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North American Video Games for the Week Ending February 7, 2009 February 19, 2009 9:31 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Microsoft, News, Nintendo, Playstation 3, Sony, Video Games, Wii, Xbox 360.
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nintendologo-012909Nintendo continues to lead the pack in the software and hardware sales charts for the week ending February 7th, with the company selling 234,094 Wii’s and 154,944 DS’s.  The next closest system was Microsoft’s Xbox 360 which sold 92,062 units.  Rounding out the rest of the list was Sony’s PSP at #4 (61,176), Sony’s PS3 at #5 (56,518) and Sony’s PS2 at #6 (28,838).

On the software side, Wii Fit was the best selling game for the Nintendo Wii followed by Wii Play and Mario Kart Wii.  The 360 was paced by Left 4 Dead, Skate 2 and Call of Duty: World of War.  The best selling title on the PS3 was Skate 2, Call of Duty: World at War and Afro Samurai.

Source: VG Chartz

Nintendo DSi Release Date: April 5th February 18, 2009 7:42 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in News, Nintendo, Nintendo DSi, Video Games.
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Nintendo has announced a U.S. release date for the company’s new incarnation of its popular DS hand-held, the Nintendo DSi. The system will be made available at an MSRP of $169.99 in two colors at launch: Matte Black and Matte Blue.

You can already pre-order either version over at Amazon.com: Matte Black and Matte Blue.

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New Trailer for Ghostbusters: The Video Game December 4, 2008 6:54 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Movies, Nintendo, PC, Sony, Video Games.
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Terminal Reality has released a brand new trailer of Ghostbusters: The Video Game. Not only does the game look great, but this is the first time we’ve heard voice work from the original cast: Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Harrold Ramis and Earnie Hudson.  Check it out below. 

Ghostbusters: The Video Game will be released on the Xbox 360, Sony PS3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS and PC June 2009.

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E3 2008: Nintendo Introduces MotionPlus July 14, 2008 2:39 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in E3 2008, News, Nintendo, Nintendo Wii, Videogames.
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Ever since the Nintendo Wii was released, many have wondered if we would have truly have a one-to-one experience on the system (for instance, you move a sword, half-way, it moves half-way on the screen). Well, today announced a new plug-in perpheral for the Wii remote, currently called Wii MotionPlus, that “more quickly and accurately” reflect motions in a 3-D space.  Bring on the one-to-one Star Wars Lightsaber game!  The full press release follows after the jump.

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Nintendo “Delays Super Smash Bros. Brawl” January 15, 2008 1:11 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in News, Nintendo, Nintendo Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Videogames.
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Nintendo has confirmed that they’ve delayed their highly anticipated Wii fighting title Super Smash Bros. Brawl.  The game has been pushed back to March 9th in the US (three weeks from its initial February 10th release date).  The Japanese release has been pushed back one week to January 31.

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August NPD Software and Hardware Sales September 13, 2007 8:37 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in DS, GBA, Microsoft, News, Nintendo, PS2, PS3, PSP, Sony, Video Game Hardware, Video Game Sales, Video Games, Wii, Xbox 360.
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Nintendo remained on top with the two best selling consoles. The two consoles combined to sell nearly 787,000 units.

This marks the 10th consecutive month in which the Wii (#1 – 403,600) and DS (#2 – 383,300) have held the top two spots on the chart, and the second in a row in which the Wii overtook the DS.

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Wii Dominates Videogame Sales Charts for July August 24, 2007 1:03 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in DS, Microsoft, News, Nintendo, PS2, PS3, PSP, Sony, Videogame Hardware Sales, Videogames, Wii, Xbox 360.
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Another month, another domination of the sales charts by Nintendo in the US. The companies two videogame systems (the Nintendo Wii and the Nintendo DS) were the top 2 systems for the month of July in the US, with combined sales at 830,000.

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Nintendo Virtual Console Releases June 18, 2007 2:28 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in News, Nintendo, Nintendo Wii, Video Games, Virtual Console.
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It’s Monday, which means a new batch of releases for Nintendo Wii’s Virtual Console service The three games released today are NES Open Tournament Golf (NES), World Sports Competition (TurboGrafx-16) and Bloody Wolf (TurboGrafx-16).

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“Metroid Prime 3” Delayed April 6, 2007 11:26 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Metroid Prime, News, Nintendo, Videogames.
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Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, speaking with Newsweek, said that Metroid Prime 3: Corruption will not make its original street date.

