Friday, March 30, 2007
Disc 1: Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
The North American version of KHII is retrofitted for the Japanese market. The spoken dialogue in the game is in English with Japanese subtitles. Note that the game menus and unspoken dialogue are entirely in Japanese. Highlights include new event scenes, an updated secret movie, new costumes, new reaction commands to use, and an actual playable battle between Sora and Roxas.
Disc 2: Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories
Originally released on the Gameboy Advance, Square remakes the game for the Playstation 2 and upgrades it with 3D worlds and Japanese voice acting during cinematic interludes. Take control of Sora and attack, explore, and uses up cards in a lively adventure where Goofy and Donald Duck provide backup muscle. Updated features include the addition of a reaction system, new game cards, and interactive objects such as barrels. «more»
The aim of the game is to examine the play board and the kanji characters already arranged therein. Next to the kanji characters are numbers. By using your kanji comprehension skills, replace the numbers with the appropriate kanji characters that link sensibly to the kanji characters already on the board. «more»
Seven modes are playable including a VERSUS mode, HUNTING mode, and STORY mode. In the Story Mode, characters and mechs from Zoids Fuzors appear along with animated cut-scenes where 40 missions are played in succession. Hunting Mode is where players track down Zoids and bag them for the garage. Collecting more Zoids will make new arms and parts available to the player. As one progresses through the game, weapon power ups and parts customization may bolted onto a Zoids mech to enhance its arsenal and performance in battle. In 2-Player mode, the screen is split horizontally where each player views the action from a personal vantage point - just like the arcade original.
The Tomy Best re-issue of Zoids Infinity Fuzors contains the same game as the original release in 2005. The only difference is the variant game cover with the "Tomy Best Collection" imprint. «more»
Along with ground-based Zoids, flying Zoids and submariner Zoids are also available for battling across the world. Pilots from the animation source material appear in the game and players go on missions of destruction which require satisfactory completion before heading on to the next assignment. Zoids base models may be upgraded with weapons and assorted parts to enhance performance on the battlefield.
The Tomy Best re-issue of Zoids Tactics contains the same game as the original release in 2005. The only difference is the variant game cover with the "Tomy Best Collection" imprint. «more»
As a Zoids combatant racks up wins, additional weapons may be bolted onto the beast. After a certain point, a Zoid simply becomes too powerful in the firepower department and one-on-one matches stop becoming reasonably balanced and turn into a shooting game where projectile attacks take precedence over close combat. Perhaps Tomy should have staggered out the weapon upgrades somewhat but as it is, superior firepower decides the outcome of every battle, every time. This isn't a problem in Versus matches between two players however and only affects the Story mode of the game which leads gamers through the events and key battles from the Zoids television series . «more»
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Preorders for the regular edition of DJ Max Portable 2 are welcome. Please wait for news on the Orpheus editions since the supplies are apparently miniscule.
The first Series 2 plush is a golden-colored Question Block which measures 20cm square or 7.87 x 7.87 x 7.87" in dimension. Similar to the Series 1 Question Block, a sound module is inserted inside a flap on the plush which makes a jingling sound when pounded. Punch it with your fist or hammer it with your head and the familiar Mario game jingle plays sweetly. The second series 2 plush features the familiar shell of a Koopa Trooper. The beast within appears to be in hiding as we don't see its head nor any of its appendages. A sound module is also inserted inside the Koopa shell which makes noise when attacked.
Preorders are welcome today to ship in mid-late August at the price of US$25 + shipping.
Sega's High Street hand fans won't be selling for $1. No, you'll have to cough up nearly US$10 for a Sega Mickey & Friend fan which features a lighted rotor. As the rotor spins, the light creates mesmerizing patterns which may dazzle onlookers while providing a bit of a breeze. Three styles are on offer and preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late July 2007 at US$9.00 per fan.
Feast your eyes on the Mickey Projector Clock which blazes out the time via laser-sharp light and plasters it on the ceiling. Simply tap the top of the clock and the light shines out like a beacon of hope. After a few seconds it'll blink off but if you need the time again, tap the clock again and the time appears once again. It's magic like that. Preorders ship in mid-late July.
The Sarugechu puppets measure 35cm (13.77") tall and two types are on offer: (A) An Ape who hefts blue maracas and stares off into space and (B) another Ape who lifts two bananas. By twiddling the arms of the puppets with your fingers, they'll make gestures and gesticulate while you perform some squeaky-voiced ventriloquism to breath life into the Apes. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late July at US$15 per puppet.
» Foil bag which contains 4 oz of ready to eat honey popcorn
» A 4 oz bag of unpopped corn
» A 1 oz serving of honey to drizzle over the popcorn
» A Winnie the Pooh kitchen mitt
Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late July 2007 at $15 per kit.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Set in a post-apocalyptic dystopia, the fighters in Hokuto no Ken live and die by the fist. Kenshiro Kasumi is one such fighter who struts around in leather duds with chest bared and pectorals rippling. Sharing the doomed world with him are gangs of roaming biker gangs and bandits who prey upon an unprotected populace. To get a little law and order back into the mix, Kenshiro battles thugs with his mighty Hokuto Shinken martial arts skills. Ken's encounters in the wastelands of the future invariably end in tears and gore. Lots of chunky red gore as in exploding bodies, projectile blood ejection, and organs literally leaping out of their crannies and cavities. Despite the fighting nature of the Hokuto no Ken manga and animation, there's been more video games based on the purely Japanese phenomenon of pachi-slot than fighting. To balance the scales a little bit, Arc System Works of Guilty Gear fame creates a fast-paced 2D fighting game which features 10 brusque and bulging bruisers from Hokuto no Ken.
