Third Quarter 2004 Archive [Beginning of July to the end of September]
09.27.04 CD Sakura Taisen V Soundtrack
DVD Capcom Arcade Chronicle
GC Zoids Versus III w/ PteroRayse bonus toy
PS2 Desire, Friends Seishun no Kagayaki, Keroro Gunsou Mero Mero Battle Royale, Kyoushuu Kidou Butai: Kougeki Helicopter Senki, Naruto Narutimett Hero 2, The Women's Swim Meet - SP2000, Princess Maker 2
TOYS Binaltech BT-08 Meister featuring Mazda RX-8, Transformers Collection 16
ETC Piposaru Storage Rack
Summary The latest Naruto game for PS2 Narutimett Hero 2 arrives this week and tops sales records for the past few weeks. Combined. The popularity of the franchise is impressive. We haven't started preorders for Naruto Gekitou Ninja 3 for the Gamecube yet but we expect to do so within the next few days once Tomy finalizes a ship date. The week marks one of the best weeks in recent memory for bonus schwag. Just about every game included a little bonus item either inside the packaging or outside - for example, Naruto Narutimett Hero 2 included a little pouch, a ring, and a trading card while Zoids Vs III included an exclusive PteroRayse Zoids toy. Who loves ya?
09.20.04 GBA Pokemon Emerald GBA SP, Guardian Heroes Advance
PS2 Full Metal Alchemist: Akaki Elixir no Akuma, Metal Slug 4, Rakugaki Kingdom 2, Sakura Taisen V Episode 0, Sakura Taisen V Episode 0 Limited Edition, Tales of Symphonia, TOS 8M Memory
XBOX Phantom Dust
ETC Famitsu Magazine w/ Biohazard 4 Demo and Capcom previews
Summary New import releases continue their surge as September approaches its close. As the holiday season wings ever closer, we notice shipment volumes picking up from both retail customers as well as vendors around the world. Although many shops tend to be cautious any other time of the year, spending is seemingly liberated as December approaches.
09.13.04 GBA Pokemon Emerald
PC Final Fantasy XI Chains of Promathia Expansion Pack and All in One Pack
PS2 Angelique Etoile Regular and Limited, Angelique Etoile 8M Memory Card, Final Fantasy VI Chains of Promathia Expansion Pack and All in One Pack, Kowloon Youma Gakuenki, Tennis no Oji-Sama: Saikyou Team o Kessei Seyo!, Sengoku Musou Moushouden, Spectral Force: Radical Elements Regular and Limited Edition
Summary According to a hardcore gamer in our customer base, the reason why the Japanese version of FFXI Chains of Promathia is selling so well is because there is little to no latency during the game even from the USA and Square treats its Japanese online gamers better. Perhaps that explains the massive sales of the game this week...and the fact that we were short shipped the game from Japan. We do however fill all open orders on Friday when the second supply arrives.
09.06.04 GBA Bobobobo Bobobo Bakutou Hajike Taisen
PS2 Biohazard Outbreak File 2, BH02 Memory, Dororo, King of Colosseum 2, Viewtiful Joe Aratanaru Kibou
Summary New imports are led by King of Colosseum 2 this week but Biohazard Outbreak 2 and Dororo also do well. NCS opens up preorders for a Snake "Real Action Hero" figure from Medicom which ships in December. A Venom and Wolverine figure are also expected in December from the same Medicom lineup.
08.30.04 GBA Ghost Hunter, Tokusatsu Henshin Hero SP2000
PS2 Namco Gals SR Gashapon, Transformers Binaltech BT-06, Transformers Collection 15
XBX Otogi Hyakki Toubatsu Emaki - Platinum Collection reissue
Summary NCS opens up preorders for a number of interesting items this week including a new set of One Piece Portrait of Pirates figures, a Transformers Binaltech BT-06 blue-color variant, a special issue of Famitsu which includes a Biohazard 4 demo, and Metal Gear Solid 3 (regular and limited edition). 
08.23.04 GBA Super Mario Ball
GC Virtua Fighter Cyber Generation
PS2 Assault Suits Valken, Full Metal Alchemist: Dream Carnival, FMA Memory Card, The O-Ane-Chan Bara, Virtua Fighter Cyber Generation, Zwei!!. 
Summary Things pick up once again as some long awaited releases reach market including the Full Metal Alchemist fighting game and a remake of Assault Suits Valken. As the summer winds down in the next few weeks, we look forward to busier weeks as we work out way towards to winter holiday.
08.16.04 GBA Summon Night: Craft Sword Story 2
PS2 Genso Suikoden IV, Gunslinger Girl III
Summary New import releases take a breather this week as we head towards the end of summer vacation. School starts again in the next couple of weeks and we're already seeing kids and teens at the usual venues buying notebooks, book bags, and other regulation equipment for the coming school year. 
