First Quarter 2003 Archive [Beginning of January to the end of March]
03.31.03 GC ASCII Keyboard reproduction, Shaman King: Soul Fight, Warrior Blade
  PS1 KOF 97 and 98 PSOne Books, Ganba no Bouken: The Puzzle Action   
  PS2 DDR Max 2 Controller, GT Concept 2002, Kurogane no Houkou 2: Warship Gunner, Neysu Chu! Pro Baseball 2002, Xenosaga
  TOYS Dragon Quest Satin Plushes, Evangelion Soap Dishes, FFX-2 Calendar, Galaxy Angel Mini-Figures, Love Hina Again Figures, Lupin Jukebox, Mario Sunshine capsule toys and plushes, Morrigan figure, One Piece Deluxe Plush, Tokyo Mew Mew Mini-Figures, Transformers Collection Vol. 7
Summary We had a funny (well, at least we thought it was funny) Candy Toy joke all planned to April Fool's Day but after thinking about it and discussing it amongst more sensible members of the company, we decided not to post it up. It was offensive but more importantly, we're of the mind that many of our customers would have purchased it...willingly.
03.24.03 DC Pia Welcome to Carrot 3 Regular and Limited 
  GBA One Piece Mezase! King of Paris, Rave 2, Shin Megami Tensei, Rockman EXE3 Black 
  GC Gameboy Player, P.N. 03., Soul Calibur 2, Soul Calibur 2 Joystick
  PS1 Cotton 100% Superlite 1500
  PS2 Memories Off Duet, Pia 3, Super Robot Wars Alpha 2nd Regular and Limited, SRW Alpha 2 Memory Card, SRW Alpha Controller, Taiko no Tatsujin Doki!, XII Stag
  WSC Naruto 
  XBX Soul Calibur 2
Summary Gamecube sales of Soul Calibur 2 remind us of the days of Dreamcast with booming shipments. The PS2 and XBX versions also sell well but at a fraction of what we move on GC.
03.17.03 GBA Made in Wario, Sister Princess Repure
  GC Hikaru no Go 3, Hori Digital Controller
  PS1 Sister Princess 2, Tatsunoko Fight - Best Collection
  PS2 Arc the Lad Twilight of the Spirits, Ai Yori Aoshi, Fever 7, Final Fantasy X-2
  WSC Kidou Senshi Gundam
Summary A hectic week which is our prelude to next week, when Soul Calibur 2 on three consoles ships to market. NCS checks out the limited editions of Anubis and Arc the Lad Twilight of the Spirits with photo galleries.
03.10.03 GC Rockman EXE Transmission
  PS2 Aerobics Revolution, Angelic Concert, Chaos Legion, FFX-2 Memory Cards, Stand and Tiny Bee, Petit Copter LE, Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution, Joystick and Memory Card 
Summary Although we get all of the FFX-2 paraphernalia early in the week, the game itself sees delay until next Monday. Maddening irony hits us every once in a while... keeps the times interesting.
03.03.03 DC De La Jet Set Radio, Napple Tale, Shenmue II, Tentama, Yume no Tsubasa
  GBA King of Fighter EX Neo Blood USA, Guilty Gear X Advance USA, Sengoku Kakumei Gaiden, Shining Soul EUR, Tales of the World: Summoner's Lineage, Whistle!
  PS2 Iris First Limited, Guardian Angel, Kaido Battle, King of Colosseum Green, Memories Off, Pop n' Music Best Hits, Slot! Pro DX - Fujiko 2, Sakura Taisen Memory Card, Shin Sangoku Musou 3 Premium Pack, SSM3 Treasure Box, Savage Skies, Star Ocean 3 Limited Edition, Yuusei Kara no Buttai X Episode 2 
  TOYS Ah! My Goddess Pit Crew, Chobits Capsule Toy, Dragon Quest Bottle Caps, Evangelion Mass Production Figure, Final Fantasy Tactics Pin Badge, Gamera Action Figure, Macross VF-1S 1/48 scale, Myclone AS-3 Mini Figures, Phantasy Star v2.0 Capsule Toys
Summary One of those weeks where it felt like Christmas. Large shipping volumes and consistent imports of new products make this one of the busiest weeks of the quarter. GBA SP shipments have all been fulfilled and the waiting game for lower prices draws out as the USA release date nears.
