Friday, December 04, 2009

TOYS Namco Classics Pac-Man Card Case - New, In Stock

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«©NCSX» The Japanese have a unique tradition when exchanging business cards (which are called meishi) that shows respect and honor where the card is held and examined almost like a sacred object. We've witnessed solemn ceremonies in offices where the exchange of cards prior to conducting formal business was ritualistic, serious, and slightly amusing. Namco strives to break the business card tradition with unconventional business card holders which are designed with Pac-Man themes. Instead of a solemn exchange of cards, maybe the Pac-Man card holders will lighten things up a tad. «NCS Photo Gallery»
Two cases are on offer:
» Pac-Man Card Case (Table Type) - The front of the case features the full Pac-Man game screen and two side panels.
» Pac-Man Card Case (Game Type) - The front of the case shows a game of Pac-Man in progress but the screen is tilted slightly askew.

TOYS Final Fantasy XI Piyo Piyo Hina Chocobo - New, In Stock

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«©NCSX» Bird toys have been big sellers throughout NCS' history and the most recent success came in the form of the GA-KO Alarm Clock. This week, Square releases the FFXI Piyo Piyo Hina Chocobo which fits in the palm of your hand and chirps a little singsong sound-effect to bring sweet mirth into your life. The Chocobo is powered by a CR2032 button-battery (included) and measures W55 × D65 × H58mm (W2.16 x D2.55 x H2.28") in dimension. Two sensors are located on the bottom of the Chocobo and when the heat of your hand is detected, the Chocobo starts chirping. Along with the Chocobo toy, Square is including a special registration code which allows jaded FFXI players to obtain an in-game item in the form of a virtual stuffed Chocobo toy. All preorders have shipped as of yesterday and new orders are welcome to ship today. «NCS Photo Gallery»

CD Final Fantasy XIII Kimi ga Irukara - New, In Stock

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«©NCSX» Japanese songstress Sayuri Sugawara sings the theme song "Kimi ga Irukara" (Because I Have You) for Final Fantasy XIII which was released on CD this week in Japan. The song fits the overall "feel" of the Final Fantasy series - it sounds tailor-made for a sweeping, soaring, and dramatic adventure such as FFXIII. For the American localization of FFXIII, gamers can look forward to Leona Lewis' "My Hands" which Square has chosen for the theme song.

Sayuri also sings a second song on the disc titled "Eternal Love" which is described as an insertion song for FFXIII. Both tracks are included in the new Final Fantasy XIII Kimi ga Irukara CD along with four additional tracks as follows:

» Christmas Again
» Kimi ga Irukara (Instrumental)
» Eternal Love (Instrumental)
» Christmas Again (Instrumental)

In addition to the regular edition of the CD, a limited edition is also in stock which includes a bonus "Final Fantasy XIII Promotion Video TGS Open Version" on DVD. The limited edition also includes an extra slipcase. Finally, each CD package includes a bonus L'Cie Coat of Arms decal.

All preorders for both CDs have shipped as of yesterday and new orders are welcome to ship today.

NDS Cross Treasures - New Import, In Stock

«©NCSX» Square Enix teams up with V-Jump Magazine to bring a new RPG to the Japanese marketplace. The game plays like any standard adventure game where players create and customize a hero or heroine and then sail off onto a world of adventure. Where Cross Treasures derails the standard RPG convention is its built-in world editor where players can select the flowers, floorboards, trees, chunks of land, weapons, armor, and more for their own custom-crafted RPG world. Once created, up to four players can play a collaborative or competitive adventure in the networking mode of the game (selectable on the top title screen game option, lower right icon). At the outset of a single player game, players disembark from a ship and explore a quaint village and the first dungeon - the entrance of which is located inside a domicile. One of the first battles is against a green rhinoceros beetle but spelunk further and you'll encounter big angry fish...

