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It’s still me talking about Drihoo but on a totally different site!

I have plenty more to post right here on GameLuv about Drihoo soon but I simply couldn’t pass up the plug for this post from Time Extension since I’m in it! I spoke to the new retro site about the game and my translation but the angle that’s probably most interesting to a wider audience is its connection to the Soulsborne games. It’s a revelation that I never would’ve had if I weren’t slogging through the twenty year old game and digging up archives of pre-release material, including some commentary from co-designer and director, Kaikō Arima.

Arima would move over to FromSoftware shortly after Drihoo’s release where he’d go on to touch just about every Demon, Dark, Bloode, Elden title they’ve made since. I started out thinking Drihoo was just clunky and old but I came to see some tangible connections between what it was doing and what Arima would eventually bring to the Soulsborne games.

If you’d like to read a little more about all of that, Time Extension’s Damien McFerran whipped up a great piece based around my email exchange with him and John Szczepaniak who clued me in to the ability to translate the game in the first place. There’s a lot of serendipity that brought all this together just in time for the game’s 20 year anniversary.

Earth Defense Force 6 tops August’s sales charts in Japan

E.D.F.! Eeeee Deeee eeeeF! ! !

That rollicking battle cry of the Earth Defense Force has seemingly been reverberating across Japan as August’s sales data comes in. Somehow, surprisingly, despite any expectations I had, Earth Defense Force 6 has topped the charts across the board!

  • D3 Publisher posted on Twitter that first week sales of the game had exceeded 300,000 copies and to celebrate some of the recent entries in the franchise (along with other D3 titles) were put on sale

  • On the retail side, Famitsu reported that the new game was the No.2 best selling retail title for August with 68,341 copies sold on PlayStation 4. On PlayStation 4 it ranked at No.13 with 24,300 copies sold

  • Most important of all is the number three. That is, three papercraft models featuring EDF6 characters and giant insects have been released on the game’s homepage

I cannot wait for an English release of this dang game! The chart-topping sales seal the deal and we’ll definitely be getting it in the West, there’s just no word yet on when. At best I’m guessing it’s still 9-12 months off which is incredibly painful to think about.

Also painful is that we’ll likely be spending close to $200 so that Katy and I can play together, with me on PS4 and her on PS5. I sure don’t think we’ll be picking up a second PlayStation 5 anytime soon but if one game could convince us, it’d be Earth Defense Force.

Hey folks who came here looking for Submerged, grab Submerged: Hidden Depths free through Sept. 8th

I don’t normally make a habit of posting discounts or freebie alerts; no one will ever top Wario64 on that front. But considering that my posts about Submerged and its coded language remain some of the most popular on the site, I thought this might be worth sharing:

The unexpected follow-up to the 2015 original — Submerged: Hidden Depths — is free on the Epic Games Store right now until September 8th!

I hadn’t picked it up yet myself so I immediately jumped on the offer. Here’s hoping that maybe before the end of the year I actually fire it up. Thanks Epic, for the offer. I sure hope it works out in favor for Uppercut Games in the long run.

Alongside gaming Nintendo also pitched the Wii as a family-uniting, home info hub

Iwata has an important message for the family

Talking to Skyevlyn while working on the ‘List of Wii Games that Came in Cardboard Sleeves‘ I was reminded of *something* Wii related that I had in a cardboard package — of some kind. Yup, pretty vague memory there. Turns out it was this: a free DVD and booklet that I’m fairly certain I picked up at Target back in 2006 shortly before, during, or just after the release of the Wii.

This was pre-social media, long before executives like Satoru Iwata, Reggie Fils-Aimé, or Bill Trinen were the regular faces of Nintendo marketing. It’s equally as far removed from Nintendo’s aggressive marketing in the 90s and early 2000s. This is about as straight-laced as it comes, probably the reason I’d forgotten I even had this filed away on a shelf.

Looking back at it sixteen years later has been a fascinating reminder of who Nintendo was aiming for at the time: e v e r y o n e. The sizzle reel of gameplay footage is the same as it’s ever been — a montage of quick cuts and cinematics backed by generic guitar rock — but the majority of the disc’s chapters and menus are focused on the stuff that Nintendo hoped would win over more than just traditional gamers.

Besides the meme-morable marketing that so easily comes to mind when thinking about the Wii — retirement home activity nights, the absurd seriousness of Red Steel, and the happy white families playing Wii Sports — there’s the long-forgotten dream that Nintendo had for an even bigger market.

List of Wii Games that Came in Cardboard Sleeves

Or paper sleeves, card sleeves, slip sleeves, slip cases, slip covers, cardboard slips, paper slips, card slips – turns out no one can agree what to call these things.

This list is probably nearly complete? At least I hope so cuz I’ve spent so much time on this haha. But yeah uh, not for resale games and alternate versions of shovelware are really hard to track down! It was basically up to what was available on eBay at the time I did this because that’s the only reliable place to find photos of this stuff. (yeah, I know, that’s not inspiring confidence that this is complete. Look – if you want to eBay search all 50 games Zoo made for the Wii a few months from now, be my guest. Once was enough for me.) If you have any info on anything I’m missing, please leave a comment and I’ll update the post!

So why do these games come in cardboard sleeves? There are three reasons I’ve found. The first is if they come in a console bundle, likely to save space. Though there are console bundle games that come in a normal plastic case, too. The second is games that come bundled with peripherals (looking at you, Zoo) they’d just stick the small game sleeve in the box, I’m guessing it was to avoid having to make a bigger box. The third is demos for games, which since they were never going on store shelves, they could cheap out on the packaging.