Second Quarter 2005 Archive [Beginning of April to the end of June]
06.27.05 GC Homeland
  MAG Famitsu Wave DVD August 2005
  PS2 Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden Gaiden Kagami no Miko, Garou Mark of the Wolves, Genji, Gundam True Odyssey: Shitsu Warate G no Densetsu, Kagero II: Dark Illusion, Kenka Bancho, Mai-Hime Limited Edition, OZ, Ponkotsu Roman Daikatsugeki Bumpy Trot, Prince of Tennis Konami Dendou re-releases
  PSP Adventure Player, Harukanaru Jikuu no Uchi de 2
Summary Saturn fans may be pleased with the news of a re-release of Princess Crown on the PSP which ships in September. NCS starts preorders for some NDS and PSP accessories from Hori along with an offer for the Naomi version of Melty Blood which one of our suppliers in Japan ordered too many of. Update: We have an offer for 1 kit from a Naomi arcade collector.
06.20.05 GBA Kouchuu Ouja: MushiKing 
  GC Chibi Robo
  MAG Dengeki PS2 Vol. 314, Famitsu PSP Vol 2 
  NDS Ganbare Goemon DS, Chou Shittou Caduceus, Famicom Wars DS
  PS2 Love Smash 5.1, Onmyou Taisenki, Slotter Up Core 7, Zill O'll Infinite
  PSP Bomberman: Panic Bomber, Coded Arms, Charlie's Angels, Thir13en Ghosts
Summary NCS starts preorders for a number of Evangelion products shipping later in the year and a new Storm Trooper figure from Medicom in the Real Action Heroes line. Square Enix also starts preorders for a reproduction of the Final Fantasy plushes from last year.
06.13.05 NDS Rakubiki Jiten
  PS2 Drag-On Dragoon 2, Eyetoy Play 2
  XBX Capcom Fighting Jam
Summary NCS starts preorders for the FFVII Advent Children DVD and a Limited Edition which includes a bunch of bonus items. NCS opens preorders for a number of new imports shipping in August including Naruto Uzumaki Shinobiden and a new Nakoruru 1/8 scale figure. We had a good week with some July (CLN5) crude contracts but our USD (DXU5) rallied and then slumped.
06.06.05 GBA Mahou Sensei Negima! 
  GC Killer 7 
  PS2 Killer 7, Metal Saga, Shoujo Yoshitsuneden (The Best), Shoujo Yoshitsuneden 2 [Regular and Premium], Silent Hill 3 Dendou, Silent Hill 4 Best, Steam Boy
Summary NCS starts preorders for a Taiko no Tatsujin hat that may help cosplayers do their thing and a new batch of Naruto plushes, lunch kits, and hand straps. Hori USA announces plans for a reproduction of the DQ Slime Controller and the Vana'diel Clock which are both to be re-released near the end of the gear. Finally, NCS starts preorders for some Mario/Goomba products - a PC mouse and a RC toy figure.
05.30.05 NDS Jissen Pachi-Slot Hisshouhou! Hokuto no Ken DS
  PS2 Generation of Chaos IV (IF Collection), White PS2 Console and Accessories, Ys IV: Mask of the Sun
  PSP Eiyuu Densetsu IV: Akai Shizuku
  TOYS Binaltech BT-14 Wheeljack,  Famicom DX Cushion, Final Fantasy XI 40cm plush, MGS Snake Camouflage Figure, G-Taste Wave 1 Trading Figure
Summary The week is shortened by the Memorial Day holiday on Monday and we remember the soldiers of wars past and present. Trading resumes on Tuesday and the week is peppered with new toys as well as a few new imports that arrive late in the week.
05.23.05 NDS Bomberman DS, Nou wo Kitaeru Otona no DS Training, SD Gundam G Generation DS
  PS2 Anubis ZOE Special Edition Dendou, Atelier Iris 2: Eternal Mana 2 [Regular and Limited Edition], Hanjuku Heroes 4, Hametsu no Mars (Mars of Destruction) Limited Edition, Namco X Capcom, Racing Battle: C1 Grand Prix, Tear Ring Saga Series: Berwick Saga [Regular and Limited Edition], The Uchuu Daisensou: Simple 2000 Series Vol. 78, Ultraman Nexus, Yu Yu Hakusho Forever 
  PSP Intelligent License
Summary With Star Wars Episode III making a killing in the theaters, NCS starts preorders for a Star Wars Rain Lightsaber that's basically a fancy name for an umbrella. Preorders pour in... unexpectedly... especially at US$85/per. NCS also starts preorders for Final Fantasy Advent Children Swing figures which are shipping in September and an issue of Famitsu PS2 which includes a playable preview of PSP Tenchi no Mon on a UMD sampler. The weather finally perks up and temperatures swell into the 70s. It's about time since we were still in the 40s and 50s last week.
