Mario Kart 8 Getting Piranha Plant and Boomerang Flower

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It's official: Nintnedo today confirmed that Mario Kart 8 getting Piranha Plant and Boomerang Flower is true. Mario Kart 8, a Wii U exclusive racing game, will hit retail and the Nintendo eShop on May 30, and those two weapons will be in the mix. You can get it delivered straight to your door if you pre-order Mario Kart 8 from Amazon. Mario Kart 8 marks the first time Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser and Co. have raced in full HD. Along with the higher-resolution graphics, the extra processing power of the Wii U will let Mario Kart 8 … [Read more...]

Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition Now Online

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The Nintendo Wii U has a new game today, though it's not really a "next-gen" one. Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition is available now for the Wii U, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Rather than finding the game at retail, you'll have to go online. Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition is only available as a digital download. Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition enhances the previously released handheld version of the game with full-HD visuals, an all-new map system, new enemy encounters, difficulty levels and … [Read more...]

Top 5 Nintendo Wii U Problems Include Freezing, GamePad

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In the olden days of home videogames, fixing a Nintendo problem reading discs meant blowing into the cartridge and plugging it back into the NES. How times have changed. Now if you have a Wii U problem reading discs, that's probably the least of your worries. That's the finding of a new study by Fixya, which explains the top 5 Nintendo Wii U problems and technical issues -- and how to fix three of them. Nintendo's Wii U is a year older than Sony's PS4 and Microsoft's Xbox One, giving the company an additional year to iron out bugs. This … [Read more...]

Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within Coming Soon

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The latest batch of Star Wars Pinball DLC is on the way, according to Zen Studios. Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within will include a total of four new themed pinball tables. Although Zen Studios hasn't announced a specific release date, the fact that four more pinball tables are on the way is cool news. Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within features iconic characters and memorable moments from Star Wars. For instance, there's a Han Solo table and dedicated tables for C-3PO and R2-D2. A preview of the Han Solo table in Star Wars Pinball: Heroes … [Read more...]

Nintendo Wii U Virtual Console Games for April Include Mario, Metroid

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Sony has its PlayStation Plus program, which has a solid April lineup for PS4 and PS3, and Microsoft has its Games with Gold program, which still sits secretly for next month's roster. And then there's Nintendo, which has its Wii U Virtual Console games for April already in the hopper. And you know what? Nintendo could trounce them all. The difference, of course, is that Nintendo's Wii U Virtual Console Games for April all come with a price tag, whereas Sony's and Microsoft's are part of their buffet-like program. To be fair, that means the … [Read more...]

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition Ships April 1

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Spider-Man isn't the only superhero getting some media love over the next few weeks, as Warner Bros. will release the Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition on April 1. Don't head into stores expecting to find it, though. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition is a download-only game. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition has been developed by Armature Studio, the same team that created the handheld version. This new Blackgate Deluxe Edition doesn't include any new content from the previous versions, although the … [Read more...]

Payment Processing May be as Important as the Game Itself

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The world of microtransactions has grown exponentially in both the mobile and console game worlds, a trend that both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are looking to accelerate along with their handheld kin in the future. But how does all the back-end magic work, and why should gamers and developers both care about making the process seamless? Those were the questions we posed to Ralph Dangelmaier, CEO of BlueSnap, who prepared the following post about intelligent payment processing in the gaming industry. Payment Processing May be as Important … [Read more...]

Nintendo Slashes Wii U Forecast, Considering ‘New Business Structure’

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Mario better grab an invincibility star soon, because the news out of Nintendo HQ today is far from rosy. We knew Sony sold 4.2 million PS4 consoles and Microsoft unloaded more than 3 million Xbox One consoles in about six weeks. Today Nintendo said its annual Wii U forecast for sales -- as in "over the course of 12 full months" -- are likely to be in the neighborhood of 2.8 million. Let that sink in for a minute. Then consider this: Nintendo's original annual Wii U forecast for the period between April 2013 and March 2014 was 9 million … [Read more...]

Wii Fit U to Hit Retail Jan. 10 for New Year Resolutions

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New Year 2014 is upon us, which means a whole ton of New Year resolutions to keep. Nine times out of 10 those resolutions have to do with weight loss and/or getting fit. If you own a Wii U, Nintendo's giving you an excuse to put off your resolution routine at least one more week. On Jan. 10, the retail version of Wii Fit U will hit stores. Wii Fit U lets users get active by navigating a luge course, spraying a water hose, bouncing on a giant trampoline and grabbing the new Fit Meter peripheral to continue their workouts on the go. The game … [Read more...]

New Wii U GamePad Battery Works Eight Hours, Ships Today

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Nintendo has long been known for releasing crazy peripherals. Just don't call the Wii U GamePad one of them. Not quite a tablet and not quite a controller, the Wii U GamePad is the most notable element of Nintendo's year-old console. For almost that full year, Wii U owners in the United States have lamented the GamePad's short battery life. That may change today. Nintendo has released a new Wii U GamePad battery in North America that reportedly supports eight hours of continuous use. The new Wii U GamePad battery isn't widely available at … [Read more...]