Pre-order sales for Namco Bandai Games America Inc.’s Dark Souls for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 and Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 increased at Inc. due to strong demand for the product.

This week, the Dark Souls PS3 SKU held a sales increase of 58 percent to rank at No. 17 in Amazon’s Video Games division.

The Dark Souls Xbox 360 SKU held a 55 percent increase to rank at No. 79 in the same period.

Dark Souls, the spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls, is an action RPG title that is said to include 60 hours of challenging gameplay, 100 monsters and character customization options.

It will be sold Oct. 4.

Sony in Aug. price cut the PS3 160GB SKU to $249.99.

In addition, the PS3 320GB Move Bundle now sells at $349.99.

Microsoft in Sept. began sale of the new limited edition Xbox 360 320GB Gears of War 3 Bundle at $399.99.

In 2012 it will sell the Xbox 360 Limited Edition Star Wars Kinect Bundle at $449.99.

The Xbox 360 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Bundle, to be sold Nov. 8, will include an Xbox 360 320GB SKU with custom Modern Warfare 3 graphics and sounds, two custom wireless controllers, special Avatar items, Bluetooth Headset, and a copy of Modern Warfare 3 at $399.99.

Current Xbox 360 stand-alone SKUs include the Xbox 360 250GB hardware at $299.99 and the Xbox 360 4GB hardware at $199.99.

Bundle SKUs include the Xbox 360 250GB Kinect Special Edition Bundle at $399.99 and the Xbox 360 4GB with Kinect bundle at $299.99.

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