It can scan zombies, replace a TV remote, open a window into virtual worlds and shoot ninja stars across a living room. It's the Wii U GamePad, the 10-by-5-inch touchscreen controller for the successor to the Wii out Sunday, and if you ask the brains behind the "Super Mario Bros." about it, they say it's going to change the way video games are made and played. There's already high demand for the Wii U. According to the tech blog SlashGear, GameStop has already sold out of its initial 500,000 pre-order units. According to Bloomberg, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter says the Wii U may sell out during its first six months on the market. Pachter speculates that Nintendo could sell 10 million units in a year. "You can't manufacture buzz," said Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. "You can't manufacture word of mouth. All we can do is to provide the product and the games to foster some sparks that hopefully enable that to happen. We think we have that with Wii U." Much … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Nintendo’s Wii U shakes up gaming, may sell out quickly
In the six years since the last major video game system launched, Apple unveiled the iPhone and the iPad, "Angry Birds" invaded smartphones and Facebook reached a billion users. In the process, scores of video game consoles were left to languish in living rooms alongside dusty VCRs and disc players. On Sunday, Nintendo Co. launched the Wii U, a game machine designed to appeal both to the original Wii's casual audience and the hardcore gamers who skip work to be among the first to play the latest "Call of Duty" release. Just like the Wii U's predecessor, the Wii, which has sold nearly 100 million units worldwide since 2006, the new console's intended audience "truly is 5 to 95," says Reggie Fils-Aime, the president of Nintendo of America, the Japanese company's U.S. arm. But the Wii U arrives in a new world. Video game console sales have been falling, largely because it's been so long since a new system has launched. Most people who wanted an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or a Wii already … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Wii U: New console launches in a sea of gadgets
NEW YORK Some of the entertainment features on Nintendo's new Wii U won't be available when the game machine goes on sale Sunday. Nintendo didn't give a reason for the delay in Friday's news release, and representatives did not immediately respond to inquiries by email. The new service, Nintendo TVii, promises to take into account all the ways users watch movies, TV shows and sports. If you like the TV show "Modern Family," for example, it will present you with a list of the show's episodes gathered from available sources, whether that's Hulu, Netflix or traditional cable TV. Nintendo's Wii U shakes up gaming, may sell out quicklyNintendo says Wii U will launch on Nov. 18Nintendo Wii price drop ahead of Wii U launchThe Wii U is the first major game console to launch in six years. The free TVii - pronounced "tee-veeee" - features were supposed to be available at the time of Wii U's launch in the U.S. and Canada. Nintendo said the TVii service will now be activated sometime in December. … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo TV, movie features on new Wii U delayed until Dec.
Nintendo announced a lineup of new games Wednesday that includes classic franchises like "The Legend of Zelda" and "Super Mario Bros." for the Wii U video game console. The biggest games to look out for will be a new 3D "Super Mario" game and two "Zelda" games. Nintendo says a playable version of the 3D "Super Mario" game will be available at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, which will be held from June 11 to 13 in Los Angeles. Other games include the debut of "Yarn Yoshi," which has the dinosaur-like protagonist exploring a land made of yarn and textiles, "Wii Fit U Communities" and a new "Mario Kart" game. Nintendo launched the Wii U video game console in November 2012. The Kyoto, Japan-based company launched its original game console, the Nintendo Entertainment System, in 1983. The game giant reports more than 4 billion in video game sales and 637 million hardware units sold worldwide. … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Nintendo announces new Mario, Zelda games for Wii U
Nintendo has announced that it has sold 14.86 million units of the Nintendo Switch worldwide. The Switch console has now outsold the Wii U in just 10 months. The Japanese gaming company confirmed the figure this morning in when it released its financial report for the nine months ending in Dec. 31, 2017. The number of Switch units sold is not only impressive on its own, but also because how easily and how quickly it was able to surpass the lifetime sales of the Wii U. The Wii U sold only 13.5 million units in five years, as pointed out by Eurogamer. Based on these numbers, the Nintendo Switch seems to be on track to match or even surpass the Gamecube, which sold 21.74 million units worldwide. That said, the company is still far off from the 101.63 million units sold by the Wii. Aside from the overwhelming success of the Switch console, it was also a great year for Nintendo games. “Super Mario Odyssey” was the company’s best-selling game of 2017 with … [Read more...] about Nintendo Switch Sales Beat Wii U Units Sold In Just 10 Months