Plugged In

News flash: Everyone loves the Wii!

Somebody cue Steven Tyler and the boys — I’m back in the saddle again.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but it’s been a hectic few weeks around these parts. Things are starting to settle down, though, which means I “should” have more time to spend here.
But enough about me. Let’s talk about some games.

| The biggest news to hit in the last few days was the release of the November sales data. Let’s just say it’s a good time to be Nintendo. According to the NPD, the Big N sold an astonishing 2.04 million Wii’s in November — more than twice the number of consoles sold during the same time period in 2007. Oh, the DS had a pretty good month as well, moving 1.57 million units. The Xbox 360 finished third with 836,000 sold, followed by the PlayStation Portable (421K), PlayStation 3 (378K) and PlayStation 2 (206K). The top-selling games for the month were “Gears of War 2” and “Call of Duty: World at War” for the Xbox 360, each of which sold more than one million units. As a whole, the gaming industry saw its sales increase 10 percent from the previous year. Recession? What recession?

| Jack Black fans can breathe easy now — EA has announced plans to release “Brutal Legend,” Tim Schafer’s heavy-metal inspired adventure starring the “School of Rock” star. “Brutal Legend” was originally set to be published by Vivendi, but when that company was purchased by Activision the title was cut loose. Another former Vivendi property, “Ghost Busters,” is being published by Atari.

| The New Xbox Experience has been out for a few weeks now and I have to say, other than the the ability to rip games onto the hard drive and the streaming Netflix feature, I’m not impressed. Why can’t I eliminate some of the windows I never use and why can’t I access my messages? I miss the old blade system.