Media Create Co. this week reported a sales decline for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 in the latest Japan retail activity.

The PS3 sold 21,155 units between Jan. 16 to Jan. 22 to rank No. 2 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 30,332 to rank third the week prior.

The hardware ranked one title in the top 10, Koei Tecmo Corp.’s Warriors Orochi 3 at No. 10.

Sony this month said Sega Corp.’s Sonic CD for the Playstation Network division of the Playstation 3 lead download game sales for Dec. 2011.

Sonic CD ranked as the No. 1 best-selling download title for Dec. followed by Infamous 2 Festival of Blood at No. 2, EA Inc.’s NBA Jam: On Fire Edition at No. 3, Payday: The Heist at No. 4 and Trine 2 at No. 5.

Sony this week said Twisted Metal for the Playstation 3 has reached Gold manufacturing status.

In addition, each copy of the title will include a voucher to download the Sweet Tooth Outcast Multiplayer Skin. The multiplayer skin will be available May 8.

Twisted Metal, to be released Feb. 14, will include new vehicles and levels in the franchise.

Sony this week said Jak and Daxter Collection for the Playstation 3 will be sold Feb. 7.

The title includes all three franchise titles remastered in 720p high-definition with stereoscopic 3D functionality.

In addition, the title will include more than 100 Trophies to collect.

Jak and Daxter Collection will sell at $39.99.

Capcom Co. this week announced that Street Fighter X Tekken for the Playstation 3 and the Playstation Vita will include Mega Man and Pac-Man characters exclusively.

The Mega Man featured on the original Mega Man 1 box art and Pac-Man riding atop Mokujin will join previously announced PS3 and PS Vita exclusive characters Cole from Infamous, Toro and Kuro.

Pre-order sales for Capcom Co.’s Resident Evil 6 for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 increased this week ranked in the top 10 at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division due to building demand.

This week, the Resident Evil 6 PS3 SKU ranked as the No. 9 best-selling pre-order game title at Bestbuy.com.

SNK Playmore USA Corp. this week released two new SNK Arcade Classics to the Playstation Network division.

Bermuda Triangle and Golden Medalist are now available for download in the Playstation Network as Playstation minis titles for the PSP.

SNK minis titles is a collection of action, shooting, platform, and action/puzzle titles released in the 1980’s.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc. this week said public beta for the DLC title Gotham City Imposters for Sony Corp.’s Playstation Network, Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox Live is now available.

Xbox 360 users can register online to receive a beta key. The PS3 version is available to download without a key.

Sales for Sony Corp.’s Playstation Vita held below the PSP in the latest Japan retail figures.

The PS Vita sold 15,219 units between Jan. 16 and Jan. 22 to rank as the No. 4 hardware for the week.

By comparison, the hardware sold 18,361 the week prior.

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

Meanwhile, the PSP sold 17,181 units to rank third in the same period.

Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week began offering $55 in Bonus Content to customers who pre-order the Playstation Vita 3G / Wi-Fi SKU in a new promotion.

This week, customers who pre-order the PS Vita 3G / Wi-Fi SKU will receive $55 in bonus content, including an 8GB Memory Card, DataConnect Session Pass and a Playstation Network game.

Ubisoft Inc. this week said Lumines Electronic Symphony for the Playstation Vita will be sold Feb. 14.

The music puzzle title includes updated 3D blocks that integrate with sound, alternate touch controls, a new XP system, and new avatars and abilities.

Ubisoft Inc. this week said Asphalt Injection for the Playstation Vita will be sold Feb. 14.

Asphalt Injection is an arcade racer that includes 52 licensed vehicles, 20 different leagues and multiplayer local and Wi-Fi racing.

Ubisoft Inc. this week said Rayman Origins for the Playstation Vita will be released Feb. 14 in the U.S.

Rayman Origins will include new pinch-to-zoom functionality to discover hidden secrets, and a new Ghost Mode to challenge friends in speed runs.

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

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Xbox 360 sold 1,588 units between Jan. 16 and Jan. 22 to rank No. 6 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 1,519 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 released the first Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 DLC to Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox Live division of the Xbox 360 to Call of Duty: Elite Premium Members.

New content available includes the Piazza Map and the Liberation Map.

The Piazza Map is a seaside Italian location that promotes close-range combat.

The Liberation Map is a Central Park location that includes turrets and sniper rifle action.

Microsoft Corp.’s successor to the Xbox 360 hardware is said to be six times more powerful according to new reports.

Reports by Fudzilla, SemiAccurate, and IGN claim the next Xbox will utilize a 32nm chip that will combine a PowerPC CPU with AMD Inc.’s Radeon HD 7000 or 6000 series graphics chipset.

