Friday, September 12, 2008
Similar to Bandai's One Piece Unlimited Adventure from 2007, the Nunchuk and Wii Remote are used in conjunction with each other to maneuver the pirates and use tools that are found throughout the islands. Tools that are on hand are shown on the lower-right corner of the screen which may be used at will. Fishing poles, pickaxes, nets, and more are manipulated by waving the Wii Remote to and fro. «NCS Game Notes»
» Animal costumes for all of the cast members
» New enemies including Gecko Moria and the zombies of Thriller Bark
» Meet a new character named Gabriel who looks like Samba (de Amigo)
» Luffy and crew have access to new powers and abilities
» Set traps to capture wildlife, insects, and fish
» Updated battle system for fluid fighting action that lights up the screen
At the outset of the game, players may choose either a female or male protagonist and enter his/her name in hiragana, katakana, or English. We named our male hero, "NCSXS" since only five spaces are available for the name entry. In the early going, the hero will visit Pearl's abode, select a starter Pokemon from three choices (Pochama, Naetoru, or Hikozaru) and receive a Pokedex from Professor Rowan. The game follows the format of previous Pokemon games with exploration, information gathering, and monster battling all rolled into the adventure.
Cover Date: September 26, 2008 / Cover: Mascot and Pokemon Platinum
«©NCSX» The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu includes coverage of the following games and/or events:
» Famitsu checks out the PSP-3000 and compares it to the PSP-2000.
» Sengoku Basara Battle Heroes preview for the PSP.
» Preview of Ryu Ga Gotoku 3 which is scheduled for the PS3.
» In the review section, NDS Yajuu Keiji: Tokyo Douji Tahatsu Tero o Chinatsu Seyo earns (6/6/4/6) and NDS Dragon Ball DS earns (8/8/7/7).
» Game Music Museum feature which catalogs a number of recent game OSTs such as Draglade 2, Tales of Vesperia, and Drastic Killer.
» Famitsu revisits the Sega SG-1000 console and some games.
» The continuing "Road to Famicom" feature goes back to the years between 1972-1984 and gives readers a look at a number of olden TV games such as "Electro Tennis" which play like Pong.
» Race Driver Grid (PS3/X360) preview and snapshots.
Dignified, but shameless. Air Gear's Ringo Noyamano as the Masked HENTAI remembers to cover her face, but forgets her backside! And what's up with that bag??? This quirky piece of the leader of the Sleeping Forest and current Thorn King (Queen) from Oh! Great's manga Air Gear is the latest piece in Yamato's Story! Image! Figure! collection.
Based on a piece by Yasuhiro Uchijima (essence.), this 9.00" PVC statue of Ringo Noyamano the Masked HENTAI faithfully captures the sculptor's unique techniques. Each part -- boots, bag, body -- have an irresistible attractiveness making for a cool, erotic figure.
NCS Shipping Advisement
All preorders have shipped as of yesterday and new orders are welcome. NCS recommends UPS Ground for customers who reside within the USA.
When NCS purchases a towel from a toy distributor in Japan, we pay about $43 each before shipping charges. Why the huge price disparity?
Answer: Japanese companies own or license intellectual property which adds substantial value to commodities. A plain towel is worth 80 cents. A towel that's emblazoned with the likeness of Yoko Ritona or another pop-culture heroine is worth 53X that amount. Hint to self: Invest in IP.
Preorders for Cospa's Yoko Towel are welcome to ship in October 2008 at JPY5000 or US$49.90. The towel measures 40cm x 80cm in area and is made of cushiony cotton.
«©NCSX» GPara DVD is a video magazine which contains previews of 60 game titles for various consoles released in May 2000. Special features include a report from the Tokyo Game Show 2000 with previews of upcoming software, a visit with a Japanese shop that's a retro-game-lover's fantasyland, a look back at every Gradius game ever released, and a showcase on Ai Fukami of Ridge Racer V. An interview features Aya Hirayama and Eriko Hatsune who appear in Love Story.
The best feature in this month's GPara DVD is the game shop visit. There's a bunch of rare handheld games in the store and the condition of their Famicom inventory is excellent. The stacks of boxes in the shop's storage area is oddly similar to NCS' stacks of inventory in our warehouse.
Sale Offer: NCS' remaining inventory of Gpara DVD Vol. 1 for the Japanese DVD is brand new, factory sealed, and in excellent condition. Price: $9.90 per copy which includes "free shipping" within the U.S. by USPS Media Mail Service. «Larger Photos»