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Nintendo Wii/DS First Again for February March 22, 2007 11:20 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Hardware Sales, Microsoft, News, Nintendo, Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3, Sony, Video Game Sales.
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Nintendo’s Wii and DS were the top selling console/portable gaming systems for the month of February.

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Nintendo Wii Hardware Sales at 4 million January 7, 2007 8:35 pm

Posted by Gian Carmen in Hardware Sales, News, Nintendo, Nintendo Wii, Video Game Sales, Video Games.
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VGCharts, which is a website dedicated to keeping track of videogame hardware and software sales, has the Nintendo Wii at 4 million sales worldwide. It’s unclear how accurate this is because VGCharts does not release their source. We should soon get a report from Nintendo relating to if they have hit their 1 year sales goal.

The charts also show the numbers for the Xbox 360 and PS3. If the numbers hold, this would be great news for Nintendo and its fans for their hopes to claim the number 1 spot this generation.

Following are the breakdowns for each region.

Wii- 4.00 million

Japan- 1.2 million

Americas-1.86 million

Other Regions- 0.94

Xbox 360 – 8.34million

Japan- 0.32

Americas-5.38 million

Other Regions-2.64 million

PS3- Total 1.40 million

Japan-0.55

Americas-0.86

Other Regions- 0.0

Source: — [VGCharts]

Wii Browser Live in Europe and Australia; U.S. Friday [UPDATE] December 21, 2006 11:23 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in News, Nintendo, Nintendo Wii, Video Games.
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The Wii Browser (powered by Opera) for the Nintendo Wii (currently in beta) has gone live in a few regions such as Europe and Australia.

It will go active in the U.S. Friday and the download will be free of charge. A final version of the Opera Browser for the Internet Channel is expected by March 2007.  It will continue to be free of use until June, when it will cost users 500 Wii points (100 Wii points = $1).

UPDATE: The Internet Channel (browser) is now active in the U.S. I’m actually typing this on my Nintendo Wii right now.

Nintendo to replace Wii-mote straps December 15, 2006 12:25 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in News, Nintendo, Nintendo Wii, Video Games.
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Nintendo this morning has announced a program that will allow customers to voluntarily exhange their current Wii-mote straps (which are said to be defective, or simply break too easily) with new straps with a larger diameter string.

The original straps measured at 0.024 inches (diameter), while the new straps have a more sturdy 0.04 inch diameter.

The company will be replacing up to 3.2 million original straps (all new consoles and individual Wii-motes ship with the new strap) in a move that is expected to cost the company several million dollars.

Nintendo is stressing, however, that this is not a recall, just a voluntary upgrade if you will of your current Wii-mote strap.

Those interested can contact Nintendo here to get your replacement strap.

Nintendo Wii Launch Today November 19, 2006 5:47 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in News, Nintendo, Nintendo Wii, Video Downloads.
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The last of the two new console launches occured today.  The Nintendo Wii has gone on sale for the price of $249.99.  There are expected to be some shortages due to the demand, but there should be a greater supply than what was offered with the PS3.

Nintendo Wii price and launch details announced. September 14, 2006 1:48 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Nintendo, Video Games.
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US Box Art for Nintendo Wii

Nintendo this morning in a news conference held in New York, released details on the launch of their new next generation console called Wii (pronounced we).

The system will carry a suggested retail price of $249.99 and launch on November 19th of this year. It will come bundled with the following:

  • The Wii console with hardware stand and support plate (purpose unknown)
  • One Wii remote (Wiimote) controller with a wriststrap
  • One Nunchuck attachment
  • A sensor bar, with a stand
  • A/V cable, currently unspecified, assumed to be a Component Video connection
  • AC adaptor
  • 2 double A batteries to power the Wiimote
  • 1 free pack-in game, “Wii Sports”

Earlier in the morning in Japan, Nintendo announced that in the Japanese market the system will not come bundled with a free game and will be priced at 25,000 Yen (approximately $213). It will launch in Japan on December 2nd.

For the full press release from Nintendo, please continue reading:

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IBM has begun shipping chips for the Wii to Nintendo September 8, 2006 12:10 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Nintendo, Video Games.
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IBM Wii Production Photo

“IBM Corp. says it has begun shipping processor chips for Nintendo Co. Ltd.’s forthcoming video game console, to be called Wii.

Many of the details are still shrouded in secrecy, but the deal gives IBM the triple crown in suppling the key brain chips for the latest versions of the three leading video game consoles: the Wii, Sony Corp.’s forthcoming PlayStation 3, Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360.”

IBM has really pulled off quite the trifecta in securing contracts for creating the CPU’s of all three console manufactures.

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