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11:00 AM on 07.30.2014

Xbox One launches in China on September 23

Xbox One is the first gaming console approved for sale in China through the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. It launches on September 23, priced at ¥3,699 RMB (right at $599). At a media briefing today in Shanghai, launch d...

Dale North


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.




12:30 PM on 07.17.2014

CES expands to Asia with a new tradeshow in Shanghai

The Consumer Electronic Show is one of my favorite events. It was Destructoid's very first trade show, and we've been back every year we've been in business. While not necessarily a videogame trade show, it still brings us bi...

Dale North

2:00 AM on 07.16.2014

China can finally join the rest of the world in Diablo III

Chinese company Netease will complete its commitment to Blizzard by bringing Diablo III to China. While the release date has not been officially announced, this release will mark the last major Blizzard franchise to hit the C...

Brittany Vincent

4:00 PM on 07.15.2014

Chinese couple sells their kids to fund gaming habit

A young, unwed couple in China is currently in jail for selling their two children. The first child was sold to traffickers from Fujian. When they sold the second, the baby's paternal grandfather turned the couple in.  I...

Steven Hansen

6:30 PM on 07.08.2014

China really likes Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2's Chinese publisher had the MMO at 760,000 players on launch day. Two months later, it's reporting 3.8 million Chinese players. Guild Wars 2's first year sales, before the Chinese launch, were at 3.5 million, so total sales are at least over 7 million.  Not bad, not bad.  [Via NeoGAF]

Steven Hansen

1:00 AM on 07.06.2014

Scalpers force Oculus to suspend Rift orders in China

Everybody wants to get their hands on the headset that's on the cutting edge of virtual reality. One of the basics of economics is that when demand is high but supply is low, price gets driven up. Oculus VR won't necessarily ...

Brett Makedonski

7:30 AM on 05.27.2014

Sony ramps up to launch PlayStation in China

Now that the ban on game consoles in China is up, Sony is gearing up to get their systems on shelves there. Bloomberg reports that Sony has formed two ventures with Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group to start selling PlayStation s...

Dale North



Nintendo plans to develop new consoles for emerging markets photo
Nintendo plans to develop new consoles for emerging markets
by Dale North

Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata told Bloomberg that they plan to develop new game consoles for emerging markets. Instead of discounting existing Nintendo systems, they will "make new things, with a new thinking." 

Iwata told Bloomberg in an interview, "The product and price balance must be made from scratch."

First stop? Probably China. The country just lifted a 13-year ban on game consoles, and Nintendo said that they're already looking into options for that market. New Mario NFC toys are also part of their plan for expansion.

These moves could dig Nintendo out of the hole they're in.

Even with all of this, Iwata is still resisting the move to smartphones. 

"Our games such as Mario and Zelda are designed for our game machines so if we transfer them into smartphones as they are, customers won’t be satisfied," said Iwata. "If customers aren’t satisfied with the experience, it will decrease the value of our content."

Nintendo to Sell New Consoles for Emerging Markets [Bloomberg]

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5:00 PM on 05.01.2014

American McGee speaks out against Microsoft's plan to launch Xbox One in China

Alice: Madness Returns creator and Spicy Horse frontman American McGee has spoken out about Microsoft's plan to launch the Xbox One in China, and in a big way. The Shanghai-based developer posted a list of his top five reason...

Brittany Vincent

10:00 AM on 04.30.2014

The Xbox One will launch in China in September

Microsoft has just announced a partnership with BesTV, stating that it will bring the Xbox One to China in September. Marked as a "monumental day for Xbox," apparently this is the first step in the partnership between MS and...

Chris Carter

3:45 PM on 04.24.2014

MLG is building a gaming arena in China

Major League Gaming, Lai Fung Holdings Limited, and eSun Holdings Limited are constructing a competitive gaming arena in China, scheduled to open to the public in 2017. The structure will be located off the coast of Macau wit...

Jordan Devore





5:30 PM on 04.23.2014

It won't be easy to release console games in China with all the censorship rules

China has lifted the ban on foreign console sales, opening up a potentially huge market (if not per capita, then by volume). There's money to be made, but Chinese regulations aren't going to make it entirely easy. Games in As...

Steven Hansen

10:45 AM on 02.21.2014

This old Chinese instrument was made for Mario music

The instrument you're about to hear is called a sheng. This weird looking Chinese cluster of bamboo flutes has an unexpected sound, and in this video it's used for an unexpected purpose: to play the Super Mario Bros. music. ...

Dale North

5:00 PM on 01.28.2014

Chinese TV maker working on Xbox-like videogame console

At the start of this year, China lifted its ban on videogame consoles, allowing them to be sold on the mainland with government approval and provided they're made in Shanghai. Those restrictions could slow Sony, Nintendo, and...

Steven Hansen

3:00 PM on 01.12.2014

Tips for China to catch up on 14 years of console gaming

[Dtoid community blogger UsurpMyProse catches China up on what they've been missing. Turns out, it's not much! Want to see your own blog appear on our front page? Go write something! --Mr Andy Dixon] Hey there, China! Have yo...

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1:45 PM on 01.07.2014

China temporarily lifts ban on game console sales

Reuters is reporting that China has temporarily lifted the ban on sale of foreign game consoles. The 14 year ban now allows "foreign-invested enterprises" to make consoles within Shanghai's free trade zone and sell them in Ch...

Hamza CTZ Aziz