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 11,440 units between Sept. 17 and Sept. 23 to rank No. 3 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 13,903 units to rank third the week prior.

The PS3 ranked two titles in the top 10, including EA Inc.’s Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning at No. 3 and Namco Bandai Inc.’s Tekken Tag Tournament 2 at No. 6.

Sony this week released the Playstation 3 Slim 250GB Uncharted 3 Bundle to U.S. retail.

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.

Retailer Inc. this week began pre-order sales for the Playstation 3 Slim 500GB Assassin’s Creed Bundle which includes the new redesigned hardware.

The Playstation 3 Slim 500GB Assassin’s Creed Bundle includes the PS3 500GB CECH-4000 hardware, Assassin’s Creed III, 30-day Playstation Plus Membership and Dualshock 3 Controller at $299.99.

It will be sold Oct. 30.

Sony this week announced the Playstation Network Day 1 Digital Program to offer full new releases for the Playstation 3 available for download at launch.

Beginning Oct. 2, PS3 owners can download new release titles from the Playstation Store. Playstation Plus members will receive a five percent discount on Day 1 Digital titles.

Titles to be available for download include Resident Evil 6, NBA 2K13, Dishonored, Doom 3: BFG Edition, 007: Legends, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, and Assassin’s Creed III.

Retailer Inc. this week began offering a new pre-order discount with the advanced purchase of Sony Corp.’s LittleBigPlanet Karting for the Playstation 3.

This week, customers can pre-order LittleBigPlanet Karting at $54.99, $5 off the $59.99 MSRP.

In addition, customers who pre-order the title will receive the Kevin Butler DLC pack, which includes the Kevin Butler Sackboy Costume and Executive Golf Kart.

Developed by United Front Games, LittleBigPlanet Karting, will include a new campaign and level editor with the ability to share custom tracks.

Ubisoft Inc. this week said it will sell Assassin’s Creed Ezio Trilogy for the Playstation 3.

The exclusive SKU, to be sold Oct. 30, will include Assassin’s Creed II with all downloadable content, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed Revelations at $39.99.

Assassin’s Creed III, to be sold Oct. 30, will include a brand new Revolutionary War setting that will chronicle a new assassin named Connor. The story will take place over 30 years in a epic story placed in select historical events.

Hello Games this week said it will release Joe Danger: The Movie to the Playstation Network division.

Joe Danger: The Movie for PSN will include 10 hours of exclusive content.

The title includes a total of six acts (levels) to allow the veteran stuntman to recreate action-based movie scenes from mine cart racing to skiing from an avalanche, or jet-packing to safety.

The title will be sold in the near future as a digital download release.

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

The PS Vita sold 9,295 units between Sept. 17 and Sept. 23 to rank as the No. 3 hardware for the week.

By comparison, the hardware sold 10,858 the week prior.

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

Meanwhile, the PSP sold 14,921 units to rank at No. 2 in the same period.

Square Enix Holdings Co.’s Final Fantasy III for the PSP ranked as the No. 1 title for the week.

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 748 units between Sept. 17 and Sept.23 to rank No. 6 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 739 units the week prior.

EA Inc.’s Kindgoms of Amalur: Reckoning ranked as the No. 22 best-selling title for the week. Inc. this week began selling an exclusive bundle for the Xbox 360.

The Xbox 360 Entertainment Bundle includes the Xbox 360 4GB SKU, Xbox Live 3-Month Membership, Xbox 360 Media Remote, $10 Amazon Instant Video Credit, and three Xbox Live Arcade games at $229.00.

EA Inc. this week said it will release Mass Effect Trilogy the PS3, Xbox 360, and the PC.

The Xbox 360 and PC SKU will be sold Nov. 6 at $59.99. The PS3 SKU will be sold at a later date.

The compilation will include Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3.

Developed by Bioware Corp., Mass Effect 3 is a sci-fi action RPG with third-person shooter action and melee kills.

Microsoft this week released the Promethean Weapons Trailer for Halo 4 for the Xbox 360.

The trailer features new Promethean weaponry to be found in the final game, including the Lightrifle, Scattershot, Suppressor, Boltshot, Incineration Cannon, and Binary Rifle.

Halo 4, to be sold Nov. 6, is the beginning of Reclaimer Saga, an epic new adventure in the Halo universe.

Fire Pro Wrestling for Xbox Live is a decent wrestling title that incorporates a customized Avatar into the wrestling ring in Final Review.

Activision Blizzard Inc. this week released the Zombies Trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3, Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360, Nintendo Co.’s Wii U and the PC.

The trailer features multiple bystanders engaging in a zombie frag fest across rural towns.

Developed by Treyarch, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, to be sold Nov. 13, will include a brand new single-player campaign and multiplayer functionality.

Capcom Co.’s Marvel vs. Capcom Origins for the Playstation Network and Xbox Live is a pixel-perfect bash that includes Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom for an arcade-perfect translation of two fighting game classics in a Final Review.

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 5,742 units between Sept. 17 and Sept. 23 to rank No. 5 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 6,019 units the week prior.

Square Enix Holdings Co.’s Dragon Quest X: Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online fell from the top 10 this week to rank at No. 16. It was released in early Aug. in the region.

Nintendo this month previewed New Super Mario Bros. U for the Wii U at the Wii U Experience Event in Los Angeles.

New modes previewed included the Boost Rush Mode is a time-based race to complete levels that speed up with coin collection.

In the mode, up to four-players platform through levels that increase their auto-scroll with every twenty coins collected.

The mode is a blast with four players racing to keep up with the speed of the screen without losing lives, which are shared among all players. The new Pink Baby Yoshi can be carried to lift players into the air with the shake of the Wii Remote and can continue to shake until all the air leaves his body. In addition, the new Flying Squirrel power-up will allow players to glide or leap up with the shake of the Wii Remote.

In addition, the company previewed Mario Chase, an attraction in Nintendo Land that allows up to five users to compete in a game of tag.

Up to four users can use the Wii Remote to control an on-screen player in an attempt to chase the GamePad user, who is wearing a Mario costume.

Levels are separated into colored zones like red, green yellow, and blue to allow players to socialize in their attempt to chase down Mario.

The GamePad user views their character moving in a up-close camera and in an overhead map which shows the location of all players on the map. The Mario player can even pick up a star in the level to remain invincible for a brief period of time.

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 61,382 units between Sept. 17 and Sept. 23 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

The hardware sold 64,159 the week prior.

The 3DS ranked four titles in top 10, New Super Mario Bros. 2 at No. 2 and Art Academy at No. 4.

The Nintendo DS sold 1,020 units for the week.

Meanwhile, Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2 ranked at No. 8. The sequel titles have sold 2.763 million in the region to date.

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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