Friday, October 16, 2009

PS2 BeatMania IIDX 16 Empress Konamistyle - All GONE

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» Preorders for the three different Konamistyle versions of Beatmania IIDX 16 Empress are shipping today. Please note that Konamistyle versions of games are not packaged in special containers or holders. We receive separate cardboard boxes which hold the different bonus items and NCS assembles the components of the bundle together. The most popular preorder bundle was the Complete Edition which includes the following items:

» PS2 Beatmania IIDX 16 Empress + Premium Best (2 DVDs)
Beatmania IIDX Visual Emotions Vol. 8 DVD
» Ryu "starmine" Limited Edition First Album (SKU: LC1799-1801)
» Beatmania IIDX Spin-off Drama ROOTS26 S[suite] Vol.1 (SKU: LC1704)

» Beatmania IIDX Storage case
» Beatmania IIDX 16 Empress poster
» Set of 7 Empress metal pinbadges mounted on cardboard (Bonus)
» Beatmania IIDX Konamistyle cell phone strap (Second Bonus)

Please note that NCS is sold out of all three versions of the BMIIDX 16 Konamistyle bundles but we'll post an update if we're able to restock them.

PSP Undead Knights - New Import, In Stock

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» A single zombie isn't much of a threat. Bash its head in with a Dualit toaster and the beast is down for the count. A gang of five zombies is more formidable however. You might be able to knock off two of them before the other three are gnawing at your liver and getting acquainted with your spleen. Things get downright dangerous when a group of 20 slavering zombies are on the attack and mowing down the opposition. In pop culture instances where zombies are a factor in the screenplay or plot, they're generally the fearsome and unstoppable enemy of god fearing folk. Zombies are bad news and to be avoided whenever possible.

In Tecmo's Undead Knights, the tables are turned completely askew. Instead of serving their usual role as cannon fodder, the zombies are now your subservient soldiers and work together as a fighting force that battles on your behalf. Command them into theaters of conflict where they'll use zombie creativity (well, what passes for creativity among the undead isn't really that impressive) and fighting chops to overcome obstacles, eviscerate the opposition, and terrorize villagers. For an added bonus, a small group of zombies can turn legions of their enemies into more zombies so in that respect, zombies are replenish their fallen brothers with fresh new victims. Of course, the protagonist in charge of the undead will be in the thick of battle also, chopping and slicing enemies with sword strokes and spinning motion that's evocative of Shin Sangoku Musou. Lovely.

Wii Okami - New Import, In Stock

From the Publisher
The multiple award-winning Okami returns for a glorious encore on the Wii! Amaterasu, the wolf-embodied sun god must breathe color and life into a world made dismal by the tyrannical and destructive monster Orochi. Amaterasu travels through various regions of the world to regain "Celestial Brush" powers, all the while revitalizing all life. Featuring a re-imagined control scheme built around the intuitive Wii Remote, Okami for the Wii offers players an unparalleled level of control and an opportunity to rediscover a critically-acclaimed and beautifully crafted adventure. Using the Wii Remote, players can directly manipulate the in-game "Celestial Brush."
Players utilize the brush to literally draw upon the game world, thereby altering its physical properties. Whether it's creating pathways, chopping down trees or turning night into day, Okami changes the world into a virtual canvas. Featuring a visually stunning art style, Okami comes alive through beautiful scenic 3D levels that have the appearance and texture of paper scrolls brushed with watercolor-like calligraphy art. Throughout the vibrant and distinctive surroundings, interact with a dynamic cast of characters and build their faith to uncover clues and hints. The blend of stylized graphics and unique gameplay results in a rich and dynamic experience.

PSP Darius Burst - Import Preorder

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» Taito gave birth to Darius back in 1986 with a coin-op shoot 'em up that used three television screens to seamlessly portray the expansive scrolling action. It was a really wide screen. Twenty three years later, Taito's owned by Square Enix and they're giving the Darius franchise another go with Darius Burst on the widescreen aspect of the PSP.
Darius Burst is a brand new shooter which stays true to the conventions of the series with pick-up power-ups, large end-level bosses, and the familiar stage selection tree. A new ultimate attack dubbed "Burst" is also featured in the game which can be used to confront mega-mighty blasts from bosses. Preorders are welcome to ship on December 24, 2009.

X360 Samurai Spirits Sen - Import Preorder

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» In our opinion, some games work well in 2D while others are perfectly realized in 3D. The Samurai Spirits series of games belong in the former category while an adventure such as Metal Gear Solid 4 is only possible in a 3D world. Despite Samurai Spirits' perfectly unbroken 2D formula, SNK has nevertheless launched four 3D renditions of the game already. Four of them. The most recent 3D interpretation was released last year in Japanese arcades on Taito Type X hardware. Titled Samurai Spirits Sen, the game features Haohmaru with hair that is rooster-like in all its glory and a cast of new characters that include Takechiyo, Angelica, and Gallows who join familiar faces such as Nakoruru, Galford, and Charlotte. The fighters bout on beautifully rendered battlefields that swivel around the combatants as they slash, sidle, and jump. The action runs fast and fluid although it can skew towards the generic.

Early preorders will ship with a bonus "Bastard Sword" toy in 50% ratio. The toy is a a miniature recreation of the weapon that a blonde warrior named Suzuhime uses in the game. She's the butcher seen on the center of the artwork to the left. Preorders ship on December 10, 2009.

NEWS General Updates

Wii Sengoku Musou 3
The new release date for Sengoku Musou 3 was finalized last night and the game ships on December 3, 2009. The original date was Nov 19.
PS3 Agarest
Ghostlight's move to bring Agarest [Regular and Collector's Edition] to the European continent comes to fruition at the end of the month. The game is on schedule to ship on October 30, 2009 and NCS expects delivery on November 2 (Monday).
PS3 Demon's Souls USA
It's been a week since the North American version of Demon's Souls was released but it feels like a long time already due to the activity. Sales for the USA version are on pace to match our numbers for the Asian edition.