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 11,460 units between Oct. 21 to Oct. 27 to rank No. 3 in overall hardware sales.
By comparison, the hardware sold 11,643 units the week prior.
The hardware ranked three titles in the top 10, including Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball at No. 2, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma at No. 3, and Grand Theft Auto V at No. 5.
Sony this week said disc-based game titles will require installation to the hard drive of the Playstation 4.
The company said all disc-based games must be cached to the PS4 hard drive, however not all games will be required game data to be fully cached before starting gameplay.
The PS4 will be sold at $399.99 Nov. 15.
Select retailers have began sale of the Playstation 4 Dualshock 4 Controller in advance of the hardware launch.
Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week began shipment of PS4 Dualshock 4 Controllers to pre-order customers.
In addition, select Sony Store locations are selling the peripheral to customers.
The DualShock 4 controller includes a new touch pad, share button, options button, built-in mono speaker, headphone jack, and light bar that will interact with a optional PS4 Eye camera to track the controller.
It sells at $59.99.
Target Corp. will offer a ‘Buy 2 Get 1 Free’ game promotion for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 4 in an advanced circular publication.
Between Nov. 10 and Nov. 16, all PS4 titles will be eligible in the ‘Buy 2 Get 1 Free’ video game sale.
Advertised titles include Killzone: Shadow Fall, Battlefield 4, and Knack.
Sony this week released a Scotland Racing clip for DriveClub for the Playstation 4.
The new clip is direct feed from the latest build of the title to showcase the newest graphics engine version.
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.
Developer Infinity Ward this week said Activision Blizzard Inc.’s Call of Duty: Ghosts for the Playstation 4 will yield a greater native resolution than the Xbox One.
The developer this week said the PS4 SKU will hold a native 1080p high-definition resolution compared to the Xbox One SKU at a native 720p.
Call of Duty: Ghosts, developed by Infinity Ward, will include an all-new story, all-new characters, and a next-generation Call of Duty engine.
Sony this week released Sine Mora to the Instant Game Collection to Playstation Plus members.
Sine Mora is a classic side-scrolling shooter that features 3D graphics, an intriguing war-based story and time-based action.
The title is free to Playstation Plus members and $9.99 for non-members at the Playstation Store.
D3 Publisher Inc. said this week it will release Earth Defense Force 2025 for the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360 Feb. 2013.
Developed by Sandlot, Earth Defense Force 2025 will feature trademark bug shooting arcade action in global territories.
The final game will include 700 weapons, four-player online multiplayer and vehicles.
D3 Publisher in Jan. released Earth Defense Force 2017 to the Playstation Vita.
The Playstation Vita held steady in the latest sales data from Japan.
Media Create Co. this month said the PS Vita sold 24,513 units between Oct. 21 and Oct. 27 to rank as the No. 2 hardware for the week.
By comparison, the hardware sold 25,763 the week prior.
The hardware ranked one title in the top 10 for the week, Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball at No. 7.
Meanwhile, the PSP sold 3,807 units to rank at No. 5 in the same period.
Media Molecule this week released the Story Trailer for Tearaway for Sony Corp.’s Playstation Vita.
The Story Trailer feature commentary from the developer and gameplay from the title.
Developed by Media Molecule, Tearaway, to be sold Nov. 22, 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 fell in Japan in the latest retail data from the region.
Media Create Co. this month reported that the Xbox 360 sold 351 units between Oct. 21 and Oct. 27 to rank No. 7 in overall sales.
By comparison, the hardware sold 539 units the week prior.
Microsoft this week released a new trailer that promotes the dynamic hardware features for the Xbox One.
The trailer features the Xbox One dashboard interface and the ability to utilize voice commands to hop from movies to games, record gameplay, watch live TV, answer a Skype call, and snap an application.
Microsoft this week released the Invitation Ad Trailer for the Xbox One console.
The trailer features video game action integrated into real-world events that invite users to jump in.
Microsoft Corp. this week said it will release Halo: Spartan Assault to the Xbox One and the Xbox 360 in Dec.
The title will be sold as a digital download product. It features more than 30 missions and will include online co-op multiplayer functionality.
The final game will include the Operation Hydra expansion for the single-player campaign.
Halo: Spartan Assault was previously released to the PC and Windows mobile devices.
Rockstar Games this week said Grand Theft Auto V has shipped 29 million units at global retail.
The title generated $800 million in the first 24 hours of sale in global retail.
Grand Theft Auto V is set in a present-day Southern California location and is the largest and most thriving world in the city of Los Santos.
Capcom Co. this week said it expects to sell 1.2 million units of Dead Rising 3 for the Xbox One.
