Wii U http://wiiudaily.com Everything Wii U related including Wii U News, Wii U Games, Wii U Reviews, Screenshots, Tips, Tricks, Forums, Tutorials, and more. Fri, 22 May 2015 17:03:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Japan has worst week of gaming sales since 2001 http://wiiudaily.com/2015/05/japan-has-worst-week-of-gaming-sales-since-2001/ http://wiiudaily.com/2015/05/japan-has-worst-week-of-gaming-sales-since-2001/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 17:03:01 +0000 http://wiiudaily.com/?p=34871 huge-wii-u-collection

Every week we release the Media Create numbers for Japan, which measures how many copies of software and hardware Japanese consumers purchase each week. In contrast to North America’s NPD Group, Media Create numbers paint a broad picture of just how healthy the game industry is in Japan. Because of the frequent release, we know anytime sales in Japan take a nosedive, which is exactly what they did last week.

The figures released for the period between May 11 to May 17 are the worst sales for the game industry since 2001. To give some perspective on this, the week followed Golden Week in Japan, which is several national holidays within one week that many Japanese consumers use to travel, shop, and spend money. By all logical expectations, sales should have gone up. However, during that week there was a 60% drop in sales for retail games. It’s also a 60% drop from the same time last year.

Media Create says one possible explanation for the huge drop in sales is that game publishers just aren’t producing products that people want to buy. There were no major releases that week for any platform, aside from remastered and reworked games. The chart topper was Final Fantasy X & X-2 HD for PlayStation 4, a title that has been remastered three times now.

While you may think this information isn’t relevant to the North American market, you should consider that Nintendo is watching the game market carefully and has traditionally developed their consoles with Japan in mind. If that trend continues, low sales could impact Nintendo’s decision-making for its next platform.

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A new space exploration game called RymdResa is coming to Wii U http://wiiudaily.com/2015/05/a-new-space-exploration-game-called-rymdresa-is-coming-to-wii-u/ http://wiiudaily.com/2015/05/a-new-space-exploration-game-called-rymdresa-is-coming-to-wii-u/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 15:25:15 +0000 http://wiiudaily.com/?p=34868

The Wii U has quite the grassroots indie movement for its eShop, despite many third-party publishers abandoning the platform. Swedish studio Morgondag will be joining the ranks of indie developer for Wii U with its newest title, RymdResa. It’s a space exploration game with a slight twist, as it focuses on an expansive procedurally generated world that contains thousands of encounters for you. Each time you play it will be different.

Of course, there are some traditional RPG elements in the game as well, such as the ability to acquire upgrades to your ship to change the way it functions. During the course of the game, you’ll be presented with hundreds of quests that will tell unique stories about the in-game world. Right now the game is in development stages. Check out the trailer and let us know what you think.

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Nintendo’s marketing campaign for Splatoon will rival Mario Kart http://wiiudaily.com/2015/05/nintendos-marketing-campaign-for-splatoon-will-rival-mario-kart/ http://wiiudaily.com/2015/05/nintendos-marketing-campaign-for-splatoon-will-rival-mario-kart/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 14:31:05 +0000 http://wiiudaily.com/?p=34866 splatoon-spattle

Earlier this week we told you that Nintendo UK’s director of marketing stated that Nintendo’s plans for Splatoon are to pull in the Mario Kart crowd and show them that Nintendo can make a fun shooter in the same way that Mario Kart is a fun racer. To help convey that message, Nintendo is cooking up a marketing campaign that will rival the campaign it initiated for the release of Mario Kart 8 in May of last year. There’s only a week left until release, so Nintendo is going to step it into high gear to make sure even non-gamers are aware of Splatoon.

We have a substantial campaign planned for Splatoon. To give you an idea of the scale, we’re matching Mario Kart 8 – that’s the potential we think Splatoon has. We have the utmost confidence in the potential of Splatoon. It gives retailers a fantastic art style that stands out in-store or on-screen and it also offers various up-sell opportunities with the accompanying Amiibo. It’s a really interesting game for us because it allows us to expand out to a group of people who may never have considered Wii U before.

