Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Magic Taizen

Become a master magician with help of Ninty's Magic Taizen which serves as your partner when performing various card tricks. Bolstered by tutorials and the green-eyed gal from Daigassou Band Bros who serves as guide, players engage in various games, shuffle cards, learn tricks, and tap into simple mind teasers.

The game ships in a box that's the same size as the original Band Bros box with the bonus headphones. In addition to the game itself, Nintendo packages a deck of cards inside every copy of Magic Taizen which may be shuffled and used when checking out and performing the nifty magic tricks depicted in the game. «NCS Game Notes»

Naruto Konoha Spirits + Bonus Puppets

Naruto joins up with Sakura and Kakashi in a new 3D action game where the three adventurers tackle conflict in an original storyline set in Konoha Village. As they roam further into the adventure, additional characters may be met and engaged for expanded interaction and interplay. In addition to the main STORY mode of the game, players may also enjoy a cooperative mode and a versus mode. NKS also features an original intro song and Bandai hired the voice actors from the television animation and all of the characters are embodied with boisterous voices, throaty growls, and the occasional chirp-like yelp. «NCS Game Notes»

Bonus Schwag
All orders for Naruto Konoha Spirits will include two puppets that are made of paper parts that players punch out. The first paper puppet features Naruto and the second is his sensei, Kakashi. Each puppet is made of 7 parts that move independently of each other when manipulated. Strands of string and plastic bolts are included to assemble the puppets together and hang them from a cardboard "control" to make them swing, dance, and even sashay.

PS3 Questions & Answers

I don't reside in Europe but I do live in a country which uses 240V electricity. I have purchased a Japanese PS3 from Y@hoo @uctions... Or was it from my friend Toshio in Japan? I forget so easily nowadays. In any case, what precautions do I need to take?

The Japanese PS3 uses a 100V ~ 3.8A power supply. A 240V current from the mains would blow your PS3 out (read: destroy) in less than .02 seconds if you plugged it in directly. What you need is a 240V to 120V (or 220V to 110V) stepdown transformer to convert the electricity down to a level which the PS3 can use.

When you say "blow your PS3 out in less than .02 seconds," do you really mean it?
Yes. The smell of burnt plastic and destroyed fuses is an added bonus. You may then use the PS3 as a very heavy paperweight that will keep newspapers and magazines down in gale force winds. It will also work as a doorstop but we prefer the kind that wedges against doors with rubber feet. Fact: NCS advises against using the PS3 as a frisbee.

What proof do you have of the Japanese PS3 being 100V? I heard it was multi-voltage capable. I read it on the internet so it must be true!
NCS has taken a photo from the PS3 which shows the power supply rating. It clearly states: 100V ~ 3.8A 50/60Hz. With regards to information culled from the internet, you may be referring to a PS3 debug station which does support multi-range voltages but you're not purchasing a debug station from Y@hoo @uctions or your kind friend Toshio.

Is there anything else I should know?
The Playstation 3 is a most powerful technological marvel but it attracts dust like a magnet. Keep it in a cabinet when not in use lest its glossy patina become grimy and oily and less like Padme's ship. That is all.