Tuesday, August 10, 2010

PS3 Gekijouban Macross F: Itsuwarino Utahime Hybrid Pack - Pre

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» The inception of the Macross franchise took place approximately 30 years ago when the adventures of Hikaru, Misa, Minmay, and Roy captivated viewers on both sides of the Pacific. In the years since the conclusion of the original series, Macross has gone on to spawn animated sequels, serial adjuncts, and a whole lot of merchandising.

On November 21, 2009, Japanese cinema-goers got to watch a Macross movie titled Gekij┼Ź-ban Macross Frontier ~Itsuwari no Utahime~ which translates into Macross Frontier the Movie: The False Songstress. The movie was a retread of the events in the Macross F television series compacted down into 119 minutes of drama, espionage, a false songstress, and Valkyries. Lots of Valkyries. False Songstress pulled in a little under $5 million at the box office which was a disappointment. For comparative reference, the One Piece Strong World movie pulled in $48 million and the Yattaman animated film earned $40 million. Cameron's Avatar trounced every other movie in Japan last year with a cumulative take of $163 million.

Preorders are welcome for the
Gekijouban Macross F: Itsuwarino Utahime Hybrid Pack which will probably earn more than $5 million when it ships for the Playstation 3 and Blu-Ray in November. The hybrid Blu-Ray disc contains the False Songstress movie and a Playstation 3 game titled Macross Trial Frontier which is a remake of the PSP Macross Ultimate Frontier game. The series featured in the game include SDF Macross: Do You Remember Love?, SDF Macross Plus, SDF Macross 7, and SDF Macross Zero along with SDF Macross Frontier. In addition to the game and movie, over 50 minutes of bonus footage is included on the hybrid disc. Finally, a 48-page booklet which contains illustrations and archival material is packed as a bonus with the hybrid disc.

Reservations for the Blu-Ray/Playstation 3 Japanese import
Gekijouban Macross F: Itsuwarino Utahime Hybrid Pack will ship on October 7, 2010 at JPY6800 or US$79.90 from NCS.

NDS Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded - Import Preorder

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» Originally released for mobile-phones in the summer of 2009, Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded is undergoing the remake treatment and will be playable on the Nintendo DS later this year. In the game, players take control of Sora who explores a Heartless-challenged Traverse Town which is in need of a fix. Since Sora and his keyblade are so versatile, he's assigned the task of making things right in the embattled First District of Traverse Town and other worlds. King Mickey, Donald Duck, Goofy, Alice, and other Disneyland friends return in the role of supporting cast mates.

Early preorders will ship with a bonus Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded branded "Eco" Bag that's being given away by Square Enix in 50% ratio. Ever since the "green movement" and the concept of a "carbon footprint" took hold, Eco Bags have been fashionable in Japan which are meant to replace the wasteful plastic bags that are given away at shopping venues. Those plastic bags invariably end up in a whale's blowhole, suffocate baby birds, or wrap themselves around a little seal's neck.

Preorders for the Japanese NDS import Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded are welcome to ship on October 07, 2010 at JPY5229 or US$60.90 from NCS.

X360 Radirgy NOA Massive - Import Preorder

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» Sales for the Wii conversion of Radirgy NOAH were tepid. Maybe the elite shmup corps overseas didn't feel like playing a shooter with an input device called a "Nunchuk" or a "Remote." In a couple of months, Radirgy NOAH is getting ported over to the Japanese Xbox 360 which should prove to be more favorable for Milestone's sales. In the confines of NCS' offices, we consider the X360 to be the spiritual successor of the Dreamcast... at least in terms of coin-op to console shooter conversions.

Radirgy NOAH is a vertical shooter where a squat ship displays its versatility by shooting at flitting enemies, shielding itself from danger, and slashing at incoming attackers.
By firing away and slashing during the course of the stages in Radirgy, the ship levels up both offensive functions for improved performance. "NOAH" features a simultaneous 2-player option and is viewed in the Yoko (horizontal) aspect which allows enough room for both gamers to maneuver and takes sides. The final boss "Ruki Mishima" from the first Radirgy is an optional player character in NOAH. Bosses in the game include a bald-headed homo sapien in yellow pants who performs a spin attack that launches fireballs and an aerial platform that disappears in a puff of clouds when destroyed.

Milestone is adding the word "Massive" to the Xbox 360 conversion of Radirgy NOAH but that impressive descriptor appears to only encompass new game modes in addition to the default arcade mode, an illustrations gallery which features unlockable artwork, and an online ranking mode. Preorders for the Japanese Xbox 360 import Radirgy NOAH Massive are welcome to ship on October 14, 2010 at JPY6800 or US$73.90 from NCS.

