Survey Says Musical Instruments a Top Pick this Holiday Season

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Survey Reveals Americans Consider Gifts that Offer an Experience Such as Musical Instruments a Top Pick this Holiday Season

New NAMM-Commissioned Survey Findings Reflect Growing Consumer Trend

 

CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a new holiday retail survey commissioned by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), more than one-third of Americans prefer to give loved ones gifts that offer meaningful, life-enriching experiences. WannaPlay Logo

Perhaps telling of which experiences consumers may likely share with their families this year, the survey also found that 58 percent of those surveyed regretted not learning to play a musical instrument.

"The only way a retailer is going to drag a consumer away from their PC or mobile phone this holiday season is by offering a compelling experience, one they don't want to miss," said Robin Lewis, CEO, The Robin Report and co-author of The New Rules of Retail. "Whether it's Lululemon's yoga classes, cooking classes at Macy's or music lessons at their hometown music store, these are life-enriching experiences that consumers cannot get online."

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Submitted by PPNSteve on Wed, 11/16/2011 - 20:10. categories [ ]

Media Create Japanese Sales for week ending November 6th, 2011

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Mario's first 3DS adventure sold 343,492 units, putting it in first place for the week. It appears to have caused a spike in 3DS hardware sales, with the system selling 145,271 units this week.Media Create

The 343,492 unit total is almost triple the total amount of software the system sold in all of October. Last month, Enterbrain's sales stats showed the system's hardware outselling software two to one (see this story). It was widely believed that many were upgrading their DS systems in anticipation of major year-end releases like Mario Land, Mario Kart and Monster Hunter.

The week was packed with new releases. Trailing Mario were two western PS3 titles, Uncharted 3 and Battlefield 3. These sold over 120,000 units each. Sony gave Uncharted a big marketing push, with a series of commercials featuring Harrison Ford. Uncharted 2 debuted in October of 2009 with 54,000 units in its first week.

Other newcomers in the top 20 this week included Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3 and various versions of Winning Eleven. The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Winning Eleven were released last month.

Here's the top 20 software chart for October 31 through November 6. Publisher, release date and life-to-date sales are in parentheses.

  1.  [3DS] Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo, 11/03): 343,492
  2.  [PS3] Uncharted 3 (Sony, 11/02): 124,989
  3.  [PS3] Battlefield 3 (EA, 11/02): 123,379
  4.  [PSP] Final Fantasy Type-0 (EA, 10/27): 122,286 (594,540)
  5.  [WII] Kirby Wii (Nintendo, 10/27): 55,779 (192,589)
  6.  [PSP] Winning Eleven 2012 (Konami, 11/03): 45,437
  7.  [3DS] Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3 (Square Enix, 11/03): 38,859
  8.  [360] Battlefield 3 (EA, 11/02): 27,723
  9.  [WII] Just Dance Wii (Nintendo, 10/13): 25,665 (189,116)
  10.  [WII] Go Vacation (Namco Bandai, 10/20): 16,995 (89,463)
  11.  [WII] Winning Eleven Play Maker 2012 (Konami, 11/03): 14,117
  12.  [WII] Wii Sports Resort Wiiplus Pack (Nintendo, 11/11): 12,570 (638,091)
  13.  [PS3] Idolmaster 2 (Namco Bandai, 10/27): 10,721 (76,233)
  14.  [PS3] Winning Eleven 2012 (Konami, 10/06): 10,636 (381,156)
  15.  [PS2] Winning Eleven 2012 (Konami, 11/03): 9,786
  16.  [PSP] AKB1/48 If I Loved an Idol in Guam (Namco Bandai, 10/06): 8,883 (310,625)
  17.  [WII] Minna no Rhythm Heaven (Nintendo, 07/21): 8,581 (535,523)
  18.  [PS3] Macross F Sayonara no Tsubasa Hybrid Pack (Namco Bandai, 10/20): 8,352 (167,700)
  19.  [PSP] Naruto Narutimate Impact (Namco Bandai, 10/20): 7,144 (72,374)
  20.  [3DS] Model Fashion Audition 2 (Alchemist, 11/03): 6,643

Hardware data to follow after the page break..


Submitted by PPNSteve on Tue, 11/15/2011 - 19:51. categories [ ]

Celebrating Veteran's Day - Nov 11, 2011

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Veterans Day 11/11/11 - PPNStudio would like to thank all Veterans for your service to (y)our country. We join the rest of the nation on Veterans Day in remembering the sacrifices of America's 25 million veterans and expressing our appreciation for your service.

