LittleBigPlanet Karting

Most companies have, at one time or another, tried to capitalize on the kart racing phenomenon. Putting mascots behind the wheels of tiny cars some how never ceases to be enjoyable. While some racers have been better than others, few can compete with the customization options of Sony's latest entry into the genre, LittleBigPlanet Karting. Sackboy gets behind the wheel of his own vehicle and lets gamers go wild customizing him (as usual), their karts, and even creating racetracks to their heart's content. Given how unique the LBP franchise is, we had some questions about just what Karting was going to be like, so we caught up with SCEA's Associate Producer Jason Coker who helped set us straight on what to expect from the game.
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Reggie Fils-Aime

While hundreds of fans lined up outside of the Nintendo World Store on Saturday night to be amongst the first people in the world to purchase a Wii U, Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime was inside the store, answering our questions. There was less than an hour to go before Fils-Aime would take to the stage outside in Rockefeller Center and count down the seconds to midnight. As always, Reggie seemed cool, confident, and collected as we questioned him about the future of the console, the launch line up, and when we might get to see a Reggie Asks. Yesterday, we told you what NOA's top man had to say about the delay of Nintendo TVii, and the VOD services, and here's the rest of our conversation with Reggie, including his thoughts on Nintendo Land, TriForce, and the possibility of Grand Theft Auto on the Wii U.

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LittleBigPlanet Karting

Sackboy is undeniably one of the most adorable characters to come out of this console generation. So, it should come as no surprise that as this year's holiday season ramps up, Sony's little bag of burlap of cuteness is making appearances in two of their biggest games. While he may have to share the spotlight in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royal, he is, quite literally, in the drivers seat of his own title, the appropriately named, LittleBigPlanet Karting. Bringing together two of the PS3's most unique games, LittleBigPlanet and ModNation Racers, LBP Karting may be one of the best karting games to come along since a certain plumber decided to hit the racetrack with his brother and some of their frienemies.
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Nintendo TVii

Last night's launch of the Wii U signified a new direction for Nintendo's console business. The Wii was wildly successful, and it introduced video on demand services like Netflix and Hulu Plus to its users. With the release of the Wii U, Nintendo's latest system is primed to build on that installed base, and take the way people watch video on their console one step further by trying to take over their TVs. However, things haven't gone exactly as planned so far.

Originally announced as features that would be included in the day one firmware update, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and Nintendo's own integrated television application Nintendo TVii have been pushed back into December to get them ready for primetime. Last night, at the Wii U's launch event in New York City, Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime, explained that even though the features are still coming, their delay speaks to how the Wii U will be constantly evolving throughout its lifecycle.
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Wii U Launch
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Last night was a monumental night for Nintendo. At the stroke of midnight, their latest console, the Wii U, was unleashed onto the public as the next generation of gaming began in the heart of New York City. Amidst a sea of real-life Mii's hundreds of consumers lined up outside of the Nintendo World Store to be the first to purchases Nintendo's newest console.
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Wii U

Innovation is something that is something that is part of the lifeblood of Nintendo. The 123-year-old company has been creating unique products dating back to their time as a playing card company. Over the course of the last century Nintendo has branched out their business in a variety of directions, some more successful than others, but in the early 1980s they finally found one that stuck – video games. The release of the Nintendo Entertainment System quickly established a little known company out of Japan as the biggest name in the industry, and one of the few that has endured as a major player for almost 30 years.

Fast forward to today, where Nintendo is riding the wave of their most successful home gaming console, the Wii, by following it up with something they hope is an even more hit, the Wii U. It's the first video game console to offer a fully integrated second screen gaming experience, as well as Nintendo's first real push to establish an online gaming community for their fans, and they're even making a grab to take over you TV. As the first out of the gate for the next generation of gaming consoles Nintendo is hoping to get a jump on consumers, and take over their living rooms before their competitors even announce what they have next.

The Wii U is an intriguing piece of hardware and it's symbolic of a lot of firsts for Nintendo. It's the first time that a Nintendo console is in HD. It's the first time that a Nintendo system home to an online gaming community. It's the first time that Nintendo will be making full console releases available as digital downloads. Sadly, these are all things that Microsoft and Sony have been doing for years, and, for the most part, doing well. Nintendo's wait and see attitude may have paid off for them as a company, but it may have also lost countless gamers to the competition in the meantime. That's not to say that Nintendo hasn't crafted an amazing machine in the Wii U, in fact, it's the console that will singlehandedly change the way people play games for years to come.
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New Super Mario Bros.

With the Wii U's launch finally upon us, anyone that was thinking about picking up the console has some tough choices to make. Do you get the Standard or Deluxe edition? Are you going to make a new Mii or transfer one over? Where are you going to put the console? Are you going to use Nintendo TVii? And so on and so forth... Regardless of the answers to all of those questions, the most important decision when picking up any new game console is always what game should you to get to go with it. Some consoles have much better launch line ups than others, and the Wii U's is actually packed with titles that should keep most gamers satisfied into the new year. If you're strapped for funds, and can barely afford the console itself, here are our recommendations for the five strongest releases for you to consider purchasing alongside your Wii U.
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Nintendo Land

It's undeniable that Nintendo are game console innovators – they have been doing it since the early 1980s, having incrementally pushed gaming forward more than any other company, ever. Now, almost thirty years after the release of their first console, the Nitnendo Entertainment System, they are doing it again with the Wii U. For better or worse, Nintendo are launching an all-new system, with an all-new control scheme, and creating all new ways to play. However, there's always one catch to any kind of innovation that people don't talk about: you have to explain it to people. For Nintendo, the last time they had to sell people on a new concept, motion controlled gaming, they had Wii Sports to help people get up off their couches and play tennis in their living rooms. This time around, Nintendo is using Nintendo Land to demonstrate all the different ways you can use the Wii U's GamePad to play, and doing so with a hearty helping of nostalgia.
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New Super Mario Bros. U

A new Nintendo console means a new playground for some of the most innovative minds in the video game industry to create new experiences. Keeping gamers glued to their TV's at home and staring down at their Game Boys and DSes out in the wild has been a time-honored tradition at Nintendo for the last thirty years or so. While the people behind the games deserve a lot of the credit, there is one other person that has lead much of this success – Mario. The plumber in the overalls that was the brainchild of Shigeru Miyamoto is one of the most recognizable faces in the world, and he's now being used to launch Nintendo's most recent gaming system, the Wii U. Learning from their slight misstep during the Wii's launch, Nintendo has made sure that there is a new Mario game hitting the shelves the same day as their new console is, in the hopes that consumers will pick up both. New Super Mario Bros. U is as good of a game as any to show off what the Wii U can do. But really, it's better, because it's got Mario.
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Wii U

There has been a lot written about the Wii U since it was announced 18 months ago at E3. Lots of people have covered the new features that it will have, including the variety of ways the second screen will change the way gamers play, but now that there are Wii U units out in the wild, we can finally take a look at some of the smaller surprises that the system includes. While some of these things may seem obvious, its still reassuring to know that they were included as part of the system, that's helping to move Nintendo's stake in the console market forward. There are still so many features yet to be revealed in the day one update, but here are a few of the small surprises that we already know about the system.
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