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Review – Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (Wii U)

Idols, J-Pop, Mirage Masters and Japanese locales, this game is on the fast track to becoming my favourite Wii U game so far. Let me tell you why.

Developer Atlus have crafted something really special in Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, splicing and skilfully blending two fan favourite series’ with Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem. The end result is something that shouldn’t work as well as it does but comes charging out of the gates and stands as a shining example to the dedicated team who know their stuff at Atlus.

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The game revolves around evil entities known as Mirages and the people who can vanquish them, Mirage Masters. Humans with a Performa power harness this ability to use the good Mirages to battle against the evil Mirages. The beauty comes from having characters such as Tharja, Chrom and more from Fire Emblem to dish out the physical side of damage in battles. The Shin Megami Tensei element comes to the fore when your characters are using magic in battles.

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The game features RPG elements in that after each battle, you can level up your character and abilities, although for the most part this plays out automatically without letting the player select which core abilities to upgrade. This is ok though as the characters maintain a nice balance throughout the adventure and never come across too overpowered.

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Speaking of the battles, the battles play out in very Persona-like dungeon environments that are easy to navigate thanks to having a very handy map displayed on the Gamepad. The battles are fantastic and I found myself experimenting with different characters and their abilities in order to trigger the Session sequences. These sequences are basically where the fighters in your team jump into the fray after you attack, resulting in some very satisfying combos with some really cool animation scenes. There are some beautifully animated cut scenes as well, which help in giving the story a nice flow. They add a stunning anime style to the game as well.

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And looking at the Gamepad, it’s also used to display text messages from other characters providing handy info and tips along the way. It also progresses the story along, adding a nice narrative element to the game. I’m around 10 hours into the game and thoroughly enjoying it. I’m a sucker for any game that faithfully recreates the streets and characteristics of Tokyo. I believe it really helps with the immersion into the game and also gives me nostalgic value when playing as well.

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All in all, this game features some awesome character designs; beautiful anime cut scenes, stunning battles with well-choreographed animation. The soundtrack from the Avex Group is a standout with the composition being handled by Yoshiaki Fujisawa, previously responsible for Love Live!

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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is a game that crafts an unforgettable experience with a couple of series’ that on their own are amazing and fun to play. Put them both in the same game and really, you couldn’t ask for more.

Thanks to Nintendo Australia for providing me with a copy to review and a copy for my recent giveaway as well.

Final score: 8/10

 

BABYMETAL Joins Super Mario Maker

This one’s a bit old now plus I had a few people tag me on Facebook about this so yeah, I’ll write it up! I’m a fan of the J-Pop x Metal trio, BABYMETAL. If you’ve been living under a rock and never heard of them, here’s a clip of a recent hit, KARATE.

Anyways, their popularity is soaring by the day as they’ve been steadily increasing their live performances and doing shows all over Europe, Asia and the US. The latest platform they’re making an appearance on is Nintendo’s build it yourself platform game, Super Mario Maker for the Wii U…here’s a clip of a wickedly difficult level with a Japanese gamer streaming his attempt to beat it and his rapturous reaction when he does beat it.

Here’s a promo clip for the joint collaboration as well.

So basically when you complete the Metal Resistance level (also the name of their latest album), you unlock a character that’s actually a montage character of all three members, Su-metal, Yuimetal, and Moametal. On top of that, the girls have also recorded sound sample for the game so you’ll hear them exclaim “Yosha!” (“We did it!”) when you beat a level, “We are Babymetal” when they show themselves and “Tobe!” (“Jump!”) as you jump over in-game obstacles.

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This recently uploaded level is available worldwide so anyone can join in the BABYMETAL fun!

Pokemon 20th Anniversary

February 27th 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Pokemon in Japan and what a momentous couple of decades it’s been! Most gamers across the globe have played Pokemon in some form or another and it’s a series that has spawned it’s fair share of rabid fanboys/girls. It’s also the inspiration behind some amazingly complex and kawaii cosplays!

From Pokemon specific conventions, fan meetups, countless hours dedicated to the game, merchandise and a hot anime TV series, it’s safe to say that it’s changed lives of a huge numbers of people. Some dedicated hardcore players have grown up with the series and have fond memories of playing Pokemon Red on the original Gameboy (puts hand up!).

This weekend sees a number of Pokemon related events happening all around the world. There’s also a dedicated website for this amazing milestone which you can check out here. Melbourne will be seeing a Pokemon event hosted by the EB store in Swanston St at The Nintendo Experience, come down if you have nothing to do, it promises to be a fun day!

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Japandaman’s laptop is all ready for the celebrations!

And don’t forget to use the hashtag #Pokemon20 on all your social media. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and anything else you use…go bananas with it!!

