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19. Jun, 2008 19:00 (HKT)

Weekly Games Update: Covering all phases of your summer holidays - Fun at home - Super Mario Stadium: Family Baseball, Puyo Puyo, strategize on your vehicle - Spectral Force Genesis, the perfect vacation - Haruka Jikuu no Kade 4 & much more!


Welcome to this week's Games Update, our weekly summary featuring all new product arrivals from the last seven days.

Games are coming out in torrents after the release of the grand finale of the Metal Gear Solid series, and these releases include games of all sorts of genres.

Summer holidays are about partying and family fun for a lot of people. Nintendo therefore published their newest sports game Super Mario Stadium: Family Baseball, a game suitable for all ages and all occasions. Besides sports games, the puzzle Puyo Puyo! is another game suitable for families gatherings and all sorts of parties.

As a new special priced version, Puyo Puyo! is not only a a perfect addition to your collection of games, but also a nice way to save some cash.

Likewise, Atlus re-released their thrilling mythical RPG Odin Sphere as a best priced version, so for those who did not manange to to grab the last edition, be sure to get your hands on them this time round.

The revival and upgrade of old games are good buys, just in case you have trouble making out your mind. Since the gaming industry is fast paced and competitive, only the best games get revivals. Super Robot Taisen A [Asian, JPN], is a good example, first released in 2001, it is re-released 7 years later on Sony PSP, powered up, with lots of new features.

A lot of people go travelling in the summer, to make your hours of plane, train or even bus journeys more exciting, a number of new games are released on portable consoles such as Spectral Force Genesis [limited and standard editions]. Think about unifying the world as you travel abroad.

The far east is a good place to travel in your summer holidays, but travelling back time to ancient Japan is an even rarer experience. The Harukanaru Jikuu no Ka de (Harukanaru toki no naka de) series has always taken their players back time to either the Heian or Kamakura period. But this time, in the fourth installment, you travel even further back to the era of the gods and myths.

Aside from games, Square-Enix has published their third book in the Final Fantasy Ultimania series. This time, the book will focus on battle systems and monsters as well as magic.

As usually, here's a summary of all new releases from this week, followed by a quick preview of what is expected to be hot next week.

Xbox360™:
Don King Presents Prize FighterUS US$ 19.99 1-2w
Dragon Ball Z: Burst LimitUS US$ 108.99 1-2w
FlatOut: Ultimate CarnageJPN US$ 99.99 1-2w
Kung Fu PandaASIA N/A sold
NASCAR 09US N/A sold

PlayStation3™:
Dragon Ball Z: Burst LimitUS N/A sold
NASCAR 09US N/A sold


Nintendo Wii™:
Backyard Baseball 2009US US$ 33.99 1-2w
Blast Works: Build, Fuse & DestroyUS US$ 34.99 24h
Harukanaru Jikuu no Kade 4JPN US$ 39.99 1w
Puyo Puyo! (Special Price)JPN N/A sold
Super Mario Stadium: Family BaseballJPN US$ 74.99 1w
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince CaspianJPN US$ 59.90 1w


PlayStation2™:
Backyard Baseball 2009US US$ 33.90 1-2w
Harukanaru Jikuu no Kade 4JPN US$ 57.99 1-5d
Harukanaru Jikuu no Kade 4 [Premium Box]JPN US$ 126.99 1w
Harukanaru Jikuu no Kade 4 [Treasure Box]JPN US$ 169.99 1w
LoveDrops (Best Selection)JPN N/A sold
NASCAR 09US US$ 22.99 1-2w
Odin Sphere (PlayStation2 the Best)JPN US$ 57.99 1w
Puyo Puyo! (Special Price)JPN US$ 38.99 1w
SorayumeJPN US$ 74.90 1w


Nintendo DS™:
Dokusho Shitendo DS: Genji Monogatari + Chottodake BungakuJPN US$ 26.99 1w
Dokusho Shitendo DS: Hanshichi & Yuumon & Ango + Ago & Hatamoto Taikutsu OtokoJPN US$ 39.90 1w
Gakken Mainichi no Drill DS: Mesaze! Miracle Shougaku 1 NenseiJPN N/A sold
Jake Hunter: Detective ChroniclesUS US$ 22.99 1-2w
Looney Tunes: Cartoon ConductorUS US$ 20.99 1-2w
My Fashion StudioUS US$ 34.90 5-15d
Nippon Shuzan Renmei Kanshuu: Itsudemo Soroban DSJPN N/A sold
Ohimesama DebutJPN US$ 48.90 1w
Puyo Puyo! (Special Price)JPN N/A sold
Soul BubblesASIA N/A sold
Spectral Force GenesisJPN US$ 24.99 1w
Spectral Force Genesis [Limited Edition]JPN N/A sold
Watashi no PonyJPN US$ 36.90 1-2w


Nintendo DS Accessories™:
Game Card Case 6 (Black)US N/A sold
Game Card Case 6 (Clear)US N/A sold
Game Card Case 6 (Pink)US N/A sold


Sony PSP™:
Puyo Puyo! (Special Price)JPN N/A sold
Secret Agent ClankASIA N/A sold
Super Robot Taisen A PortableASIA N/A sold
The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Original SoundtrackJPN N/A sold
World Championship CardsUS US$ 24.90 1-2w

Sony PSP™ Accessories:
Full Protection FilterJPN N/A sold
PSP Headset with RemoteJPN US$ 101.90 1-2w
Super Robot Taisen A Portable Accessories SetJPN N/A sold


PC Games
Mass Effect (DVD-ROM)ASIA N/A sold


Video Game related Books
Final Fantasy 20th Anniversary Ultimania File 3: BattleJPN US$ 29.99 5-15d

Video Game related Soundtracks
Made Hajimemashita Goshujinsama No Osewa Itashimasu Drama CDJPN US$ 29.90 5-15d
Radio DJCD Naruto Radio Shippujinrai 3JPN US$ 24.90 5-15d
The Idolm@ster Master Live 04JPN US$ 17.99 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!



A lot of releases are expected next week, with a lot of hits such as:

Xbox360™:
Battlefield: Bad CompanyASIA N/A
Battlefield: Bad Company Gold EditionASIA N/A
Mobile Suit Gundam: Operation: TroyASIA N/A
Mobile Suit Gundam: Operation: TroyJPN US$ 46.99

PlayStation3™:
Battlefield: Bad CompanyASIA N/A
Battlefield: Bad Company Gold EditionASIA N/A


Nintendo Wii™:
Tales of Symphonia: Knight of RatatoskJPN US$ 73.99


PlayStation2™:
Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+ (Ultimate Hits)JPN US$ 39.99
Sengoku Basara XJPN US$ 33.99
Sengoku Basara X [Limited Edition]JPN US$ 59.99
Sunsoft CollectionJPN N/A
The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate MatchJPN US$ 73.99


Nintendo DS™:
Arkanoid DSUS N/A
Bleach: The 3rd PhantomJPN US$ 81.99
Daigasso! Band Brothers DXJPN US$ 39.99
Disgaea: Hour of DarknessJPN N/A
Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of LagaardUS N/A
Space Invaders ExtremeUS N/A


Sony PSP™:
Space Invaders ExtremeUS US$ 24.99


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



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