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18. Apr, 2006 15:50 (HKT)

Shipping today: Okami, KOF Orochi Collection, Shooting Love: Trizeal, Spectral vs. Generation (PS2™), Mother 3 (GBA™), Capcom Classics Collection Remixed (PSP™ Asia) & more


From the publisher: In Okami, the legendary monster Orochi has come back to life and turned the world into a wasteland. To restore the earth’s natural order and beauty, players assume the role of wolf-embodied sun god Amaterasu and participate in numerous action packed battles against the ominous beings they encounter. However, conquering these impending enemies is no small feat. Amaterasu will travel through different regions of the world to regain her "Celestial Brush" powers, all the while revitalizing everything in her path. Using an innovative control scheme, gamers can slash away at enemies, use various brush strokes to solve puzzles, create pathways, chop down trees or turn night into day. The real-time fighting system not only involves assorted brush techniques, but also myriad of specials attacks typically not associated with the physical prowess of a normal wolf.

Featuring a visually stunning art style, Okami comes alive through beautiful scenic 3D levelsthat have the appearance and texture of paper scrolls brushed with watercolor-like calligraphy art. Throughout the vibrant and distinctive surroundings, players must also interact with a dynamic cast of characters, building their faith to uncover clues andhints. The blend of stylized graphics and unique gameplay will result in a rich and dynamic experience never seen before.


Rated 39/40 (almost a full score) at last week's Famitsu magazine, Capcom's innovative PlayStation2™ action adventure Okami is in stock today, available at US$ 64.90. A 4-disc Okami Original Soundtrack album is on preorder to ship May 31st at US$ 37.90 only.

Game features:

  • Create and destroy at will - Play as a god to re-establish order and beauty to a worldlaid barren by evil.
  • Innovative gameplay and control scheme - Defeating monsters requires the usage of not only physical attacks, but also Amaterasu's 'Celestial Brush' to paint the desired powers for decimating enemies and solving puzzles.
  • Intenseaction-packed battles – Rooted in Japanese folklore, fight against a diverse line-up of demons and monsters.
  • Utilize various gameplay styles – In addition to the Celestial Brush, Amaterasu can wield three types of offensive weaponry, each with their own unique abilities and effects.
  • Intriguing main character – Assume the role of the sun god, Amaterasu, who descends upon the earth in the form of a wolf. The Japanese translation of the word wolfis "Okami".
  • Original visuals and revolutionary design– Vibrant and inspiring graphics, reminiscent of traditional Japanese art created on paper scrolls, produce a large variety of stages with a watercolor-esque appearance.
  • Interact with a unique and dynamic cast of characters.


The King of Fighters - Orochi Collection assembles three class King of Fighters titles that tell the story of the Orochi Saga starting with - The King of Fighters '95, The King of Fighters '96 and the saga's conclusion in The King of Fighters '97. In addition, all three titles are online enabled!

SNK Playmore's The King of Fighters Orochi Collection is in stock today, available as Regular Version (US$ 49.90) and Limited Edition (US$ 109.90). The latter is bundled with a limited Neo Geo Stick 3 Special Edition and only available as long as supplies last.




Spectral vs. Generation breaks from the series' RPG gaming style, and steps boldly into the 2D fighting genre. Since the arcade version was released, it has been the topic for discussion for fans of the series. Who will be the final victor in this ultimate battle of the Neverland continent?

The game combines the main characters from Idea Factory's two big series, "Spectral Force" and "Chaos of Generation", skillfully weaved into a plausible storyline. Slug it out in a life-and-death battle in the form of 2D fighting in the Neverland continent. The theme this time is "limitless acceleration" and "power release", and so you can enjoy full excitement from extremely fast battles, as well thrills of super special moves. Well received since the arcade version was released, this production, ported to the console is a new challenge!


Idea Factory's Spectral vs. Generation for PlayStation2™ is in stock today at US$ 64.90 only.



From the publisher: Yangus, the former brigand in "Dragon Quest VIII" was also young and lovable once. As his father was the leader of the infamous band of thieves, "Yang Lion", so young Yangus aspired to be a legendary brigand too. One day, his father brought back a mysterious magical pot that embroiled 12-year-old Yangus in an adventure involving the finding of treasures in dungeons. Besides encountering various monsters, the player will also meet with Yangus's female fellow thief in "Dragon Quest VIII", Geruda, who has a close relationship that went back to their childhood in the game. What were they like when they were kids? What promises did they make with each other?


Square-Enix's Dragon Quest VIII spin-off Dragon Quest: Shonen Yangus to Fushigi no Dungeon is shipping today as Asia release version at US$ 59.90 only. The Japanese Version of the game will be in stock later this week at US$ 64.90 respectively.



From the publisher: Bursting with retro flavor, Capcom® Classics Collection Remixed is a portable arcade compilation coming together in an amazing collection of 20 all-time favorites that will have gamers reaching for their quarters. Adding to the bountiful content, the game is further enhanced with wireless multiplayer gameplay via the PSP™ system’s ad hoc mode. Bonus features abound in this 20-in-1 anthology, enticing those wanting a great handheld gaming package at a tremendous value.

Capcom's classical collection Capcom Classics Collection Remixed for PSP™ is in stock today as Asia release version at US$ 39.90 only.


Game features:

  • Remixed collection includes your all-time favorites
  • Challenge your friends any time, any place with wireless game play
  • Have your name on everyone's PSP system and virally send your high score to their PSP system
  • Bone up on your Capcom trivia with an in-game "history" lesson
  • Check out how it all began with original game illustrations


The Mother of all Video Games returns with an all new Gameboy Advance™ RPG sequel to the 2003 released compilation Mother 1+2. Mother 1 was originally released back in 1989 in Japan for Famicom™. Mother 2 (also known as Earthbound in the USA) was released in 1994 on Super Famicom™, while Mother 3 was originally announced for Nintendo 64™ but never completed.

Mother 3 is a classical Role Playing Game (RPG). There's a story, enemies, and when you defeat your enemy you will level up and get stronger. A surprising number of elements not found in previous Mother games have been incorporated into Mother 3, including several chapters Mother 3 is divided into. In one chapter, sparks are flying for some reason, while there's a monkey in all sorts of locations in another chapter and much more.


Nintendo's Mother 3 for Gameboy Advance™ is in stock today, available at US$ 48.90. Also still available is Mother 1+2, as budget Value Selection reprint at US$ 29.90 only. Also make sure to check out the Mother 1 + 2 Original Soundtrack, in stock at US$ 23.90 only.

Unfortunately we were short shipped the Mother 3 Deluxe Box (w/ Gameboy Micro Limited Edition), so that only around 10% of early placed preorders will be dispatched today. We are hoping for more supply to come in later this week to fill further preorders. An update will follow in a couple of days.

Check out Starmen.net for additional Mother 3 coverage, including a translation of Nintendo's official site.



Additional new video game releases in stock today:

Golden Knight GaroJPN N/A sold
Shooting Love: TrizealJPN US$ 74.99 1w
Tabi no Yubisashi Kaiwachou DS: DS Series 1 ThaiJPN US$ 29.99 1w
Tabi no Yubisashi Kaiwachou DS: DS Series 2 ChuugokuJPN US$ 12.99 1-5d
Tabi no Yubisashi Kaiwachou DS: DS Series 3 KankokuJPN US$ 29.90 1w
Tsubasa Chronicle Vol.2JPN N/A sold




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