A little while ago we wrote about a quirky Capcom game for 3DS that'll utilise NFC payment cards - and in particular their train travel records - for a free-to-play game. That title - Megami Meguri - is out now in Japan.
The basic plot revolves around a 'novice Goddess' called Tsukomo, who needs to visit more experienced Goddesses and 'make offerings' throughout Japan. To do this, the game utilises an RPG-lite approach - and a board game-style map - related to 9000 train stations around Japan. Basic in-game mechanics seemingly can be boosted with micro-transactions (it is free-to-play, after all), while NFC-based travel cards can be synchronised; their data impacts the game. Tsukomo will talk to you about stations you've visited and money you've spent, because she's both nosy and needs to becoming a great Goddess.
This Gematsu summary from earlier in the year is pretty exhaustive, or you can just marvel at the trailer below - in addition to the official website - and consider how quirky the concept is.
It seems like a fun way to weave some gameplay around daily travel routines, and we can see how games like this can draw players in with its various loops. It's a neat spin on gameplay ideas normally driven by GPS or maps, too, as it can utilise the rather simple technology of NFC cards in smart ways.
Anyway, it'll never come to the West - we don't think. It's fun to look at, though.
Tsukomo for MVC: Infinite.
Yup this won't come to the west it's all about using your Japanese subway trans pass after all
Ugh, I thought I saw "Megumi"...thinking of MY Megumi.....dang it. xD
Japanese folklore is fascinating.
@ThomasBW84 So you're saying there is a chance for localization?
Watch the 0.00000001% chance, pull through
Another reason to buy Japanese 3DS.
Play and learn Japanese at the same time.
Ah, Japan, we love you forever.
I'll take that 0.00000001% chance
@OdnetninAges If it wasn't for the fact that X was already announced I'd say she probably would be put in over him XD Capcom Logic...
Approximately a 0.00000001% chance of localisation
So, still more likely to find this in a store than a NES Classic Mini.
@Joeynator3000 Megumi from Konosuba or from Shokugeki no Soma or from Shiki
School Rumble's Megumi. lol
@Anti-Matter but you wouldn't be able to play it without a japanese IC transit card... its the whole point of the game.
@Tsuchinoko Hmmmm, can those be imported?
No chance to get that as our trains are always on strike and it costs so much xD
@LemonSlice even if you imported a card, the game uses your commute history for the game. Since you're not riding Japan Rail the card would have no information on it and you would have no way to progress.
I can see Korea or Taiwan maybe getting a localized version of this since theyre also countries with a nationally interconnected, well maintained rail/subway system unlike Northern America or Australia, but both those countries don't get nearly as much support for localizations.
(shifty eyes) Soooo I see this as an opportunity to pitch for a more robust railway structure... Lobby Amtrak, Capcom!
Just fired it up on my New3DSXL🇯🇵 last month but have still yet to play it.. 😅
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