August 8, 2013 · Type: Everybody's Golf Event, Hotshots Golf Event · Shihiko

Been lazy about posting this since I read about it a few days ago… Everybody’s Golf World Tour and Hot Shots Golf Out of Bounds online service will be ending on Oct 31st 2013… Timing seems about right in accordance to the PlayStation 3 release of Everybody’s Golf 6.

Trivia… did you know that the servers are the same for the login server is the same for both versions of the game? So they are really just shutting down the grade tour and leaderboard servers. Though it will be Halloween for some when the servers are shut down, is there people who would like me to stream the last day of Everybody’s Golf World Tour Online?

Envisager made a post about it over at the Community Forums.

Source: Everybody’s Golf World Tour Online Services to come to a close

August 2, 2013 · Type: Mingol Event · Shihiko

This seems kind of late to be doing… but from today there will be Grade One and Grade Zero tournaments set at a specific time of the day which are forcing Novice Characters with Fast Tournament Rules.

Week 1 of August from the 2nd to the 4th will be seeing these regulations in Grade Tournaments:

  • 18:00~20:00 Mt.Sakura Onsen C.C.
  • 20:00~22:00 Legacy of Golf Links
  • 22:00~24:00 Harvest Hills G.C.
  • 24:00~26:00 Al Arabian G.C.

Week 2 of Auglist from the 9th to the 11th will be seeing:

  • 18:00~20:00 Mar Cielo G.C.
  • 20:00~22:00 La Provance Resort
  • 22:00~24:00 Kagurayama C.C.
  • 24:00~26:00 Northern Fox C.C.

Week 3 of August from the 16th to the 18th has:

  • 18:00~20:00 Maple Leaf G.C.
  • 20:00~22:00 Mar Cielo G.C.
  • 22:00~24:00 La Provance Resort
  • 24:00~26:00 Legacy of Golf Links.

All regulations will be 18H regular tee and on fast timer with Novice Only rule.

Source: Mingol 6 Player’s Information News

July 25, 2013 · Type: Mingol Event · Shihiko

Well I’m sure there is no reason to bother with these any more since it’s so ridiculously cheap over at International Server, and at the moment the oversight that allows users to buy Lv.5s directly means there is no need to bother with Lv.4 on Everybody’s Hot Shots Golf. 😉

Clubs are 300 JPY each, same as last time… No special offers.

Source: 追加コンテンツ配信のお知らせ

July 24, 2013 · Type: Hotshots Golf Event · Shihiko

Not that I know the complete details regarding this, but Senidol tells me that it has already been released and the balls and clubs are also available.

Kazuma is not out yet but Lv.5 Clubs and Balls are available from the get go without the requirements to buy Lv.4 sets… This is a strange oversight by the producer or marketing department, as there is no reason to release them cheap if there is no requirement to buy any of the Lv.4 versions. I do think it is a good move to release it cheap, but maybe not allow the skipping of the sets all together. It brings down the overall complete costs to around 10 dollars less than a full retail game at the moment without the Lv.4 set.

July 20, 2013 · Type: Everybody's Golf Event · Shihiko

Community Manager Envisager [Chris Owen] will be organising a launch night event for Everybody’s Golf 6 release onto the PlayStation 3.

Those planning to buy the game straight away as it releases to the PlayStation Network can participate in the event. Details can be found at the Everybody’s Golf community forums.

Link to the post is here: Launch Night Event!

July 20, 2013 · Type: Everybody's Golf Event, Hotshots Golf Event, News Event · Shihiko

Looks like the wait is over for all those wanting to play Everybody’s Hot Shots Golf World Invitational on the PlayStation 3… Other than being tipped off by Envisager over the last couple of days, we all knew it was going to release some time in these couple of months… Just now PlayStation Blogs of Europe and US have both posted and confirmed a release date which is expected early next week.

I’ll just leave the links here and you guys can go read about it there… I would like to see how the “Regular Updates” DLC will play out in the coming months. 😛

Let’s do a little FAQ for the game that doesn’t seem to be addressed on the blogs…

  • Will the PSVita Save transfer over to PS3?
    No.
  • Can I Cross-Play Game Rooms with my PSVita Friends?
    No.
  • Will my DLC Purchases from the PSVita work on the PS3?
    Yes
  • Do I need an Online Pass?
    Yes, but on PS3 one account allows all accounts access Online.
  • Is there a box version?
    No.
  • Is there a discount for owning the PSVita version?
    No. It’s cheap anyway… 😉

Source: Euro PlayStation Blog & US PlayStation Blog

July 17, 2013 · Type: Shihiko Event · Shihiko

Another year goes by and our beloved series is now 16 years old… Last year we received Erika for our loyal support, this year who knows what is happening… Maybe a special sale in the stores?

That aside, so what is happening so far that we should recap on for the Minna no Golf series?

