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Wii u is taking over
PSA: Remember to clean your Wii U air vents regularly!
Just a reminder. Not cleaning them can cause freezing or FPS drops, There are 2 air vents on the side of the console that will suck air in to the fan. I garuntee you that if you look at them now you'll find tons of dust in them, so just take a brush you don't use anymore and brush the dust away. (I recommend an old toothbrush for this).
I've had my Wii U since launch and I just checked it... the amount of dust was ridiculous.
didn't know this...
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wouldn't of thought the Wii U and PS4 sales would be close...
They aren't very close. It was spin to try and make the Wii U's better by ignoring current sales. That is what he's paid to do. Reminds me of Sony statements for PS3 in 2007 when they were getting stomped. Wii U was still third in the US for month of May.
#Nintendo Dominates Twitter During E3 2014
According to social media intelligence analytics provider Crimson Hexagon about 47% of all tweets sent out during last week’s gaming expo mentioned the #nintendo.
Among the hottest tweets was one made by the official Nintendo of America twitter account, which teased famed designer Shigeru Miyamoto’s appearance on an upcoming Nintendo live broadcast.
Another popular tweet was made by user @Dropkickpikachu, who tweeted: “Nintendo has just shown more playable female character’s in one game preview than the other companies have all E3 so far.”
The #Nintendo hashtag surfaced 30,000 times and #e32014 featured 55,000 times.
Meanwhile, PlayStation claimed 28% of the conversation, while Xbox trailed with 25%.
Nintendo really seemed well connected with the audience this time around, this is another great example on how Nintendo killed it this year with the fans and with games.
wish i was tebow
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Examining Nintendo’s 2014-2015 Release Schedule
We’re currently in the month of June and have already had a couple eShop releases. The highlights of the month are clearly the eShop releases of Pushmo World and Shovel Knight. The only retail releases come in the form of Farming Simulator 14 and the latest blockbuster cash-in from Activision – Transformers: Rise Of The Dark Spark.
Pushmo World (Wii U eShop) – June 19th
Farming Simulator ’14 (3DS) – June 24th
Transformers: Rise Of The Dark Spark (3DS) – June 24th
Transformers: Rise Of The Dark Spark (Wii U) – June 24th
Shovel Knight (3DS eShop) – June 26th
Shovel Knight (Wii U eShop) – June 26th
The month of July so far features a strong spread of titles with a retail release, but is currently lacking in confirmed eShop releases. The highlights in retail releases come from the physical version of Wii Sports Club meaning that the final sports, baseball and boxing, will also be released onto the eShop. One Piece Unlimited RED also arrives for both the 3DS & Wii U. The stand-out title has to be Nyamyam’s Tengami, a beautifully crafted adventure set inside a pop-up book. This atmospheric adventure game from ex-Rare developers is certainly worthy of attention.
One Piece Unlimited World RED (3DS) – July 8th
One Piece Unlimited World RED (Wii U) – July 8th
Wii Sports Club (Wii U) – July 25th
LEGO Ninjago Nindroids (3DS) – July 29th
Scooby Doo & Looney Toons Cartoon Universe (3DS) – July 21st
Tengami (Wii U eShop)
A summer drought certainly seems on the cards for this month, as there are currently just two confirmed releases, both for the 3DS. The recently announced Thorium Wars: Attack Of The Skyfighter has yet to set a concrete release date and Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright isn’t due until the very end of the month. Nintendo will need to get on the case immediately and start arranging some software to drop this month.
Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright (3DS) – August 29th
Thorium Wars: Attack Of The Skyfighter (3DS eShop)
September certainly looks like an improvement over August, but all of the confirmed release dates are at the tail end of the month. Disney will be releasing the new installment in the Disney Infinity franchise, adding a touch of Marvel magic. The Wii U-exclusive Stealth Inc. 2 is due to launch sometime during the month but, as we’ve yet to see much from this recently announced action title, it feels like it could slip. The blockbuster of the month is, no doubt, Nintendo and Tecmo Koei’s Zelda-meets-Dynasty Warriors collaboration, Hyrule Warriors. After all of the footage and details coming out of the LA Convention Center, this title definitely needs to be on your radars.
