Wednesday, April 30, 2008
NCS receives a few hundred Japanese Sesame Street preorders every year. We dodge most of them but occasionally, we're be drawn to one or two and throw them up for preorder. Today's offer is for a Sesame Street shoulder bag which features one of three animals from the popular series. Preorders are welcome to ship in late May 2008 at US$15.90 each.
Inside the box
» Full-function remote control
» Infrared receiver which plugs into the Xbox controller port
» Pair of AAA batteries (which are more than likely dead)
NCS' remaining inventory of Xbox DVD Movie Playback Kits for the Japanese Xbox is new, boxed, and in excellent condition. The cardboard packaging may have some dents and dings but is generally in new shape. Pricing is set at US$18.90 per remote which includes free shipping by USPS Media Mail within the U.S. Larger Photos.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Ibuki made her Street Fighter debut in the SFIII series where she kicked and chopped her way to the top. Ibuki's figure cuts a slender and wispy frame which is in direct contrast to the brickhouse that is Rainbow Mika. She's the gorilla-like blonde to the right. Mika made her debut in Street Fighter Alpha 3 where her wrestling talents were on display for all to see. The Ibuki figure measures 33cm tall and Mika measures 22cm in height. Preorders for either figure are welcome to ship in late July 2008 at JPY5500 or US$60.90 each from NCS.
The Tachikoma measures 17.30 x 17.30 x 11.6 cm (6.81 x 6.81 x 4.56") in dimension and is constructed of blue ABS. The mech's standard weapons include a grenade launder and a gatling gun which may be mounted on the mech's undercarriage. Preorders are welcome to ship in late August 2008 at JPY5000 or US$49.90 from NCS.
The latest figure announcement fits Kanu into a 2-piece bikini and gives her hair that is whippier than usual. Kanu's left hand is lifted upwards which may be used as a perch for her sandals. Kanu's bikini top and bikini bottom may be removed for the au natural look. For a bit of extra realism, Kanu's "skin" beneath the bikini will reveal tan lines which are colored lighter than her surrounding skin. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid July 2008 at JPY6800 or US$69.90 from NCS. Jan Code: 498250955506
The re-release of TOD for the PS2 has stoked interest in the heroes of the game and the first figure on tap is a 1/10 scale sculpture of Leon Magnus which measures approximately 16cm or 6.29" in height. Kotobukiya lists the construction material as PVC and the figure is fixed-posed. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late August 2008 at JPY4500 or US$50.90 from NCS. Jan Code: 4934054780037
Calculators are generally palm-sized electronics that are cheap to produce. System Service won't have any of that small stuff. They want big calculators which measure 29 x 20cm (11.41 x 7.87") in size and feature a Marimokkori (green munchkin character) theme. Two styles are on offer - a dark-green calculator and a fire-red variant. The calculators are also "green" in that they run on solar power. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late August 2008 at US$20.90 each.
| Grand Theft Auto IV - In Stock |
Some chain stores around New York City stayed open last night for GTA IV. The game arrived yesterday but distributors weren't allowed to release it for fear of breaking the official street date. We weren't sure what the penalty would've been for breaking street but we think a sternly worded letter was in store for anyone allowing the game to be sold early. As such, all preorders will be shipping out this afternoon.
The PS3 version of the game may be played on any Playstation 3 console whether it be Japanese or European since there are no region-lockouts on PS3 game software.
The Xbox 360 version of the game is region-locked and cannot be played on European or Japanese Xbox 360 consoles.
| Jikkyou Powerful Pro 3 |
The new date for the game is May 29, 2008 after it was delayed from its original ship date of April 24, 2008.
«©NCSX» Tomy's cel-shaded sleeper of a fighting game sees a sequel this winter when Naruto 2 reaches market with an updated version where four players may fight at once. When we first imported the original Naruto Gekitou Ninja Taisen, we figured it would sell well for 3 weeks and flame out. Surprisingly, we found ourselves restocking the game month after month as players on message boards and chat rooms praised the game's merits and tactical depth. Buyers rolled in . Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, and many more of the extensive manga/anime cast return for one-on-one fighting on nicely rendered 3-D backdrops.
