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I’m Bored With Nintendo’s First-Party Games

I’m Bored With Nintendo’s First-Party Games

Allow me to just state the obvious right now: Nintendo fans are going to read this headline and the following column and immediately take me to task for supposedly inciting some kind of war between them and those who can’t stand their favorite game company.

I can assure you that such a result isn’t my intention. As I’ve expressed on these pages before, I’m a huge Nintendo fan. I was someone who defended Nintendo back when the company was waging war against Sega. And every single first-party title that I could get my hands on, I played with absolute enjoyment.

But something is changing.

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DIY Nintendo Wii laptop scraps DVD drive for ripped game library [Video]

DIY Nintendo Wii laptop scraps DVD drive for ripped game library [Video]

Taking consoles intended for your living room and making them portable is a growing niche, and while some may not like the aesthetics of ShockSlayer's "ZNWii "DIY Wii laptop, you can't really argue with the functionality. He stripped the Wii of its DVD drive and instead used game "backup" software to load all the titles you might want to play onto an internal drive.

Video demo after the cut

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PS3 ITV Player and Channel 4 4oD streaming due this week

PS3 ITV Player and Channel 4 4oD streaming due this week

ITV Player and Channel 4's 4oD streaming catch-up services are set to arrive on PS3 consoles in the UK this week, though Xbox and Wii services still look unlikely in the short-term. According to the Guardian, both networks expect the launch to gain them more audience among the gamer demographic, though unlike the BBC's iPlayer - which has been available on the PS3 for some time now, as well as on Xbox and Wii - both ITV and Channel 4's services will be ad-supported.

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Wii Speak Phased Out by Nintendo …Maybe

Wii Speak Phased Out by Nintendo …Maybe

Just about a half a month ago, we reported the fact that Nintendo was asking developers of the game Conduit 2 to not utilize Wii Speak in their game. Looks like it was because now, just a couple weeks later, they've announced they're going to completely phase out the Wii Speak peripheral - perhaps to replace it with something neater?

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Nintendo Sells 1.5 Million Consoles Over Black Friday Week

Nintendo Sells 1.5 Million Consoles Over Black Friday Week

While Black Friday is over and done with, and we're knee-deep in the savings that come with Cyber Monday, it looks like Nintendo made a killing off the Black Friday week. They sold plenty of consoles, which include members of the DS family, as well as the Wii home console. They sold enough, in fact, that the company feels like a formal press release is the right thing to do. Some may call this bragging, but then again, when you've sold as many consoles as Nintendo did, there might be a little room to do that.

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Angry Birds headed to Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii

Angry Birds headed to Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii

Angry Birds may be a staple for most smartphones, but developers Rovio are now looking to traditional consoles for the next stage of the game's expansion. Studio CEO Peter Vesterbacka has confirmed that Angry Birds for Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii are all in development, though there's no timescale for its release. Meanwhile, Angry Birds 2 is also in the works.

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