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Criterion opens doors to aspiring devs

Racing game studio Criterion is holding an open day for students eager to get a start in the game industry. The open day will take place on April 11th at Criterion’s office in Guildford, UK, where students will get to meet the development team behind Need for Speed Most Wanted …

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Angry Birds downloaded 30m times over Xmas

The global success that is Angry Birds enjoyed a blockbuster Christmas. Rovio’s game was downloaded an eye-watering 30m times between December 22nd and December 29th. On Christmas Day alone the game as purchased 8m times. With Flurry data suggesting that 17.4m new Android and iOS devices – that means there …

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Batman: Arkham City is a Wii U launch day title

Warner Interactive’s Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition is to be a Wii U launch day game. The title had previously been penciled in for the console’s launch window”. It will now release alongside the console itself on November 30th. It’s developed not by Rocksteady but instead by Warner Bros Games …

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Wii U beats 3DS for day one value

Nintendo may not be prepared to talk about the Wii U price yet, but when it arrives later this year it will have a stronger day one offer than the 3DS launch, Nintendo UK boss David Yarnton told MCV. One of the problems with 3DS was content. When we launched …

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Minecraft on 360 breaks XBLA sales records

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition has smashed all previous Xbox Live Arcade sales records after selling the most units in just 24 hours. The downloadable title – priced at 1,600 Microsoft Points (around 15) – went on sale on Wednesday, May 9th. Within its first hour on sale it had become …

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Nintendo admits that digital service could miss Wii U launch

Nintendo is pondering whether it will launch a digital download service on the day it launches its next home console, the Wii U. It’s a sad repeat of the 3DS alunch, which also arrived ahead of its dedicated digital service. Company president Satoru Iwata said Nintendo will prepare infrastructure to …

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Are you ready for tomorrow’s release avalanche?

It may not top the record-breaking performance of the UK games market last week, but tomorrow is set to be one of the busiest days of the year for games retailers. Eight top-tier games will all be released tomorrow drawing in fans from across a range of genres. The headline …

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Uncharted 3 sells 3.8m units on day one

Sony has announced that Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception sold 3.8m copies worldwide on its first day of release. The game hit UK retail on November 2nd and entered the charts at No.2 in its first week. This puts the title on track to be the biggest release in the series …

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Nottingham Market to be "transformed" into Hyrule

In celebration of its 25th birthday, Nintendo’s iconic Zelda franchise is to take the limelight at October’s GameCity6 event in Nottingham next month. And chief amongst the planned activities is the transformation of Nottingham Market into a Hyrulean Market Village” straight out of one of the Zelda games. Starting at …

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Could 3DS sell 150k on day one?

With its UK launch nearly upon us, Nintendo has said that pre-orders for the 3DS are running at double the rate experienced with Wii back in 2006. A retail source has revealed to MCV that the pioneering motion-sensing home console received in the region of 65,000 pre-orders prior to its …

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