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Wii Karaoke U Singing its Way to Europe



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]

Freedom Factory’s Bloodbath Coming to Wii U


Freedom Factory, the team behind Young Justice: Legacy, is bringing another of their upcoming games, Bloodbath, to the Wii U.  Bloodbath is a 3rd person “hack n’ slash” that puts you in control of one of six fighters in an multiplayer fight to the death.

set in a dystopian future where a violent bloodsport is the only outlet for the frustration of society. Select your Pit Dog and prepare to fight all around the world against merciless adversaries in dangerous arenas full of death traps and hazards. Enjoy a Multiplayer experience like no other in “Bloodbath”

The official site for the game is not yet available, but the Freedom Factory site lists the Wii U as a primary platform.  We’ll update you as soon as more details are available.  In the meantime, check out the reveal trailer below.

Are you excited to participate in the “Maim Event”?  Is this a game you’ll be looking forward to in the future?  Let us know in the comments below.

Gaijin Games: Miiverse Story Time #6


Gaijin Games takes their connection with fans on Miiverse seriously.  So seriously, in fact, that they ask their community to come up with and vote on story elements that will be included in the weekly Miiverse Storytime with CommanderVideo.  They are now on their sixth week and still going hilariously strong with zany and strange story suggestions that are packed into their weekly address on YouTube.

Without further ado, here’s this week’s installment:

Now that you’ve had your share of pickles and pizza, what do you think of this new Miiverse created tradition?  Let us know in the comments below!

Wii U Sponsors ITV4′s Tour de France 2013 Live Coverage


With Nintendo looking to significantly increase the sales of its hardware this Holiday and throughout 2014, it’s no wonder they’ve arranged the Wii U as being an official sponsor for the Tour de France 2013, more noticeably via ITV4′s coverage of the yearly cycling event, which supposedly captivates an audience of 3.5 billion people.

ITV4 and British Eurosport are the sole providers of live coverage of the event, which starts Saturday 29th June and ends Sunday 21st July 2013 so it’s likely that the Wii U will get a good amount of recognition.

[Source: Nintendo-Insider]

Wii U eShop Early Adoption Incentive Outed In Latest Chotto Direct

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In today’s Japanese Nintendo Direct, Iwata-San detailed an early adoption program that will amount to a 10% discount on specific games during their first week after release.

Pikmin3, Lego City Undercover, and The Wonderful101 will all see a 10% price drop on the eShop during their first week at retail beginning July 13th, July 24th, and August 24th, respectively.

This is a bold move on Nintendo’s part to boost digital sales of games, considering they are famous for price locking their games at full retail for very long periods of time.  A 10% discount for early buyers of digital copies will certainly boost sales in that end of the business and coincides quite nicely with NPD announcing recently that they will begin to provide digital sales numbers this year.

Whether this incentive or future incentives spur hardware sales remains to be seen, but every little bit helps.  What we can gather from this is that Nintendo is making all of the right moves to nudge consumers into a full digital sales model, rather than resorting to brute force tactics and pestering pre-purchase predictions.

What are your thoughts on this move?  Are you excited to see the same deal in the other territories?  Sound of in the comments.

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



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 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.


‘Project Sweat’ Starts Campaign, Wii U Stretch Goal Set at £45k


Project Sweat is the lastest indie title to start a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise funds. The game is a 2D action-RPG which hopes to blend an “addictive, challenging and fast-paced combat system in a seamless multi-layered environment”.

Developed in London, by Humid Games, the initial funding goal is set at £25,000, with a stretch goal for Wii U, PSV, PS3 and PS4 set at £45,000. For more information on the game, check out the trailer below…

Wii MotionPlus Patent Lawsuit Dropped




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]

Nintendo Investor Brief Translation And Analysis


The following is a fan translation of the Nintendo Investor Meeting.  Translation was done by twitter user Cheesemeister3k.  Some of the questions we don’t have the translated answers for, when we do get them we will update this space.  There were some very interesting nuggets of information that came out of this investor meeting.

