Final Fantasy Theatrhythm : Curtain Call

My player card. I haven't unlocked much to change it around.

My player card. I haven’t unlocked much to change it around.

I am not the biggest fan of rhythm games. Generally I suck at them. I make an exception for the Theatrhythm games—I’m not saying that I don’t suck at them. I do. It’s just that I love the music so much. I own almost every Final Fantasy album out there (I’m sure the newer ones have slipped through my grasp but…) I’ve been playing Final Fantasy games since…high school.

My first real exposure to Final Fantasy came when my boyfriend at the time was playing a brand new Super Famicom copy of Final Fantasy V in Japanese and translating it for me. His translations must have lacked something because he got mad at me when I didn’t cry when a certain character died. If you’ve read my about page you know that I have a very neglected website devoted to Final Fantasy V. You’d think it would be my favorite since I made an entire website devoted to it. It’s not.

I’m torn between favorites. I love the nostalgia of V. But my favorite would either be IX—The ending made me cry so hard—or VI. My favorite character is Locke from VI. I played VI over and over my freshman year of college. It was the only game I had for my SNES. I just dated myself didn’t I?

So, it’s a given that I’d pick up Theatrhythm. I played the first one a lot, but I was really bad at chaos mode. I could play some of the songs on hard. Some of them not. While I played the songs over and over and over I didn’t unlock hardly any characters because I couldn’t get the right colored shards.

I was iffy about the sequel. But this is me we’re talking about. I bought it on launch. It plays almost exactly the same as the first. That’s not a bad thing. This go around you can play using buttons instead of the stylus (or even in conjunction with it apparently but I’m not that talented). Using buttons seems like it could be easier than the stylus, but since I played the previous game a lot so it just feels natural to continue using the stylus.

HNI_0052When you start off you only get to choose four characters out of a preselected set. From then on you have to unlock everybody. You still use crystal shards of various colors to unlock characters. However, for most colors you get to choose between at least four characters. So for the most part you should be able to pick up most of your favorite characters more easily than the previous game IMO. I already have four characters from Final Fantasy V, and I’ve only played for about 5 hours. So I’m a happy camper.

It seems like every thousand rhythm points or so you are given enough shards of a certain color to unlock a character. So you don’t have to get all the characters exclusively from this version’s chaos mode. But there is a chaos mode. In Curtain Call chaos mode is called the Quest Medley (at least in the JP version) There are three lengths of quests; short, medium, and long. There are also quests you get from streetpasses, but I’m not holding my breath that I’ll ever get one of those being in the states and all. I don’t know if the length of quest Medley affects the rewards. I have a sneaking suspicion you may get more rewards the longer the quest.

Overview  of the first short quest I did.

Overview of the first short quest I did.

The picture on the left shows what you can expect from this quest medley (which I completed). There are 6 BMS songs and 4 FMS songs. The quests are laid out much like Find Mii where you have to choose a route so you don’t do all of the songs in one run through. As you can see I did 4/6 of the BMS and 3/4 of the FMS. In addition there’s one locked door. While I have a key, it wouldn’t let me unlock that door, so I think maybe I need a different colored key?—I haven’t really figured that part out yet as you can tell. The bubbles are “events” within the quest. There’s one square where I get a key for a reward. One square where I get a fat chocobo. No ships. One crystal which if I’m reading correctly acts like a save spot so if I die I can restart from that point. And that last gory thing is the boss. There’s only one boss in this quest. A medium one I did had two bosses so I got double the rewards.

Boss: King Behemoth

Boss: King Behemoth

This handsome guy was the boss I vanquished from the short quest medley. Just like the previous game he has the possibility of dropping three items. As a reward (not a drop!) I got 3 deep red crystal shards. I’m not sure if you have to kill the boss to get the reward. I think you get it just for making it through the quest.

