Friday, August 08, 2008

Weekly Famitsu Vol. 1028 - New Import, Subs Only

Cover Date: August 22-29, 2008 / Cover: Tales of Vesperia

«©NCSX» The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu includes coverage of the following games and/or events:

» Coverage of the Comic-Con International 2008 event
» Interview with Bonnie Pink who sung the theme song for Vesperia
» Coverage of Square's DKΣ3713 Private Party featuring Dissidia Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts series, Sigma Harmonics, The 3rd Birthday, FFVII Advent Children Complete, and Fabula Nova Crystallis FFXIII.
» Reviews for Sigma Harmonics are favorable at (8/8/7/8) but Beijing Olympics 2008 gets trashed with (4/5/4/3).
» A look at the characters, story, world, and battle system of Valkyrie Profile: Toga o Seoumono which we're opening up preorders for today.
» Information on an upcoming phone game from Square titled Ellark.

View sample pages from Famitsu Vol. 1028.

Valkyrie Profile: Toga o Seoumono - Import Preorder

Preorders are welcome for a new Valkyrie Profile which ships on the Nintendo DS later this year. In the game, players take control of a warrior named Wylfred who's harboring a a reservoir of hate against Lenneth. Many years ago, Wylfred's father Thyodor was killed on the battlefield and his soul was taken by Lenneth so he could become an Einherjar. Wylfred's goal is to attain Einherjar status himself so he can settle things with Lenneth and perhaps the gods themselves.

Early preorders will ship with a bonus Valkyrie Profile booklet in 25% ratio. Reservations are welcome to ship on October 2, 2008.

Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2 - New, In Stock

The cast members of Code Geass generally find themselves in somber situations fitting of the oppressive scenario presented in the manga and anime. In Bandai's latest Geass game, Lelouch Lamperouge, Karen Stadtfeld, C.C., and the rest of the gang relax and perhaps laugh with collection of simple mini-games.

Soon after starting the Story Mode, Lelouch appears and proceeds to play a game of Othello against you. The computer's technique isn't sophisticated and is fairly easy to beat. Afterwards, the protagonist appears on a board game where certain spaces that he lands upon will trigger mini-games such as swimming, pizza shooting, quizzing, and more. There's also a whack-a-mole game, a side scrolling shooter that's not bad, and a platform action game to boot.
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Charge Stand DS Lite - New Import, In Stock

When NCS recharges our fleet of Nintendo DS Lite units, we generally just toss them onto a table with the power plugs hanging from the back. Done. We didn't know there was a better way until we received Hori's Charge Stand DS Lite which mounts the DS in an artful manner on a block of white or black plastic.

Is the Charge Stand something that's necessary? Nope. No one really needs it since all it does is add a layer between the power supply and the Nintendo DS Lite. What the stand does however is provide an aesthetic way to charge your Nintendo DS. The stand is angled so that the NDS is mounted in an attractive way. View Photo Gallery.

Ikkitousen Shining Dragon [The Best] - New, In Stock

Rival schools are at war and only short-skirted students with strength, determination, and large bosoms can rise above the ranks to reach the mantle of Ikki Tousen which translates into one knight who is worthy of 1000 knights. Built as a 3D fighting game, Shining Dragon pits players against a cast of 10 fighters which include Hakufu Sonsaku, Ryomou Shimei, Ryofu Housen, Kakouen Myosai, and Kanu Unchou. A new character named Chosen (Cicada) is also featured in the game who's a buxom blonde with red eyes, a snappy demeanor, and a blue dress.

The STORY MODE allows players to choose one character and live through her battlefield tribulations against the backdrop of original stories that were written exclusively for the game. The MISSION MODE features 50 stages of targeted objectives which mixes up the action. To add to the authenticity of the game, the voice actresses from the animation were hired to provide the utterances and battle cries of the combatants. When fighting, the clothes of the girls may be shredded just like they are in the animation series. There's no outright nudity but skin is exposed that otherwise wouldn't get exposed. For example, when a girl's shirt is split near the bosom area, stringy threads will still keep it together.

Sengoku Basara 2 Heroes [The Best] - New, In Stock

The Warring States are never ending in the minds of men and game publishers who base their action-packed games on that fractious period of Japanese history. Capcom's Sengoku Basara 2 Heroes takes players back into a time when warlords ruled the land and sought to topple each other by way of force and the drumbeat of war. A total of 30 warlords are featured in the game along with 64 stages of blistering action split into six game modes as follows:

» Heroes Story / Three characters and their war stories
» Gaiden Story / Side stories of the Warring States
» Heroes Conquest / Choose from 30 warlords and work to rule the land
» Free Battle / Select a hero and battle an opposing warlord
» Heroes Versus / Compete in 6 mini-games of fighting action
» Basara Tournament / Fight enemy soldiers in an arena setting
» Gallery / View hero profiles, watch cinemas, listen to music, etc

The Gallery also features a warlord background section with biography data and another section containing locale information.

Artlist Collection - The Dog: Happy Life - Clearance

Befriend a puppy and become best pals in this pooch simulator from Yukes. The Dog allows PSP owners to dress their dogs up in various outfits and then take snapshops as shown below. ULJM-05122
Sale Offer: NCS' remaining inventory of
The Dog: Happy Life is new, factory sealed, and in mint condition. Price: US$15.90 per copy which includes "free shipping" within the United States by USPS Media Mail Service. «View larger photos»