Sega Gives Game Hints Via Wii Connect

By Spencer . December 23, 2008 . 1:15pm

image 428: Fuusa Sareta Shibuya De (428: Blocked Within Shibuya) keeps getting more interesting. It’s a sound novel, which means you “play” the game by reading the story. Chunsoft added an actual “playing” mechanic by letting players switch characters on the fly. Despite the lack of interaction 428 got a perfect score from Famitsu. The story must be really solid.

 

Another neat innovation in 428 is how it supports Wii connect. Even though the game doesn’t have a Nintendo Wi-Fi logo you can opt in for hint messages from Sega on how to unlock an extra scenario done by visual novel studio Type Moon. Messages start going out on December 25 so if you have 428 don’t forget to turn on the message delivery option in the preferences menu. More messages will be delivered on Jan. 1, Jan. 15, and Jan. 29.

 

While this service might be unnecessary Chunsoft has a brilliant idea. Imagine a horror game where characters suddenly “e-mail” you from beyond the grave or an RPG where citizens of the world remind you to save them from destruction. More companies should use Wii Connect 24 creatively.

 

Images courtesy of Sega.


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  • Kuronoa

    Sega should take the risk and translate this one. I mean if it got a perfect score at least go for it. That and I want it so I’ll buy it. :(

  • daizyujin

    Nintendogs man, Nintendogs. Seriously, a perfect in Famitsu doesn’t mean crap anymore. I still don’t see how they hell they liked Haze as much as they did.

  • EvilAkito

    While I doubt we’ll ever see this “game” in the US, there is an anime adaptation in the works, so those of us who are curious can just check that out.

  • Nabe

    Don’t even get your hopes up of this getting a release outside of Japan; visual novels don’t have a market anywhere else and i’m sure with this particular game it just won’t be financially feasible to any smart company. Actors/actresses, J-Pop singer etc.

    It does look interesting though, I might have to import this one just to see how it is.

  • Kuronoa

    Yeah I knew that but I just want one official release of this genre that isn’t on the PC. What was the last one anyways? I mean if the market for this genre is next to nothing what game scared everyone off?

  • Kuronoa

    sorry for double post
    The anime looks really interesting. I guess I will just stick with that…

  • Blood

    Westerners don’t like to read. But they enjoy shooting things via First-Person Shooters. So this game won’t get released in U.S.

  • JFreshInEffect

    A perfect 10 in Famitsu is a big deal. Though they are very liberal with their review scores, a perfect 10 is rarely given out. A few of my Favorite games of all time are perfect 10′s. Nintendogs I never played so I cant say anything about it.

  • jarrod

    While I’d love to see Sega take the plunge, if they’re not even willing to risk Shiren 3, there’s no way 428 has even a remote hope.

  • kufufu

    “Imagine a horror game where characters suddenly “e-mail” you from beyond the grave”

    Nanashi no Game? :P

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