3 Ways Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Differs from the Other Titles – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Report
12.July.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / SPOT
Nintendo attended this year’s Japan Expo in Paris, which ran from July 4 to 8. They were set up in a 1,300m² space where fans had the opportunity to try out the highly-anticipated next entry to the Smash series, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which is set for release on December 7, 2018.
MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON had the opportunity to play the game at the event. Here’s our report.
Nintendo’s behemoth play space
Nintendo’s huge area stood out from the other booths at the event. People could try playing Splatoon 2 and Nintendo Labo, and there was a stage area that could fit around 1,000 people. They really had it all.
Fans could even take a photo with their favourite characters.
Onto the main event – the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate booth. Despite it being 9:00am the line was huge!
Here it is, the new Smash game. As a side note, did you know the title of the game is different in Japan? In Japan it’s called Super Smash Bros. Special.
The GameCube controller is compatible again just like with Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It feels great to hold and the L, R, A and B buttons are nice and easy to press.
The middle of the controller is decorated with the iconic Smash symbol.
His fingers were itching to play as Kirby first. The opponent was chosen randomly and ended up being the Pokémon Trainer.
■Point 1: Smoother & Speedier Gameplay
The in-game movement feels smoother than previous titles in the series and the response is much quicker.
Also, in the other games you were never able to freely move and attack while in mid-air, but in Ultimate you can move up, down, left and right after jumping.
■Point 2: Special Moves Changed
Bomberman is assisting us with his bomb explosion
The characters’ special moves, including Kirby, have changed. We wanted to try out some of the other characters too, but we ran out of time. We’re definitely excited to see the rest of the special moves once the game comes out.
Let’s check out some of the new characters that have been added to the franchise. There’s Daisy from the Mario series, Inkling from the Splatoon, and Ridley from Metroid.
First up we saw Inkling and Ridley. We also chose the new stage Moray Towers which is from Splatoon.
You have to move up and down on Moray Towers which can be a little difficult if you’re not used to it.
This is Inkling’s special move, it’s pretty strong.
Inkling uses paint and ink tanks for her moves just like in Splatoon.
And Ridley’s move set works kind of like Charizard.
■Point 3: Several Characters Have Unique Abilities
We heard from a member of staff that characters who used similar moves up to now have been given their own original abilities.
For example, Fox, Captain Falcon and Wolf have all had similar abilities up to now, but in the new game they are decked out with their own skill sets, so they all play differently.
Having gotten our fill of the game, this ends the report.
All the characters from the first title up to now will feature in Ultimate. The game is perfect for anyone who hasn’t gamed much recently and were crazy for Smash when they were younger.
Look out for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate coming to Nintendo Switch on December 7.
①Smoother and speedier gameplay
②Special moves changed
③Several characters now decked out with their own unique abilities
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Performs Theme Song for RPG Dark Tales ~Mirror and Mad Princess~
18.April.2023 | ANIME&GAME
The smartphone game Dark Tales ~Mirror and Mad Princess~ was officially released on April 11, and the popular singer and talent Kyary Pamyu Pamyu performed the theme song for the title.
The dark RPG tells a tale of the loss of childlike innocence and was pre-downloaded over 1 million times. The theme song, Magical Mirror, was written and composed by Yasutaka Nakata.
Fans of the genre won’t want to miss out on this mysterious mobile title!
RPG Dark Tales ~Mirror and Mad Princess~
Japanese Indie Game Label Yokaze to Hold Exhibition at Taipei Game Show
27.January.2023 | ANIME&GAME
Japanese indie game label Yokaze will exhibit many anticipated upcoming titles at the 2023 Taipei Game Show. The event will be held in Taiwan from February 2 until February 5, 2023.
ghostpia’s visuals mix warm, delicate art that would be fit for an illustrated children’s book with glitch and noise effects, for a strangely nostalgic visual novel vibe. The story takes place in a snowy town where immortal “ghosts” live. When Sayoko, a girl who doesn’t belong, meets Yoru, a newcomer to town, her world begins to change. Her thoughts begin to drift outside of the town, and certain events bring her back to a lost friendship. Filled with mystery and a bit of violence, this title is being touted as a movie you can read on PC.
Release Date: 2023
Platform: Nintendo Switch™/Steam, etc.
Recolit is a pixel art mystery adventure game where players explore a strange town by following trails of light. After your spaceship crash lands in a mysterious place, you’ll have to help the residents of the town as you explore and progress through the story.
Developer: Image Labo
Release Date: 2023
Platform: Steam/itch.io (Others planned)
Kitsune: The Journey of Adashino
Kitsune: The Journey of Adashino is a 3D adventure game set in a mysterious version of Japan. One day, a fox girl and her frog friend find themselves on a mysterious island shrouded by darkness but for a few floating lights. Torii gates, food stall lanterns, and neon signs give light and color to the island. Something is lurking in the shadows, inching ever closer. Kitsune can use light to temporarily blind these demons, giving her enough time to find safe routes and hiding places. Be sure to enjoy this curious tale when it releases in the future!
