Saturday, April 03, 2010

OYS Itazura Coin Bank Mikeneko Kitty - New Import, In Stock

NCS Product Synopsis
Update: April 2, 2010
«©NCSX» The market value of assets big and small, paper and physical got demolished in the great plunge of 2008-2009. It was an unstoppable crash wave that destroyed value and obliterated trading accounts the world over. Unable to meet that margin call when CRUDE tossed its cookies and dropped to $33.85 in early 2009? Too bad. Your leveraged position got sold out. You blew up and got knocked out of the game. Madoff took a bite too and the name "Ponzi" became fashionable again. Wealth got transferred and moved across the table in a big way.

To replenish their savings and salvage their portfolios, average citizens need the proper tools and guidance to help rebuild wealth. Hedging long positions long term is a losing game but diversification isn't. Wall Street as a whole probably won't be looking to hold any punters victims suckers investors' hands so in addition to diversification, NCS recommends the Itazura Coin Bank - Mikeniko Kitty Version. Drop a dime or in this case, a JPY500 piece on top of the box and a curious kitty paws the coin and brings it into the cardboard box it calls home. The sensor on top of the box is decorated to look like a dish with dessicated fish parts on top. Place a JPY500 coin (or a quarter) onto the space between those fish parts to activate the bashful cat who loves to save.

Once the fish atop the dish is depressed, a realistic sounding "meow" may be heard as the cat peeks out of its carton. Next, the whirring sound of a motor accompanies the sight of a paw which reaches out and snags the coin into the carton.
The entire sequence concludes with another "meow" as if the kitty is saying "thanks for the loot." Once the cat's mission is accomplished, the lid of the box slams shut until another coin is laid on top of the fish dish.

The coin bank runs on two "AA" batteries (not included) which are fitted into the hatch on the underside. The bank accepts coins that are 2.70cm in diameter and under. For us Yanks, this capacity accommodates quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. For Japanese folks, the coin bank can accept JPY500, JPY100, JPY50, JPY10, and JPY5 coins. The coin bank is available in either white (Mikeneko) or brown (Toraneko) colored felines. All preorders have shipped as of yesterday and new orders are welcome to ship this afternoon.
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TOYS Game & Watch Mini Solar Keychain - New, In Stock

NCS Product Synopsis
Update: April 2, 2010
«©NCSX» Video games, MTV, and computers for the masses came into their own in the 1980s and growing up during that period was a wonderful time. Kids who were introduced to computers in the 80s got to experience the internet revolution as it sparked, grew, and took over the world. Along with the technological innovations witnessed between 1980 and 2000, video games of every type, stripe, and class reached computers, consoles, portables, and phones.

Along with platform-based games, there were the Game & Watch dedicated handhelds which were originally released in 1980 by Nintendo. The Game & Watch toys offered players a simple gaming experience with single-minded objectives. For example, in the game Vermin, players had to whack moles while the aptly named Fire demanded that players rescue jumpers who were leaping from a burning building.

It's been a while since the Game & Watch handhelds were released but Takara Tomy is releasing a revival. Sort of. The Game & Watch Mini Solar Keychains look like their larger forebears but they're miniature renditions that don't actually play any games. A solar panel is built into each keychain which powers the LCD screen which shows a short action sequence of a Game & Watch game. The buttons don't allow you to play the game and you'll only get to watch whatever happens on screen. The "Left" button is a dummy button and the "Right" button on the handheld may be pressed to speed up the graphics on screen. Three varieties are available today as follows: Octopus, Parachute, and Chef. «NCS Photo Gallery

MAG Weekly Famitsu Vol. 1113 - New Import, Sold Out

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» The April 15, 2010 issue of Weekly Famitsu includes coverage on the following games and/or events in the Japanese marketplace:
» News on the Nintendo 3DS and a look back at the different Nintendo DS models that have been released into the marketplace.
» Preview for Super Mario Galaxy 2 which spans six pages of screenshots.
» Famitsu reviews PSP Judie no Atelier: Guramnat no Renkinjutsu (8/7/7/6) which is the only new release scheduled for next week.
» PS3 God of War III and Sekaiju no Meikyuu III play guides.
» Continuing coverage on PS3 Hokuto no Musou.
» A look back at the Super Famicom version of Final Fight.
» Did you know that you can buy a prepackaged ham and egg "Deli" sandwich for JPY126 in Japanese convenience stores? Well, it's true. Check it out in this week's PICK UP FOOD section which also includes photos of other prepackaged "Deli" treats... all of which look gross.
» Preview for Front Mission Evolved which is being released later this year for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

NEWS General Updates

PSP Ikki Tousen Xross Impact - New Date
The new ship date for the regular and limited editions of
Ikki Tousen Xross Impact have been finalized for April 29, 2010. The limited edition is currently pre-sold out but we'll post an update if additional supplies are made available on the week of release.
PS3 Hokuto Musou - Restock
All backorders for the PS3 version of Hokuto Musou have shipped as of yesterday and new orders are welcome today. NCS has also restocked the PS3 Hokuto Musou Treasure Box and the bundle is available for new orders to ship this afternoon.
X360 Mushihimesama Futari v1.5 Limited Edition - Restock
NCS was able to restock a small batch of the Mushihimesama Futari v1.5 Limited Edition which includes the soundtrack and slipcase. New orders are welcome at US$118.90.
NEWS Good Friday - Holiday
Today is Good Friday but NCS is operating normally with regular business hours. UPS and USPS pickups and shipments are also normal today.