Wii Fit was released in Europe over the weekend, and British retailer Woolworths says it immediately began "flying off the shelves." According to the store chain, the game has been selling better at its launch than the Wii console itself did when it came out there last year.
Following weeks of growing hype and illegal downloads of the dame
surfacing across the Internet, Rockstar Games and publisher Take Two
today released Grand Theft Auto IV for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.
First Look - This is prime time for the Wii right now. With Super
Smash Bros Brawl hitting stores last month, Wii Fit heading out in May
and the new Wiiware digital download service poised to make a splash,
it's a good season for Nintendo.
Nintendo has announced that it will offer a new Wii Channel in May that will offer users the ability to download game demos directly to their DS, along with other features. Planned for launch alongside the launch of the Wiiware download platform, the Nintendo Channel will also let users rate Wiiware games.
So you hear about open source software all the time, but what about
open source movies? There are few who actually know that the first open
source movie, Elephants Dream, created by the Orange Open Movie
Project, made its debut back in 2006. The group’s second open source
movie is scheduled to be released next month.
According to Nintendo's American boss Reggie Fils-Aime, the average Wii system in the US stays on a store shelf for just one hour before someone picks it up and buys it. In North America, the Wii continues to have a shortage like nothing ever seen for a gaming console. Since the Wii launched in November 2006, it has been difficult to find the console at any retail store.
Nintendo reported its fourth quarter results today, surpassing expectations as it reached nearly a billion dollars. The Japan-based video game giant reported a net profit of 93.2 billion yen ($900 million) in the Jauary - March period. During Nintendo's fiscal year, which runs from March to March, it achieved profits of over 257.34 billion yen ($2.5 billion), a new company record.
Rockstar's latest entry in the Grand Theft Auto series does not come out until next week, but some gamers are getting their GTA IV fill now because of a pirated version that was posted online. The European PAL version of the Xbox 360 game has reportedly been ripped and posted to an online torrent site, which could then be burned to a disc and played on the Microsoft console.
Rock Band has become a veritable treasure trove for artists new and old to strike a new consumer base, and now oldies rock group Judas Priest has taken it one step further. The 1980s group has released its "Screaming For Vengeance" album in its entirety for the innovative Harmonix game. Since its release several months ago, dozens of new tracks have been added as downloadable content.
The longest-delayed Playstation 3 title to date, Home, has been pushed back again to autumn 2008. It was initially scheduled to be available in autumn 2007. The ambitious online application has been in a closed beta test for over a year and has faced massive changes during that time, causing developers to continuously delay the final release.
Sony is close to launching a new online video download service for the Playstation 3 console, and it could be set up as early as this summer. According to a report in the LA Times, Sony has been making headway in talks with movie studios and TV production companies over the last few weeks.
Electronic Arts' much-publicized offer to take over Take-Two was set to expire this week, but EA has decided to extend it to May 16, two weeks after Rockstar's crucial Grand Theft Auto IV comes out. EA's bid, which was first proposed last month, was seen as a calculated attempt to cash in on GTA IV before it hit stores. Now it will probably have to wait until after the fact, which could drive up the asking price for the New York-based publisher.
Microsoft today released a firmware upgrade for the Xbox 360, but it doesn't actually make any noticeable changes to the system. Instead, it makes the 360 ready for some new features that will come out in the near future. With the Xbox 360, Microsoft has essentially made it a policy to release one big firmware update during each season.
Once again the Wii outsold the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, reaching its highest monthly sales since Christmas. Despite continued console shortages, hardware sales rose likely because of the release of Super Smash Bros Brawl. By far, Brawl was the #1 selling game last month, outselling the games from #2 to #7 on the list, combined.
Quick Take - The PS3 never should have been released without a new
version of the Gran Turismo car driving simulator and if you had any
doubts that this title is the single most important game for the PS3,
the second demo version should be able to wipe out all of those
concerns. Despite being incomplete, GT5 Prologue has set a new standard
in car simulations and left us speechless after one day of driving fun.
Here are our first impressions.> Also inside: Image gallery
March consoles sales in the US have not been released yet, but analyst Michael Pachter predicts that once the numbers are in, the Playstation 3 will jump past the Xbox 360, but will be far away from the Wii. With the release of the blockbuster game Super Smash Bros Brawl, which will no doubt prove to be the top seller last month, Pachter says the Wii will have outsold the PS3 and Xbox 360 combined.
Electronic Arts today announced that its mega hit series The Sims has reached sales of over 100 million copies worldwide. That's nearly one third of the entire United States population. The Sims long ago reached the designation of being the top-selling PC game ever and gave rockstar status to series creator Will Wright. Despite some lackluster expansions, namely home console iterations and The Sims Online, it continues to be a powerful game franchise.
Nintendo today announced the last detail of the release of Wii Fit, its price. When it launches on May 19, consumers will be shelling out $89.99 for a copy. That will make it the most expensive Wii game in the US. That's due to the fact that it will come packed with the new Wii Balance Board controller.
Sony has released the 2.30 firmware update for the Playstation 3, giving a major overhaul to the Playstation Store digital download platform. Sony has not updated the store with new content for two weeks while it worked on the update. Today's upgrade also adds DTS-HD Master Audio support for Blu-ray Discs.
A new version of Nintendo's blockbuster DS handheld could well be revealed at this year's annual Electronic Entertainment Expo. According to video game company Enterbrain, a new DS model may be on the way with added functionality, but it is unclear if it would be an official successor to the Nintendo platform.