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Wii Karaoke U Singing its Way to Europe

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As if trying to figure out what the Wii U Game Pad’s functions weren’t bad enough now developer Joysound wants us to sing a joyful noise into its microphone.  Well, at least some of us will be making it joyful.  The app, known as Wii Karaoke U will be available as a free download via the Wii U eShop; however, little rock and rollers will have to purchase a ticket to use it for one hour, one day, or 30 days.

Songs can be streamed from a vast library of over 90,000 karaoke chart breakers throughout several modes.  Besides regular karaoke mode, singers can sing their heart out to see if their vocal powers reign supreme by hitting specific notes.  Once the round is over the player will get a report on how well they did based on performance and they can take part in their own sing off competing online against others through leaderboards.

Currently, a set in stone release date and prices have not been released but we will keep you posted.

[Source: Polygon via Nintendo UK]

Metal Gear Solid I-V Petition in Gear for Wii U

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After getting a taste of good old Snake in action at the beginning of Microsoft’s E3 presentation, a lot of Metal Gear fans have been thinking, “Why not try and put a masterpiece like Metal Gear IV on the Wii U?” The GamePad is perfect for planning out strategy for espionage and stealth–the real meat of what Metal Gear is known for.

Over at the Change.org website, Metal Gear fan Jon Turner has started a petition to try and garner enough fan interest to overtake Hideo Kojima and Konami’s hearts into seeing what the Wii U can really bring to a game like Metal Gear Solid I-V.  So, head on over and sign that petition and hopefully Snake might be slithering over to the Wii U in his own game and not on another Smash Bros. game.

Will you sign the petition? Let us know here and we will keep you posted on where things are at.

[Source: Change.org]

Wii MotionPlus Patent Lawsuit Dropped

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The part of many chapters in the book of lawsuits based on infringement of technology such as the Wii Motion Plus, the 3DS, and the Wii Balance Board has now closed.  This time around, a company known as Triton made an argument stating that the technology used in the Wii MotionPlus infringed on their own patent for a mouse, which has a six degree sense of motion that arises from movement of the mouse within three dimensions, which in turn make use of accelerometers and angular rate sensors.

The judge in the case, Richard Jones of the U.S. district court, dismissed the lawsuit which followed a ruling that rejected their legal argument.  Richard Medway, NOA’s deputy counsel said Nintendo feels very vindicated by the ruling and that Nintendo has always had a good track record and fight strongly to defend their products when they are coming into question as being an infringement on another company’s technology.

“Consumers respect Nintendo because we develop unique and innovative products, and because we respect the intellectual property rights of others,” said Medway.

Just this past March Nintendo lost a case based on patent infringement regarding the 3DS and had to pay former Sony executive Seijiro Tomita about $30.2 million in damages.  Whether or not that has greatly affected Nintendo remains to be seen.

What are your thoughts on the whole patent infringement scandal?

[Source: Nintendo Insider]

North America- Nintendo Download for June 27

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Urban Trial Freestyle is on sale for only $5.99 until July 4

Project X Zone: Ghost demo.

Crash City Mayhem- $19.99

Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove (mini edition)- $3.99

3DS Virtual Console

Spelunker- 3DS Virtual Console (very frustrating platforming game set in a mine where you die immediately if you fall) $4.99

Sonic Labyrinth- $3.99

Crystal Warriors- $3.99

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Vegas Stakes- $7.99

An extra added bonus for North America this weekend from June 28 at 12AM PST until 11:59PM PST on June 30, any virtual console games purchased will nab you an extra 20 Club Nintendo coins!

Will you pick anything up this week?

[Source: Nintendo]

 

Rumor: The Crew and The Division Will Not Come to Wii U

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An inside source has reported today that both The Crew and The Division games are most likely coming to XBox 360 and PS3 consoles but will not be hitting the Wii U.  Both games were shown off by Ubisoft at this year’s E3 and were announced to be coming to the Xbox One and the PS4.

The Crew features across the U.S. racing focused on infiltrating and taking down criminal groups with solo, co-op, and online match up mission playing.  Multi-player will allow friends to team together in groups to race other groups online or compete in different types of game play.

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The Division has a story line which follows the player as a part of a special team of people who were formed to help save what’s left of America after a virus was spread on a Black Friday that wiped out most of the country.  The game play is in the style of a third person, multi-player, action style, online, role playing style shooter.

The source has yet to be named but if we find any more information we will let you know.

[Source: GoNintendo via Examiner]

JRPG Alphadia Genesis Could Come to Wii U

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Alphadia Genesis, the Japanese style RPG, that is being published and developed by Kemco and Exe-Create, will be gracing mobile devices soon and could possibly come to next gen consoles such as the PS4 and Wii U.  Gaming Everything says the game almost feels like a game that could have charmed the PS One crowd with sprites for the world map and 3d rendered characters poised in battle.