Namely, Nintendo intentionally held back announcements for games being released in 2014 both because there was “too much information” to reveal at e3, and they want to avoid revealing new types of games and give their competitors the ability to copy before Nintendo is able to ship.

Also interesting was that the lack of online coop play in Super Mario 3D World was a calculated move to allow the team to focus on polishing the mechanics and providing great local multiplayer.  Games that they feel have a place with online play will be developed with that in mind.  Further, they plan to continually add functionality to Miiverse, including the ability to upload play data so that others can play against you while you aren’t playing (similar to the idea expressed in the Forza 5 “driveatar” coincidentally).

Without further adieu:

Q1 is about lack of innovation on new consoles.

A1: New consoles have always produced better graphics, but the work required may not be related to customer satisfaction.  Looking for ways to surprise customers in other ways than just creating pretty graphics. Iwata passed to Miyamoto to talk about Pikmin 3.

Miyamoto: We made Pikmin 3 with all of our effort. Beginners and fans alike can play. Game industry change comparable to manga –> anime.  Nintendo’s accused of having the same series again at E3, but that’s because they’re character-centered, which is a strength.  You don’t have to start by creating new characters in order to present new ways to play or new ways to use media.

Q2 is about how new controls will be done.

Q3: Virtual Boy on 3DS VC?

A3: New product announcements aren’t made at an investor’s Q&A. VB didn’t go well, but some liked its uniqueness.

Q4 requests more mini-games like StreetPass DLC, Wii Play: Motion.

Q5 is about Iwata’s “commitment” reported as implication of resignation.

Q6: Wii U support.

A6: There are few 3rd-party titles announced for Wii U, as was said. More support soon would be good, 2 things to do.  First: release 1st-party titles one after another starting next month will revitalize the Wii U. Second: make hits out of 3rd-party titles.There are more unannounced Wii U titles coming by 2014. There was more info than could be released at E3. Nintendo Wanted to ease owners’ fears.  Don’t want to leave a long gap between announcement/release of new game types that would lessen the impact or allow competitors to copy.  Nintendo has the job of both introducing video games to people who’ve never played before as well as satisfying existing fans.

Q7: lawsuit loss.

A7: case not settled, but getting numbers ready in case payment ordered. Nintendo appealing 3/13 NY award of $30.2m.  Nintendo expects to win the patent case with Tomita Technology on appeal. In that case, the loss booked now will be re-applied as profit.

Q8 asks about the global strategy in terms of an aging population, language learning.

Q9 asks about Vitality Sensor, cafeteria food quality.

Q10 suggests a restructuring to cope with higher costs relative to similar sales to the year 2000 and post a profit.

Q11 on Web Framework.

Q12: network policy.

A12: Many ways to use networking, including online play, which requires being on at the same time. Miiverse shares exp.  With further development, you’ll be able to send your play data to #Miiverse for others to download and play against at a different time.  This sort of feature will vary depending on network usage. NSMBU dev. efforts spent on tuning local multiplayer, Miiverse for strategy.  Mario Kart and Smash Bros. will have online play to meet customers’ demands. Miiverse to enjoy games together at different times…to feel moved by others’ play experiences, and to move others with your own experiences. Networking to be used to best match the game.

Q13 wants new leisure products beyond games/cards, stock owner gifts.

Q14 asks about dealing with misreporting by the media.

A14: Iwata: Some media reports have, w/o asking or referring to official announcements, w/o confirming…and reporting as if announced — that is, taking some of my words out of context and rewriting them to amplify animosity and reporting…as if I had said it. So when considering media influence and the content of reports and whether they’d be misread, it may be refuted. So when ignoring such a report would be a big minus, I may actively respond. I cannot control information flow on the Internet. Because there may always be some very unfortunate or regrettable information transmitted, refuting would only help to spread it. Iwata: I take great care in deciding how to respond so as not to upset stock holders. Nintendo Direct is most-watched not on PC, but eShop. In that way there can be a direct channel to customers. By distributing info reliably, even if there are bad reports, not as big a problem.

