slimequest: (Powers of oldschool)
In another diabolical attempt to market directly to my childhood, SaGa 2: Hihou Densetsu - Goddess of Destiny for DS came out on the 17th in Japan, and it's a game I've been shamelessly looking forward to for a long time. In a bizarre twist of events, instead of a former console game being remade into portable form, it's a portable game remade... and it's still portable!

I think I went on a bit too long about this game, so here's a courtesy cut )

Now after typing up all those words about it, I think I'm going to go play some more <3
slimequest: (chibitype)
So, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is disturbingly close to stuff I would've come up with if the concept of fanfics existed when I was twelve. Because I would've totally made up the son of Cecil and Rosa who has ADVENTURES and re-visiting all the old areas from the original game BUT THEY'RE HARDER AND HAVE NEW STUFF IN THEM, and gratuitous cameos from the old cast. I would go into more detail but I don't want to spoil anything, despite the fact that everything that has happened so far probably crossed my mind at some point in what could happen in "Final Fantasy III".

In other words, it's perfect.

Maybe this is what some people felt when they watched Advent Children or played FFX-2... okay so probably doubtful on that last one.
I'm discovering a new past time - replaying video games I have memorized beginning to end over again, in Japanese (ROMs, naturally), partially as an excuse to play them yet again but also to help brush up on the ol' Nihongo during the summer.

I've actually learned quite a bit of vocabulary this way, although the usefulness of RPG vocabulary is perhaps questionable. In particular I've been playing Makai Toushi SaGa, better known here as The Final Fantasy Legend, a classic RPG and one of the first, if not THE first portable RPG. Anyway, I played this game over and over when I was younger so I could play it with my eyes closed - or in Japanese, which sometimes feels like the same thing (but it's improving!)

The great part about it is that there's zero Kanji... okay, I lied, the title screen has Kanji. But besides that it's all delicious Hiragana and Katakana which is perfect for my novice tastes.

Screenshots and commentary under the cut )

ANYWAY this is a fun nostalgic game for me so playing it in Japanese is pretty interesting. I know that the original Red/Green Pokémon games were all in Hiragana or something, but does anyone else know of any other 8-bit or 16-bit era games that would be easy to play in Japanese?

In other news: I beat .hack//GU Vol 2 (thus Haseo icon) and Odin Sphere is freaking beautiful, that is all.

August 2012


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