Nintendo of America has stopped selling battery replacements for the Wii U GamePad.Reddit user DaylonS broke the news via a post on r/nintendo in which they detail their attempts to get a replacement battery for their GamePad. According to DaylonS, the batteries were in stock on the Nintendo of America website last month but have been quietly dropped from the listing. DaylonS says they also called Nintendo tech support and found no luck there either. Looks like if you’re still a diehard Wii U aficionado (or just need a battery for your dead GamePad) then you might be out of luck. This news isn’t entirely unexpected. Nintendo ceased production of the Wii U back in January 2017, around two months before the Nintendo Switch was due for release. Only two versions of Wii U hardware were available – Japanese and American models – which were both discontinued at the same time. As such, it’s perhaps to be expected that Nintendo would slowly start to phase out … [Read more...] about Nintendo Of America Has Apparently Stopped Selling Wii U Gamepad Batteries
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Nintendo ceased Wii U production by January 2017, and the demand for new, unopened hardware has caused resale prices to soar. Finding the console in new condition for under $500 is next to impossible, and the price can be much higher on retail sites like Amazon and eBay. Nintendo launched the Wii U in the U.S. on Nov. 18, 2012, with the white 8 GB models selling for $299.99 and the black 32 GB models that included a copy of Nintendo Land selling for $349.99. Fans bought 13.56 million Wii U consoles in the hardware’s lifespan, making it Nintendo’s least popular gaming platform to date (with the obvious exception of the Virtual Boy, which even Nintendo wants to forget about). You can often see a big difference between the price at which people are willing to sell and the price people are willing to pay, however, especially on the collector’s market. Someone selling a hard-to-find item for a high price doesn’t always mean that the item is worth that much. But … [Read more...] about ‘New’ Wii U hardware prices have skyrocketed
Nintendo Switch has been on the market less than 11 months, but it has already outsold its predecessor, the Wii U. Around 12.13 million Switch units were sold during the nine months ending December 31, 2017, with 2.74 million sold during the hybrid console's debut month last March.Overall, this means 14.87 million Switches had been sold by the end of December last year. As of October 31, 2017, Wii U hardware sales stood at 13.56 million. Barring an unlikely 1.31 million Wii U consoles being sold in November and December, this means the Switch has almost certainly outsold the Wii U. More up-to-date sales figures for Wii U have not been provided.Switch sales are now not too far off those of the Gamecube, which sold 21.74 million, but they're still far behind those of the ultra-successful Wii, which reached around 101.63 million units sold.Nintendo has also confirmed that Super Mario Odyssey is the console's best-selling game to date. The platformer sold 9 million units up until the end … [Read more...] about Nintendo Switch Outsells Wii U In Just 10 Months
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?
Official Nintendo Magazine UK has been given exclusive access to the Wii U hardware as Nintendo gears up for the worldwide launch of its new machine. Editor-in-chief, Chandra Nair, is on hand to talk you through the ins and outs of the new machine, as well as answer that most important question: How big is the new base unit compared to a Wii? Find out right the answer to that (and more) right here: There are also some more pictures of the machine next to other Nintendo products over at Official Nintendo Magazine's website, so do head over and take a look. It's OK, we'll wait. … [Read more...] about Wii U size comparison video shows you every aspect of the new hardware