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18. Sep, 2008 17:14 (HKT)

Weekly Games Update: May the force be with you - Star Wars The Force Unleashed, Gotta catch'em all! Pokemon Platinum, dream of Chopin in Trusty Bell, bruality of war - Warhammer Online, Samurai Dou & much more!


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

Interesting games are coming in from both US and Japan this week. First of all, the highly anticipated Star Wars The Force Unleashed has arrived. Sick of being a savior? Play the secret apprentice of the Darth Vader and help your mentor take over the galaxy.

Go and "catch'em all!" in the Pokemon Platinum. Aside from the powerful Palkia, Dialga and Giratina, lots more lengendary pokemon are going to make appearances. Based on the hugely popular "Diamond Pearl" this upgraded version will come with an immense amount of new elements that is going to leave players dazzled.

Trusty Bell [JPN & ASN versions] is a game that mixes the grace of Chopin's compositions with the excitement of RPGs. The magical world of Chopin's final dream is of course very intriguing, but the adorably designed, endearing characters themselves and the friendship between them are huge attractions too.

Leaving the dream world behind, its time to face a harsher reality. The battles are continuing in Warhammer and this time the war for world domination is going on in the internet via Warhammer Online. Join realms and declare war on others. Learn of the epic nature of war through brutality and violence.

Allowing you the same level of freedom of gameplay is Samurai Dou [JPN & ASN versions]. As a stray Samurai, you have the skills and guts, all you need is a person or a family for whom you can employ your powers.

Unlike the highly romanticized games or films that features deadly loyal retainers, your sense of loyalty can be compromised any minute. Walk the true path of the Samurai and take your fate within your own hands.

Battles don't stay within the feudal times or the internet, they are lasting for decades. Travel 10 years into the future in Kateikyou Hitman Reborn! Battle Arena and investigate the accidents that involve the virtual training room. As a powerful mafia group, the Bongoles have enemies everywhere, and there is only one way to ensure the family's standing in the underworld: Power.

Excitement need not come with death. In the wrestler TNA Impact! you can get involved in close range combat. Make all your slam downs and tackles count in this adrenaline pumping sports game. Aside from wrestling, you can engage in ice hockey.

Brought to you by the award winning sports game developer EA Sports, NHL 09 is upgraded with new depth and enhancements.

Fights need not be brutal just like Yakuza need not be villains. Execute a smooth chain of attacks in Hyper Street Fighter II and Capcom vs SNK 2. As for fans of Yakuza heroes, Kiryuu Kazuma is back in the US version of Yakuza 2, ready stop the spiralling chaos from spilling all over Japan.

Last, but definitely not least is Dragon Ball DS, relive the adventures of Goku and Buruma via your Nintendo DS. Go through the plot in an interactive way. Complete incorporated into the DS card are comic elements and exciting fights, bring this classic title with you wherever you are.

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™
NHL 09US N/A sold
NHL 2K9US US$ 34.99 1-2w
Rock Band 2US N/A sold
Star Wars The Force UnleashedUS US$ 22.99 1-5d
Star Wars The Force UnleashedASIA N/A sold
TNA Impact!US N/A sold
Unreal Tournament IIIJPN US$ 14.99 1-5d
Zoids AssaultUS N/A sold


PlayStation3™
Def Jam Icon (EA Best Hits)JPN US$ 34.90 1-2w
Fight Night Round 3 (EA Best Hits)JPN US$ 34.90 1w
GI Jockey 4 2008JPN N/A sold
NHL 09US N/A sold
NHL 2K9US US$ 19.98 1-2w
Star Wars The Force UnleashedUS N/A sold
TNA Impact!US N/A sold
Trusty Bell: Chopin no YumeASIA N/A sold
Trusty Bell: Chopin no YumeJPN N/A sold
Unreal Tournament IIIJPN US$ 19.99 1-5d


Nintendo Wii™
Active Life: Outdoor ChallengeUS N/A sold
Biohazard Umbrella Chronicles (Best Price)JPN N/A sold
Cabela's Legendary AdventuresUS US$ 41.90 1-2w
GI Jockey Wii 2008JPN US$ 64.90 1w
Hell's KitchenUS US$ 33.99 1-2w
Kidz Sports: Crazy GolfUS US$ 20.99 1-2w
Kororinpa (Hudson the Best)JPN US$ 34.99 1-5d
NHL 2K9US N/A sold
Nintendo DS Wi-Fi Network AdapterJPN N/A sold
Star Wars The Force UnleashedUS N/A sold
The Price is RightUS US$ 33.99 1-2w


PlayStation2™
Cabela's Legendary AdventuresUS US$ 22.90 1-2w
Capcom vs SNK 2: Millionaire Fighting 2001 & Street Fighter III 3rd Strike: Fight for the Future Value PackJPN N/A sold
Def Jam Fight for NY (EA:SY! 1980)JPN US$ 29.99 1w
GI Jockey 4 2008JPN US$ 78.99 1w
GI Jockey 4 2008 & Winning Post 7 2008 [Twin Pack]JPN N/A sold
GI Jockey 4 2008 & Winning Post 7 2008 [Twin Pack]JPN N/A sold
Heart no Kuni no AliceJPN US$ 71.90 1w
HokuoukiJPN US$ 75.90 1w
Hokuouki [Limited Edition]JPN N/A sold
Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition & Vampire DarkStalkers Collection Value PackJPN N/A sold
Medal of Honor: Vanguard (EA:SY! 1980)JPN US$ 20.90 1w
NHL 2K9US US$ 19.90 1-2w
Odin Sphere (Greatest Hits)US N/A sold
SSX3 (EA:SY! 1980)JPN N/A sold
Speed Racer: The Video GameUS US$ 22.99 1-2w
Star Wars The Force UnleashedUS US$ 19.99 1-2w
TNA Impact!US US$ 44.90 5-15d
Yakuza 2US N/A sold


