November 8, 2008 · Type: Shihiko Event · Shihiko

Recently the Japanese PlayStation Store was given a free software for the Playstation 3 called Adhoc Party for PlayStation Portable. It is around 5Mb… For those who have both devices it allows you to play with others with non-infrastructure multiplayer games on the PSP without having to goto heaps of trouble with learning how to tunnel the signal using other software on a computer with a specific wireless network cards.

The software itself is very easy to use. I was able to play a few different games with my friend in Japan with close to no setup required apart from switching the Playstation 3 from wireless to wired network. Ping maybe awful but with the right games you don’t really notice it. Mingol has always been great for this sort of gaming…

Pros:

  • Simple as plug and play. Start up enter a lobby then join or create a room.
  • Auto detects PSP through SSID following.
  • No manual setup required.

Cons:

  • Requires a wireless capable Playstation 3 System.
  • Requires connecting Playstation 3 System with a wired connection.
  • Currently only supports 4 Players per room.
  • Text chat system not very user friendly.
  • Currently no PC version for those without a Playstation 3 available.
    [Would be a very nice PSP accessory. A PlayStation USB WiFi + Software that connects to the same servers using your Playstation Network ID on a PC or non-wireless equiped PS3 allowing you to easily tunnel your PSP Adhoc gaming around the world.]

Although there is quite a few cons none of them effect the performance of the service, so if you have the right equipment already then the cons don’t matter and even if they do Sony may come up with something later down as the current version of Adhoc Party is in Beta.

November 5, 2008 · Type: Mingol Event · Shihiko

The Mingol x Mainichi Issyo Festival finishes off with a Mainichi Issyo 2nd Year Anniversary Event…

Mainichi Issyo 2nd Year Anniversary.

Event Details:

  • Name: Mainichi Issyo 2nd Year Anniversary Tournament
  • Duration: 8/11/2008 0:00 ~13/11/2008 7:00 Japan or Server Time
  • Limited Exclusive Event Specifications: Club House, Floors and Lobby Banners.

Event Prizes:

  • 7 Mainichi Issyo T-shirts: Received for participating…
    Toro Shirt, Kuro Shirt, Suzuki Shirt, Jun Shirt, Rikki Shirt, Pieru Shirt, Toro Shirt Yellow.
  • Ranking Prizes:
    Top 10: Toro Umbrella Shirt
    Special Lotto: Toro Flag/Banner.

For more detailed pictures of the prizes head over to the Event Website…

Source: 「まいにちいっしょ2周年記念大会」

November 1, 2008 · Type: Mingol Event · Shihiko

El Andes Golf Course Wallpaper… Delayed due to Little Big Planet and SoulCalibur IV been taking up my time, also sold a copy of my Minna no Golf 5.

PC version:

El Andes Golf Course

Shihiko Edit for Playstation Portable:

El Andes Golf Course Shihiko Edit for PSP.

Source: Clap Hanz Wallpapers

October 30, 2008 · Type: Shihiko Event · Shihiko

Time to talk about our recent companion… Toro. Toro is a guest character from another popular Japanese series Dokodemo Issyo. He is a cat who dreams to be a human. Toro and his friends have recently been on the Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable in a series called Mainichi Issyo, where they discuss recent topics or up coming games on a daily basis. Mainichi Issyo is only available on the Japanese Playstation Network and is free to play or download for both the Playstation 3 and the Playstation Portable. The extras for the game is expensive though…

Just like before when the Mainichi Issho lobby hats were released…
Toro is currently only available from the Japanese Playstation Store.
Available from the latest update [Ver. 08103001 or later] and costs 500 yen as are the other add-on characters for Mingol 5.

Despite Toro and his friends aren’t hard to model there is only Toro from the cast of Dokodemo Issyo. I think it would have been nice if you could use Kuro for the 6P costume since Toro and friends don’t actually talk, but instead they squeak and make noises. Toro comes his original look then 5 clothed variations…

Toro is a Novice with great starting stats… His character type is on a similar level to Suzuki. With Toro’s loyalty maxed and Infinity equiped you should have some pretty decent stats:

  • 246y Power [Base: 232y]
  • Control Lv. A [Base: B]
  • Impact Lv. A [Base: S]
  • Spin Lv. A [Base: B]
  • Side Spin Lv. E [Base: D]  
  • Rain- : [Base: Rough+]
  • Straight Shots
  • Though being on the same level as Suzuki, he lacks quite abit of power… Toro is probably not a replacement for Suzuki but more of a replacement for Jasmine or Chris. His swing is hard to see for the 90~100% due to his small size and the lack of zooming for his character. Also because his head is so big and his clubs are so small even if you change the camera angle you are dealing with a bad view for either power or impact. Front view can’t see power because his head is in the way, back view can’t see impact because his leg is in the way… Angled view works, but changing the camera everytime you want to take a shot becomes abit tedious.

    Toro’s swing timing is similar to Jasmine and Chris, so if you are going for 100% it is not much of a problem. However using Toro for awhile will yeild the same problem as using Kratos for awhile… you lose the ability to hit properly with other characters for a few holes once you get used to their strange swing animations.

