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Wii Phased Out in Japan

OCT. 2, 2013 • As Japan is the only market where the Wii U outsells the Wii, Nintendo Co. Ltd. has announced that it will soon be ceasing further production of Wiis for the home market. For the fiscal quarter ending June 30, Wii U sales in Japan were 90,000, versus the 20,000 of Wiis […]

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Has Apple Changed the Rules?

MARCH 12, 2013 • Sometimes life just isn’t fair. You can work and study hard, make the best grades and be praised for all your efforts.  But then some glib, fast-talking upstart with no experience or credentials sweeps in to take your place. That is how it must seem to many of the competitors in […]

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Can Sony & Nintendo Recover?

FEB. 21, 2013 • The year 2012 clearly showed that even in the age of easy digital distribution consumers love their physical products.  Among other things, this has included expensive hardware designed mainly to play digital content.  Having the coolest hardware device to access the Internet has suddenly become an important status symbol in society.  Unfortunately […]

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360 Turns In Strong Performance

JAN. 11, 2013 • Riding an undercover $50 price reduction at retail, Microsoft reported that Xbox 360 sales reached a total of 1.4 million units sold during the month of December in the U.S. (Microsoft cited NPD Group data). That performance marks the 24th straight month the console has topped sales charts. Microsoft also claimed […]


3DS XL Gets Karted

NOV. 28, 2012 • Less than a month before Dec. 25th Nintendo of America announced its holiday plans for 3DS XL. The system, which sports 90% more screen area than the 3DS, was originally released on Aug. 19.  With no change to the standalone $199 price the special edition 3DS XL bundle includes a copy […]


Wii Drops to $129.95

OCT. 15, 2012 • In anticipation of the Nov. 18 launch of the Wii U, Nintendo of America is reducing the price of the original Wii to $129.95 from $149.95. The new package should be shipped-in to retailers by Oct. 28, includes a black console, Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort, a Wiimote Plus, and […]

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Nintendo Can’t Shake Off Loss

APRIL 27, 2012 ● Nintendo Co. Ltd.  reported its first ever operating loss, ¥37.3 billion ($460 million) for the fiscal year ending March 31. Although its Wii system has been a big hit in recent years past, the move by consumers to embrace smartphones and tablets as mobile game devices has hit the gamemaker’s business. […]

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2011 Game Industry Overview

MAY 27, 2011 • The times they are a changing. So sang Bob Dylan in 1963 as his music helped define a generation of youth. In 2011 Bob Dylan celebrated his 70th birthday, still touring and playing to his fans of 1963, as well as an entire new generation of children and grandchild of those […]


3DS Australia’s Fastest Selling

APRIL 14, 2011 • Nintendo Co. Ltd. Reported that after four days of release in Australia, its new 3DS platform was the fastest selling handheld in the country’s history, moving 31,000 units. The best console launch previously was the Wii in 2006, which sold 32,000 units during its first week on sale. In the U.S., […]


Redken Tries Sponsored

NOV. 5, 2010 • Redken Labs has a prominent sponsored console game project aimed at attracting young women to its brand. The firm sells its beauty products only through professional salons, and none of its competitors has ventured into gaming yet as a marketing vehicle. Redken worked with developer Little Orbit to create Busy Scissors […]