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Nintendo have been fighting an uphill battle to get attention to their newest console, the WiiU, this week posting a $229 million loss, a far cry from the rivers of gold that flowed to the company during the previous generation.
But on the eve of one of their highest profile releases of the year from one of their most loved franchises, they're giving die-hard and casual fans alike a good reason to take a new console home.
With all physical and downloadable copies of Mario Kart 8, Nintendo will offer a code to download for the Nintendo eShop for your choice of a free full version WiiU game, from the following ten titles:Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, GAME & WARIO, Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Sonic Lost World (Wii U version) , Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games andWii Party U.
The generous offer will be offered for a limited time only. Mario Kart WiiU goes on sale on May 30th in the United States and Europe and on May 31st in Australia.
Nintendo hasn't been doing well over the last few years as it continually posts major losses. The Nintendo Wii U game console continues to be unpopular with gamers and is a major part of the financial woes for the company. Reports have surfaced that claim Nintendo is set to roll out a new game console as early as 2015 or 2016.
If you are hoping for a high-end console to help Nintendo get back to some of the gaming glory it enjoyed years ago, you will be disappointed. According to reports, Nintendo is looking at building a cheaper game console for gamers in developing markets. Nintendo's Satoru Iwata has said that the console will be aimed at gamers in developing nations with a lower budget.
Nintendo fans are up in arms after the company made a decision that will block players from forming gay relationships in the new Tomodachi Life video game that is coming to the US market soon. The game is described as a life simulator.
Tomodachi Life was a hit in Japan and reportedly sold 1.83 million copies. It will land in North America and Europe on June 6. Nintendo has said that it was not trying to make any sort of social commentary by not including gay relationships in the game.
Activision is expecting big things from its coming video game called Destiny developed by Bungie. Destiny is one of the most expensive games that Activision has ever produced and word on the PS4 beta for the game has now surfaced. Activision will be kicking that beta off in July.
The beta will be available for PS3 and PS4 gamers who pre-order the game for their console. Activision is expecting this game to be huge and has gone so far as to say that Destiny will be its next billion-dollar franchise.
Until now, you've probably never heard of Analogue Interactive... well, the company has just unveiled its retro gaming machine, the Analogue Nt. Analogue Nt features the same hardware found inside of the NES console, but in a beautiful single block of "6061 aluminum".
The Analogue Nt supports all of the original NES peripherals, including the Zapper light gun for some Duck Hunt shenanigans. All of the original NES cartridges are compatible, including the Japanese Famicon gear. The Analogue Nt features HDMI out for 1080p goodness, but keep in mind that those old games won't look that great blown up to 1920x1080.
How much will a trip down memory lane in a new shell cost you? $500. An HDMI adapter, something that doesn't come included in the package, will cost you $50. If you don't want the stock aluminum color, you can get a new shell for $50. For "new" NES controllers, you're looking at $50, and for refurbished models are priced at $30.
Nintendo continues to struggle on the gaming market around the world. The game firm warned late last week that it would be posting another loss for its current fiscal year. Nintendo has also cut the sales target for the Wii U console as it continues to be outsold massively by competing products.
Sony and Microsoft have been seeing sales boom for their new consoles. The Wii U is underpowered compared to the PS4 and Xbox One and Nintendo has less game support from major developers. Nintendo expects to lose about $240 million in the year up to March.
Here's something that should surprise you: rumors are swirling that Nintendo will unveil a new console at E3 in June. The company has already shot down the rumors, telling GameSpot that the reports of a next-gen console from Nintendo are not true.
The rumors started off with a "third-party publishing source" claiming that Nintendo was planning to unveil new hardware, playable at the show in LA in June. The hardware would reportedly be a next-gen console, a successor to the still-fresh Wii U console. It's an interesting rumor, something I would've expected to have Nintendo shoot down, but could we maybe see a new device that is capable of VR?
When Activision rolled out Skylanders and it was a smash hit and generated big money in recurring sales for the action figures in addition to software sales, competitors were certain to try to get in on that action. Disney stepped up not long after with its Disney Infinity game that let gamers put their favorite Disney characters into a game.
Disney is now getting ready to launch a new version of its game called Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes. The game will have over 20 new interactive figures and the Avengers are part of the crew. The game itself will have original storylines written by comic book author Brian Michael Bendis.
Nintendo has already announced that Mario Kart 8 is coming and if any game in the Nintendo universe can get gamers to buy a Wii U, Mario Kart 8 is probably it. To get the folks out there who haven't bought the Wii U to buy one to get Mario Kart 8, a new bundle has been announced.
Nintendo will offer a Wii U Mario Kart 8 bundle starting May 30. The bundle includes a Wii U Deluxe Set system, the Mario Kart 8 game, a red Mario Wii wheel accessory and a red Mario Wii Remote Plus controller. The bundle will sell for a MSRP of $329.99.
Wrestling fans who follow the WWE have a new reason to pickup an Xbox One game console this week. WWE has announced that its Xbox One channel is now available on the new Microsoft game console. The WWE Network is a 24/7 streaming video network.
This isn't a free network that you can watch without a subscription. Access to the WWE Network costs $9.99 per month with a six-month commitment. You have to subscribe at WWE.com and download the WWE Network app to the Xbox One.