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Is Nintendo ending production of Wii U this week?

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This year could be the end of the line for the struggling Wii U. Nintendo will reportedly halt production of its current home console this Friday, Japanese newspaper Nikkei and gaming site Eurogamer have claimed in separate reports, citing “multiple sources.”

To quote Eurogamer:

‘Nintendo’s Japanese production line will shut down for the last time this week after the final deadline for orders passed yesterday… Only a small number of further orders were placed.’

The news is hardly surprising, as the Wii U had struggled to draw an audience away from the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One following its well-received debut run. In July, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima concluded that confusion between the Wii and Wii U hurt the latter badly. The system’s odd and unwieldy tablet controller certainly didn’t help its cause.

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Released in November 2012, the Wii U had big shoes to fill. Nintendo’s insanely popular Wii, the console that immediately preceded it, sold 101 million units; the GameCube and N64, 21 million and 32 million, respectively. Initial sales of the Wii U were strong, no doubt buoyed by the popularity of its predecessor and the novelty of exclusive, first-party games.

But since moving a few million units at launch, sales have been slow, and support from third-party game publishers withered as successes were few and far between. Nintendo eventually repeatedly lowered its sales forecasts for the console, blaming poor numbers throughout its lifespan. It has sold just 13.36 million systems worldwide as of the end of September. Its last earnings report shows that Wii U sales were down 53 percent versus the same period in 2015. Ouch.

All this isn’t to say the Wii U is dead as a door nail. In fact, it has one more noteworthy title slated for release sometime next year: Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But then again, that game is coming out on the Switch as well, and most people may prefer playing it on new hardware. And after what Nintendo has shown in the Switch trailer, we wouldn’t blame anyone for not thinking twice about abandoning the Wii U altogether.

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Source: Eurogamer

 

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ROG AMD Ryzen gaming laptops 2021 price in the Philippines

Plenty to choose from!

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If you’ve been holding out on getting a new laptop for all your needs, know that you haven’t been waiting in vain. ASUS ROG is launching their AMD Ryzen 2021 Gaming Laptops in the Philippines! The lineup is comes in many configurations and price points that there’s definitely something here that can be your GadgetMatch!

Included in the lineup are: ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE, ROG Zephyrus G15, the ROG Strix Scar series, a couple of ROG Strix G laptops, new members of the TUF Gaming series, along with gaming backpacks to safely carry around these bad boys.

ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE

PRODUCT DISPLAY CPU GPU RAM STORAGE COLOR,

FEATURE

SRP BUNDLE BUNDLE VALUE AVAILABILITY
ZEPHYRUS DUO 15 SE

GX551QS-HB041TS

15″ 4K UHD, 120Hz R9-5900HX RTX 3080 16GD6 16GB

x 2

1TB PCIE SSD + 1TB

(RAID 0)

Off-Black ₱       254,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Delta Gaming Headset, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 31,000.00+ FEB 2ND WEEK
ZEPHYRUS DUO 15 SE

GX551QR-HF009TS

15″ FHD,  300Hz R9-5900HX RTX 3070 8GD6 16GB

x 2

1TB PCIE SSD + 1TB

(RAID 0)

Off-Black ₱       199,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Delta Gaming Headset, ROG Ranger Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 31,000.00+ FEB 2ND WEEK

ROG Zephyrus G15

PRODUCT DISPLAY CPU GPU RAM STORAGE COLOR,

FEATURE

SRP BUNDLE BUNDLE VALUE AVAILABILITY
ZEPHYRUS G15 GA503QS-HQ017TS 15″ QHD, 165Hz R9-5900HS RTX 3080 16GD6 16GB

x 2

1TB PCIE G3 SSD Moonlight White ₱       179,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 21,000.00 FEB 2nd WEEK
ZEPHYRUS G15

GA503QS-HQ018TS

15″ QHD, 165Hz R9-5900HS RTX 3080 16GD6 16GB

x 2

1TB PCIE G3 SSD Eclipse Gray ₱       179,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 21,000.00 FEB 4TH WEEK
ZEPHYRUS G15 GA503QR-HQ050TS 15″ QHD, 165Hz R9-5900HS RTX 3070 8GD6 8GB

x 2

1TB PCIE G3 SSD Eclipse Gray ₱       139,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 21,000.00 FEB 2nd WEEK

ROG Strix SCARs 

PRODUCT DISPLAY CPU GPU RAM STORAGE COLOR,

FEATURE

SRP BUNDLE BUNDLE VALUE AVAILABILITY
STRIX SCAR 17 G733QS-HG153TS 17″ FHD, 300Hz R9-5900HX RTX 3080 16GD6 16GB

x 2

1TB PCIE SSD + 1TB

(RAID 0)