Falling Skies: The Video Game (Wii U) – September 20th
Disney Infinity Marvel Super Heroes (3DS) – September 23rd
Disney Infinity Marvel Super Heroes (Wii U) – September 23rd
Hyrule Warriors (Wii U) – September 26th
Stealth Inc. 2 (Wii U eShop)
Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival (3DS eShop)
As we start to head into the holiday season, the releases certainly start to pick up. The month kicks off in style as Nintendo release the first ever portable entry in everyone’s favorite fighting series. Super Smash Bros. For 3DS launches on October 3rd. There are two other noteworthy 3DS titles coming from Nintendo this month; Pokemon Art Academy is set to add a specific spin on this impressive drawing and painting tool. Nintendo also plan to follow the success of Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Tomodachi Life with Fantasy Life from Level-5. While it may seem rather similar on the surface, this game adds deep RPG elements to the mix, making it a certain hit for any fans of the Harvest Moon series. The stand-out Wii U title this month has to be — no, not Just Dance 2015, but in fact, Bayonetta 2. This much-anticipated exclusive game from Platinum Games will include a free download code for a Wii U-enhanced port of the original! Two games for the price of one — nothing wrong with that!
Super Smash Bros For 3DS (3DS) – October 3rd
Skylanders Trap Team (3DS)- October 5th
Skylanders Trap Team (Wii U) – October 5th
Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appetite (3DS) – October 20th
Just Dance 2015 (Wii U) – October 21st
Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)
Fantasy Life (3DS)
PAC-Man And The Ghostly Adventures 2 (3DS)
PAC-Man And The Ghostly Adventures 2 (Wii U)
Pokemon Art Academy (3DS)
This month’s release schedule is certainly set to fill up in the coming weeks. Usually the busiest month for video game releases, November will see just four titles releasing across Nintendo’s platforms. There are currently no titles yet announced for a December release as well. The month appears rather back-loaded, probably thanks to a little event known as Black Friday. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, along with the Amiibo figurine line, launching in time to benefit from the increased seasonal footfall. The biggest release currently confirmed, however, has to be the releases of Pokemon‘s Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby on November 21st. These two games are remakes of two of the most popular entries in series history! Sega also release their latest Nintendo-exclusive Sonic titles, but despite being made by outsourced and arguably rather talented third-party developers, these titles have received mixed reactions at this year’s E3.
Pokemon Alpha Sapphire (3DS) – November 21st
Pokemon Omega Ruby (3DS) – November 21st
Sonic Boom: Rise Of Lyric (Wii U) – November 25th
Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (3DS) – November 25th
First Half of 2015
Mario Maker (Wii U)
Project: Giant Robot (Wii U)
Splatoon (Wii U)
Yoshi’s Woolly World (Wii U)*
Amiibo For 3DS (3DS)
Code-name STEAM (3DS)
Fossil Fighters Frontier (3DS)
Kirby And The Rainbow Curse (Wii U)
Mario Party 10 (Wii U)*
Mario Vs. Donkey Kong For Wii U (Wii U)
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS)
Project: Guard (Wii U)
Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem (Wii U)
Starfox (Wii U)
The Legend Of Zelda For Wii U (Wii U)
Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U)
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The Best Video Game Console On The Market Is The Nintendo Wii U
ALEX WILLIAMS on June 17, 2014 at 5:25 am
This article is 1340 words long, so if you’re not a heavy reader, for the sake of your time, I suggest you scroll down and cut to the juicy meat.
You’re grown up. Maybe you don’t have as much time anymore as you used to due to more responsibilities and life catching up. The idea of dedicating 3-4 hours in order to advance or fully experience a hardcore video game will take away from your work and social life – the important things. According to CNN, an average of 1 out of 10 players actually finishes a game; the future is shorter games, or just ones that take up less time in order to enjoy them.
What matches the drab routine and mandatory structured robot that is work is the alluring neon-colored dancing time-sucker called recreation. Buying a video game console would add a minus to the hours – unless, of course, you were able to find one where you could ‘get a game in’ (i.e. play for a few minutes and finish a level.)
Nintendo is currently suffering from the “Year of Luigi.” On March 31st, 2014, the company posted an operating loss of $456 million in a single year, with a net loss of $228 million. Despite this, Nintendo is showing promise, and as of May 2014, owns 33.3% of the market share – the release of Mario Kart 8 bundle met with a 666% increase in Wii U sales in the U.K.
The Mario Kart series usually always delivers in gameplay, and it’s latest title can be enjoyed with other players both online and offline; jumping into a 3 minute race is no problem.
I’ll try to keep this as unbiased as possible – I just sold my Wii (the Wii U’s predecessor) because it gathered dust. It was a remarkable product that sold, as of December 31st, 2013, an estimated 101.6 million consoles (PDF) worldwide; the third best selling home console video game system in history (Sony’s PlayStation 2 is #1, PlayStation 1 at #2.)
So why should you buy this dinky new console? It is to be assumed that upon reading, you have some slight interest in the video game console, so let’s talk facts:
The Wii U is the most affordable video game console on the market right now.
