Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Initial D: Extreme Stage - Preorder

It's been five years since Sega released Initial D: Special Stage on the PS2. The game sold very well and a number of printings were made to fill demand in Japan, Asia, and abroad. Based on the sales numbers for the first home console conversion of Initial D, NCS can only assume that the upcoming Initial D: Extreme Stage will do just as well if not better than its forebear.

Initial D: Extreme Stage is based on Initial D Arcade Stage 4 which was originally built on Sega's Lindbergh coin-op hardware. The game features seven main courses such as Lake Akina and Irohazaka but if you factor in the variations, the course count runs up to 28 tracks. There's 23 vehicles that may be driven including the Toyota Trueno GT-APEX (AE86), Mitsubishi Lancer GSR Evolution III (CE9A), Nissan Skyline GTR V-Spec II (BNR32), and the Honda Civic Type R (EK9). Finally, a total of 23 drift-savvy rivals provide drama and adversity for racing fans to contend with. Preorders are welcome to ship on July 3, 2008. Jan: 4974365835125

Persona 4 Konamistyle Edition - Preorder

Preorders are welcome for the Konamistyle-exclusive edition of Persona 4 which is packaged with the t-shirt seen to the left and another bonus item that's still under consideration by Konami crew. We're hoping it's a limited edition figure diorama of the characters on the game cover. Just throwing it out there...

Preorders are welcome to ship on or around July 10 at US$133.90. Please choose a t-shirt size (S-M-L-XL)
upon checkout.

Fushigi no Dungeon - Furai no Shiren 3 - Preorder Update

Chunsoft's Fushigi no Dungeon (Mystery Dungeon) series has been around for a while time. The basic game engine has served as the foundation for a number of dungeon exploration games including Sega's recent Dramatic Dungeon Sakura Taisen.

The latest release in the canonical series of FnD games features the familiar dungeon spelunking formula where movement is stutter-step and in sync with everything else in the game world. When you move, a monster in the room moves in time to every step that you take. The dungeons contains 240 different monsters and 30 bosses to contend against. New to the action is a network function where players may go online.

The publisher will give away a bonus Wiimote controller stand in 40% ratio and we'll hand them out to early preorders.

One Piece Portrait of Pirates Neo-5 - Preorder

In the One Piece Skypiea storyline, Luffy and crew travel from the sea to the sky where they sail the "White Sea" which is made of clouds. The pirates soon discover that there's a war in progress between two factions as well as a megalomaniac named Enel that's on the loose. It is in the Skypiea story arc that Robin gains the trust of Luffy and Company and becomes a full-fledged member of the Straw Hat Pirates.

Megahouse's Neo-5 production of the popular Portrait of Pirates figure features
Nico Robin from the Skypiea story arc and the cape-wearing Sogeking (Usopp's alter-ego) who's armed with his Kabuto slingshot weapon. Each fixed-pose figure measures 20cm or approximately 8" tall and is constructed out of PVC material. Nico's figure includes a cowboy hat which may be donned or doffed and Sogeking is bundled with the aforementioned Kabuto weapon and a removable helm. Preorders are welcome to ship in late July 2008 at JPY5040 or US$63.90 from NCS.

General Updates

PS3 Dual Shock 3 In Stock
The USA version of the Dual Shock 3 is now in stock and preorders will ship today. New orders are welcome at US$56.90 each. If you place your order on our new shop, shipping by USPS Priority Mail (2-3 day delivery) within the continental USA is free.
Phantasy Star Complete Collection - Sega Direct
All preorders for the Sega Direct version of PSCC were shipped on Friday of last week. If we're able to order additional quantities from vendors who purchased their own allocation of the bundle from Sega Direct, we'll update our website accordingly. A scan of the Soundtrack may be viewed here.
Arkanoid Paddle Controllers
Since there won't be a USA version of the Arkanoid paddle controller, there's been a mad rush on our remaining inventory in the past few days. We currently only have
silver and pink units remaining but we'll check with Japanese suppliers for possible restock of the black and white versions.

Audition Portable Limited Edition Items - Clearance

The PSP Audition Portable game has been sold but the limited edition items remain. There's a Diary, a Notebook, a Music Mini-CD, and some other goodies that are not only attractive but have functional utility.

Sale Offering: NCS' remaining inventory of the Audition Portable LE items is new and in mint condition. Since the manufacturer didn't use a retainer to keep the items inside secure, we'll add some padding to reduce movement during transit. Pricing is set at US$38.90 per bundle which includes free shipping by USPS Media Mail within the U.S. View Larger Photos.