A couple of weeks ago Nintendo announced that the Youtube app on Wii U would be getting an update, and sure enough it’s here. I loaded up the Youtube app today and was greeted by an update. I let it do it’s thing then I grabbed the iPod and recorded a quick video of what it can do.
You can now watch videos on the Game Pad and search while watching a video in progress. You can only search on the Game Pad now. When searching the TV just displays a Youtube logo. It’s nice to have this feature as we actually use the Youtube app a lot in the living room.
Nintendo is doing everything they can to get people interested in Wii U this holiday. One way is by offering a number of quality titles like The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD and Super Mario 3D World. Another way is to try and let people know what they can get for their money. This infographic tries to gèt that point across.
If you haven’t picked up a Wii U yet drop us a comment and let us know when you’ll pick one up or what it will take to change your mind about the system.
Over the weekend some promotional materials leaked that apparently showed a video game version of The Hobbit was coming sometime in 2014. We talked it about on the podcast this week, speculating what the news could have been, but didn’t have all the information. Now we do.
Warner Bros. and TT Games have announced that there will be a video game version of Peter Jackson’s newest trilogy, The Hobbit. This game is expected to hit stores shelves sometime in Spring of 2014, but no official release date has been confirmed at this time. It will cover the events of the first two movies in the trilogy, An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug.
If you own a video game system then there’s a good chance that you’re going to be able to play the game as it will be available on Mac, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Stay tuned here for more details as you can bet this staff is excited for the game.
On a slightly related note, apparently I’ve been pronouncing the dragon’s name wrong for years. According to the trailer it should be pronounced Smowg, not Smog like I’ve been doing.
If you’re going to be one of the millions of people out shopping during the Thanksgiving weekend there’s probably a good chance someone that you’re shopping for wants something Nintendo related. Well, Nintendo has just announced a few deals that you might want to take advantage of if that’s the case.
For anyone looking for a deal on a new 3DS system on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th, you can pick up a system pre-loaded with a copy of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon for $169.99. Not this is one of the older models and not a 3DS XL. Walmart will be selling the 2DS for $99.96 on the same day, which is about $30 off the regular retail price.
Attention Target shoppers, the 3DS XL will be on sale for $149.99 on November 29. Cyber Monday shoppers will be able to pick up a copy of Nintendo Land bundled with a green Luigi themed Wii Remote Plus for $59.99.
All of this is in addition to the character themed deals on the eShop, which currently feature the first four Mega Man games for 30% off. The newest Deluxe Wii U bundle features the 32GB Black system with a copy of New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U for $299.99 and Wii Fit Plus is currently free to download and try out for 30 days.
Nintendo is pretty proud of the Pokemon franchise, and with good reason. It’s always been one of the best-selling franchises that the company releases on a regular basis. In fact, it’s so popular that fans have made Pokemon X and Pokemon Y the fastest selling 3DS games to reach the one million units sold mark. Since the game launched it has sold over two million units, but the games combined together to reach a million units sold in the first 24 hours that they were on sale. To put that into some perspective New Super Mario Bros. 2 took 16 weeks to reach one millions. Super Mario 3D Land made it that far in six weeks and Mario Kart 7 managed to get to that mark in the first month it was on sale.
The game also managed to sell a large number of 3DS systems in conjunction with the game. According to Nintendo sales of the 3DS jumped 135% in the four weeks after the game went on sale. Part of that can be attributed to the new 2DS system that also went on sale the same day. Regardless it was a brilliant strategy by Nintendo to have one of their best-selling franchises and a new version of the hardware go on sale the same day. In that same time Nintendo claims that 20%, or 1-in-5, of 3DS owners purchased a copy of Pokemon.
I think it’s pretty safe to say that people like to catch ‘em all, whether it’s Pokemon or revisions of Nintendo hardware.
Last week Link took the sale spotlight with a number of his Virtual Console adventures going on sale. Nintendo is continuing the character themed discounts this week with the Blue Bomber. A number of Mega Man games go on sale this week on both the Wii U and the 3DS.
You can get your hands on Mega Man, Mega Man 2, Mega Man 3 or Mega Man 4, on either system, for $3.49 each. These titles will all be on sale between now and next Thursday when another characters get their chance to shine.
The Spike VGA’s are coming up soon. They’re the biggest “awards” of the year in an industry that doesn’t really have a unified awards show. One of the awards that Nintendo is up for is a bit of a surprise. Super Mario 3D World is up for Game of the Year. It’s not even available at retail yet, but I think this is a piece of evidence that’s going to show the game is probably pretty good. Critics apparently think the game is pretty good and you can help influence the vote. Just click here and cast your votes in all of the categories available.
Other awards that Nintendo titles are in the running for include:
Best RPG: Pokemon X/Y, Fire Emblem: Awakening
Best Handheld Game: Pokemon X/Y, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Best Casual Game: Animal Crossing: New Leaf
If you haven’t done so yet there’s an update available for the Wii U firmware taking it up to version 4.0.2. Guess what, it doesn’t do much. It’s just the usual “minor improvements and system stability” style of upgrade. It could be setting things up for the update later this year that will combine eShop wallets, but it doesn’t do anything significant.
Nintendo recently shut down the messaging system Swapnote on the 3DS due to people abusing it and sending inappropriate messages to other players. This week during a Nintendo Direct video the company announced that the 3DS would be getting their player community known as Miiverse. The system, currently available on Wii U allows players to make friend requests, post to unique game communities and message their friends. It was assumed that the 3DS version would include all of the same features. However, that appears not to be the case. A Nintendo rep confirmed with Nintendo Life that friend messaging and friend requests would not be available when the service launches.
“Miiverse on Nintendo 3DS does not include friend request or user messaging features.”
This leaves the 3DS with no real way for players to contact their friends. The 3DS uses Friend Codes to add people to your friend’s list. You will need to connect your Nintendo Network ID to the 3DS for upcoming account balance consolidation and to use Miiverse. Hopefully we’ll hear more details about just how extensive the Miiverse will be on 3DS.