Each figure measures 7cm or in height and preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late January 2009 at JPY11,760 (US$118) per box of 12 toys.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
» Full Game Mode
» Party Mode
» Lesson Mode
» Recording Mode
Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late December 11, 2008 at JPY5800 or US$60.90 from NCS. Additional microphones will also be sold separately and are available for preorder today as well at US$30.90 each.
| Melty Blood Act Cadenza Actress Again |
All preorders for the Naomi MBAC Actress Again cartridge kit will be shipped to reservations this afternoon. The supplier accidentally shipped all of the kits that were destined for USA addresses directly to our company by mistake but we'll forward them (at our own cost) to everyone today. Shipments to Europe were processed properly to individual addresses. Tracking details will be emailed before 6PM EST.
| Japanese Playstation Network Tickets |
Both JPY3000 and JPY5000 PSN tickets were restocked yesterday and backorders have been processed. New orders are welcome. As mentioned in our product description, NCS sends an image scan of the actual PSN ticket to your email address. Such attachments may trigger your email program's spam filter. If you don't find the PSN Ticket in your Inbox, please check your Junk Email folder for the fulfillment message.
| Preliminary 4Q Import Schedule |
Capcom's Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes is expected on December 11, 2008 for the Wii and we'll open up preorders once Japanese distributors confirm the date and announce any bonuses. Beatmania IIDX 15 DJ Troopers has also been scheduled for December 18 and we'll open up preorders in the next few days once distributors begin their reservation campaigns.
| Weekly Famitsu Back Issue Hunt |
Looking for a back issue of Weekly Famitsu to complete your magazine collection? Check out these listings on Ebay.
NCS Product Synopsis - Original Update: January 27, 2006
«©NCSX» Fans of all things Shining Tears may find solace in the Material Collection that was released yesterday in Japan. The first limited edition bundle includes a bonus mouse pad featuring the sorceress Blanc Neige.
Filled with desktop themes, screen savers, wall paper, and mini-games, the Material Collection contains a surfeit of artwork and doodads to customize your PC with. Want to change your standard trashcan icon to a shiny Shining Tears receptacle? DONE. When idle, do you want your screen saver to show an SD version of Blanc Neige walking around, waving her ice wand? DONE. Want to play mini-games featuring the maidens of Shining Tears? Sure, once you're done fiddling around with all of the other material featured on the CD-Rom.
NCS' remaining inventory of Shining Tears Material Collection is new, factory sealed, and in mint condition. Pricing is set at US$28.90 per copy which includes "free" shipping by USPS Media Mail within the U.S.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Cover Date: October 10, 2008
«©NCSX» The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu includes coverage of the following games and/or events:
» Preview of The Another World by Level 5 for the Nintendo DS
» Famitsu scopes out the Playstation Home service on the PS Network.
» Sega takes out a 3-page advert for 7th Dragon and Famitsu pays tribute by doing a 3-page preview for the game on the flipside.
» The Review Crew ranks PSP Ikkitousen: Eloquent Fist (5/6/6/6), Unknown Soldier (5/6/4/5), Disaster (8/8/8/7), and Raiden IV (7/7/7/7).
» The continuing "Road to Famicom" feature gives readers a look at old self-contained video games including the Epoch TV Baseball console which featured a single controller, the Bandai Super Vision 8000, and Nintendo's dedicated Breakout clone which was priced at JPY13500.
» Arc Rise Fantasia (Wii) preview, character profiles, and screenshots.
The limited edition of Mana Khemia Portable for the PSP includes a carrying pouch which is packaged with the game in a special box which measures 9 x 9.5 x 2.5". When we received the game this morning, we assumed that there was a bunch of goodies inside but all we got for our heady anticipation was a pouch.
Granted, the pouch is nice but we would have preferred the rumored Philomel Hartung fixed-pose figure which turned out to be false. The pouch is colored black and uses zipper technology to open and close. There aren't special compartments inside the pouch but it's roomy enough to hold a PSP, a bunch of games, AC adapter, and a USB cable. Preorders will ship today and new orders are welcome.
