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Best Japanese DS games? (non-Ouendan)

HazzHazz Registered User regular
edited December 2007 in Games and Technology
Okay, so I`m in Akihabara on Friday and I plan on blowing a lot of Yen on DS games. Any recommendations? Preferably games with a minimum of kanji. Go!

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    redstormpopcornredstormpopcorn Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    From what I hear, Jump Superstars is pretty gaijin-friendly. Oh yeah, and Doki Doki Majou Shinpan for hilarity's sake.

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    KelorKelor Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    From what I hear, Jump Superstars is pretty gaijin-friendly. Oh yeah, and Doki Doki Majou Shinpan for hilarity's sake.

    If you're looking to pick up one of the Jump games, go for Jump! Ultimate Stars. Red cover with a circle broken up into slices with characters on it. I picked up mine there about a month and a half ago at Yodobashi which is right next to the station for 4000 yen.

    Also, if does have a lot of japanese, so you will need a guide to unlock all the characters and supports. There are some excellent ones on gamefaqs that will cover everything you need to know. Check with your mates to see if they'd be interested in a copy, four player is a lot of fun.

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    HazzHazz Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Kelor wrote: »
    From what I hear, Jump Superstars is pretty gaijin-friendly. Oh yeah, and Doki Doki Majou Shinpan for hilarity's sake.

    If you're looking to pick up one of the Jump games, go for Jump! Ultimate Stars. Red cover with a circle broken up into slices with characters on it. I picked up mine there about a month and a half ago at Yodobashi which is right next to the station for 4000 yen.

    Also, if does have a lot of japanese, so you will need a guide to unlock all the characters and supports. There are some excellent ones on gamefaqs that will cover everything you need to know. Check with your mates to see if they'd be interested in a copy, four player is a lot of fun.

    Okie dokie, one down :D Ta for the help.

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    KelorKelor Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Hazz wrote: »
    Kelor wrote: »
    From what I hear, Jump Superstars is pretty gaijin-friendly. Oh yeah, and Doki Doki Majou Shinpan for hilarity's sake.

    If you're looking to pick up one of the Jump games, go for Jump! Ultimate Stars. Red cover with a circle broken up into slices with characters on it. I picked up mine there about a month and a half ago at Yodobashi which is right next to the station for 4000 yen.

    Also, if does have a lot of japanese, so you will need a guide to unlock all the characters and supports. There are some excellent ones on gamefaqs that will cover everything you need to know. Check with your mates to see if they'd be interested in a copy, four player is a lot of fun.

    Okie dokie, one down :D Ta for the help.

    Also, if you're going into Yodobashi, check the sixth or seventh floor, you can get some amazing good headphone sets there for about $15. Also, I found this out the hard way, but the bigger shopping district area is a couple of blocks away from the station itself. At least the station I came out of, there may be a couple of other exits I missed.

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    kouri1977kouri1977 Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    How about:
    Tashten - maths game with multiples of 10 as the key

    Mag Kid - uses special slide controller.

    ?

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    SixfortyfiveSixfortyfive Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Normally I'd suggest Bleach 2nd but since a PAL localization of the first game is coming I'd wait for that instead.

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    HevachHevach Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    From what I hear, Jump Superstars is pretty gaijin-friendly. Oh yeah, and Doki Doki Majou Shinpan for hilarity's sake.

    Doki Doki Majou Shinpan is, as far as I could tell, pretty much impenetrable if you can't read what's going on. I tried it briefly, and after about 3 minutes of things happening that I didn't understand, I was presented with a room containing a wineglass and a teddy bear. Nothing I did seemed to effect the game, and after a half hour stuck in that room, I gave up, having never reached the above mentioned hilarity.

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    ScrabbleDudeScrabbleDude Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    I beat Doki Doki Majo Shinpan without knowing a lick of Japanese. Just takes some experimentation. And yes, it was definitely hilarious. (I don't remember that room but I think you needed to drag the coffee cup to the teddy bear.)

    I also picked up Tingle's Balloon Fight which was a bonus item you could trade in points for. If you like Tingle or Balloon Fight then it's awesome. I plan on picking up the Game and Watch Collection as well, which was another bonus item.

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    DjiemDjiem Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Taiko Drums DS is an excellent non-Ouendan rhythm game, and FF:CC Rings of Fate is surprisingly gaijin-friendly. I'm pretty far in it and it's very fun, especially in multiplayer. Really, the only thing I can't understand is item forging, which I do at random and sometimes a nice piece of equipment will pop out.

    If you liked the Mystical Ninja, my friend picked up the Goemon game for DS and he's not having any kanji-related problems with it. He says it's very fun, and it was at a bargain price (1900 yens or so).

    Also, while it's a GBA game, Mother 3 is over there, waiting for you, also at bargain price.

    If you like Picross DS, there's Illust Logic DS + Colorful Logic.

    When you get out of Akihabara's station, take the Electric Town exit, turn left when you get out, and you'll see this. One or two stores to the right of this Sega arcade (right from our point-of-view), there's a shop with the best prices we've seen for video games, especially discounted games such as Goemon or Mother 3.

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    NibbleNibble Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Djiem wrote: »
    Taiko Drums DS

    I think you mean Taiko no Tatsujin; and yes, it's great. Band Brothers is also loads of fun.

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    ChenChen Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Slitherlink!

    Not convinced? Read this.

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    Lave IILave II Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Chen wrote: »
    Slitherlink!

    Not convinced? Read this.

    I second this. It's great.

