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Espgaluda II Black Label Regular Edition

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Price: $74.90
This item is currently sold out and unavailable
Item Number: K2F-00001
Publisher: Cave
Jan/UPC Code: 4988648710924
Update: April 1, 2010
   Espgaluda II Black Label is back in stock and we were able to restock the first print edition with soundtrack CD.

Update: March 01, 2010
X360 Espgaluda II Regular Edition Restock
   The new batch that arrived today is from the first printing and we'll process and ship all backorders this afternoon. Another batch is expected on Thursday but this upcoming shipment appears to be second printing.

Update: February 24, 2010
   New orders placed on Feb. 24 at 1:57PM EST and afterwards will ship on March 1 when we receive our third shipment of Espgaluda II. All orders placed before Feb. 24 at 1:57PM EST will ship on Feb. 25. The third shipment should still contain the first printing of Espgaluda II which includes the bonus soundtrack but we'll reconfirm once the new batch arrives. Thanks for reading.

NCS Product Synopsis
Update: February 24, 2010

«©NCSX» Espgaluda II is a vertically scrolling shooter but firing away isn't the only gist of the game. There's also gems to be collected. Lots of them which burst out of enemies when they're destroyed. Players will also find themselves weaving and dodging a maze of bullets which spiral and scatter throughout the screen. By strategizing and going into three types of Kakusei mode, players can maximize the score multiplier, throw up an auto-barrier, and affect bullet velocity. Game modes in the Xbox 360 port include an Xbox mode, a Novice mode, Arcade mode, and an Arrange mode for a bit of variation on the horizontal shooting action. In the sequel, a girl named Asagi joins the cast of Ageha and Tateha from the original Espgaluda as a playable hero. She's a scrawny runt at the outset of the game but watch how she does when she's at maximum power.

Pass the title screen and the options that appear are as follows:

» Play
» Score Attack
» Training
» Replay Data
» Tutorial
» Option
» Exit

If you've never played Espgaluda II, it might be worthwhile to visit the Tutorial section which contains multiple helpful primers for the "Black Label," "Xbox 360," and "Arrange" modes of Espgaluda II. If you're willing to rotate your monitor on its side, Espgaluda II features a "TATE" or vertical viewing aspect which is closer to the arcade view than the default "YOKO" horizontal viewing aspect.

Region-Free Japanese Import
The Regular Edition of Espgaluda II Black Label is Region-Free and playable on USA or European Xbox 360 consoles in addition to Japanese consoles. Preorders that were submitted before 1:57PM EST yesterday are all shipping today. The remaining preorders will ship on Monday.

Product Specifications
Product SKU: K2F-00001
Jan Code: 4988648710924
Publisher: Cave
Compatibility: Xbox 360 (Region-Free)
Language: Japanese
Format: DVD-ROM (Dual-Layer)
Japanese Title: エスプガルーダII ブラックレーベル
Website: http://www.xbox.com/ja-JP/games/e/espgaluda2/

View the back cover and two Espgaluda II videos on the main NCSX website.


UPS Shipment Delay
Update: February 24, 2010
«©NCSX» When shipping "Express" packages from Japan, we tend to hope for quick delivery. Speed is the reason why the going rate for UPS Worldwide Express is what it is compared to a service like EMS which costs about 1/3 less and delivers 3 days later. Yesterday, the following tracking result popped up on all of our UPS shipments from multiple Japanese vendors:

   COMPUTER SYSTEM BREAKDOWN-PACKAGE DATA PROCESSING NOT POSSIBLE-NO CONNECTION TO CUSTOMS SYSTEM / DELIVERY RESCHEDULED

   Maybe it was an erroneous message so we spoke to a UPS representative and pointed out the error message to him. He'd never seen such a message in his entire life. He sounded like an old dude too. His supervisor who had "seen it all" hadn't seen that message before either. In the two decades that NCS has shipped with UPS, that message has never appeared on any of our packages. Guess it was about time that it did appear and it was great that it happened on the day that some of our biggest shipments of the year were trying to escape from Japan.

   We're disappointed. Tonight was supposed to be "Espgaluda II Night NYC." As of right now, it looks more like "Frozen TV Dinner Night 2010." The fare will include greasy Salisbury steak, congealed gravy, and mushy peas. If we're lucky, the dessert brownie will have a rock baked into it.

   As of this morning, the shipments are on the way but they're a day late and won't arrive until tomorrow. If there isn't any further botching of shipments, all preorders for Espgaluda II (Regular and Limited Edition) will ship out tomorrow along with preorders for the other new releases including PSP BlazBlue Portable, PSP Kenka Banchou 4, etc. 

X360 Espgaluda II Black Label [RE and LE] - Tomorrow
Update: February 23, 2010
«©NCSX» Our entire allocation of Espgaluda II Black Label has shipped from Tokyo and NCS expects to take delivery tomorrow. All preorders submitted to NCS as of 10:30AM EST today should ship on Wednesday. Please note however that new orders that are placed after 10:30AM (today) may not ship until Thursday due to the volume of orders that we'll be processing, packing, and shipping tomorrow. Our Espgaluda II preorder numbers beat Mushihimesama Futari's numbers by a wide margin.

