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August 28, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Nintendo fires back with Wii U price cut, new 2DS tablet, Zelda specials

Don’t write off Nintendo just yet.

To boost its standing in the three-way battle with Sony and Microsoft this holiday season, Nintendo today cut the price of its “Deluxe” Wii U by $50 and announced an entry-level DS handheld gaming system with two screens on a wedge-shaped tablet.

At just $130, the new 2DS looks like it will be a hit this holiday season. At the least it will give Nintendo a quasi tablet to compete against the iPad, Kindle Fire and other Web tablets that are luring buyers away from dedicated gaming systems.

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May 22, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Video: Xbox One’s impressive new Kinect sensor

The cornerstone of Microsoft’s new Xbox One console is the dramatically improved Kinect sensor, which is more precise and forgiving than the initial version that debuted in 2010. Microsoft improved the sensor components and the software so it captures six times as many pixels and renders 1080p video. It also works in smaller spaces…

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