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It’s Official: Xbox 360 Is the Best Console of This Generation

It’s Official: Xbox 360 Is the Best Console of This Generation

In the video game industry, there have always been debates among gamers over which company delivered the best hardware on the market. Years ago, that debate raged on between Sega and Nintendo fans. After Sega was knocked out of the market, the attention shifted to Nintendo and Sony.

Nowadays, we have our work cut out for us. We need to decide which console -- the Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation 3, or Microsoft Xbox 360 -- is the best of this generation.

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Dear Nintendo: Drop the Wii to $100

Dear Nintendo: Drop the Wii to $100

Nintendo has dropped the price of its Wii console to $150. The move is yet another in a long line of strategies on Nintendo’s part to try and ramp up the once-astronomical demand for its console.

The only issue is, I don’t see a $150 price tag on the Wii helping out all that much. The console will undoubtedly see a short-term boost in sales, but this is a long-term game. And over the long-term, I simply don’t see any way for Nintendo to maintain high demand for its console.

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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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Nintendo 3DS sales hit 3.61m: 2010 net income down 66.1%

Nintendo 3DS sales hit 3.61m: 2010 net income down 66.1%

The Wii 2 may be off in 2012, but Nintendo is also talking about its current range, including sharing sales figures for the 3DS. According to the company's latest financial results [pdf link], Nintendo sold 3.61m 3DS along with 9.43m games to play on it; that pales in comparison to the DS, which Nintendo sold 17.52m of and almost 121m games.

Nonetheless, sales for hardware and software overall were down in comparison to the previous year, with net sales for the twelve month period up to 2012 being 1,014 billion yen, down 29.3-percent, and net income of 77.2 billion yen, down 66.1-percent year-on-year.

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Nintendo confirms Wii replacement in 2012; Preview at E3 2011

Nintendo confirms Wii replacement in 2012; Preview at E3 2011

Nintendo has announced [pdf link] it will release its next games console, the successor to the Wii, in 2012, with the first preview of the new hardware at E3 2011 in early June. Confirmed in a new investor note, the unnamed console - referred to in rumors as the Wii 2 - will seemingly drop sometime after March 2012, given Nintendo has not included it in its current financial forecasts.

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Nintendo Wii 2 “Stream” leaks: HD and Touchscreen controllers in late 2011?

Nintendo Wii 2 “Stream” leaks: HD and Touchscreen controllers in late 2011?

Leaked details aplenty around Nintendo's next-gen console to replace the Wii, believed to be codenamed Project Cafe, with IGN reporting on rumors that the Wii 2 will use innovative controllers with integrated "Screen Stream" technology that can stream games direct to an integrated color touchscreen. Mock-up images of the potential hardware - which may reach the marked as the Nintendo Stream, it's suggested - have been discovered by NeoGAF, meanwhile, showing a somewhat retro, SNES-style console that's said to be around the size of an Xbox 360.

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Wii 2: What’ll it be? Roundup time!

Wii 2: What’ll it be? Roundup time!

It's been nearly five full years since Nintendo released the gaming system that busted a thousand television sets and set millions of hearts on fire with the desire to play video games with their arms instead of their thumbs. Now we're well on our way to a second iteration of this massively successful gaming system, and it's looking like it's going to be landing by June! And what'll it be? Certainly not glasses-free 3D, that's for sure.

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Wii UNLimited Edition: Water-cooled, wall-mounted Nintendo case mod

Wii UNLimited Edition: Water-cooled, wall-mounted Nintendo case mod

The PS3 and Xbox 360 get plenty of case mods, but the smaller Wii - perhaps because, in its compact monochrome pleasantness, it's already relatively slick - seems to miss out on most of the more ambitious tweaks. No more, however; Martin Nielsen - "Angel OD" on Bit-Tech - has taken the Nintendo console and turned it into the Wii UNLimited Edition, a wall-mounted, water-cooled, aluminum-milled slice of beauty.

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No 3D for Wii 2 suggests Nintendo: Glasses-Free tech not ready yet

No 3D for Wii 2 suggests Nintendo: Glasses-Free tech not ready yet

Nintendo may have spent the past thirty or so years working on 3D's gaming potential, but all that experience has seemingly convinced them not to use the tech in the upcoming Wii replacement. While the 3D-capable Nintendo 3DS launched in Europe and North America over the weekend, apparently setting sales records in the process, according to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime the shortcomings of glasses-free 3D technology on larger displays has dissuaded the company from including it.

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