Release Date: TBD
Platform: Nintendo Switch™/Steam (Others planned)
Taipei Game Show 2023
Running: February 2 – February 5, 2023
Exhibitor Name: Yokaze
Booth Number: S-24
Official Site: https://tgs.tca.org.tw/index_2c_e.php
Super Mario Apparel and Home Decor Now Available from gelato pique
09.November.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION
Popular loungewear brand gelato pique will begin selling items from the Happy Mario Home Collection, the third installment of the SUPER MARIO meets GELATO PIQUE collection, on November 10. 32 items will be available at gelato pique stores nationwide, the official USAGI ONLINE store, and official Nintendo stores in Tokyo and Osaka.
On November 4, the official gelato pique online store USAGI ONLINE launched a special page dedicated to Super Mario.
Jacquard Pullover & Long Pants Set
Jacquard Shawl Cardigan
Patterned Shirt & Long Pants Set
Hoodie and Long Pants Set
[Bedding] (Single) 3-piece Set / BABY MOCO Jacquard Blanket
Snack Bowl & Mini Tongs Set / Cup
Patterned Pouch / Hand Towel & Pouch Set
BABY MOCO Series
Decorate your home and deck yourself out in your favorite Super Mario characters!
gelato pique’s Happy Mario Home Collection
Release Date: November 10, 2022
Where to Buy: gelato pique locations nationwide: https://gelatopique.com/Page/shoplist.aspx
[USAGI ONLINE STORE] Laforet Harajuku / Yokohama Joinus / Shinsaibashi PARCO / Naha Main Place / Entetsu Department Store / Toyota / Keihan Mall Kyobashi / Akita OPA
[Nintendo TOKYO] [Nintendo OSAKA] https://www.nintendo.co.jp/officialstore/
A portion of the collection will be sold at the Tokyo and Osaka Nintendo stores.
Nintendo OSAKA will begin selling items from the collection on opening day, November 11.
Japanese Card Game SCOUT Nominated for German Game of the Year Award
09.June.2022 | ANIME&GAME
The card game SCOUT, designed by Kei Kajino and developed overseas by Oink Games, was nominated for the Spiel des Jahres Award in Germany on May 23, 2022. The yearly award is given to a card or board game and is known as the highest honor in the world of tabletop games. This is the second time in seven years that a Japanese-designed game has been nominated.
The Spiel des Jahres Award has been given out each year since 1979. There are three categories: Game of the Year, Kids’ Game of the Year, and Complex Game of the Year. Three board or card games are nominated from among those released in Germany in the previous year, and one is awarded the grand prize. The last Japanese game to be nominated was Machi Koro, a board game that has become extremely popular among Western audiences. The grand prize winner will be announced on July 16.
What is SCOUT?
You have suddenly been appointed as the leader of a circus. Using the members of your circus you must put together a show that will beat out your rivals. Everyone on your team has a specific role. To fill in the gaps on your team, try to scout members away from other circus groups! With the addition of just one extra person you may set off an incredible chain reaction that helps you create a show that no other circus will be able to surpass. Will you battle with your current members? Or will you wait it out and try to recruit different ones?
You will feel amazing when you make the right choices in this speedy card game!
A new version has just been released for players purchasing the game from outside of Japan. In Japan, the original version was released by One More Game.
Designer: Kei Kajino
SCOUT! – Original Version
SCOUT! – International Version
Theme Song for Initial D The Arcade Arcade Finally Hits Streaming Services
30.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC
Initial D The Arcade is the tenth game in the Initial D series. Released in February 2021, one particular song from the title has struck a chord with fans. After a long wait, SCRAMBLE EYES by MOTSU vs A-One, has finally been released on streaming services starting May 25!
SCRAMBLE EYES is a fast-paced track blended with sharp vocals and engaging rap. The speedy song is perfect for Initial D, bringing to mind being behind the wheel and driving at top speed. Fans have called the song addictive, and even those who aren’t a fan of the game have been applauding the track across social media.
MOTSU and A-One have both provided comments following the song’s release.
The name SCRAMBLE EYES was inspired by the bright headlights plowing through the darkness during a particular stage in Initial D The Arcade.
I’d be so happy if the listeners could get the same tingling sensation I felt when I met A-One for the first time.
I’m so thankful to be able to create music for Initial D, a series that brought me so much joy as a child.
And collaborating with MOTSU? I absolutely adore him, so I put all of my energy into this track.
If you work hard and don’t back down, your dreams will come true.
