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Subterranean: Bachelor for life
Why did so many DS games use this awful font that squished Ms like this. :o/
Houkago Shounen / After-school Boy
Here’s a really neat Konami title for the DS that released in Japan a few years ago but nowhere else. A cool guy wrote this description for the import:
“The adventure game, set in 1975, casts the player as a young elementary student one month before he moves away, doing the best he can to have as much fun and spend as much time as possible with friends before saying goodbye.
The game features a town to explore, with childhood haunts like parks and candy shops, as well as a school (obviously) and a shrine.”
Most people probably forgot about this one, but I always remembered it for being the closest thing the DS got to a Boku no Natsuyasumi (My Summer Vacation) game. Why was there never a fan translation for this?
Kinda hoping that Ray Barnholt sees this post and decides to include a tiny thing on Houkago Shounen in his Scroll issue for Boku no Natsuyasumi — the Kickstarter campaign for that still has 10 days left if you want to contribute!
Take your pick from these two Ni no Kuni deals!
You can buy the heavily discounted Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch for PlayStation 3, now just $39.99.
Or you can import Ni no Kuni: Shikkoku no Madōshi for the original DS, which is also $39.99 right now — it plays just fine on U.S. systems, and comes with the magic book. Plus, there’s a fan translation project for it that hasn’t died yet.
[Update: Dang, apparently shipping costs from Play-Asia are nuts, like over $20 :o/ ]
There’s the option to buy both, too, but then you’re not saving much money today…
IMAGE VIA Unfocused Mind
For our Japanese readers planning to attend a baseball game today, here are some more useful English phrases you can yell out when things aren’t going well for your team. It’s perfectly normal to scream “biggest disappointment” and “clubhouse problem” when someone strikes out.
Also, here are the English words for items you’ll probably need the next time you’re at the store.
Once again, these screenshots are from a Tose-developed, Nintendo-published (only in Japan) language training application, Tabi no Yubisashi Kaiwachou DS: America. This DS release probably would have gone unnoticed were it not for these screencaps posted by Zanxon.
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Finally, I can be myself
And not have to worry about all the posturing and pretending to be someone I’m really not, just to live up to this image people in town have of me. Thanks, Nibbles. And thanks, Fight Off Nooks Mortgage, for sharing this shot!
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Just a fun screenshot from Rune Factory 3 that popped up on Tumblr today, courtesy of CD-ROMantic. Oh, and a reminder that Rune Factory 4 is coming out July 19, hopefully with more jokes like this one.
In your face, Mario
With Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon releasing today and March Madness now in progress, let us celebrate both with this shot of the taller Mario Bros. sinking a basket over his sibling. With this buzzer beater, I’m sure Luigi has messed up almost everyone’s bracket.
I bet you forgot all about Mario Hoops 3-on-3.
We all have more than enough to play without even thinking about our backlogs, but if you do decide to pick this up, judging by our list of upcoming releases, you will have time to play it during the first week of April. May also looks open for now, as far as 3DS releases go.
Then Animal Crossing: New Leaf ($5 off) hits on June 9, and we expect to have our schedule filled up afterward until forever.
Important days and phrases to know when visiting America
Again, this is a Nintendo-published game? I wonder if any American ever gave this DS language trainer (Tabi no Yubisashi Kaiwachou DS: America) a pass before Nintendo published it in Japan.
And did the people developing this at TOSE realize just how inappropriate some of the phrases they’re teaching Japanese tourists are?
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Oh my god, this is a Nintendo game?
Tose developed this language training import, Tabi no Yubisashi Kaiwachou DS: America, but Nintendo actually published it in Japan seven years ago. Zanxon posted these, and tells me that this is from the American slang section — for instance, the second screenshot tells you what to say at a baseball game.
The best part about this — other than that it’s a DS game teaching Japanese tourists to yell out obscenities when they attend a baseball game in the States — is that you get a spoken version of each phrase, too.
10-year-old Eric would have loved this. Wait, 30-year-old Eric still loves this.
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This looks totally dangerous, but it’s how Margarita found her daughter Ruth’Anne playing her DS Lite when she walked in the room. Kids have a knack for finding odd ways/places to play portable games!
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While we wait for more news from the 3DS hacking front, the DS homebrew development scene continues to put out the occasional release, like this impressive prototype inspired by Portal. By the way, someone also put out a 2D Portal remake for DS several years ago, and it was pretty awesome!
The French coder behind this project, Smealum (who you might remember for his work on the Minecraft DS project), says PortalDS is “nowhere near playable yet,” but that he’ll eventually add other updates including audio. You should note that the above video was shot with an emulator, so you’ll see some graphical glitches not present in the actual game.
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