Friday, September 04, 2009

NDS Sloane to MacHale no Nazo no Story 2 - New, In Stock

NCS Product 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. Each puzzle is accompanied with sound, static graphics, and text which is an interactive step above the plain-text puzzles found in the Sloane and MacHale books.

TRC Juicy Honey AVC 11 - New Import, In Stock

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» Mint releases the next set of Juicy Honey trading cards to an anxious audience of collectors and JAV fans this week. The idols featured in Juicy Honey 11 are (from the top of the flyer to the left and going down):

» Megu Fujiura (DOB: 1989/05/04)
» Kaede Matsushima (DOB: 1982/11/07)
» Azusa Itagaki (DOB: 1988/11/23)

Kaede's been around for what seems like a really long time while Megu and Azusa are relatively recent inductees into the JAV scene. Similar to previous Juicy Honey trading cards, a dizzying assortment of special cards are randomly scattered into the roughly 2000 box production of Juicy Honey 11. A total 72 regular cards make up the basic set which feature the idols in varying stages of dress and undress. New orders are welcome to ship at JPY6200 or US$75.90 for each factory sealed box of 12 packs which contain 8 cards each for a total of 96 cards per box.

MAG Famitsu Wave DVD October 2009 - New Import, In Stock

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» The Oct 2009 issue of Famitsu Wave includes print and video coverage of the following games and events in the Japanese marketplace:

» PS3/PC Final Fantasy XIV
» PS3/360 Red Faction: Guerrilla
» PS3 Tales of Vesperia ~The First Strike~
» 360 Gears of War 2
» Famitsu's Game Camp feature on the second DVD is worth a peek.
» ARC Senko no Ronde 2: Dis-United Order
» 360 Halo 3: ODST
» Minami Marika promotes her second DVD titled "Dear..." which was released in May of this year.
» The E3 2009 coverage continues and the Famitsu staffers visit Game Dude located in Cali. When we were kids, we bought used games from Game Dude. There's also some coverage on old games and toys such as PC-Engine Keith Courage, the FC Mobile II, and the special Dragon Ball Z red-colored control pad for the PS2.

MAG Weekly Famitsu Vol 1083 - New Import, Subscriptions

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» The September 17, 2009 issue of Weekly Famitsu includes coverage of the following video games and/or events in the Japanese marketplace:

» Preview for Capcom's Ghost Trick which is slated for the NDS sometime in 2010. In the game, players take control of the spirit of a slain hipster named Sisel who has to unravel why he has died at the hands of a hitman.
» Capcom's converting Okami to the NDS and Famitsu throws up 4 pages of screenshots along with 2 pages of creator interviews.
» There is a single review in this week's issue: Pokemon SoulSilver and HeartGold earn a predictable score of 9/10/9/9.
» The Final Fantasy XIV coverage begins with a 4-page primer that introduces the character classes and a few choice animals such as the Opo-Opo which looks like a lemur and an old friend, the Cactuar.
» Famitsu scoops Persona 3 Portable with a 4-page preview.
» Tales of Graces is the latest "Tales" game from NGBI and it's headed to the Wii later this year.

Wii Muramasa: The Demon Blade - New Domestic, In Stock

From the Publisher
A number of cursed blades exist throughout the world. Blades that thirst for blood the moment they're drawn. Even those blades thought to be holy slowly become corrupted over time as they are used in hatred and drenched in blood. Those who wield these blades slowly become homicidal. The curses laid on these blades are said to condemn those who use them to tragic and untimely deaths. It is in the Genroki era, a period of time in which the shogun Tsumayoshi Tokogawa reigned, that the force of the damned began to emerge, threatening the peace and prosperity that had long existed in the world. The cursed blades became the focus of the greed, self-righteousness, and arrogance of those who'd gain possession of them, and inevitably it was these conflicting desires that led to war. As the flames of chaos and disaster spread, denizens from the netherworld were dragged into the confusion as not only the evil spirits were summoned by the swords, but the Dragon and Demon Gods as well. How will the destinies of those drawn to these cursed blades unfold?

Set during the feudal Genroku era, Muramasa features two distinct heroes Kisuke, a brave young lad whos lost his memory, and Momohime, a lithe female ronin possessed by a dark spirit.

PS3 Playstation 3 Slim Console - New Import, In Stock

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» Sony recently dropped the price of the Playstation 3 hardware by US$100 and gave potential buyers a compelling reason to shuffle off the fence and finally open up their wallets for a PS3. It's not just a PS3 though. It's also a Blu-Ray player as well as a DVD player so buyers can kill three birds with one stone... and get rid of the clunky off-brand DVD player that was purchased a few years ago at Wally Mart.
Along with the price drop, Sony also introduces a new and slimmer version of the PS3 console hardware which is flatter and tablet-esque in shape. The flat surface is conducive to nifty artwork and/or designs whenever Sony decides to release a limited edition variant. We think Final Fantasy XIV will probably get a snazzy PS3 console with pretty etchings on top. All preorders for the Japanese PS3 Slim have shipped as of yesterday and new orders are welcome to ship this afternooon.

NEWS General Updates

TOYS Mushihime-same Futari Reko Figure Restock
The remainder of our "Futari" Reko figures from Max Factory arrived yesterday and all backorders have shipped on Thursday. New orders are welcome to ship today.
PSP Dissidia Final Fantasy Limited Edition Released
The European Limited Edition of Dissidia was released to distributors earlier today and NCS expects our shipment to arrive on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. All preorders will ship on the day the game arrives and new orders are welcome.
The limited edition includes a Mini-CD soundtrack, a 48-page art book, a 32-page mini-guide, and two lithograph prints featuring Dissidia artwork which are all packaged in a special container that also holds the game.
NEWS Labor Day Holiday - September 7, 2009
NCS will be on hiatus next Monday for the Labor Day holiday. We'll return to normal operation on September 8, 2009. According to social lore, humans aren't supposed to wear white after Labor Day. It's unclear what the penalty is if someone wears white but it might be something serious.