The Miiverse's days have finally been numbered. Nintendo's social messaging service will close on 8th November in Japan, with other regions set to follow suit. Perhaps more importantly, its closure takes with it a number of key features for Wii U games.
Wii U owners can no longer access BBC iPlayer.
Yesterday, we heard hackers had managed to expand the 30 game library of Nintendo's NES Mini.
Hackers have managed to add extra NES games to Nintendo's NES Classic Edition microconsole.
UPDATE 10/11/16: Nintendo has at last confirmed the end of Wii U production.
Nintendo has confirmed new details on its NES mini console announced yesterday - namely that it won't connect to the internet, so will only play its starting line-up of 30 games.
Nintendo will launch brand new hardware this year after all - but not the console you were expecting.
The Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System is a miniature replica of the original NES.
It will launch here in the UK on 11th November, and comes with 30 NES games built in, such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong and Metroid.
Nintendo's eShop first opened its digital doors five years ago this week and, to celebrate, the big N will hold a big sale.
After 26 years, Nintendo is winding down its ownership of the Seattle Mariners baseball team.
Sony's PlayStation Network made more money than all of Nintendo during the last financial year.
Nintendo has countered a claim that it will cease Wii U production before the end of the year.
Nintendo has postponed its plans to enter the Quality of Life technology market via the release of a sleep and fatigue sensor.
Former company president Satoru Iwata announced the new Nintendo initiative back in 2014, when it was marked with a 2016 launch date.
But, despite evidence of Nintendo's research and design phase coming to light, the product no longer seems to be on the horizon.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has paid tribute to late company president Satoru Iwata at The Game Awards 2015.
Nintendo has begun rolling out its new account service, catchily named Nintendo Account, beginning in Japan.
This all-in-one new membership scheme is designed to act as a single log-in for all Nintendo platforms, including future Nintendo apps for tablet and smartphone.
You'll also use Nintendo Account to log in to the company's upcoming NX console, due to be unveiled next year.
The first Nintendo Direct broadcast in more than six months will take place this Thursday at 10pm UK time.
Nintendo has announced its new customer reward program, named My Nintendo, which will allow users to earn points as they play games.
Nintendo has patented a new controller design that features scroll wheels on its top two shoulders.
Nintendo has announced its fan-pleasing Nintendo Direct announcement shows will resume.
Nintendo exec Tatsumi Kimishima has been promoted to the role of company president.
McDonald's Happy Meals will include one of eight new Mario toys from next Wednesday, 12th August in the UK.
Nintendo fans across the world are paying their respects to the late Satoru Iwata and thanking him for his work.
Below, games developers and executives pay tribute to the late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, who has passed away aged 55.
Nintendo's social network for Wii U and 3DS gamers will be refreshed this summer with a number of new features.
The latest Mario games for Wii U have seen Nintendo's famous mascot finally make the leap into HD, but still - you've never seen him like this before.
Nintendo has hammered home the final nail in TVii's coffin and removed it from the Wii U's home screen in Europe.
The company's Wii U TV programme guide app never made it to European shores, so it is little surprise that the latest Wii U firmware update has killed the TVii menu option for good.
It's more of a surprise that the option sat on the Home screen for more than two-and-a-half years, only to bring up an error code when tapped.
UPDATE 2/6/15 3.00pm: Nintendo has discounted yesterday's Nikkei report that the company is considering an Android-based operating system for its upcoming NX console.
Surprise! BBC iPlayer is now available to download on Wii U and features off-TV play via the GamePad.
Nintendo will hold its annual E3 presentation on Tuesday, 16th June at 9am Pacific Time (5pm UK).
Nintendo has signalled it will abandon region-locking for its consoles, beginning with the upcoming NX.
Nintendo has detailed a somewhat cautious roll-out of its plans to release games for smartphones: five will launch before the end of March 2017.
Speaking in a results briefing after the company announced its first annual profit in four years, president Satoru Iwata acknowledged five smartphone games might have been a lower number than some investors had hoped for.
"You may think it is a small number, but when we aim to make each title a hit and because we want to thoroughly operate every one of them for a significant amount of time after their releases, this is not a small number at all and should demonstrate our serious commitment to the smart device business," Iwata said.
Nintendo has returned to annual profit for the first time in four years.
