Tuesday, November 10, 2009

OST Final Fantasy XIII Original Soundtrack - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» The original Final Fantasy games belted out melodious beeps and boops for the sound effects and music. They didn't sound bad but that was old-school chiming and sound technology has marched onwards since the ancient days of gaming. When the Final Fantasy series reached the Super Famicom, lush musical scores became the norm for the franchise. The songs progressively got grander and more mellifluous under the guiding hand of Nobuo Uematsu as console generations came and went.

As we head towards the thirteenth Final Fantasy, Nobuo steps aside and hands the reins over to Masashi Hamauzu who has worked on Final Fantasy X and Saga Frontier 2. The upcoming FFXIII Original Soundtrack spans four CDs which are packaged neatly in a foldout binder. In addition to the regular edition of the soundtrack, Square is also releasing a limited edition (pictured to the left) which includes a few bonuses as follows:

» Drama CD "Final Fantasy XIII Episode Zero -Promise- Story"
» FFXIII Visual Booklet (32-pages)
» Special packaging to hold the soundtrack and bonuses
» FFXIII Original Soundtrack 2009 Winter Campaign entry ticket

Preorders for both versions of the soundtrack are welcome to ship on January 27, 2009. Please note that Square's distributor mentions that the limited edition of the soundtrack may be short-shipped from Square Enix but we're dismissing their warning as a scary sales tactic for now.

TOYS Soul of Chogokin: Fireball Drossel - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» Our private collection of "Soul of Chogokin" toys contains robots like Mazinger Z, Getter Robo, Dancougar, and Raideen. We've got a few Evangelion in there along with a King Joe toy too. Still waiting for a Voltes repaint but maybe we'll get one in 2012 when the Mayan calendar ends.

NCS never thought we'd see Disney's Drossel join the Soul of Chogokin series but she's coming. Drossel measures 18cm or 7.08" tall and is packaged with helm attachments that bolt onto Drossel's head. Five pairs of hands are also included so Drossel can be expressive. Her facial expression is pretty much non-existent so she'll have to signal her mood with finger jive. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late February 2010 at JPY8400 or US$92.90 from NCS.

TOYS Rockman & 1-Up Bearbrick Set - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» Rockman's been around for ages but he's changed through the years with newfangled renditions in Rockman X, Rockman Zero, and Rockman EXE. The upcoming Rockman & 1-Up Bearbrick Set in Medicom's Kubrick & Bearbrick (#262) product line places the blue knight squarely in his original 8-bit Famicom persona.

Rockman measures 7cm or 2.75" tall and is tinted two shades of blue. His boxy body is painted a light-blue while his helmet, hands, and feet are colored navy blue. His expression appears to convey angst... or gas. In addition to the Rockman figure, Medicom also throws in a transparent-blue Bearbrick who has a Rockman tattoo on his chest. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late January 2010 at JPY2800 or US$40.90 from NCS.

NEWS General Updates

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
Retail shops in metro New York that got COD:MW2 last week started selling the game immediately despite the official street date being today. Signing those distribution agreements didn't mean squat...
Another batch of PS3 Bayonetta is scheduled to arrive on Thursday and we'll fill all outstanding backorders with the new supply.
Bullish on Dollar
We've started buying dollar contracts this morning after watching the $ trade yesterday. A pyramiding strategy is being used to accumulate contracts on the way up. The selling looks done but a "generous" stop is on the position in case the trade is early. Gold is tempting as a short but there's too many starry-eyed rainbow and unicorn chasers on the bid.

SOTW Sega Mouse for Sega MegaDrive - Sale

NCS Sale of the Week Offering: November 10, 2009
Original Release in Japan: April 23, 1993

«©NCSX» Brand new and factory boxed official Sega Mouse for the Sega MegaDrive that's packaged with a blue mouse pad which bears the Sega imprint on the lower-right corner. The pad alone is worth at least $1.33.

Product Condition
NCS' remaining inventory is brand new and factory boxed from our original warehouse inventory circa the Spring of 1993. The product packaging is structurally sound but please note the cardboard has slight scuffing, dings, and/or minor markings caused by years of warehouse-to-warehouse transport as NCS has shuffled premises a few times.

Sale Offering

Pricing per Sega Mouse is set at US$23.90 each. If you reside within the continental US, NCS recommends shipping by USPS Media Mail for the most economical domestic carriage cost. International customers can select USPS First Class Airmail International which delivers within 6-12 days.

Product SKU: HAA-2651

JAN Code
Japanese Product Name:
セガ マウス MD
Compatibility: Sega MegaDrive, Genesis (Controllers are Region-Free)
Manufacturer: Sega