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.
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge | TheGameCollection (eBay) | £7.95
Ninja Gaiden 3 was a complete mess. QTEs aplenty, snooze-worthy difficulty and a deluded attempt to pander to a 'Western' audience led to an absolute shambles, but at least the Razor's Edge edition made plenty of additions, tweaks and profound improvements -- resulting in a markedly superior game. If you want in on Wii U, TheGameCollection's new eBay listing trumps even their recent deal by a clear Quid. Thanks once again to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Being a first-party Ninty title means that this one is holding its value, but Argos' eBay outlet has burst ahead of the competition and are the cheapest by a few quid. Luigi's turn in the spotlight sees the levels remixed for a speedrun playstyle. His bigger jumps and slippery handling takes a while to get used to, but those of you looking for a stern platforming challenge will certainly find one with the lanky green bean.
Thanks to mroffice at HotUkDeals.
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge | Game Collection | £8.95
As you can tell by the above screenshot, Ninja Gaiden 3 isn't scared to splash out with the red stuff. Hardcore fans of the series were left disappointed by the dumbed down combat and the horror of an optional easy difficulty mode (patronisingly called' Hero Mode'), but if all you want is a button bashing hack and slash title for a weekend, you could do far worse for £8.95 (Dynasty Warriors for example). This Wii U version of the game lets you use the gamepad screen to select weapons or initiate Ninpo strikes. There are also extra weapons and specials to enjoy in all their bloody glory.
Thanks to TOMBOY25360 at HotUkDeals.
See, it is real. Yes, Nintendo are giving Link an appearance on the Wii U this year, but we would never have guessed it would be in a Dynasty Warriors spin-off. We're full of mixed feelings about this one, because, you know...Dynasty Warriors has been a bit rubbish since the PS2 days. But with the open-world Zelda effort still being at least a year away, we'll keep our fingers crossed that this one turns out ok. If -after that ringing endorsement- you fancy taking a punt, VideoGameBox are the cheapest around ahead of the September release.
Thanks to BuzzDuraband at HotUkDeals.
Lego Batman 2 | The Game Collection | £8.95
LEGO Batman 2 is outstanding, and getting to explore LEGO Gotham and LEGO Metropolis in this title. Granted, it's Tory Baker rather than the fabulous Will Arnett doing the voice here, but the Traveller's Tales scribes are on point here, with some cracking scenes between batman and Superman, and your usual huge helping of some classic LEGO slapstick.
Be quick, mind, The Game Collection are only offering LEGO Batman 2 at £8.95 for today.
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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.
One of the undeniable highlights of Nintendo's E3 showing was Splatoon -- a new take on the third-person multiplayer shooter that coated the genre in a fresh lick of paint.
Or rather ink.
Nintendo have never struck us a company that'd jump into the saturated online shooter market, you wouldn't find them crafting a COD killer or taking the field against the likes of Halo or, indeed, Battlefield. But Nintendo are all about innovative twists on well-worn themes, and in Splatoon they've not just handed a roster of their beloved mascots Quasar rifles or paintball guns, they've gone and greenlit a brand new IP. Nintendo EAD making a new IP and a multiplayer shooter? Don't be alarmed, hell hasn't frozen over just yet.
The excellently named Splatoon features two teams of four players vying for control of a level, marking territory by splattering everything in sight with ink to match the teams' respective colours. You essentially run about the place, covering as much of the map as you possibly can in the colours of your team, splattering any miscreant foes you come across, and transforming into a squid every so often to refill your paint gauge, traverse the place a little faster, and just because it's cool.Click here to read more...
If you own a Wii U but haven't picked up Mario Kart 8 yet, now's the time. £29.99 is the cheapest price we've ever seen for the superb racer, and better yet, you've still got a couple of weeks to claim your free downloadable game. Don't forget, because missing the opportunity to grab the likes of Pikmin 3, Wind Waker HD or The Wonderful 101 gratis should not be missed. There may indeed never be a better time to get involved. Do it.
Deal expires at midnight tonight. Thanks to 5rivers59 @ HUKD!
Nintendo have unveiled three new characters who'll be starring in Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS later this year.Click here to read more...
PSA (Potential Savings Alert): Nintendo has announced that legendary SNES RPG Earthbound will be available for the bargain price of £4.19 this week, as part of the latest round of eShop special offers. Shigesato Itoi's masterpiece still feels fresh, anarchic and surprisingly mature today; a fascinating blend of the mundane, the hilarious and the Lovecraftian.
If you've never checked it out (of course none of us have, seeing as you'd almost certainly have to download a ROM to play it these days... wink...), it's high time you got involved with a genuine classic. The discount will kick in after the eShop update (usually midnight on Thursday night/Friday Morning) so I'll be sure to remind you nearer the time.
