Thursday, June 12, 2008

Metal Gear Solid 4 - New Japanese Imports

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» Snake's an old man but unlike mere mortals who have aged and grown unsteady, he staunchly refuses the rocking chair. He ain't going out like that. In the latest Metal Gear Solid game from Kojima and crew, Snake treks around the globe in search of his foe, Liquid Ocelot. By using nifty equipment such as the SolidEye and the Metal Gear Mk. II, Snake overcomes his old bones, his weathered lungs, and his impending senility to become the greatest grumpy-old-man-action-hero the world has ever known.

Preorders for the Regular and Limited Edition of Metal Gear Solid 4 for the Japanese PS3 will ship today. Details for each version are as follows:

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Regular Edition
メタルギアソリッド4【通常版】ガンズオブザパトリオット (Japanese game title)
Mastered on a dual-layer Blu-Ray disk; includes MGS Online Starter Pack
SKU: BLJM-67001 / Alternate SKU: VT006-J1 / Jan Code: 4988602141856
Retail Price: JPY8800 or US$90.90 from NCS

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Special Edition
メタルギアソリッド4【スペシャルエディション】ガンズオブザパトリオット (Japanese title)
Mastered on a dual-layer Blu-Ray disc; includes MGS Online Starter Pack and bonus MGS4 "Limited Edition" disk (single-layer Blu-Ray).
Sku: BLJM-67002 /
Alternate SKU: VT007-J1 / Jan Code: 4988602142174
Retail Price: JPY9800 or US$101.90 from NCS

The Special Edition of MGS4 includes two slipcases - an outer cardboard sheath which holds a laminated slipcase which in turn stores the game and bonus
Blu-Ray disc. The artwork on the Special Edition of the game cover is different from the regular edition and the case for the MGS "Limited Edition" Blu-Ray disc has a snazzy metallic sheen on it.

All preorders will ship today. We'll post up photos of the limited edition game contents tomorrow.

Metal Gear Solid 4 Premium Pack - New Japanese Import

UPS delivered a partial quantity of our Premium Pack shipments earlier this morning but the rest are in transit. It appears to be a late flight coming out of Anchorage, Alaska after they cleared U.S. Customs last night.

If the remaining shipments do make it in today before 5:00PM EST, we'll ship the rest of our preorders this afternoon. If the shipments don't arrive at JFK airport until tomorrow, we'll ship any remaining preorders on Friday afternoon. We're hoping that the rest of the shipments arrive today.

The Premium Pack bundle includes the following items:
» PS3 Hagane 40GB Console (Note: multi-voltage 100V to 240V)
» Metal Gear Solid 4 Special Edition Game (two-disc set)
» PS3 Hagane Dual Shock 3 Controller
» Bonus MGS4 "Making Of" Blu-Ray Bonus Disc

DC Dux - Import Preorder

A new shooter is winging its way to the Dreamcast next month. Dubbed DUX, the game follows horizontal shooting game conventions and sports clean visual lines. The developer/publisher is & KonTechs Ltd. which is comprised of René Hellwig (Graphic and Game Design), Martin Konrad (Coding), and Andre Neumann (Music). The DUX website features screenshots, videos, and descriptions of the game for prospective buyers to peruse. Preorders are welcome to ship in July 2008 at US$42.90 which includes shipping by USPS Media Mail within the USA.

Famitsu Magazine Subscriptions - Import Subscription

One of our Japanese print suppliers has begun soliciting yearly subscriptions for Famitsu magazine. The first issue will start shipping in the first week of July. We researched which other services supply Famitsu in the USA and found Magazine Express which charges US$394.50 per year (US$7.58 per issue). However, it's unlikely that they're shipping the magazines by air freight to the United States. They'll most likely using sea freight which adds a lead time of 4-6 weeks per issue.

Famitsu Magazine is on newstands in Japan every Friday which misses our weekly shipments that go out on Tuesday but we'll receive every issue 1 week after it's released. Our subscription rate is US$480 per year (US$9.23 per issue) which includes shipping by Media Mail to customers in the USA. If you wish to use a faster service such as Priority Mail, please note the yearly subscription rate will be US$626 ($12.03 per issue). Finally, there is a next day subscription service they can offer which will allow you to have every issue of Famitsu in your hands on the Monday after it hits the newsstands but this will cost US$55 per issue with a 1-year commitment for a total cost of US$2860 per annum.

Gundam Cross Drive Nintendo DS Lite - Clearance

NCS Sale of the Day Synopsis

The Gundam Cross Drive NDS bundle was originally released in August 2007 and NCS imported a bunch of them. We've sold the bulk of our inventory but we still have a few boxes that are taking up precious warehouse space. We've removed the Cross Drive game card from each bundle so that this offer is only for the limited edition Gundam NDS Lite shown in the product photo. Pricing is set at US$158.90 which includes UPS Ground shipping within the USA. Our product original description follows:

Update: August 9, 2007
«©NCSX» Bandai and Nintendo collaborate on the SD Gundam G-Generation Cross Drive bundle to bring collectors a special limited edition Nintendo DS Lite in regulation-issue white. The top of the NDS is decorated with a red unicorn + lightning bolt logo which originally appeared on Amuro's RX-93 V Gundam (Nu Gundam) shield and the following text on the right portion of the shell:

RX-93 V Gundam
Mobile Suit Gundam
Char's Counterattack