Nintendo has added more than 60 digital games and apps to the European Club Nintendo Stars Catalogue.
Nintendo today announced it will begin releasing games on mobile phones and tablets, after years of opposition to smart device development.
UPDATE 17/3/15 3.55pm: After today's announcement that Nintendo will begin smartphone and tablet game development, Eurogamer's Chris "Bratterz" Bratt has rounded up resident Nintendo fan Tom Phillips and resident Nintendo sceptic Wesley Yin-Poole to discuss what this might mean for the company's future.
UPDATE: Here's Iwata's quote on the NX, translated officially by Nintendo:
The top reason for buying a PlayStation 4 over its competitors this generation is the console's perceived "better resolution", a new US survey reports.
Nintendo sold around 335,000 units of its New Nintendo 3DS during the handheld's recent launch week in Europe and the US.
Sales data published as part of the company's latest financial briefing shows Nintendo shifted around 175k units in the US and around 160k in Europe.
Both of the new system's major launch titles - The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate - outperformed the previous version in each respective series.
After more than two years, Nintendo has confirmed that it no longer has plans to roll-out its TVii service in Europe.
Available in Japan and North America since the Wii U first launched in late 2012, TVii allows users to browse TV programs and watch them via the GamePad.
Nintendo had previously promised that support would follow for Europe at some point, but has always remained vague on when this might transpire.
Nintendo will soon launch an app to let you use your Mii avatar on social media.
The application is set to be fully revealed within the next month or so, Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata told Japanese newspaper Nikkei.
Users will be able to load their Mii character - presumably the one already associated with their Nintendo Network account via 3DS and Wii U - and snap a user icon.
Nintendo and Philips have settled their patent dispute over the Wii motion controller technology.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has signalled a change in opinion for the company's long-standing policy of region-locking its consoles.
Nintendo will soon allow you to pre-download Wii U games purchased before their release, starting with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U in December.
Nintendo has shed light on its plans to develop "quality of life" technology - starting with a sleep and fatigue sensor.
Instead of a wearable gadget similar to others already available, Nintendo is designing a non-contact sensor that sits by your bedside.
The gizmo tracks your body movements, breathing and heartbeat, uploads them to the cloud for analysis, and gives a visual indication of your sleep condition and fatigue status.
Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has recovered well enough from surgery to return to his regular work duties.
Nintendo earned 171.4bn yen (£981m) in revenue during the past six months, although ended with a total operating loss of 215m yen (£1.2m).
That figure is a vast improvement on the same time last year however, when Nintendo posted a far more dire 23bn yen (£133m) operating loss.
Despite the operating loss, Nintendo managed to post a profit of 14.3bn yen (£82.1m). That's because of positive exchange gains due to the depreciation of the yen.
Nintendo will focus on Nintendo Direct broadcasts, social media channels and events to communicate with its customers following the now confirmed closure of the Official Nintendo Magazine.
Nintendo has released a new Wii U system software update THAT adds the ability to organise apps and games into folders.
Each desktop folder can be given a name and customised with a range of colours, handily de-cluttering your home screen.
The update, numbered 5.2.0, was released to Wii U owners last night.
The maker of Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kong is an astonishing 125 years old today, having been formed on 23rd September 1889.
Nintendo has confirmed its first line-up of Amiibo NFC toys which will launch in the UK this year.
Nintendo has just pushed live Wii U system software update 5.1.0 U, which adds the ability to transfer data between Wii U consoles.
Similar to 3DS, it means that users will be able to move their games, apps, settings and save files from one console to another. Once transferred, the source machine will then be formatted, Nintendo has detailed.
Other changes include (finally) support for more than just the Wii U GamePad in the system's eShop. You can now also use the Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller or Classic Controller.
Nintendo's president Satoru Iwata will not attend the company's annual general meeting of shareholders this month as he is recovering from major surgery.
UPDATE 23/6/14 2.45pm Nintendo has said it is "committed" to ensuring the continued sale of the Wii, Wii U and Wii Remote after losing a court battle over two patents.
Nintendo of Europe is closing its headquarters in Großostheim, Germany with the loss of 130 jobs, the company has announced.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata won't attend E3 2014 due to health-related reasons, the company has announced.
