Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Disgaea: Hour of Darkness - Reissue

Atlus' USA reproduction of Disgaea is now in stock and all preorders are shipping today. The game packaging looks exactly like the original release and there's no obtrusive "Greatest Hits" or other markings to designate the game as the second printing. Tracking numbers will be updated after 6PM EST today and are normally activated after 8PM EST.

Borne from the fiery loins of the devil, the main character of Makai Senki Disgaea is literally a lil' devil. When old Beezlebub croaks, the path of ascension is unclear and Satan's spawn Laharl must prove himself by taking on all rivals and pretenders to the throne.

Designed similarly to games such as Final Fantasy Tactics, Ogre Battle, and Hoshigami, characters battle in 3-D isometric tactical theaters. Conventional weaponry as well as magical spells may be used in the course of war and two comrades watch your back - a wispy devil girl named Etna (complete with forked tail) and a demon penguin named Plinian (aka Prinny) join your party at the outset of the game. Additional soldiers and fighters may be created with Nippon Ichi's Free Character Creation System.

Wii Japanese Console Update

Japanese distributors received their shipments and deliveries of the Wii console overnight. However, it was a non-event because no games were delivered with the consoles. At the very least, our vendors were able to stare at the Wii boxes for 3.80 seconds before tedium set in. The launch games are being delivered tonight in Japan and NCS will arrange to have the first batches of shipments sent. Based on overnight shipping times from Japan to the USA, NCS expects to process and ship all re-confirmed preorders on Friday (November 30).

Similar to the USA situation, supplies of Wii accessories in Japan are dismal and our vendors have not received any extra nunchuks or the component video cables yet. We'll continue to check for available stock but please note that supplies may not be available until the second week of December. We'll monitor the official launch in Japan over the weekend and post a full update on Monday.

Import Misroute, General Updates

Import, Interrupted
A largish shipment of new Japanese import software that was scheduled to arrive this morning appears to have been misrouted. It's been a year since something like this has happened so we're not too disappointed but it is inconvenient since there's another large shipment scheduled to arrive tomorrow. If the misroute is re-routed properly later today, we'll update our website but as of this morning, we expect every new Japanese import to arrive on Thursday morning.

Aquapict Delayed
The highly desired Aquapict product from Bandai has been delayed from November 30 to January 25, 2007. Apparently, the jellyfish aren't ready for primetime yet. NCS will keep all preorders on file and an email update has been sent to customers to notify everyone of the delay.