The weekly software and hardware sales numbers for Japan are in, and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate continues to dominate the competition, boosting New Nintendo 3DS to another strong sales week along the way. The popular game sold another 172,000 units this week, bringing its lifetime total to just under 2 million. The Evil Within saw a strong first week in Japan (all four versions of it cracked the top twenty) with over 120,000 copies sold, but even that wasn't enough to unseat Monster Hunter. Hit the jump for the full breakdown! 

Sony may be scaling back Vita's first-party support, but their handheld has at least one last big exclusive. Japanese gamers have been enjoying Freedom Wars for a few months now, and today the game launched in North America. This is a must have for Vita owners, and you can check out the launch trailer by clicking below.

With the first anniversary of the PlayStation 4, and the 20th anniversary of the PlayStation 1 just around the corner, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia has opened up an official website. Commemorating the event, we've been given the date for their annual PlayStation Awards, and the announcement of a special project they have planned for the event.

The annual PlayStation Awards will be hosted on December 3rd, with the voting for their User Choice Prize opening up on October 29th.

What exactly was said? Head past the jump for more info!

Over the weekend the annual Golden Joystick Awards were held in London, celebrating the best of the best in the video game industry for the past year. Dark Souls 2 took home the coveted Game of the Year award, and Metal Gear series creator and director Hideo Kojima was honored with a special Lifetime Achievement Award for nearly 30 years of dedication to making fantastic games. Since the ceremony is held in October, some games from late 2013 are included, and games releasing later this year are only qualified for the "Most Wanted" category. Hit the jump to catch the nominees and winners!

Last month Microsoft shelled out an incredible $2.5 billion to purchase Minecraft developer Mojang. Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently talked about the acquisition in an interview with GameSpot, expressing excitement about the future of a game that appeals to people of all ages and backgrounds, and suggested that the Xbox and mobile versions of the game could get access to mod servers in the future.

Another possibility suggested by many after the acquisition is that Microsoft could eventually launch a Minecraft 2. To this, Spencer says Microsoft is more focused on meeting the needs of the community. Hit the jump to check it out!

Earlier this month, we reported that Sony was holding a PlayStation event in Las Vegas this December. Dubbed the PlayStation Experience, the convention promises to feature "over 400,000 square feet of PlayStation games, panels, contests, signings, giveaways, collectible memorabilia, and much more." Sony recently announced that tickets to this massive, two-day event will go on sale starting tomorrow, October 24, here. Also, when it comes time for the convention, you'll want to get there early as the opening keynote address is only for the first 5,500 attendees! Until that time, Sony has provided a trailer for the gathering which you can find inside!

With the new generation of gaming consoles, a graphical standard for framerate and resolution has yet to be set. While some developers ardently vouch for fluidity over anything else, many maintain that graphical fidelity reigns supreme. With Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Naughty Dog has planted its foot firmly with the third option — why not have both at once?

Even though it has jaw-dropping visuals as showcased in this real-time trailer, A Thief's End is still going to play in 60 FPS at 1080p when it releases next year. Not only that, but Naughty Dog went on to say that (as showcased by The Last Of Us Remastered) they are aiming for this to be the standard in all of their PlayStation 4 releases.

The weekly hardware and software sales numbers from Japan are in, and it's a good week to be Nintendo! Like last week, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and New Nintendo 3DS continue to top the charts, and nothing else is even close. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate sold another 327,000 units, and New Nintendo 3DS sold just shy of 90,000 combined units (between the regular and LL models) in its second week, bringing its two week sales total to over 324,000. Elsewhere numbers were slightly down across the board, except for Vita which got a small boost from Chaos Rings III: Prequel Trilogy debuting at number four. Click below for the full breakdown!

We're back with another weekly installment of Gamnesia's Game Clash! Every Monday we pit two video games against each other, and the winner is decided by your votes! Rayman Origins, as the name suggests, returned the series to its origins with classic 2D platforming. Sonic Generations blended 2D and 3D action together catering to both classic and modern Sonic fans. Which of these 2011 series refreshes do you like more? Hit the jump to cast your vote and join the debate!

UPDATE - 10:30PM EST: Sony's server status is online, and many users have been able to successfully log back into PlayStation Network.

This is bad news for any PlayStation owners out there looking to rev up their consoles for an online game. Sony has officially confirmed in a recent tweet that PlayStation Network is offline all across the world. While Sony currently does not know the reason for the outage, they are currently looking into what could have caused it.

Stay tuned to Gamnesia for more information on the outage, and updates on the network's status.

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