Some questions about the Minigame Completion Challenge

#21barticlePosted 6/6/2012 11:04:53 AM
heh! I wouldn't say I was forced, but certainly Yakuza 2 first introduced me to mahjong. I was intrigued and set out to learn more about the game (since the in-game instructions aren't the best). once I'd learnt the full rules I decided to write them up in my first game guide. I joined a mahjong forum and made new contacts worldwide. started importing games for the first time (starting with Kenzan and RGG3). taught myself enough about the language to be able to translate Japanese text. wrote over thirty guides for GameFAQs, mostly for imported mahjong games...

so yeah, it certainly had a major impact on my life!

however I'm happy to limit my experience of shogi to finding cheap ways to beat it. :)
#22Mazryonh(Topic Creator)Posted 6/6/2012 5:23:53 PM
And here I was thinking that Mahjong games from Japan were available by the bucketload, including ones for your cellphone (and those of the 18+ variety). I take it that most of your FAQs were very similar to one another?

Did you also learn the other major varieties of Mahjong too, like the Chinese version?

One Y4 minigame I know I won't be playing again will be the Pachinko games. It's so utterly boring, I used a 777 amulet to increase my chances of winning more quickly. I'd much rather play actual pinball rather than wait, and wait, and WAIT for the stupid reels to align. I haven't seen the "Jackpot" sequence for the Virtua Fighter machines yet, but I'm not sure it's worth it myself since money is so easy to earn elsewhere.
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#23barticlePosted 6/6/2012 11:37:26 PM
for reference I maintain a list of mahjong games for current consoles and smartphones here:

http://www.reachmahjong.com/en/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=52000

my mahjong guides for the Yakuza games share a lot of content. for the others I assume the reader is familiar with the rules and equipment already so I omit that information (and refer them to my PDF guide on the USPML site). the content for each of my DS guides is mostly unique, although I'm able to copy/paste the text describing the many and various optional rules.

http://www.uspml.com/site/downloads.htm

I've only ever played the modern Japanese rules but I have maybe 15-20 books about the game so I'm familiar with a number of other national rule-sets and variants. I respect Chinese classical as the foundation of the game, and hate American mahjong!
#24TypeSeraPosted 6/7/2012 3:20:55 PM
Mazryonh posted...
And here I was thinking that Mahjong games from Japan were available by the bucketload, including ones for your cellphone (and those of the 18+ variety). I take it that most of your FAQs were very similar to one another?

Did you also learn the other major varieties of Mahjong too, like the Chinese version?

One Y4 minigame I know I won't be playing again will be the Pachinko games. It's so utterly boring, I used a 777 amulet to increase my chances of winning more quickly. I'd much rather play actual pinball rather than wait, and wait, and WAIT for the stupid reels to align. I haven't seen the "Jackpot" sequence for the Virtua Fighter machines yet, but I'm not sure it's worth it myself since money is so easy to earn elsewhere.


You should've used that mystery item that says 'jackpot on first spin' or something.
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#25Mazryonh(Topic Creator)Posted 6/7/2012 3:47:43 PM
TypeSera posted...
You should've used that mystery item that says 'jackpot on first spin' or something.


Pardon me, I thought it was a roulette item.
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#26TypeSeraPosted 6/8/2012 6:34:22 PM(edited)
Mazryonh posted...
TypeSera posted...
You should've used that mystery item that says 'jackpot on first spin' or something.


Pardon me, I thought it was a roulette item.


Oh...... right. But I did use something like that when I went for the Pachinko Trophy - just had to use it once, I got one win, and I got more than enough 'balls' for the trophy. I think it was that 7-7-7- Card? Can't remember exactly.

The roulette items are the black, red, and green (?) jewel.
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#27Mazryonh(Topic Creator)Posted 6/9/2012 8:57:14 AM
TypeSera posted...
The roulette items are the black, red, and green (?) jewel.


Eventually I did find all three Roulette Jewels (the green one is called the "Zero Jewel," and it can either guarantee a 18-to-1 win, or give you a 50% chance of a 36-to-1 win). It's just that the wording is so poor the "win on your first spin" item can be misinterpreted to apply to Roulette as well.

Thanks to these gaps in the localization, it took me a while to figure out what the "Piss Mountain Stone" item does in Cee-lo too.
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