Nintendo Wii U Goes on Sale in US

Nintendo began selling its Wii U home console in U.S. market on Sunday. The first new video-game console put on the U.S. market since 2006, the Wii U will not initially offer the Nintendo TVii service, one of its most appealing extra features. This feature will become available sometime in December. Nintendo is expected to sell 3.5 million Wii U consoles in U.S. this year, according to researcher IHS Screen Digest.

Nintendo TVii, controlled by a touch-screen GamePad, provides a gateway to streaming and pay-TV services via a homepage and search engine. Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Corp. are facing increased competition in the game market as consumers turn to smartphones and tablets to play free games.

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