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Get a Wii U Basic Console with Super Smash Bros & Nintendo Land for £179.99 at Zavvi

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Jonathan Lester
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Get a Wii U Basic Console with Super Smash Bros & Nintendo Land for £179.99 at Zavvi

Zavvi are currently selling a basic white Wii U console with Super Smash Bros and Nintendo Land for £179.99, which is cheap as chips, at least if you're willing to rely on an external hard drive to compensate for a paltry 8GB of onboard storage.

I also don't think that SSB supports WiiMote and Nunchuck controls, so bear in mind that you might also need to shell out for extra GameCube controllers/adaptor or Pro controllers to maximise your multiplayer. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD!

The 2014 Gamescom Awards - Game Buzz #87

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Beards, Bedlam, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Dead Island 2, Game Buzz, Gamescom 2014, Hideo Kojima, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Rise Of The Tomb Raider, Silent Hills, Wii U, Xbox One

The 2014 Gamescom Awards - Game Buzz #87

It's time for the Gamescom post-mortem, prepare yourselves for awards, arguments, and accolades as we get stuck into the best and the worst of this year's show.

And a discussion about beards.

Game Buzz | Episode 87 - The 2014 Gamescom Awards. Recorded 22nd August, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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"The name Wii U is abysmal" - Nintendo's former Indie guru ungagged

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Nintendo, Wii U

"The name Wii U is abysmal" - Nintendo's former Indie guru ungagged

"That cut sales in half right there"

Dan Adelman spent nine years courting indie developers for Nintendo, but his common sense controversial views on their region locking policy and marketing caused the company to effectively gag him on social networks.

Now he's decided to leave, and has a few home truths for the company.

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Wii U Premium Bundle + Mario Kart 8 for £209.99 at Sainsbury's

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Mario Kart 8, Nintendo, Wii U, Wii U games

Wii U Premium Bundle + Mario Kart 8 for £209.99 at Sainsbury's

Wii U Premium Bundle + Mario Kart 8 | £209.99 | Sainsbury's | MK8 review

Let's be clear about this: it's really unlikely that we're going to see anything top that Game Collection flash deal from mid-June for some time. But, if you're looking for a relatively cheap bundle deal on a Wii U, then grabbing the Premium console along with its best multiplayer game -- Mario Kart 8 -- for as close to £200 as possible is a good place to start, and this price cut from Sainsbury's still represents pretty good value.

That said, do be aware that the free game promotion for Mario Kart 8 has now expired.

Good spot by iSM4SHxYOUx at HUKD.

Wii U: The Hottest Exclusives Yet To Come In 2014!

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Nintendo, Wii U, Wii U games

Wii U: The Hottest Exclusives Yet To Come In 2014!

After a couple of shaky years, the Wii U has stopped treading water and started fighting back hard, reminding gamers that it already boasts a fantastic lineup of great games. This trend is set to continue throughout the rest of the year, resulting in a slate that's relatively slim on quantity but utterly sensational in terms of potential quality.

So without further ado, here are the Wii U's exclusive highlights with release dates and links to our on-site coverage where possible!

Hyrule Warriors | September 19th

Wii U: The Hottest Exclusives Yet To Come In 2014!

Bringing Zelda characters into Dynasty Warriors is risky business, but Nintendo are rigorously putting the incredibly inconsistent Omega Force through their paces and watching their every move. What we've seen so far looks like simple satisfying fun, and what Matt played cemented our opinion.

"If Hyrule Warriors can manage to borrow as much from Hyrule as it can from the Warriors series, then we might just see a Warriors game that proves to be something a bit special here, rather than a novelty paint job," he wrote. "I had fun, though; I can say that." Fingers crossed.

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Insane Wii U Bundle - Get Premium Pack + Nintendo Land + Mass Effect 3 + Mario Kart 8 (and free game) for £189.95 at The Game Collection

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Console bundles, Mario Kart 8, Mass Effect 3, Nintendo Land, Wii U, Wii U games

Insane Wii U Bundle - Get Premium Pack + Nintendo Land + Mass Effect 3 + Mario Kart 8 (and free game) for £189.95 at The Game Collection

Well this is quite possibly the best Wii U deal we've seen in a while.

The Game Collection are offering a Wii U Premium Bundle that'll included the 32GB console with all of the trimmings and a bunch of games that include Nintendo Land, Mass Effect 3, and Mario Kart 8. Remember that with Mario kart 8 you can also download a free Wii U title for a limited time, meaning that you can essentially get MK8 and Wind Waker HD with your premium Wii U for under £200.

Should you buy it?

If you love games because games are fun, then yes. Yes you absofuckinglutely should.

The Wii U GamePad is not a gimmick, you're just overthinking it

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Gamepad, Nintendo, Wii U

The Wii U GamePad is not a gimmick, you're just overthinking it

Are developers overlooking the obvious?

