Wii U

Nintendo's Wii U is out on November 18, 2012 and now that we're so close to the console's launch, X-Play wanted to give you a break down the device. In the video below, X-Play hosts Morgan Webb and Blair Herter go over the Wii U's GamePad and TV offerings and get some insight on the console from Kumail Nanjiani. 

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Below you'll find a Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 zombie mode gameplay video. The more lighthearted zombie mode this time around will feature new characters, new maps, an open-world style travel system, new enemies, new weapons and tons of freaking zombies.

Click play on this Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 video. I dare you.

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New Game Modes In Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Zombies »

Treyarch has revealed a ton of new details of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's zombie mode this morning (as well as dropping a new Black Ops 2 zombie trailer) including a brief look at the four new playable characters, new weapons and three game modes, including an open-world mode.

Black Ops 2's "Tranzit" mode sees zombie hunters riding on a huge bus in an open world, where they'll travel from map to map, running down undead hordes. Like everything else in the haunted world of Black Ops 2's zombies, the bus is not safe. Gangs of the undead will attack your vehicle as you travel. They'll try to overtake you and eat your sweet, sweet brains, so keep your foot on the gas and your eyes on the rearview.

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Tonight on X-Play 6:30/5:30c

Tune in tonight 6:30/5:30c on X-Play as Jessica Chobot is hitting the real-life sites in and around Boston found in the upcoming Assassin's Creed 3! Plus, The Indoor Kids' Kumail Nanjiani is here with thoughts on the Wii U. Full show details below:

  • The Indoor Kids' Kumail Nanjiani on the Wii U
    Nintendo is set to launch its latest console, the Wii U, in just two months, and we welcome gamer and The Indoor Kids podcaster Kumail Nanjiani into the studio to debate whether or not people should want one.
  • On Location: Assassin's Creed 3 Landmarks in Boston
    Jessica Chobot is on location in Boston, MA visiting the upcoming sites you'll be slicing and dicing over in Assassin's Creed 3.
  • Tech Junkie: The iPhone 5 As A Gaming Platform
    The iPhone 5 is many things to many people, but with a bigger screen and faster processing power, it looks to appeal to gamers as the ultimate in mobile gaming. But is it? The Tech Junkies take a look.
  • Madden NFL 13 Pro Tips - How To Win Games
    We've had pro tips for the building of teams and how to succeed at drafting for the long haul, but eventually you'll have to do it on the field, play by play. Today we'll have the pro tips you need for doing just that.

Watch X-Play weeknights at 6:30/5:30c!

New Super Mario Bros. U

Wii U early adopters will have 23 games to choose from when Nintendo's new console launches on November 18, 2012. The two marquee first-party titles are New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land, though the console maker is also listed in the press release as the publisher on Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge and SiNG PARTY.

Nintendo's Wii U launch window covers a nearly five-month stretch of time, from the day the console is released to March 31, 2013. A total of 52 games are listed for release during that time, with some planned for as soon as late-November. Highly anticipated first-party games that aren't arriving on launch day, including Game & Wario, LEGO City: Undercover, The Wonderful 101, and Pikmin 3, are unfortunately just listed as "launch window" for now.

Check out the full list, broken down by publisher, in the original press release.

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Wii U E3 2011

Nintendo's new console is coming out on November 18, and as you might expect, Nintendo has been eager to trumpet its launch games. According to the company, 22 Wii U games will be available right on launch day, and there will be over 50 games during the console's "Launch window." The Launch Window is defined as the time between November 18 and March 2013.

While the full list of 50 launch window games has been released, according to Reggie Fils-Aime of Nintendo, there are unannounced titles too. In an interview with IGN, Reggie said that that unannounced Wii U games are in development, including some that will release “during the launch window that we haven’t announced yet.”

No more information has been revealed about these games, so I can only assume that one if a reboot of Battle Toads.

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Wii U Will Be Region-Locked

Posted September 24, 2012 - By Adam Rosenberg

Nintendo Wii U Release Date And Price Revealed

Nintendo's upcoming Wii U console will be region-locked, just like the Wii before it. The company confirmed as much to CVG, though anyone who's familiar with Nintendo's past products shouldn't be too surprised. Region-locking goes all the way back to the original NES, though there are workarounds for region lockouts on many of the Nintendo platforms.

Microsoft's Xbox 360 console is also techincally region-locked, though this largely applies to digital content; publishers are permitted to release region-free or region-locked games as they like. It's the same for Sony, at least in terms of recent hardware, with an even longer list of region-free games available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation Portable.

