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Wii U Already Sold Out?

According to news, if you’re in the US and looking forward to getting your hands on a next-gen Nintendo Wii U console- you might be out of luck fellow gamers. It appears that up and down the country, pre-orders seem to be selling out both online and in store. This of course, reminds me of the same quantity issues that were felt with customers when it came to purchasing the original Wii console.

The Deluxe or Premium bundle seems to be higher in demand that the Basic white bundle, but both are low in stock. The only retailer that appears to have much stock at all is Wal-Mart and they’ll sell you one for about $350 upwards. Which I think is really a bit evil of them, but would we really expect anything else from them?

As I live in the UK, I’ve not heard anything about any pre-order or quantity issues but I am sure that it will be as popular here as it is across the pond in America. Time will tell, but if we have the same issue it looks like I might be joining the queue and waiting for a console until next year :(

Nintendo Unveils TVii Service

If you’re a gamer in North America and you’re planning on buying the new Nintendo Wii U console, you’ll have something else to look forward to other than the games.

The new application, which will be found in the main menu of the console- is called TVii and is a step forward by Nintendo in an attempt to take over the living room. This area of the home, previously dominated by the Microsoft Xbox 360 console, is aiming to consolidate all of your cable, Netflix, Hulu, etc streams in one place so you can just open the app and start up whatever you wanted to watch. The new system is being fully supported by all major cable companies such as Time Warner and Verizon. It will also include an interactive part of the app, where you can post to your social media feeds such as Twitter and Facebook.

This is the most ambitious application that Nintendo have created to date, and it’s free- so no subscription fee. Sadly, as of this point it’s only going to be available in North America- but no Mexico. Hopefully this service will be available worldwide before too long.

Wii U Release Titles

Just a short and sweet post to let you guys know what titles are up for release with the Wii U, and which ones will be following soon behind it. Nintendo are spoiling us with so much choice!

Confirmed Launch Games

  • Super Mario Bros U
  • Nintendo Land
  • ZombiU
  • Rayman Legends
  • FIFA 13
  • Darksiders 2
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Call Of Duty: Black Ops II

Launch Window Games (release window ends March 2013)

  • Game & Wario
  • LEGO City: Underground
  • NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge
  • Pikmin 3
  • The Wonderful 101
  • Wii Fit U
  • Wipeout 3
  • 007 Legends
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition
  • Ben 10 Omniverse
  • Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2012
  • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
  • Frozenbyte
  • Game Party Champions
  • Jett Tailfin
  • Just Dance 4
  • Madden NFL 13
  • Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • Nano Assault Neo
  • NBA 2K13
  • Rabbids Land
  • Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • Skylanders Giants
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • Sports Connection
  • Toki Tori 2
  • Trine 2: Director’s Cut
  • Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
  • Zumba Fitness Core

Xbox 720, XTv and More!

I caught a story recently about a leaked document out of the Microsoft headquarters. I know, this might not seem like much of a news story but believe me…this could be huge.

The leaked document was about the Microsoft Xbox 720 (this is exactly what they call it) and addons such as XTv, Forteleza and a Synchronized Rich Client. Now, I know that this is all making your eyes glaze over and your brains turn off at just these words. But come one, come all! Welcome to the Microsoft Circus that promises to pretty much turn the world of Sony and Nintendo on their heads!

The massive document talks about the future of the console and how the Xbox 720 will become the centre of the home entertainment system. Even more so than the Xbox 360 that you can currently buy on the market today. The 360 of today is completely paled in comparison to the 720 of tomorrow. But of course, you guys expected that. Would you like to know what’s in this slideshow? Well…

  • XTV - Xbox TV will be launched “Holiday 2012″ and will be what it sounds like. Full support won’t be till the Xbox 720 though in 2013. It will work on the Xbox 360, Phone and PC.
  • Fortaleza (Kinect 3D Glasses) in 2014 with WiFi for living room; by  2015 it will have a cell radio/4G for use everywhere
  • By 2015 “Xbox experiences served up form the cloud. Instantly on any screen.”
  • Xbox 720 Media Hub - “Record TV in the background and serve up to any device in the household.Stream your personal videos, music, photos and more and play them back from any device. Start and play your favorite Xbox games from other devices like phones and PCs with RemoteFX technology…Take your entertainment everywhere. Start on one screen but instantly  pause and play it again from any other device makes it best way to enjoy your TV, movies and music when you’re on the go.”
  • Kinect v2 Sensor (2013) - Better 3D Play Space (closer, wider, deeper); Improved Voice Rec.; 4 Player tracking; Dedicated Processing; Improved HD

Now. This document is considered to be old as it has a date of about two years ago, and who knows? Maybe Microsoft has changed their ‘road map’ a little over the time that the slideshow was created. And usually when you find leaks on the Internet, it’s little tiny tidbits or morsels. Just enough to whet your appetite. But this slideshow presentation? This? This was the motherlode. And just before the big Microsoft presentation tomorrow. So who knows now? Are we going to see the infamous Microsoft tablet? Or are we going to see an XTv presentation? Both? Are Microsoft going to start gearing us, the consumers up for the Xbox 720?

The presentation, even being old was available on the Internet to download. It’s recently been removed as of a  C&D order by Microsoft’s lawyers (Covington & Burling LLP).  Obviously, this means that the leaked information actually held some truth. Even with an old document, it had some punch. And they wanted to halt all rumours until tomorrow. But all this just cements a further reasoning behind the 720 being released in 2013. Possibly with the new Kinect V2 Sensor? We shall certainly be waiting with baited breath.

No Screen In the Wii U?

Nintendo president Satoru Iwota has said recently that in the later design processes of the Wii U handheld controller, the tablet screen was almost not included in the final prototype of the console. The company was worried that the price of the screen would drive up the price of the console.

Obviously, trying to keep the price as reasonable as possible (I’m guessing to cater towards to casual/family market out there) this was always a big issue weighing heavily on the future of the next Nintendo console.

“Sometime during that final discussion we almost gave up on the idea of the additional screen,” Iwata told The Telegraph. “This was due to our concern over the expected high cost, it may not have been feasible to create this and sell it at a reasonable price point for the consumers.”

With Microsoft recently developing the Xbox Smart Glass technology and Sony with the Vita Cross-Play, it was an obvious no-brainer that at this point- Nintendo had to keep the small tablet screen as part of the controller.

One thing that Nintendo have always been good at is innovation. The GameBoy, the NES, the Wii. They’ve all been huge game changers in the video games market for one thing or another. When the Wii U was first introduced last year at E3 2011, the controller was so far out of left field that every gamer and gaming journalist stood around scratching their heads wondering what Nintendo had been smoking. But once again, here are the innovators of the hour with the tablet technology. So much that both Microsoft and Sony have come up with their own versions to at least somewhat contend with Nintendo.

Even with the lack of processing power in their new console, Nintendo still believe that they may be onto a winner with just the tablet controller. In the past, it was the motion controlling technology that had the Japanese company first out of the gate like a raging bull. What does this console hold other than tablet technology? And if that’s the only thing- is that going to be enough to hold the finicky, choosy mind of the general games-buying public?