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Nintendo's streak of losses ends, helped by strong Smash Bros. sales

10/29, 7:13pm

Handheld game sells 3.32 million units, propels company to $85 million profit

Nintendo posted surprising figures for it second quarter results for 2014, seeing an $85 million (¥9.25 billion) operating profit. The news comes on mixed analyst projections, with Thomson Reuters Starmine expecting a $33 million (¥3.7 billion) loss and Quick expecting a net profit of $63 million (¥62.4 billion). Nintendo posted a net profit of $222 million (¥24.2 billion) for the period ending September 30.

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Nintendo unleashing Amiibo, Super Smash Bros. Wii U in November

10/07, 5:01pm

NFC figures, forth entry in the fighter series coming to the Wii U before the holidays

On the back of worldwide sales of 2.8 million units for Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo unveiled the release date for the game on its home console. Super Smash Bros. is coming to the Wii U in North America on November 21, with Europe and Australia sales starting the following week. In addition to Super Smash Bros., Nintendo is offering a bonus release with the first wave of Aiimbo figures on November, along with Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker in December.

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Nintendo witnesses another rough quarter, posts $92 million loss

07/31, 9:52pm

Strong software sales couldn't halt Nintendo's continued poor performance

After a less-than-optimal performance at the end of the 2014 fiscal year, Nintendo is looking at a rough start to the beginning of its new fiscal year. The game console manufacturer reported that it posted an operating income loss of more than $92 million (9.47 billion yen) during its first quarter of the 2015 fiscal year. Weak console sales and fixed expenses are largely to blame for the loss.

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NPD: Console sales up, PlayStation 4 tops chart for sixth month

07/21, 6:30pm

June console sales up 103 percent, PlayStation 4 in the lead by 476,000 units

After Microsoft provided internal figures that saw sales for the Xbox One double since dropping the Kinect and $100 off the price, NPD confirmed that the increase still wasn't enough to catch Sony's PlayStation 4. For the sixth month in a row, the PlayStation 4 claimed the top spot for console sales as the hardware market increased to $292.7 million.

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Nintendo reveals franchise sequels, NFC-equipped models in E3 event

06/10, 1:21pm

Amiibo NFC figurines usable in Nintendo games for new characters, other effects

Nintendo is continuing to focus on its well-known stable of franchises during its E3 event. Opting for a pre-produced YouTube stream instead of a Sony or Microsoft-style live event, the brisk 45-minute show revealed the game producer is still looking for ways for the Wii U to stay relevant to gamers, with the only major hardware announcement of the event involving NFC-equipped figurines.

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Nintendo unveils Wii U converter box for Gamecube controllers

06/01, 5:39pm

USB box allows use of fan favorite Wavebird controllers in upcoming Smash Bros. game

On top of the news that Nintendo would be holding a Super Smash Bros. Invitational at E3 this year, the company has unveiled a new option for controllers on the Wii U. A new USB converter box has been introduced for the console, allowing gamers to play the upcoming Smash Bros. title with a Gamecube controller. Information about the box was dropped in an announcement video containing details on the tournament and later on Twitter.

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Philips sues Nintendo over alleged motion control patent infringement

05/15, 2:01pm

Motion control patent lawsuit seeks compensation Wii console sales ban

Nintendo is being attacked by electronics manufacturer Philips over claims of patent infringement. The game company is accused of using aspects of Philips' motion control IP over its entire range of Wii devices, including the Wii console, Wii Remotes, the Wii U console and gamepad, and the Wii Mini, with Philips also seeking a sales ban in the United States.

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Nintendo posts $457 million year-end loss after revised forecast

05/07, 10:25pm

Wii U and 3DS sales fail to meet adjusted forecast from January

Nintendo released its 2013 year-end report today, to disappointing results. The company announced that it posted a $457 million loss on the back of slumping sales of the Wii U and 3DS hardware units. The loss comes even after the company had already revised its sales forecast downward in January to anticipate more realistic sales figures.

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Briefly: Game Boy Advance on Wii U store, Digital Storm's new laptops

04/05, 11:55pm

Popular Game Boy Advance titles now available on Wii U's eShop

Nintendo has released its first group of Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games on the Wii U online store. Available for $8 per title, current releases include strategy-based game Advance Wars, RPG Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and side-scrolling shooter Metroid Fusion. More titles are due to roll out throughout April, such as Kirby & The Amazing Adventure, WarioWare, Super Mario Bros. 3 and others.

