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Digital FoundryWii U GamePad Latency Video

In this test we see Wii U GamePad screen update match HDTV - in this case, a PlayStation 3D monitor.

VideoWii U software lineup crammed into one trailer

Mario! Pikmin! Nintendo Land! Third-parties!

Key events

30th September 2014

Wii U system update adds folders

5th June 2012

Wii U GamePad trailer

Nintendo announces palm-sized mini NES console

Nintendo announces palm-sized mini NES console

Launches November with 30 games built in.

Nintendo will launch brand new hardware this year after all - but not the console you were expecting.

The Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System is a miniature replica of the original NES.

It will launch here in the UK on 11th November, and comes with 30 NES games built in, such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong and Metroid.

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Nintendo postpones plans for sleep sensor launch

Nintendo has postponed its plans to enter the Quality of Life technology market via the release of a sleep and fatigue sensor.

Former company president Satoru Iwata announced the new Nintendo initiative back in 2014, when it was marked with a 2016 launch date.

But, despite evidence of Nintendo's research and design phase coming to light, the product no longer seems to be on the horizon.

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Nintendo Account service launches first in Japan

Nintendo has begun rolling out its new account service, catchily named Nintendo Account, beginning in Japan.

This all-in-one new membership scheme is designed to act as a single log-in for all Nintendo platforms, including future Nintendo apps for tablet and smartphone.

You'll also use Nintendo Account to log in to the company's upcoming NX console, due to be unveiled next year.

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Wii U system update finally kills TVii in Europe

Nintendo has hammered home the final nail in TVii's coffin and removed it from the Wii U's home screen in Europe.

The company's Wii U TV programme guide app never made it to European shores, so it is little surprise that the latest Wii U firmware update has killed the TVii menu option for good.

It's more of a surprise that the option sat on the Home screen for more than two-and-a-half years, only to bring up an error code when tapped.

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Nintendo to launch five smartphone games by March 2017

Nintendo to launch five smartphone games by March 2017

Amiibo shipments reach 10.5m worldwide.

Nintendo has detailed a somewhat cautious roll-out of its plans to release games for smartphones: five will launch before the end of March 2017.

Speaking in a results briefing after the company announced its first annual profit in four years, president Satoru Iwata acknowledged five smartphone games might have been a lower number than some investors had hoped for.

"You may think it is a small number, but when we aim to make each title a hit and because we want to thoroughly operate every one of them for a significant amount of time after their releases, this is not a small number at all and should demonstrate our serious commitment to the smart device business," Iwata said.

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Nintendo to release games on phones and tablets

UPDATE: What does this mean for the company's future? Watch Chris B, Tom and Wes discuss.

UPDATE 17/3/15 3.55pm: After today's announcement that Nintendo will begin smartphone and tablet game development, Eurogamer's Chris "Bratterz" Bratt has rounded up resident Nintendo fan Tom Phillips and resident Nintendo sceptic Wesley Yin-Poole to discuss what this might mean for the company's future.

New Nintendo 3DS sold 335k during EU/US launch week

New Nintendo 3DS sold 335k during EU/US launch week

5.7m Amiibo shipped, most popular figures revealed.

Nintendo sold around 335,000 units of its New Nintendo 3DS during the handheld's recent launch week in Europe and the US.

Sales data published as part of the company's latest financial briefing shows Nintendo shifted around 175k units in the US and around 160k in Europe.

Both of the new system's major launch titles - The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate - outperformed the previous version in each respective series.

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Nintendo cancels TVii service launch in Europe

Nintendo cancels TVii service launch in Europe

"We did not anticipate such challenges."

After more than two years, Nintendo has confirmed that it no longer has plans to roll-out its TVii service in Europe.

Available in Japan and North America since the Wii U first launched in late 2012, TVii allows users to browse TV programs and watch them via the GamePad.

Nintendo had previously promised that support would follow for Europe at some point, but has always remained vague on when this might transpire.

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Nintendo to launch Mii character app for social media

Nintendo to launch Mii character app for social media

Iwata believes Wii U business "still has considerable room for growth".

