02. Jul, 2008 19:02 (HKT)

Chill out: Feel the wind as you race through the mountains in Initial D Extreme Stage, keep your drinks cool in the Evangelion mini fridges, feel the chill that creeps up your spine in Nanashi no Game & much more!

Fans of this virtual racer have been waiting for five long years since Sega released Initial D Special Stage on PlayStation2. To justify this long wait, Sega upgraded this installment by making use of the advanced graphical capabilities of the PlayStation3 console, the visions of familiar cars and mountain regions are recreated with striking resemblances to reality, making the game play more exciting than ever.

The event scenes and characters are drawn with water color shading techniques similar to the style of the comic artist Shuichi Shigeno so players can experience a full absorption into the world of Initial D.

The old courses in the Gunma prefecture and characters as featured in the arcade games are included in this new installment. In addition to that, the developers put in new characters like the pro-racer Tomoyuki Tachi whom Takumi regards as his eternal rival and new courses in Happogahara.

The twenty eight race courses in the game are from the hilly regions of Akina and Myogi etc. There are twenty three cars and twenty six drivers to choose from and to beat. Collect points and customize your car, connect to the network and take on racers from all over the country and aim for the highest place in the National Time Attack rankings.

National Time Attack ranking records the data of the players who raced under the Time Attack mode. Download the ghost car data of the top racer in this chart and launch the Time Attack mode in the game. Make use of PlayStation3's networking facilities and visit the PlayStation Store to download more cars' data, avatars, music etc.

Sega's adrenaline pumping racer Initial D Extreme Stage for PlayStation3™ is coming as both Japanese and Asian versions for respectively US$ 74.90 and US$ 59.90 only.

Please bear in mind that the Asian version of Initial D Extreme Stage comes with an English manual and a special phone strap, available for as long as stocks last.

With regards to the game's networking facilities, although the Japanese version comes with it, it may not work for areas outside Japan while the Asian version does not support it at all, please keep this bit of information in mind when you shop for your version.

Aside from the newest PlayStation3™ game, the last installment Initial D Special Stage is available at Play-Asia.com, shipping for US$ 34.90 as a Best Version. So it's a good idea to keep your PlayStation2™ on standby.

Initial D Street Stage is available on Sony PSP™ consoles as Asian and Japanese versions, sold for the same price of US$ 29.90 only.

Please see here for the full list of other Initial D products available at Play-Asia.com.

Keep your drinks cool when you travel in style in your new car. Evangelion mini fridges come in two styles, the red Asuka and the blue Rei version. Get the one that suits your personality and the color of your car most.

"What are you wishing for?" is the catch phrase printed on Rei's blue fridge, if your wish is to have a refreshingly cool drink after a long gruelling drive, these two fridges provide the answers to your dreams.

The fridges come with manuals and safety instructions as well as a wire, so it is ready for service as soon as you plug it to your car. They are easy enough to install for use and small enough to be stowed away in the compartment when you don't need them.

The Rei and Asuka fridges are in stock today and are sold at the same price of US$ 159.90 only. Please note that these are produced in limited numbers and are only available for as long as stocks last.

Nanashi no Game fights the oppresive summer heat by eliciting a sense of horror in you through its spine chilling plot, visuals and sound effects.

Gossip has been spreading around about a mysterious portable RPG that brings death to its players. Nobody knows who the developer was, the only thing people know is that the players died within a week once they started playing it.

The game brings reality together with terror through your DS, by showing scenes in a first person perspective, it takes you to a dark, shadowy alternate universe similar to the world we live in, thus blurring the line between the game world and reality.

This game makes use of the surround sound facility of your DS to heighten the eery atmosphere, sounds like someone breathing, or footsteps behind you are so real you will spin around in the middle of a train compartment to see if someone is following you.

Square-Enix's Nanashi no Game is not for the faint hearted. But if you are up for the challenge, Play-Asia.com will provide you with a copy for US$ 48.90, shipping as a region free Japanese version.

Persona - Trinity Soul is an anime sequel to the hit game Persona 3. It takes place around ten years after the events at the end of the game and wraps up the lose ends to the game's plotline.

The OST is produced by Iwasaki Taku, the sound producer to another hot anime title, Gurren Lagaan. He combines classical and modern elements to portray the atmosphere of the series, e.g. he uses the orchestra to bring out the mysteriousness and rap to represent the exciting fast paced fights. Besides new tracks, themes from the game are reused and remixed to create a connection between Persona 3 and Trinity Soul.

Aside from instrumentals, most of the vocals used in the anime are recorded into the OST. This include the full version of the newest ending theme "Found Me", sung by Kawamura Yumi, a rising star in the realm of game music.

Persona-Trinity Soul OST is in stock today, shipping for US$ 34.90. Please see also the anime DVD releases here.

Please find the full list of Persona 3 products here. A note to all Persona addicts out there, Persona 4 games are coming out next week, so please stay tuned for more information with regards to its releases.

After publishing her Spring Album I Loved Yesterday, YUI released Summer Song. This track is a sequel to its Spring counterpart Laugh Away and tells the story of a crucial time for young people, especially students, the last few days before summer vacations.

The song is carried by a light hearted melody coupled with a relaxing tempo, and to give the listeners the full message the young singer/song writer is trying to convey, an acoustic version of Laugh Away is recorded into the single as well.

Feel the flow of the seasons through YUI's Summer Song, the Limited and Standard versions of the single are in stock, shipping for US$ 14.90 and US$ 11.90 only.

The Limited version is bundled with a DVD that carries the music video clips of YUI performing Summer Song and the Acoustic version of Laugh Away.

Also in stock today:

Guitar Hero: AerosmithASIA N/A sold

Nintendo Wii™
Akko de Pon! Ikasama HouroukiJPN US$ 49.90 1w

L no Kisetsu 2: Invisible MemoriesJPN US$ 27.99 1-5d
L no Kisetsu 2: Invisible Memories [Limited Edition]JPN N/A sold

Nintendo DS™
Panpaka Panya-SanJPN US$ 39.90 1w
Riku to Johan: Kaeta Nimai no EJPN US$ 37.90 1-2w

Sony PSP™
Minna de Dokusho: Meisaku & Suiri & Kaidan & BungakuJPN US$ 39.90 1w

PC Games
Belief and Betrayal (DVD-ROM)ASIA US$ 34.90 1-5d
King ManiaASIA N/A sold
Kung Fu Panda (DVD-ROM)ASIA N/A sold
Sins of a Solar Empire (DVD-ROM)ASIA N/A sold
Super Star MahjongASIA US$ 19.90 1-5d
Trainz: The Complete Collection (DVD-ROM)ASIA N/A sold

An excerpt of Japanese music and movie update:

Blue Star [CD+DVD Limited Edition] (~Vidoll)JPN US$ 14.90 5-15d
Chu-bura (~Kelun)JPN US$ 4.99 24h
Death Smiles Official DVDJPN N/A sold
Genki Rockets I - Heavenly Star [CD+DVD] (~Genki Rockets)JPN US$ 31.99 5-15d
Giniro No Season (~Yoji Tanaka, Tetta Sugimoto, ...)JPN US$ 37.90 5-15d
Jabberloop Works (~Jabberloop)JPN US$ 23.90 5-15d
Watashi To Hoden (~Ringo Shiina)JPN US$ 34.90 5-15d


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