Fleeing the City, A Trip to Olive Town Day 1&2

While not a fan of Harvest Moon games from the very beginning the franchise is celebrating 25 years this year—they didn’t hit my radar until around Sunshine Islands for the DS in 2009—I have played just about every title since then. Some I liked a lot. Some not so much. I still get excited every time a new game releases.

Today my Japanese copy of Story of Seasons Pioneers of Olive Town came in the mail. I popped it in and started my journey. Please bear in mind that I’m playing 98% blind. I have not endlessly researched bachelors and bachelorettes. I honestly don’t know who they are. Watching the Nintendo direct trailer is pretty much all the info I have.

When the game started it asked me if I wanted to play on or offline. It didn’t give any explanation to the difference, so I don’t know what that means really. I chose online. In between loading screens I think it shows other players pictures. Maybe this is all it does? Time will tell.

It also asked me the pointed question of whether I wanted to play normal or easy mode. Easy mode grants you:

  • more money from the the shipping box

  • less stamina loss

  • easier to raise relationships

  • more skill points (I think this is related to tool use)

  • cheaper items in shops

Ordinarily I would say “I’m not a filthy cas!” but times being what they are—hello thousand pandemic hobbies and new (online) Japanese class starting next week—I decided to play on easy mode.

The game starts with the usual character creation. Slightly unusual (but becoming more the norm) in that there was no option for sex. There were more feminine haircuts or eye styles and more masculine styles, but you aren’t limited to one style for girls and one style for boys. Of course I didn’t take screenshots while creating my character because that would have been too convenient to show you. There aren’t a terribly great amount of options, you choose skin color, hair style, hair color, your eyes, eye color, you can have odd eye color, voice, and stance (one is “powerful” one is “meek”), and pick from a jumpsuit or a skirt.

My character ended up looking like this:

yumiko

Yumi and her motorbike

After you make your character you go to another creation screen in which you pick out the color for your bike. You then zoom off away from the city toward Olive Town to recapture the memories of your Grandpa and his farm. If it sounds very Stardew Valley, it is, but Story of Seasons came first.

to Olive Town!

To Olive Town!

It was during the cutscene as I was vrooming along that I noticed the video was a wee bit choppy. It wasn’t horrible, just noticeably not smooth. 

My bike started blowing black smoke as I arrived in Olive Town, but the mayor was there to greet me and get the game started. He had some questions for me, the usual “what’s your name”, your birthday, and “are you a boy or a girl”—how rude.

After which the mayor took me over to my shockingly dilapidated farm. It looks nothing like it did when I was little staying with Grandpa. But never fear, the mayor tells me about tools that can help with that and promises to stop by tomorrow to teach me how to plant things.

my rundown farm

What happened to Grandpa’s farm?

I spent the first day oblivious to the fact that I had tools in a tool pocket. I picked a few flowers, found some wild onions, attempted to make nicey nice with a stray chicken, and introduced myself all around town. It was in town that I noticed the game was *really* choppy. Inside shops and houses it seems ok.

Speaking of town, there were all sorts of shops, but it’s easy to get around. They’re all clustered together and they seem to have pretty standard hours. Most are open until six. I didn’t take note of whether they are closed on certain days. They had a grocery store which only sells ingredients for cooking, a restaurant, hotel and cafe which serves lighter fare, the usual general store, and animal store plus a few more.

grocery store items

Some of the grocery store’s wares

I took a video walking around town hoping to capture the choppiness. The video looks ok to me? Maybe it’s my tv? There’s nothing really going on in the video. Just me walking around town.

I also took a video meeting the Cafe owner. You can see me perusing the different menu options and looking at the drinks.

I spent the day looking around, noting places that were closed off to me:

the mine and a collapsed bridge

the mine and a collapsed bridge

When it was time for bed I went to bed…in my tent…this hearkens back to New Horizons.

tent sweet tent

I played one more day in game. True to his word the mayor came back in the morning and gave me some seeds and told me how to plant them and to water them every day. After the short explanation he left me to my own devices and told me he’d be back the next day to talk about the axe and hammer.

