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 41,069 units between Nov. 14 to Nov. 20 to rank No. 2 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 22,919 to rank third the week prior.

The hardware ranked four titles in the top 10, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 at No. 1, Saint’s Row The Third at No. 5, and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 at No. 10. Inc. this week began sale of an exclusive holiday bundle that includes Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 Harry Potter 3D Blu-ray Bundle.

The Playstation 3 Holiday Bundle includes the PS3 160GB hardware, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 3D Blu-ray disc, New Owner’s Kit, Sony PS3 Media / Blu-ray disc Remote, and Resistance 3 at $370.00.

Retailers this week discounted the PS3 160GB Two-Game Bundle to under $200 this week in a Black Friday promotion.

The PS3 2011 Black Friday Bundle includes the PS3 160GB SKU, Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One, LittleBigPlanet 2 Special Edition, and Dualshock 3 Controller at $199.99.

Sony Corp. this week said it will release MotorStorm RC to the Playstation Network division of the Playstation 3 and the Playstation Vita.

MotorStorm RC is a new radio-controlled simulation off-road racer that includes renditions of all four MotorStorm worlds and eight vehicle classes, including Buggies, Superminis, Rally Cars, Muscle Cars and Racing Trucks.

The final game includes 16 tracks and access to PS3 and PS Vita versions with the purchase of either SKU.

Zipper Interactive Inc. this week said it will release Unit 13 to Sony Corp.’s Playstation Vita.

Unit 13 is a new third-person action shooter that will include 36 missions in nine locations.

The title is said to utilize 3G to update users with Leaderboard information, Daily Challenge content, unlocks, shared High Value Target missions, and challenges from friends.

The PSP sold 40,085 units for the week to rank at No. 2 in Japan.

The PSP ranked two titles in the top 10, including Square Enix Holdings Co.’s Final Fantasy Type-0 at No. 6.

Target Corp. this week discounted Sony Corp.’s PSP handheld to under $100 in a four-day sale event.

This week, customers can purchase the PSP-3000 SKU at $99.99, $30 off the $129.99 MSRP.

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

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Xbox 360 sold 1,763 units between Nov. 14 and Nov. 20 to rank No. 6 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 1,531 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked one title in top 10, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 at No. 7.

Wal-Mart this week began sale of a bundle that includes Microsoft Corp.’s Kinect for the Xbox 360 and four game titles at $99.00 in a Black Friday sale.

This week, the Kinect Sensor 3-Game Bundle and Bonus Wipeout 2 Game sells at $99.96, $50 off the $149.99 MSRP.

Microsoft Corp. this week said the Xbox 360 Dashboard Update will be deployed Dec. 6.

The update will include new features like cloud storage for game saves and Xbox Live profiles, beacons and Facebook sharing, enhanced family settings, integrated voice and gesture controls, and Bing voice search.

Additional feature to roll out in the holiday period include new custom applications for TV, movies, internet videos, sports and music.

Activision Blizzard Inc. this month banned more than 1600 users of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3, Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360, and the PC due to cheating.

Infinity Ward Creative Strategist Robert Bowling tweeted this month that the company has issued 1600-plus bans.

Users can report other users who attempt to cheat, hack or glitch the title via an in-game menu. The report will be sent to the title’s security team which can issue a ban after verifying the claim.

Bowling added that fixes to patch in-game flaws that can result in an exploit will be patched.

EA Inc. this month released the Strike at Karkand Trailer for Battlefield 3.

The trailer includes the Strike at Karkand map from the Back to Karkand expansion pack.

Back to Karkand, to be released in Dec., is a themed expansion pack for maps from Battlefield 2 reimagined in the Frostbite 2 Engine.

Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Wii hardware increased in Japan in the latest retail data for the region.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Wii sold 13,613 units between Nov. 14 to Nov. 20 to rank No. 4 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 11,782 units the week prior.

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

Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS held as the top-selling game hardware in Japan in the latest retail data from the region.

Media Create Co. this week said the Nintendo 3DS sold 96,219 units between Nov. 14 and Nov. 20 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

The 3DS ranked one title in the top 10 for the week, including Super Mario 3D Land at No. 4.

Meanwhile, the Nintendo DSi LL sold 1,813 units to rank No. 5, the Nintendo DSi sold 897 to rank No. 8, and the DS Lite sold 31 units to rank No. 9 in the same period.

Nintendo Co. this week began sale of new Nintendo 3DS bundles Thanksgiving weekend.

The Nintendo 3DS Cosmic Black Bundle includes the Nintendo 3DS Cosmic Black hardware and a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D or the Nintendo 3DS Flame Red Bundle with Super Mario 3D Land at $199.99 each.

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NPD Group Inc. this week said Hewlett Packard Co.’s HP TouchPad was second to Apple Inc.’s iPad in U.S. tablet market share post clearance of the device.

In data the excludes share of the iPad, the HP TouchPad led market share U.S. tablet sales at 17 percent share between Jan. and Oct. 2011.

AT&T Inc. this month released HTC Corp.’s HTC Titan to U.S. customers at $199.99 after two-year contract.

The HTC Titan includes a 1.5Ghz CPU, 4.7-inch 480 x 800 display, 8MP camera with 720p video recording and dual-LED flash, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 512MB RAM, 16GB storage, 4G functionality, and Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone 7 Mango OS.

Google Inc. this week said it will price cut Chromebook laptop SKUs by up to 30 percent.

Chromebook models, which include SKUs manufactured by Acer Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, will now start at $299.00.

Prior models sold at $349.00 and $429.00.

Hewlett Packard Co. this week reported an earnings decline of 94 percent amid write-downs and slow consumer PC sales.

For the period ending Oct. 31, HP recorded a net income of $239 million, down from $2.54 billion a year earlier.

PC sales fell 1.6 percent, with notebook revenue down 4.1 percent and the printer business falling 10 percent.

The company’s enterprise business held a four percent revenue decline.

Additionally, HP wrote off $3.1 billion due to costs related to webOS, an operating system acquired from the purchase of Palm Inc. in 2010.

Part of the write-down included a $142 million loss from the clearance of the HP TouchPad tablet, which was discontinued in July due to slow sales.

An analyst with Piper Jaffray this week increased Q4 sales estimates for Inc.’s Kindle Fire to four million units due to price and device offerings.

Barclays PLC in Oct. estimated 4.5 million Kindle Fire units sold in Q4, while a JPMorgan analyst in Nov. forecast five million units sold in the same period.

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