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Why is the Xbox 360 so popular in the U.S.?

Why is the Xbox 360 so popular in the U.S.?

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is a sales juggernaut in the U.S. In fact, according to the latest data from NPD, the Xbox 360 led all consoles in sales for 24 months in a row. The console even was able to beat out the Nintendo Wii U in December – a surprising feat considering that console just went on sale in November and the Xbox 360 has been available for seven years.

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Amazon Instant Video now available on Nintendo Wii

Amazon Instant Video now available on Nintendo Wii

If you haven't yet upgraded to Nintendo's newest console, the Wii U, and are still stuck on the original Wii, not all hope is lost. The company is still supporting the older console. Case in point: they just announced availability of Amazon's Instant Video service on the Wii console, which is now available to download from the Wii Shop Channel.

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Nintendo Wii U sales trump Wii sales, 460,000 units sold in December

Nintendo Wii U sales trump Wii sales, 460,000 units sold in December

In 41 days since its launch, the Nintendo Wii U managed to beat the Wii in sales by about $30 million. December saw Wii U sales numbers over 460,000, with a total of almost 890,000 units selling since its launch. This information comes from the NPD Group, with its report covering the time period from November 25 to December 29.

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Thieves swipe 7,000 Wiis from Nintendo distribution center

Thieves swipe 7,000 Wiis from Nintendo distribution center

The Wii may be on the way out with the recent arrival of the Wii U, but don't tell this band of very gutsy thieves that. This past weekend, a group of crooks managed to steal 7,000 Wii consoles from a Nintendo distribution site within SeaTec's Seattle Air Cargo. That equates to about $2 million in stolen hardware, so we've got some big time thieves on our hands.

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Nintendo’s Wii Mini Is One Big, Bad Idea

Nintendo’s Wii Mini Is One Big, Bad Idea

Nintendo quietly announced the Wii Mini recently. The console, which will be available in Canada for $100, supports over 1,000 Wii games, but lacks a host of important features, including backward compatibility with GameCube titles and the ability to connect in any way to the Internet.

Of course, Nintendo has said that the Wii Mini is the perfect value. The console is cheaper than the Wii and is smaller. Plus, it’s the perfect entry point for new gamers who don’t care about the old days and simply want to get their motion gaming on.

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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 Mini official: $99.99 Canada exclusive sheds internet

Wii Mini official: $99.99 Canada exclusive sheds internet

Nintendo's new Wii Mini has been made official, a compact refresh to the original Wii with a few drawbacks - such as no internet connectivity - to keep the price down. The new console, prematurely leaked in the past weeks, is Canada-only - at least initially - where it will be sold at CA$99.99 from December 7. Nintendo has trimmed out all online functionality among other things.

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Nintendo reportedly planning Wii Mini console

Nintendo reportedly planning Wii Mini console

All eyes may be on the Wii U at the moment, but that doesn't necessarily mean Nintendo is ready to abandon the Wii. A new rumor from Nintendo World Report claims that the big N is planning to launch a new redesign of the original Wii, this time going a bit smaller scale. Yes, we're talking about a Wii Mini - it seems that everyone is going for a smaller form factor these days, so why not Nintendo?

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Nintendo adds new download content for gamers

Nintendo adds new download content for gamers

Nintendo has added several new games to the Nintendo eShop that gamers can download on Nintendo game consoles. At least one of the games is an old-school title that will take fans of Zelda into the past as they search for the Tri-force of Courage. There are also a number of other games available.

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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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Wii U iFixit teardown shows super easy fix-up

Wii U iFixit teardown shows super easy fix-up

It's time for the iFixit teardown of the Wii U, bringing on more details about this device than you could ever possibly want to know about. Starting with the basics, it's found that along with NFC and either 8GB or 32GB iterations for internal storage, this unit has USB hard drive support, AMD Radeon-based High Definition GPU action, and a fabulous IBM Power-based multi-core processor. All that we know about - that and the 6.2-inch 854 x 480 pixels LCD panel on the touchscreen controller as well as a disk slot, sync button, SD card slot, USB 2.0 x 4, HDMI, AV multi-out, and sensor bar connector on the main unit.

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Nintendo details Wii U storage limits and no Wii GamePad screen play

Nintendo details Wii U storage limits and no Wii GamePad screen play

The Wii U will not support play of Wii Virtual Console or Wii Ware games on the GamePad tablet controller's screen, Nintendo has revealed, while storage shortages in the Basic 8GB model may make installing games a headache. After formatting, the cheapest Wii U will have 7.2GB of its 8GB capacity (or 29GB for the 32GB model) but the console requires 4.2GB itself, Nintendo confirmed in a new Japanese-language Direct video; that means, with New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land weighing in at roughly 2GB and 3.2GB respectively, gamers won't be able to fit both onto the basic Wii U set at the same time.

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