Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Irodzuki Tingle no Koi no Balloon Trip - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» For a long time, NCS collectively assumed that Tingle was a bona fide he-man woman hater in the strictest of terms. Like oil and water, Tingle and women simply didn't mix. Or so we thought.

In the upcoming Irodzuki Tingle no Koi no Balloon Trip from Nintendo, Tingle is on a new quest but he's not in the hunt for rupees. No, the green-spandex-wearing jester in the mood for love (with the opposite sex) and we think he's going to find it. With a world of lovely women to choose from, Tingle lays it all on the line and musters up all of his best qualities to find a wife. Some of Tingle's favorable qualities include: manliness, masculinity, wealth, light-footed fleetness, and a fashion sense befitting of kings. Similar to the first Tingle adventure, we don't expect a stateside release but Europe will always be there for us. Preorders ship on August 6, 2009.

Ousama Monogatari - Import Preorder

From the Publisher
Little King’s Story combines life-simulation, real-time strategy, and adventure elements along with an enchanting storyline to offer a new and unique gaming experience. Once upon a time there was a young boy named Corobo. He was a shy, withdrawn boy with few friends. One day while wandering the forest near his village he came across a crown infused with a mysterious power; the power to charm any person and make them follow any order. At this time an adventurer, the bull-knight Howzer, appears and informs Corobo that he is now the king of his village and that it is his responsibility to become the best king ever. Corobo then returns to his village to begin his efforts to turn his sleepy little hamlet into the best kingdom ever. Little King’s Story is an original title designed and developed by some of the most respected names in the gaming industry. Featuring the efforts of Yasuhiro Wada (Creator: Harvest Moon), Hideo Minaba (Art Director: Final Fantasy XII), and Youichi Kawaguchi (Main Programmer: Dragon Quest VIII), Little King’s Story combines life-simulation, real-time strategy, and adventure elements along with an enchanting storyline to offer a unique gaming experience.
Preorders for the Japanese Wii import Ousama Monogatari are welcome to ship on September 3, 2009 at JPY6800 or US$68.90 from NCS.

Strike Witches: Aoi no Dengekisen - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» In an alternate reality, the Earth has been ravaged by the effects of an armed force known as the Neuroi. To counter their assaults, humanity has developed the "Striker Unit" which is an all-in-one device which grants wearers the power of flight, defensive measures, and enhances one's propensity for magic. In the world of Strike Witches, cat-eared girls serve as the warriors who don the Striker Units and thrust through the heavens to battle the insidious Neuroi.

The Nintendo DS game features the cast from the animated serial in an S-RPG which also includes a bevy of interactive sequences that help move the story along. NCS is accepting preorders for a regular edition of Strike Witches and a limited edition which is bundled with a Drama CD. The publisher Russell will also give away a NDS storage pouch designed to look like a pair of girl's bloomers in 50% ratio.

Bae Yong-Joon to Manabu Kankokugo DS - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» Learning the Korean language ain't easy. The Hangul alphabet is made of 24 basic characters which are broken up into 14 consonants and 10 vowels. Then there are double consonants for five of the characters, eleven dipthongs, and a "ranking system" when addressing people. For example, you'd address a respected elder differently than you would a punk kid with a bad haircut. But a bunch of Westerners like us wouldn't know any better and we'd address an old man as if he were a lil' kid.

If you ever decide to learn Korean, you might as well do it under the tutelage of Korean actor Bae Yong-Joon who has appeared in films and television serials. We hear that women swoon for this guy. Don't ask why. In any case, Yong-Joon guides language learners through exercises, drills, and lessons on Korean. There's also a collection of Korean recipes and some fortune telling fun. Preorders ship on September 19, 2009.

