Monday, October 31, 2011

 NEWS General Updates

Akai Katana Shin announced for Europe
«©NCSX» Rising Star Games is localizing Cave's Akai Katana Shin for the European market next Spring. NCS will start preorders and provide more details once distributors in Europe begin their reservation campaigns. The European version of DoDonPachi Resurrection Deluxe is expected to ship out from UK vendors on Friday of this week.
   Initial allocations for the FFXIII-2 Lightning Edition Ver.2 console bundle were distributed last night by vendors and NCS expects to start reservations in the next week or two. Please note that the console is only being parceled out in limited quantities from distributors but we'll have a better idea of how many we can import in the next few days.

 NEWS Japanese Release Outlook - Arrivals on Thursday

3DS Dog School Lovely Puppy Starfish
  Nicola Kanshuu: Model * Oshare Audition 2 Alchemist
  Slime MoriMori Dragon Quest 3: Taikaizoku to Shippo Dan Square Enix
  Super Mario 3D Land Nintendo
PS2 World Soccer Winning Eleven 2012 Konami
PS3 Shin Sangoku Musou Online: Souten Ranbu 4-Year Anniversary Pack Koei Tecmo
  Uncharted 3 Sabaku Ni Nemuru Atlantis Sony
  Uncharted 3 Sabaku Ni Nemuru Atlantis Original Dual Shock 3 Package Sony
  Wireless Controller DS3 Urban Camouflage Sony
PSP World Soccer Winning Eleven 2012 Konami
Wii Winning Eleven Playmaker 2012 Konami

Friday, October 28, 2011

 MAG Weekly Famitsu Vol. 1195 - New Import

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» The November 10, 2011 issue of Weekly Famitsu includes coverage of the following games and events in the Japanese marketplace:
» Continuing coverage on the Playstation Vita  with specs and 48 questions and answers that addresses inquiries on the 3G/WiFi  access, accessories, the Playstation Store, PSP compatibility, and foursquare.
» Preview for Max Payne 3 which includes a look at past games and an interview with art director Rob Nelson.
» Reviews for PSP World Soccer Winning Eleven 2012 (8/8/7/8), 3DS Azito 3D (7/7/6/6), 3DS Nicola Kanshuu: Model * Oshare Audition 2 (7/7/8/7), 3DS Dog School: Lovely Puppy (6/5/5/5), Wii Just Dance (9/7/8/6), PS3 Uncharted 3: Sabaku ni Nemuru Atlantis (9/9/8/9).
» Preview for Dragon Quest X which includes background info and battle system details.
» Special feature on Rockstar Games which checks out the company’s history, studios, and complete catalog of software offerings.
» Play guide and detailed stats for Final Fantasy Type-0.
» Pan (melon bread) pastries packed in plastic wrappers are featured in this week’s PICK UP FOOD. Flavors include Caramel Melon, Apple Cinnamon, and Chicken Curry.

 NEWS General Updates

European Imports
   X360 DoDonPachi Resurrection and the Mario Headphones are shipping out of the UK late next week and we should receive our shipments on November 8, 2011. Preorders for both items are welcome.
Playstation Vita WiFi
   Preorders for the WiFi-only version of the Playstation Vita are expected to start next week. To clarify some details for customers who have been asking, the 3G version of the Vita is also capable of accessing WiFi IEEE 802.11b/g/n Infrastructure/Ad-hoc mode and isn't limited to only 3G connectivity.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

 PS3 Idolmaster 2 - New Import

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» The Xbox 360 version of Idolmaster 2 shipped earlier this year and the Playstation 3 conversion makes it to market today. Players adopt the role of a producer who trains and conditions aspiring idols so that they dances, sings, and entertains the crowd like a seasoned pro. At the outset of the game, three girls are selected from a stable of up 'n coming talent and the producer's job is to sculpt their images, make sure they train, and enter them into contests against other pop groups. Successful forays into the music industry allows the producer to expand the group from three girls to five girls which unlocks more songs and moves to garner more fans.