At the moment we have Minna no Golf 6 on the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3. No news has been announced for the PlayStation 4, however one of the trailers did indicate a small image where a hole was shown on the interface. This does not mean there is golf coming for the PlayStation 4 soon, but it does indicate there is that idea… I wouldn’t be surprised if there is some what of an announcement at TGS this year with a release date that is maybe late 2014.

This isn’t all that strange of a theory as the developers tend to shy away from the community and releasing updates when they are forced to work on a new title. The idea that the PlayStation 4 development is easier to get into would also mean that creating a new game is not going to take as long as it did for Minna no Golf 5.

Minna no Golf games used to average around one and a half to two years of development. Following all the titles and spin off releases you will see the average durations that ClapHanz works with and it will give you an idea that a new Minna no Golf game is not unlikely. With that said, if they are working on a new adaptation to the series I hope that they don’t drive the series to the ground.

I would like to see is past innovations making a come back in future games…

  • 100 Player Tournaments
  • Match Profiles
  • Match Ladders
  • Level Ranks that matter
  • End Game you work for and can feel proud of achieving
  • Overhaul on the loyalty system, grinding just so the character is usable online is bad for online growth.
  • Courses that cater to different characters and play styles.
  • Old lobbies, the developers put the work into making these in the past and there was many designs used why waste valuable assets?
  • Old Game mechanics that are selectable or based on shot styles… If they are already branching out different shot styles, why not branch out different mechanics too?

Though this isn’t all that I have to share about what they can do to the upcoming titles, there is always the possibility of new features and concepts that are still yet to be explored [I have a lot… >,<]. Given the opportunity to come up with ideas, what would you like to see in the next instalment of Minna no Golf?

What about the International versions of the game… I have only one thing to really say about this to Sony/ClapHanz: World Server – Save your resources and maintenance costs and run one server. Patches can take longer to put together and localise, we don’t care we just want to play with others who enjoy the game… I’ll help translate patch notes in record time if there is no one to do it. 😛

June 27, 2013 · Type: Mingol Event · Shihiko

*Sigh* Nothing new, more balls… Also even though Lv.5 is out, you must already own Lv.4 to be able to use the Lv.5… Sony is really driving the pay to win scheme here.

Balls cost 200 JPY each and require the Lv.4 version also 200 JPY to use. Not sure why there is no special offer for both balls if you require both to use. Seeing as anniversary is next month maybe something will come up…?

Full set of Lv.5 Clubs and Balls will set you back around 7200 JPY… Enjoy it guys.

Source: 追加コンテンツ配信のお知らせ

June 12, 2013 · Type: Everybody's Golf Event · Shihiko

Thanks for the link DarkStar, I missed this today since I was looking for the Hot Shots Golf version… No clue why it isn’t officially being released by Sony or PlayStation YouTube Channels.

What’s the deal with the music…? Is there something that always must be changed during localisation? Anyone else have a problem with the music used in the Japanese version or the names of the original characters?

So while we are on about E3 2013. What did everyone think of it? Glad you’re part of the PlayStation Community? Of course we have no choice if we follow the course that is Minna no Golf. Sure Minna no Golf 7 was not announced, but there was no way it would have been. Largely this is due to the fact that Minna no Golf 6 for PS3 has not been localised and released yet, still I don’t exactly know why it would take that long to localise since most things are already localised on the PSVita.

To be anywhere close to a Minna no Golf 7 announcement, it would be towards the release of the PS4 or at Tokyo Game Show. Also it might not be this year as usually the minimum turn around for a Minna no Golf game is around 2 years, some exceptions are if you include spinoffs and portable releases. I would like to see a Minna no Tennis Online or something in the near future though as they might need to take a break and check what they are doing to their series in the last few iterations.

June 11, 2013 · Type: Shihiko Event · Shihiko

Good day everyone, recently I’ve been continuing my PlayStation Move Challenge on Minna no Golf 6. At the same time I’ve also been playing around with my YouTube Channel and updating it with several new features and settings for the playlists. As you may also know I have tested around with the Twitch.tv Live Streaming as well… While playing around with the YouTube channel I noticed that Live Streaming is available there if I have 1000 subscribers.

Though I’ve never thought having subscribers mattered, knowing that the basic requirements for this features on YouTube requires 1000 subscribers means it’s time I actively try to get subscribers to my channel.

Why subscribe to my channel? If you like what I do here on this site but would like better content served more frequently, by subscribing lets me know that you actually are interested in what is happening and would want to see more in the future.

Rather than having a Twitch account and a YouTube account, everything will be centralised to the YouTube account and videos are not deleted unlike how they are removed if you don’t specifically choose to save it on Twitch.

In the upcoming release of Everybody’s Golf 6 or Hot Shots Golf World Invitational on PlayStation 3… I would like to Live Stream events and organise activities on the server so it would make it a lot easier to hold events if everything was located in one place.

If you’ve already subscribed to my YouTube Channel, Thank you for your support. We know that Minna no Golf is a very niche game, so even getting 500 subscribers maybe near impossible… It doesn’t hurt to try right? 🙂

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