Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town Coming to Switch
Marvelous have announced a full remake of the Game Boy Advance game Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town (as “Bokujou Monogatari: Saikai no Mineral Town”) for Nintendo Switch on 17 October 2019. The Switch remake allows you to choose either Boy or Girl protagonist. Development is currently 85% complete. More details will be in Weekly Famitsu this week. Teaser scan added below…
1st reviewer: It’s not just the looks of the stages; the exquisite story with a balance in gags and serious [parts] is also anime-styled. An all-stars-like gathering, which sees appearances from not only the movie version but also the protagonist and Yokais from the Shadow Side, makes a strongly influential story that fans ought to get totally addicted with. For the battles, the action where you absorb “Yokai Aura” from enemies gives a tactical [element] unique to this game and if feels very good. You can also control the humans, and there is a sense of unity when fighting together with “Friend Yokais” which is great. 10
2nd reviewer: I’m excited with the Yokais that have been drawn with greatly evolved graphics and a story of an adventure that surpasses time & space. The battles, which have been completely changed, have a good strategic element where you fight while also switching “Watchers” other than Yokais. There may be some people who might feel difficulty in following the quick story development, but being able to directly control Yokais is also good. The process of befriending a Yokai has become a bit more tedious, but having Yokais appear with different atmospheres and abilities in each world is interesting. 9
3rd reviewer: The all-stars composition which transcends time & space is extravagant. Each of them has spotlights in both story and battles, which is good. Although it’s unfortunate that Inaho does not join as a Watcher, they did give her a place to play a proper role, so that’s okay to me. You can feel the bonds between humans and Yokais in battles. You can calmly deal with situations by making use of pausing the game, which is also a great point. Some of the quests may feel like errands, but NaviOne’s auto-movement halvens the interesting factor. 9
4th reviewer: The graphics and sounds, which have been dramatically improved in details while crossing through the series’ past titles, promote a juvenile story that travels all over time and space. While systems related to battle power enhancements are a bit too complex, massive beatups and switching injured members unexpectedly make the battles still bearable. There is a thorough attention to keep young players interested in enjoying this without forcing things, with item placements that make detours fun among others. The collection features are also complete with extra content including privilege bonuses and collaborations. 9
Full page magazine advert for Super Mario Maker 2 taken from the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu. The game is now out in Japan! Order physical copies of the magazine here and use the code JPNINTENDO for 5% off all orders over $20!
This week’s issue (No.1595) of Weekly Famitsu magazine sees the removal of Nintendo 3DS from the release schedule section on its pagess. After the cancellation of Mobile Ball last week (read this post for more), it’s expected that few -if any- Japanese 3DS games will see release in the future on the portable.
In his latest column in Weekly Famitsu Issue No.1595, Masahiro Sakurai talks about the recent Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC announcements. He wanted to include the legendary Command Prompt with the Dragon Quest Hero. Originally the Hero was to be silent until Dragon Quest XI S added voice actors.
Banjo & Kazooie were requested in large numbers by fans from the west. Sakurai said that both Microsoft and Rare for their assistance. Sakurai also notes that he doesn’t really care for console wars, and ends in saying he wants to please all the fans of the original games.
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Review scores in Weekly Famitsu Issue No.1595 included Yo-kai Watch 4 scoring an impressive 37/40, with one reviewer giving it a 10 and the other three giving it nines. Look out for the full translated review at Japanese Nintendo in the coming days! Check out all the Famitsu scores at this page. Buy the game here and use the code JPNINTENDO for 5% off. Thanks to Ryokutya.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tourney Magazine Advert
Another full page magazine advert for the Dairantou Smash Bros. SPECIAL (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate) tournament for elementary school students, taken from the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu. This as appears the same as last week’s, but check out the ad from the week before here. Order physical copies of the magazine here and use the code JPNINTENDO for $3 off!
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tourney Magazine Advert
Another full page magazine advert for the Dairantou Smash Bros. SPECIAL (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate) tournament for elementary school students, taken from the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu. Check out last week’s ad here. Order physical copies of the magazine here and use the code JPNINTENDO for $3 off!