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Briefly: Nintendo Wii multiplayer closure, Virgin Media boosts speeds

02/28, 7:12am

Nintendo prepares to shutter Wii, DS multiplayer services on May 20th

Nintendo has revealed it will be shutting down its online multiplayer servers for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii on May 20th. The global closure will stop multiplayer games from working online through the Wi-Fi Connection service, but it will still allow other online aspects, such as the Wii Shop and video-on-demand services, to continue working. Online play for games made for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U will remain unaffected by the closure.

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Nintendo launches 2DS handheld game console in US, Europe, Australia

10/14, 7:28am

Loses 3D display, removes hinge, drops price to $130

Nintendo has put its newest model of Nintendo DS on sale in the United States, Europe, and Australia. The Nintendo 2DS, seen as the budget-friendly and simplified version of the Nintendo 3DS handheld game console, eliminates the 3D top screen functionality and removes the hinge, instead being packaged as a dual-screened slate.

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Harris poll names Apple tops in electronics brands for youth

10/25, 11:20am

Youth conditioned to see iPads, iPhones as cool

Apple holds the most popular brands among American youth, at least in terms of electronics, a new Harris Interactive study claims. The market research firm polled people aged eight to 24 to gauge brand equity, as judged by factors including familiarity, quality and interest in buying. Within the categories Apple succeeded in, however, the age span was narrowed to 13 to 24.

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Activision announces robot Wappy Dog for Nintendo DS

06/02, 12:30pm

Owner teaches tricks, shapes toy's personality

Activision announced that it has partnered with Sega Toys to develop Wappy Dog, a robotic toy puppy that "learns" from interactions with its owner. Wappy has touch sensors and responds to commands entered using the Nintendo DS. How the player interacts with the toy affects the toy's responses - what the company calls its "personality and happiness" - as well as how quickly new tricks are unlocked.

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