The latest edition of Japanese gaming publication Famitsu contains new information related to the forthcoming Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden. We’ve yet to hear whether the game will be localised, but here’s the details for the Japan only game at present.
We have three main characters:
- Yuuri Kozukata (不来方夕利). We already know all of this, except she goes to the mountain to search for the owner of the shop, Hisoka Kurosawa. Voiced by Risa Tawata.
- Miu Hinasaki (雛咲深羽), a girl searching for her missing mother, who vanished when she was a child. Yes, she’s Ruffles. She’s never known the love of parents and feels empty. Heads to the mountain believing her mother is there. Voiced by Maaya Uchida.
- Ren Hojo (放生蓮), aka The Dude. He’s a failure of an author who’s known Yuuri for ages. He’s quite whimsical and is scolded by his assistant for it. He hears of a custom involving burial photos, and goes to the mountain to research for his new book. Voiced by Tatsuhisa Suzuki.
- Hisoka Kurosawa (黒澤密花), owner of the shop, who uses kagemi skills to search for lost things. Goes to the mountain to look for a missing girl and vanishes. Voiced by Atsuko Tanaka.
- Rui Kagamiya (鏡宮累), Ren’s assistant. She respects him, calling him sensei, and as well as helping him out she thinks of him as family. Voiced by Maaya Sakamoto.
There are three main locations the player can explore at the start, like the forest and buildings around the mountain.
- Mikomori Onsen: An abandoned old, big house known as a famous ghost spot where lots of ghosts are.
- Kurosawa Antiques: Also a cafe! Yuuri lives and works here. People come here to request lost things be found, or have their fortunes told by Hisoka.
- Shirazu no Mori (Unknown Forest): A forest in the mountain. Ever since it became famous as a suicide spot, there’s been a big fence around it, which people sneak in through. There are also rumours of a murderer hiding inside…
- Game plays out a bit like mission mode, where you choose your mission (you can replay it however much you like) and then you unlock new missions. Once you complete the chapter goals, you get the next chapter.
- Your goal is to find people. Each person has different reasons for going to the mountain and getting there, so you’ll have to gather as much info about them as you can.
- You can use something that’s like a “scent” of a person from things like a hair, their documents etc. that aids your “kagemi”.
- Then you use your clues to search for them. If you chase the memories of them you’ll find them, so you have to follow their past footsteps.
- When you find them and “bring them back” from their spiriting away, it’s mission complete, but you’ll have to watch out for the ghosts lurking…
- You can also use your “ghost sight” to find hints from ghosts. Looks kind of like hidden ghosts in other games.
- Gameplay is on the TV, the map is on the gamepad.
- The touch system for picking up items is back. As are ghost hands.
- Amano confirmed to be contributing a song also
Recent sales numbers from Famitsu state that the recently released Hyrule Warriors had a much better début than The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD in Japan. Famitsu says Hyrule Warriors sold 78,773 units in its opening week and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD only shifted 31,154 units when it was released in September 2013.
A new Pokemon project will be announced live on a NicoNico stream next Tuesday, August 26. According to translations from Serebii, the stream will provide a “shocking announcement”, but unfortunately there are no real clues as to whether eager Pokemon fans are looking at a game, manga, or new film.
The NicoNico stream – which is running in co-ordination with Famitsu magazine – will feature CEO and president of the Pokemon Company Tsunekazu Ishihara, along with two special guests and Pokemon voice actors Nobuhiko Okamoto and Aoi Yuuki. The announcement stream will be hosted by fashion model Ayana Tsubaki and Famitsu’s Bunbun Maru.
Though the announcement is unlikely to be a main series game, speculation among fans have pointed towards the rumoured Wii U title, Pokken Fighters. Trademarks were filed in Europe for both Pokken Fighters and Pokken Tournament back in May, so there’s certainly prior evidence pointing in its direction.
For those interested, you can take a peek at the teaser site revealing the announcement, here. And on August 26, 10PM JST / 2PM BST / 9AM EDT and 6AM PDT in US, you can catch the NicoNico stream, here. What do you think this exciting or “shocking” new announcement could be? Let us know in the comment section below.
The latest edition of Famitsu has revealed the games that Japanese gamers are looking forward to the most in the coming months. There’s plenty of Nintendo related titles in the list including the soon to be released Hyrule Warriors and Super Smash Bros 3DS. Capcom’s Nintendo 3DS exclusive Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate tops the list.
