Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Fighting Stick Wii

Hori releases the first officially licensed Wii joystick this week and Guilty Gear XX Accent Core gamers finally get the tool they need to play properly. The Fighting Stick Wii gathers together all of the buttons from the nunchuk and Wiimote and arranges them neatly in two rows as follows:

Top Row: y, x, L, Z
Low Row: b, a, R, Z

Turbo-fire on/off switches (20 shots/second) for each face button are located on the upper console of the joystick. The corded connector on the controller is designed to be plugged into the base of the Wiimote for wireless play.

FFVII: Crisis Core Trinkets

Final Fantasy Crisis Core is expected to sell big numbers in Japan when the game is released on September 13. In addition to the Crisis Core PSP bundle and the Crisis Core potions already announced, Square will also ship two tie-in trinkets to market on October 31, 2007 as follows:

» FFVII Crisis Core Soldier Key Holder US$19
» FFVII Crisis Core Silver Pocket ~Loveless~ Pendant US$129

Preorders are welcome today to ship on or around November 11.

Polyphonica: Corticarte Apa Lagranges

In the world of Shinkyoku Sōkai Polyphonica, musicians known as Dantists play compositions called "Commandia" which are used to appease the spirits and provide them with sustenance. The hero of the Polyphonica tale is a fledgling Dantist named Phoron Tatara who works at the Tsuge Divine Music Player Office. Phoron partners up with a red-headed spirit named Corticarte Apa Lagrangres. Phoron refers to her as "Corti" to avoid elocution issues when sputtering her convoluted moniker.

Good Smile Company commissioned artist Yasuyuki Arakawa to sculpt Corticarte into a 1/8 scale PVC figure which measures 19cm or 7.48" in height. Since Corti is a ginger, we had to preorder a few cases of the figure... regardless of whether or not the market will buy her. As we've mentioned before, redheads aka gingers are good luck in our little world. Preorders are scheduled to ship in mid-late December 2007.

ToraDora! Aisaka Taiga Figure

High school is a cross-current of rivalries, raging hormones, and relationships - sort of like society at large but encapsulated within a single building. In the ToraDora novella by Yuyuko Takemiya, a fierce looking high school lad named Takasu Ryuuji befriends fellow student Aisaka Taiga who's known as a "Hand Held Tiger." Whereas Takasu is actually a pussycat at heart despite his bad boy looks, Aisaka really is a tigress nonpareil. Together, their unlikely friendship leads them on a story of exploration where they discover each other alongside the everyday interaction with their classmates.

Max Factory has opened up preorders for an Aisaka Taiga figure sculpted by Hironori Tokunaga which measures 10cm or 3.93" tall. To accentuate the fact that Aisaka is a tigress, she holds a little tiger in the palm of her hand. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late December 2007.

Kino's Journey: Kino 1/8 Scale Figure

"Kino’s Journey" is a novel series written by Keiichi Sigsawa and published by Dengeki Bunko. The story follows the unique travels of a young adventurer named Kino as well as Kino's traveling companion - a talking motorcycle named Hermes. Together, they visit many different places throughout their adventures and meet many different people. They spend three days at each location they visit before heading out to their next destination. Everyone they encounter during their journey is somewhat compassionate and very admirable.

- From the Kino's Journey website

Good Smile Company casts the hero of Kino's Journey into a 1/8 scale PVC figure which is sculpted by Kazushi Kawasaki. Kino measures 20cm or 7.87" tall. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late December 2007.

Oneechan Bara VorteX Aya - Black Bikini Figure

NCS started preorders for an Aya Red Bikini Figure on Monday of this week. Today, we're accepting preorders for a "Black Bikini" figure which is identical to the Red Bikini figure except for the bra color.

In the Oneechan Bara VorteX game from December 2006, sisters Aya and Saki teamed up with a policewoman named Anna to rid the metropolis of a rising zombie threat. When plunging into masses of undead with the goal of chopping them up, most sensible warriors would put on some armor, chain mail, or at least armlet.

Aya scoffs at those pansies.

She goes to war wearing a two-piece bikini, a hat, and a pair of thigh high boots. Occasionally she'll throw on a feather boa to accessorize. In the case of the Oneechan Bara VorteX Aya figure, our idol also wears a beaded necklace and hefts two swords for that special dual slicing action.

Preorders are welcome starting today to ship in mid-late December 2006 at JPY5800 or US$58 from NCS.

General Updates

Typhoon Season
Due to inclement weather overseas, most of our import shipments that were originally expected to arrive today have been delayed. The remainder of this week's new imports are now scheduled to arrive tomorrow including PS2 Beatmania IIDX 13th DistorteD, PS3 Blade Storm, NDS One Piece Gear Spirit, etc. The first production of the new One Piece game appears to include a bonus Jolly Roger NDS Lite carrying pouch.
Playstation Network Tickets
Another batch of PSN Tickets valued at JPY3000 for use on the Japanese Playstation Online Store are scheduled to arrive tomorrow. All backorders will be processed on Thursday morning and new orders are welcome. Please note the PSN Tickets are only for use on the Japanese PS store and cannot be used on the Hong Kong store. We will also stock the Hong Kong region PSN Tickets in a couple of weeks.
Crisis Core: FFVII PSP Bundle
Preorders are still being accepted for the first shipment of Crisis Core FFVII PSP bundles which are scheduled to arrive on or around September 13, 2007. Until we update otherwise on our shop listing, preorders remain open and available.
Japanese Wii Consoles
A restock shipment of Wii consoles is expected tomorrow and new orders are welcome.