Nintendo's Wii U eShop is blocking users from purchasing PEGI-18 (things that would be rated M for Mature over here in the States) in Europe for twenty hours of the day. You can't buy games or even access trailers until Nintendo is apparently satisfied that every single minor in Europe is fast asleep.
With the launch of the Wii U, Nintendo had more at stake than Microsoft in terms of gaming console sales last week. Even so, the Xbox 360 radically outsold the Wii U in North America. While there's no arguing with raw numbers — 750,000 for the Xbox 360 and 400,000 for the Wii U — the bigger picture is a bit more complicated.
Nintendo's first HD console, the Wii U, launched yesterday and is hitting its first big snag: an issue with power loss during the necessary day one patch is leaving bricked — read: unusable — Wii U consoles in its wake.
You may have heard that Nintendo is gearing up for the launch of the Wii U. Part of that process is a whirlwind press tour which we caught in Miami last week. Nintendo wasn't showing anything we hadn't seen before, but the tricked out Airstream trailer was too cool not to share.
In the latest Iwata Asks, the Nintendo CEO sat down with a roundtable of hardware and software wonks that helped conceive the Wii U. One key concept hit on was a de-emphasis on the console itself; Managing Director Genyo Takeda termed it "hardware as stagehand."
Nintendo has had kind of a rough go of it lately. After pretty much everyone on the planet bought a Wii and DS, the 3DS launched to a slow start and anticipation for its Wii U console seems tepid at best. You tell me — are you excited? Here's what you can expect when the Wii U lands in November in the U.S.
Since its massive showing at E3, Nintendo's been pretty silent about the Wii U. With the holidays around the corner, you might want to start saving up your money if you want the Wii U and its fancy touchscreen gamepad.
Nothing beats free and that's why Nintendo is going to continue offer its online service for zero dollars when the Wii U launches this fall. Does that mean Nintendo's online service is going be lousier than Xbox LIVE and the PlayStation Network once again?
As the smoke surrounding the Wii U settles, even more new details (Nintendo sure is letting it drip out one drop at a time) are surfacing and, depending on where you stand, could make you either very happy or very sad.
For the second straight E3, all eyes are on Nintendo's Wii U and Wii U GamePad. You've seen the games and read our hands-on impressions and now we've got word of some bad news concerning the Wii U GamePad's battery up-time and dual GamePad usage that don't bode well.