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April 13, 2009, 6:44 PM
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Not only is Hannah Montana hitting the big screen, but fans can relive that movie experience in a video game. In the video game Hannah Montana The Movie, kids join Miley Stewart and her superstar alter ego Hannah Montana in an adventure set in Miley’s hometown of Crowley Corners, Tenn.  The console version is available now on the Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Sony PlayStation 3, with the Windows PC version coming later in the summer. There is also a DS version that is similar. (http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/jinnygudmundsen/2009-04-09-hannah-montana_N.htm 4/9)

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GAMING by Marauder
April 6, 2009, 8:51 PM
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Sony’s PlayStation 3 console outsold Nintendo’s Wii platform in Japan last month, marking the first time in 16 months the Wii has fallen to second place. Game magazine Enterbrain says Sony moved 146,948 units, while Nintendo sold 99,335. Reuters (4/6)

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Despite worries that it would be it hampered by the digital TV delay, Qualcomms live mobile FLO TV service announced expansion of its service to an additional 19 markets around the country, extending FLO TV’s coverage to more than 10 million potential new viewers ahead of the revised June 12 DTV transition date. In all the service covers 68 markets and is sold through AT&T and Verizon Wireless. (Cynopsis 4/2)

Nintendo launched the second redesign of its venerable Nintendo DS portable-gaming platform Sunday. The new Nintendo DSi features a slimmer design, a pair of cameras and a new user interface that will allow users to store games and applications in a manner similar to Apple’s iPhone. Expect to see a push for DSi-exclusive content going forward. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.)/Contra Costa Times (4/5) , Reuters (4/3)

Casual games on social networks such as Facebook are changing how software developers approach game design. Millions of Facebook users have made poker and virtual-pet simulators the site’s top applications, a fact developers attribute to the lure of playing against friends. “The emotional driver for you to play is not the kind of fight or flight emotions which tend to happen between you and the screen on consoles, but the much more powerful emotions of you and your real world friends,” Playfish CEO Kristian Segerstrale says. Financial Times (4/6)

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GAMING by Marauder
March 30, 2009, 10:36 PM
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Nintendo is gearing up for the next iteration of its Nintendo DS handheld with the DSi set to hit U.S. stores in April. Nintendo has already sold 100 million DS consoles and has added a few features to the new version, including an online application store. New York Post (3/29)

In some ways, these are the best of times for video game makers: More people than ever, and more types of people, are playing on an unprecedented number of platforms. But, according to this report, these are also the worst of times because a growing number of free or low-cost games that can be found online may cut into sales of consoles, such as Sony‘s PlayStation and Microsoft‘s Xbox. The New York Times (3/29)

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Nintendo is in a wait-and-see mode if the DSi takes off before making any firm future plans concerning the Nintendo DS Lite, which could see its production discontinued if the new DS takes off. “We’ll let the market decide,” said Nintendo U.K. General Manager David Yarnton. “We expect some people will upgrade, but we also anticipate that we’ll win over people who were still undecided on DS — the extra features will help convince them. There’s an extra incentive.” Electronista (3/6)

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WildTangent and AddictingGames.com are among the casual-game providers reporting strong ad demand, despite the shaky economy. WildTangent is estimating a 56% jump in ad sales for the first quarter, while AddictingGames.com now ranks as MTV Network’s most popular site, with more than 11 million unique monthly users. Mediaweek (3/8)

Starz Media and game publisher Merscom are teaming up to try and generate interest in the new Starz comedy series Party Down and Merscom’s sequel to its “Righteous Kill: The Game” title. DirecTV‘s 101 interactive channel and 5 cable MSO On Demand and online portals are providing sneak peaks to the show as well as a free trial to the Sims-style Party Down causal game beginning March 13. Party Down from creator Rob Thomas (“Veronica Mars,” “Cupid”) premiers on Starz March 20. (Cynopsis 3/9)

Amazon.com is offering shoppers credit for used games they opt to trade in by mail. Consumers who then use that credit to buy games at Amazon.com will receive a 10% purchase discount. The move by the online retailer is already putting pressure on GameStop. Digital Trends (3/6) , CNET (3/6)

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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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GAMING by Marauder
December 9, 2008, 7:57 PM
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Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo Co., is a highly unconventional thinker who was a driving force behind a casual-gaming platform known as the Wii that, when it was introduced, debunked the myth that video games were just for young males, according to this profile of the executive. The Wii recorded sales of 34.6 million units through September. Reuters (12/8)

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Activision Blizzard sold a record 2.8 million copies of the latest World of Warcraft expansion: Wrath of the Lich King within the first 24 hours of its release. The Massively Multiplayer Online Game has about 11 million online subscribers. (Cynopsis 11/20)

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In its battle for the hearts and minds of gamers, Sony is developing a robust social-networking component to its PlayStation 3 console. The new element, to be called Home, has been in beta testing for weeks and allows users to explore an online world with avatars that can travel from one virtual place to another. The New York Times/VentureBeat (11/19)

National Geographic Ventures is working with video game makers on branded games for PCs, consoles and handhelds, according to this article. “National Geographic: Panda” will be available this month for handheld Nintendo DS, and next month Sony will have “National Geographic: Africa.” The Washington Post/The Associated Press (11/18)

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