Di Gi Charat: Di Gi Communication FAQ By: Erik Yeow AKA Chaos_Missile Gameboy Advance March 2006 Copyright Info: This game belongs to Broccoli, nyo! Di Gi Charat and all its relevant characters belong to Koge Donbo, nyo! The store, Gamers belongs to Gamers, nyo! This FAQ however, belongs to me for I created it, nyo! And this FAQ only belongs in www.gamefaqs.com and no where else, nyo! ================================================= Version History, nyo! ================================================= Version 0.1, nyo! 14/03/2006 Began work on the FAQ, nyo! Version 0.2, nyo! 14/03/2006 Wrote the introduction and story of Di Gi Charat, nyo! Completed the legends, nyo! Biodatas of the Characters are added, nyo! Version 0.4, nyo! 14/03/2006 Completed a section on using the guide, nyo! Detailing the options, nyo! Version 0.6, nyo! 14/03/2006 Completed part of the walkthrough, nyo! Finished Fun Games section, nyo! Version 0.8, nyo! 15/03/2006 Completed the Conversation section, nyo! Updated some of the sections, nyo! Version 1.1, nyo! 16/03/2006 Finished the complete guide, nyo! Updated some minor things, nyo! Version 1.2, nyo! 16/03/2006 Added an Equipment section, nyo! Version 1.25, nyo! 24/11/2006 Did some minor updates, nyo! Version 1.3, nyo! 5/1/2007 Did some more minor updates, nyo! Added in more of the festivals, nyo! Version 1.5, nyo! 25/1/2007 Added in Puchiko’s Flower Viewing Festival Character Game, nyo! Made some minor changes in the Fun Games section, nyo. Version 1.52, nyo! 5/2/2007 Made some very minor changes. Updated some stuff, nyo! Version 1.53, nyo! 7/2/2007 Made some cosmetic updates. Rated Puchiko’s Flower Viewing Festival Character Game, nyo. Version 1.54, nyo! 13/2/2007 Made some spelling Corrections. Added in extra information to the Scoring area Added in an extra question in the FAQ, nyo! Added in extra info on the Holidays section, nyo! Version 1.6, nyo! 14/10/2007 Made some slight changes in the Biodata section as well the Main Menu Guide Made a Visual Walkthrough for the Mini-Games section Made some slight updates in general ================================================== Introduction and Story, nyo! ================================================== This is on of my first FAQ, nyo. So, please bear with me. Also, my Japanese is still not very good, so some of the items may and will be left out, nyo. This story is about a cute hybrid cat-girl alien by the name of Di Gi Charat. She is from the planet Di Gi Charat who came to Earth to learn how to be a princess( and to escape the war on her planet as I soon heard). Along for the right are her guardian, Gema, around floating balloon-like creature and Petit Charat, another hybrid cat-girl alien like Di Gi Charat. As they landed in Akihabara, Japan, Earth, they began their quest to go into hiding and training at the same time. However, they then discovered that they had no money to do either well. So, they walked around until they approached a store called “Anime Gamers”. The manager took pity on them and offered them jobs at the store. Also, they discovered that the contact that was supposed to help them actually suggested to the manager to help them. After that, the cute yet crazy adventures begin as Di Gi Charat and her friends caused much chaos in their new found home. Di Gi Charat was originally created as a mascot for Anime Gamers in Japan. Due to her popularity to the customers especially among the female ones, Di Gi Charat was then made in to a manga which was first published on the Gamers magazine in a short strip called “Gema Gema” that was drawn by Koge Donbo, famous for most of Broccoli’s other works like the later known “Galaxy Angels”. As her popularity increase, an anime was soon created detailing Di Gi Charat’s adventures in Anime Gamers, Akihabara. The 16 episode series with 3-minute an episode was an instant hit in Japan and Di Gi Charat became Gamers’ official mascot. There is apparently a different series of Di Gi Charat with almost identical storyline to the original. This new one was called “Di Gi Charat, Nyo!” and spanned over 51 complete episodes showing the anime as an actual one rather than random tidbits. ==================================================== Character Biodata, nyo! ===================================================== De Ji Charat AKA Dejiko (Within Japan)/ Di Gi Charat AKA Digiko or Degiko (Outside of Japan) Real Name: Chocolate Height: 148 cm (including the cat ears) Weight: 38 kg Birth Date: February 28 (Aquarius) Age: 10 