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Watch: Hackers use the Wii U GamePad to stream PC games

This week at the 30th Chaos Communication Congress, a small group of hackers figured out a way to reverse engineer a Wii U GamePad to allow streaming of PC games directly to the controller. The hack is pretty neat, which manipulates the communication between the GamePad and its host controller, allowing gamers to play PC games… Read More

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Nintendo brings Wii Mini to the U.S. for $99

A more basic and cheaper version of Nintendo’s original Wii is making its way to the United States. The Wii Mini, originally released in Canada Europe during the past year, will retail at $99 and hit shelves this month — just when Sony and Microsoft launch their next-generation consoles. Unlike the original Wii, the Wii… Read More

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Mobile game spending crushing Wii U, Vita titles

With more than half of us now sporting smartphones, more and more people can purchase and play mobile games. That means you don’t have to own a Nintendo 3DS or PlayStation Vita to game on the go, and new data reveals how exactly that’s hurting the traditional handheld gaming companies. App Annie and IDC just… Read More

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Nintendo wins court appeal over Wii motion-tracking patents

The United States Federal Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled in favor of Nintendo, upholding a previous decision that video game giant did not infringe upon motion-tracking patents held by Ohio-based Motiva LLC. Back to 2008, Motiva accused Nintendo of infringing on two patents it held for “Human Movement Measurement System,” and it claimed that importing the… 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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‘Nintendo TVii’ aims to leapfrog Xbox 360, PS3 in living room

Nintendo this morning unveiled its television and media integration plans for the Wii U, announcing a new feature called Nintendo TVii that will come with the upcoming console, at no extra charge, and work in conjunction with the Wii U’s tablet-style GamePad controller. Nintendo TVii (pronounced “TV”) will integrate with existing services such as Hulu,… Read More

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Sony hides PlayStation 3 sales data as profits fall

Maybe I’m a nerd, but one of the things I look forward to each quarter is the release of Sony’s earnings, because they provide the final data point that we need to update the status of worldwide game console sales — showing how the PlayStation 3 stacks up against the Nintendo Wii and Microsoft’s Xbox 360…. Read More

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Xbox 360 marks 18 months atop U.S. console market

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 sold 257,000 units in the U.S. in June, topping Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii for the 18th consecutive month, according to NPD Group research cited by the Redmond company. That translates into 47 percent market share among current-generation consoles. The latest numbers were down considerably from the 507,000 Xbox 360 units… Read More

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Ask Andru: Is Wii U really a next-generation console?

Today we received a question about Nintendo’s upcoming console release, Wii U, with GeekWire reader Alex wondering why the company continues to release new peripherals for a console that’s seen better days. Question: What’s up with the Wii U? Why is Nintendo releasing yet another expensive peripheral for the aging Wii? Nintendo originally announced Wii… Read More

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PS3 sucks less than Xbox and Wii in tough Q1 for consoles

Sony reported its latest financial results overnight, and the numbers put the PlayStation 3 back atop the worldwide console market for the March quarter. But that ain’t saying much. In a sign of the current weakness of the game console market, the PS3 reclaimed the title despite seeing its unit sales decline to 1.9 million units,… Read More

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Xbox 360 leads the pack, again, in a down month for games

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 remained atop the U.S. video-game console market to start the year, leading Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii in unit sales in the country in January. It’s the thirteenth straight month the Xbox 360 has held that position, according to NPD Group data cited by the company this afternoon. However, unit sales… Read More

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Xbox 360 tops Wii and PS3 for 1st time in yearly global sales

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 has been dominating its home turf for the past couple of years, sitting atop the monthly sales charts for the U.S. video-game console market, but the Redmond company has just taken the title of top-selling home console worldwide, as well. Sony’s earnings report, issued yesterday, puts the PlayStation 3 at 6.5 million units sold… Read More

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Chart: Kinect surpasses 25% of Xbox 360 installed base

One piece of news disclosed by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer here at the Consumer Electronics Show last night was that cumulative sales of Kinect have surpassed 18 million units since the motion controller for Xbox 360 launched in the fall of 2010. In addition, cumulative Xbox 360 sales have topped 66 million units worldwide, and… Read More

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Chart: How we’re spending time on our game consoles

Millions of people are waking up to new video-game consoles under the tree this morning. But how they end up using their new consoles might surprise you. And it’s likely to differ depending on which console they receive. Data released recently by the Nielsen market research firm showed some interesting differences in usage patterns among the three… Read More

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Microsoft sells record 1.7M Xbox 360s in U.S. in November

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 registered another month atop the U.S. console market in November, posting record sales as the peak holiday shopping season got under way. The Xbox 360 sold 1.7 million units in the U.S. in November, according to NPD Group data cited by the Redmond company. Numbers weren’t released for the competing Nintendo Wii… Read More

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Look out, Mario: Nintendo projects first-ever annual loss

Here’s a reminder of just how fickle the video-game business can be. Nintendo this morning released a revised financial forecast for its current fiscal year, projecting a loss of 20 billion yen, or $263 million — which would be the first time in Nintendo’s history that the company hasn’t turned an annual profit, according to… Read More

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The price of early adoption: Nintendo cutting 3DS to $170

Apart from the dizzy spells, the biggest criticism of Nintendo’s 3DS has been the price. At $250, the handheld game system costs more than some home game consoles, including Nintendo’s own Wii. But the price of the 3DS will be dropping to $170 on Aug. 12, according to an announcement today from the company’s Redmond-based Nintendo… Read More