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Nintendo eShop deals of the week: Metroid Prime Trilogy only £8.99

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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3DS Games, Nintendo, Wii U games

Nintendo eShop deals of the week: Metroid Prime Trilogy only £8.99

The Nintendo eShop refreshes every Thursday night, bringing fresh content and deals. Wii U owners will soon be able to pick up the Metroid Prime Trilogy on Wii U for £8.99, which will go up to £17.99 on February 5th. Act quickly to get your discounts!

Unfortunately, that's pretty much the only deal apart from a £1 saving on Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues. Any takers?

However, remember that there's still time to take advantage of the Super Indie Connection Sale #2 before the store update. If you own any one of the following games, you can get the following discounts on the others...

  • BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien | £3.99 (usually €11.99 / £9.99)
  • Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition | £4.79 (usually  €13.99 / £11.99)
  • Chasing Aurora | £2.39 (usually €6.99 / £5.99)
  • SteamWorld Dig | £2.79 (usually €8.99 / £6.99)
  • Teslagrad | £5.59 (usually €14.99 / £13.99)
  • Swords & Soldiers | £1.07 (usually €2.99 / £2.69)

You've got until roughly midnight, so get on it!

The Wii U third-party 'problem' isn't as big as you think

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Nintendo, Wii U, Wii U games

The Wii U third-party 'problem' isn't as big as you think

The Wii U may boast a fantastic slate of first and second-party exclusives with more on the way, but it doesn't take long for some bright spark to point out the fly in the ointment. The turd in the yorkshire pudding. The lack of third-party support.

It's no secret that publishers large and small are wary of the Wii U to the point of ignoring it outright. The reasons are simple; since the Wii U is less powerful than its competition and its install base far smaller, putting extra work into a rebuilding and optimising multiplatform titles seems like a lot of effort for a potentially lean return. The GamePad is also a unique stumbling block, even if I've previously argued that developer laziness is more of a factor than gimmickry. Following a trickle of launch titles (including the likes of ZombiU, a great game that tanked hard) and the occasional delayed blip on the radar, the well seems to be all but dry.

That's the cause of the problem, but there's a more interesting question to be asked. Just how big a deal is this issue, and is it actually even much of a problem at all?

The Wii U third-party 'problem' isn't as big as you think

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[SOLD OUT] - get a Majora's Mask New 3DS XL for £209.99 from Nintendo (including charger & Skull Kid figure!)

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Console bundles, New 3DS, New 3DS XL, Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

[SOLD OUT] - get a Majora's Mask New 3DS XL for £209.99 from Nintendo (including charger & Skull Kid figure!)

UPDATE: Sold out. We did tell you to hurry! Hurry! You can now pre-order a New Nintendo 3DS XL Majoras Mask 3D Edition with a charger and Skull Kid figurine for £209.99 directly from Nintendo.

This is a smart deal considering that you'll get an official charger and the limited figure for less than many third-party retailers are charging - those who have stock, that is. It might be worth switching your pre-order over should you have one. The New 3DS is shaping up to be a great bit of kit and we'll bring you our full review as soon as possible. Thanks ellishmm!

Save 20% - get £15 Nintendo eShop gift card for just £12

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
3DS Games, Nintendo, Nintendo eShop, Voucher codes, Wii U games

Save 20% - get £15 Nintendo eShop gift card for just £12

Save 20% - get a £15 Nintendo eShop gift card for just £12. Click here to buy >>

You'll need to use the voucher code SALES20 to get it at this price. Basically, GiftWorld are running a 20% off voucher  on selected gift cards. Hit the link above and you'll see that you can redeem the code against Cineworld, Ticketmaster and Cafe Rouge gift cards too if they float your boat more than investing in some Ninty goodness.

Get a New Nintendo 3DS for ~ £121.38 from Amazon France, New 3DS XL for ~ £144.43

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
3DS Games, Console bundles, New 3DS, Nintendo

Get a New Nintendo 3DS for ~ £121.38 from Amazon France, New 3DS XL for ~ £144.43

Get a New Nintendo 3DS for ~ £121.38 from Amazon France. Click here to buy >>

Fancy picking up the New 3DS on the cheap. Well, you can pre-order from Amazon France for £158.55 Euros (including delivery), which works out to around £121.38 at the time of writing. You don't have to pay import taxes, and seeing as the New 3DS doesn't come with an adapter, you don't have to worry about the continental plug either.

You can also get it in white here.

The New 3DS Xl can be had for around £144.43 (delivered). Click here to buy >>

NB. If you're worried about international card charges, check with you bank. We recommend using prepaid cards if possible as the surcharge is usually significantly less.

