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Famitsu's most wanted - July 5th to 11th, 2018

Dairantou Smash Bros. SPECIAL (Switch) - 443
Sekaiju no Meikyuu X (3DS) - 318
Persona Q2 (3DS) - 260
Bayonetta 3 (Switch) - 257
Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch) - 198
Fire Emblem: Fuuka Setsugetsu (Switch) - 199
Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete (Switch) - 111
Dragon Quest Builders 2: Hakaishin Shidoo to Karappo no Shima (Switch) - 140
Made in Wario Gorgeous (3DS) - 133
Pocket Monsters: Let’s Go! Pikachu/Eevee (Switch) - 124
Pro Yakyuu Famista Evolution (Switch) - below 101
Subarashiki Kono Sekai -Final Remix- (Switch) - below 101

Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY IV Now Available

SAN DIEGO - July 20, 2018 - Scarlet Moon Records is thrilled to make available Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY IV, the first album in their new live classical guitar series featuring performances by guitarist William Carlos Reyes (of The OneUps). Inspired by Square Enix's own Piano Collections series, Guitar Collections arranges and performs Nobuo Uematsu's iconic themes from FINAL FANTASY IV to celebrate the game's 27th anniversary. The album is licensed and available now:

Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY IV on Bandcamp
Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY IV on iTunes
Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY IV on Spotify

"FINAL FANTASY, and particularly FINAL FANTASY IV, has always been special to me," explains Scarlet Moon Records producer Jayson Napolitano. "I wanted to celebrate the franchise in the same way Square Enix does with their Piano Collections series, and the performances from William Carlos Reyes exceeded expectations. The arrangements capture all the magic of Nobuo Uematsu's original compositions while adding new emotional depth that I think every fan will appreciate. Let's make Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY a series, as I personally can't wait to hear FINAL FANTASY V and VI done up in the same fashion!"

The tender "Theme of Love," the warm and soothing "Welcome to Our Town!," and the anxiety-inducing final dungeon theme, "Within the Giant," are featured alongside an original composition by Reyes inspired by FINAL FANTASY IV titled "The Crystals." The full track list is as follows:

01. Main Theme of FINAL FANTASY IV
02. Theme of Love
03. Welcome to Our Town!
04. Fight 2
05. Rydia
06. Melody of Lute
07. Golbeza Clad in the Dark
08. Troian Beauty
09. Illusionary World
10. Another Moon
11. Within the Giant
12. The Crystals (Original)

The above launch trailer features performance footage of five key themes from the album, and those who purchase the album on iTunes or Bandcamp will also receive a 14-page digital booklet including liner notes, an interview with arranger/performer William Carlos Reyes, and recording notes.

For more information about the Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY series, visit the official website: http://www.scarletmoonproductions.com/guitar/

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux director talks remake, connection to mainline games


These are quotes from a Retronauts interview with Eiji Ishida, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux's director...

On the decision to remake a game like Strange Journey
''We decided to remake Strange Journey to make it more widely known. We would like to consider a sequel, and we actually have ideas for the story and a new game experience. Whether we can make it happen, though, depends on how well this game performs.''

Talking about the rumor that Strange Journey was originally a mainline game
''To be exact, it was developed as a spinoff from the start. The promotional staff at the time judged the game to have high enough quality to be marketed as a numbered title, so they suggested selling it as a numbered SMT game. Even Mr. Kazuma Kaneko, who worked with us to design the human and demon characters and pen the original story, backed up the suggestion, saying it was “good enough to be called Shin Megami Tensei IV.”

But, because it was conceived as a spinoff, we enjoyed the freedom of going off on a tangent from the mainline games (and the extra pain and suffering from that, haha). Therefore, I felt a strong resistance to market it as a numbered title, and I ultimately rejected the suggestion. I think I would be a little more flexible about it now, but my past self who had just experienced the pain of creating a new title wasn’t as confident, and I couldn’t make that decision then.

On that note, Strange Journey has no chronological relationship to the rest of the Shin Megami Tensei series.'' 

