Happy Independence Day USA

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Happy Independence Day USA

In the United States, Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.

Independence Day is the national day of the United States.

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Submitted by PPNSteve on Sun, 07/04/2010 - 16:05.

Nintendo Does Well In May 2010 NDP Charts

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Nintendo's sales juggernauts sit atop the video gaming world for another month.

The NPD Group has released its sales number for the month of May (5/2/2010 - 5/29/2010), and Nintendo leads the charts once again.NDP Group

The Nintendo DS led hardware sales for the month, moving 383,700 units.  The Wii wasn't far behind at 334,800 units sold.  For comparision, the PlayStation 3 (154,500) and Xbox 360 (194,600) combined sold 349,100 units for the period.  In other words, Nintendo is still handily outselling every competitor in the United States in both the console and portable arenas.

NPD US Video Game System Sales - May 2010

383.7K - Nintendo DS   
334.8K - Wii
194.6K - Xbox 360
154.5K - PlayStation 3 
059.4K - PSP           

Read more after the break..

Submitted by PPNSteve on Fri, 07/02/2010 - 19:06. categories [ ]

New Debuts Flood Japanese Charts - w/e June 27, 2010

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So, a Xbox 360 game rests the top of the Japanese sales charts.. that Xbox 360 game is, of course, a Monster Hunter title, the only game powerful enough to defeat Love Plus+. Media Create

Yes, Monster Hunter Frontier did big numbers in its debut week in Japan, moving more than 90,000 copies in its first days on the market. Hey, they're not Monster Hunter 3 numbers, but cut Frontier some slack! It's not on the Wii, y'know.

And yes, Love Plus+, the virtual girlfriend sim for the Nintendo DS did just fine if you're wondering, joining more PSP adventure games and dating simulations in the Media Create top ten. Former chart topper Super Mario Galaxy 2 is still in there. The chart is just flooded with new debuts, many of which you'll never play unless you have command over the Japanese language.

The full week, below and hardware and more below that.

01. Monster Hunter Frontier (Xbox 360) - 93,000 / NEW
02. Love Plus+ (DS) - 84,000 / NEW
03. Totori no Atelier: Arland no Renkinjutsushi 2 (PS3) - 54,000 / NEW
04. Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 3rd Story (DS) - 52,000 / NEW
05. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) - 42,000 / 614,000
06. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva (Ohaidoku-han) (PSP) - 29,000 / NEW
07. White Album: Tsuzurareru Fuyu no Omoide (PS3) - 26,000 / NEW
08. Starry * Sky: In Spring - PSP Edition (PSP) - 22,000 / NEW
09. Ghost Trick (DS) - 20,000 / 44,000
10. Egokoro Kyoushitsu DS (DS) - 20,000 / 41,000

See the rest and your hardware data, after the break.

Submitted by PPNSteve on Thu, 07/01/2010 - 23:18. categories [ ]

Media Create Japanese Sales for week ending 20 June 2010

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After taking a week off to give Wii role-playing game Xenoblade a moment in the sun, Super Mario Galaxy 2 returns to its first place spot in Japan. Two new Nintendo DS games came closest to threatening Mario's chances.

Media CreateThose two games were Capcom's Ghost Trick, a clever-looking adventure game from the creator of the Ace Attorney series, and Egokoro Kyoushitsu DS, Nintendo's new painting tool that falls under the "non-game" category. Wonder if we'll see the latter come stateside...

There's at least one new PlayStation 3 game on the list, the debut of Trauma Team in Japan, a new Tamagotchi title and a new contender for longest game title ever. That'd be Kochira Katsushikaku Kameari Kouenmae Hashutsujo: Machiteba Tengoku! Makereba Jigoku! Ryoutsuryuu Ikkakusenkin Daisakusen!

01. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) - 53,000 / 572,000
02. Ghost Trick (DS) - 24,000 / NEW
03. Egokoro Kyoushitsu DS (DS) - 21,000 / NEW
04. Xenoblade (Wii) - 21,000 / 104,000
05. Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City (PS3) - 21,000 / 85,000
06. Tamagotchi no Pichi Pichi Omisecchi (DS) - 17,000 / NEW
07. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (PS3) - 16,000 / 122,000
08. Tomodachi Collection (DS) - 14,000 / 3,277,000
09. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (PSP) - 13,000 / 69,000
10. Hakuoki: Junsouroku (PS3) - 13,000 / NEW

More numbers, including the hardware, after the break..

Submitted by PPNSteve on Fri, 06/25/2010 - 15:20. categories [ ]

Japan’s Latest Media Create Charts - w/e June 13, 2010

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Nintendo and Monolith’s Wii-exclusive title sees a healthy debut, while Super Mario Galaxy 2 is still seeing good numbers.

Media CreateThe Media Create sales chart for the week of June 7 through the 13 places Nintendo and Monolith Software's Wii RPG Xenoblade at the top of the charts. The RPG title sold 83,000 copies in its debut week. The previous chart topper, Super Mario Galaxy 2, experienced its first drop since its May 27 debut in Japan. The game sold 73,000 copies, pushing it to the half-million mark (519,000 copies have been sold since launch).

In fourth place is Capcom’s Mega Man Zero Collection for the DS. It sold 22,000 copies for the week. Square Enix's Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 rounds out the top five with 20,000 copies sold for a grand total of 1,142,000 copies sold. The top ten closes with two more Nintendo titles. In ninth place is Friend Collection which sold 12,000 copies. Finally, New Super Mario Wii sold 12,000 copies.