02.24.03 GC Metroid Prime
  PS2 Densha de Go! Pro 2, Love*Upper, Moto GP 3, Sakura Taisen Regular and Limited Edition, Shin Sangoku Musou 3, Star Ocean 3, Playstation Aqua and Sakura
Summary A consistent supply of GBA SP units arrive this week to fill the remainder of our customer preorders at the higher rate. Prices from suppliers are fairly stable overseas but we will update customers once they drop to the original level of $130.
02.17.03 GBA Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Prince of Tennis Cool Blue & Passion Red
  GC Action Replay
  PS1 Shienryu, Wai Wai Cart 
  PS2 Anubis, Gun Survivor 4, Formula One 2002, Mobile Suit Gundam Revolutionary War Operation, Pride, Shin Megami Tensei 3 Nocturne, USB Memory Adapter, Yamasa Digi World 4
Summary GBA SP units start flowing this week and NCS takes care of roughly 1/3 of our preorders at a higher price. We'll fulfill all remaining preorders with a shipment next Monday. Afterwards, we'll wait for prices to drop and contact customers who are waiting for the original US$130 offer price. A blizzard early in the week shuts down our operations for a day but we dig out within 24 hours.
02.10.03 PS2 Dragonball Z, Venus & Braves Regular & LE 
  WSC Rockman EXE
Summary A GBA SP shortage ruins our plans for an efficient and hassle-free debut of Nintendo's new handheld and we send out updates to customers. Preorders are started for the FFXI expansion disk and a number of Final Fantasy figures.
02.03.03 PS2 Dog Station
  TOY Capcom & Vampire Capsule Toys, DQ plushes, Inuyasha Glasses, Sakura Taisen 4 figures
Summary A number of toys starts out week off. While the Inuyasha drinking glasses are certainly nice to look at, we can't imagine drinking any serious liquor with them. Grey Goose in a "Sesshaomaru" somehow doesn't taste the same...
01.27.03 DC Wind First Limited Edition
  GC Winning Eleven 6 Final Evolution
  PS2 Devil May Cry 2, Get Backers Dakkanoku: Dakkandayo! Zenin Shuugou!, Makai Senki Disgaia
  WSC Kinnikuman 2-Yo Chojin Seisenshi
  XBX Galaxy Angel, Tenerezza
Summary Early shipments of the Japanese PS2 version of Devil May Cry 2 allow us to ship half of our preorders on Monday with the remainder shipping on Wednesday. A fairly busy week where a number of games across consoles are shipping.
01.20.03 GBA Mugen Boge
  PS1 Rikujou Boueitai Maochan
  PS2 Armored Core 3 Silent Line, Bakusou Dekotora Densetsu 3, Cool Shot Yukawa Keiko's Professional Billiards
  XBX Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball
Summary Due to poor planning on the part of Tecmo, preorders for the Japanese version of DOA Xtreme Volleyball are castrated when news of 1/2 supplies of the photobook is telegraphed to NCS. We want to cancel the preorder. Entirely.
01.13.03 GC Ikaruga
Summary The Gamecube version of Ikaruga ships to market this week. The Dreamcast version released last year marked our best selling game ever but we expect a lighter performance from the GC incarnation - mostly because everyone who wants Ikaruga has already purchased the DC original.
01.06.03 PS2 Mizuiro Light Blue, Triangle Again
  GBA King of Fighters EX2: The Howling Blood
Summary Japanese and Asian suppliers return from their winter holiday and business rolls normally again in this first full week of the new year. New releases are light with KOF EX2 (released on January 1, 2003) and Triangle Again shipping. Mizuiro was shipped last week but tardy in arriving stateside. NCS starts accepting preorders for a new Yamato VF-1D Valkyrie on Monday which ships next month. Tuesday brings with it news of the Gameboy Advance SP which features a flip-top front-lit screen, rechargeable battery and square shape that's roughly half the size of the original GBA. Snazzy enough.
Later Visit the 2nd quarter 2003 archive of news and updates
Further Visit the 3rd quarter 2003 archive of news and updates
Farther Visit the 4th quarter 2003 archive of news and updates