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It appears the Wii U is becoming increasingly irrelevant, especially to sports gaming. The Wii U was left off the press release for Madden 25 (next years Madden will be called Madden 25 instead of Madden 14, in an attempt to confuse their consumer base).  And now, it appears Tiger Wood's PGA Tour won't be coming to the Wii U at the end of March.

Sorry Aussies; looks like another great third party Wii U title won't be coming your way.  Although a press release sent to media today regarding the game's pre-order DLC incentives, and until this week was listed on various local Australian game distributors websites, The Walking Dead: Survival instinct will not be released on the Wii U in Australia.

In what seems to be the biggest spring in gaming's history, the Wii U is left with a handful of exclusives to bide its owner's time until E3. Although I'm looking forward to games such as The Wonderful 101 and Pikmin 3, I'll be unable to play some of the spring's juggernaut titles on my shiny new Nintendo console, such as Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider. We're seeing dozens of games missing the Wii U for the sole reason of lacking sales. Although it is a valid one, software sells hardware, and no third parties are taking the dive. Konami is joining the club now.

Konami producer Dave Cox has told us why Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will not be making the jump to Wii U, and the reason is a lack of resources. Although Konami has given a different and more valid reason then the usual "Wii U is too difficult to develop on," I feel a little bit disappointed. I'm looking forward to the new Castlevania, but it looks like my PS3 will be getting the game. 

However, there is still the new 3DS entry in the beloved series, Mirror of Fate. I can't wait to join the franchise this March. Cox also spoke about the new 3DS entry. Hit the jump to see what he said!

With 3D Nintendo gaming arriving on the scene back in the late ‘90s thanks to the Nintendo 64 and then the GameCube in the early ‘00s, classic side-scrolling platformers took a back seat. Franchises such as Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong Country from the NES and SNES were no more.

At the time of the 64’s rise to fame, side-scrolling came to be considered as a limitation of gaming in the past, rather than a genre of its own. With the Wii console Nintendo had proven that side-scrolling platformers are truly a whole genre that can provide a unique and entertaining experience even today, in the world of 3D and HD.

With modern 3D graphical sprites moving in 2D or even sometimes 2.5D landscapes,Nintendo has used the Wii to reinvigorate the once forgotten genre. Let’s look back at some of the major Wii titles that contributed to the resurgence of side-scrolling platformers.

When the concept of this little article initially popped in my head it was a rather one-sided affair. I wanted to address excuses the industry may likely be rationalizing themselves with in order to not properly show support for the Wii U. However, as I was gathering some information to create this piece I came upon a rather interesting revelation: The Wii U fans need to stop creating excuses as well.

As a long time Nintendo fan I am well aware of how the industry has generally treated our ilk. I am aware that popular analysts like Michael Pachter have often predicted some not-so-great things for Nintendo and often times, Nintendo tends to prove those predictions wrong. I am aware that when you go around to most general purpose gaming news sites, you can see a clashing of multiple fanboyisms, in particular to loyalty on console brands.


I may be more of a Nintendo gamer than I am a PlayStation or Xbox gamer, and arguably a bigger PC gamer than any of the consoles, but even I know that blocking used games is going to be a console killer. We already know the Wii U doesn't do such things. I can attest to this because I own a used copy of New Super Mario Bros. U. Sure, maybe it only saved me $5, but that's still $5 I was able to put towards a pre-order for Pikmin 3. The fact remains that if this does happen, or if they attempt to do an "ultimate pass" for $100 which allows gamers to "unlock" unlimited used games, I tend to agree that the Wii U will reap the benefits of higher game sales since they will have the used game market all to themselves.

To be honest, I don't want any of the console makers to fail, so I just hope all these rumors (some dating a year old) just tend to be complete crap.


This week's Bonus Round focus's squarely on genre preferences. You might be surprised to see what genre's are mentioned as it's not necessarily what many would expect. As an example, one of the panel's favorite genres is Tower Defense! Of course while it's a nice debate above, what we really want to know is what your favorite genre is. Sound off in the comments and let the debates begin!

Remember when ONM teased us with a image about a new Wii U "horror" game? Well, we now know that tease was for Resident Evil: Revelations. We already knew this title was making it's way to the Wii U, but ONM contains 10 pages of all exclusive images and information. While we don't have access to those images yet, it's at least a bit more depth into the fact the Wii U is getting a quality port that all the other systems are getting as well. I was a rather big fan of the 3DS original title, and frankly I am looking forward to it's HD partner in crime. Revelations just felt like what Resident Evil is supposed to be.

The Wii U has been selling slowly in the few months since its release, and third parties have already been delaying and even canceling projects for the system entirely. According to a report from Mario Wynands, founder of Sidhe, developers at the D.I.C.E. convention last were only talking about projects they had cancelled for Wii U, rather than anything they were following through with. According to Wynands, the console is in serious trouble if these third parties keep jumping ship.

