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IHS: Wii U will sell 3.5 million units in 2012

IHS: Wii U will sell 3.5 million units in 2012

We're now less than a week away from the launch of the Wii U, and you can bet that Nintendo has fingers crossed for a big holiday season. A new report from IHS claims that Nintendo will have the successful holiday season it wants and then some, predicting that the Wii U will have sold 3.5 million units worldwide by the time 2012 comes to a close. That's 3.5 million sales in just about five weeks, which definitely isn't anything to stick your nose up at.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 7, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 7, 2012

We did it folks - we made it through another election, which means that we finally get a break from those endless political ads. It won't be long before those ads are playing all over the place again, so savor the moment while you can. We found out today that President Obama set Twitter records with that a tweet that was shared more 600,000 times, and Apple was hit with a hefty fine in a case over patents related to FaceTime. Foxconn is saying that it's still having issues keeping up with iPhone 5 production, and Pixar has named a new building after Steve Jobs.

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Wii U will support 12 user accounts per console

Wii U will support 12 user accounts per console

The overnight Nintendo Direct webcast brought a lot of new information, and even though we've already talked about Iwata's unboxing of the Wii U and which features will be present on the console from launch, there are still a few tidbits of info worth covering. One particularly awesome NeoGAF frequenter named Cheesemeister took it upon himself to translate the Nintendo Direct livestream as it happened, and through his translation, we're getting a few new exciting details.

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Nintendo president dons Mario gloves for Wii U “unboxing ceremony”

Nintendo president dons Mario gloves for Wii U “unboxing ceremony”

Nintendo may be taking the Wii U launch as seriously as it needs to, given its financial position, but that hasn't stopped president Satoru Iwata from having some fun with an "official pre-release unboxing ceremony." The new Nintendo Direct video sees Iwata share his first opening experience of the new console, donning white gloves that he says "kind of make me feel like Mario." If you've ever wanted to watch the head of a multi-billion yen international company brandish an HDMI cable like a proud parent, this video is for you.

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Wii U to add TVii, Miiverse, eShop and Chat at final hour

Wii U to add TVii, Miiverse, eShop and Chat at final hour

Nintendo's TVii smart TV system for the Wii U won't be preloaded on the console out of the box, but require a day-one download, along with the Miiverse and other features, its been revealed. Early consoles are already hitting the wild, IGN reports, but TVii, Miiverse, Wii U Chat, and the Nintendo eShop won't be present on them until a software update the company aims to have out on the same day.

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Wii U kiosks offer US sneak-peek from today

Wii U kiosks offer US sneak-peek from today

Nintendo's Wii U may not start shipping to eager gamers in the US until November 18, but there's the chance of an early preview of motion/tablet gameplay thanks to 5,000 Wii U kiosks across US retailers. The new booths will be revealed at select Best Buy, GameStop, Target, Walmart, and Toys 'R' Us stores from today, either offering video information about the console or an actual chance to play with one of the launch titles.

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Assassin’s Creed III becomes Ubisoft’s most pre-ordered game in history

Assassin’s Creed III becomes Ubisoft’s most pre-ordered game in history

Not too long ago, it seemed that gamers were getting a little tired of the Assassin's Creed series. Complaints about Ubisoft's yearly release schedule started surfacing around the time Assassin's Creed: Revelations came out, and for a little while, we thought the franchise was on the decline. Today, Ubisoft showed us that nothing could be further from the truth, announcing that Assassin's Creed III is its most pre-ordered game ever.

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Nintendo will sell Wii U under cost

Nintendo will sell Wii U under cost

When the Wii U launches on November 18, Nintendo will sell the new console starting at $299, which isn't a bad price at all for a new console, especially something as promising as the Wii U. However, Nintendo confirmed that it will be selling it under cost, meaning that the company will take a loss for each console they sell.

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Nintendo sets high goals for Wii U’s first six months

Nintendo sets high goals for Wii U’s first six months

Nintendo delivered its financial report for quarter 2 earlier today, and though things aren't looking so hot at the moment, the company has high hopes for the future. In the report, Nintendo said that it expects to sell 5.5 million Wii U consoles before the end of its fiscal year, which draws to close at the end of March 2013. That's 5.5 million consoles in a little over five months, so the big N has its work cut out for it.

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Assassin’s Creed III to “bring some finality to Desmond’s story”

Assassin’s Creed III to “bring some finality to Desmond’s story”

If you follow Assassin's Creed news, you probably know that it might not be long before we say goodbye to Desmond, one of the main characters in the story, for good. In a new interview with OXM, lead designer Steve Masters seems to suggest that Assassin's Creed III may be the last game to feature Desmond. At the very least, it sounds like Assassin's Creed III will be the beginning of the end for our lovable modern-day assassin.

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