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04. Sep, 2008 18:29 (HKT)

Weekly Games Update: Crossing Borders - Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice, Tales of Vesperia (ver. US), grow your utopia in Viva Pinata 2, rejoice in chaos in Mercenaries 2, own multiple Ferrari's in Ferrari Challenge & more!


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

Interesting games that came out this week include the US versions of hot games such as Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice and Tales of Vesperia. So to those who owned NTSC U/C encoded systems or those who don't speak Japanese, here is your portal to these hit Japanese RPGs.

Aside from localized RPGs, some very popular Xbox360™ games came out. Fight dirty in Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, unlike the above mentioned Japanese RPGs, you are not located in a fantasy world where there is a path to justice, you are not fighting to become a hero, you are trying to benefit from chaos.

The other Xbox360™ game differs greatly from the above mentioned fiery actioner. Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise is about creating an utopic world for pinata animals. Since rent has become expensive and very few people have the luxury of owning a garden the size of a forest, make use of your Xbox360™ portal to another world.

No matter how forgiving a person is, there must have been one or two people whom they love to hate. Face Breaker allows you to relieve this grudge and lower your stress levels. Disfigure your opponent's face through your powerful punches, but be careful not to mix up the virtual world with reality.

Your home consoles can make a lot of your wishes come true, not only can you own a paradise-like garden, now you can even own multiple Ferraris through your PlayStation3™. Ferrari Challenge allows you to join professional and amateur racers on the most famous race tracks around the world.

Get off your Ferraris and enter the Abyss to deplete the demon population as the queen's champion in Abyss Gate. Travel into the depths of the shadows to protect your country. Although menacing, shadows are not neccessarily a source of evil, in Blue Dragon Plus, a sequel to its highly popular Xbox360™ predecessor, you cast your shadow over your enemies as weapons.

Aside from games, a couple of interesting soundtracks also came out. The challenge bemani games pose have amused and frustrated many people and the key to the games' success is in the music. Synthesized, by Fujimori Sota and Pop'n Music 16 Party is going to revitalize a lot of people via its energetic tunes.

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™
FaceBreakerASIA US$ 12.99 2-4d
Mercenaries 2: World in FlamesUS N/A sold
Mercenaries 2: World in FlamesASIA N/A sold
Musou Orochi: Maou SairinJPN US$ 74.90 1w
Musou Orochi: Maou SairinASIA US$ 59.90 wait
Tales of VesperiaUS US$ 29.99 1-5d
Tales of Vesperia (English language Version)ASIA N/A sold
Tales of Vesperia [Premium Edition]US N/A sold
Vampire Rain: Altered SpeciesUS N/A sold
Viva Pinata: Trouble in ParadiseASIA N/A sold


PlayStation3™
Disgaea 3: Absence of JusticeUS US$ 24.99 1-2w
FaceBreakerASIA N/A sold
Ferrari ChallengeUS N/A sold
Mercenaries 2: World in FlamesUS US$ 24.99 1-2w
Mercenaries 2: World in FlamesASIA N/A sold
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (PlayStation3 the Best)JPN N/A sold


Nintendo Wii™
Ferrari ChallengeUS US$ 54.90 1-2w
Freddi Fish: Kelp Seed MysteryUS N/A sold
Guitar Controller for Guitar HeroJPN N/A sold
Mario Super SluggersUS N/A sold
Pajama Sam: Don't Fear the DarkUS N/A sold
Rainbow PopJPN US$ 22.90 1-2w
Spy Fox In Dry CerealUS US$ 19.99 1-2w


Nintendo Wii™ Accessories
Wii Remote Control Strap (4 Color Set)JPN US$ 7.99 24h
Wii Remote Control Strap (Blue)JPN N/A sold
Wii Remote Control Strap (Green)JPN US$ 9.90 1-5d
Wii Remote Control Strap (Pink)JPN N/A sold
Wii Remote Control Strap (White)JPN N/A sold


PlayStation2™
Aammegami-Sama (Best Collection)JPN US$ 34.90 1w
Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII International (Ultimate Hits)JPN US$ 39.90 1w
Drag-On Dragoon (Ultimate Hits)JPN N/A sold
Drag-On Dragoon 2: Love Red, Ambivalence Black (Ultimate Hits)JPN US$ 39.90 1-5d
Ferrari ChallengeUS N/A sold
Mercenaries 2: World in FlamesUS US$ 19.99 1-2w
Okami (Greatest Hits)US N/A sold
Street Fighter Anniversary Collection (PlayStation2 Big Hit)KOR N/A sold
TOCA Race Driver 3 (Best Price)JPN N/A sold
Zero no Tsukaima: Muma ga Tsumugu Yokaze no Gensoukyoku (Best Collection)JPN N/A sold


