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-Company Increases CY 2009 GAAP EPS Outlook and Reaffirms CY 2009 Non-GAAP EPS Outlook-
-Board of Directors Increases Company’s Stock Repurchase Program to $1.25 Billion-

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug 05, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ — Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced better-than-expected financial results for the second quarter 2009.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2009, Activision Blizzard’s GAAP net revenues were $1,038 million, and its non-GAAP net revenues were $801 million. The company’s prior GAAP net revenue outlook for the quarter was $1 billion. On a non-GAAP basis, the company’s net revenue outlook was $775 million.

Thanks to Jake for the news tip!

Motion-Controlled Game Features 12 Resort-Themed Sports

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nintendo has provided staycations to thousands of people nationwide since the July 26 launch of its Wii Sports Resort™ game. More than 500,000 units of the game for the Wii™ console sold in the United States through Aug. 3, according to Nintendo’s internal tracking numbers. The collection of 12 fun resort-themed sports lets players of all ages escape to a tropical island for some year-round summer fun. The game comes with one Wii MotionPlus™ accessory, which brings unmatched accuracy to games that have been specially designed for it.

“Through Monday we sold one copy of Wii Sports Resort roughly every 1.5 seconds continuously since it launched in the United States,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “This tells us consumers were eagerly waiting to get their hands on these fun activities, and it’s a great start for a game that will have long-lasting appeal.”

“I think motion control is an interesting development, but fundamentally not suited to some styles of game. Swinging a virtual club might be awesome in Tiger Woods, but do you really want to hold your hands out in front of you for a full 10 minute road race? I think you’d only last a couple of laps before you dropped the virtual steering wheel. So yeah, it’s an interesting development but I can’t see controllers being completely replaced any time soon. And neither should they — the modern video game controller has evolved over more than 20 years to be the right tool for the job (in many cases).” – Bizarre’s Ben Ward

I would agree with idea that motion control isn’t ideal for many types of games, but for racing games I think it works just fine. Especially since it’s not like you have to hold your arms straight out in front of you to play; it’s just as easy to hold a remote in the same position as you would a normal controller and tilt it slightly.


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In the latest edition of Famitsu, a new game was announced for Wii and is drawing comparisons to Team Ico work due to the looks of its visuals. You can check out the first details regarding Shadow Tower below. There’s also a scan from the magazine which we’ve attached to this post.

– Platformer
– Developed by Hudson
– The shadow tower is an object in the middle of abandoneed/backwater land
– Main character you control (a boy) has no name
– Actually control the shadow of the boy, try to travel up through the tower
– Traverse over shadows created
– Can interact with real world slightly – ex: pull shadow lever which will pull real lever
– Black butterfly is your partner
– 2.5D
– Early in development
– 30% complete
– No release date yet

Source 1, Source 2

Thanks to Jake for the news tip!

Deep Silver, the games label of Koch Media, a leading producer and distributor of digital entertainment products, announced today “Let’s Play Flight Attendant” for Nintendo DS™, where players work their way up the career ladder to become a fully qualified flight attendant.

Players get to act out their dream job as they follow the exciting career of a flight attendant. Beginning as a trainee players experience what it takes to work their way up from ground staff to cabin crew. Alongside the opportunity to learn about foreign cultures and countries fans experience a variety of high demands from passengers.

Famitsu has posted a list of the top ten best-selling games of the week in Japan, which ranges from July 27 to August 2. Alongside that chart, first week sales numbers for Monster Hunter 3 have been divulged. We only have two days of sales since the game was released on a Saturday, but it still managed to top the charts. Monster Hunter 3 is, as expected, off to a tremendous start with 583,000 copies sold over the weekend. Those numbers makes the game the third best-selling home console third-party title in Japan. Taiko no Tatsujin Wii is at 583,000 units sold while Metal Gear Solid 4 has surpassed the 700,000 mark.

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Call of Duty(R): Modern Warfare(R) Coming to Wii

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug 05, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ — The record-setting and award-winning Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is coming to Nintendo. Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) will release Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on Wii(TM) on November 10 in conjunction with the launch of Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 2.

Ported to Wii by Treyarch, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will bring to Nintendo fans the gripping modern-day action-thriller that won more than 50 combined 2007 Editors’ Choice and Game of the Year Awards.

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