Just like the last game there’s paid DLC. I dropped a lot of money on extra songs last time. Unlike last time there are also paid characters you can download. As of the time of writing there was only one, Yufie from FFVII. She cost 150 yen (roughly $1.50). I bought her. She steals things. I don’t regret my purchase. But I don’t know what characters are DLC so it could cramp people’s style if they have to pay for their favorites. [The level up picture above shows Yufie on the right looking glum because she didn't level.] There were a couple of free songs you could download. I’m not sure if they’re free for a limited time or if they’re just trying to get you hooked.

There are two bosses in this mid-length quest.

There are two bosses in this mid-length quest.

I was robbed! The orangey banner with only one music note lets you know that this was easy mode. I kick butt on easy usually.

I was robbed! The orangey banner with only one music note lets you know that this was easy mode. I kick butt on easy usually.

This is actually the lowest rank I've gotten. The blue banner with 2 music notes denotes medium difficulty. This one was hard!

This is actually the lowest rank I’ve gotten. The blue banner with 2 music notes denotes medium difficulty. This one was hard!

Other than that, characters still have abilities and level up. You can play a vs. mode. I haven’t tried that yet. You still collect cards! That reminds me. I believe you can use said cards to enhance the stats of your characters. But since I’m still really low level with most characters I haven’t really looked into this. You can use up to 8 cards to change character’s stats. It looked like it was permanent to me so I haven’t played with it. It also has a success rate and a critical rate so I don’t know what happens if it fails. I’ll post more about it when I figure it out. Or if someone out there knows, enlighten me. ;)

Must play now!

State of the Union

When I come back from vacation it’s always difficult to get back into the swing of daily life. I’m behind in all my studies. Behind in blogging (even though I did so well while I was away!) I’m even behind in both games of Animal Crossing.

I just need to finish Easter in Hanabi. I’ve already cataloged the set with Vella and don’t really have much motivation to go through the rigamarole. I started the Easter festivities, but that was also the day of the Sakura Festival in San Francisco so I was gone for most of the day. Shouldn’t take too long to get caught up after I decide whether or not I want to get the rest of the egg set.

I’m much more behind in Kasen. I’m only on 4/13. There are a couple reasons for this. The first is that I’m kinda losing motivation to play both ACNL games every day just to make sure no one’s leaving. Heck, I’ve played for over 500 days in Kasen. That’s a long time. But another reason is I haven’t been playing my JP 3DS much because last Wednesday I had a scare. I was at a coffee shop playing Animal Crossing and the screen went black. I was kind of talking and playing and so I thought that I had exited Re-Tail and it was just taking a long time loading the next screen, but then the screen came back on and I was still in there talking to Reese. Hmmm. So I saved and decided to play a little Trozei. And then the screen did the same thing. Just went black. Kind of like it was in sleep mode. I freaked out and turned the system off. On the way home I looked at Nintendo support (in Japanese) to see if it said anything about my issue and from what I gleaned it said to turn the system off. Hooray! I did that. And so far the system has acted normally, but I haven’t played it much since then. I downloaded the add on to Style Savvy and played that (very gingerly) for a little while. It seemed fine. I’ve played another day of Animal Crossing—that actually was the same day. Doh! No problems. But I’m terrified that it’s a wiring problem and the screen is shorting or something (I keep my beloved Charizard 3DS in a case when not in use and it’s never been dropped or anything). I’m sure I could figure out the forms to send my 3DS to Japan for support, but I don’t even know if they would allow that since I’m in the US and all. So, out of fear I’ve barely been playing any Japanese games.

I keep meaning to play and blog about Tomodachi Collection Life because there’s such a buzz about it right now since the Nintendo Direct, but—scare! Hopefully I can get up the nerve to play it and work blogging about it into the rotation.

I haven’t played Harvest Moon because—scare! but I have to get over that because I ordered it for my husband because he says it looks more interesting than previous version and that he might play it. His copy should arrive Friday along with the guide for it and I’ll probably start the game over and try and blog about it this time around.

I downloaded Theatrhythm Curtain Call today without incident and haven’t played it yet. MUST PLAY. Must get over fear that JP 3DS will self-destruct or crumble in hands.

