Tagged: Japanese

New Collaboration and More added to Spelunker Z

Forget about that Metal Gear Whatever game! Minna de Spelunker Z updated last night and while we still don’t have a new zone they’ve updated, changed and added a lot. The Version 1.07 changelog adds the new Championship events, makes the web-based notifications faster, adjusts the daily login bonus timer, and improves the criteria for the end-of-stage multiplayer rankings. Most noteworthy for me and my sprawling glut of gear is the addition of a “NEW” tag on newly crafted items to make them easier to find. According to the Google translation there’s also a way to reset your OP gear to its starting stats which is kind of terrifying since I can’t read anything in the game.

In other news, Square announced that they’ve reached 300,000 registered players which doesn’t seem like a lot for a game that’s nearly eight months old. The chances of it being translated now seem extra slim but, whatever, we get a bunch of daily login goodies to commemorate the occasion starting on September 18th.

091715-spelunkernimueSeveral new events are rolling out including the reveal of Collaboration #7 that I’ve been guessing at for nearly a month. Turns out it’s Kaku-San-Sei Million Arthur, some kind of wildly popular mobile, card battle, RPG, thingie. It’s even available in English if you’re into that sort of thing. I’m not, so all that’s important to me is that new gear will be available from 9/16 through 10/28.

Nimue (the character from the teaser image), Merlin and Arthur gear will be peppered through a handful of stages, rotating availability in two-week intervals. The Million Arthur collaboration also gets you a bonus 100 Moon Stones if you download both it and Spelunker Z on the Vita by October 28th. That might be hard to pull off if you aren’t using your Japanese PSN account though.

Of utmost importance to me is the new pet, Perle. Not only is it an adorably plush Persian cat that sits on your head, Perle can be used to activate the multiplayer switches in the levels. I might finally be able to grab some of the shining silver eggs that have been off limits to me since I can’t ever find anyone to play with. Perle’s lithograph pieces can be found in stages 1-16 through 1-20 from September 16th through October 28th.

Finally, there’s the new Championship events that promise “tricky ultra-high degree of difficulty” stages with powerful loot as the reward. Rotating daily from now until October 28th, I’m not certain if these five Championship stages are just remixes of existing ones or totally new. I’ll have to have more of a poke around the map screen with Google Translate loaded up.

PS4 Owner Jealous of the Xbox Elite Controller? Not Anymore!!!

 

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If Sony won’t step up their support of Pro Gamers to match Microsoft’s recently announced Xbox Elite Controller, then Japanese accessory manufacturer, Game Tech, will. Out now in Japan are the ‘FPS Stick Assist 4+’ and ‘FPS Target Assist 4’ for $10 each. Check the links on those for plenty of close up pictures.

The Stick Assist comes with three new analog stick caps that raise the height in varying degrees with various surface coverings. It also has a pair of L2/R2 caps that give the dainty triggers a little more weight and a rubberized grip. The Target Assist takes an ingeniously low-tech approach to the Xbox controller’s programmable stick sensitivity… it’s foam rings. You put these rings (one hard, one soft) around each analog stick and — voilà  — you’ve got a kinda-sorta sensitivity boost to your movement. If both bundles sound like they’d give you a performance enhancing boost you can seek out the ‘FPS Perfect Assist 4’ which includes the stick caps, trigger grips and foam rings for around $20.

It’s an interesting response to Microsoft’s high end controller but, man, those foam rings surely have to wear out super fast right? The stick caps and grippy triggers, that I can get into.

Secret of Mana Gear coming to Spelunker Z in August

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I’m really trying to hang in there with Spelunker Z until the next zone of levels are added. They’ve teased the expansion a few times but are padding out the release with new cross promotion gear. After the tie-in with Atlantis no Nazo ended last week they rolled out a collection of items based on something called M.S.S Project. Best I can tell it’s a group of “internet famous” YouTubers in Japan. So, like, Yogscast but with more masks. Anyways, you know it’s a legit foreign phenomenon because there’s no English Wikipedia page I could find to explain it.

The bigger news for Square fans outside of Japan (and in Japan too, to be honest) is the teaser image above for their next collaboration. Despite trying to be sneaky with the obscured image it is so totally Secret of Mana/Seiken Densetsu 2. That’d be more exciting if I ever played it but at least it’ll be gear from something recognizable. Like the image says, that stuff is coming August 4th so you have plenty of time to make a Japanese PSN account, friend me, download the game and play through it with me before the new loot hits. Who’s with me!!? …

Now Playing: Tori Watch (iOS, Android)

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Do you like birds, but don’t want the mess and noise of having one as a pet?  Do you like birds, but don’t like sitting outside too often  to watch for them?  Well this Japanese app (game?) has solved these problems!  The app is still mostly in Japanese, but is available here. It’s called Tori Watch by ククリス・ゲームズ (Cuculis Games) and you can find it on the Google Play store and iTunes.

Even without reading Japanese many of the menus are easy to figure out.  You can upgrade the food items you feed them with to attract new types of birds.  There are info cards to tell you about them, but those are in Japanese.  Hopefully it will get translated to English someday, but until then here are some info cards I made myself.

Shawn’s Thoughts
First off, Katy’s images are fantastic! The in-game models are cute but I didn’t realize how spot on they were to the real birds until Katy put them side by side. Questioning if this is a game at all is also spot on but as the adorably translated description proclaims, “you can play it without any complicate action”. They know the score. Truthfully, the most challenging thing I’ve done is to keep my screen from timing out when new birds arrive.

Despite the simple nature of this “bird watching game to observe leisurely small birds”, it definitely follows modern mobile game design. Don’t worry, none of it involves microtransactions or hot sales on ‘Energy’, it’s supported by simple ad banners. Birds fly in, you get points. Like Katy said, you spend those points to upgrade your feed options or expand your park to accommodate more birds. There’s a journal with goals to shoot for (again, all in Japanese so I’m guessing stuff like “get a male and female on-screen at once”) but that’s about all you have to do.

It’s been a cute little diversion over the last few days and fun to poke around the Japanese menus to figure out how the game works.

Sega reveals elaborate Three Kingdoms strategy arcade betting game

101713-worldofthreeAt the recent ‘Sega Private Show 2013’ in Japan the company showed off some upcoming arcade titles including the incredibly inexplicable ‘The World of Three Kingdoms’. It’s like real-time strategy meets the Three Kingdoms inside of Derby Owners Club and, naturally, it’s never coming out of Japan.

I don’t know much about the game itself but there seems to be a lot of betting and brightly colored, domed buttons. Not wanting to get too excited for a game I’ll never play, I didn’t bother translating any details but I did embed this flashy trailer if you want to see the game in action.