June 20, 2007 · Type: News Event · Shihiko

Well I saw this coming, but I didn’t want to predict it so accurately because I already have a Sony Playstation 3… Minna no Golf 10th year aniversary special so you can see why I pointed it out awhile back… Might have to pick this one up and sell my current one haha…

Minna no Golf 5 Playstation 3 Set.

The set comes in both 60GB and 20GB… costing a huge amount above the original value of a normal store Sony Playstation 3 with a game by about 10,000 yen. This package costs 61,980 yen and 51,980 yen respectively. Where as a normal Sony Playstation 3 you pick up at a store is about 48,000 for the machine and 4,500 yen for the game.

Source: PLAYSTATION®3 ビギナーズパック

June 14, 2007 · Type: Mingol Event · Shihiko

Those that still play Minna no Golf 4 National Tournaments will be disappointed to hear this but Clap Hanz has put up a notice which points out that they are ending the service for National Tournament at the end of July 2007. If you can read Japanese head to the Clap Hanz news to read about it. Which states the service started in December of 2003 when Minna no Golf 4 was released… that’s nearly 4 years of Minna no Golf 4 events.

Also this was posted on the Mingol4 website awhile ago:


「みんGOL4」全国大会終了のお知らせ
いつも「みんなのGOLF4」をお楽しみいただき有難うございます。
この度、2007年7月末をもちまして、「みんGOL4」全国大会を終了させていただく運びとなりました。これまで多くの方にご参加をいただき、本当にありがとうございます。
残りの大会もみなさまに楽しんでいただけるものとなるよう、尽力させていただきます。
どうぞこれからもよろしくお願いいたします。


MNG4 News CaddieIf you’re unfamiliar with what the National Tournament Service is… it is a service that was provided on Mingol.net that allowed players of Minna no Golf 4 to compete online by submitting encrypted codes generated by the game into an online account at Mingol.net… Since in Japan there was already Minna no Golf Online it wasn’t feasible to add the online feature to Minna no Golf 4.

Great feature really, but the problem was it allowed players to play a tournament over and over until they perfected or were lucky enough to gain Godly scores which seemed like a waste of time for normal people to try compete with. Well hope people who participated in this enjoyed the service… I hope they release a generator for the tournament codes because that would be quite cool for replay value.

Source: Clap Hanz News

June 13, 2007 · Type: News Event · Shihiko

Umm yeah… So I typed in みんなのGOLF5 into Google search earlier and it returned me this site. Then when I tried again it changed to the official sites. If anyone wants to check it out the link is here.

On a side note, there has been reports in Japan that Minna no Golf 5 has received more than 300,000 pre-orders. Should I be pre-ordering mine too? Once again Minna no Golf series is going to sell alot of Sony consoles… Good work Clap Hanz, now let’s hope you add things like Full Course Replay, Ultra Spins, Super Just Impact, Skull Shot etc…

ん…さっきGoogleに「みんなのGOLF5」をサーチしてみました…そしてこのサイトが第一位のリザルトになりましたけどもう一回チェックしてみました時に、またオフィシャルサイトたちに戻りました。Orz でもリザルトのリンクがまだ残ってますのでこっちらへどうぞ:ここ

って日本に最近のリポートからのミンゴル5関係情報が見つかりました。現在ミンゴル5のあらかじめ注文数が30万以上超えました。僕もあらかじめ注文しましょうかな?w ま、ミンゴルシリーズはまたまたソニーコンソールをいっぱい売りますよね… クラップハンズお疲れ様でした… でも色んな物をゲームに入れて欲しいな。例えばフルコースVTRリプレイとウルトラスピンとスパージャストインパクトとドクロショットなど…

June 7, 2007 · Type: Shihiko Event · Shihiko

I decided to just use the Youtube video for this one this time. One day when I design a nice video viewing module then we can host them all here.

Ok while I was playing left handed I came across what felt like a very nice Albatross chance. So I switched back to two-handed play and pulled off perfect impact with the Honkaku Shot successfully perform a Super Side-Backspin Shot… after the perfect hit, it was pretty much as I calculated and what you see in the video. First Albatross for me in this Demo and a nice spiral to go with.

左手で遊ぶ間に、いい感じのどころにアルバトロスチャンスが気づきましたのでノーマルプレイに戻りました。そして本格ショットでジャストインパクトしました。SSBS発動の後は計算通りでした、ビデオみたいにうまく飛びました…そしてはじめてのミンゴル5体験版アルバトロスゲットしました。しかもスパイラルも一緒です。

June 5, 2007 · Type: News Event · Shihiko

Speaking of Famitsu… their Sony Playstation 3 exclusive magazine series this month will be come with a Minna no Golf 5 Demo EX Blu-ray Disc as an extra. The magazine also features additional playing guides for Minna no Golf 5 Demo [Umm what?…] and information on Ninja Gaiden Sigma and Boku no Natsu Yasumi.

Famitsu PS3 Mingol 5 Demo EX Magazine Cover.

Technically the content in this disc is mostly the same as the current demo you download from the Playstation Store. So… should I bother with obtaining a copy?