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – 949 votes
- [PS3] Persona 5 – 800 votes
- [WIU] Hyrule Warriors – 603 votes
- [PS4] Final Fantasy XV – 488 votes
- [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for 3DS – 444 votes
- [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire – 432 votes
- [PS4] Kingdom Hearts III – 419 votes
- [PS3] Tales of Zestiria – 401 votes
- [3DS] Bravely Second – 305 votes
- [PS4] The Evil Within – 297 votes
- [PSV] Toukiden Extreme – 289 votes
- [PSV] Bullet Girls – 262 votes
- [WIU] Bayonetta 2 – 246 votes
- [WIU] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U – 244 votes
- [PS3] Shining Resonance – 222 votes
- [PS4] Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – 207 votes
- [3DS] Forbidden Magna – 201 votes
- [PS3] The Evil Within – 195 votes
- [PS3] The Last Remnant – 183 votes
- [3DS] Final Fantasy Explorers – 180 votes
- [PS3] The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II – 174 votes
- [PS4] Omega Quintet – 146 votes
- [PS4] Bloodborne – 138 votes
- [PSV] Phantasy Star Nova – 126 votes
- [PS3] Ni-Oh – 119 votes
- [PS3] Persona 4 Arena Ultimax – 104 votes
- [PS4] Destiny – 103 votes
- [PS3] Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix – 95 votes
- [PSV] The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II – 94 votes
- [PS3] The Last Guardian – 93 votes
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Japanese gaming publication Famsitu has reviewed the long-awaited Hyrule Warriors for Wii U. As per usual with Famitsu reviews there are four reviewers. In this case each of the four reviewers gave the game an impressive nine out of ten. Famitsu is renowned for giving out high scores, so it will be interesting to see what the game will be rewarded with when the western reviews start to roll in next month.
- Hyrule Warriors (Wii U) – 9/9/9/9
- Bullet Girls (PSV) – 8/8/7/7
Japanese gaming publication Famitsu has said in its most recent issue that they have a big scoop for readers in the next edition. There were no hints, so it could be anything. The magazine also promises to contain some new information related to Monster Hunter 4 so it’s bound to be an interesting read.
The Hyrule Warriors information contained within the latest edition of Famitsu has now been translated and you can read it below. Nintendo also updated their image library with plenty of content from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time which you can view here.
- Toys with her enemies with ninja like movement
- Uses the harp as her main weapon
- Also carries knives
- With the harp she can play magical melodies to assign various elemental attributes and to attack with that attribute
- With the power of flame Sheik can drop flaming boulders on enemies
- If you perform “unleash of magical power”, you can use the power of lightning to sweep enemies
- Sheik speaks in a mysterious way that has hidden hints of the future
- Sheik is addressed as a brave warrior from the Sheikah tribe; there is no word that she is Zelda
- In the story, Sheik appears before Link and co. and suggests cooperation
- She uses magic to summon water, move and attack
- Ruto can also unleash power that has been gathered from attacks to shoot water
- She is proud but has a gentle heart Lake Hylia
- When Cia twisted dimensions, lake’s surroundings were influenced with ice
- Sheik and Impa encounter hostile Zelda in the water temple
- Zelda also has company in the form of some monsters
- Sheik aims the mirror of truth towards the person who looks like Zelda and… (Famitsu doesn’t finish the sentence)
- Has superhuman strength and handles the heavy hammer with ease
- His specialty is a rolling attack
- He can also summon the power of fire by hitting the ground Death Mountain
- Sheik and Impa walk towards Death Mountain to stop some monsters
- On the way they encounter a fairy who tells them that unusual things have happened
- Sheik and Impa then speed up their travel
- But does that fairy shout “Hey!” with robust voice?
- Uses halberd with a fire element
- Can attack enemies with giant blades
- Can also create walls of fire to pincer enemies’ movement or create dragon of flames to burn down enemies
- Uses a big branch and lends the power of the Deku Tree
- Uses seeds, leaves, and roots to attack
- Can plant seeds into the ground
- The seed will soon grow and when the transformation is complete it will unleash attacks; you can ride the Deku child
- She can use the Deku Leaf from Wind Waker to blow enemies away from a large range
- Original stage for this game
- The center piece of the forest is the Great Deku Tree which is huge and has many branches
- Great Deku Tree acts as a guardian deity
- People have built a village in the forest; they can take shelter in the caves of the great tree
- You can pick force shards or kill enemies to build up knockout/musou attack meter
- When it is full you can unleash a powerful knockout attack which attacks enemies from a wide area
- There are also items that build up a magic meter
- When full, you can perform “unleash of magical power” – This effect lets you attack faster