Hudson's latest version of Bomberman allows 2-4 players to link up wirelessly and battle it out with customized Bomberman. Can you design a Bomberman that's versatile enough to tackle all missions, conditions and challengers? Preorders are welcome to ship on December 4, 2008 at JPY4800 or US$48.90 from NCS.
The baseball season's winding to a close and Konami gets ready by announcing Pro Yakyu Spirits 5 Kanzenban which ships in December 2008. The upcoming revision of Pro Yakyu Spirits 5 will include updated team and player stats, accurate uniform representations used during the season, and even stadium renovations that were implemented over the course of the year will be reflected. For example, a spanking new high-definition scoreboard was installed in the Chiba Marine Stadium along with new seating areas and a room for parties.
Konami is accepting preorders for a PS2 and PS3 version of PYS5 Kanzenban and the first production of both editions will include a bonus 2008 Memorial Book which captures the drama, tension, and excitement of the 2008 Japanese pro baseball season. Preorders are welcome to ship on December 4, 2008 at JPY7800 or US$78 from NCS.
From the Publisher - Original Update: Feb 23, 2005
Compete and earn respect in Need for Speed™ Underground Rivals only available on the PlayStation®Portable (PSP™) handheld videogame system. Customize and take on the pinnacle Japanese & American tuner cars in a pursuit of total ownership of the street racing scene. A uniquely designed racing game based on the legacy of the hugely successful Underground series.
All New Tracks & Environments – Compete against your rivals in 10 all new & visually distinct tracks. Each one has been specially designed to maximize the experience on the handheld platform.
Japanese Customs vs. American Muscle Cars – Customize and compete against a host of high performance tuner cars from Japan and America. Take on these rivals and find out who’s best.
Head-to-Head Rivalry – Take on friends and foes in a range of new modes specifically designed for use via Wi-Fi. It’s multiplayer gaming in which you earn respect and own the competition.
New Ways to Go Underground – Brand new game modes that capitalize on the cutting-edge hardware features of the PSP handheld.
Friday, September 26, 2008
That's where you play MJ against attractive maidens instead of sweaty salarymen. One of the gals is named Reiko Saki and she's a high school math teacher. Four other gals are featured in the game to play against. By winning against the girls, players score swimsuits and outfits that the Reiko and friends can wear and revel in. Seven mini-games are also featured in the game including boating, mosquito bite healing, and others.
» Story Mode - Bomberman finds himself in an interplanetary drama where his help is needed to restore peace to the galaxy. Just before he receives the SOS message, he's dozing inside the cockpit of his spacecraft. Bomberman traipses around lush isometric mazes and bombs enemies to pieces. All in the name of peace.
» Battle Mode - Up to 8 participants may engage in classic Bomberman action where an expansive maze provides the backdrop for the bombing tactics. Players may choose a Bomberman as their onscreen action hero or select a Mii to do their dirty work. Each maze measures 17 x 11 and different themes such as the Bowling Stage and the Pitstop Stage make for interesting sights to see.
For players who are a little rusty after years of Bomberman inaction, a Tutorial Mode teaches the basics of bombing. The Wii Remote is used to control Bomberman and is held horizontally. No Nunchuk is needed.
In addition to Vain's core group of friends, a cast of characters provide conflict as well as support during the school semester. Pamela Ibis, a ghost who first appeared in the Atelier games also makes appearances on the grounds of the school. Party members can be swapped out as Vain makes his way through the adventure. The battle system features the use of conventional attacks as well as special abilities and skills to defeat enemies. An updated version of the Burst Mode originally used in Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm is used in the game sans the spam. When exploring dungeons, the appearance of the underground areas change depending on whether it's daytime or night.
Either the d-pad or analog controller may be used to control Vain.
Princess Maker 5 was originally released on the Japanese PC last year and for the PS2 earlier this year. Taking place in modern day Japan, the little girl has access to contrivances such as television, cell phones, and the internet which may affect her pathway to adulthood. Similar to previous PM games, players interact with their adopted daughter and give her guidance as well as instruction so she grows up a certain way. Outside influences include friends that she meets at school and the aforementioned internet. A total of 102 different characters that populate the game world will provide the little Princess with advice, encouragement, and other feedback which all contribute to her growth.
