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New Pokemon games revealed

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The next two games in the gaming giant franchise Pokemon were announced this morning.  Pokemon X and Pokemon Y will be coming out October 2013 worldwide for the 3DS, breaking some trends for Game Freak, the game’s developer, while continuing others.

For one, this will be the first round of Pokemon to have it’s international releases close together, something that is usually separated by at least a few months. Also, this round of games has finally broken the color streak of Pokemon game names, from Red and Blue to Black and White, Pokemon games have always had a color associated with them, but apparently no more.

However, some things never change. Players will have a choice to pick between three starter Pokemon – Froakie, Fennekin and Chespin, Water, Fire, and Grass-types respectively.

For a closer look at the recently announced games, check out the video above. Pokemon X and will only work on the 3DS, not any other type of DS, so looks like it’s finally time to grab one if you haven’t already.

Nintendo TVii Announced

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Originally planned to be a launch feature of the WiiU, Nintendo today announced that the feature would hit consoles December 20, meaning that WiiUs unwrapped on Christmas will have the feature ready to be used.

“Nintendo TVii maximizes Wii U owners’ current cable, satellite and video-on-demand services by pulling all of their available content sources – such as a Comcast cable package or Hulu Plus subscription – into one place,” according to a Nintendo press release. The application will not allow Netflix, Amazon Prime, or TiVo compatibility  though Netflix has it’s own WiiU application.

Support for TiVo and Netflix is expected in 2013. TVii is free to all WiiU owners and does not require an additional purchase or hardware.

Written by John Schwartz

December 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Microsoft Sells 750k Xbox 360s

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There were a lot of great deals on Xbox 360s during Black Friday, and consumers seemed to take notice.

According to Microsoft’s Major Nelson, more than 750,000 360s were sold during the national sale Friday, November 23.

Microsoft also reported that Black Friday was an excellent day for Halo 4, as well as Xbox LIVE Gold Subscription card sales which “increased more than 50 percent.”

Xbox LIVE has reportedly had an increased usage up from last year, and released up minor update today for their dashboard.

Written by John Schwartz

November 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Wii Mini Revealed

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Nintendo confirmed rumors of a new version of their previous console the Wii by announcing the Wii Mini today.

The new console, which will be released on December 7, is only coming to Canada for the immediate future for $99.99. Rather than a disk tray, the console will have players load their disks in from the top-much like the GameCube. However, the Wii Mini won’t have any backwards compatibility with GameCube games, nor will it have the ability to go online in any way.

No dates have been revealed as to when the international release for the Wii Mini is coming. For more information, check out the official website here.

Written by John Schwartz

November 27, 2012 at 11:00 am

Over a million Wii and Wii Us sold

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Source: Wikipedia

Nintendo sold over a million hardware during the last week, which included the launch of their new next generation console the Wii U, CNET reported today.

The figure includes 400,000 Wii Us, 300,000 Wiis, and more than 500,000 portable devices, such as the 3DS and DS, sold.

Nintendo of America’s President, Reggie Fils-Aime, said that the Wii U is “essentially sold out of retail,” a fact reminiscent of its predecessor, the Wii, which was notoriously hard to find during the first few months of it launching. Nintendo hopes to not relive those shortages with its new console.

“We’ve certainly learned many lessons from that and we are replenishing retailers more quickly this time around,” Fils-Aime told CNET.

The Wii U launched on November 18 at $299.99.

Written by John Schwartz

November 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Wii U browser specs released

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Nintendo today revealed the various features of the internet browser that comes on their new console the Wii U.

The browser, which runs on NetFront NX, is short on features. Users won’t be able to use pinch to zoom, or take or upload pictures. HTML 5 will be supported, but Flash and other plugins will not.

It will be possible, however, to pause the game you are playing and browse for tips and hints in order to help you.

Other specs can be found here.The Wii U releases on November 16 in North America.

Written by John Schwartz

November 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Nintendo launches Wii U Ad campaign

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Nintendo has released it’s first television advertisement for circulation in North America. In addition to dubstep, the trailer seems to highlight the unique features of the new console – notably, the interactive controller, which allows users to interact with different games in various ways.

It harkens back to the original Wii commercials, showing diverse family combinations enjoying playing the games. This trailer shows many different games however, rather than just Wii Sports.

The Wii U releases in North America on November 18.