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The weekly hardware and software sales numbers from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and Square Enix's 3DS remake of Dragon Quest VIII had an incredible first week. The popular RPG sold over 584,000 copies at launch, and 3DS sales saw a huge boost as a result. Nintendo's handheld sold nearly 50,000 units for the week, easily topping the charts. PlayStation 4 also saw a slight sales boost this week, helped along by three new titles in the top twenty. Until Dawn debuted at number six on the charts, but sold less than 20,000. You can check out the full breakdown by clicking below!

YIIK: A Postmodern RPG, the upcoming EarthBound-inspired title from Two Brothers developer AckkStudios, has been turning heads at PAX, and it just became even more appealing. Composer Hiroki Kikuta, best known for his incredible work on Secret of Mana, has agreed to compose an arrangement for the game based on the three major themes written by AckkStudios composer Andrew Allanson.

Kikuta has been given free range to create whatever type of track he wishes based on the three themes, and the finished product will be featured in the game. This will also have an effect on the gameplay, as a section of the game will be designed to complement his arrangement. We look forward to seeing what he comes up with!

Inti Creates president Takuya Aizu and game director Koji Igarashi recently held a PAX Prime panel for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the Kickstarter-fueled spiritual successor to Castlevania. During the panel, it was revealed that you'll be able to customize your look in the game, choosing between different clothes, hats, masks, and hair colors. Aside from just aesthetic changes, these custom options will also give you different stat boosts, so you can get strategic with your look! It should be a nice touch to spice up the already much-hyped game.

Retro-style indie hit Shovel Knight is already a top-notch platforming experience, but it's about to get bigger and better! Developer Yacht Club Games will be launching a free expansion for the game in September, letting players take control of the fan-favorite villain Plague Knight. Yacht Club Games brought the expansion to PAX, and IGN recorded footage of the upcoming content. You can check it out by clicking below!

Last month we got our first look at Minecraft: Story Mode, a story-driven take on Minecraft to be released episodically by Telltale Games. In Story Mode, gamers will play as a character named Jesse who can be either male or female. The game is currently playable in Beta form at PAX Prime in Seattle, and Telltale Games has announced that (in a first for a game they developed) players can choose between several different appearances for both the male and female versions of Jesse. A new batch of screenshots showcasing these different looks has been released, and you can check it out by clicking below!

With PAX Prime almost here, the folks over at Sony chose to mark this occasion with an awesome retro sale in the PlayStation Store. The Retro Sale offers some cool titles at a discounted price, including Metal Slug 3, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, Rayman 3, and Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. If you are a Sony Rewards member, will earn 3x points on every Retro Sale purchase.

You can check out the full list of games on sale after the jump!

A trailer for Yacht Club's Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows has been released on YouTube. In this expansion, you play as Plague Knight, a master of alchemy with the power to brew and hurl mystical potions, as he attempts to retrieve the ingredients for Serum Supernus, the Ultimate Potion.

See the trailer after the jump!

The weekly hardware and software sales numbers are in from Japan, courtesy of Media Create, and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer has finally been knocked out of the top spot. The 3DS game had another solid week with over 65,000 sales, but Super Robot Wars BX (also a 3DS game) sold just shy of 100,000 copies. In hardware, every single major platform saw a sizable decline in sales from last week's strong numbers, and despite a decline of over 10,000 sales from last week, 3DS remained in the number one spot. You can check out a full breakdown by clicking below.

Sony skipped out on Gamescom, but they've still got plenty of big events coming up. They previously announced a show for Paris Games Week in October, but they've got another event coming up even sooner. Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia announced today that they'll be holding a press conference on September 15th at 4:00 pm Japan time. The presentation will be an hour and a half long, and it will focus on the strategy for PlayStation in Asian markets. This will set Sony up for their presence at Tokyo Game Show, which kicks off on September 17th.

Talented indie team AckkStudios made their video game debut with old-school action-RPG Two Brothers, and their next game is similar in spirit, but more ambitious. YIIK: A Postmodern RPG is a 3D turn-based RPG that draws inspiration from cult classic EarthBound, while maintaining a very unique style and atmosphere. You can check out a new batch of screenshots for the upcoming game (in development for Wii U, PlayStation 4, Vita, and PC and slated to launch later this year) by clicking below!

Sony has just announced the lineup of free games that will be available to PlayStation Plus subscribers next month.

September's lineup includes the Vote to Play winner Grow Home for PS4, Super Time Force Ultra and Xeodrifter for PlayStation 4 and Vita, Twisted Metal for PlayStation 3, Teslagrad for PS4 and PS3, and La Mulana EX for Vita; all of these games will be available for free for PlayStation Plus members beginning on September 1st.

The PSN flash sale is now live in North America, bringing a ton of games at discounted prices. There are discounted games for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PSP, and PS Vita, so plenty for all! The list includes games such as The Walking Dead Season 1 and Season 2, How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition, Dead Island Riptide Complete Edition, Resident Evil 4, and Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD. The sale ends Monday the 24th of August at 9.00 am Pacific, so be sure to take advantage of these great prices while they last!

Head inside to check out the full list of games in the sale!

Earlier this year, Metroid-inspired indie hit Xeodrifter from Renegade Kid was confirmed for launch on PlayStation 4 and Vita. For Sony fans looking to get their hands on this action-platformer, the wait is almost over. Gambitious Digital has announced that they'll be publishing the game on September 1st. You can check out the launch trailer for the PlayStation versions of the game by clicking below!

Earlier this month, Koei Tecmo and Dynasty Warrior team Omega Force revealed that they are working on a video game adaption of Attack on Titan. In a more recent press release, they have confirmed that the plot and game world will contain everything from the 2013 anime, as well as some additional content. You'll be able to re-enact scenes from the canon of the series (featuring all of the original voice actors), while also exploring new areas. Attack on Titan is slated to launch on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Vita in 2016.

Earlier this month, Koei Tecmo revealed that the Dynasty Warriors development team is working on a video game adaption of the popular manga and anime Attack on Titan. Based on the original story, Attack on Titan is planned to launch on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Vita in 2016. Today, Koei Tecmo released a handful of screenshots and art for the game, showing a visual style that's very faithful to the anime. You can check them out by clicking below!