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Am I the only sucker who got this?

I can't link to a trailer because I'm work, but I think you've seen it before: it's the game with digitized actor that's a take on the whole Puzzloop/Zuma concept.

Really, the wackiness, the "oh, Japan" factor is the biggest reason to get the game. If you're really into the style and you really want to watch absurd full-motion video cutscenes that feel like tripping on acid... in Japan, then by all means go ahead and get this game.

Unfortunately, as a game it's a little unsatisfying. It's rather short, and the controls are annoying and don't feel very precise. You aim using the stylus on the touch screen, and move the pointer around the top screen where the actual action is. I can't help but feel that a more direct input would have been better, perhaps by putting the action on the bottom screen, or making this game for the Wii U or Wii instead (using the Wiimote's pointer).

It's also something like $7 or $8, which feels a good $4 too much for this type of game. When comparably priced games on the eShop include Liberation Maiden and Crimson Shroud, this one is a little hard to recommend. I half justify it to myself by thinking I'm essentially paying Mitchell back for never getting Puzzloop or Magnetica, and instead getting Popcap's ripoff, Zuma, haha.

Anyway, I can't fully recommend the game, but it's still good for a laugh. If you buy few eShop games however, there are a million other games I'd tell you to check out before this one.

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Posted: 01/21/13, 20:56:34  - Edited by 
 on: 01/21/13, 20:56:48
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Hmm... I was interested due to the completely inane trailer, but think I might hold off now. Do eShop titles ever go down in price? Like, I know there are discount periods (e.g. Mighty Switch Force), but anything permanent?
Posted: 01/21/13, 21:18:27
Yeah, I was struggling with wether or not to buy this just for the aforementioned Japanese insanity aspect, but the game itself didn't look that compelling, I agree that if it was like 3 or 4 dollars it would be much more enticing. Thanks for checking it out though, I was super curious about it.
Posted: 01/21/13, 21:20:15
@thefly

They "tested" having sales for about a month, then nothing. It's weird, especially since they still get sales occasionally in Europe.

I don't remember any instance of permanent price drops on the eShop, no.

Maybe we'll hear about more sales in North America soon? It looks like NoA is changing some things regarding the eShop pretty soon, including the requirement for indie devs to have an office space (if you were working from home you couldn't get certified). It's just a rumor for now, and it's not tied to any "sales are coming back" rumor, but when Nintendo changes things, they usually do it in bulk.
Posted: 01/21/13, 21:25:23  - Edited by 
 on: 01/21/13, 21:26:07
@Guillaume
I bet right now practically no one is buying Star Fox 64 for $40, but if they put it on sale for $10 for a limited time they'd get like 100,000 downloads, they're leaving money on the table!
Posted: 01/21/13, 21:34:55
This is the 3DS's Tomena Sanner, isn't it?
Posted: 01/21/13, 21:52:02
@anon_mastermind

Hmm, nah. Tomena Sanner is crazier and more addictive. And it's got online leaderboards, which this game doesn't have. And I find that really inexcusable for the price.
Posted: 01/21/13, 21:59:49  - Edited by 
 on: 01/21/13, 22:00:20
Bought it for the 'Oh Japan.......YOOOOU!' factor. I have a folder labeled Demos/weird. Mad Dog McCree was getting a little lonely for some female companionship. I had to do it.

I think its a little bit hilarious.
Posted: 01/21/13, 23:58:51
@deathly_hallows

Yeah!! I really want to get it, but can't justify dropping the dough! It's been out for 15 years!
Posted: 01/22/13, 13:23:45
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