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Minor flaws keep Wii U from being stellar

With Christmas past and the gift cards melting in your pockets, it’s time to go hunting for whatever goodies didn’t turn up under the tree. A new video game console, perhaps. And this year, you can get one that’s truly new.

Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 is seven years old; Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Co.’s Wii console each rolled out six years ago. So Nintendo’s just-released Wii U is the first new game console of the decade. Priced between $299 and $349, it’s a massive upgrade that features a new game controller with a 6-inch video touchscreen.

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