250w ago - Nintendo has just announced three new colors for its new Nintendo DSi handheld: Pink, Lime Green and Metallic Blue. All three colors will go on sale in Japan on March 20.
They are each priced at ¥18,900 (US$195).
The Nintendo DSi originally went on sale in Japan on November 1, 2008 and was available in black and white. The DSi features two 0.3 megapixel cameras, larger screens, a new SD card slot and better speakers. It does not have a Game Boy Advance cartridge slot like the DS or DS Lite.
Blue and white DSi consoles are launching in North America on April 5 for $169.99.
251w ago - A job listing has appeared on the Sony Computer Entertainment Web site, looking for individuals to test "new model game hardware."
The Sony job listing says, "Experience an in-development game console (hardware) early!"
To quote: Job duties include checking on, reporting on and giving input for a in-development game hardware. The listing's Q&A reads: "This is specifically for a new model and unannounced game hardware for PS3, PS2, PSP and its peripherals."
Note: In the original Japanese text, Sony separates those hardware platforms with commas only (there's not an "and), making it somewhat vague whether this is new hardware for each or all three.
This is a full time position. It starts this March and looks to run a year. There's a one month trail period, after which those awarded the position can look to make over ¥1,000 (US $10.70) per hour. Travel expenses are covered, and there's the possibility for a raise. This position is in Tokyo and is not open to students.
This very public job listing might get more fuel to those very persistent PSP2 rumors. Though, it also might simply be more a continuation of the current PSP and PS3 hardware iterations: slimmer with more memory.
252w ago - Of all the potential suitors for Eidos Interactive, Japanese RPG power house Square Enix seemed like the definite underdog.
Time Warner already owned a significant number of Eidos shares, and has recently made moves to increase that number. In spite of this, SE went ahead with rumored plans to purchase Eidos, in a continued attempt to extend its Western reach.
However, Square Enix agreed to buy the British firm behind titles such as 'Tomb Raider' and 'Championship Manager' for 84.3 million pounds ($120.8 million) to extend its reach in Europe.
To quote: Square Enix also said on Thursday it was postponing the latest sequel of its blockbuster game 'Dragon Quest' by nearly four months and slashed its full-year profit outlook.
Square Enix, which also makes 'Final Fantasy' role-playing games, said it would pay 32 pence a share in cash for Eidos (EIDE.L), which has been hit by weaker-than-expected U.S. sales of 'Tomb Raider: Underworld', its latest game starring scantily-clad swashbuckler Lara Croft.
That is over three times Eidos' closing share price of 9 pence on Jan. 14, the day before the bid approach was announced. The deal turns up the heat on U.S. media giant...
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.
254w ago - Just over two weeks ago we reported on Sony offering two PSP 'Carnival Colors' in Radiant Red and Vibrant Blue to gamers in Hong Kong.
Today, it is confirmed that on March 5, "Vibrant Blue" and "Radiant Red" PSP-3000s will be released in Japan, and are priced at ¥19,800 (US$223).
Additionally, on March 19, two more colors dubbed "Bright Yellow" and "Spirited Green" PSP-3000s will be released in Japan and are also priced at ¥19,800 ($223).
Sony Computer Entertainment is also releasing PSP Carnival Colors Value Packs that are priced at ¥24,800 ($270) and come with the PSP hardware, Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark2) 4GB, an AC adapter, a battery pack, a strap and matching pouch.