Let’s go over the review of what is currently happening in the world of Minna no Golf. Game was announced two years ago that it was going to be in production for release this year 2016, however during this year’s Tokyo Game Show, it was revealed that they are releasing it in the summer of next year. [Which roughly reads as August 31st 2017.]
— ClapHanz (@Clap_Hanz) September 16, 2016
According to the event plans, First Public Day of the Tokyo Game Show was scheduled to be Team Battle Demo. The Last Public Day is just a normal demo where you can try out the game in the open course setting.
As a bonus for attending the event, you register your PSN account at the event and you will receive the PlayStation Booth Companion Costume for use with the game when it is released.
There was also a special New Mingol Event on stage during the first public day. It was broadcast and recorded on the day on YouTube. Here is the video starting at about 30 minutes into the clip:
I can actually see myself in this video… Anyway that onto the report, since there wasn’t anything else that officially happened for New Mingol.
Tokyo Game Show Day One:
I caught up with a couple of Mingol friends, and we went to test the game out. Maronpafe actually went all out and registered to try it through PlayStation Plus and turned up with a Tokyo Game Show Supporters ticket which gives you access to certain parts of the event earlier than other people. Because of this Maron actually was able to try out the Team Battle mode.
Sadly while I was there fairly early too, with standard ticket when my turn came around I noticed that they were not doing the Team Battle Mode anymore. Regardless I was able to test the demo completely and see what the fuss is all about.
So what did we learn from the Demo:
Non-golf related things in the Demo:
Tokyo Game Show Day Two:
Most of the experimenting was done during the first day, but I returned on the second day to help a friend with shopping and also get a T-shirt from Final Fantasy XIV battle challenges. During then I had a discussion with my Mingol friends and we came to the conclusion that the reason why Team Battle was no longer shown during the first day and the presentation for it was changed/cut short was that there was an issue with the system. Many questions were still left unanswered but some of us got a hold of one of the three producers… yeah Three Producers.
Since ClapHanz has been advertising nearly every single day for the last year or two I had a little talk with the Associate Producer to see if I could help them out. If their issue is about how to make the right Mingol Game, think I would be able to help. If it is about the lack of people working on the game… Then that would be a different issue. Well that ball is in Sony/ClapHanz Court now, so let’s see what happens!
What do you all think will happen? Will we end up with someone who is passionate about the game for most of their life working on the game or will the success of New Mingol be clouded in mystery?
So the PlayStation Press Event happened yesterday, and there was yet another New Minna no Golf Trailer that announces the delay until Japan Summer 2017.
Next year will be the 20th Anniversary of Minna no Golf series. Once again things don’t look good… Tokyo Game Show 2017 this weekend, I will be going to check out the demo on both days.
In other news, Minna no Tennis which was made on PS2 will be coming to PS4. That is still a good game, at this rate I wouldn’t be surprised if Minna no Tennis ends up inside the Minna no Golf world, with all the fishing and cart driving going down and delays…
The developers need to hold back on the feature creeping and release something and communicate with their player base to see where to move their series so that it is a longer lasting game. Let’s hope we get more than 3 extra courses after release.
It’s been awhile since I logged into my own site, I guess things haven’t been that interesting for me to feel the need to make any posts about the New Minna no Golf. Well seems like lately there are some articles being written and they don’t seem to be planning to change the release date of being within this year… So maybe we will be seeing the New Minna no Golf this year on the PS4.
With news of a possible PS4 Neo, I feel that the game would likely run smoother on PS4 neo and with a possible integration of the PlayStation VR… since we know that is what happens to all Mingol games in the past few titles.
That said, Keith [Kdoll] has recently contacted me here and emailed me a copy of the latest article issue on Famitsu for the New Minna no Golf game.
I have translated it for those those who are interested in what the article contained though I didn’t bother translating the title text because the information explains the titles anyway, but I have also seen that PlayStation’s official Mingol website has been updated [with horrible coding for the parallax effect for some reason. Sony needs to hire better programmers.] So those articles I will probably be looking over again and posting a rough translation over the next few days or couple of weeks depending on my work schedule.