The question as to whether or not it might be in future plans to port it to next gen consoles was given in an interview by Siliconera.

“I hope so.  Since Unity supports other consoles we will try to test it first.  If that works well maybe we will bring it to Vita, Wii U, and if PlayStation 4 supports it.,” said Masaomi Kurokawa, manager of the mobile business department.

You can find out some more information in the breakdown below.

- Has a standard command battle system
- Can perform melee attacks, skills, or spells such as fire magic
- Story is set after the Energi War where mankind has been fighting to control life energy
- Instead of sending souls out, countries created clones to fight battles
- Clones were reprogrammed after the war ended to live alongside humans and without a will to fight
- One clone kills its master, leading protagonist Frey to figure out why clones are now attacking people
- Exe-Create is the developer
- Game has a higher budget due to 3D graphics
- English version will include all Japanese voiceovers along with translation

So, it looks like the game could be pretty fun on something like the Wii U or especially on the 3DS with the already existing 3D character models in the game.

There is a trailer for the game below that was shown at E3.  Check it out and tell us what you think about the game and if you would like to see it on the Wii U.

[Source: Gaming Everything via SiliconEra]

Tanabe and Kelbaugh Dream About Metroid and Tingle on Wii U

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Many a teary eye was offered kleenex at the disappointment they felt after learning Retro studios wasn’t going to make another Metroid game.  Instead, they opted for another Kong family adventure in the form of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

But what if that had all changed, and Retro decided to bring Samus back into the picture? Well, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze producer Kensuke Tanabe talked briefly with VentureBeat about how he and Retro Studios president Michael Kelbaugh would conceive a new Metroid.

They began by picturing the GamePad screen acting as Samus’ HUD in her helmet, capturing information about what’s around the player.  It could also be used for mini games like playing Samus pinball just like in Metroid Prime: Hunters.  Tanabe mentioned how whenever Samus puts out her arm and flips open a small compartment there’s always some cool buttons to push to operate different things on her suit.  He said it would be really cool to map some of those buttons and functions to the GamePad.

As far as the good old first person shooting from the Prime days, well, using the GamePad would look a little odd hooked to a Wii remote or even a zapper.  Despite that, Tanabe thinks something along those lines could work.

“A Zapper-style thing with a GamePad feature on it or some device like that.  I’d love to do some shooting stuff with something like that! Maybe some day,” said Tanabe.

When talk of a Tingle game came up everyone in the interview had a big chuckle and Tanabe noted that he knew Tingle was not a fan favorite here in the West.  He also said it would be quite a challenge to take such a hated character, bring him to the U.S, and try to make it so people actually started to like him.  Tanabe said that it’s a lot like love in that when you meet someone you are totally turned off by them, but when you see them a few weeks later that all changes and you fall crazy in love with them.

Whether or not Tingle brings his cute, annoying, and happy green self to the U.S. on Wii U is anyone’s guess, but a possible Metroid Wii U outing is tantalizing to say the least.

What do you think? Would you like to tickle Tingle on the Wii U or blast away Space Pirates with Samus? Leave your comments as always below.

[Source: VentureBeat]

E3pedia: Mario Kart 8

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Game: Mario Kart 8
Developer: EAD Kyoto
Platform: Wii U, Wii U eShop
Players: 4 Players
Mulitplayer: 12 Players Online, Battle-mode
Release Date: Spring 2014

The newest instalment in the Mario Kart series looks like it is bringing back some old favorite elements from both Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7.  Back are the motorcycles, hang gliders, ability to go underwater, and the usual power ups.  However, this time you can drive upside down and your vehicle can sport rockets and hover which makes for easier trajectory and smoother riding when your leaping over chasms and other atrocities trying to send you to your doom.

You will be able to drive up walls and on roads that turn upside-down.

The usual cast of characters appear to be back like Koopa troopa, Waluigi, Daisy, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Luigi, Peach, Mario, and probably others.  There will be online functionality and the ability to communicate with others through Miiverse.There will also be video capture, four local player functionality, 12 player online, and car customization.

Mario Kart 8 has a launch date set for Spring 2014.











Baba: No Plans for Xbox One, PS4, or Wii U installments of Tales Series

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The original Tales of Symphonia was a gem to behold on Nintendo’s mighty power box, the Gamecube, and since then its gone on to have more sequels, books, cds, and more.  Since the Tales series has pretty much seen action across the various consoles, the series producer, Hideo Baba, thought more games in the series belonged on a console more “deserving” or what more people wanted to “play on”.  That console is the PS3.