Since I haven’t been touching my JP 3DS all week I’ve hurled myself into Disney Magical World (Thanks, Nintendo!) with a vengeance. I just haven’t blogged about it. Today I got my 95th sticker! All my sticker achievements are up on Miiverse however. I kind of want to make a cheesy list with all the stickers in order though I think I’m missing screenshots for a couple. And the first few I started taking are hideous because I took them with the camera.

I’m working on a post about the Magic Dungeon. I use the Japanese wiki to figure out what you can get from the dungeon and I wanted to make an English translation of it. The problem is that I’ve gone through the dungeon several times to verify items and I keep getting more/different/weird items on different runs. Every once in a while a section that the Japanese site doesn’t list as able to get seeds from spits out a bunch of seeds instead of the “boxes” you can supposedly get there and I don’t know if I’ve gotten all of the seeds. On the final room sometimes there’s no enemies and you just get to open a bunch of chests. Do I list the items I get there? How do I know I’ve gotten everything? So, it’s a work in progress. I’m leaning toward just translating the JP table, slapping a link to the wiki for credit and just putting that up. Or I can put up my list that’s getting longer and longer and implore my readers to submit anything else they get that I might not have (except that I still don’t know if comments are working since I turned JetPack back on)…

I also downloaded Rune Factory 4 because, reasons. I think I own every handheld Rune Factory game. Thing is I never play them much. I don’t know why I decided I’d play 4. But I have. And even though I’m only up to Spring 9 or so I’m enjoying it—after turning off sound effects. Who thought it was a good idea for the dialog box to make noise every time you push a button???

So, that’s kind of what’s going on in my gaming world in a nutshell. Hopefully I’ll get back on track and get something up about the magic dungeon in the next day or two. Also thinking about a “how to get a secret wand post”, but I don’t have one on my US game yet. Hoping I didn’t just luck into the one on my JP game.

If you’ve read this far, Thank you! ♥

Disney Magical World: Birthstone Bubbles

Sticker #87

Sticker #87


I finally got all of the birthstone bubbles in Disney Magical World, but not without a bit of investigation. I was missing one for the longest time, but I didn’t know exactly which one or where to get it. Turns out it was the Sapphire bubbles. Now if only I could catch a really really big fish my fishing stickers would be complete!

Here is a list of all of the birthstone bubbles and where to get them. Happy Fishing!

Month Birthstone Bubble Location
January Garnet Bubbles Aladdin’s World (Well-made Rod)
February Amethyst Bubbles Cinderella’s World (Proper Rod)
March Aquamarine Bubbles Alice’s World (Well-made Rod)
April Diamond Bubbles Cinderella’s World
May Emerald Bubbles Alice’s World
June Pearl Bubbles 100 Acre Wood
July Ruby Bubbles Aladdin’s World
August Peridot Bubbles 100 Acre Wood (Well-made Rod)
September Sapphire Bubbles Cinderella’s World (Well-made Rod)
October Opal Bubbles Alice’s World (Proper Rod)
November Topaz Bubbles Aladdin’s World (Proper Rod)
December Turquoise Bubbles 100 Acre Wood (Proper Rod)

The locations without a rod denoted can be obtained using the beginning rod. All other require that rod or higher.

P.S. I received a US copy of Disney Magical World from Nintendo. Thanks, Nintendo!

Disney Magical World: Growing Hybrids

legendarysunflowerDid you know that some plants yield hybrid seeds in Disney Magical World? It’s not quite like in Animal Crossing where you have to put different plants next to each other to get different colors. In Disney Magical World certain plants can yield seeds for different plants. There’s no trick to it, it’s just a matter of luck. So if you can’t find an ingredient you’re looking for, maybe you have to grow it.

