Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Additional features include the option to play the games in vertical or horizontal aspect mode and wireless play where players may go head-to-head against another retro gaming fan. The multi-player function allowa two gamers to play with only one copy of the game. Finally, a Jukebox which contains music tracks from the fifteen games plays old time tunes.
Negi Springfield leads squads of female students from Mahora Academy in a tactical strategy game where battles are fought on grid-based maps. The girls may wear various costumes from a roster of over 100 to imbue themselves with magical powers to help during battle. Party members who have an affinity for each other may also cooperate for combo attacks. In addition to the main game, a quiz challenge and assorted mini-games are also included for fans to master.
» Travel to the planet of Alistia to engage new quests and locate special items. Additional character backgrounds may also be gleaned in Alistia.
» Characters now have over 1000 lines of additional spoken dialogue.
» New weapons and the ability to enhance their attack power and utility
» New character costumes to outfit heroes and heroines
» Updated Insectron Tournament
» Chain attack system is now more versatile and may be triggered by using orbs that are collected after defeating enemies
» The original Rogue Galaxy was a single-layer DVD. Director's Cut is dual-layer to accommodate the higher resolution cinemas.
» Dungeons have been streamlined and updated for speed
A purple vortex in the sky is the last thing the heroes of Sangoku Musou and Sengoku Musou witness before being transported into an epic battle royale. A scaly lord named Orochi has split the fabric of time and space which accidentally brings the heroes together and ultimately lays the foundation that seals its doom. Before that happens however, players choose a team from four clans that are selectable at the outset of the game and clash through military campaigns where entire armies are slaughtered.
When traveling around the world, a squad of heroes treks from area to area. When battles start, two sides clash but the camera is fairly far off and the details of the action aren't in your face. Magic effects and attacks are animated nicely on the battlefield. For example, if a contingent is running en masse, a hero may ignite a fiery attack spell which glitters on the map for a second. The spell stops everyone for a microsecond before they all drop dead in a somber coordinated fall. The fast-pace battles take place on various types of terrain including normal ground, snow, and forest as the party and armies travel to new campaigns.
» Multiplayer functionality allows up to eight players to battle online.
» Join one of six factions specializing in different aspects of battle.
» 30 missions played out in detailed futuristic 3D environments.
» Fly through canyons and rip through cities battling multiple enemies.
» Deploy "Quick Boost" and "Over Boost" features for precise explosive movement and precision control of AC units.
» Engage "Primal Armor" the all-new defense shield that adjusts its strength according to specific battle conditions.
| Japan on Holiday |
Suppliers were on holiday last night for Shunbun no Hi (Vernal Equinox Day) and no shipments were dispatched. As such, the remainder of this week's new imports should make it in by Friday of this week.
| Aquapict Once Again |
There was a surge of orders for the Aquapict after a mention in the Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition (March 9, 2007). All remaining backorders for the Aquapict will ship today and new orders are welcome. If we sell out again over the course of the next few days, another batch should be forthcoming within 10 business days.
After witnessing the rush of orders for a niche import product, we can safely say that print isn't dead... as long as the right audience is reading. Now if we can only convince the WSJ to list some of our old toys in their next Japanese merchandise feature.