New to Princess Maker 5 is the ability to play as a matronly mother or a doting father. It's not all work however since leisure time comes in the form of vacations which include a scuba diving sojourn, a visit to hot springs, a ski trip, and even a safari adventure. Depending on the girl's upbringing, she can become a gravure idol, wrestler, a musician, model, soldier, nurse, fortune teller, blushing bride, Evangelion handler, and many others for a total of 50+ possible endings.
None of our vendors currently stock Xbox 360 hardware and cite "risk aversion" as the reason for not keeping the slow-selling hardware in their inventory. We were able to find an alternate supplier who was willing to take a chance and ordered them for us on Wednesday. Thanks to quick express shipping, our shipment arrived today.
New orders for the Japanese Xbox 360 Arcade Bundle are welcome to ship this afternoon. You'll get the console, a controller, AV Cable, memory card, and the Xbox Live Arcade DVD. Pricing is set at US$289 per bundle which reflects the shipping costs to import heavy products from Japan with air service. Due to the weight and size of the bundle, NCS recommends only shipping by UPS Ground within the United States.
The evil NOSTRA corporation prepares to unleash havoc on the world, and only the SpyHunter is equipped to stop them. Strapped behind the wheel of the powerful G-6155 Interceptor, you are the world's last chance! Utilizing an incredible arsenal of both offensive and defensive weapons, you must elude NOSTRA spies, henchmen and assassins at any cost if civilization is to be saved. Prepare to be hunted!
￭ Get behind the wheel of the G-6155 Interceptor for high-speed, mission-based racing in exotic locales.
￭ While operating your SpyHunter Interceptor, you are relentlessly pursued by hordes of air, ground and water enemies as you battle to accomplish your missions and save the world from the mind of a madman.
￭ Ultra-realistic 3D graphics, real-world locales and the only vehicle capable of morphing into a boat, jet ski or motorcycle.
￭ Explosive weaponry and impressive defensive mechanisms combine with intense speed and strategy to distinguish SpyHunter from routine combat racers and traditional action racing games.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Similar in style to other S-RPGs, the game is broken up into missions where objectives are presented along with a snippet of storyline. As missions are conquered, the Wisp and party level up in experience and are given the opportunity to improve weapons and items by utilizing material collected from the battlefield. Party members may also transfer vitality to compatriots in a process dubbed "Tran-Soul." Although the text in the game is primarily in Japanese, the speech is entirely English. «G-Notes»
We'll be able to fill all preorders for customers who inquired about the game and/or submitted a preorder on our shop but we're sold out today.
If additional supplies are made available to NCS in the next few days, we'll update our product listing accordingly.
Three heroes are featured in the game - a hipster policeman in a white suit, a stodgy middle-age detective who wears a trench coat, and a spry female cop who wears short shorts and packs firearms. Assorted guns may be picked up on the street to provide hard hitting power against groups of enemy troops and to take them down quickly. Bonuses scattered along the levels include big bulging hamburgers and triangle-cut sandwiches which allow the heroes to recover life energy. «G-Notes»
Kyrie lives in a small town that runs on wind power. We know this because there are three large windmills situated on the perimeter of the village. Control is handled through the d-pad and face buttons - there's no touch screen interaction to speak of. Battles are fought by pressing the face buttons which correspond to an attack - Press "Y" for multiple stabs and "X" for a strong slash attack. «G-Notes»
A total of 39 muscle-bound meatheads of all stripes gather together in Kinnikuman Muscle Grand Prix Max 2 Tokumori which is best described as a 3D wrestling game. The Story Mode takes its framework from the "Survivor Match for the Kinniku Throne" story arc where Kinnikuman and friends battled five "destined" champions to establish Kinnikuman's right to the throne. As a bonus for fans, Bandai includes the Famicom Disk System games Kinnikuman: Muscle Tag Match (1985) and Kinnikuman: Kinniku Ookurai Soudatsusen (1987) so the players of today can see how they wrestled back in the day. A second bonus on the game disc is an Artwork Gallery which contains 450 illustrations of Kinnikuman and friends.
The latest Super Robot Wars features highly impressive new animation sequences, characters and mechs from newly inducted series including Eureka Seven and Aquarion, and oodles of mechs from a total of 22 animation properties (Zeta Gundam, Turn A Gundam, UFO Robo Grendizer, Zambot 3, The Big O, Xabungle, Char's Counterattack, and many more). We've been asked by a number of customers to refrain from revealing spoilers in our game notes so we've decided to keep our synopsis short.
