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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

High-Def Bonus Disc for PS3 Version of Resident Evil 5 February 18, 2009 6:23 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in News, Playstation 3, Resident Evil 5, Video Games, Xbox 360.
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residentevil5-021809Those purchasing Capcom’s Collector’s Edition of Resident Evil 5 on the PlayStation 3 will be getting a nice visual bonus.  The special bonus disc, already announced, will differ from the one included in the 360 package.  On PS3, it will be a bonus Blu-ray Disc (1080p resolution), while on the 360 it’ll be a bonus DVD (standard 480p resolution).

Source: Capcom

Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Video Game Teaser February 5, 2009 6:21 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, PlayStation Portable, Trailers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Video Games, Xbox 360.
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IGN has posted a teaser trailer for the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen video game from Activision.  Watch it embedded below, or click here to watch it in high definition.

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The game will be released on December 31, 2009 and will be available on PC, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, Wii, Playstation Portable, Playstation 2 and Playstation 3.

35 Minutes of Halo Wars Demo Footage January 30, 2009 5:59 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Halo Wars, News, Video Games, Xbox 360.
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A YouTube user has uploaded over 35 minutes of footage from the Halo Wars demo that won’t be available to the public until February 5th.  Watch one video embedded below and click here to check out the rest.

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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Fox Joins Xbox Live Video Marketplace August 30, 2007 11:34 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Movies, News, Television, Videos, Xbox 360, Xbox Live Marketplace.
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Another studio is joining the Xbox Live Video Marketplace.  Fox has signed on to distribute several of their films and showsTheir participation will begin with the launching of Family Guy on the service.

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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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“Halo 3” Dated: September, 25 May 16, 2007 4:34 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Halo 3, Microsoft, News, Video Games, Xbox 360.
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Microsoft today announced the release date of their highly anticipated video game for the Xbox 360, Halo 3. The game will be released on Tuesday, September 25.

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Xbox Live 2nd Most Popular Download Site March 19, 2007 10:02 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in High-Definition, Microsoft, Movies, News, Television, Video Downloads, Xbox 360.
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Downloads on Microsoft’s Xbox Live service are up 400% since the company introduced downloading of television and movies in November of last year, making the site the second most popular behind Apple’s iTunes.

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Second version of Xbox 360 revealed January 5, 2007 8:11 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in News, Video Games, Xbox 360.
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Engadget has an article up detailing a possible new model of the Xbox 360 console. The unit (codenamed Zephyr) will feature a new 65nm processor (for cooler operation) as well as an added HDMI port for full 1080p output (the current Xbox 360 does allow 1080p output, but its limited only to those with a VGA cable, which is an analog connection. 1080i/720p is also output through a Component cable).

The site also reports from their source that the system may come bundled with a 120GB hard drive. No other details including price or release have been announced.

Head on over to Engadget for the scoop.

Source: — [Engadget]The second Xbox 360 revealed: codename Zephyr

Burger King Xbox games enjoy strong sales December 21, 2006 11:49 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in News, Video Game Sales, Video Games, Xbox 360.
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According to a statement from Microsoft, more than 2 million of the Burger King-related Xbox 360/Xbox games have been sold in just four weeks since their November 19th launch in North America.

The three games (developed by Blitz), “Pocketbike Racer”, “Big Bumpin” and “Sneak King” cost only $3.99 with the purchase of a BK Value Meal at the U.S. food chain.

Russ Klein, president of global marketing, strategy and innovation for Burger King had the following to say:”We created the BK Xbox games as a unique form of all-family interactive entertainment, and we’re thrilled with the response thus far. Most video games are considered a blockbuster when they reach the 1 million mark in sales, and this collection has achieved twice that.”

Gears of War reaches 2M units sold December 15, 2006 12:31 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in News, Video Game Sales, Video Games, Xbox 360.
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Gears of War for the Xbox 360 is now the fastest-selling next-generation game of 2006.

