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We've Got Your Japanese Nintendo Direct Guide Right Here

Posted by Jeremy Thain

Your one-stop resource to yesterday's presentation

As you may have gathered from our Nintendo Direct live blog yesterday, we don't speak Japanese. Thankfully, Nintendo Life reader and Japanese resident Jeremy Thain (also known as Tsuchinoko) was kind enough to provide this in-depth guide to the presentation. Enjoy!

Jeremy Thain: As it is the end of Summer break, and the start of a new school and working season for many people in Japan, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata decided to treat us to a Nintendo Direct not from his usual spot within the offices of Nintendo itself, but closer to where all the festival action is taking place in the birthplace of Nintendo: Kyoto. Yesterday's Nintendo Direct took place on the same day as the famous 五山送り火 (Gozan no Okuribi - Send-off fire from Five Mountains), so Iwata treated us to a view of the most famous of these fires, the Daimonji (大- Dai meaning large).

Iwata talked mainly about 3DS titles debuting from after June, both explaining further those that have already been released, and giving information about titles yet to come out.

To start off, Iwata gave us information regarding Culdcept (カルドセプト), a board game/card trading game which was released on the 28th of June. This title was announced during the previous Nintendo Direct. To further expand upon the information given previously, Iwata explained that there will be a national All Japan Culdcept tournament to be held on the 3rd of November. He then went on to explain that there will be a special edition Culdcept 3DS to celebrate the tournament, as well as a special card available to download for those with internet access. Further information on entree details and contest results, as well as game rules will be announced on the Culdcept Twitter page.

Next up was information on Pocket Soccer League: Calciobit (カルチョビット, a joining of Calcio, the Italian word for Soccer, and ちょびっと, an uncommon Japanese slang word meaning "a little"). The title was released on the 12th of July. To start, Iwata told us that from the 31st of August until the 13th of September (the same day that the special Big Mac 3DS Puzzle will end), all McDonalds in Japan will host a "McDonald's Cup" through their マックでDS (Mac de DS) service, with special content for owners of the game. The McDonald's Cup will be a way to see the ranking of all the other players throughout the country. Also, during this time, there will be a "ranking tournament", and those in the top ranks by the end of the McDonald's Cup will receive prizes, including a special 500yen McDonald's gift card. He then went on to give us information about the special teams available through Spotpass consisting of famous Soccer players, and that there will also be special teams consisting of members of the Nintendo development staff.

Next Iwata showed us one of the special Kirby goods meant to help celebrate the 20th anniversary: the new Kirby Bead Cushion. This and other goods are available as items in the Japanese Club Nintendo store. He also showed us the special Kirby badges, the Kirby Wii disc case, and Kirby cards (that are round, not the regular rectangle shape). Then he told us that Kirby's Pinball will be available on the 3DS Virtual Console once the Nintendo Direct presentation is finished.

Then came an explanation of New Super Mario Brothers 2, which was released on the 28th of July. As of August 27th, the world coin total was 57,629,071,258. He stated that this was reached quicker than they anticipated, and they were very surprised. Then came an explanation of Coin Rush mode, with new methods and techniques for collecting coins. New coin rush modes will be coming soon.

Next he presented us with information on Dragon Quest X (目覚めし五つの種族, Awakening of the five tribes), which will be a unique online Dragon quest title for the Wii. To supplement the title, on the 22nd of August a special app will be available for download on the 3DS. This title will be called 冒険者のおでかけ便利ツール (Adventurer's Convenient Outing Tool). This will be directly connected with the Wii game. For those that have the Wii title, a special code will be given for use on the 3DS eShop for downloading the game for free (it will not be available to those without the code). Using this supplemental game, players can check the status of and affect the goings-on of the main game from their 3DS, and use a live camera to look in on the characters. Points can be obtained through Spotpass and used in the 3DS tool and main game. Iwata then informed us that in addition to the sub-quest 1 that was made available on the 27th, sub-quest 2 will be available from August 30th. New sub-quests will be made available as time goes on.

