Monday, December 9, 2013
If you have tried to get on the Wii U or 3DS eShop today, you may have been shocked to find out that both eShops are down for maintenance. Apparently, this is the maintenance that will prepare your 3DS and Wii U eShop balances to be merged together. Once this is done, there is also supposed to be an update that will finally bring Miiverse and Nintendo Network ID support to the 3DS. No word yet as to when the maintenance will be done, but Nintendo did say that both eShops will be done for the day. Stay tune for more information!
Are you looking to buy Nintendo eShop cards at a discount? Well, Best Buy has the sale you are looking for. Currently, eShop cards are 20 percent off at Best Buy. This means that you can get a $50 eShop card for just $40. You can also get a $20 eShop car for just $16. This is a great way to get a discount on all of those eShop games you have been wanting. You can buy the $50 eShop card online HERE and the $20 eShop card online HERE. It could be a good idea to stock up on eShop money now since Nintendo will be merging your 3DS and Wii U eShop money together soon.
During the VGX Awards on Spike TV, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime announced that "Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze" will be released in North America on February 21st. He also confirmed that Cranky Kong is the fourth playable character in the game. He uses his cane as a weapon and can use it to bounce on spiked enemies.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
A few days ago we reported that "Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition" would be coming to next generation consoles. Unfortunately, it appears that the Wii U is not included. The game, which is going to be shown off at the VGX Award show, will only be coming to the PS4 and Xbox One. We should know later today if this game is officially skipping the Wii U or not.
Friday, December 6, 2013
The creator of Super Smash Bros, Masahiro Sakurai, has just announced via Miiverse that assist trophies will be making a come back in "Super Smash Bros." on the Wii U and 3DS. He made this announcement by showing off the Skull Kid assist trophy from the Legend of Zelda series. What other assist trophies do you think they will add in the game? You can see the original post made by Sakurai in the Smash Bros. community on Miiverse.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Its Thursday and you know what that means! Nintendo has added new games to its Wii U and 3DS eShops. Below is a list of the games that have been added as well as some of the games you can now find on sale:
Wii U eShop:
"The Legend of the Mystical Ninja ($7.99)
"3D Sonic the Hedgehog" ($5.99)
"3D Altered Beast" ($5.99)
"Donkey Kong 3" ($4.99)
"Brilliant Hamsters!" ($9.99)
"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" ($29.99)
"Hooked on Bass Fishing" ($4.99)
Nintendo is holding a sale on Donkey Kong games on both the 3DS and Wii U eShop. The following titles are 30 percent until December 12:
"Donkey Kong Jr."
"Donkey Kong 3"
"Game and Watch: Donkey Kong Jr."
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
According to the President of Nintendo America, Reggie Fils-Aime, petitions do not decide if a game gets brought to America or not. During a recent interview with Siliconera, Reggie talked about petitions from places like Operation Rainfall and what kind of role they play when it comes to localizing games. Here is what Reggie had to say:
"I have to tell you—it doesn’t affect what we do. We certainly look at it, and we’re certainly aware of it, but it doesn’t necessarily affect what we do."
"I wanted to bring Xenoblade here. The deal was, how much of a localization effort is it? How many units are we going to sell, are we going to make money? We were literally having this debate while Operation Rainfall was happening, and we were aware that there was interest for the game, but we had to make sure that it was a strong financial proposition."
" I’m paid to make sure that we’re driving the business forward—so we’re aware of what’s happening, but in the end we’ve got to do what’s best for the company. The thing we know [about petitions] is that 100,000 signatures doesn’t mean 100,000 sales."
The Wii U continues to see sales inching up in Japan. This past week, the Wii U sold 28,518 units. This is an increase over the 21,002 units it sold the week before. Despite these decent numbers, it was the 3DS XL (or 3DS LL as they call it in Japan) that took the top spot. the 3DS LL was able to sell 82,409 units. The original 3DS sold 25,964 units. Thus, Nintendo currently has the top three spots in terms of hardware sales in Japan. You can see the rest of the list below. Remember that Wii sales in Japan will just continue to fall as the Wii has been completely discontinued in Japan in favor of the Wii U.
3DS LL – 82,409 (63,709)
Wii U – 28,518 (21,002)
3DS – 25,964 (20,797)
PlayStation Vita – 20,202 (21,044)
PlayStation 3 – 13,311 (12,436)
PlayStation Vita TV – 5,391 (7,868)
PSP – 4,232 (3,546)
Wii – 588 (457)
Xbox 360 – 309 (342)