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NPD: Darksiders II sold 247k copies in August, takes top software spot

NPD: Darksiders II sold 247k copies in August, takes top software spot

NPD has released its sales statistics for the US video game market in August, and Darksiders II has taken the software crown. That's in a month where every category tumbled year-over-year, with total software sales falling by a significant 20% to $515.6 million. The decline in software sales didn't sting as much, with that number only dropping 11% year-over-year before resting at $252.8 million for the month.

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Nintendo struggles made hilarious with Chinese 3D animation

Nintendo struggles made hilarious with Chinese 3D animation

If there's one thing the Chinese news service NMA is good at, it's presenting these ultra-strange 3D animation videos made to help people visualize the situations groups like Nintendo have gotten themselves into. Today's animation takes Nintendo's earnings presented last week and skewers them on several levels, showing Mario being smashed by an original GameBoy while a happy-go-lucky teen plays Angry Birds on his iPhone. Nintendo also faces off against Sony and Microsoft only to get beaten down by the consoles they each have held high above their heads.

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Nintendo 3DS set to beat DS first-year sales

Nintendo 3DS set to beat DS first-year sales

This week its appearing quite possible that regardless of doubts in its success and the whole price slash situation, the Nintendo 3DS may well surpass its DS predecessor's first year sales. It is important to note first of all that even though the price cut didn't make everyone on the streets happy, sales did rise significantly. Sales started to soar come August of this year, and now according to the NPD Group the system has passed the 1.65 million units sold mark in the USA putting the device right on track to beat out the original in the same span.

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Nintendo $925 million net loss, faith placed in 3DS

Nintendo $925 million net loss, faith placed in 3DS

It's time for Nintendo to announce another loss, and we weep for the falling giant, as this Thursday the gaming group reports a net loss of $925 million net loss for six months through September of this year. Nintendo reports that it's slashed its full year through March forecast to a $263 million net loss - though just this July they'd predicted an annual net profit of essentially that same size. Is this the mobile age of gaming coming to crush the group that essentially started the trend with the original GameBoy? Or is Nintendo just losing touch with the market that they've held strong for the vast majority of your humble narrator's lifetime?

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Zumba Fitness dance exercise video game Hands-on [Video]

Zumba Fitness dance exercise video game Hands-on [Video]

Ever since we first heard of systems like the Wii and the Xbox 360 Kinect, we though gosh, that'd be awesome to utilize for exercise games. Imagine that, this is exactly what happened. But here's the thing: development is slow if you compare the exercise game ecosystem with games of basically every other type. There's been some games for the Wii Balance Board, the Wii Fit has seen some action, but what about Xbox 360's Kinect? How about the PlayStation Move? Is it just that gamers simply do not want to use their gaming systems to do work? Zumba Fitness isn't the first game in history to make dancing and therefore exercise an enjoyable activity, but it's certainly the most interesting to your humble narrator's eyes in the past few weeks, that's for sure.

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dreamGEAR TriMount holds all your game console sensors

dreamGEAR TriMount holds all your game console sensors

There are many gamers out there that are not one console sorts. These folks have all three major consoles and the big accessories that go with them and use them all frequently. With frequent use having to dig out the sensor bar for the Wii and move the Kinect off the TV to play it can get old quickly. A company called dreamGEAR has a new holder that is made just for the people with all three major game consoles called the TriMount.

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SlashGear 101: What Can the Nintendo Wii U Do?

SlashGear 101: What Can the Nintendo Wii U Do?

Before we begin, have a look at the initial announcement post on the Wii U we whipped up from the words spoken at E3 2011 on stage at the Nintendo keynote. But what does it all mean, you might be asking? What will I be able to DO with this new Wii U system, and what will I be doing with the Wii gear I've got already? Let's have a look! What we've got here is two major bits: a new controller and a new console, the controller needs to the console to work, but the console does NOT need this brand new controller to work. Confused yet? Let's make this rather simple!

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Wii U Announced and Detailed in Full

Wii U Announced and Detailed in Full

Nintendo's opening E3 2011 keynote took a wild turn near the end with an announcement of a brand new piece of hardware. "In thinking about a new Nintendo system we knew the prevailing thought would be this: yes, the game would probably be right for all of us, but could it also be a perfect fit just for you," said Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's Global President. "The answer to that question is an emphatic: Absolutely. Today, welcome to the world of Wii U." A bright and simple Wii with an inverted U in a blue/green square appeared on the screen, and there was much rejoicing.

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E3 Nintendo Keynote Opens with Zelda Orchestra, Four New Zelda Titles

E3 Nintendo Keynote Opens with Zelda Orchestra, Four New Zelda Titles

Nintendo's opening keynote for E3 2011 on June 7th, 2011 began with a blast - a giant screen display showing off a massive collection of Zelda scenes from every single iteration of the game (or so it seemed) since the beginning of the series. One of the most legendary names in gaming Shigeru Miyamoto, aka the creator of The Legend of Zelda, is called on stage. His presentation includes a series of "live" songs from the game played by the in-house orchestra. Certainly a strange display for the 25th anniversary of the Zelda series.

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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – May 22, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – May 22, 2011

Gaming got some extra attention this week with speculation about the next-gen Nintendo Wii, a unique offer on the Xbox 360, and restoration issues for the PlayStation network. Android's WiFi security problem gets a fix, and the latest 3.1 Honeycomb update will be heading to the Asus Eee Pad Transformer and the Acer Iconia Tab A500 in June. Amazon is possibly ramping up a family of Android tablets, with the first two codenamed 'Coyote' and 'Hollywood' to hit the market before end of the year. Apple will be celebrating its 10th retail anniversary with a possible revamp dubbed Apple Store 2.0. The timelines for various smartphones and tablets have been revealed for the major carriers Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Continue after the jump for the roundup video and the full recap list.

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Nintendo slashes new Wii package to $150; outs “Nintendo Selects” game range

Nintendo slashes new Wii package to $150; outs “Nintendo Selects” game range

Nintendo may have the Wii replacement coming next year - tipped to be the Wii 2 "Stream" - but it still has to sell the first-gen console if it wants to turn its dire 2010 financial performance around. In that spirit the company has slashed the suggested retail price of the Wii to $149.99, and as of May 15 will be bundling Mario Kart along with a Wii Wheel accessory.

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