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  • November 8th, 2012

    by Published on November 9th, 2012 22:57
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    Nintendo has announced plans to host a Wii U launch event at its official Nintendo World Store in New York City.
    Proceedings will kick off at 6pm Eastern on November 17, at the Nintendo World at Rockefeller Plaza, where Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime will turn up to join the midnight countdown and sell a Wii U to the first customer in line.According to Nintendo, "Fans waiting in line will get premium items (while supplies last) during the event," although it doesn't specify what will be offered.
    Wii U consoles will be sold at the event on a first-come, first-served basis.

    by Published on November 9th, 2012 22:52
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    The first thing we noticed about Nintendo's next console when we last got our hands on it was the length -- the Wii U is Nintendo's longest console yet. Sure, sure, there's a tablet controller and HD graphics and yadda yadda yadda. That's immaterial. What matters here, folks, is how the new hardware -- the console itself -- physically stacks up against the first Wii. As you'll see in our gallery, length is the least of the Wii U's changes: in the Wii U, Nintendo added two more USB 2.0 ports up front and rounded out its hard right angles, for starters. Around back, the port layout of the Wii is nigh-on identical with that of the Wii U, albeit with the fan moved an inch (or so) to the right, making space for HDMI output. This is an HD console, after all. Wonderfully, unlike the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the Wii U includes an HDMI cable right out of the box. Not a huge deal, but it sure was a baffling move when Sony and Microsoft both skimped on such an important detail.
    The only other change we spotted (outside of the power port being flipped from horizontal to vertical) is the lack of GameCube controller ports up top. Say sayonara to those old Wavebirds, as Nintendo's moving on to its new tablet controller and its updated Pro Controller. Take some super close-up looks at all the minute differences with us below.

    by Published on November 9th, 2012 21:24
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    Amazon is on the cusp of launching the complete Kindle line in Japan, so it's only right that the online retailer fine-tune its firmware for local reading habits. A new version 5.3.0 update for the Kindle Paperwhite puts much of that focus on Manga, introducing options to fit the stylized comics to the screen as well as tweak their page refresh interval separately from that of plain old text. Wider efforts to improve font rendering touch on Japanese characters in the process. Even if we're a little rusty with our hiragana, there's still some usability tweaks in store: settings are accessible directly from the menu, readers can purge their home screens of recommended content and sample books now sync their position relative to the full title. The bookworms among us that are too impatient to wait for an automatic update to 5.3.0 can hit the source link for the full skinny and a fast-track installation through USB.

    by Published on November 9th, 2012 21:09
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    2. PC News
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    Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 together mark a rare confluence for Microsoft: they represent the first instance of the company's desktop and phone platforms sharing the same browser base, and that has wide-reaching implications for what developers can do. The Redmond team doesn't want anyone plunging headlong into web apps without knowing what to expect, however, and it just reminded us in a blog post that there are still a few off-limits areas for Internet Explorer 10 on the mobile side. Not surprisingly, elements that demand a truly big screen or a windowed interface won't fly -- there's nowhere to drag-and-drop from or open a new window to. A few other aspects are more likely to catch web developers off-guard, such as the lack of in-line video, a handful of touch inputs, ActiveX and the level of file access. The most important common ground stems from simply having a modern rendering engine whose HTML5 and CSS3 support will prevent any rude shocks. There's much more at the source link, although Microsoft and designers may just be happy that any Windows Phone web development is a question of finding those few things that won't work, rather than reinventing the wheel.

    by Published on November 9th, 2012 20:40
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    Scott Moffitt admits tablet gaming is growing, but Nintendo is still doing well
    In a talk at the BMO 2012 Digital Media Conference (attended by Polygon), Nintendo executive vice president of sales and marketing Scott Moffitt called the rise of tablet/smartphone gaming “undeniable”.
    "It's undeniable the growth of tablets and their ability to play games,” said Moffitt.
    Moffitt called tablets and smartphones Nintendo's “allies”, as they help users easily access Nintendo websites and product information. Despite the admission, Moffitt explained that the Wii U - with its tablet-style GamePad - is still looking like a solid contender according to Nintendo's internal data.
    "At the same time when we look at our data," he said. "The DS didn't have competition from tablets and smartphones, and yet we are outpacing the rate of sale for the DS. These are seemingly conflicting data points. Obviously we see a rise in new competitive products, but we are seeing better results in a tougher environment."
    GamesIndustry International spoke with Scott Moffitt on the phone this week as well, so please stay tuned for that interview.


