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 34,031 units between Nov. 21 to Nov. 27 to rank No. 2 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 41,069 to rank third the week prior.

The hardware ranked two titles in the top 10, including Metal Gear Solid HD Edition at No. 5.

Sony Corp. this week said it will release System Software Update v.4.00 for the Playstation 3.

The new firmware is said to allow users to copy content, including games, music, photos, and videos between the Playstation 3 and the Playstation Vita handheld.

In addition, users will be able to back up PS Vita games like save data to the PS3 hard drive and update PS Vita system software with the PS3.

Finally, the update will allow Playstation Plus members to enable or disable automatic update features and filter friend requests and messages.

Retailer Target Corp. this week began sale of an exclusive bundle that includes Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3, Playstation Move and Everybody Dance at under $300.

This week, customers can purchase the Playstation Move Bundle, which includes the PS3 160GB SKU, Playstation Move, Everybody Dance, and Dualshock 3 Controller at $299.99.

Sony Corp. this week said the Playstation 3 held strong demand at retail over the Black Friday shopping period in a new statement.

The company said PS3 hardware, games, and peripherals held strong consumer demand during Black Friday weekend.

It did not provide sales figures for the period.

Sales for Sony Corp.’s new Playstation 3 Harry Potter 3D Blu-ray Bundle climbed this week at Inc. amid strong holiday demand for the product SKU.

EA Inc. this month said it will release the Back to Karkand DLC for Battlefield 3 to the Playstation Network division of Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 next week.

Back to Karkand, to be released Dec. 6, is a themed expansion pack for maps from Battlefield 2 reimagined in the Frostbite 2 Engine.

The DLC Pack includes three new vehicles, ten weapons, new Assignments, and five new Trophies.

Capcom Co. this week said it will release a new DLC update to Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition this month.

The Version 2012 update will rebalance moves for each of the 39 fighters.

The PSP sold 33,151 units for the week to rank at No. 3 in Japan.

The PSP ranked four titles in the top 10, including Sega Corp.’s 7th Dragon 2020 at No. 2.

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

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Xbox 360 sold 1,678 units between Nov. 21 and Nov. 27 to rank No. 6 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 1,763 units the week prior.

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

Microsoft Corp. this week said it will begin offering content from UFC to Xbox Live subscribers beginning Dec. 20.

The UFC service will include on-demand video, live coverage, and Countdown to UFC in high-definition.

The first event, UFC 141, will be broadcast Dec. 30.

Finally, the service will allow users to employ Kinect motion and voice to control menu options.

Verizon Communications Inc. this week said Verizon FiOS TV functionality will be available on the Xbox Live division of Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 next month.

In Dec., customers who subscribe to Verizon FiOS TV and Internet, and Xbox Live will be available to view select FiOS TV channels from the Xbox 360 hardware.

New customers can order a triple-play service package to include FiOS TV, Internet, and Xbox Live starting at $89.99.

Activision Blizzard Inc.’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 held as the top Xbox Live title in late Nov. in new activity data.

This week, Microsoft said Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 ranked as the No. 1 Xbox Live title for the week of Nov. 21 based on unique users.

Call of Duty: Black Ops ranked second, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim ranked third, and EA Inc.’s Battlefield 3 ranked at No. 4 in the same period.

Microsoft Corp. this week said it sold nearly one million Xbox 360 units during Black Friday week to become the biggest sales week in the hardware’s history.

Between Nov. 20 and Nov. 26, the Xbox 360 sold 960,000 units in the U.S.

The company said 800,000 units were sold within a 24-hour period and 750,000 Kinect sensors were sold in bundle and stand-alone configurations.

Bethesda Softworks this week released a new patch update for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Patch v1.2 is said to fix various problems, including texture loading, performance issues from long sessions, graphics bugs, and other rare in-game issues.

Atlus Inc. this week said it will work with SNK Playmore Corp. to help improve online network code The King of Fighters XIII following user complaints.

The publisher this week said it will work with SNK Playmore test and continue to improve the title’s online performance.

User complaints include input lag and lack of strong connections between players.

Capcom Co. this week said it will release World Gone Sour to Sony Corp.’s Playstation Network division of the Playstation 3, Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox Live division of the Xbox 360 and the PC.

The new action adventure title is based on the Sour Patch Kids brand of candy in which users must guide a lost piece of candy to a human stomach.

The title is said to include platform and puzzle-solving amid candy enemies like an angry stick of chewing gum.

The final game will include local co-op play.

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 20,148 units between Nov. 21 to Nov. 27 to rank No. 4 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 13,613 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked two titles in the top 10, including A HREF=”″>The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword at No. 1 with 194,978 copies sold.

Nintendo Co. this week said it sold 500,000 Wii hardware units on Black Friday, the annual shopping day after Thanksgiving.

In addition, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has sold 535,000 units since launch Nov. 20 to become the fastest-selling Zelda title in history.

Nintendo Co.’s U.S. division this week said the Wii U and the current Wii console will co-exist at retail.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told Time Techland this week that the Wii U and Wii will attract different consumers.

Media Create Co. this week said the Nintendo 3DS sold 120,920 units between Nov. 21 and Nov. 27 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 2,237 units to rank No. 5, the Nintendo DSi sold 993 to rank No. 8, and the DS Lite sold 35 units to rank No. 9 in the same period.

Nintendo Co. this week said sales for the Nintendo 3DS tripled during Black Friday week.

Between Nov. 20 and Nov. 26, 3DS sales increased 325 percent from the week prior.

Super Mario 3D Land, which began sale Nov. 11, has sold more than 500,000 units to become the fastest-selling Mario title in the company’s history.

Nintendo Co. Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS ranked as the top pre-order product at GameStop Corp.’s online division pending release of the title.

This week, Mario Kart 7 ranked as the No. 1 best-selling pre-order product at

Mario Kart 7, to be sold Dec. 4, will include new characters like Lakitu and Metal Mario, and offers an optional first-person driving mode controlled by the gyro-sensor.

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Technology News Inc. this week said the Kindle Fire tablet was the top selling product at the company’s retail website through Black Friday weekend.

The company said the new color tablet topped sales across all categories, and customers purchased four times as many products in the Kindle family compared to the year prior.

IHS Inc. this week said Inc.’s Kindle Fire will take the No. 2 rank behind Apple Inc.’s iPad in tablet market share due to strong launch demand.

This week, the research firm forecast Amazon to ship 3.9 million Kindle Fire units in the last three months of 2011. The shipment will secure a 13.9 percent hold in tablet Q4 market share, behind the iPad at 65.6 percent.

IHS increased its total tablet shipment forecast for 2011 to 64.7 million units compared to a prior forecast of 60 million.

IBM Corp. this week said Cyber Monday spending increased by more than 30 percent over 2010.

In the new report, Cyber Monday online sales increased 33 percent from 2010 with average order purchases at $198.26 from $193.24 one year earlier.

In addition, 10.8 percent of consumers used a mobile device to shop, an increase of 3.8 percent from 2010.

Among mobile devices, Apple Inc.’s iPhone and iPad led retail traffic at 4.1 percent and 3.3 percent respectively. Google Inc.’s Android-based devices held third place at 3.2 percent.

Compared to Black Friday, Cyber Monday sales 29.3 percent.

Research in Motion Ltd. this week wrote off the value of the Blackberry Playbook tablet due to a price cut that discounted the device to under $200.

The company said Fri. it will incur a pre-tax charge of $485 million in the third quarter to record the decline in value of the PlayBook tablet.

This month, RIM discounted the entry-level PlayBook to $199.99 from $499.99 after slow sales.

It shipped 150,000 units to retailers in the quarter.

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