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News: Yakuza Series Hits 5 Million Unit Milestone

Yakuza Series Hits 5 Million Unit Milestone

One of our favourite PlayStation franchises, the Yakuza series, has shipped over 5 million units worldwide SEGA has announced

The milestone was achieved with new zombie-gangster mash-up, Yakuza: Of The End, which has already shipped 400,000 units in its first two weeks on sale in Japan. We've got our copy. There have been seven games in the Yakuza franchise thus far: four mainline entries on PS2..

News: Sony Confirms Greener PlayStation 3 Model

Sony Confirms Greener PlayStation 3 Model

There were reports over the weekend of a new PlayStation 3 model identified by the code CECH-3000B

Sony has confirmed those rumours this morning, revealing a new 320GB PS3 less power-consumption than its predecessor. Don't get your panties in a twist yet, this is still the standard PS3 Slim design. It's not like a new PS3 or anything. The new model will ship in charcoal black for ¥34,980 at the..

News: Yakuza: Of The End Tops The Japanese Software Charts

Yakuza: Of The End Tops The Japanese Software Charts

SEGA's mobster-zombie mash-up, Yakuza: Of The End, has unsurprisingly topped the Japanese sales charts after a hefty delay

We received our copy earlier this week but haven't had a chance to check it out yet. It's sitting temptingly on the top of our "to play" pile though. Elsewhere it was a poor week for Japanese software, with the ridiculously titled Gekiatsu!! Pachige Tamashii Portable..

News: British Red Cross Thanks PlayStation Users For Japan Quake Donations

British Red Cross Thanks PlayStation Users For Japan Quake Donations

Take a look at this Daily Mail: video games can do positive things

The British Red Cross has this morning thanked PlayStation users for its "amazing contribution" to the Japanese quake relief appeal, which raised a total of £466,465.60. That's an incredible tally, so give yourselves a pat on the back. In a statement published on the

News: Team ICO Collection Given September 22nd Release Date In Japan

Team ICO Collection Given September 22nd Release Date In Japan

Sony's finally slapped a September 22nd release date on the highly anticipated high-definition re-releases of PS2 classics ICO and Shadow Of The Colossus

The titles will release separately at ¥3,980 (US$49). Sony's also putting out a limited edition box (pictured) that includes both games, as well as a booklet compiled by Japanese magazine Brutus that looks at the game creator Fumito Ueda and that..

News: Rejoice Japan: PlayStation Network To Partially Return Tomorrow In Asia

Rejoice Japan: PlayStation Network To Partially Return Tomorrow In Asia

Could you imagine if the PSN had been down worldwide as long as it's been down in Japan and parts of Asia? It's pretty unthinkable, right? Sony was required to prove to the Japanese government that it had strengthened its system security before bringing the PSN back online in the region

Presumably that's all done and dusted now as the service is set to return tomorrow. Asia, like the rest of the..

News: Japanese Sales Charts: PSP Still On Top, But Hardware Slumps

Japanese Sales Charts: PSP Still On Top, But Hardware Slumps

The PlayStation Portable was on top of the Japanese sales charts again last week, but hardware was down overall

The usually dominant PSP only scooped up 34k sales, while both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii slumped to record lows. The PlayStation 3 didn't do much better either, managing just 13k sales. As for software, Dragon Quest continued to top the charts, while Sony's own Patapon 3 held onto its..

News: Japanese Sales Charts: PlayStation Portable Takes The Hardware Crown Yet Again

Japanese Sales Charts: PlayStation Portable Takes The Hardware Crown Yet Again

Sony's PlayStation Portable is still on top of the Japanese hardware charts this week, almost doubling the sales of its nearest competitor, the Nintendo 3DS

It was a positive week for PSP software too, with seven of the top twenty titles available on Sony's handheld. Patapon 3 — which debuted fourth on the chart last week — rose to claim the second spot, with Pro Baseball Spirit 2011, Final..

News: Japanese Charts: PlayStation Portable Pretty Much Obliterates Everything Else

Japanese Charts: PlayStation Portable Pretty Much Obliterates Everything Else

"But my friend told me the PSP was dead," said the crowds of readers

Boo to you, the PSP is on friggin' fire. Well, in Japan at least. Last week (ending May 1st), Sony's portable shifted a whopping 76,974 units. That's an impressive number alone, but when you take into consideration that the Nintendo 3DS only managed to shift 28,413 units over the same period, it takes a whole new meaning. The PSP..

