26. Nov, 2009 18:30 (HKT)

Weekly Games update: Naruto Ryujinki, Professor Layton 4, La Pucelle: Ragnarok, Strike Witch DS, Higurashi Daybreak Portable Mega Edition, Puyo Puyo 7 & much more!

Welcome to this week's Games Update, our weekly summary featuring all new product arrivals from the last seven days. Although this Monday was a national holiday in Japan, this did nothing to slow down releases for the week. A torrent of Japanese games, including the much anticipated Mushihimesama Futari have come today, let's take a look now.

Departing from the fighting ring for a while, the Naruto Shippuden cast are embarking upon a quest full of action and adventure. This time, they are not only facing hostile ninjas from other villages, they are facing monsters such as rock dragons.

In the face of these seemingly invisible monsters, there is almost nothing that the Konoha ninjas could do but wait to be slaughtered. In the heat of battle, a mysterious girl appeared to tell Naruto about the only weapon that could defeat these new monsters, the legendary Ryujingi, the dragon blade.

New costumes, new ninjutsu and weapons, release the power in the blades and chase the menace, once again, out of your home.

The newest Naruto action is available for Nintendo Wii™:

Naruto Shippuden: RyujinkiJPN US$ 23.99 1w

The newest Professor Layton game is coming with more challenging puzzles, interesting characters and an enchanting storyline. All those who have played the Layton Trilogy knew what good partners Layton and Luke make, yet you did not know how they came to know each other. This game answers this mystery.

In a strange little town, there is an object called the specter's flute. It has the power to call forth monsters to destroy the town. Together with Remi, a photographer who insists on following him, Layton sets off toward the mist covered town.

More mini games, an even larger volume of puzzles, it's time to sharpen your brain.

Layton Kyouju to Majin no FueJPN US$ 46.99 1w

Ported to the PSP is the thematic predecessor of Disgaea. With cute girls, a wacky Nippon Ichi story and an engaging battle system, if you like Disgaea or any strategic RPG for that matter, this is the game for you.

Like the majority of PSP ports, this game has a lot of updates and brand new elements.

There new scenarios such as the Demon King Purie route and the bonus stages where Disgaea characters make their appearances.

There are also new special skills, stage boss and an updated battle system. To make your battles smoother, you can disable the battle animations.

The Limited Edition comes with an Information Booklet and Soundtrack CD. The two versions are available today for Sony PSP™:

La Pucelle: RagnarokJPN US$ 32.99 1w
La Pucelle: Ragnarok [First Print Limited Edition]JPN N/A sold

Lead the strike witch girls to fight the invasion of neuroids in this new DS game. You are the next in line as their captain, get to know the girls by chatting with them. In the adventure part, you choose your response to the girls' questions through a text box.

Lead them to battle and equip them with the right weapons, maximise their speed, defense and attack. Check the winning conditions and command your girls to destroy enemies or retreat. Each girl has an affiliation with a different type of magic, determine who is best for what kind of mission before hand.

After winning the war, you will get to spend time with your favourite girl. Increase your familiarity level with her to get a good ending. There are 4 story routes in total and 11 endings, play a few times, get to know all the girls and become their ideal captain.

The Limited Edition comes with a drama CD, you'd only be able to listen to these skits here:

Strike Witches: Aoi no Dengekisen - Shin Taichou Funtousuru!JPN US$ 39.99 1w
Strike Witches: Aoi no Dengekisen - Shin Taichou Funtousuru! [Limited Edition]JPN N/A sold

Just as destructive as the blood thirsty beast, but every bit cuter are the Higurashi cast. Rena found a mirror in the rubbish heap where she plays treasure hunting, only to find out that it's a magical talisman that would grant its owner any wish. So here comes the ax and bat wielding and all the monstrous cuteness.

Besides the usual cast, the mirror brings in more people to the Hinamizawa village. Worry not, just plow them down. With more original plot lines and action, this blend of cheerful cuteness and violence is going to blow you away.

Higurashi Daybreak Portable Mega EditionJPN N/A sold
Higurashi Daybreak Portable Mega Edition [Limited Edition]JPN US$ 139.99 1-2w

Puyos are crystaline jellybeans that block up your screen. Line them up by color and blast them away. Popular among people of all ages, the Puyo Puyo series is out with its seventh installment.

The new game comes with a "henshin" gauge where you can transform into an adult or into a child, use this to your advantage as you blow the colorful blobs away.

Besides Henshin, there is also the Fever Gauge which allows you to turn the tables around even with all those puyos stacked up against you. Strategically setting up the blocks and successfulling timing the Fever Attack is the key of victory this time.

Puyo Puyo 7 the family game is available on several platforms:

Nintendo™ Wii
Puyo Puyo 7JPN N/A sold

Nintendo™ DS
Puyo Puyo 7JPN N/A sold

Sony PSP™
Puyo Puyo 7JPN N/A sold
Puyo Puyo 7ASIA N/A sold

Resident Evil The Dark Side Chronicles will take you to the zombie infested town, provide you with powerful weapons and push you into this ghost house plus roller coaster ride. With updated graphics, sounds and a new control system involving the Wii remote and the Nunchaku, this is one blood curdling adventure you cannot miss.

