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Nintendo Sends Message To Everyone Still Using Wii

Nintendo Sends Message To Everyone Still Using Wii

 

Are you still using the Wii, maybe on the fence about the Wii U?  Maybe you are just confused about what the Wii U is?  Did you receive the message pictured above?  Chances are that you have.

“It’s time to Discover Wii U

Wii U is the all-new home console from Nintendo.  It’s not just an upgrade-it’s an entirely new system that will change the way you and your family experience games and entertainment.”

Nintendo recently sent the above message out to all Wii users in hopes of enlightening them that the Wii U is not just another peripheral, but in fact  a new console.  Whether or not it will actually coerce others to make the jump is yet to be seen.  However, it should at least raise some questions to those that were left in the dark.

What do you think about this way of reaching those on the older console?  And what about future correspondence informing Wii owners about upcoming Wii U titles?

Essel Pratt 01.05.2013 On May 01st 2013 with with 3 Comments
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Wii U Gamepad Not Backwards Compatible

Wii U Gamepad Not Backwards Compatible

The latest Japan Nintend0 Direct has confirmed that the Wii U GamePad will not be backwards compatible.  However, you can still play your favorite Wii games on the console itself.

Will this be a deal breaker for you?

Essel Pratt 14.11.2012 On Nov 14th 2012 with with 0 Comments
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Pure Nintendo Kickstarter: 7 Days To Go!

When I heard the news that Nintendo Power was ending publication, I was crushed.  I almost blame myself for not picking up an issue in years, but in my childhood I was an avid subscriber.  I can remember anticipating the newest issue’s arrival, then slowly thumbing through the pages to ensure I did not miss a single detail.  Now that it is gone, I feel that a piece of my childhood is lost.  I know there are a lot of gaming magazines out there, but none are devoted exclusively to Nintendo products.  Now, that is not a bad thing, but only a purely Nintendo magazine could devote the love and attention that our favorite gaming company deserves.

Our friends over at PureNintendo.com are just as passionate about the Nintendo universe as we are here at Infendo.  They also felt the void left by Nintendo Power’s demise, so Nate Sylvia and  Justin Sharp decided to do something about it!  They decided to launch a Kickstarter project to help them raise the money needed to publish a high quality magazine that would include “high definition screen shots, photos, and intelligent articles”.  Pure Nintendo Magazine will be perfect for the fan that prefers a print version, as well as a digital version for mobile, tablet and desktop devices.

“We love Nintendo and we hope you do too!! Help us prove to the gaming community that there are still Nintendo fans out there who have an insatiable appetite for all things Nintendo! “, pretty much sums up the passion that Nate and Justin have for this project.  Their devotion to the king of consoles is what will set Pure Nintendo apart from other gaming magazines.

The Kickstarter project has a goal of $20,000.00 and ends on October 11 at 10:19 PM EDT.  Those that pledge at least $10.00 to this amazing project will be awarded with some great items, such as a Pure Nintendo sticker, or for $20.00 a year subscription and other fantastic awards (I personally want to hoodie)!

I urge everyone to check out their Kickstarter page and consider pledging at least one dollar if you can.  the dedications and support of fans like us are needed to help bring the vision of Pure Nintendo Magazine forth.  I, for one, am very excited to see the success of the of the magazine and will be proud to say that my contribution helped make it happen!  To check out the project and submit your pledge, click the following link!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/purenintendo/pure-nintendo-magazine

 

To view their latest edition of the magazine, click the link below, or click the picture at the top of the page!

Pure_Nintendo_Magazine_Issue_6.pdf

Essel Pratt 04.10.2012 On Oct 04th 2012 with with 0 Comments
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The Last Story Delayed Until July 31st…Maybe?

The Last Story Delayed Until July 31st...Maybe?

Fans of the Highly anticipated North American release of The Last Story were disappointed when the hurried to Gamestop to retrieve their pre-ordered copies.  It seems that the release date has once again been pushed back, this time to July 31st (August 1st according to my local gamestop).

