Second Quarter 2006 Import Archive [Beginning of April to the end of June]
06.26.06 MAG Famitsu Wave DVD August 2006
  NDS Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow [The Best] , Comfortable Tou Pen DS Lite, Ganbare Goemon DS [The Best], Touch de Manzi! Megami no Etsubo DS
  PS2 Atelier Iris: Grand Fantasm, Chou Dragon Ball Z, Galaxy Angel II Limited Edition, Metal Slug, The Oanechan Pon, Sega Ages 2500 Vol. 24 Last Bronx, Simple 2000 Series Vol. 100: Otoko Tachi no Kijuu Houza 
  PSP Finder Love Aki Hoshino Limited Edition, Finder Love Risa Kudo Limited Edition, Gurumin, My Summer Holiday
    Spectral Force 3: Innocent Rage
Summary Loco Roco for the European PSP was released on Friday of last week but our supplier in Europe still doesn't ship this week. Good help is hard to find... NCS opens up preorders for Naruto Rasengan plushes and a new trio of Super Mario Bros towels that are shipping after the summer.  
06.19.06 NDS Magical Vacation: 5-tsu no Hoshi ga Narabu toki
  PS2 King of Fighters XI, Fighting Beauty Wulong, Gakuen Alice: KiraKira Memory Kiss, Valkyrie Profile Silmeria, V. Profile Silmeria 8M Memory Card, Valkyrie Profile Silmeria Artifact Box
  PSP Dokodemo Issho: Let's Gakkou! PSP Bundle, KoroKoro! Koron, Nou ni Kaikan: Aha Taiken, Lisa to Isshoni Dairoku Oudan: A Ressha de Gyoukou
Summary Early in the week, bad news in the form of gouging arrives with Valkyrie Profile Silmeria Artifact Boxes priced at $289.34. NCS originally accepted preorders for the limited edition at US$155 so the hike reflects nearly a doubling of our original ask. Although we recommended that customers cancel their orders, we still receive confirmations at the higher price. Sadly, there is no way to prevent this type of market exploitation by speculators and sellers in Japan.
06.12.06 NDS Digimon Story, Gyakuten Saiban Best Price, Kaitou Rousseau, New Super Mario Bros Fabric Case, New Super Mario Bros DS Pouch, Zoids Saga
  PSP Airport Hero Narita, Dokodemo Issho: Let's Gakkou
Summary Preorders are opened for New Super Mario Bros toys on Monday and Capcom ships a second reproduction of Phoenix Wright for the NDS. Sales for the attorney drama game continue to be strong. NCS also opens preorders for PSP LocoRoco, NDS Final Fantasy XII Ring, Mon-sieur Bome Vol. 14 and 15 (Kasumi), Real Action Heroes Captain Udon, Daigassou Band Bros Instruments, Kingdom Hearts 2 Play Arts, and Alter's KOS-MOS reissue.
06.05.06 NDS Fabric Case DS, USA Nintendo DS Lite (Polar White)
  PS2 Katamari Damacy, Wanda to Kyozou , Namco X Capcom, Super Robot Wars Alpha 3 [Best Releases]
  PSP Gitaroo Man Lives!, Peep Filter Portable
  TOYS Combattler V, Real Action Heroes Evangelion 
Summary The Nintendo DS Lite launches in the US a few days early... at least for vendors who break the street date of June 11 (Sunday). NCS starts shipping orders on Wednesday. We also open up preorders for GBA Bit Generations, GC Super Paper Mario, and an Igunisu 1/8 scale PVC figure from Alter.
05.29.06 CD Final Fantasy XII Soundtrack
  MAG Famitsu Wave DVD July 2006 
  NDS Cleaning Cloth DS Lite, Kanji no Wataridori, Stretch Touch Pen DS Lite, Touch Pen Long DS Lite, Multi Pouch DS Lite
  PS2 KimiKiss, Sunrise Eiyuutan 3 
  PSP Kamaitachi no Yoru 2
Summary The Memorial Day holiday on Monday cuts the week short.