Obviously since this is a new IP and doesn’t rely on familiar characters, Nintendo is pushing it extra hard to relate the fun factor, rather than nostalgia for characters that parents may be familiar with. We’ve already seen two examples of the commercials that will debut in North America, but the Japanese commercials seem more suited to advertising the strengths of the game than the American ones.

Either way, it’s nice to see Nintendo stepping up their advertising game when part of the reason the Wii U is in the position its in is a marketing failure at launch.

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Don’t forget the Splatoon global demo on Wii U this weekend! [VIDEO] http://wiiudaily.com/2015/05/last-splatoon-demo-weekend/ http://wiiudaily.com/2015/05/last-splatoon-demo-weekend/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 19:26:28 +0000 http://wiiudaily.com/?p=34863

Nintendo has posted a short video reminder to their official YouTube account urging Nintendo fans and Wii U owners to participate in this upcoming Global Testfire event for Splatoon. The game launches on May 29 and Nintendo has already hosted one demo period the previous weekend. This will be the final demo opportunity for Splatoon before the release of the game, so if you haven’t experienced it any of Nintendo’s events or the previous weekend, this is your chance.

Times for the event are as follows:

  • Sat. May 23 – 3pm – PST
  • Sat. May 23 – 6pm – EST
  • Sat. May 23 – 11pm – BST
  • Sun. May 24 – 12am – CEST

You’ll be able to play the 4v4 Turf Wars for a time period of one hour during the beta period. This is Nintendo’s testing of the servers handling many multiplayer sessions going at once, so if you plan on playing the game immediately upon release, its within your best interest to play the demo so Nintendo can properly stress test the servers.

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Nintendo eShop: Swords & Soldiers II & Puzzle and Dragons Z http://wiiudaily.com/2015/05/nintendo-eshop-swords-soldiers-ii-puzzle-and-dragons-z/ http://wiiudaily.com/2015/05/nintendo-eshop-swords-soldiers-ii-puzzle-and-dragons-z/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 17:36:25 +0000 http://wiiudaily.com/?p=34859 Nintendo-eShop-Downloads

After the past few weeks of having very few small releases on the Nintendo eShop, this week we have quite the selection available on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. First up for Wii U is the long awaited release of Swords & Soldiers II, the 2D side-scrolling strategy game that is exclusive to Wii U for now. If you enjoyed the first game there’s plenty more action-packed Viking fighting in this one, so be sure to check it out.

Nintendo’s partnership with GungHo Online is finally available in North America, with Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. edition making their debut this week. You’ll get both games for one price if you decide to check it out, which makes it a pretty good deal for those who love the Puzzle & Dragons mobile series.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition – Two puzzling RPG adventures await you! Rescue Princess Peach from Bowser in Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition or defeat the evil group Paradox by battling enemies with the awesome power of Orbs in Puzzle & Dragons Z. Drag and match Orbs, and chain together combos to deal massive blows to your enemies. Then bolster your forces with hundreds of unique monsters in this two-in-one game pack.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U

Swords & Soldiers II – Sharpen your beard and groom your axe! The 2D strategy hit is back! Swords & Soldiers II is filled to the brim with gorgeous hand-animated artwork, endless replayability and heaps of good old fun. Command the Vikings, Persians and Demons as you conquer the epic campaign or face off with your friends in local multiplayer.

Virtual Console on Wii U

Mega Man Zero 2 – Mega May continues with this Game Boy Advance classic! Zero must rejoin Ciel and the other Resistance fighters to stand a chance against Neo Arcadia. But when a commander decides that unsealing a dark, evil entity is the only option left, Zero will have to equip powerful abilities and weapons to turn the tides of war.

SUPER E.D.F. Earth Defense Force – In this Super NES shoot-’em-up, guide your special mechanized fighter, the XA-1, against the mysterious alien forces known as AGYMA. Protect the earth from the enemy invasion by using various high-tech weapons. Dodge enemy attacks as you fly through six areas of super-fast, side-scrolling action and intense firepower.