Japanese software sales - July 9th to 15th, 2018 (Top 50)

01./00. [NSW] Octopath Traveler (Square Enix) {2018.07.13} (¥6.800) - 110.111 / NEW
02./00. [NSW] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980) - 41.852 / NEW
03./01. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} (¥5.980) - 21.838 / 227.452 (-33%)
04./03. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) - 20.430 / 2.447.782 (+25%)
05./02. [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) - 15.101 / 121.785 (-21%)
06./00. [3DS] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} (¥3.980) - 14.558 / NEW
07./05. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 11.417 / 1.627.674 (-6%)
08./00. [PS4] Mary Skelter: Nightmares 2 # (Compile Heart) {2018.07.12} (¥7.200) - 10.370 / NEW
09./12. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥4.980) - 7.145 / 1.668.513 (+63%)
10./09. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) - 6.622 / 1.043.717 (+5%)
11./08. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} (¥5.980) - 6.160 / 559.764 (-10%)
12./13. [PS4] New Gundam Breaker # (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.06.21} (¥7.600) - 5.023 / 82.077 (+22%)
13./10. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) - 5.016 / 1.766.438 (-6%)
14./06. [PS4] The Crew 2 (Ubisoft) {2018.06.29} (¥8.400) - 4.951 / 32.276 (-49%)
15./04. [PS4] Zanki Zero: Last Beginning (Spike Chunsoft) {2018.07.05} (¥7.200) - 4.164 / 19.705 (-73%)
16./16. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 ReMIX \ Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 ReMIX > (Square Enix) {2017.03.09} (¥6.800) - 3.788 / 167.064 (+9%)
17./11. [NSW] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo) {2018.05.03} (¥5.980) - 3.642 / 190.330 (-24%)
18./00. [NSW] Shining Resonance Refrain (Sega) {2018.07.12} (¥5.990) - 3.465 / NEW
19./15. [PS4] Detroit: Become Human # (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2018.05.25} (¥6.900) - 3.321 / 90.360 (-7%)
20./14. [PS4] Winning Eleven 2018 (Konami) {2017.09.14} (¥7.600) - 2.724 / 172.154 (-32%)
21./17. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} (¥6.980)
22./07. [PSV] Zanki Zero: Last Beginning (Spike Chunsoft) {2018.07.05} (¥6.800)
23./22. [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥4.980)
24./26. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} (¥5.980)
25./21. [NSW] FIFA 18 (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} (¥5.800)
26./23. [PS4] Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege - Advanced Edition (Ubisoft) {2018.03.01} (¥6.000)
27./25. [PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥7.980)
28./19. [PS4] FIFA 18 # (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} (¥7.800)
29./18. [PS4] Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star Link # (Marvelous) {2018.06.07} (¥7.980)
30./43. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World # (Capcom) {2018.01.26} (¥8.980)
31./28. [NSW] Arms (Nintendo) {2017.06.16} (¥5.980)
32./20. [NSW] Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (Nippon Ichi Software) {2018.06.28} (¥6.980)
33./32. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo # (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700)
34./24. [PS4] Far Cry 3: Classic Edition (Ubisoft) {2018.07.05} (¥3.980)
35./29. [3DS] Mario Party: The Top 100 (Nintendo) {2017.12.28} (¥4.980)
36./31. [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2015.12.03} (¥2.400)
37./33. [NSW] The Snack World: TreJarers Gold (Level 5) {2018.04.12} (¥5.980)
38./46. [PS4] Earth Defense Force 5 (D3Publisher) {2017.12.07} (¥7.800)
39./41. [PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 (Konami) {2018.04.26} (¥6.980)
40./44. [NSW] Little Nightmares: Complete Edition (Bandai Namco Games) {2018.06.07} (¥3.200)
41./30. [PS4] Dark Souls Remastered (From Software) {2018.05.24} (¥4.800)
42./27. [PS4] Super Bomberman R (Konami) {2018.06.14} (¥3.980)
43./00. [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon Veteran Trainer's Dual Pack {Pokemon Ultra Sun \ Pokemon Ultra Moon} (Pokemon Co.) {2017.11.17} (¥9.960)
44./48. [PS4] Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.12.07} (¥5.900)
45./34. [PSV] Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star Link # (Marvelous) {2018.06.07} (¥5.980)
46./35. [NSW] Sumikko Gurashi: Sumikko Park e Youkoso (Nippon Columbia) {2017.12.07} (¥5.800)
47./47. [NSW] Attack on Titan 2 # (Koei Tecmo) {2018.03.15} (¥7.800)
48./40. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2018.06.14} (¥7.400)
49./37. [NSW] Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.09.07} (¥6.800)
50./00. [PS4] NieR: Automata (Square Enix) {2017.02.23} (¥7.800)

Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon - Let's Go Cup battle competition detailed

The two stars of Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! are getting together this summer for a fun Online Competition. In the Let's Go! Cup, only these two famous Pokémon will be eligible to participate. Choose which Pokémon you want and head into battle to reach the top of the leaderboards!

