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Sony's PlayStation 3 Generates the Largest Sales for UbiSoft

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292w ago - Earlier last month, Take-Two, publishers of Bioshock and Grand Theft Auto, [Register or Login to view links] that the PS3 had been their biggest source of income, with 35% of their revenue coming from the platform.

It seems this may becoming trend, as UbiSoft is [Register or Login to view links] a similar story. So far for the fiscal year of 2008, 21% of the publisher's sales have come from the PS3.

Of the three home consoles, that is the largest percent, with Microsoft's XBox 360 trailing at 20% and the Wii at 15%. This is quite a mix up from the 2007 fiscal year, where the 360 actually had the highest amount of sales out of all platforms at 25%.

This may, in part, be to UbiSoft's PS3 exclusive Haze. Though the title was meet poorly critically, it performed reasonably commercially. However, UbiSoft also published Naruto: Broken Bond, a 360 exclusive, that has sold nearly 400,000 copies to date.

UbiSoft is expecting to meet their financial goals for the fiscal year of 2008, with Tom Clancy's...
 

GameStop Exec Defends Used Game Sales & Somewhat Succeeds

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293w ago - In a recent interview with [Register or Login to view links], GameStop Chief Marketing Officer Mike Hogan tried to defend his company's stance on the used game market by comparing it to the used car market.

He argued that without trade money from used cars, the owners wouldn't be able to afford a new car. Although some people will try to flaw his argument by noting that games aren't that expensive in relation to people's disposable income.

To quote: Starting his argument, he compared the games industry to the car industry saying: "If you couldn't sell your old car - would the industry sell more cars?" He argues that without the trade-in money From The used car, owners wouldn't be able to afford a new car.

He then claimed that 90% of trade-ins take place over 90 days after the release of a game. He said, "We track this fairly closely. We believe we're extending the life-cycles of users."

He continued, "I realize there are other perspectives, but ours is: trades and used fuel growth in the category."
 

Sony's Outlook Good Despite Slower PlayStation 3 Console Sales

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296w ago - Recently The Wall Street Journal wrote an [Register or Login to view links] on the PlayStation 3, speaking of a growing disadvantage that the console would have on rivals.

According to them, sales of the PlayStation 3 would have fallen 19% in November with the same period last year, which is usually the most hectic for sales of the sector.

On the other hand, the Wii would have almost doubled sales compared to November last year and the Xbox 360 would have increased their numbers by 8%, ruling out the PlayStation 3 even more competition. The newspaper credited the figures known to the NPD Group.

The numbers would be so, then: 35 million Wiis, 22 million Xbox 360 and 17 million PS3. The situation does not seem best for Sony, to quote:

"A key factor behind the decline in sales may be the high price of the PS3. The $399, the most basic PS3 model costs at least $150 more than the Wii and the Xbox 360 less expensive.

The Sony emphasizes that the PS3 comes with a video player for Blu-ray high-definition and an HD of 80 Gb, but the price of Blu-ray players have dropped so much recently that it is possible to buy a Blu-ray player and an Xbox 360 for less than a PS3."

Since the Xbox...
 

Nintendo Wii Helps Drive Record Amazon Holiday Sales

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296w ago - Amazon has reported record holiday sales despite the tough economic climate. Over 5.6 million units were shipped on its peak day of December 15th and the most popular products included the Nintendo Wii, the iPod, Acer notebooks and a 52" Samsung HDTV.

To quote: Internet retail giant Amazon.com reported record holiday sales on Friday, a rare good performance in one of the most dismal holiday shopping seasons in years.

The Seattle, Washington-based online store did not provide a breakdown of sales figures but said online orders reached record levels during the holiday shopping season for the 14th year in a row.

It said in a statement that more than 6.3 million items were ordered worldwide and 5.6 million units shipped on its peak day, December 15.

Amazon said it shipped items to more than 210 countries between November 14 and December 24 and more than 99 percent of its orders arrived in time for the holidays.

Amazon said best-selling holiday items this year included the Samsung 52-inch HDTV, the Apple iPod, the Acer netbook computer and Nintendo Wii.
 

Media Molecule Addresses LBP Sales, Sequels & IP Infringement

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296w ago - The Little Big Planet team addressed some of the biggest little issues facing the game in an [Register or Login to view links] with IGN, from copyright infringement to talk of a sequel. Despite reportedly slow sales, Media Molecule is optimistic about their numbers so far.

"There's all these different reasons that you could be disappointed with the sales and look at it that way, or you can say we kept pace with the Fallouts, etc," said Media Molecule's Alex Evans. "Every other game that we were keeping pace with was a third or fourth iteration, and this is our first one."

David Smith from MM said they'll be consistently releasing packs like the recent Metal Gear Solid themed, so "every few months this thing improves so it stays visible and people stay excited."

This led to the talk of a sequel, and in direct contrast to [Register or Login to view links], the developer is shying away from a follow-up right now, at least publicly.

"When I told people we're not going to do a sequel, they thought that we were lowering our support for it," said Evans. "A new way of answering that question is that we're putting all the creative ambition of a sequel in, but we might not end up calling it a sequel."
 
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