Replacement Wii U Gamepads Coming To The USA? Japan’s Selling Them Now

One of the biggest mysteries with the Wii U is that the game’s main controller, the gamepad, is only sold with the system itself. That’s right – if you happen to damage or break the controller in anyway then you are forced to buy another system entirely.

That’s a pretty ridiculous concept when you really think about it, but hopefully that could be changing worldwide very soon. The official Japanese Nintendo online store has announced that you can now purchase individual Wii U gamepads for your system if you so desire, costing 12,800 Yen. For us non-Yen using folks, that comes out to about $115 USD or £75 GBP.

Nintendo, please make this a reality worldwide, because I love the Wii U and am pretty paranoid about looking at the gamepad the wrong way for this exact reason. Paying over $100 for a replacement ain’t cheap, but at least it gives gamers an option and is sure a hell of a lot better than buying a whole other system.


New Fire Emblem Gets Western Title And Trailer

We’ve seen bits and pieces of the next Fire Emblem game for 3DS, though we’ve now learned that the game will have a different title when it releases in the USA.

While the game will be called Fire Emblem If overseas, stateside the game will be called Fire Emblem Fates. In my opinion, that is a much better titles as having “If” as the title always seemed weird to me.

Outside of the new name we also got some new gameplay to check out via a new trailer. The game still looks awesome and I can’t wait to check it out when it launches for the 3DS next year.

Check out the trailer for Fire Emblem Fates below!

Nintendo Announces That Club Nintendo Is Shutting Down

Come July Club Nintendo will be no more.

After many years of providing gamers with rewards for being a loyal Nintendo buyer the company has revealed that Club Nintendo is shutting down. The service is being closed on July 1st, and when that day comes everyone’s current coins will be deleted.

However, Nintendo has revealed that they will be adding dozens of downloadable games and limited exclusive reward items to ensure that everyone can uses up all their Coins. More physical rewards will also be coming in February, though take note that March 31st is the last day that you can create a new account or earn Coins.

While this really stinks, it’s reassuring to know that Nintendo is only doing this because they are essentially in the process of creating a loyalty program that is even better. I’m sure there will be a Nintendo Direct at some point that will detail what they are up to, but as of now it’s time to use up all your codes and purchase everything you can at Club Nintendo.

New ‘The Legend Of Zelda Wii U’ Footage Revealed + New Star Fox Releasing Before It Next Year

Some great new looks at next year’s The Legend of Zelda on Wii U.

The Game Awards 2014 ended with an absolute bang when new footage of next year’s Wii U-exclusive The Legend of Zelda was shown off. Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma were the ones who were presenting the new gameplay, which showed off the game’s massive world and a few teases of what was contained within.

In the demonstration the point was really driven home that this upcoming game’s world is huge and will take a good while to venture through it all. A beacon system was also displayed allowing you to scope out exactly where you want to go and then jumping off a cliff and gliding towards it. It was said that apples grow on some of the trees and can be eaten by the player if they so desire, meaning this world probably has a lot more depth to it than the typical overworld.

Horse-riding was also briefly discussed, as the two gentlemen talked about how while riding the horse it will be able to control itself to maneuver around objects so you can do things like look around or even aim and shoot enemies with the bow. What was really cool about the bow shooting is that you have the ability to do this vaulting maneuver where Link shoots up into the air off of the horse and it briefly goes into slow-motion so you can pick off an enemy before even hitting the ground.

Some small talk followed where Eiji Aonuma asked Shigeru Miyamoto about the Star Fox game that he is working on, and though Miyamoto didn’t reveal too much he did announce that the game would be releasing before the new Zelda next year. You can check out this footage below. 

Nintendo Is Quietly Planning Another 3DS Zelda Game

Looks like Link may be prepping for another adventure on the 3DS.

The Legend of Zelda series creator Shigeru Miyamoto has gone on record saying that there are ideas for a new Zelda game on the 3DS at a shareholders meeting last month.

Miyamoto said the following:

“We are gradually changing the structure of The Legend of Zelda series, and we are preparing to newly evolve the series for Wii U. In addition to that, we have ideas for Nintendo 3DS which we have not announced yet, so I hope you will look forward to them.”

The last Zelda game to come out on the 3DS was last years acclaimed A Link Between Worlds. Ocarina of Time was also remade for the system and there have been rumors that Majora’s Mask may be getting a similar treatment, as well.

News Judgment… Mario Kart 8 Could Be Wii U’s “Catalyst”?

Mario Kart 8 is definitely a game that a lot of Nintendo fans have been eagerly anticipating for a while now, and thanks to great reviews it is certainly going to also be selling some Wii U consoles. However, what hasn’t been so certain is just what kind of an impact that this game will have on the struggling Wii U.

Nintendo’s UK Mario brand manager Roger Langford spoke with MCV and said the following:

“I certainly feel that Mario Kart 8 can be the catalyst that will broaden Wii U’s horizons. It’s very important for us that we have a successful launch and continue the promotion throughout the year and beyond.”

My Judgment:

It’s hard to predict how this will impact Wii U, as many people seem to have given up on the system. If this great game is followed by a string of great games, though, then that is when you will see the Wii U truly come into its own. If any game is going to get the ball rolling for the Wii U, then Mario Kart 8 can definitely be the game to do just that. If it doesn’t, well… maybe Nintendo really is screwed!

‘Stealth Inc. 2’ Coming Exclusively To Wii U This Year

Curve Studios has announced that their fast-paced stealth platformer, Stealth Inc., will be getting an exclusive sequel on the Wii U called Stealth Inc. 2. The original game was on PC and PlayStation 3 as both an original version and deluxe version, and also garnered more than 1 million downloads across both platforms.

Developer Curve Studios has mentioned that they plan on taking full advantage of the Wii U’s gamepad by introducing co-op play via the touchscreen. They said the following in the announcement for the game:

“We’ve relished revisiting the world of Stealth Inc. It’s given us the chance to really fine tune the Stealth Inc. experience, while also hugely expanding it with the addition of a larger explorable game world, and a more involved narrative.”

Stealth Inc. 2 does not currently have a release date. Check out the launch trailer for the original Stealth Inc. below.