Nintendo eShop Sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton’s Robotic Revenge on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS is 50 percent off until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 28.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U

  • Bombing Bastards is 28 percent off (reduced from $6.99 to $4.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on May 25 until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 1.
  • Master Reboot is 50 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $7.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 18.
  • Shiny the Firefly is 30 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $6.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 20.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

  • Retro City Rampage: DX is 50 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 28.
  • SpongeBob HeroPants is 33 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $19.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 28.
  • Yumi’s Odd Odyssey, Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning and more Natsume games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 31.
  • Hello Kitty Picnic with Sanrio Friends and Hello Kitty and Sanrio Friends 3D Racing from Majesco are on sale beginning at 9 a.m. PT on May 25 until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 1.
  • I Love My Little Boy and I Love My Little Girl from BigBen Interactive are 40 percent off (reduced from $24.99 to $14.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 4.
    3D MahJongg, Gardenscapes and other games from Joindots are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 4.
  • Battleminer is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 18.

Also new this week:

  • Blocky Bot (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
  • Journey of a Special Average Balloon (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
  • Shapes of Gray (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
  • Shiny The Firefly – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
  • Stone Shire (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
  • Vector Assault (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
  • Samurai Defender (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
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Is the new Bloodstained Kickstarter stretch goal a Wii U version? http://wiiudaily.com/2015/05/bloodstained-kickstarter-wii-u-stretch-goal/ http://wiiudaily.com/2015/05/bloodstained-kickstarter-wii-u-stretch-goal/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 15:34:55 +0000 http://wiiudaily.com/?p=34855

Last week, we published a video on the site from one of our contributors that asked the question of whether Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night should be brought to Wii U. When the Kickstarter was originally announced only for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. This led many Nintendo fans to be highly upset with the Kickstarter, as the Castlevania series got its start on Nintendo platforms.

As the Kickstarter has rolled on and gathered more funds, it now looks like the $3 million stretch goal may be a Wii U version. Currently the Kickstarter sits at just $2.5 million funded, but as that number rises closer to $3 million, you can see what looks like the top of the Wii U logo in the image. Here it is for reference:

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We won’t know if the stretch goal is the Wii U version until more is revealed or the goal is met, but I think it’s safe to say that Nintendo fans should chip in if they want to see the next project from Castlevania’s Koji Igarashi on the Wii U.

What do you think? Will you be donating to the Kickstarter, or will you wait for it to cross the $3 million mark on its own to see what the stretch goal is?

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Nintendo stops Wii U basic production in Japan http://wiiudaily.com/2015/05/nintendo-stops-wii-u-basic-production-in-japan/ http://wiiudaily.com/2015/05/nintendo-stops-wii-u-basic-production-in-japan/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 14:31:39 +0000 http://wiiudaily.com/?p=34851 BFC-WUP-S-WAAB-USZ_0824_CS4_OL

Today Nintendo announced that the 8GB Wii U Basic set is stopping production in Japan. The 8GB Basic set has never been as popular as the 32GB Deluxe set and the fact that Nintendo’s product lineup site now lists the 8GB as “stopping production shortly” means the 8GB version will soon become much more rare. We’ve had several rumors about production of the 8GB model ceasing after disappearing from store shelves in the United States, but Nintendo never confirmed it until now.

Nintendo has not stated whether they plan to kill the 8GB version in the US and Europe, but given the 8GB has officially met its death in Japan it seems likely. If you’re partial to the white Wii U, don’t fret as Nintendo has announced that it will be releasing a 32GB premium model in white within the region. It’s likely that this SKU will replace the 8GB basic SKU all over the world, given a bit of time.

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Take an up close look at the new Splatoon amiibo [VIDEO] http://wiiudaily.com/2015/05/wii-u-splatoon-amiibo/ http://wiiudaily.com/2015/05/wii-u-splatoon-amiibo/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 20:37:36 +0000 http://wiiudaily.com/?p=34849

Nintendo is releasing a set of three amiibo for Splatoon on May 29, but if you’re not sure you want to pick them up alongside the game, this video should help. YouTuber GameXplain took several up close shots of the amiibo in order to show off some of the details we haven’t been able to see in the promotional materials.

You’ll notice both the girl and boy amiibo are standing in a puddle of their own ink and despite both having tanks on their backs, the “ink” inside of them doesn’t move and isn’t liquid in any way. Still, they’re pretty neat looking figures if you really dig the character design that Nintendo went with for this game.

