The Nintendo Wii U and 3DS eShops will be undergoing “extended maintenance” on March 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. PST, according to the company’s Network Information page.
The aforementioned maintenance will also affect the Wii’s Shopping Channel and the DS’ Nintendo DSi Shop. While the maintenance is in progress, players can expect various parts of the affected services to be “intermittently unavailable.”
The team behind Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs has confirmed via a livestream that the game’s drop-in multiplayer feature will be able to be turned off for players who would rather not welcome other players into their worlds. Found within the game’s menu, players will be able to decide whether or not they would like to utilize Watch Dogs‘ online features with the simple toggle of one of the game’s options.
The second week since PlayStation 4′s Japanese launch has wrapped up, and the young console is still on top. With just over 65,000 sales, PlayStation 4 didn’t break any sales records, but it easily beat out the competition for this week’s top spot. Meanwhile, Harvest Moon: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi (Connect to a New World in English) had a strong debut on 3DS, taking the number one spot on the software charts. Hit the jump for the full breakdown.
Mario Kart 8 is all set to launch on May 30, and European gamers are getting a special treat. Nintendo has unveiled a Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition deal that will net players a Spiny Shell collector’s item, pictured above. Hopefully it won’t ruin as many friendships as the item does in the game itself! You can catch a teaser for this special edition by clicking below.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, the latest game from Nintendo-owned Retro Studios, is out on the shelves, but that doesn’t mean it’s vacation time for the development team. Retro CEO Michael Kelbaugh and Nintendo producer Kensuke Tanabe spoke with GameSpot about Tropical Freeze, the possibilities on Wii U (a system Kelbaugh calls ‘a powerhouse’), and where the studio goes from here.
During the interview, Tanabe revealed that Retro is already hard at work on their next game. In fact, GameSpot’s report indicates that they’ve been at work on their next project for at least a few months, since the majority of work wrapped up on Tropical Freeze last November. Neither would indicate whether Retro is working on another Donkey Kong, returning to the Metroid franchise, or working on something different. What would you like to see?
The next installment in the Lego video game series, Lego The Hobbit, is set to release on April 8 in North America and April 11 in Europe, according to Warner Bros.
In direct correlation with Peter Jackson’s films based off of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the game will follow the events from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Video game sales have been dismal across the board in Japan since the new year kicked off, but now there’s a new console on the market. PlayStation 4 launched this week in Japan with over 300,000 sales in its first two days, easily securing the number one spot. Hit the jump for the breakdown.
Today, Sega released a new behind-the-scenes video for Sonic Boom, its upcoming game for Wii U and 3DS, that focuses on the title’s characters while also showcasing small bits of gameplay footage. Hit the jump to get a behind-the-scenes look at Sonic Boom.
Varia Games, the team behind upcoming 2D-platformer ReVeN, has released a new video that showcases the games EDM as well as a variety of other in-game mechanics. The game’s Kickstarter – which reached its $18,000 goal a few weeks a go – will end tomorrow at 6 p.m. PST, so if you’ve been meaning to support ReVeN, act fast as time is running out. Hit the jump to check out the ReVeN‘s new gameplay breakdown video.
Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Wonderful Mysterious Keys topped the charts with its Japanese debut last week, and it still has a firm hold on that number one spot this week. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze managed number two for its debut, but its 35,717 sales were quite modest and failed to boost Wii U significantly. Elsewhere, it was a pretty quiet week for Japanese video games in the final sales report before PlayStation 4′s release. Hit the jump to catch the breakdown.
Just in time for the release of Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze in North America and Europe, Diddy Kong has been confirmed for Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS. Donkey’s young cohort will be joining the fight again, but this time with increased flexibility. As indicated by the image above, Diddy Kong has quite the punching range. You can catch a heaping helping of Diddy Kong screenshots after the jump.
Xenoblade Chronicles was a critically-acclaimed success on Wii, and developer Monolith Soft is hard at work on a spiritual successor. Currently just dubbed ‘X’ Monolith Soft’s upcoming Wii U title looks to take everything that made Xenoblade Chronicles great and knock it up a few more notches. A new gameplay trailer was revealed during today’s Nintendo Direct, and you can catch it after the jump.