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Final Fantasy XI Plans

MARCH 19, 2015 • The first multi-platform MMO, Final Fantasy XI, has had a successful run since appearing on the PlayStation 2 and the PC back in 2002. By 2005, the title had passed 500,000 subscribers and later added the Xbox 360 and PS3 (via backward compatibility). Thirteen years into the game’s run, Square Enix […]

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Nintendo Goes Mobile

MARCH 17, 2015 • After five years of ongoing discussions, Nintendo Co. Ltd. and DeNA Co. Ltd. have agreed to launch a mobile membership service offering new games based on Nintendo IP. The gamemaker will not port existing titles and intends to utilize those of its characters and play mechanics that best translate to users […]

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Sega Moves South

JAN. 30, 2015 • Sega of America (SOA) is moving from the San Francisco Bay Area to Southern California as part of a company-wide restructuring. The relocation will be undertaken between January and early summer but a location for the new SOA headquarters was not disclosed. Some employees are receiving relocation offers but positions will […]

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Nintendo Sees Profits

JAN. 28, 2015 • For the three month period ending December 31, Nintendo Co. Ltd. posted a net profit of ¥45.22 billion ($382 million), up from ¥9.6 billion ($81 million) during the same period last year. By the end of its fiscal year next March, the gamemaker expects to realize ¥30 billion ($253 million) in […]

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Smash Bros. Conquers World

OCT. 7, 2014 • Having already amassed sales of 1.42 million in Japan since September 13, Super Smash Bros. 3DS was released in the Americas, Australia and Europe on October 3 to strong consumer demand. Purchases in these additional markets have boosted total worldwide sales of the game to 2.8 million. The strong performance has […]

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Japan Shuns Xbox One

SEPT. 26, 2014 • Japanese gamers appear to be taking a lukewarm view of the new Xbox One. Microsoft Corp.’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 […]

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A Super Smash in Japan

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 […]

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New Xbox One Markets

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, […]

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Natsume Harvests Success

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AUG. 28, 2014 • Much in the same way Nintendo Co. Ltd. has diligently 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 […]

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Japan Console Sales Flat

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 […]

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