Nintendo Returns To Its Roots With This Gorgeous Mahjong Set

By Eugene . November 13, 2013 . 4:00pm

 

Those unfamiliar with Nintendo’s storied past may not remember that they started out as a humble playing card maker, branching out into several other forms of interesting stuff (like a love hotel chain…) before they finally turned into the videogame developer we all know and love.

 

However, Nintendo, in a hat tip back to its roots, is releasing a mahjong set. And not just any mahjong set. One labelled the Yakuman Hauou or Thirty-two thousand Phoenix set. The set comes with specially crafted mahjong chips with the Nintendo logo on it, and if you want they also sell a Yakuman mat so you can strike it big with your hands.

 

Those interested in learning more about this deeply engrossing game should note that they’re selling the Japanese variant, which includes little point sticks. This is as opposed to the Chinese variants which have extra, bonus tiles and also have slightly different rule sets to incorporate them into the game.

 

The Yakuman Hauou can be yours for the measly price of 18,900 yen ($190) from November 29th. The mat will run an extra 5,250 yen ($53)

 

Those who want to get into how crazy Japanese mahjong is should check out some of the cool and Godlike stuff from a master such as Akagi.


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  • LunarKnite

    Saki’s also not bad if you don’t mind blatant yuri. I love me some mahjong, but I’m not the most familiar with the Japanese rules. If these had Nintendo characters on them though, I’d totally try and save up for it.

    • ninjabart122

      I’m really interested in Japanese Mahjong mainly because of Saki and
      Akagi, but I’m not sure how big the difficulty curve would be and if I’d
      actually find anyone to play with.

      I didn’t mind the blatant yuri aspects of Saki, but Nodoka’s design is pretty iffy to me.

      I need to get into Saki: Achiga-hen though and remember what happened in the Saki anime before I get into the new season.

      • LunarKnite

        I haven’t found a decent place myself. But I did practice a bit with AI. If you do find an online space, feel free to recruit me to play with you!

        Can’t wait for the new season, though the season in between was a bit jarring since it features a brand new group. They aren’t bad, but you just start to miss the old group, y’know?

      • drproton

        The defacto English-speaking lobby on tenhou.net is http://tenhou.net/0/?7447

    • drproton

      Akagi is definitely better if you’re interested in the game itself. Saki is more supernatural, and thus doesn’t have as much of the same strategy element; though it touches on it every once in a while.

      I’d recommend both regardless.

      • LunarKnite

        It’s been something on my (long) list of things to do, to watch Akagi. I’m not too interested in learning the game aside from understanding things better for Saki. Unless of course I can somehow find other people to play with.

        • ChiffonCake

          If you want to watch Akagi, as opposed to reading it, prepare yourself for one of the most disappointing endings ever.

          Man. Just thinking about it makes me wonder if that ending actually happened or if I just imagined it, because such a terrible ending couldn’t possibly exist… but it does.

          • malek86

            On the other hand, if you read Akagi instead of watching it, prepare to no ending yet, because the Washizu match has been going on for like 17 volumes now, and admittedly it’s starting to wear a bit thin… :P

          • ChiffonCake

            Hah… I guess I can understand why the anime ended the way it did, then.

          • malek86

            Yeah, it was necessary because the manga was still ongoing (and it still is).

        • juniglee

          I played the Japanese PSP Saki game, and was pretty much brute forcing my way for most parts of the game. Probably helped that when you have the special powers options turned on, some characters have their trademark abilities in the game (ie. Saki draws lots of 4-of-a-kind, Hisa draws a winning tile when she’s only waiting on 1 tile, etc), that was how I learnt a few different winning hands formations. Then I spent more time reading online about the different formations of winning hands not found within that game, and then I started incorporating them in the game. I ended up picking some mahjong games on my phone as well, and was winning AI games regularly (even got a yakuman once!). This is how I learnt the game, and watching Saki: Achiga-hen was actually more enjoyable for me now that I understood the game.

      • malek86

        Akagi touches too much into plays that just require absurd luck to go through, and Akagi’s “sense” for the tiles is never really given an explanation. It’s fun because it makes things more exciting, but as far as mahjong manga go, I think Ten goes deeper. Of course, since it’s very technical (much more so than even Akagi, which goes more for spectacle) I wouldn’t suggest it to anyone but actual players who know the rules well enough to follow the matches. Akagi is probably gonna be more enticing for non-players who want to learn.

  • domonkun

    Mahjong’s cool, but I’m totally excited about any more news about that Pokemon hanafuda set! :D

    Not that I know all the hands and rules of Hanafuda that well…

  • James Enk

    the collector i have locked up inside me really wants this

    • AuraGuyChris

      …Why would you lock him up?

      • glenngunnerzero

        Because a lack of money probably. At least that’s why I’m not getting it.

      • James Enk

        that man is very dangerous my friend… he can empty the content of your credit card with no remorse:)

  • Lightthrower

    Akagi and Kaiji ftw! Love mahjong :-D

    • http://twitter.com/puchixseda puchinri

      Don’t forget Ten~!

      • J_Joestar

        Legend of Koizumi!

    • Noctis Lee

      the anime is so underrated i hope Kaiji anime can be popular

  • 無尽合体ブランタコブスキ

    Looks like any other mahjong set

  • hazelnut1112

    Imagine Nintendo making Love Hotels again with Nintendo themed rooms.
    You got your Mushroom Kingdom room, Fire emblem Room, Kid Icarus Room, Corneria room, etc…

    • Guest

      I heard (but I’m taking it with a big spoon of salt) that their love hotel business failed hard, because they tried to keep it … family-friendly. Thus prohibiting certain groups from entering and doing their thing. Kind of goes against the whole point.
      But what you said isn’t far-fetched at all: there ARE Hello Kitty themed love hotels after all, pink wallpapers and kitty blankets and chains and all.

      Also slightly unrelated, but NoJ (and NoA!) did have this stuff uncensored in the NES days (Full gif slightly NSFW)

    • GH56734

      I heard (but I’m taking it with a big spoon of salt) that their love hotel business failed hard, because they tried to keep it … family-friendly. Thus prohibiting certain groups from entering and doing their thing. Kind of goes against the whole point.

      But what you said isn’t far-fetched at all: there ARE Hello Kitty themed love hotels after all, pink wallpapers and kitty blankets and chains and all.

      Also slightly unrelated, but NoJ (and NoA!) did have stuff like Golgo 13 uncensored in the NES days

      EDIT: Oh crap I posted an animated NSFW gif.

  • WyattEpp

    Looks like a very nice set, but the price seems a bit steep. What makes it worth that, aside from the Nintendo name?

    • 無尽合体ブランタコブスキ

      there’s a turtle on the 1pin

  • tebdrum

    I have an original set from the 1970′s. Wonder wot it’s worth?

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