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Dear Nintendo: Don’t Launch the Wii U This Year

Dear Nintendo: Don’t Launch the Wii U This Year

At the E3 Gaming Expo later this year, Nintendo fans are going to get what they’ve been waiting about a year to know: the Wii U’s launch date and price. Even better, they’ll be able to see a host of games slated to come to the device to see if they’ll be worth playing.

But perhaps Nintendo shouldn’t give that gift to consumers this year, and instead, should give itself the gift of discontinuing the Wii U.

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Disney’s Epic Mickey 2 confirmed, detailed

Disney’s Epic Mickey 2 confirmed, detailed

The addictingly unique and boldly unexpected adventure game Epic Mickey is heading for a sequel. This was always a question of when, not if, but now we are starting to get some of the first details about what the new entry in what could be a long-running franchise will entail. For starters, Epic Mickey 2 will be available on all major platforms (PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii), not just the Wii. Second, the story will be presented as a musical, a nod to the classic format of vintage animated Disney movies.

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Netflix Just For Kids app launches on PS3

Netflix Just For Kids app launches on PS3

Netflix's special curated content platform that only includes movies and TV shows that are suitable for children, now has a dedicated home on the PS3, joining the Wii as the second console to have both a Netflix app and a Netflix for Kids app. This demonstrates just how powerful Netflix is and how it has managed to attract consumers of all ages. An Xbox 360 app will be the last of the three major consoles, a reversal from the launch of the first Netflix app.

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Roads? The Back to the Future drone doesn’t need roads

Roads? The Back to the Future drone doesn’t need roads

The AR.Drone is a nifty piece of kit, and as we saw the other day, there are some interesting and unique possibilities in how to control it. Drones also figure prominently into law enforcement, but our only complaint is that they all look a bit boring. If only someone came along and spruced up the exterior to be a little bit more entertaining.

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Nintendo Wii Remote can help diagnose ocular torticollis

Nintendo Wii Remote can help diagnose ocular torticollis

Who knows what scientists at the Seoul National University College of Medicine were thinking when they decided to use Wii technology to help diagnose an eye disorder? Called ocular torticollis, patients end up tilting their head to one side to compensate for inefficiencies in one of their eyes. A well established method already exists for a diagnosis test, but researchers decided to try it with a couple Wii Remotes pointed at the subject, and Bluetooth connectivity to track movement.

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Wii Projector Mapping turntable setup has us dazed

Wii Projector Mapping turntable setup has us dazed

There's a brand new method for blowing the minds of your music-loving constituents, DJs of the world, and it's been set up with projectors, a set of turntables, and some Wii remotes. What you've got here is a user interface which uses projected light unto your turntables to bring an interactive experience unlike any other, both enhancing and expanding your party rocking experience. Have a peek at how definitive this rocking experience is going to be for the future of in-person plate spinning, and note that the music comes from no less than Mark Morris.

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Nintendo reveals new titles for Wii, 3DS

Nintendo reveals new titles for Wii, 3DS

Whether you're a fan of RPGs, sports games, strategy titles, or just the good old Nintendo classics, the lineup of first-party Wii and 3DS games is looking pretty packed over the next few months. In the land of things that are totally not coincidences, Nintendo made a big wave about what to expect on its systems in the near future, on the same day that Sony launched the PlayStation Vita handheld in the US.

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Nintendo Wii gets Hulu Plus

Nintendo Wii gets Hulu Plus

Nintendo has launched Hulu Plus for the Wii, releasing an app for the subscription-based streaming TV service for its console, and offering new users two weeks of free access. Available for download from the Wii Shop Channel today, the Hulu Plus app costs $7.99 per month - after the trial is over - and gives access to a catalog of recent titles in the US.

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Nielsen study finds 56% of US households have Xbox 360, PS3 or Wii

Nielsen study finds 56% of US households have Xbox 360, PS3 or Wii

Remember the days when you and a group of friends all had to go to the same house because only one of you had a video game console? And if you were lucky enough to be that one friend, you never had to worry about losing your popularity. Now, however, it's a much different story. If you don't have a modern game platform, you're now in the minority.

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Parks Associates study: US gaming population has almost tripled since 2008

Parks Associates study: US gaming population has almost tripled since 2008

In 2008, a seemingly massive 56 million people said they played a video game at least one hour per month. In 2011, that number is 135 million, and these figures are only representative of the US. And you know what the population of the US is, right? Around 307 million, In other words, around 44% of the entire country is now a gamer, a number that would probably near 50% if you took out newborns and others without the capacity to play video games.

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Activision’s sleeper hit Skylanders will have a sequel

Activision’s sleeper hit Skylanders will have a sequel

This isn't really a big surprise. After the Spyro adventure game Skylanders became a top 10 seller in North America and was deemed the most successful new kids-oriented intellectual property launch in 2011, the question of a sequel was one of when, not if. That time is now, with Activision teasing the upcoming Skylanders Giants, which will be on display at the International Toy Fair in New York City this month.

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Nintendo reveals 61% profit dive; Wii U on sale by holiday 2012

Nintendo reveals 61% profit dive; Wii U on sale by holiday 2012

Nintendo's fortunes go from bad to worse, with poor sales of the 3DS and Wii between October and December contributing to a 61-percent drop year-on-year of profits, and the Wii U not expected until the very tail-end of 2012. Nintendo announced 40.9 billion yen profit for the three month period, going on to predict full-year losses more than three times greater than previously expected. In fact, Nintendo reckons it may be facing a 65 billion yen ($838m) loss in all, considerably higher than its earlier 20bn yen estimates.

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