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Friday, October 12, 2012

10/12/2012 - Nintendo 3DS Hardware Sales Up 89%
NINTENDO 3DS SOFTWARE SALES INCREASE BY 89 PERCENT

Oct. 11, 2012 - Nintendo 3DS XL continued to impact the video game market in September as overall sales of Nintendo 3DS software increased by 89 percent from the same period a year ago. Standout titles include New Super Mario Bros. 2, which sold more than 295,000 units in its second month, as well as Mario Kart 7, Star Fox 64 3D, Kid Icarus: Uprising and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, which all saw sales increases compared to last month.

"Nintendo 3DS XL continues to galvanize our Nintendo 3DS business," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "Hardware sales are up, software sales are increasing exponentially and the attach rate is growing stronger every month. With a great slate of upcoming games, including Paper Mario: Sticker Star, which arrives exactly one month from today, we like our position heading into the crucial holiday selling season."

In another milestone, Super Mario 64 DS for the Nintendo DS family of systems has now sold more than 5 million units in the United States alone. This is the third Nintendo DS game to reach the 5 million mark, joining New Super Mario Bros. (10.6 million) and Mario Kart DS (8.5 million).

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

10/10/2012 - Sony Launches New Wikia Site for Planetside 2
SONY ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT BREAKS NEW GROUND WITH FIRST 'WIKIA OFFICIAL COMMUNITY' FOR UPCOMING MASSIVELY MULTIPLAYER ONLINE FIRST-PERSON SHOOTER VIDEO GAME PLANETSIDE®2

Powered by the Fans, New Official Wiki Takes Community Collaboration to New Level with Tools that Support and Empower Players

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - Oct. 10, 2012 -
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE), a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online (MMO) games, has joined forces with Wikia, the collaborative media company, home to some of the largest fan communities on the Web, to launch the first-ever 'Wikia Official Community' for the highly-anticipated MMO first-person-shooter (FPS) PlanetSide®2. Under the new partnership, SOE and Wikia will collaborate with the player base through official Wikia communities to empower players to help each other succeed in games, and offer them another direct line of communication and support to SOE's Community and Development teams. PlanetSide 2 players and Wikia users will also be offered a wide range of exclusive and unique official content, such as videos, interviews, chats, game guides, and more.

"Teaming up with Wikia was the natural next step for us in providing the necessary tools to further embrace and empower our players," said John Smedley, President, Sony Online Entertainment. "This new partnership is truly about community collaboration, and Wikia's reputation and respect for its dedicated global network of players offered the ideal platform for SOE to further support its players and the community. We are excited and looking forward to the creative and compelling ways fans will utilize this custom channel to expand community engagement outside of the game."

By publishing official and community driven content alongside actual game development, SOE is forging new territory by endorsing fan communities to create, engage and collaborate around their favorite game with the developers throughout production. SOE and Wikia are working together to develop and design the official PlanetSide 2 wiki that will allow fans and gaming enthusiasts to contribute unique and valuable content on a regular basis to be seen by the community at large. The partnership and official fan wiki will allow both companies to embrace and further empower their communities by creating a meaningful two-way flow of valuable information.

"We are thrilled that SOE, which understands the power of the community, is launching their first of many official communities amidst our very enthusiastic and knowledgeable network of fans," said Craig Palmer, CEO for Wikia. "As our lifestyle, gaming and entertainment communities continue to grow and populate, we look forward to an active PlanetSide 2 community as a model for the best user generated collaborative content on the web."

As part of its dedication to supporting existing community efforts, SOE has also designated EQ2i, one of the longest-running and well-populated Wikia sites, as its official Wiki for the popular MMO EverQuest® II.

"We want to work with vibrant, existing Wikia communities at the grass-roots level," said Linda Carlson, Director of Global Community Relations, Sony Online Entertainment. "Partnering with sites such as EQ2i serves to recognize and support the efforts of thousands of dedicated fans on Wikia, be they individuals, guilds or fan-sites. It's about time, and we can hardly wait to get started!"

The Official Communities will complement Wikia's already recognized 250,000+ wikis on the site, ranging in subjects from pop culture, fashion, TV to sports. Wikia Video Games is the leading source of global video game content on the Web today and is home to some of the largest video game communities, accounting for over 50,000 gaming wikis and 2.48 million pages of gaming content, averaging over 25,000 user edits each day. The Wikia Official Community will utilize new curation features, while continuing to engage players in traditional wiki formats around large-scale and social video gaming.

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About Wikia
Wikia is a trusted and customizable platform designed for those who want to create and participate in collaborative media. It is the definitive place for people to collaboratively contribute to the assembly of original bodies of content that further people's understanding of the world we live in.

Using Wikia, anyone can form new communities around any subject they love or participate in over 200,000 existing communities by reading or contributing new content. With over 20 million pages of rich content, Wikia's communities are the most authoritative information about any topic on the Internet.

