Game Consoles Sucking Up $1 Billion in Energy Costs Per Year

via Gizmodo by Adam Frucci on 12/30/08

According to a study by the National Resources Defense Council, Americans use up about $1 billion worth of energy per year powering video game consoles, enough to power the entire city of San Diego.

It’s a pretty staggering figure, but I’m willing to bet that figures on the power consumption of things like refrigerators and washing machines are even worse. Any serious appliance is going to suck up a lot of juice, but that doesn’t mean we should throw them all out.

However, those folks who leave their consoles on all the time aren’t doing their energy bills any favors. With the Xbox 360 consuming 119 watts in active mode and the PS3 consuming 150 watts, turning these systems off when you aren’t playing is kind of an obvious move. But apparently a lot of people just leave them on all the time, leading to one very basic question: why? Both systems have features that’ll shut down automatically after a certain amount of idle time, seems like a no brainer to turn that on if you’re too damned lazy to turn them off yourself when done playing.

[NRDC via EcoGeek]

Nintendo sells over a million Wiis in the US alone during week ending Decemb…

via Boy Genius Report by Zach Epstein on 12/23/08

Google employees might be getting lumps of coal in their Christmas stockings this year but we have a feeling our pals over at Nintendo will likely be getting regularly scheduled bonuses. We all know that Wii sales have been consistently and ridiculously strong but this past week has been nothing short of astounding here in the US for Nintendo. In the week ending December 20th, VG Chartz estimates Wii sales in the US alone at over one million units. Yes, that’s a one with six zeros after it. The holiday season is shaping up to be quite a coup for Nintendo and Wii sales won’t be slowing down any time soon. Add to that the tremendous success of the DS and you’ve got yourself a hell of a year-end.

[Via Newlaunches]

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Nintendo’s 2007 profits almost double fiscal 2006

via Engadget by Paul Miller on 1/24/08

While a few companies have posted some hefty earnings this year, it’s hard not to be impressed with the sort explosive growth Nintendo — a 100 or so year old company — has seen in 2007. Profit for the nine months leading up to December 31st was $2.45 billion, up 96.3 percent from the same timespan in fiscal 2006. Naturally a huge chunk of that is the 20 million Wii consoles sold, 14.29 million of those in the last three quarters, and the related software title, but it’s pretty clear that the DS continues to shine, with 24.5 million sold in the last nine months, and most likely a higher per-unit profit. Nintendo shares are down 2.4 percent in Tokyo.

Nintendo DS Tops PS2 in Lifetime Sales (Japan) [Sony Vs Nintendo]

Gotta love that Nintendo!

via Gizmodo by Mark Wilson on 12/29/07

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Every once in a while when you study those weekly sales charts out of Japan you catch something interesting. And that happened when last week’s numbers came out: the Nintendo DS has overtaken the PS2 in lifetime console sales in Japan.

But when Nintendo sells over 200,000 portable units a week in one country alone, it’s hard to believe that their DSs have not yet assembled into a giant, gajillion-screened monster with a vicious stylus attack that would stop even the likes of Ultraman. Outsell the PS2 in Japan? That’s just another day at the office when you have nuclear laser attacks in the brain.

PS, we know that picture is a PSP, not a PS2. But we love the picture and rarely get a chance to dust it off.

Puzzle Quest this Wednesday on XBLA

According to a press release IGN received from D3 Publisher, Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords will release on Xbox Live Arcade Oct. 10. Although no specifics were given on price, the game is expected to cost 1200 MS points ($15) based on previous leaked info.

Although the 1200 MS price point may be a little steep compared to what we’re used to paying for an XBLA game, considering the game normally costs between $20 – $30 on various other platforms (DS, PSP, PC), it doesn’t seem unreasonable — and the HD is a nice perk. If you haven’t played the acclaimed puzzle/RPG hybrid, or are looking forward to playing again on a bigger screen, it appears the wait is almost over.

[Via Evil Avatar]

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PS2 Sales Surpass Successor

Japanese shoppers opt for older console over hard-to-find PlayStation 3.

TOKYO–Sales of the almost 7-year-old PlayStation 2 beat those of the brand-new PlayStation 3 in Japan in late January for the first time, according to sales figures published today.

For the week of January 22 to January 28, sales of the PlayStation 2 totaled 20,995 units while those of the PlayStation 3 were 19,996, said Media Create. The research company receives data from around 3000 stores across Japan and uses that to estimate nationwide sales.

Sony Adjusts

The figures amount to more bad news for Sony Computer Entertainment, which missed its initial shipment target for the console. The company had hoped to ship 2 million PlayStation 3 consoles worldwide between the Japan launch on November 11 and the end of 2006 but it didn’t accomplish that until mid-January. It’s sticking by its next shipment target of 6 million consoles by the end of March.

Sales of the PlayStation 2 have been so good that Sony this week raised its full year shipment target for that console to 13 million units from 11 million units. A combination of the low price–it costs $133 versus either $414 or $497 for the PlayStation 3–and a strong catalog of software titles is continuing to attract customers to the console.

