Category Archives: Wii

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Makes Top 10 Début in UK All-Format Charts

The highest new entry of the week

After being pushed back from a Holiday season release, Retro Studio’s Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze arrived in Europe and North America on 21st February. The UK chart results covering its opening weekend of sales are in — reflecting physical retail purchases only — and the platformer has managed to swing a positive start.

The UK all-format charts have DK’s adventure coming in 9th place, a decent performance in the face of many multi-platform games; it was the highest new entry of the week. In the single format chart it actually secured 4th position, behind two iterations of The LEGO Movie Videogame and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. LEGO was a dominant theme — back in the all-format results — too, with an extraordinary nine titles in the top 40; it’s also worth noting that of the latest movie title’s iterations the 3DS version was third behind those on Xbox 360 and PS3 (a solid result) while the Wii U SKU came in behind the PS4 but above the Xbox One.

In terms of further exclusives duking it out in the all-format chart, a number of the evergreen 3DS releases have dropped out of the top 40; just Pokémon X & Y remain, with X in 27th place and Y in 30th.

Considering the all-format and individual format results together, it’s been a solid opening salvo for Retro’s platformer; perhaps as expected it hasn’t defied the odds and stormed to the top, but it’s keeping company with franchises and multi-platform releases still selling strong numbers.

Let us know your thoughts on these results, and whether you picked up Tropical Freeze in its launch weekend, in the comments below.

Hacking Group Claims To Have Discovered Wii U Homebrew Exploit

The Wii U Hax HQ, yesterdayHack to the future

Every piece of gaming tech is potentially hackable, but so far the Wii U has proven to be a tough nut to crack. There have been attempts of course, but according to Nintendo these have come to nothing.It would now appear that the situation has dramatically changed. A hacking group known as “Wii U Hax” has revealed that it has found an exploit to access the Wii U hardware — through the Wii mode, at least — and is proudly claiming that this is beginning of the Wii U homebrew scene.

It’s not known if the hack grants full access to the hardware, but Wii U Hax believes that the exploit can’t be patched by Nintendo without releasing a new hardware model of the console.

System integrity has always been a key aim for Nintendo — especially after the piracy-packed days of the DS and Wii — and the company has clearly made things harder with the 3DS and Wii U. System updates can be effectively employed to block any potential weaknesses, but if what this group of hackers is saying is correct, this is one hole that may be impossible to plug.