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!
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.
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?
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
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?
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?
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.
I'll do my
best, keep writing in great
@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.
What a brilliant
question...except you just made
me exclude my two aces!
OK here's my Mario and Sonic
free RPG Pitching rotation:
He can attach a ball firing
cannon to his arm, what more do
I need to say?
) - Different
sport, but Wakka certainly has
shown himself to have an arm.
) - He has a
) - 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 (Chrono Trigger
Clearly, robot arms are way
stronger than human arms.
I seem to still owe one King of Content a
connection challenge, but I think we'll
delay that another week.
See you next week!
About the Host
What I Can't Wait For:
1. Ys Vita
2. Soul Hackers
3. Rune Factory 4
4. Lords of Shadow 2
5. Tales of Xillia
On my Playlist:
Less Than Jake
1. Does the success of XCOM indicate main
stream turn-based games are still possible?
2. Will Dragon Quest VII 3DS come to the West?
3. Will Fire Emblem: Awakening's success lead to
another console title?
4. Will Earthbound ever see an official release
again, or will its eBay price continue to rise?
5. Now that Thief 4 has been revealed, what do
you want to see out of the game?