Tuesday, October 31, 2006
When NCS first accepted preorders for the towels, we labeled them face towels but after trying one out today, they're too big to be used for washing one's "greasy face." They could be used as bath towels but then again, they're too small to cover a big body and drink up multiple rivulets of water. As such, we're repurposing them as all-purpose towels but we're guessing few customers are actually going to use them and risk ruin and color fade when its time to throw them into the washer and dryer.
All preorders have shipped as of yesterday and new orders are welcome today. Pricing is set at US$25 per towel.
Play Set Products releases a vinyl Gamera doll which features a rounded creature with bright eyes and a toothy smile. A quaint jagged shell that's colored a cheery yellow hue adorns the back of the strangely adorable creature and provides sharp contrast against its well-tanned hide. Gamera Toto measures 12cm tall and is priced at Y4800 or US$49 from NCS.
Borrowing the stepping and stomping bit from Konami, Bandai releases a dedicated Keroro Gunsou game which plugs into a television and features a special step control mat for user input. The CPU aka the brains of the game is mounted on the top of the dancing mat which makes for an "all-in-one" design. The Keroro Gunsou tv game features 12 challenges which include:
» A racing challenge where players have to stomp up and down to mimic running motion. Fast foot falls result in a speedy Keroro.
» Projectile fight where frogs battle it out on a snowy battlefield.
» Tug of war where one frog tussles against another frog. He who lacks strength will fall into a gloomy pit.
» Janken where players throw out rocks, papers, or scissors hand signals in order to defeat an opponent who's throwing out the same.
In the Transformers cartoon series, Starscream's skills allowed him to become second-in-command only to Megatron. Despite SS's leadership position however, the Decepticon ranks regarded him with guarded pessimism and a lack of confidence. Despite the hate however, Megatron saw the value that Starscream brought to the table... All preorders have shipped as of yesterday and new orders are welcome.
The Transformers MP-4 Convoy is housed in a large and heavy box that ships in a dimension weight carton. Due to the size and girth of each MP-4, NCS recommends only shipping with UPS Ground within the United States. If you reside outside of the USA, we recommend USPS Airmail Service which normally delivers in 14 days. Any UPS or Fedex air service will incur hefty dimensional weight shipping charges.
Monday, October 30, 2006
» A top and bottom shell protector for the Nintendo DS Lite which features artwork and silhouettes of the Tales of the Tempest characters. The top lid shows off Cauis Qualls and Rubia Natwick as depicted in blue line-art sketch style. The bottom covering features five silhouettes of Tempest heroes.
» A Nintendo DS game storage case which holds 2 game cards within its confines. The top of the case features two silhouettes of Cauis Qualls and flips open instead of sliding like Hori's game card cases.
BabySue's popular toy figure series finally expands beyond the world of PVC constructions and into the virtual realm of rhythm action. Ebullient girls dance and pop to the 35 music tracks which include selections from J-pop, Hip-hop, Rock, and the Classics. To reassure the legal eagles out there, Dimple doesn't infringe on any Bemani intellectual property and the game is free to expand and grow if Pinky Kira Kira catches on. Gist: the stylus is used to poke at three sections of the touch screen as they light up. For example, if the top section is lit, tap it as quickly as possible to register the groovy rank of ｢RAINBOW｣. If the middle section glows and you're a millisecond too slow, you might get a ｢KIRA2｣ or a ｢Good｣. As tapping action plays out, the game keeps track of combos and «Game Notes»
The limited edition of Utawareru Mono includes a Utawarerumono Visualworks book which spans 100 pages. The first 20 pages feature color artwork of the characters and profiles of the leads including Hakuoro and Eruru. Hakuoro's main allies also make it in the book. Some of the works appear to be fan submissions including one which depicts the scene when Eruru held up a mirror so Hakuoro could look at himself. The scene is recounted in the game as well.
The remainder of the book is in black & white and contains character development sketches, items in the world, storyboard set-ups, location sketches, and unfinished pencil artwork. The last image in the book is a black & white group drawing of the major characters in the game.
During Nes' travels, he'll encounter potential allies known as Experiment Objects or E.O.s which may join his party and help him battle foes and solve puzzles. Up to 60 E.O. crew members are scattered throughout the levels and each one possesses special abilities and powers that contribute to the overall escape plan. Up to three E.O.s may be inducted into the party at any time and work as a cohesive battle squadron.