From this point in the presentation, Iwata talked about games that will be coming out from September onwards, mainly from third-party publishers.

Starting off, he introduced us to Medarotto 7 kuwagata and kabuto versions (kuwagata and kabuto and two different kinds of beetles). The game is an action game involving robots bugs. This title has been completely revamped for the 3DS. Local multiplayer will be available. Additional items and parts for the robots will be available through spotpass. There will be over 700 different parts for the robots in the game. The game, from Rocket, will be released on the 13th of September.

Next came information on the long-gestating Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, from Square-Enix. With over 20 jobs and 300 abilities, the game is meant to be very customizable. Clothing and jobs can be based on white or black magic, and this has an effect on the character's defense or offence stats. Also, through Spotpass, players can link friends to their characters in the game through the Abi-Link system.

Iwata also gave an explanation on the Brave and Default system, which sacrifices or saves turns so that they can either be used in succession in the current turn, or in later turns. For example, if the player chooses to have three successive turns, their next several turns are sacrificed and the enemy characters get to have multiple attacks in a row. Players can also sacrifice turns so that they can build up points and use them later for multiple attacks. Enemy characters can also use or save points for multiple hits, making for a very complicated, thrilling battle. In this game, timing is very important.

Until now, there have been four demos available for download on the Japanese eShop service, and coming soon, a fifth and final demo will be coming in anticipation for the release of the game, which is set for October 11th. For the presentation, a video for the game has been made, to be shown after the main presentation.

Next was Project X Zone, from Banpresto and Namco Bandai. This game includes many characters from Namco, Capcom, and Sega franchises. The game is a grid-based RPG. Teams and abilities can be customized, and over five characters can be used in a team. To further the chaotic experience and fast-paced battles, many animation sequences will be shown during attacks. The game will be released on the 11th of October.

Next, as was hinted in the last Nintendo Direct, was information about AKB48+Me, a game featuring the ridiculously popular girls band AKB48, made by Kadokawa Games. The player plays as a researcher following the band for a period of three years, and focuses in on the popularity rating and success of the girls. The player also gets to use their own Mii and join in on the band, getting to see what kind of member they could be if they were to join. Using the actual Miis made from members of the band, the player also gets to join in a rhythm game based on some of their popular songs. The game is scheduled to be released on the 25th of October.

Next, a video advertising Inazuma Eleven 1 2 3!!, a compilation game that gathers all of the DS Inazuma Eleven titles together in one package. The video has been optimized for the 3DS screen, and there will be a new museum mode, which will include the videos for the opening and ending credits to the anime, as well as many other extras. The game is made by Level 5, and is scheduled to be released on the 15th of November.

The next video was for action RPG game EX Troopers, from Capcom. The game is meant to emulate the feel of an action anime film, and will be sold from the 22th of November.

Naruto SD Powerful Shippuden, from Namco Bandai Games, was the next game introduced. The game combines the main Naruto, as well as other characters from the game. Battle is done with the touch screen. The game is scheduled for sale in the winter.

The presentation then switched to Hino, a CEO from Level-5. He introduced us to レイトン教授と超文明A遺産 (Professor Layton and the Great Civilization "A" Legacy). He stated that the game was just completed, and presented us with a special video made for the presentation. He then said that the game is meant to be the biggest of the franchise, and that there will be many twists and surprises in the story. It is scheduled to be released sometimes in 2013.

From there in the presentation came information regarding first-party titles being released from September.

First up was New Art Academy (新絵心教室, New Artistic-taste classroom). This game will feature a free-paint mode, and will be one of the next titles to be simultaneously available as a download title on the eShop. One of the big features will be the ability to use the 3DS camera to take a photo and use that as a template for a drawing. Then came a presentation on how to use the game by horror Manga artist Umezu Kazuo (whose works include The Drifting Classroom). Iwata also said that the game saves to the SD card to allow for more paintings to be stored and easily transferred to other media such as blogs and digital printers. The game is available for retail and download from September 13th.

