Sales for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 ranked fourth in Japan in the latest retail figures for the region.

Media Create Co. this month reported the PS3 sold 19,069 units between Mar. 25 and Mar. 31 to rank No. 3 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware 22,942 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked two titles in the top 10, including One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 at No. 4 and Pro Baseball Spirits 2013 at No. 8.

Sony this week said Demon’s Souls for the Playstation 3 is now available at no cost in the Instant Game Collection for Playstation Plus members.

Developed by From Software, Demon’s Souls is an action RPG in which users must combat difficult enemies with minimal save options

The sequel Dark Souls was released in Oct. 2011.

Additional free titles include Soulcalibiur: Broken Destiny (PSP), Malicious (PS3), Labyrinth Legends (PS3), and Zombie Tycoon 2: Brainhov’s Revenge (PS3, PS Vita).

Sony this week announced the availability of Epix, a premium content provider, to the Playstation Network for the Playstation 3 and PS Vita.

Epix offers more than 3,000 new release and classic feature films, concerts, comedy specials, sports, and other original programming this year.

Sony this week updated the Playstation Store with new content for the Playstation 3.

New content includes the Defiance PS3 Full Game at $59.99 and Ion Assault HD at $1.99.

New bundles include the Defiance Deluxe Edition at $99.99 and the Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge Bundle at $39.99.

Finally, new PS3 Demos include Injustice: Gods Among Us.

Sony this week released the Red Band Trailer for The Last of Us for the Playstation 3.

The Red Band Trailer features a broad range of survivors and brief glimpses of in-game struggles and action.

Sony this week detailed Update 1.04 for God of War: Ascension for the Playstation 3.

Update 1.04 will include an allegiance level cap increase to 40, ability to access accomplishments in the battle menu, audio optimization, matchmaking optimization, and fine tuning to address the inability to obtain the Spear of Destiny and Barbarian Hammer.

Sales for the Playstation Vita held the No. 2 hardware rank in Japan in the latest retail data from the region.

Media Create Co. this month said the PS Vita sold 31,795 units between Mar. 25 and Mar. 31 to rank as the No. 1 hardware for the week.

By comparison, the hardware sold 41,073 the week prior.

The PS Vita ranked one title in the top 10 for the week, Muramasa: The Demon Blade at No. 5.

Meanwhile, the PSP sold 12,594 units to rank at No. 4 in the same period.


Pre-order sales for Soul Sacrifice for the Playstation Vita ranked in the top 30 at GameStop Corp.’s online division due to building demand.

This week, Soul Sacrifice ranked as the No. 26 best-selling pre-order game title at Walmart.com.

The third-person action RPG title, to be sold Apr. 30, includes melee combat and magic functionality in solo or four-player co-op battles.

NIS America Inc. this week said it will release Black Rock Shooter The Game for the PSP at the Playstation Store Apr. 23.

Developed by Imageepoch, Black Rock Shooter The Game is an action RPG title that includes city ruin exploration, fast battles, and equipment upgrade options.

The final game is said to include unlockable new guns, costumes, and challenges.

Sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware ranked last against rival hardware in new sales data from Japan.

Media Create Co. this month reported that the Xbox 360 sold 598 units between Mar. 25 and Mar. 31 to rank No. 7 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 610 units the week prior.

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

Microsoft this week said the WWE portal is now available in the Xbox Live division of the Xbox 360.

WWE allows users to view WWE Superstars and Divas, in addition to purchase and watch pay-per-view events, including Wrestlemania XXIX Apr. 7.

Microsoft this week discounted select Microsoft Game Studios titles in the Xbox Live division in a new spring sales initiative.

Discounted titles include Trials Evolution at 800 Microsoft Points (MSRP 1200), Magic 2013 at 400 Microsoft Points (MSRP 800), Trials HD at 400 Microsoft Points (MSRP 800), Hydro Thunder at 600 Microsoft Points (MSRP 1200), Dust: An Elysian Tail at 600 Microsoft Points (MSRP 1200), and Mark of the Ninja at 600 Microsoft Points (MSRP 1200).

Tecmo Koei Inc. this week released Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge to the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Features in Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge include a new gameplay mode, redesigned battle system, Ayane as a playable character, character progression system, Ryu and Ayane in the online co-op mode, Test of Valor battle areas, and increased difficulty.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment this week released the Frodo Baggins DLC to Guardians of Middle-earth to the Playstation Network and Xbox Live.

The DLC adds Frodo Baggins as a playable character.

Developed by Monolith Productions, the multiplayer online battle arena title includes up to ten players in five versus five competitive multiplayer action.

Tecmo Koei America this week said it will release Dynasty Warriors 8 to the PS3 and Xbox 360 June 16 to U.S. retail.

Dynasty Warriors 8 will follow the stories of the kingdoms of Wei, Wu, Shu and Jin to gain control over the Three Kingdoms of China.

The sequel will add multi-endings, extra modes, and new ‘What If?’ scenarios.

The final game will include 70 playable characters and more than 40 brand new stages.

Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Wii U hardware doubled in the latest weekly Japan retail data.

Media Create Co. this month reported that the Wii U sold 22,829 units between Mar. 25 and Mar. 31 to rank at No. 5 in overall sales.

It sold 11,398 units at launch the week prior.

The hardware ranked two titles in the top 10, including Dragon Quest X at No. 6 and Game & Wario at No. 10.

The Wii sold 1,858 units in the same period.

Nintendo this week released Toki Tori 2 to the Nintendo eShop division of the Wii U.

Developed by Two Tribes B.V., Toki Tori 2 is a hybrid puzzle platform title that allows users to whistle or stomp the floor to complete levels.

The title includes a level editor using the Wii U GamePad and supports Off-TV play.

XSEED Games this week said it will release Pandora’s Tower for Wii Apr. 16 to U.S. retail.

Developed by Ganbarian in conjunction with Nintendo, Pandora’s Tower, is an action RPG in which users take the role of Aeron to battle his way through 13 towers in order to prevent a curse from consuming a singer named Elena.

The Nintendo 3DS held the No. 1 hardware rank in the latest Japan retail data.

Media Create Co. this month said the Nintendo 3DS sold 66,980 units between Mar. 25 and Mar. 31 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

The hardware sold 76,553 the week prior.

The 3DS ranked three titles in the top 10, including Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon at No. 1 and Animal Crossing: New Leaf at No. 3.

Atlus Inc. this week said it will release Shin Megami Tensei IV to the Nintendo 3DS this summer.

Shin Megami Tensei IV is the successor to 2004’s Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne.

The title said to feature new demons, expansive dungeons, epic story arcs with branching plot lines, and game-altering decision making.

Capcom Co. this week announced the availability of characters from Valve Corp.’s Left 4 Dead franchise in Resident Evil 6 for the PC.

Characters Coach, Nick, Ellis and Rochelle are now available in the PC exclusive Mercenaries: No Mercy Mode. Each character includes a special customized weapon loadout. In addition, two Left 4 Dead enemies – Witch and Mini Tank – will make a cameo in the mode.

Atlus Inc. this week said it will release Zeno Clash II to Steam Apr. 30.

Developed by ACE Team, is a first-person action role-playing title in which users explore and take down enemies with first-person fighting mechanics.

The final game will include a multiplayer option.

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