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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

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April 13, 2009 at 2:37 PM

Witness the resurrection of the Microsoft Pri0 blog; what do you want to see here?

Happy day-after Easter. Witness the resurrection of the Microsoft blog. Our former Microsoft reporter Benjamin J. Romano departed The Seattle Times two weeks ago for another opportunity, and I will be blogging to you from here on out. I’ve been reporting for The Seattle Times for more than a decade, and I’ve covered everything from the…

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March 25, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Nintendo offers Wii owners more storage, new ‘Zelda’ title at GDC

Nintendo, the runaway leader in the video game business, is priming the market for its new Internet-connected handheld gaming system and adding storage capabilities to the best-selling Nintendo Wii.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said during the Game Developers Conference today in San Francisco that the Wii has now sold more than 50 million units since launching in 2006.

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March 23, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Nintendo fitness game surpasses ‘Halo 3’ in total U.S. sales

Credit to games industry news site Kotaku for tracking this: When the NPD Group released February video game sales figures last week, Wii Fit, the fitness game for Nintendo’s market-leading console, sold 644,000 units, topping the software charts. And that was enough to surpass “Halo 3,” in lifetime sales. The blockbuster from Kirkland-based Bungie…

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December 12, 2008 at 9:25 AM

Local family finds search for Wii ‘amazingly difficult’

This story on Nintendo’s through-the-roof Wii sales — in which a Nintendo executive reiterated the company’s commitment to increase inventories in the U.S. by 50 percent to alleviate shortages — doesn’t jibe with the experience of reader Scott Milburn.

“For weeks, we have been searching for a Wii for our family this Christmas, and it is amazingly difficult,” he wrote in an e-mail.

Read on for an account of their search.

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September 15, 2008 at 1:59 PM

How many would-be NFL defensive coordinators bought Madden NFL ’09?

The best-selling video game in August, according to The NPD Group, was Madden NFL ’09. Nearly 2.2 million units were sold in the U.S. After reading a great essay on the game’s namesake, John Madden, I’m wondering how many were purchased by aspiring (or actual) NFL defensive coordinators.

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