At DICE, nobody has been talking about the new Wii U projects they have started, only the Wii U projects that have just been cancelled. Platform is in serious trouble. Publishers and developers from the US, UK, France, Germany, and Australia mainly. Pubs and devs never recoiled from PS3 like they seem to be with Wii U (though this is anecdotal). There was always the confidence that the numbers would get there over time with PS3. I'm not sensing that with Wii U. I had a data point yesterday at lunch with a high budget Wii U game that was hoping to sell "millions" over time. It only managed "tens of thousands". It is one of the top rated games for the platform.

Head past the jump for a brief analysis.

Digital Foundry, a group of tech fanatics that specialize in analyzing technical fundamentals of technology and innovate digital possibilities, have taken apart Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and decided that the Wii U version of the game is the best one. Digital Foundry honored the Wii U build for its reliable frame-rate and five person multiplayer.

Head past the jump to see why!

Were you expecting to mingle with some of your overseas friends when Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate launched later this year? Well, unfortunately you won't be able to unless they're visiting your country, as Capcom has confirmed to GameReactor España that Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will be running on separate servers based on country.

"Japanese will play with Japanese, Americans with Americans and Europeans with Europeans."

This will prove quite upsetting for those who like to intermingle with other cultures, however it does have its own bright side. Players shouldn't experience any lag when playing online. Tri didn't have divided servers like Ultimate will and as a result players would experience extreme lag when playing with others from different countries.

Well it was only a matter of time. A Nintendo fan by the name of John Smith has started an online petition, ordering Ubisoft to bring back the original Wii U release date of Rayman Legends. The description states that mutliplatform availability is just fine, but delaying a complete game is unforgivable. As of this writing, the petition has garnered 6,475 signatures in the the few days since the delay was announced. You can sign the petition right here

Here's what the petition says in particular.

Fans have been patiently waiting for Rayman Legends for the Wii U since it was announced as a launch game since June of 2012, and for many it was going to be one of the highlights of the Wii U's launch due to the critical success of Rayman Origins. Legends was, and still is, being used worldwide as a major tool in showing the creative capabilities of the Wii U in stores.

The game has had a well-received demo released on the Wii U eShop, and it seems to be very close to completion, with a previous release date being announced less than a month from now.

But now Ubisoft has disappointed hundreds of thousands of their fans by delaying an almost completed game for a further seven months so Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Rayman Legends lacking Wii U centric features can be released at the same time as the Wii U version.

For the full description, hit the jump.

It's no secret that this past week has not been a good one for Ubisoft in the public eye. While more people have been attacking and bashing them over the Rayman Legends Wii U delay than people that were likely going to purchase the game to begin with, fact remains they haven't handled it well. Sure, we're getting a "Wii U" exclusive demo (you know, the first demo was Wii U exclusive too, Ubisoft) soon, but overall, they haven't responded well to the situation. In fact, it's almost like they didn't anticipate that anyone would actually care. Of course, Nintendo fans care, especially when the post launch schedule has been sparse for the Wii U. So, what to do about this mess now? Simple: Hire PR people to deal with it.

Ubisoft, one of the largest video game developers and publisher in the world, is looking for a stellar public relations professional to join its team as Public Relations Coordinator in its San Francisco Office. The Public Relations Coordinator is an extremely well-organized professional that wants to learn public relations from the best in the business and has a track record in multi-tasking, coverage tracking, database management and media outreach.

Look, customer service can be faulty anywhere and no company is immune to this. While Nintendo tends to have a reputation for treating fans well, the fact remains that sometimes things don't go the way you want. The story goes as follows: A new Wii U owner transferred $400 worth of Wii Virtual Console and WiiWare games over to his Wii U. The Wii U broke (faulty system, bricked on it's own apparently) and so he brought the system back to GameStop to exchange it for a new one. The problem, of course, was that since you can't transfer Nintendo Network IDs between consoles, he couldn't put the old Wii content on his new Wii U—it was already tied to his old Network ID he couldn't recover.

He called customer service and after awhile, they gave him $200 credit towards buying games on the Wii U eShop. The problem here is that it was $400 worth of items and 99% of them are not even available on the eShop as it stands. More after the jump.

This is an interesting rumor because we have two Reddit sources that who don't contradict each other, per sé, but can't agree on what the rumor means. On one side, someone on a plane caught a glimpse of a Powerpoint presentation that included a bunch of games, and among them was Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flags. It apparently had a nice logo, however no pictures were provided. On the other side, another Reddit user overheard two advertising agents talking about the game at a local café in San Francisco. This one, however, goes into much more detail and explains that Black Flags is Assassin's Creed III DLC planned for release sometime this summer. What are the details of this second post? Hop inside to find out!