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PlayOn provides Wii U with 45 internet video channels today

PlayOn provides Wii U with 45 internet video channels today

If you were looking for a way to work with video content on your brand new Wii U and are a bit bummed that Nintendo's own Tvii might not be coming until sometime into 2013, you'd be well off checking out PlayOn. We had a chance to peek at PlayOn over the past few days and can say without hesitation that yes, indeed, it does work like a charm - bringing you 45 new channels of video content where otherwise you'd have only 4 selections (and Netflix and Hulu are in here too!)

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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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Google Maps hitting Nintendo Wii U with augmented reality exploration

Google Maps hitting Nintendo Wii U with augmented reality exploration

Though the Nintendo Wii U is indeed a stationary sort of gaming machine, that's not stopping the folks at Google Maps from making an app for the platform - with augmented reality, no less! This app allows you to not just find your way around your city before you head out of your house, it allows you to check out Street View with a fully interactive look-around mode from your Wii U GamePad. This means you can bring up the Street View images from downtown Rome and use your Gamepad screen like a window, moving it around yourself looking up, down, left, right, all around and see what the original Street View camera saw - like magic!

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Nintendo TVii launching December 8 in Japan, US and Europe in 2013 [update]

Nintendo TVii launching December 8 in Japan, US and Europe in 2013 [update]

Nintendo has announced that TVii, the Wii U's multimedia TV guide, will launch alongside the console's Japan launch on December 8, while US and European users will have to until 2013 in order to get TVii functionality. TVii pulls data from Rovi’s G-Guide and lets gamers scroll through listings using the GamePad.

UPDATE: It's confirmed that Europe will see the 2013 delay, but a solid release date for the US is actually still unknown. The last we heard, TVii was delayed into December, so it's possible we may see it on the 8th along with Japan, but no official word from Nintendo on that yet.

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Wii U menu sounds turned into 9-track music album

Wii U menu sounds turned into 9-track music album

It's time for the remix - call up DJ Cutman and get him on the case - Wii U's beats need to be made into a full album for all to enjoy. That's exactly what the man has done here at the launch of the next-generation gaming console, taking the "greatest hits" of the device that's sold out across the planet and making it into a one-shot album of nine tracks. Though the legality of selling such an album is questionable, you can choose to download the tracks for free at your own risk.

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THQ clears up Wii U “horrible, slow CPU” claim

THQ clears up Wii U “horrible, slow CPU” claim

A couple days ago, 4A Games developer Oles Shishkovtsov had some fighting words for Nintendo's new Wii U gaming console. He simply said that the new console has a "horrible, slow CPU." He was pretty straightforward in his comment obviously, but THQ's Huw Beynon -- who works full time as a representative of 4A Games -- says that Shishkovtsov's comment didn't tell the full story necessarily.

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Nintendo Wii U “has horrible, slow CPU” says game developer

Nintendo Wii U “has horrible, slow CPU” says game developer

The Wii U from Nintendo just released a couple days ago, and it's turning out to be a pretty hot item. However, to one game developing studio in particular, it's not as great as it may seem. 4A Games will be bringing its new shooter, Metro: Last Light, to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, but they'll be skipping the Wii U because of it's "slow CPU."

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Nintendo says Wii U still has a long way to go

Nintendo says Wii U still has a long way to go

The Nintendo Wii U just launched a couple of days ago, and it's the company's first high-definition gaming console that is aiming to completely change the way games are played. The Wii U's GamePad is a completely new take on the traditional game controller, but Nintendo says that even with the console now officially launched, there's still a lot to do.

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BioWare announces Mass Effect 3 Special Edition for Wii U

BioWare announces Mass Effect  3 Special Edition for Wii U

If you bought the Nintendo Wii U game console when it launched earlier this month or if Santa will be bringing you one for Christmas, you will be glad to hear that EA and BioWare have announced they will be bringing one of the best games of the year to the new Nintendo game console. The game is Mass Effect 3 Special Edition. The Special Edition of the game has been enhanced specifically for the Nintendo Wii U console.

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Wii U launch titles hit Metacritic with varying scores

Wii U launch titles hit Metacritic with varying scores

The Wii U had its big moment yesterday, launching to long lines and excited customers. As a game console, the Wii U brings a lot of exciting possibilities with it, especially with Nintendo's tablet-style gamepad. We're looking forward to seeing what happens with the Wii U in the future, but first things first: how are the launch games holding up with the critics?

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Grand Theft Auto V may be coming to Wii U and PC

Grand Theft Auto V may be coming to Wii U and PC

The Nintendo Wii U just launched yesterday, and it already has a bevy of games available for purchase, including some big titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Madden 13, and a handful of Nintendo-developed titles. However, the latest Grand Theft Auto installment may be hitting the new console come next spring.

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Wii U iFixit teardown shows super easy fix-up

Wii U iFixit teardown shows super easy fix-up

It's time for the iFixit teardown of the Wii U, bringing on more details about this device than you could ever possibly want to know about. Starting with the basics, it's found that along with NFC and either 8GB or 32GB iterations for internal storage, this unit has USB hard drive support, AMD Radeon-based High Definition GPU action, and a fabulous IBM Power-based multi-core processor. All that we know about - that and the 6.2-inch 854 x 480 pixels LCD panel on the touchscreen controller as well as a disk slot, sync button, SD card slot, USB 2.0 x 4, HDMI, AV multi-out, and sensor bar connector on the main unit.

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