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May 2013 - March 2016


Wii U replaced Wii in 2012 as Nintendo’s flagship video game console. It’s a direct competitor to Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, but is more of a niche player due to its lack of mainstream game titles. Every Wii U comes with a touchscreen Wii U GamePad that not only acts as a game controller, but its 6.5-inch display can also be used to play full games independent from a TV. Unlike the PS4 and Xbox One, Wii U is nearing the end of its lifespan as information regarding nintendo’s next home video game console (codenamed NX) have started to emerge.

The console’s connectivity options and tech specs include HDMI, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, four USB 2.0 ports, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 1.24GHz Tri-Core IBM PowerPC CPU, and 8GB/32GB storage capacities. Most original Wii games are supported. The Wii U’s greatest strength is its lineup of exclusive first-party game titles including: Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and Super Mario Maker.

Nintendo Wii U Stories March 21, 2016

expiredGames/Apps: Assassin’s Creed Chronicles $19/Syndicate $30, Uncharted Wireless Headset $80, Wii U bundle $249, freebies, more

Update (3/21 5:00pm):

In today’s best game/app deals, Amazon is offering Assassin’s Creed Chronicles on PS4 for $18.91 Prime shipped and you’ll find both the Xbox One and PS4 versions for $19.99 at Best Buy. Regularly $30, this is the lowest total we have seen on the PS4 version without the GCU discount. Gamers Club Unlocked members can even deeper deals on Chronicles (about $16). Both Amazon’s and Best Buy’s version includes China, India and Russia. You’ll also find Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate on PS4 for $29.99 Prime shipped at Amazon right now, which is the lowest total we can find and the best we have seen on PS4. 

Trusted game dealer Antonline via eBay Daily Deals is offering the Sony Limited Edition Uncharted 4 Gold Wireless Headset – Gray Blue for $79.99 shipped. That’s $20 under the original listing, $12+ below Amazon and the best price we have ever tracked on them. You can find out more about them and the limited edition Uncharted 4 bundle right here.

Other notable game deals include LEGO Marvel’s Avengers on PS4 and Xbox One for $39.99 Prime shipped (within $1 of all-time low, or even less on previous gen), Just Cause 3 is back down to $39.99 Prime shipped at Amazon/Best Buy and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege for $29.99 on both platforms at Best Buy. 

Over at Target we also spotted a couple Nintendo deals including the Nintendo Wii U Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Set Bundle for $274.99 shipped (Reg. $300+), but first time Jet customers can get it down to around $248.99 shipped using code 15NOW during checkout. We also have Super Smash Bros on Nintendo 3DS for $24.99 (Reg. $38) and over at Walmart we have Bayonetta 2 + Bayonetta 1 on Wii U for $29.96 (Reg. $40+, lowest we have seen).

In case you missed it this morning, Amazon is handing out free store credit with the purchase of these highly rated Android apps and Apple’s Mac App of the Year 2015 is still matching its lowest price ever. Down below you’l find today’s best iOS app deals including Sago Mini Monsters, Knock-Knock Game, RobotNGun, Osmos and many more:

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Nintendo Wii U Stories December 7, 2015

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After a long wait, Minecraft and Nintendo are finally getting together on a Wii U version of its wildly popular block-building third-person game. After hitting nearly every console over the last four years, Minecraft is rounding out its offerings. This won’t be a stripped down version either, Wii U gamers will have access to six of the most popular texture packs plus another 16 expansion options. Full details below on the release and more.

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Nintendo Wii U Stories December 3, 2015

expiredGames/Apps: Metal Gear Solid Phantom Pain $35, Nintendo NFC Reader from $16, 50% off game guides from $10, freebies, more

Update: 

In today’s best game/app deals, Amazon is offering Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for $34.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $60). That’s $25 off the regular listing, matching the lowest Black Friday price we saw and the best we can find. Also at Amazon, you’ll find solid deals on the Nintendo Wii U 32GB Mario Kart 8 (Pre-Installed) Deluxe Set for $249.99 shipped (Reg. $300) and the Nintendo NFC Reader/Writer Accessory for Nintendo 3DS for $16.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $20 or $15.99 with free in-store pickup at B&H).

Best Buy is offering the Xbox One Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians Wireless Controller plus the Power A Halo 5: Guardians Dual Charging Station for $69 shipped today. The charger goes for around $26, making this the lowest effective price we have seen on this controller by a couple dollars. As part of its Cyber Week game deals, Best Buy is also still offering $5 off the purchase of any 2 Disney Infinity Characters from this list, along with Guitar Hero with the Wireless Guitar Controller & USB Mic across all platforms for $69.99 shipped ($120 value, best we can find).

Over at GameStop, You’ll find 50% off on official game guides starting as low as $9.99. Titles include MGS V, Skylanders, COD Black Ops 3, Rise of the Tomb Raider, AC Syndicate, Halo 5 and much more. While you’ll need to hit $25 to receive free shipping, one standout from the bunch is the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Official Strategy Guide for $12.49 (Orig. $25, $17 on Amazon). GameStop is also offering a Buy Two Get One Free on any vintage games, systems and more.

Monument Valley hit its lowest price ever on iOS recently (and Android) our master holiday games/apps list is still live and you only have a few hours left to grab the latest Free App of the Week. Down below you’ll find the rest of the best iOS price drops including Bridge Constructor, Bridge Constructor Playground, Drop The Chicken, Presentation Link and many more:

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Nintendo Wii U Stories November 12, 2015

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A few weeks ago we got a glimpse at some Toys R Us holiday promotions, but thanks to another leak we now have their entire Black Friday plans. The retailer will offer in-store doorbusters on Thanksgiving starting at 5pm and on Black Friday at 7am. Some deals will also go live online Thursday morning. The full 28-page ad features various video games, Apple devices, LEGO, kids’ toys, action figures, Blu-ray/DVD movies, and more.

Head below to check out the top deals and best pages from this year’s Toys R Us Black Friday ad: expand full story

Nintendo Wii U Stories November 11, 2015

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(Update 11/12 8:30am): Higher quality ad scans and more deals have been added this post.

No other retailer does Black Friday quite like Walmart. The crowds, deals, and hype are all over-the-top when it comes to the largest retailer in the world. Now that its Black Friday ad has leaked, we are finally getting a look at all of the deals Walmart will have to offer.

This year Walmart says it’s armed with “its deepest availability on the most-wanted products in stores and online” so you should have a better chance of getting the deals you want. You’ll be able to shop the sale online throughout Thanksgiving day or at your local store starting at 6pm.

The extensive ad features deals on large HDTVs, game consoles, iPads, iPhones, toys, and pretty much everything in between. Every item on the back cover of the ad is eligible for Walmart’s 1-hour guarantee (more info below).

Head below to see our top picks from Walmart’s Black Friday ad: expand full story

Nintendo Wii U Stories August 24, 2015

Nintendo has now revealed a series of new information about its upcoming Wii U and amiibo lineup today. The home console is scheduled for a number of big releases this fall/holiday season with Super Mario Maker, Star Fox Zero, Xenoblade Chronicles X, and Yoshi’s Wooly World. And we now know when to expect them all along with a few surprises: expand full story

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