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. The company says it is now shooting for a launch by the end of the year. No ...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

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

Amazon-Only for Indian Xbox

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AUG. 7, 2014 • The Xbox One is coming to India on Sept. 23 but only through Amazon.in. The exclusive arrangement also extends to all of Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox merchandise including the Xbox 360, Kinect, Microsoft published Xbox titles, official Xbox accessories and Xbox Live. Unlike China, which is only getting the Xbox One with ...Continue Reading

Thai Govt. Bans Tropico 5

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AUG. 4, 2014 • The Cultural Promotion Department of Thailand's Culture Ministry has declined to allow Kalypso Media's Tropico 5 PC game to be sold in the country. The distributor New Era Thailand told the Associated Press that the game could be dangerous to peace and order in the country. The decision will not be ...Continue Reading

David Cole on CNBC

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AUG. 1, 2014 • DFC Intelligence president David Cole appeared on CNBC's Street Signs Asia show this week. Cole was interviewed about Nintendo Co. Ltd.'s first fiscal quarter financial results. Sales fell 8.4% to ¥74.7 billion ($728.3 million) for the quarter. Nintendo had projected a loss of ¥5.4 billion ($52.6 million), but the shortfall for ...Continue Reading

Xbox One Pre-Orders in China

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JULY 29, 2014 • JD.com Inc., the second largest e-commerce player in China after Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., is taking 500 yuan ($81) pre-orders for the Xbox One between July 28 and July 30. In a nod to the popularity of online chat services in the country the pre-orders are being taken via Tencent Holdings ...Continue Reading