Tuesday, June 15, 2010

PSP Project Cerberus - Import Preorder

NCS Product Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» Tama-Soft released an adult digital novel called Lost Child in 2004. In the game, players take on the role of a hero named Shouji Tokitoh who has the ability to transform into an "Amito" or superhero known as Cerberus by shouting "Conception!" That and fusing with his catalyst who's a girl named Ai whose presence allows him to change from normal scientist-man to a sleek and powerful killing machine. Lost Child was a unique digital novel in that it featured a turn-based battle system filled with action-packed sequences where Cerberus swung, swooped, slashed, and shot.

In 2008,
Hobibox/Tama-Soft location-tested a Naomi-based fighting game titled Project Cerberus which was based on Lost Child
. The game features a cast of 12 characters who appear in their human forms before each bout but transform into their Amito alter-egos once the match starts. Cerberus is a 2D fighting game which looks good and plays well enough but based on our time with the Naomi version, the mechanics of the game are cookie cutter. That's not necessarily a bad thing since cookie-cutter standards are market-friendly, brings in revenue, and doesn't take unwarranted risks. By-the-book and button-down managers love that stuff. Project Cerberus is being ported over to the PSP later this year and preorders are welcome to ship on August 5, 2010 at JPY5800 or US$62.90 from NCS.

NDS Jaka-Jaka Music M-09 - Import Preorder

NCS Product Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» On an episode of Good Morning America back in October 2008, singer and songwriter India Arie appeared on the show for an interview with host Robin Roberts. During the interview, India whipped out a Nintendo DS fitted with a copy of Hiite Utaeru DS Guitar M-06 and started playing chords and assembled a tune in the space of seconds. During the interview, Ms Arie composed a song for Roberts who was recovering from breast cancer and India mentioned that she used the guitar software to compose songs.

Since the release of Guitar M-06 in 2007, KORG DS and a DSi-powered sequel have become available for musicians to compose their melodies on the DS. In a few months, the creator of Guitar M-06 will release the next progression in their music game/composition software which is titled Jaka Jaka Music M-09. The free-play guitar software features six modulation effects and a recording function to save compositions to game card. Essentially then, two NDS units and copies of Jaka² can potentially be all that's needed for a pair of performance artists to become a street band. We'd advise them to lug out a pair of speakers if the acoustics on the street corner aren't up to the standards of Carnegie Hall.

Unlike Guitar M-06 which was only a guitar simulator, Jaka Jaka Music also includes a rhythm game where players listen to a song selection from 1200 tracks. Players can strum a guitar or hit a virtual drum set during the course of the game in time to the stroke cues. The 1200 songs are simple renditions culled from the J-Pop, rock, folk, pop, animation, and classical genres. Preorders for
Jaka-Jaka Music M-09 are welcome to ship on September 23, 2010 at JPY4571 or US$50.90 from NCS.

NDS Chou Kowai Hanashi DS: Ao no Shou - Import Preorder

NCS Product Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» Almost everyone enjoys a scary story. Almost. What's not to love about being scared out of one's wits by a creepy tale filled with malcontent spooks, malevolent drudges, and preternatural forces beyond imagining? The Japanese love scary stories along with spooky movies and The Ring remains one of the eeriest novel-turned-films in the past decade or two. To capture the public appetite for scary stories, Alchemist gathers together a total of 63 scary stories and bulks them up into visual novels filled with images, sound effects, and narration from Akira Hirayama.
Preorders for the Nintendo DS Japanese import
Chou Kowai Hanashi DS: Ao no Shou are welcome to ship on August 5, 2010 at JPY4800 or US$53.90 from NCS.