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

Media Create Co. this week reported the PS3 sold 13,903 units between Sept. 10 and Sept. 16 to rank No. 2 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 11,813 units to rank third the week prior.

The PS3 ranked two titles in the top 10, including Namco Bandai Inc.’s Tekken Tag Tournament 2 at No. 1 with 62,630 units sold at launch.

Sony this week announced the Playstation 3 Slim 250GB Uncharted 3 Bundle, which includes the new redesigned hardware.

The Playstation 3 Slim 250GB Uncharted 3 Bundle includes the new, slim PS3 250GB hardware SKU, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception: Game of the Year Edition, and the digital title Dust 514 at $269.99.

The new PS3 model CECH-4000 will be sold in the 250GB Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Bundle SKU at $269.99 Sept. 25 and a 500GB SKU at $299.99 Oct. 30.

The company said the internal volume and weight of the new PS3 has been reduced by more than half of the original PS3 model sold in 2006 and by 20 to 25 percent of the current model.

Konami Corp. this week released the Tokyo Game Show Trailer for Metal Gear Solid Rising: Revengeance.

The new trailer features brand new cinematic and action sequences from the final game.

Developed by Platinum Games, Metal Gear Solid Rising: Revengeance, to be sold Feb. 2013, will feature Raiden in spectacular battles between soldiers and machines.

Sony this month said Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ranked as the top download title in the Playstation Network division for the Playstation.

In Aug., Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ranked as the No. 1 best-selling download title for the month.

The Walking Dead – Episode 3: The Long Road Ahead ranked No. 2 and Madden NFL 13 ranked third in the same period.

XSEED Games this week released Way of the Samurai 4 DLC for the Playstation 3 to the Playstation Network.

New DLC includes ‘Where Are They Now’ which includes a new mission and new character unlocks from fans of the franchise at $4.99.

The Shinsengumi DLC Pack includes a new mission that rewards them with the most famous members of the Shinsengumi group at $4.99.

Additional DLC includes new weapon packs and a scrolls set to add new attacks from $0.99 to $2.99.

Way of the Samurai 4 is sold as a digital release at the Playstation Store at $39.99.

Sales for the Playstation Vita ranked third in the latest retail data from Japan.

The PS Vita sold 10,858 units between Sept. 10 and Sept. 16 to rank as the No. 3 hardware for the week.

By comparison, the hardware sold 14,106 the week prior.

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

Meanwhile, the PSP sold 9,069 units to rank at No. 4 in the same period.

Sony this week said it will offer Playstation Plus service to Playstation Vita owners.

The premium game membership will offer exclusive features like Instant Game Collection, Discounts, Online Game Storage, Automatic Updates and Automatic Trophy Sync.

Current Playstation Plus members will receive features for the PS Vita at no additional cost.

Playstation Plus service is sold in a 3-Month subscription at $17.99 and 1-Year Subscription at $49.99.

Sony this month said Sound Shapes for the Playstation Vita ranked as the top download title in the Playstation Network division in Aug.

In Aug., Sound Shapes ranked as the No. 1 best-selling download title for the PS Vita.

Table Top Tanks ranked No. 2 and Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection ranked third in the same period.

Sony this week released LittleBigPlanet for the Playstation Vita to U.S. retail.

Developed by Tarsier Studios and Media Molecule, the title includes a brand new story mode, new art, new features, and new tools.

In addition, the title utilize touch and tilt functionality for new level interactivity.

Sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware neared 700 units in the latest Japan retail figures.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Xbox 360 sold 739 units between Sept. 10 and Sept. 16 to rank No. 7 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 815 units the week prior.

Namco Bandai Inc.’s Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Xbox 360 SKU ranked at No. 22 at launch with 5,000 units sold.

Pre-order sales for the Xbox 360 Halo 4 Limited Edition Bundle ranked in the top 30 sales this week at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division due to steady demand.

This week, the Halo 4 Limited Edition Bundle ranked as the No. 27 best-selling pre-order product in BestBuy.com’s Video Games division.

The Xbox 360 Halo 4 Limited Edition Bundle, to be sold Nov. 6, will include a custom Xbox 360 320GB SKU, two custom wireless controllers, Halo 4 standard edition, custom sounds and custom content at $399.99.

EA Inc. this week said the Medal of Honor: Warfighter Beta for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 will begin in early Oct.

The beta will include new Fireteams, BattleLog for detailed personal stats, the Sarajevo Stadium location, and Hotspot Mode to hunt down PETN.

Developed by Danger Close, Medal of Honor: Warfighter will utilize the Frostbite 2.0 engine and include two Navy SEALs and AFO Team Neptune Members Mother and Preacher.

EA Inc. this week said it will release Dragon Age III: Inquisition in late 2013.

Developed by Bioware Dragon Age III: Inquisition will include a brand new engine that will utilize Frostbite 2 technology.

Microsoft Corp. this week released Kinect Sports Ultimate to the Xbox 360.

Kinect Sports Ultimate is a compilation title that includes Kinect Sports and Kinect Sports Season 2.

In addition, the title include add-on content for Basketball, Golf, and Skiing sports.

It sells at $49.99.

Capcom Co. this week released the Resident Evil 6 Public Demo.

The demo includes brand new content in all three main campaign scenarios in either solo or online co-op.

In the campaigns, Leon S. Kennedy and Helena Harper explore the grounds of Ivy University; Jake explores Lanshiang with Sherry Berkin to battle J’avo; and Chris Redfield and Piers Nivans travel to Edonia to encounter a new B.O.W.

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 6,019 units between Sept. 10 and Sept. 16 to rank No. 5 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 6,958 units the week prior.

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

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

Nintendo this week released Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition for the Wii to U.S. retail stores.

Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition, to be sold Sept. 16, includes five Kirby titles, including Kirby’s Dream Land, Kirby’s Adventure, Kirby’s Dream Land 2, Kirby’s Super Star, and Kirby’s Dream Land 3, music CD, and full color book at $39.99.

The Wii U Basic Set ranked as the top-selling product at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division due to high demand.

This week, the Wii U Basic Set ranked as the No. 1 best-selling pre-order product at Bestbuy.com.

The retailer sold out of Deluxe Set pre-orders this past weekend.

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.

Pre-order sales for New Super Mario Bros. Wii U for the Wii U hardware ranked in the top five at GameStop Corp.’s online division post price announcement for the new console.

This week, New Super Mario Bros. Wii U ranked as the No. 5 best-selling pre-order title at Amazon’s Video Games division.

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

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 five titles in top 10, New Super Mario Bros. 2 at No. 3 and Art Academy at No. 4, and Tecmo Koei Holdings Co.’s Samurai Warriors: Chronicles 2nd at No. 5.

The Nintendo DS sold 1,073 units for the week.

Meanwhile, Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2 ranked at No. 6. The sequel titles have sold 2.747 million in the region to date.

Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week price cut Capcom Co.’s Resident Evil: Revelations for the Nintendo 3DS to under $20 in a new game sale.

This week, Resident Evil: Revelations holds a sale price of $19.96, 50 percent off the $39.99 MSRP.

Technology News

Apple Inc. this week released iOS 6 to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

iOS 6 includes 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.

Additional features include Passbook, a digital wallet to store movie tickets, boarding passes, and coupons.


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