years old Blood Type: O+ Favorite Food: Broccoli! (!?) Specialty: Me~Kara Beam( translated to Laser Eye Beam) Special Notes: She is the princess of the Planet De Ji Charat Appearance: Green eyes, green hair, white cat ears, white cat tail, white cat paws, 3 golden bells, maid-type clothing. Aspiring to be a great actress( and princess in the process), Dejiko arrived to take Earth by storm---basically, you could say that she’s a “Foreign Exchange Student” to Earth. In order to earn her keep, she works at a gaming store called “Gamerz”. Despite her cute appearance, Dejiko is really a vicious, mean-spirited *brat* who won’t hesitate to use her Me~Kara Beam( literally “Beam From the Eyes”) on anyone who annoys her, especially Gema. Still, as arrogant and insensitive as she is, ya still gotta love her Dejiko, the cat-girl hybrid that she is, always ends her sentences with “Nyo” (Japanese for ‘meow’) Her pet (unofficially) is Gema, nyo. Gema Real Name: ?? Height: ?? Weight: ?? Birth Date: July 13(Cancer) Age: ?? Blood Type: O+ Specialty: Floating, Puffing, Stretching Special Notes: Saying many words when one would suffice. Appearance: Yellowish-round with a face that’s upside-down and round hands. Koge Donbo once joked that Gema was her best character because basically anyone could *draw* him. Gema is the “flying voice of reason” and the guardian of Puchiko and Dejiko. His mission: To keep Dejiko in check and walking the straight and narrow---for which he’s routinely rewarded by Dejiko with her Me~Kara Beam Gema, for whatever he is, ends his sentences with “Gema” Gema is the unofficial pet of Dejiko, nyo. (Gema is not a “pet”, gema!) RABI~en~Rose/ Rabian Rose/ Labian Rose Real Name: Usada Hikaru (Within Japan), Hikaru Usada(Outside of Japan) Height: 164 cm (including bunny ears) Weight: “Hyeah, like, as if” Birth Date: August 30 (Libra) Age: 14 years old Blood Type: A+ Favorite Food: Bamboo Dumplings, Persimmons Specialty: Bunny Ear Propeller Special Notes: Wear glasses and school uniform when not in costume; in other words: DIRT POOR! (“Bimbo” in Japanese) Appearance: Bunny Ears, Long pink hair, bunny-girl type costume, white fluffy bunny tail, 2 giant dice at the side of the head. Dejiko’s rival and co-worker at “Gamerz”, Rabi~en~Rose has a burning passion to become Japan’s No. 1 star; thus, she endures poverty day after day in order to achieve her dream. Looking like a high-class waitress, her haughty attitude seems to be popular with people. And while it’s true that she and Dejiko often bicker and butt heads( In other words, fight!), they really do care for one another. By-the-way, if you *really* want to stay on her good side, DON’T call her by her real name, Usada! She will usually show this by saying, “Stop calling me Usada!” usually at Dejiko, the only one who calls her that. Her pet is a cute green creature called “Majin Kappa”, named after a legendary sea creature, nyo. Puchi Charat AKA Puchiko (Within Japan) / Petit Charat (Outside of Japan) Real Name: Capuchino Height: 103 cm (with cat ears) Weight: 18 kg Birth Date: January 21(Aquarius) Age: 5 years old Blood Type: B+ Favorite Food: Steak, Shashimi, Fermented Natto (Soy beans)(Not too sure about this) Specialty: Me~Kara Beam(kind of) Special Notes: Interested in evil curses. Her name, “Puchiko” means “Small Child” in JP. Appearance: Brown hair, brown eyes, sailor uniform, brown kitten ears with a flower, kitten paws (only on feet), kitten tail Always with Dejiko is her little half-sister, Puchiko. When Dejiko manages to put her foot in it, Puchiko is always willing to help bail Dejiko out. Puchiko is usually pretty closed mouth, but when she does say something, it’s usually bone-cuttingly sharp---Puchiko is not one to stand on ceremony when she decides to make a comment. Puchiko is still learning the “Me~Kara Beam”, so you never know *what* will shoot from her eyes. Puchiko is more similar to that of a kitten-girl hybrid, thus always ending her sentences with “Nyu” (Japanese for ‘mew’) Her pet is a cat called “Hokke Mirin” with the ability to walk on its two hind legs, nyo! Pyokora Analogue III AKA Pyoko Height: 138 cm Weight: “Izza secret, pyo!” Birth Date: October 23 (Sagittarius) Age: 8 years old Blood Type: AB+ Favorite Food: Butter sandwiches Specialty: Kuchi~Kara Bazooka (Translated to Energy Mouth Bazooka) Special Note: Proud of her cooking (especially her boiled black soy beans) Appearance: Nurse-type clothing, short blond hair, blue eyes, a shoulder bracelet with a large ‘B’ on it, 2 black ball-like items on either side of her head Pyokora(Also known as “Pyoko”) is the leader of the Black Gema Gema Gang. She came to Earth after her homeworld, the planet Analogue, was destroyed and left her destitute. In order to get money quickly, Pyoko is always trying to kidnap Dejiko for ransom. She is a very determined and precocious young girl who never hesitates to use her “Kuchi~Kara Bazooka”(literally “Bazooka From the Mouth”) on those who incur her wrath. Pyoko always ends her sentences with “Pyo” Since she rivals Dejiko, Pyoko’s pet would be “Nazo Gema”; a creature similar to Gema except that it is black in color and has larger mouth and eyes compared to Gema, nyo! Black Gema Gema Gang Top Officers:- Rik Heisenberg Profession: Veterinarian Appearance: Tall, wears glasses, collar around the neck, white hair, dog ears, dog tail, Veterinarian clothing Ky Schweitzer Profession: Dentist Appearance: Wears glasses, collar around the neck, blue hair, slightly shorter the Rik, dog ears, dog tail, Dentist clothing, cup and toothbrush around the right chest area Coo Erhad Profession: Doctor Appearance: Dog ears hat, dog tail, collar and stethoscope around the neck, short pants, striped sleeves, brown hair The “Brains and Brawn” behind the Black Gema Gema Gang, these three fellows are in charge of commanding and managing the military right of the group...which means their chief task is to raise money. To achieve this task, they are always looking for work, but they don’t mind...for they have pledged their lives to protect and to care for their Pyokola-sama. They are also Pyoko’s personal Psychiatrist. All three of them also wear a shoulder-bracelet with a large ‘B’ on it, signifying their allegiance with the Black Gema Gema Gang, nyo. ====================================================== Using this guide, nyo! ====================================================== Before starting, I would like to state a few terms that will be used as my guidelines, nyo. This will help those who don’t know Japanese to have a basic idea on which option I’m referring to, nyo. Most of the options in this game revolve around various colored balls, nyo. So, each of the options will come together with an ‘OB’ for example indicating Orange Ball. The terms that will be used in this guide:- YB: Yellow Ball BB: Blue Ball GB: Green Ball RB: Red Ball ======================================================= Main Menu Guide, nyo! ======================================================= When starting the game for the first time, you will be given four options, nyo. They will be: New Game (GB) Continue Game (YB) Extras (RB) Cable Link (BB) When you start up the game for the first time, only the New Game ball will be its original color, nyo. The other three are grayed out and only available when you complete the game at least once, except for the option “Continue Game”. When you reset your GBA, the option “Continue Game” will be highlighted. Choosing it will bring up back to your last auto safe, nyo! Choosing Extras when you finished the game once will give you access to the extras, nyo. Mainly sounds, CGs, and the Mini-Games, nyo. In the Extras menu: Conversation Configure (RB): More of this in the walkthrough Sounds (YB): This allows you to listen to the Midis, S.E., and voices of the game. View CG (BB): This allows you to view all the CG you’ve collected thus far, nyo! Mini-Games (GB): This allows you to play the mini-games in this game, nyo. In the Mini-Games menu: Registering the Money (BB): You must collect cash in this game. In Need of Customers (GB): You must collect customers in this game. Stock Management Problem (YB): You must manage the stock in this game. Keeping the Store Clean (RB): You must clean the store in this game. Pressing the ‘R’ button will bring you to the Character Games. There: Dejiko’s Monkey Trouble (BB): You must chase a monkey who has stolen Gema through an obstacle-filled track. Usada’s Halloween Treat (RB): You must collect sweets while avoiding the pumpkins who want to steal your candies. Puchiko’s Flower Viewing Festival (YB): You must collect Sakura petals while avoiding the likes of the caterpillars and bees. Shiritori (GB): Most likely a multiplayer game through the Cable Link option. You’ll have to make up words that begins with the last sound said. Eg: ‘Komachi’ ends with ‘chi’, so you’ll have to continue with a word that begins with ‘chi’, like ‘chi-matusuri’, then ‘ringo’ etc. The game ends when the previous word mention