Veteran's Day 2011

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Submitted by PPNSteve on Fri, 11/11/2011 - 01:22.

Media Create Japanese Sales Data week of Oct 30, 2011

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Square Enix's Final Fantasy Type-0 for PSP took to the top of the Japanese weekly software sales charts last week, selling nearly half a million units in its opening week. Media Create

For the week ended October 30, 2011, data from tracking firm Media Create, and as reported by NeoGAF, shows that the new Final Fantasy title sold a total of 472,253 units in the days following its launch. Kirby's Return to Dream Land from Nintendo also had a good opening week, selling a total of 136,811 units and landing itself a position at number two in the charts.

Other new entries last week included Bandai Namco's The Idolmaster 2, Nippon Ichi's Disgaea 4: Fuuka & Desco-hen Hajime Mashita and Kadokawa's Ro-Kyu-Bu!, which took positions three, six and seven respectively.

Down the bottom of the chart, Senritsu no Stratus entered at number nine, while Ragnarok: Hikari to Yami no Koujo took position ten and Arcana Famiglia: La Storia Della Arcana Famiglia for PSP jumped in at number 18.

Last week's number one, Gekijouban Macross F: Sayonara no Tsubasa - Hybrid Pack, dropped down to number eight, while last week's number two, Naruto Shippuden: Narutimate Impact dropped even further, down to number 15.

The complete top 20 chart, as supplied by Media Create, is shown below.


Submitted by PPNSteve on Tue, 11/08/2011 - 23:29. categories [ ]

Japanese Sales Charts for the Week Ending Oct 23, 2011

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The latest Media Create software chart makes for wonderful viewing if you’re affiliated to Namco Bandai. The Japanese publisher has five titles in the top ten this week, including all three of the podium positions.

Media CreateIn first place is the Macross F Hybrid Pack on PS3 with 142,607 units sold during its opening week. This is essentially one Blu-ray disc which combines the Macross F movie with the PS3 game. Buying the hybrid pack is the only way to obtain the Blu-ray version of the film.

Other new entries include Naruto Shippuden: Narutimate Impact in second spot. This brawler for PSP sold an impressive 53,148 copies during its first week.

The PS3 versions of two Western games - Dead Island and FIFA 12 - slot into five and six place respectively, while the Xbox 360 version of the former also did well in tenth position with 13,147 copies sold during the latest accounting period.

  1. [NEW] Macross F Hybrid Pack (Bandai Namco) - PS3 - 142,607
  2. [NEW] Naruto Shippuden: Narutimate Impact (Bandai Namco) - PSP - 53,148
  3. [NEW] Go Vacation (Bandai Namco) - Wii - 47,209
  4. Just Dance Wii (Nintendo) - Wii - 45,580
  5. [NEW] Dead Island (Spike) - PS3 - 39,945
  6. [NEW] FIFA 12 (Electronic Arts) - PS3 - 25,640
  7. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2012 (Konami) - PS3 - 22,902
  8. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon (Bandai Namco) - PS3 - 18,120
  9. AKB1/48: Idol to Guam de Koishitara (Bandai Namco) - PSP - 17,562
  10. [NEW] Dead Island (Spike) - Xbox 360 - 13,147

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Source: Media Create


Submitted by PPNSteve on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 18:38. categories [ ]

Media Create Weekly Japanese Sales - PSPgo Delisted week of 16 Oct 2011

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Media Create has released sales data for the week of October 10 through 16, 20011 and the Japanese market apparently went fairly nuts over Ace Combat: Assault Horizon in a week full of new releases.Media Create

Namco’s title moved 149,470 units on PS3 during its three days on the market, and the Xbox 360 version landed at number six on the chart with 20,523 units moved.

The Japanese version of Just Dance Wii debuted in second place with 90,039 units moved, and Forza Motorport 4, Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, Class of Heroes Final and Clock Zero rounded out the week of newcomers in the top 20.

