With all the rumours about the next-generation systems, more specifically Sony’s PlayStation and its apparently imminent reveal, gamers the world over are growing rather excited at the prospect of going next-gen this year. You may have to reign in your excitement – particularly if you live anywhere that isn’t the US or Japan.
Sony’s PlayStation Blog updated yesterday, letting everybody know what games would be coming to the service – and the list has made me really sad. It’s not because the game’s that you’ll be getting free are terrible; in fact it’s quite the opposite. They’re mostly fantastic games; the problem is I have them all already.
We all know that in the land of Apple Pie, frivolous lawsuits and Honey Boo Boo that Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is king of the consoles – consistently outselling the competition, month after month. That’s certainly not the case in the rest of the world though.
Sonyâ€™s motion control system, Playstation Move launched last month to respectable, but underwhelming figures in the States. Sony had foreseen this; Unlike Microsoftâ€™s marketing campaign with Kinect, Sony hadnâ€™t engaged in a media blitz expecting incredible launch sales. Instead, they believe the system to have long legs â€“ selling by word of mouth.
According to Wedbush Morgan analysts Michael Pachter and Edward Woo (woo!), Playstation Move has sold 300,000 units in the states since launch, including bundled PS3 systems. Sony says itâ€™s done much, much, much better in European territories.
According to the first European sales numbers coming in ModNation Racers sales are worryingly low.
Low as in only 50 000 copies across Europe in its first week and the PSP version selling a mediocre 9 800 units.
The game has received a huge marketing budget and by all accounts the reviews have been positive about the game so why the low sales?
I like golf, ladies & video games so it comes as no surprise that I am quite a fan of the Tiger Woods golfing series.
However that being said this latest video that Joystiq has posted up for Tiger Woods 11 just annoys the living hell out of me.
Itâ€™s about the ability to create teams and play in the Ryder Cup which is all good and well but the voiceover man then says itâ€™s for honour and for country but the Ryder cup is between Europe and the USA and Europe isnâ€™t a country and yet it gets worse.
Nintendo have announced, by means of a particularly German press release, that they have made obscene amounts of money in Europe last year. Nintendoâ€™s market-dominant waggle machine has sold 8.3 million units in in 2008, bringing total euro sales figures to a staggering 14.2 million. Up 58% from the previous year, this benchmark makes it the largest annual home console seller in Europeâ€¦ever. This should hardly come as a surprise to anyone â€“ the Wii is still flying off shelves like donuts at a cop convention.
Nintyâ€™s other money generator did similarly brisk trade â€“ The DS sold plenty, making 11.2 million peopleâ€™s daily commutes just that little bit more pleasant.
Nintendo of Europeâ€™s MD, Marketing and PR Laurent Fischer had this to say - probably before fist-pumping the sales director, and jubilantly screaming â€œWoooooo!â€ : â€œThe sales trend on both Wii and Nintendo DS, hardware and software during 2008 shows that more and more people in Europe are enjoying video games as part of their daily lives.â€
â€œThis proves that Nintendoâ€™s wish to expand the gaming population has strong potential in Europe.â€
Nick de Bruyne
A Dutch member on the gametrailers forum managed to take a look at a list of game releases at a local store and to his surprise he saw that they had Killzone 2 scheduled for earlier than expected.
As you can see in the image above, the list shows Killzone 2's release date as February 6. While this may only apply to Europe, that generally means that it will apply to us as well so unless the list is wrong, local ane European PS3 owners may be getting their grubby paws on the game nearly 3 weeks earlier than the people in the states.
Killzone 2 is starting to make me very jealous of those of you who have PS3's, it's looking damn fine to say the least and I think I may have to go and spend a couple of days at one of our reviewers houses to get a taste of what the game has to offer.
source: Gametrailers Forum
Nick de Bruyne
Nick de Bruyne
Konami has said via Eurogamer that Silent Hill: Homecoming will be pushed back to February 2009 in Europe.
The psychological survival horror game was expected at the end of October to tie in with Halloween. No reason was given for the delay, and the publisher was reluctant to discuss the matter further.
Microsoft has announced that since it cut the price of the Xbox 360, worldwide sales have shot through the roof.
In America sales have doubled, over in Europe sales have increased by 62% and in Japan sales have skyrocketed 500%â€¦
Obviously the release of all those JRPGâ€™s in Japan also made a difference but either way sales are up and they even managed to outsell the PS3 so itâ€™s not like they are talking about an increase from 10 to 50 unitsâ€¦
With Christmas just around the corner it is hard to see how the PS3 is ever going to overtake the 360 in this generation.