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What are the biggest issues with Wii U, PS4, Xbox One?

Troubleshooting service Fixya has released a new report on the issues affecting today's latest game consoles, and the results aren't pretty.

Fixya combed through 40,000 troubleshooting requests shared on its Web site and found that 35 percent of Wii U owners complain of freezing problems, while others are looking for fixes to the GamePad. Another 15 percent of Wii U owners report issues with the console's Internet connection.

Like the Wii U, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 also suffer from a wide range of troubles. The Xbox One's chief troubleshooting culprit is the Kinect, … Read more

Nintendo starts health business to improve your quality of life

Nintendo is looking toward your quality of life and trying to find a business model in it, the company's president, Satoru Iwata, said Monday.

In a public letter, Iwata said that due to the changing "business environment," Nintendo has "decided to redefine entertainment as something that improves people's quality of life ('QOL') in enjoyable ways and expand our business areas. What Nintendo will try to achieve in the next 10 years is a platform business that improves people's QOL in enjoyable ways."

So, what exactly does Nintendo have planned? It's hard to … Read more

How super is the Neato XV-21 robot vacuum?

It's no secret that we're big fans of what Neato Robotics is doing in the world of vacuums. Last year, the XV Signature Pro was one of the big standouts among all the appliances that we tested, offering Roomba-level cleaning power at a fraction of the cost. Last month, we took a look at the XV Essential, which offers a similar level of performance at an even lower price point.

Now, we're taking a look back at the XV-21, a Neato robot vacuum released in 2012 which promises to do a superior job at picking up pet … Read more

Boeing to sell self-destructing smartphones

CNET Update is covering up:

In this episode of Update:

- Mess with Boeing's "Black" smartphone and it will erase all data. But you won't be able to buy this spy-worthy phone in stores.

- Time to cover those webcams. The Guardian reports government agencies tapped into 1.8 million Yahoo users' webcams to secretly snap photos.

- Say goodbye to some online gameplay features in Nintendo's Wii, DS and DSi.

- Get real-time coaching feedback from a new fitness tracker called the Moov. The company is raising money to launch it this summer.

CNET … Read more

Hear Super Mario played on an ancient Chinese instrument

The music from the original 1985 Super Mario Bros. is one of the most popular gaming tunes for nerdy remixin', with versions played on new digital instruments and even sung a capella.

We do have to say, though, that this treatment blew us away. It's being played on a sheng at a performance by the Taiwan Philharmonic celebrating the instrument. The sheng is a complex free-reed instrument from China, and it's one of the oldest instruments from the region, dating all the way back to 1100 BCE. It consists of a system of vertical pipes and a mouthpiece. Each pipe has a small hole; when the hole is covered, the reed vibrates, producing a note. … Read more

Nintendo to kill off certain Wi-Fi Connection features in May

Nintendo's Wi-Fi Connection, a service the company hoped would improve its standing among online gamers, will soon be wiped out.

The company on Wednesday announced that on May 20, certain online features in Wi-Fi Connection will be removed, chiefly online play, matchmaking, and leaderboards for many Wii, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo DSi games. Nintendo was quick to point out, however, that offline play will still be available.

Online play is not being affected on the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS. However, Wii mode, which allows users to play older titles on the Wii U, as well as playable DS … Read more

Seth Rogen to helm film on '90s console wars

Long before Sony and Microsoft became the chief combatants in the video game console wars, Sega and Nintendo were kings of the gaming roost. Blake Harris chronicles their rivalry in the upcoming business thriller "Console Wars," which traces scrappy Sega's rebel bombardment against the Nintendo juggernaut during the 1990s. The book is scheduled for release in May.

According to Variety, the book will be adapted into a film co-directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg for Sony Pictures. Rogen and Goldberg have also been tapped to write the script.… Read more

What gaming drought? 7 great games you should be playing right now

I've been hearing it since the new year: "There are no games to play!"

Sure, we seem to have found ourselves in a bit of a lull when it comes to the big blockbuster video game. When I posted what I felt were 2014's most anticipated titles, I may have overlooked the fact that the beginning of 2014 was a bit on the light side for games.

Wrought with guilt that I may have in someway performed a disservice to you fine people, I felt compelled to compile a short list of interactive software worthy of your hard-earned income. The best part? Most of these titles are significantly cheaper than the $60 you're probably used to paying for a shiny new game.… Read more

A three-step plan to save Nintendo

Nintendo is in a bad place.

In case you missed the news this week, Nintendo's earnings are down, and the Wii U in particular is suffering from terrible sales. Nintendo's answer? Well, that really isn't clear.

Promises have been made to make more out of the GamePad -- the console's touch-screen controller -- on the Wii U and also to put Nintendo DS games on the Wii U. And, even, to enter the health entertainment market; not necessarily a bad idea considering what a phenomenon the Wii Fit was several years ago.

But Nintendo, as a … Read more

Nintendo: Smartphones? Blech! It's all about the consoles

Things have been a bit rocky in Mario land. A day after Nintendo announced disappointing earnings, including a 30 percent decline in profits and lower Wii U sales than in 2012, its president, Satoru Iwata, on Wednesday held a strategy briefing in Tokyo to discuss a strategic turnaround.

Iwata kicked off the briefing by insisting he's not pessimistic about the outlook for gaming consoles. He also said that Nintendo doesn't plan to give up on its hardware business -- game consoles will continue to be the center of its strategy.

"Lots of people have said we should … Read more