Chocobo is a really, really popular character in Japan. He's been appearing in games of his own since the PlayStation era, and although the west hasn't seen all of them, the yellow guy is starting to invade the hearts of gamers over here as well.
So what are some of the Chocobo games that western gamers have missed out on? In short: some really awesome ones. Many of these games are readily available (the PlayStation Network is region-free after all), but unfortunately, most Chocobo games do require a reasonable level of Japanese language skills to properly enjoy.
But, for the curious, here are four really good Chocobo games that you probably haven't had the chance to play:
|We love you Chocobo!|
|Oh crap. I landed on Mayfair|
Most of us will never get the opportunity to own and race thoroughbreds. This game, then, gives us a whiff of the excitement such a pursuit can offer. Again, this is available on the Japanese PSN, but it'll be difficult to work this one out without a translation.
|These chocobos are not quite as cute. Which makes sense, they're lean mean racing machines|
|Not as pretty as the Wii game, but we put more hours into this version|
The minigames are back (with many of them the exact same game as previously), but if you remember, Chocobo Tales used those minigames as a way of earning better cards for the real meat to the game, the Pop up Duel battles - a kind of Magic the Gathering collectable card game lite. It was great fun, but Chocobo Tales 2 does away with it for a system that is even more fun.
This time around the 'battles' play out like disc flicking games. You fling Chocobo across an arena, and if he comes into contact with an enemy, that enemy is damaged based on strength and other factors - such as special abilities unlocked by doing well in the minigames section.
The story of the game itself is also a bit more interesting, and visually more exciting. It's a real pity this game missed out on a localisation, because it is far better than the DS original.
|The story sequences in this game were a lot of fun|