Have you ever been sitting in your living room, your friends gathered ’round, as you share with them a video that you pulled up using your handy dandy smart phone? You may have noticed that in such a situation, one friend would be pushed aside and often be unable to view the laughing baby/kitten/people falling hilarity, purely for the sheer puny size of the platform. Now, there is a solution! If you pull up the Youtube app on the Wii U, your phone will recognize the existence of the Nintendo console’s longer to connect and will offer a “Connect to Device/Nintendo Wii U” option and your beloved video will become the focus of the room as it lights up the television screen! What a great look at how Nintendo brings us all together, making personal experiences into group activities! -Ryan Baxter
What do you think about this new feature? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
NOA president really wants to be playable in the next Super Smash Bros.
A few weeks back, we told you that some Smash Bros. fans made a petition for Reggie Fils-Aime to be featured as a playable character in the next Super Smash Bros. games. The Nintendo of America CEO recently took to Twitter about this, saying that if he ended up in the game, his smash move would be called “MY BODY IS READY SLAM.” Seems legit. After this, he even said (in a possibly joking manner) that if he got at least 100,000 signatures, series producer Masahiro Sakurai would consider adding him to the roster. Mr. Sakurai did say that he wanted characters that you wouldn’t expect in the next game, and this would definitely classify as unexpected.
Let’s see how this goes. Stay tuned for further updates on this intriguing subject! Do you think this is gonna really happen? -Greg Boe
This may disappoint some of you, but it’s truth, nonetheless.
I don’t know how many times I’ve seen a petition about Nintendo by fans about something they could do differently. Stuff like Operation Rainfall and Operation Moonfall are definitely fun groups to be a part of, but it’s important to understand that these petitions don’t really affect Nintendo’s decision making when it comes to localizing a game. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime explains it quite well:
“I have to tell you—it doesn’t affect what we do. We certainly look at it, and we’re certainly aware of it, but it doesn’t necessarily affect what we do. I’ll give you an example. I mentioned earlier that our head of product development had a bet on X versus Y—we also had a bet around localizingXenoblade.
I wanted to bring Xenoblade here. The deal was, how much of a localization effort is it? How many units are we going to sell, are we going to make money? We were literally having this debate while Operation Rainfall was happening, and we were aware that there was interest for the game, but we had to make sure that it was a strong financial proposition.
I’m paid to make sure that we’re driving the business forward—so we’re aware of what’s happening, but in the end we’ve got to do what’s best for the company. The thing we know [about petitions] is that 100,000 signatures doesn’t mean 100,000 sales.”
More Nintendo updates are on the way! Be sure to subscribe to Nintendo Charged for all the latest news, reviews, and more! -Greg Boe
Everybody is talking about how Nintendo needs more 3rd party games on Wii U. According to Nintendo of America CEO Reggie Fils-Aime, there are already some great 3rd party software to check out, and even more on the way. Their biggest 3rd party support is definitely Activision, but developers like Ubisoft and Warner Bros. are right up there in the ever-growing list. Here’s what the Regginator said:
“With a healthy and vibrant installed base, those key publishers are gonna create content that are going to be wonderful for the system. Case in point: Activision. One of the number one rated games [recently] on the Wii U is Skylanders SWAP Force. They’ve done a stellar job creating that content. And absolutely we look forward to Call of Duty coming on the platform. A true Call of Duty experience, leveraging unique play with the GamePad. You look at someone like Ubisoft. They do tremendous business with Just Dance on our platform. And we look forward to Assassin’s Creed, we look forward to Watchdogs next year coming on the platform. Warner Brothers… I could go through the list in terms of key software publishers that are making great content for the platform. And what they tell me every day is, “Reggie, how can I help you drive your installed base?”
