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News: Blockbuster UK Joins HMV In Administration

Blockbuster UK Joins HMV In Administration

UK games retail suffers its second blow in the space of a week

This week, HMV - the UK's last major high street entertainment retailer - slid into administration after suppliers declined to help the ailing chain, putting around 4,350 jobs at risk. The bad news for UK retail doesn't end there, however - Blockbuster UK has also announced its...

News: UK Retailer HMV Set To Go Into Administration

UK Retailer HMV Set To Go Into Administration

4,350 jobs at risk

HMV is the latest high street casualty in the UK. The music, DVD and video game retailer is to appoint an administrator, putting around 4,350 jobs at risk. The company has been in a financial mess for more than a year now; in December share prices plummeted after it warned it could breach bank loan agreements. The retailer...

News: UK Video Games Market Fell By 17.4% in 2012

UK Video Games Market Fell By 17.4% in 2012

Big challenges for the industry

The Entertainment Retailers Association has reported that in 2012 the UK video games market fell by 17.4%, including both physical and digital sales. In 2011 the whole video games market in the UK was worth £1.934 billion, in comparison to £1.598 billion in 2012. While digital sales did increase by 7.7% in 2012,...

News: False Alarm! Wii U GamePads Not Going Solo Just Yet

False Alarm! Wii U GamePads Not Going Solo Just Yet

UK retailer blames listing error

A few outlets were reporting earlier this morning that UK catalogue store Very.co.uk had become the first retailer in the world to begin selling the Wii U GamePad as a standalone item - which was surprising news given that there's nothing to use two GamePads for right now, unless you like really expensive bookends...

News: Wii U Demo Pods Being Installed In UK GAME Stores

Wii U Demo Pods Being Installed In UK GAME Stores

Hundreds of consoles sent out into the wild

It can be quite difficult to really sell the concept of a new console with just words and advertising alone; this is something Nintendo has found with Wii, 3DS and now Wii U. The best way for people to get a feel for what a new console is like is for them to literally get their mitts on it; that's exactly...

News: Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two Receives Collector's Edition Treatment On Wii

Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two Receives Collector's Edition Treatment On Wii

Epic is the word you're looking for

Disney's Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is due to release for the Wii on November 23rd, and fans can look forward to a special Collector's Edition of the game as well as the standard retail copy. UK retailer GAME has the exclusive on this bundle, which features a copy of the game, an 8GB Oswald-shaped USB stick...

News: GAME Bracing Itself For Pre-Launch Wii U Sell Out In The UK

GAME Bracing Itself For Pre-Launch Wii U Sell Out In The UK

White basic bundle already completely sold out on day one

UK video games retailer GAME has revealed that it expects to sell out of its entire allocation of Wii U consoles before the launch day of 30th November rolls around, but has stated that all current pre-orders will be fulfilled on the day of release. Speaking to Videogamer.com, a GAME...

News: Project X Zone Struggles At Japanese Retail

Project X Zone Struggles At Japanese Retail

Crossover RPG limps to 100,000 copies

Namco Bandai's much-hyped tactical RPG Project X Zone isn't performing as well as expected in its native Japan, with just 12,450 sold during the week of Monday 15th October. That brings the game's total sales to 97,989 units since its launch a week before. In contrast, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy has...

News: GameStop Kids Store Launches, 80 More Planned

GameStop Kids Store Launches, 80 More Planned

Mario and Pokémon plushes a-hoy!

Are you tired of going into a video game store and seeing M-rated games covering the shelves, with rows and rows of box covers full of guns and snarling faces? Help is at hand, if you live in the U.S. near Grapevine Mills Mall in TX, as there's a new GameStop Kids store in town. The first of a new range of 80 stores...

News: Soothsayers, Begone - 3DS Software Sales Rise 89 Percent Over Last Year

Soothsayers, Begone - 3DS Software Sales Rise 89 Percent Over Last Year

Nintendo's handheld remains robust in the face of mobile competition

Like a broken record, industry experts seem to delight in telling anyone that will listen that the 3DS is doomed. The rise of mobile phone gaming on iOS and Android seems to suggest to many that traditional consoles have no real future, but this anaylsis conviently ignores the fact...

News: Teens Losing Interest In Social Gaming, Turning To Traditional Consoles

Teens Losing Interest In Social Gaming, Turning To Traditional Consoles

Research also shows the growth of digital downloads

Everywhere you look, there seems to be a story about how traditional consoles are under threat from social gaming, and that the console market as we know it is all but doomed. However, new research from Analyst firm Piper Jaffray reveals that attitudes towards social gaming are changing, with teen...

News: NPD: US Consumers Want a Hot Item This Xmas, But The Wii U Isn't It

NPD: US Consumers Want a Hot Item This Xmas, But The Wii U Isn't It

Industry as a whole is in better shape, though

2012 hasn't been a fantastic year for the video game industry in terms of sales. Year on year, the market is shrinking - August saw a drop of 20 percent, which is understandably worrying for developers, publishers and retailers. However, The NPD Group - whose job it is to research sales trends in the...

News: Nintendo: Phones And Tablets Aren't Games Devices

Nintendo: Phones And Tablets Aren't Games Devices

UK PR director bullish about 3DS' forthcoming Christmas war against mobile

Nintendo UK's marketing and PR director Shelly Pearce has spoken to MCV about the upcoming war for wallets this Christmas, and has stated that the company is confident that its 'true' gaming systems will hold their own against devices like smartphones and tablets. When asked...

News: Reggie Promises Steady Stream Of Wii U Consoles

Reggie Promises Steady Stream Of Wii U Consoles

Supply chain is "solid", lessons learned from past launches

Hardware launches are traditionally accompanied by annoying shortages as early demand outstrips supply, but Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has taken steps to calm nervous customers who may be worried that they're in for a long wait if they haven't already preordered the Wii...