Wednesday 25 September 2013

News roundup: Rumours about the new Ichiban Kuji prizes

I don't think there's anything important being leaked from tomorrow's magazines, so I'll do a mid-week news update instead.

Update 20:00: More news added to the bottom of the post.

Ichiban Kuji lottery prize rumours

The official Sengoku Basara Ichiban Kuji website appeared as promised yesterday and disappointed everyone by revealing nothing at all. Fortunately, some fans have been snooping and they've found what is rumoured to be the final prize list, so here it is. This is completely unconfirmed at present. The lottery will begin in mid-January 2014.

S rank prize: Sengoku Basara 4 multi-cloth
A rank prize: Date Masamune 'Kyun-Chara' figure (pictured)
B rank prize: Sanada Yukimura 'Kyun-Chara' figure (pictured)
C rank prize: Maeda Keiji 'Kyun-Chara' figure
D rank prize: Tokugawa Ieyasu 'Kyun-Chara' figure
E rank prize: Ishida Mitsunari 'Kyun-Chara' figure
F rank prize: Hooded blanket
G rank prize: Japanese-style drawstring bag (four different designs)
H rank prize: Clear file (four different designs)
I rank prize: Set of pins (four different designs)
J rank prize: Design strap (four different designs)
Last One prize: Date Masamune 'Kyun-Chara' figure (drawn swords version)

For those unfamiliar with Ichiban Kuji, it's a special merchandise lottery where participating stores sell tickets (they'll cost ¥600 each). Each ticket wins a random prize from a limited selection the store has on display. The prizes are exclusive to the lottery, however there is a healthy trade in unwanted prizes on the used market since a lot of people get things they don't want.

Capcom gives more detail about Machi Asobi event

A news post this morning has explained more about Capcom's participation in the Machi Asobi event held in Tokushima from the 12th to the 14th of October 2013. The wonderful statue of Masamune which was on display at TGS 2013 last week is going to be set up at Tokushima Awa-Odori airport to welcome visitors in style!

In addition, series producer Kobayashi Hiroyuki (KobaP) will be giving a 30-minute Sengoku Basara stage presentation of some kind at 13:00 on 12th October and 14:30 on 13th October. There may be guests at each of the stage presentations too.

More stores list Sengoku Basara 4 preorders

A few more stores have added listings for foreign fans to purchase the e-Capcom exclusive versions of the game. I'm going to keep everything in one place, so please see my previous post for the updated list of stores where you can buy your copy of Sengoku Basara 4.

Tomorrow's Dengeki Playstation magazine contains a little Sengoku Basara 4 coverage

I didn't bother buying Weekly Famitsu since it doesn't seem as though there was anything new to report so instead I picked up volume 551 of Dengeki Playstation. There were only two pages and almost everything was a repeat from last week's Famitsu information. I'll summarise the tiny amount of new content that I could find (some may have been mentioned in online articles at the weekend but if I never covered it here it qualifies as 'new').

If you use a Basara technique when your 'Extreme Style' mode is active, a stronger 'Stylish Basara technique' will be released. This isn't too surprising given previous game mechanics. Furthermore, cherry blossom petals will flutter down across the screen when you attack an enemy in 'Extreme Style' mode.

The magazine also highlighted the stage-specific gimmicks that are introduced in the new game. Two of the three were directly from Famitsu: capturing a gatling gun cannon to fire on enemies and breaking through fusuma screens to make a path through a dead end (pictures here). The third was the 'Daruma-san Ga Koronda' game which can be seen in several of the gameplay videos from TGS. The huge Oyakata-sama statues block the path ahead and attack the player if they approach when the statues are looking at them, accompanied by the cheering of the Takeda soldiers.

Lastly, game director Yamamoto Makoto gave his personal comments on the most recent character announcements as usual.

Tokugawa Ieyasu: prior to championing bonds himself, he suffered greatly too.
  • Sengoku Basara 4's Ieyasu starts out from the moment he took his very first step to break away from the Toyotomi army. Although Ieyasu was pushing forward promoting 'bonds' in Sengoku Basara 3, I think that this time his painful struggle over the course of his decision can be seen. Please take notice of his new relationship with Mitsunari.
Honda Tadakatsu: a promise of flight mode during the march!?
  • The troubled Ieyasu has the support of Tadakatsu at his side. Of course, Ieyasu and Tadakatsu use his flight mode on the march screen (lol). In addition, I think that his relationship with Ii Naotora - who considers men to be her enemies - will be rather unusual.
Sengoku Basara 4 has completely disappeared from the Most Wanted chart this fortnight due to the large number of new entries. Tokyo Game Show week has been hectic!

Cover artwork revealed for this month's Dengeki Maoh

Mame Sengoku Basara is the highlight for the next issue of Dengeki Maoh due for release this week in Japan. As well as the adorable cover artwork, Sumeragi's Mame Sengoku Basara characters will appear on a free clear file included with the magazine. It looks as though the file uses the same picture as the cover. If you want to buy a copy, it's the November 2013 issue (even though it's released in September).

The international Sengoku Basara fan community translates more promotional videos

Tousaku has translated the dialogue from the new TGS 2013 promotional video on Tumblr with commentary, while the team of Nine Demons Yoshitaka and PSandNintendFreak have created a translated English/German version of the video (plus a fully-translated version of the skills video which appeared last week). They're all working really hard to help fans understand why Sengoku Basara 4 is going to be great!

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