Friday, September 03, 2010

TOYS Atari Playing Cards - New Release, In Stock

NCS Product Synopsis
Play Texas Hold'em with the officially licensed Atari Playing Cards and you'll be watching "Centipede," "Breakout," and "Asteroids" being dealt on the flop, at the turn, and when it's time for the river. The faces of the cards are adorned with images of old school Atari games and classic Atari 2600 imagery which might evoke fond memories from old timers.

   The Atari Playing Cards are manufactured by Aquarius and they're regulation issue solvent-coated cards that are easy to shuffle. They're smooth so they glide across the table like a swan trawling water. Aquarius uses four games to represent the numbered cards as follows:

● Diamonds - Breakout (Ex: The "3" card = 2 blocks and the paddle)
● Hearts - Asteroids (Ex: The "4" card =  three rocks and the ship)
● Spades - Centipede (Ex: The "2" card = 1 centipede and 1 mushroom)
● Clubs - Millipede (Ex: The "4" card = 1 DDT, 2 mushrooms, 1 millipede)

   The suit cards use the same themes as follows:

● Jack - Atari Legend text with the classic Atari logo
● Queen - Old school "Innovative Leisure" Atari card
● King - An image of an arcade cabinet along with "2600 VCS" text
● Ace - Classic Atari 2600 joystick image with "Atari Age" text

   The designs on the cards are stark and basic which reflect the primitive simplicity of the Atari 2600 when that fake wood-paneled console was the king of the video gaming industry 30 years ago. Wood paneling was also once used on cars. We think it was because if the vehicle and its occupants were ever stranded in a tundra, the wood could be used to make a fire.

   All preorders for the Atari Playing Cards have shipped as of yesterday and new orders are welcome to ship today. For the most economical shipping within the States, NCS recommends selecting USPS Media Mail on our shop. Postal options are accessible by clicking the link below the default UPS shipping options. 
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MAG Weekly Famitsu Vol 1135 - New Import

NCS Product Synopsis
The September 16, 2010 issue of Weekly Famitsu includes coverage on the following games and events in the Japanese marketplace:
» Famitsu visits gamescom which ran from August 18-22 in the city of Cologne, Germany.
» Preview for PSP Monster Hunter Portable 3rd which includes a look at some of the boss monsters in the game. One of them looks like Wolverine if he had been mutated into a hairier and taller version of himself.
» Reviews for NDS One Piece Gigant Battle (8/7/8/7), PSP Sengoku Efuda Yuugi: Hototogisu Tairan (7/7/6/6), PSP Vitamin X Evolution Plus (6/7/7/6), PS3 Split Second (8/8/8/8), and PS3 UFC 2010 (8/8/8/8).
» Chocolates, Pocky, and cookies are featured in this week's PICK UP FOOD. A pre-packaged snack from Mister Donut looks like something we'd import for our own usage or resale to local Asian markets.
» Famitsu previews PS3 Little Big Planet 2 and an interesting title called Tokyo Jungle which is available on the Playstation Network game.
» The upcoming Macross Hybrid Pack is featured on pages 264-265 which includes a photo of the product packaging.

TOYS Nendoroid: Hatsune Miku Absolute HMO Edition - Preorder

From the Manufacturer
A Miku to make your heart skip a beat! A Nendoroid based on the Hatsune Miku Orchestra design!

   YMO (Yellow Magic Orchestra) recently released a CD called "HMO (Hatsune Miku Orchestra)", and the illustration of that jacket cover, illustrated by manga artist Kuu, became so popular that it is now getting it's very own Nendoroid rendition, oversized sleeves and all!

   A variety of extra items seen in the PV of the song "Kimi ni, mune kyun. -Uwaki na Vacation-", such as a keyboard and an electric drum set are included. Also included are some stickers of eyes for Rin and Len, to change the currently on sale Nendoroid Rin and Len into similarly styled characters! Preorders are welcome to ship in December 2010 at JPY3810 or US$49.90.

TOYS Nitro+ Super Sonic v2.0 Plush - Preorder

From the NCS
Sonic or Sonico if you're Japanese is a pink-haired rascal who serves as the representative or mascot of the software publishing company Nitro Plus. Sonic has found herself illustrated into questionable poses and sculpted into adult toys where her boobs pop out. Along with the mature material that Sonic's been featured in, she also has an innocent side. The upcoming Nitro+ Super Sonic v2.0 plush from GIFT squashes Sonic into dwarf-like form and garbs her in a parka. The hood of the parka has cat ears so she looks like some sort of stuffed animal. Preorders are welcome to ship in December 2010.