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Go Go Nippon going nicely

October 8th, 2011, by zalas
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MangaGamer released their virtual homestay game, Go! Go! Nippon! ~My First Trip to Japan~ slightly over a week ago and has garnered a decent amount of sales. According to MangaGamer, sales of Go Go Nippon during the first week beat out Kara no Shoujo and We Love Master in their first week sales. However, sales numbers for the first week were still less than first day sales of Koihime Musou. The rate at which Go Go Nippon has been selling has MangaGamer commenting that “[they'd] love to see the game expanded through DLC, so [they] hope it continues to sell well.”

The game itself is available from MangaGamer’s all-ages site for 9.95 EUR and comes in a 256.5 MiB zip file which can be extracted to play the game (after activating online of course). The game runs at 800×600 and the user interface is very similar to previous MangaGamer games. However, for parts of the game where characters are conversing or thinking in Japanese, there is an option to display the original Japanese lines as well. The start of a new game begins with asking the player to input a name as well as the current exchange rate of the yen with either the dollar or the euro, as the game will keep track of how much the protagonist has spent throughout his week in Japan. One issue with the exchange rate interface is that JPY and USD were erroneously swapped on the screen (while the EUR option is fine).

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  1. ReMeDy Says:
    October 8th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I’ve been tempted to buy this. It sounds like a breathe of fresh air from what we usually see. Two questions though:

    1.) So it has no hentai then? Are there dating elements to it at least?
    2.) Roughly how long is the game?

  2. Γθεστ Says:
    October 9th, 2011 at 6:09 am

    1) Yes, no hentai. Dating elements? Hmm, more or less, there are some. The game’s focus is to be a guidebook for Japan, though.
    2) The game’s pretty short. I wasn’t actually counting, but I think I’ve heard someone say it took him 3 hours?

  3. Booger Says:
    October 10th, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Game sort of reminds me of those DLsite nukiges with one or two love interests. They too only have like 11-16 CGs. And while this is probably in the same level of production effort, it’s the added exploration (and with Google Maps) that makes it memorable.

    It took me 5 hours to complete a playthrough with one heroine, but that was because I timed the Auto read as if there were voices. I’m happy with my experience for only 10 euros. So I think they have found a good alternate business plan instead of slaving away on 50+ hour epic VNs that would have been fan-patched and pirated to hell and back before they manage to get the sign-off from the gazillionth corporate project partner.

    If Mangagamer is reading this, I hope by DLC is that instead of just adding more tourist spots that they instead make new standalone 10-buck games featuring new girls and new topics of interests, such as

    -Plamo
    -Model Trains (or alternately, real-life train-spotting)
    -battlebots
    -RC planes
    -amateur radio
    -pizza delivery
    -living in internet cafes as a homeless person

    As long as you get your choice of well-endowed onee-chan and tsundere loli, any topic can be potentially interesting.

    That will be five euros, thank you.

  4. Anonymous Says:
    October 10th, 2011 at 3:54 am

    >-living in internet cafes as a homeless person
    Fund it.

  5. Blitzwing Says:
    October 11th, 2011 at 3:16 am

    ^ I agree with anonymous.

    How about a game that teaches people Japanese? Like a language-exchange sim?

  6. Blick Winkel Says:
    October 11th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    There is one for learning a programming language: http://vndb.org/v7754
    But I haven’t heard of one for learning Japanese yet, might be interesting as well.

  7. ReMeDy Says:
    October 11th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    There’s only one Japanese learning game for English audiences that I know, but it isn’t in the form of a visual novel:
    http://www.gamespot.com/ds/puzzle/myjapanesecoach/index.html?tag=result%3Btitle%3B0

    It’s horrible at teaching kanji, but in theory I guess you could use it for Hiragana, Katakana, and learning basic sentence structure. Personally, I prefer videos, like the “Let’s Learn Japanese” series. Nothing beats the sound of a real speaking human voice.

  8. Risa Says:
    October 13th, 2011 at 6:12 am

    The idea about VN game that teaches people Japanese is brilliant.
    Someone should approach Mangagamer with that idea,
    I’m sure it’d sell like hot pancakes.

  9. ReMeDy Says:
    October 13th, 2011 at 10:38 am

    @ Risa
    And they should get a fluent speaking English and Japanese person as a character (female, of course), and she needs to be a good voice actor. This would be a big hurdle, but it has to happen. A learner misses out on a lot if they can’t hear the language. I’d love to have an anime girl speaking both languages to me who acts natural.

    In the visual novel, it’d be great if she helps quiz us by asking questions and – in typical visual novel fashion – we are presented with a list of multiple choice answers.

    It’d also be great if it was styled like “Love Plus,” where it keeps track of how long you’ve been away. Several learning software already does this, such as Anki and Brain Age, so this is not unnatural.

    To deter piracy, offer the game based on downloadable chapters, thus promoting future content. Chapters could include “Mika (or whoever the girl is) takes you to a mall!” or “Mika takes you to a carnival!” If the creators are very brave, let us sex the girl up in these public places! ::Evil grin::. Unfortunately, this alienates the all-ages group, so I doubt this would happen.

    Have the setting in America, or a familiar Japanese locale, since “Go Go Nippon” already fulfills the Japanese cultural niche. By placing the game in familiar territory, it’s less of a shock to the reader and they can learn Japanese with things they’re already familiar with. MangaGamer can divert future CULTURE content to its “Go Go Nippon” series and future LANGUAGE content to its new game.

    It would be a big endeavor, but MangaGamer has already proven to me they can overcome the biggest obstacle – the artwork. Nothing is impossible at this point.

  10. ReMeDy Says:
    October 20th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I read the Bamboo interview. It’s funny when the idea of “Go Go America” came up. He said:

    “NO! We’re not Americans, so we don’t know enough about the culture.” One Translator says, “What if Kouryuu wrote it?” Bamboo replies, “That could work. We’d have to do a scene about what to do in a hold-up – something like getting robbed when you’re walking around Little Tokyo/Downtown LA. My brother’s had to deal with that twice.”

    LOL

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    July 23rd, 2014 at 12:02 am

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