«©NCSX» Professor Layton and his young charge Luke are back in another adventure where their wits are tested by a series of intelligent and well designed puzzles. As the game begins, the elite of London are attending the unveiling of a new invention that's sure to revolutionize the world - a functional time machine. At the ceremony, a mishap occurs and the Prime Minister vanishes from view. Later, the good Professor receives a letter that's apparently from Luke in the future. Following the instructions in the correspondence, the Professor and Luke take a double-decker bus to a shop in the middle of town where the time machine is located. Can the dynamic duo repair the time machine and travel into the future to bring back the Prime Minister? Intrigue, suspense, and surprises await the intrepid travelers as they venture into a dark London of the future...
Friday, November 28, 2008
«©NCSX» The heroes of the previous Kenka Bancho games have shuffled off to greener pastures. We imagine Yasuo from the first game to be a shopkeeper nowadays, peddling individually wrapped pieces of sushi at JPY100 a pop. Tomoya from the second game is probably still a punk but one with a job. At the local "hostess" bar. Earning his keep as muscle.
The two earlier Kenka Bancho games were cult. They didn't reach the critical mass that would have engendered a wave of merchandising deals but the games were popular enough to ensure another release in order to bring the series to trilogy status. The new protagonist in Kenka Bancho is a fresh-faced youth named Takashi Sakamoto who's living on the wrong side of the school yard. He's tough, fast, and has got a serious problem with authority figures. To that end, he gets into fights with other toughs and bristles in the presence of teachers. Takashi does have one redeeming quality however. He's ambitious. He wants to be the top dog among all the gangsters in all the high schools across all 47 prefectures. To reach his lofty goal, Takashi battles other bruisers in a bid to become the king of all Japan.
Similar to the previous games in the series, Takashi can battle multiple enemies at once and engage in Menchi-Beam contests. Errands, missions, and objectives also pop up from time to time to give players a bit of variety in the action.
«©NCSX» After conquering adversity from the Zigatons the first time around, the Patapon Tribe is back for another lively rhythm action game where the wee warriors literally march, fight, and defend themselves to the beat of their own drum. At the outset of the game, the tribe is seen hammering together a boat and getting ready to set sail. A storybook flips open which chronicles the events after the original Patapon. The tome then goes on to show the boat sailing across stormy seas when they're attacked by a great octopus. Things don't go well during the sea battle and the tribulations of the Patapon Tribe begin anew...
» Over 90 missions that take place on varying types of terrain
» Roughly 500 items, weapons, and armor to equip the Patapon soldiers
» New drumbeats in addition to the attack, magic, and retreat beats
» Four player cooperative gameplay for a Patapon team experience
» Seven mini-games and roughly 20 hours of gameplay
The game features over 20 bosses to engage across 60 stages and new Patapon characters for a total of 22 types to utilize. New Patapon heroes include the bird-mounted Toripon, the Superman-ish Heropon who wears a lightning bolt across his chest, and a magic-user known as Malopon who bolster the troops with specialized attacks. Patapon 2 also introduces eggs where up to 30 types may be carried around and eventually hatched.
«©NCSX» Relive the adventures of Joshua and Estelle Bright in Falcom's Eiyu Densetsu Sora no Kiseki games which began in 2004 with a PSP bundle which captures all three releases in one package as follows:
» Eiyuu Densetsu Sora no Kiseki First Chapter
Meet the Bright Family which is comprised of the father Cassius and his children Estelle and Joshua. They works as Bracers...
» Eiyuu Densetsu Sora no Kiseki Second Chapter
Estelle searches for her brother Joshua Bright who she learns was once a member of the Ouroboros, a subversive group of malcontents.
» Eiyuu Densetsu Sora no Kiseki The Third
A new hero named Kevin Graham takes the lead along with a female protagonist named Ries Argent who's outfit evokes the nunnery.