05.22.06 GC Rajirugi Generic
  NDS Mawashite Tsunageru Touch Panic, New Super Mario Bros
  PS2 Beatmania IIDX 11 Red Special Editions, Shin Gouketuji Ichizoku: Bonnou Kaihou, Street Fighter Zero Fighters Generation, Oretachi Game Center: Akumajou Dracula, Oretachi Game Center: Contra, Oretachi Game Center: Pooyan, Rajirugi Precious, Samurai 7 Regular Edition, Samurai 7 Limited Edition, Space Sheriff Spirits aka Uchuu Keiji Damashi
  PSP Brain Trainer Portable 2, Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street, Edith Memories: Shinten Makai GOCV, Magna Carta Portable, Talkman European Language Version
Summary NCS starts preorders for a Death by Degrees Nina figure and Doraemon plushes which ship later in the summer. NCS considers temporary business operations for the summer - one idea is a bakery...
05.15.06 GBA Soccer Team Building: Calcio Bit
  GC Jikkyou Major League Baseball 
  NDS Touch Pen Nokku, Unou no Tatsujin: Gunbullet Trainer 
  PS2 .Hack//G.U. Vol. 1 Saitan, .Hack//G.U. Vol. 1 Saitan 8M Memory Card, Beatmania IIDX 11 IIDX Red, Jikkyou Major League Baseball, Plus Plum 2 Again
  TOYS Animal Crossing Wild World House Gashapon
Summary PS2 Beatmania IIDX Red (JPN) and GBA New Super Mario Bros. (USA) lead sales for the week. Preorders are opened up for FFVII Advent Children resin figures, Mon-Sieur Bome Vol. 13, New Super Mario Bros. seals that are contained within tin cans, and Rubik's cushions and clocks which are shipping this summer.
05.08.06 ETC Naruto Clock
  NDS Ochaken no Heya
  PS2 Eureka Seven: New Vision, Neo Geo Online Collection: Ryuuko no Ken
  TOYS Capcom Figure Collection: Capcom Fighting Jam, Capcom Figure Collection: Rival Schools
Summary The news streaming out of the annual E3 show holds the attention of gamers this week and NCS is most impressed with the Nintendo Wii. The games use the revolutionary motion-sensitive controller but NCS wonders if other publishers other than Nintendo will utilize it effectively in their own software offerings. Sony announces the sticker shock of the PS3 and Yuji Naka leaves Sega to start his own studio.
05.01.06 GBA Kessakusen! Ganbare Goemon 1+2 Best
  NDS Compact Pouch DS Lite [Light-Blue, Light-Pink, White-Gray]
  PS2 Etude Prologue: Yureugoku Kokoro no Katachi, Simple 2000 Series Vol. 99: The Genshijin, World Soccer Winning Eleven 10, Winning Eleven 10 Konamistyle 
  PSP Gai: Unmei no Kousaten, Innocent Life, Mai-Hime Senretsu!, Rengoku 2: The Stairway to H.E.A.V.E.N., Shinseiki Evangelion 2: Tsukurareshi Sekai, Shinseiki Evangelion 2: Tsukurareshi Sekai Memorial Box, Simple 2500 Series Vol. 3 The Doko Demo Suiri
  TOYS Kingdom Hearts Formation Arts Vol. 2, Biohazard 4 Collection Figure Series 2, Naruto Plush Series 5
Summary Japanese suppliers are on their Golden Week holiday but a late shipment from last week keeps things busy along with a toy shipment at the end of the week. The Kingdom Hearts Formation Arts V2 toys are particularly well received and the overall quality of the pieces is notable.
