New art for Mario Kart 8

Nintendo keeps spewing art for their upcoming Wii U games onto the gaming world. After the Super Smash Bros artwork from earlier this week they have now released some pictures for Mario Kart 8. The images show the new feature that Nintendo had already announced, the reverse gravity on some tracks. Apparently, your wheels will tilt and the vehicle will morph into some kind of hoverkart, as seen in the second picture. Mario Kart 8 is due for release on the Wii U somewhere around Spring 2014. You can watch the official reveal trailer here.

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two big and unannounced Ubisoft games coming

ImageUbisoft has recently told some people at Nintendo Insider that it is working on two major AAA games that have not yet been unveiled to date. One of the two games will be an Intellectual Property, meaning it’s an entirely new concept, with most likely no sequels to it. The yet to be revealed games have an approximate release date somewhere in this financial year, along with the other three major titles Ubisoft has coming, AC4: Black Flag, Splinter Cell Blacklist and another IP, Watch Dogs.

Wii U won’t have Frostbite games

Frostbite 3 not on Wii U

DICE Studios has announced that they will not port their new Frostbite 3 engine to the Wii U. They say the reason for that is that it will not be a strong marketing choice and that the work they have to put in it won’t be worth the results, since Nintendo’s console isn’t very graphically powerful and therefore the engine would have to be seriously downgraded in comparison to the Xbox, PS4 and PC version. Because of this decision, the Wii U won’t have games that feature the Frostbite 3 engine, like Mass Effect 4, Battlefield 4 and Dragon Age 3 (15 games in total).  Here’s the full list games that are known to bein development or that are already released:

  • Battlefield 4
  • Dragon Age 3
  • Mass Effect 4
  • Need For Speed 2013
  • Visceral’s New IP
  • Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel
  • Plants Vs. Zombies TF2
  • Command & Conquer
  • BioWare’s New IP (possible)

Splinter Cell: Blacklist Wii U features

Ubisoft has just made a trailer public about the tools Sam Fisher will be able to use when you’re playing on the Wii U GamePad. On the touchscreen controller you can view the map, switch weapons, mark enemies for quick executions and even control a Tri-rotor drone. It is obvious the developers had more freedom with the GamePad because of it being a second screen, so they could cram all the HUD parts on the 6.2 inch touchscreen, causing players to have a primary screen without all the interfaces that get in the way when playing. You can watch the trailer here.

Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins trailer

Nintendo just posted a trailer for the upcoming game Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins. This game for the 3DS is a prequel to the original Undercover, which released last month on Wii U. The trailer shows Chase McCain when he’s still a rookie cop, 2 years before the actual console game. The wacky vehicles, funny dialogues etc. all come back. The only differences are the graphics and the addition of 3D. You can watch the trailer here.

3DS framerate improvements rumoured

ImageAccording to some gamers on NeoGaf, last week’s update for the 3DS featured some improvements to the framerate and clockspeed of the handheld console. This hasn’t been confirmed by Nintendo, who didn’t say anything about it in the update log either, but users have noticed big improvements in loading times and framerates in some games like Rayman 3D and Sonic Generations. Nintendo Letter Box and Mii Plaza work better now as well.