New Wii U System Update Is Up, Adds Quick Start Menu

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Nintendo has unleashed a new system update for Wii U. Version 5.0.0 U contains multiple tweaks and adds several features, including the Quick Start Menu, which is displayed when users press the GamePad’s power or home buttons to power on the console. The feature also allows users to start recently-played or newly-installed software directly from the Quick Start Menu. Below is a list of all the improvements brought forth by the latest Wii U system update.

New Features
•A Quick Start Menu is now displayed when users press the GamePad POWER Button or HOME Button to power on the Wii U •Users can start recently played or newly installed software directly from the Quick Start Menu

•Wii U GamePad Alerts (special notifications from Nintendo) can be displayed on the GamePad when the Wii U is powered down •Users will be notified with an audio ringtone when a new GamePad Alert is displayed
•GamePad Alerts that have been received can also be viewed through the Quick Start Menu

Changes to Standby Functions:
•System updates will now automatically install after download when the Wii U is in Standby

Changes to the Wii U Menu:
•The User Settings screen now displays when users select their User Mii from the Wii U Menu
•The design and layout of the Users Settings screen has been updated •This includes the ability to switch the active user from the User Settings screen

Changes to System Settings:
•Quick Start Menu options have been added to Power Settings •Wii U GamePad Alert options are located within the Quick Start Menu options

Changes to the HOME Menu
•A Notification icon is now available on the HOME Menu, allowing users to launch the Notifications feature from the HOME Menu

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

Is it good? It’s meh lol.

Nintendo Treehouse At E3 Schedule And Details

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Nintendo of America has provided some details about what to expect from the Nintendo Treehouse: Live at E3 event. Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3 is a new way to bring Nintendo fans closer to E3 than ever before. During all hours of E3 – which runs from June 10 to June 12 – members of the Treehouse, Nintendo of America’s Product Development division, will be live-streaming a wide variety of game demos directly from the show floor.

Fans will be getting an unprecedented look at all the E3 games Nintendo has to offer. Instead of reading a short tweet or catching a gameplay trailer, fans can watch live as members of the Treehouse give in-depth gameplay demos of new and previously unannounced titles. There will also be special guest appearances from developers who will provide in-depth game commentary, including an appearance by Shigeru Miyamoto on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 10th.

Treehouse Live will broadcast:
•Tuesday, June 10: 11:35 AM PT – 4:00 PM PT
•Wednesday, June 11: 9:15 AM PT – 6:00 PM PT
•Thursday, June 12: 9:30 AM PT – 5:00 PM PT

My god, how can we watch all this stuff…this is hours of stuff…also it overlaps with Twitch’s live stream…to much to show off. I guess Nintendo really is going to reveal almost everything they have lol. Which is good, they have been pushed to the point of having the Wii U being near dead, so they better flood the market with AAA game after AAA game.

Here Is The Twitch Broadcast Schedule for E3 Next Week

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Twitch has published its broadcast schedule for next week’s E3 festivities. The streaming service is not only showing all three major conferences, but it will also be detailing individual games that are announced by developers and publishers such as Nintendo. You can see the full itinerary below.

Monday 6/9 PT
•9:30am – Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing
•11:00am – Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing Post show
•11:30pm – Hotline Miami 2 (Dennaton Games/Devolver Digital)
•12:00pm – EA World Premiere: E3 2014 Preview
•1:00pm – EA Special Event
•2:00pm – EA World Premiere: E3 2014 Post show
•2:30pm – Bethesda (Unannounced title)
•3:00pm – Ubisoft 2014 E3 Media Briefing
•4:00pm – Ubisoft 2014 E3 Media Briefing Post show
•4:30pm – Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED)
•5:00pm – Dying Light (Techland)
•5:30pm – Final thoughts
•6:00pm – PlayStation E3 2014 Press Conference

Tuesday 6/10 PT:
•9:00am – Nintendo Digital Event
•10:00am – Deep Silver (Unannounced title)
•10:15am – Deep Silver (Unannounced title)
•10:30am – Dragon Age: Inquisition (EA)
•11:00am – Ubisoft (Unannounced title)
•11:20am – The Division (Ubisoft)
•11:40am – Farcry 4 (Ubisoft)
•12:00pm – Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision)
•12:20pm – Microsoft Studios (Unannounced title)
•12:40pm – Microsoft Studios (Unannounced title)
•1:00pm – DRIVECLUB (SCEA)
•1:20pm – Evil Within (Bethesda)
•1:40pm – Lords of the Fallen (NAMCO)
•2:00pm – Destiny (Activision/BUNGIE)
•2:20pm – The Order: 1886 (SCEA)
•2:40pm – Nintendo (Unannounced title)
•3:00pm – Evolve Special Tournament (2K)
•4:00pm – Super Smash Bros. Invitational (Nintendo)

