Sales for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 held as the second best-selling hardware in the latest Japan retail activity.

Media Create Co. this week reported the PS3 sold 23,777 units between Mar. 26 and Apr. 1 to rank No. 2 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 25,750 to rank third the week prior.

The hardware ranked two titles in the top 10, including Konami Corp.’s Pro Baseball Spirits 2012 at No. 2 and Namco Bandai Games Inc.’s The Idolmaster: Gravure For You! Vol. 6 at No. 10.

Sony Corp. this week announced the availability of Amazon.com Inc.’s Amazon Instant Video application for the Playstation 3.

The application allows PS3 owners to rent or purchase more than 120,000 movie and TV shows.

In addition, Amazon Prime members can watch more than 17,000 Prime Instant Videos at no additional cost.

The PS3 is the first console to offer Amazon Instant Video to owners.


Gelid Games this week released Wheels of Destruction: World Tour to the Playstation Network division of the Playstation 3.

Capcom Co. this week said it will release the first Spec Ops DLC for Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City to the Playstation Network division and the Xbox Live division Apr. 10.

The first DLC mission will be sold at no cost and feature Spec Ops characters in a mission to recover evidence to reveal the truth about the Raccoon City virus outbreak.

A total of seven new Spec Ops missions will be released in addition to four new versus mode maps.

XSEED Games this week said it will publish Way of the Samurai 4 for the Playstation 3.

The title will be sold as a digital release at the Playstation Store this summer.

Developed by Acquire, Way of the Samurai 4 includes custom character creation from three age groups and choose quests between three feuding factions that will affect the branching storyline.

The final game includes custom melee and firearm weapons, and the option to upload or download player characters to invade another user’s game and rob a defeated player of their items.

Capcom Co. this week released Devil May Cry HD Collection to U.S. retail.

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

In addition, the title includes exclusive bonus content.

Wheels of Destruction: World Tour is a vehicle-based arcade combat shooter that includes five vehicle classes in five regions of Europe.

The final game includes online multiplayer combat with Capture the Flag and Deathmatch game modes.

In addition, the title utilizes the Unreal Engine.

Namco Bandai Games America Inc.’s Ridge Racer Unbounded is a steady drift into vehicular destruction with simulation handling, in-depth unlocks, and track building functionality in a Final Review.

Sales for the Playstation Vita increased 15 percent in the latest Japan retail figures.

The PS Vita sold 12,105 units between Mar. 26 and Apr. 1 to rank as the No. 4 hardware for the week.

By comparison, the hardware sold 10,302 the week prior.

Konami Corp.’s Pro Baseball Spirits 2012 ranked No. 11 upon release in the region.

Meanwhile, the PSP sold 18,356 units to rank third in the same period.

Sony this week said it will release System Software Update v1.65 to the Playstation Vita.

System Software Update 1.65 will include minor enhancements, including a Notification Alert option, an ‘After 10 Minutes’ Power Save option, Arrow Icon to alert new activities in LiveArea, and Caps Lock support for the on-screen keyboard.

Target Corp. this week began a clearance sale for an accessory product for Sony Corp.’s Playstation Vita five weeks after launch of the handheld in the U.S.

This week, Target clearanced the PS Vita AC Adapter accessory by 30 percent to $10.48, down from the $14.99 MSRP.

Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week price cut the Playstation Vita 16GB Memory Card by 17 percent post launch of the hardware.

This week, the Playstation Vita 16GB Memory Card holds a discount price of $49.95, 17 percent off the $59.99 MSRP.

Sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware held a small increase in the latest Japan retail figures.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Xbox 360 sold 1,317 units between Mar. 26 and Apr. 1 to rank No. 7 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 1,084 units to rank at No. 6 the week prior.

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

LucasArts Inc. this week released Kinect Star Wars for the Xbox 360.

Kinect Star Wars includes motion control functionality to wield a virtual lightsaber, use The Force, pilot a pod racer vehicle or fire guns from an X-Wing.

In addition, it began sale of the Xbox 360 Limited Edition Star Wars Kinect Bundle, which includes a R2-D2 blue-and-white themed 320GB console, custom Xbox 360 Wireless Controller inspired by C-3PO, white Kinect sensor, Kinect Star Wars game at $449.99.

