Monday, December 27, 2010

 PSP AKB1/48: Idol to Koishitara... - New Import

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» Unknown in the West but somewhat big in Japan, AKB48 is a girl group that was formed in December 2005. Unlike most other girl groups however, AKB48 is comprised of 48 members who are split into three squads of 16 girls each as follows:

Team A - Minami Takahashi leads team A
Team K - Akimoto Sayaka was team captain but resigned in October
Team B - Yuki Kashiwagi leads team B

   As a comparison, the American girl group "The GoGos" was made up of a mere five members. Anyway, the teams in AKB48 are A, K, B and there's 48 girls so when you put it all together, they're literally AKB48.

   In the PSP ABK1/48 game, players get a chance to interact with the idols and possibly find one girl to perform a love confession. Thousands of images of the idols were used to create the game and 80 minutes of video are included for the interaction sequences. Although NCS hasn't played much of AKB48 thus far, the plan is to go after Tomomi Itano of Team A even though she has a wicked snaggle-tooth. If that doesn't pan out, the backup plan involves Yūko Ōshima of Team K who doesn't have a snaggle-tooth.

   Every copy of the first printing of AKB1/48 includes a photo of one of the members in the group which is packaged inside the UMD case.

 PSP AKB1/48: Idol to Koishitara... Limited Ed - New Import

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» The limited edition of AKB1/48 includes the following bonuses:

 » AKB1/48 "Making of" DVD set
 » A set of 10 AKB48 member photo cards
 » Set of 48 replacement UMD case inserts for the AKB1/48 game
 » Six Kiss Cards which contain 8 imprints each of the idols' lips
 » UMD-Video which contains footage of the AKB48 teams

    All preorders have shipped as of Friday but this item is currently sold out.

 NEWS General Updates

Big Snow, NYC
A major snowstorm swept across the Tri-State area on Sunday and the snow continued falling until the early hours of Monday. As such, NYC is digging out from over a foot of snow this morning. We're not sure if the Postal Service or UPS will be able to make any package pickups today since the roads are icy, slushy, and hazardous but we'll post an update later this afternoon on the outbound shipment status.
Update 12:32PM EST Please note that no packages are going out today. There's about 8' of snow that accumulated in the front of our building and trucks are not going to be coming in at all today.
Holiday in Japan
Most of our Japanese vendors and distributors are starting their New Year hiatus on December 29 and it doesn't look like anyone's going to be back to normal business operations until January 4, 2011. 

 NEWS Japanese Release Outlook - Arrivals on Thursday

   A light week for new releases but restock for the Japanese version of Virtual On Force should arrive on Wednesday-Thursday.
Kaeru Batake de Tsukamete Takuyo
360 Dream Club Zero D3
Milestone Shooting Collection 2