ends with an ‘n’. Like, from ‘ringo’, we get ‘goju-en’. This means that the person who said ‘goju-en’ loses. In each of the Mini-Games option, there will be three options: Start Game (GB): Starts the game. How to Play (BB): Instructions on how to play the game. High Scores (YB): Keep track of your scores. ======================================================== Starting the Game, nyo! ======================================================== When you begin a new game, Gema will talk to you a bit. He will say something about you being a manager of the store known as “Gamerz”. And then, you will be required to write your biodata, nyo. If you know Japanese, good for you, why did you need to come here? If not, the biodata is arranged like this, nyo: Name: ?? Birth Date: ?? Month ?? Day Blood Type: ?? Special Words 1: ?? Special Words 2: ?? Special Words 3: ?? Author’s note: The special words may be something else, nyo. I’m not really sure about it, so I’ll leave it as that. In writing your biodata, the name and special words can be written in Hiragana, Katakana, or both. If you can read a bit or can’t read at all, you can type nonsense in here and nothing will be said. If you can read, you should know on how to write the name you shall be known as, nyo. After doing all that, Gema will continue to talk to you some more. Then a girl with green hair in cat costume will appear, introducing herself as “De Ji Charatto, nyo!” After a bit more story, Dejiko will use her famed “Me~Kara Beam” to shoot Gema because he was being annoying, nyo. And you’ll get your first CG of the game. After a bit more story, another girl will come. This time, she looks a bit more mature than Dejiko with long bunny ears, nyo. She will introduce her self as “Rabi~En~Rose” while telling a bit of her background. As the story unfolds, you’ll discover that she doesn’t like to be called Usada. “Usada to yobidanai!”(Don’t call me Usada!) As the story continues, you then meet a small, silent girl. She introduces herself as “Puchi Charatto, nyu.” Then, Gema will come back to you, explaining and then asking you to choose one of those three cute girls to be something like your favorite (I’m not sure this part). And then, off you go to choose your girl, nyo. Your choices are: Dejiko Rabi~En~Rose Puchiko Choose the girl you like, nyo. For whoever you choose will net you different CGs and Character Games (Will come back to this later, nyo.) as the story progresses, nyo. ================================================== Starting Work, nyo! ================================================== After choosing your character, you will be brought to a different screen. This is your Management Screen, nyo. This is the place where you will return to every week to restock your shop, redistribution of jobs and the like, nyo. When beginning each game, you will start on the first day of month of April and each game will last for 1 year. Here, on your first week, Gema will talk to you a bit and then he’ll ask you whether you want a tutorial or not, nyo. Choosing yes will send you on a tutorial on basically what you can do. Choosing no will let you skip the tutorial, nyo. The question will look a bit like this: Gema: Do you want a tutorial, gema? Yes No Most questions will use the same layout regardless of the question. The tutorial is basically like this, nyo. You will have 4 options like the main menu. Each of the same color of the menus: Blue, Green, Yellow and Red balls. Choosing the Blue one will start the week, nyo. Choosing the Yellow one will lead you to a different menu. This is otherwise known as the “Miscellaneous Menu” or Misc. Menu for short. Choosing the Green one will send you to the Job Distribution menu Choosing the Red one will bring you to the Stock menu. If you chose the Green Ball: You will be sent to different menu screen like this: [Stock] [Customer Service] [Cleaning] [Register] At the first week, Dejiko will be at the register, Usada at the Customer Service and Puchiko at stock. You will notice an icon above each of their head, nyo. This tells you whether they’re happy with the job or not. It is advisable to keep them happy or they will be discouraged from working. Pressing the ‘R’ button brings up a job rooster. This will tell you basically the job they’re doing now, which job they fancy for the week, and the equipment in a job. Blue is for Dejiko, Pink for Usada and Yellow for Puchiko. The gauge threw will tell you how long more before they level up. For each of the