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Mojang founder Markus Persson, who also goes by the name Notch, has ruled out Minecraft for Wii U. Rumors of a possible release on Nintendo’s console began to appear last week.

Persson wrote on Twitter that Minecraft “would make sense” on Wii U. “The only reason for no current plans is we’ve got too much work already,” he explained.

Notch’s tweets in full:


Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have officially pushed back Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter’s launch overseas. Unsurprisingly, the delay is attributed to the issues surrounding Nintendo’s online services – particularly an influx of traffic to the Nintendo Network service.

In its announcement, Nintendo apologized to those who have been awaiting Pokemon Bank’s release. A new launch date has not been set at this time.

The official notice on Nintendo’s support site reads:

Nintendo and The Pokémon Company International have postponed the launch of Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter – two software applications that were originally scheduled to launch for Nintendo 3DS on Dec. 27 – due to a large volume of traffic to the Nintendo Network service. Due to the high traffic, players are having trouble setting up Nintendo Network IDs and downloading content in the Nintendo eShop on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. We truly regret the inconvenience, and wish to reassure everyone that providing a solution is our top priority. We apologize for the delay and thank you for your continued patience.

Thanks to daniel for the tip.


Not much has changed with the eShop’s status since Nintendo shared an update about a day ago. Both digital stores are still down with outages, and the situation continues to be worked on.

Nintendo’s latest message reads:



Game Freak director Junichi Masuda shared a whole bunch of development information about Pokemon X and Y in a new blog post. You can find a roundup of information below.

– Took roughly 3.5 years to make
– Basic concepts for the games were “beauty,” “bonds,” and “evolution”
– Developed with the idea of players “raising their Pokémon with love”

“There’s an even bigger theme to the game, however; one that I’m always thinking about when I’m directing Pokémon games, and one that I think applies to the real world: ‘Let’s create a better world together’.”

– Masuda feels that the one’s life depends on the chance encounters that they have with other people
– Encounters based on your age or interests or other factors
– These encounters shouldn’t be about fighting, but rather about making a better world together

“The titles ‘X’ and ‘Y’ come from this idea. The letters ‘X’ and ‘Y’ suggest lines on an axis. The lines of both letters head in different directions, but there’s a point at which they cross, or intersect. I used the letters with the idea of intersection in mind; the idea of the common points we share with one another, rather than our differences.”

“It took three and a half years to develop this game. Taking into account the localization groups for each language, more than five hundred people were involved in the development.”

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This week’s North American Nintendo Downloads are as follows:

Wii U Download

  • Dr. Luigi – $14.99 (available Dec. 31)
  • CastleStorm – $9.99

Wii U VC

  • Super Punch-Out!! – $7.99

3DS Download

  • Pokemon Bank – free (available Dec. 27) with a 30-day trial; $4.99 after for annual fee
  • Bird Mania Christmas 3D – $1.99
  • Cubit The Hardcore Platformer Robot – $2.99
  • EDGE – $1.99


  • Mario Tennis – $5.99

Free Access

  • Wii Sports Club – free from Dec. 31 at 12:01 a.m. PT until 11:59 p.m. PT on Jan. 1

eShop sales

  • Ubisoft Wii U Sale – Get 30 percent off select Ubisoft titles, including, Assassin’s Creed III, Just Dance 4, ZombiU, Rabbids Land, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013 and ESPN Sports Connection, in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. Download now before this promotion ends on Dec. 31.
  • Ubisoft Nintendo 3DS Sale – Get 30 percent off select Ubisoft titles, including Rayman Origins, Rayman 3D, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D, Rabbids Travel in Time and Petz Fantasy 3D, in the Nintendo eShop. Download now before this promotion ends on Dec. 31.
  • Atlus Sale – The holidays may be over, but Atlus wants to continue giving away gifts into the new year. Now through 9 a.m. PT on Jan. 6, Shin Megami Tensei IV, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor: Soul Hackers, Etrian Odyssey IV: Legend of the Titan, Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl, and Code of Princess are all on sale in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.

Source: Nintendo PR

Update: Nintendo claims that Pokemon Bank will still be out tomorrow in North America through its weekly Nintendo Download report.

Nintendo has been facing a tremendous amount of problems with its online services for well over a day now. To alleviate some of the stress placed on its network functionality, the company has removed Pokemon Bank from the Japanese eShop. Nintendo wrote on Twitter that the app was pulled due to the connection problems.

Pokemon Bank launched in Japan yesterday, which is when many of the online problems began appearing. It was scheduled for release in North America and Europe tomorrow as well, but it now seems unlikely that the overseas launch will go ahead as planned as both eShops now list a “TBA” date.

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A new update is out now for Nintendo TVii. Users can team up with other fans and earn points by predicting plays, which are tied to leaderboards. TVii has also received an updated remote with easier access to features.


Update 2: Nintendo’s response here.

Update: Wii and DS are having issues as well.

Wii U and 3DS have both been hit with a large amount of issues with regard to online/network services. Users may experience problems accessing the eShop, Miiverse, updates, and online functionality within games.

Nintendo estimates that the Wii U eShop began facing issues at around 2:08 AM PT / 5:08 ET today, though many couldn’t connect starting last night. Wii U’s network services as a whole went down at 5:15 AM PT / 8:15 AM ET.

The 3DS, meanwhile, began seeing network outages at about 2:08 AM PT / 5:08 ET as well.

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