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 13,790 units between Sept. 2 to Sept. 8 to rank No. 2 in overall hardware sales.
By comparison, the hardware sold 20,090 units the week prior.
The hardware ranked four titles in the top 10, including Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist at No. 2, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate at No. 4 and Final Fantasy IV Online: A Realm Reborn at No. 2 and Lost Planet 3 at No. 5.
The Playstation 3 bundle that includes Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V ranked in the top 15 pre-order sales at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division due to strong demand.
This week, the PS3 500GB GTA V Bundle ranked as the No. 15 best-selling pre-order product at BestBuy.com.
The PS3 500GB GTA V Bundle, to be sold Sept. 17, will include the PS3 500GB hardware and a copy of Grand Theft Auto V at $269.99.
Sony this week released Puppeteer for the Playstation 3.
Puppeteer is a third-person platform adventure title in which lead character Kutaro can don Hero Heads to deploy new powers.
Hero Heads include the King’s Head, Ninja Head, Pirate’s Head and Wrestler’s Head.
The title sells at $39.99.
Atlus Inc. this week said it will release AquaPazza to the Playstation 3 Nov. 19.
AquaPazza is a 2D fighter that includes characters from developer AquaPlus’ previous titles, including Tears to Tiara, ToHeart and Utawarerumono.
The final game will include 13 characters, combo-based combat system, partner attacks, and chain attacks, in addition to online fighting functionlality.
It will sell at $29.99.
Sony this week game development time has reduced due to the efficient architecture of the Playstation 4.
Mark Cerny, creative director for Knack and lead system architect for the PS4, told Famitsu the design goal to focus on performance and development saved time in the development of Knack.
Sony this week said it will release the Playstation 4 in Japan Feb. 22, 2014.
The hardware will be sold at 39,980 yen ($402 US).
The company said the Feb. 2014 launch in Japan will allow it meet demand for the U.S. launch Nov. 15 and the Europe launch Nov. 29.
The PS4 will be sold at $399.99 Nov. 15 in the U.S.
Capcom Co. this week said released the Tokyo Game Show Trailer for Deep Down for the Playstation 4.
The trailer features a preview of in-game action including environments and monsters.
Deep Down is an online-only multiplayer title that will feature randomly generated dungeons and monsters.
It will be sold at a to be determined date.
Sony this month released the Gamescom Finale Trailer for DriveClub for the Playstation 4.
The trailer features 1080p action from the competition held at the Gamescom convention.
Developed by Evolution Studios, DriveClub is a racing simulation title that features social networking functionality to allow users to form racing groups and race with friends.
Square Enix Holdings Co. this week released Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX for the Playstation 3 to U.S. retail.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is a remastered compilation of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories. In addition, the title includes HD cinematic story videos from KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days.
It sells at $39.99.
Sony this week said Capcom Co.’s DuckTales: Remastered for Playstation 3 ranked as the top-selling download title in the Playstation Network division.
For the month of Aug., DuckTales: Remastered ranked as the No. 1 download title for the month.
Payday 2 ranked at No. 2 and Journey ranked at No. 3 in the same period.
Sales for the Playstation Vita ranked second in the latest retail data from Japan.
Media Create Co. this month said the PS Vita sold 7,314 units between Sept. 2 and Sept. 8 to rank as the No. 2 hardware for the week.
By comparison, the hardware sold 8,405 the week prior.
The PS Vita ranked one title in the top 10, Killzone: Mercenary at No. 8.
Meanwhile, the PSP sold 5,493 units to rank at No. 5 in the same period.
Sony this week said it will release the PS Vita TV in Japan Nov. 14.
The console device, based on PS Vita hardware, will connect to a television set and allow users to play PS Vita, Playstation and PS1 titles.
In addition, users can access streaming content services in the region including Hulu, Tsutaya TV, and Nico Nico Douga.
The device will sell at 9,480 yen or with a Dualshock 3 controller at 14,280 yen.
Sony this week released Killzone: Mercenary for the Playstation Vita to the Playstation Network.
Killzone: Mercenary includes shooting and close-combat first-person action in nine single-player paid-job scenarios.
Each of the title’s nine missions is between 40 minutes to 1 hour in length and includes large set pieces.
In addition, the title includes multiplayer functionality for up to eight players with six maps and three game types.
d3t Ltd. this week said it will release Lemmings Touch to the Playstation Vita.
The title will include 100 levels, new objects like cannons and trampolines, and new environments.
The final game will feature a touch and swipe interface to execute commands.
