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!
Screw Black Friday, this is a killer Wii U bundle right now. This deal has two of the Xmas big hitters in the form of Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. The Premium console comes with 32GB of memory, which is essential compared to the empty-headed basic model. The bundled amiibo figure can be used to train up an AI character in Smash Bros and unlock unique items in Mario Kart. The Pro Controller will be handy for multiplayer matches too in addition to the gamepad screen in the main box. And you've got your Mario backpack to put it all in when your bored by boxing day. Jokes!
After a painfully slow start, the Wii U is becoming a very tempting purchase for gamers who may already own a PS4 or Xbox One or people looking for a family-friendly console. In addition to the games included in this deal, you'll want to snap up the likes of Bayonetta 2, Super Mario 3D World, Stealth Inc 2 and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. Next year's all about Xenoblade Chronicles X though.
This bundle releases December 6th.
With the PS4 and Xbox One both one year old, we take a look at this first full year of the new generation, and also ask which console gamers be picking up this Christmas.
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language
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.
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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Happy Monday, folks! I know, I miss the weekend too, but here are some of today's finest gaming deals and cheap console bundles to help you ease back into the working week with a spot of retail therapy.
Get 5% off at useful hardware and accessories outlet GizzmoHeaven using the code BASKET5.
Thanks to jdnndd for the find.
Grab yourself some free VC in NBA 2K15 with the locker code KEEPTHECHANGE.
Asymmetrical multiplayer is big right now. Nintendo have to take their share of the blame for this, really, having designed an entire console around the unique properties of a GamePad that only one person can use when it comes to local multiplayer, but I'm talking more about the likes of Evolve and Fable: Legends and BioWare's upcoming Shadow Realms. We've expressed admiration for the inventive nature of asymmetrical multiplayer in theory -- looking more to the player count side of things, where there's usually a team of players up against a single adversary, rather than the design approach of something like Nosgoth -- but we've also posited that the reality could be quite different, particularly for the lone wolf player.
The thing about all of these games, and actually this does extend to games like Nosgoth too, is that the importance of teamwork is evident as soon as you start playing. Most multiplayer games have elements of this, of course, but there's generally space for solo artists and multiplayer mavericks to be able to do their things as well. To take a look at the biggest name touting asymmetrical multiplayer right now -- Evolve -- is to see a game where every human class has a crucial role to play in the battle against whichever monster you find yourself up against.
It's this aspect of the game that makes Evolve a genuinely thrilling proposition when everything falls into place. The problem is, however, that you either have to do some legwork outside of the game to get that to all fall into place, or pray that the matchmaking system is up to scratch, that you can look for other players wired for sound, hope that they have stable connections and are competent with the character class they're inhabiting.
In short, the things that make games like Evolve interesting in the first place are the very things that make it difficult to build a consistent experience.Click here to read more...
If you're desperate to play Bayonetta 2 -- and why wouldn't you be, seeing as it's the only 10/10 we've awarded in yonks -- ShopTo may be about to make your day. £179.85 will net you the 8GB basic console, Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2, Nintendo Land, Wii Party U and an extra WiiMote controller.
Thanks to Wildcrumble @ HUKD!
Zavvi are currently selling a basic white Wii U console with Super Smash Bros and Nintendo Land for £179.99, which is cheap as chips, at least if you're willing to rely on an external hard drive to compensate for a paltry 8GB of onboard storage.
I also don't think that SSB supports WiiMote and Nunchuck controls, so bear in mind that you might also need to shell out for extra GameCube controllers/adaptor or Pro controllers to maximise your multiplayer. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD!
It's time for the Gamescom post-mortem, prepare yourselves for awards, arguments, and accolades as we get stuck into the best and the worst of this year's show.
And a discussion about beards.
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.
Dan Adelman spent nine years courting indie developers for Nintendo, but his
common sense controversial views on their region locking policy and marketing caused the company to effectively gag him on social networks.
Now he's decided to leave, and has a few home truths for the company.Click here to read more...
Let's be clear about this: it's really unlikely that we're going to see anything top that Game Collection flash deal from mid-June for some time. But, if you're looking for a relatively cheap bundle deal on a Wii U, then grabbing the Premium console along with its best multiplayer game -- Mario Kart 8 -- for as close to £200 as possible is a good place to start, and this price cut from Sainsbury's still represents pretty good value.
That said, do be aware that the free game promotion for Mario Kart 8 has now expired.
Good spot by iSM4SHxYOUx at HUKD.
After a couple of shaky years, the Wii U has stopped treading water and started fighting back hard, reminding gamers that it already boasts a fantastic lineup of great games. This trend is set to continue throughout the rest of the year, resulting in a slate that's relatively slim on quantity but utterly sensational in terms of potential quality.
So without further ado, here are the Wii U's exclusive highlights with release dates and links to our on-site coverage where possible!
