Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Despite the lack of Zelda sound love in the minds of the populace, Bandai has decided to release a Sound Drop set based on the recent Zelda game. Sound effects and chimes sampled from the Zelda no Densetsu: Mugen no Sunadokei aka Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass game are stored on a computer chip where they may be replayed with a single button press. So, the next time you're at the local mart and aching to hear some shrill Zelda aurals, take a Sound Drop from your pocket and press the button to confound and possibly delight the other shoppers.
All preorders have shipped yesterday and new orders are welcome today at US$22 per complete set of six Sound Drops as shown in the photo.
The publisher Marvelous will give away two bonus items with the game in 30% ratio as follows: A Luminous Works 2nd art booklet and a Luminous Symphony Album which contains music composed by Yasunori Mitsuda.
Please note the 30% ratio means that we will only receive 1 bonus for every 3 copies of the game that we import. For example, if we preorder 300 copies of Luminous Arc 2: Will, we will only receive 90 bonuses which will be given away to the first 90 preorders.
Fast forward two decades later and Bandai's at it again. Emboldened by the recent success of Nintendo's Wii Fit, the company revives Family Trainer for a new generation of gamers. Similar to the original incarnation, Bandai includes a flexible mat controller with the game which looks suspiciously like Konami's dancing pad. The mat is designed for use by one or two players who are able to step lively side by side. This means the entire brood can take turns engaging in gaming exercises which take place upon the mat controller. That's not all folks - the Wiimote is also used in some games for arm waving antics so the whole body gets a workout.
Bandai touts over 15 cooperative and competitive games in Family Trainer including one where players make like lumberjacks and leap over rolling logs by jumping on the mat. Yet another game has the player rafting downstream and another features a gnarly ride on a mine car. Preorders are welcome to ship on May 29, 2008 at JPY6800 or US$85.90 per bundle.
Yujin has started preorders for miniature candy dispensers which eject mini replica jellybeans from a little canister with the twist of a knob. Five candy dispensers are featured in the set which are each packaged with six different flavors of jellybeans from Jelly Belly's line-up of 50 official jellybeans and the occasional special flavors. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late June at US$22 for the complete set of five dispensers.
That all changes in 2008 with a new Yattaman series that started airing on Fuji TV in January. The reception has been positive and an NDS Yattaman game was recently announced along with the first sightingw of toys and merchandise based on the series. Today, NCS brings you the Yattaman FuriFuri Mascot Keychains which feature Gan-chan, Ai-chan, and a motley assortment of co-stars. A total of eight keychains are being sold and we'll gather them up and sell the keychains in complete sets at US$22.00. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late June 2008.
NCS Sale Offering
Pricing per R-Type Final Dogtag is set at US$9.90 which includes free shipping by USPS Media Mail. [Larger photos]