Nightly News Roundup, 2010.8.10

The Wii hardware has reached an impressive milestone! Also, some new Lost in Shadow screens and Blockbuster’s new online game rental service.

By Carter Fagan. Posted 08/10/2010 21:20 Comment on this     ShareThis

Nightly News Roundup

Wii reaches 30 million sold in the U.S.

Here’s a non-surprising, yet still crazy-to-think-about statistic: 1 in 10 American people own a Wii! That’s right, as of this week, Nintendo has sold 30 MILLION Wii units within 45 months. Nintendo’s Wii is now the fastest selling console of all time. NoA’s Executive VP of Sales and Marketing and snowboarding mom Cammie Dunaway had this to say about the Wii’s success in America:

“More than any other video game system in history, Wii has expanded the world of video games to new audiences. This milestone is another reminder that people want fun games they can play with others – all at a value-minded price.”

I wouldn’t go as far as to say the Wii has run its course, but Nintendo seems to be pulling out the big guns this fiscal year with Super Mario Galaxy 2, Metroid: Other M, and Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Is the Wii’s successor as far away in time as we think it is?

Source: Nintendo

New Lost in Shadow Screenshots

Hudson Entertainment’s Lost in Shadow looks to be a promising and unique platformer with an absolutely breathtaking art style. The idea of platforming taking place in shadows of the background is fresh and, dare I say…brilliant. Today, Hudson is happy to let us share with you six screenshots showcasing the Level 6 Factory area of the game.

You’ll be able to put your hands on this game on January 4, 2011.

Source: Hudson

Blockbuster Now Offering Games by Mail Service

Netflix has arguably bested Blockbuster in the video rental business. Blockbuster responded to Netflix’s service with Blockbuster Online, to no avail. Now, it’s Gamefly’s turn. As of today, video games are available to rent from Blockbuster’s website and are mailed straight to your home. The service is available at $8.99/month with no limit to the games you can rent.

“The addition of games for our BLOCKBUSTER By Mail customers – from families looking for entertainment experiences they can enjoy together, to serious gamers – is yet another convenient way to access entertainment content from Blockbuster,” said Kevin Lewis, Senior Vice-President, Digital Entertainment. “This enhanced offering supports Blockbuster’s multichannel strategy and shows our commitment to being the leading provider of home entertainment content.”

With the amount of Blockbusters in any given area, it doesn’t make much sense to wait days for a game to arrive when one can drive 4-5 miles and find a store within 20 minutes. But, if it’s anything like their online movie service, games should be able to be brought back to the store and another item can be rented, one thing Blockbuster has over Netflix.

Source: Blockbuster, Inc.

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