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Nintendo to ramp up hardware shipments

Nintendo to ramp up hardware shipments More Wii and DS consoles on the way, global installed base figures confirmed Nintendo’s latest first quarter financial results reveal that the firm has revised its Wii and DS shipments upwards for the fiscal year ending March 31st 2008. Nintendo now plans to ship …

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Nintendo reveals stunning sales surge

Nintendo’s net sales rose to 340,439m Yen between April and June this year, compared with last year’s figure of 130,919m Yen – a huge leap of 160 per cent. Operating income rose to 90,631m Yen, up 214.7 per cent. Recurring profits were up 302.3 per cent, while net income was …

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MMO market lacks innnovation, says Garriott

NCsoft’s Richard Garriott has opened the main two-day Develop conference with a speech dissecting the MMO genre he helped build, saying games developers have failed to add anything new to online game design since the release of his first game Ultima Online in 1997. He said: "Game design has not …

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WOW numbers hit nine million

World of Warcraft’s ever growing subscription base has reached nine million, ahead of the release of the expansion pack World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade in mainland China. The game has risen to become the most popular MMORPG since debuting in North America in 2004, while The Burning Crusade expansion …

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Ubisoft Q1 sales rocket 90 per cent

Ubisoft’s sales for the first quarter ended June 30 2007 came to a whopping €134 million, up 90.5 per cent. This year’s figure dwarfs the €70 million recorded for the same period last year. For the first quarter 2007-08 79 per cent of the Group’s sales came from games for …

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Ubisoft signs James Camerons Avatar

Although details about Avatar are thin on the ground, the fact that the movie will be James Cameron’s first since 1997’s Titanic will guarantee it huge attention when it arrives in May 2009 – so Ubisoft is rightly pleased that it has snapped up the rights to publish the game. …

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Army of Two targets November

Whilst it may be the company’s newly found love for all things Wii and DS that’s hogging the limelight, EA’s new IP drive also extends to rival formats – and one of its biggest 360 and PS3 titles, Army of Two, has been confirmed for arrival this November. Arriving on …

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SCEE reveals PSP academic development programme

In a session at the Games:Edu day of the Develop 2007 conference, Sarah Lamari, manager of DevNet at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, has announced a deal to allow universities to have access to development-standard PSP tools for teaching purposes. Rounding off a talk dedicated to how SCEE can help universities, …

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