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03. Sep, 2009 11:29 (HKT)

Weekly Games Update: Batman: Arkham Asylum, Metroid Prime Collection, Professor Layton 2, Mana Khemia 2, Harvest Moon Frantic Farming, In Guitar Hero 5, Love Plus, Gundam Senki & more!



Welcome to this week's Games Update, our weekly summary featuring all new product arrivals from the last seven days. This is one busy week! Batman is taking you to the depths of the Arkham Asylum, Samus will guide you through her Metroid Prime Collection and Professor Layton is taking you through a murder mystery.

Let's go to the Asylum first, as we need a well rested mind and all our wits with us. Confront the Joker and the nightmarish cast of villains.

From the violent thugs to the schemers, this is the den of danger. Make sure you know how to use all of the gadgets of your suit.

The Collector's Editions are still available, watch out for the Batarang sculpture that comes within the box. With sharp edges and corners, this item is a reminder of the danger you are about to jump into.

Are you ready?

Samus, the heroine of Metroid Prime is showing you her suits as well, and all the powerful things you can do with them.

Run through her trilogy of adventures with one go. Graphics are updated and the gameplay are even more exciting. Grab your Wii remote control and Nunchaku and dash through the sci-fi realm.

A little tired perhaps? Let's switch on to some brain excercises. Here is the second installment of the Professor Layton trilogy. Solve puzzles and a murder in The Diabolical Box. Accept Layton's advice, engage in more brain twisters in Sloane to MacHale 2 to sharpen your analytical skills.

It's time to go back to school, but instead of the usual classes, join and alchemy class in Mana Khemia 2. Create items, defeat monsters and make friends. Whether you recieve your happy ending depends on your relationships with these characters and of course, your ability to conquer the devils from your past.

Be sure to learn to farm as well in Harvest Moon Frantic Farming. Instead of farming for vegetables, you are to clear the land of the vegetables' invasion. With lots of mini games and a fun story, the farming adventure is suitable for the whole family.

Swing to the music while you work, or make the music your career. In Guitar Hero 5, you get new songs, new jams and perhaps new friends, even. Use the Party Play Mode and call in your own group. Don't worry about being a kill joy even if you have to quit suddenly as the game allows you to join in and drop out seamlessly.

Some adventure games for those who knows Japanese, or intend to learn. The 40/40 Famitsu rated crime/thriller, 428 Fuusasareta Shibuya is ported to the PlayStation3. Love Plus is one of the most realistic dating games which makes you feel your affections for the girls growing daily.

Last but not least, join the war effort and take part in the formation of the Gundam History. In this Gundam Senki, you are to pit your mobile suits against the Earth Federation or the Zion Republic and finish off the bits and pieces of war. Engaging story line and intriguing characters, this is a space opera you cannot miss.

Here is a summary of all the games that came out within the last seven days, followed by and excerpt of games coming next week that are expected to be hot.

Xbox360™
Batman: Arkham AsylumASIA N/A sold
Batman: Arkham Asylum (Collector's Edition)ASIA N/A sold
Guitar Hero 5ASIA N/A sold
Guitar Hero 5US US$ 46.99 1-2w
Guitar Hero 5 (Guitar Bundle)ASIA N/A sold
Left 4 Dead (Platinum Hits)ASIA N/A sold
Raven Squad: Hidden DaggerASIA US$ 49.90 5-15d


