Last year VBlank Entertainment released Shakedown Hawaii, their sequel to the nutty 80s-themed Retro City Rampage…a top-down shooter adventure modeled after the first GTA game and flavored with endless 8-bit gamer in jokes. Shakedown Hawaii, released in 2019, is more of the same but with more options.
You might be surprised to learn the Netflix app on Nintendo’s 2006 Wii console is still active. Not for much longer, however. The company recently announced support for the Wii app will be suspended on January 30, 2019.
Nintendo is a pretty secretive company, and a lot of the deep experiments they’re working on in R&D never escape to public knowledge, but in this case one did. A prototype Wii controller made its way onto a Japanese auction site, where it was purchased for what amounts to $660 in US dollars.
You may not know the name as well as you know Miyamoto (creator of Mario, Zelda and everything else) or Iwata (late beloved and humble CEO), but Genyo Takeda, a designer who has worked at Nintendo since 1971, was responsible for a lot of what the company grew to become. Today he announced his retirement.
Dolphin, widely considered the most reliable and functional emulator for the Nintendo GameCube and Wii consoles, has added support for the online Wii Shop Channel. This means it is now possible for those using the emulator to add points to their accounts just like on the console and buy games through the service.
Last fall the final title for the Nintendo Wii, Just Dance 2017, was released. Not many adults were interested, except for collector NintendoTwizer. He now owns every single game released for Wii — 1,262 in all.
When Nintendo revealed the Switch last week, a key talking point was about the price: $300. While it was very fair, there was a question from fans of the last two console generations as to why it was $300, but didn’t come bundled with a game.
Back when touchscreens were a new novelty and the Wii was the hottest technology around, Atlus put out a series of surgery simulators called Trauma Team. Among all the “gimmick” games with special controls released during this period, Trauma Team was one of the better and more well-received. But if Atlus’s proposed TV series based on the games had ever gotten off the ground, people might have turned on the brand pretty quickly.
The Wii U, no matter what happens in the final amount of time it is out on the market, is widely going to be considered a failure. While its had many best selling titles, and a library most Nintendo fans are proud of, its hardware sales were fledgling from launch to now. This was odd to many, as the previous Nintendo console, the Wii, was not only a major seller, but it’s one of the highest selling consoles of all time.
For nearly ten years, Nintendo has been riding the “Wii” brand through good times (2006 through 2009) and bad (2010 and beyond). They managed to hit the sweet spot of mainstream 2006 culture, but the world changes quickly, and the casual audience that bought over 100 million Wii consoles had little interest in upgrading, being amused by their phones instead.
Nintendo recently announced a remastered 1080p version of their 2006 Wii launch title/Gamecube abandonment title The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Meant to bridge the gap between now and whenever the latest Zelda is completed, it’ll be sold in two forms: regular and packaged-with-amiibo.
Read the title a second time. We’re not talking about the current Super Smash Bros available for 3DS and Wii U. This is a new feature for the 2001 release Super Smash Bros Melee, for the Nintendo Gamecube. ….No, it’s not official.