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D3Publisher of Europe has announced plans to launch a new range of budget software for the PlayStation 2, with games priced at GBP 9.99 (EUR 15) each.

The first six titles in the new Essential Games range are due out on March 23 and will include fighting titles All Star Fighters and Dragon Sisters.

Then there's Zombie Hunters and Zombie Virus, plus mini-game collection Party Carnival and action adventure Darwin. A second batch of six games will follow later in 2007.

"With the PlayStation 2 now at its most affordable level, the budget sector will continue to grow with new adopters eager for good yet affordable titles," said D3PE's Liam Taylor.

"The Essential Games label will offer first-time releases for leading formats and will be perfectly targeted at the younger end of the gaming scale."