Thursday, August 07, 2008

Fire Emblem: Shin Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Ken - In Stock

Back in 1990, a little company by the name of Intelligent Systems developed and released a Famicom (8-bit) game titled Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryu to Hikari no Tsurugi which translates to Fire Emblem: New Dark Dragon and the Sword of Light. In the ensuing years, Intelligent Systems went on to remake the game for the Super Famicom and released another nine prequels and sequels for the Gameboy, Gamecube, and Wii. It's about that time again.

Intelligent and Nintendo produce a second remake of the original Fire Emblem game which is titled Fire Emblem: Shin Ankoku Ryu to Hikari no Tsurugi. The word "Shin" after Emblem means "New"and the game features updated graphics, touch pen tactics, and the ability to play Wi-Fi games against challengers. «NCS Game Notes»

Marl Oukoku no Ningyou Hime - New Import, In Stock

It's been about 10 years since Marl Oukoku no Ningyou Hime landed on the Playstation and introduced the citizenry of Japan to "a musical adventure." The game's been re-released twice on the Playstation under the "PSOne Books" banner and in a special +1 edition. Due to the amount of time that has passed since the last re-release, no one's going to mind a third printing. After all, Square does it all the same.

In the game, players join a young girl named Cornet who has the power to communicate with puppets. During her travels, these puppets join Cornet's party and help her by battling opponents. The NDS conversion features a bonus Encore Theater function. The full name for this game is: Marl Oukoku no Ningyou Hime: Tenshi ga Kanaderu Ai no Uta.

Sangokushi Taisen Sora Arcade Shutsujin Bundle - In Stock

Sega's Sangokushi Taisen game was originally released in Japanese arcades in 2005 and made its way to the Nintendo DS last year. Since then, Sega has upgraded the game for the coin-op arena and NDS players get to enjoy the new release this summer.

Sangokushi Taisen Sora is a card-based simulation game where armies are marshaled into battle through the NDS touch screen. By tapping on contingents of soldiers and then directing them, the grunts will move and attack opposing armies. In the arcade original, gamers had to shuffle cards on touch screens to move their armies and the NDS conversion is a fairly faithful representation of the coin-op game. The Arcade Shutsujin Bundle includes four exclusive bonus cards, plastic sleeves to store the cards, and a copy of the Arcade version's operator manual. «NCS Game Notes»

Summon Night 2 - New Import, In Stock

The land of Lyndbaum serves as a nexus that's bordered by four worlds - Loreilal, Maetropa, Sapureth, and Silturn. Each land is populated by different races and beings - humans live in Lyndbaum but if you're in search of an angel or demon, Sapureth is where they reside. Due to the boundaries between the worlds, travelers can't traipse between them. There is a way to move entities between worlds however - a Summoner can serve as the conduit by which a being or creature moves from one world to another. Summon Night 2 is a tactical strategy game with RPG elements where players take control of a male of female hero and venture into grid-based battlefields. The Summon Night games are story intensive with well developed characters who interact with other well developed characters. «NCS Game Notes»

Koma Neko + Bonus Touch Pen - Recent Import, In Stock

Hello Kitty? Domokun? Fuggedaboutit. The new day is all about Koma-Neko which is a brown cat who sews, takes photographs, and creates stop-motion movies. The kitty-cat's creator is Tsuneo Goda who won an award at a French film festival for his work on the Koma Neko short film. Since that time, Koma-Neko has been making the merchandising rounds and this summer, her new Nintendo DS game reaches market. Players will get to engage in mini-games that involve Koma-Neko's vices and vocations.

The game world in which Koma Neko roams is made up of detailed interiors with modern amenities and lush outdoors filled with greenery. Koma's friends also abound and they may be greeted by touch pen tapping where they'll reciprocate in kind with a tip of the hat or a wave of the paw.

Survival Kids Wii - New Import, In Stock

Two more kids are stranded on an island when Survival Kids (aka Lost in Blue) sails to the Wii this week. Players control a lad named Jack who's accompanied by his dog or a young waitress named Lucy. Both were on a luxury liner before unfortunate circumstances brought them onto a deserted island. By using wits, reasoning, and simple survival skills, Jack and Lucy establish living quarters and gather enough food to make it through each day. When Jack or Lucy are hungry, you'll know it by the incessant growling that emanates from their bellies.

The Wii version of Survival Kids features Wii Remote-waving control to accomplish tasks such as making fire, catching fish, and befriending the local fauna. In one of NCS' preorder photos from a few months ago, Jack hangs onto the edge of a cliff for dear life while a pale-colored rodent hangs on for its own dear life right on Jack's back. The dog which looks like Lassie also helps out to make sure Jack or Lucy don't wander astray on their path to eventual salvation and exodus from the island.

In addition to the survival action, Konami touts 35 mini-games which draw on the survival theme and require Wi Remote control.

Tales of Vesperia - New Import, In Stock

The Tales games from Namco have enjoyed stellar sales over the years and over 10 million copies have made their ways into the eager hands of couch-based-adventurers. The tenth Tales game ships this summer and it's an Xbox 360 exclusive.

An androgynous hero named Yuri Lowell serves as the protagonist who teams up with a assortment of fellow travelers including a pink-maned girl named Estellise, a boy named Karol, a knight who goes by the name Flynn Scifo, and a pipe-clenching pooch named Rapido. The battle system in Vesperia is dubbed the "
Evolved Flex-Range Linear Motion Battle System" which is just a convoluted way of saying "3D slashing." When the screen cracks and an encounter starts, players have full control of Yuri while the computer controls the other party members. Listen carefully to Rapido's utterances when he attacks - he sounds like Scooby Doo trying to snarl. After each battle, the heroes stand around with triumphant poses while the camera slowly pans across the screen.

Early preorders for Tales of Vesperia will include a bonus Special DVD courtesy of Namco which was given out in 50% ratio.

Shining Force III for Sega Saturn - Clearance

Back in the day, NCS believed in the Sega Saturn console. Sales for Saturn games were consistently strong and many multiples higher than what the Playstation could muster. Since we believed, we invested heavily in Sega Saturn software purchases. Investments were so heavy that over 10 years after initial delivery, we still have lots of Saturn games in stock. Here's one Saturn soft which we'll probably have in stock for the next 3 decades.

Sale Offer: NCS' remaining inventory of Shining Force III Scenario 1 is new, factory sealed, and in mint condition. Price: US$13.90 per copy which includes "free shipping" within the United States by USPS Media Mail Service. Buy 5 and the price drops to $9 each. «View larger photos»