Important PSA: Update Gadget Gifts Before You Wrap Them

So you pulled out the big guns and you got your son (age 27 or otherwise) a console. You're justifiably excited about the Christmas morning surprise, but there's one thing you must absolutely remember to take care of before you wrap that gadget gift: Update the firmware. Trust us. » 12/24/14 2:00pm 12/24/14 2:00pm

Grab a Wii U Deluxe Bundle for Just $250, While They Last

If you're still hoping to pick up a Wii U this holiday season, Target is offering one of the best deals we've seen so far. $250 will get you a deluxe console with Super Mario 3D Land and Nintendoland, which is the lowest price we've seen on this particular bundle. If you have a Target REDCard, that'll come all the… » 12/14/14 9:05am 12/14/14 9:05am

Target KO's Every Other Retailer with This Super Smash Bros. Deal

Today at Target, if you buy a copy of Super Smash Bros. on Wii U, they'll throw in a $15 gift card. That's the best deal we've seen advertised on Smash this holiday season, and likely the best you'll see before the new year. [ Super Smash Bros. + $15 Gift Card] » 11/27/14 9:32am 11/27/14 9:32am

Best Buy's Top Black Friday Deals Just Went Live

While a lot of retailers offer basically the same stuff at basically the same prices on Black Friday, Best Buy had quite a few advertised deals that were head and shoulders above the pack, and you can get them right now. » 11/25/14 9:15am 11/25/14 9:15am

The Men Who Hacked Mario Kart 8

"I don't want to go to bed at night thinking I've ruined thousands of people's fun," one of the two men who's cracked open the code for the Wii U's biggest game told me this week. I was confused. » 8/15/14 10:00am 8/15/14 10:00am

People Are Buying The Wii U, But Nintendo Is Still Losing Money

Nintendo has released a report detailing their results for this financial year's first quarter, and the Wii U seems to be doing better. Nintendo itself, on the other hand? Eh. » 7/30/14 5:30am 7/30/14 5:30am

What Nintendo Is Doing Right

The conventional wisdom is that Nintendo has screwed up. They've lost the plot. Dropped the ball. Somehow sunk their own battleship. But they're actually doing a bunch of things right, too. » 5/19/14 10:40am 5/19/14 10:40am

Nintendo Is Slowly Reinventing The Video Game Instruction Manual

Like the daily newspaper, the printed phone bill and personal checks, the video game instruction manual is facing extinction in our increasingly paperless world. Hold off on mourning, though. Nintendo has spent the last year or so quietly implementing a digital revival that's been a joy to behold. » 2/05/14 10:00am 2/05/14 10:00am

​How Nintendo Plans on Tackling Its Toughest Year

Nintendo's Toughest Year Ever Starts Pretty Much Now

Nintendo thought they were going to sell nine million Wii Us this past year. Last night, they acknowledged that they'll probably sell fewer than three million. Is it time for someone to panic? » 1/17/14 12:00pm 1/17/14 12:00pm

What the Xbox One, PS4, and Wii U Tell Us About the Future of Consoles

Most pieces of technology—like smartphones, TVs, and even computers—are replaced by new models every six or twelve months. Game consoles, on the other hand, are meant to last for at least five years. Which means that every generation is a true milestone of UI, gaming, and industrial design. So what does the latest… » 11/26/13 12:00pm 11/26/13 12:00pm

A Year In, The Wii U Is Still Not a Must-Own

Slowly improving but not yet great, the Wii U is still not a must-own console. Consider this the one-year-later update to my review of a console that I thought I'd be telling you was mandatory by now. » 11/25/13 5:00pm 11/25/13 5:00pm

You Know What? I'm Getting a Wii U

In this corner, the Xbox One, with its (mostly) all-knowing Kinect. In the opposite, the PS4, with hardcore gamer cred to spare. If you listen to most pundits—including us!—that's the full reckoning of the battle for your console dollars. Me? I'm buying a Wii U. And maybe you should, too. » 11/22/13 12:05pm 11/22/13 12:05pm

​Wii Mini Coming to U.S. With Mario Kart Wii for $99.99

Nintendo is easing out the full-fledged version of their super-successful Wii console. But, for folks in the market for a Wii machine without the U in the name, there's the Wii mini. It'll come with Mario Kart Wii, which seems slightly counterintuitive for a console without online functionality. » 11/04/13 10:47am 11/04/13 10:47am