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11. Nov, 2004 15:44 (HKT)

Weekly import update: Magna Carta, Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life, Halo 2, The King of Fighters 2002 (DreKore series), Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories & more


More than 20 new titles have been published in Japan in the second November week, including news games for PS2™, Xbox™, Gameboy Advance™ as well as a few re-released titles for the good old Dreamcast™.

Highlights for PS2™ from this week include the RPG game Magna Carta (published by Banpresto), Sammy's war strategy game Standard Daisenryaku: Dengekisen as well as Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life.

Further well selling has of course been Bungie's Halo 2 for Xbox™ (our product of the week, available as a large variety of different release versions), Square-Enix's Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories for Gameboy Advance™ and SNK Playmore's The King of Fighters 2002 (DreKore series) for Dreamcast™. Latest is expected to arrive a little late but should be in stock on or before coming Monday.

As usually, below is a summary of all new releases from this week:

PlayStation2™:
Choro Q HG 3 (Takara the Best)JPN US$ 32.90
Def Jam Vendetta (EA Best Hits)JPN US$ 34.90
EX Okuman Chouja Game (Takara Best)JPN US$ 32.90
Harvest Moon: A Wonderful LifeJPN US$ 64.90
Magna CartaJPN US$ 64.90
NBA Starting Five 2005JPN US$ 64.90
Sega SuperStars for EyeToyJPN US$ 44.90
Sega SuperStars for EyeToy (w/ EyeToy)JPN US$ 64.90
Simple 2000 Series Vol. 66: The Party Unou QuizJPN US$ 25.90
Simple 2000 Series Vol. 67: The SuiriJPN US$ 25.90
Simple 2000 Ultimate Series Vol. 21: Kenka Joutou! Yankee BanchouJPN US$ 25.90
Standard Daisenryaku: DengekisenJPN US$ 64.90
SuperLite 2000: Heisei BakutodenJPN US$ 25.90



Xbox™:
Fatal Frame II: Crimson ButterflyJPN US$ 64.90
Halo 2ASIA US$ 44.90
Halo 2 [Limited Edition]ASIA US$ 49.90
Halo 2 [Limited Edition]JPN US$ 64.90
Halo 2 [Limited Edition w/ Xbox Live]JPN US$ 109.00
Halo 2 (Special Limited Collector's Edition)US US$ 64.90
The Urbz: Sims in the CityASIA US$ 39.90


Dreamcast™:
The King of Fighters 2002 (DreKore series)JPN US$ 28.90
Interlude (DreKore series)JPN US$ 34.90
Ever17: The Out of Infinity Premium Edition (DreKore series)JPN US$ 34.90
Renai Chu! Happy Perfect (DreKore series)JPN US$ 34.90



Gameboy Advance™:
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of MemoriesJPN US$ 58.90
Game Boy Advance SP - Kingdom Hearts (110V) US$ 195.00


Looking forward to next week, it's going to become the hottest week of this year (at least so far) with a number of very interesting releases. The biggest seller from next week is expected to be Tomy's Gamecube™ anime based fighting game Naruto: Gekitou Ninja Taisen 3. We are expecting our first batch to arrive 2 days prior schedule (on Thursday, 18th) and anticipate to have all preorders dispatched before end of the week.

Additionally well sold are coming week's variety of Konami's Bemani music releases. Below you can find a small excerpt of all highlights from next week:

PlayStation2™:
beatmania IIDX 8th StyleJPN US$ 59.90
DDR Festival Dance Dance RevolutionJPN US$ 59.90
DDR Festival Dance Dance Revolution Controller SetJPN US$ 84.90
Pop'n Music 10JPN US$ 59.90
Pop'n Music 10 [Limited Edition w/ controller]JPN US$ 95.00
Pump it up EXCEED (w/ Dancing Mat)KOR US$ 69.90
J.League Winning Eleven 8 -Asia Championship-JPN US$ 64.90
Zoids StruggleJPN US$ 64.90



Gamecube™/Gameboy Advance™:
Naruto: Gekitou Ninja Taisen 3JPN US$ 64.90
Mario Party 6JPN US$ 54.90
Dragon Ball Advance AdventureJPN US$ 48.90
Metal Slug AdvanceJPN US$ 48.90




Finally a small comment regarding the US version Nintendo DS™ console. Lots of customers are inquiring about a shipping schedule. We would like to remind every customer that our shipping schedule is expected to be behind the US release schedule. We expect the very first units to reach us within 1 week after the official US street date (November 21st). Final allocations as well as pricing are yet to be confirmed. We will update every customer who has preordered the console once sufficient information are available.



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