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Jumping The Gun On Release Dates

I walk past a gaming store every day on my way to work and the other day I had to do a double take. There is a poster in the window of the store and it states as gospel that the Wii U will be coming this Christmas.

Now, I am wondering if gaming stores are actually allowed to do this when the general public doesn’t actually know when the release date is? There’s been no actual press statement from Nintendo quoting this as truth and to me it just seems like false information and building the public up for something that might not actually happen. At this point in time, it’s just assumed that the console will be released at Christmas. The Nintendo Wii is coming to the end of it’s natural life cycle, gaming houses are running out of ideas and so many more fresh, new games are coming out for the Wii U instead.

Even Nintendo itself seems to be focusing more on the Wii U rather than the original Wii console. With the promotion of staple house games- such as Super Mario Bros, Pikmin and Zelda already being rolled out by the Big N- it’s almost certain that the console is looking for a release to the general public, and soon. But like always, Nintendo is keeping the date very close to their chest until their major press conference on September 13th in New York City. Maybe at that point, we shall actually know for certain the date of the fabled machine.

A Christmas release for Nintendo would spell nothing but financial lottery for the company. With the Wii U, they beat out both the Microsoft XBox 360 and the Sony Playstation 3 for the bulk of the public sales. They jumped the gun and beat the other companies to the punch with the motion control hardware- which without the Wii would seriously have been nothing special. They tapped into the previously-unclaimed social market with this console, enabling groups of people such as schools and retirement homes to play games like bowling and tennis. Can Nintendo do this again or are they going to attempt to climb the ladder of gaming once again? Aiming for the dizzying heights of console gaming?

Who knows? Watch this space and let’s see what Nintendo says…

Release Dates For Christmas 3DS Titles

All of you out there budgeting your way towards Christmas to afford all the games being released in the run-up to the holiday season have just been relieved of a title to purchase. The much-loved and highly-wanted Luigi’s Mansion 2: Dark Moon has been put back officially until 2013, as says the announcement on the Nintendo website. If you’re still hopeful for some quality Mario games to play at Christmas while everyone has had their fill of turkey and is watching sports on tv- you’re still in luck, I promise you.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star is set for a release date of 11th November, 2012 and Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is slated for a release on 28th October, 2012. I’m personally still looking forward to Paper Mario, even though Luigi’s Mansion has been delayed a few months. So at least I will still have something to play!

Game Party Champions

Game Party Champions | Available: Holiday/Christmas 2012
Wii U | Publisher: Warner Bros. | Developer: Phosphor Games

If you’re after a new family-based game for the Christmas season - look no further than this gem of a game! Being released on the brand new Nintendo Wii U console, it’s a game like the Hasbro Game Night and Wii Sports- and if you’re a fan of those, then this really will be up your street too.

The latest itiration of the enormously popular Game Party franchise, it offers players new ways to compete in arcade, sports and party games. With the brand-new controls of the Wii U GamePad, it enables to players to control the game and give players of all skill a challenging gaming experience. With the sharp, eye-opening HD graphics players can compete in games such as ping pong, table hockey and hoop shoot.

Controlling the game through the GamePad means that players can tilt, turn and swipe the touchscreen to give a fun gaming experience. Modes of play include Quick Play, Story Mode and Party Mode. The first is for the single player that just wants to pick up the game and give it a go. The second enables players to outplay each other and prove that they’re the ‘World Champion’. In Party Mode, players can see if they’re the World Champion using the Wii U GamePad and the others in the party use the Wii Remote to cause havoc on the players game and see if they can make them lose- so concentration is key!

Far Cry 3 Release Wait

Ubisoft’s Far Cry 3 has been pushed back for release until November 30th in the UK and until December 4th in the US. The company has stated the reason that the game needs ‘some extra polish’.

It was originally slated for a September release.  Sadly, with the later release date this means that there will now be a dog fight competition for the top place. Going up against Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Halo 4 will certainly not be pretty.

Hope fully, this tough competition will not hurt the chances of some decent sales for Far Cry 3, which impressed the crowds at E3 with it’s partial nudity and animal slaughter.


Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Coming to Wii U

Call of Duty is a very popular series (overstating the obvious) and it’d really be a surprise if it did not release on the Wii U. Reading Eurogamer this morning, I woke up to reading that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will launch on the Wii U this winter, says a couple of leaked scans from the Nintendo Gamer magazine.

Nintendo has not announced the release date of the Wii U yet, but it’s been long and enough and has been hinted at that it will be releasing by the time Christmas comes around the corner or even earlier, don’t hold me to that though!

Black Ops 2 is being previewed in the upcoming Nintendo Gamer magazine, though Eurogamer says details on how it will work on the Wii U controller are still under-wraps. Personally, I think a Wii U version of Black Ops 2 would be really cool. From the things that has been shown at the past E3’s, I think it will work really well and even boost the sales of the Wii U because of the die hard Call of Duty fanboys!

I can’t wait to get the Wii U, I think it’ll be an amazing gaming machine and something worth purchasing instead of a new DS version.