Speaking during today’s GameStop quarterly earnings call, COO Paul Raines addressed the issue of hardware shortages during the retailer’s first quarter (February-April). “Supply on hardware was a continuing challenge this quarter,” Raines explained, “as on an average daily basis, our U.S. stores were out of stock for the PS3 for 80 percent of the time and were out of stock for Wii 50 percent of the time.”
We recently contacted SCEA Director of Hardware Marketing John Koller about the PS3’s scarcity, who responded, “Consumer demand remains incredibly high and PS3 supply will continue to be tight across our retail channels. Despite current shortages in the market, we expect to improve the situation shortly.” We’ve yet to hear any word from Nintendo on the reported Wii shortages, but we assume it has something do with the fact that the console is crafted primarily out of crude oil and unobtainum alloys.
PS3 and Wii shortages challenged GameStop’s Q1 originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 20 May 2010 14:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Mission: Catch the Cat !!! The good one! rena-wii.jp www.youtube.com rena-wii.jpWii Sukeban Shachou Rena ( Most Crazy Funny Game ever on Wii ) Affectionately called President Cat, Sukeban Shachou Rena is an obscure Japanese title (of course) about Rena, the mascot of popular blog Nekopunch and CEO of the fictional Cat Queen, Inc. You play as an entry-level feline trying to work her way to the top, completing tasks to earn Rena’s respect. Depending on how realistic the game is, those tasks might include making my entire apartment smell like catsh*t, stepping on my keyboard as my computer boots up (and entering DOS prompts that don’t exist), and leaving the gallbladders of tiny creatures on my kitchen table. Cats wearing cat ears. Cats dancing. CATS PLAYING THE PIANO. To hell with Uncharted 2
Despite recent troubles in the North American and European branches, Sega overall had a good fiscal 2010, which ended March 31, financially speaking. The company as a whole saw its operating income rise to ¥36.7 billion ($397 million), a huge increase over fiscal 2009’s operating income of 8.3 billion ($89.8 million). Operating income refers to profits minus expenses incurred in running the company — in case you wondered why we picked up on that random statistic.
The consumer games division made ¥6.3 billion ($68.2 million) in operating income, returning to profitability despite a year-over-year drop of 7.5%. The profits in this division were driven by ridiculously strong sales of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (6.53 million copies!), as well as million-plus sellers Aliens vs. Predator (1.69 million), Bayonetta (1.35 million), and Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing (1.07 million).
Source [PDF] – Appendix of Consolidated Financial Statements Year Ended March 31, 2010
Mario, Sonic, and Profits in Sega’s fiscal 2010 originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 14 May 2010 17:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Amazon has the DJ Hero “Renegade Edition” at a deep discount for the moment. The set, regularly priced at $200, has had its price scratched and dropped like a beat to something slightly more reasonable. The bundle is avaiable on all the major consoles at various discounts:
Wii — $75.49
PS3 — $77.88
Xbox 360 — $101.45
The Wii Renegade Edition is even cheaper than the regular version! The sale has no specified end date, but don’t dawdle if you’re interested. Of course, if this discount doesn’t sell the units, they’ll probably be offered when DJ Hero 2 launches in gumball machines for a quarter — like, a really giant gumball machines.
DJ Hero Renegade Edition half off or more at Amazon originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 14 May 2010 22:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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The latest video excursion into Super Mario Galaxy 2 (after the break) features some very fancy aerial maneuvers by a gas-filled Yoshi. The side-scrolling segment of the game shown here requires Yoshi to float from Blimp Fruit to Blimp Fruit to stay aloft, and even relies on Yoshi’s flutter jump to navigate between platforms around the stage.
We can’t help but notice that the stage itself is shaped like a cylinder. In fact, you might describe the level as “tubular.”
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Super Mario Galaxy 2 trailer floats in originally appeared on Joystiq Nintendo on Fri, 14 May 2010 18:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Part 2 of 2. Classic Game Room HD reviews MARIO KART Wii for the Nintendo Wii. This game is the bomb for those of you looking for intense, colorful and competitive kart racing gameplay on the Wii. We use the Wii wheel in this review. This Mariokart review of Mario Kart has gameplay footage from Mariocart showing the game being played and why Nintendo Mario Cart is awesome. Mario Kart Wii was released for the Wii in 2008 and has numerous courses from the Super Nintendo SNES Mario Kart, the N64 Mario Kart and the handheld games. It works with the Nintendo WFC Wi Fi Connection to give you international competition against MarioKart players from around the world. Internet gameplay is free, fast and fun. Play as many of the Mario universe characters like Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Wario and Toad. Unlock vehicles, gokarts, tracks and motorcycles as well as additional characters. You can race in Mario Kart as your Mii when you unlock it. What is the list of unlock unlockable items in Mario Kart? You’ll see some of them in this review along with some tips and tricks for gameplay if you learn something by watching the awesome footage on screen of the Mario Kart races. Could we butcher English to make room for any more search terms? No, because this review of Mario Kart is the ultimate best MarioKart Wii review on YouTube reviewed by the Wii reviewers at Classic Game Room reviewing Mario Kart Wii and other Nintendo Wii video games released in 2008 and 2009. CGRHD is the retro …
The Beatles are a tough act to follow. And so, several weeks from the release of Green Day: Rock Band, publisher MTV Games has some promoting to do. MTV Games GM Scott Gutherie recently explained the reasoning behind picking the younger, less “classic rock”-oriented band for its next single-act music game following The Beatles: Rock Band.
“We were pleased with the performance of Beatles: Rock Band, but we were expecting higher sales,” Guthrie said. “Our core audience of 16- to 34-year-old males are much more familiar with Green Day music than The Beatles.” Targeting the core gaming audience with a band active during their lifetimes certainly seems like a sensible business move, though it does signal a move away from the kind of market expansion MTV and Harmonix were attempting with Beatles. However, Guthrie’s suggestion that “Green Day probably has a much higher awareness than perhaps The Beatles did” seems like a stretch. Everyone knows The Beatles.
The clear market advantage that the Green Day game does have is the benefit of being compatible with Rock Band’s existing and ever-growing library, as its tracks are exportable (for a fee) to Xbox 360 and PS3 hard drives and playable in the main iterations of the series. Though Guthrie didn’t say as much, it’s possible Beatles sales suffered because the game was a standalone project, which didn’t mesh well with the Rock Band ethos and its core demographic.
Green Day: Rock Band more familiar to ‘core audience’ than The Beatles, MTV Games says originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 14 May 2010 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Nintendo and the American Heart Association will co-host a press event in New York City this Monday, May 17. The brief press release for the event does not offer any indication as to what the announcement will be, but Nintendo’s upcoming Vitality Sensor, designed to measure a player’s pulse, seems the likely focus of the event — and the sort of thing the American Heart Association would be into co-promoting. Additionally, only the Wii is highlighted in the release, and not the DS, suggesting this is a Wii-related event.
With the Vitality Sensor scheduled for a 2010 release, now seems like a good time for Nintendo to start talking about its features and software. We’re just looking forward to being able to say, “Wow, we get it.”
Nintendo and American Heart Association to make announcement on May 17 originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 14 May 2010 10:34:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.