Also presented was わがままファッションGirls Modeよくばり宣言 (Selfish Fashion Girls Mode, Greedy Declaration). The player becomes a clothing store manager, who tried to make the best store possible. The clothing, interior and store window can all be customized. Men's fashion is also available. The player can also dress a model with their fashions to be presented in a runway show. this title will be available for retail and download from September 27th. A pink and white 3DS LL (XL in the west) will also be released on the same day.

Next, とびだせ動物の森 (Rushing out, Forest of Animals, which I think will be called Animal Crossing: Coming out), was the next game introduced. The player quickly becomes the mayor of a village, and has to make many desicions on how the village should be run and designed. The game runs on the same calender that the players 3DS is using, but the player can chose what kind of village he is running, such as a village that sleeps early, or one that runs 24 hours. Like in previous titles, the players home and clothes can be designed to fit his/her style. Clothing can also be obtained through Spotpass or QR codes. The game will be sold from the 8th of November.

Next was Paper Mario: Super Seal (Stickers are called "seals" in Japanese). The game uses stickers in various ways, either as weapons, or items, and some can be presented as small puzzles that the player must solve in order to proceed. The player can also use items they find to make new stickers. The game uses RPG elements, similar to earlier games in the franchise. The game is scheduled to be released at the end of the year.

Also for release this year:

  • Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers and Senran Kagura Burst on August 30th
  • Lost Heroes from Namco Bandai on September 6th
  • Medarotto 7, Sengoku Musou Chronicle 2nd, and New Art Academy on September 13th
  • Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode and Pink+White 3DSLL on September 27th
  • Project X Zone and Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on October 11th
  • AKB48+ME on October 25th
  • Tobidase Doubutsu no Mori (Animal Crossing 3DS) on November 8th

Then came a quick presentation on 3DS eShop titles.

First was Denpa Ningen RPG 2. In this game, the Dempa Ningen can be further customized, and there are a variety of new mini-games. Available from September 26th. A demo for the game will also be released.

Next was Rhythm Hunter: HarmoKnight, from the makes of the Pokémon series. This is a action rhythm game. HarmoKnight will be sold on the eShop from the 5th of September.

Iwata ended the Nintendo Direct showing his own creations from the upcoming 3DS version of Tomodachi Collection, due for release in 2013. He also teased a new weapon that will be available in Monster Hunter 4, due for release in Spring of 2013.

Well, that's it. Are you looking forward to any of these games? Many of these games have the potential for a worldwide release, so keep your fingers crossed!

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User Comments (58)



JJOR64 said:

I'm bummed out I have to wait till next year to play Animal Crossing.



19Robb92 said:

Project X Zone, Professor Layton & Paper Mario looks awesome. I really hope PxZ gets localized..

HaramoKnight looks pretty fun. Ex-Troppers looks solid and I was actually surprised of how good the Naruto game looked. some really smooth animations in that game.



SirSmugleaf said:

Well if most of those games come out in the west, well that was a great Nintendo Direct! I REALLY want Rhythm Hunter: HarmoKnight!



Rocketship said:

Animal Crossing: "Coming Out"? Please don't let this be the title! Gamers on "hardcore" consoles will have a field day!



NintyMan said:

Thanks for this translation!

Bravely Default looks really cool. Actually, I think Harmoknight interested me the most since it looks like a rhythum/platformer. The game with Iwata's Mii doing a lot of crazy things looks very neat as well. It's too bad that many of these games have a slim chance of seeing the light of day outside Japan.



Obvious78 said:

So there was actually NOTHING for the Wii? Is Nintendo admitting that the Wii is dead?



WiiLovePeace said:

Oh man @Tsuchinoko deserves a medal or something! Thanks heaps for that awesome run down!

I'm most excited for Bravely Default, I just want them to confirm it over here already!