UPDATE! Still want a Majora's Mask New 3DS XL? Pre-order from GameStop for £209.97

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Console bundles, New 3DS, New 3DS XL, Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

UPDATE! Still want a Majora's Mask New 3DS XL? Pre-order from GameStop for £209.97

UPDATE: GameStop are taking pre-orders again for £209.97. Click here to buy >>

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Still want a Majora's Mask New 3DS XL? Pre-order from Amazon for £224.99. Click here to buy >>

Don't worry if you missed out on pre-ordering the New 3DS XL Majora's Mask 3D Limited Edition bundle on the Nintendo Store. Amazon UK have opened pre-orders for £224.99, which is a little steeper than before, but still far, far less than the ripoff merchants attempting to sell on units that they have already procured.

Remember, although Majora's Mask 3D comes pre-installed on a 4GB memory card, Nintendo won't bother to put a mains adapter in the box, so you'll need to buy a new one if you've not got an existing 3DS charger at home.

Closing the clubhouse: Club Nintendo shutting its doors later this year

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Club Nintendo, Loyalty scheme, New 3DS, New 3DS XL, Nintendo

Closing the clubhouse: Club Nintendo shutting its doors later this year

Nintendo have announced that they'll be discontinuing their long-running Club Nintendo loyalty programme this year, with Stars expiring completely on 30th September 2015.

Click here to read more...

From The Vault | Xenoblade Chronicles Review

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
From The Vault, JRPGs, Monolith Soft, Nintendo, Wii games, Xenoblade Chronicles

Every Sunday, we'll be diving into the Dealspwn archives to bring you an article or review from yesteryear. This week, having gotten all excited once again over the prospect of Xenoblade Chronicles X in the wake of the first Nintendo Direct of the year, here's a reminder of exactly why Monolith Soft's original title on the Wii was so highly regarded, and why we're very glad it's getting a revisit on the New 3DS.

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From The Vault | Xenoblade Chronicles Review

Platform: Wii (Reviewed)

Developer: Monolith Soft

Publisher: Nintendo

The UK release of Xenoblade Chronicles poses many questions. The most controversial of which, naturally, is exactly why us Brits have received Monolith Soft's anticipated RPG instead of the United States... who have spent the last few months demonstrating the massive demand by banging their heads against Nintendo Of America's Facebook page.

There's a much more pressing question to be answered, however. Is Xenoblade Chronicles actually any good - and does it worth the insane amount of hype?

The answer is simple. Not only is Xenoblade Chronicles an astounding RPG and a late-game miracle for the Wii, but it's also one of the best games to have come out of Japan this console generation. It's bigger, smarter, more innovative, more nuanaced and more considerate than practically any other JRPG I can name... and just to put the icing on the cake, all the voice acting isBritish. The term game-changer has never been more apt or profoundly literal.

From The Vault | Xenoblade Chronicles Review

Xenoblade Chronicles is set a year after a legendary hero uses the power of a mysterious sword to rout an army of machines hell-bent on crushing the human race clinging to life on the back of an ancient dead machine God. Shulk, a young laboratory technician tasked with unlocking the secrets of the Monado (the blade in question), is soon granted a nightmarish vision of the future by the enigmatic weapon - and sets out with a group of comrades to discover whether the prophecy will come true. And more importantly, whether the future can be changed. It's an exciting and imaginative premise, and one that sets the tone for a truly superior RPG.

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Save 50% - Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is just £7.85 right now at ShopTo / Amazon

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
3DS Games, Level 5, Nintendo, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, Puzzle games

Save 50% - Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is just £7.85 right now at ShopTo / Amazon

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is just £7.85 right now at ShopTo. Click here to buy >>

We're big fans of Professor Layton's handheld puzzlers, and Miracle Mask is a fine instalment in the series. ShopTo have the cheapest price for the game at present, though it has gone cheaper than this before, and ShopTo's eBay outlet often pops this game into bundle deals. Still, it'll save you a few pennies on Argos' price.

You can also buy Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask for £7.84 from Amazon, though you'll have to pay extra for delivery if you haven't got Prime. Cheers Buzz and TheMo123.

Build your own New 3DS Bundle (includes custom plates and Mario console holder) for £159.99 at the Nintendo Store

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Console bundles, Handheld consoles, New 3DS, Nintendo

Build your own New 3DS Bundle (includes custom plates and Mario console holder) for £159.99 at the Nintendo Store

Build your own New 3DS Bundle for £159.99 at the Nintendo Store. Click here to buy >>

With regular New 3DS SKUs retailing for £149.99, you're basically paying £10 extra at the Nintendo Store to choose your own set of custom plates. However, this bundle also comes with a charger, which for some reason still isn't included as standard, and a rather natty Mario collectible that doubles as a holder for your shiny new handheld console.

As the plates cost £10.99 normally, the Mario holder costs £19.99, and the adaptor can be had for around a fiver, you're actually saving yourself around £25 all tol, if you knock off the £10 price hike for the bundle from the standalone listings.