I couldn’t figure out where the watering can I supposedly had was though. Eventually I realized I had a pocket just for tools and I had to drag them to my bar to use them. Once I figured that out I planted some turnips, got around to getting rid of some grass, rocks, and trees. I was happy I didn’t have to wait to use the axe or hammer until the explanation.

Sometimes HM/Story of Seasons tutorials are soul crushing. They make you play six limited days teaching you  the basics before you can truly start the game. Fortunately so far Olive Town tells you what you need to know and then leaves you alone without restricting your activities.

The mayor—in Japanese his name is Victor, I don’t know what it is in English—gave me a well and a tree to plant, so I put those down. It doesn’t seem that you have to water trees. I put mine out of the way and couldn’t water it.

My new well

 

It’s also easy to tell what you have and haven’t watered, which is nice. And you can easily pick up the well and put it somewhere else if you don’t like where you put it. The gameplay seems easy and, except for the pocket for the tools, intuitive.

I was able to level up my scythe skill to 3. I now get three clumps of grass with each swing. hammer and axe got to 2, but my stamina started to go so I  called it a day. But it’s easier to chop wood and rocks now.

So far it’s pretty classic. Except for the choppiness I’m liking it. More to come!

 

DIY Wish List

Featured

As I am trying to complete DIYs for two islands, bold type means I don’t have it on either game, regular type means I have it on one. I’m not including seasonal recipes that have not occurred yet (I don’t time travel), and I’ll list Celeste recipes following (not including zodiac items).

Furniture

  • Cherry-blossom bonsai (spring seasonal)
  • Cherry-blossom branches (spring seasonal)
  • Cherry-blossom clock (spring seasonal)
  • Cherry-blossom pond stone (spring seasonal)
  • Cherry-blossom petal pile (spring seasonal)
  • Iron hanger stand
  • Iron shelf
  • Mermaid Bed
  • Mermaid screen
  • Mermaid shelf
  • Natural garden chair
  • Street piano
  • Wooden table

All recipes: Celeste

  • Asteroid
  • Astronaut suit
  • Crescent moon chair
  • Crewed spaceship
  • Lunar Lander
  • Lunar Rover
  • Nova light
  • Satellite
  • space shuttle
  • Galaxy flooring
  • Lunar surface
  • Sci-fi flooring
  • Sci-fi wall
  • Cosmos wand
  • Golden wand
  • Hyacinth wand
  • Iron wand
  • Lily wand
  • Mums wand
  • Rose wand
  • Tree-branch wand
  • Tulip wand
  • Wand
  • Windflower wand
  • Star pochette
  • Star head

Door Decorations

  • Chic windflower wreath
  • Cool hyacinth wreath
  • Cool windflower wreath
  • Dark lily wreath
  • Dark tulip wreath
  • Fancy lily wreath
  • Fancy mum wreath
  • Fancy rose wreath
  • Hyacinth wreath
  • Natural mum wreath
  • Pansy wreath
  • Pretty cosmos wreath
  • Purple hyacinth wreath
  • Rose wreath
  • Snazzy pansy wreath
  • Tulip wreath
  • Windflower wreath

Wallpaper/Floor/Rugs

  • Cherry-blossom flooring (spring seasonal)
  • Sakura-wood flooring (spring seasonal)
  • Apple rug
  • Cherry-blossom trees wall (spring seasonal)
  • Mermaid wall
  • Modern wood wall
  • Sakura-wood wall (spring seasonal)
  • Stone wall

Clothing

  • Pear dress
  • Blue Rose crown
  • Chic mum crown
  • Chic rose crown
  • Chic tulip crown
  • Cool hyacinth crown
  • Cool pansy crown
  • Cosmos crown
  • Cute lily crown
  • Dark Cosmos crown
  • Gold rose crown
  • hyacinth crown
  • Lily crown
  • Lovely cosmos crown
  • Mum crown
  • Pansy crown
  • Rose crown
  • Tulip crown
  • Windflower crown
  • Cherry-blossom pochette (spring seasonal)
  • Log pack
  • Cherry-blossom umbrella (spring seasonal)

Duplicate DIY

The following is a list of duplicate DIYs I have available. Ignore the letter in parenthesis at the end as that just helps me notate which character has it.

