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The Grand Theft Auto series is one of the best selling series of all time, with numbers passing 125 million units life-to-date according to Take-Two Interactive's CEO, Strauss Zelnick. Zelnick revealed the amazing milestone during his presentation at the Credit Suisse 2012 Technology Conference.
In September 2011, GTA series units were sitting at 114 million - so we're looking at 11 million units selling in the last twelve months alone. Zelnick didn't break the figures down, but a Take-Two Interactive rep confirmed that the 2008 released GTA IV shipped 25 million units. Zelnick attributes the success of the Grand Theft Auto series to the James Bond film franchise, which doesn't get a release every two years. The release schedule keeps the series "special", says Zelnick.
Zelnick doesn't like the risks associated with a yearly release like Activision's Call of Duty series, with Zelnick stating that this business model has risks that his company doesn't want to take. He adds:
It's our view that if you want intellectual properties to be permanent, then you run the risk in that circumstance of having consumers fall out of love with that franchise. [Activision] obviously views the world differently.
The holiday shopping season is in full swing and what would the season be like without major video game console manufacturers bundling their previously released systems with an extremely popular game? It wouldn't be a holiday season without it as many parents will be enticed at the prospect of getting a hot game console with a great game for a great price.
Nintendo is the king of bundling their hardware with software and this year is no different as they announced a new 3DS XL bundle will be made available at major retailers starting on Dec. 2nd. The 3DS XL bundle will come with a Blue/Black Nintendo 3DS XL and comes pre-loaded copy of Mario Kart 7 for $199.99. Without this special bundle, the 3DS XL system and Mario Kart 7 would retail for a total of $239.98, which makes this one sweet deal if you were already planning on picking up both the 3DS XL and Mario Kart 7.
I still remember the feeling of booting up my fresh Xbox console with Halo - it was the same feeling that Half-Life on the PC gave me, and it looks like Bungie, now separate from Microsoft, could have lightning strike twice with 'Destiny'.
Details on the new game from Bungie have been leaked out and provided to IGN by a reader, including story details and concept art. According to the document:
Our story begins seven hundred years from now in the Last City on Earth, in a Solar System littered with the ruins of man's Golden Age. A massive, mysterious alien ship hangs overhead like a second Moon. No one knows where it came from or what it's here for, but only that it's our protector. Meanwhile, strange, alien monsters creep in from the edge of the universe, determined to take Earth and the Last City. We are young 'knights' tasked with defending the remains of humanity, discovering the source of these monsters and - eventually - overcoming it.
Sounds great! Bungie's follow-up to the Halo franchise has also been described as "fun and accessible to all", claiming they want "to create a universe as deep, tangible and relatable as that of the Star Wars franchise". Destiny's gameplay has been described in the leaked document as "social at its core", where it will offer "a world to explore with friends, both old and new". Bungie then shared IGN with some actual agency-provided images, which look gorgeous.
The Xbox 360 is still selling incredibly well, or at least so Microsoft claims. The console has enjoyed being at the top of the heap, at least in terms of sales, for 22 consecutive months, though many thought that the Wii U could possibly stop this from being the case. However, with sales numbers like this, it looks as though it might achieve 23 consecutive months at #1.
Microsoft has said that the Xbox 360 saw more than 750,000 sales during the Black Friday sales period. More impressively, all of those sales came from the United States. Redmond says that Halo 4 is doing better than expected, but they declined to give any sort of specific number. "Xbox LIVE Gold Subscription card sales increased more than 50 percent."
The console is incredibly old as far as consoles go, and it has way outlived its expected life. Microsoft has managed to keep it fresh and new by updating the looks, hardware, and by bringing out the Kinect. They've also made it into a home entertainment hub, which has also helped extend its life.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 receives Gold Classics Pack DLC to celebrate 300 billion gold coins collected milestone
New Super Mario Bros. 2 was released this past August and Nintendo has announced fans of the game have collected a total of 300 billion gold coins in a little over 3 months. To celebrate the milestone, Nintendo is offering a new piece of DLC called the Gold Classics Pack for free for a limited time.
The Gold Classics Pack includes three new courses inspired by older Mario titles like Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3. Each course can be played through the game's Coin Rush mode and will allow players to share their records with other player's through the game's StreetPass feature.
Nintendo has come out and confirmed the Wii Mini after a few leaks had made the device's launch not-so-secret anymore. The new Wii Mini will only play Wii games and will lack support for the older GameCube games and lack the ability to connect to the internet. This means no eShop or online features in games.
Sadly, the Wii Mini is currently only slated to show up in Canada and Nintendo has said they don't currently have any plans to bring it to other markets. "The system launches in Canada on December 7th with a suggested retail price of $99.99. No announcements have been made regarding other regions."
"There are games in the Wii library for every type of player," said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada's vice president and general manager. "Wii Mini is a great gift for the holidays that brings everyone in the family together to play. Wii Mini has a mini price, but it's all about big fun."
The new system is smaller than the older Wii, but by how much, it isn't exactly clear. It appears they have ditched the slot-loading drive in favor of a top-loading one instead. The sides of the device are a matte finish and it features red trim around the edges and a matching red controller and nunchuk.
As of now, Grand Theft Auto 5 has only been announced to be releasing on the Xbox 360 and PS3 in Spring 2013. If you're a PC gamer, you may have noticed Rockstar Games has left your gaming platform of choice without GTA V which is why fans are petitioning in favor of a PC version of the game be made available.
The petition, which has over 50,000 signatures as of this posting, hopes to receive 100,000 signatures in hopes their voices are heard by Rockstar to release a PC version of GTA V.
We reported a rumor yesterday about a possible Nintendo Wii Mini being made available and it looks like we have another piece of the puzzle that may make this rumor completely true.
According to a leaked image on the Best Buy Canada homepage, it looks like we indeed can expect a Nintendo Wii Mini console being made available on December 7, 2012. The image says "Pre-Order Now," which leads us to believe we'll be hearing about the Wii Mini before its official launch.
Seeing as this is the first time we've heard of the Wii Mini, it goes to show just how well Nintendo did with keeping their reveal secure up until this point. I know I didn't expect them to make an already small console even smaller.
The next time you fire up your Xbox 360 to attempt to catch up with all of hot games that came out in the recent weeks, your game time will be halted for a few moments as Microsoft has issued a mandatory system update today that will be rolled out today.
The mandatory update being released today will fix some errors with Xbox SmartGlass, Xbox Video and Xbox Music.
The Wii is a pretty small game console, especially when compared to the other systems available from Microsoft and Sony, but it's apparently not small enough for Nintendo. The latest rumor hitting the web is that Nintendo is planning to launch a miniaturized Wii this December, even though they just launched the brand-new Wii U.
December 7 is said to be the day that the world will get a smaller Wii. The date is set by a leaked retailer release schedule, though the retailer isn't disclosed by the source. This new redesign of the Wii would be the second. The first redesign occurred last year when Nintendo removed the Gamecube controller ports and made the device slimmer.
The new Wii is said to come with the sensor bar, Nunchuk, and Wii Remote Plus. However, with the Wii U out, and the Wii already being slim, this is probably an unneeded redesign. It brings back memories of the Game Boy Micro, something that was more of a status symbol than anything else. Would a smaller Wii be something on your Christmas shopping list?