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 65,119 units between Dec. 12 to Dec. 18 to rank No. 3 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 44,661 to rank third the week prior.

The hardware ranked one title in the top 10, Square Enix Holdings Co.’s Final Fantasy XIII-2 at No. 1 with 524,217 units sold.

Sony this week said the Playstation Vita handheld will yield a constant supply of games in comparison to the PSP.

Shuhei Yoshida, Vice President of Sony Computer Entertainment and Worldwide Studios this week said the company will not make the same mistake of shifting attention away from the new handheld after the PS3 launched.

SNK Playmore USA Corp. this week released P.O.W. – Prisoners of War and Prehistoric Isle to the Playstation Network division.

P.O.W. and Prehistoric Isle are new PSP minis retro arcade titles that are also compatible with the Playstation 3.

P.O.W. – Prisoners of War, released in 1988, is a side-scrolling beat-em-up title that includes close combat and shooting action.

Prehistoric Isle, released in 1989, is a horizontal side-scrolling airplane shooter set in the 1930’s.

Media Create Co. this week said sales for Sony Corp.’s Playstation Vita ranked second across all hardware platforms in Japan.

The PS Vita sold 324,859 units between Dec. 12 and Dec. 18 to rank as the No. 2 hardware for the week.

The hardware ranked two titles in the top 10, including Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational at No. 7 with 61,412 units sold, and Uncharted: Golden Abyss at No. 8 with 48,224 units sold.

Meanwhile, the PSP sold 64,468 units in the same period.

Atlus Inc. this week said it will release Gungnir to the PSP in summer 2012.

Gungnir is a new tactical RPG from Sting Entertainment, the developers of Riviera and Yggdra Union.

In Gungnir, the Resistance must protect a female noble and magical spear from oppressing powers.

Sony this week said the Playstation Vita will launch with 25 titles from first and third-party studios in Feb.

First-party launch titles include Escape Plan, Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational, Little Deviants, ModNation Racers: Road Trip, Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Wipeout 2048.

Key third-party launch titles include EA Inc.’s EA Sports FIFA Soccer, Ubisoft Inc.’s Lumines Electronic Symphony, Namco Bandai Games America Inc.’s Touch My Katamari, Capcom Co.’s Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and Sega Corp.’s Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition.

Additional launch window titles include Tecmo Koei Corp.’s Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus, Ridge Racer, NIS America Inc.’s Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention, and Konami Digital Entertainment America Inc.’s Silent Hill Book of Memories.

Titles will be priced from $9.99 to $49.99.

Launch peripherals include a Starter Kit WITH 4GB Memory Card, Pocket Pouch, Protective Film, Card Case, Headphones, and Cleaning Cloth at $39.99, 4GB Memory Card at $19.99, and Portable Charger at $49.99.

Zipper Interactive Inc. deployed additional details for Unit 13 for 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 include 36 small, replayable missions to be played solo or with a friend. In addition, the title will include touch controls to pick up weapons, reload, vault over barriers or access the map.

Sony Corp. this week previewed the George Washington Bridge level in Resistance: Burning Skies for the Playstation Vita.

The level includes a demonstration of battle techniques in the final game, including the ability to facilitate high and low cover, touch-screen access to secondary items like grenades and axes, in addition to touch-to-shoot capability with a Chimera sniper rifle.

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 3,584 units between Dec. 12 and Dec. 18 to rank No. 7 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 3,211 units the week prior.

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

Activision Blizzard Inc. this week said it will release the first Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 DLC to Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox Live division of the Xbox 360 in late Jan.

The new DLC content will be available to Call of Duty Elite subscribers Jan. 24.

New DLC content will include new maps and new Spec Ops missions. Full details will be released next month.

Capcom Co. this week said it will release Devil May Cry HD Collection Apr. 3 in the U.S.

Devil May Cry HD Collection will include Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 2, and Devil May Cry 3 Dante’s Awakening Special Edition remastered in high-definition at $39.99.

U.S. retail stores held Microsoft Corp.’s Kinect for Xbox 360 at $50 under MSRP to spur year-end holiday sales.

Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week held the Kinect sensor with three game titles at a sale price of $99.99, $50 below the $149.99 MSRP.

The retailer initially discounted the peripheral to under $100 in Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotional sales.

Meanwhile, Best Buy Co. Inc. this week discounted the Kinect sensor to $119.99 in a weekly sale.

Namco Bandai Games America Inc. this week said it will release Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations Mar. 13 in the U.S.

Developed by CyberConnect2, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations is said to offer an increased number of playable and support characters in a large variety of online modes.

The final game will include integration with Naruto Shippuden Collector Cards, with each card carrying a code to unlock artwork and engage in special mini-battle to unlock new bonus skills.

LucasArts Inc.’s Kinect Star Wars for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 ranked in the top 10 pre-order sales at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s online division this week due to building demand.

This week, Kinect Star Wars ranked as the No. 9 best-selling pre-order title at Walmart.com.

Kinect Star Wars will include Jedi battles and vehicle piloting with gesture-based controls.

Hello Games’ Joe Danger Special Edition for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox Live division of the Xbox 360 is a hot stunt-based download title that revs easy controls and strong physics for a top ride in a Final review.

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 60,916 units between Dec. 12 to Dec. 18 to rank No. 5 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 46,018 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked three titles in the top 10, including Kirby’s Return to Dreamland at No. 6 and Just Dance Wii at No. 9, and PokePark 2: Beyond the World at No. 10.

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 367,691 units between Dec. 12 and Dec. 18 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

The 3DS ranked three titles in the top 10 for the week, including Capcom Co.’s Monster Hunter 3G at No. 2, Mario Kart 7 at No. 3, and Super Mario 3D Land at No. 5.

Meanwhile, the Nintendo DSi LL sold 5,600 units, the Nintendo DSi 3,523 units, and DSL 32 units for the week.

Nintendo Co. and retailer GameStop Corp. this week began pre-order sales for the Nintendo 3DS Circle Pad peripheral.

The Nintendo 3DS Circle Pad, to be sold Feb. 7, adds a second right analog stick to the Nintendo 3DS.

It carries an MSRP of $19.99.

Compatible titles include Resident Evil: Revelations and Metal Gear Solid 3D Snake Eater.

Technology News

Archos this week said it will sell a tablet that includes Google Inc.’s Android Honeycomb OS at $199.

The Archos 70b Internet Tablet will include the Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS, a 1.2GHz CPU, 7-inch 1024 x 600 capacitive touch screen, 8GB storage, 512MB RAM, 3D Graphics Accelerator, Wi-Fi functionality, HDMI output and Micro SD connectivity.

It will be sold in Jan. at an MSRP of $199.

AT&T Inc. this week dropped its $39 billion bid to purchase T-Mobile Inc. from Deutsche Telekom amid opposition from the U.S Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission.

AT&T argued that the purchase of T-Mobile was integral to investing to the future deployment of wireless spectrum that would reach most Americans.

Government agencies disagreed however that the merger would create jobs and lower wireless pricing per AT&T’s internal projections.

In addition to opposition by the U.S. government, fourth-place wireless operator Sprint Corp. largely opposed the merger as anti-competitive.

The purchase of T-Mobile would have created the largest wireless telecommunications provider in the U.S.

AT&T will pay a $4 billion break-up fee to T-Mobile, which will help the latter to compete against No. 1 carrier Verizon Wireless and subsequently AT&T itself.

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