08.09.04 GBA Famicom Mini Series 3 (Volumes 21-30), Rockman EXE4 Double Pack, Rockman EXE4 e+ cards
PC Saturn USB Control Pad - For MacOS X and Windows PCs
PS2 King of Fighters Maximum Impact
Summary Another busy week in the middle of the summer - a time that is normally quiet and staid. Sales for the USB Saturn Pad are excellent and probably shows how lacking the dedicated PC controller market is. We've heard from many customers who purchased the Trio Linker in order to use console controllers with PC games. Playmore surprises with bonus items in KOF Maximum Impact - a DVD and a 60-page character moves booklet. The third set of Famicom Mini games does good numbers towards the end of the week as retro gaming fans come out in force to support Nintendo's classic releases.
08.02.04 GBA Densetsu no Stafi 3, Rockman EXE 4.5 Real Operation (Regular and Deluxe versions), SD Gundam Force 
PS2 Air Land Force, The Baseball 2004, Beatmania IIDX controller, Meiwaku Seijin Panic Maker, Prince of Tennis Smash Hit! 1 and 2, Psikyo Shooting Collection Vol. 1, Rockman Power Battles, Suku Suku Inufuku, Winning Eleven 8, Winning Eleven 8 Memory Card
TOYS Binaltech BT-05, Dragon Quest V Trading Figures, Famicom Keychains v3.0, Pikmin 2 Cellphone Straps, Super Mario Bros clocks, Super Mario Bros Mascot Figures in Cassette Case, Transformers Collection 13 + 14, Transformers Superlink Unicron - Black Repaint 
Summary A couple of years after we sold out of the Beatmania IIDX controller, we restock a new production from Konami for fans of Bemani. Pricing is average at $89 for new orders - shipping costs per unit are rather high. Winning Eleven 8 leads sales this week but we find good bids for Panic Maker, the latest wacky-themed game from Capcom. A number of new toys are also in stock this week including Transformers Collection and the Binaltech BT-05. 
07.26.04 GBA Final Fantasy I+II 
PS2 Alien Syndrome SA2500, Decathlete Collection SA2500, Digimon Battle Chronicle, Gradius V Limited Edition, Guilty Gear Isuka, Nightmare of Druaga Fushigi no Dungeon, One Piece Land Land, Real Arcade Pro JoyStick, Rockman X Command Mission, Samurai Spirits Zero, Street Fighter III 3rd Strike Limited Edition
TOYS Capcom All Stars Collection
Summary A large amount of new imports arrive with Samurai Spirits Zero and Guilty Gear Isuka leading sales. Gradius V LE also does well but we're presold out of the bundle as of a few weeks ago. The Hori Real Arcade Pro joystick is one of the best selling hardware imports in a long while and we scramble for restock as stocks go out quickly.
07.19.04 GBA Naruto RPG, Puyo Puyo Fever, Zoku Bokura no Taiyou: Taiyou Shonen Django 
GC Paper Mario RPG
PS2 Bakuen Kakeshi Neverland Senki Zero, Gradius V, Karaoke Revolution: Kazoku Idol Sengen, Pearl White PS2, Street Fighter III 3rd Strike Regular Edition, Taiko no Tatsujin Atsumare Matsurida Yonndaime, Tenchu Kurenai
TOYS Armored Core Nexus Second Series, Card Captor Sakura Gashapon, Full Metal Alchemist Trading Figures, Namco Characters Diorama, Star Wars Diorama Set 3
Summary A busy week with Gradius V and Paper Mario leading the way. Preorders are opened up for the PS2 version of FFXI Chains of Promanthia and we update a trio of upcoming Transformers Binaltech toys (BT-09 Swindle, BT-10 Grimlock, and BT-11 Mini-Cooper). 
07.12.04 PS2 Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner, Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball XI, Memories Off Sorekara, UO Nanatsu no Mizu To Densetsu no Nushi
GC Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball XI
NEO Samurai Spirits V Special Edition 
PC Phantasy Star Online Blue Burst
Summary The summer rolls on and business remains fairly consistent although we hear from our resellers about the summer doldrums. Sadly, we've watched hundreds of our shops succumb to the rigors of the market in the past decade that we've been in business and summer is the cruelest season. There are some nice trading opportunities in the futures market both short/long for dollar/yen and S&P E-mini contracts. Trading volumes are generally thinner during the summer than at other times and sell-offs and rockets are exaggerated by buy/sell programs. In volatility and panic, there are profits to be made.
07.05.04 PS2 Croket! Ban no Kiki wo Sukue, Guilty Gear Isuka Joystick
GC Croket! Ban no Kiki wo Sukue
NEO Samurai Shodown V Special Edition 
Summary NCS opens up preorders for Takara History Toys, Transformers Collection 16 Insection color variants, and another issue of Monthly Shonen Gan Gan which includes a Full Metal Alchemist keychain. We also update the September 2004 import schedule with Viewtiful Joe 2 for Gamecube and PS2 and a number of others.
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