    by Published on November 9th, 2012 20:33
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    2. Xbox 360 News

    That marks the 22nd consecutive month in the US as the top selling console



    Microsoft, in advance of the NPD data report, has noted that its Xbox 360 sold another 270,000 units in October, which is the same amount the company sold during September. The figure means that Xbox 360 has now outsold competing consoles in the US for 22 consecutive months.
    Microsoft noted that Xbox 360 held 56 percent share of current-generation console sales in the US, which is the 20th consecutive month that Xbox 360 has held more than a 40 percent share of current-generation console sales.
    The total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in October (hardware, software and accessories) came to $315 million, which once again means that consumers spent more on Xbox 360 products in October than they spent on the other two current-generation consoles combined, Microsoft boasted.


    by Published on November 9th, 2012 20:13
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    Fancy a flutter on a Friday afternoon? Bookies Paddy Power and Ladbrokes have revealed to MCV their contenders for the best-selling game this Christmas.
    Both firms are backing Activision FPS Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, with FIFA 13 the favourite for second place. Other potential winners include Wii U launch title New Super Mario Bros U, Medal of Honor, Assassin's Creed and Halo 4.
    Such is the hype and momentum behind Black Ops 2, Paddy Power is even taking bets on what will be Christmas No.2, favouring EA's FIFA 13 at 4/9. The bookie is now taking betsthrough its website.
    Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: "It would be one of the upsets of the year if Black Ops didn't land the top spot this Christmas."
    Paddy Power is taking bets on the following:
    1/20 Call Of Duty: Black Ops II
    8/1 FIFA 13
    20/1 Medal of Honour: Warfighter
    28/1 Borderlands 2
    33/1 World Of Warcraft: Mists Of Pandaria
    33/1 Assassin's Creed III
    33/1 New Super Mario Bros. U

    Or for those who want a bit more of a challenge, the COD-less odds are as follows:
    4/9 FIFA 13
    6/1 Medal of Honour: Warfighter
    8/1 Assassin's Creed III
    16/1 World Of Warcraft: Mists Of Pandaria
    16/1 Borderlands II
    16/1 New Super Mario Bros.

    Meanwhile, Ladbrokes is offering the following odds:
    1/8 Call of Duty: Black Ops II
    12/1 New Super Mario Bros U
    14/1 Halo 4
    16/1 Assasin Creed III
    16/1 FIFA 13
    25/1 LEGO Lord of the Rings
    25/1 Hitman Absolution
    33/1 Medal of Honor: Warfighter
    33/1 WWE '13
    50/1 Just Dance 4
    50/1 Football Manager 2013
    50/1 Need for Speed Most Wanted
    66/1 Far Cry 3
    100/1 Madden NFL 13
    100/1 Forza Horizon
    100/1 Diablo 3
    100/1 Resident Evil 6
    100/1 Dishonored

    by Published on November 9th, 2012 20:07
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    2. PS3 News,
    3. PC News,
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    5. Wii U News

