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

Media Create Co. this month reported the PS3 sold 17,415 units between Apr. 29 and May 5 to rank No. 3 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 14,682 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked five titles in the top 10, including Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen at No. 4, Tomb Raider at No. 6, and Naruto Shippuden: Narutimate Storm 3 at No. 10.

Sony this week said it does not plan to incur a major loss with the launch of the Playstation 4 in a new report.

In an interview with VentureBeat, Sony chief financial officer Masaru Kato told the publication it does not plan a major loss with the PS4 similar to the launch of the Playstation 3.

Sony may not meet internal shipment forecasts for the Playstation 4 in 2013 according to a new report.

The DigiTimes this week said the the company may not meet a forecast of 12 to 16 million PS4 units shipped in 2013 due to related supply chains not having received shipping instructions from the hardware manufactuer.

The report adds Sony it would start PS4 shipments in June with mass shipments in Aug. and a maximum capacity of 20 million units in 2013.

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. this week said it will locally manufacture the Playstation 3 hardware in Brazil.

The PS3 systems will be manufactured by Sony Brasil Ltda. in Manaus, state of Amazonas. The suggested retail price of a locally manufactured PS3 (250GB) is $1,099 Reais (MSRP).

The company said Brazil manufacture of the PS3 will infuse the Brazilian economy with approximately $300 million over the next 12 months.

Sony this week said Guacamelee! led game sales for the Playstation Network division in Mar. 2013 U.S. data.

Guacamelee! ranked as the No. 1 PSN and PS3 Full Games in Apr. The top five titles included Tomb Raider at No. 2, Terraria No. 3, Grand Theft Auto IV at No. 4 and Borderlands 2 at No. 5.

Top PS3 DLC included Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Nuketown Zombies Map and Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Revolution.

Sony this week announced new digital download titles to be available for the Playstation 4, Playstation 3, and the Playstation Vita.

Hohokum, developed by Sony Santa Monica, is a colorful exploration title in which users control a snake-like character to explore a flat-shaded, whimsical world.

It will be sold in 2014.

Doki-Doki Universe, developed by HumaNature Studios, is a download title in which users can fly around a universe and take personality quizzes. The free version will include Doki-Doki Mail, a messaging app available for console and mobile for cross-platform communication. The full version of the game is said to be a hybrid RPG / simulation / interactive story title.

Square Enix Holdings Co.’s Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX for the Playstation 3 ranked as the top pre-order title at Inc. this week due to strong initial demand.

This week, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX ranked as the No. 1 best-selling product in Amazon’s Video Games division.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, to be sold Sept. 10, is a remastered compilation of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories. In addition, the title will include feature HD cinematic story videos from KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days.

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 22,051 units between Apr. 29 and May 5 to rank as the No. 2 hardware for the week.

By comparison, the hardware sold 21,399 the week prior.

Meanwhile, the PSP sold 8,443 units to rank at No. 5 in the same period.

Sony this week said Guacamelee! ranked as the top-selling Playstation Vita title at the Playstation Network in Apr.

Guacamelee! ranked No. 1 in sales for the month, followed by Soul Sacrifice at No. 2, Dragon Fantasy Book 1 at No. 3, Atelier Totori Plus: The Adventurer of Arland at No. 4, and Urban Trial Freestyle at No. 5.

Top PSP titles for the month include Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories at No. 1, Black Rock Shooter The Game at No. 2, and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories at No. 3.

Sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware totaled above 500 units in new sales data from Japan.

Media Create Co. this month reported that the Xbox 360 sold 596 units between Apr. 29 and May 5 to rank No. 7 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 490 units the week prior.

Microsoft Xbox 360 successor will not require a persistent Internet connection to function according to a new report.

Ars Technica this week claims an internal memo sent to employees working on the next Xbox states that the console will function without an internet connection, including playing a Blu-ray disc, watching live TV and playing a single-player game.

Bethesda Softworks this week said it will release Wolfenstein: The New Order to the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and the PC.

In addition, the title will be released to next-generation consoles.

Wolfenstein: The New Order is a new installment in the classic first-person action adventure franchise.

Telltale Games and DC Entertainment this week released new images for The Wolf Among Us to the Playstation Network, Xbox Live and PC.

The new images detail comic book-style artwork set in a gritty fairy tale world.

The digital game is based on Bill Willingham’s comic book series ‘Fables’ and licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Ubisoft Inc. this week released new details for Watch Dogs.

The action espionage title will include a main protagonist who can hack mostly anything in a virtual Chicago, including security cameras, garage doors and forklifts.

In addition, users can choose between stealth and action combat to complete their mission.

Finally, the multiplayer component will be seamlessly integrated into the single-player mode. The publisher will reveal specifics at a later date.

Capcom Co. this week said it will release the demo for Resident Evil Revelations next week.

The demo will drop to Xbox Live, Steam, and the Nintendo eShop May 14 and PSN May 15.

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

Media Create Co. this month reported that the Wii U sold 13,173 units between Apr. 29 and May 5 to rank at No. 4 in overall sales.

It sold 8,262 units the week prior.

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

The Wii sold 2,238 units in the same period.

Capcom Co. this week released the Wii U Trailer for Resident Evil Revelations for the Wii U.

The trailer highlights exclusive features for the Wii U SKU, including an alternate map screen, off-TV play, and Miiverse functionality.

Nintendo this week released new titles to the Wii U Virtual Console service.

New titles include the arcade shooter Xevious and the puzzle platformer Solomon’s Key.

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 76,463 units between Apr. 29 and May 5 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

The hardware sold 55,433 the week prior.

The 3DS ranked five titles in the top 10, including Friend Collection: New Life at No. 1, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon at No. 2, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf at No. 3.

Business News

Electronic Arts Inc. this week recorded a $323 million profit in the fourth quarter on strong sales of key franchise titles in the quarter.

Battlefield 3 Premium sold 3.5 million subscriptions in the quarter to generate $120 million in revenue. In addition FIFA 13 has sold through 14.5 million units in the fiscal year and SimCity sold 1.6 million units.

Capcom Co. this week reported a $30 million profit in the fiscal year ending Mar. 31, 2013.

The figure represented a 55.8 percent decrease from the year prior due to a special loss related to development business restructuring.

Net sales increased to $951 million, up 14.6 percent from the year prior. Operating income fell to $102 million, down 17.6 percent from one year ago.

The company noted strong initial digital download sales for Resident Evil 6, solid sales for DmC: Devil May Cry, better-than-expected sales for Dragon’s Dogma in global territories, and solid digital sales for Monster Hunter Tri for the Wii U.

EA Inc. and The Walt Disney Company this week announced an agreement in which the former will develop and publish new titles in the Star Wars franchise.

Under the terms, EA will develop and publish titles based on Star Wars characters and storylines for the core games market.

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