Nin­tendo de­buts in US with apps, games

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TOKYO

Nin­tendo Co., work­ing to prove it can still suc­ceed by mar­ry­ing its hard­ware to ex­clu­sive soft­ware, be­gan sell­ing the Wii U con­sole amid tight sup­plies and de­lays in im­ple­ment­ing a new TV-view­ing ser­vice.

The first new video-game con­sole for U.S. homes since 2006, the Wii U ini­tially won't of­fer the Nin­tendo TVii ser­vice that the Ky­oto, Ja­pan-based com­pany has touted as a cen­ter­piece of its ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The fea­ture will be avail­able some­time in De­cem­ber, the com­pany said on Nov. 16, with­out be­ing spe­cific.

De­vante Cordero, 16, drove al­most two hours with his par­ents and two sis­ters to New York City from his home in Penn­syl­va­nia to se­cure one of the first spots in line out­side the Nin­tendo World store at Rock­e­feller Cen­ter. He wanted the lat­est con­sole, and a chance to meet Fils-Aime.

"He's awe­some," said Cordero, one of hun­dreds in line at the store. "If I get to meet him, it's like a bucket list." The Cordero fam­ily ar­rived at the Nin­tendo store on Nov. 17 at 1 p.m., bun­dled up in hats, gloves and win­ter coats as the tem­per­a­ture dropped to 43 de­grees Fahren­heit (6 de­grees Cel­sius) in the city. Like many there, they brought fold­ing chairs and por­ta­ble game con­soles to pass the time, said Selina Cordero, 40, De­vante's mother.

One ap­peal­ing fea­ture in the Wii U is that the en­tire fam­ily of five can play at one time, she said. That's one more than the cur­rent sys­tem al­lows. "Now we can ac­tu­ally re­ally com­pete as a fam­ily," she said. "No one needs to sit out." Isa­iah TriForce John­son, 35, a mar­ket­ing pro­moter for Grass­roots Gam­ing, was the first per­son in line for the Wii U at Rock­e­feller Cen­ter. He first ar­rived on Oct. 23, then was forced to re­turn home to Brook­lyn as Hur­ri­cane Sandy made land­fall on Oct. 29. The next day, he walked three hours back to Nin­tendo World from his home to re­sume his place at the front of line.

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