Archive for the ‘Love & Berry’ category

Getting the kids into the arcade and Mario Kart GP 3?

July 12, 2007

In our youth many of us played the classics such as Asteroids, Pac-Man or Defender.at_the_arcade.jpg But what do the kids these days get out of the arcade? That is an interesting question that is tackled in the latest Stinger Report. It seems that arcade manufacturers across the board have become very interesting in the age groups of 5-12 and as such they are releasing a number of games to appeal to kids. This certainly is not a bad idea when I visit an arcade I usually see kids mostly getting into the redemption games and not so much the video games.

Sega appears to offer the strongest line-up of kids games; we have seen Dinosaur King and Love and Berry: Dress up and Dance both of which appeal to opposite genders respectively (boys love dinosaurs and girls love dressing up). In Japan they also have released games such as Marine and Marine (fish-based card collecting and battle game), Beatle DASH! (sequel to MushiKing), and Thomas the Tank Engine. Soon they are set to release Rhythm Nation (this got some attention on some mainstream sites only because it was based on a GameBoy Advance title) and BowWow which is a cross between a kiddie ride and a dog collection game. There is a lot of information to pour over here so hit the post jump for more on this as well as Mario Kart Arcade 3.

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Love, Berry & Loser

July 9, 2007

[via Kotaku]

Winning? Winning is easy. It’s losing that’s hard. Seven thousand little girls entered a SEGA‘s Love and Berry model search, and there were just ten finalists. Contestants performed dances from the game and had to show some sort of special talent like juggling or plate spinning or something. From this, there were two winners — one for the role of Love and the other for Berry — and a sole runner-up with a farmer tan. Try spotting her!
Oshare Contest

[Japan News Review via Sega Nerds]    [Discuss on the Forum]

Love & Berry: The Musical

April 17, 2007

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Is there no end to what spin off is coming next from Love and Berry, apparently not!

Sega‘s cash cow Love and Berry got stage send up at Pacifico Yokohama National Universities Hall. Dubbed “Oshare Majo Love and Berry Magical Concert ~ Orchestra and Dream Stage ~, the event included an orchestral performance of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” as well as those crappy Love and Berry songs. But the real music to Sega’s ears? the sound of cash registers ringing up LB merchandise, no doubt.”

[via Kotaku]

More Love and Berry Clothes

April 13, 2007

 

Sure, it’s spring. Light jackets, cotton pants and striped sweaters. But for Sega, it’s early summer. Time to unveil its totally rad, new game-inspired shirts…

Love and Berry-inspired shirts for its Love and Berry clothing line that is sold in LB Style Square shops. Usually, we like posting game-related clothing, but these US $30-plus threads make me very, very sad on the inside and very, very cute on the outside.

[via Kotaku]

Uemura – Sega’s Hidden Game Design Power?

March 30, 2007

I have always found the whole Love and Berry play the game, wear the clothes thing a little creepy. However I cant help admire anybody that creates such a phenomenon, so I found this profile quite interesting. Read on……

 Over at the Daily Yomiuri, there’s a cute little profile of Sega game designer Hiroshi Uemura, who, of course, “…gave birth to two mega-hit children’s card-based video games, “Mushiking: The King of Beetles” for boys, and “Love and Berry Dress up and Dance!” for girls.”

When I was last in Tokyo last September, these CCG-based arcade machines were _everywhere_, and there was even Love & Berry dress-upfor little girls at Sega’s Joypolis – and the numbers on just the arcade versions alone bear this out: “”Mushiking” has sold 420 million cards since January 2003. “Love and Berry,” which substitutes fashion competitions for bug battles, has sold 240 million cards since October 2004.”

There’s some cute commentary on how the game was designed, too: “Uemura says the goal in designing the games was to let children and parents enjoy playing together. It was a concept adapted from past mistakes. Before “Mushiking,” a cutting-edge attraction designed by the team frightened an elderly person and grandchild at a theme park. “Mushiking” was born out of reflection on that failure. Uemura said the game allows adults to use their intuition to help children with the games. “For example, when playing “Love and Berry,” parents can advise children by saying, “You don’t wear jeans at dance parties,’ and by doing so, parents can enjoy communicating with children.”” Yeah, no jeans!

[via GameSetWatch]

Uemura – Sega's Hidden Game Design Power?

March 30, 2007

I have always found the whole Love and Berry play the game, wear the clothes thing a little creepy. However I cant help admire anybody that creates such a phenomenon, so I found this profile quite interesting. Read on……

 Over at the Daily Yomiuri, there’s a cute little profile of Sega game designer Hiroshi Uemura, who, of course, “…gave birth to two mega-hit children’s card-based video games, “Mushiking: The King of Beetles” for boys, and “Love and Berry Dress up and Dance!” for girls.”

When I was last in Tokyo last September, these CCG-based arcade machines were _everywhere_, and there was even Love & Berry dress-upfor little girls at Sega’s Joypolis – and the numbers on just the arcade versions alone bear this out: “”Mushiking” has sold 420 million cards since January 2003. “Love and Berry,” which substitutes fashion competitions for bug battles, has sold 240 million cards since October 2004.”

There’s some cute commentary on how the game was designed, too: “Uemura says the goal in designing the games was to let children and parents enjoy playing together. It was a concept adapted from past mistakes. Before “Mushiking,” a cutting-edge attraction designed by the team frightened an elderly person and grandchild at a theme park. “Mushiking” was born out of reflection on that failure. Uemura said the game allows adults to use their intuition to help children with the games. “For example, when playing “Love and Berry,” parents can advise children by saying, “You don’t wear jeans at dance parties,’ and by doing so, parents can enjoy communicating with children.”” Yeah, no jeans!

[via GameSetWatch]

Sega @ ATEI 2007 – Part 3 – The Rest

January 29, 2007

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In the final part of my Sega round up I have got; the kids games which are Mushi King, Dinosaur King and Love & Berry, which to be honest I have not so much interest in, but I guess the kids will love them. Coming soon though, the Love & Berry dancers video! One game I could play all day though is Virtua Tennis 3. This game really does have to be seen because it has some of the best graphics I’ve seen in an arcade, and I can’t wait for the console version of this! Also there was a game on a Naomi cabinet called Asian Dynamite, which if I’m not mistaken is the follow up to, what was called in the UK, Die Hard Arcade. Unfortunately this game was not on free play. Finally there was a fairly original and fun game called Manic Panic  Ghost. This was a touch screen based game, where you had to whack all the ghost with you “wand”. Believe me when I say it really is Manic. Of course my favourite, but the frighteningly addictive game WCCF was there. Shame I  couldn’t get anywhere near it to have a game. I also heard there was a tournament the day before so hopefully I will be able to get some pictures of that off the Unofficial WCCF Forum.

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