Nintendo will soon launch an app to let you use your Mii avatar on social media.

The application is set to be fully revealed within the next month or so, Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata told Japanese newspaper Nikkei.

Users will be able to load their Mii character - presumably the one already associated with their Nintendo Network account via 3DS and Wii U - and snap a user icon.

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Nintendo details contactless sleep and fatigue sensor

Nintendo has shed light on its plans to develop "quality of life" technology - starting with a sleep and fatigue sensor.

Instead of a wearable gadget similar to others already available, Nintendo is designing a non-contact sensor that sits by your bedside.

The gizmo tracks your body movements, breathing and heartbeat, uploads them to the cloud for analysis, and gives a visual indication of your sleep condition and fatigue status.

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Nintendo earnings improve, but Wii U and 3DS sales still slow

Nintendo earned 171.4bn yen (£981m) in revenue during the past six months, although ended with a total operating loss of 215m yen (£1.2m).

That figure is a vast improvement on the same time last year however, when Nintendo posted a far more dire 23bn yen (£133m) operating loss.

Despite the operating loss, Nintendo managed to post a profit of 14.3bn yen (£82.1m). That's because of positive exchange gains due to the depreciation of the yen.

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Wii U system update adds folders

Nintendo has released a new Wii U system software update THAT adds the ability to organise apps and games into folders.

Each desktop folder can be given a name and customised with a range of colours, handily de-cluttering your home screen.

The update, numbered 5.2.0, was released to Wii U owners last night.

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Wii U system update lets you transfer data between consoles

Wii U system update lets you transfer data between consoles

Wii Remote and controller support added to eShop.

Nintendo has just pushed live Wii U system software update 5.1.0 U, which adds the ability to transfer data between Wii U consoles.

Similar to 3DS, it means that users will be able to move their games, apps, settings and save files from one console to another. Once transferred, the source machine will then be formatted, Nintendo has detailed.

Other changes include (finally) support for more than just the Wii U GamePad in the system's eShop. You can now also use the Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller or Classic Controller.

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UK court rules against Nintendo in Wii patent battle

UPDATE: Nintendo "committed" to ensuring Wii, Wii U aren't pulled from shop shelves.

UPDATE 23/6/14 2.45pm Nintendo has said it is "committed" to ensuring the continued sale of the Wii, Wii U and Wii Remote after losing a court battle over two patents.

Wii U firmware update now live, adds Quick Start option

Wii U firmware update now live, adds Quick Start option

Plus GamePad notifications even when your console's on standby.

Nintendo has updated the Wii U's system software to version 5.0, bringing with it a new Quick Start menu to load recently-used games and apps.

Power up the Wii U via the GamePad and you'll be able to skip loading the console's Home screen by simply selecting one of your 10 last-used pieces of software.

The update also brings with it GamePad notifications, which will be downloaded to the device for you to check without booting the console itself.

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Nintendo won't launch Wii U successor until it has "satisfied" current owners

Nintendo won't launch Wii U successor until it has "satisfied" current owners

But already has "clear idea" what direction new hardware will take.

Nintendo has poured cold water on the suggestion it will rush out a successor to its struggling Wii U, instead suggesting that it will wait to "satisfy" those who have adopted the console first.

But work on the Wii U's successor has started - as it does every generation when the previous console is released. And, speaking in an investor Q&A, Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has hinted that the company already has a clear idea what it will be like.

"Once we launch a new platform, we naturally start to prepare for the next one. As it takes several years to develop a single platform, if you ask us whether we are preparing for our next system, then the correct response will be that we are always developing new hardware," Iwata explained.

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Nintendo slumps to another annual loss after dismal Wii U sales

Nintendo slumps to another annual loss after dismal Wii U sales

NFC games and DS Virtual Console to help "challenging sales situation".

Nintendo has ended the financial year with another loss due to the Wii U's continuing poor performance.