The creatures in Heaven's Will are a bizarre gathering of monsters that bear some resemblance to the monstrosities in games such as Biohazard and Devil May Cry. NCS would describe them as human/monster mash-ups. Three types of weapons may be used in the game - Swords, Guns, and Shockwaves. Swords are made of mental reactive alloy and are used for close-up melee attacks on creatures that roam too close for comfort. Guns provide long-range reach and can be charged up for a more powerful blast. Finally, the Shockwave is a plasma weapon which causes long distance, wide ranging destruction. Like the gun, it may be charged up for higher levels of propulsive carnage.
Upon starting the game, a dandy in a red double-breasted suit is walking while cherry blossoms flutter to the ground. The protagonist joins him in a similar red jacket and then a girl joins the two as they walk from school followed by a fourth classmate. Once home, the protagonist is visited by Samasuke's younger sister Asuka, who is dressed in a school uniform and microskirt. Asuka confides to Haruhito that a girl named Mahiro Sendou caused Samasuke's demise. After some banter, a 60-minute Mini-DV tape is located which contains a short film collaboration between Haruhito and Samasuke which was not completed due to Sam's untimely death. Will the film ever get completed? Did Mahiro Sendou cause Samasuke's death? Can mojo be recovered? Only you can answer those questions...
Move Kazuma forward a bit and follow the fellow thug who wears a purple and gold shirt to a building. After entering the building, a cinema shows an encounter where a meek subject suddenly turns into a tiger wielding a golf club. This leads to the first battle of the game which is basically a training mission which teaches the various moves and combos that are available. Guide Kazuma and punch and power-punch the thugs in the room and their golf club swinging boss. The fighting is a full-fledged 3D action game where the controls are smooth and the punches rattle off in fluid motion. To grab someone in a choke hold, press the "O" button. To follow up with a head butt while choking someone, hit the SQUARE button.
All preorders for the life-size Dead or Alive cushions and towels will also ship today. Please note that the cushions are all pre-sold out but we may be able to stock some additional supplies in the next 2-3 weeks. The towels are available but we'll post them up tomorrow.
The remainder of the cartons should arrive in the next couple of days and we'll process and ship preorders for items such as the Dreamcast wristwatches and assorted toys upon arrival.
Pricing is set at US$139.00 per PokePark NDS unit which includes USPS Priority Mail shipping anywhere in the contiguous USA. USPS Priority Mail normally delivers in 2-3 days depending on your proximity to our location in New York City. For our international customers, a flat airmail shipping rate of US$16 will be assessed for an order total of US$155.
Friday, October 27, 2006
The controls are responsive with cars that respond to slight controller tugs and pulls obediently. For drift racers, the game features a drifting mechanism where players may tap the brakes lightly and then swerve the vehicle to match the curve of hairpin turns. If the other racers try to muscle your vehicle out of contention, there's always the Aero Boost which throttles the car to maximum speed for a few seconds until the booster gauge dwindles to nothing. In addition to the Grand Prix mode, the other game modes include GPX 19th, Free Run, Time Attack, and Versus which splits the screen horizontally and allows two players to race simultaneously from their respective perspectives. A Gallery contains a massive amount of artwork, cinemas, voice samples, and car info. «Game Notes»
The storyline centers around a series of wars set in ancient times and the ascension of a hero named Hakuoro. As the story begins, two young sisters named Eruru and Aruru are foraging in the forest when they stumble across a wounded young man who is wearing a mask. The siblings decide to bring him back to their village. With the help of their grandmother Tusukuru, the family eventually nurses him back to health. From humble beginnings, Hakuoro eventually leads a rebellion against the oppressive emperor of the land and becomes the king of a new country that he names Tusukuru, after the grandma and village elder. Once on the throne, Hakuoro soon learns that running a country is hard work and wars are inevitable. As his renown grows, he attracts like-minded peoples and supporters from surrounding countries who join the kingdom of Tusukuru's sphere of influence. Utaware Rumono mixes interactive sequences with tactical battles which «more»
The ten fighters featured in the game are:
Hiro / Scythe wielding lassie who wears a demon gauntlet
Wells / Adventurer who battles for pleasure and sport
Orochimaru / Blonde samurai warrior with an enchanted sword
Roze / Demon girl who vows vengeance against mankind
Krayce / One-eyed master swordsman with flaming red hair
Ryuken / Martial artist who looks down upon those who use weapons
Erile / Redheaded knight who is protected by guardian spirits
Jadou / Purple haired demon with tentacles emanating from his back
Mayura / Human and demon half-breed who wishes to be human
Earth / Controlling angel of Neverland
A total of eleven stages may be fought upon. «Game Notes»