It looks like Nintendo's line of interactive toys will do more than just unlock characters and other digital baubles in supported games - they will actually unlock game demos too, according to an announcement made by Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata today.
The Club Nintendo consumer loyalty program is going out with a bang as Nintendo revealed a gigantic list of rewards this morning that gamers can get before it shuts down for good in March.
Users can spend their hard earned coins on digital goodies and lots and lots of games.
From greetings cards, cases, posters, and bags to Wii, Wii U, and 3DS titles.
The full list of games and goodies you can spend your coins on can be found below:
Nintendo this morning revealed the launch date for a new program to share YouTube ad revenue with content creators called the Nintendo Creators Program. The new revenue-sharing scheme officially launches on May 27 but a beta of the program is available now.
Those interested can sign up to get 60 percent of the advertising revenue from a video containing "Nintendo intellectual property" such as a Let's Play of a Wii U game. "Partners" can also designate entire channels to Nintendo content - which will net them 70 percent of the ad revenue.
Hyrule Warriors for Wii U has shipped one million units worldwide to-date according to Nintendo. "Shipped" is not the same as "sold through" to customers, but it shows that retailers are committed to the game and see it as a bonafide hit. The Wii U Legend of Zelda spinoff from Nintendo and Koei Tecmo combines two popular franchises into one game - Zelda and Dynasty Warriors. The game launched last fall.
After a decent six year run, Nintendo announced this morning that its Club Nintendo player loyalty program is coming to an end. For those who love this program, there is at least a silver lining: Nintendo says that it is already working on a new loyalty program to replace it. Players have until the end of March to earn coins, but they will have to spend them before the end of June, the company said in its announcement today.
Nintendo says that it will no longer sell games and game systems in Brazil because the tariffs on this sector are just too high. While Nintendo says the departure from the market is temporary, the company did not indicate if and when it would return. In an interview with UOL Games, Bill Van Zyll, Nintendo of America's director and general manager for Latin America, said the following:
Nintendo announced that it has won an appeal at the International Trade Commission related to patent infringement claims made by Creative Kingdoms. The company alleged that Nintendo's Wii and Wii U systems violated several of its patents. an earlier ruling by the ITC side with Nintendo, but the company appealed that decision. This week the ITC reaffirmed its earlier decision, noting that Creative Kingdoms’ patents are invalid and should not have been issued because Creative Kingdoms tried to claim more than the company invented.
Nintendo announced that the releases of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Amiibo on November 21 are already smashing successes. In fact the company has put these products as some of the best-selling properties in 2014.
Together Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire sold nearly 1.5 million copies during their first ten days of availability in the US at retail and through digital channels. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have performed even better in Japan, with 1.5 million copies sold in just three days.
If you scored most of the first batch of Amiibo figures, consider yourself lucky because Nintendo won't be releasing a second batch of some of the already released figures. In a statement issued to the press, the company confirmed that certain figures in its interactive action figure range had not been restocked after selling out at various retailers.
A number of Super Smash Bros for Wii U owners are reporting a system error has caused some people to accidentally "brick" their consoles. This odd glitch is only happening to a small minority of Wii U owners. According to some users, their system is refusing to play Super Smash Bros and spits out a 160-0103 error code with the Wii U system message: "There is a problem with the system memory. For help, make a note of the error code and visit support.nintendo.com."
Nintendo and Philips have come to an agreement that pretty much settles a patent infringement case between the two companies filed earlier this year. Philips claimed that, prior to suing Nintendo, it attempted to set up licensing deals for the patents it believed the company was infringing on.. since 2011. Nintendo mostly ignored the company's inquiries (according to Philips' characterization of the situation), causing Philips to sue Nintendo and seek a ban of the company's allegedly infringing products in the U.S.
In an interview appearing in UK paper The Telegraph, Nintendo's most famous game designer Shigeru Miyamoto said that he is not all that interested in having the same games that appear on "other systems" appearing on the Wii U.
The age of the home console is over, proclaims Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun in a recent discussion with investors of the graphics hardware chip maker. According to a report on this investor briefing from WCCFtech, Jen-Hsun says that the personal computer is becoming the most dominant gaming platform in the world.
While we have been saying that Nintendo's Amiibo NFC figures can be used with multiple Wii U and 3DS games, it appears that they may have some limitations after all. According to a post on the Japanese Amiibo page, the figures can only store data for one game at a time.
"Amiibo can only store data for one read/write compatible game at a time," Nintendo tells consumers on its product page.
As part of its Nintendo Direct event yesterday, Nintendo announced 24 indie titles coming to Wii U and 3DS, including Gone Home, Thomas Was Alone, A World of Keflings, The Swapper and Proun+.