I've lost count of the number of times I've heard the Wii U GamePad referred to as a "gimmick," whether by gamers, pundits and even a few developers, and it's hard to argue with the logic at face value. Expensive to manufacture, difficult to market and nowhere near as disruptive as a WiiMote and Nunchuck, the Wii U's headline peripheral often looks like a hard sell on paper, especially when so few games use it to any great extent beyond off-TV play. Even Nintendo seems to be aware of this argument, as they've tasked none other than Shigeru Miyamoto with a swathe of imaginative new games designed around new ways to use the device, not to mention the new Amiibo NFC initiative, in an effort to demonstrate the GamePad's worth to third-party studios.

And yet, having owned a Wii U and its chunky plastic slate for the best part of two years, I'm not convinced by this logic at all. The problem isn't that the GamePad is somehow a useless gimmick, it's that any number of studios and publishers just aren't using their common sense when it comes to touchscreen applications. Whether overthinking the whole situation, pressed for time or just plain lazy, it's a crying shame, because the GamePad can greatly improve the user experience and add meaningful value to a game with a bare minimum of effort.

The Wii U GamePad is not a gimmick, you're just overthinking it

I'm not for a moment suggesting that every Wii U game needs to purpose-built around the GamePad in radical and innovative ways. I love it when they are, examples being ZombiU's inventory system, Project Giant Robot and some of Nintendo Land's better minigames, but the fact is that player convenience is an oft-overlooked yet unbelievably simple and effective use of the GamePad. No matter the genre, no matter the port or premise, using the GamePad effectively is child's play.

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Wii U Premium bundle with Batman: Arkham City, Nintendo Land & Assassin's Creed III £189.95 at The Game Collection

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Nintendo, Wii U

Wii U Premium bundle with Batman: Arkham City, Nintendo Land & Assassin's Creed III £189.95 at The Game Collection

We've been going Wii U-crazy these last few months, due to some outstanding games hitting the system and some tremendously exciting titles on the slate. If you want to join us, The Game Collection are currently selling a premium bundle with Nintendo Land, Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition and Assassin's Creed III for £189.95.

If you go for it, I'd suggest also grabbing Mario Kart 8 ASAP and taking advantage of the free game offer, perhaps netting either Wind Waker HD, Pikmin 3 or The Wonderful 101 gratis. How cheap does it have to get? Thanks to darioredkin@ HUKD!

COMMENT | Feel stuck in a console rat race? Time to buy a Wii U

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Jonathan Lester
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COMMENT | Feel stuck in a console rat race? Time to buy a Wii U

Gaming has gone to the dogs. It's all DLC now, all third-party accounts, all DRM, all overhyped overpriced sexist racist recycled toxic annualised buggy broken timewasting rubbish. And all the best games are out next year anyway. What's the point? Why bother?

Have you ever caught yourself thinking like this from time to time? Hopefully not considering the great games we're enjoying and have yet to look forward to, but it's small wonder that some of us feel a little down and deflated halfway through the year. Especially when genuine news about quality games tends to take a back seat to sensationalist doomslinging. Misery and scandal make great headlines, I admit.

But with so many shoddy business practices, flops, delays and venomous punditry making front pages every day, you'd be forgiven for feeling just a bit jaded about your favourite hobby, even as it demands more and more of our hard-earned cash while making us jump through increasingly aggravating hoops just to keep up.

COMMENT | Feel stuck in a console rat race? Time to buy a Wii U

Because it's all about the games. We don't care about scandals, sales figures, marketing and services. We want to play games, great games, games that inspire us and are made with painstaking hand-crafted quality -- without all the hassle, the extra accounts, money-grubbing, restrictions and subscriptions. If only there was a console that embraced that philosophy right now, along with a friendly community built directly into the user experience.

Oh wait. There is. Not only is the Wii U the feel-good hit of the summer, but there's never been a better time to buy one.

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Wii U Premium bundle with Batman: Arkham City, Your Shape, Nintendoland & Game Party Champions £189.95 at The Game Collection

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Nintendo, Wii U

Wii U Premium bundle with Batman: Arkham City, Your Shape, Nintendoland & Game Party Champions £189.95 at The Game Collection

If you're looking to buy a Wii U, The Game Collection are currently selling a premium bundle with Nintendo Land, Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved and a rubbish extra minigame compilation (you already have Nintendo Land!) for £189.95. If you go for it, I'd suggest also grabbing Mario Kart 8 ASAP and taking advantage of the free game offer, perhaps netting either Wind Waker HD, Pikmin 3 or The Wonderful 101 gratis.

Thanks to iNSOMNiAC @ HUKD!

Wii U Premium & Mario Kart 8 only £219.99 at Argos eBay outlet (with free game promotion!)

