The FamiKatsu | March 3, 2024 - Japan-based Nintendo Podcasts, Videos & Reviews!


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The FamiKatsu | March 3, 2024

February has already ended and we have entered March. Time is moving fast, and so are the weekly rankings at Famitsu!

This week on The FamiKatsu, the week of February 25 to March 2, 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 - New Grand Menu at Kirby Cafe

Entertainment - Press Release

A new Grand Menu is being rolled out from March 1 at Kirby Cafe HAKATA and TOKYO, not to be confused with the similarly named Kirby Cafe Petit in Tokyo and Osaka. Brand new items hit the menu, as seen above in the provided picture, including both food menu items and also goods. The full menu and items can be viewed on Famitsu’s article, linked above.

#9 - Haikyu! And Shimamura Collaboration Goods

Entertainment - Collab

Sneaking back into the rankings again this week, the Haikyu! x Shimamura collaboration makes another appearance. A selection of fashion goods, including clothing and apparel, are available through Shimamura retails stores and their online store. Check out the range of goods available in Famitsu’s article.

#8 - Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Disc Mixup for Japanese Physical Release

News - Home Console Game - PS5 - Press Release

A hiccup during the printing of the Final Fantasy VII Rebirth physical copy edition in Japan saw the Play Disc containing the contents of the Data Disc, and vice-versa with the Data Disc containing the contents of the Play Disc. Currently the cause of the mistake is unknown.

#7 - Famitsu 10 Hour Preview of Ex Astris

Review - Mobile / App

From the developer of Ark Knights, GRYPHLINE brings a new 3D semi-real-time turn-based RPG to iOS and Android platforms. The game is also a “buy once” model, where you can play the story from start to finish and has no gatcha system to get new characters (they are added free-of-charge). For a price of ¥1,500 (approx. $10 USD), this is cheaper than what some gatcha games charge for ten spins. Check out the article to see more screenshots of this beautiful-looking game.

#6 - Lycoris Recoil’s Chisato’s Handgun Goes on Sale

News - Collab

Tokyo Marui and anime Lycoris Recoil have collaborated to bring the character’s, Chisato, handgun to physical and sellable form to the tune of ¥29,800 (approx. $198.36 USD). This is a gas blowback type airsoft gun, so you could add it to your airsoft outings if applicable to you. Check out more closeup images in the Famitsu article, above.

#5 - Pokémon Trading Card Game App Announcement


Pokémon Trading Card Game Pocket was announced during the Pokémon Presents broadcast, on February 27 earlier last week, which brings the immensely popular TCG finally to smartphones. With both iOS and Android support, it is planned to be released sometime in 2024. Players will be able to receive two free booster packs a day, featuring cards with nostalgic, classical art to brand new cards that will only appear in this game.

#4 - Everything in Pokémon Presents February 27 Broadcast

Special / Project Article

Famitsu does another round-up on an event, this time the Pokémon Presents broadcast on February 27 last week. What was covered? New raids in Pokémon Scarlet/Violet, Captain Hat Pikachu in Pokémon GO, Raikou coming to Pokémon Sleep, and more. Check out the full list in the article.

#3 - Kenichi Ichizoe talks about his first-hand experience with Orfevre

Interview - PC Game - Mobile / App

In celebration of Ume Musume: Pretty Derby’s 3rd year of service, two new characters were officially announced, Orfevre and Gentildonna. To find out more about Orfevre, who was a Triple Crown winner in Japan, Famitsu interviewed the jockey. Kenichi Ikezoe to find out the actual tendencies of the true stallion the character is based off. Read the article from Famitsu to find out his opinion on the character design of the horse in Uma Musume, and back on his memories during his career with the horse itself.

#2 - Pokémon Legends: Z-A Announced for 2025

News - Home Console Game - Switch

Announced during the Pokémon Presents broadcast on February 27 over the last week, the latest in the Pokémon franchise for Switch, “Pokémon Legends Z-A,” will have a simultaneous global release sometime in 2025. Check out Famitsu’s article above, or our own (which includes both the Japanese and English broadcast announcements).

#1 - Famitsu 77-hour Preview of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth

Review - Home Console Game - PS5

Another play preview this week from Famitsu, this time the highly anticipated Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. Recently released on February 29 earlier in the week, Famitsu has already spent 77 hours so far with this title to provide a preview with a bountiful amount of pictures for readers to enjoy. Famitsu gives VII big reasons on what to look forward to in this sequel, including how Tifa and Aeris are not the only eye-catching characters, that new and old players have a lot to discover, the inclusion of Yuffie, XIII and Cait-Sith and much more.

More juicy collaborations amongst the main focal points of last week, Pokémon Presents and Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. The popularity of Uma Musume is also pretty apparent, with their article ranking highly in the list for the week.

Check back in next week to see more juicy collabs, I mean… for more ranking news!

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