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3:30 PM on 11.05.2013

A Link to the Past, Metroid among Club Nintendo rewards

Nintendo wants to reward fans for your unrelenting fealty and has seen fit to toss some blue ribbon table scraps your way through Club Nintendo this month. In anticipation of the looming release of The Legend of Zelda: A...

Kyle MacGregor

10:40 AM on 11.04.2013

The Wii Mini is coming to the US this month

That cute $99 Wii Mini that was previously a European (and later Canadian) product has now been confirmed for release in the good ol' U. S. of A. It's coming this month for $99 with a red Wii Remote Plus controller and Nunchu...

Dale North

6:00 PM on 10.28.2013

What will you remember most about the 7th Generation?

[Amazing header by the amazing ZombiePlatypus] Love it or loathe it, the 7th Generation of gaming has certainly been a memorable one. When I look back 20 years from now, I think I will remember this, fondly, as the generation...

Mr Andy Dixon





8:00 AM on 10.25.2013

Nintendo discontinuing Wii in Europe as well

Nintendo is progressively shutting off the supply of Wii shipments around the world. Following the announcement that the system has been discontinued in Japan, Nintendo confirms that Europe has followed suit, leaving North Am...

Kyle MacGregor

10:30 AM on 10.23.2013

The Wii is still alive in the US, not discontinued

When it was announced earlier this week that Nintendo would cease production of the Wii console in Japan, a lot of people assumed that would be the case worldwide, but Nintendo has other plans. Apparently, a Nintendo rep has ...

Chris Carter

4:00 PM on 10.22.2013

Impressions: Disney Infinity: Toy Story in Space Play Set

One criticism that I've seen with Disney Infinity is that it's too contemporary. At launch, we got three Pixar films, a Pirates of the Caribbean world, and a Play Set for the brand new Lone Ranger reboot. Although classi...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 10.21.2013

Nintendo of Japan officially halts Wii production

The final Nintendo Wii has made its way into the Japanese market. A message on the platform holder's official product page for the console reads "manufacturing has ended" in the territory, following an earlier annou...

Kyle MacGregor

5:15 PM on 10.18.2013

GameStop to sell Xenoblade, Metroid Prime Trilogy for $40

Just a couple months ago, GameStop was selling copies of Xenoblade for upwards of $90. The retailer has exclusive rights to the title, you'll remember. This monopoly and price hike raised a number of issues, especially when i...

Steven Hansen

9:15 AM on 10.18.2013

The Disney Infinity Skellington figure is nothing special

Disney Infinity has quite a bit of content still on the way, and the latest addition to the game is the standalone Jack Skellington figure -- bringing the world of Tim Burton into the videogame realm once again. But all that ...

Chris Carter

3:00 AM on 10.16.2013

Tales of Symphonia getting a new Collector's Edition

I've only played one Tales game, and it was Tales of Symphonia for the GameCube. It seemed to have just what I wanted, engaging combat and likeable characters in an appropriately insane JRPG plot. Though really, I d...

Patrick Hancock



New releases: Skylanders, Goodbye Deponia, and more photo
New releases: Skylanders, Goodbye Deponia, and more
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

A relatively tame week of releases, with the star being Skylanders: Swap Force. This series just prints money, especially now that you can split and merge toys to create new warriors. How cool is that?

The other biggies this week include Goodbye Deponia, The Stanley Parable: HD Remix, and The Wolf Among Us arrives on the PlayStation Network after being out for a few days on the Xbox 360 and PC already.

What are you planning on picking up?

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Review: Skylanders: Swap Force photo
Review: Skylanders: Swap Force
by Chris Carter

Skylanders has had a bit of an odd history. Initially, it launched under the auspices of the Spyro name, and made a very small splash in the market -- so small, that barely anyone knew what it was. Fast forward to six months later, and it was the hottest toy on the shelves, so much so that many retailers couldn't even keep it stocked consistently.