He continued to reiterate his belief that more people prefer to play a game from a series like Tales on a system like the PS3.  Baba acknowledged that even though the PS4 and Xbox One will have much stronger CPUs, GPUs, and memory along with superior visual effects he still wouldn’t sway.  As for the Wii U he addressed it as well.

“Same as the Xbox One and PS4, I don’t have any plans to release titles for the Wii U,” said Baba.

It was announced last week that the Tales of Symphonia Chronicles which is an HD bundle of Symphonia and Dawn of the New World would arrive in North America in early 2014 for PS3.  Currently, until Baba changes his mind we will be left with one tale untold.

[Source: Joystiq]

Twitter Source Says No Third Sonic in 2013

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If your a blue blazing, Sonic loving fanboy, and you were looking forward to the three peat Sonic adventure exclusive outing from Nintendo and Sega, well, things got a little tight.  Rich at IGN spoke briefly with Sega who confirmed that the third Sonic game will not arrive in 2013.  You can read it for yourself in the tweet below.

There has not been any new changes since this recent tweet but let’s hope more information becomes available.  We will let you know when the third game will be released as soon as we get confirmation.

What are your thoughts on the third game delay? Give a shout in the comments section.

[Source: @RichIGN via Twitter]

Some Wii Channels and WiiConnect 24 Getting Plug Pulled on June 28 in UK

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That time has come boys and girls–the time for some of your favorite Wii channels to say sayonara! While it has been a blast the Wii U has stolen the spotlight with its Miiverse and Spot pass functionality and as technology progresses so does programming.  Wii Owners in Europe see great channels such as the Nintendo Channel, News Channel, Forecast Channel, Everybody Votes Channel, and most shocking of all–Mii Contest Channel. So, European friends, enjoy everything while you can until June28th because that is when the plug will be pulled.

Also, last but not least, the WiiConnnect24 which made all Wii Wi-Fi connection possible will be deactivated.

[Source: Nintendo Insider via Nintenderos]

Mutant Mudds Deluxe Release Date for North America is June 13

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The long wait for word on when Mutant Mudds Deluxe would finally get the 100% okay for release in North America has arrived.  Unfortunately, for players in Europe, well, here’s a little mud in your eye.  The date for Europe is at this point still unconfirmed.  The North American version will hit the Wii U on June 13, 2013.

The news broke in a tweet from Renegade Kid’s very own Jools Watsham as you can see below.

The HD Deluxe version will include all of the awesome levels from the 3D version and 20 “ghost” levels to even things out for a greater challenge and a new power-up for your gun.

Action from the game can be viewed in the gameplay video below.

For those of you who live in North America, are you excited? For those who live in Europe, are you disappointed? Feel free to vent or shout with joy in the comments section.

[Source: NintendoLife via Twitter]

Target Marks Down Wii and 3DS Title Prices Again

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Target has once again hit the “target” of Nintendo fans once again by wiping down the original prices of some pretty awesome games.  The incredible price of only $14 has hit 3DS games likes Resident Evil: Revelations, Star Fox 64 3D, Tetris 3D, and Street Fighter IV 3D to name a few.  Two more awesome titles are Metroid Other M and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Wii. Other M is going for only $9 and Skyward Sword for $19.  Ready, aim, and fire your arrow to Target because these games could be gone in a flash.

[Source: Vooks.net]

*This source was from Australia so make sure to check with your local Target to see if they are having these on sale.

New Nintendo NERD Team is Looking into Cloud Computing

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The new NERD or Nintendo European Research and Development division at Nintendo, formerly Mobiclip, is seeking out more technology.  While the teams back at Nintendo’s main headquarters focus on developing software, NERD is looking into GPGPU cloud computing.

NERD CTO Alexandre Delattre, pointed out in the last Nintendo direct that its important for the group at Nintendo headquarters to continue working heavily on developing the platform while his group spends its time investigating new technology.

At this time NERD is ironically hiring new researchers in the field of cloud technology, heterogenous computing, and GPGPU development.

What do you think of this new venture? Is Nintendo a little late to the party by looking into cloud now? Share your comments below.

[Source: Nintendo Everything via Nintendo.uk]

Shin Megami Tensei 4 Adds Smirking and Whispering to Battles

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The exclusive 3DS version of Shin Megami Tensei 4 is going to be adding two unique battle features to its battle HUB.  During a battle, the player can use smirking to help boost their battle stats if they use a high damage smirk. Also, if a smirk is timed right, the player can pummel their enemy even harder and claim the advantage.

