24. Mar, 2005 16:17 (HKT)

Weekly import update: 50+ new Japanese & Asian version games, new toy releases, video game & anime related soundtracks & much more

As expected, the pre-Easter release week has been one of the biggest in this year so far. More than 50 new titles were published, including a large variety of highlights. The biggest movers were already mentioned in depth during shipping updates posted throughout the last couple of days but as usually are summarized again below.

Starting with PlayStation2™, major highlights include ESP's bloody action adventure Azumi (based on the Japanese movie release starring idol Aya Ueto), Konami's music DJ game beatmania IIDX 9th Style, Taito's classical shooting port Giga Wing Generations, the Sega AGES 2500 Series Vol. 17 Phantasy Star: Generation 2 remake, Shining Force NEO, Sony's action RPG Wild Arms: The 4th Detonator (Japanese and Asian version), Taito's RPG Y's III Wanderers from Ys (regular and Limited Edition) and as secret tip Expotato's Korean Come on Baby (offering similar gameplay compared to Konami's Bishi Bashi series).

While Xbox™ owners may consider taking a look at Sega's beat'em up Spikeout Battle Street (regular and Segadirect Edition including soundtrack CD) as well as SNK Playmore's The King of Fighters 2002), Bandai has released another anime based fighting game on Gamecube™ - Gold Gashbell: Yuujou Tag Battle 2.

Apart from the home console releases, lots of interesting stuff has been published on and around Sony™ and Nintendo™'s portable gaming systems. 3 Japanese (+1 European) Nintendo DS™ games have arrived in this week (incl. Touch! Kirby's Magical Paintbrush, Hanjuku Eiyuu DS: Egg Monster Heroes and Space Invaders DS) along with 2 new Japanese DS color models (Graphite Black and Pure White).

With official street release of Sony's PSP™ in the USA, lots of US version PSP™ titles have been stocked up (with the futuristic techno racer Wipeout Pure leading the sales charts), next to the Japanese anime based Bleach: Heat the Soul release.

Further featured in this weekly import update are lots of anime and video game related soundtracks. With demand increasing in our music related products, we will start featuring selected items during our weekly release update. Due to the flood of Japanese releases per week, we will begin with those that are judged as interesting by us.

A summary of all new releases from this week is listed below.

AzumiJPN US$ 64.90
beatmania IIDX 9th StyleJPN US$ 64.90
beatmania IIDX 9th Style Konamistyle Limited EditionJPN US$ 179.90
Bokura No KazokuJPN US$ 59.90
Come on BabyKOR US$ 42.90
Duel MastersJPN US$ 64.90
EVE Burst Error Plus (GameBridge the Best)JPN US$ 34.90
Forgotten Realms: Demon StoneJPN US$ 64.90
Gakkou o Tsukurou: Happy Days!!JPN US$ 64.90
Get Ride AMDriver: Rivalry of the TruthJPN US$ 59.90
Giga Wing GenerationsJPN US$ 59.90
Gold Gashbell: Yuujou Tag Battle 2JPN US$ 64.90
Sega AGES 2500 Series Vol. 17 Phantasy Star: Generation 2JPN US$ 28.90
Shining Force NEOJPN US$ 64.90
Shinseiki Genso: Spectral Souls (IF Collection)JPN US$ 34.90
SuperLite 2000: Memories Off MixJPN US$ 25.90
Super Monkey Ball DeluxeJPN US$ 39.90
Tak 2: The Staff of DreamsKOR US$ 48.90
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon (UbiSoft Best)JPN US$ 34.90
Transformers Tataki (The Best Takara)JPN US$ 34.90
Tsuki no Hikari: Shizumeru Kane no Satsujin (Super Best Collection)JPN US$ 22.90
Wild Arms: The 4th DetonatorJPN US$ 64.90
Wild Arms: The 4th DetonatorASIA US$ 54.90
Winning Eleven 8 Liveware EvolutionJPN US$ 64.90
Ys III Wanderers from YsJPN US$ 59.90
Ys III Wanderers from Ys [Limited Edition]JPN US$ 89.90
Sega Saturn Control Pad (black) US$ 32.90
Shining Force NEO Memory Card 8MB US$ 36.90
Virtua Stick US$ 79.90

Crimson Sea (Xbox Platinum Collection)JPN US$ 34.90
Spikeout Battle StreetJPN US$ 64.90
Spikeout Battle Street [Segadirect Limited Edition]JPN US$ 109.00
Super Monkey Ball DeluxeJPN US$ 39.90
The King of Fighters 2002JPN US$ 48.90
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (Platinum Hits)ASIA US$ 24.90
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island Thunder (Platinum Hits)ASIA US$ 24.90
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 (Platinum Hits)ASIA US$ 24.90

Gold Gashbell: Yuujou Tag Battle 2JPN US$ 64.90

Gameboy Advance™:
Konchuu Monster Battle MasterJPN US$ 48.90
Konchuu Monster StadiumJPN US$ 48.90
Nyon Nyon Nyon Kononyon CollectionJPN US$ 44.90
Shin Sangoku Musou AdvanceJPN US$ 48.90

Nintendo DS™:
Hanjuku Eiyuu DS: Egg Monster HeroesJPN US$ 48.90
Rayman DSEUR US$ 39.90
Space Invaders DSJPN US$ 39.90
Tantei Kibukawa Ryosuke Jiken Dan: The Masquerade LullabyJPN US$ 48.90
Touch! Kirby's Magical PaintbrushJPN US$ 48.90
Nintendo DS (Graphite Black)JPN US$ 189.00
Nintendo DS (Pure White)JPN US$ 189.00

