Friday, July 17, 2009

Pokémon HeartGold, Pokémon SoulSilver - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» Preorders are welcome for two Pokemon remakes that are shipping in Japan this September. Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver were stellar sellers a few years back when they were released on the Gameboy Color and NCS recalls the reams of invoices we printed and prepare. Since remakes are all the rage nowadays, Nintendo is rehashing both games and throwing in a little handheld pedometer called the PokéWalker which is designed to look like a little Pokéball. Preorders for Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver are welcome to ship on September 12, 2009. Please note that NCS cannot confirm that any Pokémon bonus toys will be available for export from our distributors.

Beatmania IIDX 16 Empress + Premium Best - JPN Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» We were waiting for it. Maybe we've been waiting for the past couple of years but it eluded us in 2007 and 2008. We're all going to hear it this year however. The Beatmania IIDX PS2 swansong will be sounding off soon and NCS is going to shed a tear or three for all the Beatmania memories, the sales, and the fun we've had over the past 9 years.

Konami released Beatmania IIDX 3rd Mix on the PS2 all the way back in November 2000 and we've studiously imported every IIDX game after that along with a few Konamistyle exclusives. The final game in the series for the PS2 will ship later this year and it's a 2-DVD spectacular that will include over 180 songs such as "Jack" by DesQ, "MY FUTURE" from Ping Pong, "Colorful Cookie" courtesy of Lucky Vacuum, and "naughty girl@Queen's Palace" by DJ Mass MAD Izm. The usual game modes such as "Arcade," "Expert," and "Free" are intact along with a "Tutorial Mode" for novices.

The visual theme in
Beatmania IIDX 16 Empress is feminine royalty... ergo, Empress. Not a Queen but an Empress which ranks higher than a mere Queen. There's purple, pink, and fuchsia colors to contend with along with sparkling jewels and a whole lot of gloss as well.

Preorders are welcome to ship on October 15, 2009 at JPY7980 or US$80.90 from NCS. Please note that NCS intends to import the Konamistyle exclusive editions of Empress but please wait for updates.

Tears to Tiara: Avalon no Nazo - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» The white-haired demon Arawn, his blushing bride Riannon, and her brother Arthur from Tears to Tiara are back in a new adventure which ships later this year. Tears to Tiara: Avalon no Nazo (The Secret of Avalon) starts in Avalon Castle where a strange occurrence sends Arawn and friends on a world spanning quest. A new combat system dubbed the "Changeling System" allows for strategic considerations during battle by swapping party members. Preorders are welcome for a regular edition of the game that's priced at JPY6800 (US$68.90) and a limited edition JPY8800 (US$88.90) which includes a set of postcards, a calendar, and a mousepad.

Hitman Reborn! Battle Arena 2 Spirits Burst - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» The oddly appointed gangland bruisers of Hitman Reborn! are back in a new 2D fighting game which takes place in the Future Arc of the animated serial. The sequel to the first "Battle Arena" features more characters, the ability to play on the side of the four major Mafia families, the same Hyper Strike gauge from the original game, and the Colpo Drive system.

Players who aren't impressed by fighters such as Tsuna, Xanxus, or
Gokudera may create a unique character of their own by mixing and matching body parts in the "Character Customize" mode of the game. Marvelous will give away a bonus "Spirits Burst" PSP carrying pouch with early preorders in 50% ratio. Reservations are welcome to ship on September 17, 2009 at JPY4800 or US$52.90 from NCS.

Halo 3: ODST Collector's Pack - Import Preorder

From the Publisher
Halo® 3: ODST returns players to familiar ground on a vital, top-secret mission. The gripping story, cooperative campaign and new multiplayer content will have Halo fans "Preparing to Drop" in Fall 2009. Originally titled Halo 3: Recon, the new game brings the perspective of new characters to the Human-Covenant struggle, as it explores the ODST, or Orbital Drop Shock Troopers.

» ODSTs: Follow the story of the legendary ODSTs or Orbital Drop Shock Troopers as they drop into the ruined city of New Mombasa, looking for clues behind the Covenant's catastrophic attack on the city.
» A new hero: Prepare to drop. Known for their courage, valor and at times, insanity, Orbital Drop Shock Troopers are among the fiercest UNSC soldiers, priding themselves on being the first unit deployed into hostile situations. While not as large or supernaturally gifted as their Spartan comrades, these Hell Jumpers more than compensate with their ferocious attitudes and unwavering nerve.
» Multiplayer: All the traditional features of Halo 3 multiplayer will be included in the new game, including full-featured integration with the Forge map editor.

The Collector's Pack bonus is an exclusive olive-green Xbox 360 controller which won't be sold in any other capacity. Preorders ship on Sept 24, 2009.

General Updates

PS2 Fatal Frame in stock
The new production of Fatal Frame for the Playstation 2 has arrived and all backorders will ship today. New orders are welcome. Factory new copies of Fatal Frame 2 and Fatal Frame 3 are also currently available.
NEWS Shooting Game Historica 3 SP update
Based on pro-forma invoicing, NCS expects the SP edition of Shooting Game Historica 3 to ship from Yujin next week. New orders are welcome and we'll also receive a small batch of the gashapon version of SGH3 next week in full sets of six that we'll gather together.
NEWS Even more Drossel and Hatsune Miku on the way
Japanese distributors started preorders for another Drossel figma which is bundled with a DVD last night. The new figma features a Christmas theme and we'll start preorders on Monday. On the Hatsune Miku side of things, a number of mini soundtracks and t-shirts were opened up for preorder but we'll filter through the product offers and post viable listings on Monday's daily update.