Are you ready to usher in the arrival of the next-generation consoles? Nintendo is, as it's released the Wii U, today's pick in our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. There are two configurations of Wii U available: a $299 white base model that packs in 8GB of storage, and a $349 Deluxe black bundle that has 32GB of storage and the NintendoLand game.
Both versions include the Wii U console, a WiiPad, sensor bar, AC adapters, and HDMI cable. If you opt for the Deluxe set, you'll also get a play stand, charging stand, and console stand.
The current Wii remotes and nunchuks are fully compatible with the Wii U console.
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If you're not familiar with the SmartGlass second-screen app for Microsoft's Xbox 360, it is an app that seeks to improve user viewing experience by connecting the 360 console to smartphones and tablets. Sports fans might be in for a new reason to download the app if they haven't already, as Microsoft is bringing SmartGlass functionality to it's ESPN and NBA Game Time apps, as well as a new Sports Picks app.
From the SmartGlass app for iOS, Android, and Windows, you will be able to navigate the content from the apps directly from the tablet or smartphone. SmartGlass also brings more interaction to the viewing experience, such as allowing competition between friends to see who is most knowledgeable about whatever they're watching, with the chance to be featured in a global leader board.
If you're looking for a budget friendly gaming console and you happen to live in Canada, then look no further than the Wii Mini for $100. The popular gaming console is in fact exclusive to Canada, eh! Sadly, the console breaks backwards compatibility with GameCube and lacks Internet access [Editor's note: Nintendo really dropped the ball here by removing Internet access. A $100 Wii Mini with Netflix, Hulu Plus, and YouTube access would be a fantastic set-top box.] It goes on sale on December 7th, and will be a cool Christmas stocking stuffer. Full press after the jump.
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Now that Thanksgiving is over, the holiday shopping season is in full swing. Video games are always a hot item, with kids and adults alike wanting to get in on the action. We've put together eith different video game-related gifts that you pick pick up for your loved ones this holiday season, and we did our best to find something for everybody, starting with the Xbox 360 4GB Kinect holiday bundle. If you know someone who doesn't yet have an Xbox 360, then this is the one to get. They get the Kinect accessory included in the box, along with Disneyland Adventures and Kinect Adventures, two fun games. You can pick this one up for $249.99. Read on for the rest of our list!
Next up in our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide is Kinect Sesame Street TV, an educational title for the Xbox 360 geared towards young children. In the game kids are invited to experience the world of Sesame Street alongside their favorite characters, such as Big Bird, Grover, Cookie Monster and Elmo, like never before. With Kinect players to share in the experience through visual and physical interactions with characters of Sesame Street, placing them right in the Sesame Street experience.
Children can interact with their favorite Sesame Street characters on screen to help them with tasks, play in their world, and learn together. Full-body gestures and voice recognition are used to move from experience to experience, and go from passive watching to active participation, and the game even includes hundreds of clips from the Sesame Street archive. You can pick up Kinect Sesame Street TV for about $30 on Amazon.
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Nintendo's next big home console, the Wii U, is set to launch here in the US in a week-and-a-half on November 18. That's typically when we'd expect to see unboxing videos start appearing online, but Nintendo president Satoru Iwata took advantage of his position, getting the jump on everyone with a nice head start. We've got the video below, after the break, of Iwata unboxing the Wii U Deluxe Edition console, showing off the system hardware, GamePad, and all the packed-in accessories. Check it out, and let us know in the comments if you plan on picking up a Wii U for yourself!
More Wii U content:
- Is Wii U really a true next-generation console?
- Video: Everything you need to know about the Wii U GamePad
Among the smaller tablets of the world like the iPad mini, Kindle Fire HD, and Nexus 7, Microsoft's platform is nowhere to be found. Sure, the company just launched Surface a couple of weeks ago, it's first first-party tablet device, and it has the Surface Pro on the way too…but what about the smaller form factor? Well, it turns out that Microsoft is working on it's very own 7-inch tablet, the previously-uncovered Xbox Surface.
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Halo 4 launched today, and is downright amazing. If there's a gamer in your life who didn't already pick this one up, do them a favor and grab them a copy of this Limited Edition version, because this one is good enough to make it into our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. What sets the Halo 4 Limited Edition apart from the standard version? Well, a lot. Read on, but just remember that these are going to go fast. We don't expect to see the Limited Edition version in stock for more than a few more days:
- Spartan-IV “Recruit” In-Game Armor
- Spartan-IV “Prime” In-Game Armor Skin
- Assault Rifle “Prime” In-Game Weapon Skin
- “Prime” In-Game Emblem
- Xbox LIVE Avatar “Recruit” Armor
- Cryo-Tube Xbox LIVE Avatar Prop
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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 U in June 2011 in a vague manner, leaving much of the pertinent details left to the imagination. Because of this, many assumed that Wii U was the name of the new tablet-esque controller, and that it would interface with the Wii console that originally hit stores in November 2006. Thankfully, nothing could be further from the truth.
It's Memorial Day, and while we all remember those who've fought--and continue to fight--for our freedom, plenty of stores are also offering deals. For example, the Apple App Store is featuring a bunch of heavily discounted titles, some up to 90% off, for Memorial Day. We've got a list of some of the best deals below! Definitely the right time to stock up if you own an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch (oh, and don't forget, you can jailbreak them all now too!):
Universal Apps (iPad, iPhone, iPad)
- Grand Theft Auto 3 for iPad, iPhone, iPod, regular 99 cents, regular $4.99
- Infinity Blade II, $2.99, regular $6.99
- Mass Effect: Infiltrator, $2.99, regular $4.99
- Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, 99 cents, regular $9.99
- Burnout CRASH!, 99 cents, regular $4.99
- Combat Arms: Zombies, $1.99, regular, $6.99
- Solar Walk 3D Solar System, $1.99, regular $2.99
- NBA Jam for iPad $1.99, regular $4.99
- Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 for iPad, 99 cents, regular $4.99
- Real Racing HD for iPad $1.99, regular $4.99
- Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit for iPad, 99 cents, regular $4.99
- FIFA Soccer 12 for iPad, $2.99, regular $9.99
- Battlefield Bad Company 2 for iPad, $1.99, regular $9.99
- Monopoly Here and Now: World Edition, 99 cents, regular $9.99
- Skyfire Web Browser, $2.99, regular $4.99
- Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD, 99 cents, regular $9.99
- Dead Space, $1.99, regular $9.99
- Madden NFL 12, $2.99, regular $6.99
- Tiger Woods: PGA Tour 12, 99 cents, regular $4.99
- Flight Control HD, 99 cents, regular $4.99
- Battleship for iPad, 99 cents, regular $4.99
- Monopoly, 99 cents, regular $6.99
- Star Walk for iPad, $2.99, regular $4.99
- FIFA Soccer 12 for iPhone, $1.99, regular $4.99
- Need for Speed Undercover, 99 cents, regular $2.99
- Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, 99 cents, regular, $4.99
- Real Racing 2, 99 cents, regular $4.99
- Skyfire web browser, $1.99, regular $2.99
- Battlefield Bad Company 2, 99 cents, regular $2.99
- Dead Space, 99 cents, regular $6.99
- Madden NFL 12, 99 cents, regular $4.99
- Hipstamatic, 99 cents, regular $1.99
- Star Walk, $1.99, regular $2.99
- Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, 99 cents, regular $4.99
- Fight Night Champion by EA Sports, 99 cents, regular, $4.99
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