Nintendo hasn't sold as many Wii U consoles as it hoped it would, and with both Microsoft (Xbox One) and Sony (PlayStation 4) planning to launch next generation gaming systems this holiday shopping season, a price cut seemed inevitable. And so it goes, with Nintendo today announcing a $50 price drop for the Wii U Deluxe, bringing the cost of ownership down to $300, effective September 20, 2013.
Over the past month, hackers apparently bombarded a Nintendo fan site with over 15 million fraudulent login attempts, nearly 24,000 of which were successful. As spelled out in The Japan Times, Nintendo is warning customers in Japan that the massive breach resulted in sensitive user data being compromised, including real names, home addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of Club Nintendo members.
Best of luck to anyone trying to snag a Wii U console to plop under the Christmas tree this holiday shopping season. It's "essentially sold out of retail," though less desirable avenues remain, such as paying inflated prices on eBay or Craigslist where $100 premiums are commonplace. Since launching just over a week ago, Nintendo has sold 400,000 Wii U consoles, topping the original Wii, which added another 300,000 sales last week.
Nintendo on Sunday launched its Wii U console in the U.S., and though it's sold out at most places (good luck finding one without an inflated price tag), that didn't stop Anand Lal Shimpi from Anandtech from carving into his like a Thanksgiving turkey. He got his mitts on the 8GB Basic Set (a higher priced 32GB Deluxe Set is also available) and posted several pictures of what makes the Wii U tick.
Gaming historians and fans of the Final Fantasy franchise are aware of the fact that the original version of Final Fantasy II was never released in the U.S. However, there does exist a Final Fantasy II cartridge put together by Square Soft USA (now Square Enix) that was intended for show at the 1991 Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) in Las Vegas, and though the title never made it to retail, the pre-production cart still remains and is available on Ebay...for $50,000.
The Wii U isn't the only big console news coming from Nintendo's camp. On the mobile gaming front, Nintendo today revealed plans to launch an XL version of its 3DS console with a screen that's almost twice as large (90 percent bigger) than the original version. It will ship in North America on August 19, 2012 for $200, packing a new form factor and either red or blue digs.
It was a well known fact that Nintendo would use the E3 convention to showcase its upcoming Wii U console, and it did exactly that, wasting no time introducing a "massive lineup" of third-party games, including new games in the Super Mario Bros., Pikmin, Wii Fit, Batman: Arkham City, Scribblenauts, Assassin's Creed, and Just Dance franchises. It wasn't just about the games, however.
2K Sports said it plans to ship NBA 2K13, the twelfth installment of its NBA videogame simulation franchise and the followup to NBA 2K12, on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 in the U.S. for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, and our beloved Windows PC. Noticeably absent from that list of systems is Nintendo's upcoming Wii U console, which 2K Sports promised to support at "a later date" sometime during the system's launch window.
If you're an investor who owns stock in Nintendo, you may have received a financial note that states, "Thank you investor! But our revenue is in another castle!" Not all of it, mind you, but a significant chunk of Nintendo's revenue was a no-show for the game maker's fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. Nintendo posted a loss totaling more than half a billion dollars on $8 billion in revenue, part of which is due to selling 3DS handheld consoles below cost.
Barring any last minute surprises, Nintendo will be the first of the big three console makers to come out with a next generation living room game system. It's the Wii U, and it will ship with HD graphics support, a funky new tablet controller, and updated guts that, in theory, should have developers excited. It is, after all, a new toy to play with. So why are a handful of developers dissing the Wii U?