Nintendo DS™
Air Traffic ChaosUS US$ 22.99 1-2w
Bratz Ponyz 2US US$ 48.99 1-2w
Dragon Ball DSJPN US$ 34.99 1w
Hell's KitchenUS N/A sold
Illumi Slight: Hikari no PuzzleJPN N/A sold
Lock's Quest: Contruction CombatUS N/A sold
Long Vacation: Iruka to WatashiJPN US$ 39.90 1w
Mystery Case Files: MillionHeirUS N/A sold
Ochishi Keiji: Keiji-San, Watashi ga ArimashitaJPN US$ 19.99 1-5d
Pokemon PlatinumJPN US$ 64.99 1w
Rain DropsUS N/A sold
Star Wars The Force UnleashedUS US$ 22.99 1-2w
The Price is RightUS US$ 22.99 1-2w
Viva Pinata: Pocket ParadiseUS N/A sold
Yajuu Keiji: Tokyo Douji Tahatsu Tero o Chinatsu Seyo!JPN US$ 14.99 1w


Nintendo DS™ Accessories

Card Pocket 3 Pocket Monsters (Giratina, Dialga & Palkia)JPN N/A sold
Nintendo DS Lite (Pokemon Limited Edition) - 110VUS N/A sold
Smart Pouch Lite (Pocket Monster: Darkrai)JPN N/A sold
Smart Pouch Lite (Pocket Monster: Dialga)JPN N/A sold
Smart Pouch Lite (Pocket Monster: Palkia)JPN N/A sold


Sony PSP™
Cabela's Legendary AdventuresUS US$ 38.90 5-15d
Katekyoo Hitman Reborn! Battle ArenaJPN N/A sold
Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G Hunter Leather Cover (premium black)JPN N/A sold
Neo Angelique SpecialJPN N/A sold
Neo Angelique Special [Premium Box]JPN N/A sold
Samurai Dou PortableASIA US$ 36.90 1-5d
Samurai Dou PortableJPN US$ 22.99 1w
Star Wars The Force UnleashedASIA N/A sold
Star Wars The Force UnleashedUS US$ 17.99 1-2w


PC Games
Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2009 (DVD-ROM)US N/A sold
Gothic 3ASIA N/A sold
Imperium Romanum: Emperor ExpansionASIA N/A sold
Stronghold Crusader Extreme (DVD-ROM)ASIA US$ 14.99 24h
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (DVD-ROM)ASIA N/A sold


Game Guides and Magazines
Disgaea CompilationUS N/A sold
Dragon Ball DS Adventure BibleJPN N/A sold
Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen Official Strategy GuideUS N/A sold
Katekyoo Hitman Reborn! Battle Arena GuideJPN US$ 14.90 5-15d
Sengoku Basara X Official Anthology ComicsJPN US$ 14.90 5-15d
Siren: New Translation Official Guide BookJPN N/A sold
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Prima Official Game GuideUS N/A sold
Summon Night 2 Perfect BibleJPN US$ 27.90 5-15d
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning AtlasUS US$ 19.90 5-15d
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning Guide and Atlas BundleUS N/A sold
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning: Prima Official Game GuideUS US$ 24.90 5-15d
Weekly Famitsu No. 1032 (2008 09/26)JPN N/A sold


Video Game Soundtracks
Contrast / Katsuya Saeki Kichiku Megane Character Song CDJPN US$ 23.90 5-15d
Dokidoki Majo Shinpan 2 Drama CDJPN US$ 29.90 5-15d
Haruka Naru Toki No Naka De 4 - Hosikage No UtaJPN 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 is a quick outlook what's expected to be hot next week.

Xbox360™
Infinite Undiscovery (English language Version)ASIA N/A
Infinite Undiscovery (Japanese language Version)ASIA N/A
Lego BatmanASIA N/A
Lego BatmanUS N/A


PlayStation3™
Aquanaut's HolidayJPN US$ 72.99
Lego BatmanUS US$ 22.99
X EdgeJPN N/A
X EdgeASIA N/A


Nintendo Wii™
Disaster: Day of CrisisJPN US$ 29.99
Lego BatmanUS US$ 26.99
Soul Eater: Monotone PrincessJPN US$ 19.99


PlayStation2™
Dance Dance Revolution XUS US$ 24.99
Kinnikuman Muscle Grand Prix Max 2 TokumoriJPN N/A
Super Robot Taisen ZJPN US$ 19.99
Super Robot Taisen ZASIA N/A


Nintendo DS™
Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the ChosenUS US$ 39.99
Knights in the NightmareJPN N/A
Knights in the Nightmare [DHE Series Special Pack]JPN N/A
Lego BatmanUS US$ 18.99
World Destruction: Michibi Kareshi IshiJPN US$ 14.99
World Destruction: Michibi Kareshi Ishi [ebten DX Pack]JPN N/A


Sony PSP™
Lego BatmanUS N/A
Mana-Khemia: Gakuen no Renkinjutsu Shitachi PortableJPN N/A
Mana-Khemia: Gakuen no Renkinjutsu Shitachi Portable [Premium Box]JPN N/A
Soldier Collection (PC Engine Best Collection)JPN N/A
Yggdra UnionUS US$ 24.99


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




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