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This is why I keep playing Weapon Shop

Like right after I told everyone to definitely pick up Weapon Shop de Omasse from the eShop, I felt guilty because it isn’t for everyone. It has some bright spots, but this weapon rental sim can also get boring at points — I have a habit of getting carried away with hyping games just because they surprised me with something cute or different (see Contact or the entire GG Series).

What keeps me coming back to this flawed title from Level-5’s Guild01 collection, though, is its Twitter-esque stream of messages that pop up in the background while you play, posted by customers who’ve rented your weapons and other adventurers. The “Grindcast” service delivers updates that play on RPG tropes, gaming/geek culture in-jokes, and just pure nonsense. It even has characters using ridiculous hashtags, or in the case of Grandma Snow, not knowing how to use hashtags at all.

So it’s not for everyone, but it’s very amusing if you’re into taking a peek at the lives of NPCs from RPGs when you’re not all up in their business. It’s the most fun I’ve had on a social network ever since Maré Odomo scaled back his tweet output. :o( Thanks to Pretzelhog, Derek, Joel, and Meg for the screens (I love all the Grindcast updates people are posting on Miiverse).

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This happened in Weapon Shop de Omasse ⊟
How great is Level-5 International America for 3DS owners right now? I mean, the company released Inazuma Eleven last week, is putting out Weapon Shop de Omasse this Thursday, and will sell every previous Guild game on the eShop for $2.99/€2.99 until this Sunday.
Oh, and this afternoon it tweeted this: “Between the game and the anime, Yo-kai Watch is a success in Japan! Would you like to see Yo-kai Watch in the US/EU?” ♪┏(・o・)┛♪┗ ( ・o・) ┓♪
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This happened in Weapon Shop de Omasse ⊟

How great is Level-5 International America for 3DS owners right now? I mean, the company released Inazuma Eleven last week, is putting out Weapon Shop de Omasse this Thursday, and will sell every previous Guild game on the eShop for $2.99/€2.99 until this Sunday.

Oh, and this afternoon it tweeted this: “Between the game and the anime, Yo-kai Watch is a success in Japan! Would you like to see Yo-kai Watch in the US/EU?” ♪┏(・o・)┛♪┗ ( ・o・) ┓♪

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Guild games at their lowest price ever ⊟
In honor of the SURPRISE release of Inazuma Eleven and the upcoming completion of the Guild series with Weapon Shop de Omasse (new trailer here!), Level-5 has put all its other 3DS eShop games on sale through 2/23!
They’re all $2.99/€2.99/₤2.69, soooo I guess I’m finally going to buy and never have time for Crimson Shroud! And Starship Damrey! The rest of you should really make sure to get Attack of the Friday Monsters and Aero Porter at the very least.
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Guild games at their lowest price ever ⊟

In honor of the SURPRISE release of Inazuma Eleven and the upcoming completion of the Guild series with Weapon Shop de Omasse (new trailer here!), Level-5 has put all its other 3DS eShop games on sale through 2/23!

They’re all $2.99/€2.99/₤2.69, soooo I guess I’m finally going to buy and never have time for Crimson Shroud! And Starship Damrey! The rest of you should really make sure to get Attack of the Friday Monsters and Aero Porter at the very least.

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Guild01 games on sale at the eShop
From April 18 to May 30, Level-5 will sell everything from its Guild01 compilation at a discount on the U.S. eShop: 
Aero Porter - $4.99 to $2.99
Crimson Shroud - $7.99 to $4.99
Liberation Maiden - $7.99 to $4.99 — same price as the iOS edition (the awesome artwork above, by the way, was painted in Colors 3D by Arlmuffin)
Europe’s eShop also has a sale for those games, as well as for Virtue’s Last Reward. As usual, make sure to keep an eye on our upcoming releases page for more eShop deals and Amazon sales.
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Guild01 games on sale at the eShop

From April 18 to May 30, Level-5 will sell everything from its Guild01 compilation at a discount on the U.S. eShop: 

  • Aero Porter - $4.99 to $2.99
  • Crimson Shroud - $7.99 to $4.99
  • Liberation Maiden - $7.99 to $4.99 — same price as the iOS edition (the awesome artwork above, by the way, was painted in Colors 3D by Arlmuffin)

Europe’s eShop also has a sale for those games, as well as for Virtue’s Last Reward. As usual, make sure to keep an eye on our upcoming releases page for more eShop deals and Amazon sales.

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Crimson Shroud has a very specific audience
eShop releases rarely get any serious burn on high-profile gaming sites, so big ups to Penny Arcade for dedicating a comic to this niche, tabletop-style RPG from Nex Entertainment and Yasumi Matsuno (Final Fantasy Tactics, Vagrant Story).
Those of you who follow us on Twitter — which you all should just for the extra, goofy links we post — likely saw me lamenting that the game is “kind of not fun.” I know many others have enjoyed Crimson Shroud, and that there are certain expectations you need to go in with to appreciate the title, but it wasn’t for me.
I wasn’t a fan of the limited character customization outside of equipment upgrades and skills you learned every few battles, the two hours I spent killing skeletons in Chapter 2 to get a random drop, and other quirks that you could probably blame on Crimson Shroud being a short adventure rather than a full RPG.
My primary disappointment, I think, was I wanted more tabletop/pen-and-paper trappings in the game — tactical positioning during combat, opportunities to progress by using non-combat skills, etc. If that doesn’t sound like a big loss to you, though, don’t let me stop you from picking up Crimson Shroud. The story should meet the high expectations of Matsuno fans, and it’s really a special release that’s unlike any other RPG out there.
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Crimson Shroud has a very specific audience

eShop releases rarely get any serious burn on high-profile gaming sites, so big ups to Penny Arcade for dedicating a comic to this niche, tabletop-style RPG from Nex Entertainment and Yasumi Matsuno (Final Fantasy Tactics, Vagrant Story).