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Monster Hunter 4 Japanese Release Date Announced

Capcom has announced the release date for Monster Hunter 4 in Japan. Gamers will get this 3DS title in March 2013. It may be a while longer after that before American audience get their hands on Monster Hunter 4 though.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate was just announced for the same month next year. If you're an American Monster Hunter fan, hopefully Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on the 3DS and Wii U will hold you over until the release of MH4.

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tekken tag tournament 2

While Tekken Tag Tournament 2 may already be out for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the Wii U edition promises to add new features while bringing a Nintendo flare to the fighting game. At Tokyo Game Show 2012, Jake "Mushroom" Gaskill got to preview Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for the Wii U and took note of its new Mushroom Battle Mode and World Tekken Federation features. From his Tekken Tag Tournament 2 preview:

"In terms of actual content, Namco has incorporated quite a bit of Nintendo fandom into the game. First, there’s the Wii U exclusive Mushroom Battle mode, which not only features character growing/shrinking mushrooms and energizing stars, but also includes a remixed version of the Super Mario Bros. theme song and the energy star theme whenever a character picks it up. The sound effects of the pickups are also here. There are also classic outfits that various characters can wear. Namco has yet to confirm all of the Nintendo characters included in the game, but during my session, I saw Mario, Luigi, Samus, Zelda, and Fox."

For more, check out our full Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U preview from Tokyo Game Show 2012.

Injustice: Gods Among Us

Warner Bros. has announced a release window for Injustice: Gods Among Us. It will released into retail stores worldwide in April 2013 for the PS3, 360 and Wii U. 

The game takes DC superheroes and pits them against one another in battles to the death. Because a video is worth at least 10,000 words, I've embedded the latest Injustice gameplay video beneath the "Read More" tag so you can check it out.

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Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition will feature your favorite Tekken fighters as you've never seen them before--Nintendoized. In this awesome TTT2 Wii U Edition launch trailer, you'll get to see Tekken characters dressed up as Mario, Link, Zelda, and Browser and duke it out in Nintendo themed stages. If you love Nintendo and Tekken, you're going to dig it.

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Below you will find the fourth and final episode of four-part documentary series "Inside Assassin's Creed 3." Click play to learn about Assassin's Creed 3's version of the new world, from the bustling city streets of Boston and New York, into the far reaches of the American frontier and vast open seas.


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If you missed them the first time around, here are the first three parts of this Assassin's Creed 3 developer diary:

The below Black Ops 2 video shows just a hint of zombie mode, along with a promise of a full zombie mode reveal on September 26. I believe this is called a "teaser," but it's our first look at even a tiny glimpse of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's zombie mode, so you should really click "play."


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Nintendo Wii U Release Date And Price Revealed

The Wii U launch titles have been revealed. There will be 22 games available at launch according to Nintendo, with an additional 11 games made available before the end of the year. Here's the official list of the games that are going to be out when the Wii U launches:

 Games to be Released on November 18:

  •     Assassin's Creed 3
  •     Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition
  •     Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  •     Darksiders 2
  •     Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  •     ESPN: Sports Connection
  •     Game Party Champions
  •     Just Dance 4
  •     Madden NFL 13
  •     Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth
  •     Mass Effect 3: Special Edition
  •     NBA 2K13
  •     New Super Mario Bros. U
  •     Nintendo Land
  •     Rabbids Land
  •     Rayman Legends
  •     Scribblenanuts Unlimited
  •     Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed
  •     Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  •     Transformers Prime
  •     Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
  •     Zombi U

For the list of games releasing by the end of the year, check after the break.

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Nintendo Wii U Release Date And Price Revealed

Major retailers have already sold out of pre-orders of the Nintendo Wii U.  The console's price and release date were announced only five days ago, and retailers quickly allowed consumers to pre-order the next-gen console, but if you missed the window, you might be out of luck for now.

The following retailers have sold out of the machine:

  • GameStop: Although GameStop still is taking orders for the "Basic" Wii U, the Deluxe version is gone..
  • Best Buy: Ditto Best Buy. You can still get the cheap version, but the expensive one is gone.
  • Toys R Us: The toy retailer has sold out of both versions of the Wii U.
  • Target: Target has no pre-order for the Wii U left.
  • Sears: Old-School retailer Sears is sold out too.
  • K-Mart: The K lists the device as "coming soon."

It's not all bad news, though. There is one retailer still offering the system...

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