News: No More Heroes Trailer Looks Like a Bloody Good Time

No More Heroes Trailer Looks Like a Bloody Good Time

Another adults-only Move title

No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise (known as No More Heroes: Red Zone in Japan) is bound to make waves when it comes to PlayStation 3 later this year, much like the original No More Heroes on Wii all those years ago. The trailer below, despite being in Japanese, should give you a pretty clear idea of what to expect from...

News: Wow, PlayStation Move has Inspired a 32-bit Knock-Off

Wow, PlayStation Move has Inspired a 32-bit Knock-Off

Motion on the Move

Remember when Wii came out and discount stores were flooded with cheap plastic imitations? History has a knack of repeating itself, and while we thought this horrible PlayStation Move imitator was bad enough, here's another one to impress you. Manufactured by the brilliantly named Ever Sparkle Technologies, the Motion on the Move...

News: PSPgoingnowhere: Sony Japan Confirms Death Of Digital Only Handheld, To Concentrate On NGP

PSPgoingnowhere: Sony Japan Confirms Death Of Digital Only Handheld, To Concentrate On NGP

Yesterday we hypothesised that Sony might want to kill of production of the PSPgo in order to make way for mass NGP production

Turns out sometimes we get things right. Sony Japan has confirmed this morning that it has ceased production of the digital-only handheld, adding to AV Watch that it is to "concentrate on NGP" going forwards. We imagine all those factories that were previously..

Rumour: PSPgo To Become A Bit Of A Collector's Item (Maybe?)

PSPgo To Become A Bit Of A Collector's Item (Maybe?)

Rumours fizzing around the Internet this morning suggest that Sony has ceased production of the PSPgo

The much maligned handheld rarely set the charts on fire, so it wouldn't be a huge surprise to learn of the device's cancellation. The rumour stems from a blog post written by a Japanese Sony Shop employee. Translated by Andriasang, the post points out that stores will no longer be receiving..

News: Place Your Bets: What Do You Think Was The Best Selling PS3 Game In Japan Last Year?

Place Your Bets: What Do You Think Was The Best Selling PS3 Game In Japan Last Year?

This one caught us by surprise

Despite launching late in the year, we assumed Gran Turismo 5 would probably be the highest selling PlayStation 3 title in 2010. Either that, or some weird mech game we've never heard of. But no, the top-selling Japanese PS3 game of 2010 was actually the fantastic Yakuza 4. The numbers, reported by Siliconera, note that the free-roaming crime-thriller netted 577,199..

News: Sony Backpedals on Earthquake NGP Delay

Sony Backpedals on Earthquake NGP Delay

Wheeeee

Last week Sony’s Jack Tretton warned that the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan may push back the release of the NGP in some regions, but now Sony says that production of the NGP is continuing ahead as planned. Only a matter of few days after Tretton’s caution, Sony’s Japan division began its damage control, calling the...

News: PlayStation Move Performing Stronger Than Kinect In Japan

PlayStation Move Performing Stronger Than Kinect In Japan

Chalk this one up as the biggest surprise of the year so far: Japanese gamers have bought more PlayStation Move controllers than Kinects

Sony had sold approximately 170k Moves by the end of 2010, while Microsoft had shifted just 90k Kinects. That's about a 2:1 ratio, which to be honest is closer than we'd expected given the number of XBOX 360s actually sold in Japan. However, PlayStation 3's..

News: Move Outsells Kinect in Japan but Fails to Ignite Sales Charts

Move Outsells Kinect in Japan but Fails to Ignite Sales Charts

170,000 sold and climbing

It's not easy to get concrete sales figures for peripherals in most territories, but Japanese firm Media Create has released life-to-date figures for PlayStation Move and its motion rival Kinect for Xbox 360, showing Sony's device has taken a clear lead. Andriasang reports that Sony has sold 170,000 Move controllers since...

News: PSP Maintains Its Advantage Over 3DS For A Second Week In Japan

PSP Maintains Its Advantage Over 3DS For A Second Week In Japan

After toppling Nintendo's new handheld recently, the PSP has maintained its lead over the 3DS in Japan, shifting about 15,000 more consoles in the region last week

The PSP managed to muster up a whopping 58,075 sales, while the 3DS settled for around 42k. The PS3 maintained its lead over the Nintendo Wii too, mustering up sales of around 27k units, while the PS2 fought off the XBOX 360 in last..