Take a break at half-time from your FIFA 15 antics and take a listen to episode 14 of Britain’s soon-to-be-favourite gaming podcast, The Gamebrit Podcast.
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Nintendo and UK broadcaster Channel 4 announced plans Friday to show in-game race highlights from upcoming Wii U racer Mario Kart 8 on Freeview channel E4.
Due for release on Friday, May 30th, Mario Kart 8 allows players to share highlight footage from their races, no doubt featuring plenty of amusing banana-peel slip moments, directly via YouTube and Nintendo’s own MiiVerse social network.
The partnership between Nintendo and Channel 4’s E4 will see chosen ‘Mario Kart TV’ clips shown on television each evening over the course of a week.
Nintendo has made available a new hardware deal on their recently opened online store, offering the Wii U in attractive new Mario-themed bundle.
Known as the Mario Mega Bundle, it features a 32GB Premium Wii U along with three games.
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.
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 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.
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?
UPDATE: At time of writing (Sunday, February 10) the rental issues on LoveFilm appear to be mostly resolved, with the majority of titles now available to rent.
Stock problems and licensing issues are said to possibly be amongst the complications halting certain Wii U games from being made available for rent via LoveFilm.
The Amazon-owned rental service currently lists around 30 Wii U games on its website, including the likes of FIFA 13, Zombie U and New Super Mario Bros. U, however only a handful of these titles are actually available to rent.
Amazon-owned LoveFilm say the lack of Wii U titles currently available to rent by post is due to a “website glitch”.
Nintendo’s latest home console launched in the UK back in November, but since launch users of LoveFilm’s service have had difficulties in renting out popular titles such as Zombie U and New Super Mario Bros. U.
Nintendo’s TV ad for the Wii U has been banned by UK watchdog the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA), despite receiving just one complaint.
The advert, which demonstrates some of the consoles basic functionality, shows the Wii U’s ability to switch gameplay from a television to the official GamePad controller. However this function does not come as standard in all titles, and is instead something that has to built in by the developers.