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Sony revives Summer Vacation, Dokodemo Issyo

Casual PlayStation classics coming back for the summer.


We're on a big holiday here in Japan, so that meant no Famitsu and thus no Famitsu flying-get scoopage last week. But taking the place of the magazine, a few retailers did manage to spill the beans on some of Sony's casual gaming plans for the PS3 and PSP.

A notice posted at the Dokodemo Issyo site a couple of weeks back announcing the development of a new entry in the series.

Sony will be bringing back its Dokodemo Issyo series to the PlayStation 3 -- and, to smaller extent, to the PSP as well! Titled "Toro to Mori Mori," the new game is a mini story collection that follows the "shocking last scene" from the original Docodemo Issyo game (I put "shocking last scene" in quotes because I never played the original and wasn't sure if it was really shocking or not).

This is presumably the new Toro game that Sony has been teasing at its website for the past week or so.

As the story apparently goes, the last scene of Dokodemo Issyo had Toro part from the player and head off in pursuit of his dream of becoming human, a pursuit that continues today. One day, Toro is told that a "Memory Notebook" that he received from his black cat friend Kuro, can grant him a wish once he's filled it with the thanks and appreciation of people. Thus, Toro travels around helping people out, filling his book with thankful memories in the hope of becoming human.

The game appears to be a collection of mini games. Clear each game, and you clear one story, and are able to open the door to the next story.

Over 30 mini games are included in all, putting Toro and Kuro, in series tradition, in various cosplays, from soccer players to afros. Included in the bunch are four player multiplayer games. The games are all refined versions of the mini games that are available for the Mainichi Issyo download title.

While Toro to Mori Mori is a PS3 game, it will have a a PSP component in the form of a mini appli called "Doko Itsu Tokei," or "Doko Itsu Clock." The retail listing also mentions offline demos of Mainichi Issyo for the PS3 and PSP -- I presume these are just offline demo versions of the downloadable Mainichi Issyo title, which is currently available for PS3 and PSP.

Toro to Mori Mori is set for July 23 release at 4,980 yen.

Joining the Docodemo Issyo revival is a new version of Sony's My Summer Vacation series. Titled "My Summer Vacation 4: Setouuchi Youth Detective Group -- Me and the Secret Map," this new entry in Sony's summer favorite series is coming to PSP. My Summer Vacation 3 was released for the PS3 in July 2007.

The new title is set in a 1980s summer on islands in the Seto Inland Sea, the body of water between Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu.

The game promises a bunch of mini games and activities, including the following:

  • A journal that can be updated multiple times a day
  • An insect gathering system
  • A cooking system for preparing fish that you've caught
  • A taiko drumming game
  • Insect sumo wrestling tournaments (oh my!)
  • The ability to collect monster rubber erasers (oh my!)

And more...

PSP owners can look for this one on July 2, priced at 4,980 yen.

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