Remember the Nintendo Wii? Ok, it's not quite that old but it is an absolute steal at £16.99.
Home of games such as Super Mario Galaxy, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Mario Kart Wii and the family favourite Wii Sports (bowling anyone?) you will be hard pressed to find so much entertainment at such little cost.
In fact whilst typing all this I have talked myself into buying one, I suggest you do the same.
Credit to SquidgySpider on HUKD for the heads up on this cracking find.
Still got that trusted Nintendo Wii hanging about? Go2Games have Skylanders Giants Glow in the Dark Wii Starter Pack for only £6.99 delivered, but fear not should your gaming residence not home a Wii as the figures are cross plaform! (but you already knew that!)
"Afraid of the dark? Well have no fear, for the Skylanders Giants Glow in the Dark Wii Starter Pack is here! Along with the Sky Giants video game, see your friends writhe with jealousy as you bring forth your glow in the dark portal of power and three Skylanders figures, which includes the exclusive and almighty glow in the dark Cynder! Know something that your friends don't with your three sticker sheets including top secret codes, along with three trading cards and an awesome character collection poster to show off! Face alarming new threats and take your own adventure to extremes. Are you ready to change the future of Skylands?"
Fancy a cheap spare controller for your Wii? something ideal for a bit of Smash Bros or one of the retro titles on the store? Or if you have a GameCube adapter you should be able to use it on the Wii U too. Two options are available, a classic Nintendo-styled white one for £4.95. Or if you prefer the oddball GameCube design, you can get a black one for just £5.25. Both sellers are UK based, so you won't be waiting a fortnight like most third-party offers that usually come in from Hong Kong.
Thanks to Gooner.
Hot on the heels of yesterday's reports that certain Tesco stores have been selling Wii U units for as low as £84, comes the news that outlets are getting rid of Wii Mini console stock for under £30. According to HUKD user fizzyb123, the local Tesco outlet at Shirley was selling Nintendo Wii Mini 8GB (Red) units for £29.
The moral of the story? Give your local outlet a ring right now if you fancy a cheap Nintendo bargain, and see what they've got right away! We'll update with receipt confirmation when we have it, but it's worth popping into your lcoal store speculatively anyway if you're hunting for a Nintendo bargain, as they've been regularly dropping the prices on Ninty products of late.
UPDATE: It looks like local outlets are purging stock on a number of items, though it seems to be on a store-by-store basis. We've clocked reports of Vita units being sold for as low as £49, and old 3DS consoles going for £44.
Perhaps mistaking WiiMotes for electric shavers, Philips has deployed their lawyers against Nintendo in an effort to halt sales of Wii and Wii U console in the United States. And naturally make some money in the process, of course.Click here to read more...
The Casual Gamer. A now derogatory term used to pigeon-hole the vast swathes of gamers that have dared to show a fleeting interest in an industry previously reserved for the dedicated, committed and knowledgeable “few” that pursued it before it became “mainstream”. Or some such elitist bollocks.
Now, I could write an entire article exploring the separation of this industry, but instead this piece focuses more on accepting the diversity that tablet gaming, motion controls et al has brought the gaming industry, and how this has shaped the strategy and fortunes of one of its biggest players – Nintendo.
Before we get too far in, it's worth me just clarifying what I will be referring to as a casual gamer. For the purposes of this article when I say 'casual gamer' what I mean is the group of people who wouldn't list gaming as one of their top hobbies or interests, it is instead a minor method of enjoyably passing the time in between other activities. As such they have no need to know the industry in depth, and similarly may not know a lot of what others familiar to gaming may know.
These variances against a more "normal" (or indeed hardcore - shudder) gamer are crucial when you apply them to Nintendo - arguably the company now most synonymous with the casual gamer tag thanks to the overwhelming success of the Wii. No one can deny that the performance of Nintendo's previous console didn't do a lot of good for the games industry. It increased it's potential and target audience massively, and gaming is enjoying a boom as a result. It gets much more exposure and recognition nowadays, and that is partly thanks to the Wii's success in bringing in an additional audience.
But this success has been a bit of a double-edged sword for the gaming behemoth. And they've fallen on it quite a lot in recent years.
As of May 20th, Nintendo are set to shut down their somewhat obsolete Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service, which powers online multiplayer across all Wii and DS games. This means that we'll no longer be able to visit each other's towns in Animal Crossing: Let's Go To The City, quest with others in Phantasy Star Zero or throw down in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Mario Kart.
