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Review: Nintendo raises the gaming bar with Wii U

While the Wii U can employ its predecessor's

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"NINTENDO!"

That exclamation still has a warm place in my heart carrying with it many holiday memories from when I'd first received my Nintendo Entertainment System and "Ice Climber", my very first NES game. Although the years have past, the excitement is still there this winter. Nintendo's Wii U is on the top of many holiday wish lists and they've sent us one to detail...

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You and Nintendo's Wii U

Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime

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Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aimes hit the stage this past Thursday morning in New York City to announce that the Nintendo Wii U will hit U.S. retailers Nov. 18 with two price tags of $299 (basic model) or $349 (Deluxe edition which include NintendoLand gaming experience and more). Now that the cat is out of the bag, or should I say the Italian plumber is out of the pipe, is...

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Xbox Live subscription update rip-off?

XBox Live Membership Auto renewal cost gamers too

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We all like things to be easier when it comes to getting online to play our favorite games on Xbox Live. But when renewing your subscription costs almost double the old price, convenience starts hurting the wallet.

Did you know an Xbox Live Gold subscription auto renewal will set you back $99 for the family subscription? I found this out when I canceled my credit card and my auto renewal choked...

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Nintendo 3DS brings 3-D to mobile gaming

Nintendo 3DS mobile gaming system

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The tech gods have spoken and 3-D viewing is in. Nintendo has embraced the buzz and is the first to bring 3-D gaming technology to market. Now I’m a huge fan of 3-D movies in the theater, but when it comes to home viewing of 3-D technology, manufacturers have a long way to go. That said, Nintendo has done a great job enhancing the DS and bringing it into the three-dimensional realm.

At...

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Torchlight comes to Xbox Live Arcade

Torchlight for XBox available on XBox Live Arcade

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If you're like me and love MMORPGs like World of Warcraft but just don’t have the time to contribute, you are in luck. Torchlight is a similar, play-at-your-own-pace, single-player game that can be compared to WOW. Runic Games developed Torchlight for the PC, but now console gamers can get in on the action.

Right from the start you’ll see a lot of nuances that make one think this...

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Logitech’s F540 brings you into the game

Logitech's F540 gaming headset. (Undated)

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Product: Logitech F540 Wireless Gaming HeadsetConsole: Xbox & PS3Whether you are a late-night gamer or just looking to get more into the game, incorporating a great set of gaming headphones is essential in taking your experience to the next level. With so many headset choices out there, it’s hard to find a product that gives you the best performance for your gaming type. If you’re...

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