The sales projection is ranged for the U.S. and Europe regions.
Dead Rising 3 will be sold exclusively to the Xbox One Nov. 22.
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 week announced new vehicles to be included in Forza Motorsport 5 for the Xbox One.
New vehicles include the 2013 Ariel Atom 500 V8, 2009 Honda S2000 CR, 2014 Ford Fiesta ST, 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata, and the 2013 Audi RS 7.
Previously announced vehicles include the 2009 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works, 2013 Audi R8 Coupe V10 plus 5.2 FSI quattro, 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe, and 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, 2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition, 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400, 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series, 2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, 2013 Audi S4, 1985 Ford RS200 Evolution, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X GSR, 2009 Zonda Cinque Roadster, and the 2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II.
Developed by Turn 10 Studios, Forza Motorsport 5 is racing simulation title to be sold at launch of the Xbox One.
Microsoft this week said it will offer the Kinect Sports Rivals Trial Experience for Xbox One Nov. 22.
The free trial will allow users to Wake Racing event, unlock a split-screen co-op vs. mode, and compete in new monthly challenges.
Kinect Sports Rivals utilize the Kinect peripheral to scan the user to participate in activities like Climbing, Soccer, Wake Racing, Target Shooting, and Soccer.
Namco Bandai Games America Inc. this month said it will release Dragon Ball Z Battle of Z to the Playstation 3, PS Vita, and Xbox 360 Jan. 28th at U.S. retail.
Dragon Ball Z Battle of Z is a new fighting entry that will include cel-shaded HD graphics, single-player campaign, expanded versus modes and co-op modes.
Characters include Goku, Piccolo, Vegeta with trademark attacks including the Kamehameha, Special Beam Cannon, and Spirit Bomb.
The final game will allow users to form teams with up to four characters for group melee action, large boss battles or online four vs. four matches.
Ubisoft Inc. this week released Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag to U.S. retail.
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.
The open world includes 50 locations to conduct pirate assassin activity to command a ship, the Jackdaw. In addition, users can pillage enemy ships to upgrade the Jackdaw with ammunition, equipment and disguises.
Nintendo Co. this week recorded an incremental profit amid slow demand for the Wii U console.
Between Mar. and Sept. 2013, the company recorded a profit of $6.1 million. By comparison, it held a loss of $285.2 million in the same period the year prior.
It held an operating loss of $237 million. Nintendo cited advertising and R&D costs for Wii U software for the loss.
Nintendo sold 460,000 Wii U units between Mar. and Sept. 2013. It has sold 3.91 million units worldwide to date.
Wii U software sales totaled 19.71 million to date.
The company maintains a forecast of nine million Wii U hardware units sold by fiscal Mar. 2014.
Sales for the Wii U hardware dropped neared 2,500 units sold in new weekly Japan retail data.
Media Create Co. this month reported that the Wii U sold 2,598 units between Oct. 21 and Oct. 27 to rank at No. 5 in overall sales.
It sold 2,999 units the week prior.
The Wii sold 742 units in the same period.
Nintendo this week released the New Super Mario Bros U Wii U Deluxe Bundle to U.S. retail.
The Wii U Deluxe Set with New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U includes the 32GB Wii U console and New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U on one disc at $299.99.
Capcom Co. this week Resident Evil Revelations has sold 1 million units worldwide.
Resident Evil Revelations includes enhanced HD graphics, online Raid Mode co-op functionality, Hunk playable character in Raid Mode, a new enemy, new Raid weapons and new Custom Parts to outfit weaponry.
The survival horror title is sold at retail at $49.99.
The Nintendo 3DS ranked as the top hardware in Japan due to strong demand for the handheld.
Media Create Co. this month said the Nintendo 3DS sold 109,508 units between Oct. 21 and Oct. 27 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.
The hardware sold 154,578 the week prior.
Sega Corp. this week said it will release an updated 3D arcade classics series to the Nintendo 3DS.
Titles to be sold include 3D Space Harrier and 3D Hang-Super Hang-On Nov. 28, 3D Sonic the Hedgehog and 3D Altered Beast Dec. 5, 3D Ecco the Dolphin and 3D Galaxy Force II Dec. 12, 3D Shinobi and 3D Streets of Rage Dec. 19.
Each title will be sold at $5.99 each via the Nintendo eShop division.
Nintendo this week said it will sell a new bundle that includes a limited-edition Nintendo 3DS XL handheld and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Nov. 22 at U.S. retail.
The Nintendo 3DS XL handheld will include a gold and black finish and include a code to download a digital copy of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.
It will sell at $219.99.
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