Thursday, September 25, 2008

Knights in the Nightmare - New Import, Restock Soon

In Sting's latest S-RPG, players take control of a discarnate spirit known as a "Wisp" who guides a battalion of knights by taking over their bodies and bending them to its will. By commanding the knights thusly, skirmishes are fought against opposing forces on isometric grid-based battlefields.

Similar in style to other S-RPGs, the game is broken up into missions where objectives are presented along with a snippet of storyline. As missions are conquered, the Wisp and party level up in experience and are given the opportunity to improve weapons and items by utilizing material collected from the battlefield. Party members may also transfer vitality to compatriots in a process dubbed "Tran-Soul."
Although the text in the game is primarily in Japanese, the speech is entirely English. «G-Notes»

Knights in the Nightmare Limited Edition - New, Sold Out

The Knights in the Nightmare D-H-E (Dept Heaven Episode) Special Pack includes a copy of the Gameboy Advance release of Yggdra Union wihch was originally released . You get the complete game in its original packaging along with Knights in the Nightmare... which is grand fun. Both games are packaged in a special collector's box which features cover artwork from the two releases.

We'll be able to fill all preorders for customers who inquired about the game and/or submitted a preorder on our shop but we're sold out today.
If additional supplies are made available to NCS in the next few days, we'll update our product listing accordingly.

Yajuu Keiji: Tokyo Douji Tahatsu Tero o Chinatsu Seyo!

Hearken back to the era of the 80s when Yakuza dressed like Crockett & Tubbs and heroes roamed the streets to beat them down. In Success' side scrolling beat 'em up, players take on the role of an avenger who uses punches, kicks, and special attacks to quell the gangland threat.

Three heroes are featured in the game - a hipster policeman in a white suit, a stodgy middle-age detective who wears a trench coat, and a spry female cop who wears short shorts and packs firearms. Assorted guns may be picked up on the street to provide hard hitting power against groups of enemy troops and to take them down quickly. Bonuses scattered along the levels include big bulging hamburgers and triangle-cut sandwiches which allow the heroes to recover life energy.

World Destruction: Michibi Kareshi Ishi - New, In Stock

A wheat-haired lad named Kyrie Irunis lives in a world ruled by Beastmen and their human co-conspirators. A chance encounter with a terrorist named Morte leads Kyrie to join her organization which is known under the banner of the World Destruction Committee. Morte and her crew are determined to destroy the world and Kyrie is their secret agent of destruction.

Kyrie lives in a small town that runs on wind power. We know this because there are three large windmills situated on the perimeter of the village. Control is handled through the d-pad and face buttons - there's no touch screen interaction to speak of. Battles are fought by pressing the face buttons which correspond to an attack - Press "Y" for multiple stabs and "X" for a strong slash attack. «G-Notes»

Kinnikuman Muscle GP Max 2 - New Import, In Stock

The Kinnikuman manga first appeared in 1979 where it poked fun at the super-serious yet ΓΌber-campy adventures of Ultraman. The title hero is named... Kinnikuman, who sort of looks like Ultraman. The two share the same blank stare, a muscular physique, and the self-imposed mission to save the world from malcontents. Next year is when the Kinnikuman fireworks really start since that'll be the 30th anniversary of the franchise but until then, Bandai celebrates the 29th anniversary with a new PS2 game.

A total of 39 muscle-bound meatheads of all stripes gather together in
Kinnikuman Muscle Grand Prix Max 2 Tokumori which is best described as a 3D wrestling game. The Story Mode takes its framework from the "Survivor Match for the Kinniku Throne" story arc where Kinnikuman and friends battled five "destined" champions to establish Kinnikuman's right to the throne. As a bonus for fans, Bandai includes the Famicom Disk System games Kinnikuman: Muscle Tag Match (1985) and
Kinnikuman: Kinniku Ookurai Soudatsusen (1987) so the players of today can see how they wrestled back in the day. A second bonus on the game disc is an Artwork Gallery which contains 450 illustrations of Kinnikuman and friends.

Super Robot Wars Z - New Import, In Stock

Banpresto tickled the fancy of Super Robot Wars fans earlier this Spring by announcing SRW Z and then opening up a new website devoted to the game. News has slowly trickled out from the company which is a fairly routine marketing tactic used by publishers. By releasing bits of SRWZ news online and in print, the fan base gobbles every morsel up and gets stoked for the game's eventual release.

The latest Super Robot Wars features highly impressive new animation sequences, characters and mechs from newly inducted series including Eureka Seven and Aquarion, and oodles of mechs from a total of 22 animation properties (Zeta Gundam, Turn A Gundam, UFO Robo Grendizer, Zambot 3, The Big O, Xabungle,
Char's Counterattack, and many more). We've been asked by a number of customers to refrain from revealing spoilers in our game notes so we've decided to keep our synopsis short.

