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25. Jun, 2008 18:31 (HKT)

The promise of adventure from the safety of your home: play music with Daigasso! Band Brothers DX, survive horrors in Alone in the Dark, play the ultimate fight in The King of Fighters 98, Sengoku Basara X & much more!



Due to the onslaught of the tropical storm Fengshen, a typhoon number 8 signal was issued by the Hong Kong Observatory earlier, although the signal has been lowered at approximately 11:15 a.m, the majority of our inbound shipments scheduled for today are only going to arrive tomorrow.

We apologize in advance if any of our customers experienced a delay in recieving their goods and please be assured that we will have everything sorted out as soon as possible. Please be aware that all games featured in this news post are going to be shipped tomorrow.

If any of you are interested in the impact of Fengshen, please visit the Hong Kong Observatory website.




Daigasso! Band Brothers DX is a sequel to the best seller Daigasso Band Brothers. This game transforms many novice's concept of music enjoyment, instead of sitting back as a listener, they become the performers.

By making use of the innovative music scores, players who are complete beginners learn how to perform on their DS, and by enabling the network facility, a maximum of eight players can join the music session.

This new game comes with a singing training session, sing into the microphone as if you are singing Karaoke and the software will analyse how well you sing, what sort of songs suits your voice etc.

Like the old game, you can perform on all sorts of instruments with the stylus, and there are more new songs for you to perform than ever.

Make use of the Wi-Fi connection on your DS and download, as well as share your compositions with your friends. Connect your DS to other appliances, e.g. the television, to expand your Daigasso experience to the MAX.

Nintendo's innovative music game Daigasso! Band Brothers DX for Nintendo DS is available at Play-Asia.com as a region free Japanese version for US$ 48.90.


The first Daigasso! Band Brothers game and the extra music catridge Daigasso! Band Brothers Request Selection are available at Play-Asia.com for US$ 48.90 and US$ 38.90 only.

Please bear in mind that you need to have a copy of Daigasso! Band Brothers for the Request Selection catridge to work.



From the publisher: The game that started the popular survival horror genre returns better than ever! Players control Edward Carnby, the main character from the original Alone in the Dark, on a thrilling journey through a dark and terrifying re-creation of New York’s Central Park where Carnby must discover the truth behind a dark conspiracy.

With inspiration from the presentation style of popular action TV dramas, Alone in the Dark will be split into a number of distinct episodes. With approximately 30-40 minutes of gameplay comprising each episode, the structure of Alone in the Dark pulls you into world that delivers a fiercely gripping and terrifying experience.

Each time the player launches a saved game, the episode will begin with a video summary of the previous episode to quickly re-immerse the player in the story and removing the need to remember where they were or what they were doing. Every episode will close with a nail-biting cliff-hanger ending to rattle players’ nerves, and if the player is leaving the game a video teaser of the next episode will play to leave them wanting more.

Alone in the Dark will provide a complete next-generation, action packed experience within a highly detailed, free roaming environment, featuring a mixture of real-time physics and full environmental interaction. The game will mark a new beginning for the Alone in the Dark series.

The Asian version of the hit TV drama turned action adventure Alone in the Dark for Xbox360 is shipping as an Asian version for US$ 49.90 only.


Alone in the Dark is available as US versions on these consoles:

Xbox360™
Alone in the DarkUS US$ 21.99

Nintendo Wii™
Alone in the DarkUS US$ 22.99

PlayStation2™
Alone in the DarkUS N/A

PC Game
Alone in the Dark (DVD-ROM)US US$ 32.90

These US versions are currently on preorders and are going to be shipped later this week, so please check back regularly for more updates. Along with these games, the game guide is arriving at approximately the same time and is sold for US$ 19.90 only.



Volume 10 of the Neo Geo Collection arrives and it's a 10th anniversary title: The King of Fighters 98 Ultimate Match.

King of Fighters returns with a surplus of features to renergize the original KOF dream match.

