06. Mar, 2006 13:33 (HKT)

Shipping today: Black (Xbox™), Sakura Taisen (w/ Saturn Console Strap), Ys: The Ark of Napishtim & Generation of Chaos, Final Fight: Streetwise, Tales of Phantasia & Pokemon Trozei (all US)

Sega brings its classic Sakura Taisen (also known as Sakura Wars) to PSP™. Sakura Taisen 1&2 combines the original first Sakura Taisen games previously released on Sega Saturn™ and originally published in 1996 (part 1) and 1998 (part 2). Developed by Red (the makers of titles such as Gungrave), the classic mix of dating simulation & mech-strategy contains all the popular anime cutscenes and character designs. As a blessing for all fans, this game has been customized to fit the PSP's wide screen.

Sega's Sakura Taisen 1&2 for Sony PSP™ is shipping today as Asia release version at US$ 39.90 only. This version of the game is based on the Japanese release and contains full Japanese texts and instructions. The Asia release ships bundled with a Saturn Console Strap as initial release. The game will also be available later this week as Japanese Version (US$ 52.90) and Super Deluxe Pack (US$ 99.90).

  • Explore more Sakura Taisen related products at Play-Asia.com.

    From the publisher: Join the world's most brutal and enigmatic strike force. The BLACK™ tactical squad operates under the cloak of complete anonymity and deniability to protect the U.S. from threats foreign and domestic. It answers to no one, allowing it to carry out covert operations around the globe.

    From manipulating politicians to controlling intelligence networks and militaries, BLACK operatives are trained at the highest level in psychological warfare, espionage, and lethal combat. Go deep into the world of clandestine warfare as you use any means necessary to get the job done.

    Electronic Arts' BLACK for Xbox™ is now shipping as Asia NTSC/J release version at US$ 44.90 only.

    Game features:
    • Guns are the stars: An explosive arsenal of bleeding-edge weaponry is at your disposal.
    • Every bullet counts: Everything in the environment is affected by gunfire.
    • It's bigger and louder: Experience the most exhilarating and destructive shooter ever created.
    • Death is an opportunity: Every enemy dies like a stuntman.

    From the publisher: Washed ashore on an uncharted island, Adol Christin begins a new journey in Ys: The Ark of Napishtim. Lush environments, beautifully rendered characters and animated 3D backdrops combine to create the setting for Adol's newest adventure. Now on the PSP™ portable gaming system, our red-headed hero must fight deadly monsters and menacing bosses with a variety of sword combinations, special attacks and magical spells to uncover the secrets that lie in Canaan's mysterious whirlpools.

    Konami's Ys: The Ark of Napishtim for Sony PSP™ is now available as US release version at US$ 34.90 only.

    Game features:
    • Power-up three magical swords to gain special abilities and attacks
    • Combines real-time, fast-paced action and strategic boss battles
    • Unlock and play fun new mini-games with characters from the island
    • Play soundtrack & view character profiles in brand new modes

    From the publisher: When mortal existence was still in its infancy, the Gods waged a terrible war for their souls. Fighting to the death, they created ultimate weapons of Armageddon, the Dragon Kings, whose roars could be heard across thousands of leagues, and destructive power, ultimately, caused the extinction of the Gods themselves.

    That is the legend passed down since ancient times. People feared the beings called Dragons, and revered them.

    The Dravanian Revolution ended in 1701, leaving the country in ruins. In the wake of this chaos, Minister Zeo deftly maneuvered through the political system to emerge as the country’s strong new leader. Before long, Zeo began to transform Dravania into a powerful military force. Now, Dravania has risen from the ashes to restore peace and prosperity to the rest of Lost Grounds.

    Developed by Idea Factory and published by NIS America in the States, Generation of Chaos for PSP™ is now shipping as US release version at US$ 39.90, as long as supplies last.