A sequel was greenlit, and the rest was history, as Activision raked in over a billion dollars from the Skylanders franchise alone. It's a massive success, and now, the third iteration is attempting to claim the throne once again, fighting off the juggernaut that is Disney Infinity.

Let's just say it's going to be a very interesting holiday season for videogame toys.

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New releases: Beyond, Pokemon X/Y, Disgaea  photo
New releases: Beyond, Pokemon X/Y, Disgaea
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

It's here! It's finally here! Pokemon X and Y is out this week for the 3DS and it's pretty much going to be the only thing anyone talks about leading up to the next-gen consoles. Oh, Beyond: Two Souls is also out this week. It has emotions and stuff. You like emotions, right?

Other biggies this week are two repacked re-releases: Borderlands 2 and Dishonored Game of the Year Editions. Oh, videogame industry. No wonder gamers love Steam sales so much.

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Wii production is coming to a halt photo
Wii production is coming to a halt
by Tony Ponce

The Wii may have secured a solid lead ahead of the Xbox 360 and PS3 with a tidy 100 million units under its belt, but let's face facts: its time in the sun is over. With the 3DS dominating in Japan and the US and the Wii U needing to be given space to breathe and grow, Nintendo has made the decision to end the Wii's production run.

Over on the top right corner of the Japanese Wii homepage is a block of text that reads "Kinjutsu seisan shuuryou yotei," which loosely translates to "Production scheduled to end soon." Now is the time to stockpile on all the discounted Wii games that you may have missed. And of course, you can also make use of the Wii U's backwards compatibility (now with off-TV play for Wii Mode).

It breaks my heart to see the kind of casual disregard the Wii was given, written off like it had nothing of value or was only supported by "casuals" who bought a single game and that was it. But I got a new Sin & Punishment and Punch-Out!! I became a fan of Suda51 through No More Heroes. I found sparkling diamonds in games like Muramasa and the Trauma series. And there are still gems from all three regions that I need to try out: Fragile Dreams, Captain Rainbow, Day of Disaster, Klonoa, Zangeki no Reginleiv, Taiko no Tatsujin, and more.

I think the console deserves to be remembered fondly. If you gave up on the Wii at any point, I urge you to use this opportunity to give it one last chance and look back on all you missed.

Wii [Nintendo JP via NeoGAF]

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10:15 AM on 10.01.2013

Wii Remote Plus Mario and Luigi coming Nov. 1

In this morning's Nintendo Direct, Iwata reminds us that the Wii Remote Plus Mario and Luigi controllers are set to hit shelves on November 1. They don't do anything different than other Wii Remote Plus controllers, but they have the cute L or R on them, which makes the plain white ones look lame. Nintendo has a MSRP of $39.99 set for these controllers. See 

Dale North



Wii U 4.0.0 update allows Wii Mode off-TV play photo
Wii U 4.0.0 update allows Wii Mode off-TV play
by Tony Ponce

Alright! The long-awaited summer fall Wii U firmware has arrived! We've been patient, and now we finally have our unified account system! Thank you for answering our cries, Nintendo!

...

Wait... where's our unified account system!? RACKIN' FRACKIN' VARMINT!

So we didn't get the one thing that we all really wanted. What did we get? Well, we can use USB keyboards, for one. Headsets plugged into the GamePad can now be used in Wii U Chat, a Friends List icon has been added to the main menu, and Wii software now supports Dolby Pro Logic II Surround Sound.

But the big new feature is the ability to play off-TV while in Wii Mode. Unfortunately, you still can't use the buttons on the GamePad, so you'll have to fish out a Wii Remote even for games that use classic controls. You have to stand the GamePad up against something and point the Wii Remote at the sensor bar built into the controller, making sure that the GamePad is far enough away from the TV so that the main sensor bar doesn't pick up your signals. Long story short, it's got potential should Nintendo finally allow GamePad button mapping, but right now it's just a thing to tolerate.

Check out the full list of additions below.

Wii U System and Feature Updates [Nintendo]

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