Nintendo and Old Navy Power-Up Black Friday Promotion

On November 23, 2012, Black Friday, Nintendo and Old Navy are teaming up for a special promotion for the Wii U. Visitors that line up early and purchase $40 worth of merchandise will be given a chance to receive a free copy of New Super Mario Bros. U. Consumers may also receive a special game card in-store for a chance to win one of 1,000 Wii U systems. Pretty neat if you plan on going to Old Navy for Black Friday.

Lost Planet 3 may be coming to Wii U

A scan from the upcoming issue of GameInformer shows Lost Planet 3 set for Wii U release on a game preview. Capcom have yet to comment on this.

Nintendo World Store will be celebrating Wii U launch

There will be a midnight launch event at Nintendo World Store in New York’s Rockefeller Plaza, starting at 6:00 PM on Saturday November 17th and going on all the way up to the Wii U’s launch at midnight. Reggie Fils-Aime will be there to welcome customers and present the first customer with a Wii U.

First look at the Wii U’s eShop

Nintendo’s Japanese website revealed the image above, which is a small look at the new eShop layout! Looks pretty great, doesn’t it?

Wii U’s has an automatic shut down feature

The Wii U will shut down automatically after being left alone for too long. However, this is only the default setting and can changed within the system options. This may be something you will want to do when you get your Wii U.

Entire New Super Mario Bros. U world map revealed

As previously stated, New Super Mario Bros. U will contain a continuous world. A picture of the instruction manual for the game from 1up.com has revealed the world in its entirety, which you can see after the break.

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Friend codes are banished, plus other Wii U online details!

From the Japanese Nintendo Direct, and North American video shortly after it, we received new details on the online functionality of the Wii U and its requirements:

  • For functionality such as Miiverse, Wii U Video Chat, being able to play Wii games, and the eShop; you will have to download the day 1 update for the console.
  • Friend codes are now a thing of the past and the Wii U will feature an account system. You will be able to create 12 accounts per console.
  • Any game downloaded to the Wii U console will be available in all other accounts assigned to that console, and users will not be required to purchase the software again.

Tomb Raider is not in development for Wii U at the moment

 

Tomb Raider Reboot

The community & communication manager at Crystal Dynamics, Meagan Marie, said that:

Tomb Raider is in development for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. No Wii U at this time!

This means we can pretty much rule out this game as the Square Enix title to be ported to the Wii U, but it could be done later.

Square Enix title to be ported to Wii U?

Square Enix logo

A post on NeoGaf claims that Straight Right, the developer porting Mass Effect 3 to the Wii U, are also working a on a Square Enix game to port for early next year. There is no confirmation on what the game might be, or if a port is even happening.

Wii U to be friendlier to indie developers than Wii

Chasing Aurora

Martin Pichmair, the mind behind the indie game Chasing Aurora, expressed Nintendo’s increased support to indie developers from Wii to Wii U in a recent interview

I can not talk about the new eShop in detail. What I do know is that Nintendo is doing everything to make this console much more open, social and indie-friendly than the Wii ever was.