Friday, August 29, 2008

Weekly Famitsu Vol. 1030 - New Import, Subscriptions

NCS Product Synopsis

Cover Date: September 12, 2008 / Cover: Mascot in AFRIKA
«©NCSX» The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu includes coverage of the following games and/or events:

Famitsu scoops Gundam Musou 2 which is being released on the PS2, PS3, and X360 on December 4. The cast of characters and some mobile suits are shown to garner interest and goad preorders.
» The Review Crew gives NDS Blue Dragon a respectable (8/7/7/8) while Wii Rainbow Pop gets (6/5/5/5). The rest of the releases next week are Best re-releases on the PS2 and PSP so the pickings are slim this week.
» A gaming retrospective article titled Road to Famicom that covers the years between 1972-1984. The serial feature starts with information, old advertisements, and photos for the Magnavox Odyssey.
» Short but sweet article on Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes (coin-op kit) which we're looking forward to.

Evangelion Ayanami Ikusei Keikaku DS LE - New, In Stock

Taking place at the beginning of the Shinseiki Evangelion television serial, Gendou Ikari hands you the responsibility of live-in teacher to Rei Ayanami. When you first meet her, she's pretty banged up with bandages all over and her arm's cradled by a sling. Similar to but not quite a blank slate, your young charge is recovering from injuries and it's up to you to help her heal mentally and physically.

With a set of six primary commands such as "talk," "goods," "costume," "town," and "schedule," you'll give Rei various duties to perform and gradually win her confidence. Ayanami's day can consist of going to school, learning archery to improve her willpower, playing violin, or a trip to the amusement park, among other venues. Each activity improves or diminishes one or more of her attributes. Along the way, you'll get to see Ayanami in various pieces of clothing.

The limited edition of
Evangelion Ayanami Ikusei Keikaku DS includes a black NDS pouch with red NERV logo on the front and a blue Evangelion strap that's tethered to trinket which features an image of Rei and Asuka.

To Love-Ru Trouble: Waku Waku! Rinkangakkou-Hen LE

The limited edition of To Love Ru Trouble includes:

» Cardboard box with nifty artwork of the cast
» Set of To Love-Ru character decals

» Animation cel with Rito Yuuki,
Haruna Sairenji, and Yui Kotegawa
» A placard which features
Mikan Yuuki and Konjiki no Yami

Preorders have shipped as of yesterday and NCS expects restock by Thursday of next week for new orders.

Umibe de Reach! - New Import, In Stock

Play mahjong against five girls in a conversion of a game that was originally released for the Sega Saturn in 1998. The NDS conversion is a total revamp with many new features. By playing mahjong against the girls, love may inexplicably blossom between the player and one lucky girl. By winning at MJ, love points are awarded to the protagonist which helps build the affinity with a particular maiden. Multiple endings may be accomplished which hinge on your level of love points. For players who need a little help during a match, pressing the "Y" button will summon Ms. Kyoka who'll give you a helpful hint.

New features in the NDS update include a Story Mode with animated sequences, a Tournament Mode, and a Free Play Mode. A new pink-tressed character also joins the cast of characters in the Story Mode.

Captain Rainbow - New Import, In Stock

An unappreciated spandex-wearing TV superhero named Captain Rainbow isn't feeling the love. The kids flock to Iron Man (well, it looks like Iron Man) but they're just not into Rainbow. With little chance of boosting his ratings in his current state, the Captain reverts to his Hawaiian shirt wearing alter-ego Nick and sails off to an island where he'll find salvation.

While sailing on a rickety raft made of four logs, Nick spots a rabbit-like creature on the waves and decides to save it from certain demise. Soon after changing into Captain Rainbow, Nick dives into the surf and subsequently flounders. In the process of the botched rescue attempt, Nick loses his Captain Rainbow belt and washes ashore Mimin Island. It's an inauspicious start and perhaps a harbinger of things to come.

Nintendo's latest adventure game hails from Skip, the team that brought Giftpia and Chibi-Robo to the world. Prior to that, members of Skip also developed Moon, Lack of Love, and Chulip. Similar to those earlier games, Captain Rainbow is quirky. Early in the game, Nick will run into Catherine (aka Birdo) from Super Mario Bros 2 and Doki Doki Panic who's been imprisoned in a cage. «NCS Game Notes»

Figma Kanu Unchou Figure - New Import, In Stock

Ikkitousen's brightest star is a raven-haired warrior named Kanu Unchou. She's been sculpted into many toys as we've chronicled over the past few months. NCS was hoping for Revoltech Kanu or Nendroid Kanu but we're going to be getting Figma Kanu instead. The Figma line-up from Max Factory features articulated PVC-ABS figures which are supported by a mounting stand. They're awfully popular and very well done in terms of construction quality.

Kanu's Figma turn measures 145mm or 5.70" in height. She wields a big honking Blue Dragon Crescent spear and wears a blue and white ensemble that hearkens back to old school Kanu. You know, before she became everything to everyone.

Max Factory throws in two extra faces to change Kanu's expression, chunks of interchangeable battle-shredded clothing (tattered top with breasts and a wrecked skirt), and a Figma mounting stand and display base. Although Kanu can stand upright on her own, the display base adds an extra measure of stability with its adjustable arm.
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Ikkitousen 1/6 Scale Kanu Unchou Miyazawa Mokei Ver.

As if there wasn't already a surfeit of love for Kanu Unchou, toy manufacturer Kurushima gets into the game with a limited edition 1/6 scale Kanu cold cast that is being distributed exclusively by Miyazawa Mokei. The special distribution agreement didn't really mean much for NCS because we're able to stock the figure without restrictions. Case quantities are listed at 2 figures per carton at the same price as the regular edition 1/6 scale Kanu distributed normally within Japan.

The limited edition figure features Kanu in a grey top with red handkerchief along with black skivvies. Her socks are still regulation-issue white however and her skin tone is convincingly flesh colored. Kanu's pose may be described as relaxed. Another descriptor might be "relieved" or perhaps even "exhausted." Whatever state she's in, Kanu still carries the Blue Dragon Crescent Spear which is gripped in her right hand. Kanu measures 26cm or 10.26" tall and a circular base is included for display purposes.

Preorders have shipped as of yesterday and new orders are welcome to ship today at JPY19800 or US$208.90 from NCS. Due to the size of the figure, NCS is only shipping via UPS Ground within the United States.

Animal Crossing Touch Pen Holder - Clearance

NCS Product Synopsis

Original Update: Dec 07, 2005
Insert your regulation-issue NDS touch pen inside the cozy confines of the Animal Crossing Touch Pen Holder and it automatically becomes a thick-barreled Animal Crossing-themed touch pen. If you're a NDS user who has a pair of beefy hands that can't grip the standard stylus comfortably, the Animal Crossing holder will give you something more substantial to hold. The front of the touch pen holder features the Japanese Animal Crossing logo (Doubutsu no Mori) and a little illustration of Harriet the hairdresser poodle. The bright orange color also makes it easy to spot if you drop it. Please note that the holder is just a shell and you must provide the actual stylus.

Sale Offer
NCS' remaining inventory of the Animal Crossing Touch Pen Holder is brand new, factory sealed, and in mint condition. NCS Price: US$6.90 per AXing holder which includes "free shipping" within the U.S. by USPS Media Mail Service. «Larger Photos»