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The Start Button for March 7, 2011: Twin Galaxies Upgrade, Kong-Off, Wii Sinking

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Welcome to the February 28 edition of The Start Button, a weekly news short article aimed at bringing you quick and fun video gaming news to start your Monday morning.

Twin Galaxies Relaunches Website

The only official scoreboard for video gaming has hit the red carpet with it's new makeover.

Twin Galaxies unveiled it's new website over the weekend after months of testing.

Included in the totally new look are dropdown boxes to aid in searching for games in the scoreboard, modern and classic score lists with a quick toggle on the front page, and easier to find multimedia content, including a daily video on the front page.

More tweaks and changes are still being done while the dust settles on the new site, and they are taking suggestions in their forums section to aid in this.

You can check this out at www.TwinGalaxies.com.

Rhode Island Donkey Kong Contender Joins Kong-Off Roster

This space introduced Eric Howard back in September as a Donkey Kong contender who'd recently climbed into the upper ranks on the classic arcade title.

Howard has continued on his quest, recently climbing to fifth place all time with a 957,400 point run.

Eric has now been invited to take part in the upcoming Kong-Off event to be held on March 19-20 at Richie Knucklez Arcade Games in New Jersey. He will be joining the likes of current Donkey Kong champ Hank Chien, Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe as ten of the top Donkey Kong players in the world face off at this event.

Check back to this column throughout the week for multiple articles involving the Kong-Off event.

Microsoft and Sony Outsell Nintendo

The latest sales charts, according to VGChartz.com, continue to show the Nintendo Wii facing fierce sales competition from competing consoles.

For the week ending February 26, the PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 outsold the Wii in both the North American and Worldwide sales charts.

During that week, the PS3 sold 118,152 units in North America and 237,279 units worldwide. The 360 topped the North American sales charts with 148,806 units sold, but came in second in worldwide sales with 211,354 due to it's continued struggles in Japan.

The Nintendo Wii moved 93,714 units in North America and only 124,741 worldwide during the same sales period.

The Wii is still far ahead of it's competition in lifetime sales.

Famed Donkey Kong Book on eBay

In a week and month that will once again see this arcade classic creep into the news, The Video Masters Guide To Donkey Kong has appeared on eBay.

This paperback strategy guide, penned by Steve Sanders in 1982, gained a great deal of notoriety after the King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters caught on, becoming quite the collectible.

The seller, based out of the Pacific Northwest, appears to be aware of the interest in this item, has has started the bidding at $49.99 plus shipping.

You can check out the auction here.

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