NDS Pretty Rhythm Collection - New Import, In Stock

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«©NCSX» Targeted squarely at the fairer sex, Pretty Rhythm Collection is a cornucopia of gaming that's designed to appeal to girls. There's dancing, shopping, dressing up, decorating, and accessorizing all packed in a little game card. The dancing is in the form of a rhythm action game where touch screen taps and sliding motions are used to trigger cues. The publisher Santa Entertainment makes a point of mentioning that a professional dancer was motion-captured to ensure that the girls in the game move realistically. By dancing well, credits are won which may be used to purchase items and clothing. The shopping portion of the game takes place in well stocked stores where clothes and shoes are stocked to the rafters. Once a selection of apparel is procured, the clothing may be organized and hung on virtual hangers which in turn hang from pink trellises. A Story Mode is also included where players take on the role of a middle school transfer student.

PSP Phantasy Star 2 Portable - New Import, In Stock

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«©NCSX» The latest and greatest Phantasy Star game arrived yesterday and sales were strong as expected. To dovetail with the release of the PSP2 game, Hori releases an officially licensed Phantasy Star Portable 2 Accessory Set which includes four items as follows:

» PSP Carrying Case (Compatible with PSP-1000, PSP-2000, PSP-3000)
» Protective Flip Cover (Compatible with PSP-2000, PSP-3000 only)
» Protective Plastic Film (Compatible with PSP-2000, PSP-3000 only)
» Analog Pad Attachment (Compatible with PSP-2000, PSP-3000 only)

The Protective Flip Cover bolts onto the top of the PSP and presents a convenient way to protect the LCD from potential damage. The Protective Plastic Film consists of three transparent strips of pliable plastic that cover the back of the PSP to protect it from grime, dirt, and oils from grubby fingers. Easy-pull tabs are attached to each piece of plastic film for no-muss application. All of the items are packaged inside the blue carrying case along with a user pamphlet which shows how to use/apply each item.

When preorders were opened up by Hori, they mentioned the inclusion of a Phantasy Star Portable 2 code for exclusive items. The front of the box states that a password to obtain a pair of "Sonic Knuckles" is included and this 8-digit code may be found on the second page of the user pamphlet.

PSP Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch - Lost Colors [the Best]

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«©NCSX» Enroll in the Ashford Academy and interact with the student body in a new interactive adventure based on the events from the first season of the Code Geass animated series. At the outset of the game, the Student Council President Millay Ashford and Lelouch Lamperouge welcome the player-named protagonist and introduce him to a series of characters. Lost Colors is played like many other visual novels where copious amounts of dialogue is read and the occasional choice is made to fork the story in a new direction. Early in the game, Kaname Ougi, Nina Einstein, Leval Cardemond, and Millay provide much of the interaction but other characters from the animation also make an appearance in later chapters. Karen Stadtfeld of the Black Knights enters the storyline at the conclusion of chapter three.

Bandai recruited the production staff who worked on the animated series to create new and exclusive material for the game. The voice actors for the characters were also hired to provide over 15,000 words and dialogue snippets which are woven into the fabric of the adventure. Lost Colors features over 20 different endings so intrepid gamers can try different actions and choices to reach all of them.

The "PSP the Best" version of Code Geass Lost Colors is a discounted re-release of the original game. There are no differences in game content but fans who missed out on the original release get another chance to buy.

MAG Weekly Famitsu Vol 1096 - Subscriptions

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«©NCSX» The December 17, 2009 issue of Weekly Famitsu includes coverage of the following games and events in the Japanese marketplace:

» The Nintendo DSi LL is released in Japan and Famitsu is there to photograph the queues on page 22. A photo of a granny who purchased a wine-red version is also included to show the NDS attracts all ages.
» Famitsu's reviewers rank NDS
Monochrome Boo & Baby Boo: Kururin Boo (5/6/6/6), NDS Kyoukugen Dasshutsu 9 Jikan 9 nin 9 no Tobira (9/8/10/9), NDS Luminous Arc 3 Eyes (8/8/8/8), PSP Bleach: Soul Carnival 2 (7/8/8/8), PSP R-Type Tactics II: Operation Bitter Chocolate (8/7/7/8), Wii Tales of Graces (9/9/9/9), and Wii Toshinden (6/6/5/6).
» Preview for Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker which ships for the PSP in 2010.
» Gackt appears on page 288 in a 3-page pictorial which includes a short interview. Gackt sings the title song for Gundam Next Plus for PSP.
» Previews for NDS Dragon Quest VI, PSP Last Ranker, Wii Sengoku Basara 3, PSP God Eater, and PS3 Final Fantasy XIII are all included.