The competition features Single Battles with only one Pokémon, either Pikachu or Eevee, in your party. Pokémon brought in via Poké Transporter are permitted. All Pokémon above and below Lv. 50 will be set to Lv. 50 for the duration of the battles. There are no item restrictions. There will be a 5-minute player clock and 30-second turns. All qualified competitors will be eligible to download a mobile-sized wallpaper that features whichever Pokémon was selected to battle the most. Registration for the Let's Go! Cup begins Thursday, July 26, 2018, at 00:00 UTC.

The competition goes from Friday, August 3, 2018, at 00:00 UTC, until Sunday, August 5, 2018, at 23:59 UTC. Trainers will be limited to 10 battles per day. This competition will not have age divisions.

All Trainers will need a Pokémon Trainer Club account, a wireless internet connection, and their own Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Ultra Moon video game with an eligible Pokémon. See the competition regulations for more details.

Good luck, Trainers!

Full details here

Japanese eShop charts - July 12th to 18th, 2018

Switch

1. OCTOPATH TRAVELER
2. Minecraft
3. Susume! Kinopio Taichou
4. Taiko no Tatsujin Nintendo Switch Version!
5. Overcooked!: Special Edition
6. Hollow Knight
7. Mario Tennis Ace
8. Human: Fall Flat
9. Stardew Valley
10. RXN -Raijin-

3DS

1. Tobidasu! Nyanko Daisensou
2. Pocket Monsters Crystal
3. Susume! Kinopio Taichou
4. Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition
5. Dragon Quest III: Soshite Densetsu e…
6. Battleminerz
7. Pocket Monsters Gold
8. Pocket Monsters Silver
9. Pocket Monsters Pikachi
10. Dragon Quest II: Akuryou no Kamigami

Wii U

1. Touhoku Daigaku Mirai Kagaku Gijutsu Kyoudou Kenkyuu Center Kawashima Ryuuta Kyouju Kanshuu: Motto Nou wo Kitaeru Otona no DS Training
2. Cube Life: Pixel Action Heroes
3. Mother 2: Gyiyg no Gyakushuu
4. Minecraft: Wii U Edition
5. Super Mario 64
6. Mother 3
7. Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken
8. Fire Emblem: Fuuin no Tsurugi
9. Fire Emblem: Seima no Kouseki
10. Mother

My Nintendo Japan - rewards update for July 20th, 2018

- 30% off The Legend of Zelda A4 Clear File (4 pieces set), available for 50 Gold Points reducing the price from ¥1,000 to ¥699.
- 30% off Legend of Zelda: BotW HD Acrylic Art Board available for 300 Gold Points reducing the price from ¥13,500 to ¥9,450

Level-5 releases a commercial to promote the free download of Inazuma Eleven on 3DS

As we talked about last week, the original Inazuma Eleven was getting a second life on the 3DS eShop. The game has been made available for free as of today, and it takes up 1,892 blocks. This is a limited-time offer, but Level-5 hasn't detailed how long the game will be around for. In other words, hop on this free deal while you can!

New 2DS XL Hylian Shield Edition releasing in Japan

As if Japan didn't have enough in the way of 3DS/2DS selection, they've confirmed that the Hylian Shield Edition New 2DS XL is going to see release sometime in early October. Preorders are now open via the My Nintendo Store, and run through to Sept. 3rd, 2018. This special edition costs ¥17,258.

WarioWare Gold demo seems to include the full instruction booklet

A WarioWare Gold demo was made available on the 3DS eShop in North America today, and it seems to include something we don't usually see. AlienboyVA noticed that the entire virtual instruction booklet appears to be included. Not exactly a huge deal, but definitely a nice way to see just what content comes in the full release.