Sony Corp. this week said it will introduce a new version of the Playstation Store Oct. 23.

The new store will include a brand new user interface, simple search, and better content discovery.

Pre-order sales for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 Slim 500GB Assassin’s Creed Bundle ranked in the top 15 pre-order sales at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division due to building demand.

This week, the PS3 Slim 500GB Assassin’s Creed Bundle ranked as the No. 11 best-selling pre-order product at

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.

VBlack Entertainment Inc. this week released Retro City Rampage for the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita.

Retro City Rampage is downloadable 80’s style action game that pays homage to 8-bit action titles.

Sony this week said the Total Recall Blu-ray disc will include the God of War: Ascension demo for the Playstation 3.

The Total Recall Director’s Cut Blu-ray disc, to be sold Dec. 18, will include a demo said to preview the new mechanics and combat systems to be found in the final game.

God of War: Ascension, which is a prequel to the God of War franchise, will feature Kratos prior to his consumption of rage when he breaks a blood-oath to an unjust god.

Sony this week price cut MLB 12 The Show for the Playstation 3 and the Playstation Vita in a permanent retail reduction.

The MLB The Show PS3 SKU now sells at $29.99. The PS Vita SKU sells at $19.99.

XSEED Games this week said it will release Ragnorok Odyssey for the Playstation Vita Oct. 30th.

Developed by Game Arts and GungHo Online Entertainment, Ragnorok Odyssey is an action RPG in which users can combat with ground and air melee attacks.

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

For Sept. 2012, The Walking Dead – Episode 3: The Llong Road Ahead ranked as the No. 1 best-selling digital download title.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at No. 2 and 3 on 3 NHL Arcade ranked at No. 3 in the same period.

Sony this week said LittleBigPlanet for the Playstation ranked as the No. 1 download title for the handheld at the Playstation Network.

In Sept., LittleBigPlanet PS Vita ranked as the top-selling download title among all Vita download titles.

EA Inc.’s Madden NFL 13 ranked at No. 2 and Sound Shapes ranked at No. 3 in the same period.

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. 20 best-selling pre-order product in’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.

Microsoft this week released the Forza Horizon demo for the Xbox 360 to the Xbox Live division.

The demo clocks in at 1.57GB and is available at no cost to Xbox Live Gold members.

Developed by Playground Games with Turn 10 Studios, Forza Horizon is said to include an open-road world that will allow users to explore the territory.

It will be sold Oct. 23 at U.S. retail.

Namco Bandai Games America Inc. this week released Dragon Ball Z for the Kinect for Xbox 360.

Developed by Spike Chunsoft Co. Ltd., Dragon Ball Z for Kinect will include more than 100 motion-based moves and more than 50 playable characters.

The title offers a first-person view for dramatic battles created from the manga series.

The final game includes a Story mode to perform franchise attacks and movements, in addition to a Score Attack mode for one-on-one score-based battles.

Microsoft this week released Fable: The Journey for Kinect for Xbox 360.

Fable: The Journey is a new first-person RPG that includes gesture-based controls.

The final game includes motion-based weapon attacks, spell attacks, and the Unreal Engine 3 graphics engine.

2K Games this week said Borderlands 2 sold nearly 1.5 million units in the first month of release.

The publisher said the title sold 1.48 million units to rank at No. 2 in U.S. Sept. software sales.

Borderlands 2 includes a full single-player campaign, split-screen online functionality, and 4-player co-op functionality.

The final game includes a unique Action Skill per character and a Skill Tree to upgrade a custom play style.

EA Inc.’s Madden NFL 13 for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 and Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360, Nintendo Co.’s Wii and the Playstation Vita ranked as the top-selling title in Sept. U.S. sales.

NPD Group Inc. this week said Madden NFL 13 ranked as the No. 1 title among all software sold in Sept.

Madden NFL 13 includes a new Madden Ultimate Team Mode to collect virtual cards with new content and updates that mirror current NFL events for the year.

Capcom Co. this week said a new Title Update for Resident Evil 6 will unlock the Ada campaign and No Hope difficulty option.

The Ada campaign, previously unlockable by beating all three main campaigns, will be unlocked and include an option for two-player co-op.

In addition, the update will add the No Hope difficulty setting, the hardest difficulty mode for the game.

The update will be available at no cost.

Capcom Co. this week released the trailer for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for Nintendo Co.’s Wii U.

The trailer demonstrates features from the final game, including the option to share save data and cross-platform play between the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, to be sold Mar. 2013, will include touch-screen access to inventory and more than 200 quests.

Namco Bandai Games America Inc. this week released new details for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition for the Wii U.

The Wii U Edition will include the option to outfit Tekken characters in Nintendo character costumes like Toad, Princess Peach, Sheik, and Captain Falcon.

In addition, the title will include Tekken Ball, a volleyball side game last released in Tekken 3.

Nintendo Co. this week said the Wii U console can defend against new competitive product from Sony Corp. and Microsoft Corp. when it launches this Nov.

U.S. division president Reggie Fils-Aime told The Seattle Times this week that the Wii U can last the company through the next-generation.

“It’s based on having great graphics, it’s based on having a robust online execution. We believe that this system is going to have a very long life, and it’s going to be very well supported by third-party publishers,” Fils-Aime said.

When asked whether the console can fend off the next Playstation and Xbox, Fils-Aime said it probably can.

Nintendo this week said New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the Nintendo 3DS ranked as the No. 4 best-selling game title in Sept. U.S. sales.

The title sold 295,000 units to rank at No. 4 among software titles sold in Sept.

The brand new 2D side-scroller includes Mario, Luigi and other trademark characters in a pick-up-and-play experience.

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Activision Blizzard Inc.’s World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria for the PC ranked in the top 10 software sales in the U.S. in retail data for Sept.

NPD Group Inc. this week said World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria ranked No. 7 among all software sales in Sept.

Activision Blizzard in Sept. said the title has sold through 2.7 million copies worldwide.

In addition, the global player based has passed 10 million subscribers in all major global regions.

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