But one of my dreams hasn’t come true yet–playing this song live!
MOTSU, let’s do it someday!
Please enjoy this track and really feel the speed and excitement as you race towards your goals!
In 2023, an anime adaptation of MF Ghost, the sequel to Initial D, is scheduled to premiere. The series takes place in the 2020s, when self-driving cars are normal Japan, and focuses on Kanata Livington, a Japanese driver who goes back to Japan after graduating at the top of his class at a racing school in England.
SCRAMBLE EYES – MOTSU vs A-One
Streaming Date: May 25, 2022
Streaming LInks: https://avex.lnk.to/MvsA
Initial D The Arcade Official Site: https://initiald.sega.jp/inidac/
MOTSU Official Site: https://avex.jp/motsu/
A-One Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/AoneJPN
Touhou Project and One Night Werewolf Collaboration Items Now Available
22.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME
ARMA BIANCA, an online store specializing in original goods, is now taking orders for limited-time collaboration items between Touhou Project and One Night Werewolf!
One Night Werewolf Collaboration – Pixel Art Ver.
Preorder Purchase Bonus
Preorder Purchase Bonus
Preorder Purchase Bonus
One Night Werewolf is a card game where players take on the role of a Villager, a Werewolf, or a number of special characters with unique abilities. The goal is to figure out who the Werewolves are and to kill at least one in order to win!
The Touhou characters featured in the collaboration include Reimu Hakurei, Marisa Kirisame, Cirno, Youmu Konpaku, Sakuya Izayoi, Satori Komeiji, Koishi Komeiji, Remilia Scarlet, Flandre Scarlet, and Kagerou Imaizumi.
Touhou Project x One Night Werewolf
Where to Order: ARMA BIANCA
Preorders open until June 20, 2022
Story Game Series POLARIS to Get Second Installment ‘Inside Blue’ in Summer 2022
27.April.2022 | ANIME&GAME
POLARIS, the story game label started by NOMEETS, will get a second installment titled ‘Inside Blue’ this summer. Preorders will open at Spring Game Market 2022 on April 23 and April 24, 2022.
POLARIS is a story game label launched in the winter of 2021. Players become characters in the story, sometimes cooperating and sometimes betraying each other to arrive at their own unique endings. An incredibly immersive experience, the first work ‘RED LINE’ sold 400 units at Winter Game Market 2021, gaining tons of positive reviews. The title has over 300 different endings and a unique design like no other title before.
The second title ‘Inside Blue’ follows a group of high school students trying to solve a summer murder mystery in a small town. This is a massive change from ‘RED LINE,’ which was set in a world filled with humans and vampires in conflict. By interacting with townspeople, attending summer festivals, and enjoying vacation, how will you solve this bizarre and terrifying mystery?
POLARIS-02: Inside Blue
Price: ¥6,000 (Tax Included)
Release Date: Summer 2022
Total Play Time: Around 150 minutes
Number of Players: 5 (No Gamemaster required)
Official Site: https://polaris.game
Princess Peach Joins the LEGO Super Mario Collection
25.March.2022 | ANIME&GAME
LEGO Japan will release seven new products in the LEGO Super Mario series in Japan on August 1, 2022. Princess Peach will finally be making her appearance in the anticipated lineup with some fun new building sets!
LEGO Super Mario allows players to take on challenging LEGO courses filled with characters and coins from the popular video game series. The newest product will star Princess Peach from the Mushroom Kingdom.
Fans can enjoy sound effects and voices from the series as they build the new set. The Peach, Mario, and Luigi figures can be connected via Bluetooth, and players can greet each other and earn bonus coins by working together to defeat enemies. Two players can earn more coins when playing together, so be sure to invite a friend!
The Peach Castle Challenge will be released on the same day. Will you be picking up any of these LEGO sets?
71403 Peach: The Adventure Begins Starter Set
71404 The Goomba’s Shoe
71405 Fuzzy’s Sky Challenge
71406 Yoshi’s Exciting Gift Challenge
71407 Peach’s Power-Up Castle Challenge
71408 Princess Peach’s Challenge
71409 Spike’s Above the Cloud Challenge
Release Date: August 1, 2022 (Japan)
Available at Stores Nationwide
Official Site: https://www.lego.com/ja-jp/themes/super-mario/about?cmp=-shop
Azur Lane Celebrating 4th Anniversary with New Apparel Collection by ZOZOTOWN
03.March.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION
To commemorate the 4th anniversary of the popular smartphone game Azur Lane, the fashion shopping site ZOZOTOWN has launched a limited apparel collaboration exclusive on their website. The Azur Lane Black Collection will be available until March 18, 2022.
Azur Lane is a side-scrolling shoot ‘em up RPG set in an alternate timeline of World War II. Using cute female characters based on warships to battle, the game is popular with players of all ages.
