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Why the World Needs A Universal Game Console

Why the World Needs A Universal Game Console

The recent announcement of NPD’s game console numbers had me thinking about the industry and what it has become. Each month, we examine those figures to see where the market stands and fans of all three major consoles take up arms to explain why their product is best.

But all of that debate and all of the talk about the success or failure of devices like the Wii U make me question what the future looks like. We’re expected to see more game consoles hit the marketplace in the next year or so, and Steam is also planning to enter the fray. Add that to OUYA and the possibility of Apple gaming, and it becomes clear that the console market will only grow in the coming years.

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Xbox 360 best-selling gaming console for 25th straight month

Xbox 360 best-selling gaming console for 25th straight month

The streak continues once again. Microsoft has announced that their Xbox 360 gaming console has been the highest-selling console for the 25th straight month, beating out the PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo Wii U for the month of January. The Redmond-based company sold 281,000 consoles last month, with gamers spending a combined total of $338 million on Xbox consoles, games, and accessories in January alone.

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Nintendo Wii U continues with lackluster sales

Nintendo Wii U continues with lackluster sales

The latest numbers are in from NPD Group for January of 2013 looking at the United States video game industry. The caveat with the numbers for January is that the month corresponded with the National Retail Federation leap week. I had never heard of that before, but basically it means the National Retail Federation adds an additional week to the month of January 2013 as far as sales numbers are concerned while January 2012 only had four weeks.

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Is Android really crushing iPhone, or is it hype?

Is Android really crushing iPhone, or is it hype?

Here at the start of 2013 we're seeing some rather conflicting messages coming from analytical sources across the web, this week's message appearing to be that Android is "crushing" iOS - could it be true? Hardly. The most recent report from Strategy Analytics has Apple selling 17.7 million iPhones in the USA alone, this part of Apple's official number 47.8 million iPhones sold across the planet. Compared the last year that's a 38% year-over-year increase in the USA and the single largest number of iPhones sold in any one quarter in Apple's history.

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Black Ops II was the best-selling game of 2012

Black Ops II was the best-selling game of 2012

Would you be surprised if we told you that Black Ops II was the best-selling game of 2012? No? We weren't surprised to hear that fact either. I think we all knew that despite the fact that Black Ops II launched late in the year, it would be the biggest game of 2012. NPD group has recently offered up its details on the top games of 2012 confirming our suspicions.

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