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The FamiKatsu | March 24, 2024

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With the shift in temperature and the advent of hayfever kicking into gear, I was afraid this week I would’ve missed reporting on the week-in-review over from Famitsu due to 5-days of sickness. If there is any delay, I am sorry, but let’s look at what those Famitsu readers were reading!

This week on The FamiKatsu, the week of March 17 to March 23, 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 - Tears of the Kingdom Talk at Games Developers Conference 2024

Article / Report - GDC 2024 - Home Console Game - Switch

Nintendo had two showings at this year’s Game Developers Conference 2024, one being 2D and Tomorrow: How the Developers of ‘Super Mario Bros. Wonder’ Find New Joy in Creating Classic Side-Scrolling Adventures, and the other one Tunes of the Kingdom: Evolving Physics and Sounds for ‘The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’. Famitsu slowly breaks down the talk for Famitsu readers, outlining key aspects on what Nintendo had to do to create the new gameplay featured in Tears of the Kingdom.

#9 - Famitsu Review of Rise of the Ronin

Review - Home Console Game - PS5

Koei Tecmo’s Team Ninja’s latest game was released on March 22 earlier this week, and Famitsu has already put in the hours to give its readers what they should expect from the game, such as a quick word about Team Ninja, then into the gameplay, story and even romancing aspects.

#8 - Garou Sequel Slated for Early 2025 Release


A classic fighting game from back in 1999, Garou: Mark of the Wolves was cult classic on the Neo Geo, and 26 years later is finally seeing a sequel. As a part of the SNK franchise, characters from the King of Fighters series will also make their appearance in the sequel. SNK has also gone ahead and released a trailer showcasing both characters and their respective voice actors. Check the link above to see the trailer.

#7 - Mayla and Cardcaptor Sakura Collaboration

Entertainment - Press Release - Collaboration

Fashionable readers will be happy to see a classic anime come to life with a physical collaboration! Mayla, who are happy to promote goods that are genderless, have done many anime crossover collaborations over their history, and have now brought fashionable and cutesy themed heeled-sneakers to their collection. This collection is only sale for a limited time, from March 22 for one month, until April 22, 2024. Each pair will cost ¥32,780 (approx. US$216.65).

#6 - Monster Hunter: World Recovery Potion Bottle

Entertainment - Press Release

Available for a limited time only, the Monster Hunter Recovery Potion Bottle will be available from Capcom Amusement Arcades, from inside Ty’s favorite source of amusement… skill tester crane game machines! In celebration of the Monster Hunter 20th anniversary, the bottle will make its appearance from March 23, 2024.

#5 - Dragon’s Dogma 2 Development Team Feedback

News - Home Console Game - PS5 - PC Game - Steam - Xbox Series X

With the amount of negative feedback across many aspects of the game since release, the development team behind Dragon’s Dogma 2 released a notice on the Steam News page in response to the Steam version of the game. Check the Steam News Article link above for the full post.

#4 - Bunny Garden Releases for Switch and Steam

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

A dating sim game where it takes place at the gentleman’s heaven called Bunny Garden. If you have never experienced what a Japanese Girls Bar / Host Club is like, this is the digital version where you don’t rack up a crazy bill by the end of it. Releasing on the Switch next month, April 18, the Steam version is planned for a fall release date later this year. Check the article for images on what type of activities you can enjoy in this title.

#3 - New JoJo’ Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Shimamura Goods

Entertainment - Collaboration

Coming on March 23, the next wave of JoJo goods from Shimamura releases through both their online store and retail stores. An assortment of new T-shirt designs, tote bags, coin pouches and various other accessories, check out the article for a full glimpse at what is available (for presumably a limited time.)

#2 - What is in the works for Metal Gear


So what is in the pipeline with the Metal Gear franchise? Well, through a recent broadcast, called “Metal Gear Production Hotline”, Konami gave insight into what is first in the works on their roadmap for the franchise. The Metal Gear Solid Master Collection Vol.1 which released in October 2023, the team were disappointed in many aspects, with some fans also disappointed. The team are currently looking towards finishing up Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater before they set their targets onto what they should approach next, whether it be another remake, or even the Master Collection Vol. 2.

#1 - Cyber Formula and Tales Series Illustrator Mutsumi Inomata Passes Away


Sadly announced through Twitter on March 18, Illustrator and Character Designer Mutsumi Inomata passed away on March 10. Following the sad announcement of Dragonball creator, Akira Toriyama (who passed away on March 1), this marks another passing of an artist who had such a distinct character design. Mutsumi was an illustrator of the game series “Tales of”, anime series “GPS Cyber Formula” and “Uchu no Miko”.

Hay fever season is not a fun season in Japan, especially if you have hay fever! (The logic!) Anyway, I am glad to see that the collaborations are still happening in the high ranks and eagerly away new collaborations in the future.

Enjoy the rest of the week and please look forward to another Katsu next week!

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