trusted trading partner in Asia has developed a new Dreamcast pad that eliminates the
cumbersome triggers and places the buttons in two rows of three across the face of the
controller. A photo is offered but the ergonomics may be suspect. The base
appears unwieldy and the six buttons are placed a bit too far to the right. Samples will
be available next week and if we are pleased with the design, we'll offer these as an
alternative to the ASCII FT pad. If it is poor, we'll continue to only supply ASCII's
solution. New pad price US$19.
Dreamcast games in Japan are often accompanied by big posters. Capcom vs SNK is the
biggest title in Japan for the month of September and NCS will offer the poster seen to
the right to customers who have pre-ordered the game. Measuring 28 x 20" and printed
on glossy paper stock, the central figures are Kyo and Ryu, who are surrounded by the
assembled forces of SNK on the left and the Capcom battalion to the right. Due to
different shipping schedules, the poster will be available to us roughly 3 business days
after the game arrives on September 6. NCS will take special measures to ensure that the
posters arrive in pristine condition with express air freight. As such, NCS can ship the
posters to our customers separately from the game but we will have to charge US$10
per mailing due to our separate and special shipping arrangements. The $10 fee includes
our express freight shipping costs from Japan, shipping to you and a cylindrical mailing
tube. If you are interested in obtaining the poster and have pre-ordered
the game, feel free to contact NCS with a message
containing the header "CVS POSTER". Your request will be routed to our mailing
program for further contact when the poster is available for shipping in September.
Capcom vs SNK plies the 2-D fighting trade with
a never before seen elite coterie of combatants
Three Dreamcast import games are expected on Wednesday and the mega-mighty Dragon Quest
VII lands on Friday. Cha Cha Amigo third party maracas and the ASCII FT Pad (new
version) are also expected on Friday.
|Dragon Quest VII
of our suppliers have informed NCS that fewer that 5,000 copies of Vampire Chronicle were
published. It appears that software released only for distribution on D-Direct allows for
better control over supply and demand. If it's a hit, the publisher can gauge projected
production requirements for the next batch. If it's a dud, nothing much is lost since
production runs are relatively miniscule.