Posts Tagged ‘DS’

Release Dates Aplenty

September 19, 2008

This past week, due to school, I was unable to frequently post, causing me to miss out on some big release date announcements. While I have been shifting from class to class, most people have been finding out when SackBoy will be running, jumping, and sacking into our hearts. The complete mini-rundown is below.

Mirror’s Edge: EA’s parkour-esque, free-running spectacular will be available on the PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 11th. It is rumored that the PC release date has been delayed, considering that it was conveniently left out. A demo for the game will be out before launch, and PS3 owners can expect exclusive DLC, which is a relief compared to the next announcement.

Grand Theft Auto IV (360 DLC): Microsoft confirmed that the “exclusive episodes for Grand Theft Auto IV will be available on Xbox 360 starting fall 2008.” Fall has already started, so we might be continuing Niko Bellic’s epic adventure soon.

LittleBigPlanet: Anxious gamers will finally be able to make their own SackBoys and levels on October 21st. The game that might convince me to buy a PS3 is out in almost a month; I better start scraping some cash together.

Prince of Persia: On December 2nd, the cel-shaded, AI-redefining chapter in the Prince of Persia series will be in stores. The game will be out on 360, PS3, and PC, alongside a DS counterpart, Prince of Persia: The Fallen King.

Wii Music: The game that brought us all ear aches at E3 2008 will be flying onto shelves and into the homes of North American five-year-olds, on October 20th. If you want your games to be more like toys, Wii Music might be for you!

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Nintendo Produces Big Profit In Q1

July 30, 2008

From April to June this year, Nintendo has reeled in a profit of $996 million, about $256 million more this same time last year. Wii sales were up 1.7 million from last year at 5.17 million, but DS sales in Japan have decreased. Down 40,000 from last year, the DS has sold 6.94 units worldwide.

In regards to software, both systems have increased in sales. Total software sales for Wii and DS were 40.41 million units and 36.59 million units respectively. This boost is attributed mainly to the games Wii Fit, Mario Kart Wii, and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness/Explorers of Time.

Nintendo’s estimated net income for the fiscal year, ending in March 2009 is $3 billion. This company has made a pretty good turn around from the GameCube.

E3 Press Conference Predictions

July 2, 2008

If you read the last post, before I deleted it, then please disregard it. I am still at the beach until Sunday, June 6th, but I have a laptop I can use. Now, onto the post.

Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony’s E3 press conferences are the only events that motivate me to wake up early during the summer. By early, I mean the time normal people usually wake up. One of my favorite things to do is to make predictions. So, why not make some right now?

Nintendo:

  • Kid Icarus will be shown
  • Animal Crossing will be a step in the right direction for Nintendo online
  • Pikmin 3 will be shown
  • Zelda teaser trailer is unveiled
  • Wii storage solution will be discussed
  • Announcement of Balance Board games
  • New information about Disaster: Day of Crisis
  • Find out if Project H.A.M.M.E.R is dead
  • Hint at what Retro is working on
  • New Wii Channel, WiiWare, and Virtual Console addtions

Microsoft:

  • Official announcement of avatars
  • Xbox Live update information
  • Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts updates
  • Lots of Gears of War 2 gloating
  • Bragging about Rock Band 2 timed exclusive
  • Lips is shown
  • Forza 3 information
  • Xbox 360 price cuts
  • New 60 GB Xbox
  • Halo Wars is playable
  • Mass Effect 2/DLC is shown
  • Grand Theft Auto IV DLC information
  • Fable 2 is the “best game you will ever see, play, hear, taste, and smell”
  • Xbox 360 Motion Controller unveiled (unfortunately)

Sony:

  • Home details revealed
  • Updates to revolutionary 2.40 firmware
  • LittleBigPlanet playable
  • Resistence 2 shown
  • Killzone 2 shown
  • New game in the Jak series
  • Socom: Confrontation shown
  • PS3 price cut
  • Blu-ray gloating

All:

  • New IP(s) revealed

Alright, now that that’s done I’d just like us all to wish that this year turns out better than last year. Ugh… 2/3 of Nintendo’s conference was youtube Wii praising and the zapper. C’MON 2008!