The preorder details mention that the first production will include a copy of Sora no Kiseki Material Collection Portable Mini for the PSP which contains music tracks, a tv commercial, PSP wallpaper, and a preview of the PSP game titled "Zwei!"
«©NCSX» The spiky-blonde ninja named Naruto wreaks havoc in another fighting game which follows the 2D conventions of previous Naruto EX games. The Akatsuki criminal organization hangs in the background once again where the group's powerful members provide adversity and lofty challenges to Naruto and friends.
Similar to Naruto GNT EX2, the new Wii Naruto game is a 2D fighting game that uses 3D backgrounds to provide depth. Although the combatants battle on a 2D plane, they can perform sidestepping evasive maneuvers to avoid oncoming attacks. Players control the action through a combination of the Nunchuk and the Wii Remote where the analog thumbstick moves the hero and the D-Pad on the Remote is pressed down to perform attacks.
There's also a Story Mode where Naruto and cohorts run around a 3D maze and battle crowds of henchmen as well as the members of the Akatsuki. The Story Mode starts off with Naruto and Sai but upon completing the first maze, Tenten and Rock Lee kick off the next maze. A Tutorial Mode teaches beginners basic commands and moves.
«©NCSX» A meteor is hurtling from deep space and on a collision course with the planet. That's not good. To prepare for the potential deep impact, gamers must play 50 mini-games to earn enough coin to save the world. Games include carrot plucking, rhythm exercises, and other short yet sweet Wii Remote waving exercises.
At the outset of the game, a short introductory sequence shows the space agency "NAZA" on high alert after their satellites detect a heavenly body that's headed towards the Earth. After the President is apprised of the situation, the NAZA station monitoring the meteor is destroyed. That leaves a family of amateur astronomers to deal with the threat. With the help of the Hataraku Help Wanted section and a TV host, the family plays an assortment of mini-games to save the planet.
Three mini-games are playable but another 47 games are eventually unlocked. The first three games are: A carrot plucking exercise, a fishing expedition, and a package delivery game where parcels are handed over to anxious customers. All of the games used a combination of the Nunchuk and Wii Remote where simple jerky motions are the key to success.
| Hori Real Arcade Pro 3 Restocked |
All backorders for the Hori RAP3 will ship today and new orders are welcome. Please note that UPS Ground shipments will be shipped on Monday because UPS is on a holiday schedule and it's too expensive to ship a dimension weight item like the HRAP3 by Priority Mail.
| Xbox 360 Arcade Pack |
It took a week longer than we expected but a new batch of the Japanese Xbox 360 Arcade Pack arrived today and all backorders will be shipped this afternoon. New orders are welcome.
| Tuttuki Bako Redux |
All three colors of the Tuttuki Bako Augmented Reality Toy were restocked today and new orders are welcome.
| Japanese PSN Tickets |
Customers who submitted JPY3000 and JPY5000 PSN ticket orders over the past few days will receive their tickets by email before 1:00PM EST today. Backorders for the Xbox Live 1400 Points Cards will also be fulfilled this afternoon and new orders are welcome.
NCS Product Synopsis - Original Update: December 29, 2006
«©NCSX» Johnny Depp's pasty-faced interpretation of Willy Wonka from the 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie was unsettling and somewhat artificial looking. Rigid in posture and animated with facial tics, Willy was/is a strange guy.
Medicom takes a stab at recreating Depp's Wonka in 400% Kubrick form and succeeds for the most part. Fitted with a top hat and natty purple jacket, Willy Wonka carries a cane with swirly top and looks the part of a reclusive confectioner. The figure measures 28cm (11.02") tall and features blue eyes and bright red lips. Similar to other 400% Kubricks, the arms and legs of the Willy Wonka figure are slightly posable.
Sale Offering: NCS' remaining inventory of the Willy Wonka 400% Kubrick is new, factory sealed, and in excellent condition. Pricing is set at US$58.90 per unit which includes "free" shipping by UPS Ground within the continental United States.