Media Create Co. this week said the Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 ranked second in hardware sales in the latest Japan retail activity.

The PS3 sold 20,704 units between July 25 and July 31 to rank No. 2 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 23,343 the week prior.

The hardware ranked one title in the top 10, including Konami Corp.’s Powerful Pro Baseball 2011 at No. 7.

Sony this week said a new campaign called PSN Play will offer users of the Playstation Network division of the Playstation 3 four new action title releases and bonus offers to pre-order customers.

PSN Play is a new annual program that will introduce four new titles each consecutive week. Beginning Aug. 23, users can download Capcom Co.’s Street Fighter III Online Edition at $14.99. Subsequent releases include The Baconing Aug. 30 at $14.99, Bloodrayne: Betrayal Sept. 6 at $14.99, and Renegade Ops Sept. 13 at $14.99.

Customers who pre-order each title will receive a DLC and an exclusive dynamic theme for each advanced purchase. Users who pre-order all four titles will receive Payday: The Heist at no additional cost. Playstation Plus members will receive 20 percent off each purchase.

Pre-orders will begin Aug. 9.

Pre-order sales for Resistance 3 for the Playstation 3 ranked in the top 25 this week at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online divisionthis week amid strong pre-sale demand.

This week, the Resistance 3 standard SKU ranked as the No. 21 best-selling pre-order product at Bestbuy.com.

In addition, pre-order sales for the Resistance 3 Doomsday Edition SKU for the Playstation 3 ranked in the top 30 this week at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division this week amid strong pre-sale demand.

Sony this week said it has acquired ‘Infamous’ developer Sucker Punch for an undisclosed sum.

Sucker Punch, developer of Playstation exclusive franchises like Infamous and Sly Cooper, will join the development operation of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios.

Sony said sales of franchise titles by Sucker Punch Productions have totaled seven million units worldwide.

Pre-order sales for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception for the Playstation 3 held strong this week at Amazon.com Inc. amid building demand for the action sequel.

Pre-order sales for SNK Playmore Corp.’s The King of Fighters XIII increased this week amid a pre-order bonus soundtrack offer.

This week, customers who pre-order The King of Fighters XIII will receive a 4-disc CD soundtrack compilation that includes music from the franchise’s 15-year history.

NIS America Inc.’s Bleach: Soul Resurrection for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 is a fluid fight in the franchise universe, with non-stop enemies and varied combat.

Pre-order sales for Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection to the Playstation 3 climbed this week at Amazon.com Inc. amid building demand for the title.

Sony this week said it will begin sale of the Playstation Vita in Japan this Dec., but delay the launch in U.S. and Europe until 2012.

The company previously said the handheld would be sold in the U.S. this holiday.

Pre-order sales for the Playstation Vita climbed this week at Amazon.com Inc. this week despite a delay in the U.S. launch.

The PSP sold 36,666 units for the week to rank at No. 1 in Japan.

The PSP go sold 7 units to rank No. 10 for the week.

The PSP ranked five titles in the top 10, including Bandai Namco Holdings Co.’s Queen’s Gate: Spiral Chaos at No. 2 and Capcom Co.’s Sengoku Basara: Chronicle Heroes at No. 4.

Sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware held under 2,000 units in the latest Japan retail figures.

Sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware held low demand in the latest Japan retail figures.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Xbox 360 sold 1,616 units between July 25 and July 31 to rank No. 7 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 1,546 units the week prior.

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

Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week began offering an exclusive Dog Tag Pack with the pre-order purchase of EA Inc.’s Battlefield 3.

This week, customers who pre-order Battlefield 3 will receive an exclusive Dog Tag Pack.

It is concurrently offering the Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand expansion pack free with the pre-order purchase of Battlefield 3.

Microsoft Corp.’s Forza Motorsport 4 Limited Edition SKU for the Xbox 360 held in the top 20 this week at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online divisionthis week due to strong pre-order demand.

Advanced sales for Microsoft Corp. and Epic Games Inc.’s Gears of War 3 for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 ranked as the top-selling game product this week at Amazon.com Inc. amid strong pre-order demand.

Pre-order sales for Microsoft Corp.’s limited edition Xbox 360 Limited Edition Star Wars Kinect Bundle warped to the top five ‘Most Wished For’ products at Amazon.com Inc. due to high demand.