The full Media Create chart is as follows:

1. Xenoblade, Wii (83,000)
2. Super Mario Galaxy 2, Wii (73,000)
3. Grand Theft Auto Episodes from Liberty City, PlayStation 3 (64,000)
4. Mega Man Zero Collection, DS (22,000)
5. Dragon Quest Monster Joker 2, DS (20,000)
6. Just Cause 2, PlayStation 3 (19,000)
7. Fairy Tale Portable Guild, PlayStation Portable (14,000)
8. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010, PlayStation 3 (13,000)
9. Friend Collection, DS (12,000)
10. New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Wii (12,000)

More details and the hardware numbers after the break..

Submitted by PPNSteve on Fri, 06/18/2010 - 04:16. categories [ ]

Media Create Japanese Sales Chart w/e June 06 2010

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Nintendo’s Super Mario Galaxy 2 continues its reign as the best-selling game in Japan for a second week. The latest Media Create figures show that Mario’s latest intergalactic adventure sold 105,000 copies for the week ending the 6th of June. The title debuted at number 1 last week with 340,000 copies, bringing its life-to-date sales to just shy of half a million, 445,000 to be exact, in just two weeks.Media Create

Fairy Tale: Portable Guild for the PSP is new at number 2 with 35,000 copies while Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 for the DS climbs two spots to third with 23,000 copies. Let’s Make a Pro Soccer Club for the DS drops one place to fourth with 18,000 copies after a mediocre debut last week.

Lost Planet 2 for the PS3 moves up one position to finish at number 5 with 16,000 copies. Hisshou Pachinko Pachislot Kouryaku Series Portable Vol. 1 for the PSP enters the chart at number 6 with 14,000 copies while Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker remains in seventh with 14,000 copies.

There is much more, including the sales and hardware charts, after the break..

Submitted by PPNSteve on Thu, 06/10/2010 - 22:48. categories [ ]

Japanese Media Create Charts for week ending 30th May 2010

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Nintendo’s Super Mario Galaxy 2 has debuted at number 1 on the Japanese Software Chart. Mario’s new intergalactic adventure is one of the most anticipated titles among Wii gamers for this year so it’s hardly surprising that the latest Media Create figures show that it sold a whopping 340,000 copies for the week ending the 30th of May. Bear in mind that the game launched across Japan on the 27th of May so these sales account for only three days. You may be interested to learn that Super Mario Galaxy 2 performed better in its opening week than the original which sold 250 585 copies in its opening week, but not quite matching the New Super Mario Bros. Wii numbers.. Media Create

It was a week filled with new debuts, like Cave's new Death Smiles IIX, Alan Wake and a slew of Japanese games that appeal strictly to Japanese tastes.

Last week's champ, Lost Planet 2, managed to stay in the top ten, as did Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, which could be a million-seller in Japan, given a few more months.

For the top thirty bestselling games in Japan for the week of May 24 to 30, read on, following the page break.

01. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) - 340,000 / NEW
02. Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Masou Kishin - The Lord of Elemental (DS) - 81,000 / NEW
03. Soccer Tsuku DS: World Challenge 2010 (DS) - 50,000 / NEW
04. Medarot DS: Kabuto / Kuwagata (DS) - 50,000 / NEW
05. Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 (DS) - 34,000 / 1,099,000
06. Lost Planet 2 (PS3) - 34,000 / 118,000
07. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP) - 25,000 / 698,000
08. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (PS3) - 22,000 / 79,000
09. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) - 16,000 / 3,860,000
10. Death Smiles IIX (Xbox 360) - 16,000 / NEW

Submitted by PPNSteve on Thu, 06/03/2010 - 21:12. categories [ ]

Memorial Day (USA) 31 May 2010

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Memorial Day (USA) 31 May 2010

This weekend we all here is the US celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer but there is a much more important reason for the holiday. Memorial Day. The day we honor those that have given the ultimate sacrifice defending their country.

With this in mind, take a few minutes to honor those in YOUR country that have died in service protecting your borders.

Submitted by PPNSteve on Sat, 05/29/2010 - 06:27.

Japanese Sales Charts Week Ending May 23, 2010

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The recently stagnant Japanese game charts have been injected with a massive dose of new games, including this week's biggest seller, Lost Planet 2.

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The PlayStation 3 version of Capcom's big alien hunting game sits comfortably in the top spot, its Xbox 360 counterpart managing to land just a few spots lower. The top ten has a few new contenders with World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010, Konami's venerable soccer franchise, and a new licensed Fullmetal Alchemist game for the PSP.

Previous chart toppers Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker continue to hold fast, still hanging out in the top ten—an area not as rich with Wii games as it once was. For the rest of the top 30 bestselling games in Japan for the week of May 17 to 23, courtesy of Media Create, read on.

01. Lost Planet 2 (PS3) - 85,000 / NEW
02. Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 (DS) - 62,000 / 1,065,000
03. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (PS3) - 57,000 / NEW
04. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP) - 34,000 / 672,000
05. Lost Planet 2 (Xbox 360) - 34,000 / NEW
06. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (PSP) - 21,000 / NEW
07. Hagane no Renkinjutsushi - Fullmetal Alchemist: Yakusoku no Hi e (PSP) - 21,000 / NEW
08. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) - 18,000 / 3,843,000
09. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (PS2) - 14,000 / NEW
10. Tomodachi Collection (DS) - 14,000 / 3,221,000
More after the break..

Submitted by PPNSteve on Fri, 05/28/2010 - 03:59. categories [ ]

Dio’s Funeral to be Picketed by Anti-Devil Religious Cult

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Members of the Westboro Baptist Church say Dio 'is currently residing in hell'

May 23, 2010 - Ronnie James DioRonnie James Dio ’s public memorial on May 30 looks set to be disrupted by US religious cult the Westboro Baptist Church, who oppose his supposed links with the devil.

67-year-old Dio passed away on May 16 after losing his battle with cancer.

Submitted by PPNSteve on Mon, 05/24/2010 - 03:37. categories [ ]