   In addition to providing for the girls professionally, the producer also serves as a confidante to guide them through the rigors of their personal lives and instances of doubt or tension. Creating a rapport with the idols boosts their performances which leads to bigger successes.
Japanese product name: アイドルマスター2 通常版

 PS3 Idolmaster 2 Premium Box - New Import

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» Manage a troupe of songstresses and choose their music, costumes, and training so they're capable of singing and dancing well enough to captivate an audience.
Limited Edition Bundle [Contents]
» Idol Master 2 PS3 software with reversible jacket
» Idol Master: Volume 1 Limited Edition animation Blu-Ray disc
» Gravure Idol Master For You! Volume 1 PS3 software
» Idolmaster game soundtrack CD
» Aigura Monthly! seasonal idol magazine
» Storage box which holds all of the discs in the Idolmaster Special Edition

   All preorders are shipping today and new orders are welcome.

PSP Final Fantasy Type-0 - New Import

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» A dozen students from the Rubrum Peristylium Suzaku academy rise up and fight back against invaders from the Milites Empire who have swarmed into the nation of Rubrum and have stolen the Suzaku crystal.

 PSP Senritsu no Stratus - New Import

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» Action-adventure game where human warriors battle alien invaders known as the Meems in side-scrolling as well as 3D action sequences.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

ETC Super Mario Bros Mini-Towels - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» Japanese manufacturer Ensky is releasing a trio of Mario-themed towels for the Japanese marketplace in December. The towels measure 35 cm x 85 cm (13.77 x 33.46″) in area and are packaged in plastic sleeves. Ensky describes the towels as mini in size but they're big enough to be bath towels or maybe beach towels for skinny frames. The three varieties are as follows (from the upper left, going down, and then headed to the upper right in the photo to the right):

» Opening Screen
» Mezase 1-UP
» Cast of Characters

Preorders for the towels are welcome at US$23.90 and reservations ship in Dec 2011.

 X360 Dodonpachi Resurrection Deluxe - Import Preorder

NCS Product Synopsis
 Update: October 26, 2011

«©NCSX» The initial shipments of
Dodonpachi Resurrection Deluxe are expected to ship out of the UK late next week. New preorders are welcome.

DC Gunlord - Import Preorder

NCS Product Synopsis
 Update: October 26, 2011

«©NCSX» Reservations are welcome for NG.Dev's upcoming 'Gunlord' which reminds us a lot of an old Commodore 64 and Amiga game called 'Turrican' which was eventually ported over to the MegaDrive and PC-Engine consoles. The game is expected to ship in 2012 and NCS is accepting preorders for the Dreamcast version of the software. Three versions are available as follows:

 » Gunlord Regular Edition US$53.90
» Gunlord Limited Edition US$65.90 Includes original soundtrack CD / OST with uncut music in HIFI quality
 » Gunlord Dragon Box US$159.90 [Tentative]
- Gunlord DC Limited Edition (game + ost)
 - Gunlord DC Regular Edition
 - Packaged in an exclusive full color DVD Slipcase
 - Exclusive 3x DIN A1 Posters 59.4 cm x 84.1 cm (shipped in tube)
 Design 1: "The Gunlord"
 Design 2: "Dragon Fight"
 Design 3: "The World of Gunlord"
 - Exclusive postcard
 Design: "Triumph of Gaidens" / perfect ending
 - Various stickers
 The CE box/Slipcase and the tubed posters are shipped separately.

 Publisher Synopsis
   GunLord is a Eurostyle Platformer with emphasis on exploring huge worlds and blasting off enemies. This game features 9 stages of exciting 2D game play with over 45 unique enemy types. Blast yourself through giant landscapes, explore caverns and reveal all secrets!!

