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Panasonic axes the Jungle

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Welcome to the jungle, we’ve got fun and..we’ll no..no we don’t. Remember that handheld device Panasonic announced last year? Y’know. the one that was supposed to be a trimmed down, mobile gaming device specifically for playing MMO’s?

We said that unless it managed to secure a deal to get World of Warcraft, it would die a swift death. It seems we were wrong; because it’s been killed before it managed to crawl.

In a statement to Reuters, the electronics company said : “Panasonic decided to suspend further development due to changes in the market and in our own strategic direction.”

Translated, I think it means “We’ve seen the 3DS and Sony’s NGP – and there’s no way our silly little Linux-powered handheld can even hope to compete.” Personally, I think Panasonic’s done the right thing. Had they released the Jungle, it would have just been a perpetual money vaccum for them. Why do MMO player’s even need a handheld device? It’s not like they leave their homes anyway!

Source : Reuters

Last Updated: March 1, 2011

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