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Mass Effect 3 pre-orders smash targets

EA’sspace-age campaign has already had an astronomical effect, with pre-orders placing ‘well ahead’ of where the publisher was at the same point with Mass Effect 2. The publisher has been sending weather balloons into space with copies of the new game and GPS devices attached to them.Consumers can track their …

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THQ drops guidance after uDraw sales lag

Publisher THQ has dropped its Q3 financial estimates after the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the uDraw tablet peripheral failed to hit sales expectations. THQ says that is expects to drop guidance by around 25 per cent from $510-550m to around $383-413m. It had expected the period to be …

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Activision predicts Skylanders shortage

Bobby Kotick has warned the markets to expect shortages of its innovative kids title Skylanders this Christmas. The game uses augmented reality technology to place real-life monster figurines into the game. This of course leads to a secondary trade in the figures for Activision. It is currently available on Xbox …

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Take-Two reports increased losses

Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two has reported a drop in revenues and increased losses for the quarter ending September 30th. Losses reached $47.3m compared to $8m for the same quarter in 2010. Revenue fell from $245m to $107m year-on-year. The numbers, nonetheless, were better than expectations, driven mostly by strong …

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Nintendo: 3DS has not met expectations

Platform holder Nintendo has admitted that the early performance of the 3DS at retail has fallen some way short of the company’s internal expectations. "I think it’s fair to say that while Nintendo 3DS had a strong launch day, the results since then have not met our expectations," president Satoru …

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3DS has made ‘smaller impact’ than expected

American market analyst Michael pachter has said that the 3DS has had a smaller impact on the US market than he expected. However, he adds that the arrival of a killer title – which he believes could prove to be Kid Icarus – should be enough to reverse its fortunes. …

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Profits double at Apple

Apple has posted net profits of $5.99bn for the quarter ending March 31st – that a jump of nearly 100 per cent compared to the $3bn reported in the same quarter the year before. Revenue for the period was up 83 per cent at $24.67bn. iPhone sales were the champion …

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Big digital expectations for EA

Underlining the growing digital aspirations of the major third party publishers, EA has set itself a lofty goal for the years ahead. Speaking to Lazard Capital Markets analyst Colin Sebastian, EA’s chief financial officer Eric Brown has claimed that the firm is aiming to generate revenues in excess of $40m+ …

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High hopes for Test Drive Unlimited 2

Word-of-mouth, strong predicted sales and post-launch DLC will make Test Drive Unlimited 2 an evergreen success, Namco Bandai says. The game is due for release on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on February 11th and will mark the return of the long-running franchise. Test Drive Unlimited 2 lets fans explore …

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Mirrors Edge fell short, EA says

EA DICE’s highly-anticipated first-person title Mirror’s Edge missed commercial and critical targets within Electronic Arts, a key exec has said. Frank Gibeau, who inherited the presidency of the EA Games label in 2008, said Mirror’s Edge and horror title Dead space each had some degree of success, but they didn’t …

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