For the past several years Nintendo has had an ‘on again, off again’ relationship with E3, the annual gaming convention held in Los Angeles. Be it scaling down their presentation, adjusting their show-floor presence, or scrapping their physical keynote in its entirety.
Last year was no exception to this ever curious approach.
Nintendo UK has confirmed pricing for their upcoming line of Amiibo NFC-enabled toy figurines.
Listed on the Nintendo UK website, the first set of figures will cost £10.99 each. The first Amiibo range includes Link, Kirby, Samus, Pikachu, Mario and more. All 12 figures in the first release are now available for pre-order either from Nintendo themselves, or at Amazon or GAME.
EA announced a new subscription service Wednesday, giving those willing to pay a monthly fee unlimited access to a select library of games. Nintendo should do the same.
EA’s offer is this: pay £3.99 per month and you gain access to a handful of hit games to play, such as FIFA, Madden and Battlefield. The service goes by the name of ‘EA Access’ — you can think of it as a mix between Netflix and PlayStation Plus. If you stop paying, you stop playing.
Currently in beta, EA’s new service is open to Xbox One owners only for now. Those who sign up will find they have access to just four games to start with — those are Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, and Peggle 2.
Although the service is in its infancy, and some may have doubts about it, the basic idea is a sound one — I mean, the days of owning physical games are numbered anyway right? So what should Nintendo be doing?
British actor and comedian Rik Mayall passed away Monday at the age of 56.
The news of his death clearly came as a shock to many, no doubt due to the sheer contrast between the somber realities of death and his vibrant larger-than-life on-screen personalities.
Rik Mayall is best known for his work on The Young Ones, Hollywood flick Drop Dead Fred, Blackadder and Bottom, however the alternative comedy star also featured in a number of TV advertisements for Nintendo in the early 1990’s.
With Mario Kart 8 due to hit store shelves tomorrow, Nintendo announced Thursday a partnership with car-maker Mercedes to bring a downloadable motor to the Mushroom Kingdom (for Japanese players at least).
The DLC will see a Mercedes GLA become available as a kart for Mario, Luigi and the Mario Kart 8 roster to pick from.
However, this isn’t the first time Nintendo have placed real-world brands within their first-party games. Here’s a round-up of Nintendo’s past and present product placement appearances:
Having trouble finding a copy of Pikmin 3 at your local Asda? Well, you’re not alone — the supermarket has revealed that it’s no longer stocking Nintendo’s Wii U or any games for the struggling platform across all of their 500+ retail locations.
Asda’s decision to drop support for the Wii U comes after the nationwide chain dropped the price of the console on more than one occasion in an effort to shift units.
E3, the time when console platforms fight for your attention. With the Wii U already out and the Playstation 4 and Xbox One right around the corner, this years show is key to laying out our gaming future for the next few years to come.
Exclusive titles play a huge part in that in deciding which console you’ll pick up, so PS4, Xbox One or Wii U, which one will it be?
To make your choice easier Gamebrit has complied a list of the exclusive games shown at this years E3:
Nintendo has teamed up with mobile network O2 to offer free Wi-Fi hotspots to 3DS and 3DS XL users across the UK.
Nintendo devices will be able to take advantage of over 8,000 O2 hotspots in the UK, including hotspots in high-street chains such as McDonalds, Costa Coffee and Pizza Hut, and public venues such as The O2 Arena, and Twickenham and Bluewater shopping centre.
Nintendo received some good news over the Easter break as its Wii U console saw a reported sales boost, up 125 percent.
Sales of the Wii successor were no doubt spurred by the recent price drops along with last weeks launch of Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate.
According to MCV UK, Capcom’s release accounted for almost half of the revenue generated by Wii U software in the last week of sales. Lego City: Undercover also gave sales a small shot in the arm.
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’s redesigned Wii console, the Wii Mini, launched this week in the UK, but it seems that demand for the slimmed down console isn’t quite what Nintendo had hoped for.
A GAME flagship store got in touch with TechRadar to inform them that the store isn’t even stocking the console due to poor consumer response.
Just over a month since Nintendo went on record saying they wouldn’t cut the price of their Wii U console, UK retailers have gone and done it anyway following continued lacklustre demand for the machine. As a result, Nintendo latest home console can now be had for under £200.
Both, ASDA and Amazon have slashed £50 off the price of both the basic and premium packs, now retailing for £199 and £249 respectively. While ShopTo has knocked off £60 off the basic pack, selling it for £190.
The Wii U’s trade price, according to CVG, is still believed to be £205 for basic model, meaning retailers are now selling the consoles at a loss.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata was adamant Nintendo wouldn’t lower the console price, saying in a statement:
“With Wii U, we have taken a rather resolute stance in pricing it below its manufacturing cost, so we are not planning to perform a mark down”
In January Nintendo reduced the Wii U’s sales forecast for the year, reducing it from 5.5 million units down to 4 million units.
Will the lower price point entice you to pick up a Wii U?