Here is the top 20 as of 16 Oct, 2011 as provided by Media Create and translated on the NeoGAF forums:

1. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon (Bandai Namco, PS3) 149,470
2. Just Dance Wii (Nintendo, Wii) - 90,039
3. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2012 (Konami, PS3) - 61,787
4. AKB1/48: Idol to Guam de Koishitara (Bandai Namco, PSP) - 34,114
5. Forza Motorsport 4 (Microsoft Game Studios, Xbox 360) - 24,854
6. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon (Bandai Namco, Xbox 360) - 20,523
7. Dead Rising 2: Off the Record (Capcom, PS3) - 16,913
8. Class of Heroes Final: Shinnyusei wa Ohimesama (Acquire, PSP) - 16,904
9. Rhythm Heaven (Nintendo, Wii) 13.202
10. Dragon Quest 25th Anniversary (Square Enix, Wii) - 12,987

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Submitted by PPNSteve on Fri, 10/21/2011 - 14:59. categories [ ]

Media Create Japanese Sales Data for the Week Ending Oct 9, 2011

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Konami's World Soccer Winning Eleven 2012 stormed the Japanese weekly software sales charts last week, selling more than quarter of a million copies in its opening weekend.Media Create For the week ended October 9, data from tracking firm Media Create, and as reported by NeoGAF, shows that the PS3 soccer title sold a total of 272,036 units.

Yet it still had competition for the top spot, as Bandai Namco's AKB1/48: Idol to Guam de Koishitara for PSP sold through a very respectable 236,587 copies.

Other new entries into the charts last week included F1 2011, entering at number three, and then Phantom Kingdom Portable, Okashi na Shima no Peter Pan: Sweet Never Land and God of War: Origins Collection down the bottom of the charts at 16, 18 and 20 respectively.

Both versions of Rage also entered the charts, with the PS3 version at number eight, and the Xbox 360 version sitting lower down at number 14.

Last week's top selling title, Nihon Falcom's RPG The Legend of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki, dropped down to number five, while Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends and Dark Souls also hung around the top ten.

The complete top 20 chart, as supplied by Media Create, is shown below, after the break..


Submitted by PPNSteve on Wed, 10/19/2011 - 18:47. categories [ ]

Its TenTen day Again (Oct 10, 2011)

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.. October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 82 days remaining.

While today isn't really anything special, we, with the help of a quite funny video found on YouTube, have decided to make Oct. 10th a special day.. Tenten Day.

Some various events and happenings from history on today, Oct 10th follows.


Submitted by PPNSteve on Mon, 10/10/2011 - 17:13. categories [ ]

The Japanese Sales Charts w/e October 2, 2011

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For the week ended October 2, data from tracking firm Media Create, and as reported by NeoGAF, shows that last week's top selling title, From Software's Dark Souls, dropped down to position three after surpassing 250,000 sales in its opening weekend. Media Create

Nihon Falcom's RPG title The Legend of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki topped the the Japanese weekly software sales chart last week, with a total of 127,938 units sold.

The top 20 saw a number of new entries other than Nihon Falcom's PSP title. Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends took second place, while Bandai Namco's Evangelion Shin Gekijoban: 3nd Impact settled for position number four.

Lower down the charts, PSP adventure game Wand of Fortune 2: Jikuu ni Shizumu Mokushiroku sat at number 13, Capcom's Monster Hunter Frontier Online: Forward .2 Premium Package entered at number 17, and Flora and Fauna 3D Field Guide for the Nintendo 3DS scrapped in at number 20.

Despite the Nintendo 3DS being the top selling console in Japan at the moment, the top 10 contained no 3DS games. However, the likes of Pokemon Rumble Blast and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D held fast at numbers 18 and 12.

There was only one re-entry into the charts last week, with Bandai Namco's Family Fishing jumping back in at number 19.

The complete top 20 chart, as supplied by Media Create, is shown below.



Submitted by PPNSteve on Thu, 10/06/2011 - 17:33. categories [ ]

Media Create Japanese Sales Data for the Week Ending Sept 25, 2011

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The PS3 has taken both first and second spots in the Japanese software chart, but failed to translate those sales into new hardware units, remaining in second place to the 3DS.Media Create

From Software's Dark Souls, a PS3 exclusive in Japan but cross-platform elsewhere, romped home to the number one spot with over a quarter of a million sales, far outstripping the combined HD remake of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus in second with 91,902.

Gears of War managed an almost unprecedented fourth place as a 360 exclusive, outdoing MMV's gravure battler Senran Kagura in sixth but getting pipped to third by Yu-gi-oh 5D's Tag Force.

In the hardware chart, the 3DS made further gains, increasing sales by over ten thousand units. PS3 dipped slightly whilst most other platforms remained stable. The 360 made gains thanks to the success of Gears 3.

Eight new titles made the top ten in Japan this week. All charts courtesy of Media Create, via Andriasang.  Other new releases included Monster Hunter Freedom 3 at 12 and Shadows of the Damned at number 18.

The complete top 20 chart, as supplied by Media Create, is shown below.


Submitted by PPNSteve on Sat, 10/01/2011 - 18:30. categories [ ]