The company sold 2.7m Wii U consoles in the last 12 months, meaning it has shifted just 6.1m units since launch in November 2012 - less than the 7m PlayStation 4 consoles Sony has sold since last November.

3.6m Wii U consoles will be sold in the next year, Nintendo expects, meaning that the console will still be below the 10m mark in April 2015.

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These Nintendo toys launch in McDonald's Happy Meals next week

Nintendo has teamed up with McDonald's to include a range of Mario toys in Happy Meals from next week.

Figurines featuring Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Toad and Yoshi will be available from 19th March until 29th April, Nintendo UK revealed today.

Several of the toys will be interactive, including Mario's Hovering Coin, the Donkey Kong Barrel Projector, a Super Sound Mushroom and Mario's Warp Pipe Embosser.

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Nintendo slashes Wii U sales forecast from 9m to 2.8m

Nintendo slashes Wii U sales forecast from 9m to 2.8m

UPDATE: Iwata apologises, will stay in office to see company return to profit.

UPDATE: Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has apologised to shareholders for the company's business performance but pledged to stay in office, Nikkei reports (as translated by NeoGAF).

Iwata admitted responsibility for today's poor financial results but said that the first order of business was restoring momentum as soon as possible, and that he will stay as president to see this through.

ORIGINAL STORY: Nintendo has cut dramatically the number of Wii U and 3DS consoles it expects to sell by the end of the financial year.

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China lifts ban on foreign console sales

China lifts ban on foreign console sales

Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony rub hands in glee.

China has temporarily lifted its ban on the sale of foreign video game consoles, opening the door for the likes of Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony to enter the gargantuan market.

The ban, which had been in place for 14 years, prevented the sale of the PlayStation, Wii and Xbox consoles in the country.

Reuters reported on a statement from China's State Council that suspended the ban, allowing "foreign-invested enterprises" to make consoles within Shanghai's free trade zone and sell them within China - as long as they are approved by the government.

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Wii U system update adds Wii remote play

Nintendo is rolling out a new Wii U system update that adds Wii remote play - but there's a catch.

Update 4.0.0 adds the ability to output video and sound to the Wii U GamePad when using Wii Mode. In other words, you can play Wii games on your Wii U GamePad while your TV is switched off.

It's a welcome feature, but, you still need to use the Wiimote to control the game.

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Nintendo loses WiiU.com domain dispute

UPDATE: "We are continuing to review our legal options," Nintendo says.

UPDATE: Nintendo has told Eurogamer that it will continue to fight for the WiiU.com domain despite its defeat via the WIPO, and continue looking at other legal options.

Wii U spring system update now live

Wii U spring system update now live

Coming down the warp pipe today.

Nintendo's long-awaited Wii U system update has gone live, bringing with it improved console loading times and a number of other features.

The speed boost offered by the update is undoubtedly the most welcome feature for Wii U owners. It dramatically cuts the time spent waiting for the Wii U Menu and other system software to load - there's a comparison video below.

Further speed improvements are due in another firmware update later this year.

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Nintendo launches web-based Miiverse for PC and smartphones

Nintendo launches web-based Miiverse for PC and smartphones

UPDATE: New features include ability to add posts via PC, view all posts without login.

UPDATE: Nintendo has today updated its Wii U social network Miiverse by allowing users to author posts from a PC.

The web-based messaging system was first made available on PC last month, although users could only view and comment on previously-existing threads.

Even without a login, PC users can also now view any post when linked to the message directly.

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Wii U sells 307,000 in Japan launch week - report

The Wii U launched in Japan last weekend with initial sales amounting to 307,471 units, a new report suggests.

That's around 70,000 less than the Wii, according to Japanese chart company Media-Create (via GameKult).

The solid, if not stellar, launch was accompanied by Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, an expanded port of the Wii and later 3DS game. It sold 106,454 copies, while Nintendo Land (not a pack-in game as it is in the West) sold 66,583.

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Wii U sees healthy US launch, numbers in line with Wii

Wii U sees healthy US launch, numbers in line with Wii

But Xbox 360 outsells both combined.

