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    Q&A: Nintendo boss on Wii U vs. AppleTV, Google, Xbox 720 ... | Brier Dudley's Blog | The Seattle Times (click for full article)

    October 8, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Posted by Brier Dudley


    "Here are edited excerpts of my interview with Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America. (Photo by Mark Harrison, Seattle Times staff photographer)

    The conversation in his Redmond aerie led to today's column on the upcoming Wii U and its potential as a new TV interface.
    Among the topics we covered was competition with Apple, Google, Microsoft and others developing new entertainment hubs."
     
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    A Messy Online Debut for the Wii U | TIME.com (click for full article)

    By Matt PeckhamNov. 23, 2012

    "Color me a fan of the Wii U as a game machine, especially with launch games like NintendoLand - a clever carnival of games that showcases the new tablet-style GamePad, or New Super Mario Bros. U - old-school Mario in gobsmacking high-definition.


    But as the lucky few who snagged one of Nintendo's sold-out systems already know, it's missing half its marbles out of the box. You have to download a monster update to add all the features Nintendo bragged about pre-launch, from Miiverse to eShop to Netflix. And even after you do, you'll be missing promised extras, like Nintendo's interactive live TV service - delayed at the last minute until some unspecified date in December.


    Consider the following list of issues you'll have to deal with at startup, in case you're planning to hunt for a Wii U today (Black Friday) or in the near future."
     
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    Wii U expected to be sold out through March (click for full article)

    Nov. 25, 2012 (8:37 am) By: Mark Raby

    "If you are planning on waiting until you can just walk into the store and pick up a Wii U, you'll probably have to wait at least until March. The console is expected to remain sold out, with customers likely to still be lining up outside the door for new shipments until the spring of 2013.


    That is the prediction from outspoken gaming industry analyst Michael Pachter. He has a mixed track record about gauging the near future of the industry, but he did correctly predict that the Wii U wouldn't gain the critical acclaim that Nintendo was hoping for. Instead, the system's launch was plagued with criticism for the arduous setup process, the need for an immediate firmware update, and the lack of video streaming services.


    Nevertheless, the Wii U is the first new video game console in six years. Never before in the modern gaming era has there been that kind of gap in between consoles, and as a result the fervor is inevitable.


    That being said, there is a marked difference in the climate surrounding the Wii U than there was for the Wii, or even the Xbox 360 or PS3. Back then, video game consoles were king. They were the coolest things around. Now, they have to share that attention with iPads and Kindle Fires.


    In other words, the Wii U is going to do exceptional during the first several months - just because that's the way this industry works - but its staying power is what's really in question."
     
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    ReadWrite – YouTube On The Wii -- Another Step Toward The New World Of TV (click for full article)

    "Good news: If you're hoping to show your grandma that awesome cat video this holiday season, you probably won't have to huddle around a computer or tablet screen. As yet another confirmation of the ongoing trend merging online video and gaming, Google introduced a YouTube app for the Nintendo Wii earlier this month. The combination is helping to change the way we watch TV.


    Wii and Wii U owners can get the app through the Wii Marketplace. Its layout is simple enough, with recommended channels and favorited ones already on display after you log in. The Wii app looks nothing like the YouTube website, which is a good thing. Despite the tediousness of typing with the traditional Wii console, searching is quick. And things are even better on the Wii U. The new device's second screen puts all of the description and playback controls in the handset, keeping the main screen clear of distraction. After the video you've just watched is done the next one in that channel's line up automatically starts. "
     

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