Retail

Babel expands East

UK testing and localisation firm Babel has formed a partnership with Japan’s market intelligence company Enterbrain – publisher of Famitsu magazine. Under terms of the partnership Babel will supply focus testing and localisation services to Enterbrain’s customer base. The hot topic for Japanese developers is how to make successful games …

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NPD: DS top but PS3 and 360 impress

The mighty DS once again emerged as the best selling console in North America for the month of September, but the numbers gave each platform holder a chance to celebrate. DS was the best selling machine for the sixth month on the trot with sales of 524k, though this was …

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NPD: Gaming finally on the up

After what seems like a prolonged period of decline in the North American video games market, the latest numbers from sales tracker NPD show that the sector enjoyed year-on-year growth in September. In fact, September 2009 was the second biggest September the NPD has ever recorded, beaten only by September …

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HMV launches High Street cinema

HMV will launch its first in-store cinema in London on Friday (October 23rd) – the first step in its re-birth as an ‘entertainment hub for popular culture’. The firm has partnered with Curzon Artificial Eye to launch a three-screen cinema above HMV’s Wimbledon Broadway store, dubbed HMVCurzon. If the trial …

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New Mario & Sonic slashed to £18.99

Supermarket giant Morrisons has slashed the price of Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games on Wii by over 50 per cent. The game, which hit shelves today, has an RRP of 39.99, yet Morrisons is selling the title for 18.99. The offer lasts until Sunday. Sainsbury’s is also …

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Former Amazon exec sets up games retailer

Ex-Amazon finance director John Pollard has launched his own online video game retail website. According to the Lancashire Telegraph, Playgamesuk.com is based in Preston Road in Ribchester and Pollard hopes to double his company’s 1 million turnover. They basically sold games they no longer wanted and it proved so popular …

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A4T launches Lonsdale range

A4T is to launch a new fitness peripheral range for Nintendo Wii, which carries the official licence for iconic British sports brand Lonsdale. The firm says the products will work with all exercise games released on Wii. The line-up will include branded dumbbells and a height stepper, which is compatible …

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LEGO Rock Band dated

Warner Bros has revealed LEGO Rock Band will be released in the UK on November 27th. The joint venture between LEGO Star Wars developers Traveller’s Tales and Rock Band studio Harmonix has been developed for Xbox 360, Wii, PS3 and DS. The game was rumoured for a long time, before …

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MCV beats Royal Mail threat

MCV has today tied up deals to ensure that retail circulation is not affected by any potential Royal Mail strikes. Up to 4,000 additional copies will be published every week, with direct distribution to all key store managers and indies around the country. The increased total circulation starts this week, …

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HMV opens 12 temporary Xmas outlets

HMV will open 12 new temporary stores across the UK this month – with games playing a ‘key role’ in their layout. The multiple entertainment retailer is anticipating increased demand over the Christmas period – particularly from releases including Activision’s Modern Warfare 2, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed II and EA’s FIFA …

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