Wii U

Wii U Hands-On Impressions -- Battle Mii and Zelda HD

The Wii U will retail for no less than $300 when it comes out this fall, according to unnamed sources "closely involved with manufacturing and distributing Nintendo products."

According to these sources (cited by Forget The Box), the total cost of materials to make a Wii U console is estimated to be around $180. That includeds the Wii U's innovative screen-based controller.

According to these nebulous sources:

“Cutting production costs to maximize profits is Nintendo’s main concern with the Wii U. They are cutting costs in the Wii U’s hardware to build back confidence in investors. Nintendo wants investors to view Wii U as a less risky proposition. ”

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Wii U E3 2011

According to an email obtained by WiiUDaily, supposedly from a well-known Japanese retailer, Nintendo's Wii U will hit shelves on November 18, 2012 in the U.S. and a week later in Japan.

While Nintendo has publicly said the Wii U would be out in fall 2012, the exact date has not been announced. Judging from the mid-November release of the Wii six years ago, it's definitely a plausible rumor, maybe even likely.  Although, it's unclear from the source of this rumor whether the November 18 release date is an internal target date for Nintendo, or whether the company has committed to releasing the Wii U to the public on this date.

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Hopefully, our most anticipated military games will satiate your hunger of the front lines until Bomb Patrol Afghanistan debuts at 10PM ET on G4. So until the boys of Navy EOD platoon 3-4-2 return, check out these games that will put you in the heat of battle without having to leave your couch.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier First Look Preview

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

Release Date: May 22, 2012

Explosions are awesome. We can pretty much all agree on that, right? But sometimes we need to take step back, slow things down a bit, and really appreciate all the hard work that goes into making the perfect military operation. Future Soldier may not be handing out destruction on the scale of Modern Warfare 3, but our hearts get pumping and we hold our breath just as much whenever we see more of this return to Tom Clancy's pseudo, not-quite-sci-fi military shooter franchise.

With controls that remove that pesky stiffness so indicative of the current console generation's first wave of titles, plus an emphasis on teamwork and coordination, we're ready to believe again. Not just in the Tom Clancy brand, not just in military shooters, but also in the ability of strangers to work together over the Internet to reach a common goal. You know, as opposed to them screaming profanities so vulgar they'd make Tarantino blush.

Besides, have you seen that video of Future Soldier with Kinect? Hey Minority Report, the future is now!

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Assassin's Creed 3 FAQ: Everything We Know About The Upcoming Game

We've got our first official preview of Assassin's Creed 3 for you to check out, ladies and gents. Adam "The Riveter" Rosenberg was lucky enough to check it out recently, and from his preview, it sounds like both gamers and history buffs will be very, very happy.

Here's a little bit of Rosenberg's Assassin's Creed 3 preview.

"An epic story with plenty of opportunities to insert the assassin into pivotal historical events. During the eyes-on demo, we see Connor speaking with Israel Putnam at the Battle of Bunker Hill while thousands of Redcoats formed into battle lines on a distant hill trade musket fire with Putnam's own forces."

Read the rest of our Assassin's Creed 3 preview.t And if that isn't enough AC 3 for you, check out our Assassin's Creed 3 FAQ, which synthesises everything we know about the game into one, bullet-pointed list. Also: You don't want to miss X-Play tonight at 6:30 ET, because you'll get to see Assassin's Creed 3 in action!


Pete Wanat

Making sure video games are fun is the envious job of a producer. But to get to that point, the producer must oversee the studio’s various departments, acting as a liaison between the artists, programmers, testers and so forth. That being said, the exact day-to-day work can vary from company to company, as the title of “video game producer” is a bit of a misnomer. It’s more than tightening up the graphics on level 3.

“The producer’s job,” explains Universal Interactive Executive Producer Pete Wanat, “is to shepherd a product from the conceptual stage until the game code ships to the manufacturer (or is uploaded digitally). The position is about anything you need to do to get the game made - so if you have to clean the office or move boxes or spend 12 hours on the phone working something out, you do what you need to do.”

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The goal of playing video games for a living often begins with becoming a game tester, whether you want to end up being a designer, programmer or executive producer. This is the best way to get your foot in the door and demonstrate that you can not only play games, but have a knack for attention to detail.

How to Become a Video Game Tester : G4U

That’s exactly the advice of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 QA Project Lead Jeff Roper. “The basic characteristics managers look for would be a fundamental love and passion for video games,” he says. “Other important characteristics would be an eye for detail, critical thinking and the ability to stay focused throughout. Of course, being a team player and getting along with your fellow co-workers is also important.”

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Want To Get A Video Game Job? Apply Here To Get Started!

