The Nintendo eShop has been drifting in and out of service since sometime on Christmas Day, Kotaku reports, but it's finally back online as of earlier this afternoon. The eShop outages were due to a somewhat predictably large volume of traffic on the biggest gift receiving day of the year. The traffic jam was exacerbated by the creation of new Nintendo Network accounts and conversions from 3DS accounts.
Minecraft creator Markus Persson this weekend indicated that the game will not be available on Wii U anytime soon. He cited a heavy workload on existing projects as the reason for the lack of a forthcoming Wii U incarnation. He did not dismiss the idea altogether for the long term, however.
If you're in the mood for some next-generation action on your past-generation emulated games, a fellow by the name of plotor has just the bit for you. What this hacker/developer has done is to create a rather simple modification for the game emulator FCEUX. This emulator takes the pixels that make up each original Nintendo Entertainment (NES) ROM and converts them all into voxels - 3D, that is.
Nintendo has cancelled its Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter launch plans in North America amid ongoing service outages, that have left the eShop inaccessible to Wii U and 3DS gamers since Christmas Day. The decision, Nintendo says, will mean that today's expected launch of the 3DS Pokemon service will no longer go ahead, having been postponed to an unspecified point in the future as it attempts to wrangle its recalcitrant servers.
Nintendo may not have made the same headlines as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 over the holidays, but a surge of users has seen the eShop suffer downtime for 3DS and Wii U owners since Christmas. The company has blamed an inrush of Nintendo Network ID registrations leaving owners of both its handheld and living room systems unable to access the eShop download store, and even forcing Nintendo to take its Pokemon Bank service offline in Japan.
It’s official: the time has come for Nintendo to put an end to its Wii U game-playing and launch a new console in 2014.
Now, I should note that the Wii U shouldn’t be tossed aside like yesterday’s news, but it should be dramatically reduced in price. What’s more, it should become the “cheap” console option for those who want to get into Nintendo gaming. For everyone else, Nintendo needs to deliver a high-end piece of hardware that can compete with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
I always thought that some of the best games on the original Nintendo Wii were the Wii Sports Mini games that came with the console. I always particularly liked the golf game. I mentioned a while back that Nintendo was working on a sports themed game for the Wii U called Wii Sports Club.
This week there's a game collection being released by the name of NES Remix. This set of games takes on some of the most classic titles from the original Nintendo Entertainment System, aka the NES, and makes them new again, fully ready for Wii U action. This game series brings on a cool 16 remixed titles to the console, and all of them at once, starting today.
Supposing it's been a while since you've played Pokemon, you might not know that the current number of unique pocket monsters is well over 600. That still doesn't add up to the massive number of creatures users will be able to hold at once when the system known as Pokemon Bank launches on December 27th. This new "downloadable software service" for both Pokemon X and Pokemon Y will offer up a whopping 3,000 Pokemon spaces for storage, each of them housed in private boxes online for swapping and management.