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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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The GameSir G8 Galileo is great for PS Remote Play

While we wait for the PlayStation Portal

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Gamesir G8 Galileo | PS Remote Play

We happen to be in a region where the PlayStation Portal has yet to be released. Good thing, PS Remote Play is available and GameSir has a controller you can hook up to your smartphone that’s readily compatible. Enter the GameSir G8 Galileo.

You might not see it right away, but the biggest difference with the G8 Galileo compared to other smartphone controllers (even the ones GameSir made themselves) is it’s actually full size. 

Watch our unboxing. 

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Most smartphone controllers prioritize portability. Thus, they’re more compact. That means smaller face buttons, smaller thumbsticks, and generally smaller overall profile. 

Usable, sure. But not exactly ideal for people with chubby hands like yours truly. 

BackBone One | GameSir G8 Galileo

This is also one of the primary reasons why, despite owning a Backbone One, I’ve rarely used it for its intended purpose. And the reason why the PlayStation Portal is appealing to me. 

Gamesir G8 Galileo | PS Remote Play

The GameSir G8 Galileo changes all of that because of its size. It’s also not just larger. Its ergonomics are great too. Your hands will sit nicely on the nice, curved handles for a more comfortable, more enjoyable handheld gaming session.

PS Remote Play 

Gamesir G8 Galileo | PS Remote Play

Another big area of convenience is you don’t necessarily have to have the GameSir app to make it work. Simply download the PS Remote Play app, register, and fire it up. 

To make sure it’s on PS Remote Play compatible mode, just press the Share and Options buttons simultaneously. Those are the tiny buttons on the left and right hand side of the controllers right above the left thumb stick and the face buttons. 

Upon pressing simultaneously, make sure the color on the GameSir logo on the lower right part of the controller is white. That’s how you know it’s on PS Remote Play mode. 

Currently green so you have to press the buttons for Remote Play.

Once done, just easily plug-in your smartphone with a USB-C port on GameSir’s signature flexible USB-C plug and off you go. 

Actual play time

Here’s a quick Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 gameplay using the GameSir G8 Galileo along with the HONOR Magic5 Pro with Remote Play:

This under a minute clip, naturally, isn’t representative of the entire Remote Play experience. Anyone who has tried it before knows that with extended play time, you’ll likely experience a few hiccups here and there. That’s just the nature of the beast. 

That said, this whole set-up has been generally great. Other than Spider-Man 2, I’ve managed to play a handful of quick NBA 2K24 games like this. I still racked up a handful of wins despite suffering from occasional latency trouble. 

The feel of the controller is fantastic and is easily the most enjoyable out of every other smartphone controller that I’ve tried before. And I’ve tried a few other than the Backbone One. There’s the GameSir X3,  GameSir X2 Pro-Xbox, and the Razer Kishi V2. 

Compatible games, mapping

Depending on the platform you’re on, the GameSir G8 Galileo will work on multiple other games. If you’re an iPhone 15 Series user, Remote Play, select Apple Arcade games, and even the AAA games set to release for that iPhone will work with this controller. 

For Android users, it’s the usual handful of controller supported games that will work with this. For everything else, you’ll have to resort to mapping — a task for those with patience. 

If you need more tutorials on how to get it working, just follow GameSir on Facebook or YouTube. They constantly post tutorials. 


You can buy the GameSir G8 Galileo here: https://bit.ly/gsg8galileo 

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Netflix is getting three classic Grand Theft Auto games next month

All three in remastered glory

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If you need something light to play amid the bushel of bigger games released this year, you might be sleeping on Netflix’s growing library of games. After packing a significant amount of indie classics on the platform, Netflix is now adding more mainstream hits starting next month. Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition will arrive on the platform in December.

While it’s no Grand Theft Auto V, the trilogy collection three of the most iconic titles in the series: Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas. The three games represent an era when Rockstar Games had unparalleled dominance in the open-world genre. Released in 2021, the collection releases the trilogy for modern systems, complete with upgraded (albeit controversial) graphics.

The trilogy is a big get for Netflix. Though the platform’s games catalog already has certified hits (such as Spiritfarer and Into the Breach), Netflix’s new feature hasn’t taken off as much as the company would want. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy might be its most iconic addition yet, potentially boosting its value for subscribers (especially those who don’t want to pay full price for old games).

For Rockstar Games, the addition couldn’t have come at a better time. The studio has already confirmed that it will release the first trailer for the much-awaited Grand Theft Auto VI next month. The series is about to get a big boost.

If you want to play Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, the three games will drop on Netflix starting December 14. As with all of Netflix’s other games, the trilogy is available for free for all subscribers through a mobile device.

SEE ALSO: Rockstar is reportedly announcing ‘Grand Theft Auto VI’ this week

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Dragon’s Dogma 2 release date known; pre-orders now open

The Arisen are back

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Dragon’s Dogma 2, the much-awaited sequel to Dragon’s Dogma which debuted in 2012, is officially releasing on March 22, 2024 as confirmed by Capcom.

Pre-orders for the single player narrative driven action-RPG is now open. It will be available on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Steam in the Standard and Deluxe editions.

The Deluxe Edition includes the following additional items:

  • Explorer’s Camping Kit
  • 1500 Rift Crystals
  • Dragon’s Dogma Music & Sound Collection
  • Items: Wakestone, Art of Metamorphosis, Harpysnare Smoke Beacons, Ambivalent Rift Incense, Heartfelt Pendant, Makeshift Gaol Key

The story of the sequel still revolves around the Arisen, whose heart is taken by the Dragon.

Players control the Arisen and can customize them. The development team has simplified the process of creating characters.

These Arisen are accompanied by mysterious beings called Pawns who are devoted to serving them.

In the game, the Arisen get caught in between the human kingdom of Vermund and the beastren nation of Batthal. They differ in their thoughts towards the Arisen and Pawns, all while having to deal with the Dragon.

The sequel mirrors the world setting of the first game. However, the adventure takes place in a parallel world that is much bigger.

New vocation, new monsters, new settlement

Dragon’s Dogma 2 also features a new vocation exclusive to the Arisen called Trickster, which wields the Censer and uses the smoke it produces to conjure illusions.

This leads to the enemy being confused into fighting themselves through illusions or increasing the power of Pawns for a limited period.

Additionally, the giant Talos emerges from the sea, giving players another monster to figure out how to stop.

The showcase also previewed a glimpse of the Sacred Arbor, an elf settlement where elves communicate with each other but will need the help of a nearby Pawn to be understood by players.

A first glance at the upcoming game’s footage and additional information can be viewed on the Dragon’s Dogma 2 Showcase 2023.

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