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Briefly: Nintendo launches Yoshi 3DS, offers $200 refurb Wii U deluxe

03/09, 1:25pm

Yoshi themed limited edition 3DS XL launches March 14 for $199

Nintendo has announced that it will release a limited-edition, bright green, Yoshi-themed 3DS XL handheld on March 14. The release of the handheld coincides with the launch of the newest Yoshi game from Nintendo, Yoshi's New Island. While the console will have a price tag of $199, Nintendo has stated that it will not come pre-loaded with the new Yoshi game, nor will it come with a physical copy.

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Nintendo to consider mergers and acquisitions in future

02/02, 6:00pm

Gaming company to reevaluate business strategies

Nintendo is off to a rough start in 2014, after news in January of a less-than-optimal quarterly performance for the company that saw the forecast number of units of the Wii U cut as revenues were down across the board. It didn't help that the company that it opened itself up to a small controversy over the use of smartphones to market upcoming products -- a plan it first denied, then admitted to. However, the recent decline has caused Nintendo to look toward a different future as it looks to opening up new business strategies.

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Briefly: BlackBerry Z30 at FCC on AT&T, Nintendo Wii U battery

12/22, 10:08pm

BlackBerry Z30 spotted at FCC using AT&T frequencies

BlackBerry could be bringing the Z30 smartphone to AT&T in the future, according to an FCC filing. The listing spotted by Berry Review appears to show the device, with a 5-inch 1280x720 Super AMOLED display, dual-core 1.7GHz processor, and 2GB of RAM, as sporting radios on AT&T bands, strongly suggesting that the more-powerful flagship device could launch in the US as an alternative to Verizon.

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Poll: PS4 tops Xbox One for gamers' holiday choice

09/29, 3:00pm

Sony's next console takes top spot on gamer wish lists

Sony could have a winner on its hands, according to a new poll from Reuters/Ipsos showing that the PlayStation 4 has a considerable lead when it comes to gamers' intended purchases. The new poll results come ahead of the launch of both consoles in time for the holiday season, and its results would indicate a bright future for Sony's next-generation offering. Just over one-in-four respondents said that they were likely to purchase a PS4 when it becomes available later this year.

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Briefly: Nintendo cuts Wii U price; Google+ hangouts to go HD

08/28, 1:14pm

Wii U discount ahead of Xbox One launch

Nintendo is reportedly preparing to cut the price of its Wii U Deluxe console package down to $300 from its current price of $350. The discount will be available beginning September 20, giving the company several months to bolster sales ahead of increasing competition in November as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are expected to arrive on the market. It remains unclear if basic bundle, which already costs $300, will receive a similar discount.

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Netflix starts rolling out profiles to iOS, Apple TV, other platforms

08/01, 11:02am

PS3, Xbox 360 following in near future

Netflix has begun wider deployment of the multi-user profiles that started hitting the Apple TV earlier this week. On top of the Apple TV, the feature is now rolling out to iPhone, iPod, and iPad users "over the next few days," according to Netflix. In the near future, the company is also planning to bring profiles to the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and newer-model connected TVs and Blu-ray players. Android and Wii users are only expected to get the option "soon."

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Nintendo to preview Wii U games at Best Buys during E3

05/19, 8:40pm

Nintendo will try to drum up interest with in-store demos

Struggling to drum up consumer interest in its faltering Wii U console, Japanese game maker Nintendo will show off forthcoming games in Best Buy stores while this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo is going on. Nintendo revealed the partnership between the game company and the electronics retailer last week, tipping some of the games that will be shown off in Best Buy stores.

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Nintendo stocks climb on positive Wii U sales figures

01/13, 5:35pm

NTDOY up five percent as Wii U shows solid revenue

Late last week, shares of Japanese video game maker Nintendo rose the most in four months after figures indicated a strong holiday revenue showing for its new Wii U home console. NTDOY currently sits at $12.70, up 4.87 percent, buoyed by news that the new console generated has generated more than $300 million since its introduction in November of last year. That figure has the Wii U outpacing its predecessor, the runaway hit Wii, in terms of revenue.

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Sea-Tac Cargo robbed of $2.44 million in Wii U consoles

12/18, 6:00pm

Brazen thieves loaded two semi-trailers and one box truck with pallets

According to ABC News, thieves stole over 7,000 Nintendo Wii U gaming consoles between 9PM Saturday and noon Sunday under the cover of weather. The thieves pulled into Seattle-Tacoma Airport's Air Cargo warehouse and loaded 64 shrink-wrapped pallets of consoles into semi-trucks brought for the purpose. Investigators are looking for two large trailers with "McKinney" printed on the side, and a Seattle Air Cargo box truck, both stolen prior to the heist.