The Wii U sold 425,000 units during its US launch week, Nintendo has revealed. That's just 5000 less than the Wii recorded six years ago.

November US figures revealed that Nintendo shifted 420,000 units of its ageing Wii over the whole month (down 51 per cent on last year).

But it was Microsoft who claimed the sales crown. The Xbox 360 sold 1.26 million units, a 25 per cent dip from 2011's sales but more than the Wii and Wii U combined (although, to be fair, the Wii U was only out for one week).

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Nintendo issues new Wii U firmware update

Wii U owners are being asked to download another Wii U firmware update, which Nintendo is currently rolling out to all users.

A fresh 3DS firmware update has also been deployed.

The Wii U update brings the machine's hardware to version 2.1.0. It adds "further improvements to overall system stability". Initial reports from gamers suggest a wait of around 45 minutes to an hour for the patch to download and then be installed.

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Wii U day-one firmware update to come with consoles next spring

Wii U day-one firmware update to come with consoles next spring

Mandatory system download to be included after Christmas.

Wii U consoles available early next year will spring to life with the system's hour-long mandatory system update already installed, Nintendo has said.

The Wii U will be fully ready out-of-the-box from early 2013, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime told Gamasutra. This would likely be the case from "spring" onwards (around the beginning of March).

"Nintendo developers want to make sure that the very best product is available to consumers," Fils-Aime added, explaining why the update was necessary.

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Will Nintendo meet its Wii U sales target?

Will Nintendo meet its Wii U sales target?

It's vowed to ship 5.5m units by April 2013, but will it sell them? Eurogamer investigates.

With Wii U now sold out in many shops across the UK, Nintendo is now rushing to refill high street stores and the warehouses of online chains. It has predicted a worldwide shipment of 3.5 million consoles by the end of the year, and 5.5 million by the end of the financial year in March. But how many of these will be snapped up by shoppers?

Eurogamer has canvassed the opinion of high street retailers and entertainment analysts to find out - and discover what could be to blame if Nintendo is left with piles of unwanted consoles after the initial launch rush.

"There are enough hardcore fans to buy the first 3 million consoles, and probably enough to buy the first five million," famed gaming analyst Michael Pachter, boss of Equity Research at Wedbush Securities reasoned, staring into his crystal ball. "My guess is that they will sell out by April."

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How does the Wii U launch line-up compare to the SNES, N64 and GameCube's?

Wannabe Wii U gamers will be able to buy up to 24 games in shops when the console launches at midnight tonight. Three more are set to be available digitally from Nintendo's eShop store.

But how does this compare with previous Nintendo console launches? And how do Nintendo's home-made software offerings match up with those in previous generations?

Turn back the clock to 11th April 1992 and the SNES was arriving on European shop shelves. It had just three games - not much choice - but each would go on to be some of the best releases on the system: they were Super Mario World, F-Zero and Pilotwings - two of these kickstarting new Nintendo franchises.

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Wii U user able to access "mock-up menu" with unannounced games

Wii U user able to access "mock-up menu" with unannounced games

Nintendo responds as users sees mention of Yoshi's Land Wii U, Soul Hackers games.

A Wii U user has been able to access a hidden area of the Miiverse which listed several unannounced games.

Nintendo has admitted the area existed and termed it a "mock-up menu" of content. The area was quickly removed when the user began posting screenshots and information to NeoGAF.

"It has come to our attention that some people were able to access a mock up menu on Miiverse following the launch of Wii U in the US," Nintendo told GamesIndustry International. "Please note that this was only a mock up menu and has now been removed and is not accessible."

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YouTube Wii app arrives in US, just 48 hours from Wii U launch

US gamers can now download a YouTube app for Wii, just 48 hours before the console is replaced by the Wii U.

Bad news, UK gamers. You'll have to cling on a little longer. The Google-developed app will then roll-out to other countries in the months ahead, The Next Web reports.

The app offers a pointer-based user interface with sections for popular videos and YouTube Trending clips, plus specific sections for the best gaming, music and sports content.