Hybrid Producing Plants

  • Creamy Chestnut Seed → Xtra-Creamy Chestnut Seed
  • Yellow Citrus Seed → Orange Citrus Seed
  • Barley Seed → Premium Barley Seed*
  • Butterynut Seed → Golden Butterynut Seed
  • Grace Lily Seed → Moonbeam Lily Seed
  • White Cocoaberry Seed → Mixed Cocoaberry Seed
  • Milkberry Seed → Crown Milkberry Seed → Royal Milkberry Seed
  • Sweetberry Seed → Premium Sweetberry Seed
  • Four-Leaf Clover Seed → Colorful Clover Seed*
  • Honey Carrot Seed → Spooky Carrot Seed
  • Big Turnip Seed → Mysterious Golden Seed*
  • Ruby Red Rose Seed → Bright White Rose Seed → Jet-Black Rose Seed → Royal Rose Seed* → Mysterious Flower Seed*

*Names may be incorrect. Translated from the Japanese game. Will change when I actually get them in my English game.

P.S. I received a US copy of Disney Magical World from Nintendo. Thanks, Nintendo!

Disney Magical World: 52 Stickers

The last few days have been crazy, seeing the release of the game and miiverse coming online for it. If you want to see what I’m up to on miiverse you can follow my US account: VellaNouri. I’m not quite sure what to post as a spoiler in the game because you can easily look at the stickers and see what you need to do to get them (for most of them), so I hope I’m not spoiling much for people.

I’ve got 2 1/2 days to account for so, bear with me.

Thursday Night’s Activities

Most of this happened before Miiverse went live, so picture quality…sucks. I never claimed to be good at manual screenshots.

Evening Favors

  • Resident 1
    give 2 Polka Dot Tulip ・ receive 1 Pink Ribbon Tape
  • Dale
    give 3 Beefy Acorns ・ receive 3 Buttery Nut Seeds
  • Resident 2
    give 1 Dewdrop Iris ・ receive 2 Premium Sweetberry Seeds
  • Pluto
    give 1 Bony Crystal ・ receive 1 Pink Ribbon Tape
  • Resident 3
    give 2 Poppin’ Corn ・ receive 1 Quest Oar

After giving Dale his favorite snack (I think he may be related to Barold) he wanted to take a picture with me.

I haz sparkly eyez

I haz sparkly eyez

After taking the photo…

I got a sticker!

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#42

I usually let my favors dictate how I play the game, but the only one I really had to work for was the Dewdrop Iris.

It turns out that 42 stickers unlocked a chest in Miss Teri’s shop (you know, the sparkles lady). I somehow missed this on my Japanese game. I mean, I unlocked it, but I must have not understood it and thus never utilized it—at 42 stickers you unlock luck charms. So you can influence how powerful you are during quests, fishing, gathering, all sorts of useful things. Wish I had known…

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After that I got a few stickers by accident (like you do). I needed to create a card outfit to progress further in Alice’s world. I made it and tried it on:

I really don't think this is a good look for me

I really don’t think this is a good look for me

I got 2 stickers!

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#44

#44

Then I checked in on my café. I feel like I have too much stuff to remember to do: Did I check the café? Did I check the field? What about the shops? Ahhhhhhhh! Ahem. In order to level up the café I needed to make a trendy dish. Easy Peasy. I did and went from Level 8 to Level 9 Veteran. The next café request was to make a rare dish. So after my current selection sells out…rare dish time!

I did a few episodes in Alice’s World and then remember to check on my crops. and—

I got a sticker!

#45

#45

I unlocked a more furniture to craft. Not that I have money to make it…

Right about this time the game released. DLC came online. I caved and bought it all even though I already have it on my JP game…I leveled up my café, with a rare dish and called it a night.

Friday’s Adventure

The game was out and I was loving saving pictures to miiverse instead of trying to take pictures with my phone that didn’t suck (not possible).

Morning Favors

  • Minnie Mouse
    give 1 Rosy Bubbles ・ receive 3 Pink Ribbon Tape
  • Resident 1
    give 1 Exotic Coffee ・ receive 3 Crown Milkberry Seeds
  • Donald Duck
    give 3 Amethyst Bubbles ・ receive 1 Well-Made Rod Recipe
  • Dale
    give 3 Beefy Acorn ・ receive 3 Buttery Nut Seeds
  • Resident 2
    give 3 Soap Bubbles ・ receive 2 Snow Crystals

Today I was overjoyed that I had a favor from Donald that would earn me a new fishing rod.
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I was up to his challenge. It took me a while of fishing in Cinderella’s world before I got him the 3 amethyst bubbles he required, but I finally did it. I got the recipe, turned it in to Chip and Dale and realized something very bad. I couldn’t make it. I needed the superstar belt. You may remember the superstar belt as a reward from Mickey over the last few days for favors I was too lazy to complete. Nooooooo!