I spoke to four  of my six local Gamestop locations  in regards to the delay.  Four of the locations had no idea what I was talking about.  They had to look it up in their system just to find the new release date.  The other two locations were very bummed out.  They had both stated that until yesterday they had anticipated receipt of the pre ordered copies, at least according to their systems.  Then they received confirmation that the game has once again been delayed until July 31st/August 1st.  Both Associates stressed that the date is NOT a street release date, so chances are it will be delayed again.

Essel Pratt 20.06.2012 On Jun 20th 2012 with with 0 Comments
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A look at the big 3: Nintendo

A look at the big 3: Nintendo

This is part one of a three part series.

With E3 right around the corner, us gamers are left to think about the future. Not just in terms of games, but where the industry is heading. This E3 could be one of the most important to date.

Nintendo will be showing off the Wii U and try to rebrand themselves as a hard-core company. Sony has said they will not be showing off their new console just yet, but have stated that it will announce “the future of gameplay and innovation”. Even Microsoft has had some rumours about a new console.

With all this swirling around many gamers should be asking “what are you doing for me now?”

This is a very good question. Nintendo seems to have itself focused on the future. Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword and Xenoblade Chronicles were treats for fans but since then, Nintendo hasn’t really released anything on the Wii that will make gamers go out in flocks to purchase.

To be fair they were forced to shift their attention to the 3DS, which only a few months ago seemed to be a doomed handheld. But this is no excuse; if Nintendo truly wants to rebrand itself and show they are still a hard-core company they need to show support on their main platform.

With that being said, if Nintendo is going into the next generation with the launch line up leaked by Blockbuster, that is not good enough. The big N should take notes from the 3DS’s weak launch window and learn from it. Nintendo surely doesn’t want to be caught with no must have game. They should look to the Super Nintendo’s launch for inspiration. Coming right out the gate with Super Mario World, Pilot Wings, and F-Zero.

There is no doubt that Wii U will be a solid system, but Nintendo is fighting an uphill battle with a reputation they brought upon themselves.  In order to have a truly successful launch for the console, they need to start on the Wii. By leaving the fans in the dark with nothing but Mario Tennis and the promise of New Play Control! Pikmin 2, Nintendo is further segregating their fan base that already feels like they don’t care.

 

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword released in November, Xenoblade Chronicles was released in 2010 in Japan and re released just over a month ago in North America. While those are great games, and almost any gamer will say they would prefer quality over quantity, there needs to be more incentive to continue support for Nintendo.

They are probably keeping silent because E3 is just around the corner, but this year has been almost barren for the Wii.

Looking to the future however, Nintendo does have a fresh slate at the end of this generation. The Wii U will either be SNES 2 or Wii 2.  There is no doubt that Nintendo is going to need Retro Studios to create (or re create) something great. Something that will make classic fans realize why they loved Nintendo, but at the same time something that gamers who didn’t grow up on Nintendo want to buy.

 

The Metroid Prime series was that. Even though it didn’t sell as many units as Halo, it was a quality game that almost every gamer can appreciate. Retro did an amazing job with Donkey Kong Country Returns, however Nintendo will need a franchise that can lend itself better to something darker or grittier. Maybe let Retro Studios create a whole new IP, something that can make a name for the Wii U.  Naughty Dog does this every generation with Sony Consoles, so why does Nintendo struggle to create new original games?

Perhaps that is exactly what Nintendo needs to start fresh. Create something new, something original. Give it a bit of a Nintendo feel, but don’t just make a new entry in an old series. With creative minds such as Shigeru Miyamoto and Masahiro Sakurai, Nintendo shouldn’t rely solely on their classic franchises all the time.

 

 

Overall, Nintendo has its work cut out for them. The Wii is slowly dying with lack of support, but this is because they are looking ahead. There is a lot to look forward to with the promise of a new console full of potential, so maybe Nintendo learned from its mistakes with the Wii and will build a stronger foundation with the Wii U.

 


Cody Orme 17.05.2012 On May 17th 2012 with with 0 Comments
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