  • Apple Wall (s)
  • Bamboo bench (s, d)
  • Bamboo doll (ゆ)
  • Bamboo floor lamp (s)
  • Bamboo-grove wall (d, d)
  • Basket pack (ゆ)
  • Boomerang (ゆ)
  • Butter churn (ゆ)
  • Coconut wall planter (s, d)
  • Cosmos shower (s)
  • Garden wagon (d)
  • Gold armor (d)
  • Golden dishes (s)
  • Ironwood bed (d)
  • Ironwood cupboard (s)
  • Log chair (ゆ)
  • Log garden lounge (s)
  • Log stool (d)
  • Medium Cardboard boxes (d)
  • Money flooring (s)
  • Music stand (d)
  • Natural garden table (ゆ)
  • Pan flute (ゆ)
  • Paw-print doorplate (d, ゆ)
  • Pear wall (d)
  • Pond stone (d)
  • Pot (d)
  • Rustic-stone wall (s, d)
  • Shell fountain (s)
  • Tiki torch (ゆ)
  • Wooden-block stool (s x2)
  • Wooden simple bed (s, d, ゆ)

DIY Recipes

The following is a list of DIYs that I have for both of my Animal Crossing New Horizon games. As of 5/5/20 it is up to date for both my US game (Ardani) and for my JP game (みや島). I’ll post a list of extras in the next day or two.

I would be happy to craft anything on this list for materials.

