Author: ShawnS

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.

There’s never been a better time for disposable income!

While the economy teeters on recession Japan is unwavering in their temptation of frivolous goods. Since I just spotted SO many of them at the same time today I figured I’d do a roundup. Get your currency converters and international Amazon accounts ready!

The heavy hitter of the day is definitely the Sega Mega Drive Mini 2, a follow-up to the 2019 mini console, only this time there are more weird games I love AND a functional(ish) Mega CD 2 add-on. Well, it’s functional in that it flips open and a miniature copy of Sonic CD snaps inside. The games, sadly, do not play from miniature discs.

“The miniature retro console will cost 9,980 yen, or somewhere around $75. It’s very cute, and appears to come with a simulated miniature cartridge for Virtua Racing and a simulated miniature CD for Sonic the Hedgehog CD. The Sega CD mini add-on is 4,500 yen extra, or about $35.”

Polygon

The full roster of 50 titles and surprise bonuses hasn’t been revealed yet but of the assortment shown I’m already excited for Sonic CD, Silpheed, Virtua Racing, Bonanza Bros., and Thunder Force IV. Although I don’t have the patience for it, I’m also amazed to see The Story of Yumemikan which we got here as Mansion of Hidden Souls. I didn’t realize Sega published that one in Japan and apparently still has ownership of it. If Ranger-X somehow makes it into the package I will absolutely buy this thing. No word yet on a matching Genesis Mini 2 for western release.

Next up is a ridiculously varied assortment of soft Nintendo goods starting with 13 Pikmin plushies and soft desk organizers. The blue Pikmin is the star of the show and on the backside you can fondle his little plush butt. Then there’s a cast of  11 plush items in a new “Super Mario All Star Collection” including my personal favorites Birdo and Mecha-Koopa. Monty Mole and Buzzy Beetle are two more notable standouts along with a plush question block and block bar trio that are storage cubbies. Complete with adorable power-up icons inside. Honestly, I could fill that question block with other question block trinkets I have.

Finally, of least personal interest but still very wholesome and cute, are twenty-seven new hand towels from Pokemon Center Online. I have no idea what I’d do with a small hand towel but “Lovely Flowers with Pikachu” just melts my heart. They’re $5-$10 a piece.

God that’s a lot of cute junk! Check the links for more and bigger images from Impress GameWatch, if you think you can withstand the temptation.