Media Create Co. this week said the Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 ranked No. 2 in hardware sales in the latest Japan retail activity.

The PS3 sold 28,596 units between Oct. 10 to Oct. 16 to rank No. 2 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 29,435 to rank third the week prior.

The hardware ranked three titles in the top 10, including Namco Bandai Games Inc.’s Ace Combat: Assault Horizon at No. 1, Konami Corp.’s World Soccer Winning Eleven 2012 at No. 3, and Capcom Co.’s Dead Rising: Off The Record at No. 7.

Sony Corp. this week released the Launch Trailer for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception for the Playstation 3.

The Launch Trailer includes new story elements that dive into Drake’s past, in addition to new horseback riding, desert combat, and submerged vessel survival action.

Sony Corp. this week said it will sell the Playstation 3D Display for the Playstation 3 Nov. 13 at U.S. retail.

The Playstation 3D Display is a 24-inch LED HD 3D display that includes built-in speakers, individual HD 3D in two-player mode, Playstation 3D Glasses and MotorStorm Apocalypse at $499.99.

Sony Corp. this week deployed the Firmware Update 3.73 to the Playstation Network division of the Playstation 3 soon.

System Software Update 3.73 is a non-mandatory update said to improve system stability during use of certain PS3 format software.

Capcom Co. this week said it will release Devil May Cry HD Collection in early 2012.

Handcircus Ltd.’s Okabu for the Playstation Network division of the Playstation 3 is a solid DLC platform title that incorporates puzzles in a virant, artistic world.

Sony Corp. this week said it will begin sale of the Playstation Vita handheld in the U.S Feb. 22.

The handheld will launch simultaneously in Europe, Canada and Latin America the same day.

Namco Bandai Games America Inc. this week said it will release three titles to the U.S. launch of Sony Corp.’s Playstation Vita.

Titles include Ridge Racer, Touch My Katamari, and Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen.

Pre-order sales for Sony Corp. Uncharted: Golden Abyss for the Playstation Vita increased this week post release date announcement for the new handheld.

The PSP sold 25,271 units for the week to rank at No. 3 in Japan.

The PSP ranked two titles in the top 10, including Bandai Namco Holdings Co.’s AKB1/48: Idol to Guam de Koishitara at No. 4 and Acquire Corp.’s Class of heroes Mono. Final: Shinnyusei wa Ohimesama at No. 8.

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

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Xbox 360 sold 1,887 units between Oct. 10 and Oct. 16 to rank No. 8 in overall sales.

Microsoft Corp. this week released two new Holiday Value Bundle SKUs for the Xbox 360 hardware to U.S. retail.

The Xbox 360 250GB Holiday Value Bundle includes the Xbox 360 250GB hardware SKU, Fable III, Halo: Reach Digital Download, and 3-Month Xbox Live Gold Card at $299.99.

The Xbox 360 250GB Holiday Bundle Value with Kinect includes the Xbox 360 250GB hardware SKU, Kinect sensor, Kinect Adventure, Carnival Games Digital Download, and 3-Month Xbox Live Gold Card at $399.99.

Pre-order sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Bundle increased this week at Amazon.com Inc. amid building demand for the hardware SKU.

EA Inc.’s Battlefield 3 secured the top three sales at Amazon.com Inc. this week amid strong pre-sale demand.

This week, Amazon.com Inc. this offering a Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand expansion pack free with the pre-order purchase of Battlefield 3.

Microsoft Corp.’s Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary for the Xbox 360 ranked in the top ‘Customer Favorites’ at Toys R Us Inc.’s online division due to strong pre-order demand.

Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment Inc.’s Batman: Arkham City for Playstation 3, Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360, and the PC is a crime-filled sandbox that allows users to fully act out their role as the Dark Knight in a Final Review.

Nintendo Co. next week will begin sale of the new Wii Black Console Bundle with New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Music CD.

The Wii Black Console Bundle with New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Music CD, to be sold Oct. 23, includes the Wii Black hardware, Black Wii Remote Plus, Black Nunchuk, a copy of New Super Mario Bros., and the Super Mario Galaxy 2 Soundtrack at $149.99.

Nintendo Co. this week said Hulu Inc.’s Hulu Plus service will be available for the Nintendo 3DS handheld and the Wii console by the end of the year.

Hulu Plus will allow Nintendo 3DS and Wii owners to stream thousands of TV episodes, including Modern Family, Glee, Dancing with the Stars, The Biggest Loser, House, and Grey’s Anatomy at $7.99 per month.

Nintendo currently offering streaming by Netflix Inc. to the Wii and Nintendo 3DS at no cost to current subscribers.

Media Create Co. this week said the Nintendo 3DS sold 55,025 units between Oct. 10 and Oct. 16 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

Meanwhile, the Nintendo DSi LL sold 2,721 units to rank No. 5, the Nintendo DSi sold 1,999 to rank No. 6, and the DS Lite sold 71 units to rank No. 9 in the same period.

Nintendo Co.’s Professor Layton and the Last Specter for the Nintendo DS is an excellent puzzler prequel that expands the franchise universe and includes an addictive side RPG for fans in a Final Review.

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