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We reported a rumor yesterday about a possible Nintendo Wii Mini being made available and it looks like we have another piece of the puzzle that may make this rumor completely true.
According to a leaked image on the Best Buy Canada homepage, it looks like we indeed can expect a Nintendo Wii Mini console being made available on December 7, 2012. The image says "Pre-Order Now," which leads us to believe we'll be hearing about the Wii Mini before its official launch.
Seeing as this is the first time we've heard of the Wii Mini, it goes to show just how well Nintendo did with keeping their reveal secure up until this point. I know I didn't expect them to make an already small console even smaller.
The next time you fire up your Xbox 360 to attempt to catch up with all of hot games that came out in the recent weeks, your game time will be halted for a few moments as Microsoft has issued a mandatory system update today that will be rolled out today.
The mandatory update being released today will fix some errors with Xbox SmartGlass, Xbox Video and Xbox Music.
The Wii is a pretty small game console, especially when compared to the other systems available from Microsoft and Sony, but it's apparently not small enough for Nintendo. The latest rumor hitting the web is that Nintendo is planning to launch a miniaturized Wii this December, even though they just launched the brand-new Wii U.
December 7 is said to be the day that the world will get a smaller Wii. The date is set by a leaked retailer release schedule, though the retailer isn't disclosed by the source. This new redesign of the Wii would be the second. The first redesign occurred last year when Nintendo removed the Gamecube controller ports and made the device slimmer.
The new Wii is said to come with the sensor bar, Nunchuk, and Wii Remote Plus. However, with the Wii U out, and the Wii already being slim, this is probably an unneeded redesign. It brings back memories of the Game Boy Micro, something that was more of a status symbol than anything else. Would a smaller Wii be something on your Christmas shopping list?
The Wii U has yet to be sold around the world, but Nintendo is already gloating about its sales numbers of units sold in North America since its launch on November 18th.
According to internal data at Nintendo, 400,000 units of the Wii U have been sold in the U.S. and, according to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, is "essentially sold out of retail."
Not only did Fils-Aime disclose how many Wii U units have been sold in the U.S., but he also said 300,000 Wii units, 275,000 Nintendo DS units and 250,000 3DS units were sold in the U.S. just within a week. Altogether, Nintendo has sold over 1.2 million units of all of its hardware combined.
BioShock Infinite fans who were hoping the upcoming game would have a multiplayer mode may want to sit down when reading this bit of news as Irrational Games' co-founder Ken Levine took to Twitter to respond to a fan's question if multiplayer would be included in BioShock Infinite, or if it was being axed as the majority of fans assumed it would be.
In rather short responses on his Twitter, Levine revealed BioShock Infinite would not be releasing with a multiplayer mode thrown in.
Before Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, one of my favorite aspects of the Grand Theft Auto series was its radio stations, primarily all of the fake music stations, their jocks and their hilarious commercials. After Vice City, Rockstar Games decided to supply real music along with their witty humor, which added a layer of realism to the series' radio stations.
Up until now, it was only possible to listen to the radio stations by popping in whatever GTA game into the console it was made for, and pretty much play through the game. But now, you can listen to every radio station from every Grand Theft Auto game right on your phone.
The Grand Theft Auto Radio application is currently available on the Google Play Store and contains radio stations from Grand Theft Auto III all the way up to Grand Theft Auto 4, although some radio stations are currently missing from GTA 4. The app developer promises to have all of the GTA 4 radio stations available in a future update.
The Nintendo Wii U launched in the U.S. nearly a week ago, but others around the world are still waiting for their official release dates for Nintendo's console to release in their neck of the woods. The Wii U is set to release in Europe on November 30th, and it seems like their official launch event is going to blow the U.S. launch event out of the water in terms of goodies attendees will walk away with.
If you're in Europe and plan on attending Nintendo's launch event at the HMV Oxford Street store, you might want to get there quick as there will be a number of freebies available for those who are one of the first to purchase the Nintendo Wii U.
Users of the Nintendo DS are likely to know what an R4 cartridge is. For those who don't, it's a device that allows gamers to get around the security measures implemented on the DS so that they can run homebrew or illegally downloaded games. It basically allows users to play ROMs on their system, much like you can do on a computer.
In the UK, these have actually been illegal to import, advertise, or sell since July 2010. However, in Japan, the country where Nintendo hails from, it has been illegal to sell them for three years. Only this Spring, though, did an actual arrest take place because of someone breaking that law.
Of course, Nintendo is against these cartridges because they allow people to illegally download games, which cuts into their revenue. Japan has now made it illegal for the devices to even be imported into the country, though this seems a bit late. The 3DS is taking over and the DS is falling by the wayside. Currently, no device exists that does the same thing for the 3DS.
If you've read any of my editorials, or some of the thoughts I slide into my news - you'll know that I'm not happy with the state of PC graphics, their engines and the entire high-end hardware market right now. It has suffered for so long since around 2005-2006 with the debut of the current-generation consoles.
Anyway, Skyrim has been here for quite a while and the team behind the game, Bethesda, really embraced the modding community with the game, as they usually do.
One gamer, who goes by the name "Unreal", has tested over 300 mods and has mixed 100 of them into his own version of Skyrim. It looks utterly gorgeous, and a true step up on the already beautiful Skyrim. His changes include modifications to the lighting, vegetation density, UI and water appearance - there are much more changes, these are just a few examples.
Steam have kicked off their Autumn Sale, which includes a combination of deals running up until November 26, with quicker 'flash sales' that last for just a few hours. The biggest sales here would be The Walking Dead and Max Payne 3, with 50% and 75% off, respectively.
Valve have started their sales off with a bang with some huge sales, such as Max Payne 3 - which here in Australia usually goes for $89.99 and has dropped to just $22.49, representing a 75% drop. Other games include ArmA II, Sleeping Dogs, Portal 2, Prototype 2, and more.
The 'flash sales' include SimCity 4, Amnesia, Tower Wars, To The Moon, Jagged Alliance - Back in Action, and Ravaged - all ranging between 50% and 80% off. These games are all under $8 each which is a great offer.