22. Aug, 2005 12:37 (HKT)

Shipping today: Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (NDS™), Sonic Gems Collection (NGC™ US), Death Jr. (PSP™ US)

From the publisher: Set in the year 2036, Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow picks up one year after the events of Aria of Sorrow (GBA). A mysterious cult, unhappy that Soma Cruz failed to fulfill his destiny and become the reincarnation of Dracula, seeks to sacrifice our hero so it can bring about a new dark lord. Rather than wait for his enemies to come to him, Soma decides to go on the offensive, which leads him to an all-too-familiar castle.

Following in the footsteps of recent Castlevania games, the series' DS debut features RPG elements and a labyrinthine map rife with secrets and special weapons. Aria of Sorrow's heralded Tactical Soul system returns as well, allowing you to learn new powers and abilities by capturing the souls of your vanquished foes.

As you control the action on the bottom screen, the top screen will display enemy and player information or a map that's updated in real time as you explore the castle. While that may not sound like the most glamorous use of the dual screens, Castlevania disciples can attest to how valuable a persistent view of the map will be when you're trying to find a secret room or remember the location of that previously unreachable platform.

The touch screen also plays a crucial role in smashing crystal blocks that stand in your path, and in drawing Magic Seals to banish bosses. Konami has also revealed that certain Tactical Souls will enable you to perform location-based attacks via the stylus. In some rooms, you'll even be able to use the stylus to warp to different locations in the castle.

Konami's highly anticipated Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (aka. Akumajou Dracula: Aoitsuki no Juujika) for Nintendo DS™ is in stock today shipping at US$ 48.90 only.

From the publisher: Long-time Sonic fans, collectors, treasure hunters and newcomers to the series rejoice! The gem of all gems from the Sonic The Hedgehog family of products is coming this summer exclusively for the Nintendo GameCube®. Until now, these titles have only been available in the arcade, on Sega CD®, Sega Saturn® and PC.

Sonic Gems Collection™ includes:

Sonic CD™
Critically acclaimed Sonic CD makes its return debut only on GameCube! The fastest blue hedgehog travels through time to face off against the evil Metal Sonic. With cool moves and a smokin' hot soundtrack, you're in for an adventure of a lifetime!

Sonic the Fighters™
Join Sonic and your favorite cast of Sonic characters in this action-filled 3D arcade fighting game. Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Espio, Fang, Bean and Bark battle it out with Dr. Robotnik and the evil Metal Sonic in head-to-head or team battles. Get ready to rumble....Sonic style!

Sonic R™
In one of the craziest, comical races ever, Sonic and his friends push speed to the extreme! Speed demons, special hidden track smokers and blistering circuits make this a race that will have you coming back for more!

Game Gear Games
Six of the most popular Sonic Game Gear games of all time are also included:
  • Sonic the Hedgehog™ 2
  • Sonic Spinball™
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble™
  • Sonic Drift™ 2
  • Tails' Skypatrol™
  • Tails Adventures™

    Sega's Sonic Gems Collection is shipping today as Gamecube™ US release version at US$ 39.90 only. Please note that the US version is not expected to include the unlockable Streets of Rage / Bare Knuckle 1, 2 and 3 that is only found in the Japanese version of the game.

    From the publisher: Death, Jr. lets you play as the teenage son of the grim reaper. Armed with a mighty scythe and an arsenal of guns and explosives, you must overcome a variety of obstacles to save the world from demons of Pandora's Box. Along the way, you'll receive help from your friends, including conjoined twins, a foul-mouthed foreign exchange student with no limbs, and the curious Pandora herself. The game mixes elements from first-person shooters and third-person platform games.

    Konami's Death Jr. for Sony PSP™ is in stock today shipping as US release version at US$ 39.90 only.

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