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Toad & Bowser themed Wii Remotes Heading to Japan

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Japan is getting two new Wii Remote Plus controllers on March 12.

Ubisoft Withdraws Support for Wii U

If you own a Wii U, don’t expect to see any mature-rated games coming from Ubisoft in the future. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot spoke to Game Informer yesterday and stated that the Ubisoft’s software lineup wasn’t selling well enough the justify porting their games to Nintendo’s console. Ubisoft’s future M-Rated games, specifically the Assassin’s Creed series will not be coming to the Wii U.

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Stealth Inc. 2 announced exclusively for the Wii U

Stealth Inc. is getting an exclusive sequel on the unlikeliest of platforms. A story by CVG confirms that Curve Studios, best known for developing Thomas Was Alone announced today that Stealth Inc. 2 is in development and will be available exclusively on the Nintendo Wii U.

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Is the Wii U the new Dreamcast?

And their off! The Playstation 4 and Xbox One have achieved record breaking numbers at launch. Both consoles sold 1 million units within 24 hours of hitting the shelves. This is an outstanding start by both companies; just for perspective, the Wii U has sold 3.91 million units as of September, according to a sales chart from Nintendo. The Wii U has been out for over a year. It’s very likely that both the PS4 and XB1 will the eclipse the Wii U within six months; the UK Sales of the Xbox One are already about to overtake Wii U sales in that region. Overall I’m surprised by both consoles’ success.

While I imagined that the PS4 and XB1 would have some form of success at launch, I wouldn’t have guessed either console to break records, let alone both. I’ve been pessimistic about the new consoles, and considering the sales of the Wii U, I don’t blame myself. This is great news for video gaming, but the reason both consoles have sold so well is hinted at by the way people refer to the next-gen.

Someone let Mario look at the Wii U sales.

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E3 2013: Aftermath

Although at the time of writing this, E3 isn’t “technically” over, the biggest news has already been made. For me, this has been one of the most exciting and memorable E3s in recent memory. There were many surprise announcements and a lot of games to be excited for. I feel much of the skepticism over the next generation of consoles has worn off. I have a lot of things to say about E3, but I think I should talk about the biggest news first. Last week I went over what Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony needed to do at E3. Coming out of E3, all three companies were successful.

Sony absolutely knocked it out of the park with their press conference. Sony finally revealed the look of the PS4 as well as a price and a release date. At $399, the Playstation 4 is $100 cheaper than the Xbox One and $200 cheaper than the launch price of the Playstation 3. Sony’s strategy for E3 was excellent and adaptive almost seeming tailored against the criticisms of the Xbox One. Sony wants consumers to compare their console to Microsoft’s Xbox One. Sony’s new console has answer for everything that the new Xbox offers. The PS4 will play used games and will not require an internet connection at all. Single-player games can be played offline and physical games can be lent freely among friends. Furthermore PS4 games are not region-locked. Meaning games can be bought, or even lent across continents.

Microsoft has until “Holiday 2013” to get their act together.

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E3 Preview: What needs to happen

This coming Tuesday the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) will begin.For those unfamiliar with the event, E3 is an annual gaming fair that showcases off new games and press conferences by major game developers. It is the biggest event in the video game industry. The press conferences of the Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo are points of interest because all three companies have a home-gaming console on the market. These press conferences are even more important this year because all three companies are going into E3 facing a particular challenge. Unlike previous years, no company has a clear advantage meaning whatever happens could decide the outcome of the next generation of consoles. While there are many things that could happen, here’s a rundown of what needs to happen for Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo in order for them to improve their current situation. Read the rest of this entry

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