315w ago - Monthly sales of Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) games console in Japan have overtaken those of rival Nintendo Wii for the first time.
Boosted by price cuts and the introduction of a cheaper version, PS3 sales totalled 183,217 in November, compared with 159,193 for the Wii.
The closely-watched figures from game magazine publisher Enterbrain will come as a welcome boost for Sony.
But analysts predict that the Wii will continue to dominate globally.
"Overseas, I don't really see the PS3 doing that much at Christmas time primarily because it's still more expensive than the other machines and has less software," said KBC Securities analyst Hiroshi Kamide.
Both the PS3 and the Wii were launched towards the end of last year.
Since then there have been some months in which five or six times as many Wii consoles have been sold in Japan.
"It's nice to see the PS3 selling much better than six months ago," added Mr Kamide.
"But is it a sustainable trend? Is it going to really escalate from here? I'm not so sure."
The Wii has benefited from a much lower price compared with both the PS3 and Microsoft's XBox, but also from the novelty of its handset, which is fitted with a motion sensor.
315w ago - Well Black Friday is passed and if tradition serves correctly, it's the day that sets the trends for the holidays. How was the console war affected by Black Friday? Word on the streets is that Wii's are still hard to find, Xbox Premium and Elite systems are nowhere to be found and PS3 systems are everywhere, yet still selling.
If you want to get an 80gb or 40gb PS3, they are in plentiful piles. You can pretty much go to any store and buy one. Even thought the price drop has caused a sales surge, the stock from the past few months is in abundance. If you want a PS3 for Xmas, you should have no problems finding one.
Xbox 360's now come in 4 flavors: the Elite, the Premium, the Arcade and the Halo 3 box. Halo 3 boxes are easy to find. People just don't seem to like that color so they aren't jumping on it. Arcade systems are here and there. In my travels through many stores I was unable to find Premiums in abundance. Some stores had none at all while others had just a few. The Elite however, has disappeared off the planet. I did not see one Elite this weekend at all.
Wii stock is just like last year. It comes and it goes. It's just as popular as it was last Christmas if not more. I really thought they would be easier to find this year but Nintendo is doing it's best...
321w ago - It's been the worst October for North American movie ticket sales in years, and industry executives are pointing the finger at Master Chief.
Total cinema ticket sales in North America for the weekend of October 5 were a relatively meager $80 million--the worst results for an October weekend since 1999, reports Advertising Age.
Industry executives are wagging the finger at blockbuster game Halo 3, which was released in the US on September 26, made $170 million in its first day on sale, and at the last count, had made its creators Bungie and Microsoft more than $300 million.
But Bungie's gain is apparently the movie theatres' loss. Mike Hickey, an analyst at Janco Partners, commented, "The audience on this game is the 18-to-34 demographic, similar to what you'd see in cinemas. This could last for several weeks."
The Advertising Age article continues to warn that another box office drought may be ahead, as the release of Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto IV looms in the distance--current ETA the first quarter of 2008.
321w ago - The latest Euro sales charts are in and here they are for your PS3News viewing pleasure:
1. FIFA 2008
2. Project Gotham Racing 4
3. Halo 3
6. PGA Tour 08
7. Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights
8. Resistance Fall of Man
9. Wii Play
10. Dr Kawashima's Brain Training
*note: British sales charts combine all-format sales
1. FIFA 08 (PS2)
2. Settlers of Catan (PC)
3. FIFA 08 (PC)
4. Halo 3
5. FIFA 08 (360)
6. More Brain Training
7. World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
8. The Sims 2: Bon Voyage
9. Brain Training
10. Pokemond Diamond
1. FIFA 08 (PS2)
2. FIFA 08 (PS3)
3. My Sims (DS)
4. Halo 3
5. FIFA 08 (PSP)
6. WWE Smackdown! vs. RAW 2007 (PS2)
7. FIFA 08 (PC)
8. Heavenly Sword
9. More Brain Training
10. Sims 2: Bon Voyage
322w ago - Sony is launching the new Star Wars Battlefront PSP entertainment pack today. Is this going to turn the tide against the Nintendo DS, which has been outselling the PSP by 2-to-1? Not likely. It's nice that it comes in new colors and in interesting new bundles, like the new Star Wars Battlefront bundle that is available today. It's good that the PSP is a third lighter. But issues remain with the UMD disc format and the ease with which you can turn this device into a music and video player. The video out feature where you can take the image on the PSP and display it on a TV set is nice, but those images weren't really meant to look nice on an HDTV. Hence, the value of that application is limited.
Here's Sony's information:
With the Star Wars franchise being one of the world's most beloved, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) is excited to announce today the availability of the limited-edition Star Wars BattlefrontÂ® PSP Entertainment Pack, which features the newly enhanced PSPÂ® (PlayStationÂ®Portable) system in "Ceramic White" with a Darth Vader silkscreen on the back of the unit. The package, available for $199.99 (MSRP), also includes the highly anticipated game, Star Wars BattlefrontÂ®: Renegade Squadron™, an exclusive to the PSP system.