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Japan eShop Round-Up (09/14/2011)

by Danny Bivens - September 14, 2011, 8:52 am PDT
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A conspiracy behind the removal of bikini sumo matches (for females) and hands on with the recently released Picture Lives! come to you this week.

It’s been a crazy week for Nintendo in Japan with Tuesday's 3DS Conference, and the eShop has been hit with a deluge of new content, mainly coming in video form. There still were a few games released as well, so let’s take a look:

3DS Downloadable Software

Okiraku Bowling 3D - 500 yen

Dot Eater New Pick-dan - 300 yen

Nikori Puzzle Heyawake - 500 yen

Virtual Console

BurgerTime Deluxe - 400 yen

Video Content

Unless you’re a Nintendo fan who has been living in a Dodongo’s Cavern for the past week (and/or didn’t read my introduction to this week’s article), you are probably aware that the Nintendo held a 3DS Conference in Japan on Tuesday. Tons of games were announced and numerous videos and screen shots were shared. Thankfully for 3DS owners in Japan, NIntendo has made many (if not all) of the videos shown at the conference available on the eShop. Some are streaming in 2D, while others are 3D clips are available via download. For more information, check out our news story about it from yesterday.

As it stands right now, the only video available on Nintendo Video is the original video that was introduced to the European market with the first 3DS firmware update. The video is about a minute and a half long and features a variety of nature scenes, sky diving, skateboarding, and snowboarding. It looks great, but is again, a bit disappointing. 

Itsu no Ma ni Terebi has been more or less the same. As I mentioned last week, the Idoling crew WAS at their Guam location filming the girls doing sumo wrestling in bikinis on an inflatable ring in a pool. Interestingly enough, I happened to catch the final episode from poolside, and wow, it was a pretty rough affair. To give you a little bit of background on a typical “sumo” match between the girls. They usually consist of two dainty Japanese girls coming up to each other, hugging, and then someone (easily) manages to get pushed out of the ring all within about ten seconds. The final match from Guam on the other hand was ridiculous and completely different from the typical match. It started off similar enough, with the girls clashing in the middle of the ring, but after watching for a few seconds, I realized this match was unlike any that I’ve ever seen on the program. The two girls ended up rolling around on the mat, in their bikinis, pushing at each other with all they had. It probably went on for a good 30-40 seconds which is definitely not typical for this kind of thing. The match ended when one of the girls finally was forced to take the inevitable plunge in the pool. Oddly enough, when I tried to access Idoling the next day, I was told that the parental controls were keeping me from watching the program. After realizing that I hadn’t set up the parental controls in the Itsu no Ma ni Terebi application, I changed them and was able to watch the next episode, which was no longer from the Guam location. In my mind, there has to be a connection with battling busty vixens from the pool that had something to do with this. It’s difficult to know whether the return to the normal studio from Guam and the addition of parental restriction to the show was just a coincidence or the result of some kind of complaint made to Nintendo or content provider Fuji TV. 

Software Impressions

Shortly after the last Japan eShop Round-Up, I purchased Ikimono Zukuri Crea-toy (Picture Lives! outside of Japan). For anyone that has played the game (like our very own James Jones at E3), it is ridiculously obvious that this game is extremely odd. The game is based heavily around the concept of creating your own content, which is not just limited to creating your very own Kunyape (the name of the creatures in the game), but also other things such as trees, landscapes, houses. Initially, you are very limited with what you can create, only having the ability to create a basic Kunyape with limbs, eyes, mouths and the ability to change its color. After putting more time into the game, you unlock accessories and also other body parts for your creature creating pleasure. Things such as wings (or a singular, wing, rather), tires, and more can be added to your creature to give it different abilities that can take it places where it could not have reached before. Your creations can go as far as your imagination can take you.

Picture Lives! is a pretty unique title that can give 3DS owners a creative outlet to make the creatures from the deepest recesses or their minds come to life. It seems pretty clear that this title was not originally intended to be a 3DS downloadable title considering the fact that the game features no 3D content whatsoever. I’ll be honest, while I haven’t played the game for hours upon hours, what I have see so far shows confirms this. The lack of 3D does not take away from the charm, or weirdness of the game and the inclusion of StreetPass in the game for exchanging creatures could make for some interesting creatures coming your way. This is definitely not a game for everyone. 


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