Bringing Zelda characters into Dynasty Warriors is risky business, but Nintendo are rigorously putting the incredibly inconsistent Omega Force through their paces and watching their every move. What we've seen so far looks like simple satisfying fun, and what Matt played cemented our opinion.
"If Hyrule Warriors can manage to borrow as much from Hyrule as it can from the Warriors series, then we might just see a Warriors game that proves to be something a bit special here, rather than a novelty paint job," he wrote. "I had fun, though; I can say that." Fingers crossed.Click here to read more...
The Game Collection are offering a Wii U Premium Bundle that'll included the 32GB console with all of the trimmings and a bunch of games that include Nintendo Land, Mass Effect 3, and Mario Kart 8. Remember that with Mario kart 8 you can also download a free Wii U title for a limited time, meaning that you can essentially get MK8 and Wind Waker HD with your premium Wii U for under £200.
Should you buy it?
If you love games because games are fun, then yes. Yes you absofuckinglutely should.
I've lost count of the number of times I've heard the Wii U GamePad referred to as a "gimmick," whether by gamers, pundits and even a few developers, and it's hard to argue with the logic at face value. Expensive to manufacture, difficult to market and nowhere near as disruptive as a WiiMote and Nunchuck, the Wii U's headline peripheral often looks like a hard sell on paper, especially when so few games use it to any great extent beyond off-TV play. Even Nintendo seems to be aware of this argument, as they've tasked none other than Shigeru Miyamoto with a swathe of imaginative new games designed around new ways to use the device, not to mention the new Amiibo NFC initiative, in an effort to demonstrate the GamePad's worth to third-party studios.
And yet, having owned a Wii U and its chunky plastic slate for the best part of two years, I'm not convinced by this logic at all. The problem isn't that the GamePad is somehow a useless gimmick, it's that any number of studios and publishers just aren't using their common sense when it comes to touchscreen applications. Whether overthinking the whole situation, pressed for time or just plain lazy, it's a crying shame, because the GamePad can greatly improve the user experience and add meaningful value to a game with a bare minimum of effort.
I'm not for a moment suggesting that every Wii U game needs to purpose-built around the GamePad in radical and innovative ways. I love it when they are, examples being ZombiU's inventory system, Project Giant Robot and some of Nintendo Land's better minigames, but the fact is that player convenience is an oft-overlooked yet unbelievably simple and effective use of the GamePad. No matter the genre, no matter the port or premise, using the GamePad effectively is child's play.Click here to read more...
We've been going Wii U-crazy these last few months, due to some outstanding games hitting the system and some tremendously exciting titles on the slate. If you want to join us, The Game Collection are currently selling a premium bundle with Nintendo Land, Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition and Assassin's Creed III for £189.95.
If you go for it, I'd suggest also grabbing Mario Kart 8 ASAP and taking advantage of the free game offer, perhaps netting either Wind Waker HD, Pikmin 3 or The Wonderful 101 gratis. How cheap does it have to get? Thanks to darioredkin@ HUKD!
Gaming has gone to the dogs. It's all DLC now, all third-party accounts, all DRM, all overhyped overpriced sexist racist recycled toxic annualised buggy broken timewasting rubbish. And all the best games are out next year anyway. What's the point? Why bother?
Have you ever caught yourself thinking like this from time to time? Hopefully not considering the great games we're enjoying and have yet to look forward to, but it's small wonder that some of us feel a little down and deflated halfway through the year. Especially when genuine news about quality games tends to take a back seat to sensationalist doomslinging. Misery and scandal make great headlines, I admit.
But with so many shoddy business practices, flops, delays and venomous punditry making front pages every day, you'd be forgiven for feeling just a bit jaded about your favourite hobby, even as it demands more and more of our hard-earned cash while making us jump through increasingly aggravating hoops just to keep up.
Because it's all about the games. We don't care about scandals, sales figures, marketing and services. We want to play games, great games, games that inspire us and are made with painstaking hand-crafted quality -- without all the hassle, the extra accounts, money-grubbing, restrictions and subscriptions. If only there was a console that embraced that philosophy right now, along with a friendly community built directly into the user experience.
Oh wait. There is. Not only is the Wii U the feel-good hit of the summer, but there's never been a better time to buy one.Click here to read more...
If you're looking to buy a Wii U, The Game Collection are currently selling a premium bundle with Nintendo Land, Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved and a rubbish extra minigame compilation (you already have Nintendo Land!) for £189.95. If you go for it, I'd suggest also grabbing Mario Kart 8 ASAP and taking advantage of the free game offer, perhaps netting either Wind Waker HD, Pikmin 3 or The Wonderful 101 gratis.
Thanks to iNSOMNiAC @ HUKD!
Nintendo's E3 presentation was seriously strong, if loaded with projects slated for 2015. Never mind, because you can get Mario Kart and another great free game with your console for a cool £219.99. Are you finally going to take the plunge?
Thanks to brycelouise @ HUKD!