Gaming For Couples: The best Wii U bundle, games, demos and accessories

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Nintendo’s Wii U will likely be remembered as the most misunderstood major game console ever released. As the sequel to Wii – which sold over 100 million consoles – the Wii U is a true 1080p HD console, plays all of the Wii’s games, and even includes a screen on its packed-in controller. It’s also the best current-generation console for couples and families, hands-down. But it had a slow start due to weak early software support, only getting mega-hit games in mid-2014, and many people didn’t realize that it was actually an all-new console.

 

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Today, a bunch of great Nintendo exclusives are available, and more are on the way – it’s finally a great time to buy a Wii U. That’s what we just did, so for this week’s edition of Gaming For Couples, we’re going to walk you through the best titles, accessories, and deals we’ve found, helping you to do the same.

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Valiant Hearts: The Great War is IGN’s free iOS game of the month ($4.99 value)

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IGN has just announced that Valiant Hearts: The Great War for iOS is its free iOS game for the month of January. Typically priced at $4.99, Ubisoft’s interactive comic book iPad/iPhone game is “a mix of exploration, action and puzzles.” Its deep story was inspired by letters from World War 1. Thousands of App Store users rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Note: you must go through IGN’s special promo page to unlock your free download. If you go directly to the App Store you’ll see the retail price of $5.

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New features, low prices make these PlayStation 4, Xbox One + Wii U games worth second looks

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Early adopters get bragging points for being first to own new game consoles, but they’re only a small fraction of the consoles’ eventual user bases. That’s why game developers save their biggest titles until consoles’ second or third years – there are a lot more potential customers to buy their games. But there are always a few “killer” or “almost killer” games that show up just a little too early, only to get forgotten when the consoles hit their stride. There are also great games that get released with major, show-stopping bugs, then fixed and discounted heavily to bring gamers back. Since the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U consoles all had pretty incredible uptake due to Black Friday sales, we’re looking at some of their best forgotten or fixed games today. And they’re all being discounted, some enough to be impulse purchases.

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Microsoft announces $50 price drop coming to Xbox One consoles next week

Update (10/30 12:25pm): Best Buy has now dropped $50 off the special edition COD and Assassin’s Creed bundles (w/ Kinect version) to match Amazon ahead of the official November 2nd drop date as well.

Update (10/28 7:55am): It looks as though the $50 price drop is now live on Amazon for the Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Bundle ($449) shipped and the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle without Kinect ($349) shipped. This is the lowest price we’ve seen on either bundle and nearly a week ahead of the scheduled price drop.

Update (10/27 4:45pm): Microsoft is offering an additional 5% off any purchase from the Microsoft Store when you text Play to 29502 from your mobile device, simply enter the promo code that you receive via text during checkout. We have not seen any limitations or exclusions for this deal and assume that it will work once the $50 discounts for Xbox One begin.

The crazy deal season is just around the corner now, with Black Friday like discounts starting as early as the beginning of next month from what we are hearing at this point. Microsoft looks as though it will be one of the first major manufacturers to announce deep sale pricing with its latest home console dropping $50 across the board.

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Amazing Games Mac App Store sale: BioShock $10, Rayman Origins $5, GRID $10, Batman Arkham Asylum $10, more

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Apple is currently running a special promotion for select Mac App Store apps called “Amazing Games – Amazing Prices.” This promo includes limited time pricing on some of the most popular Mac games. Our favorite titles include:

Check out the rest of today’s app/game deals in our morning roundup.
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Games/Apps: Notes Plus $0.99 (Reg. $10), Xbox One w/ free game, Photo Cookbook is the free App of the Week, more

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In today’s best game/app deals, Notes Plus for iPhone and iPad has dropped to $0.99, which is the lowest price it has ever hit. It’s also 90% below the list price of $9.99. Developer Viet Tran proudly proclaims that Notes Plus is the “best handwriting experience.” It features typed text, audio recording, annotation (PDF/Word compatibility), and support for images and shapes. Nearly 5,000 App Store users rate it 4 out of 5 stars, while over half of which are 5 star ratings. Learn how to use Notes Plus with these free video tutorials. This special pricing ends tomorrow.

If you’re interested in note taking and drawing on the iPad , then be sure to check out the new styluses that Wacom announced yesterday.

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Starting this Sunday, September 7th, Microsoft will launch a weeklong promotion that includes a free game ($59.99 or lower) with the purchase of an Xbox One console. And the best part is that this promotion include the Madden NFL 15 bundle and the Forza Motorsport 5 bundle. That means you can pick up a kinectless Xbox One with a copy of Madden NFL 15 and any other game of your choosing for only $399.99. There’s no word yet on specific retailers that will be participating in this promotion, but we’ll let you know as soon as we find out.