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Nintendo of America launches first Wii U commercial

Nintendo of America launches first Wii U commercial

How does it compare to Blighty's?

Nintendo of America has launched its dubstep-fuelled advertising campaign for the Wii U.

The company has chosen "How U Will Play Next" as its tagline.

The slick minute-long commercial features a number of photogenic families playing Wii U together. Several Nintendo-published titles are shown, including New Super Mario Bros U, Nintendo Land and Sing Party. US television app TVii is briefly glimpsed, too.

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Nintendo admits Wii U to be sold at loss

Despite earlier hints at the opposite and damage from similar 3DS policy.

Nintendo will sell the Wii U at a loss when the console launches next month, the company has revealed, despite earlier suggestions the machine would be profitable from day one.

3DS and DS sales roughly equal after same time period

3DS and DS sales roughly equal after same time period

Latest Nintendo numbers show Wii sales drying up.

3DS sales are roughly equal to DS figures after the same time period, despite Nintendo reporting "weaker than expected" numbers for their new handheld.

It is difficult to directly compare 3DS and DS sales over the same time frame due to the earlier machine's staggered launch. 3DS now stands at 22.19 million sold, 19 months after the console launched in February 2011.

19 months after the DS launched in Europe in March 2005 it had sold 26.82 million - although its European release was more than three months after it launched in the US and Japan in November/December 2004. Factor that in and the comparative figure is 21.27 million DS units, meaning a small advantage for the 3DS at present.

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Nintendo UK confirms the Wii U will be region locked

Nintendo UK confirms the Wii U will be region locked

Imparted: important importing news.

Nintendo UK has confirmed to Eurogamer that the Wii U will be region locked.

That means you won't be able to import games from Japan or America and play them on your European Wii U. This was the case with 3DS, and this was the case with Wii.

Nintendo's confirmation followed a translated revelation in Japanese magazine Famitsu: "What can be played on the Wii U is restricted by a region-lock feature; software not sold in the same region cannot be played."

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Wii U price round-up: where's cheapest?

Basic, Premium and ZombiU bundles all listed.

We've scoured the nation for the best Wii U prices - and online retailer ShopTo currently has the cheapest deal on Basic and Premium Wii U packs. For the Wii U's ZombiU bundle your best bet is Zavvi or The Hut.

Every Wii U UK launch game listed

Every Wii U UK launch game listed

Just seven retail titles confirmed for launch day.

Update: Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed has been added to this list.

Original Story: The Wii U will launch in the UK with just seven fully-fledged retail titles, Nintendo has announced, including FIFA 13, Rayman Legends, Mass Effect 3 and New Super Mario Bros. U.

Mini-game compilation Nintendo Land is one of that number - despite coming free with the more expensive Wii U Premium model.

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Nintendo details Wii U Basic and Premium flavours, prices

Nintendo details Wii U Basic and Premium flavours, prices

Coming 8th December in Japan for the equivalent of £209 or £251.

Nintendo will launch the Wii U in Japan on 8th December and make the hardware available in two different flavours, company president Satoru Iwata has just announced in a new Nintendo Direct conference.

The White-coloured "Basic" Wii U will cost 26,250 yen (about £209) and comes with 8GB of flash memory.

The Black-coloured "Premium" Wii U will cost 31,500 yen (£251), comes with 32GB of flash memory and a Nintendo Network Premium subscription.

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Nintendo confirms: European Wii U launch details due Thursday in Nintendo Direct conference

UPDATE: Nintendo has just confirmed the Wii U Nintendo Direct via the company's official Nintendo of Europe Twitter feed, confirming the date and time below.

"Hi everyone! I'd like to invite you to watch the Nintendo Direct Wii U preview," someone purporting to be European president Satoru Shibata said. "Thursday 13th September at 4pm CEST [3pm UK]".

You'll be able to watch it at nintendo.co.uk/nintendodirect.

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FeatureHow Powerful is the Wii U Really?

And why, for many developers, it doesn't matter.