Source: Enterbrain Products

June 5, 2007 · Type: News Event · Shihiko

Famitsu has recently updated their site with more information on the characters and online lobby that will be featured in the Sony Playstation 3 release of Mingol. One we have seen if you were actually paying attention to detail during the first annoucement of Mingol 5 but now we have her biography.

Yumin [Born in Korea].
A Popular Korean Action Movie Actress. An omnipotent type of player with no time to waste.
Yumin [Korea]
ユミン。韓国映画界で人気急上昇中の若手アクション女優。隙のない能力を持つ万能タイプのプレイヤーだ。

Nakajima [Born in Japan].
An overly busy businessman of the world who also takes part in an active lifestyle. During a match you will be able to observe his strong golf skills by making full use of intense spin shots.
Nakajima [Japan]
ナカジマ。世界を股にかけて活躍する超多忙なビジネスマン。勝負どころでは、強烈なスピンショットを駆使して、強気な攻めのゴルフを見せるぞ。

» More ・ もっと読む…?

June 1, 2007 · Type: Shihiko Event · Shihiko

If you’re a true fan of the Mingol series, I personally don’t recommend Minna no Golf Jo as a Game you would want to pick up. As a game it is completely no fun at all…

Minna no Golf Jo

A review of the game… First up, the game looks since the courses are based on real life courses in Japan. You can actually play on these courses if you feel like it… but the main point of this series is to provide a use for the GPS unit. Since I don’t play real golf in Japan… I guess this is pointless for me.

Anyway one of the fun things that this game allows you to do is create a character of your choice using the pre-made character models from Minna no Golf Portable. You then decide how far your character can hit, what they wear and what clubs they can use. Interestingly enough the game allows you to create a character that hits up to 500 yards in distance. That’s right 500 yards! That means on the first hole of the first course if you’re really really lucky you can do a Par 5 Ace?!.. Condor Shot… but you’ll never see that as it will always say Hole in One. [Pointless Info: If you have a chance of putting an Albatross the Caddie becomes speechless and won’t even say “Albatross Chance!”… Putting it in also is a downer as they don’t go crazy about it.]

» More ・ もっと読む…?

May 31, 2007 · Type: News Event · Shihiko

Well it’s not meant to be a game, but you can still play it. Minna no Golf Jo Vol.1 is for the Playstation Portable with GPS unit add on. It comes in 2 UMDs and also comes in a package that includes the GPS unit.

Mingol Jo GPS 1Mingol Jo GPS 2

No big deal really, unless you play real golf in Japan. It may come in handy for planning your shots. 🙂

Official Site ・ 公式サイト: みんなのGOLF場

May 16, 2007 · Type: Shihiko Event · Shihiko

Interesting. I was messing around using Minna no Club in Mingol 5 Demo and found that you can do Super Spins with it. Nice upgrade for me I guess, since I prefer to be able to use my Super Backspins in those harsh Auto-impact events. 😛

So what’s the big deal? Well in the past, if you used Minna no Club in Mingol 4, the best you could aim for was to have Backspin on the ball but back then any shot you hit using a SW or PW club and holding down would give you Backspin. This was because Minna no Club in Mingol 4 always gave you Perfect Impact.

In Mingol Portable, they introduced Auto-impact instead of giving you the choice of Minna no Club. The trade off was that using Auto-impact makes impact a random variable and you cannot do Super Spins or Skull Shots. Auto-impact didn’t harm your characters maximum hit distance either.

So now in Mingol 5, you can use Super Spins with the Auto-impact but it is at the cost of your maximum hit distance. Well it’s probably only useful to train up your reflexes for pressing spins. Alot of people play fine without learning spins, but once they learn it their impact goes way out.

面白いな。みんごる5のみんなのクラブでもスパースピンできますよ。ちょっとナイスかな、だってこっちはスパーバックスピン好きだから…特にオートインパクトのイベントにね。 😛

以前にみんごる4のみんなのクラブはSWとPWだけでバックスピンできますだけ。みんごる4のみんなのクラブ使えるといつでもジャストインパクトだから出来やすいことです。↓キー押すだけで普通にできます。

でもみんごるPにはみんなのクラブじゃなくってオートインパクト設定でした。距離に関係なくけどスパースピンとドクロショットが出来なくなります。そしてオートインパクトのインパクトはランダムになるので普通のバックスピンも遣りにくいになります。

しかし今のみんごる5のみんなのクラブはオートインパクトになりました。距離が少しだけ落ちますけどスパースピンとか出せるようになりました。ま、普通には使えませんけど初心者がスピンの練習のためなら多分いいトレーニングになります。

って最後の通訳は英語と違えますな…ハハ。気にしないでください、意味は同じです。

April 27, 2007 · Type: News Event · Shihiko

Umm… nearly forgot about these. I watched them all without posting about it haha… Anyway if you are interested in watching the movies which were taken during the event the night before Minna no Golf 5’s Official site has released them to be publicly viewed.

えと… 言い忘れたが、昨日もう見ましたけどポストしませんでした…ハハw。これは大発表のイベントにとったムービーです。気になっている人がいますならみんなのGOLF5のサイトから見てください。

Mingol 5 Movie Report
ミンゴル5ムービーレポート: 『みんなのGOLF 5』”大”発表会ムービーレポート

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