Build your dungeons, put in some monsters and tear everything apart. Lego Indiana Jones is out with the 2nd episode. This time you will visit the Crystal Skull site and have new characters to control. Unleash your creativity, your fighting prowesses and your sense of humor when you take your family to this exotic world.

There are more things for you to build and items for you to create besides dungeons. Annie the lazy girl is sent to build a resort on Sera Island. She has to try her hand at alchemy, hunt down monsters for recipes, make friends with the people on the island and marry the prince.

Work hard this once, and you can laze around for the rest of your life.

A lot of people are fighting to win the tournament this week in the game worlds. There are the fighters in Tekken 6, Ninjas in Naruto Revolution 3. Those of you who are more partial to fighting with cards and monsters than with fists and kicks, can get Yu-Gi-Oh Tag Force 4.

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

Assassin's Creed IIUS N/A sold
ChaoticUS N/A sold
LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure ContinuesASIA N/A sold
LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure ContinuesUS N/A sold
Left 4 Dead 2US N/A sold
Mushihimesama Futari Ver 1.5JPN N/A sold
Mushihimesama Futari Ver 1.5 [Limited Edition]JPN N/A sold

Assassin's Creed IIUSN/Asold
Buzz! Quiz World (Bundle)USN/Asold
ChaoticUSUS$ 17.991-2w
Fallout 3 (PlayStation3 the Best)JPNN/Asold
God of War CollectionUSN/Asold
Jurassic: The HuntedUSUS$ 34.991-2w
LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure ContinuesASIAN/Asold
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (EA Best Hits)JPNUS$ 34.901w
Mirror's Edge (EA Best Hits)JPNUS$ 59.901w


Nintendo Wii™
Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Crystal KingdomUSN/Asold
EA Sports Active: More Workouts (Bundle)USUS$ 38.991-2w
Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5USUS$ 20.991-2w
Karaoke Joysound Wii DXJPNUS$ 298.901-2w
Momotarou Dentetsu 2010 Senkoku Ishin no Hero Daisyuugou ! No KenJPNN/Asold
Naruto Shippuden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3USN/Asold
Naruto Shippuden: RyujinkiJPNUS$ 23.991w
Planet 51USUS$ 34.991-2w
Puyo Puyo 7JPNN/Asold
Rabbids Go HomeJPNUS$ 59.901w
Resident Evil: The Darkside ChroniclesUSUS$ 29.991-2w
SimAnimals AfricaJPNUS$ 17.991w


.hack//G.U. Vol. 3: Aruku Youna Hayasa de (PlayStation2 the Best)JPNUS$ 38.991-5d
.hack//G.U. Vol.1 Rebirth (Best Version)JPNUS$ 84.991w
.hack//G.U. Vol.2 Kimi Omou Koe (PlayStation2 the Best)JPNN/Asold
Cars Race O RamaUSUS$ 20.991-2w
Daisenryaku VII Exceed (System Soft Selection)JPNUS$ 44.901w
Katekyoo Hitman Reborn! Kindan no Yami no Delta (Best Collection)JPNUS$ 34.901-5d
Kiniro no Corda (Koei Teiban Series)JPNUS$ 18.991w
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (EA:SY! 1980)JPNUS$ 24.901w
Nobunaga no Yabou: Tenka Sousei with Power Up Kit (Koei Teiban Series)JPNUS$ 34.901w
Shin Sangoku Musou 4 (PlayStation2 the Best)JPNUS$ 20.901-2w
Zill O'll Infinite (Koei Teiban Series)JPNUS$ 49.901w


Nintendo DS™
Agatha Christie: The ABC MurdersUSUS$ 22.991-2w
Assassin's Creed II DiscoveryUSN/Asold
Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera IslandUSN/Asold
Center Shiken Eigo Listening Sokushuu DSJPNUS$ 53.991w
ChaoticUSUS$ 35.991-2w
Cooking Mama 3JPNUS$ 49.991-5d
Eiken Kansei HanJPNUS$ 36.901-2w
Gakken Eigo Sanmai DSJPNUS$ 44.901w
Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5USUS$ 32.991-2w
Layton Kyouju to Majin no FueJPNUS$ 46.991w
Lego Rock BandUSUS$ 17.991-2w
Ochaken no Heya DS 4: Ochaken Land de Hotto Shiyo?JPNN/Asold
Planet 51USUS$ 20.991-2w
SimAnimals AfricaJPNUS$ 19.991w
Strike Witches: Aoi no Dengekisen - Shin Taichou Funtousuru!JPNUS$ 39.991w
Strike Witches: Aoi no Dengekisen - Shin Taichou Funtousuru! [Limited Edition]JPNN/Asold
Wizardry ~Seimei no Kusabi~ [Amazon.co.jp Limited Edition]JPNN/Asold