Sony PSP™:
Bleach: Heat the SoulJPN US$ 59.90
Ape Escape: On the LooseUS US$ 49.90
Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos TowerUS US$ 49.90
Dynasty WarriorsUS US$ 59.90
Gretzky NHLUS US$ 49.90
Need For Speed Underground RivalsUS US$ 59.90
Spider-Man 2US US$ 59.90
Tony Hawk's Underground 2 RemixUS US$ 59.90
Twisted Metal: Head OnUS US$ 59.90
Wipeout PureUS US$ 49.90
World Tour SoccerUS US$ 49.90
Neckstrap Headphone Portable US$ 15.90
Portable Pouch (hot red) US$ 15.90
Portable Pouch (lime green) US$ 15.90
Slide Case Portable US$ 5.99

Windows™ PC:
Tokimeki Factory Vol.1: Tokimeki Memorial Girl's SideJPN US$ 52.90
Tokimeki Factory Vol.2: Tokimeki Memorial Girl's SideJPN US$ 52.90
Tokimeki Factory Girl's Side Collector's BoxJPN US$ 104.90

Mario Party Plush Doll: Mario (large) US$ 29.90
Neon Genesis Evangelion The End of Evangelion Figure: Rei Ayanami US$ 15.90
Neon Genesis Evangelion The End of Evangelion Figure: Asuka Langley US$ 15.90
Neon Genesis Evangelion The End of Evangelion Figure: Shinji Ikari US$ 15.90

Video game related soundtracks:
Duel Masters Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 31.90
Final Exam Kujira Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 28.90
Game Sound Legend Series: Game Legend of Game Music Premium Box [Limited Editon]JPN US$ 147.90
Gran Turismo 4 Original Soundtrack - Classic CollectionJPN US$ 19.90
GUITARFREAKS & drummania Instrumental Collection 2JPN US$ 27.90
Homemaid Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 27.90
Legend of Heroes Gagharv Trilogy: White Witch Theme SongJPN US$ 11.90
Memories Off Collectors Box [Limited Edition]JPN US$ 127.90
Music from and Inspired by Gran Turismo 4JPN US$ 24.90
Natsuiro: Hoshikuzu no Memory - Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 29.90
Radiata Stories Arrange AlbumJPN US$ 27.90
Sega Saturn History Vocal CollectionJPN US$ 27.90
Tendo Dokuta SoundtrackJPN US$ 23.90
W: Wish - Miracle Vocal BestJPN US$ 29.90

Selected anime & video game related DVD releases:
Ghost in the Shell - Stand Alone Complex Ep. 1-13 [4-DVD Set] [dts]HK US$ 48.90
Ghost in the Shell - Stand Alone Complex Ep. 14-26 [4-DVD Set] [dts]HK US$ 48.90
Sega Saturn Visual Collection Vol.1JPN US$ 45.90
Viewtiful Joe Vol.3JPN US$ 57.90

Selected anime related soundtrack releases:
Anime 60'sJPN US$ 19.90
Dream Believer / Little Sky (The Prince of Tennis Opening Theme)JPN US$ 11.90
Forever Blue / Himawari (Irya no Sora, UFO no Natsu Themes)JPN US$ 11.90
Full Metal Archemist Song File - Alphonse ElricJPN US$ 10.90
Get Ride! AM Driver Best Album Heroic SensationJPN US$ 26.90
Ghibli The ClassicsJPN US$ 28.90
Girls Bravo Second Season Image Vocal Album Go! Go! Girls!JPN US$ 28.90
Keroro Song, Zenbuiri de Arimasu!JPN US$ 23.90
Keroro Song, Zenbuiri de Arimasu! [Limited Edition]JPN US$ 33.90
Ketteiban 2005 Ultraman Series Theme & Shudaika ShuJPN US$ 18.90
Lime-iro Ryukitan X - Koi, Oshietekudasai - Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 28.90
Lupin the Third ThemeJPN US$ 15.90
Macross Song SelectionJPN US$ 19.90
My-HiME Original Soundtrack Vol.2JPN US$ 28.90
Natsukashi Anime Song SelectionJPN US$ 19.90
Radio DJ CD Oh! Naruto Nippon Vol.8JPN US$ 24.90
Shining Days (My HiME Theme) [CD+DVD] JPN US$ 17.90
The Prince of Tennis: Best of Rival Players XXIIIJPN US$ 11.90
The Prince of Tennis: Best of Rival Players XXVJPN US$ 11.90
The Prince of Tennis: Best of Rival Players XXVIJPN US$ 11.90
Time Bokan Song SelectionJPN US$ 19.90
Victor Anime Song Collection IJPN US$ 23.90
Victor Anime Song Collection IIJPN US$ 23.90
Wagamama Fairy Mirumo de Pon! Wonderful Mirumo de Best 2JPN US$ 26.90
Yakitate!! Japan Original Sound TrackJPN US$ 28.90

Explore further music related releases here.

Looking forward to next week, around 20 new titles are scheduled for release in Japan. Quickly pre-summarizing all highlights, we will have the anime based Beck the Game, Taito's Saikyo Shooting Collection Vol.3: Sol Divide and Dragon Blaze and Namco's Japanese version Tekken 5 (incl. Hori's licensed Tekken 5 Real Arcade Pro Stick and Tekken 5 Memory Card 8MB) for PlayStation2™.

With Dream Mix TV World Fighters, another Gamecube™ fighting title will be re-published as budget Hudson the Best release version.

Additionally, 3 Japanese titles are coming up for PSP™ (Generation of Chaos IV: Another Side, Harukanaru Jikuu no Uchi de: Sae Techou and Sangokushi V / Romance of the Three Kingdoms V), while DS fans might look forward to Yakuman DS (which is also known as Mario Mahjong DS).

A more detailed video game related preorder list can be accessed here.


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