Japan Shuns Xbox One

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SEPT. 26, 2014 • Japanese gamers appear to be taking a lukewarm view of the new Xbox One. Microsoft's latest console debuted on September 4 in Japan and took the No. 1 spot on Media Create's weekly chart at 25,674 sold. Seven days later units sold dropped to 3,015, and in its third week the ...Continue Reading

Wasteland 2 Has Legs

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SEPT. 24, 2014 • Four days out from its September 19 release on Steam, Wasteland 2 from inXile Entertainment has generated $1.5 million in revenue. This RPG for PCs benefited from a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise $3 million in 2012. The original funding goal was $900,000, which was then the largest Kickstarter target to ...Continue Reading

No China XBX1 This Week

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SEPT. 22, 2014 • The Xbox One is not launching in China on September 23 after all. In a statement issued in China, Microsoft Corp. said despite making steady progress more time was needed before launching the console. At first the company said it was shooting for a launch by the end of the year, ...Continue Reading

A Super Smash in Japan

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SEPT. 16, 2014 • A week after Dairanto Smash Brothers (Super Smash Bros.) for the 3DS debuted in Japan, Nintendo Co. Ltd. disclosed that 1 million units of the handheld title had been sold domestically. That sales tally includes both retail and online digital distribution. Dairanto Smash Brothers becomes only the fourth 3DS title to ...Continue Reading

Mojang Goes For $2.5B

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SEPT. 15, 2014 • Following two weeks of leaked accounts that Minecraft studio Mojang AB was in negotiations to be acquired by Microsoft Corp., both parties announced that the developer will be purchased for $2.5 billion. The deal is set to close by the end of 2014. Mojang and its game properties will pass to ...Continue Reading

Destiny Sells-In $500M

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SEPT. 10, 2014 • Bungie Software's Destiny sold in $500 million for the title's September 9 release. Activision Blizzard reported the dollar figure, which covers units distributed into retail channels internationally, as well as digital copies bundled in with console hardware. The number of units sold-in is estimated to be around 10 million. The publisher ...Continue Reading

China Console Firms Merge

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SEPT. 5, 2014 • Last month Chinese president Xi Jinping called on the business community to create powerful media groups that possessed credible mainstream media assets as well as media based on new technology. Now one of the huge state-run entertainment enterprises, Shanghai Media & Entertainment Group, has finalized an asset restructuring to create just ...Continue Reading

New Xbox One Markets

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SEPT. 3, 2014 • September was already an important month for launching the Xbox One in new markets with China, Japan and India already announced. But this week Microsoft Corp. firmed up another 25 nations that will get the console. The new markets getting the Xbox One this week are: Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, ...Continue Reading

Natsume Harvests Success

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AUG. 28, 2014 • Much in the same way Nintendo Co. Ltd. has nurtured a wholesome reputation in the video games it publishes, Natsume Inc. has successfully followed a very similar blueprint starting with the Harvest Moon franchise. That farm simulation series was a trailblazer back in 1997 when it was released on the 16-bit ...Continue Reading

GameFly Unloads Direct2Drive

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AUG. 25, 2014 • Three years after digital distributor Direct2Drive was acquired from News Corp by GameFly, Inc., the service has been sold to Taipei-based AtGames Digital Media Inc. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. GameFly announced the agreement on its website via a note to its customers stating the game retailer will continue ...Continue Reading