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

Media Create Co. this month reported the PS3 sold 10,948 units between May 13 and May 19 to rank No. 2 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 12,793 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked two titles in the top 10, including MuvLuv Alternative: Total Eclipse at No. 5 and Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen at No. 6.

Sony this week released a teaser trailer for the Playstation 4 in a preview of the company’s annual E3 press conference.

The teaser trailer features quick cuts of the final hardware and closes with a June 10, 2013 press conference date.

Sony this week said it will release the Best of the Playstation Network, Vol. 1 to the Playstation 3 June 25.

The compilation retail SKU will include four PSN titles – When Vikings Attack!, Sound Shapes, Tokyo Jungle, and Fat Princess.

Square Enix Holdings Co. this week said it will release Final Fantasy IV: A Realm Reborn to the Playstation 3 Aug. 27.

The title will be sold in a standard edition at $39.99 or a Collector’s Edition at $79.99.

The Collector’s Edition includes an exclusive box, hardbound art book, The Waning of the Sixth Sun Blu-ray disc, The Sounds of Eoreza music collection disc, five art cards, branded security token, and four in-game bonus items.

Sony this week released the Development Series Episode 3 Trailer for The Last of Us for the Playstation 3.

Development Series Episode 3: Death and Choices features crafting and scavenging functionality to survive in the game.

Rockstar Games this week announced the Grand Theft Auto V Special Edition and Collector’s Edition SKUs.

The Special Edition will include GTA V, collectible Steelbook Case with exclusive artwork, blueprint map and four pieces of digital content at $79.99.

The Collector’s Edition with include GTA V, collectible Steelbook Case with exclusive artwork, Blueprint Map, New Era 9Fifty Snapback Cap, Security Deposit Bag with Logo Key, and six pieces of digital content at $149.99.

Sales for the Playstation Vita held the No. 3 hardware rank in Japan in the latest retail data from the region.

Media Create Co. this month said the PS Vita sold 10,931 units between May 13 and May 19 to rank as the No. 3 hardware for the week.

By comparison, the hardware sold 22,051 the week prior.

Meanwhile, the PSP sold 6,524 units to rank at No. 5 in the same period.

Sony this week detailed pre-order bonus items for Tearaway for the Playstation Vita.

Customers who pre-order the title will receive the game soundtrack, iota and aoti customers for LittleBigPlanet, exclusive skin for in-game ride-able pig, iota and aoti PSN Avatars, and PS Vita Wallpaper.

Developed by Media Molecule, Tearaway is an new platform title that features the character iota in a dynamic paper-based world that can be controlled in various ways.

Sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware totaled below 350 units in new sales data from Japan.

Media Create Co. this month reported that the Xbox 360 sold 349 units between May 13 to May 19 to rank No. 7 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 485 units the week prior.

Microsoft this week announced the Xbox One, the successor to the Xbox 360 console.

The Xbox One will utilize an 8-core CPU, 8GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, Blu-ray disc drive, 802.11n Wireless with Wi-Fi Direct, HDMI, and USB 3.0.

The new Kinect, included with each Xbox One, includes a 1080p HD RGB camera and features 30 frames-per-second color, Time of Flight technology, and Microphone Arrays.

The Xbox One Controller features an integrated battery compartment, Impulse Triggers, Wi-Fi Direct Radio Stack, and a Precision Directional Pad.

New game titles include Forza Motorsport 5 and Quantum Break.

EA Inc. this week said it will release four new EA Sports titles in the next 12 months to the Xbox One.

New titles include Madden 25, FIFA 14, NBA Live 14, and UFC.

Each title will be powered by a new engine called EA Sports Ignite said to feature 10 times the detail compared to prior entries.

Microsoft this week said Activision Blizzard Inc. will release exclusive post-launch DLC to Call of Duty: Ghosts first to the Xbox One.

The next installment in the franchise, developed by Infinity Ward, will include an all-new story, all-new characters, and a next-generation Call of Duty engine.

Microsoft this week announced a new live action television series based on the Halo video game franchise.

The Halo television series will be developed by 343 Industries and produced by Steven Spielberg.

343 Industries previously released a live action five-episode series called Halo: Forward Unto Dawn.

EA Inc. this week said it will release Need for Speed Rivals to the Playstation 4 and Xbox One later this year and on current-generation consoles Nov. 19.

Developed by Ghost Games, Need for Speed Rivals will allow users to play as either a cop or racer to evade or pursue and unlock new cars and items.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment this week said it will release Dying Light to the Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and the PC in 2014.

Developed by Techland, Dying Light is a first-person survival horror title with a day-night cycle set in an open world.

Ubisoft Inc. this week announced it will release Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag to the Xbox One.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag features a new rebel assassin, Edward Kenway, who can switch between new weaponry including four flintlock pistols and dual cutlass swords.


Ubisoft Inc. this week said it will release Watch Dogs to the Xbox One.

In Watch Dogs, users take the role of Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker on the hunt for those who hurt his family Players will be able to monitor and hack others, manipulate the city’s systems to stop traffic lights, detonate gas lines, turn off the electrical grid and more.

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

Media Create Co. this month reported that the Wii U sold 6,037 units between May 13 and May 19 to rank at No. 5 in overall sales.

It sold 7,974 units the week prior.

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

The Wii sold 1,143 units in the same period.

Target Corp. this month price cut the Wii U Basic Set SKU by 20 percent in a new online retail initiative.

This week, customers can the Wii U Basic Set at Target.com at $239.99, $60 off the $299.99 MSRP.

The Basic Set includes the Wii U console and the Wii U GamePad in White, 8GB storage, AC adapters, HDMI cable and Wii U sensor bar.

Capcom Co.’s Resident Evil Revelations for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3, Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360, Nintendo Co.’s Wii U and the PC anchors the franchise’s trademark survival horror roots firmly into the DNA of a creepy, episodic adventure in a FINAL Review.

Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS held the No. 1 hardware rank in the latest Japan retail data.

Media Create Co. this month said the Nintendo 3DS sold 37,124 units between May 13 and May 19 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

The hardware sold 49,763 the week prior.

The 3DS ranked five titles in the top 10, including Friend Collection: New Life at No. 2, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon at No. 3, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf at No. 4.

Nintendo this week released Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D for the Nintendo 3DS to U.S. retail.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is the Nintendo 3DS version of the Wii title with new features like New Mode, additional levels and brand new 3D graphics.

Tommo Inc. and SNK Playmore Corp. this week said it will release the Neo Geo Mega Pack: Volume 1 for the Neo Geo X Handheld Entertainment System June 25.

The Neo Geo Mega Pack: Volume 1 includes 15 Neo Geo titles – Sengoku, Metal Slug 2, Top Hunter, Samurai Shodown III, Savage Reign, Super Sidekicks 3, The King of Fighters ’96, Blazing Star, Kizuna Encounter, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Shock Troopers, World Heroes 2 Jet, The Last Blade, Blue’s Journey, and Art of Fighting 3 at $79.99.

In addition, the SKU will include Neo Geo System Update 1.0 to fixes audio, control inputs and video enhancements.

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