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.
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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.
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.
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.Click here to read more...
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!
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!
UPDATE: Amazon have just price matched this one, so now you have a choice of where to by from. Thanks to ElectroDragon8 for the heads-up!
ORIGINAL: There's going to be a lot of love for that Tesco voucher code during this year's Cyber Monday, which isn't surprising when it does things like bring Super Smash Bros on 3DS down to below the £30 mark. There's a saving of around £4 to be had over the next cheapest offer elsewhere when you use the voucher code below.
There's plenty of content to get through in this rather good looking 3DS port, but we do recommend that you own a 3DS XL as the controls could cause hand cramps. As we suggest in the review, be sure to try the demo on the eShop first to avoid what could be uncomfortable play sessions!
Picked up a Wii U on the cheap during Black Friday week, or hoping to snap up a cheap Nintendo console bundle deal on Cyber Monday? Well, you're going to want Wind Waker HD in your library. The Wii U has basically become a console just for Nintendo games at this point, especially after the Watch Dogs flop. And Nintenod games, brilliant as they usually are, tend to hold their price points rather well.
Which makes this £25 Zelda deal from Tesco all the more attractive. It's been down at this price before, but it never stays here for too long.
NB. You'll need to use the voucher code TDX-HQ9T to get the game at this price. Click here to read our Wind Waker HD review. Thanks oUkTuRkEyIII.
The Black Friday bundle deals continue with an impressive Wii U Bundle deal from ShopTo's eBay outlet. You can currently snag a Basic 8GB console with New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land & Just Dance 2014 for under £150, along with an extra WiiMote controller.
It's a screaming deal, though the limited onboard storage space might necessitate picking up an external hard drive before long. Thanks to ettienem1001 @ HUKD!
I love the NES Remix games. They plainly show that Nintendo still has creative fire and fight in them; willing to look back on a majestic legacy and gleefully mess about with it in zany new ways. NES Remix and NES Remix 2 were both stuffed with crazy minigames that blend legendary NES titles into bonkers bite-sized chunks, perfect for a few minutes or hours at a time, and my only major gripe was that its pick-up-and-play action would work better on 3DS.
You might expect Ultimate NES Remix to be the perfect package, then, but it actually puts me in a bit of a bind. It may be fantastic fun and a great fit for 3DS, but it's also far too expensive despite containing less content than the two previous games.
Be in no doubt, though, the series really does feel made for 3DS. In case you don't know, the NES Remix games lie somewhere between a greatest hits compilation and an addictive arcade time trial, splitting up legendary NES titles like Super Mario Bros, ExciteBike, Kirby's Adventure, The Legend Of Zelda and more into crazy time-based challenges. One moment you'll be trying to wheelie to the finish line in ExciteBike, the next you'll be slotting a pill into place in Doctor Mario or leaping over barrels in Donkey Kong. It's a brilliant way of bringing back some of our favourite games from yesteryear without cracking our rose-tinted spectacles.
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If you or your kids are Skylanders-crazy and didn't pick up Swap Force last year, John Lewis are on hand with a potential Christmas stocking filler. The Skylanders: SWAP Force starter pack will run you £19.50 on 3DS, which is a nice cheap deal and a major saving since Go2Games and GAME are out of stock!
The Skylanders: Swap Force Starter Pack includes the 3DS game, Portal of Power peripheral, two Skylanders Swap Force Figures, a Skylander Figure, three Trading Cards, sticker sheet with secret codes and a poster. A good haul at a very good price ahead of Black Friday, but note that the Portal is not forwards-compatible with Skylanders: Trap Team. You'll want to arrange in-store collection to avoid £3.00 postage, though it would still be a saving regardless. Thanks to myarse (heh) @ HUKD!
Every Sunday, we'll be diving into the Dealspwn archives to bring you an article or review from yesteryear. This week, with a new Pokemon game just around the corner, here's Felix's 15th Anniversary Pokemon piece from back in 2010.
How about you, dear reader? What's been your favourite Pokemon game?
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It’s been fifteen years since Pokemon was first released. It introduced a veritable ecosystem of elemental critters, and soon became a phenomenon. It began on the Gameboy as Pocket Monsters, and Pokemon has become not only a force in videogames, but a titan of trading-cards, anime and film. But it is the traditional videogame release fans crave most; Red and Blue. Gold and Silver. Ruby andSapphire. Diamond and Pearl. Recently, Nintendo announced Black and White, the sixth edition, which promises to deliver a radical overhaul to the series.