Will you be picking up any of the amiibo when you get the game on May 29?

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New LEGO Dimensions trailer features Christpher Lloyd http://wiiudaily.com/2015/05/new-lego-dimensions-trailer-features-christpher-lloyd/ http://wiiudaily.com/2015/05/new-lego-dimensions-trailer-features-christpher-lloyd/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 19:17:33 +0000 http://wiiudaily.com/?p=34847

Fans of the LEGO series of games should be excited about the upcoming release of LEGO Dimensions, a toys-to-life concept that combines LEGO figures and building with the LEGO franchise of games. Several series that make an appearance in the LEGO Universe will be available, with the most recent trailer showcasing Christopher Lloyd from Back to the Future.

Other properties that will be included in the game include Jurassic World, Ninjago, Doctor Who, The Simpsons, Portal, and even Scooby-Doo. We haven’t gotten a really close look at how the Dimensions portal will work with the game yet, but expect that to happen at E3 this year.

What do you think of the series so far? Are you liking what Warner Bros. Interactive is showcasing?

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Japanese sales: Wii U drops back to 6k sales http://wiiudaily.com/2015/05/japanese-sales-wii-u-drops-back-to-6k-sales/ http://wiiudaily.com/2015/05/japanese-sales-wii-u-drops-back-to-6k-sales/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 17:12:49 +0000 http://wiiudaily.com/?p=34845 nintendo-japan

Sales for Japan in the previous week are now available, giving us a look at how the market is performing after the release of a big Wii U title a few weeks ago. After releasing Xenoblade Chronicles X two weeks ago in Japan, Wii U sales have dropped back to their normal sale rate of about 6k per week. Xenoblade Chronicles X itself has dropped down to number 8 on the charts, selling just 4k units this week. Mario Kart 8 ranks above it at number 6 on the charts, thanks to the recent release of a brand new DLC pack.

The PlayStation 4 had two new releases this week to help propel it to the top of the charts, while the rest of the chart is primarily a smattering of Nintendo 3DS games.

Software Sales

  1. [PS4] Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster (Square Enix, 05/14/15) – 15,913 (New)
  2. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition (GungHo Online Entertainment, 04/30/15) – 13,844 (232,683)
  3. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 11,303 (155,278)
  4. [3DS] Girls Mode 3: Kirakira Code (Nintendo, 04/16/15) – 7,422 (128,213)
  5. [PS4] Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (Take-Two, 05/14/15) – 6,922 (New)
  6. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 5,405 (989,307)
  7. [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer (Square Enix, 04/23/15) – 5,260 (134,905)
  8. [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X (Nintendo, 04/30/15) – 4,236 (101,511)
  9. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 3,648 (2,622,489)
  10. [PS4] Dying Light (Warner Bros., 04/16/15) – 3,252 (44,450)
  11. [Wii U] Mario Party 10 (Nintendo, 03/12/15) – 3,204 (140,963)
  12. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 3,133 (2,230,716)
  13. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 2,723 (2,606,206)
  14. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 2,439 (3,972,933)
  15. [Wii U] Dragon Quest X: Legend of the Ancient Dragon Online (Square Enix, 04/30/15) – 2,300 (105,342)
  16. [PS4] Tropico 5 (Square Enix, 04/23/15) – 2,133 (17,997)
  17. [3DS] Theatrhythm Dragon Quest (Square Enix, 03/26/15) – 2,072 (117,161)
  18. [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 12/06/14) – 2,041 (636,111)
  19. [3DS] Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (Nintendo, 04/02/15) – 1,944 (84,347)
  20. [PS3] Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2015 (Konami, 03/26/15) – 1,863 (100,345)

Hardware Sales

  1. PlayStation 4 – 11,489 (15,992)
  2. New 3DS LL – 11,340 (17,875)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 10,685 (17,273)
  4. Wii U – 6,428 (11,137)
  5. New 3DS – 3,483 (5,446)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 2,964 (4,351)
  7. 3DS LL – 790 (1,358)
  8. 3DS – 742 (1,413)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 439 (665)
  10. Xbox One – 148 (187)
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