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Earlier this month we announced a Gift-A-Day giveaway, where we would share a single gift idea each day that would make a great gift for any gamer in your life. We hope we’ve made shopping for friends and family who love games just a bit easier. Tomorrow we’ll be announcing the winners, as each of the contest pages ends tonight at 11:59pm EST. Today is your last day to enter all of our previous contests for a chance to win, so make sure you do that if you’re interested in winning!

Gift-A-Day Ideas

Wii U Daily Gift-A-Day Giveaway

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This post is part of our Gift-A-Day giveaway that we announced earlier this month. Each day until December 21 we’ll be posting one unique gift idea for any gamers in your life, including yourself! We know how hard it can be to get something for the gamer who has everything, so we’re hoping to make that a little easier this holiday season. Prizes include Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, GameCube controllers, amiibo, and even some special surprises we’ll reveal in our live hangout when we announce winners.

Enter below for your chance to win. Winners will be announced on December 22 in a live hangout, where winners will be matched with their prizes. For a look at some of the things we’ll be giving away that day, check out the original announcement post.

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Evolution of Nintendo controllers, 1985-2012 http://wiiudaily.com/2014/12/evolution-of-nintendo-controllers-1985-2012/ http://wiiudaily.com/2014/12/evolution-of-nintendo-controllers-1985-2012/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:34:33 +0000 http://wiiudaily.com/?p=32743 evolution-of-nintendo-controller

Nintendo has released a lot of home consoles since the beginning in 1985 with the NES. A new animated GIF from Gadget Love shows the evolution of the controllers throughout the years, starting with the simple two-button NES controller in 1985, all the way to the Wii U GamePad in 2012.

It’s always interesting to see just how technology progresses and how complex game controllers have gotten. What the images don’t show are the various internal features: the motion controllers, accelerometers, gyroscopes, and vibration motors.

There are animated GIFs of the evolution of the PlayStation and Xbox controllers as well, which you can find below. Pay attention to the evolution of the Nintendo controllers and those of the competition.

Notice how the Xbox and PlayStation controllers remain pretty much the same throughout the years, while Nintendo’s include a bunch of different shapes and sizes — it’s pretty clear which company is the most innovative when it comes to controller designs.

What’s your favorite Nintendo controller over the years? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

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Gift Idea: Give your Zelda-obsessed gamer something new this holiday season http://wiiudaily.com/2014/12/gift-idea-give-your-zelda-obsessed-gamer-something-new-this-holiday-season/ http://wiiudaily.com/2014/12/gift-idea-give-your-zelda-obsessed-gamer-something-new-this-holiday-season/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:15:50 +0000 http://wiiudaily.com/?p=32738 HistoriaCover1

One of Nintendo’s most legendary franchises is The Legend of Zelda and the stories woven between the games, starting with the original NES release all the way to the latest, A Link Between Worlds, means there’s a lot to catch up on for gamers who haven’t followed closely. If your gift recipient loves the series as much as we think they do, you’ll want to check out these gift options for them.

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia

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This book debuted last year and features the full history of Hyrule, including alternate timelines and where the games fall on those timelines according to the current story. For anyone who is confused about which games fall where in the Hyrule universe, this is the ultimate book that will clear everything up.

Even if your friend isn’t a dedicated geek to the Zelda series, it makes a great coffee table book to flip through as it includes some previously never before seen concept art for the games. Any gamer would be proud to have it in their collection, so we can’t recommend the Hyrule Historia enough as a gift idea.

Replica Ocarina

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Ocarina of Time is perhaps the most definitive Zelda game in the modern era. It’s been remade on the Nintendo 3DS, so if your friend hasn’t played the new version, that’s something to consider. However, if you’re looking for a more unique gift and something that’s functional as well as collectible, why not this replica ocarina? There are 12 hole versions that are more faithful to the traditional ocarina design, but there are also 6 hole versions that mimic the ocarina in the game.

Wii U Daily Gift-A-Day Giveaway

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This post is part of our Gift-A-Day giveaway that we announced earlier this month. Each day until December 21 we’ll be posting one unique gift idea for any gamers in your life, including yourself! We know how hard it can be to get something for the gamer who has everything, so we’re hoping to make that a little easier this holiday season. Prizes include Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, GameCube controllers, amiibo, and even some special surprises we’ll reveal in our live hangout when we announce winners.

Enter below for your chance to win. Winners will be announced on December 22 in a live hangout, where winners will be matched with their prizes. For a look at some of the things we’ll be giving away that day, check out the original announcement post.

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UK’s The Guardian awards Mario Kart 8 Game Of The Year 2014 http://wiiudaily.com/2014/12/uks-the-guardian-awards-mario-kart-8-game-of-the-year-2014/ http://wiiudaily.com/2014/12/uks-the-guardian-awards-mario-kart-8-game-of-the-year-2014/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:32:13 +0000 http://wiiudaily.com/?p=32732 p5onht9mlgdkj0yvnjao

Respectable UK newspaper The Guardian has awarded Mario Kart 8 the highest honor: it’s their pick for the best video game of 2014. In fact, the Wii U is well represented on The Guardian’s list: while Mario Kart 8 took the top spot, it was followed up by Bayonetta 2 at #2 — another Wii U exclusive.