Items at a Glance
ZOZOTOWN × Azur Lane Hoodie
ZOZOTOWN × Azur Lane T-shirt
ZOZOTOWN × Azur Lane Acrylic Stand
ZOZOTOWN × Azur Lane Character Blanket
ZOZOTOWN × Azur Lane Tapestry
Bonus – Original Pin
Lottery Prize: Super Large 50cm Acrylic Stand (Not for Sale)
The Azur Lane Black Collection features seven popular characters from the game–Friedrich der Große, Vittorio Veneto, Belfast, Bremerton, Atago, Ajax, and Unicorn. The illustrations were provided by Modare, Yatsuha, and Rag Miwano and were created exclusively for the collection. In addition to apparel, fans can also pick up acrylic stands, blankets, tapestries, and more.
For every item purchased, customers will receive one original pin. A large acrylic stand will be given away to seven lucky winners, so good luck!
Azur Lane Black Collection by ZOZOTOWN
Available until March 18, 2022 at 11:59
How to Order: https://zozo.jp/search/?p_gtagid=1328113
Rag Miwano: https://twitter.com/rag_ragko
Official Site: https://www.azurlane.jp/
Live Puzzle Game, ‘The Little Wizard and Monsters,’ to be Held in Cosplay City Matsudo
22.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Ready to put your thinking caps on? Gather your best friends and head to Matsudo City in Chiba (about 40 minutes from Tokyo Station) for the real puzzle-solving game ‘The Little Wizard and Monsters ~Enter the Costume Contest, ya hear?~, taking place from December 4, 2021, until March 27, 2022. During the event, guests will have to search for clues in the area around Yabashira Station on the Shin Keisei Line, as well as the 21st Century Forest and Square Park.
The 21st Century Forest and Square Park and Yabashira Station are both very familiar to those in their 20s and 30s who love pop culture, and this event was planned in the hopes that people would learn more about the area. While attempting to solve the puzzle, guests will find plenty of very Instagrammable spots and locations perfect for cherry blossom viewing as well!
Live Puzzle Game ‘Little Wizard and Monsters’ ~Enter the Costume Contest, ya hear?~
Running: December 4, 2021 – March 27, 2022
*Closed Mondays and During New Years Holiday (December 29 – January 3)
Free to Enter
Official Site: https://nazotoki-plus.com/
Mario, Pokemon, and Other Iconic Characters Dance Together at USJ’s New Parade for Spring 2022
26.October.2021 | SPOT
After a year on hiatus, Universal Studios Japan will be bringing back the daytime parade with the ‘NO LIMIT! PARADE,’ scheduled to be held for a year starting in Spring 2022.
The ‘NO LIMIT! PARADE’ is like a dance party, unifying each guest as one with the power of dance. The energetic entertainment turns everybody into “the protagonist.”
In addition to well-known
park characters like the Minions and Hello Kitty, Mario and his Nintendo friends will also be joining the parade from their home in the super popular Super Nintendo World™, bringing some Pokémon buddies along for the ride. The various worlds will collide to a range of party tracks, from 60’s rock to modern EDM, with each character performing a representative dance.
By dancing with these iconic characters and entertainers, everybody can become “The Protagonist” – young or old! The grand finale of each parade truly pushes the meaning of NO LIMITS, with production exceeding all expectations. Each visitor will feel their mind and body growing “Super Energetic” from all the fun with this all-new entertainment experience!
Become one with the all-star cast at the ‘NO LIMIT! PARADE!’
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Universal Studio Japan to Expand Super Nintendo World with Donkey Kong Area
06.October.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT
Since opening in March, Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan has caught the world’s attention, leading global game fans to pray even harder for Japan to reopen for tourism. Now, the park is scheduled to level up with a new Donkey Kong-themed area scheduled to open in 2024.
Currently, Super Nintendo World is filled with Mario-inspired attractions, dining options, and shops, recreating some of the most memorable parts of the franchise in a larger-than-life way. The new Donkey Kong area will feature a roller coaster and more interactive experiences, as well as themed merchandise and food options. Guests will be able to walk through lush jungles, where Donkey Kong and his friends live. The creation of the new area will more than double the size of Super Nintendo World.
Launched as an arcade game by Nintendo in 1981, Donkey Kong quickly took the world by storm, with games continuing to be released on Nintendo systems from the SNES to the Nintendo Switch. As of March 2021, the series has sold over 65 million units worldwide.
Comment from Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto
“I am very happy to be able to make the world of Donkey Kong a reality following the world of Mario. I am looking forward to creating a thrilling Donkey Kong experience with the amazing team at Universal. It will take some time until it is completed, but it will be a unique area for not only people who are familiar with Donkey Kong games but for all guests.”
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