Original Black ₱       199,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Delta Gaming Headset, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 30,000.00+ FEB 2ND WEEK
STRIX SCAR 17 G733QR-HG021TS 17″ FHD, 300Hz R9-5900HX RTX 3070 8GD6 8GB x 2 1TB PCIE G3 SSD Original Black ₱       149,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Delta Gaming Headset, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 30,000.00+ FEB 2ND WEEK

 

PRODUCT DISPLAY CPU GPU RAM STORAGE COLOR,

FEATURE

SRP BUNDLE BUNDLE VALUE AVAILABILITY
STRIX SCAR 15 G533QS-HF126TS 15″ FHD, 300Hz R9-5900HX RTX 3080 16GD6 16GB

x 2

1TB PCIE SSD + 1TB

(RAID 0)

Original Black, Numpad ₱       194,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Delta Gaming Headset, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 30,000.00+ FEB 2ND WEEK
STRIX SCAR 15 G533QR-HF038TS 15″ FHD, 300Hz R9-5900HX RTX 3070 8GD6 8GB x 2 1TB PCIE G3 SSD Original Black ₱       144,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Delta Gaming Headset, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter ₱ 30,000.00+ FEB 2ND WEEK

ROG Strix Gs

PRODUCT DISPLAY CPU GPU RAM STORAGE COLOR,

FEATURE

SRP BUNDLE BUNDLE VALUE AVAILABILITY
STRIX G17 G713QR-HX094TS 17″ FHD, 144Hz R9-5900HX RTX 3080 16GD6 16GB 1TB PCIE G3 SSD Original Black ₱       114,995.00 ROG Strix Impact Gaming Mouse, ROG Backpack, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 15,000.00+ FEB 4TH WEEK
STRIX G15 G513QR-HN176T 15″ FHD, 144Hz R9-5900HX RTX 3070 8GD6 8GB x 2 1TB PCIE G3 SSD Original Black, Numpad ₱       109,995.00 ROG Strix Impact Gaming Mouse, ROG Backpack, PD Adapter ₱ 8,000.00+ FEB 4TH WEEK

 ASUS TUF Gaming Dash 15

PRODUCT DISPLAY CPU GPU RAM STORAGE COLOR,

FEATURE

SRP BUNDLE BUNDLE VALUE AVAILABILITY
TUF Dash F15 FX516PR-HN092T 15″ FHD, 144Hz i7-11370H RTX 3070 8GD6 8GB x 2 512GB PCIE3 SSD Eclipse Gray ₱         94,995.00 ASUS TUF Gaming Bag ₱ 2,400.00+ FEB 2ND WEEK
TUF Dash F15 FX516PR-HN080T 15″ FHD, 144Hz i5-11300H RTX 3070 8GD6 8GB x 2 512GB PCIE3 SSD Eclipse Gray ₱         85,995.00 ASUS TUF Gaming Bag ₱ 2,400.00+ FEB 2ND WEEK

ROG Backpacks

PRODUCT FEATURE SRP AVAILABILITY
ROG Ranger BP3703 Aura RGB ₱         14,995.00 FEB 2nd WEEK
ROG Ranger BP2500 ₱         4,995.00 FEB 2nd WEEK

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Netflix’s Blood of Zeus now in the game Immortal Fenyx Rising

In a themed quest called “A tribute to family”

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This crossover just makes so much sense. Netflix’s animated series Blood of Zeus is in Ubisoft’s Immortal Fenyx Rising. Players will be able to dive into a Blood of Zeus–themed quest and purchase an all-new character pack and weapon pack.

From January 21 to January 28, in a Blood of Zeus–themed quest called “A tribute to family”, players will take on two evil creatures of another world: Chimera and Cerberus. Upon completion of the quest, players will earn the Eagle pendant and all-new character customization options tied to “Blood of Zeus.”

The weapon pack contains Blood of Zeus–themed skins for your Sword, Axe and Bow. Meanwhile, the Blood of Zeus character pack lets you walk in the footsteps of the Amazonian warrior Alexia.

Immortals Fenyx Rising is a fresh game with an action and puzzle filled open world that has humor and Greek mythology enclosed into it. You might say it can be a mix of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Zelda: Breath of wild.

READ MORE: Immortals Fenyx Rising: Action, puzzles, and some good humor

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PlayStation 5 pre-order second batch in PH happening Jan 22

Another 5-minute window

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You’ve been waiting for this, haven’t you? The second batch of pre-orders for the PlayStation 5 in the Philippines is officially happening on January 22, 2021.

Just like the first batch, the pre-order period will happen for only five minutes from 2PM to 2:05PM. Participating retailers should still be the same. They are as follows:

  • iTech
  • Gameline
  • Metro Plaza
  • Abenson
  • Game One
  • GameXtreme

There were some pre-order blunders the first go round but here’s to hoping there won’t be a repeat of that.

Watch our PS5 Review.

 

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