Nintendo has updated the Wii U's system software to version 5.0, bringing with it a new Quick Start menu to load recently-used games and apps.
Power up the Wii U via the GamePad and you'll be able to skip loading the console's Home screen by simply selecting one of your 10 last-used pieces of software.
The update also brings with it GamePad notifications, which will be downloaded to the device for you to check without booting the console itself.
Electronics manufacturer Philips is attempting to get the Wii U banned from sale in the US, after claiming it infringes several of the company's patents.
Nintendo has poured cold water on the suggestion it will rush out a successor to its struggling Wii U, instead suggesting that it will wait to "satisfy" those who have adopted the console first.
But work on the Wii U's successor has started - as it does every generation when the previous console is released. And, speaking in an investor Q&A, Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has hinted that the company already has a clear idea what it will be like.
"Once we launch a new platform, we naturally start to prepare for the next one. As it takes several years to develop a single platform, if you ask us whether we are preparing for our next system, then the correct response will be that we are always developing new hardware," Iwata explained.
Nintendo has published a video showing off the Wii U's upcoming quick start menu feature, which is due to be added in a future system update.
Nintendo is readying its own range of Skylanders and Disney Infinity-style NFC figurines.
Nintendo has ended the financial year with another loss due to the Wii U's continuing poor performance.
The company sold 2.7m Wii U consoles in the last 12 months, meaning it has shifted just 6.1m units since launch in November 2012 - less than the 7m PlayStation 4 consoles Sony has sold since last November.
3.6m Wii U consoles will be sold in the next year, Nintendo expects, meaning that the console will still be below the 10m mark in April 2015.
Nintendo has told Eurogamer that it will not show off any new hardware at E3 2014, after reports published overnight and today suggested it was readying some kind of announcement.
EA executive Peter Moore has publicly apologised for a string of April Fools' Day messages posted on Twitter by the official Frostbite account.
Tempted by the offer of a McDonald's Happy Meal with a free Mario toy? Our friends at Nintendo Life have filmed an unboxing video to show you exactly what you'll get.
Nintendo has teamed up with McDonald's to include a range of Mario toys in Happy Meals from next week.
Figurines featuring Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Toad and Yoshi will be available from 19th March until 29th April, Nintendo UK revealed today.
Several of the toys will be interactive, including Mario's Hovering Coin, the Donkey Kong Barrel Projector, a Super Sound Mushroom and Mario's Warp Pipe Embosser.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has revealed new development plans for smart devices designed to increase consumer awareness of its consoles and games.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has announced he will take a 50 per cent pay cut in response to the company's continued financial problems.
UK retailer Argos has cut the price of a 32GB Premium Wii U to just £179.99, one of the lowest prices yet for the console.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has defended the company's continued reluctance to release games on smartphones in the wake of last Friday's bleak financial results.
UPDATE: Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has apologised to shareholders for the company's business performance but pledged to stay in office, Nikkei reports (as translated by NeoGAF).
Iwata admitted responsibility for today's poor financial results but said that the first order of business was restoring momentum as soon as possible, and that he will stay as president to see this through.
ORIGINAL STORY: Nintendo has cut dramatically the number of Wii U and 3DS consoles it expects to sell by the end of the financial year.
More than a year after its launch, Wii U still lacks one of its main system features in Europe: its cunningly-named electronic programme guide TVii.
China has temporarily lifted its ban on the sale of foreign video game consoles, opening the door for the likes of Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony to enter the gargantuan market.
The ban, which had been in place for 14 years, prevented the sale of the PlayStation, Wii and Xbox consoles in the country.
Reuters reported on a statement from China's State Council that suspended the ban, allowing "foreign-invested enterprises" to make consoles within Shanghai's free trade zone and sell them within China - as long as they are approved by the government.
Nintendo is rolling out a new Wii U system update that adds Wii remote play - but there's a catch.
Update 4.0.0 adds the ability to output video and sound to the Wii U GamePad when using Wii Mode. In other words, you can play Wii games on your Wii U GamePad while your TV is switched off.
It's a welcome feature, but, you still need to use the Wiimote to control the game.
UPDATE: Nintendo has told Eurogamer that it will continue to fight for the WiiU.com domain despite its defeat via the WIPO, and continue looking at other legal options.
