Thursday, May 23, 2013

I just bought a copy of Boku no Natsuyasumi and I'm blaming it on these blog posts

For those of you who've never heard of Boku no Natsuyasumi (aka My Summer Vacation): it's a Japanese PlayStation game that was developed by Millennium Kitchen and published by Sony Computer Entertainment in June of 2000.

True to its name, the first Boku no Natsuyasumi (there have been four--one each for the original PlayStation, the PS2, the PS3 and the PSP) stars a 9-year-old boy named Boku ("I" or "me" in Japanese) who spends his summer vacation with relatives in the Japanese countryside.

For the most part, players are left to determine how Boku spends that vacation, which spans the 31 days of August 1975. Among the options: exploring the wooded surroundings, catching bugs, collecting bottle caps and flying kites.


As for the blog posts that are chiefly responsible for me picking up this import-only gem (or so I've been told): this recent post ("Summer's Here!") on the Shinju Forest blog, this post ("Childhood on a Disc") from Unwinnable.com and this post (from 2011) on Kimimi's Blog.

I haven't yet received the copy I bought, by the way, so I can't share any thoughts about it. As soon as it arrives, and as soon as I give it a bit of attention, though, I'll let you know if it lives up to the hype built by the aforementioned bloggers.

17 comments:

miruki said...

Aww, I downloaded the trailer for Bokunatsu 3 from the Japanese PSN back when it got released on the PS3 and was always hoping that it would miraculously get localized... of course that never happened, but oh well.


I hope you'll have tons of relaxing fun with the first one when it arrives! :)

thegaygamer.com said...

Thanks, miruki! I'm hoping I'll enjoy it, too. Of course, my blogging friend Kimimi loves it, so I'm guessing I will, too, as we have similar tastes :)

Monster_Hunter2882 said...

They should try bringing it over as a downloadable game. I bet they could have decent success if they targeted it to the Animal Crossing/Harvest Moon crowd. Maybe they could kept localization costs down but just subtitling it (though a dub would be nice).

thegaygamer.com said...

Oh, I agree. Sadly, you'd think they would've tried with the PS2 or PSP versions, but nope! Maybe next time??

Monster_Hunter2882 said...

At least they tried the retail/download in Japan and download only everywhere else thing with Tokyo Jungle and that seemed to work out fine with them. It also appears to have worked with One Piece: Pirate Warriors since the west is getting the sequel. Sony could be missing out on a decent profit not trying that with Boku no Natsuyasumi.

thegaygamer.com said...

I agree. Let's hope they try this route soon!

Alois_Wittwer said...

I imagine you've seen this too, Bryan? http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/909444798/scroll-issue-10-summer

thegaygamer.com said...

You're talking about MH2882's comments about Sony releasing these games digitally outside of Japan? If so, I agree!

thegaygamer.com said...

Oh, yes, I've seen that, Alois. I didn't take part in the KS, though, sadly. I'm definitely going to buy the issue as soon as it's available, though :)

Alois_Wittwer said...

I've bought all the issues hahaha. They're all wonderful reads.

thegaygamer.com said...

Oh! I'm jealous. I think I'll buy three or four issues when this particular one comes out, as many of them look interesting.

miruki said...

Yep, yep, especially the part about targeting the Animal Crossing / Harvest Moon crowd - the PS3 is definitely lacking in the relaxing & cute sim game department, so I could see this going quite well as a digital release. :)

thegaygamer.com said...

Sony fans do have the Poka Poka Airu Village series, of course, but that's PSP-only. And Japan-only. So, I'm not sure why I brought it up :)

apricotsushi said...

Ah, so glad to hear you finally picked this one up! I've been in a Boku no Natsuyasumi mood these days, too, and even backed the Scroll kickstarter for the upcoming BnN-themed issue. Still haven't added any of the games to my collection, though... Think that's something I'll have to remedy soon ;)

thegaygamer.com said...

I'm shocked you of all people have never played any of these games, Anne! Which one do you think you'd start with, by the way--the PS1 one or the PS2, PS3 or PSP ones?


By the way, I'm totally picking up a copy of the Scroll issue devoted to this series when it's released...

apricotsushi said...

It's just one of those series I never got around to, I guess! And I'm not really sure which version to get... Probably whichever's cheapest/has the best cover!

thegaygamer.com said...

Ah, a woman after my own heart! (Talking about going with whichever version has the best cover.)