Q15 is about offering help to 3rd-parties with the 3D display feature on 3DS.

A15: Gained lots of know-how on how much to separate eyes’ perspectives and put little stress on the eyes. How successful software has done this is shared both within the company and with other companies when asked. No tool to indicate 3D limit…It’s up to humans to tell what the limit is for 3D volume. Player experience varies depending on the place. Some like low vol., others high. 3D volume adjustable in games, but fixed in downloaded trailers. The non-adjustable volume may not be fulfilling. Up to dev, but supporting.

Q16 asks if there’ll be a stock split to keep it in reach of individual investors after new rules take effect in January.

What are your thoughts on what was discussed here?  Anything strike you that was missed in analysis?  Let us know in the comments!

North America- Nintendo Download for June 27



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


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]


Armikrog Hits Wii U Stretch Goal!


UPDATE: It’s exceeded $950,000 with over an hour to go. Armikrog is coming to Wii U in 2014!

UPDATE: 2 Hours, $5000 to go! It’s going to be tight!

UPDATE: 3 Hours, $8000 to go!

UPDATE: 4 Hours, $11,000 to go!

Armikrog is just seven hours away from the end of it’s funding campaign. Last night it managed to cross the $900,000 mark which means the game will be made. However, there is still a bit more to go to make sure 100% this game comes to the Wii U. Pencil Test Studios are asking for an extra $50,000 for the Wii U version which will feature exclusive content, and at time of writiting they just need a little over $16,000.

To find out more about Armikrog, check out our exclusive interview or our news coverage and once you’re done head on over to the Kickstarter page below…

Seize the Clay!

The Japan Report – 26th June 2013

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This week on The Japan Report, PS3 exclusive “The Last of Us” takes the top spot in sales, pushing gaming’s favorite ape to number 2 on the charts.  3DS titles still have a strong presence, however, taking 12 out of the top 20.



01(00) [PS3] The Last of Us – 117,465 (NEW)
02(01) [3DS] Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – 42.247 (146,816)
03(02) [3DS] Friend Collection: New Life – 34.286 (1,167,532)
04(00) [PSV] Kami Jigen Idol Neptune PP – 29,933 / NEW
05(00) [3DS] Kuma-Tomo – 12,705 (NEW)
06(05) [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 12,491 (3,290,847)
07(04) [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 11,859 (793,519)
08(00) [3DS] Sayonara Umihara Kawase – 11,058 (NEW)
09(00) [PSP] Storm Lover 2nd – 10,001 (NEW)
10(00) [PSP] Ro-Kyu-Bu! Lost Secret – 9,282 (NEW)
11(08) [PS3] Terraria – 5,192 (47,741)
12(06) [PS3] Resident Evil: Revelations – 4,948 (165,068)
13(11) [WII] Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Super Deluxe Edition – 4,723 (502,150)
14(00) [PSV] Winning Post 7 2013 – 4,413 (NEW)
15(03) [3DS] Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter: Albatross no Tsubasa – 4,079 (22,004)
16(10) [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission – 3,957 (212,273)
17(07) [3DS] Shin Megami Tensei IV – 3,898 (245,568)
18(13) [3DS] Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate – 3,684 (323,656)
19(12) [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 3,191 (2,046,263)
20(14) [3DS] Mario Kart 7 – 3,122 (2,067,213)

In hardware sales, the 3DS continues to outpace all other platforms by a very wide margin.



[3DS] – 43,269(47,135)
[PSV] – 13,422(10,664)
[PS3] – 9,816(10,872)
[WIU] – 5,329(5,983)
[PSP] – 5,091(5,651)
[WII] – 1,234(1,461)
[360] – 282(397)

Miiverse Post Character Limit Increased To 200


As reported by many users on the internet as and after doing a self-check, it seems as if Miiverse users are now able to post up to 200 characters instead of the original 100. This should undoubtedly  allow Wii U console owners to express themselves without having to create (as many) multiple follow up comments.


How do you feel about this update? Let us know in the comments below.

[Source: Miiverse]

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


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]

Game & Wario Release Trailer


Nintendo has uploaded an official release trailer for Game & Wario for the Wii U.

