Konami’s Secret Sleeper Hit Gets A Re-Release In Japan This Holiday

By Eugene . September 29, 2013 . 5:00pm

Just in time for the holiday season, Konami are re-releasing their life-simulation sleeper hit, Magician’s Quest: Town of Magic, in a special pack with a price drop included.

 

While most of our readers probably haven’t even heard of Magician’s Quest, it’s been a very successful series of games for Konami in Japan. The original Magician’s Quest game, released in 2008 for the Nintendo DS, sold just 72,000 copies in its first week but went on to sell close to 475,000 copies over the next few years. Later games in the series showed similar trends as well.

 

To put this in perspective, Magician’s Quest is more successful than LovePlus, Konami’s breakout hit dating-sim franchise.

 

Now that Animal Crossing: New Leaf has had a chance to attract a more casual audience to the Nintendo 3DS, it seems like an opportune time for Magician’s Quest: Town of Magic rake in a few more buyers. The game lets player take on the role of an aspiring magician, attending a magic academy and opening their own stores to sell goods.

 

The new special package Konami are releasing Town of Magic in will come with additional downloadable items which include a cute shop and more. The game’s origina retail price was 4,980 yen but the new pack will drop the price to 2,940 yen (About $30), which should prove to be an enticing deal for anyone looking to pick a cheap game up this holiday. The re-release will go on sale from November 21st.


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  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    This is a great move by Konami here.^_^ Especially when we see many AC fans have actually go to buy Fantasy Life which had kinda the same mechanic as AC series.

    If only Konami would try to release this game outside of Japan or even try asking Nintendo to make a game promotion system like if you buy AC and this game, you get free bucks or free DLC item, i am sure this game will be able to create a foothold outside of Japan,

    • notentirelythere

      I dunno if they would do that. Like, if you look at the kinda bones Nintendo throws to other companies, they have gaps to fill. Nintendo localization teams go for Monster Hunter 3 to get something on the Wii U that guarantees some console buys from die-hards while being something T-rated to add to mass appeal. Nintendo rubs elbows with ATLUS, getting some RPGs guarantees (which Ninty home consoles rarely see, while hitting an older demo across the board)
      I don’t see Nintendo pushing for this anywhere else since they already got the social chill-out game down and people could easily decide to get THIS down the line instead of Animal Crossing (tbf it does let you be a wizard).

      But I love that idealism, and I wish companies more often tried to take reigns on some third party publishing! (bless Nintendo NA+UK for spreadin the Flying Fairies around)

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        Well, this is just my thought here which i also kinda agree that Nintendo would not want to create an rival which could take over its Animal Crossing sells.

        However, the point of view which i am viewing here is for Nintendo to create good relation with third party company and create confidence that Nintendo also cares about its partners.

        This move i believe will be very important especially towards Japanese publishers as many of them is slowly but surely moving towards smartphones gaming market.

  • MyBodyIsReady

    Enchanted Folk to us Europeans

  • Just Tim

    I heard about this before but didn’t pay attention (my attention was given more to DDR and Suikoden at the time).

  • http://twitter.com/puchixseda puchinri

    I wish we would get the re-release. ;o;

  • Flandre Scarlet

    I remember this game. Gosh, it was strange. I don’t remember getting very far in it before putting it down. Apparently the sentiment was mutual with others, as none of the other games in the series have made it over here.

  • katamari damacy

    Opening a store to… sell goods? and you’re a WIZARD? ZOMG I am THERE.
    Animal Crossing’s unexpected popularity in the West should tell Nintendo that there is a huge market for laid-back life sims like Tomodachi collection, Fantasy Life, Harvest Moon, and this. Being a gamer isn’t some sort of social taboo anymore. Kids in the early teens are all about the gaming, no matter the gender

  • http://jesse-dylan.livejournal.com Jesse_Dylan

    I enjoyed the DS version that got released in the US. I wish we could get this one.

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