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Nintendo goes official with new $199 price for Wii

Posted in Nintendo by Shane McGlaun on September 24th, 2009

wii-sbPretty much everyone has heard by now that the Nintendo Wii is getting a price cut to $199. The cut has been reported as confirmed; but that confirmation was from a third party, not directly from Nintendo.

Nintendo has now gone officially official with the new price cut, which is set to go into effect on Sunday September 27. That is the day that we were expecting the price cut to hit on. I wonder if Nintendo rushed the official announcement out because so many leaks of the new price had been made.

PS3 Slim sells 1M units in 3 weeks

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on September 24th, 2009

ps3slim250I think most gamers knew that when the PS3 Slim was unveiled at the $299 price point that the other console makers would have to cut prices to compete. Microsoft shortly after matched the $299 price and Nintendo has now gone official with a new $199 price of the Wii.

If you have any doubts that the new price would mean robust sales for the PS3 Slim, let them go now. Sony announced that since the price cut went into effect three weeks ago the PS3 Slim has now sold 1 million units worldwide.

Wii price drop confirmed: $199 this weekend

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on September 22nd, 2009

Wii price drop confirmed: $199 this weekendLooks like the rumors were true. Nintendo’s Wii is about to get its first price drop after great sales for three years straight. The console has been sold for $249.99, but on September 27th the Wii will be priced at just $199.99.

Apparently an official announcement is expected this Friday, with retail stores beginning to sell at the new price on Sunday. Great time to get a Wii if you haven’t already taken the plunge.


Amazon warns of PS3 Slim shortages

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on August 21st, 2009

Amazon warns of PS3 Slim shortagesIf you’ve been putting off that pre-order for the new PS3 Slim, you might want to get moving on it. Amazon US has warned of shortages for the new slim PlayStation 3 when the system launches next month. It’s limiting Slim sales to just one per person per household.

It’s five-Slims-per-person in the UK, which doesn’t seem fair to us. Sony in Europe isn’t worried, since it has “trucks and trailers” of the new console already on the road . Are they taking a page from the Wii playbook and spiking demand? We’re not sure. All we know is that you best get your order in.

Nintendo sells 500K Sports Resort units

Posted in Nintendo by Shane McGlaun on August 6th, 2009

wiisportresortsale-sbTypically, the games that consoles come with aren’t things that most of us find interesting. When I bought my Wii, I didn’t think much about Wii Sports being a cool game. As it turns out, I spend more time playing Wii Sports with family and friends than I do with any other game I own for the Wii.

The follow-up to Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, is now shipping and Nintendo has announced that the game is selling very well indeed. Nintendo says that between July 26 and August 3 it sold 500,000 copies of Sports Resort in the U.S. alone.

Wii demand finally slowing

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on July 30th, 2009

Wii hack allows playing homebrew games through flash playerNintendo has been rolling in the Wii dough for awhile now, but it looks like their cash printing machine may be slowing. According to an earnings report filed today, the Big N posted a 66 percent drop in quarterly operating profit due to “slowing demand for its Wii console and a stronger yen.”

What’s surprising is how fast demand has fallen. Nintendo maintained that it would sell 26 million Wii consoles before the year was out alongside 30 million DS handhelds, so we will see what happens. DS sales have also slowed due to “increased competition in the handheld business from Apple’s iPhone.”

Wii MotionPlus selling good

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2009

Nintendo's MotionPlus due out prior to June 18thThe MotionPlus may have taken a full year to arrive on the scene, but now that it’s here it’s doing pretty well. Overall video game sales dropped in June for the first time since 2000, but Nintendo can’t complain. 361,700 Wii consoles and 766,500 DS units shipped in June, but the big surprise is that the company also managed to sell 169,000 Wii MotionPlus units.

That’s not including the bundled ones like the one packaged with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (that sold 272,400 units). Plus you have to take into account that Wii Sports Resort has yet to be released.


Sony PS3 price-cut rumored for August

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on June 9th, 2009

PS3 price cut coming soon?You know the drill, Sony maintains that a PS3 price-cut isn’t in their game plan, but according to the latest leaks coming out from unnamed industry sources, the console will get a $100 reduction come mid-August. This is far from the first time we’ve heard this rumor. It was last making the rounds in February. But we think it’s looking more likely now and we expect this one to pan out.

