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Microsoft to Reveal Next Gen Xbox May 21

Microsoft(NEW YORK) -- The next Xbox is coming, or at least some information about it is. On May 21 at 1 p.m. ET -- exactly three months to the day after the PlayStation 4 was detailed by Sony -- Microsoft will hold a press event to reveal the “new generation” gaming system. The unveiling will be held at Microsoft’s Xbox campus in Richmond, Washington.

Larry Hryb, director of programming for Xbox Live, also penned a blog post with a countdown clock and a promise to reveal more of the game line-up at E3, a large video game conference held in June in Los Angeles. The event will also be live streamed on Xbox LIVE, and on Spike TV, according to Hryb’s post.

So what will the next Xbox look like? Recent reports say the console will put connectivity front and center and focus not only on games but on media content. According to The Verge, the box will look to take over the jobs of your cable box or at least integrate with it. Other rumors have said that the console will have voice recognition capabilities, or require constant Internet connection.

The Xbox 360 was launched in 2005.

The console wars are going to heat up in 2013. Nintendo released its Wii U at the end of 2012 (though sales in the United States have been disappointing so far,) and PlayStation is gearing up to launch its PS4 before the end of the year.

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Nintendo of Canada Releasing Wii Mini at $99

Nintendo(NEW YORK) -- Nintendo of Canada is taking a page out of Sony’s book this week by re-releasing the original Wii with a major make-over, evoking the popular PS2 Slim.

Wii’s old technology has a new look, a black matte surface and an even more compact package. 

But with the redesign, which includes a red Wiimote plus and a red nunchuck, comes a few caveats.  Wifi is no longer included and backwards compatibility with GameCube games has been stripped from the system.

Although it is not difficult to purchase a cheap Wii on eBay, this $99 mini-Wii may seem like a good deal for some, especially considering that a Wiimote with nunchuck attachment can still go for $60 on its own.

While not available in the United States just yet, perhaps a quiet, limited relaunch is a good thing, saving less knowledgeable parents and relatives from picking up the wrong “new Wii” and causing Christmas morning disappointment.

Some 400,000 new Wii U systems were sold last week, according to Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, on par with the demand for the original Wii back in 2006.

That’s good news for the new system, as the original Wii was the second highest-selling home console ever, bested only by the Sony Playstation 2.

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Nintendo’s Wii U GamePad to Play Old Wii Games, Company Says

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Have a ton of Wii Virtual Console games? No need to purchase new versions for the new Wii U.

Nintendo’s Wii U, successor to the groundbreaking Wii, has been confirmed for release this holiday season, with plenty of bells and whistles -- both to set it apart from the competition and attempt to change the world of gaming all over again. More information has been revealed after Tuesday’s Nintendo E3 conference in Los Angeles.

In an interview with ABC News, Scott Moffitt, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Nintendo, said that in addition to Wii discs being backwards compatible on the new Wii U, digital game collections purchased over the Wii Virtual Console will also be transferable over to the Wii U, likely remaining at standard definition.

Fans who have purchased libraries of old games will not lose their downloaded game titles when they decide to upgrade to the new system, a decision in line with how Apple’s iTunes store operates regarding digital downloads of game apps. Moffitt said that there will be a bit of restructuring of how their login IDs/accounts work with the Wii U; he says, “You will have an individual account based system. Each member of your family might have their own account.”

Each player will have saved gaming preferences, but it is unclear how Wii Virtual Console collections will be assigned to an account for ownership transfers on the Wii U eShop at this point.  If this backwards compatibility continues through the next generation of systems, fans may never have to repurchase old games again. That may change if games are reintroduced in high definition (Wii, unlike its competitors, produced standard-definition video), but Nintendo has said nothing on that yet.

Also announced Tuesday: The Wii U will feature stereo sound and allow up to two controllers to connect to and interact with the console at once for a dual GamePad experience.

ABC News has learned that there are no brightness controls for the touch screen Wii U GamePad controller, which might have been a good option for saving batteries. This is in line with how other Nintendo handhelds operate; the Nintendo 3DS offers no control over screen brightness. Players will have the ability to charge their wireless GamePad controllers using a GamePad cradle that will come with the system, according to Moffitt, so anyone worried about running low on juice during extended gameplay can rest easy.

ABC News has not confirmed the camera quality on the Wii U, so whether it is HD capable or standard definition like the cameras aboard the Nintendo 3DS remains to be seen.

Of the 23 upcoming game titles featured in Tuesday’s presentation, some standouts included the very high definition “Pikmin 3,” “New Super Mario Bros. U” with a focus on co-op improvements, and third-party franchises long missing from Nintendo systems, including “Mass Effect 3,” “Batman: Arkham City” and “Assassin’s Creed 3.”

Nintendo also introduced “Nintendo Land,” a mini-game theme park of Nintendo properties that will be a “Wii Sports” style introduction to the new Wii U system.

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Nintendo Brings Social Networking to Your Games, TV with Wii U

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- During a Direct Pre E3 Presentation on Sunday, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced a number of ground breaking new features for the upcoming successor to the Wii, the Nintendo Wii U.

Since last year’s E3 conference it’s been known that the new system, which has been in the works since 2008, would feature a controller with a touchscreen pad.  On Sunday, gamers learned that Nintendo is calling the device the Wii U GamePad.

The GamePad will register both stylus and finger-touch interaction, serve as a universal infrared television remote and allow players to conduct video chats over their TV sets using the controller’s built-in webcam.  The device will also have a sensor that can read codes and feed information into games.

Along with new touchscreen controller, Iwata made a clear move at also catering to hardcore gamers, introducing a second, very XBox-looking “pro” controller stripped of touch controls.  He went on to tout the Wii U’s anticipated high definition graphics.

These moves look to welcome third party developers back to Nintendo, who have long been focused on HD titles for PS3 and XBox 360.

In addition, Nintendo shared that the Wii U GamePad would serve as a “social window,” allowing users to send text messages to a new social networking service designed around Nintendo gameplay.  The network allows gamers to post on boards and chat with friends before, during and after gameplay.  Nintendo assured that this network will also be made available on the 3DS, on PC and mobile devices.

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Nintendo Unveils Wii U, Successor to Wii

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Nintendo unveiled its successor to the bestselling Wii video game system at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles Tuesday.

Called Wii U, the new console features a new tablet-like controller with a 6.2-inch touchscreen and buttons on the sides.  Users will be able to play games on the controller, as well as on the TV, or they can choose to integrate play on both screens.

The Wii U controller will also feature a camera, allowing users to video chat. 

The new gaming system will have an integrated Internet browser and will be compatible with all Wii games and accessories, including its predecessor's controllers.  The Wii's trademark, legless avatars will also once again be featured in the Wii U.

Nintendo hopes the new console, set to be released in 2012, will attract more hardcore gamers with its better graphics.  But video game expert Scott Steinberg, the lead analyst for video game consulting firm TechSavvy and the host of the online video series Game Theory, has some reservations on whether the company can accomplish this.

"Despite a number of key title announcements -- Kid Icarus, for one -- it still remains to be seen whether or not Nintendo can make a compelling case for hardcore as well as casual gamers.  They've yet to trot out marquis, must-see titles," Steinberg told ABC News.

"I don't think they're going to offend anyone with this one or lose the core base of casual fans that help make the Wii a bestseller, but I've yet to see anything that's blowing hardcore players' minds," he added.

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