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Sony Japan is Seeking 'New Game Hardware' Testers 50°
327w ago - A job listing has appeared on the Sony Computer Entertainment Web site, looking for individuals to test "new model game hardware."

The Sony job listing says, "Experience an in-development game console (hardware) early!"

To quote: Job duties include checking on, reporting on and giving input for a in-development game hardware. The listing's Q&A reads: "This is specifically for a new model and unannounced game hardware for PS3, PS2, PSP and its peripherals."

Note: In the original Japanese text, Sony separates...

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Japan's Square Enix to Buy 'Tomb Raider' Firm Eidos Interactive 50°
328w ago - Of all the potential suitors for Eidos Interactive, Japanese RPG power house Square Enix seemed like the definite underdog.

Time Warner already owned a significant number of Eidos shares, and has recently made moves to increase that number. In spite of this, SE went ahead with rumored plans to purchase Eidos, in a continued attempt to extend its Western reach.

However, Square Enix agreed to buy the British firm behind titles such as 'Tomb Raider' and 'Championship...

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Nintendo Wii Sales Fall in Japan, DSi Sales Up Slightly Last Week 50°
328w ago - Has the Wii's bubble finally burst? Sales figures from Japanese retailers show the Wii is the only console to show negative growth over the last week.

While it is far too soon to start shouting the demise of the Wii from the rooftops, Nintendo saw unit sales of its home console fall by 3,000 units, allowing the PlayStation 3 to close the sales gap between the two consoles from 12,000 units two weeks ago, to just under 6,000 units this week.

The Wii is showing the least resilience of all systems in the current slump in the Japanese hardware market, seeing sales slump 96,000...

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Japan Gets Carnival Colors for PSP, Bright Yellow & Spirited Green 250°
330w ago - Just over two weeks ago we reported on Sony offering two PSP 'Carnival Colors' in Radiant Red and Vibrant Blue to gamers in Hong Kong.

Today, it is confirmed that on March 5, "Vibrant Blue" and "Radiant Red" PSP-3000s will be released in Japan, and are priced at 19,800 (US$223).

Additionally, on March 19, two more colors dubbed "Bright Yellow" and "Spirited Green" PSP-3000s will be released in Japan and are also priced at 19,800 ($223).

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Capcom Unveils a Real Bionic Arm from Japan 100°
338w ago - Capcom USA has unveiled their delivery of a real Bionic Arm from Japan. Check it out below, modeled by Capcom's resident babe Marisol.

To quote: Today, we got the Bionic Arm. It came in a crate with some mysterious Japanese writing (probably a warning of the pure awesome inside), and a dead give-a-way in english as it says "Bionic Arm" in big letters.

Marisol was kind enough to strap on this prop for some pics to show off how cool this thing is. It would have been cooler if I could have found the button for the lights. But there's no obvious switch on there that...

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Koei MMORPG Uncharted Waters Online Coming to Japan in 2009 50°
341w ago - Dynasty Warriors and Romance of the Three Kingdoms series developer Koei is bringing their popular MMORPG, Uncharted Waters Online, to the PlayStation 3 in Japan during 2009.

According to Siliconera, the game is based off the Uncharted Waters series of games, the first of which was released on the Super NES in 1992.

This MMO sends players into the ocean, but not as pirates. Taking cues from history, Uncharted Waters is set in the Age of Discovery when Europe explored the seas- picking...

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Japan Stops Ignoring the PlayStation 3, Sales Jump 900% 200°
342w ago - Looks like all is right with the world again, according to the latest numbers from Media Create.

This week on Sony's home turf, the PS3 moved 39,587 units- outselling the combined figures of the Wii and Xbox 360. Also worth noting is that PS3 sales jumped a whopping 907% from last week, when the PS3 sold only 3,931 units.

Hardware and software sales for the week of October 27th - November 2nd:

DSi - 171,925
PSP - 50,358
PS3 - 39,587
Wii - 23,123
DS Lite - 16,369
PS2 - 6,714
Xbox 360 - 6,119

1. Grand...

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Nintendo DSi Sells Out in Japan 50°
342w ago - The November 1st Japanese release of the new Nintendo DSi has been a success.

The initial allocation of 200,000 retail units has sold out in four days, with most of the sales coming from pre-orders.

TechRadar notes that an additional 100,000 units are set to ship to stores in Japan over the next week or so. The site also notes that eBay is rife with scalpers offering the new DSi for practically double the cost of the Japanese recommended retail price.

Nintendo has yet to announce a firm release date for the Nintendo DSi in territories other than Japan.

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