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Japanese Niche Games Deals & Discussion Thread 4.0


#29011 gospelman   Irreducibly Complex CAGiversary!   1774 Posts   Joined 9.8 Years Ago  

Posted 12 June 2019 - 09:50 PM

ah so it is dungeon crawl with rhythm stuff.  Probably pass then as It sounds a little hectic.

I just tried out the first level.  Lost my throwing dagger / only weapon behind a roadblock.  Was forced to try to use my bomb to dispatch the skeleton chasing me.  Turns out my bomb blast inadvertently demolished a wall. Behind said wall was an angry harp monster which promptly chased me into a corner and destroyed me in keeping with the pulsing beat.

 

So yes, hectic sounds right.



#29012 Zbornak   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   784 Posts   Joined 14.5 Years Ago  

Posted 12 June 2019 - 10:29 PM

RPGSite has some details and a short video of Grandia HD.  There's still no release date other than "very soon".



#29013 opportunity777   Disco Fever CAGiversary!   5216 Posts   Joined 15.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 01:02 AM

Contra looks horrendous, but even that franchise had a major downturn before the PS2 revivals.
 
Legacy of War  :booty:

 
C: The Contra Adventure  :D/

 
The new Contra looks to similar to those PS1 piles of pig vomit and cow diarrhea.
 
Honestly, it hasn't been a powerhouse franchise since Contra III. Probably, Konami should've just made the game a budget title with 2D sprites or whatever Cuphead does with a similar play style to C-III.
 
 

RPGSite has some details and a short video of Grandia HD.  There's still no release date other than "very soon".

 
To me, Grandia HD looks like shit. There is a 50% English patch available for the Sega Saturn version, and I am not a Sega Saturn fan in the slightest, but that version looks better to me than this HD remake.

#29014 The Dead Texan   Rest in Peace, Big Rizzle CAGiversary!   3832 Posts   Joined 10.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 02:10 AM

To me, Grandia HD looks like shit. There is a 50% English patch available for the Sega Saturn version, and I am not a Sega Saturn fan in the slightest, but that version looks better to me than this HD remake.

 

I love Grandia, but I'm not even sure what they're charging for here. It looks like a bad mod. 



#29015 Vinny   Bang, bang... pew... CAGiversary!   22667 Posts   Joined 14.9 Years Ago  

Posted 13 June 2019 - 03:51 AM

To me, Grandia HD looks like shit. There is a 50% English patch available for the Sega Saturn version, and I am not a Sega Saturn fan in the slightest, but that version looks better to me than this HD remake.

I had no idea this was a thing until I read a comment in Eurogamer earlier today, with said comment saying how bad it looks and I was like "wait, there's a Grandia re-release? Who gives a Fuck if it looks bad?! I'm so glad some JRPGs from the golden SNES/PS1 era are getting a second life!" but then I saw pictures of it and I'm just... baffled. Really hope they clean this up. Grandia was one of my favorite RPGs. I re-played it 3 years ago and it was still such a charming game- Justin's smart-assery, the music (Mullen's theme is my jam), the sweet battle system. 



#29016 Shadowmoses12   CAG in Training CAGiversary!   1185 Posts   Joined 6.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 03:55 AM

Please note the mana physical collection is a limited run program so make sure you get your orders inIMG_20190612_123837.jpg

#29017 romeogbs19   Henshin A Go-Go Baby! CAGiversary!   2579 Posts   Joined 15.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 04:17 AM

Please note the mana physical collection is a limited run program so make sure you get your orders in  IMG_20190612_123837.jpg

Is Collection of Mana exclusive to Switch? You'd think this would be offered on PS4 eventually ...

 

EDIT: See that Trials of Mana is multi-platform. Will get that for PS4. Hopefully there are physical copies of this one.



#29018 Markmallow  

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 04:42 AM

Please note the mana physical collection is a limited run program so make sure you get your orders in IMG_20190612_123837.jpg


Thank you for the heads up. I went ahead and placed an order just In case. I would be kicking myself if it sold out and I didn’t preorder.

#29019 Olengie   Your Waifu is Kuso. Except Mine CAGiversary!   11760 Posts   Joined 6.9 Years Ago  

Posted 13 June 2019 - 04:43 AM

It's gunna be everywhere. 



#29020 Vigilante   Hold On to That Hatred CAGiversary!   37061 Posts   Joined 13.8 Years Ago  

Posted 13 June 2019 - 05:38 AM

Never forget how "limited" the Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far collection ended up being (OOS for a while, then a sudden restock despite SE saying they wouldn't print more).



#29021 Josef   Touched the dead CAGiversary!   12354 Posts   Joined 15.2 Years Ago  

Posted 13 June 2019 - 05:44 AM

Is Collection of Mana exclusive to Switch? You'd think this would be offered on PS4 eventually ...

 

EDIT: See that Trials of Mana is multi-platform. Will get that for PS4. Hopefully there are physical copies of this one.

I know its a ways off, but does anyone know what the MSRP of Trials of Mana is supposed to be?



#29022 Jurai  

Posted 13 June 2019 - 05:45 AM

I know its a ways off, but does anyone know what the MSRP of Trials of Mana is supposed to be?

Switch version was $59.99 on amazon



#29023 Vigilante   Hold On to That Hatred CAGiversary!   37061 Posts   Joined 13.8 Years Ago  

Posted 13 June 2019 - 05:46 AM

I know its a ways off, but does anyone know what the MSRP of Trials of Mana is supposed to be?

I would guess $59.99 since Square-Enix loves money and it's a full remake, not just a remaster.



