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Wii Mini coming to USA with Mario Kart to boot

Wii Mini coming to USA with Mario Kart to boot

The smallest of the higher-end gaming consoles has been revealed to be approaching the United States just in time for the holidays: the Wii Mini, complete with Mario Kart. This little beast works with a cut-down collection of abilities that were once only available on the original Wii. Here you're not able to connect to the internet - and therefor wont be able to access the digital library of Wii and GameCube games available to the larger - but everything else is ready to roll.

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Sony PS3 PlayStation Store update adds PayPal support

Sony PS3 PlayStation Store update adds PayPal support

Sony has announced a funding related update for those using the PlayStation Store on a PS3. Moving forward users will be able to add funds to their Sony Entertainment Network wallet using PayPal. Or more specifically, from PayPal and directly through the PlayStation Store. You see, in the past you have been able to use funds using PayPal, however prior to this update -- that was done via the web interface.

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Xbox One Invitation campaign behind the scenes: a massive undertaking

Xbox One Invitation campaign behind the scenes: a massive undertaking

If you weren't worried that your favorite game was addicting enough before, a new Xbox One video spot will alleviate all your comfort. Taking cues from some of the biggest headliner games to launch with the console, Microsoft's ad collaborators have created a trailer that invites gamers into the game - along with everyday office workers, futball enthusiasts, and high-speed highway drivers. Watch out for that drop-in mech while you're at it.

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PS4 zero-day update 1.5 detailed: Remote Play, Party, Blu-ray DVD

PS4 zero-day update 1.5 detailed: Remote Play, Party, Blu-ray DVD

That title did't just fall out of thin air as a specifications boost for the PlayStation 4 - it's really a selection of items that won't work on the console right out of the box. What you're going to need to do when you purchase and own a PlayStation 4 this November is to update it with a software download called PS4 System Software Update 1.50 - without it, you'll have no Blu-ray Disk or DVD playing abilities, Online Multiplayer, Background music player, or a handful of other items.

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DualShock 4 in stores early: non-PS4 details emerge

DualShock 4 in stores early: non-PS4 details emerge

It would appear that one of the most advanced Bluetooth controllers on the market this year has hit some stores early: this is the PS4 DualShock 4, and it's been spotted at more than one store Up North. According to reports from DualShockers' varied collection of Tweets, at least seven individual customers have been allowed to purchase and take their DualShock 4 controllers home here in October. The actual release date for the PlayStation 4 itself is November 15th or the 29th depending on which side of the sea you live on, all in 2013.

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DICE’s Battlefield 4 will not use Microsoft’s Xbox Live Compute

DICE’s Battlefield 4 will not use Microsoft’s Xbox Live Compute

DICE's newest incarnation of Battlefield will launch on time but will not use Xbox Live Compute, Battlefield 4 executive producer Patrick Bach recently told Gamesindustry International. The game's development alongside the development of the Xbox One and PS4 consoles has prompted DICE to limit the game's cloud streaming functionality to its own servers. This will likely prove a wise move, as Watch Dogs and Driveclub see delays into next year and Grand Theft Auto Online recovers from server overloads that occurred on its release date earlier this month.

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NVIDIA SHIELD GameStream hands-on with Console Mode

NVIDIA SHIELD GameStream hands-on with Console Mode

A compelling use-case for NVIDIA's SHIELD device has appeared this week at the company's gaming week in Montreal: Console Mode. While we've seen this sort of ability working before, this version works with the branded functionality GameStream, the all-encompassing term for streaming content to and from SHIELD. With this push, NVIDIA SHIELD will be streaming a PC game from a GeForce GTX-toting PC (with the top closed, even), while a Bluetooth controller is connected to control the machine and the content is run out to a big-screen TV via HDMI.

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NVIDIA GameStream official: expanding SHIELD PC streaming to Console Mode

NVIDIA GameStream official: expanding SHIELD PC streaming to Console Mode

This week the folks at NVIDIA have let it be known that they'll be pushing the gaming industry forward with a technology called NVIDIA GameStream. Expanding on the PC streaming abilities of NVIDIA SHIELD, this technology will allow GeForce GTX graphics cards to work with SHIELD and large monitors as well as NVIDIA GRID. This streaming technology takes what the original NVIDIA SHIELD presentation pre-supposed and makes it real: streaming outside of the home network.

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Ubisoft kicks Watch Dogs release back to 2014

Ubisoft kicks Watch Dogs release back to 2014

It would appear that the folks at Ubisoft aren't entirely ready to roll out their titles Watch Dogs and The Crew just yet, as they've pushed the titles back from the 2013-14 season to 2014-15 instead. This morning's announcement came with word that the company would also be adjusting financial targets for the coming season, owing largely to the change of dates for the two relatively large title releases. The games will be ready to roll for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 starting next year.

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