Last year saw the release of cutesey F1-inspired kart racer F1 Race Stars, featuring cartoon-style versions of real world drivers facing off against each other in scaled down cars. Now, the game is making it’s way to the Wii U.
The game originally appeared on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC in November of 2012 — arriving just a few short weeks ahead of the Wii U’s late November launch. However, if you’ve been clamouring to play this on your Gamepad then you don’t have to wait much longer, as one year on the game is making its Wii U debut.
Wii U owners can now finally view and purchase 18+ rated content on the Nintendo eShop at any time of the day, following a lift on a previously set restriction.
When Nintendo’s Wii U launched last November it wasn’t possible for customers to browse and purchase 18+ rated content on the consoles digital Nintendo eShop, unless visiting at certain unsociable hours.
Nintendo will charge £39.99 for New Super Mario Bros 2 when it arrives on the companies eShop later this week — five pounds more than the recommended price of the boxed retail version.
Due for release on Friday, August 17 the new 3DS platformer, which sees Mario trying to grab one million coins, marks the first time that Nintendo will release a game in both digital and retail formats simultaneously.
The Japanese game-maker’s plans to launch key releases both digitally and via stores at the same time were announced back in April this year. Company president Satoru Iwata said that going forward they “will offer the software titles that Nintendo itself publishes in both packaged and digital download formats so that our consumers can choose the way to purchase them”.
However, it was largely assumed that this choice would see digital downloads priced cheaper or at the same price as retail copies.
To download the game on the eShop this Friday will cost you £39.99. You can pre-order the boxed retail version now on GAME’s website for £29.99. Amazon are charging £29.97.
Many expected a bright future for digital distribution, resulting in savings for the consumer, with no need for physical boxes or media. Yet it seem’s that Nintendo aren’t quite ready to upset retailers just yet.