In case you missed the news over the weekend, The Legend Of Zelda will not be arriving on Wii U this year. Series producer Eiji Aonuma personally confirmed the delay via a video message, officially announcing that the game won't release until at least 2016. "In these last three months, as the team has experienced firsthand the freedom of exploration that hasn't existed in any Zelda game to date, we have discovered several new possibilities for this game," he explained. "As we have worked to turn these possibilities into reality, new ideas have continued to spring forth, it now feels like we have the potential to create something that exceeds even my own expectations."
"We are no longer making our 2015 release our number one priority. Instead, our priority is to make it the most complete and ultimate Zelda game. I hope to use the added time to make The Legend of Zelda for Wii U into a game that will reward you for your patience."
The warning signs have been rather blatant, especially since Miyamoto confirmed that the team reached "a really fun stage of development" as late as January 2015, which typically means that there's at least a year and a half if not more to go. Zelda joins Uncharted, The Witcher 3, Project CARS and Arkham Knight as big-budget delays, and we're always happy for developers to take their time rather than rush out a release.
However, there's a much more interesting question to be asked. With Zelda out of the picture, can the Wii U field a compelling games library this year or is it dead in the water?
Spoiler alert: don't count Nintendo out just yet.Click here to read more...
Ready for some adorable platforming? Yoshi's Woolly World is out this year and you can pre-order if for just £37.99.
Use voucher code MARCHSALEDAY6, and make sure to check out our hands-on preview!
Nintendo has revealed this week's eShop deals on 3DS and Wii U, which will go live this Thursday.
The highlight definitely has to be Citizens Of Earth for £6.69, which only released a couple of months ago. "Citizens Of Earth is more than just an Earthbound homage," I wrote in our Citizens Of Earth review. "Zany humour finds wonder and wackiness in the mundane, while the recruitment system lets you build a versatile army that changes the way you explore and battle in a JRPG.
"It's a shame that Eden's inexperience with this tricky genre leads to major pacing problems with the campaign and combat, but there's still a deep and delightfully surreal experience here for patient players who can handle the busywork that comes with being the Vice President."
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Mario Party 10 only released seven days ago and already the prices are plummeting. By all accounts this crazy board game/party game hybrid is fun in multiplayer, but misses a few steps. However, if you fancy a laugh and preferably own a decent Amiibo collection, this is a seriously impressive discount.
TheGameCollection have discounted loads of games over on the Rakuten, starting as low as £2.95!
Also you can get an extra 10% with the code provided.
According to a potential new leak, we might be playing Splatoon and Yoshi's Woolly World sooner than expected.Click here to read more...
So that just happened. In fairness, it's an informative video that contains plenty of new info about Splatoon, which is looking more impressive every time we see it.
You can still pre-order Splatoon on Wii U for £25 if you're interested, or perhaps if the new trailer has piqued your interest!
Splatoon is looking better than ever as a host of new gameplay footage and previews break cover today. Boasting unique paint-based mechanics, fluid traversal, fun weapons, fleshed-out singleplayer, robust progression and a bright vibrant colour palette, this Wii U exclusive looks to bring verve, excitement and innovation to the genre that's so often lacking. Nintendo don't just make Mario games, you know.
In better news, you can still pre-order it for £25, which we reckon will be a bit of a bargain.
Need a change from Mario Kart at your next Wii U party? Then you'll want to pre-order a copy of Mario Party 10 for £24.99.
Packed with over 70 minigames, this will keep kids and adults amused for hours on end. Amiibo functionality should start to come into its own here too, so you can justify the shocking amounts of money you've been spending on them.
Nintendo has revealed this week's European 3DS and Wii U eShop deals, which will go live on Thursday night.
Highlights will include Shin Megami Tensei IV for £8.99, one of the very best entries in the legendary (if ferociously tough!) RPG series that eventually spawned Persona. RRP is £17.99, so it's a huge saving. You'll also pick up Conception II: Children Of The Seven Stars for £13.49, which is a serious discount on this quirky, somewhat cheeky and fairly inferior JRPG. There are better games out there, though otaku will lap it up. I'd suggest grabbing the crisper Vita version if you're serious, though.
There's more besides, so check it all out below.
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A Premium Wii U bundle with Mario Kart 8 or Super Mario Bros U and New Super Luigi U is now available for £214.99. Both of these Wii U bundles are a hell of a steal. You can pick your Premium Wii U bundle order up at a local store store for free or opt for home delivery. Mario Kart 8 recently walked away with our accolade for best racing game of 2014 and even as a staunch PS4, gamer, I struggle to disagree. The Premium Wii U is the only version you want too as it comes with 32GB of memory.
