Famitsu Charts Week 29

01./01. Yokai Watch 2 (258,554)
02./00. Gundam Tri-Age SP (24,019)
03./03. Yokai Watch (11,254)
04./02. Taiko no Tatsujin 3DS 2 (11,156)
05./04. Pokémon Art Academy (5,847)
06./05. Pokemon X & Y (4,438)
07./07. Monster Hunter 4 (3,508)
08./00. Hoppeland (3,059)
09./09. Mario Kart 7 (2,771)
10./08. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (2,496)
11./06. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2014 (2,397)
12./10. Mario Party: Island Tour (2,395)

Yokai Watch 2 totals over 1.5 million. 3DS hardware down to 41,502. Next week will see Toshi!

Next week on the eShop

Two games already announced for the eShop next week with Arc System Works announcing Escape From Earth Odyssey (the localised name for Big John Games’ Ohno Odyssey) which is an action puzzle game priced at ¥500 (see http://www.arcsystemworks.jp/arcstyle/ohno/) and ArtePiazza (Dragon Quest IV-VI DS) announcing the brilliant looking Accel Knights 2: Full Throttle which is a battle action game (well battling motorbikes with RPG stats!) and will also be ¥500 (see http://www.artepiazza.com/AK2/). I’ll update this post on Wednesday morning with the complete lineup!

Edit: several other game announcements including the Klon shmup Illmatic Envelope Dillinjah priced at ¥1,000, Simple DL Vol. 31: Escape From the Karaoke Room (which is another escape game) for ¥520 and the exciting looking free-to-play battler Bukigami which is of-course ¥0! No Virtual Console for the TWELFTH week running:-(

Tomodachi Tuesday


My wife is wanting naughties in @IKAY_SP’s island (http://streetpassberlin.wordpress.com)


Trying my best to set up a same-sex couple in Ikay’s island!


Gossiping about pink necklaces with Ganondorf in @thegaygamer’s island (http://www.thegaygamer.com)


Raining bacon on my Japanese island!


Pride celebrations on my Japanese island!


And on a date with David Bowie on the gay gamer’s island!


Add my Mii to your island and send pics to @iamnotagoomba to be featured in future week’s!

Hoppeland review

Hoppeland -or Hoppechan Minna de Odekake! Waku Waku Hoppeland!! to give its full name- is the second Hoppechan videogame (the other -Hoppe Cyan Tsukutte Asonde Puni Puni Town!!- is also on 3DS). Hoppechan is perhaps most popularly known as a digital pet toy similar in appearance to the classic Tamagotchi toys. Obviously the Hoppechan line doesn’t end with a digital pet toy and a couple of videogames (see YouTube user Kawaii Mini Japan for an excellent collection). There’s even an awesome looking Hoppechan store in Chiba. All this still doesn’t answer the question ‘what is a Hoppechan?’.

A Hoppechan is probably best likened to a Dragon Quest Slime. But where as Witch & Hero simply plagiarises, Hoppechan is made of icing and sans mouth (but with cheeks!). Hoppechan also have a wardrobe consisting of hundreds of accessories which is of-course hundreds more than the Dragon Quest Slime’s solitary one (King Slime’s crown). The first task in Hoppeland is to name yourself (the owner not the Hoppechan) then create your very own Hoppechan and name him/her (yes you can indeed play as a boy in a girl game although you’d perhaps need to unlock a moustache to fully look the part).

Being able to name your Hoppechan in English (as well as give him/her a unique colour, pattern, eyes, cheeks, bow etc) is all well and good until you realise you are unable to share your creation to Miiverse (apart from in select instances such as parts of games using the 3DS camera, screenshot postage in Miiverse should be compulsory for ALL developers). Never has Miiverse integration seemed so necessary. Bitch fits over and it’s time to finally play some Hoppeland! Hop over (for Hoppechan hath no legs) and speak to a more senior Hoppechan, donate some Hoppecoins and it’s time for your first mini-game!

Steering a Hoppetrain with the task of collecting fruit without falling off the edge (think Snake) is actually pretty fun in a throwaway Mario Party mini-game kinda way. Next door is a four player (the game actually supports four player local multiplayer) mini-game where fruit falls from the top screen and you have to catch from the bottom screen. Here is where squeezing every last drop of icing is an advantage as you can simply push your rivals out of the way. Points scored in the mini-games earns you more Hoppecoins to again donate to the central part of Hoppeland and unlock further attractions.

Not everything unlockable is a mini-game: a zillion further accessories are available to personalise your Hoppechan, you can even create many others (the other characters end up competing with you in mini-games or just lounging around on the island), take a photograph with the 3DS camera with dozens of available backgrounds at your disposal, take a screenshot with the in-game camera (which makes the lack of Miiverse integration even more astoundingly stupid) as well as the usual pet simulation stylus related shenanigans. Cuteness aside, the main selling point of Hoppeland are the actual mini-games.

Hoppeland will take hours to unlock every single mini-game. Summarising them as a whole as ‘hit-or-miss’ do none of them any proper justice as whilst there are some disappointments (the rhythm game for instance), most are enjoyable little experiences from the Pokémon Snap-esque haunted house/ghost train where you snap Hoppeghosts, to a surfing California Games, to a stereoscopic 3D racer right through to a skateboarding game. It’s success at the latter that unlocks the most crucial item - the skateboard, which thankfully cuts travelling time between attractions down by over half.