Tsuchinoko said:

@RocketShip The "Coming Out" title has been on a few sites. I really can't think think of a better way to translate that. 飛ぶ (Tobu) means to fly, but you could also use it as "hurry out", and 出す (Dasu) means to "go out". I guess you could say it as "flying out", but we'd probably say the combo together like that as "bursting out", or "spring out".

@Obvious78 Well, there was the Kirby news, but I think before they were referring to Dragon Quest for the Wii.



Marakuto said:

These are the 3DS games I've always wanted, no joke but even though I have about 8 - 10 3DS games now I was really eager to get the ones that were taking a really longer time such as Paper Mario, Animal Crossing, Tomodachi Collection & Monster Hunter 3G (If it ever comes).



MAB said:

@Tsuchinoko Cheers for that well written round up mate. I declare you'NL Japanese Ambassador' nice work

@Obvious78 I don't think Nintendo or 3rd parties are gonna risk throwing out alot of games on Wii anymore when they might not get a proper return for their work so expect to see only 1 or 2 every now and then mate.



Prof_Clayton said:

Animal Crossing news finally! Perfect for me I hate when stores close early, people go to sleep. Then it's just me, the tarantulas and scorpions.
Paper Mario was nothing new. :l
Professor Layton's last adventure better be a good one, that's all I'm saying Level 5.



Leon_Pryde said:

Animal Crossing: Coming out? Surely they have a better name for the US and EU versions. I mean, City folk was called, "Let's Go to the City," in Japan.



Araknie said:

Ehm, Project X Zone is developed by Banpresto and MonolithSoft. Bandai is only publisher, you need to correct that.



Mowzle said:

@Rocketship: I agree entirely, lets not go there!

@Tsuchinoko: Many thanks, Jeremy, for such a great contribution. It's really appreciated.

Now I'm really hyped for Animal Crossing.



mamp said:

Animal Crossing coming out LMAO, I'd love having to explain that title to people XD



Raghav said:

But why? I have the North American Metabots game for the game boy so why is the 3ds version only for Japan.



Samholy said:

bravely default will be an instant buy. october 11 in Japan, whoa, i didnt expected that. this means...maybe next summer or spring in NA ?
Umezu always look freaking weird. his mangas are always disturbing, he is one of a kind !

Papermario is already pre-ordered and... that EX trooper looks promising, maybe not instant buy but ill get a closer look to it...
monster hunter 4 bring it to North America this time !!!! im already done with heroes of ruins!

Project X thing looks...quite weird actually. ill see how it evolves...



Tsuchinoko said:

@ChunkyDroid Yes, didn't you know, I was recently awarded membership into The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle. That's my Insignia of Knighthood

@Samholy I know, I read The Drifting Classroom (Honryu Kyoushitsu) years ago. I mean, it was thrilling and all, but actually really dark and sad. I stopped after like, the first 5 books. I'm not much of a manga person anyway. I was surprised his personality is so bright and chipper.



Whopper744 said:

Why does that girl from that Naruto game look like Amy Rose?
And what is that game there near the end with Iwata and all the coool old Nintendo systems, sitting on the floor?
If that's a game or some sort I may look into that one, besides that, what I see here for myself is, Paper Mario, and possibly Animal Crossing.



XCWarrior said:

@DarkEdi And Kirby as well.

So few of those games will be released outside of Japan. And we're going to continue to have a small release schedule. Why developers no longer take any chances over here is frustrating. Still want Bravely Default, Project X Zone, Ex Troopers doesn't look bad. But I really want Monster Hunter 4.



Aqueous said:

@Tsuchinoko - Thank you. It's nice to know what was shown. Even though I missed the direct.

@Raghav - I don't know. We haven't seen them since the GBA one which I hear was 2 in Japan and we had that one I hear since it was what the anime was based off of. I'd like a new one my self, but I'm guessing the series didn't do well enough over here for us to get more sadly.



Emaan said:

I want that Kirby pillow! Club Nintendo of North America better give us some Kirby related rewards soon.



