Salutations, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to yet another action packed edition of Go West!, your weekly-ish column about new Japanese game releases, my beautiful hair, and rainy season.
There’s not a ton out this week, but there are a handful of notable releases sure to get you guys and gals excited. Our buddies at Idea Factory also make an appearance! Huzzah!
And if they don’t? Well, I suppose you could always just buy Natsuiro High School and suffer like I did.
It’s a pretty good time to be a Trails fan, whether you’re a Japanese speaker or an English speaker.
On the NA/EU end, Trails in the Sky SC is primed to come out for PC and PSP (digitally) sometime this summer. The four year wait is over. XSEED has also announced their commitment to releasing Trails of Cold Steel and Trails of Cold Steel II (the Sen no Kiseki games), with the first one coming later this year to Vita/PS3, and the second likely to hit next year. If all these new Trails games do well in the west (they should), you can bet your butts that the missing three games will end up in English too. The time of Trails is upon us.
Meanwhile in Japan, we’re getting another up-port, this time of the original FC game. That means full voice for the story, sharper resolution than the PSP, remixed tracks (for better or worse), more CG illustrations for story stuff, some new side quests, and various other little bonuses. These are extremely story heavy games, and I personally think that full voice adds a whole lot to the experience.
Sadly, the chances of this particular version going west are fairly low. Chara-Ani and Kadokawa’s trail (lol) of voice actor contracts runs thick and nonsensically, and XSEED has been very clear that while they tried their best to do something about it, the answer amounted to “no.”
If you want to test your Japanese out and desperately need voiced Trails, pick this one up. Otherwise, make sure to support the English language releases!
Flower and Snow is something like a fan disc to the original Moujuutsukai to Oujisama, so don’t expect a complete experience if you’re coming into this without playing the first game.
There are a total of four different modes included: Another Story, After Story, Side Story, and The Notebook of Franz. Another Story functions as a what if narrative that doesn’t continue the plot threads of the original game. After Story is something of an epiloque, in which Tiana and her lover are finally together. It recounts the trials and tribulations they go through after the original game. Side Story takes place during the original game and tells a new tale. Finally, The Notebook of Franz goes into the history of trying to save the last witch, from the perspective of Tiana’s father.
Basically what I’m trying to say is this: go play the original game first. Derp.
If I wasn’t so broke right now, I’d have already bought this.
I’m a sucker for Arc System Works, and the DBZ fan inside me still lives on, all these years later. The thought of those two coming together is exciting, especially when there are sprites involved. We’re talking 24 playable characters, and over 70 assist characters, and perhaps even a few more that might be made available at a later date. Super Extreme Butouden also has a story mode, an adventure mode, team battles, and quite a bit more.
Really, it’s just nice to see the return of the Butouden series;I adored back on the Super Famicom. I know some people prefer the various 3D games of the last decade or so, but the 2D fighters will always hold a special place in my heart.
It’s a new Rhythm Tengoku game. What else do you need to know?
Actually, there’s probably a lot that you should be informed of. First and foremost is that this isn’t a completely new game. Out of the over 100+ mini-games, 70 of them are from previous games. Think of it as a sort of best of package. That being said, there are still 30 new games, and that’s not a number to be laughed at.
I admitted recently that I had never actually played one of these games, much to my own shame. I picked this one up digitally and have been playing it a few days, and I totally see the appeal. The quick, micro nature of the games, the weird themes, the catchy beats: it all comes together to form this unique gaming experience.
The only problem I’m having with The Best+ is how wordy it is. I’m clicking through more dialogue than I’d like inbetween games. That said, it’s completely worth the minor frustration.
It’s really good.
[And that’s it for this week! Next episode’s biggest release is undoubtedly Heavensward, but there’s still some minor stuff hitting store shelves. Please be excited. Catch you all next time!]