Activision Blizzard Inc. this week said it will release the Call of Duty: Black Ops Rezurrection DLC to Playstation Network division of the Playstation 3, Xbox Live division of the Xbox 360, and the PC.

The Rezurrection DLC will include a new moon level, four remastered zombie levels, including Nacht der Untoten, Verruckt, Shi No Numa and Der Riese, enhanced soundtrack, and a new Zombies Moon theme.

The DLC will be released to Xbox Live Aug. 23 at 1200 Microsoft Points, and to the PS3 and PC shortly after.

Owners of Hardened Edition, and Prestige Edition will receive the DLC at no cost.

Pre-order sales for Square Enix Holdings Co.’s Dead Island increased this week at Amazon.com Inc. amid building demand for the action title.

EA Inc.’s FIFA Soccer 12 kicked to the top five sales at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s online division.

This week, customers who pre-order the FIFA Soccer 12 PS3 SKU or FIFA Soccer 12 Xbox 360 SKU will receive a $20 Amazon.com Credit towards a future purchase.

Bethesda Softworks’ The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim ranked in the top 25 pre-order sales at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division this week due to strong pre-order demand.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc. this week said it will release Lollipop Chainsaw to Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 and Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 in 2012.

Lollipop Chainsaw is a third-person action title in development at Grasshopper Manufacture, which includes Goichi Suda (Suda51) and Akira Yamoaka.

Microsoft Corp.’s Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet for the Xbox Live division of the Xbox 360 is a innovative blast that integrates puzzles and action in an organic world.

Pre-order sales for Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary for the Xbox 360 held high demand at GameStop Corp.’s online division¬†pending release of the HD remaster.

Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Wii held at No. 4 in Japan amid a Q1 profit decline.

Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Wii ranked as the third best-selling hardware in Japan in the latest retail data.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Wii sold 18,232 units between July 25 and July 31 to rank No. 4 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 17,114 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked three titles in the top 10, including Rhythm Heaven at No. 1, Wii Sports Resort at No. 6, and Inazuma Eleven Strikers at No. 8.

Pre-order sales for Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS at $169.99 held in the top 20 at retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week pending a price drop for the 3D-enabled handheld.

Nintendo in July said it will price cut the Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS handheld to $169.99, 33 percent off the current $249.99 MSRP beginning Aug. 12.

Pre-order sales for Mario Kart for the Nintendo 3DS ranked in the top 35 sales at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s online divisiondue to strong demand.

Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS fell in the latest retail data in Japan pending a price cut for the handheld.

Media Create Co. this week said the Nintendo 3DS sold 16,415 units between July 25 and July 31 to rank as the No. 3 game hardware for the week.

By comparison, the hardware sold 31,826 units the week prior.

The 3DS did not rank any software in the top ten.

Meanwhile, the Nintendo DSi LL sold 5,267 units to rank No. 5, the Nintendo DSi sold 4,635 to rank No. 6, and the DS Lite sold 138 units to rank No. 9 in the same period.

EA Inc.’s Star Wars: The Old Republic Collector’s Edition for the PC ranked in the top five best-selling game products at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s online division due to strong pre-order demand.

This week, the Star Wars: The Old Republic Collector’s Edition ranked as the No. 5 pre-order game product Walmart.com.

The Star Wars: The Old Republic standard SKU sells at $59.99.

The Star Wars: The Old Republic Collector’s Edition will include the Gentle Giant Darth Malgus statue, collectible metal case, The Journal of Master Gnost-Dural, Star Wars: The Old Republic galaxy map, Music of Star Wars: The Old Republic CD, Collector’s Edition box, and seven digital items at $149.95.

Technology News

Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week price cut Apple Inc.’s new MacBook Air 13.3-inch SKU by five percent post release of the in-demand notebook.

This week, the MacBook Air 13.3-inch carries a sale price of $1234.99, five percent off the $1299.99 MSRP.

The 13-inch model includes the Intel Core i5 Dual-Core 1.7Ghz CPU, 128GB Flash Storage, 4GB RAM, and 7-hour battery.

In addition, the MacBook Air 11.6-inch SKU holds a discount price of $949.99, five percent off the $999.99 MSRP.

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