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Last night, we attended the launch of Windows Phone 8 – the cherry on the top of an image overhaul Microsoft’s been trudging towards for two years. That’s it now; the second coming of Windows is here – desktop, tablet, mobile and games console all singing from the same hymn sheet.

Thing is, as nice as it all is, there’s no escaping the fact that last night caused a lot of confusion. Everyone in the room shared the same odd sense of Déjà vu, stemming from the fact that we were attending the launch for something that’d, well… that had already been launched some months prior.

It’s called the double-launch effect, and it’s a PR’s worst nightmare…

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Update: Nintendo has annoucned that the Wii U will launch in the UK on November 30th.

After all the fuss about the iPhone 5 last night, it’s easy to forget that there are some other sizable launches on the cards in 2012. The Wii U is one such biggie, and Nintendo will be hoping it’ll light up the Christmas console charts. It’s just had its price and release date outed in its native Japan. What does that mean for us? Read more

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Nintendo has announced its financial results for the first quarter ending at the end of June, and things aren’t looking too rosy.

The company lost 10.3 billion yen – that’s $132m, or £85m in proper money. Though that’s actually an improvement on the same period last year, when it lost 37.7 billion yen. Tough times.

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Nintendo’s had a difficult time trying to explain to the world exactly what the Nintendo Wii U is, and what it’s capable of. It’s been especially sketchy – since day one – about its raw graphical power.

Sometimes honesty is the best policy, though. Especially when lead game developers start blabbing that the console’s engine room lags behind the competition… Read more

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The Wii U will launch without support for a second GamePad controller, according to Nintendo spokesman Reggie Fils-Aime. That is, the console will physically support a second controller but Nintendo doesn’t expect developers to add support for a second control tablet until “well after launch”.

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A year on from the official announcement, and no one’s any the wiser on the Wii U. Nintendo’s next console is a complete oddity in an otherwise predictable market, but is that necessarily a good thing? Probably not: Nintendo’s in danger of launching a huge flop, because nobody – including Nintendo themselves – knows what it is. Here’s why the Wii U is the most confusing thing in gaming… Read more

Allow me to say what everyone’s thinking: Nintendo’s E3 2012 was the same as Nintendo’s E3 2011. The show as a whole this year had a different drive to previous years, with Sony and Microsoft veering off in separate directions, but Nintendo has been forced to stick to its Wii U guns, resulting in a keynote with nothing special to add. Save for a healthy smattering of Mario, that is. The question: is that enough? Read more

E3 2012 is just around the corner, and promises to spill the usual gamut of gaming guts all over LA’s gargantuan convention centre. This year the hardware news is all a bit up in the air. No one know what’s going to happen in terms of PS4s and Xbox 720s, but we do know that the developers have plenty of games in store to make up for it.

So what’s going to be best in show? It’s anyone’s guess at this stage, but we do have several inklings. Want to know which titles to look out for above all others? Here’s our pick of the year’s best upcoming games… Read more

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