Densha de Go! 2 Kōsoku-hen

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Densha de Go! 64
Densha de Go! 64 box art.
Developer(s) Taito
Publisher(s) Taito
Platform(s) Nintendo 64
Release date(s)
  • JP: July 30, 1999
Genre(s) Vehicle simulation game
Mode(s) Single player

Densha de Go! 2 Kōsoku-hen (Japanese: 電車でGO!2 高速編?) is a train driving simulation game. It was released in Japan in 1998.

It was then ported[clarification needed] to Nintendo 64 and released as Densha de Go! 64 in Japan in 1999. Densha de Go! 64 requires its uniquely bundled train driving controller for Nintendo 64, which simulates actual train controls. It is one of two games that utilize Nintendo 64's "Voice Recognition Unit" or "VRS" as it is known in Japan. Like Hey You, Pikachu!, it is packaged with or without a microphone (called the Engineer's Pak),[1] which is used to announce train stations to passengers.[2] It is part of the Taito Densha de Go! series.

Gameplay[edit]

With 13 vehicles, on 16 missions, there are 7 main lines: Hokuhoku Line, Akita Shinkansen Line, Ōu Main Line, Tazawako Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line, Yamanote Line, and the Tōkaidō Main Line.

Unique to the Nintendo 64 version[2]:20 is a Beginner Mode which allows 999 seconds for the player to complete either the Training Course, or Practice Course. The player is given an allotted amount of time to bring their train into the next station as well as a fixed time that the train was expected to arrive. If the player goes around curves too fast, stops suddenly or incurs other such dangers of train operation a few seconds are taken way from the remaining time they have to complete their task.

Densha de Go 64 controller by Taito for Nintendo 64

As with most Densha de Go! games, the Nintendo 64 version has a special controller which is plugged into controller outlet 3, while the voice mic is inserted into controller outlet 4, and a standard controller in outlet 1.[2]:8, 17 It consists of a switch on the left that goes up and down, and it controls the train's speed, all five of its drive speeds, and Neutral. The handle on the right controls the breaking speeds 1–8, Emergency brake, and doors opening. Between these two levers is a slot in which that the player can place a pocket watch or stop watch (not included but designed to look more realistic) to keep the time as they drive. There are five buttons, A, B, C, Start, and Select. The select button acts as the Z button to show distance to the next stop, in some game variations.[2]:9

Reception[edit]

On release, Famitsu magazine scored the Densha de Go! 64 at 32 out of 40.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ GDR ニンテンドウロクヨン ソフト一覧 1999年 – NINTENDO64 Software List 1999
  2. ^ a b c d Densha de Go! 64 Perfect Program (Official Guide Book). 
  3. ^ ニンテンドウ64 – 電車でGO!64. Weekly Famitsu. No.915 Pt.2. Pg.28. June 30, 2006.