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MIB: Alien Crisis For Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360
Activision have released screens of the new MIB game Men In Black: Alien Crisis which will be available on Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 from May 22nd. The game is loosely based on the Men in Black III film which is set to hit UK theatres on

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The week begins with a bracing shot of news numbers: Call of Duty Elite has made 0m and Minecraft has broken XBLA records. Also, Tomb Raider is delayed until early next year.


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Start/Select – Tomb Raider delayed, Call of Duty Elite makes a mint” was posted by sarahl on Mon, 14 May 2012 07:29:45 -0700

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E3 2012 Rumours: Games, Xbox 720, PS4 & Nintendo Wii U
Find all the last information on games & consoles including the Xbox 720, PS4 and Nintendo Wii U It's that time of the year again. With E3 2012 just around the corner (June 5-7 to be exact), the rumour mill has gone into overdrive, with fanboys and
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Nintendo's backstage performance
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they were not willing to play with the Wii even though some compelling games had been released.” – Iwata during a recent investor conference. Self-reflection as above has two basic functions. Firstly, it creates legitimacy for Iwata and Nintendo.

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New Mario Party and a slew of 3DS titles dominated Japan’s holiday period; Nintendo hardware experienced a sales boost.


Last week was the holiday period known as Golden Week in Japan, and it seemed that many spent their relaxation time gaming. Based on the recent Media Create sales update for the week of April 30, consumers were particularly fond of Nintendo’s portable titles and party games featuring the company’s plumber mascot.

Mario Party 9 for the Wii was the top-selling title for the week, with 144,585 units sold. Critics gave the party game a middling reception; check out GameSpot’s full review on the title. The PlayStation 3 version of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City was just below Nintendo’s party game, with 52,428 units sold.

The top 10 was populated with 3DS titles of varying genres. The strategy role-playing game Fire Emblem: Kakusei was at third place, with 42,347 units sold, while 3D platformer title Super Mario 3D Land was at fourth place, with 28,528 units sold. Trailing just behind was Mario Kart 7 and Kid Icarus: Uprising; the former sold 22,881 units, while the latter sold 18,788 units.

The sole PSP title within the top 10 was Spike Chunsoft’s RPG Conception: Please Have My Children! The game was at ninth place, with 10,193 units sold.

As a result of Nintendo’s spike in software sales, the 3DS and Wii saw a holiday sales increase. The former was at 91,868 units, while the latter was at 15,789 units. The Wii’s numbers were previously at 9,200 units on the last sales update.

Top Japan game sales of April 30-May 6


Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/Unit sales
1. Mario Party 9/Nintendo/3DS/144,585
2. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City/Capcom/PS3/52,428
3. Fire Emblem: Kakusei/Nintendo/3DS/42,347
4. Super Mario 3D Land/Nintendo/3DS/28,528
5. Mario Kart 7/Nintendo/3DS/22,881
6. Kid Icarus: Uprising/Nintendo/3DS/18,788
7. Monster Hunter 3G/Capcom/3DS/16,496
8. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games/Nintendo/3DS/13,810
9. Conception: Please Have My Children!/Spike Chunsoft/PSP/10,193
10. Wii Sports Resort/Nintendo/Wii/10,058

3DS – 91,868
PS3 – 23,478
PSP – 20,033
Wii – 15,789
PS Vita – 10,583
PS2 – 1611
Xbox 360 – 1420
DSi XL – 1097
DSi – 814

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Big in Japan April 30-May 6: Mario Party 9” was posted by Jonathan Toyad on Wed, 09 May 2012 22:11:44 -0700

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REDMOND, Wash., May 14, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Nintendo is adding two great games to the Nintendo Selects value collection for the Wii console on June 10 with Mario Power Tennis and Pikmin 2, a Nintendo GameCube classic making its US debut on Wii.
Pikmin 2 Makes Its North American Wii Debut June 10Kotaku

Pikmin 2 Wii Release On June 10 Marks Its U.S. DebutG4 TV (blog)
Pikmin 2 hits June 10 for .99, three other Wii games get price dropsThe Verge

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Annual US game retail could hit six-year low in 2012
Should the contraction from 2011 continue at this pace, annual US retail video game revenue in 2012 could fall below the .6 billion figure from 2006, the first full year of Xbox 360 sales and the launch year for the Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation
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Nintendo Life
17th May 2012 (Europe)
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Two games and a demo for 3DS owners this week, while Wii owners get a free slice of gaming too. Kirby's Dream Land 2 (Game Boy, Nintendo, £3.60/€4) — Witness the debut of Kirby's helpful animal friends in this enjoyable little platformer.

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New London Olympics minigame collection goes triple platinum; Sonic Generations and Virtua Tennis 4 also move more than a million copies as Sega’s revenue and profits fall.


Mario’s latest trip to the Olympics was popular with gamers. As part of Sega Sammy’s latest financial report, the company revealed that Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games has sold 3.28 million copies between the Wii and 3DS versions.

Other million-sellers on Sega’s resume were Sonic Generations at 1.85 million and Virtua Tennis 4, which sold 1.04 million copies. Other titles called out by Sega were Football Manager 2012, which sold 710,000 copies, and Yakuza: Dead Souls, which moved 550,000 units.

The most lucrative platform for Sega software sales during the year was the Wii, which accounted for sales of 3.05 million titles. This is compared to 2.45 million for the PlayStation 3, 1.79 million on the 3DS, 1.54 million on Microsoft’s Xbox 360, and 1.1 million on the PSP.

As for Sega Sammy’s actual earnings, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, the firm’s Consumer Business (which houses its game division) posted revenues of ¥85.6 billion (.1 billion), down 3.6 percent from the year prior. The Consumer Business division posted operating losses of ¥15.1 billion (9 million) for the year, a marked decrease from an operating income of ¥1.9 billion ( million) recorded a year ago.

In total, Sega Sammy recorded revenues of ¥395.5 billion (.96 billion) for the year, down 3.6 percent year-on-year. Profits came in at ¥21.8 billion (2.7 million), down a significant 47.4 percent from the ¥41.5 billion (9.1 million) tallied a year ago this time.

Looking to its current fiscal year, Sega Sammy is predicting net sales to surge 18.8 percent year-on-year to ¥470 billion (.88 billion), with net income ballooning some 83.3 percent to ¥40 billion (0.37 million) for the year ending March 31, 2013.

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Mario & Sonic hurdle 3.28 million” was posted by Eddie Makuch on Fri, 11 May 2012 06:39:06 -0700

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It's like a Nintendo Wii game — on a screen that's 64-feet long and 6-feet high — with digital dogs you don't have to clean up after. “This is awesome,” Zeinabou Banks, 38, said as her two pre-schoolers tossed yellow tennis balls that two four-legged

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