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Xbox 360 to Surpass Wii Sales in US

DFC Intelligence, a market research firm:

For its generation, the Xbox 360, not the Wii, will end up as the number one selling console system in the U.S.

So it seems the Wii's breakout success wasn't so untouchable in the long term – at least in the US. The focus on the expanded audience seems to be working very well for the 360 in its later years as it once did for the Wii. The new lower price tag doesn't hurt either. Though I'd be more inclined to base the 360's resurgence on those than a fundamental "changing of the guard in the games industry." It's simply too early to make that call.

Via GoNintendo

Like A Boss

Mecha Bowser

The Brothers Brick had a contest from which Vidya's best villains were captured in Lego form. Congrats to zane_houston for the excellent Mecha Bowser pictured above. Zane has a many more photos of his creations, including some process shots of Mecha Bowser being built.

Via GameInformer / GoNintendo

Howard Phillips: Gameplay Over the Content Fetish

From an AMA with former Nintendo of America legend Howard Phillips:

What do you think gaming (both games and culture around it) in the 80s/90s had that modern gaming doesn't have, but should - and vice versa?

Games in the 80's focused on gameplay and game mechanics first and foremost. As technology advanced, many fell prey to the content fetish and started putting to much energy and focus in the graphics, worlds, and characters at the expense of the core game mechanics. Beautiful or awe-inspiring yes, but without the lasting appeal of great gameplay and the feelings of challenge and reward that come with it...

An amazing AMA full of insights into the youthful NES-era Nintendo.

Who's Excited For The Wii U?

Game Informer's Kyle Hillard is and he's not entirely sure why people are so eager to hate Nintendo's newest console.

People have this strange hatred for the Wii that I have never fully understood. Most people feel like the Wii represents an extreme departure from the hardcore Nintendo fans, but they conveniently forget that there were two new 3D Mario games, two new 2D Mario games (depending if you want to throw Super Paper Mario in that camp), two new Metroid games, two new Kirby games, a brand new Donkey Kong Country, and two new Zelda games. None of Nintendo’s predecessor consoles can boast that many of Nintendo’s biggest franchises having as many core entries in one generation, with the exception of Donkey Kong Country on Super Nintendo. Everyone looks at the Just Dance and Wii Bowling fans and decries the system for killing what made Nintendo great, and all of this debatably undeserved hatred is spilling over to the Wii U.

Bravo, Kyle. Bravo.