 

"Nintendo just won 2015. In January!" - Nintendo Direct Impressions

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
3DS Games, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, New 3DS, New 3DS XL, Nintendo, Nintendo Direct, Splatoon, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, Wii U games, Xenoblade Chronicles X

The first Nintendo Direct has been and gone, and it was a big one. We learned that the New 3DS models will release over here on February 13th, we got fresh looks at a number of titles including Splatoon, Xenoblade Chronicles X and 3D, and Mario Party 10, Nintendo dished the dirt on a new wave of Amiibo figures coming later this year, and then let rip with a fat handheld lineup culminating in some seriously pretty special edition hardware bundles.

Here's what we made of the presentation...

Matt

I'm finding it quite hard to sit still right now, such is my excitement. That Nintendo Direct did exactly what I wanted: it answered some of my biggest questions about the Wii U and 3DS. I was worried after going hands-on with Splatoon that it might not have the longevity to make a great impression, but Nintendo swept that concern aside with this video. The game looks brilliant, the customisation absolutely spot-on. None of that depth had been exhibited mid-way through last year, but the variety in weapons and devices, and the numerous ways to add your own flavour to the game should really serve to shake things up. I can't wait to play it again this year in any case.

I'm so glad I bought a Wii U.

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What we expect, want and need from tomorrow's Nintendo Direct

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Nintendo, Nintendo Direct

What we expect, want and need from tomorrow's Nintendo Direct

Nintendo have scheduled their first Direct presentation of 2015 for tomorrow at 2PM, promising "new announcements" about the Wii U and 3DS lineup. It's a great opportunity to start the year with a bang and directly show gamers what to look forward to over the coming 12 months.

Here's hoping that they seize the opportunity with both hands. We certainly have high hopes and modest expectations, so here's a roundup of what we expect, what we want and what we desperately crave from tomorrow's Nintendo Direct.

New 3DS: release date and EU price

What we expect, want and need from tomorrow's Nintendo Direct

This is likely going to be the headline news. The New 3DS sadly missed Christmas in the West, a frankly insane move, but at least we should hopefully learn when we can get our hands on the improved new handheld and how much we'll need to fork over for it.

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Nintendo Direct 2PM GMT tomorrow - "new announcements" promised

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
3DS, New 3DS, Nintendo, Nintendo Direct, Wii U

Nintendo Direct 2PM GMT tomorrow - "new announcements" promised

Nintendo have officially announced that their first Nintendo Direct presentation of the year will kick off tomorrow at 2PM GMT, with a bunch of "new announcements" promised. Does that mean a date for the New 3DS here in Europe? We damn well hope so. New games? Yes please, that'd be nice too.

Click here for more details on tomorrow's Nintendo Direct >>

Forget the Ambassador fiasco, how come the New 3DS still won't come with a power cable?

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
3DS, New Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo

Forget the Ambassador fiasco, how come the New 3DS still won't come with a power cable?

A warning... this is one of those situations where a comment on another site ballooned out of all proportion, and before I knew it, what had been a ranty little paragraph about something relatively minor became, well, this. It's also probably a bit late, but frankly that just makes the fact that Nintendo haven't rectified their bizarre thinking even more profoundly irritating.

Can you imagine buying a PS4 or Xbox One, getting home, opening the box in feverish excitement, and finding out that there are no power cables. Now, let's be fair, when it comes to the PSN, you still might not be able to play the stuff you want (cheap shot, I know) but you'd be absolutely outraged, right?

That's basically what Nintendo has been doing with the 3DS for some time, and it's a strategy that they're continuing with the New model, foregoing including that essential cable in the box, and instead making you pay for it separately. If you remember, that is. Stores don't exactly emblazon the fact that adaptors aren't included on a consistent basis.

There is a reason, though, and that reason is apparently altruistic in intent: that is, Nintendo didn't want to pack-in something that they felt people probably already had.

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Do Call It A Comeback: The Wii U Games Of 2015

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Nintendo, Wii U, Wii U games

Do Call It A Comeback: The Wii U Games Of 2015

2014 was an incredible year for the Wii U, but 2015 is set to be an absolute blinder. Nintendo are following up the triple threat of Mario Kart, Bayonetta 2 and Super Smash Bros with a year of games large and small that promise hand-crafted quality, massive fun factor and, erm, Zelda.

A great philosopher once wrote, "don't call it a comeback." But I'm going to anyway.

So without further ado, I present the hottest upcoming Wii U games of 2015 complete with links to our previews and videos where possible. It's going to be one heck of a year.

Do Call It A Comeback: The Wii U Games Of 2015

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The Wii U is the must-have console of 2014 - no ifs, no buts

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Nintendo, Wii U, Wii U games

The Wii U is the must-have console of 2014 - no ifs, no buts

The so-called "console wars" are usually framed as a straight battle between the PS4 and Xbox One,  but over the last twelve months these two gaming titans have been thoroughly embarrassed by a quiet, humble yet devastatingly impressive contender. No ifs, no buts: the Wii U is the must-own console of 2014.

