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

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

Watch Dogs Sells 4M

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JUNE 3, 2014 • In one week Ubisoft Entertainment's Watch Dogs sold 4 million units worldwide. The publisher said that tally not only made the title its best selling launch ever, but also makes Watch Dogs the industry's best selling new IP to date. The game is available on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox ...Continue Reading

E.T. Carts Found

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APRIL 28, 2014 • For decades there has been speculation about the thousands of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial game cartridges that Atari, Inc. supposedly buried in the desert back in 1983. Now they have been found. Thanks to a partnership between Xbox Entertainment Studios, Fuel Entertainment, and the multiplatform media company Lightbox, a dig was sponsored ...Continue Reading

Nintendo Closes Taiwan Office

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APRIL 22, 2014 • After 23 years in operation Nintendo is closing down its Taiwan branch on May 31. Most employees of Nintendo Phuten Co., Ltd. in Taipei will exit the office by the end of April, however. Responsibility for the Taiwan market will be assumed by Nintendo's Hong Kong branch. Nintendo says there will ...Continue Reading

PS4 Passes 7M

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APRIL 17, 2014 • The PlayStation 4 reached a new milestone at the end of March reaching 72 countries worldwide and selling more than 7 million units. Sony Computer Entertainment also noted that 20.5 million games had been sold between retail and digital sources. The console's main competitor the Xbox One has distributed 5 million ...Continue Reading

Japanese Buy 322K PS4s

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FEB. 25, 2014 • The ¥39,980 ($391) PlayStation 4 launched in Japan on February 22, and in two days more than 322,000 units were sold, according to research firm Enterbrain. By comparison, more than 88,000 PS3s were sold in two days, and 980,000 PS2s within 48 hours. Sony Computer Entertainment has set a goal of ...Continue Reading

King Finally Files IPO

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FEB. 18, 2014 • After spending several years mulling over its options, skill games company King has filed for a $500 million IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. The maker of the popular Candy Crush Saga intends to use the symbol KING. Bank of America Corp., Credit Suisse Group AG, and JP Morgan Chase ...Continue Reading

PS4 Tops 4M, Xbox One 3M

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JAN. 7, 2014 • Both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One achieved better than expected unit sales through the end of 2013. Using the industry focus on the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Sony Computer Entertainment president and group chief executive Andrew House disclosed that 4.2 million PlayStation 4s had been sold ...Continue Reading