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Japan eShop Round-Up (08/08/2012)

by Danny Bivens - August 9, 2012, 8:55 am EDT
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If you wear a primary colored suit to work, prepare to be thrown.

There’s a pretty hefty amount of titles available today on the eShop in Japan, including a people throwing simulator from Nintendo. Let’s take a look at all of the content from this week:

3DS Downloadable Titles

Gyōretsu Nageloop – 700 yen
Itsu demo Issho ni BLACKJACK – 400 yen
Okiraku Beach Volley[ball] – 500 yen


Fire Emblem: Kakusei – Iden Kizuna no Shūkakusai – 100 yen (until 9/30)
FIre Emblem: Kakusei – Idensei to Shi no Sakai ni – 250 yen

Virtual Console

Rockman 2: Dr. Wiley no Nazo (Famicom) – 500 yen
Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun Bangai Randō-hen (Double Dragon II: The Revenge, Game Boy) – 400 yen
Columns (Game Gear) – 300 yen
Mario Open Golf (Famicom, Ambassador game) – 500 yen (available 08/10)

Video Content

There are a few different videos this week, including two 3D streaming movies. First up, though, there is a video highlighting the contents of the recently released DLC for FIre Emblem: Kakusei. The video is about four minutes long and shows off the different maps that will be available with each pack. It also tells us how one of the packs is going to be sold at a discount price of 100 yen until September 30.

As I mentioned above, there are two 3D streaming videos that were added to the eShop this week. The first video is for Gyōretsu Nageloop, which is a semi-sequel to the DS and WiiWare Magnetica, has players throwing different colored people into a line. If three or more colors match up, they disappear. If you can clear all of the people from the stage, you complete the area. The second 3D streaming video is for a game called Girls Mode, which is basically a fashion game. The players cut hair, dress up their characters and prepare them for the runway. If you are reading this article, this is probably something that you wouldn’t really get in to, however, my cohort in crime, James Charlton, would probably be interested.

Software Impressions

I decided to pick up the insane game developed by Mitchell and published by Nintendo, Gyōretsu Nageloop. The name itself means something like “line throwing loop.” As I mentioned above, the goal of the game is to take people in colored suits (red, green, blue, etc.) and throw them into line next to two or more people of the same color. If you match three or more of the same colored people together, they disappear. If you clear out everyone from the line, you clear the stage. The game puts you in the role of two different girls, Grace and Savannah. Before each stage, the game has a video depicting the girls doing various things around town, usually not making a whole lot of sense. When Grace is walking around, she seems to be just meandering about and then randomly runs into tons of people in colored suits. In the first stage that I played as Savannah, on the other hand, she was in a large lecture hall, and fell asleep on top of a paper. The weird videos coupled with the graphics that are digitalized sprites based on actors makes for really wacky, but charming presentation.

Gameplay is controlled solely by using the touch screen. To choose where you want to throw the person you have holding over your head (strange considering these are girls are no older than 18), there is a line of dots on the touch screen with each dot corresponding to a person on the 3D screen. Sometimes the line will be static and not move, but other times, the further you get into the game, the line will be moving or other people will be trying to enter the line. For each stage, you have a certain amount of time to clear the lines before you can complete it. I’ve made it through the first few stages with no problems, and even with other people trying to enter the line, you have the option to throw somebody at them to prevent entry to the line.

There’s no doubt about it, this game is absurd. I never played its predecessor, Magnetica on the DS or on WiiWare, so I have no idea how this game really compares to them. From what I’ve played so far, the wackiness mixed in with the light puzzle elements are quite a bit of fun. I’m not quite sure if I would say that it was worth 700 yen, though.

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