#29024 Josef   Touched the dead CAGiversary!   12354 Posts   Joined 15.2 Years Ago  

Posted 13 June 2019 - 05:56 AM

Switch version was $59.99 on amazon

 

 

I would guess $59.99 since Square-Enix loves money and it's a full remake, not just a remaster.

Well I'm going to go ahead and place a preorder at Bull Moose then since they currently have the Switch version listed at $37.97:

 

https://www.bullmoos...-trials-of-mana

 

Hopefully, if it ends up being a price mistake they honor it.



#29025 Jurai  

Posted 13 June 2019 - 06:08 AM

Well I'm going to go ahead and place a preorder at Bull Moose then since they currently have the Switch version listed at $37.97:

 

https://www.bullmoos...-trials-of-mana

 

Hopefully, if it ends up being a price mistake they honor it.

could definitely have been a placeholder price on amazon, may as well



#29026 nitrosmob   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   9311 Posts   Joined 12.9 Years Ago  

Posted 13 June 2019 - 01:18 PM

Never forget how "limited" the Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far collection ended up being (OOS for a while, then a sudden restock despite SE saying they wouldn't print more).

So limited I saw about 10 at my Best Buy a few days ago! I would have bought it but already had the collections separate.



#29027 Vinny   Bang, bang... pew... CAGiversary!   22667 Posts   Joined 14.9 Years Ago  

Posted 13 June 2019 - 01:58 PM

Is Collection of Mana exclusive to Switch? You'd think this would be offered on PS4 eventually ...

 

EDIT: See that Trials of Mana is multi-platform. Will get that for PS4. Hopefully there are physical copies of this one.

It looks like its... I normally don't care if something is on the Switch but regarding ports, the Switch has a spotty record. I also wonder if they avoided releasing it on the PS4 so that it doesn't cannibalize sales of the horrible remake. 



#29028 NeoMonk  

Posted 13 June 2019 - 04:31 PM



#29029 elessar123  

Posted 13 June 2019 - 05:59 PM

I swore I saw the price of Trials of Mana for $39.99 somewhere.



#29030 nitrosmob   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   9311 Posts   Joined 12.9 Years Ago  

Posted 13 June 2019 - 06:32 PM

It is going to be $39.99 since the digital on the S-E store is $39.99. I don't see physical copies listed anywhere yet though. Never got the idea it was getting one right away but once the listing goes on Amazon or Best Buy i'll get it.



#29031 Boss   [Removed by Admin] CAGiversary!   2012 Posts   Joined 13.0 Years Ago  

Posted 13 June 2019 - 06:34 PM

I swore I saw the price of Trials of Mana for $39.99 somewhere.

https://www.bestbuy....p?skuId=6352162



#29032 AugustAPC   Not For Sale CAGiversary!   3608 Posts   Joined 8.7 Years Ago  

Posted 13 June 2019 - 06:38 PM

This is Collection of Mana, a compilation of the original first three games. Trials of Mana is the remake of the third.

Kinda confusing.



#29033 elessar123  

Posted 13 June 2019 - 08:15 PM

Like Nitro said, it's listed as $39.99 on Square Enix's website, which is separate from the collection, also $39.99.



#29034 vic_x51   World Warrior CAGiversary!   2224 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

Posted 13 June 2019 - 08:17 PM

honestly the collection should have been all the hd remakes.

#29035 denpanosekai  

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 11:46 PM

honestly the collection should have been all the hd remakes.

Or at least include the Vita one



#29036 Boss   [Removed by Admin] CAGiversary!   2012 Posts   Joined 13.0 Years Ago  

Posted 13 June 2019 - 11:54 PM

I don’t understand, is the other Trials a different game?

From BB listing:

Features
Collection of Mana brings the first three titles: Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana, Trials of Mana to the Nintendo Switch

All three games now include a convenient quick save feature

Experience Trials of Mana (originally released as Seiken Densetsu 3 in Japan), localized for the first time in the West

#29037 nitrosmob   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   9311 Posts   Joined 12.9 Years Ago  

Posted 13 June 2019 - 11:57 PM

The one in the collection is the SNES original. There is a remake coming out for PC/Switch/PS4 I believe that has that game in 3D and such using the Dragon Quest 11 engine I believe.



#29038 vic_x51   World Warrior CAGiversary!   2224 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

Posted 13 June 2019 - 11:57 PM

yes, the mana collection is just the nes/snes roms ported. The trials of mana single game is a HD remake of the original with new graphics, wide-screen ect...

#29039 Vinny   Bang, bang... pew... CAGiversary!   22667 Posts   Joined 14.9 Years Ago  

Posted 14 June 2019 - 12:09 AM

honestly the collection should have been all the hd remakes.

I've only played Secret of Mana HD for the first few hours and I don't know if I agree with that. There were some things I liked about the Remake but somethings that just seemed lazy/bad. Graphics are updated but the animations are weird (some NPCs have one expression that doesn't change and looks so odd during cut-scenes). The battle system feels much clumsier than the original (even though it isn't) because the controls are updated but the mechanics are not. The AI sucks still sucks but they added some nice hotkey options for special attacks. The original SNES soundtrack is there and there are added story elements (don't think I saw any in my short time with it). 

 

Not sure the original is superior but the HD release honestly isn't really better universally. 



#29040 elessar123  

Posted 14 June 2019 - 01:18 AM

Or at least include the Vita one

That'd make no sense. Then they'd still be missing half a dozen games.

 

Legend of Mana, Sword of Mana, Dawn of Mana, Children of Mana, Heroes of Mana, Rise of Mana... before you get to the Vita Adventures of Mana.

 

Edit: They might bundle the three remakes afterwards, but they'd still have to port Adventures of Mana.