A complete character roster including the 96 Boss Team (Geese, Krauser and Mr. Big), as well as Eiji, Kasumi, Goenitz, and Orochi join the fight. The Advanced and Extra games modes are back as well as a new "Ultimate" mode that allows for customization of the fighters abilities.

With new moves, new backgrounds, rearranged music, color edit, and online playability make this title a must have.

The thrilling revival of the NEOGEO fighter The King of Fighters 98 Ultimate Match is shipping as a Japanese version on PlayStation2™ for US$ 49.90 only.


Aside from the actual game software, the OST and the master guide book are available at Play-Asia.com for US$ 31.90 and US$ 22.90 respectively only.

Play-Asia.com's warehouse has hordes of King of Fighters games, please check here for the full list of them. Please check this list for the whole series of products we have under the King of Fighters franchise.



Tales of Symphonia: Knight of Ratatosk is the continuation of Tales of Symphonia from the Game Cube era. Due to Loyd's and Collette's efforts, the land has merged and this led to a change in climate and natural environment. Aside from the environmental disturbances, the social gaps between the former continents Silverland and Teseara are getting wider.

Since Teseara is prosperous and technically advanced, its residents has always been looking down on Silverland. Being unfairly treated, the Silverlands blame Teseara, Loyd and Collette for their misfortunes.

Skirmishes and violence become increasingly intense and eventually leads to the blood bath of Panacosta where large numbers of innocents die.

The sequel to the popular RPG features both old and new heroes and wraps up the lose ends from the previous game.

Prove to the people that creatures of different races can live together in peace, this much awaited game features a battle system which allows you to make allies out of beasts and monsters.

The sequel to the hot fantasy RPG Tales of Symphonia: Knight of Ratatosk is available as a Japanese version on Nintendo Wii, shipping for US$ 64.90 only.


The US version for the game, renamed Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World will arrive in November and is available for preordering now for US$ 44.90 only.

Other products related to the game such as the OST and the game guide for Dawn of the New World are available as preorders at Play-Asia.com and are sold at respectively US$ 39.90 and US$ 16.90 only.

While the OST will come in early July, the game guide is arriving tomorrow.

Get the first installment of the game, Tales of Symphonia [Gamecube™ and PlayStation2™] from Play-Asia.com for US$ 14.90 and US$ 34.90 respectively.

Please check out the full list of "Tales of" products available at Play-Asia.com here.

Sengoku Basara X is the collaboration between Capcom and Arc System Works. It takes the 3D hack and slash adventure title Sengoku Basara and converted it into a 2D fighter for the arcades. The PS2 game is then a powered up conversion of this 2D fighter with more fighting modes and features.

In its arcade predecessor, players pummel their opponents until their health bars depletes completely within a given time. They are allowed to call for support or launch special attacks once certain conditions are fulfilled.

The PS2 version comes with a new challenge mode where the player has to clear 12 stages in total in a given amount of time. During your fights, items may appear in treasure boxes, be sure to grab them, as these items may heal your wounds or push back your time limit. Make use of these to defeat difficult bosses.

Your fights determine the stylish points you will get and there are a number of ways to obtain high points. For certain fights, a number of gold coins will appear in the air in the form of the words “BAS” grab all these coins without taking damage from your opponents to get a high score.

In some circumstances you will be able to obtain titles, the rarer the titles you are awarded with or the more coins you can get, the better (and more stylish) a fighter you are.

Capcom's stylish 2D fighter Sengoku Basara X for PlayStation2™ is available as both limited and standard editions and are shipping for US$ 79.90 and US$ 62.90 respectively only.


The limited edition of Sengoku Basara X comes with data cards and a vocal CD along with the game disc.

Aside from the game software, the OST is currently in stock also, shipping for US$ 27.90 only.

Just in case you are having trouble with the heroes from the sengoku era, the visual guide is here to assist. It is currently on preorder but will arrive early in July, shipping for US$ 19.90 only.

Please check out more Sengoku Basara products at Play-Asia.com from this list.



Two military forces, Gion and the Federation are at war, as a soldier your fate is governed by circumstances which has nothing to do with your own will, so board your mobile suit, pick up some firearms and go to war.

