Wednesday, September 16, 2009

360 Mushihimesama Futari v1.5 - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» Cave's distributor started preorders for the Xbox 360 conversion of Mushihimesama Futari v1.5 last night and reservations are welcome for a regular edition of the game as well as a limited edition today. According to the preorder details, both versions of the game will include a bonus DLC card which unlocks Mushihimesama Futari rev1.01 which is basically Futari v1.5 with bullet patterns from Futari v1.0.

Mushihimesama Futari v1.5 Regular Edition + Bonus DLC Card
Pilot Princess Reko atop her beetle Kiniro or a lad named Palm who rides a beetle known as Hirow and shoot at waves upon waves of insect attackers. Preorder Price: JPY6800 or US$73.90 from NCS.

Mushihimesama Futari v1.5 Limited Edition + Bonus DLC Card
The limited edition of Futari includes a 2-CD Mushihimesama Futari Arrange Soundtrack which is bundled with the game in a special slipcase.
Preorder Price: JPY9200 or US$109.90 from NCS.
Please note: The distributor included a precaution in the solicitation that preorders may be cut by Cave. Sort of like the debacle that was Death Smiles LE.

PS3/360 Tekken 6 Real Arcade Pro - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» Tekken 6 is going to be a big deal when its released later this year and Hori wants a piece of that action. To that end, the company has announced Tekken 6 themed Real Arcade Pro joysticks which are shipping on the same day as the game on the PS3 and X360:

Real Arcade Pro 3 Tekken 6 Version for Playstation 3
Standard HRAP3 that's been Tekken-ized with a faceplate that depicts three principal characters from the game.

Real Arcade Pro EX Tekken 6 Version for Xbox 360
Standard HRAP.EX which features the same artwork that's on the Playstation 3 version of the HRAP.

Preorders are welcome to ship on October 29, 2009 at JPY9334 (US$149.90) for the HRAP3 and JPY12191 (US$179.90) for the HRAP.EX.

TOYS Pokemon Diamond & Pearl Koroto Manmarui Plush Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» Banpresto has long had a license to manufacture Pokemon plushes for the Japanese market. The company takes advantage of the recent release of Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver on the Nintendo DS by announcing a new set of plushes that measure 14cm or 5.51" tall and feature "Houou" (cover monster for HeartGold), "Lugia" (cover monster for SoulSilver), "Chicorita," "Hinoarashi," and "Waninoko." The latter three are the default starter monsters for a number of Pokemon games including HeartGold and SoulSilver. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late December 2009 at US$14.90 per plush.

PSP Dissidia: Final Fantasy Universal Tuning - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» In a 1998 interview in Next Generation Magazine, Trip Hawkins (founder of EA) said the following: "The way I look at it is when you make a sequel you can't sell them the same game because they already own it. What they want is to continue to play the game they know they like. It shouldn't surprise us. If you look at our parents or their parents and the kind of games that they play, they will pick a sport like golf or a game like chess, and they will play it their whole life. If somebody is a golfer, they might well try another course or buy a new set of clubs, but they still want to play the same game."

In the past few years, Square's business model has one where a sizable amount of the company's revenue and profits have come from remakes, re-releases, and rehashes. As Trip said a decade ago, people want to play the same game and Square is more than happy to oblige. True to form, Dissidia Final Fantasy Universal Tuning is a re-release of the USA version of Dissidia into the Japanese marketplace. It's also the second time Dissidia has been released in Japan this year. NCS expects no less than two more re-releases under "The Best" and Square's own budget re-release label within the next 2 years.

Product/Game Features
» English speech and Japanese subtitles
» Combatants are balanced for more equality
» Arcade mode from the USA release is included
» Character tweaks and tuning selections
» Available in UMD or a download for PSP, PSP Go

The game cover to the left which features fighters on the side of Cosmos is the official Square Enix artwork that will adorn Universal Tuning. Preorders are welcome to ship on November 01, 2009 at JPY4800 or US$53.90 from NCS.

TOYS Monster Hunter Pugi Little Sofubi 2 - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» Preorders are welcome for a set of three Pugi Sofubi toys which are constructed of soft vinyl that's slightly pliable to the touch. The three Pugi figures are:

» "Sheep" Pugi
» "Watermelon" Pugi
» "Memories Stripe" Pugi

Each Pugi measures 10cm (3.93") in length and 8cm (3.14") tall with shiny paint applied which makes the pigs appear brand new. Preorders ship in December 2009 at US$25.90/set.