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26. May, 2011 17:13 (HKT)

Conquering the bullets: Akai Katana Shin, One Piece Unlimited Cruise SP, Pandora no Tou, Hiiro no Kakera Aizouban, LA Noire, Dirt 3, Totori no Atelier, Iza, Shutsujin! Koisen! & more! - in Weekly Games Update!



Welcome to this week's Games Update, our weekly summary featuring all new product arrivals from the last seven days. The blood sword and the fighter jet merge together in Akai Katana Shin, the Straw Hat pirates sail the seas in One Piece Unlimited Cruise SP and the damsel in distress needs saving in Pandora no Tou.

Akai Katana takes place in a parallel world that resembles Japan's Taisho period. Here, people discovered a blood sword that takes human sacrifices to unleash its mass destructive power. The empire uses these swords and sacrificed their people to conquer other countries.

All the bloodshed and power gained through sacrificing close family members made some of the swordsmen change their stances. With new fighter planes and the powered up swords at their disposal, they fought back against the empire.

The Xbox360 has new stages, new characters and a new system. The graphics are adapted to suit a 16:9 screen and everything is even more beautiful and challenging than ever.

The First Print Limited Edition contains special packaging, a soundtrack and a special voice pack download code.

Akai Katana ShinJPN N/Asold
Akai Katana Shin [First Print Limited Edition]JPN N/Asold




Sail off to the seven seas with Luffy and his gang in Unlimited Cruise SP. Bandai Namco Games collected contents from the 1st and 2nd episode in the series, and adds depth to the whole franchise through the Nintendo 3DS. Meet the strange creatures Kaburi, and embark on an adventure on the peculiar island.

Engage in the battles from the Marine Ford arc and fight with Boa Hancock, Ivankov and many other intriguing characters. The new interface makes controlling player characters even easier, so even complete novice pirates can become aces in no time.

Fly the Jolly Rogers Flag on your Nintendo 3DS:

One Piece Unlimited Cruise SPJPN US$ 59.991w




Rescue the beautiful Ceres from a curse. The only way to stop her from losing her mind and becoming a hideous beast is by giving her the meat of Aruji.

Aruji lives in the 13th tower, the place is filled to the brim with monsters, but for the sake of the maiden, a young knight Ande picks up his sword and the magical chain of Oreikalkos.

Slash the monsters and deal the killing blow with the chain for extra items. Always go back to the village with the meat of the monsters, as they slow Ceres's curse down temporarily. Build a strong relationship with the girl, the more faith she has in you, the better she can fight the curse. Pick up items to make weapons and synthesize items. Solve the labyrinth in the tower to inactivate the seal that protects Aruji.

The epic Pandora’s Tower makes a grand entry via the Nintendo™ Wii:

Pandora’s Tower: Until I Return to Your SideJPN US$ 85.991-5d




Tamaki is the latest Tamayori-hime, a priestess who is destined to give her life to seal the demon sword away. As she looks for a way to survive the onslaught of the dark forces and to find out the truth behind the legend, she develops romantic relationships with her retainers.

The PlayStation3 version makes use of the graphical system in Hakuoki: Junsouroku. The sprites move when they talk. The new edition also includes new scenarios, chapter summaries, and a couple of girls will come out to explain about the wrong decisions players made when they get a bad end.

The Tamayori-hime legend starts once again on the PlayStation3. The Limited Edition includes a special drama CD and a set of beautifully illustrated tea coasters:

Hiiro no Kakera Aizouban: Akane Iro no TsuiokuJPN US$ 68.991-5d
Hiiro no Kakera Aizouban: Akane Iro no Tsuioku [Limited Edition]JPN US$ 91.991-5d



A chain of murders start in the most glamorous of cities in LA Noire. Dramatic action is so rife in 1920s Los Angeles that Hollywood, and all the darkness behind the lights are merged with the people's every day life. Become a detective, listen closely to the witnesses' statements and look in to their faces to detect lies.

Control your high flying career in Dirt 3. The most brutal races are about to start. The game brings you the best rally cars manufactured from the last five decades and ships you off to the exotic regions around the world. The weather beaten roads change every time you race on them, delivering unlimited challenge to the skillful driver.

Build your own alchemy room at a cheaper price. Totori no Atelier is released as a Best Price edition. Synthesize items, slay monsters and collect ingredients with her. Train to become the nation's strongest alchemist as you journey to find Totori's mother in this colorful, imaginative RPG.

Revive the Sengoku romance with Iza, Shutsujin! Koisen! Princess Hana is entrusted with the fate of her country by her dying father. In the chaotic era, she is forced to negotiate with powerful warriors and deal with their different types of personalities.

The new edition comes with more CGs, scenarios and everyone is fully voiced. The Limited Edition comes with a special drama CD and a special booklet with illustrations, rough sketches and an interview with the illustrator.

Here's the summary of this week's releases.