Wikia's video game vertical (
www.wikia.com/video_games) is the number one global video-game focused network on the Web. Its entertainment vertical (www.wikia.com/entertainment) is the fastest growing US entertainment destination around the world. Wikia Lifestyle (www.wikia.com/lifestyle) offers a broad range of collaborative content, from travel to food and beverage.

Launched as Wikia in 2006 by founders Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley, Wikia attracts more than 50 million global unique visitors per month and is ranked a Top 50 Internet site according to Quantcast.

About Sony Online Entertainment
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games. Best known for its blockbuster hits and franchises, including EverQuest®, EverQuest® II, Champions of Norrath®, PlanetSide®, Free Realms®, Star Wars®: Clone Wars Adventures™, and DC Universe Online™, SOE creates, develops and provides compelling online entertainment for a variety of platforms. SOE is building on its proven legacy and pioneering the future of online worlds through creative development and inspired gameplay design for audiences of all ages. To learn more, visit
www.soe.com.

SOE, the SOE logo, EverQuest, Champions of Norrath, PlanetSide, and Free Realms are registered trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

10/09/2012 - Atari Brings Warlords to PSN and XBLA
Atari Unleashes Warlords® onto PlayStation®Network, Coming Soon to Xbox LIVE® Arcade

Now Available for PlayStation Network (U.S.), Europe on Oct. 10

LOS ANGELES - Oct. 9, 2012 -  Atari, one of the world’s most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, announced today that they have launched Warlords®, a remake of the classic title for the Atari 2600, on PlayStation®Network. The game is available today for aspiring warmongers across the U.S. for $9.99, with an EU release coming tomorrow, Oct. 10, for €9.99. Warlords brings all the action of the classic game into the modern age with an all-new look and online multiplayer modes. The game will also make its debut on Xbox LIVE® Arcade next month on Nov. 14 for 800 Microsoft Points.

Warlords is a one-to-four player arcade action game in which players will defend their castles from a maniacal dragon, unleashing a torrent of fireballs and crafty minions against their strongholds. In this whimsical reinvention of the beloved classic, players will face the ultimate battle of speed, strategy and survival. In addition, the game will increasingly challenge players to multitask as they strive to shield the castle walls and simultaneously rally troops to capture control points, collect power-ups and destroy the other warring factions – either alone or alongside three other players.

KEY FEATURES:
  • Protect the stronghold!  Defend your castle walls from the destruction of fast-flying fireballs with your mighty shield.  Move the shield around the perimeter of your castle with precision and speed to deflect the fireballs or grab onto and charge fireballs to release even more devastating attacks back at your opponents.
  • Multiple local/online game modes sweeten the quest for power and allow for cooperative and competitive battles with up to 4 players.  Select the faction of your choice and engage in a number of competitive variations, including co-op siege mode, 2v2 or classic free-for-all battles.
  • Rally your troops and pit them against your foes.  Your loyal posse brings a layer of depth and replayability to every battle and can be sent off to capture control points, gather power-ups to immobilize your enemies or bolster your defenses.  Manage your troops wisely to gain the battlefield advantage!
For more information about Warlords, please log onto www.atari.com or www.atari.com/warlords.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

10/08/2012 - Worms Revolution Release Date Announced
Release Date Announced For WormsTM Revolution!

AT New Media, licensing agent on behalf of Team 17 for Worms™ merchandise, has announced that the latest instalment in the smash-hit video game franchise - Worms™ Revolution - will be released on October 10th 2012 for Xbox LIVE Arcade, PlayStation 3 via the PlayStation®Network and PC Steam.

Worms™ Revolution will feature the much-loved 2D Worms gameplay in a sumptuous 3D environment and will launch brand new features such as four different classes of Worm and dynamic water and physical objects that are designed to boost the gameplay experience. Fans are already able to pre-purchase the game, which offers them a host of extras such as bonus campaign missions and speechbanks, whilst Steam customers receive immediate gratification in the form of a free copy of Worms™ Armageddon – previously unavailable via Steam.

The new release will add to the huge global popularity of the Worms brand, which has seen recorded sales in excess of 13 million on mobile phone handsets (Worms™ for iPhone on the Apple AppStore has seen the game achieve number 1 in over 40 countries, and the ‘top 5 games’ chart position in over 70 countries), as well as enjoying huge success on the new digital video-game platforms.

AT New Media has translated the success of the game into the licensing sector and current partners include First 4 Figures for figurines, IGS (GameOn®) for collectible plush and plush keyrings, Fashion UK for apparel, Bioworld for apparel and accessories, and GB Posters, whilst other new lines set for launch this year include squeezies, bags, mugs and other accessories.

“A release date for any new Worms game is major news and this will cause great excitement across the gaming world,” says Simon Kay of AT New Media. “Team 17 are expert at producing new content that refreshes and revitalises the brand and it is this commitment to quality that has kept Worms at the top for nearly twenty years – from our perspective as a licensing agent it also means that any merchandising lines are able to tap into a massive fanbase that is constantly being added to as new players discover the games.”

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