Thursday, December 06, 2007

Arkanoid DS + Paddle Controller - Partial Shipment

Half of our shipments of the Arkanoid DS + Paddle Controller bundle arrived today and we'll process and ship the first batch of preorders this afternoon. Please note the remainder is scheduled to arrive on Saturday. We also received a partial delivery of the Paddle Controllers and we'll fill what we can today. The remainder is expected by tomorrow or Saturday and we'll update our customers once they're in stock.

Taito revived the Atari "Breakout" brand in a big way in 1986. That was when Arkanoid reached arcades and swept across Japan and the USA like brushfire. The game's gist is this: Players control a paddle which bats a ball which in turn smacks into colored bricks above. The aim of the game is to clear the bricks on each stage with the ultimate goal of reaching and destroying an entity known as DOH.

Arkanoid DS [No Paddle Controller] - New, In Stock

If you don't need a paddle controller to play Arkanoid and you're perfectly content with using the D-pad or the stylus, this one's for you. If you ever decide that a paddle controller would make your life easier, you always have that option sometime down the road.

Taito revived the Atari "Breakout" brand in a big way in 1986. That was when Arkanoid reached arcades and swept across Japan and the USA like brushfire. The game's gist is this: Players control a paddle which bats a ball which in turn smacks into colored bricks above. The aim of the game is to clear the bricks on each stage with the ultimate goal of reaching and destroying an entity known as DOH.

Power Pro Kun Pocket 10 - New Import, In Stock

Konami's flagship baseball franchise has weathered the years and the evolution of console technology without much change or deviation from its basic formula. This changes with Power Pro Kun Pocket 10 for the Nintendo DS where the graphics deviate from the bitmaps of the past to 3D polygons for both the stadium and the players.

The batters and pitchers still sport oversized noggins but that's the trademark look and feel of the Power Pro series which won't ever change. In addition to single-player game modes, there's also a Wi-Fi mode where two players can link up and enjoy a head-to-head game of the national pastime. A Story Mode puts players in the shoes of a high school baseball player and 10 mini-games are playable.

Tales of Innocence - New Import, Partial Shipment

War has raged around the capital city of Regnum for many years but it has always been sheltered from the storm beyond its borders. In recent time, some inhabitants in Regnum have discovered unique powers within themselves. When the citizenry grows wary of the "gifted ones," the governing body issues an edict where anyone with special powers is apprehended and imprisoned....

Ruca Milda is a white-haired lad Regnum resident who discovers that he possesses special powers. Events conspire to lead Ruca and friends Iria Animi, Spada Belforma, Ricardo Soldato, Hermano Larmo, and Ange Serena on a world spanning adventure. TOI uses the "Dimension Stride Linear Motion Battle System" which allows for free roaming 3D attacks.

Tales of Innocence Accessory Set - New Import, In Stock

Hori gets itself into the game once again with a product tie-in that should attract fans intent on keeping their Tales shrines up to date. The Tales of Innocence Accessory Set includes the following two items:

» A transparent NDS Lite skin which wraps around both portions of the Nintendo DS and keeps it clean and tidy.

» An extendable red stylus which may be slotted into the touchpen receptacle under the NDS for easy storage.

Chronicle of Dungeon Maker II - New Import, In Stock

Most adventure games send players into pre-built dungeons where monsters are battled and treasure chests are jostled open. Global A's Chronicle of Dungeon Maker II twists it all around and presents a game that's somewhat reminiscent of Game Arts' Chaos Seed (Sega Saturn, 1997) where the player builds dungeons from scratch in addition to spelunking within them. As a master architect and builder, the player erects the labyrinthine corridors of an underground dungeon and subsequently waits at least a night for it to be populated with monsters. Since beastly creatures are naturally attracted to dank and well designed dungeons, luring them doesn't take much effort. Once they're in and roaming through the halls, venture into your own dungeon to attack and destroy the monsters to abscond their treasures.

Personal dungeons may be traded with other players through ad hoc mode and the game features a simple attack scheme to send a sword swinging and magic blazing. When visiting a dungeon, players may choose the type of equipment and weapons to bring which affects the performance in battle. Traps may also be set to even out the odds against groups of monsters. As the fame of a builder grows, town folk will visit him and request certain items where the task is to design a dungeon that will attract the type of monster that would likely carry such an item. Creatures that venture into the dungeons range from feral wolves to massive dragons. The game features over 800 items that may be used and equipped such as suits of armor, gauntlets, leggings, and helms.

Minna no Golf Portable 2 - New Import, Restock Monday

The four Minna no Jou games that were released earlier this year in quick succession were mere morsels and appetizers leading up to the main course. Sony's proper sequel to the original Minna no Golf Portable game ships today in Japan and the world of virtual golfing is all the better for it.

The game follows the gaming conventions of previous releases in the MinGol series and old hands will find it familiar and easy to get into. The characters look the same, the courses are expansive, and the play mechanics are tried and true. The hallmark of the series has been its simple and friendly interface as well as its no-nonsense gameplay. Check the wind, line up your sights, and swing away by tapping thrice on the "O" button. If you hit the ball well, you'll know it immediately by the rainbow-colored "Nice Shot!" that pops up on the screen. MinGol Portable 2 features 12 courses, 20 characters to use, and a wireless online mode so everyone (well, sixteen simultaneous users) can link up and enjoy a tourney together.