Pikmin 3 is absolutely superb, a stressful yet seriously enjoyable strategy game that works perfectly on the Wii U (and looks the business too). Though available in the Mario Kart 8 free game promotion, which runs until the end of this month, GAME's £20 price is a steal. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII@ HUKD!
Though technically cheaper at Argos by 50p, GAME actually have the Wii U version of One Piece: Unlimited World Red in stock. And they're throwing in a bunch of extra DLC too. In his extensive review, Jon said that OPUWR was "easily one of the best anime tie-ins ever developed. Fantastic fan service, satisfying combat, deep town creation and crafting, dozens of hours of content and exquisite visuals make for a compelling lengthy experience that's more Grand Line than Grind Lane."
So if you're a fan, consider this a must-buy.
Platforms: PC | PS4 | Wii U | Xbox 360 | Xbox One (reviewed, £11.99)
Developer: DrinkBox Studios
'MetroidVania' platformers may be as ancient as Mother Brain and wall chickens, but they still pull in the punters. From Shadow Complex to Dust: An Elysian Tail and Strider, there's nothing more satisfying than constantly earning new skills and abilities while exploring brilliantly-designed levels, then eventually backtracking to beat challenges and humiliate enemies that once lorded it over us. Guacamelee! proved to be a superb example of the genre back when it released as a PSN exclusive last year, offering all the bells and whistles we expect, only with a heaped serving of spicy Mexican flavour to punch things up.
Indeed, punching things up was the aim of the game, only our newfound identity as a superpowered Luchador also let us throw down on Day Of The Dead-themed skeletal hordes with wrestling moves, smash our way through Aztec temples and occasionally turn into a chicken for the sheer merry heck of it. Pollo power!
Fifteen months later and the Super Turbo Championship Edition has arrived on new-gen consoles, Wii U, PC and Xbox 360, boasting updated visuals, new content and all the previously-released DLC. You could say that it's the whole enchilada. Since it's currently free for Xbox One owners and available as a free upgrade for PS4 gamers who picked up the original, it's high time we gave this fierce fiesta our full attention.Click here to read more...
Nintendo are desperate for that GamePad to seem relevant. Far from giving up on the Wii U, the Big N are doubling down on their console, having delivered one of the finest E3 showings in their recent history (albeit with a few too many instances of "coming 2015" for our liking), and a number of works in progress. In a move that seemed entirely un-Nintendo-esque, the Nintendo Treehouse channel unveiled two very early game prototypes in the form of Project Big Robot and Project Guard.
Project Giant Robot is what five-year-old me might have envisaged back when cereal packets could be used to transform oneself from a human boy into an Autobot. The demo began with robo-construction. You get to pick the base units for your robot's head, arms, torso, and legs from a plethora of increasingly weird items. I decided to make a robot made up entirely of Megazord heads. You can stretch and squish each module too, so if you want to create a robot with guns bigger than The Incredible Hulk's you can.
You can make your robot thinner than a rake or fatter than than Jabba, you can give it supersized shoulders or a pea-sized head. But whatever the physical appearance, players need to be aware that it'll affect how the robot in question handles. Make it too top-heavy, and your robot will be susceptible to toppling over. Bigger mechanoids will make for heavier hitters, but they'll also be slow and lumbering. Tall robots will suffer balance issues as the tradeoff for power, but while smaller robots might stand their ground better, they'll sacrifice something in terms of punching weight.
What followed was a series of battles against robots of increasing size in amongst a blocky urban landscape that proved ripe for destruction.Click here to read more...
Not content with giving us one of the best kart racers in years, Sumo Digital's sequel added boats and planes to the formula. Sonic and his Sega All-Stars find themselves transforming mid-race to swap between aerial, ground and water-based arcade racing. The career mode has been expanded and is a bit tougher than the last game, but there are hours of fun to be had, especially if you work through the career in multiplayer. This is ideal if Mario Kart 8's still a bit pricey for you.
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You can watch a month's worth of trailers for this game and you'll still have no idea what the hell is going on. I mean, what is this? Thankfully Jon has the knowledge for you in his review and highly rates this Wii U exclusive. Why not save yourself a tenner by taking a trip to Argos' backdoor eBay site where they're sneaking out copies of the game for a tenner less than the competition.
Thanks to AngryEnglishman at HotUkDeals.
If you own a Wii U but haven't picked up Mario Kart 8 yet, now's the time. £29.99 is the cheapest price we've ever seen for the superb racer, and better yet, you've still got three weeks to claim your free game, which includes Pikmin 3, Wind Waker HD and The Wonderful 101. There may indeed never be a better time to get involved. Do it.
Thanks to thehappiestpanda @ HUKD!