Thursday, March 17, 2011

 iPhone FFVII AC iPhone 4 Case - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» Reservations are welcome for two iPhone cases which are based on Cloud Strife and Sephiroth from the FFVII Advent Children property.

» Cloud Strife case which is emblazoned with a Cloudy Wolf imprint

» Sephiroth case adorned with an imprint of a single angel wing

   The silicone cases measure 63 × 113mm (approximate weight: 52g) and are designed for use with the iPhone 4 only. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late April 2011 at JPY2980 or US$46.90 from NCS.

 TOYS Itazura Coin Bank Panda - Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» Last year around this time, Japanese manufacturer Shine released the
Itazura Coin Bank - Mikeniko Kitty Version which featured a coin-grabbing kitty. This year, it's time for a cuddly panda bear to help citizens sink their savings into a safe place. At first glance, the Coin Bank looks like a recreation of a box of biscuits. However, plop a coin on the oval-shaped plate atop the box and the lid creaks open. Next, a panda shoves its paw outwards and slides the coin into the box like a boss. Once the panda's mission is accomplished, the lid of the box slams shut until another coin is laid on top of the plate.

The coin bank runs on two "AA" batteries (not included) which are fitted into the hatch on the underside. The bank accepts coins that are 2.70cm in diameter and under. For us Yanks, this capacity accommodates quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. For Japanese folks, the coin bank can accept JPY500, JPY100, JPY50, JPY10, and JPY5 coins. Preorders are welcome to ship in late April 2011 at JPY1800 or US$38.90 from NCS.

 X360 Espgaluda II Black Label (Platinum Collection) - Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» Espgaluda II is a vertically scrolling shooter but firing away isn't the only gist of the game. There's also gems to be collected. Lots of them which burst out of enemies when they're destroyed. Players will also find themselves weaving and dodging a maze of bullets which spiral and scatter throughout the screen. By strategizing and going into three types of Kakusei mode, players can maximize the score multiplier, throw up an auto-barrier, and affect bullet velocity. Game modes in the Xbox 360 port include an Xbox mode, a Novice mode, Arcade mode, and an Arrange mode for a bit of variation on the horizontal shooting action. In the sequel, a girl named Asagi joins the cast of Ageha and Tateha from the original Espgaluda as a playable hero. She's a scrawny runt at the outset of the game but watch how she does when she's at maximum power.

   The first production of Espgaluda II Black Label was released on April 1, 2010 but a "Platinum Hits" version of the game is making its way to market on April 28, 2011 ant reservations are welcome at JPY2800 or US$39.90 from NCS.

 X360 El Shaddai Ascension Of The Metatron - Preorder

From the Publisher
is an epic original action adventure game inspired by an alternate telling of biblical mythology as narrated in the ‘heretical’ Book of Enoch, part of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The game has been developed by a ‘dream team’ internal Japanese studio whose former credits include iconic multi-million selling franchises such as Devil May Cry, Resident Evil, and Okami.
features a disruptive next-generation combat system and stunning original direction from director Sawaki Takeyasu, previously the art director on Okami – considered by some media as ‘the most beautiful action game ever created.’
   “With an immensely talented development team combined with the game’s highly inspired action game play and strikingly unique art style, I am proud to deliver this game to gamers all over the world. I hope you will enjoy the wonderful game experience of El Shaddai,” said Game Director Sawaki Takeyasu. Preorders are welcome to ship on April 28, 2011.

 NEWS General Updates

Japan Update
   UPS has resumed shipping out of Japan as of last night and we have a shipment of restock on the way which should be delivered tomorrow. All backorders for X360 Muchi Muchi Pork! & Pink Sweets and some other recent titles will be sent out to customers on Friday.
   Business appears to be slowly grinding its gears again in Tokyo even though there's been an exodus of people out and away from the city.
Saint Patrick's Day
   Roughly 1500 years ago, Saint Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland and was lionized as the Emerald Isle's patron saint for his efforts. For the past 250 years, the St. Patrick's Day Parade has winded its way through New York City and today marks the annual parade. 
Yen Intervention...
The dollar's at near-record lows against the yen.