20. Feb, 2006 11:16 (HKT)

Shipping today: Sega Ages Vol. 25: Gunstar Heroes: Treasure Box (PS2™), Initial D Street Stage (PSP™ Asia), Grandia III (PS2™ US) & Age of Empires: The Age of Kings (NDS™ US)

Three of the most popular Sega Mega Drive action games appear in one great compilation, publisher under the Sega Ages label. Gunstar Heroes: Treasure Box has been developed by Treasure themselves, containing the following three games: Gunstar Heroes, Dynamite Headdy and Alien Soldier.

The collection contains the Japanese original and a number of foreign versions of each game (for example the US version of Dynamite Headdy, which changed some of the graphics and the European version of Alien Soldier), super plays of Alien Solder and Gunstar Heroes, option to record your own play, concept illustrations and artworks, display options to neutralize the original sprite flickering and a higher resolution.

Gunstar Heroes was originally released in 1993 and is a horizontal scrolling action-shooting game, which can be played with two persons simultaneously. A remake with new features was released in 2005 on Gameboy Advance™.

Dynamite Headdy was released one year later, in 1994 and is a horizontal scrolling comical action game with lots of puzzle elements. The game was simultaneously released on Mega Drive and Game Gear in Japan, however no other ports or remakes were released afterwards.

The last game of the compilation - Alien Soldier - was released in 1995 and only published on Mega Drive. It is a 1-player action shooting game, which used all the capabilities of the 16-bit hardware generation, including impressive boss characters. Despite appearance of the Sega Saturn console in 1995, the game has reached high attention among action game fans and is still popular and well known at present.

Don't miss out on this classical masterpiece. Developed by Treasure, Sega Ages Vol. 25: Gunstar Heroes: Treasure Box is shipping today at US$ 28.90 only.

  • Check out more Sega Ages releases at Play-Asia.com.

    Initial D: Street Stage is the long awaited port of the arcade smash hit, Initial D: Version 3. Street Stage brings all of the game modes straight out of the arcade into your PSP. Players can race head to head via wireless Ad-hoc or take on the racers straight out of the anime! Street Stage introduces a new card system for customization of their vehicle. For every race/battle you win, a card is awarded. Different cards provide different effects, so the more you race, the more powerful your car can be! Street Stage features over 200 cards to collect.

    Initial D Street Stage is shipping today as Asia release version at US$ 39.90 only. The first supply of each game ships bundled with an Initial D branded strap and a detailed English language manual. The Japanese version shipping later this week is not expected to contain any bonus items.

  • Explore more Initial D related items at Play-Asia.com.

    From the publisher: Yuki has idolized the legendary pilot Schmidt since he was a young boy and has been trying to build his own ever since. Loving the freedom of flight, he dreams of one day leaving his small island and reaching the mainland.

    In the woods not far away, Alfina rides alone on a horse-drawn carriage. She is a Communicator, one of the few who can speak with the Guardians, gods that protect the world. She is hurrying to a temple to take the place of her brother, Emelious. Resentment of his obligated duty as a Communicator has turned Emelious into a cruel and violent being filled with hate.

    Fate will bring together Yuki and Alfina just as the world is about to fall apart.

    Square-Enix's Grandia III for PlayStation2™ is shipping today as US release version at US$ 59.90. The Grandia III ~original sound tracks~ album is in stock, priced at US$ 32.90 respectively.

    Game features:
    • Romp through vibrant and colorful fantasy locales and natural environments
    • Stunning cinematic sequences are animated by hand without the use of motion capture
    • Scan surroundings to look for search points or treasure chests
    • Ply the skies by plane to journey from one place to another
    • Use your sword in the "random encounter free" field to destroy objects or stun enemies before attacking
    • Seamless transition from field screen to battles with over-the-top animations
    • Semi real-time battle system allows for fast paced action and strategizing with a Command Wheel breaks the RPG mold of typical command text windows
    • Perform and link up Aerial Combo attacks for massive damage
    • Multiple auto-battle settings for each character dictate fighting strategy, in addition, utilize the Strategy Advice System for tips during critical moments in battle
    • Control conversation flow during special event scenes

    From the publisher: Age of Empires: The Age of Kings is based on the best-selling PC title Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. Players command five different civilizations, build armies and take them on scores of campaigns. With turn-based strategy gameplay, Age of Empires: The Age of Kings lets players move from the Dark Ages through the Middle Ages with one goal in mind: dominate the known world.

    Majesco's Nintendo DS™ strategy game Age of Empires: The Age of Kings is shipping now as US release version at US$ 39.90 as long as supplies last.

    Game features:
    • Command more than 65 types of units
    • Turn-based combat
    • Construct and upgrade buildings such as town centers, mines and universities to learn new skills and create resources for civilizations
    • Up to four players can battle wirelessly

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