05.16.05 GBA Bura Bura Donkey [JPN]
  PS2 Vampire: Darkstalkers Revenge [JPN], Saturn Pad - Vampire Version [JPN], Hori Wireless Analog Pad 2 [Anasin 2]
  PSP MVP Baseball [USA]
  TOYS Nintendogs plushes [JPN]
Summary Before the E3 show even begins in the week, Sony and Nintendo reveal their next consoles and the news spreads rapidly through the net. NCS also starts preorders for nearly 50 upcoming imports which are shipping in July including notables such as PS2 Mushihime-sama, Gundam True Odyssey and Chibi Robo for the GC.
05.09.05 NDS PokePark DS Variant [JPN], Need for Speed Underground 2 [USA]
  PS2 Eternal Aselia: The Spirit of Eternity Sword - Regular and Limited Edition [JPN], Front Mission Online [JPN], Cold Winter [USA], Haunting Ground [USA]
  PSP Space Invaders Portable [JPN], Smart Bomb [USA]
  PC Trio Linker Plus
Summary NCS starts preorders for Tarepanda Baby plushes and a white PS2 console which ships in Japan on May 26. Two new Transformers Binaltechs are also started along with numerous PSP and PS2 imports as we close out the week. With the E3 show next week, we expect the spring doldrums which gives us time to short crude, go long the dollar, and short the yen... In that priority/order... with 8% trailing stops.
05.02.05 ETC Nintendo History Keychains - Set of 5 [JPN]
  PS2 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith [USA]
  PSP Derby Time [JPN], Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee [USA]
  XBX Forza Motorsport [USA], Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith [USA]
Summary It's the Golden Week holiday in Japan and we make do with a single import shipment containing restock. Normal import trading resumes next week with a small smattering of imports expected. USA releases are slower but make up most of our business for the week. NCS opens up preorders for Naruto bath towels, PS2 Last Blade 1+2, and a new Dead or Alive K-T figure collection. Finally, we start proceedings for Spike's WRC4 recall due to a glitch in the game.
04.25.05 GBA One Piece Dragon Dream 
  NDS Devilish Ball Bounder, Dust Cap DS, Guru Guru Nagetto, Minna no Mahjong
  PS2 Hello Kitty no Piko Piko Daisakusen, Kita He Promise Forever [Regular and Limited Edition], Lovely Doll: Lovely Idol, Metal Slug 5, Sega Ages 2500 Vol 19: Fighting Vipers, Spectral Force Chronicle First Limited Edition, Taisen Hot Gimmick: Axes-Jong [Regular and Limited Edition] 
  PSP Dora-Slot 2 - Suyaka wa Zenigata, Fifa Soccer [USA]
  TOYS One Piece Portrait of Pirates 3, Shin Megami Tensei One Coin Figures, Transformers Binaltech BT-13 featuring Laserwave.
Summary Despite a shortage of the highly anticipated Fifa Soccer for USA PSP, we manage to ship all retail preorders on Tuesday and the rest of our preorders from vendors in Europe and Asia ship on Thursday. NCS also opens up preorders for a number of toys such as a new set of Final Fantasy Creatures and Konami's July releases for PS2.
04.18.05 GBA Ganbare Goemon 1+2, Rockman Zero 4
  GC Fire Emblem Souen no Kiseki, Candy Pink and Turquoise Blue Color Variants
  NDS Naruto Saikyo Ninja Daikesshu 3, Nintendogs [Chihuhua, Dachsund, Shiba], Nobiru Touch Pen
  PS2 Demento, Jikuu Bouken Zentrix, Romancing Saga Minstrel Song, Romancing Saga 8M Memory Card
  PSP Shutokou Battle aka Tokyo Highway Battle
Summary The weather is up and down in New York. Tepid one day, numbingly cold the next. Still, the leaves are starting to sprout out from barren tree branches and green is also popping up from the ground. Pretty soon, we'll be in the midst of a heat wave. Once we're there and sweating, we'll wish for the icy fingers of winter...
04.11.05 DVD Metal Gear Solid 3 Special DVD The Extreme
  PS2 Remote Control Dandy SF, Tengai Makyo III: Namida [Regular and Treasure Box], Metal Gear Solid 3 + Metal Gear Solid 2 Substance
Summary NCS starts preorders for a Pac-Man hat and we watch as the preorders stream in. Seems like there's a lot of love for quirky Pac-Man paraphernalia. We also start preorders for some Gremlins items that Jun Planning has on schedule for the summer and a set of Dot-Pin toys where retro video game heroes are created by plugging pegs onto a board.
04.04.05 DC Trizeal
  NDS ElectroPlankton
  PS2 Baldr Force EXE [Regular and Mega Box], Kidou Senshi Gundam: One Year War 0079, Pro Yakyu Spirits 2, Space Battleship Yamato: Nijuu Ginga no Houkai, Saint Seiya: Seiiki Juunikyuu Hen, Yoshinoya: Superlite 2000 Series
  PSP Harukanaru Jikuu no Uchi de Sae Techou, Wipeout Pure
Summary The recent release of the PSP in the USA helps boost export sales exponentially in the past couple of weeks as units like gang busters. We have two main suppliers of the PSP Value Packs and midway through last week, they both raise their prices which hampers sales somewhat but they're still strong... just not as strong as before. 
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