Nightly News Roundup: 08.10.2012

Of pushback dates, sales defiance, and downloadables.

By Mel Turnquist. Posted 08/10/2012 21:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Nightly News Roundup

Here’s the latest and the greatest in the world of video games.

European Wii U Launch Delayed Till December?

According to the rumor mill, there’s bad news for the Nintendo loving folks across the pond– it looks as if Wii U’s launch has been pushed back over in Europe. It’s not as much of a delay as one may think, since the original date was scheduled for late November. Instead, Nintendo is looking to delay it until at least early December. This delay is only for Europe due to the fact that North America wants to have theirs released just in time for Thanksgiving weekend and the magical shopping holiday we all either love or hate– Black Friday.

While this is disheartening, at least take consolation in the fact that it’s only a rumor. Nintendo has still yet to confirm if this will happen.

Source: Web Pro News

Nintendo 3DS and DS Defy Video Game Trends!

Since July of last year, video game sales have gone down in the US considerably. Whether it’s due to the economy, or the rise of digital gaming, sales have been in a downturn. Most of this could probably be the result of being on the brink of a new generation, but either way, this past July had hardware and gaming sales down a pretty staggering 20%.

Despite that, there is one exception– the Nintendo DS and 3DS. Thanks for the everlasting need for a handheld console, these two handhelds had the most growth of all the other consoles. What’s even more surprising is that it’s much larger even compared to last July’s sales. It still remains to be seen if this trend will continue or not, especially with the Wii U and a bunch of big name titles coming out by year’s end.

Source: Pocket Gamer

New Digital Downloadable Games Announced!

Yes, boys and girls, New Super Mario Bros. 2 is not going to be the only full-game on the eShop anymore. Nintendo has also decided to put New Art Academy: Learn Painting Techniques and Share Your Art and Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! up as among the group of downloadable full-games on the service. After so many years of avoidance, and a gross underestimation of the power of the internet, Nintendo is making strides in trying to right the wrongs that they had made in the past.

However, if you’re one of those who is hesitant on buying downloadable, or perhaps don’t have the room on your SD card, these games will be available as hard copies as well. However, there is a pretty nice bonus for those who get the digital version if they’re a member of Club Nintendo– you’ll get twice the coins for them. That means 100 coins instead of 50. Worth a thinking over, that’s for sure.


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