Friday, October 12, 2012
10/12/2012 - Nintendo 3DS Hardware Sales Up 89%
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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 SOFTWARE SALES INCREASE BY 89 PERCENT
"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
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Powered by the Fans, New Official Wiki Takes Community Collaboration to New Level with Tools that Support
and Empower Players
SONY ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT BREAKS NEW GROUND WITH FIRST 'WIKIA OFFICIAL
COMMUNITY' FOR UPCOMING MASSIVELY MULTIPLAYER ONLINE FIRST-PERSON SHOOTER VIDEO GAME PLANETSIDE®2
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.
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!"
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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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
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.
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
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Now Available for PlayStation Network (U.S.), Europe on Oct. 10
Atari Unleashes Warlords®
onto PlayStation®Network, Coming Soon to Xbox LIVE® Arcade
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.
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.
For more information about Warlords, please log onto
www.atari.com or www.atari.com/warlords.
- 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!
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Monday, October 8, 2012
10/08/2012 - Worms Revolution Release Date Announced
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Release Date Announced For WormsTM
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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