Date AKB48! Now in bikinis!29 June, 2011 by Chad
AKB1/48: Idol to Guam de Koishitara (If you fell in love with an idol in Guam) is the sequel to last year’s highly successful debut AKB48 game, AKB1/48: Idol to Koishitara for the PlayStation Portable. The game follows an identical format to the last game, but as the title suggests, will take place in Guam.
The announcement of the game finally explains the reason why the majority of AKB48 members were in Guam back when the Tokoku earthquake and tsunami struck in March. But with the success of the first game, it was only inevitable that a sequel would spring out.
Like before, AKB1/48: Idol to Guam de Koishitara continues the novel approach to dating simulation introduced during the previous game. Instead of the long tedious process involved in other similar titles, players will have to reject the advances of the rather sizable number of AKB48 members to finally settle on a single member.
The second game will boast improved production values but as far as AKB48 is concerned, placing the game in Guam can only mean two things for the franchise. Beaches and bikinis. Unsurprisingly, the game will feature one of the two far more than the other.
While the previous game did have events where jealous members would appear from time to time during a date with another girl, based on early screenshots, it would seem that the new game will also introduce a “group date” mode where players will be able to interact with more than one member in a friendly manner.
AKB1/48: Idol to Guam de Koishitara will release on October 6th 2011 and will be available in three separate versions.
The Normal Edition with just the game’s UMD and a single bonus photo will retail for 5,299 yen (approx SGD$82).
A Limited Edition version for 7,329 yen (SGD$115) will include an additional UMD with 120 minutes of unused footage from the game and 3 bonus photographs instead of one.
Finally, a please-take-my-money First Press Limited Edition Box set will retail for 13,629 yen (SGD$211). The colloquially titled the “Please Don’t Auction It!” box, will contain the Limited Edition of the game, along with a great deal of other bonus items.
This includes four DVD discs worth of “Making Of” videos, a special yellow DVD containing videos of the new Team 4 members, 48 mini wallscrolls and a Blu-ray disc with HD versions of the previous game’s ending videos. It will come with 10 random L-sized photos instead. Pre-orders of the box set will also add a game card with codes to download custom AKB48 PSP themes.
There will be no PSP bundle version of the box set this time.
If track records were any judge, the bikini laden AKB1/48: Idol to Guam de Koishitara will undeniably do well with mainstream audiences, while drawing the wrath of critics everywhere. A select audience will be interested to know that this will be the first time AKB48 will be publishing official collector L-sized photographs of the girls in bikinis.
While release of the game is still more than 3 months away, pre-orders for the game have already begun. Unlike the previous title, most popular shopping sites are now offering the game for sale so obtaining a copy will be much cheaper.
Out of necessity, I will have to mention that CDJapan pre-orders of the game have already begun at below the suggested retail price. You can find the box set, limited edition and regular version there for sale at 12,980 yen, 6,980 yen and 4,980 yen respectively.
However, this time I would like to point out (even if it is bad business) that Amazon Japan is actually the cheapest source to get the game. Those pre-ordering early through Amazon will be able to get the box, limited and normal set for 11,585, 6,230 and 4,445 yen respectively.
For more information, you can visit the official AKB1/48 website. AKB1/48: Idol to Guam de Koishitara will send off the PlayStation Portable off with a bang, before it is replaced by the newer PlayStation Vita later this year. Will I be picking up a copy? Well it’s not like I have a choice.
Edit: Someone has pointed out that with the Rewards Program, it may be possible that CDJapan will still end up at the same price, that is if you make other purchases often enough to redeem the points.
Credit goes to Natalie and Bandai Namco.Click here to search CDJapan for official AKB48 goods.
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