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June NPD: Hardware sales up, Watch Dogs and Mario Kart top games

June was a big month for the gaming industry, according to the NPD, as hardware sales shot up by more than 100 percent, and collective sales of hardware, software and accessories grew by 24 percent. "The 106 percent increase in hardware sales was lifted entirely by console hardware sales, which...

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Hackers break Mario Kart 8, vow to not aid cheaters

The most basic premise of console multiplayer is the idea that everyone has a level technological playing field, but as the above video demonstrates, Mario Kart 8 is no longer the untouched, pristine walled garden its creators intended. Though this clip is described as "very basic stuff" and...

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Nintendo AGM: Mario Kart 8 sells 2 million, Iwata re-elected

Mario Kart 8 sold approximately 2 million copies worldwide in less than a month, as it continued to race along the Wii U sales charts. IGN reports Nintendo announced the sell-through figure at its annual general meeting of shareholders, which took place yesterday. Nintendo must be chipper about...

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Miiverse users can now embed posts elsewhere on the 'net

If you've ever found yourself wishing you could share your collection of Mario Kart 8 stamps with the rest of the Internet, you're in luck: The latest Miiverse update allows users to embed posts outside of Nintendo's nascent social media hub. "We've added a feature that lets you embed a Miiverse...

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Mario Kart 8's Mercedes DLC drifts toward North America, Europe

Despite jet-powered motorcycles and mushroom-fueled dragsters, Mario Kart 8 features a distinct lack of real-world bling - a flaw which will be rectified this summer when a special Mercedes Benz kart makes its Mushroom Kingdom debut. Though Japanese Mario Kart fans have long been awaiting the...

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Joystiq Streams: Mario Kart 8 Joystiq vs Engadget! [UPDATE: Relive the stream!]

It's all come down to this! The Hells Shells have hugged their corners, held their banana peels behind them for entire laps, and surged through the finish line, never giving a damn who waited in the wings with a blue shell. We've trained up and we're ready to bring the noise to any rivals....

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Mario Kart 8 takes a turn for McDonalds Happy Meals

If you're willing to eat McDonalds in exchange for gaming-themed desk accessories, a Mario Kart 8 pack will soon reach its Happy Meal finish line. The final turn makes for a pretty long drift through, so we'll need to wait for How To Train Your Dragon 2's toy set to finish up before we can start...

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Mario Kart 8 quadrupled Wii U weekly sales, says Fils-Aime

Looks like Mario Kart 8 was just what the doctor mechanic ordered for Nintendo's struggling Wii U; Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime told Polygon that, compared to the week prior, Wii U sales quadrupled the week after the game's release. Fils-Aime also noted that 18 percent...

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Nintendo's Amiibo figurines explained, smashing retail this holiday season

Nintendo issued a trailer explaining the Amiibo figures it revealed during its E3 2014 livestream today. In the first Amiibo-compatible game, Super Smash Bros., players set the figures on their Wii U to bring their respective characters into the game to do battle with both other figures and human...

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Watch Dogs connects with UK audience, Murdered: Soul Suspect charts

Watch Dogs broke UK sales records for a new IP last week and, despite an 80 percent drop in sales, kept its spot the top dog status on the UK charts again. Mario Kart 8 grabbed the silver cup as Murdered: Soul Suspect had a surprisingly strong debut, selling only 400 copies less than the kart...

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