Today is the official release of Pokemon Black And White 2 in Japan, and with Nintendo very recently announcing their new 3DS XL console and the release of the highly anticipated WiiU coming up, the games they will provide for these devices are currently in the spotlight. Two days ago, Nintendo’s official YouTube posted a new trailer for their new DS title ‘Pokemon Black and White 2′. The trailer gives a short tour of the Unovia region and Aspertia City as well as featuring a teaser for the battle with new gym leader Roxie. Check the trailer out below, and if you’re a Pokemon fan, let us know your thoughts!
The currently expected European and North American release for the games is Q3 2012.
Nintendo have announced that in addition to the WiiU releasing at the end of this year, the new 3DS XL console will be hitting shelves shortly. With a European release date of July 28, the console is a little over a month from release and with a 46 percent increase in size, will they get an increase in profit?
The console will be released in white, red and black, and silver and black colour variants. The North American date is August 19 and will come in blue and red variants. The 3DS XL features larger screens, a bigger body, and longer battery life, along with a larger SD card. The console will last on its battery for between 3.5 and 6.5 hours while running 3DS software but can last up to 10 hours whilst running games on the device.
No UK/Europe pricing is available yet, but the North American version will sell for $199.99 and the Japanese version for 18,900 yen ($235).
Nintendo plan on releasing the ‘majority’ of its retail 3DS games digitally, but we also now know that they plan to release third-party games on the eShop too. NOA president Reggie Fils-Aime said the following during an investor presentation at E3:
“We’ve got a massive list of AAA content on the way from all of the biggest names in gaming,” Fils-Aime said, “that are all proven franchises, all exclusive to our platform, and all coming to stores both in physical and digital formats in the second half of 2012.” Accompanying this statement is a slide featuring confirmed eShop/retail releases New Super Mario Bros. 2, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, and Paper Mario: Sticker Star, along with third-party games Kingdom Hearts 3D, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate, Scribblenauts Unlimited, and Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion.
Allegedly, leaked scans of Nintendo Gamer magazine have revealed that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will launch on the WiiU this November.
We currently have no official release date or any word on whether it will have gamepad integration with Nintendo’s upcoming console. However, with Nintendo announcing that they wish to launch before Christmas 2012 and the revelation of the possible release date from a Ubisoft employee earlier at E3 last week we assume the release date to be November.
A screenshot comparison of Nintendo’s new WiiU and Sony’s PlayStation 3 has surfaced recently. It shows two almost identical screenshots from Batman: Arkham City and compares the graphical quality of the two consoles. This comes after Nintendo claimed that their new console is more powerful than the 6 year old PS3. We do have a specification list for the WiiU, but nothing has been confirmed by Nintendo.
Take a look at the screenshot below and let us know in the comments on what you think, is the WiiU better looking or does the older console still look good?
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A Ubisoft Montpellier developer accidentally let slip that Nintendo’s new console may be due for release in November. The Rayman Legends engine architect accidentally broadcast this information during an E3 interview with Gamexplain. Check out the footage below and skip to 6:23 if you want to here the release date instead of the whole interview.
During Nintendo’s press conference at E3 2012 a trailer was shown with a montage of 23 of the upcoming WiiU titles featured. Compiled by yours truly, here is the list of all the currently announced (as of 8th June 2012) games that will be available on the WiiU at some point, launch or not.
TBA = To Be Announced
The format is as follows:
- Game Title – Release Date
- Pikmin 3 – Q4 2012
- New Super Mario Bros. U – Q4 2012
- ZombiU – TBA
- Rayman Legends – TBA
- Nintendo Land – Q4 2012
- Project P-100 – Q4 2012
- Sing – TBA
- Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition – Q4 2012
- LEGO City Undercover – Q4 2012
- Trine 2: Director’s Cut – Q4 2012
- Aliens: Colonial Marines – February 12, 2013
- Rabbids Land – TBA
- Game and Wario – Q4 2012
- Wii U Play – TBA
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2 – TBA
- Wii Fit U – Q4 2012
- Assassin’s Creed III – TBA
- Chasing Aurora – Q4 2012
- Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge – Q4 2012
- Your Shape: Fitness Evolved – TBA
- Zelda Wii U – TBA
- Injustice: Gods Among Us – TBA
- Tank! Tank! Tank! – Q4 2012
- Mass Effect 3 – TBA
- Super Smash Bros. Wii U – TBA
- Scribblenauts Unlimited – Q4 2012
- Metro: Last Light – TBA
- Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth – Q3 2012
- Darksiders II – TBA
- Ben 10: Omniverse – Q3 2012
- Sports Connection – TBA
- Just Dance 4 – Q4 2012
- Dragon Quest X – TBA
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online – TBA
- Dirt – TBA
- Madden NFL – TBA
- FIFA Soccer – TBA
- Need for Speed – TBA
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – TBA
- The Sims – TBA
- Disney Animator – TBA
- Chase Mii – TBA
- Measure Up – TBA
- NBA 2k13 – TBA
- Wii U Sports – TBA
- Toki Tori 2 – TBA
- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed – Q4 2012
- Aban Hawkins & the 1,001 Spikes – Q4 2012
- Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien – TBA
- Rise of The Guardians – Q4 2012
- Cloudberry Kingdom – Q4 2012
- Family Party: 30 Great Games – Q4 2012
The online retailer ShopTo is now allowing you to pre-order your WiiU for when it releases. The price has surfaced at £279.85, (RRP £279.99) but has not been confirmed by Nintendo at all, the price is applicable to both the white and black versions of the new console. The array of games already announced for the WiiU can also be purchased early on ShopTo.
The white console can be bought here.
The black console can be bought here.
All the current games announced for the WiiU can be bought here.
Since Nintendo’s lack of hardware details at the company’s press conference at E3 this past weekend, they have released a list of specs for the WiiU. Even though some people claim it to be the complete list, it doesn’t contain CPU and GPU specifics of the console. Here is the full list as it stands currently:
- Weight: 3.41 pounds (1.5 kg)
– CPU: IBM Power-based multi-core processor
– GPU: AMD Radeon-based HD GPU
– Storage: Internal flash drive, SD cards and external USB storage devices are supported
– Media: Optical discs (both Wii and Wii U format)
– Connectivity: EEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, four USB 2.0 ports supporting Wii LAN adaptors
– Video output resolution: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p or 480i
– Video output connectivity: HDMI, Wii D-Terminal, Wii Component Video, Wii RGB, Wii S-Video Stereo AV and Wii AV
All Wii games will also be compatible with the WiiU when it is released.