Wednesday 6/11 PT:
•10:00am – Alienware
•10:30am – Twitch Time
•11:00am – Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac Games/Microsoft Studios)
•11:20am – Microsoft Studios (Unannounced title)
•11:40am – Killer Instinct: Season Two (Iron Galaxy/Microsoft Studios)
•12:00pm – Square Enix (Unannounced title)
•12:20pm – Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade (Square Enix)
•12:40pm – H1Z1 (Sony Online Entertainment)
•1:00pm – EA (Unannounced title)
•1:20pm – Batman: Arkham Knight (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
•1:40pm – Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
•2:10pm – Nintendo (Unannounced title)
•2:30pm – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Unannounced title)
•2:50pm – Crytek (Unannounced title)
•3:00pm – SCEA (Unannounced PS4/PS3 title)
•3:15pm – SCEA (Unannounced PS4/PS Vita Digital title)
•3:30pm – Hohokum (Honeyslug, SCE Santa Monica Studio)
•3:45pm – Helldivers (Arrowhead Game Studios/Sony Computer Entertainment)
•4:00pm – Alien Isolation (The Creative Assembly/SEGA)
•4:20pm – Civilization: Beyond Earth (2K)
•4:40pm – Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4 (Blizzard)
•5:00pm – Evolve Special Tournament (2K)

Thursday 6/12 PT:
•10:00am – Tetris w/creator Alexey Pajitnov
•10:15am – Zombies Monsters Robots (Ying Pei Games)
•10:30am – Guinness World Records – certificate presentation
•11:00am – Fable Legends (LionHead/Microsoft Studios)
•11:20am – Microsoft Studios (TBD)
•11:40am – Project Spark (Team Dakota/Microsoft Studios)
•12:00pm – Nintendo (Unannounced title)
•12:20am – Square Enix (Unannounced title)
•12:40pm – PlanetSide 2 PS4 Edition (Sony Online Entertainment)
•1:00pm – 505 Games (TBD) 1:20pm – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Unannounced title)
•1:40pm – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Gearbox/2K)
•2:00pm – Ubisoft (Unannounced title)
•2:20pm – The Crew (Ubisoft)
•2:40pm – Nintendo (Unannounced title)
•3:00pm – Tecmo Koei (Unannounced title)
•3:20pm – Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes (Disney Interactive)
•3:40pm – SEGA Sonic BOOM! (SEGA)
•4:00pm – Evolve Special Tournament (2K)

SEGA Announces Brand New Titles For Sonic Boom Wii U And 3DS Versions

First of all I hate having to use a GameXplain video but oh well it is what it is.

SEGA has released brand new information concerning Sonic’s next endeavour which is exclusive to Nintendo consoles. The Wii U and 3DS versions for Sonic Boom will offer two different gaming experiences, with each offering a unique and immersive storyline set in the same universe.

Developed by Big Red Button, the Wii U version will be titled Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, featuring cutting-edge 3D game technology from Crytek’s engine. Gameplay on the home console version will focus on over-the-top speed runs, though intense combat and new abilities – such as the Enerbeam, which gives players an energy-charged cord to navigate the world in interesting ways – will act as the heart and soul of the game.

On the other hand, the 3DS version – developed by Sanzaru Games – will be titled Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal and is a standalone adventure game that shares key characters, events and lore from the Sonic Boom universe. Fans will be able play as Sticks, who will act as an integral role in the events for the 3DS game.

Both games will feature Sonic and friends teaming up against the new and extremely powerful villain Lyric – a gigantic snake-like creature from an ancient race. With a robotic body of armour, Lyric won’t be defeated easily, so you’ll have to work as a team with Tails, Knuckles, Amy and Sticks and capitalise on each character’s abilities. SEGA America’s Sonic chief content officer Hiroyuki Miyazaki said the following in support:

“This is a new Sonic, with gameplay built on action-adventure and collaborative play. They are unlike any previous games featuring the iconic blue blur. We are looking forward to our first hands-on showcase at E3 for fans old and new alike to experience the exploration, combat and new moves for the entire team.”

