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Tecmo Koei President Says XBox 360 is Doing Better in Japan

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265w ago - Kenji Matsubara, global President and CEO of Tecmo Koei Holdings, has said that despite a difficult start in Japan, Microsoft is doing better with Xbox 360 than it did with the original console.

To quote: "Xbox 360 as a business is doing better than the old Xbox," he told Kikizo.

"They have a good opportunity for growth, but of course Sony is a Japanese company and Microsoft is known as a business software company, so brand image is one point. But Microsoft is doing well, especially considering how difficult it is these days.

"I think they have good growth potential for the future depending on the titles. We have a close relationship with Microsoft so I hope we can be a part of that."
 

Industry Mole Says PS3 & XBox 360 Price Drops Coming This Fall

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266w ago - According to Arstechnica's favorite inside source, a price drop is coming to both the Sony PS3 and Microsoft XBox 360 consoles this fall.

To quote: Since we can't name the source, we're treating all this information as rumor, but the Mole's reputation in the industry for breaking large stories and outstanding track record for accuracy speaks for itself.

The 80GB model is going to see some serious hardware constraints in the weeks ahead, and retailers have about 60 days worth of inventory before the systems will become hard to find. Expect to see many more 160GB units on store shelves.

Those units have no constraints yet, but if the retailers sell through that supply as quickly as they did the 80GB, Sony is in a good place for the final part of its plan in 2009: dropping the price of hardware and launching the PS3 Slim in the fall.

Expect the Xbox 360 Pro to disappear in July or August, but you're going to see some solid bundles to get those systems moving off store shelves. The Halo 3/Fable 2 bundle the Mole previously tipped us off to shows that Microsoft is willing to put some good games into the box to get people buying.

So what are we going to do without...
 

Miyamoto Says Next Zelda Will Use Wii MotionPlus

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269w ago - Shigeru Miyamoto, the resident Nintendo genius, was not on stage for Nintendo's E3 presentation but he made sure to make his rounds with the gaming press in his annual E3 Developers Round Table.

To quote: We hear him talk about Super Mario Galaxy 2 having close to 99% new content; watch him diplomatically field questions about the Kind Code patent; listen to him promote the qualities of Wii Sports Resort, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Wii MotionPlus, and Wii Vitality Sensor; and apologize for the absence of an expected new Zelda for Wii at the presentation.

Oh, and about that Wii Zelda. The famed creative guru says that it will use Wii MotionPlus as he showed the press people the first bit of artwork for the upcoming title (no photographs allowed). Artwork showed a Twilight Princess-era Link standing back-to-back with a mysterious young girl surrounded in a field of sky blue.

Miyamoto said that it has not been decided if the new Zelda will use Wii MotionPlus exclusively (joking that it depended on the success of the peripheral's package, Wii Sports Resort) while also saying that the artwork revealed major themes of the new game (due in 2010 by Nintendo's "estimates").

Ah,...
 

EA Says Sony's Motion Controller is Better than Natal

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269w ago - EA CEO John Riccitiello said in an interview with industry gamers that Sony's motion controller will be more accessible for developers than Project Natal.

To quote: "a great bridge technology," that provides users with an brand new experience but one that "doesn't require quite the leap of faith that Natal does."

Of Natal, Riccitiello spoke about potential development: "It's certainly very compelling for a number of game concepts I've got in my mind and my teams are working on," he said.

"I think the challenges around it is that there's a lot to be worked out - it's not something consumers have interacted with before."

"Providing users with an experience that's unlike what they've used previously, but at the same time, "it doesn't require quite the leap of faith that Natal does."

At this point, though, all we're seeing is a technical demo, and so we don't have anywhere as great an idea of how the technology will play out as we do with Project Natal."

Either way both Microsoft and Sony are out to take the Wii's motion controller dominance away. So Wii needs to watch out if they want to stay on top.
 

Guerrilla Games Attending E3? Seb Says - No Comment!

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273w ago - There have been some rumors surrounding Guerrilla Games in their skipping an appearance at this years E3.

As much as I would love to see what Guerrilla Games has up their sleeves, it appears chances are slim unfortunately.

To quote from the official [Register or Login to view links]:

Killzone VIP Dubbedinenglish stated "I asked the Mutha in another thread he replied a no comment... So we'll have to wait and see."

Killzone VIP Ziggypanda stated "I'm pretty sure that Seb said GG won't be attending E3 this year."

It would be impossible if Guerrilla worked on another IP while Killzone 2 is still the center of attention. If anything, we believe some new downloadable content make surface sometime during summer 2009.
 
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