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Video game titans resume war

The US$30bil video game industry's own war of the titans reboots this week with the US launch on Friday of Sony Corp's PlayStation 3 and Sunday's debut of Nintendo Co Ltd's Wii.

PlayStation 3 Debuts to Lines in Japan

TOKYO (AP) - Sony's PlayStation 3 made its highly anticipated debut in Japan to long lines on Saturday, with local stores selling out their supplies of the video game console in a pattern that's expected to be repeated around the world.

Portables drive record year for US video game sales

SAN JOSE, California: U.S. retail sales of video game hardware, software and accessories hit a record US$10.5 billion (euro8.7 billion) in 2005 as strong demand from portable gaming gadgets offset weakness in console players, the NPD Group research firm says.

Nintendo shows simpler remote controller at Tokyo Game Show

Nintendo thinks it has the answer for people scared off by all the complex switches and buttons on home video-game controllers - a simpler device that looks like a TV remote control and can be waved like a wand - or a baseball bat.

Microsoft to launch Xbox with 100 titles in Japan

Microsoft will go on an offensive in Japan by launching its sleek new Xbox 360 video-game machine with more than 100 titles in time for the holiday shopping season at the end of the year.

Apple to switch to Intel chips in a snub to IBM

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is expected to announce Monday morning at the company's software developers conference in San Francisco that Apple will discontinue using microprocessor chips made by IBM in favor of Intel chips, according to CNET Networks Inc.'s and The Wall Street Journal.

Nintendo to launch new videogame console next year

Nintendo Co said yesterday it planned to launch its new videogame console sometime next year, missing the key 2005 holiday shopping season and putting it a step behind Microsoft Corp in the race to market a next-generation game machine.

Tokyo stocks finish higher Thursday

The Nikkei Stock Average of 225 selected issues added 42.75 points, or 0.36 percent, to close at 11,856.46 points.

Nintendo earnings take a hit

Japanese men play with Nintendo Co.'s new handheld video-game machine DS in front of a Tokyo's Akihabara electronics store Wednesday.

Nintendo raising stake in Seattle Mariners

Nintendo Co., the Japanese maker of Pokemon and Super Mario video games, raised its stake in baseball's major league club the Seattle Mariners to more than 50 percent, a company spokesman said Friday.