Friday, July 25, 2008
Due to the special arrangements required to import this product from Japan, we had to stagger our shipments in batches. We expect to fill all remaining preorders that have already been submitted by our customers by next Wednesday or Thursday. New orders that are submitted today should be processed by August 11, 2008 when our third batch is imported from Japan. Pricing is set at US$62.90 per copy. View the back cover on the main NCSX website.
» The software is entirely in English. There's not even a lil' bit of Japanese anywhere.
» The main menu features the following selections:
• Single Play - Start a session and begin producing
• Multi Play - Choose Master or Slave device for the NDS and link up
• Data Exchange - Upload or download data wirelessly
• Options - Set screen brightness and button configuration. May also view production credits.
» The default set-up shows the synthesizer commands on the top screen while a keyboard is shown on the touch screen. You may swap screens at any time by tapping on the double-arrow icon located on the upper-right corner of the touch screen.
Square Enix is a little late to the party but they've released a NDS Lite touch pen that sports the jolly visage of a Blue or Orange Slime. The stylus is styled sleek so that it pops into the touch pen receptacle on the right side of the Nintendo DS Lite handheld unit. «Larger Photos»
«©NCSX» The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu includes coverage of the following games and/or events:
» PS3 Metal Gear Solid 4 Mission Guide (64 pages).
» Continuing coverage for Dragon Quest V, Siren NT, and Powerful Pro 15.
» E3 2008 Coverage with keynotes, game coverage, and tidbits.
» PSP Idolmaster SP preview and profiles of the voice actresses featured in the upcoming game.
» NDS Windy X Windam gets a poor review (4/6/4/4) while Soul Calibur IV gets a great one (9/9/9/8) for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.
» Preview of Bionic Commando for the PS3 and X360.
NCS is accepting orders for yearly subscriptions to Famitsu only. Additional details may be found on our order link. Jan Code: 4910264520885
Infinite Loop is a Japanese interactive novel which requires reading and the occasional choice that affects the course of the adventure. A wide range of cast members including an orange-haired chamber maid named Isha, William's sister Vanessa, a straight-laced knight, Tatiana the wizened fortune teller, and a sinister Baron may be encountered in the game. All of the characters speak with crisp voices that were provided by actors.
All preorders and new orders for PSP Infinite Loop will include a bonus 48-page "Infinite Loop Rarebook" which contains character artwork, full color illustrations featuring the women from the game, a manga, two short stories, and sketches. A second bonus in the form of a Radio Drama CD is attached to the back page of the booklet. «Larger Photos»
The male lead is a spiky green-haired priest named Kevin Graham and the female protagoinist is a ginger named Ries Argent who wears an outfit that's evocative of the nunnery. Similar to the mechanics in Second Chapter, players take command of a party of adventurers who use weapons, arts, crafts, and s-crafts to defeat their adversaries. Party moves and attacks are selected from a menu. Magic blasts are visually spectacular with colorful fireworks that light up the screen. When a battle begins, the party is arrayed on a grid-laced map against another party or a boss such as Astarte or Cassius Bright. That's right, Estelle's father appear in the game along with other familiar faces such as Wiseman, Levy, and Estelle herself. Joshua also makes an appearance.
Doorways in the game lead to mini-games, data snippets, and background information. A Japanese quiz may be found behind the fifth door in the Chamber of the Sun which will reward the player with nifty bonuses if answered correctly.
Voice: Japanese or English
Subtitle: Japanese or English
An English operation sheet is also included inside the game package which lists the controls and Dual Shock button commands.
NCS received the Asian version of Siren: New Translation yesterday but we're sold out. We expect another batch on Monday and backorders will ship once the game is restocked. As usual, all Playstation 3 software is region-free and Asian games will work on European and North American Playstation 3 consoles without restriction. «Larger Photos»
Take control of an expanded roster of warriors from around the galaxy in their unrelenting search for the Soul Edge and Soul Calibur swords. Soulcalibur IV will also play host to a bevy of special characters including legendary STAR WARS icons Master Yoda for the Xbox 360, Darth Vader for the PLAYSTATION 3 system, and appearing on both platforms, Darth Vader's Secret Apprentice from LucasArt's hotly anticipated STAR WARS: The Force Unleashed. Adding to the mythos, Soulcalibur IV will also include a number of special characters designed by famous Japanese manga artists and character designers.
Retooled from the ground up, Soulcalibur IV perfects its highly celebrated weapons-based fighting system with stunning high definition graphics and new gameplay mechanics. Adding to the depth of combat, players can now destroy protective armor; weakening their enemy's resolve and unleash Critical Finish moves to defeat opponents in one final blow.
The PS3 release of Wangan Midnight is a conversion of the Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune arcade game that was originally released in 2004. Players race on 1080p powered courses that look stunning as they blow past at high relative speed. Genki adds a new "Maximum Speed" mode where players race against a rival on a selected course.