Nintendo's long-awaited Wii U system update has gone live, bringing with it improved console loading times and a number of other features.
The speed boost offered by the update is undoubtedly the most welcome feature for Wii U owners. It dramatically cuts the time spent waiting for the Wii U Menu and other system software to load - there's a comparison video below.
Further speed improvements are due in another firmware update later this year.
UPDATE: Nintendo has today updated its Wii U social network Miiverse by allowing users to author posts from a PC.
The web-based messaging system was first made available on PC last month, although users could only view and comment on previously-existing threads.
Even without a login, PC users can also now view any post when linked to the message directly.
Nintendo Network Premium, the reward scheme for Wii U Premium owners, has gone live in the UK. (We're a few days late realising this, but thought it was still worth pointing out).
The Wii U launched in Japan last weekend with initial sales amounting to 307,471 units, a new report suggests.
That's around 70,000 less than the Wii, according to Japanese chart company Media-Create (via GameKult).
The solid, if not stellar, launch was accompanied by Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, an expanded port of the Wii and later 3DS game. It sold 106,454 copies, while Nintendo Land (not a pack-in game as it is in the West) sold 66,583.
Nintendo of Europe blocks access to 18-rated content on the Wii U eShop at certain times of day, system messages suggest.
Nintendo's secretive EAD development team developed around 30 Wii U game concepts using a monitor taped to two Wii Remotes.
The Wii U sold 425,000 units during its US launch week, Nintendo has revealed. That's just 5000 less than the Wii recorded six years ago.
November US figures revealed that Nintendo shifted 420,000 units of its ageing Wii over the whole month (down 51 per cent on last year).
But it was Microsoft who claimed the sales crown. The Xbox 360 sold 1.26 million units, a 25 per cent dip from 2011's sales but more than the Wii and Wii U combined (although, to be fair, the Wii U was only out for one week).
Wii U owners are being asked to download another Wii U firmware update, which Nintendo is currently rolling out to all users.
A fresh 3DS firmware update has also been deployed.
The Wii U update brings the machine's hardware to version 2.1.0. It adds "further improvements to overall system stability". Initial reports from gamers suggest a wait of around 45 minutes to an hour for the patch to download and then be installed.
Wii U consoles available early next year will spring to life with the system's hour-long mandatory system update already installed, Nintendo has said.
The Wii U will be fully ready out-of-the-box from early 2013, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime told Gamasutra. This would likely be the case from "spring" onwards (around the beginning of March).
"Nintendo developers want to make sure that the very best product is available to consumers," Fils-Aime added, explaining why the update was necessary.
With Wii U now sold out in many shops across the UK, Nintendo is now rushing to refill high street stores and the warehouses of online chains. It has predicted a worldwide shipment of 3.5 million consoles by the end of the year, and 5.5 million by the end of the financial year in March. But how many of these will be snapped up by shoppers?
Eurogamer has canvassed the opinion of high street retailers and entertainment analysts to find out - and discover what could be to blame if Nintendo is left with piles of unwanted consoles after the initial launch rush.
"There are enough hardcore fans to buy the first 3 million consoles, and probably enough to buy the first five million," famed gaming analyst Michael Pachter, boss of Equity Research at Wedbush Securities reasoned, staring into his crystal ball. "My guess is that they will sell out by April."
Wannabe Wii U gamers will be able to buy up to 24 games in shops when the console launches at midnight tonight. Three more are set to be available digitally from Nintendo's eShop store.
But how does this compare with previous Nintendo console launches? And how do Nintendo's home-made software offerings match up with those in previous generations?
Turn back the clock to 11th April 1992 and the SNES was arriving on European shop shelves. It had just three games - not much choice - but each would go on to be some of the best releases on the system: they were Super Mario World, F-Zero and Pilotwings - two of these kickstarting new Nintendo franchises.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has said that the company remains uninterested in copying features from successful online gaming services such as Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.
Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime has hit back at claims that the Wii U will be outdated and irrelevant when the PlayStation 4 and next Xbox launch.
Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime reckons third-party games like Call of Duty look dramatically better on Wii U.
Nintendo TVii, an interactive programme guide for the Wii U, will launch in Europe sometime next year, the company has announced.