The game has sold 1 million copies in the US alone, and another 1 million in other territories worldwide.

Both Microsoft (Publisher) and Epic Games (Developer) released a comment:

“‘Gears of War’ clearly has won the battle for the title of the must-have game of the year,” said Jeff Bell, corporate vice president of global marketing for the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft Corp. “Its phenomenal success is one of many reasons why Xbox 360 is the ultimate place to get together with friends to play this holiday.”

“We’ve always held high hopes for ‘Gears of War,’ but we never expected such an overwhelmingly positive response from critics and gamers all over the world,” said Michael Capps, president, Epic Games. “I can’t describe how stoked our team is right now. Our fans can absolutely count on Epic to keep delivering new gameplay through Xbox Live.”

The game has also done very well online, where it is being played by about 1 million users, about half of its audience.

HD DVD/Blu-ray war heats up and system hardware sales for November December 15, 2006 12:16 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Blu-ray Disc, Hardware Sales, HD DVD, News, Nintendo Wii, Sony Playstation 3, Video Games, Xbox 360.
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With November out of the way, sales data is starting to trickle in for the Playstation 3 and Microsoft Xbox HD DVD add-on, one front of the High-Definition format war.

For the month of November, Sony sold 197,000 Playstation 3’s in the U.S., while Microsoft sold an impressive (for an add-on) 42,000 HD DVD add-on’s for its Microsoft Xbox 360 player.

It should be noted that while Sony had more PS3’s sold, it’s impossibile to gauge how many of those owners of the system are using the console as a Blu-ray device. On the other hand, it can easily be assumed that all 42,000 owners of the HD DVD drive are using that device specifically for HD DVD movie playback, since the device isn’t used in any form for video game playback (the Xbox 360 is equiped with a regular PC DVD drive, hence the need for an add-on).

Elsewhere on the video game front, Nintendo sold 476,000 units of its new Nintendo Wii console, taking an early lead on the Playstation 3 by more than double the units.

Nintendo is said to be having no problems with their production of the unit while Sony is having issues but are still promising 2M PS3’s shipped by the end of the year (Sony originally were hoping to have 400,000 units for the U.S. launch, but were only able to supply half of that).

For the month, console sales were paced by the Playstation 2 at 664,000, the Microsoft Xbox 360, which has been out since last Christmas, at 510,000 and the Nintendo GameCube at 42,000.

On the portable front, Nintendo’s DS was the best seller with 918,000 sold, followed by the Nintendo Game Boy at 641,000 and the Sony Playstation Portable at 412,000 units sold.

Here are the installed base figures as of November, 2006 for all current video game systems in the U.S. (Console and Portable):

PS2: 35.8 million
GBA: 34.3 million
DS: 7.6 million
PSP: 5.7 million
Xbox 360: 3.4 million
Wii: 476 thousand
PS3: 197 thousand

Xbox 360 HD DVD Disc Drive – Price and Release Frame October 1, 2006 11:22 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in HD DVD, High Definition Optical Disc, Microsoft, Movies, Video Games, Xbox 360.
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Microsoft has announced its price point ($199.99) and release frame (mid November) of its HD DVD Disc Drive for the Microsoft Xbox 360 Core or Premium Console.

The add-on device will be capable of outputting the formats full 1080p resolution, and will connect via USB 2.0.

At current prices, an Xbox 360, equipped with the required add-on to play the movies, will run anywhere from $499.99 to $599.99, the same price range as the formats competing Blu-ray technology from Sony.

This November, Sony will release the PS3 in two models, one for $499.99 and one for $599.99. Both models will be capable of playing back full 1080p Blu-ray movies.

Neither console will be capable of paying both formats.

Currently, Toshiba and RCA sell HD DVD units for $499.99 to $799.99, while Samsung has the only Blu-ray player out at $999.99.

More hardware manufactures are expected to release their own units come holiday season.

The Full Press Release is viewable below:

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