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Americas Sales for the Week Ending November 29, 2008

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311w 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...
 

Sack It To Me: Weekly Answers to the LBP Community Questions

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312w ago - SCEA Marketing Manager Mark Valledor has initiated a weekly PS Blog update on the hot topics and answers to the questions LittleBigPlanet consumers have as follows:

First off, wanted to introduce "Sam_Protagonist" to everyone. He's our global community manager for LittleBigPlanet and our eyes and ears for all things community. You can find him interacting on the EU and US forums providing updates to the community. Keep a look out for his forum posts and occasional LBP News Site posts for the latest updates.

So for our first installment of 'SACK IT TO ME' - we've decided to summarize some of the major topics the community wants answered...

Moderation
The level moderation process is something we're continually improving. The small percentage of levels moderated have been done so after the community has reported them using the Good Grief tool. We never moderate levels that have not been reported in this way.

The vast majority of moderated levels were due to offensive material, however we are evolving the way moderation happens to ensure that creators are made aware of why their level was blocked. More to come shortly.

Servers
We hope you've noticed that over the...
 

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.
 

LittleBigPlanet Weekly Download Update - Thanksgiving Edition

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313w ago - SCEA's Marketing Manager Mark Valledor shared the following today via PS Blog:

Well, it's Thanksgiving week and there isn't a better time than now to give thanks to our avid fans with more FREE downloadable costumes for LittleBigPlanet. Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, we are offering FREE Turkey Heads for your Sackboys and Sackgirls beginning TODAY.

Of course, that's not all! The Chimera from Resistance 2 have invaded LittleBigPlanet with new downloadable Chimera Sackboy (or Sackgirl) costumes. Your Sackboy and Sackgirls now have a chance to gear up before taking on those who stand in their way in LittleBigPlanet. The Chimera costume will soon be available at the PlayStation Store for just $1.99!

These updates will become available with today's PlayStation Store Update, coming soon. Make sure you check back next week for the week's latest offerings for LittleBigPlanet. See ya online!
 

Global PlayStation 3 Releases for the Week of November 23, 2008

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313w ago - The merciless Christmas period is coming to an end now and the onslaught of games is beginning to relent. So much so that there are no new releases to be found this week in America.

Europe finally catches up with Resistance 2 alongside a few rubbish games no-one cares about. Here's the full release list:

US Games

• No new releases

EU Games

• Resistance 2
• Disney Sing It: High School Musical 3 (With microphones)
• Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa
• Armored Core: For Answer

Asian Games

• Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway
• Winning Eleven 2009

Release dates are constantly subject to change, so be sure to check with your local retailer before you do anything rash.
 
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