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Zeebo Officially Launches In Brazil With  FIFA, Need For Speed, Brain Challenge
Zeebo Officially Launches In Brazil With FIFA, Need For Speed, Brain Challenge
May 27, 2009 | By Leigh Alexander

May 27, 2009 | By Leigh Alexander
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Brazilian company Zeebo, Inc. has shipped its eponymous download-only console to retail in its home nation. It marks the official launch of the console, which ships with three pre-loaded games and credit toward three more downloads.

The console plugs directly into a television set and lets users download games from its service. Zeebo comes with Electronic Arts' FIFA 2009 and Need For Speed Carbon, plus Gameloft's Brain Challenge, and 3D Realms/Machineworks Prey Evil and Id Software's Quake I and II are available for free download after purchase. All are localized in Portuguese.

Zeebo expects to expand the digital catalog over time. The platform, which at $249 is claimed to be about a third the cost of traditional video game consoles in Brazil, targets emerging markets, as company execs told Gamasutra in a recent interview.

Zeebo hopes the console will be successful first in these emerging first-world markets, a key first step it must achieve before it can consider expanding to North America.

"Zeebo is the first videogame console to launch exclusively in Brazil and offer games wirelessly, with no packaged discs and no internet or wireless service plans required," says Fernando Fischer CEO of Tectoy, which handles all the marketing and distribution in Brazil.

"Brazil is a videogame savvy marketplace and is the perfect place to launch the Zeebo videogame console and its completely wireless distribution system," says Zeebo CEO John F. Rizzo.

"The system provides an intuitive, quick, and easy-to-use home shopping user experience featuring popular, culturally optimized content from leading game publishers and developers around the world. It also delivers high value and warranty protection compared to gray-market."


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Maurício Gomes
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"Brazil is a videogame savvy marketplace and is the perfect place to launch the Zeebo videogame console and its completely wireless distribution system," says Zeebo CEO John F. Rizzo.



That is perfectly true, we are videogame savvy, this is why we will NOT buy Zeebo, we will buy PS2 instead, that is the same price, much better hardware and offer more features (like... it reads external media!)

Vinicius Vecchi
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I really think that here in brazil the pc should be the plataform of choice. It is the only one where games have reasonable prices(although the ps2 is much better in this than it was few years ago). When I can buy a pc version of resident evil 4 for R$20 or a rainbow six vegas for R$30 there isn't much sense getting a zeebo game for R$20.

And there is this piracy thing that make the average joe buy a ps2 game for R$5.

Marcos Fh
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Yeah, the brazilians really sucks... Look what they say about a national console. They prefer to buy a outdated ps2 instead of a Zeebo becouse they can buy a pirate copy for R$ 5,00 (+- U$2,50), or because the ps2 offer a better hardware.

But, what kind of noob want a game looking for a graphic? Only you little boy...

Now, come back to your ps2 and play the worst sequence of Resident Evil ever made.


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