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Jonathan Lester
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Nintendo, Wii U

Wii U Premium & Mario Kart 8 only £219.99 at Argos eBay outlet (with free game promotion!)

Wii U Premium bundle, Mario Kart 8 & free game download | Argos (eBay) | £199.00
Mario Kart 8 Review | Free game promotion info

Nintendo's E3 presentation was seriously strong, if loaded with projects slated for 2015. Never mind, because you can get Mario Kart and another great free game with your console for a cool £219.99. Are you finally going to take the plunge?

Thanks to brycelouise @ HUKD!

Who Won E3 2014? – The Press Conferences | Game Buzz Extra

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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E3 2014, EA, Game Buzz, Microsoft, Nintendo, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Sony, Ubisoft, Wii U, Xbox One

Who Won E3 2014? – The Press Conferences | Game Buzz Extra

Well the press conferences (and one pre-recorded Nintendo Direct) have come and gone, and in this special edition of Game Buzz, we pick apart the showing from all five big cheeses at this year's E3, and give a little insight into some of our personal highlights of the show thus far.

We'll nominate our winners and losers of the show thus far, before dropping the answer to the biggest and most redundant question of them all -- who won E3 2014?

Who Won E3 2014? – The Press Conferences | Game Buzz Extra. Recorded 11th June, 2013.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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E3 2014 Predictions: Brendan’s Last Gasp Picks

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Brendan Griffiths
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E3 2014 Predictions: Brendan’s Last Gasp Picks

Having a cheeky pre-E3 holiday was a great idea. Well, aside from the lack of internet, being awake for the last 36 hours, still having sand from the Aegean in my hair and suffering from regular twitchy lucid flashbacks of that spider that invaded my apartment one night.

But it’s the day before the biggest day in any gamers’ calendar and now that I’m no longer at the mercy of Wi-Fi powered by stray cats on a treadmill, I thought I better chuck in my Day zero predictions as the rest of the team have done for Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, EA and Ubisoft at E3 2014. Enjoy! I’m off to check my bed for spiders as big as my face.

 

E3 2014 Predictions: Brendan’s Last Gasp Picks

 

I’m fully expecting God of War and Uncharted to smash my socks off tomorrow night with on-stage gameplay demos. If these massive names don’t appear, I think many PS4 owners are going to join me in feeling pretty damn pissed. It’s high time Sony stopped going on about how nice they are bringing indie games to PS4 and started showing gamers something that really pushes their hardware to the limit.

Naturally, I’d like to see some innovative titles announced for the Project Morpheus VR headset, along with a list of third-party developers that are working on specific games or adding compatibility for it. Some solid details on pricing or a release date would be nice too.

I share a concern with some of my colleagues though, in that it’s looking like more and more of Sony’s killer games are bound for 2015. We really need something big for the Xmas rush instead of leaving it up to the usual suspects of FIFA, Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty – not that I can’t wait to play all of them too.

I can see the Vita barely getting a shout to be honest, aside from a new bundle with the PS4, or maybe we’ll see a western release of the Vita TV hardware. We’ve been saying it for years though, where are the system-selling games for this incredibly powerful machine? I’ve been crossing my fingers for another Uncharted game on the Vita for so long that my hands are starting to resemble pretzels.

Anticipated Highlight – Kevin Butler marking a return by tearing onto the stage on a motorbike to announce Road Rash for the PS4.

Want to hear more of my thoughts about Sony at E3? Then check out my feature, The Sunday Seven: Ways for Sony to Win E3 2014.

Click here to read my predictions for Microsoft, Nintendo, EA and Ubisoft.

E3 2014 Predictions: Nintendo

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Staff
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E3 2014 Predictions: Nintendo

It should be easy, this one. Nintendo should have E3 in the bag. They've managed to cock up the last two years, but surely, surely now is the time for a resurgent Ninty to take E3 by storm once more. We believe in you, Nintendo!

Probably.

Jonathan

E3 2014 Predictions: Nintendo

Listen up Nintendo. People are talking about you now -- both regarding Mario Kart 8 and Tomodachi Life for all manner of reasons -- so it's time to make full advantage of the most attention you've enjoyed in years.

Take a deep breath. Relax. You can record most of it in advance. I'll talk you through it.

Start slow, make us beg for it. The 3DS doesn't need much airtime; as the best console on the market right now it'll take care of itself. The Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire remake and handful of franchise games will suffice (Bravely Second, please) -- frankly most of us are still far too busy replaying Bravely Default and New Leaf to worry about any new stuff! And Inazuma Eleven GO and Etrian Odyssey Untold and Tomodachi Life and Kirby Triple Deluxe and... where was I?

