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Global Wii supply to increase?

Nintendo has reportedly approached two Taiwanese manufacturers with a view to outsourcing supply of Wii components, in a bid to increase the amount of hardware hitting the High Street. Third-party companies SunPlus Technology and Wistron Corp are both expected to be announced as new partners of the platform holder, according …

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Slim PSP to launch in Japan on September 20th

Though both European and American gamers are still waiting for a firm launch date for Sony’s streamlined handheld, the platform holder has announced that the machine will arrive in Japan on September 20th. Priced at Y19,800 (around 80), the new device, which was first announced at E3 last week, is …

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Moore: Sony is failing in Japan

In an interview with GameDaily , Xbox 360 boss Peter Moore has stated that whilst his company’s machine has itself not taken off in Japan, it has certainly not fallen short of expectations to the extent that Sony’s PS3 has done. Sony’s getting outsold by what, 6-to-1?” he stated. You …

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PC Gears to require Windows Live account

In much the same way that PC gamers hoping to indulge in a spot of Halo 2 and Shadowrun were forced to upgrade to Windows Vista, Microsoft has stated to CVG that those hoping to play the PC version of Epic’s Gears of War online will have to sign up …

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Disgaea 3 heading to PS3

The tactical RPG genre may not be a chart-topper in the West, but hardcore followers of Japanese RPG specialists Nippon Ichi will be delighted to hear that the studio is bringing the latest instalment to its critically acclaimed series to PS3 next year. Though it appears graphically very similar to …

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OPINION: Kids market undergoing mini-revolution

Speaking to MCV, Jetix Europe’s Michael Wolstenholme has said that the kids’ video game market is undergoing a ‘mini-revolution’, and that the success of formats like Wii and DS should ensure that the current momentum is maintained. Most developers now seem to be looking at platforms such as DS, PS2 …

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Kids today

How has the kids’ market for games changed in the last few years? There is definitely a kind of mini revolution going on when it comes to kids gaming. Most developers now seem to be looking at platforms such as DS, PS2 and Wii and recognising the value and popularity …

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Third week at the top for Potter

EA’s Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix has retained its top spot in the ChartTrack All Formats top 40 for the third week in a row. The action title is followed by Nintendo’s More Brain Training in two and Activision’s Shrek The Third in three – which also …

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2007’s Magic Numbers

UNITS UK MARKET (Weeks 1 – 26 2006 vs. Weeks 1 – 26 2007) Total Excl. Non Games Total UK MarketUnits (m) 2006 2007 Change % Total Games Software 21.87 26.01 +19 Gameboy Advance 1.00 0.52 -48 Microsoft Xbox 1.73 0.43 -75 Microsoft XBox 360 1.36 3.14 +131 Nintendo DS …

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New website for Develop

Today sees the relaunch of Develop’s home on the internet, www.developmag.com, with the overhauled site now offering regular features, tutorials and studio profiles alongside its daily complement of breaking business news. The new site has been designed with the development community in mind and is perfect for anyone involved in …

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