Wednesday, May 05, 2010

X360 Strike Witches: Shirogane no Tsubasa - Import Preorder

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» In an alternate reality, the Earth and particularly Europe has been ravaged by the effects of an invasive force known as the Neuroi. To counter their assaults, humanity develops the "Striker Unit" which is an all-in-one device which grants wearers the power of flight, defensive measures, and enhances one's propensity for magic. In the world of Strike Witches, cat-eared girls serve as the warriors who don the Striker Units and thrust through the heavens to battle the insidious Neuroi.

Originally a manga/anime, Strike Witches expands its reach with a horizontal shooter on the Xbox 360. The game features a cast of 11 cat-eared girls who are grouped into cadres of three whom take to the skies and shoot down waves upon waves of Neuroi attackers. The girls are:

Yoshika Miyafuji
» Mio Sakamoto
» Lynette Bishop
» Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke
» Erica Hartmann
» Gertrud Barkhorn
» Perrine-H. Clostermann
» Francesca Lucchini
» Charlotte E. Yeager
» Sanya V. Litvyak
» Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen

Strike Witches uses a control scheme that's reminiscent of Robotron where the left thumbstick on the Xbox 360 controller is used for movement and the right thumbstick shoots. This control mechanism allows for flighty movements and rapid-fire 360˚ directional shots as Neuroi enter the screen from all quarters. Furthermore, the trio of girls that the player selects may be arranged in various flight formations to counter threats and overcome obstacles during the course of the game.

Modes include a Story Mode which includes cinematic sequences, a Practice Mode for honing one's skills, and an Online Mode where players can post their top scores and check where they stand on a national leaderboard of elite Strike Witch handlers.

Preorders are welcome for a Regular Edition of Strike Witches at JPY7329 or US$75.90 from NCS and a Limited Edition which is packaged with an exclusive Yoshika Miyafuji Nendoroid toy which includes a gun prop, an inner tube prop, a backpack prop, and an extra face to change her expression. Please note the quantity of the Limited Edition will be allocated based on how many Regular Editions we purchase. Due to this preorder stipulation, please be advised that there may be shortages.

TOYS Korilakkuma 7th Plush Doll XL Premium - Import Preorder

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» When Rilakkuma the lazy-ass bear needs someone to talk to, he'll call up a little chick named Kiriroi-tori or a cream-colored bear known as Korilakkuma. System Service ignores Rilakkuma and Kiriroi-tori in their next Rilakkuma plush toy and goes only with Korilakkuma. The new Korila toy is special because its big. Massive even. Measuring a mighty 55cm or 21.65" tall and roughly 30cm or 11.81" wide, the Korila plush can be used as a pillow, a huggable toy, or a scarecrow to frighten crop invaders.

Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late August 2010 at US$39.90 each from NCS. Please note this item will incur dimensional weight and NCS recommends only shipping by UPS Ground within the U.S.

TOYS Rilakkuma MakuMaku Solar Mascot - Import Preorder

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» Toys that run on solar power are eco-friendly since batteries aren't required and the loving light of the sun is all that's necessary to make them move. Solar toys are simple, run clean, and won't pollute our waterways. Kindly ignore the few ounces of PVC that were used to create the toys.

In the case of the Rilakkuma MakuMaku Solar Mascot, the brown bear known as Relakkuma and his honey-colored friend Korilakkuma are about to dig into a sweet dessert that sits at their feet. Whenever sunlight glances at the solar panels located at the front of each toy, the bears will wobble their heads and pump their spoon-holding hands. Preorders are welcome to ship in late August 2010 at US$20.90 each.

NEWS Photos from NYC

NCS Synopsis
«©NCSX» Nothing much is going on import-wise so we're throwing up some photos taken around town in a little gallery. To pass the time yesterday, we twiddled thumbs, played a few games of Donkey Kong Hockey, and shooed squirrels away from the rooftop garden.

Today's plans: Read at least two comic books, build a wood trellis for the tomato plants on the rooftop garden, and attempt to arrange the objects on one of our office desks so that they comply with proper feng-shui principles. I.e, the letter opener probably shouldn't be pointed at anyone.