But why is the Pokemon formula so endearing? In fifteen years, it's barely evolved beyond the established framework. So why does it continue to be a financial and critical success?Click here to read more...
With Christmas and Black Friday fast approaching, it's time for our annual console buyer's guides packed with useful advice, cheap console bundle deals and the best games bargains for the hottest software.
Finally we come to the Nintendo 3DS, which has been our console of the year for two years running. Delivering an utterly superb games lineup, Nintendo's handheld has gone from strength to strength, with its unique Streetpass functionality making even the most boring commute an adventure in and of itself. The 2DS has also been on hand for those with lighter wallets, eschewing stereoscopic 3D to provide a sensationally low price point.
Unfortunately, seeing as a new 3DS model with enhanced functionality and exclusive games is set to release next year, it's also very difficult to recommend buying one this Christmas. Luckily there are plenty of great deals about!
We'll get to the differences between the 3DS, 3DS XL and 2DS in the next section, but first let's take a look at the hottest console bundles ahead of Black Friday.
ShopTo will also part with an Ice White 3DS and Professor Layton & The Miracle Mask for £99.99, which is a massive bargain.
Super Smash Bros fans looking for a 3DS XL will currently find Nintendo to be the cheapest place to get the limited edition 3DS XL bundle. You'll also get a free game as per a promotion detailed later in the article, as well as a charger and free carry case.
However, if the less capable yet much cheaper 2DS is more your speed, there are a smorgasbord of options available. For starters, Tesco will sell you one for £89.99 with their TDX-7KPG voucher code bundled with New Super Mario Bros 2. Thanks to GemmaOd and allgonewrong @ HUKD!
Argos are currently charging £99.99 for a 2DS with curious life sim Tomodachi Life and a free copy of Pokemon White for £99.99. Make sure to scroll down for the special offer. Thanks to aing69 @ HUKD!
Alternatively you could get a 2DS with Mario Kart 7 and a Mario-themed carry case for £109.99 at GAME. Thanks to Ninbox4 @ HUKD!
Nintendo are also running their own 2DS deal, which includes Mario Kart 7 and and New Super Mario Bros 2 and a special carry case for £129.99. Arguably more competitive than the two above. Thanks to Melee1012 @ HUKD!
Finally, Nintendo will also sell you a special edition 2DS with Pokemon Alpha Sapphire or Omega Ruby, and a carry case, for £114.99. This will also net you a free game download as per a promotional offer outlined later in the guide. This effectively nets you the carry case for free, since GAME, Amazon and others don't include it!
We expect Black Friday to offer some seriously cheap 3DS deals, so this is the level you'll want to match or ideally beat.Click here to read more...
Not fussed about the New Nintendo 3DS and it's added C-stick? Just want access to the 3DS' awesome library of games? Well, try this 3DS bundle on for size. ShopTo's outlet is giving away an Ice White 3DS along with Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask for under £100.
These console bundle deals just keep getting better. We ran a scorching Wii U bundle deal yesterday, and this one is pretty much the same, but without Mario Kart 8 and £50 cheaper for it. It's the extra controller that really makes this bundle attractive, with Nintendo Land sure to be a cracking party game for everyone to enjoy when you're stuffed to the gills with turkey and slipping into a food coma this Christmas.
Do be sure to check out our Wii U Christmas Buyer's Guide to get the most out of your console purchase this festive season! Thanks Gooner!
The console bundle bargains may be hotting up as Christmas approaches, but this cheap Wii U bundle takes some beating. £209.99 will net you the basic console with Mario Kart 8, Nintendo Land, Super Mario Bros U and Wii Party U, plus an extra controller to boot.
What makes this pre-Black Friday deal so magnificent is that you'll get the console with two of its best games.
Super Mario 3D World is utterly superb, while Mario Kart 8 brings the multiplayer funtimes like an absolute boss. You'll even get an extra controller for instant local showdowns, not to mention two more games to get stuck into with friends or family. Why not mug up on our Wii U Christmas Buyer's guide? Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
UPDATE: It appears that Amazon have used the wrong image, and this bundle in fact contains New Super Mario Bros U, not Super Mario 3D World.
