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The weekly software and hardware sales numbers from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and it was another underwhelming week for the Japanese market. Monster Hunter Stories retained its spot at number one with another 67,000 units sold, but no other titles really stood out. The PlayStation 4 version of Rise of the Tomb Raider took second place with just over 21,000 sales, and Paper Mario: Color Splash was a close third.

PlayStation 4 was the top-selling hardware once again, moving just over 30,000 units. 3DS took second place, while Vita was a distant third. The launch of Color Splash did nothing to aid Wii U, as the struggling console's sales slumped below 2,500 for the week. You can check out the full breakdown by clicking below.

About a month ago, Wayforward announced that Shantae: Half-Genie Hero would be delayed to early November in order to work on last-minute changes to the game. However, if you were looking forward to playing the new platforming game next month, you may have to wait a little bit longer. A listing on Amazon Canada is now saying that the title won't be released until December 13th of this year. It's important to keep in mind, though, that this is not an official confirmation of a delay. For now, we'll just have to wait for an official statement from Wayforward.

World of Final Fantasy is an upcoming RPG for PlayStation 4 and Vita that gives the popular heroes and villains of the Final Fantasy series a chibi makeover, and it's launching in North America on October 25th. If you're interested in the game but are not yet sold, we've got some good news. Square Enix announced today that a free demo is headed to the PlayStation Store (on both PlayStation 4 and Vita), and you'll be able to download it on October 17th. Additionally, Square Enix has uploaded the game's cinematic, anime-style opening cutscene to YouTube. You can check it out by clicking below!

The weekly software and hardware sales numbers from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and Capcom's beloved Monster Hunter franchise is topping the charts once again. Monster Hunter Stories, a colorful, RPG-style spin-off to the core series, debuted at number one with over 140,000 units sold. While that might sound like a big number, it's actually quite disappointing for Capcom, as last year's Monster Hunter X sold 1.4 million units at launch, or ten copies for every one copy of Monster Hunter Stories sold at launch.

In hardware, PlayStation 4 topped the charts once again with over 31,000 units sold, while 3DS (along with 2DS and the various other models) sold just under 30,000, taking second place. No other hardware was able to move more than 10,000 units for the week. You can check out the full breakdown by clicking below!

Many games have take inspiration from Minecraft in recent years, but none of them have gained as much notoriety as Dragon Quest Builders. Square Enix's hit game blends the block-building mechanics of Minecraft with the world and enemies of Dragon Quest, and it's a winning combination. Dragon Quest Builders has been out in Japan since January, and today it finally launched in North America on PlayStation 4 and Vita. You can check out the game's launch trailer by clicking below!

Last month, Koji Igarashi and the rest of the team announced that Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night would be pushed back to 2018. Earlier today, Igarashi announced that 505 Games would be helping with the development of Bloodstained with a focus on marketing. Igarashi included a video in the announcement that showed off a newer build of the game, where he shared his thoughts on Bloodstained's progress.

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The weekly software and hardware sales numbers from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and a new game is sitting atop the charts. FIFA 17 came in at both first place (on PlayStation 4) and fifth place (on PlayStation 3), selling just under 70,000 copies between the two versions. It was a relatively quiet week otherwise, as no other new titles eclipsed 15,000 sales, and Persona 5 and Yo-kai Watch 3 continued to chart high weeks after launch.

In hardware, sales were down for every single home console and handheld (including individual models) when compared to last week. PlayStation 4 easily took the top spot again, despite a decline of over 13,000 sales from last week. You can check out the full breakdown by clicking below.

Earlier this week, Jack Tretton, the former CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, put out a statement through IGN saying the PlayStation Vita "is a great machine, it's just too late." He went on to clarify that at the time of release, no one really needed a dedicated portable gaming device. Even though Tretton is right and the Vita was and still is vastly outshone by more common mobile devices like cellphones and tablets, do you think that Sony's portable console deserves more love?

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We are currently in the throes of September this week, with only a mere two days left until the Autumnal month of October rears its leaf-ridden head. Much like every month of the year, the beginning of October means there is a brand new list of free games for PlayStation Plus members to get their hands on. Considering the limited selection of recent months, October may prove to be the most exciting month we have seen in a while.

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The weekly software and hardware sales numbers from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and it was another solid week for PlayStation 4. Sony's console dropped in sales from 96,000 to just under 50,000 (following a huge spiked caused by the new model), but it still easily took the top hardware spot. In fact, Media Create's life-to-date sales breakdown shows that PlayStation 4 has now passed Wii U for total sales in Japan. PlayStation 4 has now sold 3,267,243 units in Japan to Wii U's 3,265,329, despite the fact that Wii U had a head start of over 14 months. You can check out the full sales breakdown by clicking below.

Sony has released new gameplay for the upcoming PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita RPG, World of Final Fantasy. The game has players collecting and battling various creatures from the Final Fantasy series in gameplay similar to that of the Pokémon games. 23 minutes of footage for World of Final Fantasy has just been released, which shows off a number of different aspects of the game, including unique mechanics utilized in a boss battle. Make the jump to view the gameplay video.

Last year's PlayStation Experience was a big success, and fans expect this year to be no different. In the latest update on PlayStation Blog, Sony has announced that this year's PlayStation Experience will take place on December 3rd & 4th in Anaheim, California. Attendees will be able to get their hands on tons of PlayStation VR demos, PS4 games, developer panels, and more. The show will start at 10:00 AM on Saturday and end at 6:00 PM on Sunday with the Capcom Cup finals. Top qualifying players from the Capcom Pro Tour will duke it out for over $250,000 in prizes and the chance to be called Street Fighter V champ.

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Dragon Quest Builders blends the block-building fun of games like Minecraft with the RPG world of Dragon Quest for a new experience that's been a big hit in Japan. Square Enix is bringing the popular game to North America on October 11th, but you don't have to wait that long to try it out for yourself. A demo for the game has just been released on the PlayStation Store for both PlayStation 4 and Vita, so you can give it a shot before opening up your wallet. Sony also released a brand new trailer for the game today, and you can check it out by clicking below!

PlayStation Portable, despite never reaching the incredible popularity of Nintendo DS, was a successful device with over 80 million units sold. Unfortunately for Sony, its successor cannot claim the same. Sony has long since stopped revealing official sales numbers for PlayStation Vita (an indication of its underwhelming figures) outside of Japan, but analyst estimates put the handheld's sales numbers at under 15 million.

Jack Tretton, former President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, recently offered his take on the topic of Vita's poor performance. Speaking candidly with IGN, Tretton expressed his belief that Vita simply launched too late to have a chance at success. Hit the jump for his thoughts.

While delayed to the first half of 2018, likely to accommodate the several stretch goals that come with being one of the most-funded Kickstarter games of all time, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night looks to be coming along rather nicely. The anticipated successor to Castlevania also hosts quite the musical talent, including Shantae and Shovel Knight composer Jake Kaufman, Inti Creates' Ippo Yamada, and former Castlevania composer Michiru Yamane, who worked on the series' music from Symphony of the Night onward.

A new update from the Bloodstained Kickstarter teased four of the game's songs with demos backers can listen to, as well as a short commentary for each track, revealing that these four tracks are penned by Yamane herself. You can listen to them all after the jump!