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

For Oct. 2012, The Walking Dead – Episode 4: Around Every Corner ranked as the No. 1 best-selling digital download title.

Sonic Adventure 2 ranked at No. 2 and Infamous: Festival of Blood ranked at No. 3 in the same period.

Sony this week released the Attract Trailer for Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale for the Playstation 3.

The opening cinematic opening features characters from the title, including Ratchet, Cole, Sly Cooper, Fat Princess, Parappa the Rapper, and more.

Sixense this week released Portal 2 In Motion to the Playstation Network division of the Playstation 3.

The updated version of Valve Inc.’s Portal 2 includes support for the Playstation Move controller to offer scaling and rotation of objects and portal surfing using motion controls.

Sony this week released LittleBigPlanet Karting for the Playstation 3 to U.S. retail.

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

Retro City Rampage ranked as the top-selling download for the Playstation Vita in sales figures for the month of Oct.

In Oct., Retro City Rampage ranked as the No. 1 PS Vita download.

Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation ranked at No. 2 and LittleBigPlanet ranked third in the same period.

Pre-order sales for the Playstation Vita Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified Bundle ranked in the top 10 sales at Best Buy Co. Inc. due to high demand.

This week, the Playstation Vita Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified Bundle ranked as the No. 10 best-selling pre-order product at

Microsoft Corp. this week said the Xbox 360 ranked as the top-selling game hardware in U.S. Oct. sales figures.

The Xbox 360 sold 270,000 units to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the month in figures provided by NPD Group Inc.

Video game sales in Oct. fell 25 percent from one year prior to $$755.5 million

Software sales fell 25 percent to $451.8 million.

Hardware sales fell 37 percent to $187.3 million from one year ago.

Microsoft this week released Halo 4 for the Xbox 360 to U.S. retail.

Halo 4 is the beginning of Reclaimer Saga, an epic new adventure in the Halo universe.

Microsoft this week began official pre-order bonus incentives for Gears of War: Judgment for the Xbox 360.

Pre-order bonuses include the ‘Young Dom’ character skin and the 3-shot Hammerburst.

EA Inc.’s Medal of Honor: Warfighter ranked in the top 10 software sales in U.S. Oct. figures.

NPD Group Inc. this week said Medal of Honor: Warfighter sold 300,000 units in Oct.

By comparison, Medal of Honor, released in 2010, sold two million units in the first two weeks of sale.

2K Games’ NBA 2K13 ranked as the top-selling game title in Oct. retail sales in new monthly data.

NPD Group Inc. this week said NBA 2K13 sold 1.27 million units to rank as the No. 1 game software in Oct.

Retailer Inc. this week discounted the Kinect for Xbox 360 to under $100 in a new sales initiative.

This week, the Kinect sensor with Kinect Adventures holds a a sale price of $99.99, $20 below the $119.99 MSRP.

Microsoft this week said Minecraft ranked as the top-selling Xbox Live Arcade title in the latest sales data for the division.

For the week of Oct. 29, Minecraft ranked as the No. 1-selling Xbox Live Arcade title based on full versions purchased.

The Walking Dead ranked at No. 2 and Trials Evolution ranked at No. 3 in the same period.

Nintendo Co. this week said it deployed 5,000 Wii U kiosks to U.S. retail prior to launch of the new hardware on Nov. 18.

Participating retailers include Target Corp., Best Buy Co. Inc., GameStop Corp., Toys R Us Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

The Wii U kiosk allows users to preview new titles with specially created video or demos depending on kiosk location.

Titles featured include Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U, and SiNG Party.

Nintendo this week released new information for SiNG Party for the Wii U.

Game modes include Party Mode in which one user reads lyrics from the Wii U GamePad and sings. In Sing Mode, users can sing by themselves or as a duet with vocals scored in real-time. Team modes splits users into two groups to face off in a head-to-head competition.

SiNG Party will be sold Nov. 18 with a microphone at $59.99. In addition, the title will be sold digitally at $49.99 at the Nintendo eShop. Additional microphones will retail at $29.99.

Nintendo Co. this week detailed the new WaraWara Plaza and Wii U Chat features to be found in the Wii U hardware.

WaraWara Plaza is a social hub that appears when the console is powered on. In the hub, the user can view other Mii characters socializing around each Wii U game. Users can view chatter surrounding the title via speech bubbles and view each profile of Mii characters around each game.

Wii U Chat is a built-in video chat program that allows owners to place face-to-face video calls via the Wii U GamePad. Users will be notified of an incoming call when the Home button flashes on the Wii U GamePad.

In addition, Nintendo will introduce a new Nintendo ID system to allow users to identify and add friends online. Up to 12 Nintendo IDs can be managed per console.

Ubisoft Inc.’s ZombiU for the Wii U ranked in the top 25 pre-order sales at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division due to building demand.

This week, ZombiU ranked as the No. 13 best-selling pre-order product at

Namco Bandai Games Inc.’s Thundercats for Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo DS, an action game based on the 2011 remake of 80’s classic cartoon, is a fun and challenging arcade button masher that brings home the characters and story lines from the TV series in a Final Review.

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Activision Blizzard Inc. this week said Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will allow users to live stream gameplay to YouTube.

As part of the Call of Duty Elite service, users can live stream multiplayer League Play games in addition to a player’s webcam and audio commentary during play.

Streams can be viewed via YouTube on browsers, mobile and tablets through Call of Duty Elite and YouTube user channels.

Call of Duty Elite offers free services like Player HQ, Clan HQ, and Call of Duty Elite TV options. It was previously sold as a premium service.

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