Monday, March 2, 2009

US Restocks - American 3/2/09 - Tuesday

Pre-Order Bonus - Pokemon Platinum DS - Ships 3/22/09

Those that pre-order the US version of Pokemon Platinum will receive a free random takaratomy figure.

Online Orders - Figure will ship with your order

In store Pre-Order - Will be available for pickup in Store

-from wikipedia-
The game features Giratina as its mascot and introduces its Origin Forme (オリジンフォルム Orijin Forumu), as seen in Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior. Its initial form is referred to as its Altered Forme in the English localization, but originally called its Another Forme (アナザーフォルム Anazā Forumu) in the Japanese release.

The storyline involves a disturbance atop Mt. Coronet, as a portal to the "Distortion World" (やぶれたせかい Yabureta Sekai) is opened and Sinnoh's climate becomes colder. The trainers have been given new outfits to suit the colder climate. The Distortion World is a strange place in another dimension where normal physical laws do not apply.

Shaymin, which was distributed as part of admittance to the aforementioned film, has a new form known as its "Sky Forme" (スカイフォルム Sukai Forumu), a dual Grass and Flying-type Pokémon. When traded to Diamond or Pearl from Platinum, Shaymin will transform from its Sky Forme back to its Land Forme (ランドフォルム Rando Forumu) with the use of a new item in Platinum. When the special Regigigas that is given out with a pre-order ticket for Giratina to Sora no Hanataba: Shaymin is traded from Diamond or Pearl to Platinum, it activates an event that makes Regirock, Regice, and Registeel available in Platinum.

Prior to the game's release, silhouette images of five unknown Pokémon were shown on the official website. These Pokémon were later identified as different forms of Rotom. An item called the Secret Key was distributed over the Wi-Fi connection beginning on September 28 to change Rotom's forms.

The Battle Frontier, which was first introduced in Pokémon Emerald, appears again in Platinum. In the Wi-Fi Plaza, an arcade area, the player can play minigames with other people over the Wi-Fi connection.

Pre-Order Update - Biohazard 5 (Resident Evil 5) PS3

We're expecting minute shipments of Biohazard 5 (JPN Version) for PS3 by weeks end. We will only have enough for pre-order allocations and will only bring in allocations from special orders. As american/japanese release dates consolidate closer and closer, the difficulty of bringing in a large shipment arises.

-from wikipedia-
Resident Evil 5's setting will have a similar feel to the film Black Hawk Down. Takeuchi added that the development team is composed of staff members who worked on the first Resident Evil. He has stated that Resident Evil 5 will be an actual sequel to the Resident Evil series. Before Takeuchi took over, the game's former producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi stated "it's safe to say that Resident Evil 5 will naturally proceed from where Resident Evil 4 left off". In a July 2007 Famitsu interview, producer Jun Takeuchi revealed the main playable character is Chris Redfield and the game takes place roughly ten years after the events of the original Resident Evil. The story will explore Chris' life during the ten year interval between the two games. During the game's events, he is a member of a group known as Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance (BSAA), and sent to investigate an incident in a desert area that serves as the game's setting. Takeuchi also confirmed that a female character from the series, who is seen briefly at the end of the trailer, will appear in the game. In an online interview, Takeuchi revealed that the game's plot will be set in Africa, and will concern "the origins of the virus". He also stated one of the plot's key elements will revolve around the whereabouts of STARS and Redfield's life after the first Resident Evil game. The story is set in the fictional African country of Kijuju.

Official Xbox Magazine gave Resident Evil 5 a 9.0 out of 10, praising its "balls-to-the-wall shootouts and awesome battles." Sheva's A.I. was praised concerning how she is "vigilant about reviving you and is an able combatant," though criticized for its inability to be strategized with, making the final battle "maddeningly tough." That the enemies in the game come in all speeds was positively received. Of note were gun-wielding enemies which can fire blindly and duck for cover. The game's control scheme was criticized for not allowing the player to shoot and move at the same time. The new inventory system was also called into question, the review stating that many will hate it, though it is "essentially game balancing - making sure you're never too well armed." Resident Evil 5 was summarized as "an action spectacular with terrific production values" and as an "excellent co-op game."

Stock Update - Madcatz 360 Street Fighter 4 IV Fightpads - May Receive Tomorrow

Some good news! Madcatz may be releasing a small batch of their 360 Street Fighter IV 4 fight pads to us tomorrow! Unfortunately, we will not be receiving any akumas, just the basic styles - Ken, Ryu, Chun-Li, and Blanka. Pricing is still not set just yet and will be adjusted as soon as a shipment from madcatz is confirmed.

Please be advised that this item may not be priced at retail because the items were sourced from multiple vendors during a time in which madcatz has extremely short supply of these pads, more updates to come tomorrow morning.