You got Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Yoshi, Kirby, Metroid, Star Fox, Super Smash Bros, Donkey Kong, et al. You can’t think video games without at least a chubby sweaty Italian plumber or big hairy ape wearing a tie. These are called first party titles, meaning that the company that makes the video game console makes the game, developing exclusively for it. Unless Nintendo drops the ball and has to license the usage of any of their characters or games (like this), they’ll be here to stay on the system.
Third party titles are games that are made by a different company (CAPCOM, Konami, Ubisoft, EA); they aren’t always exclusive.
3. AFFORDABLE GAMES:
Right now, on Amazon, you can purchase the following Wii U games, of which, none fall below four stars or above $30:
4. FREE ONLINE PLAY:
Where as Sony charges $9.99 a month ($17.99 for three months, $49.99 for a full year) for the PS4; Microsoft $25 for three months or $59.99 for the year; Nintendo’s online is free. This means if you want to play a multiplayer game online with another one of your friends, you don’t have to worry about a subscription fee you might otherwise put towards games.
5. DOES WHAT SONY & MICROSOFT DO:
Except graphics. If it’s one thing the Wii U falls behind on, it’s this:
6. INNOVATIVE PORTABILITY:
With the gamepad (the feature I love best), you don’t have to solely look at your TV in order to play. You can play anywhere as long as it’s in range of the console itself.
7. POWER EFFICIENT:
The Nintendo Wii U is the greenest console on the market, using less than half the power of the Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during game play.
8. HIGH DEFINITION:
Generally, Wii U games have an output of 720p (1280-by-720 pixels.) 1080p is nice and all, but the Wii U’s games manage to look pretty fantastic upscaled (most Xbox One games also run at 720p.) Unless you’re hungering to see Mario’s pores and wrinkles, 720p fits perfectly well with the art style of Nintendo games’ graphics. Not all Wii U games land in 720p – a majority of them do; you’ll still find a handful that run at 1080p.
9. BACKWARDS COMPATIBILITY:
Wii Games = Wii U Compatible.
10. A CLEANER ONLINE SOCIAL EXPERIENCE:
Check out the Halo 4 meme kid. Racism, sexism, homophobia-ism, any ism that replaces joy with cynicism can be found in an online video game chat room that is littered with unwarranted anger due to fierce competitiveness and proving you have more points than the other guy.
11. THERE ARE MORE LEAD FEMALE CHARACTERS IN A MARIO GAME THAN CALL OF DUTY:
I suppose there’s nothing wrong with playing as grizzly sweaty men killing each other with scorching steel than there is with plumbers and princesses working together in collecting coins and beating up dragons.
This is not to say that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are bad consoles, or any less fun than the Wii U. If you’d like to experience an incredibly immersive multi-million dollar developed video game on a 50-inch HD plasma TV with surround sound, you can, and it would be totally awesome; the graphics and sound would be almost life like. However, you can very much find fun in the most affordable, environmentally conscious and debatably most innovative console on the market.
video by GameSpot on why you should buy a Wii U in 2014
Nintendo devs strive for perfection, tweak games right up until launch, says Nintendo
Jun 17, 2014 by RawmeatCowboy
A portion of a Examiner interview with Nintendo's VP of Corporate Affairs, Cindy Gordon...
E: With games, my priority is great gameplay and then we can move onto graphics. The aesthetics of a game can be absolutely gorgeous, but with no heart and soul, it is just a pretty game. Nintendo has a good reputation for releasing products that are well-polished. The quality team does a great job on working toward a finished product that has few to none glitches and the Nintendo graphics are an added bonus.
Gordon: The developers will not put out the game unless it is to our perfection. They are tweaking all the way until launch. The games do not come out until they are ready so that the fans have a great experience with them. So, I definitely agree.
Exclusive Interview with Nintendo's Takashi Tezuka
It’s not every day that you’re invited to have a one-on-one exclusive interview with someone that has had a hand in creating some of the best titles of your gaming life. With a 30 year career within Nintendo, there’s a good chance that Tezuka-san (also known as Ten-Ten) has had a hand in creating all of your favourite Nintendo titles.
Sitting down with Takashi Tezuka and his translator was both intimidating and inspiring… and he was quite the fan of my Banjo Kazooie t-shirt.
First, thank you so much for letting us have this meeting and interview. I hear it’s a rare occasion so I’m very honoured to be here.
The first thing I’d like to ask about is the inspiration behind choosing wool as the material and the style for Yoshi’s Woolly World.
While I was working on New Mario I had a chance to play Kirby’s Epic Yarn and I really admired the aesthetic sense of the dev team who made that game. At the time I had been working on Mario for a while and I had always been thinking about creating the next Yoshi game but couldn’t find the time to do so. After playing Kirby’s Epic Yarn I thought why not make a Yoshi game with Good Feel [developers of Kirby’s Epic Yarn] using a yarn aesthetic. So that was where it all started.
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