すすきの氷の祭典 Susukino Ice Festival 2013

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This was part of “さっぽろ雪まつり” (Sapporo’s Snow Festival) in February 2013. It’s in a part of Sapporo city called Susukino, a night-life district, and they hold an Ice Sculpture festival at the same time as the main Sapporo Snow Festival.

The fish, encased in ice, looked as if they were swimming. I loved this experience, it was a perfect Birthday treat for me.

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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Heading To The West In 2015

I’m so excited about this. I’ve been playing Munter (the nickname my partner and I gave it.. Monster and Hunter smashed together!) since 2009 and my partner and I have spent almost a 1000 hours playing 2ndG and the Japanese Portable 3rd, both on the PSP.
In fact, my partner has been reluctant to buy a 3DS but with this announcement he’s changed his mind! Mwahaha~ Nice one, Capcom! Can’t wait!

My Nintendo News

Capcom has today confirmed that Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for Nintendo 3DS will be heading to the west sometime in early 2015. A lot of fans have been clamouring for the game to come to the United States and Europe, so it’s great news that it’s finally coming.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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Disney Magical World won’t give you bed head hair.

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In Disney Magical World, it really doesn’t matter if you don’t play for a week or two. Heck, it doesn’t even matter if you don’t play for over a month.

It’s different from AC in that it doesn’t penalise you for missing time in-game. I once went without even popping my head in for over a month and it didn’t make any difference — the characters were all still happy to see me, my cafe (despite having sold out of food and therefore not operating..) wasn’t boarded up with a “for sale” sign on the door… it was completely fine.

Sure, if you miss a few weeks during one of the events, there will be less chance to complete a special event Cafe set in the month or so that the event is active but other than that, there isn’t any negatives, really.

It’s a really chillax, super adorable game that loves you even if you don’t call back.. for a month, or so. And, the best part? No cockroaches or awful hair!

note: This is from my experience playing the Japanese version of the game and the final NA version might differ from the Japanese version. Thank you!

This time last year..

This time last year..

At Mount Fuji, January 2013.

I had just arrived in Japan with my partner and a few of our friends where we would spend three months of amazing experiences in the land of the rising sun!

Aaah~ I miss it!

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Disney Magical World Info!

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Or “Disney Magical World”!

This is a guide about what we might expect from the upcoming title “Disney Magical World” coming out in NA in April! I’m using my experience with the Japanese version of the game to give an insight into how the game works and what kind of things you can expect from the title.

I’m a huge fan of Disney. Like on a super geeky level. I visit Disneyland Paris frequently and, when I lived in Japan for a year, I went to Tokyo Disney Resort over 80 times. Yep, that kind of geeky! I just can’t help it — I love Disney and always have! It’s such an awesome form of escapism. Another favourite form of escapism for me is gaming. So, when I found out that they were releasing a game that pretty much combines two of my favourite past-times, I was pretty stoked.

In fact, it’s not the first time I’ve played some form of this game. It actually originates from Disney Japan’s web site and some of the games they have on there.. like site based games. It’s still very popular now, it’s basically very similar to Disney Magical World but on the internet. It’s here if you’re interested and I’ve even written a guide to creating a character on an old blog of mine if you’re so inclined!

So yes, history lesson over. I’d basically played the site based game, known in Japan as Disney Magic Castle Online for a few years before I found out they were releasing a 3DS version in the summer of 2013. I even bought a 3DS for this title — yep, the sole reason I bought a 3DS was NOT for Animal Crossing New Leaf, it was for this game!

The game is essentially in a similar style of AC but it has a wider range of things you can do, particularly in the fact that there’s several other “worlds” you can visit via shiny portal type things. You are based in what is known as “Castle Town” in the Japanese version and the other worlds are accessible from there.

Map of Castle Town.

Map of Castle Town.

This is also where you’ll find most of the classic Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Chip and Dale, Goofy, Pluto etc.. It’s where your Cafe is located and you basically live on top of your cafe in a nice room which you can freely decorate similar to AC.

Umbrielle’s Rough Guide of what to expect from Disney Magical World!

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Disney Magical World For Nintendo 3DS Launches April 11 In US

This is great news! My favourite game, Disney Magic Castle My Happy Life is coming out in the US! I can’t wait to see how it does!

My Nintendo News

Disney Magical World is a new game featuring dozens of Disney characters in a variety of Disney-themed worlds. Players can customize their characters with hundreds of Disney-themed outfits and accessories, all while managing a café, planting crops and collecting Disney character cards. Players help different characters solve problems or find missing items. The game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on April 11.

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Bravely Default might just be the game I’ve been waiting for..

My first encounter with the title was during my time in Japan this time last year and I didn’t really grasp how awesome this game really is as I found myself spending more time reading difficult kanji than actually enjoying the game play!

However, I received the EU version of the game as a late Christmas present from my partner after I played the demo and absolutely adored it. I had so much fun getting all the bonuses and maxing my jobs/levels!

This game is just amazing. It’s perfect for me as it reminds me of my childhood love for Final Fantasy, particularly Final Fantasy V! I’ve only just started Chapter 1 so I’m still in the early stages of the game but I’m going to be sinking a lot of time into this game that’s for sure! I especially love how you can have the dialogue in Japanese as I think the characters sound much better!

Anyhow, I’d really love to add some fellow players so we can build up our village/ablinks so if you’re playing the game, too, please comment and we can exchange friend codes!

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