Retail

US: Super Mario Galaxy 2 dated

Wii platform sequel Super Mario Galaxy 2 will be released in North America on May 23rd, Nintendo has confirmed. The release date is even earlier than the mid-summer prediction muttered earlier today and will delight the platform holder’s legion of loyal fans. Though the game – which was originally conceived …

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ASDA and Tesco enter pre-owned market

MCV can reveal that both Asda and Tesco have begun selling pre-owned video games in some of their UK stores. Asda is currently trialling the scheme in its Leeds Living store at Crown Point. It is believed that the offer began on Monday. It has also emerged that late last …

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Rocksteady to go beyond The Batman?

Warner Bros is hopeful that its library of prominent IPs will be available to its new development studio Rocksteady. It was initially expected that Rocksteady would – in the short-term – act as a dedicated Batman studio. But Warner Bros’ long-serving UK president Josh Berger says that the studio will …

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Force Unleashed hits 7m sales

LucasArts’ third person action adventure Star Wars: The Force Unleashed has now sold 7m units worldwide, the publisher has confirmed to GameSpot. The game was first released in September 2008 and shot straight to the top of the ELSPA GfK Chart-Track All Formats Top 40, enjoying the biggest ever release …

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RETAIL BIZ: Vancouver sales soar

Sega’s Vancouver 2010: The Official Video Game has returned to the Top 10 of the Xbox 360 and PS3 charts as interest grows in the current Winter Olympics. The game saw a 274 per cent rise in sales during the week ending February 20th, 2010, driven primarily by the console …

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Games key in new HMV superstore

WHsmith’s loss could be HMV’s gain: the entertainment specialist has launched a new superstore concept this week. A new outlet in Newcastle features HMV’s games, movie and music ranges, an array of books from sister retailer Waterstones, plus concessions. Games claim 20 per cent of the entertainment section – with …

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AntiGrav celebrates revenue growth

AntiGrav Media saw its turnover increase 400 per cent for fiscal year 2009, and now the firm is intent on re-creating that success for 2010. The peripherals specialist attributes the sales triumph to its huge range of products and growing selection of licensed accessories. AntiGrav Media grew significantly in 2009,” …

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Celebs on board for Alice push

Disney Interactive Studios is planning to work with stars from upcoming movie Alice in Wonderland in order to promote the accompanying video game. The publisher is once again joining forces with Disney’s Hollywood arm, following the successful collaboration between the teams when marketing last week’s release The Princess and the …

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RETAIL BIZ: Bayonetta in Top 10 return

Sega’s Bayonetta has returned to the Top 10 of both the Xbox 360 and PS3 charts. Price promotions has seen the action title leap from No.13 to fifth place in the Xbox 360 charts since last week. More impressively, it has rocketed from No.20 to seventh place in the PS3 …

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Riccitiello: Price cuts were too late

John Riccitiello has accused the major console platform holders of taking too long to cut the pieces of their consoles last year as the industry fought to cope worldwide economic challenges. In 2009 there was a lack of aggressive first party pricing – [they were] a little bit too late …

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