To reward fans who preordered the game early, Banpresto also shipped a bonus Premium Z Disc which was given away in 50% ratio. We will give away the bonus today to preorders today but please note that we didn't receive enough to give one away to everyone due to the 50% ratio.
Video game crossovers are doubly special since they unite characters that would never otherwise be seen in the same gaming universe. X Edge (Cross Edge) is the result of a collaboration between five publishers - Capcom, Namco Bandai, Idea Factory, Gust, and Nippon Ichi. Compile Heart developed the game. Characters from properties published by all five companies are joined by two original cast members - Kannagi Yuto and Aiba Mikoto who designed for the game. Familiar faces from the gaming fold include Marie the Atelier, Morrigan, Demitri, and Felicia from Vampire, Etna and her Prinnies of Disgaea fame, and Aurica, Misha, and Shurelia from Ar Tonelico. The cast of Spectral Souls is also in attendance to round out the bustling crowd of characters.
From 1990 to 1992, Hudson released four Star Soldier games as follows:
» Super Star Soldier (Original release date: July 6, 1990)
» Final Soldier (Original release date: July 5, 1991)
» Soldier Blade (Original release date: July 10, 1992)
» Star Parodier (Original release date: April 24, 1992)
Nearly two decades after Super Star Soldier first launced in Japan, Hudson compiles all four Soldier games onto a single UMD for the Sony Playstation Portable. To give fans a little something extra, a Gallery section features bonus material including videos of a perfect player blowing through the games without making a single mistake. Such captures are useful to learn how to twitch and shoot like a master.
The camera takes in the action from a behind-the-hero viewpoint but it swivels deftly when necessary to capture Ray's heroics and life-saving escapades. When a victim requires resuscitation, the Wiimote may be moved up and down to perform CPR by following the cues on screen. Cut scenes are spliced into the game to show the progression of key events and disasters as they happen. For example, there's a sequence where explosions level an entire city square as Ray escapes in his vehicle. The text in the game is in Japanese but all of the speech is in English.
«©NCSX» Konami trawls the Bemani waters and catches over 50 tunes culled from DDR Extreme 2, DDR Ultramix 2, and Karaoke Revolution along with a few new tracks. Songs featured in Dance Dance Revolution STRIKE include:
Let's Dance / David Bowie
i FUTURELIST / Akira Yamaoka
Block Rockin' Beats / The Chemical Bros
Injection of Love / Akira Yamaoka; sung in English
Passion of Love / NAOKI feat. Paula Terry
You gotta move it (feat. Julie Rugaard) / Yuzo Koshiro
You Sexy Thing / Hot Chocolate
Make A Difference / Lala Moore with CoCoRo*Co
Saturday Night Love / Sota feat. Brenda V
Genie In A Bottle / nc ft. NRG Factory
I will Survive / AKIRA feat. Daline
Oops!...I Did It Again / AKIRA feat. Susan Z «NCS Game Notes»
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The Cyber Figure Alice package contains the following:
» Cyber Cube (2 pieces)
» Cyber Stick (2 pieces)
» Japanese instructions
A PC and a webcam are required but not included. The preorder details specify that users must download the Cyber Figure software from Geisha's website before using the product. It's unclear why the software isn't included but maybe it's a work in progress.
The webcam is used to project an image of a maid on top of the Cyber Cube. She'll react to external stimuli provided by the Cyber Sticks. For example, pouncing the Cyber Stick on her bosom will cause her to react in a convincing way. Alice can also talk, run from Cyber Cube to Cyber Cube, and show a range of emotions. A video of Alice's antics is viewable on Youtube and preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late October 2008.
Each Patapon soldier is sculpted from PVC and measures 4cm (1.57") in height and roughly that much in width. A strap is also attached to the top of each Patapon for tethering to a cellphone, a belt, or any other device that can accept a loop. Unfortunately, Medicom neglected to include spears or swords with the straps so the Patapon figures are weaponless.
Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late December 2008 at JPY650 or US$9.30 each (which includes USA Media Mail shipping) from NCS.
