Posts Tagged "Retail"

Is There Still Hope for the Xperia Play?

Is There Still Hope for the Xperia Play?

Remember the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphone? You can be forgiven if its existence has slipped out of your mind over the past few months. Sony’s Android phone, which has a special emphasis on gaming (especially retro PSOne games), has existed in North America since April 2011, but hasn’t made a big impact on a very busy, very big market. Sony realizes that the Xperia Play hasn’t made much of an imprint on the smartphone scene, and it hopes to...

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New Wii System: Enough to Rekindle Europe?

New Wii System: Enough to Rekindle Europe?

The Wii hasn’t exactly enjoyed a stellar year in terms of sales, but Nintendo needs to get one more holiday season out of the ol’ girl. This time next year, we’ll be bouncing off the walls about the Wii U, so how does Nintendo propose to keep us interested in the Wii for that long? It has an answer, at least for Europe: A slimmer version of the Wii that’s packed with the Wii Remote Plus and copies of Wii Sports and Wii Party. The unit also...

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Are Pre-Order Bonuses Getting Worse?

Are Pre-Order Bonuses Getting Worse?

Once upon a time, pre-order bonuses for video games were a fun way to score a little something on release day, thus amping up the buyer’s excitement over the game by a small but delicious notch. While some companies have a legacy of distributing classy pre-order stuff, most tactile bonus material involved keychains, or oversized shirts that were perfect for schlepping around the house in. Downloadable content (DLC) has helped elevate pre-order bonuses from an...

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PlayStation Vita: Will 2012 Launch Work?

PlayStation Vita: Will 2012 Launch Work?

Are you reluctant to enter the next phase of the handheld gaming wars because you’re waiting to see what the PlayStation Vita has to offer? You may as well go make a sandwich: Sony recently announced that the PS Vita won’t be coming to North America or Europe until an unspecified date in 2012. Japan will be getting the system in time for the holidays, but unless you’re looking to import (and that’s a viable option, as the PS Vita is...

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Xbox 360: Dead in Japan

Xbox 360: Dead in Japan

The Xbox has a long history of failing to make any kind of impression on Japan. To Bill Gates’ credit, Microsoft continues to cling to the Japanese market with a bulldog grip, but word has started coming in about Japanese retailers phasing out the Xbox 360. It looks like the Xbox 360’s time is up in the Land of the Rising Sun. Edge has a thorough tally of the 360’s misfortunes overseas. Though Microsoft did in fact move 1.5 million units by last...

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