Yoshi Topsy Turvy Developer Interview from Nintendo Online Magazine

I’m back with another translation from the old Nintendo Online Magazine. This time we have Hidetoshi Takeshita (Director/Programmer), Naoto Ohshima (Yes, that Naoto Ohshima. (Producer)), and Masaki Tawara (Producer) talking about the development of Yoshi Topsy Turvy for the Game Boy Advance. I got the impression that Hidetoshi Takashita had a lot on his plate which may have played into how the game turned out. Anyway, let’s get to it!

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Kirby Tilt ‘n’ Tumble Developer Interview from Nintendo Online Magazine

Here’s a translation of Nintendo Online Magazine’s interview with Toshiaki Suzuki, the director of Kirby Tilt ‘n’ Tumble. The original interview was probably uploaded around the launch of the game in Japan which was August 23, 2000. This one is pretty interesting because they talk about iterating on the hardware and how it all came together from the concept to the actual game.

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Japanese Practice Through Games – a Beginner’s Guide

Playing games in Japanese can be a great way to learn. It shows you real life language written by Japanese people for Japanese people. There’s no worry about whether the vocabulary you’re learning is relevant because you’re seeing it right there in front of you. You might even have these resources sitting in your house, right now! Hundreds of learning opportunities ready to be taken advantage of!

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Let Me Introduce You to Springdale [Sakura New Town]

Let’s take a little stroll around Yokai Watch 4’s Springdale and meet some of the residents. In this series we go around video game towns and use side-by-side English and Japanese text to get to some Japanese reading practice. This may be a good place to start if you’re thinking about importing the game to see if the text is around your reading level. Yokai Watch 4 is full of NPCs so we’ll start by meeting some of the kids in the various parks around town.

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Yokai Watch 4 Impressions

When I came to Japan for the first time, Yokai Watch had already taken over. I saw it everywhere. Some people even thought it would overtake Pokemon as the go-to monster catching game for kids. Things didn’t end up panning out that way in the following years, but at least they managed to pull me back in (for whatever that’s worth) with Yokai Watch 4.

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How to Play Video Games in Japanese

Learning all of these fancy words isn’t going to do you much good if you don’t have any games to read them in. Lucky for us, getting our hands on video games that we can play in Japanese has become easier in recent years, especially with the Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One not being region locked. A region locked console, such as the Nintendo 3DS, will not be able to play games from other regions which means you can’t just import a game from Japan and pop it into your North American system. Let’s start with the consoles listed above and follow that up with some other consoles that aren’t region locked. 

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