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According to 2008 data from the Nielsen Company, the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii are not the most used console in terms of usage minutes. Sony’s PS2 actually leads the way and commands 31.7% of total minutes spent. Strangely, only about 38% sessions are spent on next-gen systems.

Two other relatively old systems – the Xbox and PS3 – are hanging in as well. The GameCube stands at the end of the pack with 4.6% of usage minutes, but the original Xbox stands at 9.7% which is a bit more than the PS3.

The complete standings are as follows: PlayStation 2 (31.7%), Xbox 360 (17.2%), Wii (13.4%), Xbox (9.7%), PlayStation 3 (7.3%), GameCube (4.6%), Other (16.2%).

Some of this data might be related to the number of consoles sold. The PS2 commands the majority yet isn’t really considered a next-gen system. One possible case could relate to the install base behind the console. The same goes for Wii – There’s a good chance that most casual gamers own the Wii, so they’re probably not going to sink their teeth into a huge adventure like Zelda or Super Mario Galaxy. Of course, none of these assumptions/guesses have been proven to be correct.

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VC

1 (1) – Super Mario Bros. 3
2 (2) – Super Mario Bros.
3 (4) – Super Mario World
4 (3) – Sonic the Hedgehog 2
5 (6) – The Legend of Zelda
6 (10) – Pac-Man
7 (8) – Super Mario Bros. 2
8 (9) – Super Mario 64
9 (5) – Punch-Out!!
10 (11) – Mario Kart 64
11 (7) – Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
12 (12) – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
13 (13) – Donkey Kong Country
14 (14) – Donkey Kong
15 (15) – Tecmo Bowl
16 (18) – The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
17 (16) – Sonic the Hedgehog
18 (19) – Excitebike
19 (N/A) – Paper Mario
20 (17) – Secret of Mana

WiiWare

1 (1) – World of Goo
2 (2) – Tetris Party
3 (3) – My Aquarium
4 (5) – Dr Mario Online Rx
5 (4) – Target Toss Pro: Bags
6 (N) – Fun! Fun! Minigolf
7 (20) – Tiki Towers
8 (7) – Defend your Castle
9 (14) – My Pokemon Ranch
10 (9) – Mega Man 9
11 (6) – Brain Challenge
12 (10) – Midnight Bowling
13 (12) – Bomberman Blast
14 (15) – Wild West Guns
15 (13) – TV Show King
16 (19) – Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King
17 (17) – Pong Toss – Frat Party Games
18 (8) – Space Invaders Get Even
19 (16) – Sudoku Challenge
20 (11) – Strong Bad Episode 5: 8-Bit Is Enough

Videos

Fred Willard Holiday Cooking Special
2008 Most Viewed Video Ranking: Top 30 – 21
2008 Most Viewed Video Ranking: Top 20 – 19
2008 Most Viewed Video Ranking: Top 10
Wii Speak Channel Info Video
My Fitness Coach Info Video
Blue Dragon Plus Video 2
Developer’s Voice: Ninjatown
Clone Wars DS Saga TV Spot
Age of Empires: Mythologies Video 4
Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero Video
Soul Bubbles Bird Mask Video
Wario Land: Shake It! Tips 3
FIFA Soccer 09 All-Play Video 3
Maboshi’s Arcade Info Video
Pool Revolution Info Video
Digest Video

Demos

Personal Trainer: Cooking Mac & Cheese Demo (Expires 1/04)
Mystery P.I. – Portrait of a Theif (Expires 1/11)
Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero (Expires 1/11)
Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals (Expires 1/4)
Dragonball: Origins Demo (Expires 1/4)
Ninjatown Demo (Expires 1/4)

1. Dragon Quest IX (NDS, Square Enix)
2. Final Fantasy XIII (PS3, Square Enix)
3. Biohazard 5 (PS3, Capcom)
4. Monster Hunter 3 (Wii, Capcom)
5. Dragon Quest VI (NDS, Square Enix)

6. Amagami (PS2, Enterbrain)
7. Star Ocean: The Last Hope (360, Square Enix)
8. Final Fantasy Versus XIII (PS3, Square Enix)
9. The Last Remnant (PS3, Square Enix)
10. Ryuga Gotoku 3 (PS3, Sega)
11. Street Fighter IV (PS3, Capcom)
12. Seventh Dragon (NDS, Sega)
13. Ninokuni: The Another World (NDS, Level 5)
14. Gyakuten Kenji (NDS, Capcom)

15. Final Fantasy Agito XIII (PSP, Square Enix)

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Aesthetic changes

* Lucas, Dawn, and Pearl have different outfits designed for colder weather, as the entire Sinnoh region has dropped in temperature.
* The template for the level, HP, and name of Pokémon in battle is a dark gray instead of white and its shape has changed.
* The Pokétch has been redesigned. Players can now move up and down between apps instead of having to go through all of them to return to a previous one.
* Some of the moves have been redesigned and have a different animation, such as Razor Leaf.
* When Pokémon are sent out from their Poké Balls, their back sprites now animate much like their front sprites have since Emerald Version. Front sprites for Generation IV Pokémon and other Pokémon in the Sinnoh Dex have also changed.
* When battling certain Trainers such as Gym Leaders and Pearl, their sprites are now animated to move in the same manner as Pokémon.
* Some trainers now use seals when sending out some of their Pokémon.
* The Eterna, Hearthome, and Veilstone Gyms have all had complete redesigns in the interior.
* Gym Leader closeups, just before a Gym battle, have been changed from enlarged sprites to higher-quality drawings and the terms VS. The Elite Four now also has this but it includes the player on the left side of the VS. and the Elite Four member on the right of the VS.
* The rooms where the player battle the Elite Four have been redesigned. Aaron now has logs and foliage in his room. Bertha now has rocks in her room. Flint now contains lava pits in his room. Lucian’s room has only had minor changes to now include four large lights or glowing orbs on the floor. Cynthia’s room has changed its color scheme and the lift leading up to the Hall of Fame is now partially contained. The Pokémon Center at the Elite Four has also been redesigned.
* When entering new areas, the location ‘labels’ on the top-left corner have been redesigned, much like they were between Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire and Pokémon Emerald.
* All gyms now only have Pokémon of their type specialty.

chuchurockettrademark

For those of you who don’t know, ChuChu Rocket originally released in the Dreamcast way back in 2000. Generally speaking, it was received well and was criticized mainly due to its online play.

Is SEGA thinking about bringing back ChuChu Rocket? SEGA USA renewed the trademark on December 22 of this year. SEGA has re-registered a number of other names for Dreamcast including Sonic Shuffle, Jet Grind Radio, and Cosmic Smash. This trademark could end up to being completely unrelated to Nintendo or even nothing at all. We hope the latter isn’t true.

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robbery

It’s not so common to hear about a series of video game-related crimes that are executed in a short period of time. The Sacramento County area has been hit with five robberies at video game stores in ten days. Four of the five accounts have occurred at GameStop retailers.

Detectives have been piecing together the cases and believe the robberies may be related. At least two men have entered during the robberies and one man has been spotted with a shotgun. The robbers have been reported to be after money from both the store and customers.

You might think that – since the men have been robbing video game stores – the robbers might be interested in a few video game products as well. Oddly enough though, there have been no reports of actual video game merchandise being taken.

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