Yujin has practiced this tactic with their popular Shooting Game Historica toys and they've adapted it for their Senjou no Valkyria gashapon which originally shipped last month. When December 2008 rolls around, the same toys will be packaged in cardboard boxes instead of the plastic capsules used in the gashapon incarnation.
It's not all a rehash however, four new Valkyria soldier girls join Alicia, Asara, and Brigitte as follows (from the lower left portion of the photo and moving to the right and then upwards): Rein, Edie Nelson, Jane Turner, and Selvaria Bles. In addition to the standard figures, Yujin mentions that three color variations for Alicia, Asara, and Brigitte will also be randomly packaged in the factory cases. Preorders ship in mid-late Dec 2008.
Most toys rely on well known properties from pop-culture. Think Barbie and Elmo stateside or Kanu Unchou and Rei Ayanami in the land of the Rising Sun. So, even though used copies of the Mario Galaxy game may be found in flea markets for about $12, toys based on the franchise are still able to create cash flow and revenue for license holders. Case in point: Banpresto's upcoming Super Mario Galaxy keychains which feature nine characters from the game. Bee Mario and Bee Luigi are in attendance along with Princess and others. Each figure is packaged in a baggie with cardboard retainer. Preorders will ship in mid-late January 2009 at US$45.90 for each complete set of 9 figures.
NCS' remaining inventory of Guru Guru Nagetto is new, factory sealed, and in mint condition. Pricing is set at US$22.90 per copy which includes "free" shipping by USPS Media Mail within the U.S.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Toy sculptors have created numerous versions of KOS-MOS through the years but most of them have featured "her" in regulation-issue battle armor. Japanese manufacturer Alter has crafted two previous versions of KOS-MOS and the company gets back into the game with a third iteration of KOS that's scheduled to ship in January 2009. The new figure loses the battle armor and is adorned with frilly blue coverings that apparently comprise a swimsuit of the future. We found it amusing the KOS-MOS also wears matching high-heel pumps. Preorders are welcome today.
Banpresto's crew has studied the cover of the game and their designers have recreated Mario's pose in the form of a big plush. Mario measures 36cm or 14.17" in height and his wingspan is roughly as wide as he is tall. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late January 2009.
The latest Kanu toy announcement comes from Griffon and the Ikkitousen Dragon Destiny warrior is depicted in a compromising position. She's on all fours and is somewhat sprawled. The "Battle Damaged Version" designation refers to Kanu's shattered clothing. In fact, her clothes are so battle damaged that they're not there any more. She's still wearing her shirt but her skirt has been destroyed and lily-white skivvies are in full view. The figure is set to 1/7 scale and measures 7cm in height. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late December 2008 at JPY7000 or US$72.90 from NCS.
Awaken your senses to the majesty of SLEEPING BEAUTY, Walt Disney's ultimate fairy tale. See more than you've ever seen before through the magic of state-of-the-art technology and experience this groundbreaking film restored beyond its original brilliance, in the way Walt envisioned it – pristine, beautiful, utterly breathtaking. From the grand celebration of Princess Aurora's birth to the fateful day when she pricks her finger on a spinning wheel and falls under Maleficent's evil curse to Prince Philip's courageous battle against a fire-breathing dragon, the stunning artistry and spine-tingling sounds will transform your home into a fantastic world. The adventures continue as you are immersed into a wonderful world of bonus features.
Maleficent's Challenge Game, Disney BD Live, "Living" Menus — "Real-Time" Castle Environment Changes Based On Your Location.
V V S Films in association with NuImage/Millennium films and First Look Pictures is pleased to announce the theatrical release of WAR, INC.
The film stars John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Hilary Duff, Marisa Tomei and Sir Ben Kingsley. Cusack plays a hit man assigned to kill a Middle East oil minister. His cover is that he's producing a trade show that includes a wedding between a local pop star and a politico, but complications ensue.
Studio: First Look Home Entertainment
Cast: Shirly Brener, Joan Cusack, John Cusack, Hilary Duff, Ben Kingsley, Marisa Tomei
Release Date: October 14, 2008
Region: A (U.S. & Canada only.)
107 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish. This Blu-Ray has been released to distributors.