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With Overhaul Games already developing a version of the recently announced Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition for the iPad (in addition to planned PC and Mac versions), it would almost seem like a no-brainer for the developer to port a version over to Nintendo's upcoming, tablet-sporting Wii U as well. But as Overhaul's Trent Oster tweeted late last night, "We don't do Nintendo development. Our previous experience with Nintendo was enough to ensure there will not be another."

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With Overhaul Games already developing a version of the recently announced Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition for the iPad (in addition to planned PC and Mac versions), it would almost seem like a no-brainer for the developer to port a version over to Nintendo's upcoming, tablet-sporting Wii U as well. But as Overhaul's Trent Oster tweeted late last night, "We don't do Nintendo development. Our previous experience with Nintendo was enough to ensure there will not be another."

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Nintendo's investors are urging the company to bring its iconic game characters, like Mario, Luigi, Zelda, and Donkey Kong, to Apple's iPhone and iPad. The call to make games for Apple's hit mobile devices, which have fueled success for companies like PopCap and Rovio, comes after lackluster sales of Nintendo's latest 3DS handheld have driven prices of the company's stock to a 6-year low.

But despite the allure of selling millions of copies of a touchscreen-enabled Super Mario title to some 200 million iOS users, who on average play 14.7 hours of games per month, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata will have none of it.

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Last weekend there were reports that iTunes and the App Store had been hacked. However, it turned out that a developer had used other users' iTunes accounts to buy his apps repeatedly, quickly moving the apps up the App Store sales ranking. It now appears that another developer, WiiSHii Network, has started doing the same thing.

Ars reader Harper Reed contacted us to detail the problem. His account was used earlier today to purchase 34 of WiiSHii Network's apps without his permission, for a total of $168.89. The apps appear to mostly be travel guides for cities in China, and come in both English and Chinese versions—oddly enough, Reed ostensibly bought both.

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