By Lisa Johnston
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Las Vegas — GameStop will hold its second annual Expo gaming show for the public this August, and is promising attendees advanced access to Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PS4 next-gen gaming platforms.
The event, an extension of the chain’s annual managers’ conference, is slated for Aug. 28 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center here. General admission is $35 and can be purchased online or at a local GameStop store, and a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $90 at GameStopExpo.com.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Minneapolis — Best Buy will provide limited in-store demos of unreleased Nintendo titles concurrent with their trade debut at next month’s E3 show.
Nintendo said the Wii U games will include “a select list” of E3 introductions, and will be available for play at 89 Best Buy stores in the U.S. and 21 in Canada.
Demos will be held Wednesday, June 12, and Saturday, June 15, from 4-8 p.m. only. E3 opens in Los Angeles on June 11.
Las Vegas – TV streaming technology company Media Mall Technologies said Thursday that its PlayOn entertainment media streaming software is now compatible with the Wii U video game console platform.
More than 45 channels of content will now be available via PlayOn on Wii U, including original core services, Hulu, Netflix, YouTube and Amazon VOD.
New key additions include ESPN, ESPN 3, Comedy Central, CNN, Nick, PBS, TLC, Discovery and HBOGo (that latter is available with an HBO cable/satellite TV subscription).
Redmond, Wash. — Sales of Nintendo’s new Wii U console surpassed 400,000 units in its week on the market, the company’s U.S. president Reggie Fils-Aime reportedly told CNET in an interview Monday.
At the same time, the company recorded 1.2 million hardware sales in the past seven days, including Black Friday.
The gaming company said it also sold approximately 300,000 Wii units, 250,000 Nintendo's 3DS units and 275,000 DS units.
Hackensack, NJ – Vidyo, a cloud-based video chat technology enabler, said Monday that its software platform will power the Wii U Chat video communication service that is included with new Wii U video game consoles.
Vidyo’s open platform lets game developers embed video chat into their games.
This announcement represents both a major step towards mass consumer adoption of video as a mainstream communication modality and further validation of Vidyo’s powerful software platform as the fabric of visual communication.
El Segundo, Calif. — By the end of December, consumers worldwide are expected to snap up 3.5 million Wii U consoles, compared with the 3.1 million Wii consoles that were bought over a similar sales period at the end of 2006, according to new study released by IHS Screen Digest.
Nintendo’s latest gaming console will debut in the U.S. on Nov. 18 and is forecast to outperform the sales of its previous hugely successful Wii platform in its opening months on the market, according to iSuppli.