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

Media Create Co. this week reported the PS3 sold 11,813 units between Sept. 3 and Sept. 9 to rank No. 3 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 12,433 units to rank third the week prior.

The PS3 ranked two titles in the top 10, including Rockstar Games’ Max Payne 3 at No. 3 with 24,264 units sold at launch.

Sony this week released Playstation 3 System Software Update v4.25 which offers 1GB of online cloud storage to Playstation Plus members.

Playstation Plus members previously held 150GB of online storage on the Playstation Network.

Playstation Plus is a premium online service that offers Playstation Network users free games and early access to exclusives at $49.99 per year.

Hulu Inc. this week released a new update to the software application for the Playstation 3 which includes a new interface.

The new update includes a tray-style layout, improved search with dropdown results and larger preview artwork than the prior version.

Sales for the Playstation Vita fell back post a hardware spike in the latest retail data from Japan.

The PS Vita sold 14,106 units between Sept. 3 and Sept. 9 to rank as the No. 2 hardware for the week.

By comparison, the hardware sold 50,070 the week prior.

The hardware ranked one title in the top 10 games for the week, Sega Corp.’s Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f at No. 5.

Meanwhile, the PSP sold 9,065 units to rank at No. 4 in the same period.

Wired Productions this week said it will release Let’s Fish! Hooked On to Sony Corp.’s Playstation Vita.

Developed by SIMS, the fishing simulation title includes realistic fishing action with arcade-style gameplay.

The title includes various modes, from World Tour, Challenge, Training to Underwater Mode.

The final game will feature nine different fish and 240 lures in 11 outdoor stages.

Sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware neared 800 units in the latest Japan retail figures.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Xbox 360 sold 815 units between Sept. 3 and Sept. 9 to rank No. 7 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 875 units the week prior.

Klei Entertainment’s Mark of the Ninja for the Xbox Live division of Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 is a top download title that infiltrates agile stealth gameplay in multi-tiered 2D levels in a Final Review.

Hello Games’ Joe Danger 2: The Movie for the Xbox Live division is a solid follow-up that offers new daredevil stunts that cater specifically to action movie sets to offer more variety and stunts than the prior installment in a Final Review

Tecmo Koei Holdings Co. this week said Dead or Alive 5 will include a new MMA fighter.

Mila is a brand new character to the franchise who specializes in MMA fighting as a striker.

Dead or Alive 5, to be sold Sept. 25, will include a wide variety of martial arts techniques that marry the individual personalities of each fighter.

Fable: The Journey for Kinect for Xbox 360 ranked in the top 30 pre-order sales at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s online division this week due to building demand.

This week, Fable: The Journey ranked as the No. 27 best-selling pre-order product in’s Video Games division.

Fable: The Journey, to be sold Oct. 9, is a new first-person RPG that includes gesture-based controls.

Capcom Co. this week announced post-release DLC to add new game modes to Resident Evil 6.

Downloadable content will include three new game modes – Survivors Mode, Predator Mode, and Siege Mode.

Survivors Mode is a solo and team-based versus mode in which killed players respawn as an enemy and respawn as a human after two human kills.

In Predator Mode, users take control of Ustanak, a B.O.W. to try to eliminate human players.

In Siege Mode, users protect a single NPC while an opposing team tries to eliminate it.

All modes support up to six players and utilize maps from the Mercenaries Mode.

Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Wii hardware ranked as the fifth top-selling hardware in Japan in the latest retail data from the region.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Wii sold 6,958 units between Sept. 3 and Sept. 9 to rank No. 5 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 8,680 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked three titles in the top 10, including Square Enix Holdings Co.’s Dragon Quest X: Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online at No. 10.

Nintendo this week said it will launch the Wii U hardware Nov. 18 starting at $299.99 in the U.S.

The Basic Set will include the Wii U console and the Wii U GamePad in White, 8GB storage, AC adapters, HDMI cable and Wii U sensor bar at $299.99.

The Deluxe Set will include the Wii U console and Wii U GamePad in Black, 32GB storage, GamePad Charging Cradle, Stands for the GamePad and Console, AC adapters, HDMI cable, and Nintendo Land at $349.99.

The Wii U is backwards compatible with most Wii games and accessories, including the Wii Remote, Nunchuck, and Wii Balance Board.

A new entertainment application called Nintendo TVii will allow U.S. and Canada customers to view and engage in video content from multiple sources, including live TV, a Tivo DVR, YouTube, and video on-demand services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant Video.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii U will be available at launch, while third-party titles like Capcom Co.’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will be sold in Mar. 2013.

In addition, Activision Blizzard Inc. announced Call of Duty: Black Ops II for the Wii U. The release will include exclusive features like off-TV play and local multiplayer for two using the GamePad and an HDTV.

Retailer Inc. this week began pre-order sales for the Wii U Pro Controller for the Wii U hardware.

The Wii U Pro Controller, to be sold Nov. 18, will feature a traditional console controller layout at $49.99.

Nintendo this week announced new modes for New Super Mario Bros. Wii U for the Wii U.

Challenge Mode includes new skill-based mini levels and Boost Rush Mode is a time-based race to complete levels that speed up with coin collection.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii U will include brand new 5-player co-op gameplay that utilizes the Wii U GamePad.

Ubisoft Inc. this week released a new gameplay trailer for A HREF=”″>ZombiU for the Wii U.

The Gameplay Trailer features multiple ways the title utilizes the Wii U GamePad, from weapon fire to inventory management.

Nintendo this week released the teaser trailer for Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U.

Developed by Platinum Games, the action sequel will be an exclusive release to the Wii U.

Sales for the Nintendo 3DS 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 64,159 units between Sept. 3 and Sept. 9 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

The hardware sold 74,293 the week prior.

The 3DS ranked four titles in top 10, New Super Mario Bros. 2 at No. 1 and Bandai Namco Games’ Lost Heroes at No. 2.

The Nintendo DS sold 1,269 units for the week.

Nintendo this week said it will offer a free downloadable Pokemon to buyers of Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2 for the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS handheld.

In the offer, customers who connect to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection by Nov. 12 will receive Genesect, a mythical Pokemon restored from a 300-million-year-old Fossil.

Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2, to be sold Oct. 7, will be compatible with Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS hardware platforms. New characters include the Black Kyurem and White Kyurem.

Technology News

Apple Inc. this week announced the iPhone 5, the latest version of the top-selling iPhone smartphone.

The iPhone 5 will include a 4-inch Retina display, 8MP iSight 1080p camera, 720p front-facing camera, and 4G LTE functionality. The phone at 7.6mm thick is 18 percent thinner than the iPhone 4S and at 112 grams is 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4S.

In addition, the hardware will include the new Apple A6 CPU which is said to be twice as fast as the A5 in processing and graphics power.

Battery life is improved with 8 hours of talk time using 3G and 8 hours of LTE browsing.

The latest iPhone will include iOS 6, with tighter integration with third-party applications like Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, and OpenTable. The latter two services will be integrated in a new Maps applications, which utilizes vector mapping to provide 3D fly-over views and turn-by-turn directions. Inc.’s new Kindle Fire HD 7-inch SKU ranked as the top-selling Electronics product at the retailer post announcement of the tablet product.

This week, the Kindle Fire HD 7-inch SKU ranked as the No. 1 best-selling product in Amazon’s Electronics division.

The Kindle Fire HD will be sold in a 7-inch SKU with a faster CPU and double the RAM at $199.00.

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