252w ago - Has the Wii's bubble finally burst? Sales figures from Japanese retailers show the Wii is the only console to show negative growth over the last week.
While it is far too soon to start shouting the demise of the Wii from the rooftops, Nintendo saw unit sales of its home console fall by 3,000 units, allowing the PlayStation 3 to close the sales gap between the two consoles from 12,000 units two weeks ago, to just under 6,000 units this week.
The Wii is showing the least resilience of all systems in the current slump in the Japanese hardware market, seeing sales slump 96,000 since the beginning of the year.
It's not all doom and gloom in the Nintendo camp however, as sales of the DSi rose by 4,000 units, perhaps suggesting that the market for the Wii is starting to become saturated.
252w ago - PlayStation Network Executive Producer Kevin Furuichi announced that the February episode of Qore has both variety and new technology, to quote:
Resident Evil 5 in QoreVision With all the talk about the co-op game play in Resident Evil 5, the Qore team has developed a sweet new way for you to experience it. Using your PS3 controller, you can switch between character viewpoints in real-time during our walkthrough to better understand the strategies involved.
The Godfather II Making a game based upon one of the most beloved movies in cinematic history is a huge challenge, but for The Godfather II Veronica Belmont discovered that the developers at Electronic Arts captured the spirit of the film - with sizzling blackhand combat enhancements and the new "Don's View."
Pitchers and Catchers Report With baseball's spring training getting underway this month, Audrey Cleo reports on the new features and gorgeous visuals of MLB 09 The Show.
Digital Destruction At LucasArts in San Francisco, the Qore team breaks down the animated magic of Digital Molecular Matter - the unique technology used to create realistic destruction in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
254w ago - Rock Band 2 is finally out now for Europe.. welcome to October, 2008 when North America got it.
At least you don't have to wait for all the downloadable content, that's been kept nicely up to date thanks to its compatibility with Rock Band 1.
In the US two new games are seeing release and, as usual, Japan is playing catch up. Here's the full release list:
US Games • MLB Front Office Manager
• Afro Samurai
EU Games • Rock Band 2
Asian Games • Skate 2
• Tomb Raider Underworld
Don't forget PS3 games are region free, so feel free to go ahead and import any game from this list. The only caveat is that any DLC will need to be purchased from the respective PSN Store, which could be a problem.
Release dates are constantly subject to change, so be sure to check with your local retailer.
255w ago - The Financial Times reports that Sony is set to announce details of its restructuring plan this week.
Despite up to six plants closing and the cutting of 16,000 jobs, analysts have warned that this not enough and Sony many need more drastic measures.
To quote: Sony Corp will announce details of its restructuring plan this week amid internal company resistance to job cuts in Japan, the Financial Times said on Wednesday.
The maker of Bravia LCD TVs, Cyber-shot digital cameras and PlayStation game consoles outlined plans last month that called for curbing investment, closing five to six plants and cutting 16,000 jobs to save $1.1 billion a year in costs.
But analysts and other industry watchers have said Sony will likely need more drastic measures to fight a crippling appreciation in the yen and a sharp slowdown in demand for electronics as the global recession spreads.
"Sony's not in a position to halt all domestic production but it has to do something that drastic," said Mitsushige Akino, chief fund manager at Ichiyoshi Investment Management.
255w ago - EA continues its January release schedule with Skate 2 which, no doubt, will be a bit better than Lord of the Rings: Conquest turned out to be. Hopefully.
Asia continues to play catch-up, as ever, with Prince of Persia and WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2009. Here's the full release list:
US Games • Skate 2
EU Games • Skate 2
Asian Games • Skate 2
• Prince of Persia
• WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2009
PS3 games are region free. Not that it matters this week, but if you're feeling particularly barmy you could always import a version of Skate 2 from abroad. It'll still work.
Though any downloadable content would need to be downloaded from the appropriate region's PSN Store, so it's probably best not to. Release dates are constantly subject to change, so confirm with your local retailer before you leave the house.