Questions and Answers
Q: What is this Radirgy Noir that I see on some sites?
A: The word "Noir" is a mis-transliteration of NOA or NOAH.

Q: Do ya'll prefer Radirgy or Radirgy NOAH?
Asteroids. Scratch that. Asteroids Deluxe.

Q: Is Radirgy NOAH Region-Free?
Nope. The earlier shooters that were RF appear to be outliers.

Q: How many copies of Radirgy NOAH did NCS sell on the Wii?
Exactly 173. We shipped the rest back to Tokyo at 35% trade.

TOYS SR Video Game Robotics 2 - Import Preorder

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» The first collection of Yujin's SR Video Game Robotics gashapon toys was released last year which celebrated mechs from mostly old school games. The cast included robots from Cyberbots, Assault Suits Leynos/Valken, Wolf Fang and Border Break. A second collection of Robotics has been announced and the mechs are old school again with another Border Break mech making the cut. This time around, there's only 4 toys in the collection which might be attributed to the tough times in toy land overseas - the Shooting Historica 4 gashapon have been delayed a few times already. The mechs in VGR2 are:

» Gun Griffon - High-MACS Armored Walking Gun Systems
» Power Dolls 2 - PDF-802 X4+
» Border Break - Mech TBA but looks like a Blast Runner Heavy type
» Metal Black Glory - VMH-Glory

Preorders are welcome to ship in late November 2010 at $32.90/set.

TOYS Portraits of Pirates Neo DX Figure - Crocodile - In Stock

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» In the One Piece manga/animation series, Sir Crocodile aka Mr. 0 is the leader of Baroque Works, a criminal enterprise which was formed to take over the Arabasta Kingdom. By conquering Arabasta, Crocodile hoped to uncover the whereabouts of the "Pluton" weapon which was said to be hidden somewhere within the kingdom. Despite Croc's well planned machinations and directives for taking over Arabasta, he didn't count on the Straw Hat Pirates quashing his scheme.

Crocodile's induction in the Portrait of Pirates toys marks the first time a major villain has been sculpted in the series. Croc is shown with a sneer while his teeth are clenched on a cigar. He's wearing his thick overcoat with fur collar and the golden hook attached to his right arm is raised like some sort of trophy. The figure is fixed-pose and the overcoat may be removed. All preorders have shipped yesterday and new orders are welcome.

TOYS One Piece Portrait of Pirates NEO-7 EX Model - In Stock

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» There's been many releases and re-releases of Megahouse's Portrait of Pirates figures over the years and the NEO-7 revision features two rehashes of lesser known characters from the One Piece animation.

» Sergeant Major Tashigi - Originally appeared in Portrait of Pirates Series 3 with Nefertari Vivi and Portgas. Tashigi serves in the Marine Armada and her passion is swords and to become a great swordswoman... much like the path that Roronoa Zoro has chosen.

» Commodore Smoker - Made his debuted in P.O.P Series 4 along with Nami v2.0 and Berumeru. Smoker wears an open shirt and trademark sneer. He's packaged with a staff which may be gripped by his left hand.

The Tashigi figure measures roughly 8" tall while Smoker towers 9" high.

NEWS S.W.C - Day 05 - Shooting Watch Towel

NCS Product Synopsis
Sale Update: August 10, 2010

«©NCSX» During the summer months when it's hazy and humid outside, a hard-working man can sweat like a pig underneath the hot Alabama sun. Once the toiling is over and it's relaxin' time, such a worker should grab a brewski, eat a donut, and wipe his greasy glistening face with an official Shooting Watch Towel from Hudson. The towel measures 29 x 12.50" in area and is woven from cotton so it'll sop up sweat, oil, tears, and the occasional rivulet of spittle from the corner of the hard working man's maw. Other uses for the towel include but are not limited to:

1) Fold it in half and then half again to make a Shooting Watch bandana
2) Tuck the towel beneath your chin for a Shooting Watch bib
Wrap it around your neck with a loose drape: Shooting Watch scarf
Cut it in half if you're keen on making two Shooting Watch placemats

NCS Sale Offer
Pricing per Shooting Watch Towel is set at US$7.90 which includes free shipping via USPS First Class Airmail within the United States. Orders that are submitted before 4PM EST will ship today. «NCS Photo Gallery»