NCS expects to start preorders for the Japanese Playstation Vita on Monday of next week after receiving a "first offer" for the hardware from Japanese suppliers last night. The initial trade pricing for the Vita is over the retail price of the handheld in Japan and we expect to supply the WiFi and 3G versions of the hardware. It's interesting to note that there is a price differential between Vita export shipments sent on December 16, 2011 and shipments sent on December 17, 2011. I.e, if we want them quicker, we'll pay a slight premium.
The 3G Vita bundles will also apparently come with a 'forced' 100-hour prepaid card (retail value of JPY4980) that we're obligated to buy with every 3G handheld that we import into the States. We'll clarify the details over the weekend and post a formal preorder offer on Monday.
Friday, October 21, 2011
NCS Product Synopsis
The November 3, 2011 issue of Weekly Famitsu includes coverage of the following games and events in the Japanese marketplace:
» Coverage from the ‘LEVEL5 World 2011‘ event which checks out games such as Layton Brothers Mystery Room, Time Travelers, Guild 01, Level5 Station, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, and Fantasy Life.
» Previews for 3DS Monster Hunter 3G-Tri which includes a bestiary and information on the game mechanics, PSP Shining Blade, and 3DS Runabout 3D.
» Reviews for NDS Quiz Present Variety Q-Sama!! DS: Pressure Study x Atama Gai Kunaru Drill SP (7/6/6/6), 3DS Mameshiba (7/6/6/6), 3DS Yuugen Gaisha Brave Company (7/7/7/6), PSP Tanteibu: The Detective Club (7/7/6/6), PSP R-15 Portable (6/6/5/6), PSP Ragnarok: Hikari to Yami no Koujo (8/8/8/8), PSP Final Fantasy Reishiki (10/9/10/10), Wii Hoshi no Kirby Wii (9/9/8/10), PS3 Makai Senki Disgaea 4: Fuuka & Desco-hen Hajime Mashita (9/8/8/8), PS3 The Idolm@ster 2 (7/8/7/9), and X360 Dance Central 2 (9/9/8/10).
» 3DS Code of Princess fighting game preview from Agatsuma Entertainment and a preview for PSP Frontier Gate from Konami.
» iPhone Espgaluda II, Death Smiles, DoDonPachi Dai Fukkatsu, and Bug Panic.
» Every copy of the magazine includes a 32-page Dark Souls Hi-Complete Bubble brimming with strategy, tips, and hints for playing the game.
» Ice cream treats from Calpis, Cold Stone Creamery, Haagen-Dazs, Hershey’s, Milky, and Glico are featured in this week’s PICK UP FOOD.
» Super Mario 3D Land preview and scenario screenshots.