    Also, it's a gba game but, Rhythm Tengoku is probably my favourite portable game every made.

    It's by the folks who made Wario Ware, and it's all about Rhythm, but vastly different (and better) than Ouedan.

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    RaslinRaslin Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    While I can't recommend anything, I just wanted to mention that at age 7 or 8, I managed to play through the first three gyms of pokemon blue in japanese.

    I still hate HM's, because of that.

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    LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    I totally want to play all the Stafi games at some point, I beleive the 4th one is on DS, the rest were GBA (and the 1st one might have been on GBC I think)


    A better post would have verified this via wikipedia or something...

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    BartholamueBartholamue Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    I'd also recommend Legend of Stafi 4 for DS. It's quite the little platformer, and the star is disgustingly cute.

    Legend of Stafi 1-3 are all on the GBA, so you're partially right.

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    HazzHazz Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    lots of great suggestions, thanks very much. cannot find that bastard band brothers expansion pack anywhere. think i may go with slitherlink and legend of stafy for now.

    Doki Doki Majou Shinpan looks, um... yeah.

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    SharpieSharpie Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Taiko no Tatsujin DS is the next game on my import list. It has an amazing soundtrack, too. Longer and more varied than EBA/Ouendan. And the neat drumstick styluses are a nice touch and cause for extra fun, even though the DS's screen doesn't suppourt multitouch.

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    PataPata Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    If you like SRPGs and are willing to look up some menu stuff then Super Robot Taisen W is pretty fun.

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    Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Lave II wrote: »
    Chen wrote: »
    Slitherlink!

    Not convinced? Read this.

    I second this. It's great.

    Also, it's a gba game but, Rhythm Tengoku is probably my favourite portable game every made.

    It's by the folks who made Wario Ware, and it's all about Rhythm, but vastly different (and better) than Ouedan.

    100% agreed.

    Rhythm Tengoku is pure joy.

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    DukiDuki Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Ouendan 2

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    CymoroCymoro Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Well hell, if you haven't grabbed them yet, get Phoenix Wright 1-3 for the DS. They have full english translations on them so there's no missing out.

    I don't know if the fourth game has an english translation, though (Apollo).

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    ZarcathZarcath Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Bump

    I'm leaving Japan soon and just want to get some opinions.

    I already picked up Ganbare Goemon, Taiko no Tatsujin and Ouendan 2. Phoenix Wright 4 is out, but I'm not sure if it has an english mode. I'm going to pass on Doki Doki, the last thing I need is to be rubbing young girls.

    I saw some new releases, something like Dungeon Explorer, and Dragon Trainer?

    I'm not that big on fighting games, but I might get either Ultimate or Bleach 2nd, just so I don't have to pay $$$ to import it later. Are they still popular games online?

    On a semi-related note, if I were to get a Japanese Wii, could I use a swap disc to play US Wii games or would it require some hardware rewiring? And is the Japanese Wii able to config to english? would I have problems with the arcade point stuff?

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    KelorKelor Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Zarcath wrote: »
    Bump

    I'm leaving Japan soon and just want to get some opinions.

    I already picked up Ganbare Goemon, Taiko no Tatsujin and Ouendan 2. Phoenix Wright 4 is out, but I'm not sure if it has an english mode. I'm going to pass on Doki Doki, the last thing I need is to be rubbing young girls.

    I saw some new releases, something like Dungeon Explorer, and Dragon Trainer?

    I'm not that big on fighting games, but I might get either Ultimate or Bleach 2nd, just so I don't have to pay $$$ to import it later. Are they still popular games online?

    On a semi-related note, if I were to get a Japanese Wii, could I use a swap disc to play US Wii games or would it require some hardware rewiring? And is the Japanese Wii able to config to english? would I have problems with the arcade point stuff?

    The software fixes seem to prevent swap discs from working with the Wii, as the updates make them useless. I wouldn't worry about picking one up there, you're better off just waiting through till they get released here.

    Points only work for certain countries, so you couldn't use Point Cards from your country on a Japanese Wii, you'd have to get them from Play Asia.

    All in all, I'd say not to worry about buying one while you're on holidays, just stick with what you've got or import a US one if you live in a PAL region.



    As for which fighter to grab, Ultimate Stars has random matches that do not require friend codes, so you can usually find a game within a few minutes.

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    ZarcathZarcath Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Ok, the Wii is just so cheap up here, I had to consider it.

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    SixfortyfiveSixfortyfive Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Zarcath wrote: »
    I'm not that big on fighting games, but I might get either Ultimate or Bleach 2nd, just so I don't have to pay $$$ to import it later. Are they still popular games online?
    Get a domestic version of Bleach 1 instead. The wi-fi of the US/PAL release isn't compatible with the JP release because they rebalanced some things, and you'll get less lag against random matches in your own country than you would playing against Japanese players.

    EDIT: You're in Hawaii? Hm, it might be a wash either way, then. I dunno.

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    UncleSporkyUncleSporky Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Daigassou Band Brothers is my favorite Japanese DS game, which is bound to be super rare because it was released early in the DS's life and didn't sell that well.

    Basically it is Guitar Hero only you can play any of the instrumental parts on any of the songs (MIDI). You can also create your own songs and play it locally with other DSs with only one copy of the game. So much fun.

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    MarioGMarioG Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Tingles rupee land!

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    DeathPrawnDeathPrawn Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    MarioG wrote: »
    Tingles rupee land!

    I'd say getting it in English is worth the cost of importing it from Europeland instead of picking it up in Japan.

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    MarioGMarioG Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Definitely.

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