If you thought it was difficult to follow the progress of the The Harvest Moon / Story of Seasons schism, Be ready for it. The short version of this story is that a video game translator named Samuel Messner just announced that they were working on My summer vacation, which is a Japanese game released in 2000 for PS1 and ported to PSP in 2006.
The long version – if you care about where it comes from or want to know why this is exciting news – is a bit more in-depth.
Attack of the Friday Monsters! A tale from Tokyo is a charming slice of life game that came out on 3DS in 2013 and has built up a cult following for its anime styles and its down-to-earth, small-town reinvention of the classic “Kaiju Invades Japan” story. . We gave it 8/10, praising the game for its “beautiful, memorable experience that captures the essence of classic coming-of-age films”; The official Nintendo magazine gave him 86%, with critic Joe Skrebels saying it made him “nostalgic for someone else’s childhood.”
Are you with us so far? This is where it gets complicated. Attack of the Friday Monsters is part of a compilation called Guild02, which in turn is part of the Guild series, in which Level-5 developers have collaborated with several game designers to make small, interesting projects. Guild01 included Liberation girl, De Omasse weapons store, Crimson Shroud and Airport; Guild02 includes the Friday Monster Attack, The Damrey spaceship, and Bugs vs tanks, the latest of which was designed by Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune.
The designer Level-5 worked with for Attack of the Friday Monsters was Kaz Ayabe, who is also the director of this Crayon Shin-Chan game announced in Japanese Nintendo Direct earlier this year. In Japan, Ayabe is perhaps best known for his work at the studio he founded, Millennium Kitchen, and their series Boku no Natsuyasumi (“My summer vacation”). So far, Attack of the Friday Monsters is the only English version Millennium Kitchen has worked on.
My Summer Vacation tells the story of a child named Boku who spends the summer at his aunt and uncle’s country house, while his mother is in her last month of pregnancy. The game is set in August 1975, and you will spend most of those 31 days just being a kid – catching bugs, flying a kite, and exploring the woods. And yes, there is a fishing mini-game.
So, My summer vacation is being translated, and if Attack of the Friday Monsters is to continue, it’s could come to Switch. If you are a fan of calm and pastoral Japanese stories, you should keep an eye out for this 20-year-old game. We certainly will.
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