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The FamiKatsu | February 11, 2024

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Tokyo and the surrounding areas had quite a snowfall over the last week, shrouding Tokyo in a picturesque layer of white and coldness. However, most of the snow has rescinded within the following two days. How did it affect the online Famitsu community? Let’s look!

This week on The FamiKatsu, the week of February 4 to February 10, here are what Famitsu readers read the most!

Disclaimer: Unless stated otherwise, all Famitsu article-related pictures are property of Famitsu. Also, as this is an overview, unfortunately full translations of articles will not be provided. Furthermore, if there are any erroneous translations in this article, feel free to submit a comment outlining said error. I will be happy to find out where I fell short!

#10 - Amazon Limited-Time Sale Sees Cheap Smartphone Prices

Special / Project Article

Between February 1 until February 3, Amazon Japan had a limited-time sale, and Famitsu saw a need to bring a few key items to light due to their discounts. Smartphones make up the majority of this short list, with the biggest saving being the Sony Xperia 1 IV at 38% off, but some Anker wall outlets also made the list and some SIM card deals.

#9 - Stellar Blade Interview


Goddess of Victory: NIKKE creator SHIFT UP’s newest action-adventure game Stellar Blade is set to release on April 26 later this year exclusively on Playstation 5. SHIFT UP’s Director, Kim Hyung Tae, and Technical Director, Dong-Gi Lee, answer questions pertaining to their new title in this interview article. Questions such as why being platform-exclusive with Playstation, and crossovers with previous titles come up in the interview, which you can read over on Famitsu.

#8 - Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game 25th Anniversary Event at Tokyo Dome

Coverage / Report - Home Console Game - PS5 - PS4 - Switch - Xbox One - Steam - Xbox Series X

Over the two days of February 3 and 4, Konami hosted The Legend of Duelist QUARTER CENTURY Yu-Gi-Oh! Event at Tokyo Dome in celebration of 25 years of the trading card game’s release. The exhibition showcased over 12,000 cards in displays, VR display duel areas and large-sized displays with special animations. The Famitsu article goes down onto the floor of the exhibition and shows readers what the event looked like, so be sure to check it out if you are a Yu-Gi-Oh! fan.

#7 - Apex Legends Level-Up Perk Lineup

Coverage / Report - Home Console Game - PS5 - PS4 - Switch - Xbox One - PC Game - Steam - Xbox Series X

A new feature coming to the team-based battle royal shooter Apex Legends, the level up upgrade perks is bringing a huge change to tactics for players, with every legend having a choice between four new perks. This Famitsu article rounds up all the new level-up perks with a simple description of what each perk does.

#6 - McDonald’s x Pokémon Happy Meal Set Collaboration

Entertainment - Press Release

The two new Pokemon Happy Set meals, the Peaceful Place Happy Meal and the Mezastar Happy meal, recently started sale from February 9 for the next two weeks in Japan. The Peaceful Place Happy Meal set includes a coloring book with stickers and puzzles for young children to enjoy, while the Mezastar set includes a battle badge that kids can battle each other with.

#5 - New Kamen Rider Game Information

News - Mobile / App - Press Release

Based on the Kamen Rider series, a new iOS and Android game called Ride Kamens is currently in development by Bandai Card Division. With only a teaser visual released, pictured above, more information on this title will be announced via their website or their Twitter page on February 9 (which means it is already available).

#4 - Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Games Re-releases

News - Home Console Game - Switch - PC Game - Steam

During the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG 25th anniversary event at Tokyo Dome earlier this month (explained at position #8 above), a new game announcement was made… for a collection of earlier titles. Called “Yu-Gi-Oh! Early Days Collection,” this title is set to release for both Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam. The Early Days Collection includes the Game Boy Color title, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 4: Battle of Great Duelist, and Game Boy Advance title, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 6: Expert 2. Both titles were originally released in 2000 and 2001 respectively. The release date for the Early Days Collection is currently undecided.

#3 - Chiikawa x Shimamura Collaboration Goods


The Chiikawa character collaboration from Shimamura fashion recently went on sale within the last week, retaining its presence in the rankings this week. With a variety of goods ranging from clothing to apparel and accessories, Chiikawa fans are sure to scoop up a bunch of these goods. See the article for a full coverage.

#2 - Latest Gundam SEED FREEDOM Box Office Numbers

Anime - Press Release

Last week we saw the gross earnings for the Gundam SEED FREEDOM 3-day opening weekend numbers, coming in at ¥1.06 billion yen (approx. US$7.17mil) domestically, with over 630,000 movie-goers. So what are the numbers after another week, at ten days? An additional increase of just under another billion yen, sitting at ¥1.965 billion yen (approx. US$13.16mil), on track to hit ¥2 billion yen.

#1 - APEX LEGENDS Season 20 Information

Coverage / Report - Home Console Game - PS5 - PS4 - Switch - Xbox One - PC Game - Steam - Xbox Series X

In the top ranking this week is information about the upcoming Season 20 of Apex Legends. An array of new features are coming to the game, with information about the level up perks for legends also in the ranking, at #6, but other features include 120hz on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S console versions, armor changes and weapon and legend changes. Read the full article for full details, albeit it’s Japanese language version.

A surprising revelation this week with no new collaboration goods, but a return of two collaborations that made a late-week appearance last week. Maybe next week will bring some new collaborations for my collab obsession.

Hopefully you enjoyed this week’s FamiKatsu, and be sure to check back in next week.

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