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

The PS3 sold 29,666 units between Aug. 15 and Aug. 21 to rank No. 3 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 20,239 the week prior.

The hardware ranked one title in the top 10 sales for the week, Hyperdimension Neptunia at No. 4 with 32,751 units sold.

Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week began offering a free copy of Resistance 2 with the purchase of any Playstation 3 hardware SKU by Sony Corp.

This week, customers who purchase the PS3 160GB SKU, PS3 320GB Move Bundle, or the PS3 320GB Infamous 2 Bundle will receive a free copy of Resistance 2.

Sony Corp. this week said the Playstation Home online in the Playstation Network division of the Playstation 3 will receive a redesign this fall.

The new version will include the Hub to allow users a direct path to free games via a teleporter and Activity Board to engage in quests and community activities.

In addition, new divisions like Action District, Sportswalk, Adventure District, and Pier Park will divide online games include action, sports, adventure, and board games, respectively.

Finally, a core client upgrade will be deployed to streamline user functionality.

The Playstation 3 ranked in the top three ‘Most Gifted’ game products at retailer Amazon.com Inc. following a price cut to $249.99.

In addition, sales for the Playstation 3 320GB Infamous 2 Bundle increased this week at retailer Amazon.com Inc. amid strong demand of the new bundle SKU.

Pre-order sales for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception for the Playstation 3 ranked in the top 15 sales at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division this week due to strong demand.

In addition, the Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Collector’s Edition for the Playstation 3 spiked to the top 40 this week at Amazon.com Inc. due to strong demand.

Pre-order sales for Konami Corp.’s Metal Gear Solid HD Collection for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 ranked in the top five ‘Most Wished For’ products at Amazon.com Inc. due to building demand for the remaster.

The PSP sold 40,409 units for the week to rank at No. 2 in Japan.

The PSP go sold 20 units to rank No. 10 for the week.

The PSP ranked four titles in the top 10, including Pokemon Hunter Diary at No. 1, Uta no Prince-Sama at No. 5, J League Pro Soccer Club 7! at No. 7, Toriko: Gourmet Survival at No. 8.

Sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware tallied under 1,500 units in the latest Japan retail figures.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Xbox 360 sold 1,427 between Aug. 15 and Aug. 21 to rank No. 8 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 1,576 units the week prior.

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

Microsoft Corp. and Epic Games Inc.’s Gears of War 3 for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 locked the top three retail position at Amazon.com Inc. amid strong demand for the action sequel.

Additionally, the Xbox 360 320GB Gears of War 3 Bundle horded the top 35 sales at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division amid strong pre-order demand for the bundle SKU.

Microsoft Corp. this week said Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary for the Xbox 360 will include 3D functionality and new multiplayer maps to be included in the HD remaster.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will include stereoscopic 3D functionality for 3D HDTV owners.

New remastered maps include Timberland, Prisoner and Installation 04.

EA Inc.’s Madden NFL 12 sacked top sales at GameStop Corp.’s online division this week due to high pre-order demand.

EA Inc.’s Battlefield 3 for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 held in the top 10 at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division this week amid strong pre-sale demand.

Microsoft Corp.’s Hole in the Wall for the Kinect hardware for the Xbox 360 is a decent DLC motion title that relays the hit game show with a no-frills interface.

Halfbrick Studios this week said Fruit Ninja Kinect for Microsoft Corp.’s Kinect hardware for the Xbox 360 has sold 100,000 copies in the first week of availability via Xbox Live.

Pre-order sales for Square Enix Holdings Co.’s Dead Island ranked in the top 15 at GameStop Corp.’s online division this week due to high pre-order demand.

Capcom Co.’s Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition is a solid bout that includes tight controls and lag-free online matches in a comprehensive competition.

Microsoft Corp.’s Forza Motorsport 4 Limited Edition SKU for the Xbox 360 held in the top 25 this week at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division this week due to strong pre-order demand.

Launch sales for Square Enix Holding Co.’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution ranked as the top game product this week at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division this week due to strong demand.

Pre-order sales for Namco Bandai Games America Inc.’s Dark Souls held strong demand at Amazon.com Inc. due to strong demand for the product.

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

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Wii sold 18,256 units between Aug. 15 and Aug. 21 to rank No. 4 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 19,607 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked two titles in the top 10, including Rhythm Heaven at No. 1 and Wii Sports Resort at No. 8.

U.S. retailers this week price cut Nintendo Co.’s Wii Mario Kart Bundle to under $130 this week amid slowing sales of the hardware.

Pre-order sales for Nintendo Co.’s The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for Wii struck the top 20 sales this week at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division this week amid strong pre-sale demand.

Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS held as the top-selling game hardware in the latest retail data in Japan post price cut a price cut for the handheld.

Media Create Co. this week said the Nintendo 3DS sold 196,077 units 105,639 between Aug. 15 and Aug. 21 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

The 3DS ranked two titles in the top 10, including Pokemon Rumble Blast at No. 5 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D at No. 7.

Meanwhile, the Nintendo DSi LL sold 4,329 units to rank No. 5, the Nintendo DSi sold 3,585 to rank No. 5, and the DS Lite sold 117 units to rank No. 9 in the same period.

Pre-order sales for Nintendo Co.’s Mario Kart for the Nintendo 3DS speeded ahead this week at Amazon.com Inc. this week post price cut of the handheld hardware.

Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week began holding a Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off Game Sale for Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, and Wii.

Technology News

Supply of HP Inc.’s TouchPad tablet has run dry across brick and mortar and online retailers following a clearance of the product to under $100.

Retailers including Best Buy Co. Inc., Amazon.com Inc., Barnes & Noble Inc. are currently out of stock of the device as consumers snapped up remaining inventory of the discontinued tablet in-store and online.

GameStop Corp. this week said it pulled an included promotional voucher by OnLive Inc. from boxed copies of Square Enix Holdings Co.’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution PC SKU citing competitive reasons.

The retailer admitted to opening new copies of the Deus Ex: Human Revolution PC SKU in order to prevent promoting a competitive service without a formal partnership.

The company told consumers via its Facebook page it guarantees the condition of the game to be new.

This week, the MacBook Air 11.6-inch SKU holds a discount price of $949.95, five percent off the $999.99 MSRP.

The entry level model includes the Intel Core i5 Dual-Core 1.6Ghz CPU, 11.6-inch display, 64GB Flash Storage, 2GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 3000 Integrated GPU, FaceTime Camera, Multi-Touch Trackpad, 5-hour battery and Backlit Keyboard.

In addition, an upgraded 11.6-inch SKU with 128GB Flash Storage and 4GB RAM holds a sale price of $1139.95, five percent off the $1199.99 MSRP.

Finally, this week Amazon.com is holding a under $10 Blu-ray sale.

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