I got a PSP yesterday! And named it Mitsuru to follow in line with Yuka-tan (DS Lite) and Fuuka (GBA SP). I’ve added Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth, Monster Hunter Freedom, and Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters to my collection.

That last game came free with the system. Luckily it’s pretty fun.

Oh, and because GameStop had their buy 2 get one free sale going on, I picked up Tales of Legendia for free.

And before that I picked up volumes 1 and 2 of the Disgaea 2 manga.

Also! I’m going to stop buying video games for real this time! I have 101 that I need to beat, which is exactly 50% of my beatable collection. Though that 101 doesn’t count AT2, Prinny, or Cross Edge…


Kari’s Guide to Present Guessing

Because simply shaking them is old hat (though I do that anyway), and I already know 90% of what I’m getting, I line them up and carefully study them…

…because even if you know what you’re getting, it’s fun to guess what’s wrapped where.

Every present that I’m getting, not counting the stuff in the stocking. And one of those red ones I found out wasn’t mine, but was for my cat…oh well. It’s not in any other pics. And I got to open one last night, obviously.

DS-sized gifts are easy because the case square, is thicker than a CD case, and has an indentation on one side. Other than FF4, this should be Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness, Rune Factory 2, and Chrono Trigger DS.

PS2/PS3/Wii/Xbox/360/DVD sized gifts are a crapshoot because you don’t know which one of the above it’ll be, especially if you own every single one of those systems. The far right one is lighter than the others, so I’m guessing that as Fate/Stay Night DVD 5. The other two…Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness? Persona 4? Tales of Symphonia 2? Something I don’t know that I’m getting?!

Books are easy to spot because they have three sides indented and one flat. Also, paperbacks are bendable, and hardcovers have a specific sound to them when you knock on ’em. The top-middle green one is two manga, probably Venus Versus Virus 3 and 5. One of the white ones is a Japanese lesson book, but I was able to read through the wrapping…should be a how to draw book in there, the Daily Coyote book, and a cookbook.

The dreated nondescript box. Usually you get these when the gift giver is too lazy to unpack things they’ve ordered online. DVD boxsets also look like these. You never know what you’ll get form these. Anything I listed above could be in these boxes instead of separately wrapped…However, if you get the chance to open a present early, I’d go for a box, because you might get more than one thing :3

Finally, the weird shaped ones can be anything from two things put together, to a really weird shaped package, like a figure in a blister pack. The top part of this is squishy and the bottom is hard, so it has to be two things put together…It has to be a plushie and a PS2/Wii game.

NISA Interview @ RPGamer

Click here to read. I’ll just be pulling out what I’m excited about…

-More over-the-top Innuendo (it deserves the capital I) in AT2…I can see where it would happen, there’s a good scene early on.

-Cross Edge in MARCH?! I’ve got three months to save up…about $325. And I wanted to grab a PSP for Prinny, too…

-Also, Mana Khemia 2 looks like it’ll make its way across the pond. Hopefully they fix that game-breaking glitch I’ve read about that makes you not able to get all endings or something.

-I do hope 2009 is a better year for them than 2008 was. Sure, Disgaea 3 and Mana Khemia were nice, and Disgaea DS is good for PSP-less me, but they really killed themselves with the Rhapsody fiasco.

Oh happy day~

…no text or scene omissions were made for Ar tonelico II. The only possible difference is that while the Japanese game may have some 10,000 odd spoken audio, the American version has around 9,000. This was done partly because of the dubbing schedule.

Which I don’t mind about at all! The last thing I wanted was dual audio, and here it is.

Also, looks like good news for Cross Edge!

Early Opinions on Disgaea DS

-I’m getting used to Michelle Ruff as Etna, though I miss her original voice
-The music quality did suffer, but I haven’t noticed if the graphics have like some people say.
-I miss the voice acting, but honestly if I hadn’t played the PS2 version already, I don’t think I would’ve noticed.
-I’m 7 hours in, and I’m only at the START of Episode 2! Been grinding in item world. I already have a level 40-some Statistician.
-Pleinair is GOD. She’s my highest leveled at 13, and NOTHING hits her. Laharl is 11, Etna is 8. Whoops.

Review: Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm

(This review contains blacked-out spoilers and possibly traces of nuts)

Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm
Platform: PS2
Genre: RPG
Playtime: 32:53
So this game wraps up my runthrough of the three Atelier Iris games, which I got through in about six months. This one took me about three weeks to beat, which surprised me.

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