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Nintendo TVii for Wii U smart TV revealed

Nintendo TVii for Wii U smart TV revealed

Nintendo has announced Nintendo TVii, the company's take on the smart TV, using the Wii U GamePad as a second-screen to navigate live, on-demand, and DVR content. Built on the fact that, for many, the Wii has been the single way their TV has been hooked up online, Nintendo TVii will offer access to live TV channels, to Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon rentals/purchases, and recorded content on a DVR like a TiVo.

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Wii U hits US on November 18 from $299.99 [Update: Europe details]

Wii U hits US on November 18 from $299.99 [Update: Europe details]

Nintendo has confirmed that the Wii U will arrive on US shores on Sunday, November 18, 2012. The console - which was priced and dated for the Japanese market earlier today - will be offered in the same two configurations as previously announced, the Basic and Deluxe versions, with the latter coming with Nintendo Land membership. The Basic will be $299.99 while the Deluxe will be $349.99.

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Wii U pricing in Japan set at around $300

Wii U pricing in Japan set at around $300

This week Nintendo's Satoru Iwata spoke via live streaming video to the whole world straight from Japan on what the Wii U would be bringing the world - in pricing and release information form. There are two sets that have been revealed thus far, one of them being a basic set, the other bring a Premium Set, each hitting Japan on December 8. The Premium Set has been set for 31,500 yen while the Basic Set will cost you 26,250 - roughly converted, that's right around $350 and $300, but the final prices for the USA will likely be closer to $300 and $250 when all is said and done - and what's inside each package, you may ask?

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 27, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 27, 2012

We've officially entered the final week in August, which means that the autumn months are right around the corner. Today, Apple delivered a list of 8 Samsung devices it would like to see banned in the US, and the Galaxy S II - which is still a popular phone for Samsung - attracted the lion's share of the attention. We caught a glimpse of the amended verdict form from the trial today, and Google made a rather interesting statement on the outcome of the suit. Unsurprisingly, Samsung's stock took a stumble today, while the stock of some other phone manufacturers went up.

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Wii U reportedly launching on November 18

Wii U reportedly launching on November 18

Even though the Wii U is supposed to launch in time for the holiday shopping season - which is quickly approaching, remember - we still don't have pricing or release date information on the console. It's widely assumed that Nintendo will spill these details during a press event in New York City on September 13, but we may have just found out the Wii U's release date a little ahead of time thanks to a slip up during a presentation from PDP at the GameStop managers' conference today. According to Kotaku, a representative from PDP, which makes gaming peripherals, said that the company's Wii U accessories will be available ahead of the console's November 18 launch.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 21, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 21, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening, everyone. Let's jump right into the news, shall we? Today Apple delivered its closing arguments in the suit against Samsung, and it didn't pull any punches. Additionally, we found out that jurors deciding the case have been given various devices to help them decide who's in the right, but can't do much of anything with them. Apple's stock took a bit of a dip after it was crowned the most valuable public company ever, and some good news coming out of Foxconn, as its progress report with Fair Labor Association came back positive.

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Harmonix hiring for next-gen, real-time combat game

Harmonix hiring for next-gen, real-time combat game

Well here's something we definitely weren't expecting to see today: Harmonix, the genius studio behind Rock Band and Guitar Hero, is apparently developing a real-time combat game for next generation consoles. A job ad on Gamasutra reveals as much, with Harmonix looking for a "Combat Designer to create real-time, single-player combat experiences for a brand new IP on next generation hardware." In other words, it would appear that Harmonix is ready to branch out from the rhythm genre.

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Black Ops II reportedly in the works for Wii U

Black Ops II reportedly in the works for Wii U

It would seem that Call of Duty: Black Ops II will be getting a release on Wii U, if the LinkedIn profile of one QA tester from Activision is to be believed. Uncovered by IGN, this profile belongs to someone named Randall (though details on the account have been changed since the discovery), and claims that he performed "QA testing on PS3 and Wii U" while working at Treyarch. His profile also said that he did multiplayer testing while working with the team, along with "ad hoc testing, and regression."

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 13, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 13, 2012

Another Monday is in the bag folks, so give yourselves a pat on the back. We're starting things off tonight by having a look at the latest iPhone rumors. Current whispers are telling us that pre-orders for the next iPhone will become available on September 12 - the same day that Apple is expected to reveal it - and that it'll become available at AT&T later on in the month. We also caught a glimpse of the reported logic board in the next iPhone, and it seems that this new logic board is leaving room for a larger battery and LTE capabilities.

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Wii U launch pushed to December in Europe

Wii U launch pushed to December in Europe

Nintendo has been having a very rough time over the last several quarters as its profits fall and the company faces losses. Some of the blame for the decline in profitability for Nintendo falls on a sagging global economy. However, some of the blame certainly falls on aging hardware and the lack of new and innovative video games.

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