Nightly News Roundup 2010.9.28

New Sonic info, consumers download more on their game consoles than you think, and the Wii version of NBA JAM may not be so definitive any more

By James Stank. Posted 09/28/2010 18:49 Comment on this     ShareThis

Nightly News Roundup

Sonic 4 Release Date and Price Revealed.

After months of waiting, Sega has finally revealed the release date and price of Sonic 4. Sonic’s latest adventure will first hit the iTunes App Store on October 5, and WiiWare shortly afterwards, on October 11. The PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade versions will follow soon after, with releases on October 12, and 13, respectively. Sonic 4 will set Wii owners back 1500 Nintendo Points, in other words, $15. We will have a review up for Sonic 4 the week it is released, so you have something to look forward to.

Source: IGN

24% of All Content Downloads Come Through Consoles.

The NPD group has reported today, that 6 percent of US consumers have downloaded content onto their video game consoles in the past three months. This may not seem like a huge number, but NPD reports that 75% of US consumers 13 and up didn’t download content in that same period. So if we do the math, and 6 out of the 25 percent of people that download content did so on their game systems, this means that roughly 24% of all content downloads in the past three months have been through consoles. Digital distribution is continuing to grow, thanks to services like WiiWare, PSN, and the Xbox Live Arcade, and will only take up a larger percentage of that data in the future.

Source: NPD Group via GoNintendo

NBA JAM Even Less Exclusive Now

Electronic Arts announced today that they are delaying the release of NBA Elite 11 for PS3 and Xbox 360. It may not seem like it has a direct on Wii owners, but it may. EA had planned to include a voucher for a version of NBA JAM with every copy of Elite. This version would lack most of the modes on the definitive Wii version, but would include online play. However, with the delay of Elite, EA is pushing ahead with JAM on PS3 and Xbox 360. We don’t know when it will release, but EA promises it will be in time for the holidays. With NBA JAM being EA’s headline basketball franchise for the year, the PS3 and 360 versions may now include all of the modes of the Wii version and online play, killing the Wii version before it is even released.

Source: IGN

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