Sale Offering: NCS' remaining inventory of Naruto Gekitou Ninja Taisen 2 for the Japanese Gamecube is new, factory sealed, and in mint condition. Pricing is set at US$15.90 per copy which includes free shipping by USPS Media Mail within the U.S. Please note that Japanese Gamecube games require the use of the Freeloader boot disc before they will play on USA Gamecube consoles. Larger Photos.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Good Smile Company's upcoming Miku figure features the tall and lanky version of the songstress as opposed to the squat super-deformed Nendroid toy which was released recently in Japan. Normal-size Miku is sculpted to 1/8 scale and measures 18cm or 7.08" in height. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late September 2008. Jan Code: 4582191965062
For fans of Piyo-chan, Eikoh presents an alarm clock in two styles which features an old-school bell mechanism on top. Say you set the alarm to ring at 6:30AM because... those donuts aren't going to make themselves. When the clock strikes 6:30AM, a little metal hammer on top will strike both bells for a piercing wake-up experience. Preorders are welcome to ship in late September 2008 at US$15.90 each.
|NDS||Emblem of Gundam||Bandai|
| ||Katekyoshi Hitman Reborn! Fate of Heat||Takara|
| ||Keikishi Gunzou Presents: Monoshiri Bakumatsu-Ou||Global A|
|PSP||Nippon no Asoko de||Sony|
|Wii||Link's Crossbow Training + Wii Zapper||Nintendo|
| ||Pro Yakyuu Family Stadium||Namco|
Sale Offering: NCS' remaining inventory of Famicom Towels is new, factory sealed, and in mint condition. Pricing is set at US$13.90 per towel which includes free shipping by USPS Media Mail within the U.S. Photos.
Friday, April 25, 2008
» Ashelia B'nargin Dalmasca - A princess turned freedom fighter
» Auron - The bruiser wearing shades and a red/black ensemble
» Basch fon Ronsenburg - Dalmascan knight with medieval mullet
» Tifa Lockhart - Athletic gal-pal of Cloud Strife in Final Fantasy VII
Each figure measures approximately 5cm or 1.96" in height and is fixed posed. Similar to other Trading Arts figures from Square, the figures are fully assembled, painted, and ready for display. Please note that Square Enix packages the toys nine per box and NCS is only supplying this item by the box. This means you'll receive the five standard figures as listed above and four random duplicates.
All preorders have shipped as of yesterday afternoon and new orders are welcome to ship today at $40.90 per factory box of 9 figures. Photos
» The storylines of Yui Tabata and Hamaji Yakumo have been expanded and made into new scenarios for Takuma to explore.
» New CG events which were developed exclusively for the PS2 game.
» Additional dialogue snippets have been added.
The game is played in three distinct time frames which look at Takuma's high school days, a reunion, and finally his life with his chosen girl.
» Original Series Drama CD titled "Eichisurio"
» H2O Plus Visual Book
» Anime DVD which contains an episode of H2O Plus.
» Five mini posters featuring the main characters in the game.
Paon's Nihongo Kentei DS is a test-taker's practice buddy which is meant to be used daily in order to learn and re-learn kanji characters in your quest to score high on the official test. The software recommends practicing for at least 15 minutes a day to hone your kanji skills.
The NDS adaptation of Shion no Ou includes a Story Mode which follows the plot of the animated series along with a Shogi Tutorial and a standard Shogi game mode where players face off against eight characters from the animation. Mycom hired the voice actors from the series to provide speech snippets which play during a Shogi match.
Saburo's second outing on the NDS features touchpen-based gameplay where objects are inspected and evidence is ferreted out. When speaking to characters in the game, a person's mental state may be measured to determine the veracity of his or her statements. The system is called the "Talk Profile System" where normal conversation is used to uncover clues and important information that may help Saburo solve the mystery.
The Taiko DS Stand includes the following items which are packaged in a compact cardboard container decorated with Taiko artwork and photos:
» Taiko no Tatsujin puffy sticker cell phone strap
» Adjustable Nintendo DS Stand which can be angled in seven positions for your viewing pleasure. The stand can accommodate the original Nintendo DS or the NDS Lite and little bracers are included for a proper fit. The Stand is lightweight but sturdy once a NDS is planted on top of it.
