22. Sep, 2005 11:50 (HKT)

Weekly Games/Toys update: Formula One 2005, Harukanaru Jikuu no Kade 3: Izayoiki, Raiden III, Rhapsodia, SLAI: Steel Lancer International, Gundam Battle Tactics, Princess Crown, Space Invaders Galaxy Beat, Screw Breaker & more

Welcome to this week's Games & Toys update. Around 20 new releases were published in Japan during the last 7 days, combined with a number of interesting accessories, UMD™ Videos and more.

PlayStation2™ highlights in this week include Sony's racing game Formula One 2005, Koei's Harukanaru Jikuu no Kade 3: Izayoiki (also available as Premium Box and Twin Pack), Taito's shooting port Raiden III, Konami's tactical RPG Rhapsodia as well as SLAI: Steel Lancer International.

Best selling handheld releases have been Formula One 2005 Portable, Gundam Battle Tactics, Princess Crown (Japanese/Asia) and Space Invaders Galaxy Beat (Japanese/Asia) for PSP™ as well as Nintendo's Game Boy Advance™ title Screw Breaker.

As usually, here's a summary of all new releases from this week.

Ape Escape 3 (Chinese language Version)ASIA US$ 49.90 sold
Formula One 2005JPN US$ 59.90 1w
Fushigi no Umi no Nadia: The Secret of Blue WaterJPN US$ 64.90 sold
Fushigi no Umi no Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water [Collector's Edition]JPN US$ 95.00 sold
Harukanaru Jikuu no Kade 3: IzayoikiJPN US$ 54.90 sold
Harukanaru Jikuu no Kade 3: Izayoiki [Premium Box]JPN US$ 69.90 1w
Harukanaru Jikuu no Kade 3: Izayoiki [Twin Pack]JPN US$ 109.90 sold
Hissatsu Ura-KagyouJPN US$ 64.90 1w
Hoshi no Furu KokuJPN US$ 64.90 sold
Hoshi no Furu Koku [Limited Edition]JPN US$ 95.00 1w
Raiden IIIJPN US$ 59.90 sold
RhapsodiaJPN US$ 64.90 1w
SLAI: Steel Lancer InternationalJPN US$ 64.90 sold
WRC3 (Spike the Best)JPN US$ 34.90 sold
Dragon Quest Metal Slime Controller US$ 79.90 sold
Harukanaru Jikuu no Kade 3: Izayoiki Memory Card 8MB US$ 36.90 sold
Sega Saturn Control Pad (gray) US$ 32.90 sold
Sega Saturn Control Pad (snow white) US$ 32.90 sold
Sega Saturn Control Pad (white) US$ 32.90 sold

Sony PSP™, incl. UMD™ Video releases:
Formula One 2005 PortableJPN US$ 52.90 1w
Gundam Battle TacticsJPN US$ 52.90 1-2w
Princess CrownJPN US$ 52.90 sold
Princess CrownASIA US$ 49.90 sold
Sengoku Cannon: Sengoku Ace Episode IIIKOR US$ 49.90 sold
Space Invaders Galaxy BeatJPN US$ 52.90 sold
Space Invaders Galaxy BeatASIA US$ 49.90 sold
Innocence / Ghost in the Shell 2JPN US$ 37.90 sold
Innocence Animated ClipsJPN US$ 27.90 sold
The RockJPN US$ 37.90 sold
The WaterboyJPN US$ 37.90 5-15d
Risa and Iku! Love 2 Date...JPN US$ 24.90 sold
h.m.p Nice, the Body LOVEJPN US$ 24.90 sold
Memory Stick Duo Reader/Writer US$ 19.90 sold

Other platforms:
Kyouryuu Taisen Dino Champ: Saikyou DNA Hakkutsu Daisakusen (NDS™)JPN US$ 48.90 1-5d
Gourmet Kitchen: Suteki nao Bentou (GBA™)JPN US$ 48.90 sold
Screw Breaker (GBA™)JPN US$ 39.90 sold
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Lockdown (Xbox™)JPN US$ 64.90 1w
The Typing of the Dead (PC)JPN US$ 39.90 sold

Video game related soundtrack releases:
Gift Drama CD Vol.1JPN US$ 28.90 5-15d
Kami Kyoku [First Print Limited Edition]JPN US$ 38.90 sold
Kenka Bancho Yoroshiku Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 27.90 5-15d
Konneko Audio CollectionJPN US$ 27.90 5-15d
Legend Consumer Series Summer Carnival '92 Rekka Famicom SoundtrackJPN US$ 24.90 sold
Sengoku Basara Shukumei Kawanakajima no KassenJPN US$ 29.90 5-15d
Sukumizu 2 - Oyogenai - Vocal Mini AlbumJPN US$ 19.90 5-15d
Super Robot Taisen Alpha 3: To the End of the Galaxy Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 36.90 5-15d

A separate Video/Music update containing Japanese releases from this week, including new Anime, J-Pop and Movie releases will follow tomorrow.

Looking forward to next week, around 15 new titles are on schedule for release in Japan. Console highlights include Namco's Urban Reign (Japanese/Asia) for PlayStation2™, Capcom's Gamecube™ action platformer Viewtiful Joe Battle Carnival and Tecmo's Ninja Gaiden Black for Xbox™.

The most interesting handheld releases are expected to be Taito's Densha de Go! Pocket: Yamate-Sen-Hen (Japanese/Asia), Sega Sammy's 2D fighter Guilty Gear XX #Reload, Hudson's pinball game with the innovative name Pinball (all for PSP™) as well as the Nintendo DS™ addon cartridge Daigasso! Band Brothers Request Selection.

Please note that the DS addon cartridge might be available a few days after release due to its limited online distribution in Japan only.

As additional highlights we are expecting the Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Original Soundtrack to be in stock on coming Tuesday. Buffers are still available for orders placed now to ship with the very first batch.

Access our preorder lists for further upcoming video game, movie and music releases.


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