29. Jan, 2009 17:24 (HKT)

Weekly Games Update: Great games for a New Year is a wonderful omen - TOW2, Soul Eater: Battle Resonance, Echoes of Time, Haruka 8 Yume no Ukihashi, Vampire Knights & much more!

Welcome to our weekly games update. A large number of games are out this week, but since we had a five day Chinese New Year Holiday break, they are all stocked up for release today.

Since quite a number of them are great games and deserve a fuller description instead of a fleeting summary, this week's update will carry both detailed news on games and our usual lists.

Adventure with Kanono again, this time on the ship Vaneldia. Explore the world and tell your own tale. Because of the first game's great success, that the developers decided to carry on with the myths.

Besides your character's gender, hair and eye color, smaller aspects such as the shape of the mouth and winning poses can be decided by you, design your ideal character and join the guild. The savory elements such as the battle arena remains. Challenge bosses, or multiples of them in one go or face off with all the powerful characters you have met in the Tales of franchise.

One of the attractions of the Tales of franchise is their enchanting characters, and in this huge party, you get to meet more than 50 of them in one go. This is your invitation, come join now.

Your moving guild it set to go, come on board now. Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 is available as Japanese and Asian versions.

Wrought your weapon into a death scythe in the fighting game Soul Eater: Battle Resonance, find 99 souls born from the egg of the kishins and one witch's soul. Maka and Soul Eater have failed this task once by mistaking the soul of Blair the cat as a witch and could not bear to fail again.

Following the plot of the first 24 episodes of the anime, you get to take part in the fights Maka and gang participated in and experience the coolness of the characters at first hand.

For those who have never seen the anime, be amazed at the comical situations the characters managed to get themselves into, for the long time fans, this game is filled to the brim with new story elements and costumes as well as items. Get a rare insight into the characters minds and their wardrobes.

Be a real Meister and wrought your Death Scythe. Soul Eater: Battle Resonance is available on both PlayStation2™ and Sony PSP™.

In a secluded village surrounded by a lush forest, a strange illness occurred. To save a life, a youth ventures out into the unknown world to search for cures as well as the cause to the disappearance of the crystals.

People become of age at sixteen in this world, to complete the coming of age ceremony, our hero (player character) has to go into the forest, defeat the monsters and retrieve a shard of crystal from the a mysterious girl Sherota. However, this little adventure only serves as a prelude, for a bigger calamity is in the brewing.

The coming of age ceremony is merely an opening, connect up with other friends via your Wii network or Wi-Fi links and set off on your very own journey.

Follow the black cat, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time is available for Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS as standard and Crystal Chronicle (NDSi console included) package

Previously released on the Nintendo DS to celebrate Koei's 30th anniversary, Yume no ukihashi is now upgraded and re-released for the television screen on your PlayStation2.

Watch the scenarios between the three generations of Hachiyous, marvel at how the same seiyuus could bring out the difference in the characters and see how the 24 retainers chat with and tease each other in this cross generation party.

Meet all your 24 retainers as well as other important figures in Harukanaru Toki no Naka de history in this classical romantic adventure.

The game is available as Standard, Premium and Treasure Box versions. While the standard version simply carries the game disc, the Premium version comes with a postcard set and a photo library.

The Treasure box has everything included in the Premium Box and extra goodies such as package illustrations and a CD set that records poems recited by the seiyuus.

Kurosu or Cross academy is a school built under the aim of constructing peace between the vampire race and the human.

To end the long strife between the races, the director of the school believes that it is through controlled exposure to each other that a compromise could be reached.

To ensure that their exposure is controlled, the director has his daughter, the heroine of the show, Yuki and her childhood friend Kiryuu Zero guard the normal students from the night class vampires.

Vampires and humans and a long bloody history, will Yuki be able to find happiness and love amidst all these complications?

Enjoy a gothic romance, Vampire Knights is available as Limited and Standard Editions.

Here is a summary of all games and related products that were released within the last seven days, followed by and excerpt of games coming next week that are expected to be hot.

Lord of the Rings: ConquestUS N/A sold
Ninja BladeJPN US$ 36.99 1-5d
Tom Clancy's EndWarJPN US$ 9.99 1-5d
Tomb Raider UnderworldJPN US$ 49.99 1w

Lord of the Rings: ConquestUS N/A sold
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (PlayStation3 the Best)JPN US$ 28.90 1-2w
Tomb Raider UnderworldJPN N/A sold

Nintendo Wii™
Deer DriveUS US$ 33.99 1-2w
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of TimeJPN US$ 24.99 1-5d

