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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?

Posted by Essel Pratt 01.05.2013 in Nintendo, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U
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Could Limited Wii U Consoles Have Hindered It From The Top Spot?

Could Limited Wii U Consoles Have Hindered It From The Top Spot?

Is it possible that the limited quantity of the Wii U forced it into the #3 sales position behind the Xbox 360 and the PS3?  From Nov. 18 through Nov. 23rd, the Xbox 360 sold 750,000 units in the US, capturing the spot of the number one gaming console during the Black Friday rush.  PS3 sales hit a staggering 525,000 Units sold in the same period.  The Nintendo Wii U sold 400,000 units, however it also ran out of stock.

I have a feeling that if stock levels allowed, we could have seen sales numbers far exceeding that of the 360.  If we count the 300,000 Wii sales during the same period, you could say that Nintendo held its own against the unstoppable Microsoft juggernaut.

What fueled the sales of the 360 and PS3?  Some say the launch of games such as Black Ops II and lower prices on the consoles helped the consoles.  WHat are your thoughts?

Posted by Essel Pratt 30.11.2012 in News
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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.

Posted by Essel Pratt 20.06.2012 in Nintendo, Nintendo Wii
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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.


Posted by Cody Orme 17.05.2012 in Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, Uncategorized
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Ubisoft to develop Avengers game for Wii U and Kinect

Ubisoft to develop Avengers game for Wii U and Kinect

Following the massive success of Marvel’s The Avengers, Ubisoft has announced they will be spearheading a video game staring the famous heroes.

Avengers: Battle Earth is slated for a Christmas 2012 release, boasting motion controls for the Xbox 360: Kinect and Wii U. There is no word on a PS3: Move edition at the moment, however it would make sense to have it.

Surprisingly, this title will not be a movie tie in. It will follow a comic book story line, featuring 20 characters from the Marvel universe, with story revolving around Thor, Captain America, Iron Man and the Hulk.

This Avengers game will have it's own storyline that does not tie in with the movie.

Ubisoft Montreal, who is known for the Assassin’s Creed Trilogy, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon series, as well as the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six series will develop the game.

Sega was Marvel’s go to publisher before the poor reviews and sales of Iron Man 1 and 2, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America Super Soldier and Thor: God of Thunder caused Marvel to end their partnership with Sega.

Activision seemed like one option to take over, publishing some notable Marvel games this generation.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance was the first to be released in 2006 for the Xbox 360, the PS3 and Wii versions came out a year later. It’s large cast and fun action role playing style made it such a hit that it received a sequel in 2008. Both games were big hits with critics and fans alike.

Spiderman: Web of Shadows was the first of two non-movie tie in Spiderman games. It received mixed reviews by critics, stating it lacked polish and difficult camera controls held the game back from it’s true potential. However, its original storyline that involved many characters from the Marvel universe made it a really enjoyable piece of fan service despite its flaws.


The Second Spiderman game was Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions, which received more positive reviews than Web of Shadows. Its fast paced action made the game hard to put down, and its interesting storyline that incorporated multiple Spiderman universes made it a hit among Spiderman fans.

Gameplay from Spiderman: Web of Shadows

 X Men: Destiny faired worse. With the same lack of polish and button mashing controls, critics and fans alike were disappointed in the final product.

Activision is also working on the Amazing Spiderman tie in game. So it is strange to see this title go to a different developer.

With that being said, Ubisoft is a great choice by Marvel. Their track record for making AAA titles made them one of the biggest and most popular publishers in the industry.

Perhaps Activision declined Ubisoft, or maybe Marvel believed that Ubisoft’s talents lend themselves better to The Avengers franchise.

Regardless, fans of Marvel should be excited for this title. Its large cast mixed with the proper usage of motion controls could make this title something special.



Posted by Cody Orme 11.05.2012 in Microsoft, Nintendo, Nintendo Wii U, Uncategorized, XBOX
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