Monday, April 14, 2008

White Gamecube Controller - Preorder

NCS sold out of official Gamecube controllers about a year ago. Sales just picked up one day and by the end of the week (as word got around that NCS was still saddled with them), the entire inventory was gone. We haven't been able to restock them since the sellout.

To address the demand for Gamecube controllers, Nintendo has announced a new production of the original GC controller in white which matches the shell color of the Wii. The controller follows the same design as the original GC pads and features a lengthy 3m (9.84') cord. The ship date is listed as late April so we expect them to ship before the end of the month. Preorders are welcome at JPY2000 or US$25.90 from NCS.

Tales of Symphonia: Knight of Ratatosk - Preorder

Two years after Lloyd Irving and company regenerated the world of Sylvarant and planted a new tree to tether the lands together, there's trouble anew brewing. The animus of the old Kharlan tree is raising a ruckus and the people of the two lands of Tethe-alla and Sylvarant are waging war against each other. In one attack, the Sylvarant city of Palmacosta is razed and many innocents perish.

Amidst the firestorm, a newly orphaned hero named Emil Castagnier teams up with a girl named Marta Lualdi and the two resolve to seek vengeance against the man who's actions killed their parents - Lloyd Irving. Along the way, the duo encounter compatriots who join their party and work towards a common goal. Preorders for Tales of Symphonia: Knight of Ratatosk are welcome to ship on June 26, 2008. All preorders will include a bonus DVD that is being given away by the publisher in 1:1 ratio. Pricing is set at JPY6800 or US$65 from NCS.

Street Fighter Sofubi by PansonWorks - Preorder

Japanese manufacturer Kotobukiya and PansonWorks are collaborating on a set of super-deformed Street Fighter sofubi (soft vinyl) toys that are pliable and impish. The likenesses of each character are easily discernible although Chun-Li looks like a monkey. The four figures in the first Street Fighter Sofubi series are:

» Ryu - Wears a red headband above his protuding ears
» Chun-Li - Her Quipao dress and braid covers make the munchkin woman
» Guile - The USAF lieutenant's haircut and green tank top are trademarks
» Sagat - A lively and sprightly fighter with an eyepatch and wrapped fists

Each figure measures between 10-14cm (3.93-5.51") in height and Pansonworks is selling each toy individually at JPY3000 or US$30.90 each from NCS. We're assuming much of that lofty cost comes from the Street Fighter licensing fee. Preorders are welcome to ship in late June 2008.

Indiana Jones Sofubi by PansonWorks - Preorder

When the new Indiana Jones movie bows on May 22, Indy isn't a young man anymore. He's an old guy. So what's a toy producer to do? Make an old man toy or hearken back to an earlier time? The choice is obvious in Pansonworks' upcoming Indiana Jones sofubi (soft vinyl) toy which features a fresh-faced adventurer and his wizened dad. Indy's also sporting about a day's worth of stubble on his chin.

Each figure measures 12cm or 4.72" in height and Pansonworks is selling each toy individually at JPY3000 or US$30.90 each from NCS. Preorders are welcome to ship in late June 2008.

Juicy Honey Rookie Edition 2008 - Preorder

In the world of baseball, rookies enter the sport every year and learn their craft in the proving grounds of the farm system. Similarly, in the world of Japanese adult video, there are also rookies who enter the trade every year and prove their "mettle" in magazines, films, and glossy trading cards which can be swapped and bartered like baseball cards.

Mint has started preorders for the
Juicy Honey Rookie Edition 2008 which features three new and nubile lovelies as follows (from left to right):

» Aya Hirai « » Aino Kishi « » Hina Kurumi «

Mint will only manufacture 2,000 boxes of the Rookie Edition 2008 which makes it a somewhat limited production. Preorders are welcome to ship on or around May 31, 2008 at JPY6000 or US$60.90 per box of 12 packs (each containing 7 cards) from NCS.

Japanese Import Outlook - Arrivals on Wed-Thurs

NDS Bokura Hakaseki Horida Nintendo

Gyakuten Saiban - New Best Price 2000


Gyakuten Saiban 2 - New Best Price 2000


Maji de Manabu: LEC de Ukaru SquarEnix

Puzzle Mate: Crossword Mate


Puzzle Mate: Nanpure Mate Compile

Puzzle Mate: Oekaki Mate Compile

SBI Group Kanshuu: Hajime You! Shisan Unyou DS B.Media

Shokera Renai Otona no Tame no Metabo Milesone
PS2 Hoshigari Empusa Takuyo

USA Release - Arrivals on Tues-Thurs

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue leads preorders for the week.
NDS MLB 2008 Fantasy All Stars 2K Sports

Rondo of Swords Atlus

Teenage Zombies Ignition
PS3 Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Sony
Wii Dream Pinball Southpeak

Emergency Mayhem Codemast.

Okami Capcom

Kidou Senshi Gundam Vol. 2 Jaburo - Clearance

As the autumn of UC 0079 rolls around, the One Year War has fallen into stalemate with the Federation suffering massive casualties. Inside a research colony on Side 7, the Federation develops it's own troupe of mobile suits to prepare for a new offensive. The transport ship "White Base" is sent to the colony to pick up the newly minted Gundam prototypes and bring them to Federation headquarters at Jaburo. A Zeon cruiser has tracked the Fed's movements and captain Char Aznable launches a surprise attack on Side 7, destroying most of the mobile suits. Amuro Ray, new-type prodigy, leaps into a prototype RX-78 Gundam and successfully defends the remaining Federation forces from the marauding Zakus. Side 7 civilians and prototype mobile suits are packed into White Base and the transport makes a harried descent to Earth, helmed by officer cadet Bright Noa with Amuro riding shotgun.

Sale Offering: NCS' remaining inventory of
Kidou Senshi Gundam Vol. 2 Jaburo is new and in mint condition. Pricing is set at US$18.90 per copy which includes free shipping by USPS Media Mail within the U.S. Photos.