NCS Product Synopsis
Cover Date: December 5-12, 2008
«©NCSX» The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu includes coverage of the following games and/or events:
» News and photos of the Dissidia Final Fantasy PSP Bundle and game.
» Preview of Blood of Bahamut for the Nintendo DS which has a few Shadow of the Colossus moments based on the screenshots
» Famitsu Crew review NDS Layton (9/8/8/8), NDS JB Harold (6/6/6/6), PSP Kenka Banchou 3 (8/8/7/7), PSP Patapon 2 (8/8/8/9), Naruto EX3 (7/6/6/7), and Far Cry 2 (8/8/7/8).
» Road to Famicom feature continues with a look at the Bandai Arcadia console, the Vectrex, and the RX-78 Gundam computer
» Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days preview with snapshots of the cast and characters
» Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Echoes of Time preview for NDS/Wii
» Preview of Game Center CX 2 with more made-up retro games such as Wiz-Man, Demon Returns, and four others.
Monday, November 24, 2008
NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» Mages in olden adventure games from the 80s were generally male, wrinkled, and looked a lot like Gandalf from the Hobbit. An old school mage also wore robes and carried around a wooden staff that was as old and gnarly as he was. It wasn't a pretty sight.
NCsoft wouldn't have any of that when developing the Lineage MMORPG. Their mages would be young. Supple. Half nude. With sandy blonde hair. Mages in Lineage would actually be attractive and break from the staid conventions of yore.
Good Smile Company has released the second figure in their Lineage II toy line and collectors are treated to the vision of a Human Mage who works her magic with a "metal" staff and edgy apparel that we can only describe as medieval beach wear. Her eyes are light-blue and gloss shines from her lips. Ms Mage's left leg is painted to appear as if she's wearing hosiery while her right leg is adorned with a blue-colored legging. She rocks a pair of gold-gilded blue boots that matches her ensemble. The Mage figure is set to 1/8 scale and measures 22cm or 8.66" tall. The sculpture is by Nakao Yoshimasa who did a beautiful job and basically made us instant fans of his work.
«©NCSX» In the far-flung future, NCS envisions a world of entertainment where reality meshes with virtual reality to produce immersive experiences for users. We're talking about feeling, smelling, and tasting in addition to seeing and hearing so that you're really there in some digital labyrinth or smoky tavern. Before that happens however, the consumer product industry has to take baby steps to the promised land.
A few weeks ago, NCS stocked the Cyber Maid Alice product which featured a virtual desktop maid. That was a baby step. Next up, Bandai's Tuttuki Bako which features interactive digital objects that respond to external stimuli. Simply poke an index finger into the side of the gadget and you'll be able to push around a little panda, disturb a girl, cause an octopus to squirt ink, and perform other simple actions. A sample movie may be viewed on Bandai's website.
«©NCSX» Shana of Shakugan no Shana fame isn't human. She's really a Flame Haze that's been embodied into the frame of a teenager who goes to class, interacts with classmates, and looks very much like an average schoolgirl. An average schoolgirl who carries a sword and finally gets inducted into Good Smile Company's popular Nendroid line-up of toys.
The package contains a posable Shana figure in her school outfit with a default face that features big eyes and a sliver for a mouth. A sprig of crimson hair pops out from the top of her head Naru Narusegawa style. Two additional faces are included in the package - one where Shana is squinting her eyes and pouting and another where she's wide-eyed and snarling with her mouth. Four extra hands are included along with a sword accessory and a necklace which may be slung around her neck. The figure measures 10cm or 3.93" in height and is fully painted and ready for display. Preorders have shipped already on Friday of last week and new orders are welcome to ship today.
Original Update: August 10, 2007
«©NCSX» With the third Pirates of the Caribbean movie making a splash earlier this summer, Hot Toys horns in on the action with a set of toy figures which measure 7cm or 2.75" tall. For today's sale, we are selling the Jack Sparrow figure from some boxes that we opened last year.
Sale Offering: NCS' remaining inventory of Pirates of the Caribbean Jack Sparrow Mini Cosbaby new, factory bagged, and in excellent condition. Pricing is set at US$9.90 per unit which includes "free" shipping by USPS Media Mail within the U.S.