|Taito's historical archive is peppered with important games such as Space Invaders in 1978 and hundreds of releases hence which have ably gobbled tons of credits, quarters, and yen. Taito Memories II vol. 2 collects another 25 games from the company's vault as follows:|
| 01) Field Goal 1979 |
02) Phoenix 1980
03) Polaris 1980
04) Great Swordsman 1984
05) Sea Fighter Poseidon 1984
06) Gyrodine 1984
07) Buggy Challenge 1984
08) Onna Sanshirou 1985
09) Metal Soldier Isaac 1985
10) Halley's Comet 1986
11) Land Sea Air Squad 1986
12) Operation Wolf 1987
13) Full Throttle 1988
| 14) Chase H.Q. 1988 |
15) Plump Pop 1988
16) Rainbow Islands Extra 1988
17) Volfied 1989
18) Night Striker 1989
19) Battle Shark 1989
20) Final Blow 1989
21) Master of Weapon 1989
22) Megablast 1989
23) ThunderFox 1990
24) Warrior Blade: Rastan III 1992
25) Bubble Symphony 1994
Due to an exception with the remainder of our shipments last night, please note that the rest of our PS2 Hokuto no Ken shipments are now scheduled to arrive on Friday of this week instead of tomorrow. The PS2 Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+ game is also inside the delayed shipments.
We've never seen an "Export Gateway Hold" before but our shipper should be able to clear it tonight.
Monday, March 26, 2007
|The main import schedule has been updated with the following new releases which are shipping in the coming months.|
|5/03||Duke Saraie no Kenkou Walking Navi||Dorart|
|5/24||Osawari Tantei: Osawa Rina - Season 2 1/2||Success|
| ||Hoshigami||AS Net|
| ||Puchi Puchi Virus||Keys|
|5/31||New Zealand Story DS||CyberFront|
| ||Simple DS Vol.14: The Jidoushakyoushuujo DS||D3|
|5/31||River Ride Adventure featuring Salomon||Red|
| ||Sumomomomomo: Chijou Saikyou no Yome||Marvelous|
| ||The Ochimusya - Dokakubu Samurai Toujou||D3P|
|6/28||Juujimoto Ripputai Sypher: Game of Survival||Abel|
| ||Shinseiki Evangelion: Battle Orchestra||Broccoli|
| ||Shinseiki Evangelion: Battle Orchestra DX Pack||Broccoli|
|5/17||Meitantei Conan: Tsuioku no Gensou||Marvelous|
|6/21||Hajime no Ippo Revolution||AQ Int.|
|4/05||Culdcept Saga Updated Version||Namco|
|6/14||Trusty Bell: Chopin no Yume||Namco|
Measuring 25cm or 9.87" tall from helmet to toe, the chubby Darth Vader is shaped like a squat bowling pin and wields a red light saber. Since the design of the toy doesn't allow for arms, the light saber sort of juts out of a receptacle on the right side of Darth's belly. A plastic cape drapes realistically over Darth's back and the electronics on his chest plate are drawn in.
Preorders are welcome today to ship in mid-late June 2007. Please note that manufacturer shipping delays may cause delivery to be pushed back to July. Any shipment delays will be updated on our shop listing for this product. Pricing is set at JPY9500 or US$100 from NCS.
As an aside, all of the stores that we've sold these types of Mario figures to are still in business and successful. That's not to say that Mario will save a flagging business or a shop that's competing against a newly opened Gamestop or EBGames next door...
Preorders are welcome to ship in early April. The Mario statues are currently in stock from distributors in Japan but shipments will generally take 2 weeks to arrive. Retail pricing is set at JPY300,000 or US$3000 + shipping from NCS.
In Japan and Asia, many households and businesses place a Maneki Neko or Fortune Cat near the window or door to bring good luck and prosperity. The fortune cat lifts up a paw in salutation while the other paw holds a koban or gold coin close to its belly. We look at the Mario standee as the video game equivalent of Maneki Neko and it'll potentially bring good fortune into local arcades, video game shops, and amusement centers.
Preorders are welcome to ship in early April. The Mario figures are currently in stock from distributors in Japan but shipments will generally take 2 weeks to arrive. Retail pricing is set at JPY19,000 or US$200 + shipping from NCS.
Kotobukiya apparently agrees and announces a 1/7 scale Mitsuru Kirijo fixed-pose figure where the fiery-maned demon slayer wields a sword while a white holster is wrapped below her waist. Inside the holster is a gun which may be swapped with the sword. The Mitsuru figure measures 21cm (8.26") tall and a circular base is included for mounting and display purposes. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late July 2007.
While you won't be able to compete against the likes of Lemon Ice King of Corona, enterprising entrepreneurs may be able to make a few bucks with the HK Ice Shaver. Scenario: Set up a stand on a street corner and throw up a sign which reads, "HELLO KITTY FLAVORED ICE - 50 Cents" and have two ice shavers at the ready along with a helper. As the patrons line up, whirl the hand cranks to deposit freshly shaved ice onto paper bowls. Squirt lemon, cola, and cherry flavors (per the customer's request) on top of the ice and you're on your way to a building a little refreshment empire with tiny start up costs. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late June 2007.