A release date is to be determined.
Sony this week said Atlus Inc.’s Dragon’s Crown for the Playstation Vita ranked as the top-selling download title in the Playstation Network division.
For the month of Aug., Dragon’s Crown ranked as the No. 1 PS Vita download title.
Rayman Origins ranked at No. 2 and The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season ranked at No. 3.
Sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware held at 200 units in new sales data from Japan.
Media Create Co. this month reported that the Xbox 360 sold 201 units between Sept. 2 and Sept. 8 to rank No. 7 in overall sales.
By comparison, the hardware sold 177 units the week prior.
Microsoft this week said the Xbox 360 ranked as the No. 2 game hardware in U.S. Aug. 2013 sales figures.
The Xbox 360 sold 96,000 units to rank as the No. 2 game hardware and the No. 1 console for the month in figures provided by NPD Group Inc.
Retail spend on the platform totaled $213 million for the month.
Capcom Co. this week said Dead Rising 3 for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One will featured a large world with no load screens.
The company told the Financial Post that Dead Rising 3 is larger than the first and second installment combined.
In addition, it estimates users will require vehicles 50 percent of the time to travel through the large city.
Finally, the title will not include load screens in the final game to allow seamless travel between all indoor and outdoor areas.
In Dead Rising 3, users control Nick Ramos through a zombie-infested Los Perdidos, California. The title will include various neighborhoods that users can scavenge to pick up weapons or combine to form new weapons.
Microsoft this month said SmartGlass functionality for the Xbox One will be faster than the current Xbox 360.
The company said it will take an average of four seconds for SmartGlass to recognize the Xbox One and is generally three to four times faster on the next-generation hardware.
In addition, users can conduct matchmaking with SmartGlass on the Xbox One without interruption of the main television screen.
Up to 16 SmartGlass devices can work simultaneously with the Xbox One.
Compatible titles Dead Rising 3 and Project Spark.
Disney Interactive Studios Inc.’s Disney Infinity ranked in the three best-selling game titles in Aug. at U.S. retail.
NPD Group Inc. this week reported Disney Infinity ranked as the No. 3 best-selling game title across all platforms.
Ubisoft Inc.’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist ranked in the top 10 game sales in Aug. at U.S. retail.
NPD Group Inc. this week reported Splinter Cell: Blacklist ranked as the No. 5 best-selling game title across all platforms.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist includes brand new gameplay features including shooting multiple targets in seconds.
Microsoft Corp. this week released the NFL on Xbox One Trailer.
The trailer includes NFL application features on the Xbox One, including built-in Fantasy Football, Skype functionality, the personalized highlights.
The Xbox One will launch Nov. 22 in the U.S. at $499.99.
Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Wii U hardware totaleed under 6,000 units in the latest weekly Japan retail data.
Media Create Co. this month reported that the Wii U sold 5,702 units between Sept. 2 and Sept. 8 to rank at No. 4 in overall sales.
It sold 6,741 units the week prior.
The hardware did not rank any titles in the top 10.
The Wii sold 978 units in the same period.
Pikmin 3 for the Wii U ranked in the top 10 game sales in Aug. at U.S. retail.
NPD Group Inc. this week reported Pikmin 3 ranked as the No. 10 best-selling title across all game platforms in Aug.
The title sold 115,000 units during the month.
Pikmin 3 features an army of Pikmin to command to solve puzzles, battle predators, and recover food.
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 79,191 units between Sept. 2 and Sept. 8 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.
The hardware sold 67,022 the week prior.
The 3DS ranked four titles in the top 10, and Friend Collection: New Life at No. 6 and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team at No. 7.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team for the Nintendo 3DS ranked in the top 10 game sales in Aug. at U.S. retail.
NPD Group Inc. this week reported Mario & Luigi: Dream Team ranked as the No. 6 best-selling game title in Aug.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is an action RPG title that spans two worlds, including the real world and Luigi’s dream world.
The limited edition Pokemon X and Pokemon Y-themed Nintendo 3DS XL handheld ranked in the top 15 pre-order sales at Gamestop Corp.’s online division due to strong demand.
This week, the Nintendo 3DS XL – Pokemon X&Y Red Edition ranked as the No. 12 best-selling pre-order product at GameStop.com.
The Nintendo 3DS XL – Pokemon X&Y Blue Edition ranked at No. 13 in the same period.
The handhelds will feature Pokemon Xerneas and Yveltal and sell at $199.99 each Sept. 27.
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