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Xbox 360 Fails Five Times More Often Than PS3

The Xbox 360’s failure rate is five times the rate as the PS3 and eight times the rate as the Wii, The Consumerist reports, citing a study by Game Informer. The Xbox failure rate is 54.2%, the PS3’s is 10.2%, and the Wii’s 6.8%.
Xbox 360 Fails Five Times More Often Than PS3
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Nintendo Wii Losing Its Shine

Nintendo’s innovative, inexpensive Wii gaming console has been the hottest thing in gaming this half of the decade. But the Wii is starting to lose its shine.
Nintendo Wii Losing Its Shine
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Gamestop Calls For A Wii Price Cut; Bad Idea

By now, it’s become something of conventional wisdom in the gaming industry that Sony’s (SNE) $400 PS3 console needs a price cut. But increasingly and in the face of slowing performance, calls are starting to come in for lower prices on Nintendo’s (NTDOY) $250 Wii as well.
Gamestop Calls For A Wii Price Cut; Bad Idea
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Patent Reform Coming To Troll-Friendly East Texas?

We’ve noted before there’s probably no better place to pursue a patent lawsuit than the Eastern District of Texas, particularly if the defendant is a foreign firm: That’s where Nintendo (NTDOY) lost a $21 million case over its game controllers, and where Worlds.com is pursuing its patent action against Korean […]
Patent Reform Coming To Troll-Friendly East Texas?
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Where Should EA Sell Games? The Wii, Of Course (ERTS)

Game publisher Electronic Arts (ERTS), perhaps best known for its Madden NFL franchise and appeals to “hardcore” gamers, is doing an about face in its marketing: For 2009, the company will be increasingly looking to women and the Wii as its target audience.
Where Should EA Sell Games? The Wii, Of Course (ERTS)
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Nintendo Adding Video To Wii: No Threat Yet To Apple, Cable, Netflix

Some of the companies best positioned to connect your living room to the Internet are those that already have a box hooked up to your TV — like the gaming industry. So it’s no surprise that Nintendo (NTDOY) is teaming up with Japan’s largest ad agency to add video to […]
Nintendo Adding Video To Wii: No Threat Yet To Apple, Cable, Netflix
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Nintendo Kicking Sony’s Butt In Japan Too (NTDOY)

When we wrote last week that Sony’s (SNE) PS3 had declining sales heading into the holidays, angry fanboys pointed out our post was based on polling firm the NPD group’s US-only numbers, and to get a real picture of how the console war is playing out we should be looking […]
Nintendo Kicking Sony’s Butt In Japan Too (NTDOY)
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Another iPhone Winner: Motion Sensor Makers (AAPL)

Thanks to Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone and iPod touch and Nintendo’s (NTDOY) Wii, now everyone wants motion sensors in their mobile phones — for gaming control, widescreen Web browser display, photos, etc. That’s good news for the companies that sell the so-called accelerometers, such as STMicroelectronics, Bosch, analogue Devices, and Kionix.
Another iPhone Winner: Motion Sensor Makers (AAPL)
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More Games To iPhone: Metal Gear Solid, Dance Dance Revolution, Frogger

Still don’t believe Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone and iPod are worthy competitors to the Nintendo (NTDOY) DS and Sony (SNE) PSP in the mobile gaming market? Japanese game publishing giant Konami announced today it’s backing the platform, developing games from some of its most successful franchises for Apple’s devices.
More Games To iPhone: Metal Gear Solid, Dance Dance Revolution, Frogger
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Not Just The PS3: Sony’s PSP Sales Stink Too (SNE)

Sales of Sony’s (SNE) PS3 are plummeting as gamers flock to Nintendo’s (NTDOY) Wii. But game consoles you hook up to your TV are only part of the market — there’s also a war in portable game players. And Nintendo is pounding the tar out of Sony there too.
Not Just The PS3: Sony’s PSP Sales Stink Too (SNE)
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Nintendo Goes After Kindle Crowd With GameBoy DS E-Reader

Count one more e-reader on the market: Nintendo inked a deal with publisher HarperCollins to turn its DS portable game console in a electronic book reading device in the UK. A new cartridge coming on the market has the full text of about 100 classic (old) books.
Nintendo Goes After Kindle Crowd With GameBoy DS E-Reader
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The Hidden Cost Of That video game Machine: Electricity

Americans blow $1.1 billion dollars a year in wasted electricity — up to $125 per household — just by not turning off their PS3s and Xboxs when they’re done playing. That’s what the environmental do-gooders at the Natural Resources defence Council (SAI’s upstairs neighbours) discover in their new report on […]
The Hidden Cost Of That video game Machine: Electricity
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Japan Getting Bored Of video games? Sales Down 21%