USJPNameTypeMade JPMade US
XXFlimsy AxeTool
XXStone AxeTool
XXAxeTool
XXFlimsy ShovelTool
XXShovelTool
XXFlimsy Fishing rodTool
XXFishing RodTool
XXFlimsy NetTool
XXNetTool
XXFlimsy Watering CanTool
XXWatering CanTool
XXSlingshotTool
XGolden watering canTool
XXVaulting PoleTool
XXLadderTool
XXStar WandTool
XXBamboo WandTool
XCosmos wandTool
XCherry-blossom wandTool
XXBunny Day wandTool
XXCampfireHousewares
XXBonfireHousewares
XXTiki torchHousewares
XXClotheslineHousewares
XScarecrowHousewares
XXSimple DIY workbenchHousewares
XMini DIY workbenchHousewares
XWooden stoolHousewares
XXWooden chairHousewares
XWooden mini tableHousewares
XXWooden end tableHousewares
XXWooden low tableHousewares
XXWooden wardrobeHousewares
XXWooden chestHousewares
XXWooden simple bedHousewares
XWooden double bedHousewares
XXWooden full-length mirrorHousewares
XWooden waste binHousewares
XXLog stoolHousewares
XXLog benchHousewares
XLog dining tableHousewares
XXLog round tableHousewares
XXLog garden loungeHousewares
XXLog chairHousewares
XLog bedHousewares
XXLog decorative shelvesHousewares
XXLog stakesHousewares
XXWooden-block stoolHousewares
XWooden-block chairHousewares
XXWooden-block tableHousewares
XXWooden-block bedHousewares
XWooden-block bookshelfHousewares
XXWooden-block stereoHousewares
XXPlain sinkHousewares
XPlain wooden shop signHousewares
XNatural garden chairHousewares
XXNatural square tableHousewares
XXNatural garden tableHousewares
XRocking chairHousewares
XSwinging benchHousewares
XGrass standeeHousewares
XHedge standeeHousewares
XXMountain standeeHousewares
XXTree standeeHousewares
XTea tableHousewares
XXRocking horseHousewares
XXMusic standHousewares
XXAcoustic GuitarHousewares
XXDoghouseHousewares
XBarrelHousewares
XXButter churnHousewares
XXBirdhouseHousewares
XXGarden wagonHousewares
XXStallHousewares
XXSignpostHousewares
XAngled signpostHousewares
XXDestinations signpostHousewares
XSleighHousewares
XXTire toyHousewares
XXTire stackHousewares
XXBrick ovenHousewares
XXBrick WellHousewares
XXSiloHousewares
XStone stoolHousewares
XXStone tableHousewares
XBirdbathHousewares
XXDrinking fountainHousewares
XXFountainHousewares
XGarden rockHousewares
XXFlat garden rockHousewares
XTall garden rockHousewares
XXMossy garden rockHousewares
XStone archHousewares
XXOutdoor bathHousewares
XXSauna heaterHousewares
XXSimple wellHousewares
XXWave breakerHousewares
XZen-style stoneHousewares
XXStone lion-dogHousewares
XXStone tabletHousewares
XTall lanternHousewares
XXPond stoneHousewares
XCherry-blossom pond stoneHousewares
XXIron garden chairHousewares
XXIron garden tableHousewares
XXIron worktableHousewares
XIron closetHousewares
XGongHousewares
XStandard umbrella standHousewares
XXWater pumpHousewares
XXJail barsHousewares
XIron frameHousewares
XKettle bathtubHousewares
XXManhole coverHousewares
XBarbellHousewares
XXIronwood chairHousewares
XIronwood cartHousewares
XXIronwood tableHousewares
XXIronwood low tableHousewares
XXIronwood bedHousewares
XXIronwood cupboardHousewares
XXIronwood kitchenetteHousewares
XIronwood DIY workbenchHousewares
XGarden benchHousewares
XGolden seatHousewares
XXGolden casketHousewares
XXGolden toiletHousewares
XHay bedHousewares
XXOrange end tableHousewares
XXPeach chairHousewares
XApple chairHousewares
XApple TVHousewares
XPear wardrobeHousewares
XPear bedHousewares
XPalm-tree lampHousewares
XXBeekeeper’s hiveHousewares
XTiny LibraryHousewares
XXWooden bookshelfHousewares
XScattered papersHousewares
XXCardboard chairHousewares
XCardboard sofaHousewares
XCardboard tableHousewares
XCardboard bedHousewares
XSmall cardboard boxesHousewares
XXMedium cardboard boxesHousewares
XXLarge cardboard boxesHousewares
XOil-barrel bathtubHousewares
XXGiant teddy bearHousewares
XStreet pianoHousewares
XSpace shuttleHousewares
XSatelliteHousewares
XXRobot heroHousewares
XAries rocking chairHousewares
XXTaurus bathtubHousewares
XXBamboo benchHousewares
XXHearthHousewares
XDeer scareHousewares
XBamboo basketHousewares
XXBamboo floor lampHousewares
XXBamboo speakerHousewares
XBamboo stopblockHousewares
XXBamboo dollHousewares
XXGreen-leaf pileHousewares
XXBamboo noodle slideHousewares
XCherry-blossom-petal pileHousewares
XCherry-blossom branchesHousewares
XXOutdoor picnic setHousewares
XXBlossom-viewing lanternHousewares
XShell stoolHousewares
XXShell fountainHousewares
XXShell tableHousewares
XShell partitionHousewares
XShell archHousewares
XXMum cushionHousewares
XXCosmos showerHousewares
XXTulip surprise boxHousewares
XRose bedHousewares
XXPansy tableHousewares
XLily record playerHousewares
XXBunny Day stoolHousewares
XXBunny Day tableHousewares
XXBunny Day wardrobeHousewares
XXBunny Day vanityHousewares
XXBunny Day bedHousewares
XXBunny Day merry balloonsHousewares
XXBunny Day festive balloonsHousewares
XXBunny Day archHousewares
XXUnglazed Dish SetMisc
XXWooden Table MirrorMisc
XXWooden-block ToyMisc
XRingtossMisc
XXMatryoshkaMisc
XXUkeleleMisc
XXWooden FishMisc
XDecoy DuckMisc
XFirewoodMisc
XCutting BoardMisc
XXRecycled-can Thumb PianoMisc
XTrash BagsMisc
XXModeling ClayMisc
XXClassic PitcherMisc
XXPotMisc
XXAroma PotMisc
XXKettlebellMisc
XXGold BarsMisc
XXGolden DishesMisc
XXGolden CandlestickMisc
XLucky Gold CatMisc
XGolden dung beetleMisc
XXSucculent PlantMisc
XTerrariumMisc
XPeach Surprise BoxMisc
XCoconut juiceMisc
XXCherry speakersMisc
XInfused-water dispenserMisc
XXDocument stackMisc
XXBamboo candle holderMisc
XBamboo lunch boxMisc
XBamboo sphereMisc
XXSteamer-basket SetMisc
XXBamboo-shoot lampMisc
XCherry-blossom bonsaiMisc
XXShell lampMisc
XXWindflower fanMisc
XXBunny Day lampMisc
XXWobbling Zipper ToyMisc
XXBoomerangWall-mounted
XBone doorplateWall-mounted
XKey holderWall-mounted
XXLog wall-mounted clockWall-mounted
