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Blizzard has working console builds of Diablo III, still no announcement

Blizzard has working console builds of Diablo III, still no announcement

It's been a little while since we've heard from Diablo III, but today the game is working its way back into the news. Blizzard executives and designers recently told Polygon that the studio has a console build of Diablo III "up and running," once again thrusting the oft-rumored console port into the spotlight. Even though the team has made it far enough to have a functioning console build, Blizzard still isn't ready to make an official announcement.

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Wii U Japan sales top 300,000 during launch weekend

Wii U Japan sales top 300,000 during launch weekend

While players in North America and Europe have been enjoying their Wii Us for a little while now, the newest Nintendo console only launched in Japan this past weekend. We're now hearing the first numbers from the Wii U's Japan launch, with statistics from Media-Create putting the Wii U's launch weekend sales at 307,471. That certainly isn't bad, with Nintendo selling 400,000 Wii Us during the console's North American launch week (which just so happened to be the week leading up to Black Friday).

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PopCap reportedly working on triple-A console title

PopCap reportedly working on triple-A console title

Here's something that's pretty interesting: PopCap, developer of such casual gaming hits as Bejeweled, Plants vs. Zombies, and Peggle, might be working on a triple-A console title based on DICE's Frostbite 2.0 engine. Yes, that's the same Frostbite 2.0 that Battlefield 3 is built on. That's what a new job posting from Electronic Arts suggests anyway, which was discovered by Twitter user superannuation, a person known throughout the games industry for his talent of digging up job ads that give away a surprising amount of information.

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Ouya dev console shipping on December 28

Ouya dev console shipping on December 28

The Ouya game console already has the distinction of being one of the most highly-funded Kickstarter projects of all time, and it aims to become an innovative gaming machine that will change the way people think about gaming consoles. It's still up in the air whether the latter is true, but we'll find out starting next month, with Ouya dev consoles shipping on December 28.

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Xbox 360 sales rocket to 750,000 in US for week of Black Friday

Xbox 360 sales rocket to 750,000 in US for week of Black Friday

Black Friday and the days leading up to it were undoubtedly good for a lot of companies, but Microsoft had a pretty good week itself. The company announced today that it sold 750,000 Xbox 360s in the US during the week of Black Friday, which is technically counted as November 18-23. Selling nearly 1 million consoles in just six days is definitely impressive, especially when that console is six years old and will likely be replaced by new hardware soon.

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First UK Wii U launch event attendees get free games

First UK Wii U launch event attendees get free games

The Wii U has been available in US (we use the term "available" loosely, of course) for a little under a week, but folks in Europe are still waiting for the console to arrive. The Wii U is set to launch in Europe on Friday, November 30, and if you happen to live in London, you might want to stop by the launch event Nintendo is holding at HMV's Oxford Street store. That's because if you get there early enough, you might be able to snag a couple free games.

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Wii U’s launch day update reportedly causing major problems

Wii U’s launch day update reportedly causing major problems

Nintendo may have a reason to gloat with the Wii U sold out across the US, but it seems that the console launch is not without some major issues. We already had the last-minute delay of Nintendo TVii to deal with, and now there seem to be some grievances with the launch day update Nintendo is pushing. For starters, the update is apparently around 5GB in size, with Geoff Keighley of GameTrailers and Ben Fritz of the LA Times reporting that it takes anywhere from an hour to two hours plus to download and apply.

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Reggie Fils-Aime talks Wii U Nintendo TVii delay

Reggie Fils-Aime talks Wii U Nintendo TVii delay

The launch of the Wii U is exciting for any Nintendo fan, but one thing that's bumming owners out is the delay of Nintendo TVii. We found out just before launch that Nintendo TVii won't be arriving until sometime in December, when before that announcement, Nintendo had been saying that the service would be patched in at launch. The last minute delay has to sting for some who were looking forward to Nintendo TVii, but in a new interview with MTV Multiplayer, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime did his best to justify the delay.

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Wii U shipping without Nintendo TVii

Wii U shipping without Nintendo TVii

If you're planning to pick up a Wii U this weekend, we're sad to say that it's going to be launching without one highly anticipated feature. Nintendo confirmed today that the Wii U won't have Nintendo TVii at launch, as the service has been pushed back to sometime in December. The good news is that December is right around the corner, but the bad news is that Nintendo didn't give a specific launch date for Nintendo TVii.

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Microsoft sending out free Xbox 360s to Live veterans

Microsoft sending out free Xbox 360s to Live veterans

Some of us got our first introduction to Xbox Live through the Xbox 360, but Xbox Live was around long before the 360 was on store shelves. The online gaming service has been up and running since 2002, which means that it turns 10 years old this year. To put a finer point on that, Xbox Live will be turning 10 years old on November 15, and Microsoft has something special planned for some of the gamers who have been there since the start.

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