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 15,593 units between June 4 and June 10 to rank No. 2 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 14,799 units to rank third the week prior.

The PS3 ranked two titles in top 10 software sales for the week, including Tokyo Jungle at No. 1 and Capcom Co.’s Dragon’s Dogma at No. 4.

The Last of Us for the Playstation 3 ranked as the top ‘Most Wished For’ game title at Amazon.com Inc. this week amid building demand for the product.

This week, The Last of Us ranked as the No. 1 Most Wished For title in Amazon.com’s Video Games division.

Developed by Naughty Dog Inc., The Last of Us is said to include survival and action elements amid abandoned cities decimated by a plague.

Sony this week said Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead ranked as the top-selling digital download title at the Playstation Network division in May.


For May 2012, The Walking Dead ranked as the No. 1 best-selling digital download title.

Journey ranked at No. 2 and PixelJunk Shooter ranked at No. 3 in the same period.

Sony this month announced the God of War: Ascension Collector’s Edition for the Playstation 3.

The God of War: Ascension Collector’s Edition, to be sold Mar. 12, will include an 8-inch Kratos Statue, Steelbook Case, Soundtrack, PS3 Dynamic Theme, PSN Avatar Pack, Multiplayer Double XP Unlock, and Pass for Future DLC Content at $79.99.

Atlus Inc. this week announced a new pre-order bonus for Persona 4 Arena.

Customers who pre-order Persona 4 Arena will receive the Arranged Soundtrack disc, a set of select tracks from the title’s score.

Developed in partnership with Arc System Works, Persona 4 Arena is a 2D fighting title featuring characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc. this week released Lollipop Chainsaw.

Developed by SUDA 51, Lollipop Chainsaw is a zombie-hunting action title in which users take a killer chainsaw while balancing high school drama.

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

The PS Vita sold 13,383 units between June 4 and June 10 to rank as the No. e hardware for the week.

By comparison, the hardware sold 7,551 the week prior.

The hardware ranked one title in top 10 sales, Bandai Namco Inc.’s Mobile Suit Gundam Seed: Battle Destiny at No. 3 with 40,297 units sold.

Meanwhile, the PSP sold 10,038 units to rank No. 4 in the same period.

Sony this week said Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment Inc.’s Mortal Kombat ranked as the top-selling Playstation Vita download title in May.

For May 2012, Mortal Kombat ranked as the No. 1 PS Vita download title.

Table Top Tanks ranked at No. 2 and Escape Plan ranked at No. 3 in the same period.

Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware ranked at No. 7 in the latest Japan retail figures.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Xbox 360 sold 1,001 units between June 4 and June 10 to rank No. 7 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 2,719 units the week prior.

Capcom Co.’s Dragon’s Dogma fell to No. 32 from No. 15 in the latest software sales figures.

Microsoft this week said the Xbox 360 ranked as the top-selling game hardware in U.S. May sales figures.

The Xbox 360 sold 160,000 units to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the month in figures provided by NPD Group Inc.

The ranking marks the 15th consecutive month the Xbox 360 has held above 40 percent share of total next-generation console sales.

Paramount Pictures this week released a new application to the Xbox Live division of Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 to allow users to stream movies to the hardware.

Users who download the new app can stream rented or purchased Paramount UltraViolet titles to their Xbox 360.

The app does not allow rental or purchase transactions through the Xbox 360. Users are required to rent or purchase titles via the Paramount Movies website.

Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week price cut pre-order sales for Capcom Co.’s Steel Battalion Heavy Armor for the Kinect for the Xbox 360 prior to the title’s release.

This week, Steel Battalion Heavy Armor holds a pre-order sale price of $44.99, 25 percent off the $59.99 MSRP.

Steel Battalion Heavy Armor, to be sold June 19, is war combat title in which users pilot a Vertical Tank in a global war.

Microsoft this week said it will not take part in upcoming industry game shows to focus on smaller private events for industry members and consumers.

Gamescom, a trade event, will be held in mid-Aug. in Cologne, Germany. Tokyo Game Show, a trade and consumer event, will be held in late Sept. in Chiba, Japan.

Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Wii hardware hovered at 6,000 units in retail data from Japan.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Wii sold 6,029 units between June 4 and June 10 to rank No. 5 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 5,825 units the week prior.

Mario Party 9 ranked as the No. 6 best-selling software for the week. It has sold 417,643 units in the region to date.


Nintendo Co. this week said the Wii U won’t encounter the same disadvantage the Wii had over technologically superior hardware from Sony Corp. and Microsoft Corp. due to a decreasing gap between high-definition graphics.


Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told U.K.-based The Telegraph that the diminishing returns between advanced technology and actual graphics will keep the high-definition Wii U competitive in the next-generation console war.

Nintendo this month demonstrated Netflix functionality for the Wii U.

Viewing options available for streaming include the ability to stream Netflix content to the Wii U GamePad or view supplemental information on the GamePad screen while watching on the television.

Sales for the Nintendo 3DS declined but held the top sales rank in Japan in the latest retail data from the region.

Media Create Co. this week said the Nintendo 3DS sold 64,875 units between June 4 and June 10 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

The hardware sold 101,075 the week prior.

The 3DS ranked five titles in top 10, including Square Enix Holdings Co.’s Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D at No. 2 and Mario Tennis Open at No. 5.

Meanwhile, the Nintendo DSi LL sold 615 units and the Nintendo DSi sold 383 units for the week.

The Nintendo 3DS sales increased 17 percent in May U.S. figures according to NPD Group Inc.

In May, the Nintendo 3DS sold 113,500 units. In addition, Nintendo DS sales increased 35 percent.

Nintendo sold a total of 285,000 hardware units in May, including Wii console and handheld SKUs.

Activision Blizzard Inc.’s Diablo III for the PC ranked as the top-selling game title in May U.S. game activity.

NPD Group Inc. this week said Diablo III ranked as the No. 1 physical retail title in May.

Rockstar Games’ Max Payne 3 ranked at No. 2 and Ubisoft Inc.’s Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier ranked third in the same period.

Technology News

Apple Inc. this week announced a new MacBook Pro SKU with a high-resolution Retina Display and thinner chassis.

The new MacBook Pro includes a 15.4-inch Retina display with 2880 x 1800 resolution functionality, Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GT 650M GPU, FaceTime HD Camera with 720p functionality, flash storage, and 7-hour battery life.

The base model starts at $2199 with a 2.3Ghz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB RAM, and 256GB Flash Storage.

A upgraded model includes a 2.6Ghz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB RAM, and 512GB Flash Storage at $2799.99.

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