Ah yes. We all know that the 3DS is fantastic, so get down to business on the Wii U front. Remind us that Mario Kart 8 exists, not to mention the free game promotion. Show us more about Hyrule Warriors. We're all hyped for Bayonetta 2 - more of that, please, even though the entire fanbase has already pre-ordered or flamed themselves silly. Show us plenty of indie/boutique titles and presumably some more HD revamps since Wind Waker did so well. Paper Mario and Skies Of Arcadia might be a good place to start. And to be perfectly honest, a few major third-party games might help to ease a few of your most vocal detractors.

It'll be tempting to dwell on Super Smash Bros, but don't. You've already showed us a huge amount about it, so keep things short and sweet rather than getting bogged down -- the less time Reggie has to embarrass himself the better. Just reveal a couple of characters and let the live championship final do the talking. Likewise, any Quality Of Life stuff will need a press conference as only gamers will be watching the stream.

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Game Buzz | Episode 79 - Who Will Win E3 2014?

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Matt Gardner
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Game Buzz | Episode 79 - Who Will Win E3 2014?

E3 is almost upon us. Across Monday and Tuesday we'll be bombarded with sublime rhetoric and a dazzling array of shiny images as the biggest names in the business wheel out their biggest guns.

Naturally, we're asking the least most important question of all: Who's going to win?

That's right, folks. We weigh up the chances of Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, Sony, and Nintendo and chat about what we reckon we'll be seeing from all five, and what each of them need to do to blow us away. Then we transform into tentacular psychic octopuses and whip out our crystal balls and shit gets real.

Let's do this!

Game Buzz | Episode 79 - Who Will Win E3 2014? Recorded 6th June, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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Mario Kart 8 overdrives Wii U sales by a devilish 666%

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Mario Kart 8 overdrives Wii U sales by a devilish 666%

Remember To Claim Your Free Game!

We're not making this up. Perhaps Nintendo made a bargain with a mysterious stranger down at the crossroads, because Mario Kart 8 has the number of the boost. Boosted hardware sales percentages, that is.

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Get a Mario Kart 8 download code for £36.90 at CD Keys (Wii U)

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Jonathan Lester
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Get a Mario Kart 8 download code for £36.90 at CD Keys (Wii U)

Mario Kart 8 (and free game promotion) | CDKeys | £36.90ith code)
Facebook link (extra discount) |
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Mario Kart 8 is fantastic by all accounts, and you can currently pre-order a physical copy for £36.85 from Gameseek. However, if you're specifically in the market for a download (despite the Wii U's hilariously limited onboard storage), CDKeys are retailing for a similar price with an extra discount if you 'like' their Facebook page.

Both versions qualify for Nintendo's amazing free game promotion, which lets you pick from an impressive list of downloads. Click here for details. Thanks to doglobster @ HUKD!

 

Wii U Premium Bundle, Mario Kart 8 & free game promotion only £199.00 at Tesco (with code)

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Jonathan Lester
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Nintendo, Wii U

Wii U Premium Bundle, Mario Kart 8 & free game promotion only £199.00 at Tesco (with code)

Wii U Premium bundle, Mario Kart 8 & free game download | Tesco | £199.00
Voucher Code: TDX-LVY3 | Free game promotion info

It's back! Let's face it, you're about to buy a Wii U.

Tesco's TDX-LVY3 voucher code will net you the Wii U console and Mario Kart 8 (which is sensational according to practically everyone on the internet), but that's not all. You also get a major free download game including the likes of Pikmin 3, Wind Waker HD and The Wonderful 101 - the choice is yours.

With change for 20o notes. We've been waiting for this deal to return, since at this price, it's harder to justify not buying a Wii U than actually buying one. Thanks to middlekek @ HUKD!

Game Buzz | Episode 76 - Nice Guy Phil

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Game Buzz | Episode 76 - Nice Guy Phil

This week on the Game Buzz, we take a look at Microsoft's spectacular u-turn on Kinect now that we've had a chance to process it, we also take a gander at the swift announcements and pledges made by new Xbox chief, Phil Spencer, we ask if one game really can save the Wii U, and we discuss the Bombshell reveal and trailer.

As per usual, we also determine our winners and losers of the week, and deliver Carl his second challenge for the coming week's Challenge Carl. Keep those suggestions coming, folks!

NB. For some reason our FTP isn't working today, so we've only got the YT embed at present. Looking to rectify this ASAP.

Game Buzz | Episode 76 - Nice Guy Phil. Recorded 16th May, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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Philips seeks to halt Wii U & Wii sales over "deliberate" patent infringement

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Lawsuits, Nintendo, Wii, Wii U

Philips seeks to halt Wii U & Wii sales over "deliberate" patent infringement

Perhaps mistaking WiiMotes for electric shavers, Philips has deployed their lawyers against Nintendo in an effort to halt sales of Wii and Wii U console in the United States. And naturally make some money in the process, of course.

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