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Price: $63.90
Ships same-day (M-F) if ordered before 5PM EST
Item Number: RVL-P-S3RJ
Publisher: Milestone
Jan/UPC Code: 4560193520236
NCS Product Synopsis 
Update: August 27, 2010
«©NCSX» Milestone takes a break from producing cookie-cutter shooters to work on a fighting game which features heroines from four PC games as follows:

1) G-Senjou no Maou – The Devil on G-String
2) Koihime Musou
3) Shukufuku no Campanella 
4) Tayutama - Kiss on my Deity 

   The name recognition of the games in Twinkle Queen is pretty much non-existent in North America but the girls are somewhat attractive, can throw a punch, and up to four players can join in on the fighting action. That's good for at least 3 copies sold. Twinkle Queen is a 2D fighting game where two combatants face off in front of a static background. In addition to the default one-on-one fisticuffs, a four-player option is also available so that four combatants can engage in a battle royale as long as four Nunchuk-and-Remotes are available.. When four she-devils are fighting all at once, the screeching, yelping, and exclamations that burst from the audio speakers create a cacophony that might arouse annoyance in listeners

Product Specifications

Publisher: Milestone
Compatibility: Nintendo Wii (Japan-Only)
Format: DVD-ROM Disc (Single-Layer)
Territory/Language: Japanese
Japanese product title: トウィンクル クイーン
Website: http://www.mile-stone.co.jp/product/twinklequeen/twinklequeen_top.html
Product SKU: RVL-P-S3RJ
Jan Code: 4560193520236
Famitsu Ranking: (5/6/5/5)
 

Wii Import Region-Lockout
   Please note Japanese Wii games will not boot on USA or European Wii consoles due to the inherent region-lockout on Japanese Wii game discs. A Freeloader (and a Wii with 3.2U firmware) is required to play Japanese Wii games.


NCS Game Notes
»
The introductory cinema features the 12 girls from the game along with their names.

» The movement of the girls in the game is fluid but the girls themselves look stilted and stiff.

» Press "A" on the title screen and you'll be prompted to enter your name in kana or hiragana. You'll also be able to enter your name in English if so desired. Once you've entered your name, the following selections appear:

STORY MODE... Select a girl and a teammate and fight other pairs of girls
VS MODE......... Up to four human players can battle each other in Single, Team, or Royal Battle
ALL BATTLE..... Choose a fighter and battle a procession of challengers in best-of-two-round bouts
SURVIVAL........ Face the girls in 1-round matches; health does not replenish between matches
TRAINING........ Practice your skills by choosing a fighter and a supporter and battling the CPU
OPTION.......... Game Setting, Button Setting, Sound Setting, and Entry Name Change
SCORE RANKING... View the top scores of the 12 girls in the various game modes
WIN RANKING....... View stats on how many times each girl has won a battle
DATA BASE........... Data and images of the girls; The material in the Gallery section is all locked

» In the Training Mode, the CPU can be set to just stand there (default), continually jump, always crouch, or attack and defend normally.

» Control over the fighter is possible through the analog stick on the Nunchuk or the D-Pad on the Remote. The latter is awkward since the "A" button triggers a weak attack. The "B" button is for medium attack, and the "C" button is for a strong attack. The "-" button taunts.

» Every Game Mode can be played in Single Battle, Team Battle, and Battle Royal options

» When attacks are chained together a "Rush" meter appears which counts how many attacks were strung together. We got a RUSH 7 and a couple of RUSH 5s in this morning's game testing.

» The character Ameri is a purple-haired girl with batwings on her back who can perform a spin attack move where she mimics a mini tornado. At the end of her spin attack, she dizzies herself and is incapacitated for about 1 second which makes her vulnerable to attack. If you've ever wanted to control an ice skater in an all-girl fighting game, your dreams are answered with the character Kanon. She can perform an overhead spin attack where she smacks her opponent in the noggin with her skates. It doesn't appear that she can perform a triple sow-cow however. Sheren from the Koihime Musou game is particularly elegant when she fights in her blue dress and perfect posture. A cat girl named Mashiro attacks her foes with a huge mallet which she swings with abandon.

» To view the special moves for a character during a match, press the "+" button and press the "A" button on the first highlighted menu option.

» When a girl is defeated, a man yells out "Knock Down" which is accompanied by the words falling onto the middle of the screen followed by "You Win."

» The cast of characters is as follows (in the order they appear in the introductory sequence):

Koihime Musou - Touka, Karin, Sheren
G-Senjou no Maou - Haru, Kanon, Yuki
Shukufuku no Campanella - Carina, Chelsea, Agnes
Tayutama
Kiss on my Deity  - Mashiro, Ameri, Mifuyu

» NCS fully expected Twinkle Queen to be disappointing but it's not bad so we'd disagree with Famitsu's ranking. Milestone probably didn't buy enough ad space to merit four "6" rankings. The game held our attention for the morning as we explored the different options and modes. The cast is odd but after the likes of Power Instinct, we can tolerate odd. The game handles well (not clunky like we had expected) and the controls are good enough for a Wii fighting game.

   Occasionally, you'll pause the game accidentally when your thumb hits the "+" button on the Remote but that's okay. You'll live to fight another day. Since it's a 2D fighting game in a 3D world being released at the slowest time of the year in Japan, Twinkle Queen won't sell well enough in Japan to engender any sort of sequel. Then again, stranger things have happened. 
 

    This document and photos are ©NCSX 2010. All rights reserved. No reproduction in whole or in part of this document may be made without express written consent of National Console Support, Inc.

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