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Wii Mini Coming to America in Time for the Holidays
Nintendo has announced the curious decision to release the Wii Mini in the US in time for the upcoming holiday season. The system will cost $99.99 and come bundled with a red Wii Remote, a Nunchuk and a copy of Mario Kart Wii. It's expected in stores by mid-November.
The Wii Mini is a severely cut down version of the original Wii, lacking connectivity features and thus access to many of the Wii's best aspects such as its library of downloadable original games and Virtual Console titles -- not to mention online play. It remains to be seen if it will help Nintendo's ailing fortunes in the home console space this holiday season, or whether it will just further add to the confusion that Wii U has created among some consumers and retailers.
New Assassin's Creed Teased in Assassin's Creed IV?
Eagle-eyed players have spotted a sticker for "Assassin's Creed: Rising Phoenix" in the level 2 security areas of Assassin's Creed IV's Abstergo offices, accessible after Sequence 6. A blurry photo from iGoGaming (below) shows the sticker, but it's not clear what it means, if anything.
This isn't the first time the Rising Phoenix name has appeared; it's been spotted several times in the recent past and is assumed to be a Vita installment in the series, but Ubisoft has denied all knowledge and refused to comment so far.
Destiny's Not Coming to PC
As part of a larger interview with IGN, Bungie community manager Eric Osborne said that the MMO-esque shooter Destiny would not be coming to PC -- at least not initially.
"What we have to do is make sure we’re focused enough to bring a good experience to any platform that we ship on," he said. "What we 100 percent are not going to do is spread ourselves so thin that it negatively harms the other platforms." Don't rule it out in future, in other words; just don't expect it at launch.
Bugbear Moves its Crowdfunding Efforts to Kickstarter
FlatOut and Ridge Racer Unbounded developer Bugbear has shifted the focus of the crash-happy Next Car Game's crowdfunding campaign to Kickstarter, rather than via its own site. While Next Car Game's website is still up and running, the previously available "pre-order with benefits" options appear to have been scrapped in favor of the Kickstarter.
The reason Bugbear didn't jump straight in to a Kickstarter campaign is that the law in their native Finland prevents the raising of money for commercial purposes, and thus a way around that particular problem had to be found first.