Nintendo DS™
Blue Dragon PlusJPN US$ 13.99 1-5d
Chi's Sweet Home: Chi ga Ouchi ni Yatte Kita!JPN US$ 45.99 1-5d
Digimon World ChampionshipUS N/A sold
Ferrari ChallengeUS US$ 21.90 1-2w
From the AbyssUS N/A sold
Houkago no Mystery Club: 26 no TobiraJPN US$ 21.90 1-2w
MLB Power Pros 2008US US$ 17.99 1-2w
My Chinese CoachUS N/A sold
N+US US$ 16.99 1-2w
Picto ImageUS US$ 21.99 1-2w
The Quest TrioUS N/A sold
Zettai Karen Children DS: Dai-4 no ChildrenJPN US$ 27.90 1-2w


Sony PSP™
Colin McRae Rally (Best Price)JPN N/A sold
N+US US$ 16.99 1-2w
TOCA Race Driver 2: Ultimate Racing Simulator (Best Price)JPN N/A sold
Wangan Midnight Portable (Genki the Best)JPN N/A sold


Guides & Magazines
Arcadia Magazine [October 2008]JPN N/A sold
Aria the Origination Aoi Wakusei no el Cielo Material CollectionJPN US$ 24.90 5-15d
Dengeki Online Games Collaboration Vol.1JPN US$ 22.90 5-15d
Derby Stallion DS Perfect Capture GuideJPN US$ 25.90 5-15d
Famitsu PSP + PS3 [October 2008]JPN N/A sold
Famitsu Wave DVD [October 2008]JPN N/A sold
Famitsu Xbox 360 [October 2008]JPN N/A sold
Fate/Tiger Colosseum Upper Complete GuideJPN US$ 17.90 5-15d
Fushigi Yuugi: Suzaku Ibun Visual Fan BookJPN US$ 38.90 5-15d
Gundam Battle Universe Complete GuideJPN US$ 25.90 5-15d
Harukanaru Toki no Naka de: Yumenoukihashi Guide BookJPN US$ 19.90 5-15d
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames Prima Official Game GuideUS N/A sold
Neverworld Online Data BookJPN US$ 27.90 5-15d
Persona 4 Official Perfect GuideJPN US$ 29.90 5-15d
Tales of Vesperia Signature Series GuideUS N/A sold
Weekly Famitsu No. 1030 (2008 09/12)JPN N/A sold
d20 Taiou Rule Book Worst Blade /D20JPN US$ 54.90 5-15d


Video Game related Soundtracks
Mar-jong Fight Club Special Music CollectionJPN N/A sold
Pop'n Music 16 Party Original SoundtrackJPN N/A sold
Soul Calibur IV Original SoundtrackJPN N/A sold
Vitamin X Character CD Ruby Disc - Nanakiyo (Shun Nanase & Kiyohiko Sendo)JPN US$ 23.90 5-15d
Vitamin X Character CD Sapphire Disc - Gam (Goro Fumonji & Mizuki Madarame)JPN US$ 23.90 5-15d
beatnation Records SYNTHESIZED / Sota FujimoriJPN N/A sold


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 is a quick outlook what's expected to be hot next week.

Xbox360™
Infinite UndiscoveryUS US$ 33.99
Infinite UndiscoveryJPN US$ 39.99
Rapala's Fishing FrenzyUS N/A
Warhammer: Battle MarchUS N/A
Warhammer: Battle MarchASIA N/A

PlayStation3™
Rapala's Fishing FrenzyUS N/A


Nintendo Wii™
One Piece Unlimited Cruise: Episode 1 - Nami ni Yureru HihouJPN N/A
Rapala's Fishing Frenzy (w/ Fishing Pole)US N/A

PlayStation2™
D.Gray-man: Sousha no ShikakuJPN US$ 58.99
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 33: Fantasy Zone Complete CollectionJPN N/A

Nintendo DS™
Pokemon PlatinumJPN US$ 64.99


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



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