Looking for a Super Smash Bros deal now that you've bought that Wii U? Wait, what do you mean you haven't bought a Wii U yet?! Read our buyer's guide to find out exactly why you ought to do something about that come Black Friday!
Anyway, there are a couple of ways you can pick up Smash Bros on the cheap. Here's the "no fuss" option:
NB. For this one, you'll need to use the code 2354682 to knock £2 off of the price.
You can get the game even cheaper, however, if you head over to The Game Collection's listing on Rakuten, add Smash Bros to your basket (it'll be £38.95), and then add something from the same store to take your order over the £40 mark. Add Movie Studios Party, for example, and you order will stand at £40.90. Then just use the discount code SPEND40 to get £10 off and take your order down to £30.90!
NB. Remember to use the code SPEND40 to knock off a tenner.
Thanks to MadInBeats and bernardsfingers at HUKD!
Pokemon is just around the corner, and I've been on high alert looking out for a 2DS/3DS deal for my better half. This might just do it. You can grab a 2DS along with New Super Mario Bros 2 on a pre-installed 4GB memory card for £99 at Tesco, but using the voucher code TDX-7KPG will drop that price by a tenner.
Now, admittedly, the 2DS looks a bit like a doorstop or the head of a toy axe, but it's actually surprisingly comfortable, much more so than the standard 3DS anyway. If you want true handheld comfort, though, check out The Bigness! Thanks to GemmaOd and allgonewrong!
With Christmas and Black Friday fast approaching, it's time for our annual console buyer's guides packed with useful advice, cheap console bundle deals and the best games bargains for the hottest software. Now we're set to focus on the Wii U, which has become an essential purchase for any serious gamer.
No, really. Nintendo's console spent two years amassing an incredible games library of killer titles, built on exceptional quality and crowned by some of the very best games of 2014. In this guide we'll discuss the hardware, software and then the cheapest place to get up and running.
If you're willing to make do with 8GB of onboard storage (more on that later), there are plenty of smart bargains to be had before Black Friday. ShopTo are running a tasty deal on the Basic White Wii U console with Super Smash Bros, an official GameCube Controller, adaptor, Nintendo Land, Wii Party U and an extra WiiMote+ for £219. Thanks to Gamer_U @ HUKD!
Rakuten's SPEND40 voucher code is still bringing home the bacon, allowing you to grab a basic Wii U with Just Dance 2014 and Nintendo Land for a cheeky £169.99. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Well-heeled Mario Kart superfans will probably enjoy Nintendo's Wii U Mario Kart 8 Mega Bundle, containing the Premium Console, Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World, Special red Mario Wimote Plus, Red Mario steering wheel, red GamePad skin and even a hat for £299.00! Thanks to MadeInBeats @ HUKD!
Bayonetta fans may want to consider getting 2014's potential GOTY, Bayonetta 2, in a bundle with a basic Wii U, Bayonetta 1, Nintendo Land, Wii Party U and a spare WiiMote+ controller for £199.85 from ShopTo (which is sadly no longer discounted as per Wildcrumble's excellent HUKD deal!).
Naturally we expect Black Friday to be bountiful for cheap Wii U bundles, but this is the level you want to match or preferably beat!Click here to read more...
Picture the scene. Having drifted off following a marathon LEGO Batman 3 session (stay tuned for the review, by the way), I found myself roused from my sleep by an mysterious light. "Is it dawn already," I thought as I groggily opened my eyes, only to discover that it was three in the morning and pitch black.
Pitch black, at least, were it not for an eerie glow emanating from my bedside table, mere inches from my head, bathing the room in an unnatural otherworldly radiance. A ghost, surely. An angel. Aliens. The rapture, perhaps. My still sleep-addled mind boggled at the nightmarish possibilities as I slowly, tremblingly, reached out to discover the source of that baffling and terrifying glimmer.
Long story short, it turns out that my Wii U GamePad had switched itself on to flog me Mario Kart 8 DLC.
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Metroid: Other M is actually a pretty fun game, if you can get past the absolute butchering of Samus character (seriously, boyfriend issues?!?!), and ignore the Team Ninja camera that's a bit too obsessed with her boobs. Other M does have some pretty sweet action and some cracking boss battles, though, and it can be nabbed for under £3 right now, perfect for a cheap Christmas stocking filler.
You can click here to read our Metroid: Other M review. Nice spot by oUkTuRkEyIII!