Well this year will be interesting… Here right now a few days before public entry into Tokyo Game show 2015. We have received a new trailer, but things aren’t looking so Mingol as we are used to it seems.
Who likes the song used in the trailer?
I don’t know if they are mocking fans with that song… It doesn’t look like there will be anything actually playable at TGS this year. Also anyone else think the models look like the Microsoft Avatars?
Set to be released in 2016, game will feature creatable avatars and an open world. This is the same thing as what they mentioned last year before TGS… Still probably no prototype or game play trailer available to show us at TGS this year. With the daily Clap Hanz recruitment continuing on Twitter, it is hard to tell what the real story behind the up coming title is currently.
Looks like they have announced pre-TGS that there is a New Mingol Project underway. More details will come when TGS begins, but the game probably will be something that comes around late next year. Knowing Claphanz they are pretty slow…
本日のSCEJA Press Conference 2014にてＳＣＥワールドワイドスタジオの吉田修平さんより「NEW MINGOL PROJECT」の発表がありました！まだ詳細な情報はお伝えできません。続報（来春）をお待ちください! http://t.co/7jJIfoUsJT
— ClapHanz (@Clap_Hanz) September 1, 2014
As population continues to dwindle in the Mingol world, patches of changes to the system seem to be more frequent. Not sure why they continue to beat the dead horse… You know what the answer is to this problem? Sure the game engine doesn’t foster skill and competition any more, but I bet if they grabbed a bunch of their old courses from old games, retouched them for the current game engine people would fork out cash for it in a heart beat.
Well onto the changes in the latest patch. I should probably download it so I can log online and chat with people…
Anyone ever get tired that they mention bug fixes in the update notes? It doesn’t mean anything to us if we don’t know which bugs were fixed right?
Nope still don’t feel it. Well at least this update is doing something to improve their new feature.
I haven’t been logging on so there is no details on the size of the patches which I usually list next to the update version.
So there will be a small Toro themed event for daily coming up. Since it features Toro to participate you would likely have to purchase Toro to play it… tough luck to the Asian version holders?
|January 21st||1st Day Arabian||Ala Arabian 18H||Toro Only
|January 22nd||2nd Day Maple||Maple Leaf 18H Back Tee||Kuro Only
|January 23rd||3rd Day Kagura||Kagurayama Country Club
9HOLE(OUT) Back Tee
|January 24th||4th Day Harvest||Harvest Hills Golf Course
|January 25th||5th Day Legacy||Legacy of Golf Links
9HOLE(IN) Back Tee
|January 26th||Final Day Provance||La Provance 18H||Toro Only
Prizes included for participating for 2 days or more is a Toro T-Shirt Yellow lobby part and a Toro Flag accessory lobby part.
Participating for 5 days or more will net you a Toro Umbrella T-Shirt and Kamo the little duck lobby pet.
So today there was an update that brings back the Lobby Golf feature by fixing a bug that was wrong with it during it’s original release late last year.
Due to the grief this may have caused for players they have included 20 free Lobby Golf balls for players who login between the 16th and the 20th of January 2014.
How does Lobby Golf work?
For starters it is a special lobby you can access by selecting the other club house. Each lobby on each floor appears to be a different course with it’s own score ranking board. You can quick view each ranking board from the floor by pressing square on the lobby.
Once you enter the lobby you will be introduced with some instructions. Summary of the instructions is basically how to operate the lobby and how it all works.
Overall it’s a nice touch but not really adding to the game since they’ve destroyed any competitiveness the game ever had… I’ll update this post later with screens once I get my image processing done.
So it looks like they are doing the Christmas and new years thing again for those who have missed out on previous years.
New post under the latest news on the players information website mentions that due to the bugs experienced with the Chip in Lobby they are unable to bring it back for this year. Will have to wait until a later date for them to bring it back… Anyway the game has gone pretty sour now by the looks of things. If you just want a fun game go for it, but if you’re looking for competition you’re probably better off looking elsewhere.
I have a feeling they know it is pretty messed up now and just making it worse and milking it with whatever they can because the PS4 is out and any little bit of money they get will help fund the next game.
Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Celebration~!