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Nintendo Cripples DS R4 Piracy Threat, eBay & Amazon Ban Carts

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270w ago - In addition to the recent new protection being implemented on Nintendo DS games, now both eBay and Amazon have officially banned the sales of DS R4 flash carts.

As expected, Nintendo is pleased about this and has issued a brief comment as follows:

Nintendo is pleased with the co-operation it has received from both eBay and Amazon to prevent the sales of game copying devices," Nintendo of America's global head of anti-piracy Jodie Daughtery told MCV this week.

"Nintendo has been aggressive in curtailing the sales of these devices on a global scale, from manufacturers in Asia to Internet webshops and retail operations across Europe and the UK.

"Since January 2008, Nintendo has coordinated over 560 actions and confiscated approximately 411,000 game copiers. In the UK, Nintendo collaborates with ELSPA and takes independent actions. Over 225,000 devices have been seized by authorities in 170 actions since 2008."

An eBay spokesperson added: "eBay prohibits sellers from listing any hardware or software that allows people to make unauthorised copies of copyrighted games, including the R4 DS cards, and we are taking steps to remove the few listings found...
 

Online Retailer Amazon Gets Its Own XBox Live Store

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276w ago - Online retailer Amazon now has its own [Register or Login to view links].

The retailer recently entered the arena of used games, and already has a downloadable PC game store - and will now add Microsoft Points, XBLA games, and other subscriptions to its offering.

To quote: The new Amazon Xbox Live Store is currently in beta, and becomes the only other outlet besides Xbox Live Marketplace itself through which consumers can buy games and points digitally.

Customers who make purchases via Amazon's store will receive a download code they can use on Xbox Live Marketplace. The store beta launches with about 100 titles available, including Braid and Castle Crashers.

This online retail method also lets users comment, recommend and rate listings the way they do other Amazon products, and customers can send digital game purchases as gifts to other people, something not previously possible.

"PC gamers have enjoyed the convenience of digital downloads on Amazon.com for some time. Now Amazon.com and Microsoft are bringing that same level of convenience to platform gamers by expanding the reach of the Xbox Live digital platform to millions of Amazon customers," says Amazon video games and software VP Greg Hart.

"We're happy to be extending our...
 

All PS2 Amazon Gold Box Event Kicks Off Monday, February 23 '09

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282w ago - Sony PS2 news is scarce lately, but tomorrow Amazon kicks off an all PS2 Gold Box Event. To quote:

If you traded up, perhaps that backward compatibility feature on your good 'ol PS3 (if you were an early adopter) can get some good usage out of these PS2 deals... Here are the full details:

On Monday, February 23, 2009, PlayStation 2 items will be featured in the [Register or Login to view links]. The identities of each deal will be revealed one at a time. Here's how it will work:

• At 12:01 AM PST the first deal will be the Gold Box Deal of the Day. Its special discounted price will be available all day only on Monday, February 23 (or until we run out.)
• Starting at 6:00 AM PST, the second deal will be featured as a Lightning Deal.
• Each of the remaining deals will also be Lightning Deals.
• Discounts on each deal will be available only while supplies last.
 

PS3 Exclusive Killzone 2 Hits #2 on Amazon's Pre-order List

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286w ago - Killzone 2 has long been the center of a lot of attention by hardcore PS3 fans for it's ultra-realistic graphics and deep multi-player gameplay.

However, the title's popularity even among the masses is becoming increasingly more obvious. Amazon just announced earlier today that Killzone 2 was the number one most pre-ordered PS3 game and the #2 most pre-ordered video game total.

This puts it above other various blockbuster releases due out soon, including Street Fighter IV(PS3/360 - #8), Halo Wars(360 - #7), and even Capcom's highly anticipated Resident Evil 5(PS3/360 - #4).

Killzone 2 is surpassed only by Mario Power Tennis, which is due out for the Wii in March.

Killzone 2 is a first person shooter and sequel to the 2004 title of the same name. Developed by Guerilla Games exclusively for the PS3, Killzone 2 will hit shelves late in February, on the 27th.

Stay tuned for more info on the title as the release draws near.
 

Nintendo Wii Helps Drive Record Amazon Holiday Sales

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290w ago - Amazon has reported record holiday sales despite the tough economic climate. Over 5.6 million units were shipped on its peak day of December 15th and the most popular products included the Nintendo Wii, the iPod, Acer notebooks and a 52" Samsung HDTV.

To quote: Internet retail giant Amazon.com reported record holiday sales on Friday, a rare good performance in one of the most dismal holiday shopping seasons in years.

The Seattle, Washington-based online store did not provide a breakdown of sales figures but said online orders reached record levels during the holiday shopping season for the 14th year in a row.

It said in a statement that more than 6.3 million items were ordered worldwide and 5.6 million units shipped on its peak day, December 15.

Amazon said it shipped items to more than 210 countries between November 14 and December 24 and more than 99 percent of its orders arrived in time for the holidays.

Amazon said best-selling holiday items this year included the Samsung 52-inch HDTV, the Apple iPod, the Acer netbook computer and Nintendo Wii.
 
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