Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mobile Suit Gundam Senki U.C. 0081 - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Gundam series with a new game that mixes animated sequences with 3D run 'n gun action. In the Story Mode, players step into the persona of Hugues Couraud who leads "Phantom Sweep," an Earth Federation strike force that hunts the remaining Zeon forces after the conclusion of the One Year War. On the side of the Zeon are the "Invisible Knights" who are led by Erik Blanque and provide adversarial foil to the forces of the Earth Federation.

Gundam Senki U.C. 0081 features over 70 Gundam and Zaku mechs including the RX-78-7 which is the seventh model of the legendary Gundam mech. An online mode allows up to four players to cooperate on missions or engage in blistering firefights against each other. According to the preorder solicitation, Bandai will include a bonus DLC card with the first production of the game. Preorders are welcome to ship on September 3, 2009 at JPY7980 or US$80.90 from NCS.

Makai Senki Disgaea 3 Append Disc - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» The Japanese Playstation Store is a fount of playable previews, old Playstation games, and assorted downloadable content that we've been purchasing at a furious clip. NCS is ironically a big consumer of the Playstation Network cards that we supply to the retail market. We've already downloaded the Disgaea 3 content that's been available on the Playstation Store but we want a hardcopy of those downloads for posterity and for the NCS vault. Nippon Ichi answers our demand with the Disgaea 3 Append Disc which collects the complete Raspberyl scenario (all four chapters), playable Prinny, and a software patch which updates the game to version 5.0. In the Raspberyl scenario, players take on the role of the ginger-haired delinquent who decides to tackle the teaching profession on her own terms.
Preorders are welcome to ship on September 17, 2009 at JPY2600 or US$33.90 from NCS.

Kobun Kanbun DS - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» When conjuring up the titles of literary classics, we might think of "Othello," "Of Mice and Men," and "A Catcher in the Rye." Other cultures also have their own literary classics and Kobun Kanbun DS collects 50 classical works of literature from Japan in one little sliver of a game card. Notable titles in the collection include "Heike Monogatari" which recounts the war between the House of Minamoto and the Taira Clan, "Makura no Sōshi" (The Pillow Book) by Sei Shōnagon on Japanese court culture, and Genji Monogatari by Murasaki Shikibu which follows the life and times of a character named Hikaru Genji.
Preorders are welcome to ship on Oct 15, 2009 at JPY3800 or US$40.90.

Iron Master: The Legendary Blacksmith - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» We're going to go out on a limb and declare that there will always be war and conflict in human affairs. With all that war, someone's got to supply bellicose humans with weapons and that's where you come in. You're the "Iron Master," a legendary blacksmith who arms warriors who want to do some serious fighting. By plying your trade and using astute management skills, your weapons are sold, raw materials are gathered, and the smithy's renown eventually grows. Once your reputation reaches a certain level, adventurers from near and far gather at your shop to barter, sell weapons, and buy them. The goal is to expand the business to such a level that you become a medieval Lord of War who supplies weaponry to both sides of a conflict. Just like the Big Boys.
Preorders are welcome to ship on Oct 15, 2009 at JPY4800 or US$50.90.

Hachi-One Diver - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» In the world of Shogi (Japanese Chess), there are professional players who make their living at the game and gamblers who play Shogi for money. In Hachi-One Diver, gamers take the latter tack and play Shogi against an assortment of opponents who vary in their level of skill and attitude. Based on the manga by Shibata Yokusaru which was made into an 11-episode television series, Hachi-One Diver on the PS2 features a Story Mode where players take on the role of Sugata Kentarou who possesses a decidedly blank visage. Sugata was once a promising student at the Shogi Player Foundation but he faltered and failed at his dream. Nowadays, he has taken the role of a Shogi gambler who earns his keep by facing opponents in Shogi parlors and contests.