    He is great fun to use, and isn’t an annoying player in stroke because he can’t make much noise… Also has quite a few intros and little combinational fanfares with different caddies so is very fun to watch when you are playing as him. He is worth the purchase but not a must have character… 😉

    October 30, 2008 · Type: Mingol Event · Shihiko

    In a few more hours maintenance will be complete… no where to be seen on the PlayStation Store yet… but Toro comes with six different costumes… He is a novice character so the stats will be somewhere near Chris in distance.

    Update [08103001]:

    • Toro Character Added.*
      * To use him you will need to purchase him from the Playstation Store.
      Playstation Store: みんなのGOLF 5 追加キャラクター「トロ」使用権:500円

    Mainichi Issho Addon:

    • Minnnya No Putter Golf Mini Game Added.*
      * To use it you will need to purchase the item from the in game store.
      まいいつ Store: 600円

    Also after this update the new Grade System will be in place, so read up on the news about the changes or else a unexpected demotion may occur: Grade System Update Details.

    Will continue later with a review about Toro…

    October 28, 2008 · Type: Mingol Event · Shihiko

    Alright we are now reaching the Third Month of the Mingol and Mainichi Issho Festival Collaboration… as predicted Toro will be joining the characters of Minna no Golf 5 as a playable golfer. Actually they already hinted that during one of the Mainichi Issho News sessions.

    Downloadable Content for Mingol 5 and Mainichi Issho.

    Toro will be a Beginner/Novice character and costs the same as the other downloadable characters… 500 yen. On the other side of the coin, Mainichi Issho will be getting Minnya no Putter Golf. Which is Minigolf with your cat avatar against Jasmine for 600 yen. For more details about Minnya no Putter Golf you will need to read the full post…

    Toro Teeing Up.

    Toro ready to tee off.

    Toro Swings.

    Camera probably zooms up closer for Advanced Swing…

    Stroke Play with Toro.

    Toro sure is tiny…

    Mainichi Issho 2 Year Memorial Event.

    Details about the next event here… Tournaments for the Mainichi Issho 2 Year Memorial Event will begin during November 8th~13th and the Event Club House will be open during November 6th~13th.

    Mainichi Issho 2 Year Memorial Event Prizes.

    Prizes include a few T-shirts and a participation flag. Still a top ten event ranking prize, participation and special lotto prize.

    » More ・ もっと読む…?

    October 27, 2008 · Type: Mingol Event · Shihiko

    On the 30th there will be a few changes made to the points grade system. Details are are as follows…

    Points [No Change.]
    4pts Victory.
    3pts Second.
    2pts Top 20%.

    Grade Promotion
    G3 to G2 – 8pts+ within 20 Rounds. [No Change.]
    G2 to G1 – 12pts+ within 20 Rounds. [Updated.]
    G1 to G0 – 16pts+ within 20 Rounds. [Updated.]

    Grade Demotion
    G2 to G3 – 4pts or less after 20 Rounds. [No Change.]
    G1 to G2 – 6pts or less after 20 Rounds. [Updated.]
    G0 to G1 – 8pts or less after 20 Rounds. [Updated.]

    As usual the monthly score ranking reset will also be happening during the maintenance on the 30th… Scores and Event scores will be published on the in game Mingol.net website… Maintenance has also been extended by an extra 2 hours this week. Most likely due to the update to follow…

    October 22, 2008 · Type: Shihiko Event · Shihiko

    Well this is probably a first… I was bored and wondered what was the whole userbar thing. Incase you have seen these but didn’t know what they were called… A userbar is a small image placed usually within someone’s signiture on a online forum or website. I decided that since there is no userbars related to this game we play I went ahead and made one…

    I might make more later but this was more of an experimental thing. Kind of stuck on the wording for the little text… There was a few things I was going to use and they were:

    • Mingolfer
    • Mingol Club Member
    • Community Member
    • Mingol Pro

    Well some of the other lines was getting too long… so I just went with this to experiment. I guess the time could have been well spent on other stuff such as updating this site, but maybe leave it for another time. If you would like to use this on other forums or want to suggest other ideas leave a reply so I know… This code should make things easier:

    [url=http://mingol.shihiko.net][img]http://mingol.shihikostudios.com/uploads/Mingol5Userbar.png[/img][/url]

    Enjoy 🙂

    October 17, 2008 · Type: Mingol Event · Shihiko

    On top of the recent No Wind Speed Indication and No Super Spins or Back Spins rules there are some new ones added to the tournaments scheduled since the end of the Morigana event.

    Those who need to take note this is what they are:
    風速表示なし No Wind Speed
    残り距離表示なし No Remaining Distance
    落下地点表示なし No Club Range Indicator

    Enjoy them… 😉

    October 16, 2008 · Type: Shihiko Event · Shihiko

    Update this later…

    Check the Event Rankings to see if you have won a Totomaru Pet or the Ototo Head Prize. If you have top 10 score for any course or a placement that ends in a zero you will get the prize, example: 20th or 50th rank.

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