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Name that Tech Tune: Do you know this Nintendo game?

Updated below with answer and winner. This week’s Name that Tech Tune challenge is on the tougher end of the spectrum, hand-picked by Nintendo remix musician The Icarus Kid for the on-stage taping of our GeekWire radio show this week. Given that, it probably goes without saying that it’s a Nintendo tune. However, it’s definitely… Read More

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VIDEO: What makes Seattle such an awesome gaming city

The list of game development companies in the Seattle area, from Valve to PopCap to 343, is certainly impressive. And to show how awesome the Emerald City’s gaming scene is, GameSpot just put out a really well-done video showcasing the talent here. They spoke with several of the city’s leading game devs, from Pete Parsons… Read More

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Xbox chief: Main rivals are Nintendo, Sony, Apple and Google … but not Valve

The competitive landscape for Microsoft’s Xbox console is expanding to include Apple and Google, but the company’s top game and entertainment executive doesn’t see Valve’s move into the living room as particularly competitive with what Microsoft is doing. That was one of the more interesting tidbits from media event on Microsoft’s Redmond campus yesterday. The… Read More

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Nintendo sued over 3D patent in 3DS handheld console

Not only is Nintendo dealing with less-than-stellar Wii U sales, but now the company is being sued over 3D technology used in its 3DS handheld console. Reuters is reporting that inventor and former Sony employee Seijiro Tomita is suing Nintendo over 3-D images he claimed to develop. Tomita says that Nintendo used his patent without… Read More

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Nintendo wants WiiU.com domain, files cybersquatting complaint

The latest sales numbers of Nintendo’s Wii U are not good, so maybe a new website at WiiU.com can help the cause. Unfortunately for Nintendo, someone else owns the WiiU.com domain name. And so today the company filed a cybersquatting complaint with the World Intellectual Property Forum to snatch it back. According to domainnewswire.com, WiiU.com was registered back… Read More

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Ouch: Nintendo sold just 57,000 Wii U’s in January, report says

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata told Reuters last month that the sales of the Wii U, which debuted Nov. 18, were “not bad.” Well, new numbers show that it’s worse than that. CNET is reporting that Nintendo sold just 57,000 Wii U’s last month, barely 20 percent of what Microsoft’s Xbox 360 (281,000) sold during the same time frame. That’s also… Read More

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Not just dudes: 38% of Xbox users female, 51% have kids

Microsoft wants you to know that not all of its users are stereotypical hardcore gamer bros. Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, shared some Xbox 360 stats during the D: Dive into Media conference in Southern California yesterday. Mehdi said that 38 percent of Xbox users are women, while 51 percent have kids… Read More

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It’s official: PlayStation is back atop the console market

PlayStation is once again the king of the worldwide console market. Sony’s latest earnings report, issued Feb. 7, shows unit sales for the PlayStation home consoles (the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3) beating the competing machines from Nintendo and Microsoft for the title of best-selling home game console for the 2012 holiday shopping season. Combined… Read More

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Mario Kart, Zelda remakes coming to Wii U

Some of Nintendo’s all-time great games are making a comeback. President Satoru Iwata announced today on a Nintendo Direct Webcast that a 3D Super Mario Series, Mario Kart and two Legend of Zelda games are all in the works for the Wii U. The GameCube game The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is being remade… Read More

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Teaming up: Nintendo merging console and handheld divisions to keep up with competitors

For the first time in nearly ten years, there are some big structural changes happening at Nintendo. A report out from Japan-based Nikkei.com notes that Nintendo is combining its handheld and home console divisions with hopes to create “more innovative and attractive products.” Engadget has confirmed the news. 130 employees from the console development team will join… Read More

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Gabe Newell: Valve to build a gaming PC for the living room

While most of the next-generation console talk is about the future of PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo products, there could be another player in the mix: the PC. That’s at least according to Valve’s Gabe Newell. Speaking to Kotaku’s Jason Schreier at Spike TV’s annual Video Game Awards, Newell briefly discussed “stronger-than-expected” reactions to Steam’s TV-friendly “Big Picture”… Read More

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Nintendo president explains why Wii U trumps Xbox Kinect

Nintendo America president Reggie Fils-Aime had a brief interview with CNBC Monday and explained why the new Wii U console is better than Microsoft Kinect: Lack of games for the Kinect (Wii U has over two dozen at launch). Wii U controller is more precise. Wii U provides a richer multiplayer experience because five people… Read More