IGN Preview of Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop 2
Last year, Bandai localized Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop and released it to the US shores after it did absolute gangbusters in the Japanese market. Though they certainly love those virtual pets in Japan more than they do in this neck of the woods, Tamagotchi Connection did pretty darn well stateside, so much so that the company is currently working on bringing its sequel to the Nintendo DS this Christmas. Namco Bandai sent over an early version of the product so we can see where these critters are going for Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop 2.
Anyone who is familiar with the original game will find themselves right at home in Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop 2. The look, sound, and gameplay feel of the original has been extended by development team Dimps to incorporate different mini-game challenges without straying from the original Nana-on-sha design. Where the previous game revolved around your chosen Tamagotchi partner's run-in with his father to build up all the shops, in this one, you're performing tasks to impress the Princess, who will in turn upgrade the shop you're working in...if you manage to flatter her with your service, of course.
The games aren't much of a change from the touch-screen challenge from last year's game. You've got games where you'll need to wash and tune up Tamagotchi cars, make hamburgers and sushi, even some where you'll bowl for points. All the mini-games utilize an easy-to-follow touch screen interface. And the more games you play and complete, the more shops you'll unlock, which in turn will make more items available when you tinker around in the virtual pet mode. There's a rumor that you'll be able to give your Virtual Tamagotchi a Nintendo DS and Wii to make him happy...
Some of the improvements to the game design include smarter Tamagotchi characters who have different levels of happiness -- their dialogue will change depending on how they're feeling. Corner Shop 2 also has a stronger focus on wireless multiplayer: not only can you beam over a demo copy of the game or items to other players, but you'll also be able to play some mini-games together. You can also take screenshots from within the game and send them over to friends as well.
The game, due out this winter, will feature more than 12 different shops and 100 different Tamagotchi characters, and offer the same quirky presentation of the original. Hit the media links below to check out some new screenshots.
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