Nintendo Direct Tomorrow at 9AM

For all of you diehard Nintendo fans out there, Nintendo will be having a Nintendo Direct presentation tomorrow at 9am EST.  The Nintendo of America presentation will focus on upcoming 3DS and Wii U games, according to the Nintendo Direct splash page.

Hopefully, we’ll get some more juicy information on the new Zelda and Mario games!  Also, with Nintendo holding a presentation tomorrow (2/14) and Sony holding one on 2/20, I wouldn’t be slightly surprised if Microsoft jumped on the presentation bandwagon and made a presentation offering of their own.

Link for Nintendo Direct.

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ZombiU Limited Edition Wii U Deluxe Set

According to various sites such as IGN, Nintendo has confirmed that it will be releasing a third variation of the Wii U hardware package.  It will be available in the U.S. and Canada and be sold for an MSRP of $389.99 (only $40 more than the current Deluxe).

The bundle comes with the black 32GB Wii U, a digital copy of Nintendo Land, everything in the Deluxe set, the ZombiU game, a Wii U Pro Controller, and a ZombiU art book.  If only I could have waited a couple extra weeks to buy my Wii U!

This new bundle is an excellent deal!  The Deluxe set plus Pro Controller and Zombi U game would run you around $459.99 if bought separately!

If you’re interested, the Zombi U bundle is slated to go on sale starting February 17.

Tons of Wii U News from Nintendo Conference on Janurary 23

There was a massive amount of announcements from Nintendo, this past Wednesday, regarding the future of the Wii U.  There were seven new games announced and a even new HD remake of a GameCube game.

The breakdown of all the wonderful Wii U announcements below:

  • A brand new HD Zelda game with a new vision on how to handle the traditional gameplay.  Possibly rethinking dungeons having to be completed in sequence and being single-player only.
  • An HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker!  Nintendo as stated that they plan to expand on the original experience; there will also be Miiverse integration and the ability to play fully on the GamePad.
  • A slew of Mario games are currently in development.  No footage was shown but they promised reveals at this year’s E3.  Smash Bros (Developed by Namco Bandai), Mario Kart, and a 3D Mario game made by the developers of Super Mario Galaxy 1/2 will all be present.
  • Atlus and Intelligent Systems are currently developing a crossover game involving Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem.
  • A new RPG for the Wii U being made by the developers of the Xenoblade series.  Speculation points to a new Xenoblade game, possibly a sequel to Xenoblade Chronicles.
  • The Virtual Console is coming to Wii U in April.  The library of games won’t be the same as the Wii’s to start with, but will begin with NES and SNES games.  Games will be from $5-$9 USD and you can pay $1 if you already own them.  You can still play your Wii versions in Wii Mode but you won’t have access to the Wii U specific features such as save states, GamePad play, and Miiverse support.  They are also having a trial promotion now through July that offers one game every month for the low price of $0.30.  Game Boy Advance titles will also arrive sometime in the future which hints at possible crossover play between the Wii U and 3DS.
  • Wii U Party announced.  The game will be a collection of minigames a la Wii Party.  It will be mainly designed to showcase the new features of the Wii U and what it has to offer families.  The game will also support your collection of Wiimotes.
  • Yoshi’s Land (placeholder) for the Wii U was announced.  The game is being developed by the same studio that did Kirby’s Epic Yarn and you can definitely see that influence in the game’s visuals.  Yoshi is made of yarn and it looks to be a 2D platformer but this has not yet been confirmed by Nintendo.
  • Upgrades to the OS and Miiverse will be pushed out in Spring and Summer this year.  Improvements to load times were mentioned.  They will also add the ability to create your own communities in Miiverse and access to Miiverse ill soon be available on smartphones (possibly a future app) and PCs.

These all sound like great announcements to look forward to in the coming months and later this year.  I personally can’t wait for the new Zelda and Mario games!

For further information and videos, please visit IGN at the respective links above!

 

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Wii U Bundle Sale at Walmart.com? Not Really..

If you’re like me, you’re in the market for a brand new Wii U.  Once again, if you’re like me, you want to find the best deal possible that you can find on new technology.

Right now, WalMart.com has a bundle deal on the Wii U that includes the console, a Wii Plus Remote, and your choice of a Wii U game all for only $379 (US).  You can upgrade to the Deluxe edition of the console for $50 more.  You would think that since it’s a bundle you should get some sort of discount on everything, right?  Nope!  You pay the exact same amount as if you bought everything separately anyways.  Does WalMart honestly think its customer base is that obtuse and boorish?

In all honesty, I’m quite appalled that major brick-and-mortar retailers are getting so arrogant as to assume that we will buy anything without prior research.  Something has to give with these retailers.  However, I have to say that Target is doing it the right way.  Target has declared that it will continue its holiday price matching throughout the year.  It states that it will match a price of certain online competitors.  Brilliant!

Target price matching: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/08/net-us-target-idUSBRE9070IS20130108