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

Japan Console Sales Flat

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JULY 9, 2014 • Japanese game publication Famitsu has released a tally of console hardware sales in Japan for the first six months of 2014. Despite the PlayStation 4's recent launch in the market last February the sales leader was the Nintendo 3DS at 1.1 million units. The PlayStation Vita was second at 639,730, in ...Continue Reading

NTT Docomo Sets 5G Trials

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MAY 13, 2014 • The dominant mobile phone carrier in Japan, NTT Docomo, Inc., is initiating technology trials to prepare for the introduction of 5G networks in 2020. Participating with NTT Docomo are Alcatel-Lucent S.A., Telefonaktiebolaget L. M. Ericsson, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., NEC Corp., Nokia Oyj and Samsung Group. The test will investigate a wide ...Continue Reading

Nintendo Results Disappoint

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MAY 8, 2014 • For the fiscal year ending March 31 Nintendo Co. Ltd. reported a net loss of ¥23.2 million ($227.8 million). Most worrisome is that in a year when executive management had striven to reinvigorate Wii U console sales with a larger number of major first-party game releases, Wii U units sold dropped ...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

Yodo1 Opens Up China

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APRIL 22, 2014 • With 3G and 4G mobile networks spreading coverage throughout China it is no surprise that smartphone penetration is growing significantly with a corresponding demand for mobile game content. That is a very tempting scenario for Western mobile game studios looking to expand revenue. Yet China is a very different market.  There ...Continue Reading

Aeria Sells PC Biz

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MARCH. 4, 2014 • Aeria Games & Entertainment, Inc. is selling its PC games distribution business to ProSiebenSat.1 Games GmbH (PSG) for an undisclosed amount. Included in the deal is the former's European subsidiary Aeria Games Europe GmbH, as well as licenses to certain successful mobile games. PSG is taking over the entire Aeria Games ...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

PS4 Leads in Jan

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FEB. 14, 2014 • Much as was the case in the United Kingdom, more PlayStation 4s are selling in the U.S. than the Xbox One by a ratio of nearly two to one during the first month of the year, according to Sony Computer Entertainment of America. Neither SCEA nor The NPD Group has publicly ...Continue Reading