categories, they can level up for up to 4 times, nyo. After that, they cannot be leveled up anymore. Leveling up, so far I see doesn’t make much different to how well they do. It does however open up a CG for the girl and category if you maxed them out. Equipments can help a bit, as leveling up can be slow and the girls will not really like a same job often, nyo. Also, when distributing the jobs, you must keep in mind that the register cannot be left unattended. With this and the possibility of all 3 girls hating the same job on the same week is one of the problems you’ll face as manager, nyo. If you chose the Red Ball: You will be brought to another menu screen similar to the Job screen except this time with empty selves: [Shelf] [Shelf] [Shelf] Clicking on a shelf will bring you to a different menu screen this time with a lot of pictures and numbers, nyo. This is the place for you to buy your stock for the week, nyo. The stocks will be mostly Character item, nyo. This includes Dejiko Books, Dejiko Mugs, Puchiko Pens, Puchiko Stickers, Usada Eraser, Usada CD, etc. The item will be layout like this, nyo: Picture [Amounts] [Price] Picture [Percentage] Picture The prices are usually high because you have to buy them in bulk, nyo. The percentage dictates how much the profit will be. To put it simply: Item   Item  Item This is an example of a stock you can buy. Using the percentage: 10/100 X 10000= 1000 1000+10000=11000 11000/50= 220 In other words, that item will be sold for 220 yen, nyo. You will get a 20 yen profit. By the way, all prices are in Japanese Yen, nyo. Occasionally, as the game progresses, you will see a star next to some of the item. This star means that the item is a recommendation for the week. To ease your life on browsing through the items available that week, pressing the ‘R’ button will arrange the stock. Upon choosing your stock, you must then determine how much you want. And that will determine the price you have to pay, nyo. One more thing I forgot to mention, you begin the game with only 100000 Yen, nyo. It may look a lot but actually it isn’t. You will have to buy your items properly if you want your store to prospers, nyo. Also the game will warn you if you have items of similar brand like two of the selves are filled with Dejiko items. Coinciding items will affect on the happiness and choice of your anthropomorphic customers, nyo. If you chose the Yellow Ball: You will be brought to a different menu with 3 options. This is your Misc. Menu and more options will be added as the game progresses, nyo! If you chose the Green ball (Equipment Menu), you will be brought to an equipment menu, nyo. The equipments are the same for each character as well as the pricing, nyo! The equipments are not cheap, so make sure you have lots of cash before you get them, nyo. The other options are not very certain yet. You can choose to buy these options, nyo. They can be insurance, investments and the likes, nyo. When I find out more, I will update this one, nyo. In the Misc. Menu, you can only buy one item per week. So, you have to choose your items carefully in here, nyo. After you’ve done all your things like stocking up your selves and distributing jobs, choosing the Blue one will start the week and open the shop, nyo! ================================================= Observation, nyo! ================================================= When you start the week, this is the best time for you to sit back, relax and enjoy as your cute workers do their duties, nyo. You will be given a bird’s eyes view of the shop as you oversee your workers, nyo. During this time, you can do a few things: You can choose to see your workers’ thoughts, talk to them (only once per day), fast-forward and skip the day, nyo. During this time, you can see how the customers will react to the items you stocked. If there’s a heart, that means they love the item. A smiley face means they like it and if you hear a deep, irritating-like sound during the music, and they’re walking away, means they hate it. Usually, when this happens, your customer count for the week will decrease drastically, nyo. During this time, you can enjoy watching and talking to your workers, or if you’re bored of waiting, pressing the ‘Start’ button will automatically skip the day. However, all business that would have been made that day will still count. You can also choose to fast-forward the game by pressing the ‘R’ button. This will allow you to enjoy the week at twice the speed, nyo. If however, you