XWooden-block wall clockWall-mounted
XWooden-plank signWall-mounted
XXPaw-print doorplateWall-mounted
XTimber doorplateWall-mounted
XFossil doorplateWall-mounted
XXIron wall lampWall-mounted
XXIron wall rackWall-mounted
XCrest doorplateWall-mounted
XGolden gearsWall-mounted
XPotted ivyWall-mounted
XFloral swagWall-mounted
XHanging terrariumWall-mounted
XOrange wall-mounted clockWall-mounted
XCherry lampWall-mounted
XXCoconut wall planterWall-mounted
XBamboo wall decorationWall-mounted
XCherry-blossom clockWall-mounted
XCool windflower wreathWall-mounted
XMum wreathWall-mounted
XXCosmos wreathWall-mounted
XXPretty tulip wreathWall-mounted
XLily wreathWall-mounted
XDark lily wreathWall-mounted
XFancy rose wreathWall-mounted
XPansy wreathWall-mounted
XXBunny Day wall clockWall-mounted
XXBunny Day glowy garlandWall-mounted
XXBunny Day wreathWall-mounted
XGolden wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XXGolden flooringWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XWoodland wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XModern wood wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XWooden-mosaic wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XXDark wooden-mosaic wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XXCabin wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XStacked-wood wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XGarbage-heap wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XGarbage-heap flooringWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XXRustic-stone wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XBasement flooringWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XGold-screen wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XXJungle wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XJungle flooringWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XBackyard lawnWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XCherry wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XXCherry rugWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XXOrange wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XOrange rugWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XPeach wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XXPeach rugWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XXPear wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XPear rugWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XXApple wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XXHoneycomb wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XHoneycomb flooringWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XXClassic-library wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XXManga-library wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XXMoney flooringWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XStarry-sky wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XStarry wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XXBamboo flooringWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XXBamboo-grove wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XXLight bamboo rugWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XDark bamboo rugWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
Xcherry-blossom-trees wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XSakura-wood wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XCherry-blossom flooringWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XSakura-wood flooringWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XXSandy-beach flooringWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XXShell rugWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XXBunny Day wallWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XXBunny Day flooringWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XXBunny Day rugWallpapers/Floors/Rugs
XXRecycled BootsEquipment
XXKnight’s helmetEquipment
XIron ArmorEquipment
XXArmor shoesEquipment
XGold helmetEquipment
XXGold armorEquipment
XGold-armor shoesEquipment
XLeaf maskEquipment
XXLeaf umbrellaEquipment
XStraw umbrella hatEquipment
XBamboo hatEquipment
XTraditional straw coatEquipment
XXGrass skirtEquipment
XXKnitted-grass backpackEquipment
XXOrange umbrellaEquipment
XCherry umbrellaEquipment
XPeach umbrellaEquipment
XXPeach hatEquipment
XPear umbrellaEquipment
XXPear hatEquipment
XApple hatEquipment
XXBasket packEquipment
XCherry-blossom umbrellaEquipment
XCherry-blossom pochetteEquipment
XCosmos crownEquipment
XLovely cosmos crownEquipment
XTulip crown Equipment
XChic tulip crownEquipment
XPurple hyacinth crownEquipment
XRose crownEquipment
XChic rose crownEquipment
XPansy crownEquipment
XXEarth-egg shellEquipment
XXEarth-egg outfitEquipment
XXEarth-egg shoesEquipment
XXStone-egg shellEquipment
XXStone-egg outfitEquipment
XXStone-egg shoesEquipment
XXLeaf-egg shell Equipment
XXLeaf-egg outfitEquipment
XXLeaf-egg shoesEquipment
XXWood-egg shellEquipment
XXWood-egg outfitEquipment
XXWood-egg shoesEquipment
XXSky-egg ShellEquipment
XXSky-egg outfitEquipment
XXSky-egg shoesEquipment
XXWater-egg shellEquipment
XXWater-egg outfitEquipment
XXWater-egg shoesEquipment
XXEgg party hatEquipment
XXEgg party dressEquipment
XXBunny Day crownEquipment
XXBunny Day bagEquipment
XXMedicineOther
XXFish baitOther
XXPan fluteOther
XXPitfall seedOther
XCorral fenceOther
XXVertical-board fenceOther
XXCountry fenceOther
XSpiky fenceOther
XBarbed-wire fenceOther
XXSimple wooden fenceOther
XLattice fenceOther
XXImperial fenceOther
XXBrick fenceOther
XXStone fenceOther
XXIron-and–stone fenceOther
XXZen fenceOther
XXRope fenceOther
XXIron fenceOther
XStraw fenceOther
XXHedgeOther
XXBamboo lattice fenceOther
XXBunny Day fenceOther

