Friday, October 10, 2008

Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes - Preorder

«©NCSX» NCS was hoping for Capcom's Tatsunoko vs Capcom on the PS3 (mainly because we have the Hori RAP3 to use on that console) but we'll have to be content with the Wii version for now. The game is the latest in Capcom's Versus fighting games which pit one group of heroes against another group. Previous games have featured X-Men vs Streetfighter (1996), Marvel Super Heroes vs Street Fighter (1997), Capcom vs SNK: Millennium Fight (2000) and others. Characters from Tatsunoko properties such as Gatchaman and Yattaman battle household names from Capcom including Chun-Li, Morrigan, and Ryu.

Tatsunoko vs Capcom is basically a 2D fighting game but the fighters are rendered in full-bodied 3D. The visual style/design is dubbed 2.5D since it's the halfway point between 2D and 3D.

If the Wii version of the game wasn't shipping this year, NCS would have imported a coin-op kit. The Wii conversion allows us to get the game for under US$100 instead of the considerable expense required for the arcade version. We're guessing the game will use a combination of the Nunchuk and Wii Remote. Preorders are welcome to ship on December 11, 2008 at JPY6990 or US$65.90 from NCS.

General Updates

Xbox 360 Arcade Pack
Backorders for the X360 Arcade Pack have shipped as of yesterday but we're sold out again as of this morning. The lot number of the consoles is currently "0836" which indicates the inclusion of the HDMI port and the Falcon chipset.
Interest in the Xbox 360 over the past couple of weeks has been somewhat surprising. We expect additional restock by Thursday of next week for new orders. Note that USA X360 hard drives are compatible with Japanese consoles.
Hori Real Arcade Pro 3
All backorders for the Hori RAP3 will ship on Monday. The shipment's on the way and new orders are welcome.
Famitsu Magazine
The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu didn't arrive today as expected but it'll make it in on Monday. Subs will go out on Monday afternoon.

Big Window for Game Gear - Clearance

NCS Product Synopsis - Original Update: Sometime in 1991
«©NCSX» The Game Gear portable gaming machine was originally released in Japan in 1990 where it competed against the original Gameboy. The Gear featured a backlit 3.2" color screen which was small but accessories were released to address the problem. One of them was the "Big Window" from a company named Abba which magnified the screen by about 200% which alleviated squinting.

Sale Offering: NCS' remaining inventory of the Big Window for the Game Gear is new, factory boxed, and in very good condition. The outer box has some slight deterioration from nearly 20 years in storage. Pricing is set at US$13.90 per unit which includes "free" shipping by USPS Media Mail within the U.S.