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iPhone 5 claims Time 'Gadget of the Year' title

12/11, 3:45pm

Wii U, Surface among other list entries

Time Magazine has awarded the iPhone 5 the title of "Gadget of the Year" for 2012. In his piece on the phone, writer Harry McCracken calls the device "one of the most artfully polished gadgets anyone's ever built," and claims it outperforms other "nifty" smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S III, which isn't included in his top-ten list despite the presence of the Galaxy Note II in eighth place. "When it comes to melding hardware, software and services so tightly that the seams fade away, Apple still has no peer," McCracken argues.

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Nintendo boss Iwata apologizes to Wii U early adopters

11/29, 6:32am

Satoru Iwata says sorry for Wii U out-of-box experience

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has apologized to Wii U early adopters for what he believes was a less than ideal experience out of the box. Some Wii U users complained that on setting up their new console, they had to endure a lengthy update process before they could start gaming on the new console. The software patch delivered access to the Miiverse social network and Wii backwards compatibility among other enhancements, but some services were still not available on launch.

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Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus available on Nintendo Wii U

11/22, 6:31am

Streaming services added days after US console launch

Nintendo has now expanded the streaming video options for the Wii U from the initial offering of Netflix. Both Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus have been included in the Wii U, just days after the console's US launch. Netflix, the natural competitor for both companies, has been included on the console since November 18th.

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Nielsen: iPad dominates kids', teens' holiday demands

11/20, 3:32pm

Wii U, iPhone, non-Apple tablets among other coveted tech

The Apple iPad is far and away the most coveted product for by kids and teenagers, a new Nielsen study suggests. 48 percent of surveyed kids aged 6 to 12 would like one in the next six months, while 21 percent of those 13 and older want the device. The iPad mini is fourth place amongst the 6-12 group at 36 percent, and ninth place in the 13+ demographic, coming in at 11 percent.

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Wii U gaming booths let potential buyers demo system

11/05, 10:11am

Nintendo launches Wii U Sampling Tour across US retailers

The Nintendo Wii U won't become available for sale in the US until November 18, but potentially interested buyers can try the system out starting November 5. Nearly 5,000 demonstration booths will be set up across US retailers that include Best Buy, GameStop, Target, Walmart, and Toys 'R' Us. They will either let shoppers play one of the launch titles or offer a video presentation of the console's features.

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Nintendo results show Wii U as sold below manufacturing cost

10/25, 10:53am

Cost lowers estimated net profit by $175M

Nintendo will sell the Wii U, its next game console, at a loss from launch. A presentation from CEO and President Satoru Iwata said that the console's price is "below cost", and claimed to be one reason for the company's annual net profit outlook being reduced from $251 million down to $75.2 million.

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Wii bundle gets price drop ahead of holidays, Wii U launch

10/15, 10:43am

New holiday Wii bundle replaces Super Mario Bros. with Wii Sports, Wii Sports

Nintendo will soon release a new Wii games console bundle that will cost $130, down from the current $150. The bundle's content will change somewhat, however, as the current one includes Super Mario Bros., while the upcoming one will get both Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort on a single disc. Either bundle includes the black console.

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Nintendo's Wii U will be region-locked

09/24, 10:08am

Buyers of Wii U won't be able to play games from other regions

The Wii U games console from Nintendo will be region-locked, according to some reports. This means users who buy it earlier in a different country or region than their own will not be able to play games they purchase in their home country. The move is meant to stop game and software imports from other regions as well.

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Nintendo Wii U gamepad not available seperately at launch

09/14, 12:47pm

Nintendo America CEO claims lack of game support

Nintendo will not be releasing the Wii U gamepad as a standalone product at launch. The company plans to start selling the controller on it's own when games that actively use more than one WiiPad go on sale, according to Nintendo America CEO and president Reggie Fils-Amie in a session with investors following the global press conferences that announced availability.

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Nintendo reveals US, EU launch details, TV for Wii U

09/13, 11:10am

US console gets video streaming, earlier launch

Nintendo has laid out its plans for the Wii U release in the US and Europe. Release dates and prices were discussed in both events, however the US and Canada will also have several applications for streaming video to the console, under the banner of "Nintendo TVii."

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Wii U hits Japan December 8, priced above competition

09/13, 8:44am

Nintendo Wii U starts to get shipping dates

Nintendo used is Wii U Direct Presentation to mark December 8 as the official launch date of its next-generation gaming console. The starting price for the Wii U of 26,250 puts it in at around $US330, which places it slightly higher than the current Sony PS3 and Xbox 360 in Japan. Nintendo says it will be offering the console in two versions, one a basic set and the other a premium set.

