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Not excited for yet another port in Need for Speed: Most Wanted? Maybe we should be, especially if you are a fan of the series and own a Wii U. Why? For starters, the developers stated in the above video that the Wii U is a very powerful piece of hardware, however, this time you don't just have to take their word for it. From their own mouth, the graphic assets are from the High End PC version of the game. Graphical comparisons between that version and the rest obviously look the same, but there are areas where you can see the PC clearly comes ahead.

The Wii U matches that, then provides a lot of stuff you just can't get anywhere else. Sure, you have off-TV play, but you also have father-son mode (watch the video to see that). The game has also been more polished then ever before. It's stated rather plainly above this is the definitive version. For the first time, we will finally be able to see how the Wii U not only provides just a superior way and more options to play a game, but also how it's superior graphically to gen 7 on a base level. Apparently, looking at the Wii U from just a pure spec side of things is not the best way to approach development.

With its expansive world, beautiful visuals, immersive battle-system, compelling story and hundreds of hours of gameplay, Xenoblade Chronicles wasn’t just one of the best games on the Wii, but one of the best games of all time. It should come as no surprise then that there’s a tremendous amount of excitement building about Monolith Soft’s next project.

At last month's Nintendo Direct presentation a short teaser trailer was released from Xenoblade’s developer of their upcoming Wii U RPG that is currently in development. All it took was that one brief minute-long teaser to get fans speculating about this new title, and we at Gamnesia just can’t miss out on the fun.

Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate is slated to arrive at the end of March and Capcom is going all-out in partnership with Nintendo. For a limited time, you will be able to get a Monster Hunter bundle set that includes a Deluxe Wii U, a Pro Controller, and Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate. The pricing isn't known yet, but if it's anything under $400 it's definitely worth it for those who don't own a system yet. The normal Deluxe with Nintendo Land is $350 but doesn't come with a Pro Controller. Pro Controllers are $50, so anything under $400 and you're getting a pretty sweet deal.

Oh, check out some great screenshots after the jump. Are you preparing to get your hunt on?

Based on NPD sources and some calculations, Gamasutra narrowed down the Wii U sales estimates for January to be roughly between 45,000 and 59,000 units. That's a fairly pultry number and it's doubtful we are going to see any growth on that front in February. According to data at VGchartz, it sold roughly 67,161 units, but their numbers are not exact since it accounts for weekly sales. The first week for January includes some days in December, and the last week of recorded data for January is missing the last days of the month.

Either way, sales are low, and based on early data for February, they will likely be even lower this month. Now logically, you can place some of this blame on the lack of content since the holidays and the usual holiday drop off. You could also safely say many consumers aren't product aware yet (again, without software to consistently show off that happens), and I know some feel the Wii U is a bit pricey even though it's being sold at a loss. Certainly sales aren't doing hot, but it does appear they have steadied themselves for now. The question becomes: will new compelling software in the coming months boost the sales again?

Just this week the news broke that a new Pokémon title will be coming to the Wii U; however, the announced Pokémon Scramble U is nothing more than the next installment of the downloadable Pokémon Rumble spin-offs.

The franchise has dominated handheld gaming for decades, but gamers still wait for Pokémon to really embrace home console gaming. Six Generations into the series and it really is time because the Wii U is the perfect home console for Pokémon to make an impact on.

I know we've just had a direct today, but the next is already on its way. This one is going to have a bit of a different focus, too; it's going to be primarily trained on third-party efforts coming to the Nintendo 3DS. It'll likely be much more low-key than the last few Directs we've had, but it's also much more open-ended. With all the third parties out there, who knows what could be on its way? Personally, I'd love to see Bravely Default. I'm also hoping for one of the Megaman handheld installments, but I'm not getting my hopes up too high. What do you want to see?

Not too long ago, Mario Wynands, a Sidhe developer, made a huge fuss when he posted on NeoGAF stating that the Wii U was in 'serious trouble' and that the entire next generation as a whole would fail. Nowgamer recently contacted him, and the now managing director of PikPok definitely hasn't changed his grim predictions of the future. If what he says is true, we could see one of the Big Three pull a Dreamcast this generation, and drop out of the console race altogether.

Jump inside for the quote.

Have you ever wanted to use Google Street View, but found yourself without a computer, or laptop, or phone, or tablet?  Well first of all, how are you reading this?  And secondly, you now have a solution, assuming you own a Wii U!  That's right, Wii Street U is now available as a free download for a limited time; it allows you to navigate to various places in Google Maps and then use the gamepad to immerse yourself using it's motion sensors in the street view.


Nintendo Direct Video

February 14 2013 by Jack Sossman
If you missed any of the flurry of posts below, or just want to see Nintendo's President explain the next few months' releasing yourself, check the video after the jump!

New Eevee Evolution

February 14 2013 by Jack Sossman
Looks like a new Eevee evolution known as "Sylveon" in the US was just announced!  Check out the video below, but it seems like the new creature will be known as Ninfia in Japanese, Nymphali in French, and Feelinara in German.  Video after the jump!

Nintendo announced on Friday and today in a Nintendo Direct that a new Wii U bundle with Ubisoft's ZombiU will be released in the US and Canada on February 17th for $389.99. The Wii U ZombiU Deluxe Set comes with all the contents of a typical Deluxe Set, plus a copy of the ZombiU game, a black Wii U Pro Controller, and a collectable booklet featuring artwork from the game and exclusive developer commentary.

You're also getting a 32 GB black Wii U and GamePad, as well as a copy of the game Nintendo Land as a download. The price is about $70 less than you'd pay to get it all separately, according to Nintendo.

You'll also be automatically enrolled in the Digital Deluxe program, which gives back Wii U owners 10% in points for purchases in the eShop, which can be used on future eShop purchases.

Looks like we've got a bunch of new Wii U releases in the next few weeks; details after the jump!
During this morning's Nintendo Direct Nintendo announced they will be re-releasing Retro's Donkey Kong Country Returns on the 3DS.  This game, which was only available on the Wii up until now, is a 2D platformer with everyone's favorite primate.  It's slated to release this summer, and the 3D trailer is on the eShop today.
Good news from the Nintendo Direct this morning; looks like the sequel to Luigi's Mansion is right on track..  Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon will be releasing March 24th, and will include multiplayer modes beyond the previously revealed Hunter Mode.  Up to four different players can get together vial local wireless if they each have their own system, can pair up in Download Play, or can connect over the Internet.  In "Rush Mode", players try to escape each floor within a set time limit, and in Polterpup Mode players try to find hidden ghost dogs.  There's also the co-op Thrill Tower mode, which has players ascend a tower together, clearing it room by room.

There's a new Dark/Light device that allow players to find hidden objects, and track a ghost dog by searching dilligently for paw prints.  Ghosts also now will be stunned using a new device called the Strobulb - how this is different from using the torch in the previous game remains to be seen.
Good news fans of the Wii U control scheme and sports where you ride around in tiny carts; a new Mario Golf was just announced for the Nintendo 3DS! It'll be created by Camelot, and Nintendo President Iwata said the game will feature traditional designs, new designs, and "familiar faces and game mechanics."

So this summer, be on the lookout for Mario Golf: World Tour!