NCS Product Synopsis
Update: April 26, 2010
«©NCSX» Generic MP3 players from fly-by-night operations in China cost about $2.70 each in bulk. Add an FM radio function and you might bump the price up by about $0.45 each.
We don't want those.
We want Taito's officially licensed Star Wars Light Saber Kei MP3 Player which isn't generic. It's specialized and looks like a light saber handle with nifty and ornate detailing - the one on the lower-left photo even has a ribbed design. Won't find that in a no-frills generic player.
The Star Wars MP3 player measures 8cm or 3.14" in length and accepts songs stored on microSD memory card which is inserted in the slot near the base of the player. There's no LCD screen to view the song list but tracks are played in the order that they're stored on the memory card's directory. Three buttons built into the saber handle are used to control dual functions as follows: VOLUME UP / FORWARD, VOLUME DOWN / REVERSE, and PLAY / STOP. An LED on the top of the handle shines when the player is spooling music which is next to the audio jack. A mini-USB port is located on the bottom of the player and the whole shebang runs on a single AAA battery (not included).
Preorders have started shipping as of last Friday and any remaining reservations and new orders will ship this afternoon. Pricing is set at US$28.90 each. «Photo Gallery»
Monday, April 26, 2010
NCS Product Update
«©NCSX» The May 6, 2010 issue of Weekly Famitsu includes print coverage on the following games and/or events in the Japanese marketplace:
» Preview for PSP "Project K" from Sega which bears resemblances to Ryu Ga Gotoku and features a similarly sullen but younger protagonist. An interview with Nagoshi Toshihiro follows the preview.
» Famitsu reviews NDS Cosmetic Paradise (7/7/7/5), PSP Ikki Tousen: Xross Impact (6/7/6/6), PSP MGS: Peace Walker (10/10/10/10), PS3 Super Street Fighter IV (9/9/9/8), and Bass Fishing Wii (6/6/5/5).
» Major feature on MGS: PW which spans 14 pages and includes information on the key characters, the machines, and a Kojima interview.
» Famitsu shows love to an XBL shooter titled Shoot 1UP where players control multiple ships at the same time.
» Prepackaged ramen and soups that are stuffed into Styrofoam bowls are featured in this week's PICK UP FOOD section.
» Idol Studio photo spread for actress Kitano Kii who's also on the cover.
» Previews for X360 Monster Hunter Frontier, NDS Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2, and PS3/X360 Majin.
NCS Product Update
«©NCSX» Originally released as a download on the Japanese Playstation Network last November, Nippon Ichi stamps Disgaea Infinite onto a UMD and releases it for conventional retail sale. The interactive novel takes place in the Disgaea universe where a lowly Prinny protagonist uses time travel, possession, and guile to solve an almost-murder-mystery.
At the outset of the game, the Prinny has to earn money by working in order to pay for the poor choices that he made when he was still alive. The Prinny finds employment as a servant in Laharl castle where he cleans and takes abuse from the likes of Etna. On one particular day, Etna has a special pudding treat that she's going to eat but when Laharl hears about, he decides that he's going to steal the pudding for himself. While doing his chores around the castle, the Prinny finds a magical watch which allows him to possess others and travel through time. Later, when Laharl is in his bedroom, an explosive attack is launched against him but he survives the assassination attempt. Laharl meets with Etna and Flonne to get to the bottom of the assassination attempt and they eventually charge the Prinny servant with rooting out the would-be killers. To find answers and uncover the culprit, the Prinny uses the game's mind-control system to take possession of characters and discover clues that'll help him get to the bottom of the mystery. Time travel also comes in handy to look at events in the past and gauge how they'll affect future events and timelines.
NCS Sale of the Week Offering: April 26, 2010
Original Release in Japan: Nov 27, 1998
«©NCSX» Brand new and factory boxed Dreamcast Modular Cable but before you reach for your wallet to buy one, continue reading. The somewhat impressive sounding product name is basically a fancy-schmancy moniker for a landline telephone cable with RJ45 connector which measures 5m or 16.40' in length. You could buy the same cable from a generic supplier for less but then you wouldn't get the clear plastic Dreamcast-branded container which fits right into any Dreamcast shrine.
NCS' remaining inventory is brand new and factory boxed in the original plastic packaging. The condition of the cables are in excellent shape with all remaining inventory in like new and undamaged condition.
Pricing per Dreamcast Modular Cable is set at US$9.90 each. If you reside in the USA, NCS recommends USPS Media Mail shipping for the most economical domestic service. For our customers outside the USA, NCS recommends normal Airmail International service. «Photo Gallery»