Xbox360™
Akai Katana Shin N/Asold
Akai Katana Shin [First Print Limited Edition]JPN N/Asold
Battle vs ChessASIA N/Asold
Dirt 3ASIA N/Asold
Fantastic PetsUS US$ 24.991-2w
Fighters UncagedJPN US$ 37.991w
First TemplarASIA US$ 47.905-15d
Hiiro no Kakera Aizouban: Akane Iro no TsuiokuJPN US$ 68.991-5d
Kung Fu Panda 2ASIA N/Asold
L.A. NoireASIA N/Asold
L.A. NoireUS N/Asold
Naughty Bear (Gold Edition)US N/Asold
Troy MusouJPN N/Asold
Troy MusouASIA US$ 79.905-15d


PlayStation3™
Battle vs ChessASIA N/Asold
Dirt 3ASIA N/Asold
Hiiro no Kakera Aizouban: Akane Iro no TsuiokuJPN US$ 68.991-5d
Hiiro no Kakera Aizouban: Akane Iro no Tsuioku [Limited Edition]JPN US$ 91.991-5d
Kung Fu Panda 2ASIA N/Asold
L.A. NoireUS N/Asold
L.A. NoireASIA N/Asold
Naughty Bear (Gold Edition)US US$ 22.991-2w
Nobunaga no Yabou: Tendou with Power-Up KitJPN US$ 135.991w
Troy MusouJPN US$ 39.991w
inFAMOUS (Best Version)ASIA US$ 19.992-4d
inFAMOUS (PlayStation3 the Best)JPN US$ 29.801w


Nintendo™ Wii
Karaoke Revolution Glee 2: Road to RegionalsUS N/Asold
NASCAR The Game 2011US N/Asold
Pandora’s Tower: Until I Return to Your SideJPN US$ 85.991-5d


Nintendo™ 3DS
One Piece Unlimited Cruise SPJPN US$ 59.991w

Nintendo™ DS
Ghost Trick (NEW Best Price! 2000)JPN N/Asold
Maru Goukaku: Shikaku Dasshu! 2011-Nendohan Jouhou Security Specialist Shiken - Network Specialist ShikenJPN US$ 22.991w
Paws & Claws Pampered Pets 2US US$ 21.901-2w
Red Stone DS: Akaki Ishi ni Michibikareshi MonotachiJPN US$ 38.991-2w
Treasure ReportJPN N/Asold


Sony™ PSP
Iza, Shutsujin! Koisen [Deluxe Edition]JPN N/Asold
Memories Off: Yubikiri no KikouJPN US$ 58.991-5d
Memories Off: Yubikiri no Kikou [+Sweets Pack]JPN N/Asold


PC Game
Battle vs Chess (DVD-ROM)ASIA N/Asold
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (DVD-ROM)US N/Asold
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (DVD-ROM) (Chinese Language Version)ASIA US$ 36.901w


Video Game related Music
Biohazard Sound Chronicle II [Limited Edition]JPN N/Asold
Saigo no Yakusoku No Monogatari Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 27.901w
Starry Sky Original Soundtrack - Starry GardenJPN US$ 24.901w


Game Guides and Magazines
AKB48 General Election Official Guide Book 2011JPN US$ 20.905-15d
Baby Princess Official Fan Book My Dearest True FamilyJPN US$ 47.905-15d
Dead or Alive Dimensions Guide BookJPN N/Asold
Earth Defense Force 2 Portable Master GuideJPN N/Asold
Famitsu DS + Wii [July 2011]JPN N/Asold
Gakuen Hetalia Portable Official Visual Fan BookJPN N/Asold
Hobby Japan [July 2011]JPN N/Asold
Illustrations Of World Desperate Weapons 2JPN US$ 34.905-15d
Juuyou Pointo To Manga Dewakaru! Kojiki Nihonshoki Moe De Wakaru BooksJPN US$ 23.905-15d
Killzone 3: The Official GuideJPN US$ 31.905-15d
Koike Kazuo No Kyarakuta Shin Ron So Sharumedeia Ga Ugoka Su Kyarakuta No ChikaraJPN N/Asold
L.A. Noire Signature SeriesUS N/Asold
Masamune Shirow: Pieces 6 - Hell CatJPN US$ 26.995-15d
Monster Hunter Portable 3rd Official GuidebookJPN US$ 35.905-15d
Ore No Imoto Ga Konna Ni Kawaii Wake Ga Nai 8JPN US$ 11.905-15d
Osamu Tezuka SF Shousetsu No Tamatebako Treasure BoxJPN US$ 188.905-15d
Professional Baseball Spirits 2011 Official Perfect GuideJPN US$ 28.905-15d
Puella Magi Oriko Magica 1JPN US$ 12.905-15d
SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Memorial BookJPN N/Asold
Sangokushi Three Kingdoms Official Guide Book 1JPN N/Asold
Sengoku Basara 5th Anniversary Memorial WorksJPN US$ 32.905-15d
Star Driver Official Complete GuideJPN N/Asold
Suzumiya Haruhi no Tsuisou Official Fan BookJPN N/Asold
Tactics Ogre: Wheel of Fortune Art WorksJPN US$ 44.995-15d
V-Jump [July 2011]JPN N/Asold


A separate Video/Music update containing Japanese releases from this week, including new Anime, J-Pop and Movie releases will follow prior end of the week. So J-Pop, Anime and Movie fans, be sure to look out for that one!



Here's a preview of hot games that are expected to come next week.

Xbox360™
Phantom BreakerJPN US$ 31.99
Phantom BreakerASIA N/A
Phantom Breaker [Limited Edition]JPN US$ 71.99
Phantom Breaker [Limited Edition]ASIA N/A
Red Faction: ArmageddonUS US$ 21.90
Red Faction: ArmageddonASIA US$ 9.99

PlayStation3™
Red Faction: ArmageddonUS US$ 18.99

Nintendo 3DS™
BioHazard: The Mercenaries 3DJPN US$ 42.99
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift IIUS N/A

Sony PSP™
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift IIASIA US$ 33.90
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift IIUS N/A





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