• Halo 5 Guardians Sets New Sales Records

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    Halo has always been the franchise that has helped Microsoft sell consoles so it's no surprise that the game always performs well. With that being said, Halo 4 didn't bring in as many sales as 343 Industries may have hoped, but it looks like they've returned Halo to it's former glory with the latest release of Halo 5: Guardians.

    After just one week, Halo 5 Guardians has already made a large number of records, including day one sales, week one sales and most sales for an Xbox One exclusive title. On top of the numerous sales records for performing so well in the first week, the 343 Industries launch stream for Halo 5 received a Guinness World Record for being the most watched video game launch ever.

    Microsoft has revealed some interesting first week stats for Halo 5, along with sales numbers. On top of bringing in $400 million in revenue from Halo themed consoles and the Halo 5 game itself, Halo 5 Guardians has been played for an accumulative 21 million hours thanks to the thousands of people playing it throughout the first week.

    Within that time, over 7 million games within Arena and Warzone were played and 9 of those hours belong to multiplayer. Since REQ packs have been added to the Halo franchise, there is of course a lot to discuss. It looks like REQ packs have mostly been a success because over 45 million REQ packs have been acquired since the launch of Halo 5 Guardians.

  • Record Xbox 360 sales in the last month of the last year

    Console News - Record Sales for Microsoft's XBOX 360

    Looks like Microsoft hit its record sales on the Xbox 360 at the closing of the last year, so big that Microsoft had to even pull from January and Februarys 360 inventory in order to keep pace with demands.

    According to NPD, a U.S retail tracker, Microsoft sold approximately 1.9 million Xbox 360 consoles in December alone, closing up what Microsoft referred to as their biggest year. Apparently, 2010s sales rose up by 42 percent from those of 2009. Because of this, although Microsoft assures plenty consoles are still available, the demand was so high in December that they experienced out of supply situations during the holiday season that an estimated supplies constraint will occur in both January and February.

    As someone who purchased their first 360 just two days ago, I personally saw both the Costco, Sams club, and Target in my area hold low on supply or be out of stock on the 360s. Costco, for one, explained to me that they had received one small shipment since December, but had now run out of those and had no word on when they would be receiving more. (Best Buy had the best price, however, and actual consoles in stock.)

    Why did the Xbox sell so exceptionally well then, and especially all within one month? Well, besides the obvious holiday season, according to David Dennis, Group Product Manager with Xbox, the Kinect launch in the last third of the year played the largest factor. With the Kinect appealing to an entire new demographic of gamers, the Kinect was such an accelerate to the business and drove so many console sales that this was a situation we hadnt seen before, said Dennis to IGN. Black Friday brought in huge demand, that by the beginning of December sales rose so much higher than expected, leading the supplies issue.

    According to Dennis, the amount of supply should be back to normal within the next 30 to 60 days.

  • Wiebe beats the Hot Sauce King

    Industry News - Steve Wiebe wins again!

    Steve Wiebe reigns again! Twin Galaxies has officially releases a press release statement regarding the newest Donkey Kong arcade record. As of August 30, Washington state's Steve Wiebe now holds the world record once again with a score of 1,062,800, besting Billy Mitchell's July 31 title.

    What a competition. King of Kong star Wiebe has not held the title since he made his mark in the spring of 2007, shown in the documentary "King of Kong". Mitchell pulled ahead shortly within a few months. In March, Hank Chien of New York pulled ahead to one-up Mitchell's previous three year held record. However, Mitchell fiercely regained the title this past July. Now, the down to earth family man Wiebe has set the new world record, officially verified as of today.

    This is the third time in this year alone the world record has been shattered, the most changes to the official record made in a single year. Although he puts vast effort into live competing, Wiebe recorded this specific score to submit to Twin Galaxies. Could Mitchell still have an ace up his sleeve? I guess we will have to see if 2010 marks a fourth break in the record.


  • The Battle to Become The King of Kong Continues...

    Gamer News - Billy Mitchell to Continue being a Record Holding Champion

    Billy Mitchell was the first world record holder in the game of Donkey Kong, achieving this feat back in 1982, officially recognized by Twin Galaxies (Videogame authority). Billy has been recognized as somewhat of a prophet when it comes to arcade gaming, being called the "greatest arcade "€œvideogame player of all time". His score went untouched for years.

    In 2007, "The King of Kong: a Fistful of Quarters" came out, chronicling the journey of Steve Wiebe, a Washington state teacher, and his attempt to dethrone the hot sauce king. As a documentary there is obviously some bias involved, but the filmmakers do Billy Mitchell justice, portraying him as an egocentric, and incredibly arrogant human being. He talks a big game, yet refuses to actually play.

    Steve Wiebe went on to become the Donkey Kong record holder for both the live and recorded scores. On August 3, 2006, with a score of 1,049,100 points, Steve Wiebe took the title. The most recent record holder since then was Hank Chien, with a score of 1,061,700 in March of this year.

    Billy Mitchell finally decided to be a man and play in person to reclaim his title; something he vehemently advocated yet wouldn't do. On July 24, 2010 Billy won the top place again with a live score of 1,062,800 in Donkey Kong. He then simply walked away"¦only to respond, "Some say I'm being cocky. Some say I'm being lazy. I say I'm being Billy Mitchell." And the wait for a challenger continues.

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