How powerful is the Wii U really? Is it less powerful than the PS3 and Xbox 360? Is it as powerful? More powerful? And how will it compare to the next generation? What quality of graphics will we see from Wii U games?

Microsoft, Molyneux question Wii U GamePad

"How much can you look up and down between the screens?"

For Nintendo, the Wii U and its GamePad controller usher in a new era for design and play - but Xbox maker Microsoft and developer legend Peter Molyneux aren't convinced.

FeatureE3 Reaction: Nintendo Blows Its E3 Conference Opportunity

The Wii U looks great, but it was a bad press conference.

With Microsoft and Sony in a state of détente a year out from their respective next-generation reveals, Nintendo had a great opportunity this week to convince you, me and the rest of its fans that Wii U will be worth buying this Christmas. But despite the encouraging way it trailed its E3 conference over the weekend, it completely blew it.

Wii U GamePad battery life detailed

3 to 5 hours life, 2.5 hours to charge.

The battery life of the Wii U's GamePad controller has been fully detailed by Nintendo, with a single charge expected to last between three to five hours.

Nintendo Wii U supports 1080p, CPU and GPU confirmed

Nintendo Wii U supports 1080p, CPU and GPU confirmed

Tech specs sheet reveals video output.

The Wii U supports 1080p, Nintendo has confirmed.

The video output in full: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Compatible cables include HDMI, Wii D-Terminal, Wii Component Video, Wii RGB, Wii S-Video Stereo AV and Wii AV.

In a technical specs sheet published today, Nintendo revealed new information on the home console, due out in time for Christmas.

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Wii U to support two GamePads

Frame-rate halved when two pads are in use, Nintendo reports.

The Wii U will support two GamePads, Nintendo has confirmed at its E3 conference - putting an end to speculation that the new console would only be able to support a single second screen unit.

Nintendo's E3 2012 Conference

23 Wii U games shown. Pikmin 3, New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land - "the Wii Sports of Wii U" - are the main ones.

23 Wii U games shown. Pikmin 3, New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land - "the Wii Sports of Wii U" - are the main ones.

Eurogamer.net Podcast #114: E3 Crystal Ball Special!

Everyone we employ called Tom discusses what Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft and others will get up to at E3 next week.

The games industry may be about a lot more than just Mario, Master Chief and Nathan Drake these days, but once a year for one week only we get to completely forget that and party like the Console War is the biggest show in town all over again.

Nintendo announces Wii U developer tech

Nintendo announces Wii U developer tech

Wii U games to leverage core game tools.

Nintendo has licensed several slices of well-known technology for developers to use creating Wii U games.

Developers can wield both Havok's physics tech and user-interface toolset Scaleform when making Wii U software.

This middleware technology allows for quicker and easier game development using familiar tools, something Nintendo may consider useful for ensuring Wii U sees plenty of multi-platform titles from third-party developers.

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Wii U will launch in US, Europe, Australia and Japan by end of 2012

The Wii U will launch in the US, Europe, Australia and Japan by the end of 2012, Nintendo has promised.

Following the release of its third quarter 2012 financial results, Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata told reporters in Japan today the Wii successor will hit key markets for the year end.

Nintendo had stated Wii U, set for a re-reveal at E3 2012 in June, would launch no earlier than April 2012 but before the end of the year - but did not specify the territory in which this would happen.

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More Wii U details before E3, Nintendo hints

More Wii U details before E3, Nintendo hints

But a muted showing this week at CES.

Nintendo could reveal Wii U details before the expected show-all at E3 2012 in June, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime has hinted.

"We will be sharing information throughout the year," Fils-Aime told Spike TV at CES 2012 this week.

"So I won't say you'll have to wait until E3, but certainly we're not breaking new news here."

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FeatureActual New Games of 2012

Wonder and joy, please.

Back in December the Eurogamer editorial team had a massive public fight about whether 2011 was a good year for games. Well, we had the closest thing we're capable of having to a massive public fight - we wrote polite editorials disagreeing with one another. One thing we all agreed upon, however, was that we would very much like to see more Actual New Games in 2012.