Other Sales

Nintendo’s competing Wii console, which launched shortly after the PlayStation 3, sold 83,754 units in the week. The surprise winner among the new-generation consoles was Microsoft’s Xbox 360, which managed to achieve a sales increase of just over 300 units to 7365 units in the week when overall sales of the PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360 fell by just over 3000 units to 111,115 units, according to the figures.

The biggest selling hardware of the week was Nintendo’s DS Lite, which sold 194,526 units against 35,700 units for the rival PlayStation Portable.

In the software ranking “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas,” which launched in Japan on January 25, topped the chart with estimated sales of 227,261 units. That’s more than double the second ranked “Dragon Quest Monsters Joker” for the Nintendo DS.

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Sim City DS screens and info

Famitsu’s packed with new goodies from Sim City DS that have us yearning for the game. And who can resist tiny Sim Santa and his cute little reindeer?

The new stuff looks to largely concern Save the City mode, which thrusts the player into a real city and offers them challenges to solve, from earthquakes to snarled traffic and hey, even UFOs. Also — and our loose translation may be incorrect — it looks as though fires in your city can be handled by blowing into the microphone. But lots of fire stations can help prevent fires, so build carefully to avoid puffing away into the mic.

Shippin’ Out: December 11-15: Zelda GC, lots of Wii

The GameCube receives perhaps its last notable title as Nintendo’s new system ramps up with new releases.
In March of 2004, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker director Eiji Aonuma referenced a “Wind Waker 2” in a presentation at the Game Developers Conference. That project eventually became The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and helped launch Nintendo’s Wii last month. The original GameCube version sees release this week and appears ready to go down as the last notable title for Nintendo’s aging system.

As Nintendo’s previous system goes the way of the dodo, the Wii is entrenching itself at retailers around the country with a slew of new releases. In addition to a quartet of Virtual Console games–Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, Gunstar Heroes, Ice Hockey, and Alien Crush– the Wii sees a handful of titles for all age levels refreshing store shelves.

Konami’s first-person hide-and-seek game Elebits offers a bit of E for Everyone-rated entertainment, while the E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older crowd can kick back with new games like Super Swing Golf and Chicken Little: Ace in Action. The cartoonish military shooter Metal Slug Anthology and World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions have been given T for Teen ratings, while older gamers might enjoy the first-person shooter Far Cry Vengeance, rated M for Mature.

Things are mostly quiet on the Sony front. The PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 get one title each in the form of College Hoops 2K7 and Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII, respectively. The PlayStation Portable is slightly busier, playing host to Blitz: Overtime and Shrek Smash and Crash. The Xbox 360 new-release section is similarly quiet this week, with only Rapala Trophies, Star Trek: Legacy, and the Xbox Live Arcade game Assault Heroes to call its own.

This week’s new releases are listed below (list taken from retailer information–actual dates may vary).

DECEMBER 11, 2006
College Hoops 2K7 (PS2)
Rayman Raving Rabbids (PC)
Alien Crush (Wii)
Gunstar Heroes (Wii)
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine (Wii)
Ice Hockey (Wii)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (GC)

DECEMBER 12, 2006
Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII (PS3)
Blitz: Overtime (PSP)
Disney’s Chicken Little: Ace in Action (Wii)
DMZ: North Korea (PC)
Elebits (Wii)
Far Cry Vengeance (Wii)
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas (PC)
Star Wars: Lethal Alliance (DS)
Shrek Smash and Crash (PSP)
Super Swing Golf (Wii)
World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions (Wii)
Lionel Trains On Track (DS)

DECEMBER 13, 2006
Assault Heroes (Xbox 360)

DECEMBER 14, 2006
Metal Slug Anthology (Wii)
Rapala Trophies (Xbox 360)
Star Trek: Legacy (Xbox 360)

DECEMBER 15, 2006
Alexey’s Dwice (PC)
Football Mogul 2007 (PC)

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Paris Hilton-Designed DS on eBay

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I’m not sure how I missed the original story, but late last month Nintendo UK released a super-limited-edition DS Lite encrusted with Swarovski crystals and designed by Paris Hilton (of course!) for rich women and crazy people.

Kotaku reports today that one of them is now up for sale on eBay with a Buy It Now of 750 pounds — about $1465. The auction description says that it was used solely for press shots, which means that it’s likely that exact model featured above.

Pink Nintendo DS Lite – Paris Hilton Swarovski Edition
[eBay]

DS: “I Want To Be Like Wii!”

If you’ve been wishing your Nintendo DS was more like the Nintendo Wii, the DS motion card may be something to look into. The motion card plugs into the DS card slot and features a 3-axis accelerometer and single-axis gyroscope, turning your DS into a motion-sensing ‘Tenda. At the moment, there are only a few apps that support the motion-sensing card (DSaSketch, Sprout and Water Drops Tilt), but we’ll definitely see more as soon as the card releases. Not only is the DS motion card pretty darn revolutionary, it also opens up new doors for handheld game developers. Who knows, maybe the motion card will get popular enough to get picked up by Nintendo and become an official DS accessory. It may be wishful thinking, but it would really take handheld gaming to the next level.

DS: “I Want To Be Like Wii!” [ds fanboy]