Now Playing

Since I’m not streaming regularly and I don’t get to talk games much I thought I’d take the time to write about what I’m playing and what I’m looking forward to.

US Games

Monster Hunter Generations

I’m still enamored with the hunting of large terrifying monsters. The US version of Monster Hunter is always more accessible to me than the JP version, so while I play the JP version I always pick up the US version (they’re not cross compatible). The hubby and I hunt together and we’ve finally reached hunter rank 7. He is using the adept long sword and I have ditched my beloved dual blades to try out the aerial switch axe. I love this game because you can hunt a monster or two and then put it down without consequence. So I play a lot for a week or two and then don’t touch it for a while. I’m currently in that play a lot phase because I want to unlock the rank cap and get decent gear before the Monster Hunter tour arrives in San Francisco on October 20th.

Pokémon Y

I picked up another copy of Pokémon Y when I realized that I needed a ton of Pokémon from X/Y to reach my goal of a completed pokedex in ORAS. I already had the game, but I hadn’t played it since it came out and I have a really hard time diving into the middle of a game and trying to figure out what I need and where to get it. I figured starting fresh would help. And it has, but for some reason I don’t like X/Y that much. I’ve played I think around 20 hours and I just barely got the second gym badge. Granted I spent quite a bit of time on the hunt for pokémon to trade back to ORAS, but still, it feels really slow to me. The cities are huge and unwieldy. The roller skates annoy me. And OMG I miss the DexNav. That is the greatest addition to the games to date. Please bring it to Sun/Moon!!