» A decorative and glossy cardboard attachment that's meant to be mounted on the back of the DS Stand. It serves no purpose other than to put some festive flair on the Stand.
The Cyber Gun Attachment isn't the first pistol accessory to reach the Wii - Nintendo's Wii Zapper takes that honor but it's the first one that looks like an actual gun. A berth on top of the accessory accepts the Wiimote and a lift-over latch secures it with down. Once fitted properly, grab the firearm by the handle, slide your finger over the trigger, and get ready to blast away zombies and other malcontents on the Wii.
Two AA batteries are required if you wish to utilize the vibration function of the Gun Attachment. If you don't need the vibration, skip the batteries since the gun will still work as a point and shoot accessory.
Kurou won't have to clean the mess up alone. He's able to find cleaning fairies and partner them up with five maidens to help him clean. The girls include an orange-haired student named Mariko Kasugano who's the covergirl, Kyoko Natsukawa, Ruri Akiha, and Akira Fuyumori. The Clean Team uses everyday tools to brush aside the splotches and your job as a virtual janitor is to wave the Wiimote in a circular or side-to-side motion to wipe out the dirt. Osouji Sentai Clean Keeper is equal parts interactive-adventure and Wiimote waving action game with scenarios and missions that eventually lead up to a conclusive cleaning encounter.
» A set of five puffy stickers which feature the fairies found in the game. A loop on top of each sticker allows it to be tethered to the included strap which bears the name of the game stenciled across its entire length.
» Clean Keeper Drama CD which features the voice actresses who provided the squeaky voices of the heroines in the game.
The game and bonus items are packaged in a cardboard box which features cover artwork that's different from the regular edition.
Sale Offering: NCS' remaining inventory of Samurai Spirits Zankuro RPGi s new, factory sealed, and in mint condition. Pricing is set at US$18.90 per copy which includes free shipping by USPS Media Mail within the U.S. Larger Photos.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Standard Japanese MJ rules apply in the game but special moves may be used to change conditions and affect the other players. A Story Mode puts the participants in various roles and settings while the Communication Mode allows multiple players in the local area to play a game of MJ.
Since it's Spring, love is in the air once again with SNK's Days of Memories 2 which gathers together another three DOM dating games which were originally released for the cell phone market in Japan. By using a touch pen and canned dialogue, players interact with the finest SNK lovelies and perhaps discover romance on the small screen of the NDS. Early preorders will include a bonus telephone card in 30% ratio.
When the game first starts up, a total of 36 tracks are playable but Namco touts a total of 50 songs in the game so 14 tunes must be unlocked. Similar to the first Taiko DS game, a pair of drumsticks is included inside the game package so you can hit the virtual Taiko in style. «Notes»
The software includes a digital metronome, the ability to tune instruments, and 150 songs to practice with. Users may play by themselves or link up wirelessly with three other participants to practice together like a real live quartet. The downside is that you'll all look silly blowing into a Nintendo DS but if you're really good and produce beautiful music, maybe you'll win some sort of recognition or award.
Players may choose to play as the title hero himself, Naruto who's an all-around well balanced combatant or take control of a specialized fighter such as Gaara who's a master of the desert sands. The fisticuffs take place on the top NDS screen whilst the touch screen features a control panel where special items and Rasengan skills may be triggered with a quick stylus tap. A Wi-Fi function gives two players the chance to duke it out.
Summon Night caused a stir when it was first released and we recall brisk sales for months on end. The game plays like Ogre Battle or FF Tactics where heroes move on a map and attack enemies in turn-based fashion. Features in the NDS conversion include stylus-based gameplay, new artwork panels, and microphone interaction with summoned beasts.
A side game features mech-fighting action where a Yatta animal robot is piloted against one of six robotic adversaries. The entire cast of characters appear in the game including Gan Takada, Ai Kaminari, Omocchama, Doronjo, Boyakki, Tonzura. The original voice actors from the animated series were also tapped to reprise their roles in the game.