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23. Apr, 2009 16:58 (HKT)

Weekly Games Update: The end of silence - Monster Hunter, Death Smiles, Dark Spire, Nantama, Zetai Zetsumei Toshi, Yatsu Hakamura, Another Time Another Leaf, Dokapon Journey, Hoshigari Empusa Portable & more!



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

The lethargic period ends last week, as a torrent of new games hit the market in the last seven days. Some of them are popular ports while others are originals or continations of hot series.

The two ports are Monster Hunter G for Nintendo Wii™ and Death Smiles for Xbox360™. Monster Hunter 3's release on the Wii caused quite a stir, to demonstrate and let gamers get a taste of what the game is capable of, Capcom re-released Monster Hunter G with upgrades and updates.

Now you can make use of the console's network capabilities to connect with like-minded hunters and carry out challenging G class missions.

Already a hit in the arcades when it came out, Death Smiles is a horizontal shooter that does not deal with planes, but monsters and angels who fly up the sky to confront them. Dark and gothic, the game is both exciting and visually beautiful with four cute girls as player characters and a medieval setting behind them.

Dark Spire is both old and new, play it the retro way and immerse in nostalgia or choose the modern mode where textures and graphics are updated. An orthdox RPG, the game is about character development, collecting weapons, equipping armors and slaying monsters in a classic dungeon system.

After slaying monsters, learn how to trap them by building dungeons and using baits. Be a hunter in Nantama, help with getting monster samples for the institute.

Make use of the tama characters, your partners in your hunts. Carry out missions for the villagers and win weapons. This is an adventure where you can proceed at your own pace.

Zettai Zetsumei Toshi is out with the 3rd installment. Survive natural disasters with your physical and mental prowesses. This is a survival adventure where you see how important it is to cooperate with others, and for this, make use of your adhoc networking facility and join forces with your fellow survivors.

In the world of detectives, the legendary and the chick meets this week. Play as Kindaichi in Yatsu Hakamura, the most famous Japanese detective in history, and catch the culprit of a massacre. Kaede meets Akeha in Another Time Another Leaf, and they are going to solve the riddle behind the strange occurences in school.

Board games, or monopoly-like games also get their spotlight this week. Earn money, win the princess's hand and defeat all your ex-friends on the way in Dokapon Journey. Become the student union body president and reap loads of love and popularity from the student body in Hoshigari Empusa Portable.

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™
Death SmilesJPN US$ 69.99 1w
Death Smiles Arcade StickJPN N/A sold
Death Smiles [First Print Limited Edition]JPN US$ 105.99 1w
Flight Stick EX (Black)JPN N/A sold
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.JPN US$ 14.99 24h
Xbox Live Points - (3,500 points) [Idolm@ster Limited Version C]JPN N/A sold
Xbox Live Points - (3,500 points) [Idolm@ster Limited Version D]JPN N/A sold


PlayStation3™
Killzone 2JPN N/A sold

Nintendo Wii™
Meja-Maji MarchJPN US$ 9.99 1-5d
Monster Hunter GJPN US$ 32.99 1w
Monster Hunter G (Starter Pack)JPN US$ 119.90 1w
Monster Hunter G Remote Control PocketJPN N/A sold
Tomb Raider UnderworldJPN US$ 64.90 1w


PlayStation2™
Guitar Hero MetallicaUS N/A sold
Kanuchi: Kuroki Tsubasa no ShouJPN US$ 74.90 1w
Kanuchi: Kuroki Tsubasa no Shou [Limited Edition]JPN N/A sold
Little AnchorJPN US$ 49.90 1-2w
Little Anchor [Limited Edition]JPN US$ 42.90 1-2w
Tomb Raider UnderworldJPN N/A sold


Nintendo DS™
250 Banjin no Kanken Premium - Zenkyuu Zen-Kanji Kanzen SeihaJPN N/A sold
A Ressha de Gyoukou DSJPN US$ 55.90 1w
Another Time Another Leaf: Kagami no Naka no TanteiJPN US$ 54.99 1-5d
DSVision Duel Masters Box SetJPN US$ 52.90 5-15d
Dokapon JourneyUS N/A sold
Fuuun! DaisoujouJPN US$ 39.90 1w
Last BulletJPN US$ 22.99 1w
Mezase!! Tsuri Master DSJPN N/A sold
Pokemon Fushigi no Dungeon: Sora no TankentaiJPN US$ 57.99 1w
The Dark Spire (w/ Soundtrack CD)US N/A sold
Yatsu HakamuraJPN US$ 48.90 1w


