When Nintendo first unveiled its list of early Wii U games, it promised to have more than 50 titles available for the console by the end of March 2013 including high-profile additions to the Wii Fit and Pikmin franchises. Now that the March deadline is starting to approach, however, Nintendo is singing a different tune.If you’ve gone out to GameStop or Best Buy lately, you may have noticed that the Wii U section looks pretty much like it did last week, and the week before, and the week before. I could go on, but you get the point. There has been hardly any Wii U activity since the holidays, which was to be expected, but gamers were hoping this drought would be over soon.Unfortunately, now, Nintendo has declared that Game & Wario, The Wonderful 101, Wii Fit U, and Pikmin 3 are all being delayed. After originally pledging that these games would be available no later than March 31, Nintendo is now offering the much more vague “first half of the year” time frame.Wii U sales have been decent. The fact that anyone could go out and buy the console just a matter of days after the launch day supply sold out, is probably more related to tepid consumer interest than it was excessive supply. When the Wii was released, people continued to line up outside stores for months because of insatiable demand.Of course, that was before the world of $200 PS3s and Xbox 360s, which are quickly becoming the “good for the whole family” entertainment market which used to be Nintendo’s bread and butter. Little missteps like these Wii U game delays are more severe when consumers still need a good reason to go out and buy the system. The question on everyone’s mind was whether or not Nintendo could hold on to the momentum that it got during the Wii U launch. So far, the answer isn’t looking great.
agentsincentivesWorld Expeditions Emily Cai, from Sydney-based ONLYLUXE travel agency, will be heading off on an extraordinary $15,000 12-day Antarctic Cruise with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki on board the M/V Ortelius, having sold the most World Expeditions Travel Group holidays to win the prize in the 2019 agent incentive competition. “I’m just thrilled to go to Antarctica with Dr Karl,” Emily said, “travelling with an expert and learning more about Antarctica will make it such a meaningful experience.“I’ve camped in the wild a lot but camping on the ice will be a new adventure for me. I love kayaking and can’t wait to paddle among the icebergs and to see some of the incredible wildlife.”World Expeditions is repeating the “Big Adventures” agent incentive in 2020, this time offering travel agents the chance to win an all expenses paid place on the ultimate historic journey – a 27 day odyssey following the Silk Route from its source in Xian, China, through an ever changing landscape to the fabled city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan.The Silk Road to Samarkand via Kashgar journey follows a route that has been travelled for thousands of years, passing ancient mosques, temples, monasteries and markets, through a landscape that is beautiful – sometimes desolate, sometimes ruggedly mountainous. The agent who sells the most World Expeditions Travel Group holidays between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020 will earn themselves the right to travel on the same route that was travelled by Alexander the Great, Ghengis Khan and Tamerlane on their incredible journeys. This amazing prize, valued at more than $11,000, includes a place on the 17-day Silk Road to Samarkand via Kashgar, return economy airfares ex Sydney or Melbourne and AU$500 spending money.Agents will automatically earn one point for every World Expeditions Travel Group trip sold. Trips must be more than five (5) days duration and the client must depart between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020. The agent with the most points as of 30 June 2020 will be added to a confirmed Silk Road departure of their choice, with travel to be completed within 1 year. Agents will receive credits for qualifying trips already sold.The World Expeditions Travel Group comprises 11 brands, including World Expeditions, UTracks, Tasmanian Expeditions, Australian Walking Holidays, Sherpa Expeditions, Great Canadian Trails and Adventure South NZ and, with more than 1,000 exceptional adventure holidays on offer, there’s plenty of opportunity to be the top selling agent.CLICK HEREto view the leaderboard, which will be updated regularly, and start earning points now. All World Expeditions Travel group itineraries are commissionable to agents.