Wii U System Update 4.0.0 U Live


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Nintendo has finally release a major system update for Wii U weighing in at a hefty 700MB. Here is a list of the new features you can expect from the latest version 4.0.0 U.

New Features:

  • A feature to output video and sound to the Wii U GamePad when using Wii Mode¹Users can choose to output to the TV and GamePad, or just the TV
  • Users can choose to output to the TV and GamePad, or just the TV
  • A feature to automatically receive recommended software and demo titles from Nintendo using SpotPass
  • Support for USB keyboards
  • An option to disable use of a Nintendo Network ID on non-Nintendo hardware, such as PCs and smartphones
  • Support for Dolby® Pro Logic® II Surround Sound when playing Wii software

Changes to Wii U Menu:

  • Added a friend list icon to the Wii U Menu for easier access to the Friend List

 

Changes to System Settings:

  • An option to automatically receive recommended software is now available under “Internet”
  • A setting to select which cable outputs sound is available through “TV”
  • Users can choose to output sound through an HDMI cable, non-HDMI cable, or both cables at the same time. Click here for instructions
  • A setting to adjust the hourly interval in which standby functions are performed is available under “Power Settings” when Standby Functions are enabled

 

Changes to Wii U Chat:

  • Added the option to view a friend’s profile on Miiverse when sending or receiving a chat request
  • Users can now chat using a headset connected to the Wii U GamePad

 

Changes to Internet Browser:

  • Pressing the R or L Buttons on the Wii U GamePad will skip video playback forward/back a small amount of time
  • Holding the R Button will speed up video playback
  • Ability to save username and passwords for websites that require login²
  • Ability to launch the Internet Browser during gameplay and upload screenshots
  • Added support for viewing PDF files³
  • Added features intended for website developers that allow the user to enable developer tools and set user agent

 

Improvements to system stability and usability:

  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

Sonic Added To Super Smash Bros Wii U & 3DS


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Nintendo announced today that Smash Bros fans will be able to play as Sonic in the upcoming Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS. This will be Sonic’s second time being features in the Smash Bros roster and should serve up some fast past action in this upcoming brawler.

Super Mario 3D World News


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During todays Nintendo Direct, Mr. Iwata announced some new details surrounding Super Mario 3D Land for Wii U.  A new power up called the Cherry Power Up joins along side the new Cat Mario suit. The Cherry Power Up allows Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad to multiply their character up to four times for added fire power. Mr. Iwata stated that the game will feature four player co-op play and a great single player campaign. Super Mario 3D Land will hit store shelves and the Nintendo eShop on November 22. Along with a new gameplay trailer which can be seen below Nintendo announced two Wii Remote Plus controllers. On November 1st Mario fans can pick up either a Mario or Luigi themed Wii Remote Plus controller.

Duck Tales Remastered Gets Release Date


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Wii U owners will soon be able to take control of Scrooge Mcduck in the upcoming multi-platform remaster of Disney’s Duck Tales game which originally released on the NES in 1989. In a new WayForward “Duckumentary” it has been revealed that the game will launch in North America on August 13 for $14.99 and August 15 in Europe for €14.99. Check out WayForwards background Duckumenary below.

Wii U System Update 3.1.0 U Live


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Rejoice Wii U owners because another system update has arrived on Wii U with further stability improvements to the overall operating system. While this may not be the much anticipated big summer update many had hoped for it adds a few new features. The major Wii U summer update appears to be delayed until later this year. Check out the firmware update details below.

Improvements to Standby Functions:

  • The standby functions will now regularly connect to the Internet when the Wii U is powered down to check for available SpotPass data or software and system updates. Software updates will be installed while the Wii U is powered down, and system updates will be installed the next time the Wii U is powered on.

Improvements to system stability and usability:

  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience.

 

 

 

 

Source: Nintendo

Street Pass DLC Arrives In North America


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North Americans can now perform a simple 3DS update which adds not only a revamped Mii Plaza look but the much awaited DLC content to Mii Plaza. 3DS owners have the option of either purchasing the content separately at $4.99 per game or in a bundle pack for $14.99 which saves you $5.00. Check out Nintendo’s Mii Plaza breakdown below.

 

StreetPass™ Mii Plaza™ lets you meet and play with Mii™ characters created by other gamers. Simply carry your Nintendo 3DS™ system with you in Sleep Mode, and it’ll collect Mii information (and send yours) when you pass other players. When you visit your StreetPass Mii Plaza, you’ll see the new Miis you’ve collected. You never know who you might meet!

