping his preferred candidate off the ballot. In between these trials and tribulations, Andrew and EZK talk about Kevin Butler being sued by Sony, Nintendo's non-gamer ad, the latest poll on GamePolitics, and troubles at the drive-in.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have decided to capitalize on the release of Pokémon Black and White 2 (it was released this Sunday) with the release of a game that depicts the abuse Pokémon might go through in their own special web game called Pokémon Black and Blue. Their catchphrase for the game is "gotta free 'em all."
The latest firmware update to Nintendo's 3DS hand-held gaming system has blocked the use of flash carts on the system, according to this Destructoid report. A firmware update, which was released last week for Nintendo's handheld has blocked flash carts on the system, according to a forum post on a device manufacturer's website.
Nintendo has revealed more specific release dates for the first wave of Nintendo Wii U titles available at launch or within the first quarter of 2013. The company says that at least 23 games will be on sale at around the same time the Wii U is released on November 18 (North America) including Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Skylanders Giants, Transformers Prime, Wipeout 3, Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, FIFA Soccer 13, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition, New Super Mario Bros.