Barbiegurl777 said:

I want:



Girls Mode

3DS to have a world wide release they look really really fun.

Happy Gaming! (^_^)



Raghav said:

@Aqueous - But that game was awesome. Also Japan has good games like Metabots and Gundam. But why can't Japan translate the games because they will make for money anyways.



Nardar said:

This may have been answered already, does anyone know if you will be able to transfer your Animal Crossing City Folk stuff to the 3DS version? I could tell from the trailer that there was stuff (like the Gold room) from City Folk.I also really hope the Silver 3DS XL comes to NA!



Aqueous said:

@Raghav - It is awesome. I've been playing both versions since some time after they launched for years. I'm not sure what you mean by bad. If you mean how did they do badly I don't know, I'm not sure how well they did at all. If you mean bad to bring them over I also don't know.

@Tasuki - I'm not staff but he has a silver shield.



LittleIrves said:

Thanks, Jeremy. Good stuff.
REALLY want Tomodachi Collection to come over. Hopefully having a digital retail store will allow a bit more flexibility as far as bringing over risky titles.



Raghav said:

@Aqueous - Do you know the email or a way to contact the makers. Because I want to ask why they stop making Metabot games for other countries too.



Icefreak45 said:

Please Nintendo, localize all of these awesome looking titles! (I want Metabots too )



Hokori said:

I kinda want tamadatchi collection as well, it'd make quite a nice "app" on my 3DS along with new art academy



Retro_on_theGo said:

THEY MENTIONED MEDABOTS!! I am happy! Oh pleeeeaaassssse just localize it for America. >.< lol
Also, I seriously want those Kirby rewards! >:[ Thanks Tsuchinoko-wait! You got a badge now! Whoa, congrats. :3



Tsuchinoko said:

@Radixxs I had a hard time translating that, because the title is just so weird. Most of my translations are literal ones, and I don't like looking at what other sites and bloggers have come up with until an official non-Japanese title has been made. I write out the one for Selfish Fashion and just took a pause though. I guess it DOES sound much worse to my ears in English than it does in Japanese, but still, its really odd.

@NorthLightSupix Its hard to tell if Culdcept will get a release anywhere else. Those card-type games are really popular in Japan these days. I even see games in Arcade centers that have a flat interface, and the players use their own cards that they brought with them to play with on the machine. I think all of the cards have information in them that the machine reads. Its really interesting to watch.

The one game that I am quite sure won't get a release anywhere else is Calciobit, only because its geared towards fans of Japanese football. It looks quite fun though.



scrubbyscum999 said:

Bravely Default and Project X Zone SHOULD make it over to NA and EU, don't see why they wouldn't speaking the companies involved. Oh yes, thank you Tsuchinoko, your contributions are very much appreciated.



arrmixer said:

I second what Tasuki wrote about Jeremy... Gonna give this a read during the weekend but much appreciated!



sinalefa said:

Thanks a lot to Tsuchinoko for sharing this. I wonder how many of these games will actually get localized.



Tasuki said:

@Tsuchinoko: Theres a Culdcept game in NA on the Xbox 360. Its not really well known here I found out about it from a co worker of mine.

I would love to see a 3DS Culdcept cause I love the one on 360 but I am not sure if they have a deal with MS or what.



Nintendo3DSLife said:

oh yay,more new fun 3ds games .Some localization on these fun 3ds games would be nice plz and thanks for the translation Tsuchinoko.This Nintendo Direct has been a good 1 once again.(for japan lolz xD).



bahooney said:

I want Tomodachi Collection to come out SO BAD. AAAAHHHHH.

Please, lets make a campaign!



lanabanana said:

I wonder if Naruto SD: Powerful Shippuden will come to North American... -sigh- i doubt it though , since Naruto Shippuden : The New Era 3D never made it here...
Oh well , can't wait for Animal Crossing & Luigi's Mansion : Dark Moon ...

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