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 20,090 units between Aug. 26 to Sept. 1 to rank No. 2 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 12,689 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked three titles in the top 10, including JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle at No. 1, Final Fantasy IV Online: A Realm Reborn at No. 2 and Lost Planet 3 at No. 4.

Namco Bandai Games America Inc.’s One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 is a fast third-person action title that offers wildly massive beat downs with a band of strange and lovable pirates in a FINAL Review.

Sony this week said the Playstation 4 user interface will include social functionality at boot up of the hardware.

Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida this week said the company wanted to show off the social aspect of the UI at gamescom, including the spectate and share functions.

The PS4 records the last 15 minutes of gameplay which can subsequently be shared to Twitter of Facebook.

Sony this week released the Conversations with Creators Trailer for
Knack for the Playstation 4.

In the trailer, Mark Cerny, creative director for Knack, and game producer Yusuke Watanabe discuss creation of the next-generation platform title.

Knack, to be sold in Nov., is an action-platform title, that features a particle-based lead character that can transform into different forms small and large to defeat an army of enemies.

Sony this week said it will release the demo for Beyond: Two Souls for the Playstation 3 Oct. 1.

The demo features two scenes from the final game, including Jodie & Haydon, and Hunted.

Developed by Quantic Dream, Beyond: Two Souls is psychological thriller that spans 15 years of a character’s life. Actors in the title include Ellen Paige and Willem Dafoe.

Sega Corp. this week released Castle of Illusion to the Playstation Network, Xbox Live, and the PC.

The download title is now available via PSN, Xbox Live and the PC. It retails at $14.99 or 1200 Microsoft Points.

Castle of Illusion includes brand new high-definition graphics in addition to all-new graphics and adventures for the 1990 release.

Square Enix Holdings Co. in Aug. released the Combat Vignette Trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX for the Playstation 3.

The trailer features a look at the battle system from the final game.

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.

Sony this week released Capcom Co.’s Resident Evil: Chronicles HD Collection for the Playstation 3 to the Playstation Plus Instant Game Collection.

The title is available to PS Plus members in Sept. at no cost. It carries an MSRP of $26.99.

Zen Studios this week released KickBeat to the Playstation 3 and the Playstation Vita.

KickBeat is a music-rhythm title that allows users to create their own tracks and generate levels with their own music.

The title utilizes 3D characters, 18 tracks, and a story-driven campaign.

KickBeat sells at $9.99 and $7.99 for PS Plus members.

Activision Blizzard Inc. this week said it will release the Call of Duty: Black Ops II Apocalypse DLC to the Playstation Network division and the PC Sept. 26.

Apocalypse includes two all-new multiplayer maps (Pod, Frost), two re-imagined fan-favorite maps (Takeoff, Dig), and the Origins Zombies experience.

It will sell at $14.99.

Sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware held below 200 units in new sales data from Japan.

Media Create Co. this month reported that the Xbox 360 sold 177 units between Aug. 26 and Sept. 1 to rank No. 7 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 196 units the week prior.

Microsoft this week said it will sell the Xbox One Nov. 22 in 13 markets.

Launch markets include Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and USA.

Microsoft this week said the Xbox One hardware is in full production and that the final specifications include an upgraded CPU.

The Xbox One is on schedule to be sold to global territories in Nov. In addition, the final CPU clockspeed has increased from 1.6Ghz to 1.75Ghz.

Microsoft in Aug. said the Xbox One GPU clock speed increased from 800Mhz to 853Mhz.

Pre-order sales for the Xbox One sold out this week at retailer Inc. post release date announcement for the hardware.

This week, the Xbox One Day One Edition held a sold out status at

The Day One Edition included the Day One Controller, Xbox Live 14-Day Trial, Day One Achievement, Premium Packaging and Decal.

The Standard Edition SKU includes the hardware, Kinect camera, and controller without bonus items at $499.96.

Crytek Inc. this week released the Combat Trailer for Ryse: Son of Rome for the Xbox One.

The trailer features a behind-the-scenes look at the combat found in the final game.

Ryse: Son of Rome, to be sold in Nov., features Marius Titus on a campaign to avenge the death of his family.

Microsoft this week said it will deploy the ESPN application to the Xbox One platform.

ESPN will offer on-demand video content from WatchESPN,, and ESPN3, in addition to highlights, live events, and on-demand sports in full screen mode.

Finally, users will receive personalized stats and scores in Snap Mode from popular sports categories.

Tecmo Koei Holdings Co. this week released Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate for the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360.

Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate includes all-new modes from Dead or Alive 5 Plus, new stages, new fighters including Momiji, and levels from the Ninja Gaiden series.

Activision Blizzard Inc. this week released Diablo III to U.S. retail.

The title includes local co-op, new inventory system, updated boss battles and more.

The Diablo III PC SKU has sold 12 million units in worldwide territories to date.

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

Media Create Co. this month reported that the Wii U sold 6,741 units between Aug. 26 and Sept. 1 to rank at No. 4 in overall sales.

It sold 7,030 units the week prior.

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

The Wii sold 1,141 units in the same period.

Capcom Co. this week released Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara to the Nintendo eShop division of the Wii U.

Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara includes two full arcade releases – Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom and Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara. The titles include updated HD graphics, and drop-in, drop-out co-op for up to four.

Ubisoft Inc. this week released Rayman Legends to the PS3, PS Vita, Xbox 360, and Wii U.

Rayman Legends includes platform action and rhythm-based gameplay in five different worlds.

The Wii U SKU includes an exclusive fifth player option from the Wii U GamePad.

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 67,022 units between Aug. 26 and Sept. 1 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

The hardware sold 51,097 the week prior.

The 3DS ranked five titles in the top 10, including Bandai Namco Games’ Disney Magic Castle at No. 5, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team at No. 6 and Friend Collection: New Life at No. 7.

Nintendo Co. this week said it will release limited edition Pokemon X and Pokemon Y-themed Nintendo 3DS XL handhelds to retail Sept. 27.

The handhelds, in Blue and Red, will feature Pokemon Xerneas and Yveltal.

Both will sell at $199.99 each.

Pokemon X and Pokemon Y are all-new Pokemon entries that allow users to catch, trade and battle in 3D battles.

It will be sold Oct. 12.

Activision Blizzard Inc. this week released Call of Duty: Strike Team to Apple Inc.’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod.

Developed by The Blast Furnace, Call of Duty: Strike Team includes a new single-player campaign and is optimized for mobile and tablet glass mechanics.

The title allows users to control a squad of up to four and deploy in first-person or a top-down, third-person perspective.

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