PlayStation3™
428: Fuusa Sareta Shibuya deJPN N/A sold
Afrika (PlayStation3 the Best)JPN US$ 32.99 1w
Batman: Arkham AsylumASIA N/A sold
Batman: Arkham Asylum (Collector's Edition)ASIA N/A sold
Guitar Hero 5ASIA N/A sold
Guitar Hero 5US US$ 38.99 1-2w
Guitar Hero 5 (Guitar Bundle)ASIA N/A sold
Hakuna Matata (English / Chinese Version) (PlayStation3 the Best)ASIA N/A sold
LittleBigPlanet (PlayStation3 the Best)ASIA N/A sold
LittleBigPlanet (PlayStation3 the Best)JPN US$ 39.90 1w
Mobile Suit Gundam Senki Record U.C. 0081JPN US$ 49.99 1-2w
Mobile Suit Gundam Senki Record U.C. 0081ASIA N/A sold
Mobile Suit Gundam: Target in Sight (PlayStation3 the Best Reprint)JPN US$ 32.99 24h
Ridge Racer 7 (PlayStation3 the Best Reprint)JPN US$ 34.99 1w
Trusty Bell: Chopin no Yume (PlayStation3 the Best)ASIA N/A sold
Trusty Bell: Chopin no Yume (PlayStation3 the Best)JPN N/A sold
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune / Uncharted: El Dorado no Hihou (PlayStation3 the Best)JPN US$ 38.99 1w


Nintendo Wii™
Cursed MountainUS US$ 19.99 1-2w
Guitar Hero 5US US$ 33.99 1-2w
Guitar Hero 5 (Guitar Bundle)US N/A sold
Metroid Prime Trilogy Collector's EditionUS N/A sold
Ousama MonogatariJPN US$ 19.99 1w
Reel Fishing: Angler's DreamUS US$ 22.90 1-2w
TabemonJPN US$ 26.99 1w
Top Spin 3JPN N/A sold


PlayStation2™
Mana Khemia 2: Fall of AlchemyUS N/A sold
SweetHoneyComingJPN US$ 68.90 1w
SweetHoneyComing [DX Pack]JPN N/A sold


Nintendo DS™
Anpanman to Touch de Waku Waku Training (Special Package Edition)JPN US$ 46.99 1w
Harvest Moon: Frantic FarmingUS US$ 32.99 1-2w
Love PlusJPN N/A sold
Professor Layton and the Diabolical BoxUS US$ 34.99 1-2w
Sloane to MacHale no Nazo no Story 2JPN US$ 14.99 1-5d


Sony PSP™
Samurai Dou 2 PortableJPN US$ 49.90 1w
Samurai Dou 2 PortableASIA N/A sold
Simple 2500 Series Portable!! Vol. 12: The Hohei 2: Senyuu yo, Sakini IkeJPN N/A sold
Warriors Orochi 2US N/A sold
Yamamura Misa Suspense: Kyoto Kuramayama Shou Satsujin JikenJPN US$ 49.99 1w


Game Guides and Books
Arcadia Magazine [October 2009]JPN N/A sold
Batman: Arkham Asylum Signature Series GuideUS N/A sold
Famitsu Wave DVD [October 2009]JPN N/A sold
Famitsu Xbox 360 [October 2009]JPN N/A sold
Metroid Prime Trilogy Prima Official GuideUS N/A sold
Queens Blade Rebellion Renkin no Kiseki Yuit & Vante Limited EditionJPN N/A sold
Queens Blade Rebellion Renkin no Kiseki yuit & vanteJPN N/A sold
Sangokushi Taisen 3 Mouki Houou Tenshou First Step GuideJPN US$ 22.90 5-15d
Weekly Famitsu No. 1083 (2009 09/17)JPN N/A sold


Video Game Soundtrack
Eien Diary / Love Plus Main Theme (~Mana Takane, Rinko Kobayakawa, Nene Anezaki)JPN US$ 19.99 5-15d
Elements Garden Vol.2 (~Elements Garden)JPN US$ 28.90 5-15d
Harari (~Aika Yoshioka)JPN US$ 29.90 5-15d
Like A Butler - Kogakuin Hosobu (~Miyabi Arisugawa, Chujo Mibu)JPN US$ 28.90 5-15d
Shift Up AXL Vocal Song Shu 2 (~Rita, Chata)JPN US$ 28.90 5-15d
Soshi Hosoi Works - VocalistsJPN US$ 29.90 5-15d


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:

PC Game
Hearts of Iron IIIUS US$ 22.99




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