    All the research suggests that Call of Duty has peaked.
    Last year’s Modern Warfare 3 sold significantly fewer units in the UK than 2010’s Black Ops and 2009’s Modern Warfare 2.
    Anecdotally, MCV has been told that online traffic and magazine sales for Call of Duty editorial and covers have dropped year-on-year.
    Yet it’s wrong to suggest Call of Duty is in a death spiral. Modern Warfare 3 is the fifth best-selling game in UK?history, and is close to overtaking Modern Warfare 2 to become the second highest grossing UK game since records began.
    Activision’s shareholders may disagree, but when a game is selling this much, does it matter if it’s peaked?
    Yet as the movie makers behind Saw will attest, releasing a blockbuster every year can lead to diminishing returns as consumers get bored of the formulae.
    And with a drop in sales for Modern Warfare 3, there’s more pressure on Activision to try something a little different with Black Ops II. Developer Treyarch has sought to ‘surprise’ fans this year, with a futuristic setting and a new-look multiplayer, both of which took centre-stage in the game’s high-profile live-action TV ad.
    “‘Surprise’ is one of the many messages around Black Ops II,” Activision’s UK boss Peter Hepworth told MCV
    “Black Ops II delivers innovation at every level, and for many this will drive a re-assessment of a franchise.
    “With 40m players it’s important to deliver an experience which feels fresh every year, while retaining the features which our core fans know and love. With such a massive community you have to ensure there is something for everyone.”
    Each year Activision has sought to raise the bar in terms of spectacle. The firm has recruited Hollywood talent – and not just for the game. Even the live-action TV ad was directed by Guy Ritchie and starred A-lister Robert Downey Jr.
    “Every year Call of Duty pushes media boundaries to ensure we deliver a high impact campaign,” continued Hepworth.
    “This year is no different with presence at key events such as the Champions League Final and The Dark Knight Rises. At launch the campaign will be unavoidable, encompassing TV, press, radio, outdoor and digital.
    “Call of Duty is now blurring the lines of entertainment with many parallels with Hollywood and cinema being drawn. This link is apparent in the level of talent which Treyarch has been able to recruit to create the most ambitious Call of Duty yet, such as scriptwriter David S. Goyer [who co-wrote the Batman trilogy], musical talents such as Trent Reznor [who won an Oscar for The Social Network score] and Jack Wall, as well as A-list actors Sam Worthington and Michael Rooker. The TV ad is the embodiment of this.”
    In terms of revenue, Black Ops II will almost certainly be the biggest entertainment launch of the year. Activision’s marketing muscle, plus its A-list supporting cast will ensure that.
    The game’s biggest rival is the new James Bond movie Skyfall, which made £37.2m in Box Office receipts in its first week in the UK. Compare that to last year’s Call of Duty, which generated over £90m in its first week, and Black Ops II would need to suffer a 60 per cent drop in sales year-on-year to tumble behind Skyfall (it’s important to note that cinema tickets are considerably cheaper than video games, so Skyfall has a larger audience).
    But the real challenge for Activision and Call of Duty is how it is performing in three months’ time. Modern Warfare 3’s sales curve dropped off sharply after launch, far more severely than in previous years.
    Can Black Ops II prove a longer-term success? It won’t be easy. Next year is a busy one for video games, with a congested Q1 release schedule, plus the highly anticipated arrival of Grand Theft Auto V in spring. It will be interesting to see what Activision has planned for Black Ops II in the New Year.
    Ultimately a bit of perspective is needed. Will Black Ops II beat Black Ops? Probably not.
    We’re talking about a game that has sold almost 4m units in the UK, generating well over £150m. If next week’s shooter comes even close to that it will be deemed a triumph, particularly when you consider how the games retail market has struggled this year.
    Next week UK stores are expecting to make around £80m in less than a week from one game alone. Even if it has peaked, even if it is in decline, Call of Duty is still the biggest entertainment launch of the year.

    by Published on November 9th, 2012 19:27
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    2. Android News

    Apple’s iPhone 4S falls behind the S3 for the first time ever.
    For the first time ever, Samsung’s Galaxy S3 has overtaken the Apple iPhone 4S to become the world’s biggest selling smartphone in the third quarter of 2012, according to Strategy Analytics.
    The figures show that during the third quarter of 2012, the Samsung Galaxy S3 shifted 18 million units, while Apple recorded 16.2 million sales of its iPhone 4S.
    Neil Shah, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics, said, "Samsung's Galaxy S3 smartphone model shipped 18.0 million units worldwide during the third quarter of 2012. The Galaxy S3 captured an impressive 11 per cent share of all smartphones shipped globally and it has become the world's best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever.
    He continued: “A large touchscreen design, extensive distribution across dozens of countries, and generous operator subsidies have been among the main causes of the Galaxy S3's success. Apple shipped an estimated 16.2 million iPhone 4S units worldwide for second place, as consumers temporarily held off purchases in anticipation of a widely expected iPhone 5 upgrade at the end of the quarter."
    Having fallen behind the Samsung Galaxy S3 for the first time ever, the recent findings follow news of iPhone ownership loyalty also dropping for the first time.
    Global Smartphone Shipments & Marketshare by Model in Q3 2012
    by Published on November 9th, 2012 14:40
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