Other notable titles coming to Nintendo platforms include the popular Stealth Inc 2 and Shovel Knight. Some of these games are (obviously) not exclusive to Nintendo's platforms and already available elsewhere.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has an interesting report on how Nintendo's end-user license agreement (EULA) for the Wii U is an "agree or else" kind of agreement.
Wii U ain't doing so hot. Two years out and its sold less than seven million units worldwide (as of June 30). Many said, "Wait until Mario comes out! No, not New Super Mario Bros. U, a real 3D Mario game!"
Super Mario 3D World came out last year, sold over two million units (New Super Mario Bros. U sold over four million) and Wii U sold about two million units that holiday. Not great but not bad. Unfortunately, there was no sales momentum and the Wii U only sold about 300k in the next quarter.
Ubisoft is backpedaling a bit after saying that it locked in the resolution of the PS4 version of Assassin's Creed Unity at 900p to match the Xbox One version. As reported on by GameSpot, Vincent Pontbriand, a senior producer at Ubisoft Montreal, said that the Unity development team "decided to lock them [the game] at the same specs to avoid all the debates and stuff."
Nintendo made a few Super Smash Bros.-related announcements this morning including the fact that the Nintendo 3DS version of the game has sold more than 2.8 million units worldwide - mostly attributed to sales of the game in North America, Europe, and Australia. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS launched on Sept. 13 in Japan, Oct. 3 in the North America and Europe, and Oct. 4 in Australia.
A new report from research firm GfK indicates that, while videogame systems are still the most common hardware used for watching Netflix on a TV screen , they are being used much less than they were three years ago. The report, "Over-the-Top TV 2014," also indicated a growing number of US households are relying more and more on dedicated set-top/plug-in devices to watch Netflix on a TV set.
At this point, our friend Andrew Eisen must be looking forward to a game not being on the Wii U so he can add it to his list. What I mean is that once he went past 50 he probably became resigned to the fact that publishers just don't seem to think very highly of Nintendo's capable little home console.
So we thought we should share this video Andrew made celebrating (?) the 150th game that will not be released on the Wii U. Join in on the fun by hitting up his YouTube channel and leaving a comment!
Despite some early rumors making claims that it was happening, Monster Hunter 4 is not coming to the Wii U, according to a VG247 report.
"It's a misprint," said Capcom community rep. Yuri Arauj. "We’re working on a proper message to diffuse this, so we should have something more public and official out soon."
Do you like Batman? Do like LEGO games? Do you like DLC?
Well, Warner Bros. has you covered. Yesterday, it announced 6 DLC packs for this fall's LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Each pack includes a brand new mission level (Story Mode and Free Play), new characters, new vehicles and new achievements.
The first three packs, the Dark Knight Pack, Batman 75th Anniversary Pack, and the Man of Steel Pack, will be available Nov. 11th and cost £2.55 each (about $4).
A new report from Re/code featuring data from a recent Nielsen study seems to indicate that console brand loyalty isn't all it's cracked up to be...
According to the Nielsen study, 31 percent of PlayStation 4 owners already owned an Xbox 360 or Wii, but not a PlayStation 3. Around 17 percent didn't have any of the last generation consoles.
Wii U owners can download Disney Infinity for free via the Nintendo eShop. Of course you'll still have to buy at least one Infinity figure and the game base that reads those figures into the game, at retail. The downloadable version of Disney Infinity for Wii U on the Nintendo eShop features the full game, multiplayer support, and Toy Box level design tools that work with the Wii U GamePad.
If you were wondering why the releases of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U are staggered, the answer is the debugging process. According to series creator Masahiro Sakurai, who recently wrote about the games in his Famitsu Weekly column (as translated by Kotaku East), the debugging process for both games is very time consuming. Sakurai is currently debugging the 3DS version of the game, which is set to be released first.
In a not-so-shocking turn of events today, developer Sledgehammer Games revealed that Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare will not be coming to the Wii U. According to a tweet from Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey, the decision not to release the game on Nintendo's console was not his or his company's, but Activision's.
"No, no WiiU," he said in response to a question about bringing the game to Wii U. "That was an Activision decision. We are focused on XboxOne, PS4, and PC."
Watch Dogs will be the only mature rated title from Ubisoft coming to the Wii U this year. Why? Because, according to Ubisoft, Wii U users don't buy mature rated games. In fact, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot tells Game Informer that Watch Dogs will most likely be the last mature game published for the Wii U. Ubisoft is pointing to poor sales of Assassin's Creed games on Wii U as the main reason for this decision.