Monday, July 30, 2007

Subarashiki Kono Sekai: It's a Wonderful World

Neku Sakuraba is a typical teenager who's been given the gift of mighty psychic power. Soon after receiving his new ability, the thoughts of his fellow denizens in Shibuya, Tokyo come rushing in. The next broadcast hails from the Shinigami Organization which informs him that he's been inducted into a suicide mission of sorts known as the "Game of Death." Neku has seven days to fulfill their demands or he'll be killed. To this end, Neku runs through the streets of Shibuya and destroys creatures known as "Noise" in a bid to save himself. Along his travels, he runs into a girl named Shiki who wears a belly shirt and an oversized hat. Along with Shiki, three additional cohorts named Beat, Rhyme, and Joshua also provide support and advice to help Neku along his way. «NCS Game Notes»

Densha de Go! Final [Eternal Hits]

Densha de Go! Final was originally released on May 27, 2004 and re-released under the "Best" label on July 14, 2005. Fast forward two years later and Taito gives the game another encore with an "Eternal Hits" re-release to give train fans another chance to enjoy the game.

Taito's Densha de Go! supposed swansong chimed in seven years after the series debuted in Japanese arcades in 1997. While train sims still sell decent numbers, the fascination and love affair appears over and Taito is apparently calling it quits with the franchise. That is, until Densha de Go! Pro ships in August or another train game franchise picks up the torch...

The parting shot to train fans is a decent one with classic tracks and new routes all gathered together for aficionados to master. Over sixty train models are featured in the game with examples taken from the Chuo Line, the Osaka Kanjo Line, the Tokaido Line, and the famous Yamanote Line. Game modes allow up to 2 player to perform as the operator and the conductor respectively as well as solo missions. A museum mode offers up a gallery of train photos, data and routes for the trains in the game.

Densha de Go! Shinkansen [Eternal Hits]

Densha de Go! Shinkansen was originally released on September 20, 2001 and re-released under Taito's in-house "Best" label on May 30, 2002 and again under the Sony "Best" banner on October 3, 2002. Fast forward five years later and Taito gives the game another much deserved encore with an "Eternal Hits" re-release.
as bullet trains, the Shinkansen line began life in 1964 with the Tokaido express service. Even back in the day, the bullet trains hit a blistering 200km/h while modern models push the envelope further with speeds topping out at 300km/h. Renowned for their punctual and "on the dot" service commitments, the Shinkansen enjoy an excellent reputation among it's passengers.

As a newly appointed Shinkansen conductor, it's your job to maintain the level of pristine service that your riders have come to expect. Never fear if your train driving skills are a tad rusty, a training mode guides you through the rudimentary tasks and procedures to properly maneuver your train. The player may view the progress of the ride from a standard cockpit mode or from the vantage point of a camera which floats outside the train, just above the locomotive car.

Jewel Shiny Cat

To create a mink stole, an animal must be butchered, bled, and skinned... sort of like peeling a banana but with chunks of flesh and gore involved. To create a Jewel Shiny Cat stole, acrylic fibers are spun onto a plushy material which is then affixed to a polyester lining. Next, shiny marbles are affixed to one end of the stole to give it a little gleam. Finally, a big plushy cat's head is mounted on one end to create the mighty Jewel Shiny Cat. Decades from now, animal rights activists will sing its praises in both songs and poems with proper iambic pentameter.

Each cat stole measures 75cm in length and three color variants are on offer: Purple, Pink, and White. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late November 2007 at US$29 each.

Relakkuma Hokori Room Boots

When padding around a carpeted house or cabin, your feet can go commando or slip into a pair of furry slippers. That's fine and good during the spring or summer but how about the winter when the air is cold and the radiator isn't pushing out the heat like it should be? Enter System Service's Relakkuma Hokori Room Boots which are furry and enclose an entire foot with warmth and toasty goodness.
The shoes measure 35cm or 13.77" in length and a yellow boot and a pink boot are on offer. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late November 2007 at US$16 each.

Japanese Import Outlook

NDS Konchuu Wars Success

Slide Adventure: Mag Kid Nintendo
PS2 J.League Winning Eleven 2007 Club Championship Konami

Capcom vs SNK 2 - The BEST Capcom

Sengoku Musou 2 - The BEST Koei
PSP Goku Makai-Mura Kai Capcom

Minna no Golf Jou Vol. 2 Sony

Minna no Golf Jou Vol. 2 + GPS Receiver Sony

Gundam Battle Royale - The BEST Bandai
8/2 Forever Blue Nintendo

Shin Chuuka Taisen [Delayed to August 31] Starfish

USA Release Outlook

NDS Picross DS leads preorders for the week.
NDS Bratz Ponyz AGF

Drake & Josh: Talent Showdown THQ

Glory Days 2 SSG

Pet Alien AGF

Picross DS Nintendo

Professional Fisherman's Tour: Northern Hemis. UFO
PSP Brave Story: New Traveler XSeed

Crazy Taxi Sega

Harvest Moon: Boy & Girl Natsume
Wii Mario Strikers Charged Nintendo

Pool Party Southpeak