We had to read this twice to make sure we got it right: Sales of console and portable video games in Japan are down 21% in the third quarter. The numbers are so bad Japan is dragging the global gaming industry down with it: Global game sales from July to […]
Japan Getting Bored Of video games? Sales Down 21%
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Xbox 360 Owners Buy More Games Than Wii, PS3 Fans

Nintendo’s (NTDOY) Wii may still be the hottest game console, but in the first 23 months of each console’s life, Microsoft (MSFT) Xbox 360 owners have bought more games, on average, according to data compiled by gaming Web site Gamasutra.
Xbox 360 Owners Buy More Games Than Wii, PS3 Fans
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Recession Boosts Wii Sales? Nintendo Ups Forecast

Nintendo’s earnings report was filled with a lot of what you might expect in this economy – profits were 16% below expectations because the yen gained substantially on the euro and the dollar. But one bit of good news: They said more people are going to buy a Wii this […]
Recession Boosts Wii Sales? Nintendo Ups Forecast
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Nintendo Sued To Stop Importing Wii To U.S.

Nintendo’s already been on the short end of one patent infringement suit for of its Wii game controllers — but that one only cost the company $21 million. Its latest suit, filed by Rockville, Md.-based Hillcrest Labs, could have a more severe outcome: If things go Hillcrest’s way, Nintendo might […]
Nintendo Sued To Stop Importing Wii To U.S.
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Nintendo Still Riding Wii Wave, Crushing Estimates

Have you bought a Wii yet? If you haven’t, stop resisting and give up now. It’s inevitable, apparently: Nintendo says sales of the its newish game system jumped 50% in the last quarter, and 74% in the U.S, which helped the company earn $1 billion on sales of $3.9 billion. […]
Nintendo Still Riding Wii Wave, Crushing Estimates
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The Latest Victim Of Our Crappy Dollar: Would-Be Wii Fit Buyers

Nintendo’s Wii Fit exercise game went on sale last month in the U.S., about a month after its European debut and several months after its Japanese release. Demand is high here, and supply is low. But thanks to the weak dollar, replenishing its U.S. supply isn’t Nintendo’s priority.
The Latest Victim Of Our Crappy Dollar: Would-Be Wii Fit Buyers
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Wii Fit Gets (Some) Bloggers Off The Couch

Nintendo’s Wii Fit is supposed to spur a new fitness wave among America’s chubby gamers. We don’t know about that, but we have seen one interesting side effect so far: A new genre of blogging, where gamers, chubby and otherwise, document their experience with the game/exercise program.
Wii Fit Gets (Some) Bloggers Off The Couch
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Nintendo’s Wii Genius: A Rock Star Who Doesn’t Act Like One

Nintendo’s Wii Fit game went on sale last week, and is likely to be one of the year’s best-selling titles. The best-selling game, of course, will be Grand Theft Auto IV (TTWO). The titles couldn’t be more different: GTA IV lets you steal and kill your way across a fictional […]
Nintendo’s Wii Genius: A Rock Star Who Doesn’t Act Like One
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Wii Fit Reviews Are Flabby. So What?

Nintendo’s Wii Fit, the video game that’s supposed to, um, make you fit, came out this week accompanied by much fanfare. But not so much love from the critics.
Wii Fit Reviews Are Flabby. So What?
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Microsoft Exec: Maybe Xbox Is Aping The Wii, Maybe It Isn’t (MSFT)

Remember that clone of the Wii’s motion sensitive controller — the one that Microsoft was allegedly developing for the Xbox 360? Well Microsoft (MSFT) exec Shane Kim reiterates to Wired, in no uncertain terms, that the controller isn’t being developed. Then he gets a little less certain:
Microsoft Exec: Maybe Xbox Is Aping The Wii, Maybe It Isn’t (MSFT)
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GTA IV: Big Sales. Take-Two Shares: Small Bump (TTWO)

Take-Two Interactive’s GTA IV was only on sale for five days during the April reporting period, but that’s all it needed to take home bragging rights for the month. Take-Two (TTWO) sold 2.85 million units in North America according to NPD Group, which tracks game sales.
GTA IV: Big Sales. Take-Two Shares: Small Bump (TTWO)
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Don’t Mess With East Texas! Nintendo Loses A $21 Million Patent Suit

Nintendo is supposed to pay $21 million to an East Texas company for violating a patent that the company had on game controllers – specifically the Wii classic controller and the GameCube controller. The company, Anascape Ltd., also sued Microsoft because of the Xbox 360’s controller, but they settled before […]
Don’t Mess With East Texas! Nintendo Loses A $21 Million Patent Suit
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Analysts: The Console Price War Is Coming

We’ve said this before: PS3 (SNE) doesn’t need to get into a price war with the Xbox 360 (MSFT) because it is still the most popular Blu-ray player in existence (but then again, Blu-ray isn’t doing so hot).
Analysts: The Console Price War Is Coming
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Has Nintendo Crested Already?

