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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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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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Aussie retailer recalls Xbox 360

Leading Australian retailer EB Games has stopped selling premium Xbox 360 consoles following a recall. The systems are reportedly carrying a hard disk fault. Kotaku reports that sources within the firm have said that store managers were asked by EB’s headquarters to test every unit it had in stock a …

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Edinburgh Festival explores online worlds

The line-up of speakers at the Edinburgh Interactive Festival continues to grow, with Second Life and EVE Online creators the latest to join the roster. Linden Lab’s Jim Purbick will explore the intricacies of developing for Second Life in the festival’s aptly-titled ‘Developing for Second Life’ strand on Tuesday August …

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Oxygen gets Chegwin

TV personality Keith Chegwin will host a quiz game from Oxygen for the PS2, Wii and PC, following a licensing deal set up by AT New Media. Cheggers’ Party Quiz will be released in November this year and will feature thousands of questions based on entertainment. Who doesn’t love Cheggers?” …

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Iwata: Wii can outsell PS2

President of Nintendo Satoru Iwata has predicted that sales of Wii could end up eclipsing those of PlayStation 2. Iwata said that the wide appeal of the console gave it a chance to catch PS2 – which has shipped over 120 million units to date. "Sony’s PS2 sales of 100 …

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Now SCEA denies 60GB PS3 phase-out

SCEA has ruled out any suggestion of it phasing out the 60GB model of the PS3 in North America. The news comes after a SCEE spokesperson appeared to suggest that stocks of the lower-end system would dry up by the holiday season” earlier today – leaving the more expensive 80GB …

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Watch E3 on Bravo this weekend

A special edition of Gamer TV featuring highlights of E3 airs on UK cable and satellite channel Bravo this weekend. Included in the programme is analysis and reaction to the Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft press conferences, plus some of the more embarrassing moments of this year’s event. The programme airs: …

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Future reveals strong first CVG reader figures

Future has announced its first ABC Electronic figure for the Computer and Video Games Network, with the site attracting some 1.6m unique users visiting the site during May. With an exact unique user figure of 1,560,247, CVG also generated 11,472,341 page impressions from May 1st to 31st. These are encouraging …

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Sony to take 60GB PS3 off US shelves?

It looks as though Sony Computer Entertainment America is to ‘phase out’ the 60GB PS3 – and plans to leave the 80GB version as the only SKU available to consumers at Christmas. A SCEE spokesperson told next-gen.biz in an email that the US will have ‘only one SKU going into …

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