Nightly News Roundup: 02.20.2012

France accidentally reveals 2012’s biggest game, 3DS hit major milestone in Japan, and Nintendo pursues talking people-fish thingies.

By Andy Hoover. Posted 02/20/2012 23:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Nightly News Roundup

Amazon France Surrenders Info on Next Call of Duty

Amazon’s French site briefly posted a product listing for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, a sequel to the 2010 entry of the most successful franchise in gaming over the last several years. The posting came and went quite quickly, and is far from official, but it does corroborate what is currently the rumor mill’s most popular theory.

However, what will really please the conspiracy theorists out there is Activision’s response. French website GameBlog broke the story and were then told by Activision to remove it, a request GameBlog ignored. Activision responded by dis-inviting GameBlog from an upcoming showing of their upcoming Transformers game, Fall of Cybertron.

Black Ops 2 is the most popular hypothesis among most gamers right now, but don’t expect anything solid until sometime closer to E3, or at least until the next major leak.

Source: IGN

3DS Outpaces All Nintendo Consoles in Japan

Despite having something of a slow start, sales of Nintendo 3DS skyrocketed in the later half of 2011 and early 2012 to reach 5 million units sold faster than any previous Nintendo system. This is a measure of actual units sold at retail, not just units shipped.

What took GBA 58 weeks, and DS 56 weeks, 3DS has accomplished in only 52 weeks.

Though no such milestones have been announced for other markets around the world, the overall trend was seen pretty much globally, with the handheld struggling early on but drastically picking up pace through the holidays.

Source: Andriasang

Nintendo Looks to Revive Others’ Franchises

Japanese financial publication Nikkei recently revealed some interesting plans Nintendo has for 3DS. Instead of relying solely on their own stable of venerable franchises, Nintendo is planning on carrying the torch for properties started by other publishers via 3DS. The piece was lacking in specifics, with one exception– Seaman.

Originally released for Dreamcast, Seaman is a simulator I which gamers interact with a talking, human faced fish. The game was developed by Yoot Saito and published by Sega.

Lending credence to the article is the words of Yoot Saito himself, who, back in 2010, mentioned the possibility of bringing the quirky, cult hit to 3DS.

Of course this is, once again, not official as Nintendo has not made any actual announcements.

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