"What is Wii U?" asks a new series of TV adverts for Wii U launch title Nintendo Land. "Talk or fail," reads the cryptic reply.
Nintendo will make money on your Wii U purchase as soon as a you buy your first game, the company has revealed.
A Wii U user has been able to access a hidden area of the Miiverse which listed several unannounced games.
Nintendo has admitted the area existed and termed it a "mock-up menu" of content. The area was quickly removed when the user began posting screenshots and information to NeoGAF.
"It has come to our attention that some people were able to access a mock up menu on Miiverse following the launch of Wii U in the US," Nintendo told GamesIndustry International. "Please note that this was only a mock up menu and has now been removed and is not accessible."
Your Wii U Nintendo Network ID - the equivalent of an Xbox Live gamertag - can only be used on the console where it was created, Nintendo has confirmed.
US gamers can now download a YouTube app for Wii, just 48 hours before the console is replaced by the Wii U.
Bad news, UK gamers. You'll have to cling on a little longer. The Google-developed app will then roll-out to other countries in the months ahead, The Next Web reports.
The app offers a pointer-based user interface with sections for popular videos and YouTube Trending clips, plus specific sections for the best gaming, music and sports content.
The Basic 8GB Wii U offering has just 3GB space after installing system software and creating a user profile, Nintendo has revealed.
The boss of Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell publisher Ubisoft has criticised the Wii U's launch price, suggesting it is too expensive.
UPDATE: Nintendo has confirmed Nintendo Network ID replaces Friend Codes for the Wii U.
Nintendo of America has launched its dubstep-fuelled advertising campaign for the Wii U.
The company has chosen "How U Will Play Next" as its tagline.
The slick minute-long commercial features a number of photogenic families playing Wii U together. Several Nintendo-published titles are shown, including New Super Mario Bros U, Nintendo Land and Sing Party. US television app TVii is briefly glimpsed, too.
Nintendo will sell the Wii U at a loss when the console launches next month, the company has revealed, despite earlier suggestions the machine would be profitable from day one.
3DS sales are roughly equal to DS figures after the same time period, despite Nintendo reporting "weaker than expected" numbers for their new handheld.
It is difficult to directly compare 3DS and DS sales over the same time frame due to the earlier machine's staggered launch. 3DS now stands at 22.19 million sold, 19 months after the console launched in February 2011.
19 months after the DS launched in Europe in March 2005 it had sold 26.82 million - although its European release was more than three months after it launched in the US and Japan in November/December 2004. Factor that in and the comparative figure is 21.27 million DS units, meaning a small advantage for the 3DS at present.
Nintendo UK has rolled out its first Wii U TV advert, which focuses on the touchscreen GamePad's features and reinforces the fact that Wii U is a brand new console.
Nintendo is investigating Wii U manufacturer Foxconn after it admitted to using child workers in a Chinese factory.
Nintendo has shed more light on the Wii U GamePad's range and detailed how it may vary for some gamers.
Nintendo's Wii U Pro Controller (the one that looks like an Xbox 360 pad) has a battery life that lasts up to 80 hours.
Nintendo UK has confirmed to Eurogamer that the Wii U will be region locked.
That means you won't be able to import games from Japan or America and play them on your European Wii U. This was the case with 3DS, and this was the case with Wii.
Nintendo's confirmation followed a translated revelation in Japanese magazine Famitsu: "What can be played on the Wii U is restricted by a region-lock feature; software not sold in the same region cannot be played."
Why would you want a Wii U when the PlayStation Vita and PS3 can do the same thing already? That's Sony's line of attack as Nintendo readies its new hardware for release.
Nintendo has licensed the Unity engine for Wii U, both for internal use and to hand out externally.
We've scoured the nation for the best Wii U prices - and online retailer ShopTo currently has the cheapest deal on Basic and Premium Wii U packs. For the Wii U's ZombiU bundle your best bet is Zavvi or The Hut.
Nintendo has announced a post-Eurogamer Expo tour for its shiny new Wii U console.
Wa-hoo! Today we're very pleased to announce that Wii U will be playable at this year's Eurogamer Expo!
Update: Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed has been added to this list.
Original Story: The Wii U will launch in the UK with just seven fully-fledged retail titles, Nintendo has announced, including FIFA 13, Rayman Legends, Mass Effect 3 and New Super Mario Bros. U.