Those of you who follow us on Twitter — which you all should just for the extra, goofy links we post — likely saw me lamenting that the game is “kind of not fun.” I know many others have enjoyed Crimson Shroud, and that there are certain expectations you need to go in with to appreciate the title, but it wasn’t for me.

I wasn’t a fan of the limited character customization outside of equipment upgrades and skills you learned every few battles, the two hours I spent killing skeletons in Chapter 2 to get a random drop, and other quirks that you could probably blame on Crimson Shroud being a short adventure rather than a full RPG.

My primary disappointment, I think, was I wanted more tabletop/pen-and-paper trappings in the game — tactical positioning during combat, opportunities to progress by using non-combat skills, etc. If that doesn’t sound like a big loss to you, though, don’t let me stop you from picking up Crimson Shroud. The story should meet the high expectations of Matsuno fans, and it’s really a special release that’s unlike any other RPG out there.

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The game is actually extremely text-heavy, and it functions on the expressive power of its text and language. Hirai-san, the creator, is a famous comedian in Japan, and the game is deeply rooted in his talent for expressing Japanese culture through language. We need to consider the high pedigree of translation required, and the time and money needed to do that with this amount of text may surprise you.

Level-5 International America explaining why Omasse Rental Weapon Shop is the only Guild01 game not to be localized. The other obvious reason given is concern over the size of the potential audience.

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If you’re jealous that Liberation Maiden is already out in Europe’s eShop but not in the U.S., you can still get a look at what the English version of the Goichi Suda-designed game is like in this 12-minute clip posted by NintenDaan.

I try not to watch these extended play-throughs just so I can come into the experience knowing as little as possible, especially when it comes to smaller downloadable titles, but this is a nice preview of the work Level-5 put into this, even recording and throwing in English voices.

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eShop goin’ HAM for rest of 2012: Guild01, Crashmo, and mad demo/VC releases

If I had been asked to put together a Nintendo Direct video for North America to present all of today’s eShop news, it would have essentially been an animation of Pushmo's Mallo jumping around to a Kanye West and Jay-Z song, singing “ball so hard Miyamoto wanna fine me.”

Nintendo did not ask me to put together that video. But I’ll do my best to collect today’s eShop news anyway:

  • Crashmo, a sequel to last year’s amazing and cute puzzler Pushmo, releases on November 22
  • Three games from Level-5’s Guild01 will release in the U.S. before the end of the year: LIberation Maiden, Crimson Shroud, and Aero Porter
  • Several first-party 3DS titles from Nintendo’s back catalog, as well as six more Virtual Console NES games, are coming to eShop

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More GBA titles coming to 3DS Virtual Console? That’s what Nintendo of Australia site appears to suggest, showing GBA as a supported platform on its Virtual Console page, along with a priced listing for Dr. Mario. Given the effort needed to put together the pages, this doesn’t look like a slip-up.

So far, the only 3DS owners who’ve been able to play GBA titles are us Ambassador Certificate holders. But we’ve only had access to a limited set of games, so it will be nice to get more releases of GBA classics (e.g. Advance Wars).

Oh, and more eShop news out of Australia: Liberation Maiden, the Guild01 action game designed by Goichi Suda, has been rated by the country’s classification board, suggesting that it will see a standalone digital release, instead of shipping in a retail collection.

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Guild02 has Inafune and other rad dudes

Yes, Guild01 hasn’t released in Japan yet, but Level-5 has already announced a sequel to the 3DS omnibus. The collection of names involved in this follow-up might not seem as hype-worthy at first — 01's Suda51, Yoot Saito, and Yasumi Matsuno are hard to top — but I am here to tell you that we are in the midst of a dope situation.

Guild02 features four games from ex-Mega Man producer Keiji Inaune, My Summer Vacation creator Kazu Ayabe, and Chunsoft’s Kazuya Asano and Takemaru Abiko. Let us discuss the dopeness levels after the break.

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There’s some Time Travelers footage at the end of this Guild01 trailer released today, which is fitting considering Guild01 includes a demo for the new adventure game from 428 director Jiro Ishii. Also, the video is an excuse to admire Yasumi Matsuno’s Crimson Shroud.

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Guild01, which is already composed of four different games, somehow has room for part of a fifth. Level-5 announced today that it’ll bundle a demo of cinematic adventure game Time Travelers with the compilation. 

Guild01 is due in Japan May 31; Time Travelers is so far just set for “2012.” Maybe Level-5 will have a giant TGS-style booth at E3 to announce large-scale North American publishing operations? That is a complete fantasy we can enjoy together for a moment.

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