There are two main modes of the game, the single mode and the multi-mode. The single mode is something like a practice mode where you travel across the world and take part in all sorts of missions.

You are not allowed to choose your mobile suit for these missions, you can only take what is provided for you. These missions include attacking enemy bases, taking over the enemy's mobile suits and even open warfare.

After you have completed the single mode, its time to take on all the veteran pilots out there. A maximum of 10 players can participate in a multi-mode game through the Xbox360's network facility. The ten of you can either split into two sides and make war against each other, conquer the territories of your opponents or get involved in an all out brawl where the single mobile suit that comes through the chaos is the victor.

Namco Bandai Game's adrenaline pumping warfare simulation Mobile Suit Gundam: Operation: Troy for Xbox360™ is shipping as both Japanese and Asian versions for US$ 68.90 and US$ 49.90 respectively.

The US version, renamed as Mobile Ops: The One Year War will arrive in October and is currently available for preordering for US$ 64.90 only.


Please check out all Mobile Suit Gundam products available at Play-Asia.com here.



Sunsoft Collection comes with two hot battle titles, Galaxy Fight and Waku Waku 7. Galaxy Fight takes on SF elements and places much emphasis on speed. The fighting arena stretches to infinity, so you can scroll to both left and right as much as you like, giving you more room to maneuver and deliver your special attacks.

As a fighting game, this title makes use of three types of attack buttons that new players can master in no time, while veterans can launch all sorts of special techniques with their wide range of combinations.

Waku Waku 7 is a game that borrows elements from pop music and features colorful visuals as well as enchanting characters. The story focuses on seven Waku Waku balls, that once a person collects them all, the balls will grant the bearer any wish. Special attacks are associated with a person's emotions and hormones, e.g. causing an opponents' hearts to go “flip flop” or go “thump!”

The online collection contain add ons that never even existed in the NEOGEO versions:

  • A new VS mode, an online battle system where you can pick a fight with anyone outside your immediate territory.
  • The practice mode is for beginners to learn how to launch chain attacks and special attacks.
  • This version of the game comes with a skill list option so you can check out a character's potential before picking him/her as your player character.
  • There is also a character edit mode where you can personalize your player character by changing the colors of their outfit etc.
SNK Playmore's comical fighter Sunsoft Collection for PlayStation2™ is shipping as a Japanese version for US$ 49.90 only.




Based on Square-Enix's popular action adventure game Kingdom Hearts II, the game returns as "director's cut" Final Mix+ edition in Japan.

As it's common for top sellers in SE's franchise, this final cut edition contains a couple of new interesting features, targeted to fans of the series as well as those that haven't played the game before.

New features are:

  • English Voice Cast
  • New Explorable Areas as well as redesigned navigation maps
  • A new "Serious Mode" Difficulty
  • New scenes that were featured in the Japanese manga have been added to the game
  • New boss battles against the mysterious Orginization XIII
  • A fight that was a cutscene in the original is now playable
  • The censored parts of the game are no longer censored
  • All Difficulty modes have been tweaked up
The game also contains a second disc which features a remake of the GBA game: Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, which is titled Kingdom Hearts: RE: Chain of memories.

This Game's features are:

  • Rendered in fully 3D
  • KHII's Reaction commands system
  • New Cards and boss battles
  • New scenes and previous scenes are fully voiced in Japanese
  • Save data affects Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix
Since this game is fully voiced in English, the theme song, Hikaru Utada's "Passion" has been changed to its English version "Sanctuary".

The Ultimate Hits edition of Square Enix's highly acclaimed action RPG, Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+ is shipping as a Japanese version for US$ 34.90 only.


Multiple Ultimate Hits edition of Square Enix's best selling PlayStation2™ RPGs are coming out later this week, these game include: Kingdom Hearts II and Final Fantasy XII. The two games are sold at the same price of US$ 34.90 only.

Aside from RPGs, the exciting board game Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Special is coming out as an Ultimate Hit version and is arriving tomorrow as well for US$ 34.90.

Lastly, please check out more products under the Kingdom Hearts franchise here.



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