In catching up with games we’ve skipped over or set aside, it’s important to pay tribute to entire platforms shoved over into a forgotten corner and covered in dust. You know ... like Wii U, the least successful Nintendo platform this side of Virtual Boy. Unlike Virtual Boy, though, Wii U saw a lot of best-in-class games; they were simply squandered on an unappreciative world. At least Nintendo recognizes the gold mine of content it has lurking in the cobwebbed wasteland that was Wii U. Nintendo has been quite proactive about converting lost Wii U classics to Switch — most recently with the charming Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. It could go further, though. There’s so much more to be salvaged from the flaming wreckage of the Wii U! To help, I’ve selected the 11 Wii U games that absolutely, 100% still need to make their way to Switch. These are all top-flight works just begging to enjoy the light of day on a console people not only own but are proud to … [Read more...] about The 11 Wii U to Switch ports we need immediately
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Bayonetta 2 sold fewer physical copies at launch for Nintendo Switch this week than it did when it arrived Wii U. The Platinum-developed Bayonetta 2 landed fifth in the UK chart - the game's highest chart placing to date, albeit one achieved with fewer physical sales. Perhaps there was not enough new in the port to convince Bayonetta fans it was worth double dipping so soon? Digital Foundry last week examined whether this new Switch edition was the definitive version. It seems likely a higher percentage of Switch sales came via downloads, which UK numbers company Chart-Track does not track. Bayonetta 2 costs £24.99 on the eShop (you can buy the first game for a tenner if you buy Bayonetta 2 from the eShop, otherwise it's £24.99). The physical version of Bayonetta 2, which includes a download code for Bayonetta, costs £43.99 on Amazon. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Bayonetta series' biggest physical launch to date remains the original Bayonetta's 2010 arrival for Xbox 360 … [Read more...] about Bayonetta 2 physical Switch launch down on Wii U
If you needed any more proof that the Nintendo Switch is a rip-roaring success (which you really didn’t), Nintendo has revealed that its new console, which only launched in March of last year, has already outsold the Wii U in terms of total sales. The company has sold 14.86 million Switch consoles since launch, after one of its best holiday seasons in years, during which 7.23 million units alone were sold. This made the quarter Nintendo’s most profitable since 2009, at the height of the original Wii’s popularity. By contrast, the Wii U first launched in November 2012, and went on to sell 13.56 million units over five years, before being officially discontinued in 2017. The news was revealed via Nintendo’s release of its Third Quarter Financial Results, which summarises the company’s financial gains and losses over the period beginning October 1 to December 31 2017. In the same report, Nintendo admitted it did not expect the Switch to be … [Read more...] about Nintendo Switch has sold more consoles in 10 months than the Wii U has in 5 years
For a large proportion of the last year, the more hopeful hardcore have been operating under the belief that the Wii U is a completely different kind of console to the Wii. We've been working on the assumption, cultivated by Nintendo, that the Wii's successor would be much more similar in culture to the Nintendo machines of old. Goodbye casual party crap, hello AAA good-times. But the thing is, despite the extra horsepower, I don't think the two machines currently are too dissimilar if you look at their respective early game line-ups. In fact having played a bunch of the Wii U's early games, I've spotted quite a few parallels between the two. Some are obvious, some are slightly more abstract, but there are certain game types and demographic-baiters that blatantly crop up in both launch-window line-ups. So much so, that I decided to make a comparison feature out of them, so that I could answer the most important question here. Is the Wii U a real change for Nintendo, or an HD … [Read more...] about Wii U vs. Wii: Are their games REALLY that different? And if not, which one does them better?
“Ooh, Nintendo is making a new machine! It runs in HD and it has proper, hardcore games, and a really pretty Zelda tech demo! Yay, Nintendo is coming back to us! How powerful is it? Is it better than a PS3? Will it make Mario Kart look as shiny as Forza? Will we be able to veritably taste the icing on Peach’s photorealistic innuendo-cake?” Those are the kind of things we’ve been asking for the last year. But we’ve been getting excited about the wrong thing. Because having gone hands-on with a lot of Wii U games recently, I can tell you that there’s something much, much better about it. And it comes by way of something you’ve probably already discounted as crap. Above: Sorry Batman. For once Animal Crossing is just cooler than you It became increasingly apparent as I worked my way through the not-insignificant playable quota of Nintendo’s E3 line-up the other day. The big, shiny, obvious AAA stuff just was not where the real excitement … [Read more...] about Why the best thing about Wii U is not the thing you’ve been getting excited about for the last year