21. Apr, 2005 14:47 (HKT)

Weekly import update: Demento, Romancing Saga: Minstrel Song (PS2™), Fire Emblem (NGC™), Naruto & Nintendogs (NDS™), Shutokou Battle: Zone of Control (PSP™), Kingdom Hearts Formation Arts & more

Around 20 new titles have been published during the third April release week. Once again, the portable system releases have dominated the sales charts at Play-Asia in this week.

Highlights for Nintendo platforms include Tomy's action title Naruto: Saikyo Ninja Daikesshu 3 for DS and Nintendogs (available in three differente versions) for Nintendo DS™ as well as Konami's Kessakusen! Ganbare Goemon 1+2 and Capcom's RockMan Zero 4 for Gameboy Advance™. Gamecube™ owners were honored with Nintendo's tactical strategy hit Fire Emblem: Path of the Blue Flame.

Speaking about Sony platform highlights, Capcom's horror adventure Demento and Square-Enix's Romancing Saga: Minstrel Song (Japanese and Asian version) were majorly demanded for PlayStation2™. Further well selling for PSP™ has been Genki's racer Shutokou Battle: Zone of Control and Sony's horse racing simulation Derby Time.

As special toy related highlight, we have received Square-Enix's Kingdom Hearts Formation Arts. As usually, a summary of all new releases from this week as well as a preview of next week's top titles is listed below.

Baseball Live 2005JPN US$ 64.90
DementoJPN US$ 59.90
Jikuu Bouken ZentrixJPN US$ 64.90
Romancing Saga: Minstrel SongJPN US$ 64.90
Romancing Saga: Minstrel SongASIA US$ 59.90
Seikai no SenkiJPN US$ 64.90
Wizardry SummonerJPN US$ 64.90
Romancing Saga: Minstrel Song Memory Card 8MB US$ 36.90

Fire Emblem: Path of the Blue FlameJPN US$ 64.90

ConstantineJPN US$ 64.90
Jade EmpireASIA US$ 44.90

Nintendo DS™:
Naruto: Saikyo Ninja Daikesshu 3 for DSJPN US$ 48.90
Nintendogs - Chihuahua & FriendsJPN US$ 48.90
Nintendogs - Dachs & FriendsJPN US$ 48.90
Nintendogs - Shiba & FriendsJPN US$ 48.90
Nintendo DS (Turquoise Blue)JPN US$ 189.00
Nintendo DS (Candy Pink)JPN US$ 189.00
Extended Touch Pen DS US$ 5.99

Gameboy Advance™:
Detective Conan: Atasuki no MonumentJPN US$ 48.90
Kessakusen! Ganbare Goemon 1+2JPN US$ 39.90
RockMan Zero 4JPN US$ 48.90

Sony PSP™:
Derby TimeJPN US$ 59.90
Shutokou Battle: Zone of ControlJPN US$ 59.90
MLBUS US$ 49.90
Hellboy (UMD Movie)JPN US$ 37.90
Cyber Leather Case (third party made) US$ 14.90
OverLay Brilliant (third party made) US$ 13.90
Soft Jacket (black) (third party made) US$ 14.90
UMD Cleaning System (third party made) US$ 6.90

Fullmetal Alchemist Play Arts No.1: Edward Elric US$ 38.90
Fullmetal Alchemist Play Arts No.2: Alphonse Elric US$ 38.90
Fullmetal Alchemist Play Arts No.3: Winry Rockbell US$ 38.90
Kingdom Hearts Formation Arts Vol.1 US$ 9.90
Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden Gashapon US$ 3.90
Story Image Figure EX Guilty Gear Isuka I-NO US$ 36.90

Video game related soundtracks:
Atelier Series Vocal Collection: VolksliedJPN US$ 29.90
Symphonic Suite Dragon Quest II Akuryo No KamigamiJPN US$ 28.90
Symphonic Suite Dragon Quest III Soshite DensetsueJPN US$ 28.90
Phantom Kingdom Arrange AlbumJPN US$ 29.90

Excerpt of anime related soundtracks:
Drama CD Ultrama Hero vs. Kaiju Gundan Part.2JPN US$ 19.90
Elementar Gerad Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 28.90
Koro-chan Pack: Maho Sentai Magiranger [CD + Picture Book]JPN US$ 14.90
Minna de tsukuru Memories Off CD!JPN US$ 23.90
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny Original Soundtrack IIJPN US$ 28.90
Prince of Tennis in Winter 2004-2005 side Yamabuki feat. St. RudolphJPN US$ 26.90
Ring ni Kakero 1 - Original SoundtracksJPN US$ 29.90
Transformer Galaxyforce Sound Pack 1JPN US$ 23.90
Transformer Galaxyforce Sound Pack 1 [CD+DVD]JPN US$ 31.90
W - Wish - Tag RadioJPN US$ 29.90

Looking forward to next week, around 30 new titles are scheduled for release in Japan. Certainly dominating are a number of adventure and dating simulations for PlayStation2™.

Pre-summarizing highlights, we will have SNK Playmore's Metal Slug 5, Sega AGES 2500 Series Vol. 19 Fighting Vipers and Spectral Force Chronicle (regular and Limited Edition) for PlayStation2™ as well as Dora-Slot 2: Suyaku wa Zenigata and Higanshima for Sony PSP™.

Another 4 notable releases for Nintendo's handheld platforms include Bandai's anime based One Piece Dragon Dream (GBA™) and Genki's pinball remake Devilish, Success' Guru Guru Nagetoo as well as MTO's Minna no Mahjong DS for Nintendo DS™.

Further to be mentioned are two interesting video related relases. TOHO's huge 14kg 30-disc preorder only Limited Edition Godzilla Final Box is on partial schedule for tomorrow (covering early preorders) with a remainder expected coming Tuesday. Orders for this collectible are closed at the moment but we anticipate to have a few extra units in stock which will be back on sale upon arrival.

Naruto fans will be looking forward to Aniplex's home video release of the theatrical feature Naruto Daikatsugeki! Yukihime Ninpocho Dattebayo!!. The item is shipping simultanesouly as RC2 DVD Video as well as PSP™ UMD Movie release. Please be reminded that this movie does not feature an English subtitle option as common for most official Japanese version anime releases.

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


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