Dance Dance Revolution XJPN N/A sold
Dance Dance Revolution X [Konamistyle Special Edition Complete]JPN N/A sold
Dance Dance Revolution X [Konamistyle Special Edition]JPN N/A sold
Fukakutei Sekai no Tantei Shinshi: Akugyou Futaasa no Jiken FileJPN US$ 42.99 1w
Fukakutei Sekai no Tantei Shinshi: Akugyou Futaasa no Jiken File [Limited Edition]JPN N/A sold
Harukanaru Toki no Naka de Yumenoukihashi SpecialJPN US$ 68.90 1-5d
Harukanaru Toki no Naka de Yumenoukihashi Special [Premium Box]JPN US$ 115.99 1-5d
Harukanaru Toki no Naka de Yumenoukihashi Special [Treasure Box]JPN N/A sold
Soul Eater: Battle ResonanceJPN US$ 34.99 1-5d
World Soccer Winning Eleven 2009JPN US$ 74.90 1w

Nintendo DS™
Boku to Sim no Machi: Resort ni Genki o Torimodosou! (EA Best Hits)JPN US$ 29.90 1w
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of TimeJPN US$ 16.99 1w
Nintendo DSi (Crystal Chronicle Edition)JPN US$ 299.99 1w
Hirameki Action: Chibikko Wagyan no Daiki na BoukenJPN US$ 50.99 1w
Personal Trainer: MathUS N/A sold
Ryuusei no RockMan 3 Noise Kaizou Gear Diabolos Stage (5pcs Pack)JPN N/A sold
Sid Meier's Civilization RevolutionJPN N/A sold
Taiheiyou no Arashi DSJPN US$ 58.90 1w
The Sims 2: Castaway (EA Best Hits)JPN US$ 29.90 1w
Vampire Kishi DSJPN N/A sold
Vampire Kishi DS [Limited Edition]JPN N/A sold

Sony PSP™
Hancock Extended Collector's EditionJPN US$ 37.90 5-15d
Memories Off #5: Togireta FilmJPN N/A sold
Memories Off #5: Togireta Film [Limited Edition]JPN N/A sold
Princess Maker 4 Portable (Best Hit Selection)JPN N/A sold
RockMan Dash + Rockman Dash 2 Value PackJPN N/A sold
Soul Eater: Battle ResonanceJPN N/A sold
Street Fighter Zero 3 Double Upper + Vampire Chronicle: The Chaos Tower Value PackJPN US$ 57.99 1w
Tales of The World: Radiant Mythology 2JPN N/A sold
Tales of The World: Radiant Mythology 2ASIA N/A sold
Winning Eleven Ubiquitous Evolution 2009JPN US$ 54.90 1-5d

Game Guides and Magazines
428: Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de Official Guide BookJPN N/A sold
Biohazard Degeneration Visual & Scenario ArchiveJPN N/A sold
Hiyoku wa Aiazami no Kanata e Ganzen Visual Fan BookJPN US$ 45.90 5-15d
Phantasy Star Zero Complete GuideJPN N/A sold
Weekly Famitsu No. 1051 (2009 02/06+13) Double IssueJPN N/A sold

Video Game related Soundtracks
5pb Chara Son Works 2006 - 2007 Vol.1 M Moe x A Akiba MapopJPN US$ 27.90 5-15d
Atelier Annie - The Alchemist of Sera Island Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 32.90 5-15d
Atelier Vocal HistoriaJPN US$ 31.90 5-15d
Chaos; Head - Trigger3 (Chaos; Head Noar Character Song Series) (~Ayase Kishimoto (CV. Yui Sakakibara))JPN US$ 15.99 5-15d
Chaos; Head - Trigger4 (Chaos; Head Noar Character Song Series) (~Kozue Orikasa (CV. Ayumi Tsuji))JPN US$ 15.99 5-15d
Dance Dance Revolution X & Furu Furu Part Original SoundtrackJPN N/A sold
Hangame Pachinko DX / Pachinko DX Vocal Collection 2008JPN US$ 19.90 5-15d
Neo Angelique Special - Silver ToneJPN US$ 28.90 5-15d
Jewerly Tears (Oretachi Ni Tsubasa Ha Nai Game Theme Song)JPN US$ 11.90 5-15d
Petit Four Drama CD Vol.1 (~Tatsuo Suzuki, Shinnosuke Tachibana, Daisuke Ono)JPN US$ 29.90 5-15d
Phantasy Star Zero Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 154.99 5-15d
Sonic World Adventure Original Soundtrack Planetary PiecesJPN N/A sold
Ultraman The Slot Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 18.90 5-15d

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:

Afro SamuraiUS US$ 41.99
Burnout Paradise The Ultimate BoxASIA N/A
HORI Real Arcade Pro.EXUS N/A
MLB Front Office ManagerUS N/A

Afro SamuraiUS N/A
Burnout Paradise The Ultimate BoxASIA N/A
Demon's SoulsASIA N/A
Demon's SoulsJPN N/A
MLB Front Office ManagerUS N/A

Nintendo Wii™
Another Code: R - Kioku no TobiraJPN US$ 19.99

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


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