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Ninteno's Wii U is a Hit Out of the Box

Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 27, 2012 04:17 PM

Conventional wisdom in recent months has had it that the video-game-console business is a dying one. Even though it still brings in big bucks, the culture is changing and people are playing games in different ways thanks to the proliferation of mobile devices and smartphones.

As noted by the New York Times, Nintendo — one of the game-console industry’s biggest names — really needs the new Wii U, a combo of a more audacious Wii and a tabletish gamepad that allows for multiscreen gaming adventures, to be a mega-hit. And it is looking like the company's launch campaign is paying off. Video game retailer GameStop opened 3,000 of its stores Friday at midnight to kick off Black Friday and promptly sold out of all of its Wii U consoles, the Times reports.

Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America subsequently told the NYT that the new console is selling in the U.S. as well as the original Wii did when it launched. More than 400,000 units flew out of stores in its first week on the market, which ended Saturday. The original Wii had sold 475,000 in that same time. “We are essentially sold out at retail,” Fils-Aime said. “As soon as we replenish product to retailers, it sells out immediately.”Continue reading...

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In the News: Aston Martin, ConAgra, Nintendo Wii

Posted by Dale Buss on November 27, 2012 09:06 AM

In the News

Aston Martin draws bids.

ConAgra to buy Ralcorp in huge packaged-foods deal.

Nintendo sells out Wii U in first week in US.

Adidas features celebs including Snoop Lion, other celebrities in Ebenezer Scrooge holiday campaign.

Airbus jabs Boeing with "Pinocchio nose" in ad campaign.

Barnes & Noble updates holiday wish lists via Nook campaign.

Bombardier signs largest-ever deal, with VistaJet.

Ericsson files patent claim against Samsung.

Mario Batali expands restaurant empire to Boston.Continue reading...

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Weekend Headlines, From Black Friday to Psy's Gangnam YouTube Record

Posted by Shirley Brady on November 25, 2012 09:01 PM

K-pop phenom Psy's "Gangam Style" video beats Justin Bieber record to become YouTube's most-viewed video ever, with 805 million views on Friday (knocking on 824 million views now) to Bieber's 803 million for "Baby." Bieber, meanwhile, insults fellow Canadians by wearing overalls to pick up award from Prime Minister.

GM considers Buick logo change and bets it can make the 54-year-old Chevy Impala a head-turner again.

Black Friday in-store sales undercut by Thanksgiving early bird shoppers, mobile and e-commerce shoppers.

GSK and other pharma anger critics by paying for studies.

Hostess Brands eyed by Flower Foods.

Mango replaces Kate Moss with Miranda Kerr.

McDonald's testing Egg White McMuffin and variations on Quarter Pounder.

Mercedes-Benz taps Kate Upton for Super Bowl.

Nintendo's revamped Wii takes aim at a changed game world.Continue reading...

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In the News: Twinkies, BP, GM and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 19, 2012 08:59 AM

In the News

Hostess liquidation sees opportunists stock up on Twinkies as future of its brands hangs in balance and unions cling to hope of a buyer.

BP seen as takeover target now, as valuation slides.

GM opens $1.3 billion China plant for Baojun budget brand.

Ben & Jerry's turns fans' Instagram pictures into ads.

CCTV ad haul for Chinese television bodes well for economy.

Cisco to buy networking-hardware company Meraki for $1.2 billion.

Citigroup to cut more jobs.

Dish Network is frustrated in dream of breaking into wireless.Continue reading...

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Nintendo Kicks Off US Wii U Marketing

Posted by Shirley Brady on November 1, 2012 02:02 PM

Following last week's UK kick-off, Nintendo released its Wii U campaign today for the US, with the spot above touting its new home game console (and a view of the future in which players apparently live in cubes). It also kicked off a cross-promotional partnership with Burger King: between now and December 2nd, kids can collect ten Wii U and Mario themed toys with the purchase of a Kids Meal. The Wii U, a follow-up to the Wii, will debut on Nov. 18 starting at $299.

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Tech Giants Go Into the Heart of Sandy

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 29, 2012 11:04 AM

It used to be that if someone wanted to get close to a storm, they had to be one of those crazy storm chaser people immortalized in the film, “Twister.” Now, through the wonder of technology, consumers can overstuff their brains with up-to-the-second storm info, while officials warn citizens to not rush into harm's way just to take a cool pic for Instagram. Who needs a police scanner?

Of course, in today’s branded world, it should surprise no one that all those new tools that help everybody see what Hurricane Sandy is up to are also tools to help brands share their name as well. Google created an interactive crisis map that offers, as Fast Company notes, “weather updates, evacuation routes, and information that Google hopes will help people stuck in the path of the storm as well as those out of danger who are monitoring the situation.” New York City’s chief digital officer, Rachel Haot, expressed her thanks on Twitter.Continue reading...

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In the News: P&G, Kimberly-Clark, Twitter and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 25, 2012 09:03 AM

In the News

P&G sees profit soar and revenue drop in latest earnings report.

Kimberly-Clark pulls back in Europe.

Twitter encourages brands to find and use their authentic voice.

Apple earnings report on Thursday will be closely watched.

AT&T sees slowing in wireless-subscriber growth.

Barbie CMO looks to Royal Caribbean cruise experience launch in new year.

Best Buy shakes up management.Continue reading...

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In the News: Dow, Zynga, BBC and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 24, 2012 09:00 AM

In the News

Dow Chemical to slash 2,400 jobs and close 20 plants.

Zynga cuts staff and kills some games.

BBC investigating staff members in Jimmy Savile sex scandal as New York Times public editor calls for scrutiny of incoming CEO, ex-BBC exec Mark Thompson.

AT&T reports slower growth in new customers.

American Airlines expands route network.

Apple finally unveils its new smaller iPad as advertisers and publishers contemplate utility of new model.

BAE faces pressure after collapse of EADS deal.Continue reading...

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