Head below for the rest of today’s best iOS price drops including The Photo Cookbook that has gone free as the iTunes App of the Week.

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Amazon Coins 20% off: save on Android apps/games

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Amazon always offers up to a 10% discount if you buy Coins in bulk, but for a limited time the 5,000 ($50) and 10,000 ($100) lots are available at a 20% discount. This drops the prices down to $40 and $80.

These Coins are a form of virtual currency that can be used to purchase apps and games at the Amazon Appstore for Android. Remember, Coins can be used for more than just Kindle apps/games:

Now Android phone and tablet users can save up to 10% on apps, games, and in-app items with Amazon Coins. Coins are only available on the latest version of the Amazon Appstore.

This is a great opportunity to download some top-tier, premium-priced games like Grand Theft Auto and Minecraft. Learn more about Amazon Coins and the Appstore for Android here.
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IGN makes Telltale’s The Walking Dead: Season 2 its free iOS game of the month

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IGN has named Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead: Season 2 as its free iOS game of the month for August. The app usually runs for $5.99, but you can head over to IGN to get it for free right now. The game runs on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

The second season picks up where the previous one left off, following fan-favorite Clementine through a bleak and brutal world based on Robert Kirkman’s wildly popular post-apocalyptic comic series. Choices made in the first season will carry over and impact the story going forward.

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Celebrate #MayTheFourth with the best Star Wars deals: Lego, lightsabers, apps/games, freebies, more

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What is May the 4th be with you? It is the saying used by Star Wars fans to commemorate Star Wars day, May 4th. The idea for the day originated as a play on the cult Star Wars phrase, “may the force be with you,” which is said by multiple characters throughout the epic saga.

Star Wars Day is even bigger this year thanks to the impending release of the Disney-produced Episode VII and as a result deals are kicking off sooner than ever! We’re here to help you celebrate May the Fourth by rounding up the absolute best Star Wars sales from across the deal galaxy.

We will be making a special post on May The Fourth to cover all the last minute deals and exclusive merchandise. Amazon is planning an all-day Gold Box event  (click the upper May the Fourth banner to see only Star Wars lightning deals) so you know there are going to be some great deals to be had through Monday.

Head below to scope out today’s extensive list of deals on Star Wars apps/games, apparel, collectibles, lego, and more. Read more

GameStop 15% off games/accessories: MGS V: Ground Zeroes $25.50, Watch Dogs $51, PS Plus 1 yr. $42.50, more

GameStop is offering 15% off one item when you enter until promo code PAYPAL15 at checkout. You can even stack the promo code SAVER to get free shipping.

While we have a number of great console and iOS deals in our daily round up post, you can get a bit more creative using the aforementioned codes on random games, accessories, and even preorders. It’s our understanding that this coupon is only supposed to work if you checkout using PayPal, but as of right now it is working with any valid form of payment. Coupon excludes game consoles, tablets, phones, iPods, and others. It’s scheduled to expire on March 23rd but we wouldn’t be surprised if it gets squashed before then.

You’ll find titles like Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes for $24.50 (Reg. $30, released today), Watch Dogs preorder for $51 (Reg. $60) and even the rarely discounted PlayStation Plus is available is included for $42.50 (Reg. $50).

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Game/App Deals: 2K game sale, iOS freebies, more

In today’s best gaming/app deals, the iOS deals are continuing to pile on with sales from 2K, Feral Interactive, Activision, and 50% off Final Fantasy games on iOS from Square Enix, among others. Don’t forget you can still grab Borderlands 2 GOTY Edition on Mac for just $15, which comes packed with nearly $100 worth of story based DLC. More details here.

In case you missed it late yesterday, Infinity Blade III for iPhone or iPad dropped down to $3 (Reg. $6)

Some notable discounts today include XCOM: Enemy Unknown for 50% off, FINAL FANTASY IV for $8 (Reg. $16), Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies for $3 (Reg. $7), Fieldrunners 2 HD for $3 (Reg. $5) and Fruit Ninja HD for $1 (Reg. $2), among many others.

As for today’s highly rated freebies, you got Flick Football (Reg. $1), Toy Defense 2 (Reg. $2) and LostWinds (Reg. $4).

You can check out the full list of today’s discounted apps below including everything mentioned above as well as a sale on Korg’s popular music production apps. EA, Warner Bros. and Disney have also begun their massive iOS sales, offering up to 90% in savings.

Lastly, App Santa (a collaborative campaign between a group of award-winning app developers) launched today offering a numbering of great discounts on highly rated apps including 1Password and Tweetbot 3 for iOS.

Head below for the complete list of today’s iOS and Mac discounts and freebies:

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