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4:15 PM on 05.30.2013

Japan is getting a new Wii U GamePad battery pack

If you're a Wii U owner that's frustrated with the battery life on your GamePad, then there might be some relief on the horizon. A new Wii U enhanced battery pack will be released in Japan in July, promising between "5-8 hour...

Alasdair Duncan




How $250 could still be too much for a Wii U photo
How $250 could still be too much for a Wii U
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

We learned a lot about the Wii U at E3 this year, but we didn't learn what is likely to be the defining factor in its success or failure: the price. Recent rumors from reliable sources price it in the $400 range, which could be disastrous for the system's launch.

For the purposes of this article, we are going to imagine that Nintendo will be releasing the system for $250, the same price that both the Wii and 3DS launched at. Whether it's reasonable to assume Nintendo would do that or not is up in the air, but I think most people would agree that the price would be more than fair, especially with a pack-in.

But even at $250, the Wii U has some major hurdles. In fact, most of these issues would be just as legitimate if that year-old $200 rumor came true. I want the Wii U to take the gaming world by storm. I really, really do. But with each passing day, I become less and less convinced that Nintendo can make lightning strike twice.

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Nintendo's second-quarter lineup includes Wii Play sequel photo
Nintendo's second-quarter lineup includes Wii Play sequel
by Tony Ponce

Early this morning, we informed you that Nintendo had settled on a June 19 release date for Ocarina of Time 3D in the US. Nintendo has now supplied us with a list of first- and third-party titles that will be dropping on its platforms through the end of the summer. As was (disappointingly) expected, the Wii and DS lineups are rather anemic, while the 3DS lineup doesn't feature anything we weren't already aware of.

However, there is a "surprise" in the form of Wii Play: Motion, a follow-up to the near-launch Wii Remote hitchhiker that everyone loves to talk smack about. Motion will include 12 new minigames as well as the updated Wii Remote Plus. It looks to have a release date of June 13, just a week prior to Ocarina.

I have mixed feelings about this news. Nintendo is really feeling the heat to turn Wii's fortunes back, but I'm disappointed that it is resorting to reaching back into the Wii's launch window library for a quick injection. It's like Nintendo is tapped out of ideas for the Wii Remote. I'm also not sure if a Wii Play sequel will have any kind of impact at this point.

Oh well. E3 is around the corner. In the meantime, hit the jump to see the rest of the lineup.

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10:20 AM on 06.16.2010

E3 2011 Prediction: Pegasus & Skyward Sword lets you fly

Vacationing in Rome during E3 means my flow of information is limited, but from everything I've seen and read so far, it seems like people are only commenting on the graphics, and not pointing a finger or Wiimote at the Kinec...

Tom Fronczak

2:16 PM on 06.14.2010

E3 10: Hands too small for Wiimotes? Worry no longer!

Tiny people and young children rejoice! Your Wii Remote and nunchuck worries are finally over. If you've known anyone with small hands you know their struggle to overcome Wiimotus Tobigus and its often related condition Nunch...

Matthew Razak

10:40 AM on 09.30.2009

Red Steel devs claim to have 'beaten the waggle'

According to Ubisoft, the days of waving a Wiimote randomly around and hoping to win are over, with the Red Steel 2 development team confidently claiming to have "beaten the waggle." Bigging up the MotionPlus access...

Jim Sterling

12:00 AM on 08.09.2009

Wii Remotes help you feel holograms

Holograms have always disappointed me. This is mostly because they're nothing like what they are in science fiction. Where's the hologram that can go horribly wrong and trap me in gangster era America with the safety protocol...

Matthew Razak

6:00 PM on 06.20.2009

The real reason we can't have nice things

I thought we had left all these plastic add-ons for Wii Sports in the past. Consumers had smartened up and we weren't supposed to see them as much anymore. But it seems the opposite is true; consumers are just getting dumber....

Matthew Razak

5:52 PM on 06.04.2009

E3 09: Does the Wii MotionPlus live up to its promises?

Quite by accident, I ended up playing more Wii MotionPlus-controlled games on the E3 showfloor than any other Destructoid editor. Spending time with the UbiSoft developed Red Steel 2, Grand Slam Tennis by EA, and the obviousl...

Anthony Burch

8:40 AM on 05.12.2009

Red Steel 2 will be a MotionPlus exclusive

We already knew that Ubisoft's Red Steel 2 would boast integration with the Wii's new MotionPlus accessory, but it has since come to light that the extra control will not be an option -- it's mandatory. According to creative ...

Jim Sterling

10:44 AM on 04.21.2009

EA Sports Wii titles being bundled with Wii MotionPlus

Electronic Arts has announced that it will be bundling some of its upcoming titles with Nintendo's Wii MotionPlus peripheral. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10, which hits stores on June 16 in North America, will come bundled with...

Nick Chester







Wii MotionPlus and Wii Sports Resort confirmed for June/July photo
Wii MotionPlus and Wii Sports Resort confirmed for June/July
by Jim Sterling

It's been a long time since Wii MotionPlus and Wii Sports Resort were announced, with the belief being that we'd see both these items last year. Now Nintendo has finally confirmed a solid release date of June 8 for MotionPlus and July 26 for Resort.

If you've forgotten (it's been a long time), Wii MotionPlus is a peripheral that adds a sense of depth to the Wii's motion controls, theoretically allowing for more engaging games and enhanced interactivity. We'll see if that actually happens, though. Wii Sports Resort picks up where Wii Sports left off, being a waggle-stuffed tech demo that children and the elderly can't get enough of. There is a speedboat game, and Reggie really loves that throttle.

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4:00 PM on 04.06.2009

More things to do with your Wiimote: control a lawnmower

The Wiimote has been used for many a purpose other than what it was intended for, which is pretty cool in the general scheme of things. The latest use has been found by researchers at the University of Denmark and is called t...

Colette Bennett

11:00 PM on 04.04.2009

EA says Wii MotionPlus has too much Plus

We can get all up in arms about how the Wii should have had one-to-one motion controls since the launch of the system, and how Nintendo will be making a killing over yet another add-on for their little white box that could, b...

Matthew Razak

11:03 AM on 12.10.2008

Strangest use for the Wiimote: programming robots?

We know that the Wiimote sometimes gets used for things other than waggle -- hell, it's even been helpful to the disabled. Its newest foray outside the world of games has to do with a research project being conducted at Rice ...

Colette Bennett

5:15 PM on 09.23.2008

de Blob's producer warns that Wii MotionPlus could make control too complex

I was a little underwhelmed at this year's E3 when Nintendo whipped out the MotionPlus attachment for the Wiimote, not because the idea isn't cool, but it seemed to me that the Wiimote should have been made with this technolo...

Colette Bennett