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  April 19th, 2013

04/19- 7:00PM EST

Welcome to another edition of Q&A! I finally finished up that Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate review, which you can read here. Needless to say I will likely be playing this game for some time yet! I'll be playing much more multiplayer now, and possibly trying out some other weapon types. I've also dug into Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, so an import review of that may happen in the future.
 
Anyway, on to the questions!





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Shin Megami Vita

Hey Wheels, it has been a long time since I emailed, but the last few weeks have raised a bunch of thoughts I was curious to have your take on.


Wheels

I am always glad to response to such thoughts! There's been a lot going on in the gaming world of late, so I'm sure you have some good topics on your mind.

I was stunned when I saw that Atelier Totori Plus: The Adventurer of Arland was the top selling Vita game on the PSN in March.  I'm pleased to see one of my recent favorite games selling well, but I'm not sure if it topping the chart is a good thing or a bad thing.  If the sales numbers are really good, maybe it will encourage some companies to localize JRPG's for the Vita.  On the other hand, could it be a sign that software sales on the Vita are so bad that a niche JRPG could outsell mainstream titles like MLB: the Show?  I know it is total speculation because there are no hard numbers to go with the rankings, but what do you think?


Wheels

It's hard to know what to think without the actual numbers. I think what we do know based on XSEED's support of the platform is that the niche audience is certainly there, so it should be no surprised that it sold something. The best selling Vita game on the PSN for the month though? That is certainly confusing. That would suggest that the only audience actually using the Vita is the niche one, which wouldn't be a great sign for the long term viability for the system. I don't think outselling the new MLB: The Show necessarily means anything. The PS3 is going to be the most popular platform for that since it has more features. I wonder if Atelier Totori would have done even better if Tecmo Koei had given it some advertising? Oh well, like I said it's clear the niche audience will happily buy new releases for the Vita so it could spurn some companies to localize some cool RPGs. We'll have to wait and see (Namco please localized Tales of Hearts R)!

So Atlus announced Wednesday that the first printing of Shin Megami Tensei IV will include a Strategy and Desgn Book as well as a Music collection to help offset the controversially high $49.99 price.  Do you think the fifty dollar price tag is Atlus testing the waters for higher prices in the future for localized games or do you think this "collection" was the plan for the fifty dollar price in the first place and the price will drop on the second printing without the extras?


Wheels

I have a feeling the $49.99 price tag was caused by these extras from the start. Afterall, I'm sure it had to go through lots of approvals before hand so it's highly unlikely they decided on this after the price. I wonder if they've seen the popularity of special editions like the one for Persona 4 Golden and want to see if they can do something like that for the main game release. If that's truly what they're doing I'm all for it and would love to see more packages like this from them. Not sure how they'll handle any reprinting of the game, but a lower priced version without the extras would make sense. Anything that prevents their special editions from being as hotly coveted as the Persona 4 Golden special edition is cool by me.

I just picked up a 3DS this week to play the expanding collection of RPG's on it, but I have been disappointed with the selection of RPG's on the virtual console.  I was looking forward to checking out the old Fire Emblem games and struck out on the 3DS shop.  So are there any old RPG's I missed that are worth picking up?


Wheels

The selection of virtual console games on the 3DS is pretty good, but certainly lacking in RPGs. One of the GBA Fire Emblem games was released as part of the ambassador program, so I'd imagine both GBA games will show up on the service at some point. The only RPG I can recommend on the service is Gargoyle's Quest, and even that is very light on RPG elements. To be fair, there were not a ton of RPGs on the original Game Boy and that's where most of the virtual console titles have been coming from. I'm sure we'll see more RPGs in the future!

Well, that's all I got this week; keep the column awesome man.
 
Joshua Carpenter


Wheels

I'll do my best, keep writing in great questions!

RPG Pitching Rotation

@AskWheels Can't think of any good questions at the moment so another Characters As request this time... your selection of 5 (non-Sonic or Mario!) RPG characters you'd have as a baseball pitcher.

@severinmira


Wheels

What a brilliant question...except you just made me exclude my two aces!

OK here's my Mario and Sonic free RPG Pitching rotation:

Barret

Barret (FFVII) - He can attach a ball firing cannon to his arm, what more do I need to say?

Wakka

Wakka (FFX) - Different sport, but Wakka certainly has shown himself to have an arm.

Edge

Edge (FFIV) - He has a throw command!

Gogo

Gogo (FFVI) - He's a mimic and can copy the abilities of others, therefore he can copy the pitching skill of the best in the game!

Robo

Robo (Chrono Trigger) - Clearly, robot arms are way stronger than human arms.
IN CLOSING

I seem to still owe one King of Content a connection challenge, but I think we'll delay that another week.

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