Consoles

GAME offers world first Mario Kart Wii play

Nintendo and GAME is to celebrate the launch of Mario Kart Wii on April 11th with a nation wide tournament. The tournament is set to take place in thirty GAME stores across the country, with prizes including a Mario Kart VW Beetle Convertible and 250 of ‘Experience Vouchers’ for activities …

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Ubisoft snaps up Tom Clancy IP for 60m

Ubisoft will no longer have to pay royalties to Tom Clancy after the new deal goes through, with Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter estimating that Ubisoft will pay around €60 million over three years. Post acquisition, Ubisoft expects to have a net cash position of around €130m by the end …

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PS3 manufacturer wins Xbox 360 contract

Business technology site Digitimes is reporting that Asustek owned manufacturing firms Pegatron and Unihan have struck a deal with Microsoft to produce around 500,000 Xbox 360 consoles a month from its bases in China. Both bases are also OEM producers of Sony’s PS3. The news comes after Microsoft blamed its …

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Capcom to Plunder digital downloads

Publisher Capcom plans to increase its focus on the digital download market with the launch of new IP Plunder. The firm’s digital output began in 2006 with the release of Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting, and it released Rocketman: Axis of Evil only last week. However Capcom’s senior European marketing …

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Nintendo set for explosive April

The release of Wii Fit on April 25th will see the next chapter in the platform holder’s wider mission to seduce non-gamers, says Nintendo UK marketing director Dawn Paine. And with Mario Kart arriving just a few weeks before on April 11th, Nintendo believes it will raise both mainstream and …

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Activision reveals new COD4 SKU

Activision has announced Call of Duty 4: Game of the Year Edition, which will be released in April. The new game will feature the full COD4 game, as well as a token for use on Xbox Live, which will allow gamers to download the upcoming map pack. Call of Duty …

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US: Feb sales reach $1.3bn

US sales body NPD has released its figures for games industry sales in February in North America, and they show a massive 47 per cent increase in software sales and 19 per cent hike in hardware sales – with total national sales hitting a massive $1.33 billion. Breaking that number …

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