It's been a while since I've written a proper entry on here about anything, so I thought I would start off with something that interested me lately, which is Pokemon Tretta.
Basically this is one of the many arcade games that you find in arcades/toy stores around Japan. You put in 100yen, and have a choice of either playing the game to earn a Pokemon disc, or you can skip the game and just get the disc straight away.
The game works very much like a Pokemon battle, you can either use your own discs to select your 3 Pokemon or use the default Pokemon given to you if you do not have any discs yet.
After playign the battle, you are given the chance to catch the 3 wild Pokemon you have just faced off against. Once caught you are given the choice to select which Pokemon you would like the disc to be dispensed for, if you have caught more than one than you are given the choice to insert another 100yen coin for the machine to dispense the disc for that Pokemon.
It's fairly straightforward, and I managed to play through it with a basic understanding of Japanese.
If you would like to read more about the game you can check out Bulbapedia.
So onto what I wanted to write about today. As you can see above these are the various discs that are dispensed from the machine.
As far as I am aware the different colours correspond to the different series in the game.
For example the white discs belong to series 1, green is series 3, etc.
The orange ones though belong to the Promotional series, these are usually given out with magazines or, in the case of the Red Genesect shown, when you go to watch a Pokemon movie in the cinema.
Although the earlier series only have the Pokemon names written in Japanese, the latest series also has their names written in English.
Also you may notice the Chandelure is a bit shiny. In the case you catch a 'strong' Pokemon the disc that you are dispensed with have that glittery sticker instead of the normal one.
On the side of each discis the name of each Pokemon in Japanese, as well as what I believe is the series number and the number or that Pokemon in the current series. Also if you look closely the spines for each disc contain part of an image of a Pokemon, meaning that if you collect a set you can see some pictures of various Pokemon.
On the back are the details of the stats of each Pokemon.
On the top you can see what attacks the Pokemon is capable of doing, through the centre (depending on the series) is the HP level, energy level, and description, and finally on the bottom are the stats for attack, defense, speed.
Generally speaking I'm not a Pokemon fan but after reading about the massive add-on for the 3DS game Pokemon Tretta Lab I was inclined to check it out. It's quite an interesting game, I'd never played one of these 'card' games before so it was a nice entry point into these types of machines.
At the moment I have a few of these discs up on auction on eBay, so if you are interested you can check out my current auctions here.