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Americas Sales for the Week Ending November 29, 2008

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312w ago - Black Friday sales for the video game industry were excellent. Nintendo sold 1.8m systems for the week ending November 29 while machines from rivals Microsoft and Sony combined to sell about 1.1m units.

Software sales were quite strong as well, but the vast majority of the spike this week is simply from the fact that Americans spent $10 billion ($30/per American if every American shopped) on Black Friday according to various reports, and a lot of that went to video games.

Last year, Black Friday week sales were strong as well, but Wii, DS, and Xbox 360 saw significantly better sales this year. PS3 had the weakest Black Friday to Black Friday growth, at 13%, and PS2 declined.

Sony's machines accounted for about 1 out of 3 video game machines sold (31%) during Black Friday week in 2007, this year that ratio is down to about 2 out of 9 (22%) as the shares for Microsoft and Nintendo increase.

Although Wii had a smaller percentage increase, it increased almost as much as DS did in raw units sold (470,000 vs. 610,000). Five Xbox 360s sold for every two that sold last week, an impressive increase.

PSP had a percentage increase almost as great as PS2, and DS in percentage, but it was only about a 170,000 unit increase. PS2 and PS3 each saw increases of almost 100,000 units...
 

Global PlayStation 3 Releases for the Week of November 30, 2008

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312w ago - This week marks the end of the brutal end-of-year release period. We're ending on a high note with Prince of Persia's worldwide release.

We've been looking forward to this one for quite some time, so hopefully it'll live up to expectations. Here's the full release list:

US Games
• SingStar ABBA
• Prince of Persia (free Limited Edition upgrade)

EU Games
• Prince of Persia
• Brain Challenge

Asian Games
• Brain Challenge
• Prince of Persia
• Pro Yakyuu Spirits 5 Kanzenban
• Saints Row 2

PS3 games are region free, so go ahead and import any games you fancy. Try to keep in mind, however, that DLC is always region locked. So your US game will only read content downloaded from the US PSN Store.

Finally, Prince of Persia has been confirmed to have DLC coming in the future. Release dates are constantly subject to change, so check with your local retailer if you have any worries.
 

European PSN Store Update for November 27th, 2008

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313w ago - Hey everyone. Here's another update for the European PlayStation Store. Age of Booty finally appears in the region with some good demos you should give all a try.

Here's the full list and Happy Thanksgiving day!

Full Games

* Age of Booty (£7.99)
* Syndicate Wars (PS1 game) (£3.99)

PS3 Demos

* Age of Booty demo (free)
* Dead Space demo (free)
* GTI Club+ demo (free)

Add-on Content

* LittleBigPlanet Chimera costume (£1.59)
* LittleBigPlanet Thanksgiving costume (free)
* G1 Jockey 4 add-on (free)
* Far Cry 2 "Fortunes" add-on pack (£7.99)
* Rock Band DLC (listed after the break)
* Guitar Hero World Tour DLC (listed after the break)

PS3 Videos

* Tomb Raider Underworld video
* Resistance 2 trailer
* Resistance 2 TV ad
* Shoot! episode 2 "Citizen Hero"
* Shoot! episode 2 behind the scenes video
* Shoot! episode 2 interview
* Shoot! episode 2 one-minute pitch
* Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm trailer

PS3 Themes

* High Velocity Bowling "Foxy and Chastity" theme (free)

Rock Band DLC

The Killers 3 Pack (£2.59)

* "Mr. Brightside"...
 

New Video Releases on PlayStation Store for November 26, 2008

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313w ago - Kicking off the PSN video update early due to the holidays, today PlayStation Store's Senior Manager Grace Chen shared the following via PS Blog:

Hi everyone. The holidays are upon us and that means it's a great time for blockbuster movies. Available on PlayStation Network today are the following:

• Hancock
• Fred Claus
• Meet Dave
• Space Chimps
• 24: Redemption
• Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull





I'll be back with more updates of some great new movies and television shows coming in December. Have a great Thanksgiving!
 

PlayStation Store (US) Update for November 25, 2008

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313w ago - Due to the Thanksgiving holiday this Thursday, the US PlayStation Store update is available today as follows:

Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PlayStation Store):

Price Promotion
The Last Guy, PixelJunk Eden, echochrome (PS3), Novastrike, and Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 are temporarily priced at $4.99. Promotion ends 12/4/08.

Downloadable Games
Brain Challenge ($9.99)
Boost your brain and relieve stress through 25 Visual, Memory, Logic, Math, and Focus mini-games. Choose your favorite coach and get detailed evaluations of your performances in personal training sessions. Compare yourself with other players online and/or offline in 3 delirious multiplayer modes. Thanks to the special Kid Test and Senior Test modes, gather all your friends and family around the game.
ESRB Rated E
File size 220 MB

Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix ($14.99)
The original MMA series is back! SFHD Remix receives a whole new look while improving on the innovative fighting system of the original game. Updated with 1080p HD redrawn art and online support, the game offers a unique experience that appeals to new fans and Street Fighter purists alike.
ESRB Rated T
File size 303 MB

Add-on Game Content
LittleBigPlanet...
 
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