Whereas it might be to the chagrin of some followers, Konami has in recent times put a variety of its weight into its cell gaming initiatives, significantly within the Japanese market. This 12 months’s Tokyo Sport Present confirmed that the corporate goes to maintain placing its chips on that phase, even because it slowly begins to thaw the frosty method it has had for different platforms of late. In an attention grabbing sales space you may see from clear throughout the ground, Konami had its cell video games entrance and heart. You possibly can wager I made a cease there to see what the writer needed to provide.
Relying on which facet you approached the sales space from, you’ll be met with one of many 4 major manufacturers Konami was showcasing. Occupying a lot of the entrance was Yu-Gi-Oh!, with each Yu-Gi-Oh! Grasp Duel (Free) and the just lately launched Yu-Gi-Oh! Cross Duel [appprice url”https://apps.apple.com/us/app/yu-gi-oh-cross-duel/id1569130433″] engaging passerbys for a play. Son of Musgrave has taken a little bit of a shining to Yu-Gi-Oh! of late and wished to provide Cross Duel a go. There was some form of particular card on provide for enjoying, you see. As Son is an skilled participant, he was ushered over to a desk with three different human gamers. I’m… much less skilled, so the great Konami of us introduced me over to an space the place I may play towards CPU opponents. With solely obscure recollections of Magic: The Gathering to attract on, I used to be a bit nervous about whether or not or not I’d be capable to determine the sport out.
Nicely, it seems that Yu-Gi-Oh! Cross Duel is the right recreation for somebody like me. It actually simplifies the moderately advanced affair that the primary card recreation has develop into, however maintains a good bit of its depth. Although you might be tackling three opponents directly as a substitute of only one, the UI makes it very simple to know. There are lanes between every of the gamers, and it’s essential ship your monsters alongside to the gamers you need to assault whereas additionally maintaining a tally of something incoming. With 4 members at play, a lot of the technique comes from seizing possibilities to gang up on different gamers or attacking somebody whereas their consideration is diverted. It’s good enjoyable, and I like to recommend attempting it out.
Simply to the left of the Yu-Gi-Oh! video games on the entrance was Tremendous Bomberman R 2. Alas, this is without doubt one of the few video games Konami was displaying and not using a cell model. It seems enjoyable, although. Persevering with across the nook introduced us to SHINEPOST Be Your IDOL!, a recreation that’s extraordinarily unlikely to be localized for the West. It’s a part of a cross-media franchise, and at this level exists as little greater than an announcement. Whereas not as dominant as they as soon as had been, these types of video games are nonetheless very talked-about within the Japanese cell gaming market.
Heading over to the fitting facet of the sales space, eFootball 2023 had an enormous show. The eFootball rebranding for Konami’s Profitable Eleven/Professional Evolution Soccer collection hasn’t gone very easily from a vital standpoint, however it appears to nonetheless be bringing dwelling the bacon financially. The 2023 replace arrived on cell just a few weeks in the past, and whereas there are some substantial enhancements in comparison with when the eFootball 2022 replace first dropped, there’s nonetheless a methods to go earlier than anybody shall be more likely to sing the praises of this once-storied soccer franchise.
Sadly, one of many extra thrilling bulletins from Konami at Tokyo Sport Present 2022, the reveal of Suikoden I&II HD, seems to be skipping cell. It might be good to see Konami put this on cell platforms, however I suppose the market is what it’s. Nonetheless, nearly all of Konami’s video games from Tokyo Sport Present this 12 months can be found on cell, and it’s the one main recreation firm I can say that for. Add in its moderately wholesome assist of Apple Arcade, and we are able to see a writer that also thinks cell gaming is value its consideration.