Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Suggoi! Arcana Heart 2 - Import Preorder

«©NCSX» Aino Heart returns to the fighting fold with her "girlfriend" Saki Tsuzura in tow to battle it out against other femme fatales. The original cast is joined by new girls including a gun-toting ginger named Petra Johanna Lagerkvist, a winged demonic nun named Clarice di Lanza, and a cat-eared moppet named Nazuna Inuwaka who rides on top of a snarling white wolf. Early preorders will include a bonus Arcana Heart 2 Drama CD that is being given away in 50% ratio. Preorders ship on April 9, 2009 at JPY5800 ($63.90).

One Piece Portrait of Pirates Deluxe - Import Preorder

«©NCSX» Two more characters are inducted into the One Piece Portrait of Pirates toy series when May 2009 rolls around:

» Dracule Mihawk - A masterful sword handler who wears a flamboyant outfit that's in direct contrast to his serious nature and gritty demeanor. Dracule measures 23.50cm or 9.25" tall.
» Admiral Aokiji - Lackadaisical would be the best word to describe Aokiji. The admiral can create and manipulate ice like Iceman of Marvel Comics renown. Aokiji measures 27cm or 10.62" tall.

Preorders ship in late May 2009

Smile Slime Bud Earphones - Import Preorder

«©NCSX» A few years ago, the news was thick with stories of thieves targeting commuters and pedestrians by checking out the earphones they were wearing. Thugs were looking for the distinctive white Apple iPod earphones to determine if their potential victim was carrying an expensive bit of slim-line audio kit.

NCS is certain that iPod theft still occurs in cities across the world since the hardware is small and desirable. A single thief can steal iPods by the dozen without weighing himself down or impairing his mobility. To protect yourself against the criminal fraternity that robs citizens of their iPods, ditch the Apple earphones and grab a pair of Smile Slime Bud Earphones. When a thief spots them, it's likely that he'll conclude that they're toy earphones that are undoubtedly connected to a portable audio player from about 20 years ago. The type that was as big as a tissue box and only played cassette tapes. Said thief will then shuffle along and look for another victim. Preorders are welcome to ship on March 28, 2009.

DSi Pouch: Dragon Quest IX - Import Preorder

«©NCSX» When Dragon Quest IX ships in Japan next month, it'll be accompanied by an assortment of merchandise that's branded with the DQIX logo. Normally, a third party manufacturer such as Hori would handle something like the DSi Pouch: DQIX but Square Enix is taking over production duties instead of farming it out.

The DSi pouch is colored black and is decorated with a gold-colored silkscreen which depicts two DQ monsters. The pouch can hold an NDSi handheld and up to three game cards in individual storage pockets. Preorders are welcome to ship on March 28, 2009 at JPY1380 or US$19.90.

Fantasy Golf Pangya Portable - Import Preorder

«©NCSX» Nine golfers and their respective caddies hit the links in the latest version of the popular PangYa golf game which has addicted fans across Korea, Japan, and Europe for a few years now. The colorful golfing simulation reaches the PSP in a couple of months with online play and a bevy of features including:

» Nine courses featuring 162 holes
» 1300 costumes and accessories to customize your character
» Network (Ad hoc) mode allows up to eight gamers to play together
» Three new characters join a cast of familiar-looking golfers

Preorders are welcome to ship on April 9, 2009 at JPY4800 or US$53.90 from NCS. Early preorders will ship with a bonus credit code that's printed on a card to purchase an original costume online in 50% ratio.

Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3: Kowareyuku Machi - Import Preorder

«©NCSX» Disaster strikes an urban metropolis once again and it's up to a teenager to make his/her way through the carnage in order to help hapless citizens, avoid perils, and become an unlikely hero. The two main characters for the third ZZT game are Naoki Kousaka (boy) and Saki Honjou (girl) who arrive at the day of disaster in different ways. The PSP game features 4-player cooperative play where four heroes can join together and rescue folks like a heroic gang. Early preorders will include a bonus pair of ZZT3 bud earphones in 50% ratio. Preorders ship on April 23.

General Updates

Xbox 360 Real Arcade Pro EX SE
Our shipments are in transit but didn't make it in today. They are however scheduled to arrive tomorrow and all preorders will ship on Wednesday. We've pre-sold our complete allocation but if we're able to order another batch, we'll update our shop listing accordingly.
Playstation Network Tickets
Japanese suppliers have been unable to stock consistent supplies of the Playstation Network tickets in the past couple of weeks. Physical sales of PSN Tickets may be on the way out eventually.
Japanese Xbox 360 Arcade Systems
All backorders for the Xbox 360 (Jasper-chipset) have shipped last week and another batch is expected by Thursday-Friday of this week.