How’s my pokedex coming in ORAS you ask? Well, it’s kind of stalled out while I play this game, but I have a running list of all the pokémon I can only get from XY to trade over + how to evolve them. It’s a lot more work than I imagined and I’m only up to 400 something out of 718. Will I make it by November 18? It’s not looking like it, but I’m still trudging slowly forward. Maybe if I can get through Y I’ll find more momentum.

Japanese Games

世界樹の迷宮5ーEtrian Oddyssey 5

I first played Etrian Odyssey 2 on the DS when it released in 2008. That was before I started studying Japanese, so I’ve only really played them in English. If you’re not familiar with the series, it’s kind of an old school dungeon crawler. You have to map a labyrinth and find your way to higher floors battling horrible boss monsters about every 5 floors. The series is hard and usually involves a lot of level grinding and screaming when you accidentally encounter a FOE—a boss-type monster that usually squashes you dead if you try to fight it when you first see it. My favorite aspect of the game is the mapping. I don’t know why, but I love drawing the map and finding hidden nooks and crannies.

As for the game in Japanese, I definitely would not recommend it to a beginner. It has no furigana whatsoever (that’s the kana above a kanji that tells you how to read it if you’re unfamiliar with the kanji). So unless you know a lot of kanji, you’re screwed. The game is not geared towards kids (unlike something like, Yokai Watch or Pokemon) and there’s a lot of reading with quests and missions that you kind of have to understand to be able to do. I usually get the gist of what’s going on, but have to look a bunch of stuff up and often allocating skill points is a crap shoot because I forget what the skills do and I get lazy. 😛

PC Games

Um…nothing right now

While I played Diablo 3 a lot at the beginning of season 7, I finished the season journey (a set of tasks that gives you extra stash space—think storage space in animal crossing, and new portrait frames and pets) and now am back to being bored with the game. It goes in waves like that. I play a ton and then find myself with a lot of free cross stitching time.

Honestly I don’t play a lot of PC games so this isn’t terribly unusual for me.

On the Horizon — what I’m looking forward to

I broke down and ordered Dragon Quest VII in English. I played it in Japanese in 2013 when it released and I didn’t enjoy it, but I think that may be because of language barrier. I constantly got lost and had no idea where I was going. While I think I could replay it in Japanese now and be much more comfortable (it’s way easier than Etrian Odyssey), I think I’ll give it a whirl in English instead.

Monster Hunter Stories releases in Japan in October and I’ve preordered it along with 3 of the 6 amiibo. I’m super excited to try an RPG and should probably watch more of the trailers to get on the hype train. I’m notoriously bad with information hunting before a game comes out.

I am cautiously optimistic about Animal Crossing New Leaf Welcome Amiibo. I want to be really really excited. And part of me is. I stalk amazon daily to see if I can order the Japanese cards. And I love the Sanrio crossover in Japan I hope I can find those cards too! But we haven’t seen much gameplay. I don’t really know what the update entails. Sooo there are RVs with villagers and adorable new furniture. Can you get the furniture? Can you convince the Hello Kitty gorilla to cut her road trip short and move in to your village? I doubt it. So what can you actually do other than roll around in their bed and pretend to have a cup of tea? I’m hoping there’s more to the update than just RVs. I don’t know what the heck is up with wisp turning into villagers in the video clip. If the update doesn’t suck and I can get some cards I’m hoping to stream it a little. And I’m hoping maybe I can get a few more of my favorite villagers in my towns (Annalise I’m looking at you!). Please if there is an Animal Crossing god, let them increase the storage space and update Brewster to hold your gyroids again (gyroids are my eternal bane).

I’m sure there’s more, but this has already reached tl;dr proportions, so I’ll leave it here. What are you playing and looking forward to?

P.S. not super interested in iPhone Nintendo games. Miitomo is boring, creepy, and repetitive, it feels like a weird 20 questions dating app. The pachinko games are also not fun and the clothes are expensive. Will not shell out money for it. So Mario on the phone? Meh. A turn-based game like Fire Emblem makes more sense to me, but I’m old school and would rather play on a handheld console.