   Due to the earlier than expected arrival of Espgaluda II, please be advised that we'll begin processing transactions today so we can alert customers if there are any payment issues and allow customers enough time to make alternate payment arrangements. Note that we cannot accept any shipping changes at this time since all invoices and shipping labels have been printed and are ready to go for efficient dispatch tomorrow.
X360 Espgaluda II Black Label - Region Clarification
Update: February 23, 2010
«©NCSX» We're still receiving inquiries regarding the region status of Espgaluda II. This makes us nervous. To reiterate, the Regular Edition of Espgaluda II is Region-Free and the Limited Edition is Region-Locked.

NCS Preorder Update
Update: February 19, 2010
   New orders placed on Feb. 19 at 10:42AM EST and afterwards will ship on Feb. 26 when we receive our second shipment of Espgaluda II. All orders placed before Feb. 19 at 10:42AM EST will ship on Feb. 25. The second shipment will still contain the first printing of Espgaluda II which includes the bonus soundtrack. Thanks for reading.

 


NCS Preorder Update

Update: February 18, 2010

   Cave's Makoto Asada has posted an entry on the Cave Official Blog verifying the region-free nature of the Regular Edition of Espgaluda II Black Label:

http://cave-game.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/2010/02/thank-you.html

2010年2月18日 (木)

Thank you

Thank you for the warm messages from all over the world.
Espgaluda II Black Label Normal Edition is region free.
But I'm afraid new games after Espgaluda II Black Label won't be region free.
I assure you that Espgaluda II Black Label Normal Edition will be the last region free game for the time being.

Cave

Makoto Asada


NCS Preorder Update
Update: February 15, 2010

X360 Espgaluda II Black Label Region-Free and Not Region-Free
   The
Regular Edition of ESPGaluda II Black Label that's shipping next week in Japan will be region-free and playable on USA consoles. However, the Limited Edition of the game will be region-locked.

http://kotaku.com/5471899/if-you-want-to-play-espgaluda-ii-read-this-post

   "The Limited Edition of EspGaluda II will be region-locked to Japan because we didn't have enough time to get the application in before pressing," says Cave producer Makoto Asada. "However, we were able to make the standard edition region-free in to show our appreciation for the support we have from overseas fans."

NCS Preorder Synopsis
Update: December 16, 2009
«©NCSX» Japanese distributors started preorders for Espgalua II Black Label on the Xbox 360 last night. No one knew if the game would be region-free like Mushihimesama Futari v1.5 was since Cave didn't provide this information on the preliminary preorder offer. Based on the international good will that Cave created with Futari, we're somewhat confident that Espgaluda II is going to be region-free but they'll have to confirm before it's a go. We might shed a tear or three if they decide to region-protect their shmups again.

   Espgaluda II is a vertically scrolling shooter but firing away isn't the only gist of the game. There's also gems to be collected. Lots of them which burst out of enemies when they're destroyed. Players will also find themselves weaving and dodging a maze of bullets which spiral and scatter throughout the screen. By strategizing and going into three types of
Kakusei mode, players can maximize the score multiplier, throw up an auto-barrier, and affect bullet velocity. Game modes in the Xbox 360 port include an Xbox mode, a Novice mode, Arcade mode, and an Arrange mode for a bit of variation on the horizontal shooting action. In the sequel, a girl named Asagi joins the cast of Ageha and Tateha from the original Espgaluda as a playable hero. She's a scrawny runt at the outset of the game but watch how she does when she's at maximum power. 

   Distributors have only started preorders for the regular edition of Espgaluda II thus far and the preorder solicitation mentions that every copy of the first printing includes a bonus 2-disc soundtrack that is packaged inside the DVD case. Furthermore, the allocation of the limited edition of Espgaluda II from Cave is dependent on the preorder quantity for the regular edition. For example, if NCS preorders 500 copies of Espgaluda II and Cave's regular-to-limited allocation ratio is 5:1, that means we'll only be allowed to order 100 copies of the limited edition. Due to this type of arrangement, NCS does not expect to be able to stock many copies of the limited edition and it'll likely skyrocket in price on the aftermarket upon release. We'll finalize the actual allocation ratio in the next few days after we submit our preorder numbers for the regular edition. A bonus Xbox 360 faceplate (viewable on our shopping gallery) is included in the limited edition of the game.
 
    This document is ©NCSX 2009. All rights reserved. No reproduction in whole or in part of this document may be made without express written consent of National Console Support, Inc.

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DJustman (ChiTown) 3/3/2010 9:45 PM
Believe the hype because this is an amazing amazing game. So deep, so graphically intense, and so-so-so hard. Got it yesterday and played until 2AM. I left work an hour early today so I could get back to playing. I thought Mushihimesama Futari was great but this game is on another level. I didn't order it until the week that it arrived but I still got it quickly and with the soundtrack! Dayum life is good. If loving bullet hell is wrong I don't want to be right.
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