Mini-game compilation Nintendo Land is one of that number - despite coming free with the more expensive Wii U Premium model.
Nintendo will launch the Wii U in Japan on 8th December and make the hardware available in two different flavours, company president Satoru Iwata has just announced in a new Nintendo Direct conference.
The White-coloured "Basic" Wii U will cost 26,250 yen (about £209) and comes with 8GB of flash memory.
The Black-coloured "Premium" Wii U will cost 31,500 yen (£251), comes with 32GB of flash memory and a Nintendo Network Premium subscription.
UPDATE: Nintendo has just confirmed the Wii U Nintendo Direct via the company's official Nintendo of Europe Twitter feed, confirming the date and time below.
"Hi everyone! I'd like to invite you to watch the Nintendo Direct Wii U preview," someone purporting to be European president Satoru Shibata said. "Thursday 13th September at 4pm CEST [3pm UK]".
You'll be able to watch it at nintendo.co.uk/nintendodirect.
Nintendo will bring unified personal accounts to its online services sometime this year.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said that the difference in graphics between the Wii U and its competitor's upcoming consoles will be less than that between the Wii and the Xbox 360 and PS3.
Nintendo has promised to sell the Wii U at a "reasonable" price.
David Yarnton has quit Nintendo.
Nintendo has hit back at concern over the power of the Wii U.
Sony sees Nintendo's Wii U as "its own generation".
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has admitted the Wii U GamePad's tablet screen was almost dropped late in the console's planning stages.
ShopTo estimates the Wii U price will be £280 and games will cost £40.
Bethesda still intends for id shooter Rage to be a big franchise.
For Nintendo, the Wii U and its GamePad controller usher in a new era for design and play - but Xbox maker Microsoft and developer legend Peter Molyneux aren't convinced.
The battery life of the Wii U's GamePad controller has been fully detailed by Nintendo, with a single charge expected to last between three to five hours.
The Wii U supports 1080p, Nintendo has confirmed.
The video output in full: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Compatible cables include HDMI, Wii D-Terminal, Wii Component Video, Wii RGB, Wii S-Video Stereo AV and Wii AV.
In a technical specs sheet published today, Nintendo revealed new information on the home console, due out in time for Christmas.
The Wii U will support two GamePads, Nintendo has confirmed at its E3 conference - putting an end to speculation that the new console would only be able to support a single second screen unit.
The graphics of the Wii U version of Darksiders 2 are "at least as good" as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions', developer Vigil has said.
Nintendo will broadcast its E3 press conference on Facebook and its website. The conference is scheduled for 5pm UK time on Tuesday 5th June.
A new image of the Wii U controller shows redesigned thumb sticks.
Nintendo has licensed several slices of well-known technology for developers to use creating Wii U games.
Developers can wield both Havok's physics tech and user-interface toolset Scaleform when making Wii U software.
This middleware technology allows for quicker and easier game development using familiar tools, something Nintendo may consider useful for ensuring Wii U sees plenty of multi-platform titles from third-party developers.
Nintendo has pulled the curtain back on the Wii U's online functions, announcing its new Nintendo Network.
Gamers are now ready for new home consoles, Nintendo has said.
The Wii U will launch in the US, Europe, Australia and Japan by the end of 2012, Nintendo has promised.
Following the release of its third quarter 2012 financial results, Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata told reporters in Japan today the Wii successor will hit key markets for the year end.
Nintendo had stated Wii U, set for a re-reveal at E3 2012 in June, would launch no earlier than April 2012 but before the end of the year - but did not specify the territory in which this would happen.
Nintendo could reveal Wii U details before the expected show-all at E3 2012 in June, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime has hinted.
"We will be sharing information throughout the year," Fils-Aime told Spike TV at CES 2012 this week.
"So I won't say you'll have to wait until E3, but certainly we're not breaking new news here."
Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto has suggested US developer Retro Studios could collaborate with Nintendo on a future Zelda game.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's motion control scheme is here to stay, series boss Eiji Aonuma has said.
Nintendo is planning for its upcoming Wii U console to support two tablet controllers, a new report suggests.
Nintendo has patented designs for a touch-sensitive add-on to the Wii Remote.