Hopefully we continue to see great support from other big developers on Nintendo’s fantastic and HIGHLY under-appreciated new console. More Wii U news, reviews, and more are on the way. -Greg Boe
Is this just a placeholder date, or is it the real deal? That’s a great question, and that’s EXACTLY why I listed this under the rumors category. Well, here’s the scoop: GameStop recently listed Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS to launch on April 8th, 2014. This goes right with Nintendo saying that the games would launch during the first quarter of 2014. Hopefully we get a statement from the Smash Bros. team on this subject soon.
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Nintendo and Prima recently released the spectacular strategy guide box set for six popular adventures in The Legend of Zelda franchise. Inside of the box set was a letter from producer Eiji Aonuma, in which he shares that the series is only still going because of the devoted fans. He also touches on the next installment on Nintendo Wii U. Here’s what he said:
It has been 25 years since The Legend of Zelda was introduced to the world, and it is still going strong. This was made possible by the fans who love the series. In the next installment, it is my desire to create a unique experience that is beyond your expectations. We are privileged to have your unwavering support.
I’m really looking forward to being surprised with whatever Mr. Aonuma and the Zelda team have in store for us with the next game. We have to wait until E3 in June 2014 to see the game in action. Before then, stay tuned for more news and updates on The Legend of Zelda! -Greg Boe
What’s the difference between Wii U and Wii? About 6 years.
Many of you have pointed out that the majority of consumers think that the Wii U is just a new controller for Wii. Well, believe me when I say that it is not. Nintendo has tried many approaches to explain the differences between the two consoles, and according to NOA CEO Reggie Fils-Aime, consumers have finally caught on. Here’s how he put it:
That issue has been largely addressed, I think, as we’ve told consumers all the great things you could do with the GamePad as we’ve showed fantastic software like Pikmin 3, and Wonderful 101, Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker in HD. The consumer I believe now understands this is a brand new system with brand new capabilities. It has all of the benefits of backward compatibility. And we’re the only next gen system with backward compatibility, so the consumer has this great library of games from Wii, can use them with the Wii U. But now they understand all of the new capabilities that they can have.
Well there you go! All it takes is a look at the new tech and innovative software to tell the difference between the two. If only they didn’t have such similar names… -Greg Boe
Now there is officially NO reason NOT to buy this version if you own a Wii U.
Sure, the Wii U version of Batman: Arkham Origins does not include the multiplayer mode, but let’s be honest, it was garbage anyways. This version does support the fantastic DLC, which is available right now for download. The two DLC packs are the Infinite Earth Skins Pack and Black Mask Challenge Pack. The full game will cost you $49.99, which is $10 cheaper than other console versions. To go along with the main game as being the most affordable Arkham Origins experience available, the Infinite Earth skin DLC pack is up for download for only $3.99 (opposed to $4.99 on competing consoles. The Black Mask Challenge pack, however will cot you $1.99, which is the same price as on all other versions.
Be sure to download the Deathstroke DLC, which comes packaged free with the game! My review on this game goes live tomorrow at 8:00 AM CST. Don’t miss it! -Greg Boe
It seems as if everything is getting a makeover in the new Super Smash Bros.
Series producer Masahiro Sakurai is still keeping many details under wraps on the new project, which explains why we haven’t seen many items yet. Well, the screenshot above proves that the items have undergone some changes, and they are AWESOME. I’m sure we’ll see some more items in the near future, at some point before the early 2014 release date.
Stay tuned for more updates on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS right here on Nintendo Charged! -Greg Boe
I know what you’re thinking. You wish you were on that flight.
Three days back Nintendo surprised an entire flight with a free Wii U console. If you’re wondering, this was not a one-time thing. In fact, Nintendo and Southwest Airlines have partnered up for the entire holiday season. From now until December 22nd, passengers awaiting their flight will be able to kill time by playing Super Mario 3D World for Nintendo Wii U. There are no confirmed locations yet, but we do know that these kiosks will be showing up at highly populated Southwest airports.
Hopefully this partnership will help Nintendo market their new console and sell even more units this holiday season! -Greg Boe