[Source: Nintendo]

Fan Petition: Tales of Symphonia: Unisonant Pack


Hot on the heels of last week’s fantastic petition for Guilty Gear Xrd Sign for the Wii U which is now nearing 7000 signatures, comes this new petition for the Tales of Symphonia remake.

Reader Daniel Carvalho from Brazil has created this new petition to let Namco Bandai know just how much we, as Nintendo gamers, want to see Tales of Symphonia land on the Wii U. It’s currently being remade for the PS3, with extra content added, but was originally released on the GameCube where it became the series best selling instalment to date!

Sign the petition here!

Europe – Nintendo Download 27th June


This week’s European Nintendo Downloads are as follows….

Wii U

Wii U Retail

Game & Wario – €39.99/£34.99

F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition – €49.99/£39.99

Wii U VC

Balloon Fight – €4.99/£3.49 (This is the updated european version of the game with the correct gameplay speed and aspect ratio)

Vegas Stakes – €7.99/£5.49


3DS Retail & Digital Only

Dillon’s Rolling Western: The Last Ranger – €6.99/£6.29 (price will change to €9.99/£8.99 from July 5)

Mighty Switch Force! 2 – €5.00/£5.00

Aqua Moto Racing 3D – €9.99/£8.99

Urban Trial Freestyle – €5.99/£4.99 (price will change to €6.99/£6.29 from July 5)

3D MahJongg – €9.99/£9.79

Mon Haras 3D – Au gallop vers l’aventure – €39.99


Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – €4.99/£4.49

Crystal Warriors – €3.99/£3.59

[Source: Nintendo]

ZEN Pinball 2: Star Wars Pinball Coming To Wii U

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This is good news for the ZEN Pinball fanbase out there. It seems that the new Star Wars tables will launch on the Wii U in July 11. This update will feature the following tables:The Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett and The Clone Wars. You will be able to purchase this for 10$/€.

Check out below the full Zen Studios PR:


Star Wars® Pinball Coming to Nintendo eShop on Wii U™

Feel the Force with Star Wars Pinball on Wii U!

Los Angeles, CA – June 24, 2013 – Zen Studios, the definitive leader in videogame pinball, today announced Star Wars® Pinball is headed to the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. The downloadable game will be available July 11 in North America ($9.99) and Europe (€9.99) featuring three Star Wars themed tables including Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Players will choose to support the Galactic Empire or the Rebel Alliance with high scores as the Star Wars Pinball community fights for the Balance of the Force! The main game user interface will change dynamically, based on how the community chooses to support each side.

Star Wars Pinball supports the Wii U GamePad, allowing players display redirection to the GamePad screen from the TV and back. Additionally, when used as the Secondary Display, the GamePad displays additional controls and game information including dot matrix, scores, and challenge information.

Additional game features include in game challenges and score notifications, an XP progression system allowing players to move up the ranks based on Galactic Empire or Rebel Alliance support, Force Score and friends-based Team Score leaderboards, and several multiplayer modes.

Star Wars Pinball will cost $9.99 in North America and €9.99 in Europe.

For more information, please visit or

About Zen Studios

Zen Studios is a global producer and digital publisher of interactive entertainment software for all leading game platforms including Microsoft Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Nintendo DS™, Nintendo 3DS™, Wii U™, iTunes App®Store, Mac App®Store and Google Play™. The company is headquartered in Budapest, Hungary with offices in North America. Zen Studios has worked with some of the largest intellectual properties in the videogame industry, including Capcom’s Street Fighter, Tecmo’s Ninja Gaiden, PopCap Games’ Plants vs. Zombies, and Marvel Entertainment. Zen’s Pinball FX2 franchise on Xbox LIVE® Arcade is one of the most popular titles on the platform, has garnered numerous awards, and was named the best selling game of 2011. Zen Studios is hard at work on two new original titles, CastleStorm and KickBeat, both scheduled for release in 2013. For more information about Zen Studios, please visit

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[Source: Joystiq]