 Release: NEO·GEO™ MVS December 2011, Dreamcast™ 2012, NEO·GEO™ AES 2012

9 Huge Stages
 16-bit Hand-drawn Graphics
 Non-linear action with 8-way scrolling
 Big Bad Boss Enemies
 Constant 60 fps
 Internet Ranking via Code

Accessories (DC)
 Original Pad
 Acade Stick

Hardware Specs (MVS)
MVS Multi Slot Compatible (MVS)*
 Full use of 624 Megabits
 30+ min. Full Digitized Stereo Soundtrack
 In-System Software Updates via USB Port
 Custom made PCBs

Hardware Specs (AES)
NEO·GEO AES Compatible (AES)
 Full use of 624 Megabits
 30+ min. Full Digitized Stereo Soundtrack
 Custom made PCBs

 * MVS cart also works with Super MVS Converter II on AES

Monday, October 24, 2011

 VITA Playstation Vita 3G +100-hour prepaid card US$549.90

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» Preorders for the Playstation Vita are welcome today and initial pricing stands at US$549.90 for the 3G model which includes a 100-hour prepaid card. The prepaid card is being bundled with the 3G Vita handheld so we have to buy them together in the initial offer from Japanese vendors. This may change in the coming weeks and we'll adjust our offers accordingly for customers as new information arrives. NCS' Vita Preorder section.

   Please note that we are not accepting reservations for the WiFi version of the Vita yet because vendor pricing is unreasonable given the small disparity between the 3G and WiFi sales pricing at the moment. We think there's going to be a glut of Vita hardware in the distribution channel so we're treading lightly with the Vita in the anticipation of lower prices as the launch date nears. Prices will be adjusted accordingly for our customers based on how the market goes in mid-December 2011. Based on information from vendors, we should start receiving the initial shipments of the Vita on December 19, 2011 and preorders ship upon arrival.

Information rehashed from our previous Vita update
   NCS doesn't expect shortages of the hardware at launch since inventory is always available for export at higher prices from Japanese suppliers so anyone who wants a Vita and is willing to pay the higher prices can get one. It's been like that since the days of the original Playstation when games like Toshinden and Ridge Racer were in demand and it's the same now. When the Playstation 3 was launched in Japan in late 2006, retail shops in Japan sold out fairly quickly but the export channel was brimming with inventory. Repeat: brimming.

NEWS Japanese Release Outlook - Arrivals on Thursday

3DS Mameshiba Nippon Col.
  Yuugen Gaisha Brave Company Bandai Namco
PS3 Idolmaster 2 Namco
  Idolmaster 2 Special Edition Namco
  The King of Fighters XIII SNK Playmore
  Makai Senki Disgaea 4: Fuuka & Desco-hen Hajime Mashita  Nippon Ichi
  Makai Senki Disgaea 4: Fuuka & Desco-hen Hajime Mashita Append Disc Nippon Ichi
  Tears to Tiara Gaiden Avalon no Nazo - Best Aqua Plus
  Time Leap Prototype
PSP Arcana Famiglia: La storia della Aracana Famiglia Comfort
  Arcana Famiglia: La storia della Aracana Famiglia Limited Edition Comfort
  Blazblue Calamity Trigger Best Arc System
  Final Fantasy Type-0 Square Enix
  Hana to Otome ni Shukufuku o: Shunpuu no Okurimono Portable Boost On
  Hana to Otome ni Shukufuku o: Shunpuu no Okurimono Portable Limited Edition Boost On
  Joker no Kuni no Alice Quinrose
  Joker no Kuni no Alice Limited Edition Quinrose
  Ragnarok: Hikari to Yami no Koujo GungHo
  Ragnarok Hikari to Yami no Koujo Accessory Set Fujiworks
  Ragnarok: Hikari to Yami no Koujo Premium Box GungHo
  R-15 Portable Kadokawa
  R-15 Portable DX Pack Kadokawa
  Ro-Kyu-Bu! Kadokawa
  Ro-Kyu-Bu! Limited Edition Kadokawa
  Senritsu no Stratus Konami
  7th Dragon 2020 Sega
  7th Dragon 2020 with Accessory Set Sega
  Tanteibu: The Detective Club - Haibu to Kaiga to Bakudan to Boost On
  Tanteibu: The Detective Club - Haibu to Kaiga to Bakudan to Limited Edition Boost On
360 MuvLuv 5pb
  MuvLuv Alternative 5pb
  MuvLuv Twin Pack 5pb
  The King of Fighters XIII SNK Playmore