Primed for a Wii-peat

The GameQWii U didn’t exactly light the world on fire when it made its grand debut at 2011’s E3 gaming expo. A year later, it still didn’t have the gaming faithful quivering in their fanboy boots. But now that the system is widely available, that old Nintendo magic could be brewing once again.

In the system’s first six days, Nintendo sold 400,000 units to eager consumers, who lined up early to grab a system – and eBay sellers were commanding a 40 percent premium for a Wii U. If all of this sounds familiar, it should: It’s reminiscent of the madness we saw when the original Wii went on sale in 2006.

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New Mario, Zelda games coming to Wii U in 2013

The wind-waker-wiiu-top630Wii U has taken some heat from critics post-launch. The system is slow, they say. There haven’t been any new games. Where’s Zelda?

Nintendo met those accusations head-on Wednesday in the company’s latest Nintendo Direct online press conference, unveiling a collection of new games and enhancements that would cheer even the most skeptical fan. Before the year is out, Wii U owners can expect a double dose of Mario, Yoshi’s return to the spotlight and a high-definition take on a classic Zelda game.

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Big games slip out of Wii U’s launch window

Some wonderful101of the biggest titles in the Wii U’s initial lineup have met with some big delays.

Nintendo today announced the delays of Game & Wario, The Wonderful 101 and Wii Fit U – which, alongside the previously delayed Pikmin 3, were initially promised to hit stores by the end of March. The company now says they’ll arrive in the “first half of the year.”

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Hunting for big game: Consoles evolve into streaming platforms

The PS-Vita-Systemtransition of videogame consoles into something more than just game machines started in 2000. Sony, in one of its most prescient moves, included a DVD player in the PlayStation 2 — at a time when the technology was still relatively new and expensive. And consumers couldn’t buy the system fast enough.

The speed of consoles’ evolution has increased dramatically in this generation, and the dawn (and explosion) of streaming media has been a large part of that. As Nintendo launches its next generation system — and Microsoft and Sony prepare for theirs, non-gaming elements are shaping up to be a critical part of the landscape.

Read more at Daily Variety

Nintendo president apologizes for gigantic Wii U update

Nintendo’s miiverse_630global president is apologizing to gamers for the hefty, mandatory system update they’re forced to endure upon setting up their Wii U.

In a wide-ranging interview with IGN, Satoru Iwata said he regretted the need for the update, which enables the online functionality of the system.

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Holiday Gaming 2012: Awesome Extras

Shopping for the gamer on your list should be the easiest part of your holiday gift gathering. Buy a good game and, bam! You’re finished, right?

Not necessarily. Gamers have the annoying habit of buying the best games right when they come out, ruining the plans of well-meaning gift givers. And if you don’t know precisely what game they’re looking for, you could inadvertently pick out a dud.

Gaming culture, thankfully, extends beyond games …

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America’s Radio News Network – Nov. 27, 2012

Every arnnThursday, I join Chris Salcedo and Rick Roberts on the mid-day edition of America’s Radio News Network to discuss trends and news in the technology and video game space. This week’s topics were the launch of Nintendo’s Wii U, a widespread hoax regarding Facebook’s privacy policy (and a look at their actual privacy practices), and a gift guide for technically inclined kids.

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Nintendo shrinks the Wii for Canadian gamers

Just over a week after Nintendo rolled out its new Wii U console, the video game company is introducing another one. U.S. shoppers, however, won’t be able to get their hands on it yet.

The Wii Mini, a shrunken version of the now-officially-last-generation console, is going on sale December 7th exclusively in Canada. It will cost Great White North gamers (and those Yanks who slip across the border) a mere $100.

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Nintendo Sells 400,000 Wii U Units in First Week

Nintendo’s next generation console system is selling fast in the U.S., but it’s still falling a bit short of the pace set by its predecessor.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says the company sold 400,000 units in its first six days of availability, including Black Friday, and that the system is currently “essentially sold out” at retail.


Nintendo Hits a Few Hurdles in Wii U Launch

System launches from Nintendo tend to be smooth running affairs, but the ambitious nature of the Wii U has presented a few stumbling blocks for the company.

Within hours of the next generation console’s debut, new owners were grumbling about a system update that kept them from playing for an hour or more, sporadic system outages and anticipated features that were delayed at the last minute.