Thursday, October 18, 2012

To buy or not to buy, that is the question when it comes to the 3DS game called Dangerous Jī-san to 1000-nin no Otomodachi Ja

Don't worry if the title in the headline above doesn't ring any bells. It's hardly the kind of release that tends to receive a lot of attention from western gaming sites and blogs.

That said, I have mentioned it here once before--in the cheekily titled post, "Is this 3DS game's heath bar really made up of little butts?"

Of course, this Namco Bandai-published 3DS game, which will hit the streets of Japan on Nov. 22, didn't have a title at that time. Now it does. It also has a new and rather effervescent trailer that's packed full of so much weirdness it nearly makes my head spin.



For those of you wondering what this game may be called if it ever earns a European or even North American release (yeah, right), my podcasting pal Anne (aka apricotsushi) took the time to translate the Japanese title for me last night after I accosted her via Twitter. Her suggestion: Dangerous Grandpa and His 1,000 Wicked Friends.

Another possibility would be Grandpa Danger and His 1,000 Wicked Friends, considering that's the verbiage Viz Media has used for the North American version of the anime.

Regardless, the guy obviously has a lot of friends, and all of them seem to be wicked. Which may be why, according to the now-defunct andriasang. com, they're turned into post cards at the start of this game. (I know, I don't get it either. Although I guess that's why ol' gramps is constantly shown interacting with mailboxes in the trailer above?)

12 comments:

warp said...

Why is there any question whether or not to buy this? Obviously we would, but Nintendo won't let us.

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Well, that was...different.

Bryan Ochalla said...

warp: I like the way you think. The only reason I'm questioning whether or not to buy it is that it seems to be more than just a simple platformer, which is what I thought it was when it was first announced. I mean, all of those scenes showing the player scrolling through what I'm assuming are Grandpa Danger's friends, and the "field" scenes where the player is ... doing who-knows-what to even more of them. I don't want to spend $50 or $60 on a game and not be able to play it, you know?

Bryan Ochalla said...

Heh heh, yes, Justin, that's about right. I know I shouldn't get a kick out of games with poo in them at my age, but I can't help myself :)

warp said...

Are you saying that you're considering buying a Japanese 3DS to play games like this?

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yep! I'm either getting a Japanese pink OG 3DS or one of the pink-and-white LLs. I want to wait a while longer before making my decision, though, as I don't want to get the pink-and-white LL if Nintendo of America is going to release it here shortly. Regardless, though, I'm planning to have a Japanese 3DS in my grubby little hands by the beginning of 2013!

Melody (Lizzi) said...

this...looks....CRAZY!!!! @_____@
OMG Japan always makes the best games which will never be released in EU or NA...
This looks like a funny cute mini-game-collection and I looooove those games.
(Especially the HP-bar looks cool ^^).
Awwww pleeeease Japan!
Give us a crumb of your crazy-cute-anime-awesome-mini-adventure-collection of cool only-Japan games.
Don't forget us pls v_____v

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ha ha! I agree, Melody :) I really can't see this one being in the US, though. Europe seems at least a bit more likely, though. I wonder if Europe ever received any of the Grandpa Danger games that were released in the past?

apricotsushi said...

Hah, whoops! I meant to call it "Grandpa Danger," that is the way the name of the series is "officially" localized. Sorry!

I definitely can see why it's appealing to you, Bryan!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Oh, don't feel bad, Anne! And thanks again for helping me out -- I really appreciated it :)

Someone on Twitter warned me away from the game today, by the way -- based on his experience with other Grandpa Danger games. Shoot!

Granted, I don't have to take his advice, but ... well, let's just say I'll probably wait a bit and see what folks say about the game before making a decision on it.

Plus, I probably should go with more of a "sure bet" when it comes to my first Japanese 3DS game, don't you think? Maybe something like Taiko? ;)

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Oh, you should never feel bad about laughing at poo! At any age!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ha! Thanks for the support, Justin :)