Sony PSP™
Armored Core: Silent Line PortableASIAN/Asold
Assassin's Creed: BloodlinesUSN/Asold
Gakuen Heaven: Boy's Love Scramble!JPNN/Asold
Higurashi Daybreak Portable Mega EditionJPNN/Asold
Higurashi Daybreak Portable Mega Edition [Limited Edition]JPNUS$ 139.991-2w
Itsuka Kono Te ga Kegareru Toki ni: Spectral Force LegacyJPNUS$ 56.991w
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist (Ultimatum Edition)ASIAN/Asold
Itsuka Kono Te ga Kegareru Toki ni: Spectral Force Legacy [Special Pack]JPNN/Asold
Brothers in Arms: Road To Hill 30ASIAN/Asold
Kenka Banchou 3: Zenkoku Seiha (PSP the Best)JPNUS$ 20.901-2w
L no Kisetsu: Double PocketJPNUS$ 59.901w
L no Kisetsu: Double Pocket [Limited Edition]JPNN/Asold
La Corda d'Oro (Koei Teiban Series)JPNUS$ 42.991w
La Pucelle: RagnarokJPNUS$ 32.991w
La Pucelle: Ragnarok [First Print Limited Edition]JPNN/Asold
LittleBigPlanet PortableUSN/Asold
Prinny: Ore ga Shujinkou de Iinsuka? (The Best Price)JPNN/Asold
Puyo Puyo 7JPNN/Asold
Tekken 6USN/Asold
Tekken 6ASIAN/Asold
Wild Arms XF / Wild Arms Crossfire (PSP the Best)JPNUS$ 34.901w
Yamada Yuusuke World Puzzle: Bokura no 48 Jikan SensouJPNUS$ 64.901w
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 4USN/Asold


PC Game
Left 4 Dead 2 (DVD-ROM)USN/Asold
The Sims 3 World Adventures (DVD-ROM)USUS$ 28.901-2w


Game Guides and Magazines
Famitsu DS + Wii [January 2010]JPNN/Asold
V-Jump [January 2010]JPNN/Asold
Weekly Famitsu No. 1095 (2009 12/10)JPNN/Asold

Video Games Related Soundtrack
3D Dot Game Heroes Original SoundtrackJPNUS$ 21.995-15d
Bleed [CD+DVD]JPNUS$ 17.905-15d
Border Break Original SoundtrackJPNUS$ 24.905-15d
Chevalier - Tsuki No Hime To Ryu No Kishi Drama CD Vol.2JPNUS$ 29.905-15d
Gran Turismo Original Sound CollectionJPNUS$ 21.995-15d
Jubeat Original SoundtrackJPNUS$ 25.995-15d
Jubeat Ripples Original SoundtrackJPNUS$ 19.905-15d
Kaze Wo Atsumete / Brave My HeartJPNUS$ 11.905-15d
Kaze Wo Atsumete / Brave My Heart [CD+DVD Limited Edition]JPNUS$ 17.905-15d
Lucian Bee's Character Song Series Vol.6 RemmyJPNUS$ 17.905-15d
Magnacarta II Original SoundtrackJPNUS$ 30.905-15d
Persona 3 Portable Original SoundtrackJPNUS$ 24.9924h
Progression (Dragonball Raging Blast New Intro Theme)JPNN/Asold
Tales of Vesperia Drama CD Vol.5JPNUS$ 27.995-15d
Tayutama - Kiss On My Deity Theme SongsJPNUS$ 13.995-15d
Unmei No Farfalla (Steins;Gate Outro Theme)JPNUS$ 13.905-15d
Uta No Prince Sama Audition Song 1JPNUS$ 11.905-15d
Wild Succession (Super Robot Taisen Neo / Super Robot Wars Neo Theme)JPNUS$ 11.905-15d


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:

Hori Pad EX Turbo 2 (Black)US N/A
Hori Pad EX Turbo 2 (Blue)US N/A
Tony Hawk: Ride (w/ Skateboard Bundle)ASIA N/A

Nintendo™ Wii
Kamen Rider Dragon KnightUS N/A
Kamen Rider: Climax Heroes WJPN US$ 34.99
New Super Mario Bros. WiiJPN US$ 64.99
Sengoku Musou 3JPN N/A

Nintendo DS™
Fighting FantasyUS N/A
Kamen Rider Dragon KnightUS N/A
Yggdra Unison: Seiken BuyuudenJPN US$ 17.99

Sony PSP™
Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam Next PlusJPN N/A
Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam Next PlusASIA N/A
Phantasy Star Portable 2JPN US$ 21.99
Phantasy Star Portable 2ASIA N/A
Phantasy Star Portable 2 Accessory SetJPN N/A

Rush Rush Rally Racing [Deluxe Edition] N/A


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