Sales for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 ranked second in hardware in the latest retail data from Japan.
Media Create Co. this week reported the PS3 sold units between Oct. 22 and Oct. 28 to rank No. 2 in overall hardware sales.
By comparison, the hardware sold 21,354 units to rank third the week prior.
The PS3 ranked five titles in the top 10 including Atlus Inc.’s Dark Souls: Artorias of the Abyss at No. 2, Konami Corp.’s Zone of Enders HD Edition at No. 3, 2K Games’ Borderlands 2 at No. 5, Capcom Co.’s Resident Evil 6 at No. 7, and Winning Eleven 2013 at No. 8.
Sony this week recorded lower console and handheld sales amid lower demand.
In the second quarter, the Playstation 3 and Playstation 2 sold 3.5 million units combined, a decline from 4.9 million one year prior.
In addition, the Playstation Vita and PSP sold 1.6 million units combined, a decline from 1.7 million units one year ago.
Sony cut its handheld sales forecast for the fiscal year ending June 2013 to 10 million units from 12 million.
PS3 and PS2 software sales increased in the quarter to 41.4 million from 40.2 million units one year prior. PS Vita and PSP software sales increased to 8.7 million units from 8.2 million units year-over-year.
The game business division held $1.9 billion in revenue, down from $2.2 billion and $28.8 million in operating income, down from $37.5 million year-over-year.
Sony recorded improved revenue of $20.1 billion, up from $19.7 billion one year ago. In addition, it tapered losses to $193.8 million in the quarter from $337.6 million the year prior.
Sony this week released the Playstation 3 Slim 500GB Assassin’s Creed Bundle to U.S. retail.
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.
Sixense this week said it will release Portal 2 In Motion to the Playstation Network division of the Playstation 3 Nov. 6.
The updated version of Valve Inc.’s Portal 2 will include support for the Playstation Move controller to offer scaling and rotation of objects and portal surfing using motion controls.
Capcom Co. this week released Okami HD to the Playstation Network division of the Playstation 3.
The title is a high-definition remaster of the Nintendo GameCube and Playstation 2 action adventure title. It includes new functionality to control the Celestial Brush with the Playstation Move or a standard Dualshock controller.
Okami HD sells at $19.99.
Sales for Playstation Vita ranked fourth in the latest retail data from Japan.
The PS Vita sold 5,806 units between Oct. 22 and Oct. 28 to rank as the No. 4 hardware for the week.
By comparison, the hardware sold 6,791 the week prior.
The hardware did not rank any titles in the top 10 for the week.
Meanwhile, the PSP sold 15,575 units to rank at No. 3 in the same period.
The PSP ranked one title in the top 10, The Idolmaster: Shiny Festa at No. 1 with 119,132 units sold at launch.
Sony this week released the Playstation Vita Assassin’s Creed III Liberation Bundle to U.S. retail.
The bundle includes the limited edition Crystal White PS Vita Wi-Fi SKU, Assassin’s Creed III Liberation, and 4GB Memory Card at $249.99.
Sales for Xbox 360 hardware were roughly even in week-to-week figures in Japan.
Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Xbox 360 sold 1,931 units between Oct. 22 and Oct. 28 to rank No. 6 in overall sales.
By comparison, the hardware sold 1,937 units the week prior.
2K Games’ Borderlands 2 ranked in the top 10 with 18,699 units sold at launch.
Forza Horizon debuted at No. 12 with 15,468 units for the week.
Microsoft Corp. this week said online services for Halo 4 for the Xbox 360 will be backed by Windows Azure, a cloud-platform used to deploy and manage online applications.
Windows Azure allows developers to scale up or scale down services depending on user demand, including new online modes like Spartan Ops, an episodic campaign mode in which users can jump into new episodes each week.
A high-demand online title like Halo 4 can incur hundreds of thousands of requests per second.
Deep Silver this week said it will release Dead Island: Riptide Apr. 23.
Dead Island Riptide is a sequel to Dead Island, an open-world action role-playing title.
The title will include new characters, vehicles, levels, weather conditions, weapon proficiency, enhanced multiplayer, and co-op functionality.
2K Games this week said Borderlands 2 sold-in five million units to global retail since launch in Sept.
The title sold 1.48 million units to rank at No. 2 in U.S. Sept. software sales.
2K Games in Oct. released the first paid DLC for the title, Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty.
Ubisoft Inc. this week released Assassin’s Creed III to U.S. retail.
Set in Mohawk Valley in 1777, Assassin’s Creed III features an all-new Native American warrior protagonist in a fight to protect his land and ignite a revolution.
Rockstar Games this week said it will release Grand Theft Auto V in spring 2013.
Grand Theft Auto V will include a middle-aged character who moves to a modern-day fictional Los Angeles and subsequently falls back into a life of crime.
Nintendo Co. this week launched the first U.S. television advertisement for the Wii U hardware.
The ad features users playing Wii U in various boxes, each utilizing a different feature of the console, from traditional games, touch-based titles, music games, and movie streaming.
Nintendo’s Wii U Pro Controller held a sold out status at retail this week amid strong demand for the peripheral.
This week, the Wii U Pro Controller Black and White SKU both held a sold out status at Amazon.com Inc.’s Video Games division.
The Wii U Pro Controller, to be sold Nov. 18, will feature a traditional console controller layout at $49.99.
Nintendo Co. this week said owners of the Wii U Deluxe Set SKU can earn points for digital purchases through 2014.
In the Deluxe Digital Promotion, owners will earn points equivalent to 10 percent of the product price when they purchase downloadable games and download codes that can be used to purchase additional digital content from the Nintendo eShop.
A total of 500 points will equal to a $15 credit to be used at the Nintendo eShop for the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS.
The promotion will be valid through Dec. 31, 2014.
Nintendo this week released final details for New Super Mario Bros. Wii U for the Wii U.
The title will include brand new game modes including Challenge Mode and Coin Battle Mode. Four single-mode Challenge categories include Time Attack, Coin Collection, 1-Up Rally, and Special. In Coin Battle, up to five users compete to collect the most coins.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii U will include the first seamless World Map since Super Mario World. The map includes secret exits and non-linear play.
Finally, a creature named Nabbit will occasionally appear on the World Map. When users enter a course and catch Nabbit they will receive the P-Acorn to fly through the entire stage.
Nintendo this week detailed the final three attractions to be include in Nintendo Land for the Wii U.
In Yoshi’s Fruit Cart, users utilize the GamePad to draw a path for the Yoshi Cart to follow each course while collecting fruit and avoiding obstacles displayed on the main TV.
Captain Falcon’s Twister Race uses the GamePad as a steering wheel to guide the vehicle through a winding track in a single-player race.
Finally, Octopus Dance uses the GamePad to mirror dance moves performed by a deep-sea dance instructor.
Sales for the 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 3,744 units between Oct. 22 and Oct. 8 to rank No. 5 in overall sales.
By comparison, the Wii sold 4,035 units the week prior.
The hardware did not rank any titles in the top 10.
Sales for 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 61,542 units between Oct. 22 and Oct. 28 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.
The hardware sold 60,232 the week prior.
The 3DS ranked three titles in top 10, including Kadokawa Games’ AKB48+Me at No. 4, Square Enix Holdings Co.’s Bravely Default: Flying Fairy at No. 6 and New Super Mario Bros. 2 at No. 8.
The Nintendo DS sold 441 units for the week.
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