To reward fans who preordered the game early, Banpresto also shipped a bonus Premium Z Disc which was given away in 50% ratio. We will give away the bonus today to preorders today but please note that we didn't receive enough to give one away to everyone due to the 50% ratio.

X Edge - New Import, In Stock

Comic book crossovers are special because they're rare and (usually) once in a lifetime events. We're still waiting for Donald Duck Meets Spiderman and Doc Savage but maybe in our next lifetime.

Video game crossovers are doubly special since they unite characters that would never otherwise be seen in the same gaming universe. X Edge (Cross Edge) is the result of a collaboration between five publishers - Capcom, Namco Bandai, Idea Factory, Gust, and Nippon Ichi. Compile Heart developed the game. Characters from properties published by all five companies are joined by two original cast members - Kannagi Yuto and Aiba Mikoto who designed for the game. Familiar faces from the gaming fold include Marie the Atelier, Morrigan, Demitri, and Felicia from Vampire, Etna and her Prinnies of Disgaea fame, and Aurica, Misha, and Shurelia from Ar Tonelico. The cast of Spectral Souls is also in attendance to round out the bustling crowd of characters.

PC Engine Best: Soldier Collection - New Import, In Stock

The golden age of the PC-Engine was a wonderful time for gamers. NCS still recalls the first time we ever played R-Type on the Engine which was on a meager 4M Hu-card. The conversion was nigh perfect and a testament to the power of console. There were many more shooters back in the day which were coin-op conversions as well as original fodder for shmup fans to eat up at JPY5800 a pop. Over the years, one of the publishers that produced a steady stream of shooters for the PC- Engine was Hudson and their flagship franchise was the Star Soldier shoot 'em up series of games.

From 1990 to 1992, Hudson released four Star Soldier games as follows:

» Super Star Soldier (Original release date: July 6, 1990)
» Final Soldier (Original release date: July 5, 1991)
» Soldier Blade (Original release date: July 10, 1992)
» Star Parodier (Original release date: April 24, 1992)

Nearly two decades after Super Star Soldier first launced in Japan, Hudson compiles all four Soldier games onto a single UMD for the Sony Playstation Portable. To give fans a little something extra, a Gallery section features bonus material including videos of a perfect player blowing through the games without making a single mistake. Such captures are useful to learn how to twitch and shoot like a master.

Disaster: Day of Crisis - New Import, In Stock

Think back to the worst day you've ever had. Now multiply that feeling by 100 and you'll know how the protagonist of Disaster feels... Monolith's latest game falls into the survival genre where a hero named Raymond Bryce (Ray, to his friends) has to overcome the ravages of multiple natural disasters in order to stop a band of special forces malcontents. A bunch of malcontents armed with a live nuke. Mother Nature's acts of terror in the game include a tsunami-fueled tidal event, exploding volcanoes, and bowel-jarring earthquakes. The confluence of multiple disasters leads to outright chaos and disarray as Ray makes his way through a calamity-filled USA.

The camera takes in the action from a behind-the-hero viewpoint but it swivels deftly when necessary to capture Ray's heroics and life-saving escapades. When a victim requires resuscitation, the Wiimote may be moved up and down to perform CPR by following the cues on screen. Cut scenes are spliced into the game to show the progression of key events and disasters as they happen. For example, there's a sequence where explosions level an entire city square as Ray escapes in his vehicle. The text in the game is in Japanese but all of the speech is in English.

Dance Dance Revolution STR!KE for PS2 - Clearance

Original Update: February 15, 2006

«©NCSX» Konami trawls the Bemani waters and catches over 50 tunes culled from DDR Extreme 2, DDR Ultramix 2, and Karaoke Revolution along with a few new tracks. Songs featured in Dance Dance Revolution STRIKE include:

Let's Dance / David Bowie
i FUTURELIST / Akira Yamaoka
Block Rockin' Beats / The Chemical Bros
Injection of Love / Akira Yamaoka; sung in English
Passion of Love / NAOKI feat. Paula Terry
You gotta move it (feat. Julie Rugaard) / Yuzo Koshiro
You Sexy Thing / Hot Chocolate
Make A Difference / Lala Moore with CoCoRo*Co
Saturday Night Love / Sota feat. Brenda V
Genie In A Bottle / nc ft. NRG Factory
I will Survive / AKIRA feat. Daline
Oops!...I Did It Again / AKIRA feat. Susan Z «NCS Game Notes»