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Nintendo Power’s Final Issue

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On August 21, 2012, Nintendo announced that they would not be renewing their licensing agreement with Future Publishing, and that Nintendo Power would cease publication in December 2012 after 24 years. The first issue was published on July/August 1988 featuring the NES game Super Mario Bros. 2.
The last issue’s cover will be a nostalgic throwback to Nintendo Power’s original magazine and will feature New Super Mario Bros U. The final issue is expected to hit subscribers next month.

Nintendo Power was one of the longest-running video game magazines in the United States and Canada, and was Nintendo’s official magazine in North America. It will be missed ….

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Wii Mini officially confirmed

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Nintendo has officially confirmed the Wii Mini today, But the new version as exclusive to Canada through the holiday season. The press release says “no information is available about its potential availability in other territories in the future.” Priced at $99.99, the Wii Mini does not include Internet connectivity and isn’t compatible with GameCube discs. it comes with a red Nunchuk, a red Wiimote Plus controller, a sensor bar, power adapter, and standard composite cable.

Qwikster’s out Netflix’s back in

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced this morning that Netflix won’t split into two separate services as planned. The news comes less than a month after the company’s stock went into freefall following its announced split into disc-based and streaming entities named Qwikster and Netflix, respectively.

“It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVD,” Hasting wrote on the company’s official blog this morning. “This means no change: one website, one account, one password… in other words, no Qwikster.”

There is no update on Netflix’s desire to enter the video game rental space in Hastings’ post. We are currently following up with the company to find out if those plans have changed too.

Apple founder Steve Jobs passes away at 56

Sadly, one of the greats of our time and a revolutionary of this technological world, Steve Jobs has passed away today. Apple sent out the following press release to confirm what the public was not looking forward to hearing:

“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.”

Rest in Peace, Steve Jobs. Here at Green Circle Gaming, we will remember your contributions for a very long time to come. Thank you for the foundation that you laid before us, and to the bright future that is still ahead because of your work.

Black Wii Fit Plus bundle headed to UK

Nintendo will soon release a black Wii Fit Plus console bundle in the UK, which looks to retail for £99.99 ($155).

Arriving October 7, the bundle includes a black Wii console with Wii Remote Plus, a black Balance Board and a copy of Wii Fit Plus.

Netflix Breaks Off DVD Rentals Into Qwikster

NFNetflix CEO Reed Hastings has announced the separation of their DVD and video streaming services following the steep drop in Netflix’s stock price last week. Their DVD-by-mail service will now be called Qwikster, and the streaming service will maintain the Netflix brand. Customers will still be able to subscribe to both, however two sites will not be integrated anymore. Qwikster will now offer video game rentals through the mail, which has been a requested feature on Netflix for years.

Reed Hastings wrote via his blog:

“For the past five years, my greatest fear at Netflix has been that we wouldn’t make the leap from success in DVDs to success in streaming. Most companies that are great at something – like AOL dialup or Borders bookstores – do not become great at new things people want (streaming for us) because they are afraid to hurt their initial business. Eventually these companies realize their error of not focusing enough on the new thing, and then the company fights desperately and hopelessly to recover. Companies rarely die from moving too fast, and they frequently die from moving too slowly.

US Wii Price, Launch Date, details Revealed

    Nintendo fans finally have a price and release date for the company’s new generation console, Wii. The Big N is set to officially announce that the system will hit retail in North and South America for $250 on November 19.
    Nintendo’s Wii console will come packaged with one Wii remote, one nunchuck attachment, an AC adapter, an audio/video cable, a sensor bar, sensor bard stand, a Wii console stand and two batteries. The US package will also come bundled with a copy of Wii Sports, a compilation sports game that best shows off the mechanics of the system’s unique controller. Wii Sports features tennis, baseball, golf and previously unannounced bowling and boxing games. Nintendo said it would provide Wii owners with more than 25 unique games this year.
    Wii’s much talked-about Virtual Console download service, which enables gamers to purchase classic games, will offer a library of some 30 titles when the system launches. Titles will include entries from the Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kong franchises, Nintendo said. Virtual Console games will cost between $5 and $10 each. Specifically, Nintendo Co. Ltd. announced that Virtual Console games would cost 500 yen ($5), 800 yen ($8) or 1,000 yen ($10); we’re presuming these prices are for NES, SNES and N64 games respectively.
    The Big N confirmed that it would charge $50 for its new Wii games, which is $10 cheaper than the cost of typical Xbox 360 titles. (Please note that this is First-Party games, prices have not been announced for Third-Part Wii games — publishers are free to set their own prices on Wii titles.)
    Nintendo Co. Ltd. revealed that Wii’s various controllers would be available to buy separately at launch. The Wii remote will cost 3800 yen or about $40; the nunchuck 1800 yen or about $20 and the classic controller 1800 yen or about $20.
    In a surprise announcement, Nintendo said that it wanted to make Wii a living room centerpiece by shipping the system with features outside of the videogame realm. Wii will include a photo channel, enabling users to display their digital photos through the console. It will also boast regularly updated news and weather channels. In addition, the system will ship with the Opera Web browser, enabling users to connect online.
    One of the channels available on Wii is called the “Mii Channel.” Here, players can customize avatars by selecting from a variety of face shapes, hair styles, color schemes, and so on. The hook is that these avatars can not only be stored on the console itself, they can also be transfered to the Wii remote itself — presumably so players can easily access their personalized characters and take them with them when playing against friends.
    Sony recently announced that it would ready 400,000 PS3s in North America and another 100,000 in Japan for the system’s launch. Nintendo said it plans to ship 4 million Wii units worldwide by the end of the year.

Six Wii Launch Titles Confirmed

According to the latest issue of Nintendo Power, the following titles will be available alongside the Wii's launch later this year: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz, Red Steel, and Rayman Raving Rabbits.

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