Video games maker Nintendo has apologised for not recognising same-sex relationships in English editions of a life-simulator video game, and has pledged to be more inclusive.
Nintendo said that while it was too late to change the current version of the Tomodachi Life game, it was committed to building virtual equality into future versions.
Nintendo came under fire from fans and gay rights organisations this week after refusing to add same-sex relationship options to the game.
Former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi has died of pneumonia aged 85, the company said.
Yamauchi, who was company president from 1949 to 2002, led the company's transition from maker of traditional playing cards to global video giant behind the Super Mario and Pokemon games.
He died in hospital in central Japan.
The Telegraph says it is "comfortable to hold," has "a real sense of fun" but has a "cumbersome" CPU and "lacks a real system seller" game.
The Guardian says its multiplayer games are "enormous fun" but the split controllers and screens are a "difficult proposition."
Gamespot likes its "exciting innovations" but isn't as keen on its "cheap hardware" and "clunky OS".
Techradar thinks it's "wonderful" to finally see Mario in HD and a "fantastic perk" to be able to play your console without a TV, but criticised the GamePad's battery life and range of available games.
Tweets from gamers this morning suggest customers won't have to queue for long to get their hands on a Wii U:
Out here at Gamestop in Wilton shopping centre at the head of the queue for the new Wii U. I am also the tail of the queue!
Went to GAME in town early to get the wii U expecting a queue, or at least a group of people, but it was just me and some guy... #awks ;P
So yeah, this was the queue for the launch of the Nintendo Wii U last night outside Oxford Street HMV http://t.co/kxGxYb0v
The Wii U is the first major UK home games console launch for six years.
This is a timeline of the market leaders' releases:
- 1994: PlayStation
- 2000: PlayStation 2
- 2006: PlayStation 3
- 2002: Xbox
- 2005: Xbox 360
- 1997: Nintendo 64
- 2002: GameCube
- 2006: Wii
- 2012: Wii U
The first major UK home console launch in six years took place at midnight, with Nintendo's Wii U hitting the high streets.
Close to 300 fans queued outside HMV's Oxford Street store last night in London to land the new device.
The Wii U, which features a new tablet-type GamePad controller that allows users to keep playing away from a connected television, was released in the US earlier this month.
Nintendo Co Ltd has promised it will return to profit this year, helped by a weakening yen, after posting its first annual operating loss on shrinking sales of its ageing Wii gaming console and weak demand for its new 3DS handheld device.
For the current financial year to March 31, Nintendo predicted operating profit of 35 billion yen (£265.5 million), compared with a consensus estimate of a 40 billion yen profit.
The operating loss of 37.3 billion yen (£283 million) in the year just ended compared with a consensus estimate of a 41.4 billion yen (£315 million) loss.