Nintendo cause PS3 woes

February 6, 2007

PS3 Queue

The race to pick up a PS3 is hotting up.  Retailer Virgin will happily take £50 deposit from you-but say that they can’t guarantee you a machine.  Why are they being cautious? Well they blame Nintendo.

It seems that the company is being careful what it promises to deliver after Nintendo failed to produce the number of Wii’s that it had promised to them.  Here’s what some Virgin representatives had to say on the matter,

“”All UK retailers were notified of their initial day one Wii allocations in October 2006, some six to eight weeks before launch.

“Nintendo delivered exactly what we said we would to retailers for day one and in many instances over delivered against the initial numbers retailers were expecting.”

“Nintendo made multiple and regular deliveries to retailers across the UK in the days following launch to try and meet the huge demand for Wii as much as possible.”

Hmm.  With retailers taking advantage of these situations (HMV online requires you to buy a PSP if you want to order a PS3 – for £675 – and they STILL don’t guarantee a machine on launch) it’s time that the hardware manufacturers sorted this out.  Maybe next time.

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Videogames go classical

February 5, 2007

Play! logo

It’s a well known fact that in Japan videogame soundtracks sell. Really well. Over here in the West there seems to be less interest. Maybe that could all be about to change though. Play! is described as “A Video Game Symphony”. Hmm. So basically we are talking about a full orchestra performing music from various games. Here’s the official blurb;

“Performed by full orchestra and choir, PLAY! A Video Game Symphony features award-winning music from a catalogue of blockbuster video game titles. Outstanding graphics on large screens above the orchestra accompany the scores, highlighting memorable moments from the video games.”

You can hear a little sample of what’s on offer over at their official website.

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Hold on Tight!

February 5, 2007

I like this.  Not much to say about it really, it’s just a cute little video to remind you that throwing your Wiimote through your TV isn’t really a very clever idea.  Just in case you had forgotten.


Wii an impulse buys says Sony

February 1, 2007

Wii Sales

If the new console war has proven anything, it’s that Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all remember how to act in a playground.  Highly paid executives have been taking verbal swings at each other for months now, and Sony is the latest to try and take a swipe at the Wii. As well as claiming that Sony is shipping – and selling – 100,000 PS3s a week in the US, Sony Computer Entertainment of America spokesperson Dave Karraker has told the New York Times that he reckons the Wii is not in the samer league as the PS3;

“Wii could be considered an impulse by more than anything else,”

Karraker goes on to claim that Nintendo has made the Wii look more popular than it really is by keeping stock low. Nintendo refute this of course, insisting that they are shipping the same number of units as Sony.  I say who cares?  Just give us the games!!!

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