At the outset of the action, only two characters are available to select as your onscreen golfer - a feathery haired lad and a blonde-haired girl. The boy has more power but the girl has more spin and sidespin. The other roster entrants are all locked behind question marks. The first course is a PAR4 which is 366y from your vantage point to the hole. If you're able to hit PAR or better, the golfer avatar cheers but if you're only able to muster a bogey, he'll sit on the grass in a dejected fit of despair.

Silent Hill Zero - New Import, In Stock

From the Publisher
Developed exclusively for the PSP system, Silent Hill Zero brings the frightening and popular survival horror series with all new game play and a storyline set before the events of the original Silent Hill. Fans can experience this one of a kind game with updated controls allowing for more fluid combat and detailed exploration of environments.

"Fans of Silent Hill can expect a fear-inducing experience with Silent Hill Zero," said Anthony Crouts, Vice President of Marketing for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. "We're adding to the mythos by revealing some secrets hinted at in the original Silent Hill and have added an all-new soundtrack from series composer Akira Yamaoka to the elaborate puzzles and chilling storyline that has made Silent Hill a hit for gamers everywhere."

Reborn on the PSP system, gamers take on the role of Travis Grady, a lone truck driver making a routine delivery when he makes an unfortunate detour to the mysterious town of Silent Hill. Players must help Travis escape the city's horrific inhabitants and unravel the mystery of the strange hallucinations from Travis' past, visions that have plagued him since childhood. Updated controls maximize combat, allowing Travis to use his fists, his wits and an array of weapons including a meat cleaver, pool cue and sledgehammer to fight his way through the nightmarish world of Silent Hill and face more than one possible ending. Taking full advantage of the PSP system's graphics, sound, and portability, Silent Hill Origins sets a new standard in handheld gaming terror.

Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida - New Import, Partial Shipment

No one likes a monster. Except maybe the monster's mom. The operative word in that last sentence is "maybe" because monsters are so disagreeable, unattractive, and overly surly that even its own mother may harbor animosity towards it.

In the case of Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida, you love the monster you've been charged with protecting. You love it so much that you'll do whatever it takes to keep it safe from valiant heroes who would wander into dungeons to capture it. To that end, your job is to design a dungeon and cultivate protectors in order to stop warriors and wizards who are on the hunt for your monster which just happens to look like the Devil himself.

At the outset of the game, a training mission hands you a pickaxe which is used to break blocks and create a dungeon. Press the "SQUARE" button to hack away at the blocks until discernible pathways are carved out on the screen. Some blocks will release green slimes which move around in drippy fashion and serve as a line of defense for your monster. The green slimes may also be used as fodder to enhance other subterranean creatures so that they'll evolve into stronger forms. The invading heroes will have to get past slimes, insects, and other beasts that are released from the blocks before they'll get a chance to kidnap your monster and bring it to the surface. However, if your dungeon and monster defenses aren't good enough, the hero bags the beast and it's game over.

No More Heroes + Bonus Keychain - New Import, In Stock

From the Publisher
No More Heroes tells the story of Travis Touchdown, an anime fan who lives in the fictional town of Santa Destroy, California. After an unexpected turn of events, Travis finds himself being approached by the head hunter of an assassins’ organization. Travis is challenged to prove himself worthy by defeating ten other bloodthirsty killers – all with deep stories of their own – to make his way to the top of the assassins’ league.

No More Heroes realizes the dream of Wii players everywhere as they can wield the Wii Remote to swing the beam katana and perform spectacular wrestling moves. Suda 51’s creation features avant-garde graphics which will thrust players into a stylized world filled with edgier gameplay. Taking its lead from the silver screen, the storyline is riddled with laugh-out-loud violence, black humor and irony-filled dialogue. No More Heroes is a multi-sense video game experience: dark, engaging and pure entertainment!

“With No More Heroes, we wanted to create a game that allows players to be able to jump right in and play,” said Suda 51, president of Grasshopper Manufacture.“The Wii allows us to create an open world where movement and gameplay feel very natural.”

Lost Odyssey - New Import, In Stock

From the Publisher
Lost Odyssey™ is the story of Kaim, an immortal character who has lived more than 1,000 years. He doesn't remember his past, and he doesn't know where his future lies. Throughout Kaim's journey, a handful of characters will join him on an odyssey to discover their intricate past and destiny, leading players through a dramatic story of massive scale. Lost Odyssey features breathtaking visuals and an epic adventure made possible only by the power of Xbox 360™.

Game Features
* Engaging and unparalleled emotional story: With story sequences penned by award-winning Japanese novelist Kiyoshi Shigematsu in cooperation with producer Hironobu Sakaguchi, Lost Odyssey sets a new benchmark for the RPG genre with a combination of true-to-life cinematics and an intriguing story of an immortal man. Players will witness Kaim's life as he lives through many generations, becomes part of numerous families, falls in and out of love, and confronts all of the conflicts that arise. Kaim’s struggles are set in a world that is on the verge of a "mystical industrial revolution," where mankind has attained dark powers.