To be honest, it's unlikely that many people will actually notice, but don't say we didn't warn you.Click here to read more...
The BIT.TRIP series is a superb fusion of gameplay, music and visuals that everyone should probably get round to playing at some point... and the Complete collection is the best way to do it. This unbelievably cheap Wii edition includes extra content, unlockables, every game in the series except Runner2 (natch) and even an original soundtrack CD. Naturally it's also compatible with the Wii U, via its Wii emulator. Thanks to BargainHunter54321 @ HUKD!
The Wii, 3DS and Wii U are all region-locked, which stops Western import fans from enjoying the fulsome content that often takes months if not years to finally reach our shores (and often arrives far too late). Following a recent anti-region locking petition that attracted over 17,000 signatures, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has spoken out on the issue, claiming that it's an unavoidable part of doing business.Click here to read more...
This week on the Game Buzz, we take a look at the suspiciously co-incidental convergence of Curiosity's end with Microsoft's upcoming Xbox reveal; we chat about the new GTA V info and discuss the unveiling of Call of Duty: Ghosts; we return once more to Nintendo's Wii U woes and their new message to existing Wii owners; and finally we look at the class-action lawsuit being brought against Aliens: Colonial Marines.
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Wii owners take note! Although probably not, because let's be honest, who really used any of these services?
In any case, Nintendo has announced that it will be discontinuing a number of the Wii's online services at the end of June.Click here to read more...
After launching last year in Canada, the Wii Mini console will make its way to British shores on March 22nd. The tiny black and red box will be bundled with a Motion Plus WiiMote and Nunchuck, but a fair few compromises might make it a bit of a tough sell.Click here to read more...
Rumours concerning a new form factor Wii console seem to be right on the money according to Best Buy Canada, who've slapped the recently-leaked micro-console with a December 7th release date in a front page banner. Interestingly, the product page doesn't seem to be in place yet, suggesting an accidental slip. [via EG]
Yes, that is the best picture we have. Sorry.
Nintendo has yet to officially confirm the red and black slim console, but a purportedly leaked product schedule suggests that it might be out in time for Christmas in some territories. Its successor, the Wii U, hits British shores in three days. UPDATE: Nintendo has officially announced that the Wii Mini is indeed real, but will be exclusive to Canada. Back to work. Nothing to see here.
Own a Wii? Bored of it? Fancy some high-definition gaming? Don't mind pretending that the Wii U and PS3 are figments of your imagination?
If you answered 'yes,' Microsoft would very much like to flog you an Xbox 360.Click here to read more...
Sometimes, I get a good feeling. Yeah. It's probably got something to do with this launch trailer for Just Dance 4, which releases today on Kinect, PS Move and Wii. A Wii U version is also incoming.
As far as I can tell, Just Dance 4 will cause pretty people to enter your lounge and put their hands in the air as if they have no strong opinions one way or the other.
Nintendo have revealed that the latest instalment of their web broadcast - Nintendo Direct - will be airing tomorrow at midday (12pm BST, 8pm JST, 4am PST).
Sony's Shuhei Yoshida has suggested that Nintendo's Wii and Wii U consoles are in generations of their own, insisting that the PS3 and Xbox 360, and their successors, will be battling it out between themselves, with Nintendo really doing its own thing.Click here to read more...
Do you own a PS3? Well, if you do, that means you're probably more likely to be interested in "artistic games" than if you're a humble Wii or Xbox 360 owner...at least according to thatgamecompany's Jenova Chen.Click here to read more...
Warren Spector has intimated that he's a little bit scared of the next generation of consoles, if only because production costs may well prove astronomical.
Citing Nintendo, and the Wii in particular, as an example of design in games prevailing over big budget graphics, Spector said he was "a little worried" that "once we can do Pixar-quality graphics rendered in real time with interactivity", development costs may shoot over the $200 million mark, with a greater emphasis on landslide sales to earn that money back, something that only a small handful of studios will be able to achieve.Click here to read more...
The outlook was bleak, the results were never going to be great, but Nintendo apparently performed better in the last financial year than originally expected, thanks in large part to the plucky 3DS. However, this couldn't stop the Japanese gaming giant from recording annual losses for the first time in its history.Click here to read more...