The news comes from analyst Arvind Bhatia, who tips Sony as reducing the PS3 just prior to the launch of Madden on August 18th. Reduced price plus Madden will get Sony a ton of sales. It doesn’t hurt that this would coincide with the back-to-school shopping season.

Microsoft Xbox 360 sells 30 million

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2009

60GB Microsoft Xbox 360Microsoft has just announced that the Xbox 360 video game console has sold over 30 million units since the device was released several years go. Quite a milestone. Sales of the console have increased 28 percent this year alone, and over 20 million people are signed up to the Xbox Live network.

So what will Microsoft be showing off at E3 for the Xbox 360? We’ll have to wait and see, but likely we will be getting a look at the new motion-sensing camera, Metal Gear Solid 4 for the Xbox 360, and who knows what else? One thing is for sure, the Xbox 360 is kicking butt and taking names.

Slimmer PS3 at E3?

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 13th, 2009

Slimmer PS3 at E3?Hot on the heels of that white US DualShock 3 this morning, there’s word that a revised PS3 is in the works. Rumor is that it’s the long-rumored slimmed-down redesign of the current console, not just a change in color or storage.

It makes sense as it would be cheaper to make and it might even include the rumored motion-sensing hardware. That would help sales.

Nintendo president: No Wii price cuts

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on April 9th, 2009

wii-sbLooks like Nintendo is being a bit of a grinch, by saying that there are no plans to cut the price on Wii systems. This comes straight from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, in response to recent speculation that a Wii price cut could be in the works. It seemed likely since manufacturing costs for the console have supposedly dropped quite a bit recently.

According to Iwata, they won’t be driving up sales numbers with a price cut. Instead Nintendo will put “more energy and time into making better entertainment so that our products are going to remain in the top position in our customer’s wish lists”.


Sony PS3 outsells the Wii in Japan

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on April 8th, 2009

PS3 price cut coming soon?The unthinkable has happened. For the first time in 16 months, sales of the PS3 in Japan jumped 80% in the last five weeks of March compared to a year ago. At the same time, demand for the Wii went down by almost 63% to 99,335.

You can chalk up at least part of this to the release of a few new popular games like Resident Evil 5. Which helped up the PS3′s sales figures beyond the Wii’s for the first time since November a few years ago. It should also be noted that nearly everyone in Japan seems to already own a Wii.

Backstage with Guitar Hero launches on PS Home

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on March 26th, 2009

guitarheromobile-sbI am a big fan of video games and play both console and PC games. One of the coolest games for consoles so far has been Guitar Hero. Music games are huge right now and are helping bands and record labels sell tunes at a time when record sales are dropping.

Sony’s PlayStation Home was announced a long time ago and was ultimately delayed repeatedly before it finally launched last year. Part of PS Home is different realms that are branded with different games where fans can meet up. Activision has announced that the Guitar Hero Backstage area has now opened.

GameStop announces midnight launch events for Halo Wars

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on February 27th, 2009

GameStop Halo WarsEach time a new Halo game launches sales records are set. In fact, the last time a Halo game launched the title went on to make more money than many of the year’s biggest movies. I still can’t believe that they pulled the plug on the Halo feature film… dumb asses.

GameStop announced that it would be hosting midnight launch events at many of its locations around the country. The festivities will kick off at most locations at 10pm on Monday March 2 and will include Halo 3 tournaments, Warthog races, character dress up contests and trivia challenges.

PS3 can’t compete against Wii, Xbox 360 this holiday season

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2008

PS3 can’t compete against Wii, Xbox 360 this holiday seasonThis is hardly shocking news, but according to the Wall Street Journal, both Nintendo’s Wii and the Xbox 360 clobbered the PS3 in holiday sales. U.S. sales fell nine percent from this month last year. During the same period, sales doubled for the Wii and were up eight percent for the Xbox 360.

That’s what happens when you fail to cut prices on your system, and the lack of exclusive game titles didn’t help either. Not to mention a bunch of inexpensive Blu-ray players. The end result is that the PS3 was the least attractive option for buyers. Apparently, it’s not even fit to roast a decent weiner.

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