Nintendo had an awesome quarter, raking in operating profits of $900 million, a 60% jump y/y. This beat the average analyst estimate by about $100 million.
Has Nintendo Crested Already?
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Game Industry Had A Boffo March (Of Course)

There were few surprises in March for the game industry. Consoles and games sold incredibly well, led by the Nintendo’s Wii and “Super Smash Bros. Brawl,” which drove a 57% y/y gain in overall sales, according to NPD Group numbers released yesterday.
Game Industry Had A Boffo March (Of Course)
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Will The Wii Fit Work? Not If It’s A Power Pad

Nintendo’s Wii Fit, which goes on sale next month, is supposed to marry video games with exercise, and it’s supposed to be a huge hit. One analyst predicts it could sell 4 million copies in the US this year, and Nintendo is supposedly backing it with a  $40 million marketing […]
Will The Wii Fit Work? Not If It’s A Power Pad
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Nintendo Gets Downgraded — Have Wii Sales Peaked?

That was fast. Nintendo’s stock is being downgraded by KBC Securities Japan to “hold” from “buy” because of fears that demand for the DS portable game player, and the red-hot Wii console, will decline over the next year. KBC said sales in the U.S. and Europe are “peaking” after a […]
Nintendo Gets Downgraded — Have Wii Sales Peaked?
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Nintendo Goes Back To The Well For A Wii Hit

Big news for Wii players, and Nintendo investors: The company is ready to port one of its best-selling franchises to its new console: Driving game Mario Kart Wii will go on sale April 27. Mario Kart is a big deal for Nintendo–the Game Cube incarnation, Double Dash, sold 3.8 million […]
Nintendo Goes Back To The Well For A Wii Hit
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January Video Game Sales: Up 18%

New stats from NPD Group show video game sales down last month, but ignore those numbers: NPD reports January 08 as a 4-week month and January 07 as a 5-week month, so it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison. On a per-week basis, overall game sales were up 18% y/y, and software […]
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Electronic Arts: Sony’s PS3 Will Pass Xbox 360 This Year

Video game giant Electronic Arts (ERTS) ‘ estimates predict that Sony’s PS3 will finally pass Microsoft’s Xbox 360 in unit sales this year. But Nintendo’s Wii machine will continue to whip all competitors, EA says. One problem for EA, and presumably the rest of the video game business — the […]
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What Wii Shortage? Nintendo Doubles Profit, Raises Guidance

Nintendo’s world-beating Wii game console helped the company boost profits by 96.3% in the last 9 months, and led the company to raise its full-year revenue forecast by 5%. The rising Yen/slumping dollar kept Nintendo from boosting its profit goals, though. The Wii continues to be the success story of […]
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Sony Set To Miss PS3 Sales Goal (SNE)

Even after Sony slashed prices on its next-generation PS3 game consoles, analysts think the company won’t meet its goal of 11 million PS3 game consoles by sold March. Sony doesn’t seem to think it’s attainable anymore, either. Bloomberg: Sony is expected to sell 8 million PlayStation 3s in the year […]
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December Video Game Sales Up 36%, Sony’s Lead Slips

More good news for the video game industry: Sales are up, the new generation of consoles is taking off, and higher game prices mean more revenue for software firms. U.S. December video game software revenue jumped 36% year-over-year, according to retail research firm NPD Group, via a Goldman note issued […]
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Christmas video game Sales: Through The Roof

GameStop, the world’s biggest video game retailer, says that software sales shot up 45% during last year’s holiday season. The five best-selling titles were from Activision’s (ATVI) Guitar Hero II and Call of Duty: 4, Ubisoft (UBN.DE)’s Assassin’s Creed, Electronic Arts’ (ERTS) Rock Band and Nintendo’s ASSASSIN’S CREED by Ubisoft, […]
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Frustrated Wii Hunters Hit The Web

Maybe Sony’s PS3 will really launch a comeback next year, but in the meantime video game shoppers desperately want a Wii. Latest evidence: A handy chart from Compete that illustrates online shopping demand for Nintendo’s console compared to Sony’s (SNE) and MSFT’s Xbox 360. More than 3 million shoppers hunted […]
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Nintendo Tries To Save Christmas With A Raincheck

Nintendo and Gamestop are trying to grab dollars from the pockets of holiday shoppers before it is too late. On December 20 and 21, Gamestop will be selling Wii rainchecks that guarantee delivery of the $250 console by the end of January. We’d rather spend Christmas morning tearing apart wrapping […]