20. Jan, 2011 16:57 (HKT)

Road to excitement - KH: BBS Final Mix, Venus & Braves, KH Re:coded, DC Universe Online, Mindjack, Venetica & more! - in Weekly Games Update!

Welcome to this week's Games Update, our weekly summary featuring all new product arrivals from the last seven days. Two paths to Kingdom Hearts open before you, in BBS Final Mix, you travel to the past, and in Re:Coded, you travel to the future. For people feeling nostalgic, the strategy RPG Venus Braves is revived, so pick up head on to the excitement.

The Final Mix gives you more challenges and the chance to hear the English voices. The game is based on the upgraded US version, with more boss battles, game modes and even more mini-games. Think you've already become the ultimate Key Blade Master? Think again.

The game contains secret episodes that you can unlock, and in the single player mode, you'll meet the mysterious man, see what secrets he'll reveal about the powerful Kingdom Hearts. Controls and the D-Link are updated, so its easier to use and you can collect stickers on your journey.

There are 9 more missions for you to clear and new challenging bosses in the multi-mode. These bosses aren't just the lord of the world, they could be the world themselves. Now you can battle the whale that swallowed Pinocchio's ship.

Kingdom Hearts is being born again, pick up your key blade and set off on your journey once again.

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final MixASIA N/Asold
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final MixJPN US$ 48.991w

The strategy RPG Venus Braves was extremely popular on the PlayStation2™, its deep battle simulation system truly tests your abilities as a tactician. Vlad is an immortal warrior who lives in a faraway village with his merry bandits.

Although he was rumored to be god killer and a demon on the battlefield, all he truly wants now is some peace. However, that is not to be, for the prophesied disaster started. He has to lead his men to battle monsters and mysterious forces even more powerful.

Visit the tavern and recruit your men. To make your battles really work, you need attackers, defenders and healers. How you position them on the field and the sequence of their actions make world of a difference between success and failure.

The classic is revived with better graphics and updated gameplay, come take up arms again today:

Venus & BravesASIA N/Asold
Venus & Braves: Majo to Megami to Horobi no YogenJPN US$ 64.991w

Birth By Sleep is the prequel of Kingdom Hearts, Re:Coded is the sequel/spin off. King Mickey found a mysterious message written in Jiminy Cricket's journal. Afraid that the crisis isn't as far behind them as they liked, the king ordered the journal digitized and sent Donald and Goofy off to meet with the book-Sora for another adventure.

Disney worlds are full of bright colors and fun, but if you prefer darker places, you'd have to head into the DC Universe Online. Customize your heroes and villains such as Batman, Wonder Woman and the infamous Joker. Fight your way through the Gotham City or the Metropolis and live through all the obstacles the DC writers throw your way.

Muscles isn't everything in a futuristic, but corrupted world. Hack into the minds of your enemies and into the computers of their vehicles to turn the tide around in the battlefield. In this massive online playground, you have a lot of tools lying around you, waiting to be used, but keep your guard up, or else you might be the one Mindjacked!

After overthrowing the corrupted government, head back time to Venetica. A malicious force has cheated death and he's filling the beautiful city with demons. As the daughter of death, Scarlett is the only person with the power to fight him. Event scenes flow seamlessly into the fight scenes, when you mow down the grotesque creatures that stand in your way, be sure to feel the eerily grand atmosphere of the nighttime Venice.

Here is a summary of all the games that came out within the last seven days.

Forza Motorsport 3 (Ultimate Collection) (Platinum Hits)US N/Asold
Kinect Joy RideJPN N/Asold
Majin and the Forsaken KingdomJPN US$ 61.991-5d
MindjackASIA US$ 56.901-2w
VeneticaUS US$ 21.991-2w

DC Universe OnlineUS US$ 23.991-2w
LittleBigPlanet 2ASIA N/Asold
Majin and the Forsaken KingdomJPN US$ 73.991w
Mass Effect 2ASIA N/Asold
MindjackASIA US$ 21.991-5d
Ryu ga Gotoku 4 Densetsu wo Tsugumono (PlayStation 3 the Best)JPN N/Asold
VeneticaUS US$ 21.991-2w

Nintendo™ Wii
101-In-1 Sports Party MegamixUS N/Asold
Momotarou Dentetsu 2010 Senkoku Ishin no Hero Daisyuugou ! No Ken (Minna no Susume Selection)JPN US$ 24.991-5d
Sengoku Musou 3 (Minna no Susume Collection)JPN US$ 34.991w

Nintendo™ DS
Gyakuten Kenji (NEW Best Price! 2000)JPN US$ 59.991-2w
Kaijuu Busters PoweredJPN N/Asold
Kingdom Hearts Re:codedUS US$ 29.991-2w
Little Charo travels in English!JPN N/Asold
Plants vs ZombiesUS N/Asold
Shawn Johnson GymnasticsUS US$ 34.905-15d
Zombie DaisukiJPN US$ 38.991w

Sony™ PSP
Itsuka Kono Te ga Kegareru Toki ni: Spectral Force Legacy (Idea Factory Collection)JPN US$ 28.901w
Katekyoo Hitman Reborn! Kizuna no Tag Battle (Best Collection)JPN N/Asold
Kentoushi: Gladiator Begins (Acquire the Best)JPN US$ 28.901w
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final MixJPN US$ 48.991w
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final MixASIA N/Asold
Memories Off 6: T-Wave (2800 Selection)JPN US$ 28.901w
Nizu no Senritsu Portable (Best Hit Selection)JPN US$ 28.901w
Nizu no Senritsu Portable 2: Hi no Kioku (Best Hit Selection)JPN US$ 23.901-2w
Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood!US N/Asold
Venus & BravesASIA N/Asold
Venus & Braves: Majo to Megami to Horobi no YogenJPN US$ 64.991w

PC Game
DC Universe Online (DVD-ROM)US N/Asold

Video Game related Soundtrack
Last Hope Complete Soundtrack (~Rafael Dyll)EuropeN/Asold


Game Guides and Books
Mass Effect 2: Prima Official Game GuideUSN/Asold
Tales of Graces F Official Complete GuideJPNN/Asold


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:

Dream Club ZeroJPN US$ 24.99
Gal*GunJPN US$ 82.90

LittleBigPlanet 2US US$ 21.99
LittleBigPlanet 2 (Collector's Edition)US N/A
Mass Effect 2US US$ 17.99
Wizardry Twin PackJPN US$ 52.99

Nintendo™ Wii
The Last StoryJPN US$ 19.99

Sony PSP™
Amagami (EBKore+)JPN N/A
Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii wake ga Nai Portable [Zutto kono mama Pack]JPN N/A
Toaru Majutsu no IndexJPN N/A
Valkyria Chronicles III: Unrecorded ChroniclesJPN US$ 34.99


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