    Game features:
    • Massive 30 versus 30 combats
    • 10 different kingdoms to play with each with different story and ending
    • Create, grow, and govern you own kingdom
    • Over 100 commanders to customize your army
    • Speedy real time battles

    From the publisher: To Save Your Brother, You Must Save the City… Kyle and Cody Travers are two close-knit brothers surviving the tough streets of Metro City. When Cody disappears amidst the mayhem of a burgeoning drug trade, Kyle must take back the streets with his own hands to save his brother, and ultimately Metro City.

    Capcom's Final Fight: Streetwise for PlayStation2™ is shipping as US release version at US$ 49.90 only.

    Game features:
    • Metro City is alive! Explore dynamic environments with mission-based, non-linear gameplay. Talk, buy/sell, bribe, obtain info, and hire allies.
    • Gain the three attributes: money, tension, and respect, which help make you someone to reckon with.
    • Get creative with your fighting by using whatever is around you as a weapon! Use trashcans, newspaper stands, chairs, bar stools, 2x4's and even the enemies themselves to bring on the hurtin'.
    • Intense new game modes — Take your fighting to the extreme with Counter Time and Instinct Modes.
    • Play alone to unlock characters in the main game for use in 2-player co-op mode.
    • Bonus mini-games, unlockables (including the original Final Fight), side stories, and a pulse-pounding music soundtrack featuring hot new hip hop and alternative metal artists.

    From the publisher: For young swordsman Cress Albane, it wasn't a typical day out hunting in the nearby woods. He had no hint of the tragedy unfolding back home.

    When Cress returns to find his village in ruins and his parents killed, he sets out on a quest through time and space to uncover the villains responsible for the horror.

    If you've been lucky enough to experience the up-tempo battles in Namco's Tales of Symphonia for the Nintendo GameCube, you already have a taste of the excitement waiting for you in Phantasia. Phantasia's innovative Linear Motion Battle System gives the game a much more energetic, up-tempo feel than traditional turn-based RPGs.

    You and your two teammates stand in a line across the screen (hence "linear"), battling enemies coming at you from one or both sides. You control Cress and choose your band members' strategies (for example, you can set Chester to be more or less aggressive). You can pause at any time to access power-ups, issue new strategies and put your team in a new formation.

    Developed by Namco and published by Nintendo in the US, Tales of Phantasia for Gameboy Advance™ is shipping today at US$ 39.90 only.

    Game features:
    • Battle in real time! The Linear Motion Battle System puts the emphasis on action as you attack your enemies without the use of menus.
    • New game events, dialogue sequences, and other features enhance the adventure on this Game Boy Advance release!
    • Crack open the Monster Dictionary to view the strengths and weaknesses of the enemies you've met in battle. Players will want to collect data on them all.
    • Use the innovative Cooking System to collect ingredients and recipes to brew up meals that restore your health and magic!

    From the publisher: Experience endless Pokémon puzzle action in Pokémon Trozei, a brand-new puzzle game only for Nintendo DS. Using the stylus, slide Pokémon puzzle pieces and line up four in a row (horizontally or vertically) to make a "Trozei" and clear the screen.

    When you line up four identical Pokémon vertically or horizontally, it's called a Trozei. When you get a Trozei with four or more Pokémon, they disappear from the screen and you enter Trozei Chance mode. While the Trozei Chance lasts, you can Trozei three or more Pokémon, and then two Pokémon.

    When you line up more Pokémon than needed to get a Trozei -- such as a Trozei with five Pokémon instead of four -- a Ditto will appear. Since Ditto can be Trozeid with any Pokémon, they come in very handy and can help you rack up big points.

    Nintendo's Nintendo DS™ Pokemon puzzle game Pokemon Trozei is in stock today as US release version at US$ 44.90 only.

    Game features:
    • Find a line up over 380 Pokémon puzzle pieces to complete your Trozei list.
    • Battle or cooperate wirelessly with friends to help uncover rare Pokémon for your collection.
    • Rescue stolen Pokémon and uncover the evil plans of the Phobos Battalion in Adventure mode.
    • Distribute a version of Pokémon Trozei with limited functions to friends, allowing you to compete or cooperate with a friend using just one game card!

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