Bioware Corp. this week said it will release the Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut DLC this summer.

The Extended Cut DLC will be released at no cost and is said to contain additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes to provide context and clarity to the ending.

Post release of Mass Effect 3, users complained about the title’s ending, which did not contain choices to affect the outcome and did not explain the whereabouts of certain characters.

The developer will offer additional DLC for the title at a later date.

Microsoft this week said it will sell new Xbox 360 Special Edition Chrome Series Wireless Controller to U.S. retail in mid-May.

The controllers will be available in Blue, Red, and Silver, and will include the transforming D-pad at $54.99 each.

Microsoft Corp.’s next Xbox 360 hardware may include a new multi-core CPU and a Blu-ray disc drive according to a new report.

Consumer website VG247 this week claimed the next Xbox will include a four to six core CPU in addition to a graphics card based on AMD Inc.’s 7000 series GPUs.

The GPU is said to include two chips that can work independently to draw separate items simultaneously.

Finally, the hardware may include built-in Kinect functionality and a persistent internet connection to combat piracy.

Majesco Entertainment Company this week said it will release Double Dragon: Neon to the Playstation Network division and the Xbox Live division this summer.

Developed by WayForward, the title is said to be an 80’s retake on the arcade classic, with new graphics, a mix tape level-up system, and power-up high fives.

Tecmo Koei America Inc. this week released new DLC for Ninja Gaiden 3.

New DLC items include the Falcon’s Talons weapons from Ninja Gaiden II, Metal Claws for multiplayer modes, and a new stage for Clan Battle Mode.

Users can purchase a complete set of DLC in the Ninja Pack 1 DLC for $9.99 or 800 Microsoft Points.

In addition, Ultimate Ninja Difficulty for the single-player campaign will be sold Apr. 24 at no cost for one month.

Anomoly: Warzone Earth for the Xbox Live Arcade division of the Xbox 360 is a solid real-time strategy title that allows users to command a fleet of machinery through dangerous war zones in a Final Review.

Diabolical Pitch for the Kinect for Xbox 360 is a winning download title that offers fast-throwing arcade pitching against an army of demonic dolls in a Final Review.

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

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Wii sold 9,292 units between Mar. 26 and Apr. 1 to rank No. 5 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 9,270 units the week prior.

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

Sales for 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 121,921 units between Mar. 26 and Apr. 1 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

The hardware sold 94,011 the week prior.

The 3DS ranked five titles in the top 10 for the week, including Square Enix Co.’s Kingdom Hearts 3D – Dream Drop Distance at No. 1, Kid Icarus: Uprising at No. 4, Super Mario 3D Land at No. 7, Capcom Co.’s Monster Hunter 3G at No. 8, and Mario Kart 7 at No. 9.

Meanwhile, the Nintendo DSi LL sold 941 units and the Nintendo DSi sold 771 units for the week.

Pokemon Conquest for the Nintendo DS ranked as the No. 5 title for the week.

Nintendo this week released new details for Mario Tennis Open for the Nintendo 3DS.

Mario Tennis Open, to be sold May 20, will include a single-player match mode, competitive multiplayer for up to four, and online leaderboard standings.

The Special Games mode will allow users to train with games like Super Mario Tennis, which offers tennis drills with the ability to stomp Goombas and Koopas.

The final game includes the option to import a Mii character and customize players with gear like Bowser’s favorite racket, a Bullet Bill outfit and Peach’s tennis shoes.

Nintendo this week said Pokemon Conquest for the Nintendo DS will be released in June.

Developed by Tecmo Koei Games Co., Ltd, the 2D strategy title allows users to recruit Warrior allies to strengthen a kingdom.

Pokemon Conquest includes more than 200 Pokemon, many from the Pokemon White and Pokemon Black Version games.

Technology News

EA Inc. this week said it will release The Sims 3 Katy Perry’s Sweet Treats to the PC and Mac this June.

The expansion pack includes décor, furniture, objects and of course, fashions and hairstyles. In addition, the title includes all-new in-game objects to transform their neighborhood into ‘Candyfornia’.

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