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Nintendo has some tricks up its sleeve, but adding voice services to its consoles is not among them, an executive said. “Telephony is not in our wheelhouse. It’s not something I anticipate us getting into,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, the head of Nintendo of America. But he added that Nintendo was considering adding Wi-Fi connectivity to its handheld games. The New York Times/Bits blog (5/26) , MocoNews.net (5/27)

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March 23, 2009, 3:05 AM
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Game developers are maturing, which has prompted more support for creating games that children can enjoy, according to this analysis. “The cliche of game developers 20 years ago is that of socially inept young men who sleep under their desks,” said Billy Pidgeon, an analyst with IDC who worked as a game producer in the late 1980s and early 1990s. “Many of those have now climbed out from under their desks and started families.” Los Angeles Times (3/23)

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February sales of video games and related hardware and accessories showed a 10% gain compared with a year ago, although total sales were down slightly from a gain of 13% in January. “The Xbox 360 realized its biggest nonholiday sales month, save for September 2007, when the ‘Halo 3‘ release brought in a large group of new owners,” NPD analyst Anita Frazier said. “Compared to last month [January], the PS3 realized the greatest month-over-month unit sales increase of all platforms.” InformationWeek (3/20) , Digital Trends (3/20)

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March 13, 2009, 7:06 AM
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Nintendo Wii may do more than deliver games in the future, according to Lionsgate President Curt Marvis, who said the Wii offered opportunities to movie studios. For the Japanese market, Nintendo already has a video-on-demand service in development for the Wii. The New York Times/VentureBeat (3/13)

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Discovery Communications, 505 Games and Big Tent Entertainment are teaming up to create a series of Discovery Kids pet-simulation games for the Nintendo DS. The games — with titles such as “Dolphin Discovery,” “Puppy Playtime,” “Pony Paradise” and “Kitten Corner” — are the first to be associated with Discovery Kids and will be available in the spring. The Hollywood Reporter (2/9)

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January 29, 2009, 8:00 PM
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Thanks to strong demand for its Wii and DS gaming platforms, Japan‘s Nintendo announced a 21% rise in operating profit in the third quarter. But that good news came with a caveat: The company also scaled back its forecast because of a strong yen, which makes Nintendo’s goods less desirable on the world import stage. Reuters (1/29)

Online gaming usage spiked significantly last year as broadband became more affordable and consumers looked for cheap entertainment options, according to ComScore. The category itself surged by 27% to nearly 86 million users with Yahoo! Games leading the pack. Americans’ total share of internet time spent playing online games grew from 3.7% in December 2007 to 4.9% in December 2008. (Cynopsis 1/29)

Top Online Gaming Sites –  December 2008 vs. December 2007
Total Unique Visitors (000)
Dec-2007        Dec-2008        % Change
Online Gaming                  67,457          85,977          27
Yahoo! Games                  16,184          19,468          20
EA Online                         12,673          15,369          21
Disney Games                   11,933          13,458          13
WildTangent Network           7,650          13,306          74
Addictinggames.com            9,706          11,343          17
AOL Games                         8,380          10,750          28
MSN Games                        9,685          10,263           6
Miniclip.com                        7,264           8,636          19
Nick.com Games                  6,020           7,092          18
Spil Games                          1,821           6,715         269
Total Internet Audience     183,619         190,650           4
Source: comScore Media Metrix

The gaming category also attracted more display ads, with total display ad views increasing by 29% to 8.6 billion.

Display Advertising Trends in Online Gaming Category – Nov. 2008 vs. Nov. 2007
Online Gaming                                       Nov-2007      Nov-2008    % Change
Total Display Ad Views (MM)                       6,659         8,610        29
Advertising Exposed Unique Visitors (000)     52,066       67,834        30
Advertising Exposed Reach %                       28.6           35.6        25
Display Ads per Page Viewed                        1.00           0.83       -17
Average Frequency                                    127.9         126.9        -1
GRPs Total Population                                 2,271         2,913        28
Source: comScore Ad Metrix

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Thanks chiefly to Nintendo’s Wii, video game sales hit $32 billion worldwide in 2008, a 20% year-over-year increase, according to a new report from Media Control GfK International. The report went on to say that the DVD/Blu-ray video market fell 6%, to $29 billion, marking the first time games outpaced the video discs. GameDaily BIZ (1/23)

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December 15, 2008, 6:35 AM
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Slow sales of the roughly-two-month-old “Wii Music” game have some analysts concerned that the exponentially expanding game console from Nintendo may have hit its first roadblock. “It could be Nintendo’s first flop for Wii,” UBS Investment Research analyst Benjamin Schachter. The Wall Street Journal (12/15)

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Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, shown demonstrating Wii Music, says he isn’t expecting it to be an immediate hit.

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The gaming industry is emerging as a bright corner of the troubled economy as U.S. sales of videogames grew 10% to $2.91 billion in November, according to market research firm NPD Group. Sales of videogame consoles were also up 10%, to $1.21 billion led by the Nintendo which sold more than 2 million Wiis and 1.57 million DS hand-held consoles. Microsoft came in second, with 836,000 Xbox 360 consoles sold. Sony continued to struggle in November, selling only 378,000 PlayStation 3s, 206,000 PS2s and 421,000 of PSP handhelds. (Cynopsis 12/15)

The media industry will be watching Wednesday when video game publisher Take-Two Interactive Software releases its quarterly earnings. According to this report, crashing stock values at many games companies are making them prime takeover targets for larger media companies. The Wall Street Journal (12/15)

Top 10 PC Game Titles in the U.S.
Rank  Game Title                    Publisher                    AU%     Ave. Minutes Played/Week
1       World of Warcraft Blizzard Entertainment .723           671
2       Call of Duty 4: Modern  Warfare  Activision           .163           403
3       Halo: Combat Evolved   Microsoft Game Studios    .092           295
4       Sims, The                     Electronic Arts Inc. 0.09           213
5       Sims 2, The                  Electronic Arts Inc.         0.086          291
6       RuneScape                   Jagex Ltd.                     0.084           451
7       Diablo II                      Blizzard Entertainment    0.065          313
8       Team Fortress              2 Valve                          0.063          371
9       Counter-Strike             Sierra Studios                 0.062          282
10     CS: Source  Valve        Sierra Studios                 0.061          426
Source:  The Nielsen Company
Note:  Data from Jan – Oct 2008.  AU% = % of PC Gamers playing title in the average minute

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