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[News] Nintendo Raises Forecast, Fuelled by DS and Linux-based Wii Prospects

Nintendo ups forecast on strong game console sales

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| The Japanese maker of game machines and software said the revision
| includes its latest estimates for its new game player, the Wii, which
| is expected to go on sale in the United States in November.
| Nintendo, the third-ranked game console maker, is hoping its new Wii
| console will lure customers away from new gadgets made by its bigger
| rivals Microsoft Corp. and Sony Corp.


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Nintendo Raises Profit Outlook for 2007



Survey Shows Wii at 88%, PS3 at 11%

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| Including all hardware, which system will generate the most sales?
| 60.7% Nintendo DS,
| 32.8% Nintendo Wii
| 3.3% PS2
| 1.6% PS3
| 1.6% Xbox 360


Gamers Say Microsoft Understates Xbox Problems

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| "30-50 percent of them (Xbox 360's) have failed."


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|     "Microsoft has launched its Xbox 360 games console in Japan to what
| seems like a more subdued response than it received in Europe and North
| America.
|     [...]
|     Sales of the first Microsoft Xbox in Japan have always lagged behind
| Sony PlayStation 2, which was launched two years before it."


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| "It's not going to be a big hit in Japan," said 26-year-old Kentaro 
| Okamoto, one of the first Xbox 360 buyers. "I buy every new game console... 
| but normally Japanese customers only buy a machine when it's made by Sony 
| or Nintendo."


Why Nintendo Wii will succeed 

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| That would be the Wii "gaming console", as opposed to the forthcoming PS3
| and the HD DVD drive equipped Xbox 360s ? all of which are transmogrifying
| into multimedia, do-it-all entertainment hub-type things.


Xbox Live Outages All Over US?

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| In any case the outages do not seem to affect everyone although I can
| say 2old2play has already received 6 emails, 5 PMs, and several blog
| posts about the outages. One such blogger was told by a service rep that
| he was "experiencing a temporary service outage bubble in his area."
| Apparently the rep had received several similar Xbox Live error codes
| that day, but could not say why. 2old2play is currently trying to contact
| Microsoft for a comment and we'll update this page as we receive word.


Sony cuts PS3 price by 20 pct to Y49,980 in Japan

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| Sony Corp. said on Friday it would sell its PlayStation 3 video game
| console in Japan for 49,980 yen ($430), over 20 percent lower than a
| previously announced price.


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