The hardware is estimated to be six times more powerful than the current Xbox 360 and 20 percent more powerful than Nintendo Co.’s Wii U.

Activision Blizzard Inc.’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Bethesda Softworks’ The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 ranked as the top Xbox Live titles in the latest activity data.

This week, Microsoft said Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 ranked as the No. 1 Xbox Live title for the week of Jan. 16 based on unique users.

Call of Duty: Black Ops ranked second, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim ranked third, EA Inc.’s FIFA 12 ranked fourth and Battlefield 3 ranked at No. 5 in the same period.

EA Inc. this week released a new trailer to demonstrate Kinect functionality for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13.

The trailer includes gesture movement controls that allow users to place their hands together and swing for motion-based golfing.

In addition, the title will support voice commands like ‘Aim Shot’ to initiate an aim function then allow users to palm their hand toward an exact location.

Amazon.com Inc. this week began offering a new Super Bowl promotion for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 and EA Inc.’s Madden NFL 12 to customers.

This week, customers who purchase the Xbox 360 250GB Holiday Value Bundle and Madden NFL 12 will receive an $80 Amazon.com Credit at no additional cost.

Capcom Co. this week said the Capcom Digital Collection for the Xbox 360 will be sold Mar. 27.

The Capcom Digital Collection, which includes eight titles previously available in the Xbox Live Arcade division, will sell at $39.99.

Titles include 1942: Joint Strike, Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, Final Fight Double Impact, Flock!, Rocketmen: Axis of Evil including Rocketmen: It Came From Uranus expansion, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, and Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3.

Namco Bandai Games America Inc. this week released the Multiplayer Trailer for Armored Core V.

Multiplayer options include 1 vs. 1, 2 vs. 1, or 5 vs. 5 battles.

In addition, users can opt to act as the team operator to deploy radars and weaknesses of rival ACs.

Finally, users can conquer territory on a map to build defenses like gun batteries and customize team data.

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

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Wii sold 10,173 units between Jan. 16 to Jan. 22 to rank No. 5 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 14,179 units the week prior.

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

Nintendo Co. this week lowered its full-year forecast due to a strong yen and weakened demand for game hardware.

The company this week estimates a full year net loss of 65 billion yen ($838 million), compared to a loss of 20 billion yen.

It estimates an operating loss of 45 billion yen, compared to an earlier estimate of 1 billion yen profit.

In addition, it lowered sales forecasts for the Nintendo 3DS hardware to 14 million units by fiscal Mar. 2012, down from 16 million.

Nintendo this week said the Wii U hardware will utilize NFC (near-field communication) technology to connect physical objects to games and facilitate micropayments.

The company this week said the technology could allow Wii U owners to use cards and figurines that can electronically read and write data and facilitate micro-payments via compatible wireless payment methods that includes credit cards attached to smartphones.

Nintendo this month released the trailer for Mario Party 9 for the Wii hardware.

The trailer features new boards, co-op boss battles, and brand new mini-gams.

Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS held the top hardware sales rank in the latest retail data from the region.

Media Create Co. this week said the Nintendo 3DS sold 80,960 units between Jan. 16 and Jan. 22 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

The 3DS ranked five titles in the top 10 for the week, including Mario Kart 7 at No. 1, Rhythm Thief & The Emperor’s Treasure at No. 2, Capcom Co.’s Monster Hunter Tri G at No. 3, Super Mario 3D Land at No. 4, and Inazuna Eleven Go: Shine / Dark at No. 7.

Meanwhile, the Nintendo DSi LL sold 1,200 units and the Nintendo DSi sold 822 units for the week.

Technology News

Apple Inc. this week reported the company’s profit more than doubled amid strong sales of the iPhone and iPad during the holiday sales period.

Net income increased 118 percent to $13.06 billion, an increase from $6 billion one year prior. Revenue climbed 73 percent to $46.33 billion, up from $26.74 billion one year ago.

The company sold 37 million iPhones in Q1. The device, which has sold 183 million units since launch in Mar. 2007, now accounts for 72 percent of total revenue.

Microsoft Corp. this week said will launch the ‘Must Have Games’ initiative to the Windows Phone Games Marketplace this Feb.

Beginning Feb. 1, the ‘Must Have Games’ initiative will launch a wave of new mobile game titles to Windows Phone each week.

Titles include EA Inc.’s Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Feb. 1 at $4.99, BulletAsylum Feb. 8 at $2.99, Chicken’s Can’t Fly Feb. 15 at $2.99, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction Feb. 22 at $4.99, and Toy Soldiers: Boot Camp Feb. 29 at $2.99.

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