With the video game event of the year happening next week, the Kotaku crew gets you up to speed with the latest rumblings on the home entertainment front.

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The biggest earth-shattering news bomb came in the redubbing of the Nintendo Revolution to the Wii. Yes. Just Wii. Not a joke, not a hoax, but an attempt by the Nintendo folk to brand themselves with something different and most certainly unexpected. Reaction has been mixed - some hate the new name, while a smaller group loathes it. Personally? I'm a fan.

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The Nintendo announcement brought not only hate, but conspiracy theories that Nintendo was just testing the waters or simply punking us.

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On the positive Wii side, the wii-mote version of Madden from EA looks like it will take full advantage of the motion sensing abilities of Nintendo's wee console. Will the Madden crowd go for it?

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One last bit of news from the Wii front was Sega's announcement that the popular Super Monkey Ball franchise would hit the console soon, under the name Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz. Expect more at E3, including a launch date.

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In non-Nintendo news, Xbox Live subscribers will have something else to look forward to: E3 coverage. Microsoft's Peter Moore said that his company will "bring E3 home to Xbox Live members as best we can, all the videos and the news as quickly as possible". Neat!

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James Wagner Au's look at the "Power Elite" of Second Life wraps up with his top five e-A-listers, so if you missed part one, check them both out now. Also check out Au's latest controversial Preview Ho column, profiling Ubisoft's sketchy marketing tactics and PC Gamer's questionable preview stylings.

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Puzzle fans were glad to hear that Tetsuya Mizuguchi and company were bringing Lumines Plus, Lumines II, Every Extend Extra and Meteos Disney Edition to North American consoles and portables, courtesy of Buena Vista Games.

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Finally, do yourself a favor and check out the pulled-from-the-depths Dead or Alive movie trailer then spend your earmarked DOA: The Movie dollars on something else.

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