Want to get a video game job? I'm sure you do. All week long G4 University has been bringing you feature stories and video about landing your dream job in the gaming industry. Now, it's time for you to put all of that knowledge to work and start applying for jobs. To make it easier, we've put together a list of links to the career pages of many top video game companies These include everything from publishers to developers, all the way up to Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo.

Take the time to craft a brief but well-written cover letter, make sure your resume is in order, and start applying! We're hoping you land your dream career at some point, and if you get a job somewhere please let us know. Who knows, we might be interviewing you about your upcoming game right here on G4!

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How To Get A Job In Video Games: Your Career Resource Guide

Want to make games, but you don’t know where to start? Want to start up a studio, work for your dream developer, or strike out on your own as an indie? Not sure about any of that, buy you’re dying to work in games? You’ve come to the right place. Getting into the game industry can be tough, but a passion for games, a lot of hard work, and a dollop of insider knowledge can go a long way. Read on for our full video game career guide.

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The release date for Darksiders 2 has been revealed. According to a tweet posted this morning, you'll be able to pick up Darksiders 2 on June 26.

If you're unfamiliar with the game, or you just want a bit more Darksiders 2 information, you can read our latest Darksiders 2 preview or watch the Darksiders video below.

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Darksiders 2

A lot of to-be-released video games will try to build hype by hosting booze-soaked parties or secret space shuttle flights to Venus. Not Darksiders 2. It opted for a slideshow instead. Sure, the slides were about the personifications of Death, and publisher THQ also showed off some solid game footage that essayed a sequel improving hugely on its predecessor. But first, a slide show.

The great Miguel Concepcion witnessed it all, and describes it thusly:

"Among the slides, the medieval art and interpretations of Death have always been my favorite, the kind of images that made it hard for me to sleep as a child. This lengthy presentation was complemented by a trailer featuring Darksiders’ version of Death Photoshopped in various works of art accentuating how he’s never to far from human events. Still, we were here for actual gameplay and THQ subsequently presented a live hands-off demo, albeit an unnecessarily loud one."

Check out the rest of our Darksiders 2 preview.

Guess what time it is? FEEDBACK TIME! This week on Feedback, Blair Herter, Jessica Chobot, Leah Jackson and Rob Manuel discuss Final Fantasy 13-2. Find out how FF13-2 stacked up against FF13, and against the entire Final Fantasy series. 

Feedback: Final Fantasy 13-2 Edition »

 The AUDIO MP3 of this episode of FEEDBACK is available here: Right-click and Save.

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I'm basically demanding that you watch the Zelda: The Lost Oracle fan film featured below. It's an ode to previous, amazing Zelda games like The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, but it also has its own flair and style that makes it truly a delight to watch. Plus it's less than a minute long, so you really have no reason, if you're a Zelda fan, to miss out on this. Watch it!

If the next Zelda game looks anything like this fan film, I'll be first in line to pick it up. What did you think of Zelda: The Lost Oracle?

Source: Destructoid

Today is a good day for Wii U fans! Last night, Nintendo held an investor presentation where we learned that the companies next-gen console will connect to a new online network, and will feature Near Field Communication. Today, we've cut together four videos that show off four interesting possibilities with the Wii U.

These aren't games. Nintendo calls them "experiences." I call them tech-demos. They're not new, either -- all this stuff was first shown at E3 2011.  But if you want to go way in-depth about some of the possibilities of the Nintendo Wii U, all you need do is click the videos below... if you haven't seen it, make sure you check out Zelda for the Wii U -- it's AMAZING.

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Wii U: Nintendo's New Console;

As we get closer and closer to the release date of the Wii U, new features are becoming known, including the just revealed "Near Field Communication."  NFC is the technology you might know from games like Skylanders Spyro Adventurers. Where you can "scan in" real world objects, and use them in the game world.

According to Nintendo, if you install this functionality:

"it will become possible to create cards and figurines that can electronically read and write data via noncontact NFC and to expand the new play format in the video game world. Adoption of this functionality will enable various other possibilities such as using it as a means of making micropayments.

So not only will the real world and the game world interact in new ways, you'll also be able to scan your credit cards for easy micro-payments. 

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Nintendo Reveals Nintendo Network

During an investor presentation held last night, Nintendo's Satoru Iwata gave the world a glimpse of what we can expect from the Wii U when it launches later this year. One of the most interesting pieces of news concerns Nintendo's online plans: The revelation of The Nintendo Network, Nintendo's online platform.

The Nintendo Network seems planned as a fully functional online hub, like the PSN and Xbox Live. It will allow "competitions and communication among users, as well as the sales of digital content." On the Wii U, you'll have personal user accounts, too.

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