You can then use your new Mii friends in fun games, including:

  • Find Mii – Recruit a Mii army to defeat monsters, save your own Mii, and earn stylish hats for him or her to wear.
  • Puzzle Swap – Trade puzzle pieces with others via StreetPass to complete 3D scenes of Nintendo favorites.

The latest StreetPass Mii Plaza update includes new free Puzzle Swap panels (one of which you will get automatically—the other three you earn via StreetPass!), an updated layout, and new touchscreen controls. You’ll also get access to four new, individually-priced StreetPass games which let you earn tickets you can exchange for new hats and costumes for your Mii:

  • Mii Force – Blast your way through enemies in this scrolling space shooter. You’ll use StreetPass Mii characters for special power-ups so you can defeat your enemies—and save the galaxy
  • Flower Town – Grow and maintain your own flowers and collect flowers from StreetPass Mii characters to form new breeds and expand your gorgeous garden.
  • Warrior’s Way – Collect troops over StreetPass and fight with—or against—other warlords to conquer new countries. Battles take “rock, paper, scissors” to a whole new level.
  • Monster Manor – Design and explore a multi-level mansion using pieces that you collect from StreetPass Mii characters. Battle ghosts and find stairways to unlock new levels.

 

 

To get the update, simply ensure your Nintendo 3DS system has been updated to the latest version (Ver. 6.1.0-12 U), then follow the prompts shown when you open StreetPass Mii Plaza. Once your update is complete, you’ll be able to purchase any of the new games by selecting “Games” in the Mii Plaza. Select the bunny character next to the game title you’re interested in to learn more or purchase the game (or all four).

 

 

Source: Nintendo

3DS Receives Firmware Update


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Nintendo recently sent out a brand new update for 3DS owners which now allows users to backup save data for downloaded games and newly added Mii Plaza Street Pass games which are currently only available in Japan and UK. Check out the full detail below.

North America

● Save Data Backup Feature

Users can now back up save data for downloadable versions of Nintendo 3DS software and most Virtual Console games

● System stability improvements and other adjustments

Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user’s experience.

UK

● StreetPass Mii Plaza

Added an option to update StreetPass Mii Plaza. An update is currently available that will add a shop where the user can purchase new games for StreetPass Mii Plaza. This update also allows the user to set a facial expression for their Mii to use when greeting other users’ Mii characters.

● Save data backup feature

Save data of compatible downloadable software can be backed up and restored.

● System stability improvements and other adjustments

Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user’s experience.

Here’s the fine details in regards to the addition of the new street pass games. These additional games will now cost£4.49 / €4.99 each, with a Combo pack setting you back £13.49 / €14.99.

StreetPass Squad
Enjoy a side-scrolling shoot ‘em up featuring Mii characters as an intergalactic police force defending the galaxy against evil space pirates.

StreetPass Garden
Cultivate seeds into full bloom and cross-pollenate with other players’ flowers to create dozens of hybrids, or even completely new flowers.

StreetPass Mansion
Perfect for those who enjoy a good scare! Exchange map segments with other users to plot your way to the top of a haunted mansion.

StreetPass Battle
As ruler of the realm, try to conquer all 20 countries on the map while defending and expanding your own castle.

Hats off!

By playing these games you can earn plaza tickets – swap them at the Exchange Booth for exciting new hats!

Express yourself!
Set a facial expression for your Mii to use when greeting other users’ Mii characters.

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD Hands On


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During the Nintendo E3 Best Buy event I was able to get some time with The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD. You’ll have to excuse the poor navigating of Link as I was testing the controls and gameplay out during the demo. It’s without a doubt that Wind Waker makes a beautiful transition to HD. The colours “pop” more then ever before and the way the sun reflects in the sky to the crisp texture details in the environment all add a new sense of depth to this classic entry in the series. The controls were fairly tight with the exception of entering a hole in the wall where I experienced a slight camera hiccup while trying to get Link to the other side. My overall time with the remastered HD Wind Waker was met with a positive view for the release scheduled this fall. I can’t help but dream about where the series will go next with Wii U’s HD console. Check out my hands on video below.

Super Mario 3D World Hands On


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I recently had the opportunity to go hands on with Super Mario 3D World at Nintendo’s Best Buy E3 event. My first impressions when seeing the game during Nintendo’s E3 Direct were met with disappointment as I was expecting a 3D Mario along the lines of Super Mario Galaxy. After getting my hands on the demo my mind has swayed on it’s previous disappointment. For those who played Super Mario 3D Land you will find yourself in a very familiar game with some beautiful HD graphics and fairly solid gameplay. At this point my only disappointment with the game is when a player falls behind they go off the screen and it can take a second before the bubble brings you back into gameplay. This can kill the experience for some. Check out our hands on video below.