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Nintendo stems the tide of losses with strong 3DS sales

07/25, 7:54am

Nintendo on track to deliver full-year profit of $447 million

Nintendo has stemmed the tide of losses, by bucking analysts predictions in recording a loss only half as large as expected, reports Reuters. Its first quarter results (pdf) rebounded somewhat on the back of aggressive pricing on its 3DS hand held gaming console, which doubled its sales. The company also maintained its outlook and says that it is on course to report a record an operating profit of $447 million for the full fiscal year.

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3DS, Wii U to feature unified online accounts

07/09, 5:03pm

Nintendo to highly tether online capabilities for first time

Nintendo customers owning both a a 3DS and the company's forthcoming Wii U console will be able to take advantage of a unified eShop account system. Fan site Nintendo World Report discovered the new policy in an email from a Nintendo service representative to a customer. The news sheds more light on the developing online component that will underly Nintendo hardware for this generation.

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Wii U online component to be free to play

06/29, 1:16pm

No additional 3DS models to come

The Miiverse, Nintendo's online social component for its forthcoming Wii U game console, will be free to play and connect to. Gaming site Genjitsu Game listened in on Nintendo's annual shareholder meeting, discovering the online pricing as well as Nintendo's plans regarding additional models of its 3DS handheld console. The game company also addressed concerns that it would not be able to attract third party support for the Wii U, saying that it was handling third-party interactions differently with the Wii U than it had with previous consoles.

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Nintendo to cut summer bonuses by 20 percent

06/11, 11:06pm

Weak Wii, 3DS sales having impact on Nintendo revenues

Nintendo's tough financial fortunes appear to be continuing unabated, as the company announced today that it will be reducing summer bonuses for its employees by 20 percent. Reuters reports that flagging sales of the company's console and handheld gaming devices played a role in the bonus reduction, and Nintendo will also be reducing executive compensation accordingly.

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Hands on: Nintendo Wii U production model

06/05, 6:23pm

Nintendo shows off final design at E3 2012

Nintendo's Wii U introduction did not come as much of a surpriseprototypes were on-hand at E3 last yearhowever Electronista took the opportunity at E3 2012 to try out the final design that will be stocked on store shelves later this year. The hardware has changed little since the first prototype was revealed, aside from new joysticks and dedicated buttons for TV remote functionality.

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Nintendo shows off Wii U networking features in video

06/04, 5:23pm

Promo video shows video chat, apparent cross-platform integration

Having unveiled the online strategy for its forthcoming Wii U console yesterday, Nintendo has released a promotional video (seen below) showing off the console's networking features in action. The video touts a number of the console's capabilities, including a video chat function, a message board system for individual games, and an apparent integration with smartphones through what appears to be a Twitter-like service.

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Nintendo details final Wii U design, Pro Controller

06/04, 12:33am

Gamepad integrates NFC, infrared transmitter

Nintendo has unveiled the final version of its Wii U Gamepad, along with an Xbox-style "Pro Controller" that will serve as an alternative to the display-equipped handheld. The production Gamepad does not bring many surprises, as its overall aesthetics and features mostly match existing promises, though the Pro Controller introduction confirms that the company has worked to accomodate traditional console gaming.

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Nintendo unveils 'Miiverse' online strategy for Wii U

06/03, 11:42pm

More standard controller aimed at core gamers

Nintendo is letting details on its forthcoming Wii U console trickle out in the days leading up to the Electronic Entertainment Expo; and now the company has revealed a revamped online strategy for the Wii U. The forthcoming game console will offer a range of connected features, centering around the "Miiverse" social and content network.

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New Wii U controller design appears

05/20, 5:53pm

Nintendo may have improved tablet controller's ergonomics

Nintendo may have slightly redesigned the tablet-like controller for its forthcoming Wii U console. A photo of a more ergonomically-designed controller appeared briefly on the Twitter feed of a developer, before vanishing shortly thereafter. The Wii U is expected to be showcased in full at this year's E3 being held early next month in Los Angeles, and likely will be released either over the summer or in the fall.

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Wii U launch list leaks: Mario, Pikmin, Assassin's Creed

05/07, 9:30pm

Blockbuster UK leaks 25 Wii U launch titles

Amid the rumors and speculation surrounding Nintendo's forthcoming Wii U console, leaked screens from Blockbuster UK purport to show the 25 games likely to accompany the Wii U when the system launches later this year. The supposed lineup shows a range of offerings, from party games, to fitness titles and big franchises appearing for the first time on a Nintendo system.

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Leaked Ubisoft trailer shows Wii U NFC abilities

04/27, 6:00pm

Rayman Legends trailer shows Wii-U touch controls

A trailer for Rayman Legends has leaked online, showing what appears to be touch controls and NFC capabilities of the Wii U. The trailer has since been said by Ubisoft to not be a representation of the final game, nor the Nintendo console.

