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Nintendo apologises for omitting same-sex characters

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 has been criticised for not recognising same -sex relationships in English version of a computer game Credit: REUTERS/Yuya Shino

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.

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Nintendo boss behind Super Mario dies aged 85

Nintendo is famous for video games like Super Mario and Pokemon. Credit: Nintendo

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.

Wii U reviews: Fun but complicated

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 suggest smaller than expected queues for Wii U

Tweets from gamers this morning suggest customers won't have to queue for long to get their hands on a Wii U:

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Wii U goes on sale after midnight launch

Izzy Rahman, 25, from London was first to buy the console after queuing for six days. Credit: David Parry/PA Wire

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 posts £283m loss as Wii and 3DS struggle

Weak demand for Nintendo's 3DS handheld gaming console has contributed to the company's first annual loss. Credit: REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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.