Friday, May 28, 2010

NDS Sekai no Hate Made Itte Q! Chinjuu Hunter Mono - New

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Translated as "Travel to the ends of the Earth," Sekai no Hate Made Itte Q! is a popular television variety show with an ensemble cast. One of the characters in the show is a girl named Imoto Ayako who has really big eyebrows and busted teeth. She goes out into the world to experience other cultures and check out different animals. In the Nintendo DS game based on the show, Imoto travels to different places to find assorted animals and compete in mini-games against them. For example, she'll engage in a foot race against a cheetah, play "tug of war" with an alligator, chuck a spear at a motionless target, and answer simple questions about the different creatures that she encounters. All orders will include a few sheets of Sekai no Hate Made Itte Q! decals that are all packaged in a plastic baggie which was given away by the publisher in 1:1 ratio.

NDS Soccer Tsuku DS World Challenge 2010 - New Import

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«©NCSX» Sega's been in the soccer game business for over two decades and their latest soccer sim is a top-notch entry on the Nintendo DS. Famitsu blessed Soccer Tsuku DS with Gold in last week's issue (8/9/7/8) and it's a shame that most NDS players outside Japan will never experience the game. Sega includes three European leagues (England, Spain, and Italy), the Japanese national league, and a World Challenge for gamers to explore. The Sakatsuku Mode gives players control of a team and the goal is to build up the ranks with capable team members who level up their stats when they're kicking and punting on the field. The Wi-Fi Mode allows players to hook up and engage each other in soccer action.

Early preorders will include a bonus Ramos Ruy code card that's being given away by Sega in 50% ratio. The card is packed in a blue foil wrapper.

PSP Fullmetal Alchemist: Yakusoku no Hi New Import, In Stock

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Update: May 28, 2010
«©NCSX» Ever since ancient times, the knowledge of alchemy and transmutation has been used by those trained in the mystic arts. Closely guarded and hidden by symbols and esoteric terminology, the science of alchemy is limited to only to a small group of practitioners.

In the Fullmetal Alchemist storyline, protagonist Edward Elric loses his sibling Alphonse in an unfortunate accident that occurs when the brothers try to resurrect their mother. To save Alphonse, Edward uses alchemy to capture his brother's soul within a suit of armor. Ed also suffers the loss of his left leg and his right arm but thanks to his knowledge of alchemy, he replaces his limbs with mechanical appendages. Ever the optimist, Edward decides that the Philisopher's Stone - the elusive reagent capable of granting eternal life, changing tin to gold, and other miraculous transmutations, is the key to his woes and sets off on a mission to find it.

Join the Elric brothers in an action-adventure game which takes Edward and Alphonse across the land of Amestris. The game features free-roaming exploration, interactive battle sequences, and a supporting cast of characters such as Winry Rockbell and Roy Mustang. The game is labeled an RPG and the interaction sequences are plentiful to relay the plotline. Battles are of the turn-based variety with the face buttons pushed to trigger attacks from party members.
Early preorders will ship with a bonus Fullmetal Alchemist Hagane Storage Box (50% ratio allocation) which can be used to store about a dozen PSP games or a few PS1 games.

PS2 Strike Witches: Anata to Dekirukoto A Little Peaceful Days

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«©NCSX» The Earth was once a sparkling jewel of a planet. The word "once" in the previous sentence is operative because in an alternate reality version of Earth, the planet's been devastated by an destructive armed force called the Neuroi. To fight back and perhaps conquer the Neuroi, human scientists pour their creative animus into a contraption called 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.

The PS2 adaptation of Strike Witches can be slotted into the "Interactive Novel" genre where players interact with the cast from the animated series and endure lengthy conversation sequences. Occasionally, the game prompts the player to perform a situational decision by way of a button press which leads to a new round of conversation. The PS2 game focuses on two Witches named Amaki Suwa and Nishiki Nakashima (shown on the left side of the game cover) who are stranded on a deserted island and they interact with the Witch protagonist Yoshi Kudou. The limited edition of Strike Witches includes a Drama CD and is packaged in a shiny slipcase.

PS3 Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Edition Bundle Deluxe

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«©NCSX» Square Enix localizes Final Fantasy XIII in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan this week with a Chinese language rendition of the game. Since anyone in those territories (who really really wanted to play the game) has already played the Japanese or North American version of FFXIII already, Square had to think of a gimmick to convince fans to purchase the game again. The gimmick was a multi-pronged one as follows:

Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Edition Bundle Deluxe Contents
Final Fantasy XIII game (Chinese with English/Korean subtitles)
» Dual Shock 3 controller with pink Lightning imprint
» FFXIII Original Soundtrack (10 tracks)

» FFXIII CG Illustrations Booklet
» FFXIII Character Poster
» Original FFXIII Sleeve Case
» Playstation Network Card (One of four types for Premium Avatar DLC)
» Sony HDMI Cable (Packaged separately from the FFXIII box)

All re-confirmed preorders at the price of US$138.90 will ship today and new orders are welcome for dispatch this afternoon.

Wii World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010 Playmaker - New

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«©NCSX» Violins chirp to start the rousing introductory cinema which kicks off Konami's WSWE 2010 Playmaker that should stir the national pride of Japanese footy fans. The Japanese national team performs ably against international squads amidst glimpses of the billowing flag of Japan. A tear almost ran down our collective eyes but somehow, we held it back.

At the outset of the game, a number of training exercises are presented for players to practice the controls - the default controller setup is the Nunchuk and Remote but an alternate setup allows the use of the Classic Controller and Remote. The first training exercise prompts players to run across the field by using the Remote followed by a passing session and a kicking stint where the ball is passed and kicked around the field.

Game modes includes "Japan Challenge," "UEFA Champions League," "Match," "PM vs WE," and "League/Cup" along with a Replay Gallery to review particularly memorable plays. NCS tried out a Japan Challenge game this morning and found that the camera view pans far above the field so that the players appear small against the backdrop of the field. We prefer this perspective because we're able to watch a big chunk of the players as they ramble around the field. Controls are tight and precise with the combination of Remote and Nunchuk working beautifully to shuffle a player around and shake loose oncoming attackers.

MAG Weekly Famitsu Vol. 1121 - New Import, In Stock

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«©NCSX» The June 10, 2010 issue of Weekly Famitsu includes print coverage of the following games and events in the Japanese marketplace:

» Preview for Sega's PSP Project K which will bear the name Kurohyou: Ryu ga Gotoku Shinshou when it's released on September 22, 2010. The characters in the game and the voice actors who provide their intonations are profiled in the article along with a look at the battle system.
» Famitsu reviews PSP Fairy Tale Portable Guild (6/7/7/7) and X360
PopCap Arcade: Rakushisa, Ippai, Action & Puzzle 7 Pack (7/5/6/6).
» A retro-view back at the original Metal Gear game from 1987.
» Wii Super Mario Galaxy 2 game guide which spans 20 pages.
» Every copy of Famitsu includes a 32-page MGS Peace Walker game guide which is called a "Hi-Complete Bible."
» Interview with Japanese footballer Ono Shinji who appears in Sega's recent NDS
Soccer Tsuku DS World Challenge 2010 game.
» NDS Super Robot Wars Lord of Elemental game guide.
» Sandwiches are the rage in this week's PICK UP FOOD section.