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Nintendo records its first annual loss, upbeat about 2013

04/26, 6:40am

Nintendo struggles with gaming-first hardware

Nintendo has posted (pdf) its first annual loss turning in a result around $458 million into the red. The downturn has been blamed on the rise of mobile gaming on smartphones, and a lackluster holiday quarter where its aging Wii console and dramatic price reduction on the 3DS blew a hole in its finances. The said that it hopes to turn its fortunes around in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 by launching its next-gen Wii U console and by starting to sell its 3DS for a profit, where it is currently selling it at a loss.

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Rumor: Nintendo Wii U estimated at $180 to manufacture

04/09, 6:15pm

Quarter of manufacturing costs on components

The Wii U is rumored to cost Nintendo $180 per unit to manufacture, according to sources of Forget the Box. Component costs are expected to be $50 of that total. "Cutting production costs to maximize profits is Nintendos main concern with the Wii U," the sources claimed.

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Devs say Nintendo Wii U not faster than current consoles

04/03, 7:15pm

Nintendo pinning hopes on tablet shape over speed

Nintendo's upcoming Wii U console may be less powerful than its predecessor. Citing developers, GamesIndustry.biz reports that, although the tablet-like gaming device may support full HD imaging, its graphics processing power may be less than that of the current generation of gaming devices. This could prove a disappointment to avid gamers when the system is released later this year.

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Epic worried Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony will let Apple win

03/08, 11:20am

Epic Games pushes for faster PS4 and next Xbox

Epic Games is concerned that Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony might let Apple take over in gaming by being too conservative with their hardware, the developer's VP Mark Rein said in a discussion this week at the Game Developer Conference. The Bulletstorm and Gears of War creator told CVG his company was "constantly pushing" hardware designers to make high-end systems to give a clear incentive to pick their systems over what Apple makes. Rein liked Apple, but he didn't want TV gaming to disappear by eroding the gap in experiences.

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Nintendo said talking to execs for Wii U as media hub

02/21, 11:10am

Nintendo Wii U may become general-purpose

Nintendo might transform the Wii U into a full media hub if mentions of early discussions are accurate. AdWeek had heard this weekend that Nintendo had been in talks with "several major media companies," including music and sports providers in backroom CES chats last month. The console designer was even said considering a cable TV deal with Comcast, similar to the Xbox 360's live TV.

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Nintendo brings Hulu Plus streaming to Wii, 3DS soon

02/16, 11:05am

Nintendo now offers Hulu Plus on Wii console

Nintendo has made available the Hulu Plus app for US owners of its Wii home gaming console, as expected, though delayed. While the monthly fee to the subscription-based streaming TV show service will be $8 per month, new users will get a free, two-week trial. The service offers over 16,000 episodes from 400 current and classic TV shows from ABC, Comedy Central, Fox, NBC, MTV, and others.

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Nintendo buys video streaming startup Mobiclip

02/13, 10:45pm

Nintendo gets Mobiclip for vide streaming

Mobiclip quietly confirmed Monday that it had been bought out by Nintendo. The new subsidiary of the console giant didn't explain details, including the value of the deal or what it would be producing with Nintendo's help. The company has been making primarily video codecs for the console universe, including Microsoft and Sony.

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Sony patents Wii U-like tablet controller

02/06, 10:05pm

Application initially submitted in 2010

Sony has filed a patent application with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a tablet-like game controller. The Position-Dependent Gaming, 3D Controller, and Handheld as a Remote in many ways conceptually resembles Nintendo's Wii U's tablet-like game controller. Sony actually began the application process for the technology in July 2010, almost a year before Nintendo showed the system.

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Nintendo changes Wii U specs, easy for devs to support

02/01, 10:10pm

Specs said to change often

Nintendo has reportedly continue to make adjustments to the technical specifications for its upcoming Wii U game console. In an interview with Dutch magazine NGamer, Team Ninja's Yosuke Hayashi suggests that the hardware specs have been "changing constantly" since the game studio first began developing for the upcoming device.

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Microsoft France rules out third-gen Xbox in 2012

01/30, 3:45pm

No new Xbox in 2012, said Microsoft France exec

Despite rumors to the contrary, Microsoft will not release the next-generation Xbox 360 in 2012, according to Cedric Delmas, Microsoft France marketing director. In an interview translated by Eurogamer, he said nothing will be revealed for a new Xbox at this year's E3 show in June. Other claims have pointed to an E3 2013 reveal instead.

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