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09. Mar, 2006 11:35 (HKT)

Weekly Games/Toys update: BLACK, Sakura Taisen 1&2, Tokimeki Memorial, XI Colosseum, I.Q. Mania, Bomberman Blast Squadron Bomberman, Tengai Makyou II: Manji Maru, Final Fantasy XII Potion drink & more


Welcome to this week's Games & Toys update, our Thursday summary, where we are reviewing all related items released during the last 7 days.

About 20 new titles were published in Japan in this week, plus quite a number of Asian version releases. The most popular titles in this week were published on handheld platforms, including Hudson's Tengai Makyou II: Manji Maru (NDS™) and 3 Square-Enix Ultimate Hits Gameboy Advance™ reprints (including Slime Morimori Dragon Quest: Shougeki No Shippo Dan).

Top selling PSP™ releases included Sakura Taisen 1&2 (Asia with strap/Japanese/Super Deluxe Pack), Tokimeki Memorial: Forever With You (Asia/Japanese/Konamistyle Special Edition), Bomberman Blast Squadron Bomberman (Asia/Japanese), XI Colosseum (Asia/Japanese), I.Q. Mania (Asia/Japanese) & more.

The most interesting home console release has been EA's shooter BLACK (Xbox™/PS2™), followed by Falcom's Windows™ PC release Legend of Heroes: Sora no Kiseki Second Chapter (also available as First & Second Chapter box set).

Last but not least, not to be missed out by any true Final Fantasy fan has been the Suntory Final Fantasy XII Potion beverage, available as Limited Premium Box for a limited period of time only...

As usually, here's a summary of all new releases from this week. Make sure to scroll down for a preview of next week's hottest titles.

PlayStation2™:
BLACKASIA N/A sold
Metal Slug 5 (SNK Best Collection)JPN N/A sold
Pop'n Music Controller 2 N/A sold
Simple 2000 Series Vol. 93: The Right Brain DrillJPN US$ 8.99 1w
Siren 2 (Chinese Version)ASIA N/A sold
Sotsugyou 2nd GenerationJPN US$ 64.90 1w
Spectral Force Chronicle (IF Collection)JPN N/A sold
SuperLite 2000 Konohana 4: Yami wo Harau InoriJPN US$ 16.99 1w
The King of Fighters 2003 (SNK Best Collection)JPN US$ 44.99 1-5d
Winning Eleven 9 Liveware EvolutionKOR N/A sold
Wizardry Summoner (Taito Best)JPN US$ 33.99 1w



Sony PSP™:
Biz Taiken Series: Kigyou MishiJPN US$ 42.90 1w
Bomberman Blast Squadron BombermanJPN US$ 42.90 1w
Bomberman Blast Squadron BombermanASIA N/A sold
I.Q. ManiaJPN US$ 52.90 1w
I.Q. ManiaASIA N/A sold
LemmingsJPN N/A sold
LemmingsASIA N/A sold
Sakura Taisen 1&2JPN N/A sold
Sakura Taisen 1&2 (w/ Saturn Console Style Strap)ASIA N/A sold
Sakura Taisen 1&2 [Super Deluxe Pack]JPN N/A sold
Tokimeki Memorial: Forever With YouJPN N/A sold
Tokimeki Memorial: Forever With YouASIA N/A sold
Tokimeki Memorial: Forever With You [Konamistyle Special Edition]JPN N/A sold
WRC PortableASIA N/A sold
WRC PortableJPN N/A sold
XI ColosseumASIA N/A sold
XI ColosseumJPN N/A sold



Xbox™/Xbox 360™:
BLACKASIA N/A sold
Dead or Alive 4KOR N/A sold
Shin Sangoku Musou 4 SpecialKOR N/A sold



Nintendo DS™:
Tengai Makyou II: Manji MaruJPN N/A sold


Gameboy Advance™:
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (Ultimate Hits)JPN US$ 39.99 1w
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (Ultimate Hits)JPN N/A sold
Slime Morimori Dragon Quest: Shougeki No Shippo Dan (Ultimate Hits)JPN US$ 68.99 1w



Windows™ PC:
Legend of Heroes: Sora no Kiseki Second ChapterJPN N/A sold
Legend of Heroes: Sora no Kiseki First & Second ChapterJPN N/A sold


Toys/Merchandise:
Suntory Final Fantasy XII Potion Premium Box (1 bottle/100ml) N/A sold



Video Game related soundtracks:
Ar-Wasurerareta Natsu: Opening + Extra Themes: Ashita wo Yurushite (~Yosei Teikoku)JPN US$ 12.90 5-15d
Makai Senki Disgaea 2 Drama CD 1 (~Hikaru Midorikawa, Yukari Tamura, Tomoe Hanba)JPN N/A sold
Renkaban Anthorogy Drama CD Box: Tales of Phantasia [Limited Release]JPN N/A sold
Renkaban Drama CD Box: Tales of Destiny Chijohen [Limited Edition]JPN N/A sold
Renkaban Drama CD Box: Tales of Phantasia [Limited Release]JPN N/A sold



A separate Video/Music update containing Japanese releases from this week, including new Anime, J-Pop and Movie releases will follow tomorrow.



Looking forward to next week, there will be two very hot Japanese titles, plus the Hong Kong Xbox360™ release in the spotlight. Check our preview below of the hottest titles from next week:

Final Fantasy XII related:
Final Fantasy XIIJPN US$ 52.99
Final Fantasy XIIASIA N/A
PlayStation2 Final Fantasy XII Pack (SCPH-75000 FF)JPN N/A
Cordless Compact Controller (Final Fantasy XII Version) N/A
Final Fantasy XII Memory Card 8MB N/A


GuitarFreaks V & DrumMania V related:
GuitarFreaks V & DrumMania VJPN N/A
GuitarFreaks V & DrumMania V [Konamistyle Special Edition]JPN N/A
Guitar Freaks Controller N/A
Drummania Controller N/A


Xbox 360™ Asia release excerpt:
Xbox 360 PRO SystemASIA N/A
Xbox 360 Core SystemASIA N/A
Battlefield 2: Modern CombatASIA N/A
Burnout RevengeASIA N/A
Call of Duty 2ASIA N/A
Fight Night Round 3ASIA US$ 22.90
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced WarfighterASIA N/A
The Elder Scrolls IV: OblivionASIA N/A

Check out further Xbox 360™ releases in our Xbox 360™ category pages. All Asia version Xbox 360™ games are NTSC/J encoded (or region free) and suitable to play on Asia and Japanese version consoles. Most Asia games are based on the US version and contain full English voices, text and instructions.


Other highlights:
Mega Man Powered Up (PSP™)ASIA N/A
Raiden III (Windows™ PC)JPN N/A

Access our preorder lists for further upcoming video game, movie and music releases.



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