Sales for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 hardware climbed in Apr. at U.S. retailers amid an outage of the Playstation Network division.

NPD Group Inc. this week reported the PS3 held a 13 percent hardware sales increase in year-over-year figures.

Additionally, the PS3 game sales held a 40 percent increase in the same period one year ago.

Sony Corp. this week said it will begin a phased restoration of the Playstation Network division May 15.

The restoration will be on a country by country basis beginning in the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Middle East.

Restoration includes sign-in to the Playstation Network and Qrocity division, including password reset; restoration of online gameplay across the PS3 and PSP; playback of rental video content; access to third-party services like Netflix and Hulu; Friends functionality, and Playstation Home.

Capcom Co. this week said that the outage of the Playstation Network division may cost the company millions in lost revenue.

In a company blog post, Corporate Officer and Senior Vice President Christian Svensson said told readers that he is frustrated and upset as a consumer and an executive.

Sony this week said it will release Starhawk to the Playstation 3 in 2012.

Starhawk, the sequel to Warhawk, will include a single-player campaign and online multiplayer functionality.

The title will include ground, vehicle, and flight combat. In addition, users can earn Rift Energy to build items like turrets and supply houses to aid in battle.

Media Create Co. this week said the Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 ranked third in hardware sales in the latest Japan retail data amid an outage of the Playstation Network division.

The PS3 sold units between May 2 and May 8 to rank No. 3 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, it sold 23,954 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked one title in the top 10, including Konami Corp.’s Pro Spirits Baseball 2011 at No. 6.

Advanced sales for Infamous 2 for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 increased this week despite an outage of the Playstation Network.

Media Create Co. this week said the PSP sold 54,882 units between May 2 and May 8 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

The PSP go sold 258 units to rank No. 10 for the week.

The PSP ranked four titles in the top 10, including Patapon 3 at No. 2 and Konami Corp.’s Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 at No. 3.

Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 ranked as the No. 1 video game hardware in Apr. U.S. sales in new retail data.

NPD Group Inc. this week reported that the Xbox 360 sold 297,000 units in Apr., a 60 percent increase from the year prior.

Sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware held as the No. 7 hardware in the latest Japan retail figures.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Xbox 360 sold 3,419 units between May 2 and May 8 to rank No. 7 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 4,082 units the week prior.

The hardware did not rank any titles in the top 10.

Details regarding Activision Blizzard Inc.’s next installment in the Call of Duty franchise were leaked this week to the Internet.

Consumer publication Kotaku this week said Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3, Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360, and the PC will be sold Nov. 8.

The title is said to include new locations like New York, London and Paris, in addition to several lead characters.

Finally, the sequel is said to include a co-op survival mode.

Modern Warfare 3 is said to be in development at Infinity Ward in collaboration with Sledgehammer Studios and Raven Software.

Rockstar Games’ L.A. Noire took the top two sales ranks this week at Amazon.com Inc. amid a new $15 Bonus with pre-purchase of the product.

Namco Bandai Games America Inc. this week said it will release Soul Calibur V. Developed by Project Soul, Soul Calibur V will take place 17 years after Soul Calibur IV.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc.’s Mortal Kombat ranked as the top-selling game product in Apr. U.S. sales.

NPD Group Inc. this week said the Mortal Kombat PS3 SKU and the Mortal Kombat Xbox 360 SKU ranked as the No. 1 game in Apr., selling more than 1 million units in the U.S.

Valve Corp.’s Portal 2 ranked as the second best-selling game title in U.S. Apr. sales.

Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Wii fell in year-over-year figures in the latest Apr. U.S. sales data.

NPD Group Inc. this week said the Wii sold 172,000 units in Apr., down 38 percent from the same period the year prior.

Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Wii increased this week in Japan pending the reveal of the Wii successor next month.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Wii sold 11,520 units between May 2 and May 8 to rank No. 4 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 10,889 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked two titles in the top 10, including Wii Party at No. 7 and Mario Kart Wii at No. 10.

Nintendo in Apr. said it will demonstrate a playable model and announce more specifications of the Wii successor at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.

Reports claim the Wii successor, dubbed Project Café, will have a three-core CPU, 6.2-inch touch-screen controller, and high-definition functionality.

The controller is said to be able to stream content from the console.

Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS fell about 50 percent in Apr. U.S. figures from debut sales one month prior.

NPD Group Inc. this week said the Nintendo 3DS 194,000 units in Apr. down from the 400,000 launch units sold in Mar.

The Nintendo 3DS sold 29,149 units to rank as the No. 2 hardware in Japan for the week.

The 3DS ranked one title in the top 10, nintendogs + cats at No. 9.

Meanwhile, the Nintendo DSi LL sold 10,519 units to rank No. 5, the Nintendo DSi sold 8,708 to rank No. 6, and the DS Lite sold 289 units to rank No. 9 in the same period.

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