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Which Console Maker Will Win the Next-Generation Battle?

Which Console Maker Will Win the Next-Generation Battle?

The Nintendo Wii U has kicked off a new generation of consoles. The device, which comes with HD graphics that can about match those we have from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, will likely be joined by vastly more powerful PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 consoles at some point in the next year or so.

Once those devices launch, it will be time to handicap the marketplace. Which console will succeed? Which console will fail? And perhaps most importantly, which console will win the next-generation battle?

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OUYA details special translucent Dev Consoles as SDK thrown open

OUYA details special translucent Dev Consoles as SDK thrown open

We already knew OUYA's Dev Console was shipping slightly ahead of schedule, but the open-source gaming team has now revealed exactly what comes in the box: a special edition frosted translucent version of the console. The limited availability version is headed off to 1,200 developers with a new casing - along with a few hardware tweaks - while OUYA has also thrown open the doors to its Dev Portal with the full development kit (aka ODK) and full support forums.

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Nintendo TVii hits Wii U in US and Canada on December 20

Nintendo TVii hits Wii U in US and Canada on December 20

Nintendo's TVii update for the Wii U will land in the US and Canada on December 20, the company has announced, turning the motion-tracking console into a smart TV hub. Eventually promising to take control of your TiVo box, as well as cable and satellite TV, and on-demand content, the TVii service allows users to access Hulu Plus and Netflix from their Wii U GamePad.

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Wii U hits UK early

Wii U hits UK early

Nintendo's Wii U has begun showing up for pre-order customers in the UK, a day ahead of the console's official release on November 30. Retailer Amazon UK notified some buyers of the new motion-gaming system on Wednesday this week that their Wii U had been dispatched for a November 29 delivery, and sure enough the first boxes hit doorsteps from this morning.

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Nintendo reportedly planning Wii Mini console

Nintendo reportedly planning Wii Mini console

All eyes may be on the Wii U at the moment, but that doesn't necessarily mean Nintendo is ready to abandon the Wii. A new rumor from Nintendo World Report claims that the big N is planning to launch a new redesign of the original Wii, this time going a bit smaller scale. Yes, we're talking about a Wii Mini - it seems that everyone is going for a smaller form factor these days, so why not Nintendo?

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Hulu Plus hits Wii U

Hulu Plus hits Wii U

Hulu Plus has launched for the Wii U, bringing another streaming media option to the new Nintendo console. The new update - joining Netflix, which was released on launch day - uses the Wii U's GamePad for a second-screen experience, putting secondary content such as actor biographies, series guides, and other details onto the smaller display, while allowing you to continue watching the main action on your TV.

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New Wii U stock on the way with US priority says Nintendo exec

New Wii U stock on the way with US priority says Nintendo exec

Nintendo's marketing vice president has insisted that fresh Wii U supplies are incoming to alleviate the new console bottleneck, promising "a great quantity" though warning that shortages may still be on the cards. "Demand has been phenomenal" Scott Moffitt told Forbes, though declined to give any specific sales figures, only highlighting the sell-out presales and insisting that there will be more Wii U units than there were Wii consoles at the older model's launch.

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Nintendo’s Wii U arrives in the US

Nintendo’s Wii U arrives in the US

Nintendo's next-gen console, the Wii U, has hit US stores in the first step of its global roll-out, a tablet-equipped attempt to take motion gaming to the next level. Sales of the Wii U began at midnight in certain locations, including New York City, where Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime counted down to registers opening in front of a well-packed crowd. Meanwhile, Nintendo paved the way for its new model with a last-minute firmware update enabling some of the headline features.

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Why I’m OK with the Death of Consoles

Why I’m OK with the Death of Consoles

I’ve been a gaming fan my entire life. From the old days of arcades on through to today’s iPhone gaming, I’ve found a way to incorporate video games into my life. Without them, I don’t think I’d feel as entertained as I am right now.

A key component in my video game love over the years has been consoles. From the Nintendo Entertainment System through the Sega Genesis and countless devices that came after, consoles have been the cornerstone of my gaming experience.

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