Japan Art For Fire Emblem Crossover Title Looks Stunning

Nintendo Japan recently dropped some artwork for the Wii U version of the upcoming , Shin Tegami x Fire Emblem title which looks absolutely exquisite. Feast your eyes on the sumptuous artwork below. There’s the standard Wii U version:

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Here’s a look at the Wii U bundle:

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And finally the Collector’s Edition:

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Gorgeous, right? Here’s hoping the artwork remains unchanged for the Western release!

Wii U Gamepads On Sale In Japan

In a not so surprising move, Nintendo Japan have started to sell Wii U pads on their online store, presumably to replace broken pads. As announced in the past, Nintendo have gone on record saying that the Wii U is unable to support two gamepads due to issues with resolutions being beamed to multiple gamepads. In Australia, most people purchase their replacement pads from Ebay or Gumtree so here’s hoping that Nintendo make this sales shift present in Australia as well.

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Just to give you an idea of cost, they’re selling for $112 in Japan.

Satoru Iwata Passes Away

It’s a very sad morning to wake up to and hear that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has passed away at the age of 55. Nintendo have released a short statement which is below:

Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.

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Many people will be familiar with Satoru through his Nintendo Direct presentations and his Iwata Asks sessions. Iawata joined Nintendo in 2000 and became the 4th President in 2002. He was also the first President to succeed the company who wasn’t related to the original founding family, the Yamauchi’s. Through his time in the top job, he saw many strengths such as the Wii and the DS and a few not so commercially strong, the Wii U and the Gamecube.

Rest In Peace, Satoru Iwata.

Gaming Life In Japan ~ 9/2/15 – 15/2/15

Time for another round of gaming life in Japan! Let’s see what’s been selling on the charts the past week.

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Software chart

  1. [3DS] The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (Nintendo, 02/14/15) – 230,065 (New)
  2. [PS3] Samurai Warriors 4-II (Koei Tecmo, 02/11/15) – 44,574 (New)
  3. [3DS] The Seven Deadly Sins: Unjust Sin (Bandai Namco, 02/11/15) – 33,270 (New)
  4. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 23,844 (2,479,724)
  5. [PSV] Samurai Warriors 4-II (Koei Tecmo, 02/11/15) – 23,519 (New)
  6. [PS4] Samurai Warriors 4-II (Koei Tecmo, 02/11/15) – 22,468 (New)
  7. [PS3] Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 16,406 (60,627)
  8. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 12,922 (2,513,921)
  9. [PS4] Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 12,513 (47,203)
  10. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 9,532 (2,149,794)

Hardware chart

  1. New 3DS LL – 41,821 (21,650)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 21,381 (18,758)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 10,901 (10,013)
  4. New 3DS – 9,584 (7,916)
  5. Wii U – 7,007 (6,517)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 6,683 (6,426)
  7. 3DS LL – 4,126 (3,084)
  8. 3DS – 3,214 (2,642)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 588 (560)
  10. Xbox One – 191 (238)

Gaming Life In Japan ~ 2/2/15 – 8/2/15

After what has to be an eternity, one of the most popular segments on japandaman.com is back…it’s time for Gaming Life in Japan! Time to  take a look at what’s been the biggest sellers in both software and hardware for the past week.

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Software Chart

 

  1. [PS3] Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 44,221 (New)
  2. [PS4] Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 34,690 (New)
  3. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 24,068 (2,455,880)
  4. [3DS] Lost Heroes 2 (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 20,691 (New)
  5. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 12,234 (2,501,000)
  6. [PS4] Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft, 01/29/15) – 9,790 (46,029)
  7. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, 10/11/14) – 9,715 (2,460,920)
  8. [PSV] Ebikore Photo Kano Kiss (Kadokawa Games, 02/05/15) – 9,512 (New)
  9. [3DS] Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker (Atlus, 01/29/15) – 9,240 (62,505)
  10. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 8,950 (2,140,261)

Hardware Chart

 

  • New 3DS LL – 21,650 (21,880)
  • PlayStation 4 – 18,758 (17,392)
  • PlayStation Vita – 10,013 (11,871)
  • New 3DS – 7,916 (7,700)
  • Wii U – 6,517 (6,807)
  • PlayStation 3 – 6,426 (7,211)
  • 3DS LL – 3,084 (3,641)
  • 3DS – 2,642 (3,187)
  • PlayStation Vita TV – 560 (521)
  • Xbox One – 238 (222)

So is that what everyone expected, any surprises in there for anyone? Dragon Ball has such a huge fanbase so it isn’t a big surprise to see positions 1 and 2 occupied by these titles. The Nintendo 3DS is continues to have a huge impact on both software and hardware sales.

 

 

Xenoblade Chronicles X Bundle For Japan

Japan seems to be a hive of activity lately regarding anything related to Xenoblade Chronicles. Next thing we hear about is that Japan is set to receive an awesome Wii U bundle centred around Xenoblade Chronicles X. Nintendo have announced that the bundle will consist of a Wii U, a copy of the game, a map of the game, an art book and a ¥1000 pre-paid Nintendo card featuring an original design.

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The game will release in Japan on April 29th, 2015.