Well-Made Rod ingredients

Well-Made Rod ingredients

I figured Mickey would show up in the evening with a favor and I could make the rod. I’m still waiting for him to need a favor. Please. Please need a favor Mickey!

So I did what any Café owner in Castleton would do. I decided to spend my time working on my café and not let the heartbreak of not being able to craft a new fishing rod affect me. The next request to level up my café was to have a Winnie the Pooh party. Surely that would make me feel better.

Little known fact: Carrot cake is my favorite. When I was little I had to have 2 cakes at my birthday party because none of my friends would eat it.

Little known fact: Carrot cake is my favorite. When I was little I had to have 2 cakes at my birthday party because none of my friends would eat it.

Only Pooh showed up to the party.

Only Pooh showed up to the party.

After the party I checked to see what the next café request was: “Create at least 10 different snacks.” After a quick count I realized if I made a new snack this time it would be my tenth. So I did and leveled my café from 11 to 12. I checked the next request: “I want the helper to match what I’m wearing.” I had the manager in the cool Winnie the Pooh outfit (leftover from the Pooh party) so I scampered off to see if I could make another of the same outfit. I could! And did. I tried the outfit on before giving it to the employee (that’s not weird, right?) and…

I got a Sticker!

#46

#46

The café leveled from level 12 Esteemed to level 13 Esteemed. And here I’m stuck.

My next key request is to “invite either Snow White or the Dwarfs to a Snow White-themed party with a café combo of at least 2!” The problem is all of the Snow White items require things I don’t have—most of which have to be received from favors. I know I can get them once I unlock the secret dungeon (the one the guard is standing in front of that requires 60 stickers) but that’s going to be a while. So, my café leveling is at a standstill.

Evening Favors

  • Resident 1
    give 1 Pearl Bubbles ・ receive 1 UFO Remnants
  • Resident 2
    give 1 Caravan Cloth ・ receive 1 Handkerchief of Bravery
  • Resident 3
    give 3 Pearl Bubbles ・ receive 1 Colorful Egg: Jagged (Easter Item)
  • Genie
    give 1 Traveler’s Cloth ・ receive 1 Arabian Hat Yellow
  • Scrooge McDuck
    give 1 Sapphire Bubbles ・ receive 1 Cloudpuff Plate

I had to fish for more Pearl Bubbles which wasn’t a problem, but upon further investigation I realized the Sapphire Bubbles required the Well-made rod that I can’t make and that the game was trolling me.

I’ve been ignoring Agrabah a bit. I haven’t needed much from there. It’s probably my least favorite area. I’m not even sure if I’ve seen Aladdin so I don’t have much attachment to it. Maybe I should watch the movie and I’ll like it better? I went over and did a couple quests. I fished out a new fish there and:

I got a Sticker!

#47

#47

Despite the fact that I can’t level my café up for a little while I’m not ignoring it. It generates money for me, so I have been making as much new and trendy food as I can and I was rewarded with:

I got 2 Stickers!

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#49

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I spent the rest of the evening in the 100 Acre Wood aka “my happy place” where I played two rounds of hide and seek, gardened, made a few pieces of furniture and got Eeyore his favorite food. Of course just doing this earned me a few stickers.

#50

#50

#51

#51

The last sticker of the night I got because I went and made a bunch of honey pots to put on tables in my café. Ta da!

#52

#52

I was going to write about today’s adventures too, but we’ll leave those for tomorrow. I have things to get for Mickey, though sadly he’s not offering the superstar belt as a reward.

P.S. I received a US copy of Disney Magical World from Nintendo. Thanks, Nintendo!