Disney Infinity free on Wii U eShop

This week's eShop packs a surprising strategy from the House of Mouse. Disney Infinity, the initial release from last year, is a free download for Wii U.

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Nintendo's eShop update this week packs a surprising strategy from the House of Mouse. Disney Infinity, the initial release from last year, is a free download for Wii U.

The announcement notes that a figure and base are needed to play, so presumably Disney hopes to sell more figures by offering the game itself up for free. Of course, players who haven't bought the game on another plaform would need to purchase a used base, since it's not sold separately. The sequel, Disney Infinity: Marvel Superheroes, is due on September 23.

Other notable releases on the eShop this week include Mega Man 6 for Wii U Virtual Console, the new game Life Force, and discounts on Abyss, Chasing Aurora, and Nano Assault Neo, among others.

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    August 21, 2014 7:45 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Disney Infinity free on Wii U eShop.

    This week's eShop packs a surprising strategy from the House of Mouse. Disney Infinity, the initial release from last year, is a free download for Wii U.

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      August 21, 2014 7:48 AM

      The first hit is always free.

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      August 21, 2014 7:50 AM

      smart idea. first hit is free and then get all the kiddies addicted to BUYING ALL THE THINGS.

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        August 21, 2014 8:15 AM

        But this is like giving a crack pipe away without the crack. There is no free hit. You literally can't play the game without buying peripherals.

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      August 21, 2014 7:51 AM

      What's the point of it if you still need the starter pack with the pad and at least one of the figures (or don't you?)

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        August 21, 2014 7:51 AM

        That's why it's brilliant

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          August 21, 2014 7:55 AM

          No, what I mean is can you even play it without the starter kit? And the game is bundled with it? Or is it a separate game. I'm confused.

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            August 21, 2014 8:13 AM

            You're right, as far as I know. I don't think you can buy the portal thingy without the game.

            And I don't think the Wii U version uses any fancy NFC stuff that would mean you didn't need it.

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            August 21, 2014 8:19 AM

            You should buy some figurines just in case

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            August 21, 2014 12:47 PM

            The announcement notes that a figure and base are needed to play, so presumably Disney hopes to sell more figures by offering the game itself up for free.

            Yeah, that's the idea.

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              August 21, 2014 4:58 PM

              But the game is bundled with the base? How else would you get the base without the game other than used?

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                August 22, 2014 9:23 PM

                Buy the sequel. Unlike Skylanders, you can only use characters from a specific franchise in those levels, so you still need to buy the characters (rather than using the ones from with the sequel).

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        August 21, 2014 8:25 AM

        Seriously. I'd love to check this out, but how the heck do you get a standalone base? :/

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        August 22, 2014 3:31 AM

        The point is that if you purchased Disney Infinity for Wii and have since bought a Wii U console you do not need to buy the game again. You can use the portal from the Wii game you purchased. Nintendo does spell that out on the their website, just not in the press release of the week's digital downloads which is what this news post is going by (they should have clicked the link in the press release!). By the way, you'll also need 9.15 gigs of space to download the game.

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      August 21, 2014 8:28 AM

      The base is cross-platform and can be obtained used for about $15-$20, making the promotion similar to offering Wii-Fit U for free at first, though you did still need a wii-fit board. I'm pretty sure you can play through the tutorial and maybe do some toybox stuff without any figures, so this would provide a demo-type experience to anyone willing to purchase a used-base. Unfortunately, I've played the other versions and Wii-U is the worst of ps3/360/wiiu, but if you have it on another system already for your kids, they can now use off-tv play with Wii-U. Personally, I will dl it and sell my disc online for $20.

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      August 21, 2014 11:55 AM

      Maybe I'm stupid, but I've never been able to figure out exactly WTF this game is about. What's the deal with the figures and such?

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        August 21, 2014 12:34 PM

        It's like Skylanders. You buy figures, place them on the base and they show up in game. Take the figure off the base and the character disappears from the game.
        The game itself is broken up into 2 modes "Toy box mode" is kind of like Minecraft. you unlock pieces you get to use to create your own little world and share it with your friends. You can use any of your figures in this mode. The other mode involves buying "playsets" which are themed standard video games and can only be used with the characters that match the theme. You can't use the Incredibles characters in the Monsters Inc. playset, for instance.