24. Feb, 2005 18:27 (HKT)

Weekly import update: Shin Sangoku Musou 4, Sakura Taisen 3, Chaos Field Expanded, Star Fox: Assault, Need for Speed Underground Rivals, lots of soundtracks & more

The last February week has been a huge release week - certainly one of the biggest ones this year so far. Approx. 40 new titles have been published in Japan, along with a variety of interesting video game related soundtracks.

Summarizing the highlights from this week, well seling PlayStation2™ releases include Broccoli's third Galaxy Angel release, Sega's Sakura Taisen 3 and Koei's Shin Sangoku Musou 4. Gamecube™ owners can be happy about two good titles this week with Milestone's Chaos Field Expanded and the Namco/Nintendo co-developed Star Fox: Assault.

Handheld highlights include EA's Need for Speed Underground Rivals and Namco Museum (PSP™) as well as Another Code 2 Memory (NDS™) and Capcom's RockMan EXE 5: Team of Colonel (GBA™).

Among the video game related soundtracks that were released during this week are a variety of good old Digicube classics, now re-published under Square-Enix's own label, such as Chrono Trigger Original Soundtrack, Final Fantasy VII Reunion Tracks and Xenogears Original Soundtrack. Most soundtracks which are not in stock yet are scheduled for arrival during coming week.

Here's our summary of the flood of new releases from this week:

120-en no Haru: 120 Yen StoriesJPN US$ 34.90
Angel WishJPN US$ 64.90
Angel Wish [Limited Edition]JPN US$ 95.00
Castle FantasiaJPN US$ 64.90
Castle Fantasia [Deluxe Pack]JPN US$ 84.90
Def Jam Fight for NYJPN US$ 59.90
Gakuen Heaven: Okawari!JPN US$ 64.90
Galaxy Angel: Eternal LoversJPN US$ 64.90
Galaxy Angel: Eternal Lovers [Limited Edition w/ Booklet and DVD]JPN US$ 95.00
Galaxy Angel: Eternal Lovers [3 Sets Eternal Package]JPN US$ 159.00
GI Jockey 3 2005 VersionJPN US$ 48.90
Hissatsu Pachinko Station V9JPN US$ 54.90
Izuku e Iku no, AnohiJPN US$ 64.90
Izuku e Iku no, Anohi [Limited Edition]JPN US$ 95.00
Jissen Pachi-Slot Hisshoho ! Hokuto no Ken PlusJPN US$ 44.90
Kazoku Keikaku: Kokoro no KizunaJPN US$ 64.90
Kinnikuman Generations (PlayStation2 the Best)JPN US$ 29.90
Memories Off After Rain Vol. 2 Souen TsujoubanJPN US$ 54.90
Memories Off After Rain Vol. 2 Souen Tsujouban [Special Edition]JPN US$ 64.90
My Home o Tsukurou 2! TakumiJPN US$ 64.90
Naruto: Narutimett Hero (PlayStation2 the Best)JPN US$ 29.90
Natural 2: Duo - Sakurairo no KisetsuJPN US$ 64.90
Popolocrois Hajimari no Bouken (PlayStation2 the Best)JPN US$ 20.90
Sakura Taisen 3JPN US$ 48.90
Sakura Taisen 3 [Limited Edition]JPN US$ 59.90
Sanyo Pachinko Paradise 11JPN US$ 54.90
Shin Sangoku Musou 4JPN US$ 64.90
Shin Sangoku Musou 4ASIA US$ 59.90
Shin Sangoku Musou 4 [Treasure Box]JPN US$ 169.00
Shin Sangoku Musou 4 [Treasure Box]ASIA US$ 149.00
Shin Sangoku Musou 4 [Treasure Box Special]JPN US$ 179.00
Shutokou Battle 0 (PlayStation2 the Best)JPN US$ 20.90
Sly 2: Band of ThievesKOR US$ 54.90
Summon Night 3 (PlayStation2 the Best)JPN US$ 39.90
Taisen Hot Gimmick Cosplay (Best)JPN US$ 34.90
Tsuki wa KirisakuJPN US$ 64.90
Tsuki wa Kirisaku [Limited Edition]JPN US$ 95.00
Tsukiyo ni SarabaJPN US$ 64.90
Tsukiyo ni SarabaASIA US$ 59.90
Winning Post 6 2005 VersionJPN US$ 48.90
Winning Post 6 & GI Jockey 3 2005 Version Premium PackJPN US$ 79.90
Shin Sangoku Musou 4 & PlayStation2 Limited PackJPN US$ 299.00
Shin Sangoku Musou 4 Memory Card 8MB US$ 36.90

Chaos Field ExpandedJPN US$ 59.90
Star Fox: AssaultJPN US$ 59.90

FIFA StreetASIA US$ 39.90
MercenariesASIA US$ 39.90
Metal Slug 4JPN US$ 48.90

Angel WishJPN US$ 64.90
Angel Wish [Limited Edition]JPN US$ 95.00

Sony PSP™:
Namco MuseumJPN US$ 49.90
Need for Speed Underground RivalsJPN US$ 59.90
All In Guard (oval) US$ 29.90

Nintendo DS™/Gameboy Advance™:
Another Code 2 MemoryJPN US$ 48.90
RockMan EXE 5: Team of ColonelJPN US$ 48.90
Play-Yan (w/ MediaStage Ver.4.2 for Nintendo) US$ 79.90

Video game related soundtracks:
Castle Fantasia Herencia Senki Sound CollectionJPN US$ 29.90
Chaos Field Special Bonus CD Vol.2JPN US$ 6.90
Chrono Trigger Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 19.90
D-A Vocal CollectionJPN US$ 29.90
Final Fantasy VII Reunion TracksJPN US$ 19.90
Jikkyou Powerful Pro Music Stadium 3JPN US$ 33.90
Memories Off Theme SongsJPN US$ 29.90
Nobunaga's Ambition Online Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 34.90
Radiata Stories Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 31.90
Soul Link Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 32.90
Star Fox Assault Theme Song: IdentityJPN US$ 10.90
The Story of the Hero Yoshitsune Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 27.90
Xenogears Original SoundtrackJPN US$ 27.90

Toys & misc:
Front Mission+ Trading Arts Stage 1 US$ 8.90
Naruto Shinobi no Saya Vol.1 US$ 3.90
Neon Genesis Evangelion Figure Set Cleaning - Rei Ayanami US$ 18.90
Neon Genesis Evangelion Figure Set Cleaning Time - Asuka Langley US$ 18.90
Shin Sangoku Musou 3 Figure Collection US$ 6.90

Looking forward to next week, around 20 new items are scheduled for release in Japan. Quickly pre-summarizing the highlights from upcoming week, we will have Armored Core: Formula Front (PS2™), Final Fantasy XI Entry Disc 2005 (PS2™ and Windows PC), Harvest Moon: Poem of Happiness (NGC™) and Square-Enix's PSone™ budget reprints Dragon Quest IV: Michibikareshi Monotachi and Star Ocean: The Second Story.

For handheld owners we are expecting Namco's RPG Tales of Eternia (PSP™) and Pac-Pix (Nintendo DS™). As additional highlight, Namco's arcade fighting port Tekken 5 will be shipping as English language Asian release version - 4 weeks prior schedule of the Japanese release version.

A more detailed overview about further upcoming releases can be accessed here.


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