04.24.06 MAG Famitsu Wave DVD June 2006
  PS2 Naruto: Saikyou Ninja Daikesshu 4, Tabi no Yubisashi Kaiwachou DS: America, Tabi no Yubisashi Kaiwachou DS: Deutch
  PS2 E'tude Prologue, King of Fighters Maximum Impact 2, Sega Ages Vol. 26: Dynamite Deka, Sega Ages Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon
  PSP Ceramic White Core Unit, Minna no Chizu
  TOYS Mai Shiranui 1/6 scale statue, Koi Nanase Reversible Pillow, Koi Nanase Pillow Cover
  X360 Fifa 2006 Xbox Bundle
Summary A crop of imports arrive but a late shipment doesn't arrive until Saturday (trucker pickup, no less) and NCS is forced to post them up on the following week. The Golden Week holiday starts over the weekend and lasts until May 8 and no new imports are scheduled to arrive due to the vacation.
04.17.06 GBA Mother 3, Mother 3 Deluxe Box [Partial Quantity]
  NDS Tabi no Yubisashi Kaiwachou DS: China, Tabi no Yubisashi Kaiwachou DS: Korea, Tabi no Yubisashi Kaiwachou DS: Thailand, Tsubasa Chronicle Vol. 2
  PS2 Final Fantasy XI: Aht Urhgan no Hihou, Dragon Quest: Shounen Yangus no Fushigi..., Final Fantasy XI: Aht Urhgan no Hihou, Final Fantasy XI: All-In-One Pack 2006, Golden Knight Tusk Wolf (Garo), Garo Limited Edition, King of Fighters Orochi Collection, King of Fighters Orochi Collection + Joystick, Okami, Shooting Love: Trizeal, Spectral VS. Generation
  PSP Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai 
  X360 Final Fantasy XI: All-In-One Pack 2006, Ninety-Nine Nights
Summary Preorders are opened up for Jajamaru Ninja-kun Dots, a Gamera Toto vinyl plush, Hello Kitty calculators, a Lei-Lei statue and some other toys. On the software front, PSP Finder Love is opened up for preorders which features winsome gravure models in interactive action. Towards the end of the week, NCS receives the Mother 3 Deluxe Box but suppliers package them in amateurish fashion and many of the units are dented and dinged beyond collectible condition...
04.10.06 GC Yoot Saito's Odama
  NDS Kanji Sonomama DS Dictionary, Legend of Stafi 4 
  PS2 Guilty Gear XX Slash 
  PSP Outrun 2006
  TOYS Evangelion A-03 Lilith XX, Girl Fighting Sakura
Summary NCS starts preorders for a number of imports shipping this summer including Metal Slug 3D, King of Fighters XI, and Super Dragon Ball Z. Preorders are also opened for an FFXII Zippo lighter and a Vann pendant. NCS also stocks the single bottle portions of the FFXII potion which contain 120ml of uber sweet liquid.
04.03.06 GBA Eyeshield 21 Devil Bats Devil Days, Mahou Sensei Negima! Private Lesson 2
  MAG Famitsu Wave DVD May 2006
  NDS Angelique Duet, Fruits Mura 2, Tenchu: Dark Shadow 
  PS2 Pro Yakyuu Netsu Star 2006, Pro Yakyu Spirits 3, SP2000 Vol. 96: The Pirate!!, Train Simulator + Densha de Go! Tokyo Kyuukouhen
  PSP Densha de Go! Pocket Osaka Kanjousen-HenJikkyou Pro Yakyu Portable, Koukyou Shihen Eureka Seven, Simple 2500 Series: The Block Kuzushi Quest
  TOYS Dots Disney Characters, Evangelion Apostle XX A-14 and XX A-17, Evangelion Apostle A-03 Sachiel-XX, Evangelion Type F Candy Toys, Girl Fighting Chun-Li, Naruto Kigurumi Plush, Star Wars R2-Q5 RC Droid, Star Wars R4-P17 RC Droid, Transformers Collection Vol. 21, Transformers Soundblaster Black Version
  X360 Pro Yakyu Spirits 3
  ETC Final Fantasy XII Potions
Summary Additional supplies of the NDS Lite arrive and a mass of import toys accompanies them into NCS warehousing. NCS also stocks the Premium Edition of the Final Fantasy XII potions but the import costs are lofty. Despite the dear pricing, sales are strong and NCS moves about a thousand units in the first two days or arrival.
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