Do you still go online for Mario Kart Wii or Super Smash Bros. Brawl or The Last Story? Well, then you'd better hop over to Change.org and sign a petition to Nintendo asking them to keep the Wii/DS servers alive.
Nintendo has a history of ignoring petitions, and companies often retire aging servers once they're considered to be a financial drag, but hey, it's worth a shot.
KnapNok Games (Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party) and Nifflas (Knytt Underground) have teamed up to create a Wii U exclusive, Affordable Space Adventures, and Gamasutra has an interview with them.
While it's always dangerous to get too excited too fast, these are two of the most interesting indie developers out there working on a game that promises to make full use of the gamepad's touchscreen (primarily, it seems, as a control panel for the spaceship that is the game's focus), instantly makes this one of the most intriguing Wii U games set to come out in 2014.
I don't know how many people are still playing Mario Kart Wii online, but it will be far fewer after May 20, the day Nintendo shuts down the Wi-Fi Connection Service used by Wii and DS games. This won't effect Wii U games excepting Wii games played on that channel's Wii mode.
The Wii Shopping Channel will stay in operation.
There probably aren't a lot of games anyone is playing online on the Wii right now, as the console was never known for its online play, but for those who do, enjoy it while you can; online play and posting high scores will soon be done. If you want to keep paying Mario Kart online, you'll need a Wii U and Mario Kart 8, which comes out May 30.
When reviewing a console accessory, there are two questions one must ask, "is it well made," and "is it worth buying." Nintendo's Wii Remote Charging Cradle shows how these two questions can create conflict; it's well made, but that doesn't mean you should buy it. To see what I mean, ready my review of the Wii Remote Charging Cradle and Rechargeable Battery.
Some games want to be fun for as many people as possible. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, on the other hand, is only interested in the highly-skilled core gamer. This created some frustration for me, which I detail in my review of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
With Watch Dogs delayed, possibly forever, and other major games announced for every platform except the Wii U, it often appears that the console can't get any third-party titles at all. But that's not true. Look at this cheesy trailer with a woman in really hideous outfits dancercising. This is a Wii U exclusive.
So don't worry, folks, the third party games are still out there. ;-)
I haven't seen The Lego Movie yet, but if it's as good as the game based on it, I'll have to check it out. To learn why the game gives me hope for the movie, read my review of The Lego Movie Videogame.
The gamepad won't last long between charges, which is why I've developed a habit of always putting it back on the charging stand, even for game cutscenes. This made testing Nintendo's High-Capacity Battery tough; I kept forgetting to keep it off the stand, and finally took an envelope and blocked the stand to remind me. To learn what I learned, read my review of Nintendo's Wii U GamePad High-Capacity Battery.
Following their recent sales woes, Nintendo apparently hoped a new Nintendo Direct video might be just the thing to excite the masses. But while at a bit over 41 minutes this was the longest Nintendo Direct yet (just beating out the one produced for this year's E3), it was also close to news-free (at least for the Wii U), offering only minor announcements and a lot of game footage.
- Mario Kart 8 now has an official release date;May 30. Playable characters now include Bowser's minions, the Koopalings.
- The Wii U virtual console is moving beyond NES and SNES games with the addition of GBA titles, starting off with some very good ones; Metroid Fusion, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, and the brilliant Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
- Nintendo announced one new game, NES Remix 2, which will come out April 25. Like the original game, it is a mix of levels from old Nintendo games with new challenges. Exciting news if you enjoyed the first one, which I didn't.
- The Direct also announced another playable character added to Super Smash Bros.; Little Mac from the Punch Out series.
Nintendo revealed the first gameplay footage for Monolith's untitled action RPG, code-named X. The battle system is a refined version of that from Xenoblade Chronicles, although now you're able to jump into giant fighting robots. It looks like fun, but visually no better than its Wii predecessor, so development probably has a good ways to go.
There was also some more footage from Bayonetta 2, which still looks like fun.
The game we all really want to hear about, the next in the Zelda series, was missing once again. It makes me wonder how far off that game is.