Wii U

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 hits 400,000 US sales in first week

Wii U hits 400,000 US sales in first week

The Wii U seems to be off to a pretty good start in the US. As of yesterday, the console had been available for one full week, and today Nintendo told CNET that it managed to sell 400,000 units in that time. That certainly isn't bad, with the Wii U beating out every other system Nintendo is offering at the moment.

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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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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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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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YouTube for Wii U released

YouTube for Wii U released

Thanksgiving in front of the family TV needn't pry you away from internet videos of people falling over or cats doing cute things, with the YouTube app for the Wii U arriving on Nintendo's console. Released today, the new app uses the Wii U GamePad as a remote keyboard for searching through content on the site, with playback in up to 1080p Full HD.

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Amazon Instant Video for Wii U released

Amazon Instant Video for Wii U released

Nintendo's new console has received another jolt of streaming entertainment, with Amazon Instant Video landing on the Wii U today. The new service - which joins Netflix and Hulu Plus - puts 140,000 movies and TV shows for purchase or rental on the Wii U, while Amazon Prime subscribers can access around 30,000 titles without extra charge. If you're having trouble deciding what to watch, Amazon's recommendations system will put potential options on both your TV and the Wii U GamePad.

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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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Wii U Black Friday stock incoming says Nintendo USA president

Wii U Black Friday stock incoming says Nintendo USA president

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has confirmed rumors of a fresh batch of Wii U in time for Black Friday, though demand for the new motion-tracking console is still expected to be tight. "We'll have more available on Black Friday in retail locations" Fils-Aime told CNBC, following analyst predictions that stores were likely holding back units in anticipation of the notorious sales day.

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Hulu Plus hits Wii U

Hulu Plus hits Wii U

Hulu Plus has launched for the Wii U, bringing another streaming media option to the new Nintendo console. The new update - joining Netflix, which was released on launch day - uses the Wii U's GamePad for a second-screen experience, putting secondary content such as actor biographies, series guides, and other details onto the smaller display, while allowing you to continue watching the main action on your TV.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 20, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 20, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening everyone! Today we found out that shipping times for the iPhone 5 have gone down to two weeks, which should be good news for those who have been waiting to get their hands on one. HP announced that Autonomy's "serious accounting improprieties" have left it with a whopping $8.8 billion bill, while afterward insiders were saying that HP never wanted to close on the Autonomy deal in the first place.

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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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