You can also check out some artwork here.

Mario Kart 8 Sells 1.2 Million Units Worldwide In It’s First Two Days

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On May 30th, Mario Kart 8 launched around the world to global acclaim, garnering some of the strongest review scores in the history of the series. Following this, Nintendo has today reported that the game sold more than 1.2 million total units across Japan, Europe and The Americas from Thursday, 29th May to Sunday, 1st June.

“Such positive early feedback for Mario Kart 8 reinforces the great gameplay experiences that Wii U currently offers,” said Nintendo of Europe president Satoru Shibata. “With Nintendo set to showcase its future releases at E3 next week, this is a great milestone going into the summer season.”

Prior to Mario Kart 8, the seven titles that have launched previously in the series have combined to sell more than 100 million total units, an average of more than 14 million units per title. This includes two of the best-selling video games of all time: Mario Kart Wii for Wii and Mario Kart DS for the Nintendo DS family of systems.

So MK8 has sold incredibly well, no the Wii U isn’t saved, but if games like Smash Bros, Bayonetta 2, X, and Zelda do the same type of sales or better, then maybe Nintendo can salvage something from the Wii U.

Mario Kart 8 Boosts Wii U Hardware Sales In The UK By A 666%

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Mario Kart 8 haa made a considerable splash in terms of hardware sales. According to UK chart sales tracker UKIE, Mario Kart 8 has been a smash hit for the home console and boosted sales by a huge 666 per cent.

While the popular Kart title didn’t manage to beat Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs this week, coming in third place instead, the game has made waves of its own by becoming the best-selling Wii U title since the console’s launch in November 2012, followed by the accolade as the second best-selling of the series so far. Figures concerning hardware rose by a seriously meaty percentage with 82 per cent of total sales coming from the Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle.

With the UK games market turning their heads to Mario Kart 8, we’ll hope for similar – or better – sales in both North America and Japan.

So while this is quite nice, its exactly like I thought it would be. Boosts Wii U sales, but it hasn’t “SAVED” the Wii U.

Mortal Kombat X Revealed, And Skipping Wii U

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment revealed Mortal Kombat X, NetherRealm Studios’ next highly anticipated installment in its acclaimed fighting game franchise that propels the iconic franchise into a new generation. Mortal Kombat X is scheduled for release in 2015 for the PlayStation4 and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC. Mortal Kombat X will make its first public appearance at Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2014 in Los Angeles.

“Mortal Kombat is our acclaimed, world-renowned franchise and we are now advancing the fighting genre with Mortal Kombat X,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “NetherRealm Studios is best in class at delivering games fans love and they are taking their iconic brand to the next level with Mortal Kombat X.”

“Mortal Kombat has always been about over-the-top, visceral fighting and with Mortal Kombat X we wanted to utilise the power of new-gen consoles to give players our most intense game yet,” said Ed Boon, Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios. “The team has worked hard to make sure Mortal Kombat X delivers everything fans expect along with new characters, new game modes and an all new graphics engine.”

Mortal Kombat X combines cinematic presentation with all new gameplay to deliver the most brutal Kombat experience ever, offering a new fully-connected experience that launches players into a persistent online contest where every fight matters in a global battle for supremacy. For the first time, Mortal Kombat X gives players the ability to choose from multiple variations of each character impacting both strategy and fighting style. Players step into an original story showcasing some of the game’s most prolific characters including Scorpion and Sub-Zero, while introducing new challengers that represent the forces of good and evil and tie the tale together.

Personally I don’t care, I haven’t played a MK game since Armageddon on the Wii. All the MK games are basically the same thing.

Natsume Says They Have Three New Nintendo Games In Development

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Natsume has revealed that they currently have three new games in development for Nintendo platforms. The company says that it will announce these during E3. Natsume wouldn’t reveal if they are for Nintendo 3DS or the Wii U.

“We’re saving a few secrets for closer to the show, but expect not one, not two, but THREE new Nintendo titles we’ll be announcing leading up to and at the show! This doesn’t include any classic eShop titles (and we’ll have some news on those as well). Will they be 3DS, Wii U, or a mix of the two, you ask? You’ll have to tune in from now until June 10th to find out! 😀 “