One more Wii U game found its way to The Guardian’s list of the top 10 games of 2014: Super Smash Bros, which took the 8th spot.

Here’s what The Guardian had to say about Mario Kart 8:

“Regardless of the Wii U’s troubles, Nintendo remains one of (if not the) greatest developers on the planet in terms of making games that are a pure joy to play, and Mario Kart 8 is one of its finest”

And they had equally good words for Bayonetta 2:

“The sheer polish applied to every part of Bayonetta 2 is something every major studio should aspire to.”

You can find The Guardian’s complete list of the best 25 games of 2014 here.

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Toys R Us amiibo cancellation caused by technical issue http://wiiudaily.com/2014/12/toys-r-us-amiibo-cancellation-technical-issue/ http://wiiudaily.com/2014/12/toys-r-us-amiibo-cancellation-technical-issue/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:03:19 +0000 http://wiiudaily.com/?p=32725 ToysRUsVaughanMills

Today many Nintendo fans woke up to unhappy emails from Toys R Us confirming the cancellation of pre-ordered amiibos, including their exclusive Lucario amiibo. Many people were understandably upset and took to customer support, asking when they would be able to re-pre-order their amiibos. The customer support response that initially circled the web was that an inventory problem between Toys R Us and Nintendo had occurred, resulting in a delay for stock.

Once this news got out, rumors surfaced that Wave 3 of Nintendo’s amiibo distribution would be delayed past February. While that news is still rumor, an official Toys R Us representative contacted us here at Wii U Daily to confirm that the issue experienced earlier today was not a stock issue on Nintendo’s end, but a technical issue experienced by Toys R Us themselves.

Here’s the full statement given to Wii U Daily:

We apologize for any inconvenience that may have been caused pertaining to your amiibo pre-order. Please know that we are working on an email communication to all customers effected, which will provide instructions on how we plan to fulfill your order. We thank you for your patience as we work to remedy this situation and ensure you receive the product you ordered. Thank you.

Toys R Us appears to be attempting to correct the issue, so if you’ve experienced a cancellation of any of your pre-ordered products, contact customer service to see what they can do for you.

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Nintendo claims victory against another patent troll http://wiiudaily.com/2014/12/nintendo-claims-victory-against-another-patent-troll/ http://wiiudaily.com/2014/12/nintendo-claims-victory-against-another-patent-troll/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:51:14 +0000 http://wiiudaily.com/?p=32723 nintendo-building-7

With the spread of motion controls and the rise of virtual reality, Nintendo has found itself as the defendant in several patent infringement cases filed across the globe. The most recent was Philips, which sought to ban distribution of the Wii U console based on motion technology patented by the company. Nintendo chose to settle with Philips for an undisclosed sum and the two will have a licensing agreement for future tech.

Perhaps the biggest obvious patent troll in Nintendo’s side has been Creative Kingdoms, who alleged that the Wii and the Wii U consoles infringed on its patents. This case was thrown out because the patents were deemed invalid, citing that Creative Kingdom’s patents were much broader than the tech the company actually invented.

This is the second string of victories against Creative Kingdom’s for Nintendo; last year another set of patents from the company were deemed invalid. Nintendo is slowly whittling away at the company, marking a string of victories for Nintendo and its lawyers. A representative from Nintendo stated that the company will “vigorously defend patent lawsuits when we firmly believe that we have not infringed another party’s patent.”

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Toys R Us confirms the amiibo cancellation is because of lack of stock [UPDATE] http://wiiudaily.com/2014/12/toys-r-us-cancel-amiibo-pre-order/ http://wiiudaily.com/2014/12/toys-r-us-cancel-amiibo-pre-order/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:41:44 +0000 http://wiiudaily.com/?p=32720 lucario-amiibo

[Update]: A Toys R Us representative reached out to us to clarify that this issue is not a stock issue, but a technical issue on their part.

Many of you who pre-ordered amiibos from Toys R Us were not happy to wake up to an email confirming that all of these pre-orders are being cancelled. If you received one of these emails, you’re not alone, as hundreds of people are reporting that Toys R Us are cancelling pre-orders they’ve had since before amiibo launched. Now people are contacting Toys R Us to ask what happened and customer service representatives are replying that Nintendo confirmed a delay in stock, so the cancellation was necessary.

The Toys R Us representative confirms that stores across the country will be receiving more stock from Nintendo, they just don’t know when it will be available. It seems like Nintendo really dropped the ball here and hasn’t manufactured enough amiibo to meet demand. With how quickly the figures are selling and how quick Nintendo is to discontinue less popular figures, amiibo could quickly become a hot collector’s item.

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Gift Idea: Amazon Prime makes waiting for games easy http://wiiudaily.com/2014/12/amazon-prime-gift-idea/ http://wiiudaily.com/2014/12/amazon-prime-gift-idea/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:44:20 +0000 http://wiiudaily.com/?p=32717 amazon-prime

All of our gift ideas have related to the experience of gaming so far, but what about before you get the game? Most people are happy to drive to GameStop and have their ear talked off about PowerUp rewards and trade-in credits, but I actually hate shopping for games. I’ve not yet had a good experience in a GameStop, so I avoid them like the plague if I can. Amazon Prime has helped with that a ton. For $99 a year, Amazon will give you free, two day shipping and pre-orders are delivered on release day.

