New course: Monster World III Vocabulary!
This was a fun little ‘metroidvania’ type platformer game released early in the Sega Genesis days, with some RPG elements and a light story. It was also the very first game that I played from start to finish in Japanese!
I had actually built a course for this game a while ago, just after finishing with the first volume of Fairy Tail, but I decided at the time to try to bundle all video game vocab into one private course. I was naive enough back then to worry that they’d be too small to warrant their own courses. (points to Wild Arms xD)
This one however is a small course, totaling only 135 words/expressions. Because it’s the first video game course I had built though, it contains some useful, common words that I didn’t cover in the later courses. There’s one more small game that was in the same private course, and I’ll be releasing its separate course next. (I’d be very surprised if anyone here’s ever played it!)
This comes with a new update to my courses as well, which I’m pretty excited about: Screenshots! Starting with this course, and continuing into future and previously made courses as well, as I can find the time, I’m going to try to share the full screenshots that I had taken as I played through the games, aiming to get every single line of dialogue that I could find. I can say from experience that these make for fantastic reading practice, and I highly recommend giving them a try if you’re learning Japanese, even if you aren’t taking my courses. For those of you who are taking the courses though, I will be adding another column to their databases as they get their screenshots uploaded, showing which screenshot the word or expression was taken from. When you’re learning something in the course and are curious how it was actually used in context, it’s now as simple as referencing the number and opening up the matching screenshot to have a look! It’s my hope that these screenshots will serve as both an entertaining source of reading practice as well as a useful companion to the courses.
Again, this feature will start with only Monster World III. It takes a lot of a time and work to get the screenshots sorted out and uploaded, so I want to see how they’re received for starters. Likewise, I ask everyone who downloads the screenshots to please respect how much work was put into gathering them, and to refrain from redistributing them without my permission. If you want to share them, please instead link back to this thread’s first post! Finally, I will naturally only be providing screenshots for the video game courses. If you’re looking for copies of the books, I recommend buying them from an online store like CDJapan. I do however plan to eventually add a similar column to the manga courses, so that those with the books can track down where the entries were taken from.
The download link for the screenshots (as well as any future batches) can be found on this thread’s first post.
Enjoy! And please feel free to share any feedback that you may have! ^ _ ^