Some argue that "consoles are an investment," but I'm not convinced by the logic. Money in the bank is an investment. An investment is an investment. A console, meanwhile, is only as good as the games you can play on it right now, and this is just the first way in which the Wii U proves its worth for any serious gamer.

There's no denying that Nintendo released their system sellers this year. Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros deliver local multiplayer perfection -- a niche that both Microsoft and Sony are ill-equipped to contest -- while Bayonetta 2 casually destroys the hardcore competition. A triple-threat of essential software to be sure, but dwelling on these three games does the Wii U's software library a huge disservice.

The Wii U is the must-have console of 2014 - no ifs, no buts

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Daily Gaming Deals Roundup – 02/12/14 | Wolfenstein, Halo, and Nintendo's Christmas sale

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Console bundles, Daily Deals, Freebies, Games deals roundup, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Nintendo, Voucher codes, Wolfenstein: The New Order

Daily Gaming Deals Roundup – 02/12/14 | Wolfenstein, Halo, and Nintendo's Christmas sale

After a little hiatus while we scavenged all of the black Friday and Cyber Monday deals we could find, the daily games deals roundup is back, and it's been a pretty good day for bargains. The Christmas retail season is in full swing, so make sure you're up to speed with our console buyer's guides. If you're all set, check out today's hottest gaming bargains and console bundle deals below.

Wolfenstein: The New Order – Occupied Edition just £19.99 at GAME

  • Includes a 20-page travel guide to occupied Britain, travel card wallet, and postcards. Cheers Bure11!

Halo: The Master Chief Collection £24.99 with code at Xtra-Vision

  • Remember to use the code BORG187 at the checkout. Cheers oUkTuRkEyIII!

Nintendo UK 24 Days of Christmas kicks off

  • 2DS bundles abound! Thanks spiderwill!
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Super Smash Bros. For Wii U Review | Brawling Home For Christmas

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Editor's Choice, Fighting Games, Nintendo, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Wii U games

Super Smash Bros. For Wii U Review | Brawling Home For Christmas

Welcome home, Super Smash Bros.

I have to apologise for the lateness of our review, seeing as our loan copy only arrived less than 12 hours launch, but on the other hand we're talking about Smash here. If you have some friends and spare controllers, you already know that you're guaranteed a good time.

So let's make it official: Super Smash Bros. For Wii U really is sensational and a step up from Brawl in almost every respect. Building on the success of the excellent if limited 3DS version, this brand new brawler brings the action home to where it truly belongs: the big screen. Even if there are a couple of annoying omissions and quirks to contend with.

Super Smash Bros. For Wii U Review | Brawling Home For Christmas

Just in case you're not familiar with the premise -- perhaps because you're an alien visitor or a time traveller from the 1800s (if so, you should be making better use of your time) -- Smash is a jubilant celebration of Nintendo history disguised as a multiplayer brawler. A huge roster of classic characters battle each other in crazy evolving 2D arenas, the objective being to damage your opponents before smashing them out of the level bounds like a supercharged mix between MMA and Sumo Wrestling. Only with fewer loincloths and more Kirby.

Each character uses the same selection of responsive analogue controls, but offer totally unique attacks and abilities, making for a delightful deconstruction of the fighting game genre that's easy to pick up yet provides a robust platform for competitive play.

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Get three Amiibo figures for £26.50 at Tesco Direct (with voucher code)

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Amiibo, Nintendo

Get three Amiibo figures for £26.50 at Tesco Direct (with voucher code)

Super Smash Bros For Wii U released on Black Friday and it's pretty damn great. One of its unique features, however, is the ability to create custom AI battlers using Amiibo figurines that evolve, learn new skills and can give you a run for your money. If you're in the market for a trio, Tesco Direct are currently offering three for £26.50 with their TDX-FXRT voucher code, making each Amiibo cost £8.83.

I'm sorry that our review couldn't go live before launch, seeing as Nintendo only dispatched a copy the day before release, but it's coming very soon. Until then, you should know that the Amiibo functionality is rather fun, but not a patch on Skylanders or Disney Infinity in terms of long-term appeal. Thanks to ChappyUK @ HUKD!

Get Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire for just £27 each at Tesco

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
3DS Games, Game Freak, Games deals, Nintendo

Get Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire for just £27 each at Tesco

Yet another voucher code deal, yet another bargain at £27. This time it's for both versions of the recently re-released Pokemon titles on 3DS, and while the saving it just a few pounds it's one of the lowest prices we've seen for both titles.

Don't forget that if buy this you can claim a free game to go along side this one. Click here for all the details. Thanks to Hx3king @ HUKD!