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Oct
08

Forget hardware, Nintendo is #1 game publisher

Game Developer magazine has announced it’s Top 20 Publishers for 2008, and Nintendo, last year’s #1 publisher has come out on top again.

I can’t decide if this is an impressive feat or not. Nintendo are primarily a hardware manufacturer and only publish content to be released on one console and one handheld. But both the wii and DS are the best selling systems, and whether they like it or not, Nintendo basically have a monopoly over the wii’s game lineup.

The publishers were ranked based on their performance in five fields including annual turnover, number of releases and average review sore.

More traditional publishing whores (you know, the ones that release content on every system) EA and Activision came in second and third.

 

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Playing on PC

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