The Story Mode of the game follows Sugata's trials as he plays Shogi against a steady parade of competitors. By beating certain opponents, Sugata faces new challengers based on his performance. Hachi-One Diver also features a Versus Mode, a 2-Player Mode, and a Shogi School Mode that teaches newbies the basics of the game. Preorders are welcome to ship on September 17, 2009 at JPY4800 or US$50.90 from NCS.

Tales of Vesperia - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» The Tales games from Namco have enjoyed stellar sales over the years and over 10 million copies have made their ways into the eager hands of couch-based-adventurers. In the tenth Tales game, an androgynous hero named Yuri Lowell serves as the protagonist who teams up with a assortment of fellow travelers including a pink-maned girl named Estellise, a boy named Karol, a knight who goes by the name Flynn Scifo, and a pipe-clenching pooch named Rapido. The battle system in Vesperia is dubbed the "Evolved Flex-Range Linear Motion Battle System" which is just a convoluted way of saying "3D slashing."

Tales of Vesperia was originally released on the Xbox 360 last year but it's headed for the PS3 where the game will be bolstered with a new character named Patty Fleur, new sub-quests, and new event scenes. An extra incentive is a bonus DLC card which will be given away by the publisher in 50% ratio. Preorders are welcome to ship on Sept 17, 2009.

Forever Blue 2: Beautiful Ocean - Import Preorder

From the Publisher
The World is Your Oyster
Endless Ocean 2 builds on the ocean experience first introduced with Endless Ocean™. While the last game emphasized relaxation, this one is designed with more adventure in mind. Divers might find themselves escaping from or calming down attacking sharks, exploring shipwrecks or finding treasure. Endless Ocean 2 also has more creatures and
improved graphics designed to fully immerse players in an ocean environment that they can freely explore at their own pace.

SaGa 2: Hihou Densetsu DSi Accessory Set - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» Square Enix is making the upcoming release of SaGa 2: Hihou Densetsu Goddess of Destiny something of an event with three game packages including one that's exclusive to their own shopping site. There's also a comprehensive SaGa soundtrack being sold on Square's shop. Along with the three versions of the game and the OST, Hori has been recruited to produce a SaGa 2 accessory pack that includes three items as follows:

» Springy mobile phone strap connected to a puffy sticker
» Extendable stylus which fits into the pen slot beneath the DSi
» Protective DSi case which features red stencil artwork of the game cast

Please note the stylus and the DSi case are only for use with the Nintendo DSi handheld. On the other hand, the strap can be used with any mobile phone. Preorders are welcome to ship on September 17, 2009 at JPY1800 or US$25.90 from NCS.

Ikkitousen: Eloquent Fist (Best Collection) - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» The girls of Ikkitousen are back in a 2D punch 'n kick action game that's somewhat reminiscent of the coin-operated Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon from Banpresto (1995). Rather than releasing a barebones side scrolling brawler, Marvelous goes beyond the call of duty by including a sizable amount of animated content in the game which chronicles the stories of the Ikkitousen fighters. Eloquent Fist also features a fair amount of fan service in the form of wobbling boobs that shudder, fragile clothing that shatters, and more Kanu Unchou than you can shake a stick at. Full screen images of the women warriors in vulnerable poses and wearing tattered clothing bolsters the fan service in the game.

As mentioned earlier, Eloquent Fist is a side scrolling action game where players select a warrior from 17 available fighters such as Kanu Unchou or Ryomou Shimei. At the outset, four characters are hidden behind silhouettes but 13 are ready for the selection process. Players move their heroine/hero from left to right to confront assorted enemies. Punches and kicks are used to attack but special moves are also available to defeat multiple enemies at once. If you walk into an enemy, a "grab" move is automatically triggered so that the foe is clutched. The objects in the environment such as telephone booths are destructible and reveal bonuses such as steamed buns which recover health points. As the game progresses, fighters can win new outfits such as bikinis in various colors and charge into battle wearing just a 2-piece. Preorders are welcome.