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Sonic Boom Wii U has the guile to release a week early

Sega moved the Wii U Rise of Lyric edition of Sonic Boom up to November 11, a week ahead of its previously announced November 18 ETA. The publisher... Read more

Ice Climbers won't be in the new Smash Bros, and here's why

Fans of the Nintendo Entertainment System launch title Ice Climber (yes, they exist) may be disappointed to learn that stars Popo and Nana will not... Read more

Hyrule Warriors review: Moblin warfare

Though The Legend of Zelda series includes some of the most beloved games of all time, Hyrulean protagonist Link has seen some less than stellar... Read more

Thomas Was Alone rated in Germany for Xbox One, Wii U

Platformer from the block Thomas Was Alone looks to be headed to Xbox One and Wii U courtesy of Curve Studios, going by new ratings published by... Read more

Disney Infinity's Toy Box 2.0 offered as standalone download

When Disney formally unveiled Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes in April, the publisher announced that the power discs and base from the first... Read more

Destiny claims biggest launch ever for new IP in UK history

Destiny sold more at launch in the UK than any other new intellectual property in gaming history, following Activision's claim it shipped $500... Read more

Day-one patch adding Challenge Mode to Hyrule Warriors

Hyrule Warriors who are looking for a test of skills that goes beyond the game's Adventure Mode will be glad to hear that, as reported by Nintendo... Read more

Mega Man 7 acquires Wii U power, now available on eShop

Mega Man 7, a rare SNES game featuring Capcom's "Blue Bomber," is no longer quite so hard to find; it's waiting patiently in the eShop, so that you... Read more

Report: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U to be released November 21

A photo of a pre-order card for the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros., supposedly from retail store Fred Meyer, has allegedly pegged the date that... Read more

Report: Super Smash Bros Wii U playable via 3DS connection

The Wii U doesn't typically support remote play with the 3DS like the PlayStation 4 does with its handheld cousin the PlayStation Vita, but Smash-ing... Read more

August NPD: Madden 15, PS4 score top honors

Madden NFL 15 was the software leader in August, surprising a record-breaking no one. According to the NPD results, Madden's sophomore effort on... Read more

New Nintendo eShop releases: Adventure Island, Teslagrad

Oh, the NES... simpler times. Blowing into cartridges, power gloves, cheat codes, Minus World, R.O.B. and The Wizard. It was a time when people could... Read more

Fantasy Life, Captain Toad to feature in Nintendo's livestream

While more than half of Nintendo upcoming "gameplay" live-stream is just for the 3DS Super Smash Bros, the company's also giving some lower-profile... Read more

Japanese streamers revealing Super Smash Bros. roster early

Japanese players who've got hold of Super Smash Bros. early are determined to reveal the last bunch of characters Nintendo's been holding back.... Read more

Ubisoft confirms Watch Dogs Wii U for November 18

Update: Ubisoft confirmed a November 18 release date for Watch Dogs on Wii U. That's for North America, with Europe locked in for November 21.... Read more

Forget photos, watch the Wii U's new Fatal Frame in action

Will Fatal Frame: The Black-Haired Shrine Maiden release outside of Japan? We hope so, if only to see scaredy-cats fall backwards as spirits come... Read more

KickBeat Special Edition hitting PS4, Wii U next week

An upgraded Special Edition of beat-matching rhythm game KickBeat is coming to the PlayStation 4 and Wii U next week, developer Zen Studios announced... Read more

Stealth Inc 2 sneaks to Wii U eShop October 23

Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones will launch October 23 on the Wii U eShop, Curve Studios confirmed with Joystiq today. The game was announced as a... Read more

Nintendo lines up 8-hour gameplay stream, including Smash 3DS

Nintendo continues its holiday push with an 8-hour "gameplay" stream this week that's set to feature among others the handheld Super Smash Bros. The... Read more

The Sims move in to No. 1 in this week's UK charts

As Jess explains to Alexander in the Joystiq house, it's absotively positutely no surprise the new UK No.1 is The Sims 4. With Destiny not yet on... Read more

Miyamoto stopped Hyrule Warriors from being more Zelda than Dynasty Warriors

Crossovers must be tricky to develop – which fanbase do you cater specific mechanics to, and how much of each series' flavor do you implement... Read more

Bayonetta 2 channels Fox McCloud with 'Star Mercenary' outfit

If you ever wanted to dress Bayonetta up in an outfit normally worn by an anthropomorphic fox, well, that's your business. This week, your fetish... Read more

Project Cars racing to NA on Nov. 18, EU on Nov. 21

Slightly Mad Studios' sim-styled racer Project Cars will make its worldwide debut in November, publisher Bandai Namco announced today. Initially... Read more

The slowest parts of Sonic Boom might also be the best

Poor Sonic. Ever since transitioning to 3D, our dear blue hedgehog has stumbled. His games find only so-so levels of success, and there's even a meme... Read more

Bayonetta 2 European editions detailed following confusion

Nintendo unveiled the three different editions of Bayonetta 2 coming to Europe, following some confusion over which copies include the original... Read more

Nintendo discounts eShop games starring Smash Bros fighters

With a new Super Smash Bros. entry on the horizon, Nintendo has announced a number of discounts on eShop digital games starring the various iconic... Read more

Sega pins Aliens: Colonial Marines marketing mishaps on Gearbox

After Aliens: Colonial Marines publisher Sega moved to settle a class-action lawsuit to the tune of $1.25 million in August for alleged false... Read more

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Wii U Launch Info


The Wii U is here, and Joystiq is testing every feature and every game just for … you. Yeah, we'd never write "U" like that. We have keyboards.