Thursday, March 13, 2008
The software features a total of 3,099 kanji characters which are categorized into eight stages of proficiency. As you conquer one level of difficulty, move onto the next level to hone your kanji writing skills until you're like an old master. You know, the ones who have grizzly goatees and gnarly hands who look like they're really wise and learned.
By plugging the Edo Culture card into an NDS, users may take virtual tours, learn about the culture, visit the Edo Museum, and view important landmarks. There's also a map function which compares modern Tokyo to Edo. Once you've absorbed enough information, test your proficiency by answering approximately 500 questions in a quiz format exercise. In addition to the scholastic appeal of Edo Culture, there's a few mini-games to whittle away the time and a collection of woodblocks to view.
When the puzzle gaming begins, the top NDS screen features a photograph of the landmark and the touch screen contains the jigsaw action area. Puzzles can consist of 36, 48, 81, or 108 pieces for varying levels of difficulty. Once a puzzle is finished, the word "Completion" appears and you'll be privy to a little travelogue.
A second playable ninja named Chihiro is armed with a spear with a hook at the end. Chihiro's secondary weapon is a chain of sorts which she throws out. She's just as versatile as Kage in terms of mobility and attack skills. The game utilizes both NDS screens for an vertical aspect gaming experience where enemy ninjas attack from above and from the sides. Interaction sequences take place on the top screen for added dramatics.
Konami collects five Parodius games on a single PSP UMD and throws in screen adjustment facilities, in-game modifiers, and a very convenient save/load function. The music in the Parodius games are bright, lively, and crisp so Konami included a BGM player in the software so gamers can listen to the tunes without having to play through the different games.
The five games contained in Parodius Portable are:
1) Parodius (1988, 2007) MSX Remake
2) Parodius Da! (1990) Coin-op version
3) Gokujou Parodius: Kakou no Eikou wo Momomete (1994)
4) Sexy Parodius (1996)
5) Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius - forever with me - (1996)
The five games collected in Salamander Portable are:
1) Salamander (1986) Coin-op version
2) Gradius 2 (1987) Coin-op version
3) Life Force (1987) Coin-op version
4) Xexex (1991) Coin-op version
5) Salamander 2 (1996) Coin-op version
The game versions used in Salamander Portable are the original coin-op releases with the "Deposit Coin" text on the title screens. The default game screen for the shooters is a square viewing area surrounded by borders but the screen ratio may be changed to fit the PSP widescreen.
The games in the PSP collection hail from the arcade originals except for Twinbee Da! which is a remake of the Gameboy original. The remake is a visual feast of pastel and widescreen shooting action.
The titles included in Twinbee Portable are:
1) Twinbee (1985) Coin-op version
2) Twinbee DA! (1990) Gameboy Remake
3) Detana!! Twinbee (1991) Coin-op version
4) Pop n' Twinbee (1993) Coin-op version
5) Twinbee Yahho! Fushigi no Kuni de Ooabare (1995) Coin-op version
Special PSP features include a screen modification facility, game setting toggles, and a save/load feature.
NCS tested the Freeloader yesterday on one of our USA Wii consoles (Firmware v3.1U) and found it to be as easy to use as the original Gamecube version which was released many moons ago. Simply tuck the disc into the Wii's motorized drive, boot it up, and wait for two instances of colorful lines to distort the screen. Next, tap the eject button to remove the Freeloader disc and insert your Japanese or European Wii game and you're on your way to becoming an international player. For our playtest, we loaded up Oneechanbara Revolution followed by Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon but we didn't have any European Wii games loose in our library. Datel however assures us with the following words from the product packaging, "Play Your Wii Games From Any Country On Your Wii Console!"
Who are we to doubt them? Please note the version that we have in stock is the USA Wii console version of the Freeloader. Pricing is set at US$23.90. Product SKU: DUS0264 / UPC Code: 89066400164
The Pega monitor is designed to bolt onto the back of the Wii console so the two pieces of hardware become one laptop-like contraption. Please note that there is no power adapter included inside the packaging but you can use a DC12V power adapter from Radio Shack to supply the juice. A cigarette adapter for use in a car is included for powering up the LCD when inside your vehicle.
NCS Sale Offering
Pricing per Pega PG-WI032 7" Adjustable LCD Monitor is set at US$109.00 which includes free shipping by UPS Ground within the United States. All stock is new and orders will ship in carefully packaged cartons to ensure perfect LCD arrival. [Larger photos] Jan Code: 6900214002408