04. Nov, 2004 18:52 (HKT)

Weekly import update: Shining Tears, Neo Contra, Giant Robo, DOA Ultimate, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap & much more

Filled with a variety of new releases, the first week of November has started the pre-Christmas season. A total of more than 20 new titles were released in Japan, along with the new slimmer PlayStation2 Console Charcoal Black as well as the Xbox Kasumi-chan Blue Edition.

Software hightlights from this week include Sony's online RPG Arc the Lad: Generation, Konami's action shooter Neo Contra and Sega's strategy game Shining Tears (all PS2™) as well as Dead or Alive Ultimate (Xbox™) and The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (for Gameboy Advance™).

Below is a summary of all new releases from this week. Please note that the Japanese version PlayStation2 Console Charcoal Black is expected to be in stock on coming Monday.

Arc the Lad: GenerationJPN US$ 59.90
Arc the Lad: GenerationASIA US$ 54.90
Bakufuu Slash!! Kizna ArashiJPN US$ 48.90
Bakufuu Slash!! Kizna ArashiASIA US$ 44.90
Bakufuu Slash!! Kizna Arashi (w/ EyeToy)JPN US$ 69.90
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness (PlayStation2 the Best)JPN US$ 32.90
Dokapon the WorldJPN US$ 64.90
Giant Robo: The Animation - Chikyuu ga Seishisuru HiJPN US$ 54.90
Katamari Damashii / Katamari Damacy (PlayStation2 the Best)JPN US$ 28.90
Love Songs: ADV Futaba Riho 19-sai FuyuJPN US$ 59.90
Neo ContraJPN US$ 59.90
Otona no Gal Jan: Kimi ni Hane Man (Jaleco the Best)JPN US$ 32.90
Samurai Dou 2: Kettouban (PlayStation2 the Best)JPN US$ 34.90
SD Gundam ForceJPN US$ 59.90
Shining TearsJPN US$ 64.90
Shining TearsASIA US$ 59.90
Siren (PlayStation2 the Best)JPN US$ 29.90
Tekken 4 (PlayStation2 the Best)JPN US$ 29.90
Tekken Tag Tournament (PlayStation2 the Best)JPN US$ 20.90

PlayStation2 Console Charcoal BlackJPN US$ 219.00
PlayStation2 Console Charcoal Black (100-240V)ASIA US$ 179.00
Vertical Stand - Charcoal Black (SCPH-70110 CB) US$ 18.90
Multitap (SCPH-70120) US$ 34.90
Street Fighter Controller: Akuma/Gouki US$ 22.90

Dead or Alive Ultimate (w/ Kasumi Figure & Bonus DVD)JPN US$ 89.90
Xbox Kasumi-chan Blue EditionJPN pre-sold

Gameboy Advance™:
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish CapJPN US$ 48.90
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children Messiah RiserJPN US$ 48.90
Summon Night: Craft Sword Monogatari (Banpresto Best)JPN US$ 28.90
Super Real Majan DousoukaiJPN US$ 48.90
Shikakui Atama Maruku Suru: Kanji Keisanhen (Goukaku Boy Series)JPN US$ 48.90
Shikakui Atama Maruku Suru: Kokugo Sansuu Shakai Rikahen (Goukaku Boy Series)JPN US$ 48.90

Toys & misc:
Crimson Tears Gashapon US$ 3.90
Dead or Alive Ultimate Gashapon US$ 3.90
Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball One Coin Figure Series US$ 7.90
Naruto Card Game Booster Pack Vol.7JPN US$ 1.99
Naruto Card Game Booster Pack Vol.8JPN US$ 1.99
Naruto Card Game Booster Pack Vol.9JPN US$ 1.99
Taiko no Tatsujin Manekko DondonJPN US$ 18.90
Weekly Famitsu 11/19 2004JPN US$ 7.90
Famitsu Wave DVD [December 2004]JPN US$ 16.50
Famitsu Xbox [December 2004]JPN US$ 12.90
Arcadia Magazine [December 2004] US$ 12.90

Looking forward to next week, once again a total of more than 20 titles are expected to be released in Japan. Highlights include of course Microsoft's Halo 2 for Xbox™ (shipping as Asian, Asian Limited, Japanese Limited and Japanese Limited version w/ Xbox Live subscription).

For PS2™ we are expecting Softmax's RPG Magna Carta (published by Banpresto), Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life, Sammy's war strategy game Standard Daisenryaku: Dengekisen and Sega SuperStars for EyeToy.

Gameboy Advance™ users will be looking forward to Square-Enix's Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories as well as the Game Boy Advance SP - Kingdom Hearts Limited Edition console.

A detailed preorder release schedule can be found here.


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