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Nintendo holding midnight launch for Wii U at Nintendo World in NYC

Have you been keeping tabs on the latest Wii U news, but have yet to pre-order the console and live near New York City? Seeing as how pre-orders for the Wii U are going fast, it might be in your best interest to attend Nintendo's midnight launch event at Nintendo World.

 

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The launch event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 17th at 6 p.m., but if I know one thing about New Yorkers, it's the fact that they tend to wait in line for things way earlier than people expect. I wouldn't be surprised if there were people waiting in line at Nintendo World days, maybe even a week before the Wii U launches.

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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm gets delayed, won't be swarming near your heart until 2013

Rumors have unfortunately been confirmed, with Blizzard's expansion pack to StarCraft II has been delayed, Heart of the Swarm was scheduled for a Christmas release, but has been delayed until some time in 2013.

 

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Heart of the Swarm originally was meant to add seven new units to the game, and remove three existing numbers for balancing reasons. But behind closed doors, Blizzard have changed their plans, dropping the planned Shredder and Warhound units for the Terrans due to balancing problems, replacing them with Widow Mines - variants on Spider Mines that fire splash-damage missiles, and tweaks to the Hellion, Ghost, Battlecruiser and Reaper units.

 

Protoss players will receive three of the four new multiplayer units, while the Replicant has been thrown away over fears that it would encourage players to spam masses of identical units. There are also single player modifications where an expanded plot would continue where Wings of Liberty finished.

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Xbox 360 manages 22nd consecutive month as top gaming console

The Xbox 360 has now spent 22 consecutive months as king of the hill of gaming consoles. Microsoft has just announced that in October, the Xbox 360 sold 270,000 units and has managed to stay on the top of the heap for 22 consecutive months, an impressive feat, especially considering the age of the console.

 

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Part of the reason the Xbox 360 has managed to stay on top is the constant updates that Microsoft has pushed out. Innovations like the Kinect and Netflix have helped keep the Xbox at number 1. Netflix has turned the console into more than just a gaming console, and the Kinect revitalized the gaming aspect of the console.

 

However, it's likely not going to be able to survive the onslaught of the WiiU and holiday shopping. The WiiU has seemingly proved popular, with pre-orders selling quickly. It will be the new, fresh holiday shopping item and features innovative controls that should help its sales beat out the Xbox.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will allow direct streaming to YouTube

Every time I hear something new about the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, I get a little bit more excited. For instance, I just learned that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will allow players on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to stream they're gameplay live to the internet so friends and random people alike can watch you play.

 

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"With Call of Duty: Black Ops II, people can live stream their gameplay directly from the game or watch the best players live on YouTube, which is an awesome next step for the eSports community," said YouTube's Sang Kim, head of game partnerships.

 

Now everyone will be able to watch you get that amazing headshot, or tea bag the player you just knifed in the back. Whatever your playing style, you'll be sure to get numerous comments on YouTube, both good and bad. This live streaming of play is a really cool feature and ushers in the future of eSports.

 

"With our competitive play and eSports initiatives, we wanted to deliver live streaming capabilities built right into Call of Duty: Black Ops II, because Call of Duty is not only fun and exciting to play, but we believe it will be just as exciting to watch," said Mark Lamia, studio head at Treyarch. "By making the capability of live streaming as accessible as possible to our fans, straight from a player's console without the need for any additional hardware or sophisticated setups, we are empowering our fans to share their multiplayer experiences."

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Bioshock is now available for free for a limited time!

I'm all in favor of free stuff, and here's a great chance to get a great game for free. GameFly has been provided with a limited number of free copies of the 5-year-old game that was a smash hit in its time. It's still a great game, and for the price, you can't complain. It's a great time to try the game out if you haven't yet.

 

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Head on over to GameFly and pick up the game for free, while the supplies last. According to a GameFly rep, the company only has a "limited quantity of free downloads from the publisher." In other words, get it now while you can!

Nintendo pulls back veil of secrecy behind Wii U online network

Ever since the Wii U was announced at E3 2011, gamers around the world have been hoping Nintendo steps up their online network game seeing as competitors Microsoft and Sony have completely left them in the dust with Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. Nintendo has assured gamers it will not repeat the same mistakes it made with the Wii and 3DS with Nintendo's Friend Code system. When you consider the Wii U will launch in a little over a week, it's natural to be concerned Nintendo has yet to give any real details surrounding its upcoming online network. The phrase "better late than never" certainly rings true here as Nintendo has finally released some details of how the Wii U's online network will work through its YouTube channel.

 

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Before getting into the nitty gritty of the Wii U's online network, Nintendo first describes the experience Wii U owners will have when they first turn on their console. You'll first need to create a user account for the Wii U with a total of 12 user accounts possible per console. Once a user account is created, the user will create their Mii to attach to the account.

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Nintendo President Satoru Iwata performs a Wii U unboxing ceremony

The November 18th release date of the Nintendo Wii U is fast approaching which means Nintendo's latest console will soon be set out into the world to most likely replace our dust-collecting Wii consoles.

 

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Wii U units have started making their way to journalists this week for review, which means we're sure to get flooded with unboxing videos in the near future. Seeing as Nintendo's President Satoru Iwata not only unboxed the Wii U Deluxe Set on Nintendo's YouTube channel, but also deemed it a "Wii U unboxing ceremony" means no one should even attempt their own unboxing seeing as how much awesome oozes out of Nintendo's official unboxing.

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Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two demo now available on Xbox Live, PSN Network

Disney Epic Mickey 2 is just two weeks away from being released, but if you never played the original game that came out for the Wii in late 2010, then you pretty much have no idea what you should be excited about. Instead of taking a gamble in hopes Disney Epic Mickey 2 is something you'd enjoy, DIsney Interactive has just announced a demo for the game has been released on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network.

 

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The demo for Disney Epic Mickey 2 will have players controlling Mickey Mouse as he works his way through the game's opening tutorial, to then play through some early levels of the game which includes the memorable magical laboratory of the sorcerer, Yen Sid.

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Next Grand Theft Auto V trailer hitting on 11/14

When it comes to Grand Theft Auto news, you can expect Rockstar Games to make a big deal out of it prior to its launch as notifying the public of when the latest trailer is set to be released is commonplace now. Grand Theft Auto V is no different and the company just announced when we'll be able to see the next trailer for the title.

 

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As you could probably tell by the image above and the title of this article, the next trailer for Grand Theft Auto V is set to be released on 11/14/2012. Keep in mind any time Rockstar Games releases a new trailer for a new GTA game, you can expect the entire Internet to slow down just a tad while millions of fans search for the next trailer.

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Battlefield 1942 is available for free thanks to Battlefield 3 Premium passing 2 million members

DICE have been celebrating the 10th anniversary of their Battlefield franchise, which started off with a week-long celebration back in September. The developer discounted a heap of games in the series, as well as offering some special features.

 

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Another celebration is in order thanks to Battlefield 3 Premium passing 2 million members, where they've now offered Battlefield 1942 as a free download. Battlefield 1942 is now available through EA's Origin service and includes the base game only, without expansions.

 

They're also releasing a compilation of concept artwork from the development of the game in digital booklet (PDF) form, which sports visual and gameplay materials from over 10 years ago.

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