Sloane to MacHale no Nazo no Story 2 - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» Paul Sloane and Des MacHale are back on the confines of the Nintendo DS with a new collection of lateral thinking puzzles. In case you haven't heard, lateral thinking puzzles are situation-based scenarios which run roughly a paragraph long. The puzzle presents a problem and asks a question. Your job is to think about the situation and come up with a solution based solely on the scenario that's described in the single paragraph. Level 5's Atamania "casual gaming" brand was launched earlier this year with the first Sloane to MacHale collection of puzzles and the sequel features more of the same lateral thinking exercises. Preorders are welcome to ship on September 3, 2009 at JPY3500 or US$40.90 from NCS.

Samurai Dou 2 Portable - Preorder Update

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» Step into the Edo period (1615-1868) of medieval Japan when the Tokugawa Shogunate adopted an isolationist policy. Despite the official stance of closing the country from outsiders, travelers from around the world nevertheless visited Japan and the country enjoyed flourishing internal growth and trade.

Players take control of a roaming samurai who enters random battles on roads against bandits, help villagers, and enter into other scenarios which require skilled swordsmanship and samurai might. When the samurai enters a small town named Amahara, he discovers a tense situation where the yakuza are in the midst of a conflict with the local magistrate. The citizenry of Amahara are burdened by the aggressive yakuza while being yoked by a harsh magistrate who metes out punishment with ease. When our hero arrives, he tips the scales in favor of whomever he decides to work for - whether it be the yakuza, the law, or the regular folk. The aim of the game is to survive the skirmishes and conflicts that erupt for at least 10 days. Samurai Dou 2 was originally released on the PS2 in 2003 but the game's being ported to the PSP later this year. The PSP conversion features improved loading times over the PS2 version and new elements we'll flesh out when the game arrives. Preorders ship on Sept 3, 2009.

Shin Sangoku Musou 5 Special - Import Preorder

From the Publisher
Shin Sangoku Musou 5 features completely re-imagined character designs and weapons, yet the designs maintain familiar characterizations that are accurate to culturally significant depictions. Shin Sangoku Musou 5 will deliver the massive scale and realistic atmosphere that players have come to expect from the series, but will redefine the Shin Sangoku Musou Tactical Action experience. With a new fighting system and entirely new actions and motions, players can string together fighting moves and experience gameplay that closely resembles the action of a kung-fu movie. These changes The new combo system, tentatively called the "Renbu" system, requires specific button presses to unleash a variety of dazzling moves that will mimic the fighting movements seen in a Chinese martial arts movies.
Preorders ship on September 3, 2009 at JPY5280 or US$56.90 from NCS.

Osouji Sentai Clean Keeper H - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» An average high school sophomore named Kurou Minamoto has been recruited (against his will) to clean up Takamagahara High School. For the unenlightened, Takamagahara in the Shinto religion refers to the heavenly plain where deities reside. Kurou's janitorial duties takes on a more serious turn when three devilish hussies launch a coordinated effort to slather dirt and detritus throughout the school. If the grime was just a few smears of peanut butter or some puffs of dust, it wouldn't be too bad but they're actually big globules of bacteria-like malfeasance that clings to students. They don't look particularly pleasing either.

Kurou won't have to clean up the mess alone. He's able to find cleaning fairies and partner them up with five maidens to help him clean. The girls include an orange-haired student named Mariko Kasugano, Kyoko Natsukawa, Ruri Akiha, and Akira Fuyumori. The Clean Team uses everyday tools to brush aside the splotches and your job is to make like a maid. Osouji Sentai Clean Keeper is equal parts interactive-adventure and janitorial missions that eventually lead up to a conclusive cleaning encounter. Preorders ship on October 1, 2009 at JPY5800 (US$60.90).

General Updates

PS3 Demon's Souls update
All backorders for the Asian version of Demon's Soul will ship today. New orders are welcome.
NEWS Toys shipping today
The following toys will be shipping to all preorders this afternoon:

» White Glint Fine Scale Model Kit
» Marvel Black Widow Bishoujo Statue
» Shining Wind: Elmina Rhoderia Ani*Statue
NEWS Nintendo Prize Collection Mario Sofubi 3
Another shipment of Mario Sofubi 3 figures arrived yesterday and the "Wario" variant is available again for new orders.