According to the January video game sales figure released by NPD, Nintendo once again dominates the chart. Nintendo is said to sell 68,000 Wii units and 510,000 DS units. Nintendo’s Wii Fit, Wii Play and Mario Kart took the top three positions on the software side. Left 4 Dead and Call of Duty: World at War were on forth and fifth positions respectively.
Recession has taken everything in its control but still, video games are trying to do a great job by curbing the results due to recession. According to a market research firm, NPD Group, it has been reported that both software and hardware combined together have reached the $1.33 billion in revenue this month. This growth accounts for a 13% jump over $ 1.8 billion in January 2008.
Nintendo Wii started their mini-games in 2008 and this year in 2009, they are getting the go kart racing games. The NASCAR Kart Racing is the first title NASCAR title for Nintendo Wii. It has already been shipped to the retailers. The exciting part is that the Wii owners can also look forward to MySimsRacing sometime in June.
Reports say that Nintendo is investing huge money into a new research and development centre in Kyoto’s Minami-ku district. This area is close to their headquarters in Kyoto. Around £100 million have already been spent by Nintendo in securing the land. The building will have new research and development centre dealing in both hardware and software.
The Nintendo DS enters into its fifth year of life in 2009. It has gained success not only in the US but also in Japan where it has enjoyed the same lucrative life as it has in Japan. However, the problem lies in such games that only the Japanese gamers have been enjoying since years. There are games which are still waiting to go across the Pacific.
The latest addition in the accessories of Nintendo Wii is a 6 colored Nunchuk Mini’s which is to be launched by Logic3. The Nunchuk Mini’s will add some fun and color which one will experience while playing the games on the Wii. These Nunchuks can also be referred as ‘FunChucks’ and are available in Red, Orange, Yellow Green, White and Black. Each player can select his own choice of colored Nunchuk. It proves great for a group of friends who have the aim to be the best Wii gamer around.
The video game company based in Kyoto, Japan, said this week that it is set to implement a new online service aimed at offering Wii users access to doctors and other healthcare experts, Kyodo News said Wednesday. Nintendo said the new health service is being offered in conjunction with NEC Corp. Panasonic Medical Solutions Company and Hitachi Limited.
Sony on Thursday reported a 95 percent decline in profit for the fourth quarter of 2008. The electronics maker didn't get the sales boost it hoped for during the holiday shopping season as consumers turned to competing products. The Japanese company said sales decreased 24.6 percent year over year as its electronics division sales plunged 29.3 percent in the wake of yen appreciation, the economic downturn, and intensified price competition.
Considering last week’s news that the North American video games market grew 19 per cent to hit $21.33bn last year, NPD figures have also shown that the Canadian industry in isolation also enjoyed significant growth, CBC reports.
Stimulated by the success of Nintendo Wii, a Hong Kong-based toy company has launched a similar gaming practice in the UK for children as young as three-years-old the Smile Motion console. Vtechs Smile Motion console is a games engine that has motion sensitive gear sticks, which uses similar technology to the Nintendo Wii.