Posted by John on October 16, 2011

Week Recap: PS3 PSN hack; Xbox 360 No. 1; Zelda Wii Bundle

Media Create Co. this week said the Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 ranked No. 2 in hardware sales in the latest Japan retail activity.

The PS3 sold 29,435 units between Oct. 3 to Oct. 9 to rank No. 2 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 30,362 to rank third the week prior.

The hardware ranked four titles in the top 10, Konami Corp.’s World Soccer Winning Eleven 2012 at No. 1, Codemasters Inc.’s F1 2011 at No. 3, Tecmo Koei Corp.’s Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends at No. 4, and From Software Inc.’s Dark Souls at No. 6.

NPD Group Inc. this week reported Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 ranked as the No. 2 best-selling game hardware in Sept. U.S. retail figures

The PS3 moved an estimated 374,000 units in the month.

Sony this week said the PS3 hardware sales held a 20 percent increase and software held a 52 percent increase from the year prior.

Sony Corp. this week halted 93,000 online gaming and entertainment service accounts due to repeated unauthorized access.

The company this week said it has suspended 93,000 accounts from the Playstation Network, Sony Entertainment Network International, and Sony Online Entertainment divisions after the company detected a large amount of unauthorized login attempts.

The company said user credit card information in the new breach was not at risk.

Pre-order demand for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 320GB Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Bundle climbed this week amid strong advanced sales.

Capcom Co. this week said Street Fighter X Tekken for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3, Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360, and the PC will include a new Gem System.

Each fighter can equip up to five gems that can boost speed, defense, strength, and assist properties.

The title will be sold Mar. 6.

Pre-order sales for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception for the Playstation 3 nabbed the top 20 sales at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s online division this week due to strong demand.

Pre-order sales for Sony Corp.’s Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One for the Playstation 3 ranked in the top 35 this week at GameStop Corp.’s online division due to strong advanced demand.

Pre-order sales for Activision Blizzard Inc.’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Hardened Edition SKU ranked in the top 10 sales at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s online division this week amid strong pre-sale demand.

The PSP sold 26,780 units for the week to rank at No. 3 in Japan.

The PSP ranked two titles in the top 10, including Bandai Namco Holdings Co.’s AKB1/48: Idol to Guam de Koishitara at No. 2 and Nihon Falcom Corp.’s Eiyuu Densetsu: Ao no Kiseki at No. 5.

Sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware tallied under 1,400 units in the latest Japan retail figures.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Xbox 360 sold 1,346 units between Oct. 3 and Oct. 9 to rank No. 8 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 2,411 units the week prior.

Sales of Gears of War 3 fell out of the top 50 three week after release in the region.

Sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware held as the top-selling hardware in the latest U.S. figures.

Microsoft this week reported that the Xbox 360 sold 438,000 units in Sept. U.S. sales to rank as the No. 1 hardware for the month.

The company added the Xbox 360 held more than 40 percent of current generation market share for the seventh consecutive month.

EA Inc. this month conducted a stress test of the Multiplayer Beta for Battlefield 3 for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 and Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360.

Between Oct. 8 and Oct. 9, the company requested beta users to engage in the Multiplayer Beta between 12PM PDT to 6PM PDT to make sure servers can handle upcoming online action.

EA in Oct. released an update to the Battlefield 3 Multiplayer Beta, which included a fixed occasional client crash, fixed killcam showing glitched area under map, fixed spawning on dead squad mates, and framerate stability fixes.

Pre-order sales for EA Inc.’s Dance Central 2 for Microsoft Corp.’s Kinect hardware for the Xbox 360 increased this week at Amazon.com due to building demand for the sequel.

Retailer Amazon.com this week price cut Capcom Co.’s Dead Rising 2: Off the Record to under $35 in a new sale.

Pre-order demand for Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary for the Xbox 360 held the top 10 sales at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s online division due to strong demand.

Developer Bioware Inc. this week said EA Inc.’s Mass Effect 3 will include new online multiplayer co-op missions.

Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Wii ranked as the No. 4 game hardware in Japan in the latest retail data.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Wii sold 10,080 units between Oct. 3 and Oct. 9 to rank No. 4 in overall sales.

By comparison, the Wii sold 10,301 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked three titles in the top 10, including Square Enix Holdings Co.’s Dragon Quest 25th Anniversary at No. 5 and Rhythm Heaven at No. 9 and Wii Sports Resort at No. 10.

Nintendo Co.’s Wii ranked as the fourth best-selling game hardware in the month of Sept.

The company this week said the Wii sold 240,000 units in the month.

Nintendo Co.’s The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Gold Remote Bundle for the Wii ranked as a top ‘Customer Favorites’ product at Toys R Us Inc.’s online division this week due to strong demand.

Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS held the No. 1 hardware sales rank in the latest retail data in Japan post price cut for the handheld.

Media Create Co. this week said the Nintendo 3DS sold 53,540 units between Oct. 3 and Oct. 9 to rank as the No. 1 game hardware for the week.

The 3DS did not rank any titles in the top 10 for the week.

Meanwhile, the Nintendo DSi LL sold 2,175 units to rank No. 5, the Nintendo DSi sold 1,718 to rank No. 6, and the DS Lite sold 51 units to rank No. 9 in the same period.

Sales for Nintendo Co.’s Nintendo 3DS increased 10 percent in Sept. in the U.S. market in month-to-month figures.

The company this week said the Nintendo 3DS sold more than 260,000 units in Sept., a 10 percent increase from the month prior.

Nintendo has sold nearly 450,000 Nintendo 3DS units since a price cut to $169.99 in Aug.

Nintendo Co.’s Super Mario 3D Land for the Nintendo 3DS ranked in the top 20 sales at GameStop Corp.’s online division this week due to building pre-order demand.

Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week discounted pre-order sales for EA Inc.’s Battlefield 3 Digital Download for the PC by 15 percent in a new promotion.

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