How To Pick A Version Of [email protected] SP

By Jenni . March 8, 2009 . 10:14am

The [email protected] SP is available in three different versions, Perfect Sun, Missing Moon and Wandering Star. This may leave importers wondering which version to import. If you’re considering getting the game, you’re going to have to do some research and look at the characters available in each game.


Your first stop should be the official [email protected] SP website. Take a look at the character section there. Since you’re going to be looking at and watching the idols practice and perform, it’s a good idea to get the version with the idols you think are cutest. Wandering Star has Iori, Yukiho, Ami & Mami and Takane as it’s main stars. Perfect Sun has Makoto, Haruka, Yayoi and Hibiki. Finally, Missing Moon has Chihaya, Azusa, Ritsuko and Miki.


Explore each character profile and take the time to learn about the character. See if the personality and backstory sounds interesting to you as well, since you’ll be spending a lot of time with each idol while trying to make her a star.


Your next stop should be YouTube. Yes, YouTube. Search for [email protected] SP and watch some of the character performances. Some of the characters, for example Ami&Mami, Yayoi, Iori, Hibiki and Ritsuko, have extremely high pitched voices some players may find annoying. Ami & Mami’s voice especially has a certain… quality that some gamers may find unappealing.


Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at a YouTube video from ImasPSP that shows Ami performing “Suta→ Tousuta→” in [email protected] SP: Wandering Star.



Still with us? Spiffy. Want to go back and watch it again? You sure? Okay. So now you understand why researching the different versions of [email protected] SP before you make an impulse purchase is important.

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  • maxchain

    Yow! Twenty seconds into a Makoto song, and I’m sold. No need for me to bother with the others.

    • Himitsu Heiki

      Mokoto is definitely my favorite! Love her personality and voice!

      • Funny you both should mention – I’ve been raising Makoto in story mode since the game began.

        She’s very easy to work with!

  • Jenni, which idol are you working with? I’m with Makoto all the way!

    • I’m currently raising Makoto. She’s been performing the song “Here We Go” since she was F level. Right now I don’t have my PSP with me to give exact stats, but she’s (I think) got 10 weeks to get to B level.

      Originally I had her in an outfit that enhanced her dance skills, but I’ve switched her to a Girly & Cute outfit to boost her vocals.

      I do know she’s at level 16, her tension/heart is over 45 and her vocal’s her most powerful stat followed very closely by dance. Her visual’s lacking though.

  • Aoshi00

    Sounds like one of the hamsters from Hamtaro :) I got both games on the 360 but really can’t get into them. I prefer the slower ballads among the song list. I like Miki & Makoto the tomboy the most.

    I really liked the idol singer/magical girl anime Creamy Mami and Fancy Lala in the 80’s & 90’s, but not so much now, maybe I’m just too old for this stuff..

    • It does!

      Makoto just encountered Miki in my version of the game. (Perfect Sun) Miki was sleeping in the 765 office and just popped up out of nowhere. I didn’t expect that, since Hibiki is the “rival” for Perfect Sun.

      I’ve never been into the idol thing before, but now it seems kind of cute/fun after playing Perfect Sun. I did read the first volume of the Tokyopop translation of Mink.

  • daizyujin

    Ok, this is taking the multiple version thing a little too far. And I thought it was a joke with Pokemon.

    Perhaps I should have already known but I don’t keep up with Idolmaster all that much.I have to admit, it has always kinda creeped me out. It is one of those things I think I would be embarrassed if somebody found out I was playing it.

    • I almost wonder if it was done because the UMD doesn’t have space for all of the girls?

      It really isn’t too bad, though you have to sacrifice depending on which version you get. I’d have loved a version with Takane as the rival and Makoto, Yukiho and Chihaya as the main idols.

      It isn’t as creepy as you think. Yes, there are creepy answers you can give during promotions periods, but for the most part it’s like a virtual pet or Princess Maker.

      Besides – it’s much more embarrassing when you start unintentionally humming or singing one of the songs in public. XD

      • daizyujin

        I bet that is more embarrassing. I don’t mean to think that I have a problem with the game really. I am more worried about what people will think of me for playing it, not that I actually think the game itself is skanky or anything. I know it isn’t hentai. I think it is just the fact that these are young girls that people pay money to “dress up.” Its the type of thing that if somebody didn’t understand, they would be inclined to think you are a pervert. In my line of work, that is not something you want people to think.

        • I totally get you and understand. :D I know what you mean.

          I had that happen when I got Dual Love, actually. I played it at a friend’s house and you *know* the reputation that game has. Fortunately, they thought it was hilarious. Two of my guy friends wanted to play, and were determined to try and give the best massage.

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