Hackers have taken a liking to the idea of streaming games from their PC to their handheld devices over the past couple of years, this bit of interest sparked greatly by the coming of NVIDIA SHIELD. This week a couple of developers on the hacking side of the bar have shown off a bit of game streaming functionality with the Wii U GamePad. While this device was created to work with Wii U games, these fellows have successfully reverse engineered the machine to stream PC games too.
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.
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.
Nintendo is in trouble this holiday season. There. I said it. After all, someone had to, right?
With the gaming industry abuzz over the launch of not one, but two consoles in the course of a week, Nintendo has been trying to get at least some attention from the media. Like the person in the back row trying to be seen in a picture, there’s no getting out of the way of Sony's PS4 and Microsoft's Xbox One. And Nintendo doesn’t appear to have the firepower to change that.
Video game fan filmmaker Infectious Designer has posted a fan film based on the upcoming game Watch Dogs. The six-minute short features Watch Dogs protagonist hacker Aiden Pearce moving about the open-world environment taking on random objectives as he sees fit. It also features "Hacker Girl," representing another game player. Together the two cooperate--and then compete--to take down a group of thugs using near-futuristic hacking and good old fashioned buttkickery--with a little bit of parkour for good measure.
Nintendo has announced some very nice updates for are inbound for the Nintendo 3DS game console. The system update will bring several new features, including the ability to combine a balance on the Nintendo eShop from the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U consoles. This means that gamers who have account balances on either console can spend the money where they want.
Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata said during a call with investors last week that he’s comfortable with his company’s standing in the marketplace. He believes that Sony and Microsoft are competing for the high-end of the space, while Nintendo is going after casual gamers and families. And it’s in that niche, he says, that Nintendo will see the most growth.
I’ll freely admit that Iwata has been right more than he’s been wrong in the years. Even while the world was saying that Nintendo’s Wii would be a failure, it was the company’s top brass, like Iwata, that said it would be a success. And as history has proven, they were dead on.