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Listen Up, Capcom's 3D Sound Adventure Launches in August

Posted by Trevor Chan

In Japan, that is

Capcom's experimentation with 3D sound in its upcoming adventure game Nazo Waku Yakata (roughly translated as Nazo Waku Mansion) certainly gathered interest when initial game details were revealed in March. Now courtesy of the game's official website, the Japanese release date has been announced, a move that's sure to remind some in the West to once again ponder if the game will get localised at some point or not.

The game tasks players with exploring rooms that are in the aforementioned mansion, interacting with the strange residents along the way. By using the 3DS's gyro sensor, players can tilt and rotate the console to alter their viewpoint during their investigations. The game's control scheme will not utilise the buttons on the 3DS.

Otophonic technology is used in the game's audio design to create sound that travels 360-degrees. Examples include the blowing of air into the player's ear by a maid, and the sound of being wrapped up in tape. Watch the latest Japanese trailer below where you can listen to the 3D sound effect yourself and catch a glimpse of a well-known street fighter from a popular beat 'em up franchise.

Nazo Waku Yakata is set to launch in Japan on 4th August. If you'd like to see localisations, make yourself heard.

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User Comments (14)



Skotski said:

Correction: Listen to the trailer WITH HEADPHONES.
Otophonics can rarely be heard with most speakers unless it's a surround sound system or an expensive BOSE-esque version (or the 3DS' speakers).
But they can be heard perfectly with headphones.



RyuZebian said:

WHO is the target audience??? That being asked, I think it looks interesting in some way!



daznsaz said:

looks like something that would stay in japan would like to see it though



FonistofCruxis said:

After watching that trailer, that 3D sound effect is really impressive and could be used really well. I hope capcom use it in more games, I think it would work really well in a horror game.



armoredghor said:

I'm surprised my laptop could handle the 3D sound. If your computer can display the 3d sound the sound in the beginning will go left and right back and forth, get louder in the center and then almost start doing figure eights.



moosa said:

Looks like a microgame affair... not exactly what I expected. I can't help but think I could come up with more interesting ways to make use of the technology.



MeloMan said:

So... is it Feel the Magic XY/XX crossed with WarioWare crossed with a point and click game or... what? I think this one is gonna stay Japan exclusive but I'll keep an eye out for it if it makes the leap...



brandonbwii said:

I imagine some Ace Attorney fans might find some enjoyment out of this if Capcom decides to localize. I'd be one of them.

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