Whilst most of the mini-games are a ‘hit’, few if any are actually truly spectacular. Graphically Hoppeland is super cute although the graphics look like they could mostly be achieved on a DS and sonically the main tune can be both annoying and catchy. Existing Hoppechan fans will probably not be disappointed and perspective fans may find themselves overwhelmed by the cuteness of it all. However despite all of its cuteness, a wealth of mini-games, a ton of customisables and local multiplayer, Hoppeland is more colourful on the outside than it is on the in and lacks the cohesion and the quality to be the definitive mini-game collection on the 3DS.

6/10

Review by Bri Bri. For more information on Hoppechan Minna de Odekake! Waku Waku Hoppeland!! go to http://www.columbia-games.com/3ds/hoppeland/

The Chocolate Dog RPG

The new Chocolate Dog game is finally beginning to take shape. With its full name Choco Ken no Chokotto Fushigi na Monogatari: Shokora Hime no Mahou to Recipe, the game shall simply be referred to as simply Chocolate Dog, but in a twist to the NDS Choco Ken games, the 3DS entry is beginning to look a lot like Fantasy Life with a ton of Action RPG features.

The storyline reads something like the Strawberry Hero has asked you (the Chocolate Dog) to make sweets for the Princess Chocolate to save the Chocolatier Kingdom. It’s not that simple as you must walk across woods and into dungeons whilst fighting monsters such as pumpkins, trees, dragons and the typically treacherous enemy: the carrot. The Chocolate Dog RPG hits Japanese stores on 9 October. Check out a promo video at http://youtu.be/uW7sVYYmOUU a TV commercial at http://youtu.be/TIqWDCd7AOc and the website at the link below.

Weekly News Update

Yokai Watch 2 mania as the game sold an astonishing 1.28 million units in its first four days (download sales not counted and it’s number one (and two!) on the eShop too!).

● Three new character reveals in Super Smash Bros. with Lucina and Reflet from Fire Emblem and Captain Falcon from F-Zero. The full roster will be revealed in the next CoroCoro.

● Next week on the eShop will see Kirby Fighters Z, DeDeDe’s Drum Dash Z, Denpa Ningen no RPG FREE, Maru Pass! Care Manager Test and Maru Pass! Care Worker Test.

● Klon announce a remake of Impregnable Sangokuden for June 2015 and Marvelous announcing a Novice Ranchers version of the latest Harvest Moon (available next week).

● In Elminage news: Elminage Gothic 3D Remix: Ulm Zakir to Yami no Gishiki gets an eShop release next week with Elminage Ibun: Ame no Mihashira delayed to October.

● Poisoft announced Coral Network Stories Heaven which should play like an Action game version of Romance of the Three Kingdoms. No release date yet but will be priced at ¥700.

● In what looks like being the eShop game of the Summer Azure Striker Gunvolt is coming on 20 August for an almost Steel Empire price of ¥1,960. And that’s it for 3DS news!

● Only one review this last week with Atsumeru Egaocho (5/10). Hoppeland review tonight and maybe another tomorrow! Yokai Watch 2 review next weekend! And thanks for following!

Latest eShop Charts

01./01. Yokai Watch 2 Hanke
02./02. Yokai Watch 2 Ganso
03./03. Pokémon Battle Trozei
04./04. Pokémon Art Academy
05./07. Pokémon X
06./05. Gacha Racing
07./00. 3D Fantasy Zone II W
08./11. Pokémon Y
09./06. Adventure Bar Story
10./12. Bike Rider DX2 Galaxy
11./15. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life
12./00. Super Science Escape Story
13./13. Bike Rider DX
14./09. Gunma Yabou for Nintendo 3DS
15./08. Taiko no Tatsujin 3DS 2
16./17. Puyo Puyo!! Mini Version
17./19. EDGE
18./18. Pokémon AR Searcher
19./00. Urban Trial Freestyle
20./00. SIMPLE DL Vol. 24

Summer sales on the eShop

A number of games on sale on the Japanese eShop although Wii U owners are more catered for than 3DS owners. Six Arc System Works games are on sale including BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II, Shifting World and Let’s Make a Rollercoaster 3D. Create Office have offers on Cooking Mama 4 and Gardening Mama (that bunny!) and finally Media-5 with a number of the edutational Let’s Play With The Greco (that sounds one hella racist) games. Go to http://www.nintendo.co.jp/campaign/2014summer/index.html for further details.

Harvest Moon Novice Ranchers

Nope, not yet another new Harvest Moon game but Marvelous AQL are updating the Connecting New Worlds game (North American Story of Seasons) to have a Novice Ranchers mode which is basically an easier game aimed at crap gamers (me!) with lower shop prices etc. No idea whether this will be the version hitting the West. The update will be free for existing owners. Novice Ranchers is also coming to the eShop on 24 July for ¥5,184. Pity the lower shop prices didn’t translate there.

Edit: @lite_agent confirms it should be the Western version.

Famitsu Charts Week 28

01./00. Yokai Watch 2 (1.281,096)
02./01. Taiko no Tatsujin 3DS 2 (17,921)
03./02. Yokai Watch (16,883)
04./03. Pokémon Art Academy (8,331)
05./04. Pokemon X & Y (4,189)
06./05. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2014 (3,687)
07./07. Monster Hunter 4 (3,632)
08./06. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3,148)
09./08. Mario Kart 7 (3,033)
10./09. Mario Party: Island Tour (2,561)
11./10. Puzzle & Dragons Z (2,060)
12./12. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (1,936)
13./11. Kirby Triple Deluxe (1,934)

3DS hardware up to 56,973. Next week will see Gundam, Hamatora and Hoppeland.