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Michael Owen to promote PES 2008

Konami has secured the services of Michael Owen to appear on the box of Pro Evolution Soccer 2008, as well as other promotional materials. The Newcastle and England striker joins Manchester United and Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo as part of the marketing campaign for the title. Securing Michael Owen is …

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Nickelodeon moves into games

Nickelodeon is launching into the games business, with a $100m warchest earmarked by the Viacom-owned kids TV network to grab a slice of the fast-growing casual sector. According to Marketing Week, Nickelodeon is planning a series of multiplayer games, virtual online worlds and new subscription services. These include myNogging, a …

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Nintendo: Shiny happy people

Like many of the revelations at the show however, these ‘announcements’ pretty much just confirmed what we already knew or suspected. For a start, why wouldn’t he be happy? The DS and the Wii are, the biggest selling consoles in the world right now. And both have been at the …

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Microsoft: Moore the merrier

He hammered home the claim with some pretty conclusive NPD retail tracking data. The headline figure was a cumulative US installed base of 5.6m units, but perhaps more significant were the numbers since PlayStation 3 and Wii launched. Since then, in the States, Wii has just led the way with …

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No E3 thanks, we’re British

The usual US suspects may have managed to bring a touch of razzmatazz to this year’s downsized E3 – but former attendees on this side of the Atlantic have poured scorn on the UK being ‘frozen out’ of the expo. And domestic retailers and publishers have warned that the Leipzig …

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Mario Party 8 back on shelves ‘soon’

Following the recall of Mario Party 8 just a day after it was released in the UK, Nintendo has promised retailers it is working as quickly as it can to get it back on the shelves. The Wii title was withdrawn from the shelves after the word ‘spastic’ was discovered …

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GAME ups its global assault

GAME is set to significantly ramp up its presence in France, Australia and Spain before the end of the year, in a bid to get closer to being a truly global retailer”, according to company CEO Lisa Morgan. Of the 50 new stores touted in the firm’s recent trading update, 20 …

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Bizarre makes Project Gotham pledge

Its official release date currently stands as September, but Project Gotham Racing 4 developer Bizarre Creations has vowed that it won’t release its racer until it is completely finished – something it admits it cannot say about the first 360 release for the franchise. Speaking to Eurogamer, Bizarre’s business director …

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Futures online success continues

Future Publishing’s consumer games site GamesRadar is celebrating after its first ever ABC Electronic certificate – which confirms that the portal attracted over 3.25 million unique users between May 1st and 31st. The website, which has offices in the UK and USA, generated 42.86 million page impressions during the period. …

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