To be honest after 2014, I'm closer to picking up a Wii U over an Xbox One. Bayonetta 2, Smash Bros and the promise of Splatoon, Zelda and Xenoblades Chronicles X prove that there's a healthy selection of exclusives on the once-ailing console.
Thanks to smoguka.
Club Nintendo is set to close later this year, meaning that you'll need to spend your Stars before they evaporate. Chances are you'll have plenty of them thanks to the New 3DS and New 3DS XL. Thankfully, Nintendo has made the smart decision to release a massive slew of downloadable 3DS and Wii U games starting at 800 Stars.
From The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past to Duck Hunt, Advance Wars, Art Academy, Metroid Fusion, Golden Sun and even Mario Kart 8's Zelda DLC, there's loads to choose from.
Many thanks to RagingSharks who posted the details on HUKD, and FantasyDeals for tipping me off on Twitter.
Splatoon is looking like one of the Wii U's hottest exclusives of 2015 and is available to preorder for just £25.
This team-based third-person shooter is an absolute blast to play as teams fire various different types of paint guns and bazookas at each other in order to paint a level in their team's colour. Players can also transform into a squid-like creature and swim through any continuous areas of their colour too. It's ludicrously fast, and Nintendo levels of colourful throughout. It's like Tony Hawk's graffiti mode meets DeBlob 2, but with guns. Daft and deadly in equal measure and we can't wait. Check out Matt's Splatoon hands-on preview.
Thanks to GamerU.
Nintendo have revealed this week's upcoming digital deals on 3DS and Wii U.
It's an... interesting selection. The highlights are probably Aeternoblade for £5.40 on 3DS (an £8 saving) and Mutant Mudds for £4.00 make the most of this week's selection before the store update on Thursday!
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Want to tone up, shed a few pounds or buy something that convinces your other half that you're taking it seriously? While no replacement for an actual gym or regiment, Wii Fit U is still well worth checking out.
Better yet, you can buy Wii Fit U and the Fit Meter pedometer for just £19.99 while stocks last!
This is a great deal considering that the Fit Meter tracks your activity, calories burned and steps taken throughout the day, which can then sync with your Wii U GamePad when you get home. And usually costs £10-15 on its own, more to the point. A great spot by stuartjohnwhitehead @ HUKD, thanks!
We didn't feel that Arkham Origins was up to the standards of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, seeing as Rocksteady set the bar incredibly high, but once the technical issues were ironed out we still discovered a fun sandbox with an interesting story and some cool encounters. The Wii U version is only £5.95 if you want to get involved.
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That's right. I said it. ZombiU is the most underrated game of this generation and it's a crying shame that so many people ignored it.
Or worse, didn't even attempt to understand it. See, ZombiU is probably the most hardcore, dedicated and bravest survival horror game of the last few years; a game that isn't afraid to hit you with isolation, silence, permadeath and impossible odds, a game where you'll die and die and kill your former selves and huddle in a corner desperately checking your inventory on the GamePad and oh God oh God it's eating me.
The horror, you see. It's the horror. Pure horror, not some half-breed genre hybrid, yet so many reviewers decided to critique it as an action game. We didn't.
"ZombiU terrifies and terrorises its players with every trick in the book, and a fair few new ones courtesy of the WiiU hardware. Though an emotionally draining and occasionally awkward affair, Ubisoft's brave hardcore proposition proves that big publishers can still deliver true survival horror."
You can now get ZombiU for just £5.95. If you own a Wii U and like horror games, it's probably about time. Thanks preparationiskey!
Like a beautiful dream that seems perpetually just out of reach, Project CARS has been delayed yet again.Click here to read more...
Nintendo have finally embraced the idea of 'cross buy' over the last few months, allowing us to pay once to get a game on both Wii U and 3DS. After SQUIDS Odyssey and Shovel Knight blazed the trail, Curve Studios' OlliOlli released as the first proper cross-buy title last month, and long may it continue.
However, it appears that Nintendo's foray into cross-buy might be more generous than they first intended, since instead of one 3DS copy, you can currently get what appears to be an infinite number of them.Click here to read more...
Want the cheapest price for Super Smash Bros on Wii U? If you don't mind buying used, Grainger Games are offering a pre-owned copy for £24.99. Click here to read our Super Smash Bros for Wii U review -- here's the short version if you're short on time.
"Super Smash Bros. For Wii U brings brilliant brawling back to the big screen. Though Smash Tour and the lack of a true story mode are disappointing, the exceptional character roster, great stage design, handsome visuals, addictive extra modes and timeless fun factor make for a guaranteed good time. Just add mates, whether online or on the couch. Smash Bros has come home. A fitting end to a great year for the Wii U."