That’s not the only benefit of Prime, however. Recently Amazon has been expanding their catalogue of videos and music available on the service. Just recently, Amazon acquired HBO’s back log of shows available for Prime members to stream, for free. Their Prime Music subscription also means you can listen to any tunes they have available, for free.

Amazon periodically has good deals on games, but as a non-Prime member, you have to spend at least $35 in order to get free shipping. With a Prime membership, that’s no longer a problem and you can continue to sweep up those good Amazon deals on games, movies, and more, all without having to worry about paying for shipping.

While it’s not related specifically for gaming, we can’t think of a better gift idea for the person who has everything because they keep buying it themselves. Make that experience better with Prime.

Wii U Daily Gift-A-Day Giveaway

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This post is part of our Gift-A-Day giveaway that we announced earlier this month. Each day until December 21 we’ll be posting one unique gift idea for any gamers in your life, including yourself! We know how hard it can be to get something for the gamer who has everything, so we’re hoping to make that a little easier this holiday season. Prizes include Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, GameCube controllers, amiibo, and even some special surprises we’ll reveal in our live hangout when we announce winners.

Enter below for your chance to win. Winners will be announced on December 22 in a live hangout, where winners will be matched with their prizes. For a look at some of the things we’ll be giving away that day, check out the original announcement post.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Nintendo’s next Mario game could be reserved for the Wii U successor http://wiiudaily.com/2014/12/next-mario-game-on-new-system/ http://wiiudaily.com/2014/12/next-mario-game-on-new-system/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:05:46 +0000 http://wiiudaily.com/?p=32714 super-mario-3d-world-wii-u-5

Mr. Miyamoto has been busy with interviews from popular YouTube personalities like iJustine, as well as more traditional press interviews with Associated Press. One of the interesting things to arrive from his Associated Press interview is that the next Mario game could potentially be reserved for the next iteration of Nintendo hardware.

During the interview, the AP reporter asked what Nintendo’s plans are for the future. Miyamoto confirmed that Nintendo has been working on their next generation console and its in the formative stage of design. While talk of a new console may unsettle some fans, it’s very common that work on the next generation begins shortly after the current generation launches. Miyamoto reiterated that despite work on the next console, Nintendo is committed to providing quality software experiences with the current Wii U.

We’re focused on providing a robust line-up of Wii U software for next year.

It seems like we’ve managed to do that this year and people are very happy with what we’ve done on Wii U. For the time being, our focus is on the Wii U hardware, but Nintendo as a whole has groups working on ideas for new hardware systems. While we’re busy working on software for the Wii U, we have production lines that are working on ideas for what the next system might be.

Fans will remember that back in October, Nintendo posted a job listing seeking a console engineer in Redmond, Washington, while earlier this week, Sharp was confirmed to supply the LCD screens for whatever projects Nintendo is cooking up in their lab. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the interview was the fact that Miyamoto hinted that a future Mario game could be reserved for the launch of the new system, as he sees Mario as a lead character for their work.

Since we first created Mario, people have compared him to Mickey Mouse. I’ve always said Mickey Mouse evolved with each evolution in animation. You saw Mickey Mouse each step of the way.

From early on, I wanted Mario to be that character in the digital world, so that with each digital evolution, he was there to usher in the next era. I think that maybe when we release the next hardware system, you can look forward to seeing Mario take on a new role or in a new game.

While not necessarily confirmed that the next Mario game will be a system launch title for Nintendo’s next project, this almost certainly does guarantee that some sort of Mario game will be there for fans.

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Miyamoto says discontinued amiibo may be available in card form http://wiiudaily.com/2014/12/miyamoto-says-discontinued-amiibo-may-be-available-in-card-form/ http://wiiudaily.com/2014/12/miyamoto-says-discontinued-amiibo-may-be-available-in-card-form/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:19:49 +0000 http://wiiudaily.com/?p=32712 miyamoto-luigi

In a recent interview with ABC News, Shigeru Miyamoto has been discussing several aspects of Nintendo’s business strategy, including rumors like the leaked Sony Mario movie and upcoming plans for various games. One of the questions asked during the interview is what Nintendo plans to do with discontinued amiibo and whether or not they would be provided digitally for future games. Miyamoto’s answer was simple, in that if Nintendo wants to give players access to that character, they could include it in a card.

We’re not making promises for certain figures, but the way “amiibo” is designed is that certain games can have “amiibo” specifically for that game. Other games can take advantage of past “amiibo” that developers want to make their game compatible with. In the future, we have the option, if certain “amiibo” figures are no longer available in stores, to release an “amiibo” in card form with the same functionality.

It’s nice to see that Nintendo could potentially provide versions of characters on a card instead of having consumers hunt crazily for something that is no longer available. That being said, it does sort of diminish the magic of amiibo to hear the boss mention them being transformed into cards instead of figures.

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