In whisper mode, when a demon in your group learns its last battle move, it can sometimes whisper to you and ask if you would like to learn it or one of its other abilities as well.  If you choose to learn it or one of the other moves then you can take whichever ones you’d like, as long as you have space for them in your battle slots.  If you don’t have room for more techniques then you need to be ready to throw out one to accept the other.  If the demon and the player have the same ability, then the player would just level up in that particular ability if they chose to acquire that one.

Another cool bonus is the opportunity to fuse demons together and decide which abilities to take from one demon and meld it with the other therefore making a new ability.  The idea is create a combination that is most suitable for the player and their style of fighting.  Should the player not want to take advantage of that then they can choose among other optimal fusions.

Shin Megami Tensei 4 will feature Street Pass and sport the classic 3D depth play that only the 3DS can offer.

Shin Megami Tensei 4 is set for release on July 16, 2013 in North America followed by a Summer release in the UK.  The game was released in Japan on May 23, 2013.

Are you a big Shin Megami Tensei fan? What do you think of the new battle additions? Speak your mind in the comments below.

[Source: Polygon]

Yakuza Creator Says Sequel Unlikely on 3DS; Yakuza 1 and 2 is an Experiment For Wii U

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When news broke about Yakuza 1 and 2 coming to the Wii U some fans got pretty excited.  Yakuza, are members of a trans-global mafia like crime group in Japan.  The game follows one of the Yakuza members, Kazuma Kiryu, after his release from a ten year sentence in prison and his quest to find his missing friend and track down the money that members of his former group stole from him.  The sequel, Yakuza 2, once again follows Kazuma Kiryu who has to struggle with a rival gang and the ghosts of his fallen friends and his own father.

The game’s creator,Toshihiro Nagoshi apparently said, while in an interview, that seeing a Yakuza sequel on the Wii U or 3DS will probably not happen.  Both games only appeared on a Sony console until now.  You can check out the interview video below, however, it is all in Japanese with no subtitles or translation.

[Source: GoNintendo]

*Update Yesterday, in what appeared to be a thumb’s down from Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi regarding a possible Yakuza sequel for the Wii U and 3DS, was only the tip of the iceberg.  As more information was gleaned from the interview Nagoshi revealed his true intentions for having Yakuza 1 and 2 on the Wii U.  Nagoshi said the idea is to have the game act as “an experiment” to see how drawn players are to Yakuza 1 and 2 and if it is the type of franchise they would like to see on Wii U.

The existing [Wii U] users are different [from PlayStation owners], so isn’t it hard to say if it makes sense?” …”It isn’t jumping ship to Nintendo hardware. Yakuza 1 & 2 are coming out on the Wii U, and this is what it is,” said Nagoshi.  

At this point Nagoshi doesn’t see a reason to make a spin-off game for the 3DS since Yakuza: Black Panther appeared on the PSP.  His main hope is to have future Yakuza games be action-adventure ones.

[Source: Nintendo Everything via Kotaku]

What do you think of this additional news? Are you disappointed? Tell us what you think in the comment section.

Second Wave of Pokemon Rumble U Toys Arrive in Japan

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The toy Pokemon have been unleashed onto the Wii U system and their NFC figures have taken toy vending machines by storm.  Now, the second wave has rumbled into Japan with a surprise.  The added roster is Eevee (who has multiple new transformations that have been leaked through various different sources), Mewtwo (his new transformation was revealed in the pages of CoroCoro magazine), Croagunk (a nasty purple Pokemon with penchant for toxic sludge), Litwick (the candle Pokemon), and Genesect, the mechanized bug looking Pokemon who can hook up a blaster to shoot various different elements as his foes.

Last month there a rumor circulating that Genesect may end up being a shiny surprise figure but it turns out its actually Eevee.

If you live in Japan, are you planning on picking up these new Pokemon? If you don’t live in Japan, would you like to see this come to North America? Let us know what you think in the comment section.

[Source: Nintendo Insider via Serebii]

*While the source for this information did not list Zoroark as part of wave 2 as pictured above it is still possible that he may be. We will let you know if any more information is found regarding this.

Treasurenauts from Renegade Kid Coming Soon

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Besides finishing up its current project, Mutant Mudds Deluxe for the Wii U, Renegade Kid is hard at work on another thrilling game–Treasurenauts for the 3DS.  This time it appears a band of heroes like an Indiana Jones clone, a ninja, and some Tiki dude will be going out on an adventure for big bags of loot.  Whether or not old fat garlic stinky pants aka Wario will show up is highly unlikely but a good fart bomb would probably help to reach those harder to reach areas for gold.

There is going to be multi-player apparently and download play.  There hasn’t been word yet from Jooly Watsham from Renegade Kid on his Twitter page as to when this may come out but we will keep you posted.

Just this look interesting to you? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

[Source: Destructoid]