Namco Bandai Cashes In With Idolm@ster SP DLC

By Jenni . March 10, 2009 . 2:05pm

Idolm@ster SP has the ability to connect to the PlayStation Store for downloadable content, and Namco Bandai is definitely taking advantage of that. They’re ready, willing and able to accept copious amounts of cash for in-game extras. Already an adequate amount of content is available, with more planned for the coming months.

 

A good resource for browsing the shop when you don’t feel like getting out your PSP is the official Idolm@ster SP website. It lists the downloadable content available, along with a reference image, price and brief description.

 

Please remember if you’re going to purchase DLC – only purchase it for the three idols in your game. If you have Perfect Sun and go purchasing songs and the email address for Iori, you’re wasting money because she’s only in Wandering Star. Also keep in mind that, as of March 10, 2009, the Yahoo! Finance Currency Converter was saying $1 equaled ¥98.63.

 

The least expensive item in the 765 Shop are the mail addresses. For ¥100, you can purchase the addresses for the idols in your game. You can then receive emails from the three characters in your game. It’s kind of a shame that this is premium item for Idolm@ster SP, since it was free in previous games. There are nine addresses total (one for each of the 765 girls), so it’ll cost you ¥900 for all of them. There are no bundle discounts.

 

Next come the image songs. Each of the nine main idols have what is called a Master Artist song, which is basically that character’s image song. (Sound familiar anime fans?) This is a song that is specifically designed for that character. But, for ¥150 per character, you can purchase that song for the other characters. So far three songs are available, Yayoi’s “Kiramekirari,” Iori’s “Futari no Kioku” and Chihaya’s “Me ga au Toki.” So, say you want to get “Kiramekirari” for the eight other idols – it will cost ¥3,600.

 

After that are the ¥200 accessories. These are divided up into four catagories – head, arm, body and leg. So far there are only four accessories available, one for each part. If you buy one, it can be used on any idol and with any game, so you don’t need to worry about checking for character names when purchasing here. The first batch has a music theme and consists of Imas headphones, Shoulder Speaker wings, Wristband of Note hand accessories and Ankle of Note boot accessories. All the items help boost your idol’s Vocal stat, and if you invest in all eight it will cost you ¥800.

 

The next item may be a little tricky, because initially people may think it is a full costume. It isn’t. For ¥500 you can purchase Japanese Wave, a new, floral color scheme for the Cute & Girly outfit in game. This works in the same way as the accessory DLC – it works with any version of the game and every idol.

 

The most expensive item is the ¥1,000 Extend Pop Sound Blossom costume. This is an entirely new outfit that your idol can wear. It has unknown what effect it has on your idol’s stats, so you have to purchase it to find out for yourself.

 

So, if you decide to splurge and get everything for say… Idolm@ster SP: Perfect Sun – the three extra songs, email addresses, accessories, new color scheme and extra outfit, it will cost you ¥6,800. That’s around $68.95. The first batch of DLC costs more than one of the Idolm@ster SP games. Thank goodness you get one outfit free. Add this week’s downloadable content and the total goes up to ¥13,000 or US $131.81.

 

If the price doesn’t deter you, stop by Youtube. Quite a few users have uploaded videos of the Idolm@ster SP girls wearing the new DLC, like video from user ImasPSP below.

 


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  • maxchain

    Ouch. This strikes me as a prime example of DLC Gone Wrong. Ah well, at least you’re not buying blind, what with the website and ImasPSP’s videos.

    • http://www.siliconera.com Jenni

      I just noticed that, when the month changes, the official website changes the batch of DLC it’s showcasing. Now it is showing off the March 09 stuff. (The one Extend dress is really pretty. Expensive, but pretty.)

  • Aoshi00

    That’s very good advice. But I swear I would not buy DLC for any game, especially outfits and accessories. Like SF4, they’re selling the alternate costumes in 5 packs costing $4 each. I alrdy spent 80 bucks on a game and sure as heck won’t spend another $20 for something that’s alrdy on the disc. Yeah, I want to see Chun Li in her sexy outfit, but I would rather buy more shirts in real life for myself, that’s why the PS3 Home idea is pretty silly..

    I must hand in to Bamco though, they show you all these nifty clothes in the game, sometimes you just have the urge to dress up your girl in Idol Master, like “let’s get her a bear paw!” Youtube has indeed made life a lot easier.

    Speaking of the video up there, it just dawned on me the dance number for many Jpn singers is pretty routine and boring. I have this concert DVD for the band Zard, best music in the 90′s, and while Sakai Izumi looked like a goddess and could sing some awesome songs, her gestures while singing on stage was pretty lame, in retrospect. I really shouldn’t be saying that though, god rest her soul..

    • http://www.siliconera.com Jenni

      Very true.

      Luckily most of the accessories, like the bear paw, are unlocked by meeting with the in-game stylist and giving the right answer, or doing well in auditions.

      They do seem to kind of use the same moves… like stuff you’d expect to see in an 80′s music video.

  • Vino (Tim N)

    …I want one of these games dammit. I would probably end up buying some of the DLC too if I had it.

  • Aoshi00

    Actually one still needs the Jpn Playstation tickets in order to buy the DLCs, regardless of exchange rates right? I bought a 5000 yen one and spent it mostly on buying old PS games, I have 1000 left and want to use it wisely.

    • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

      I think you can pull some of the Japanese stuff off the Hong Kong store and use a regular credit card. Might be a good way to get PsOne classics and save your PlayStation Ticket :)

    • http://www.siliconera.com Jenni

      There are also Hong Kong PSN cards you can buy to unlock from the Hong Kong store. I know Play Asia has them, but they’re temporarily back ordered.

  • Akane A.

    well it is expensive, but I mean for Fans like me it’s worth it, OMG the oufits are so cute, I wish I had clothes like that in real life, except for that red one that came out in May I think. too revealing.

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