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Sony makes most of Wii shortages

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358w ago - Sony is taking advantage of Nintendo Wii shortages and a recent price cut of the PlayStation 3 to double weekly sales of the console in the US.

Sony boss Howard Stringer told the Associated Press news agency: "It's a little fortuitous that the Wii is running out of hardware."

Two weeks after the price cut Sony sold 100,000 PS3s in seven days.

Mr Stringer said the increase in sales of the console was "the breakthrough we have been anticipating."

He added: "Obviously, we've taken so much heat over the year on PS3. Finally, the turning point has been passed."

Nintendo has become a victim of its own success, with many shops in the US and UK struggling to meet demand.

A spokesman for Nintendo UK denied that the company was witholding supply to boost interest.

"The video games market is a fiercely competitive one and it is not in our interest to withhold stock from anyone," he said.

Microsoft and Nintendo have not released weekly sales figures for their consoles.
 

Nintendo warns of Wii shortages

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359w ago - A chronic shortage of Nintendo's popular Wii console could mean disappointment for those putting it at the top of their Christmas list.

The BBC has learned that high street retailers are struggling to keep up with demand for the console, which has been in short supply for months.

Websites such as Wii-consoles.co.uk have been set up to help shoppers find out when stock becomes available.

Nintendo said it was "doing everything possible" to keep up with demand.

Its push to fill the shelves in time for Christmas will see it ship an extra 3.5 million consoles globally. It is not known how many extra consoles will make it to UK shelves.
In April Nintendo estimated a yearly shipment of 14m units, but that has now been raised to 17.5m.

Despite this, the gaming giant admitted that not everyone who wants one is guaranteed a Wii this Christmas.

"The demand for Wii hardware globally has been unprecedented and higher than Nintendo could ever have anticipated," said a spokeswoman.

"Nintendo is now in a position in which seasonality demand trends are being broken, therefore the demand for Wii hardware is constant throughout the whole year globally. Due to this phenomenon it is possible that the demand for Wii hardware may outstrip supply," she said.
 

Zelda Link to the Past Remake Being Considered?

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359w ago - The latest issue of the UK's Official Nintendo Magazine has an interview with Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma about the Zelda series in which he discusses plans for the future, including thoughts on a potential remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past:

"Ocarina of Time was the first title I worked on, and I was continuously tackling challenges every day during its development, so I think this is the title I feel I impacted the most. I believe that experience made me what I am now. I always think about what we couldn't do and what didn't work well in the previous game when we start a new title, but there's no game that I would want to actually change as such. I have to say though, the first Zelda game that I played and felt potential in was Link to the Past. I'm actually very interested in what it would be like if we remade that title as a 3D game."

In addition to this tantalising tidbit, Aonuma-san also mentions how he is always thinking of new ideas for the Zelda franchise, ones that will surprise gamers. He states that the next Zelda may well take a visual route that nobody would ever have expected, depending on how well it fits in with the game's story.

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The Week Ahead - 09/11/07 UK Releases

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360w ago - This could be considered a bit of a holding week as Assassins Creed (16/11/07) and Mass Effect (23/11/07) are just around the corner. However, as exciting as those two prospects are you'll surely be tempted to try out Infinity Ward's excellent Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, which simply crackles with explosions and excitement.

Notably PS3 is beginning to see a fair few releases: Ratchet & Clank Future, Dynasty Warriors: Gundam and Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga are all decent but they're hardly the kind of games you'd play £299 for the privilege of playing. Meanwhile, the exclusive Lair is possibly the worst advertisement for Sony's console and controller to date.

The complete list of games released in the UK this week (09/11/07):

>Ben 10: Protector of Earth, PS2/DS, D3 Publisher
>Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, PC/PS3/360/DS, Activision
>Catz 2, DS, Ubisoft
>Deal or No Deal, PC/DS, Focus Multimedia
>Dynasty Warriors: Gundam, 360/PS3, Namco Bandai
>EA Playground, DS, Wii, EA
>Endless Ocean, Wii, Nintendo
>Fashion Designer Style Icon, DS, 505 Games
>Gears of War, PC, Microsoft
>Hamsterz 2, DS, Ubisoft
>High School Musical: Sing It!, PS2/DS, Disney
>Lair, PS3, Sony
>Lego Star Wars: The Compete Saga, DS/PS3/Wii/360, LucasArts
 

Games On Sale Next Week!

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361w ago - Another massive list of releases! We have Guitar Hero III, Manhunt 2, Battalion Wars 2, Hellgate London, Virtua Fighter 5, Dementium and the list goes on.

Wii
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Manhunt 2
Battalion Wars 2
The Simpsons Game
High School Musical: Sing It!
Hooked! Real Motion Fishing
Samurai Ghost
Ben 10: Protector of Earth
Super Air Zonk
Showtime Championship Boxing

NDS
The Simpsons Game
O.M.G. 26 - Our Mini Games
Shrek: Ogres and Dronkeys
Dementium: The Ward
El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera
Napoleon Dynamite
Ben 10: Protector of Earth
Ed, Edd & Eddy: Scam of the Century
Cars Mater-National
Super Collapse 3
Ratatouille Food Frenzy
Barbie as The Island Princess
Panzer Tactics DS
Dr. Suess: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Bee Movie Game
Garfield Gets Real

GBA
Barbie as The Island Princess
Enchanted

Xbox 360
Naruto: Rise of a Ninja
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
The Simpsons Game
Viva Pinata: Party Animals
Cars Mater-National
TimeShift
Virtua Fighter 5

PS3
Cars Mater-National...
 
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