Anyway, who cares about that, right? You clicked on this post because you want to read about the 10 things I love about this Genius Sonority-made 3DS RPG.
Without further ado, then, here they are (in no particular order, mind you):
1. Gotta catch 'em all!--Who would've known that catching the so-called "Denpa" men would be so addicting? Not only that, but it's fun! Sure, you look like a complete idiot when you scan a public area for them, but that's easily forgotten as soon as you encounter a shiny, striped "Denpa" man (or woman) sporting a "heal (all)" antenna.
2. Such character--Call me crazy if you like, but I actually think these little "Denpa" dudes and dudettes (some of them are women, right?) are cuter than Nintendo's Miis. I love the wide variety of shapes, colors, faces and expressions. My current favorite: A blue-and-orange striped one with pink, heart-shaped glasses.
3. Show me your skills--Although it's true that the "Denpa" men and women have nothing on the cast of Final Fantasy V thanks to their extremely limited skill sets (each character learns just one skill), it doesn't much matter while tackling this eShop title. That's both because of the breadth of skills--such as "heal," "revive," "snowstorm" and "summer sun"--made available to players and because of the enormous size of THE "DENPA" MEN's parties. (More on that in a second.)
4. A new meaning to the phrase "giving head"--If you'd asked me before I played THE "DENPA" MEN for the first time if I'd prefer to hurl an avalanche of rocks at my opponents or slam into them using my characters' hard-as-granite noggins, I'd surely have gone with the former. Now that I've spent some quality time with the game, though, I can assure you the latter is far more exciting.
5. The more, the merrier--So, back to the enormous size of this game's parties: At them moment, my party is made up of eight "Denpa" men of various skills, shapes and sizes. Don't worry if that sounds more than a tad unwieldy; it isn't. Please note, by the way, that I'm seemingly only halfway through this portable adventure, so it's possible my party will get even bigger before all is said and done.
6. Easy as pie or tough as a jawbreaker--One of the coolest things about THE "DENPA" MEN, in my humble opinion, is all of the options that are given to players during its many battle scenes. Basically, you can hit your 3DS' X or Y buttons and let the game's AI choose your options for you (X orders the AI to not use any skills, while Y gives it the freedom to do as it wishes), you can assign specific tasks to each individual character or you can mix-and-match--it's completely up to you.
7. Come out, come out, wherever you are--I'm one of those weirdos who have never minded random battles in RPGs. That said, I much prefer for the enemies in such games to be visible on the field (so you can avoid or run away from them, for instance) rather than invisible. Thankfully, the ones in THE "DENPA" MEN are of the first variety.
8. I love the way you move--No one is going to mistake the enemies in this release for those in, say, a high-end PS3 or Xbox 360 RPG. Still, the ones in Genius Sonority's title look pretty darn good. Not only that, but they're nicely animated, too. I especially like the butterfly-based baddies that are made out of flowers--when they die, they drop to the ground and curl like petals that are closing up shop for the evening.
9. Beaten to the beat--Those of you who checked out yesterday's post probably already know this, but THE "DENPA" MEN has a pretty cool soundtrack. It's far from the heights of, say, Final Fantasy VI or Dragon Quest IX, but it's still well worth a listen. Plus, I think it's nice to hear some light-hearted tunes in a RPG game for a change.
10. Left behind? No worries--Another really awesome aspect of THE "DENPA" MEN that's sure to please RPG aficionados who are used to underused party members becoming, well, unusable: In this game, every single one of your captured characters earn experience after a battle. As a result, even those who are left behind in the "Denpa Men House" quickly advance in levels and maintain their relevance.
Now that I've had my say, what are some of your favorite aspects of this adorable and accessible digital RPG?