Sunday 27 October 2013

News roundup: The last fan club newsletter and other Sengoku Basara 4 gossip

There are only a few minor news items to report today after all of the excitement of the Sengoku Basara 4 DLC costumes last week. Hopefully we'll get some new character announcements in Weekly Famitsu in a few days, though this week Dengeki Playstation is coming out on Thursday as well which might ruin the alternating pattern the two magazines had fallen into.

The final Sengoku Basara Eiyuu No Kai fan club newsletter is released

I don't usually translate content from the newsletters but the amount in this one is so lean that I feel slightly disappointed about how much I paid to get it - so why not? You can see snapshots on this Japanese fan's blog to go with game director Yamamoto Makoto's annotations which I've attempted to transcribe below. Everything in the newsletter is a repeat of existing information other than these tiny comments.

Date Masamune: Masamune is reflected in Katsuie's eye.
Shibata Katsuie: Katsuie reflected in Masamune's eye.
(Note: Isn't that his right eye... or perhaps the newsletter staff accidentally flipped the image?)
Ishida Mitsunari: The theme of this battle is 'katana and teeth'.
(Note: Mitsunari versus Motochika.)
Shima Sakon: Sawayama Castle.
(Note: There's an arrow to indicate that it's in the background of the picture.)
Ii Naotora: Naotora has also studied karate!
Yamanaka Shikanosuke: A temporary loan.
(Note: It's Oyassan lending Shikanosuke the armour.)
Sanada Yukimura: The wager is the six coins!?
(Note: He's added sound effects to show Yukimura's leg is trembling.)
Tokugawa Ieyasu: Tadakatsu isn't working properly.
Honda Tadakatsu: A crash~!
(Note: It's hard to see but it looks as though Tadakatsu has fallen face down with Ieyasu riding on his back.)
Toyotomi Hideyoshi: Split into four.
(Note: It's the split-screen picture which shows Ieyasu, Yoshiteru, Nobunaga and Hideyoshi.)
Takenaka Hanbee: It's reaaally long...
(Note: Obviously this refers to his weapon...)
Oda Nobunaga: Bang bang! Bullets rush forth.
(Note: It's Magoichi confronting Nobunaga.)
Akechi Mitsuhide: Azuchi Castle. Hellish voices cry out in agony.
Takeda Shingen: Oyakata-sama isn't very mature...
(Note: He and Naotora are punching one another.)
Ashikaga Yoshiteru: Turning. The era is turning.
(Note: He's added a spinning sound effect to Yoshiteru's weapon.)

New Butai Sengoku Basara stage play merchandise previewed

With just a week left until the new Butai Sengoku Basara 3 Utage Two: Kyouou Tanjou x Shinen No Utage ('The Birth Of The Dark King x Feast Of The Abyss') stage play debuts, the exclusive merchandise fans can buy at the event has been revealed.

The show's official pamphlet (¥2,000) and a choice of seventeen five-piece sets of photographs (¥1,000).

A mutsugiri photograph (¥1,000). There are three different A4 designs to collect: Mitsunari/Hideyoshi, Kojuurou/Sasuke and Hanbee/Motonari.

T-shirt in S/M/L sizes (¥2,500), two types of A4 clear file (¥600) and three sets of hand towels (¥1,500). Each hand towel set contains two designs with a choice of Mitsunari/Hanbee, Masamune/Yukimura or Kojuurou/Sasuke.

Plastic shopping bag (¥500). If you look really hard it's possible to make out silhouettes and weapons for Masamune, Yukimura, Mitsunari, Sasuke and Kojuurou.

Sengoku Basara 4 rises to 8th place in Famitsu's Most Wanted chart

The one piece of interesting information from last week's Weekly Famitsu magazine is that the game has risen again in the magazine's charts and is now sitting in 8th place.

Fans create an English-subtitled version of the third Sengoku Basara 4 promotional video

Nine Demons Yoshitaka and PSandNintendFreak from the Koei Warriors forums have created a translation of the game's third official promotional video for their fellow fans. There are translated versions of all of the other official videos on the same channel.

The Sengoku Basara 4 limited edition box begins to sell out

If you've been holding back on preordering the Sengoku Basara 4 Hyakka Ryouran Tamatebako limited edition, I recommend placing your order soon. Japanese shops have started to sell out of their allocations with both Bic Camera and Tsutaya suspending online reservations in the last few days. Edion is also sold out, though I'm not sure if that's a temporary status since I've never shopped with them.

Update 29/10/2013: Thanks to commenter momotu it seems that Edion's order page now includes a special Mitsunari video.

The Asian edition of Sengoku Basara 4 is now available for order

Many Japanese games receive a cheaper Asian edition intended for distribution in countries such as Taiwan and Hong Kong, and accordingly listings have now appeared for Sengoku Basara 4. The differences are usually minor - there probably won't be any extras with the Asian edition and if there's a character ranking with the new game you probably won't receive a voting card, but in return the price is usually lower and you might receive a translated instruction sheet. The game disc itself is usually identical and your money still goes straight back to Capcom.

I'll be sticking with the Japanese edition and all of the bonus features (especially as I won't benefit from having the instructions translated into Chinese). For the benefit of those on a tighter budget I've spotted listings for the Asian edition on Yesasia (US listing) and Play-Asia so far.

Update: New promotional video released for Katsuie's Amazon preorder DLC costume

The Amazon link is here; unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any way to embed the video.


  1. Edion open the online reservation for Ishida's version now, along with the video promote for his DLC.

    1. Thank you for the information! I've added it to the next news roundup post as an update. It's a shame my computer won't let me full screen the video but it looks nice from the small version ^^


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