Sony PSP™
Hoshigari Empusa PortableJPN US$ 45.99 1-5d
Kikuite Oboeru Eitango: Arc no Kikutan [Advanced]JPN US$ 44.90 1w
Kikuite Oboeru Eitango: Arc no Kikutan [Basic]JPN US$ 44.90 1w
Kikuite Oboeru Eitango: Arc no Kikutan [Entry]JPN US$ 44.90 1w
Koukyou Shihen Eureka Seven (Welcome Price 2800)JPN N/A sold
Nantama: Chronicle of Dungeon MakerJPN US$ 47.99 1-5d
Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3JPN N/A sold
Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3ASIA N/A sold


Sony PSP™ UMD Movies
ConnectJPN US$ 52.90 5-15d
Connect [Deluxe Edition]JPN US$ 52.90 5-15d
Freedom 1JPN US$ 19.90 5-15d
Freedom 2JPN US$ 19.90 5-15d
Gag manga biyori 1JPN US$ 19.90 5-15d
Gag manga biyori 2JPN US$ 19.90 5-15d
Gag manga biyori 3JPN US$ 19.90 5-15d
Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor 2 the MovieJPN US$ 19.90 5-15d
Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor GekijoubanJPN US$ 19.90 5-15d
Kidou Senshi Gundam Seed Special Edition Harukanaru AsatsukiJPN US$ 19.90 5-15d
Kidou Senshi Gundam Seed Special Edition Kanketsuhen Meidou no UchyuuJPN US$ 19.90 5-15d
Kidou Senshi Gundam Seed Special Edition Kokuu no SenjouJPN US$ 19.90 5-15d
Koukaku Kidoutai Stand Alone Complex The Laughing ManJPN US$ 19.90 5-15d
Koukyoushihen Eureka Seven 1JPN US$ 19.90 5-15d
Koukyoushihen Eureka Seven 2JPN US$ 19.90 5-15d
Koukyoushihen Eureka Seven 3JPN US$ 19.90 5-15d
Tales of the Abyss 1JPN US$ 19.90 5-15d
Tales of the Abyss 2JPN US$ 19.90 5-15d
Top wo Nerae! GekijoubanJPN US$ 19.90 5-15d


PC Games
Codename Panzers: Cold WarASIA N/A sold
Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor (DVD-ROM)ASIA N/A sold


Guides and Magazines
Famitsu DS + Wii [June 2009]JPN N/A sold
Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2009 Official GuideJPN US$ 23.90 5-15d
V-Jump [June 2009]JPN N/A sold
Weekly Famitsu No. 1063 (2009 05/01)JPN N/A sold


Video Game Soundtrack
5pb Chara Son Works 2006 - 2007 Vol.4 S Subcul x A Akiba SapopJPN US$ 27.90 5-15d
Animal Crossing: City Folk Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 29.99 5-15d
DJCD Naruto Radio Shippu Jinrai 6JPN US$ 24.90 5-15d
Devil Kings / Sengoku Basara Battle Heroes Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 28.90 5-15d
Gravity Error (Trigger Heart Exelica Enhanced Main Theme) (~Ayane)JPN US$ 11.90 5-15d
Oretachi Ni Tsubasa Wa Nai Character Song AlbumJPN US$ 28.90 5-15d
Radio DJCD Bleach B Station Third Season Vol.4 (~Masakazu Morita, Fumiko Orikasa, Toshihiko Seki)JPN US$ 24.90 5-15d
Sacred Blaze Complete SoundtrackJPN US$ 29.90 5-15d
Seiza Kareshi Series Vol.4 Starry Sky - Aries (~Yuichi Nakamura)JPN N/A sold
Seventh Dragon Original SoundtrackJPN N/A sold
Suzu No Ne Seven Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 27.90 5-15d
Tales of the Abyss Drama CD Vol.3JPN N/A sold
Tsuioku No Chikai (11Eyes Cross Over Outro Theme) (~Asriel)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 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:

Xbox360™
Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2US N/A

PlayStation3™
Daikoukai Jidai Online: Cruz del SurJPN US$ 64.90
Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2US N/A


Nintendo DS™
101 in 1 Explosive MegamixUS US$ 21.99
Dragon Ball Z: Story Saiyajin RaishuuJPN US$ 49.99
Made in Ore / WarioWare MyselfJPN US$ 50.99
Naruto Shippuden: Shinobi Retsuden 3JPN US$ 35.99


Sony PSP™
PersonaJPN US$ 63.99
PersonaASIA N/A
ToraDora Portable!JPN N/A
ToraDora Portable! [Choudokyuu Premium Box]JPN N/A




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