Thursday, February 07, 2008
Please note that if we don't hear from you with acknowledgement that the new price is acceptable, your order won't be processed. We'll give everyone until Friday to reply but after that, we'll release the OST to new orders as well as any remaining backorders in our processing queue. The OST contains 53 tracks of music which are spread out over two shiny platinum CDs. Please note the OST is only available from Club Nintendo and won't be sold in Japanese retail shops.
Region-2 NTSC DVD
50 minutes in length
4:3 Standard Aspect Ratio
Product Code: JYH-007 (JPY3800)
Jan Code: 4582154107577 (View an assortment of images from the DVD)
Princess Maker 5 was originally released on the Japanese PC last year and the game makes a smooth transition to the PS2. Taking place in the modern day, 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.
New to Princess Maker 5 is the ability to play as a matronly mother or a doting father. 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, a wrestler, musician, and more for a total of 50 possible endings.
» Music CD which contains five tracks, two of which are the theme songs for the original Princess Maker and Princess Maker 2. The opening and ending theme songs for Princess Maker 5 are also included.
» A pink-colored Princess Maker 5 decal which shows a silhouette of a baby girl within a heart. The sticker measures 12cm x 12cm or approximately 4.8" in area.
» An 80-page illustrations and information booklet which captures the characters, vacations, and possible careers for the little Princess. The illustrations are all in full color.
All preorders will ship today and new orders are welcome at US$88.
Coded Soul is a 3D action-adventure game where Jay explores the military facility as well as the world of Idea in back-and-forth episodic jaunts. He can't stay in Idea for long and must return to his own world after a certain amount of time unless he can find areas which extend his stay. Once in Idea, Jay is gifted with a special power which allows him to bind monsters to his will by drawing their souls into himself. Once corralled, up to two beasts fight alongside Jay whenever the party is faced with enemy forces. The overall goal is to rescue May but a large number of sub-quests may be enjoined for added challenge.
Early preorders (30% ratio) will ship with a bonus "Making of Coded Soul" Booklet which chronicles the preparation and work that Kouji Okada's Gaia Studio put into developing the game.
New systems introduced in Axis no Kyoui include Moral Alignment which keeps track of good and evil battlefield choices, Mech Modifications for custom crafting of robots, and Day and Night phases for afternoon battles as well as twilight firefights. Upon starting a game, an introduction which features still images accompanied by male voice-over provides the backdrop for the beginning of each force's unique campaign.
In addition to the main game, the software includes a DATABASE which contains illustrations and images for 494 Mechanics (robots) and 262 Characters. Everything's locked and non-viewable at the outset however. Early preorders will ship with a bonus Giren no Yabou DVD.
The Gundam Axis no Kyoui PSP color variant falls into the tepid category. The back of the unit looks nice but the design isn't a wallet opener. For the next PSP variant, we want a custom-designed shell that's infused with bright artwork that'll catch the eye of any onlooker. Sadly, that'll never happen since radical avant-garde designs aren't on the Sony menu.
In previous OneechanBara games, players pressed a button to slash out attacks while sitting on the futon like a potato. Nevermore. Thanks to the magic of the Nintendo Wiimote, players get to swing and thrust their arms like true action heroes to chop zombie limbs and eviscerate undead bowels. Movement is handled by way of the nunchuk but the jumping and chopping are controlled through the Wiimote.
Players may select either Aya or Saki at the outset of the game and then go through legions of zombie malcontents. When surrounded by rambling corpses, simply swish the Wiimote in a left to right motion and Aya will swing her blade in a wide arc which strikes everyone within range. To perform an elevated downward slash, press the "A" button and then swish the Wiimote to watch Aya jump 'n attack like an aerial banshee. The game is broken up into chapters with the first stage ending once Aya enters a church which is infested with undead. «View NCS Game Notes»
» An Oda Nobunaga figure with display stand
» 110-pg Kou Shibusawa book with character and location art
» Kessen III data disk which contains maps, general profiles, etc
» Character card set + special montage card
Pricing per Kessen III Treasure Box is set at US$59.90 which includes free shipping by UPS Ground within the USA. [View larger photos]