didn’t do anything like buy stocks especially, the days will fly by very quickly as you have nothing to sell, nyo. At the end of the week (this is usually a Saturday), the character that you chose will give you a report for the week such as the loss and gain margin and amount of customers for the week, nyo. Blue words means increase, red words means decrease, white means no difference and green ones is special, nyo. Also, if there is a character that leveled up, they will be shown as well as to what level they’ve achieved, nyo. Before I forget, if you have an item that is still in stock after around 4 weeks, before the week ends, your character will mention something about the said item having a 50% off discount. This in turn will make a lot of customers rushing into the shop to get it at half the selling price, nyo. This usually happens if you buy too much stock of an item, nyo (E.g. 200 pieces of Broccoli for only 20000 yen, nyo) When this happens, the week will only end if all the stocks of the item are finished, nyo. One last thing, after the report, the game will auto save every Sunday BEFORE you prepare your store, nyo. ==================================================== Equipments, nyo! ==================================================== In the Misc. Menu in the Management Area, the GB will bring you to the equipments, nyo. Each of your characters has the same equipment for the same price, nyo. The only difference is who has it and who doesn’t as they don’t share the equipments. While other than to serve no purpose but to decorate and make your characters’ job look more hi-tech, the equipments may serve a purpose in leveling up your character, nyo I will put more tests into this, nyo! However, my theory says that buying the equipments will help your characters level up faster in the particular area that you bought the equipment for. I will confirm this theory soon. So until then, Gomen! ==================================================== Holidays, nyo! ==================================================== As I said before, beginning each game, you will start on the first day of month of April. This will continue until the end of March the next year, nyo. So, during this time, you will celebrate various holidays at least once, nyo. Gameplay-wise, when you come across a holiday, you’ll not be having work for the day. Instead, you’ll have an Event scene where you may come across the Mini-Games or CGs. After the event, work will resume as normal the next day. As this game was made in Japan, the holidays are based on the Japanese culture, nyo. An amount of your CGs will come from these holidays. Some of the holidays that will be shown (that I can tell) are: New Year Day: The day the New Year begins and you grow one year older. Japanese people will usually play Karuta cards, recite the Hyakunin Isshu (Poem of Hundred Verses), fly kites or and play a kind of badminton game during this day. They’ll also go the Ginza (Shrine) to pray and wish for a good year or anything else they want. Tanabata Day: To put it simply, the day when two star-crossed lovers meet. I’m not so sure about the legend but the two in question are Orihime and Hikoboshi, names of stars which will meet at a certain point on this day. It is said that any wish you make on this day will come true, nyo. Christmas Day: You all know what this is, nyo. It is one of the holiday everybody looks forward too, nyo! :) Valentine’s Day: The day of love. On this day, women traditionally give chocolates to their special men, as well as to their male coworkers. Valentine's Day is not exactly a national holiday. But, in this game, you’ll receive a gift from your chosen character, nyo. Hanami: The day of the Flower-Viewing. It is also called the Flower-Viewing festival, nyo! This is one of the best times to enjoy the blossoming of the beautiful Sakura (Cherry Blossom) trees in Japan. This is one of the earliest holidays you’ll come across. As well as one of the earliest CGs in the game, nyo! Hina-Matsuri: Also known as the Doll Festival, nyo! This is a time where the gang will display a small set of Doll ornaments (Although you can’t really see it :P ). It is during this time that the gang (Actually, just your chosen character) will present themselves in an impressive kimono for this CG, nyo. Halloween: The day of the Undead. This is the time when all you l'll kiddies can go and dress up as your favorite monsters, demons and ghost to say Trick or Treat to each house in your neighborhood (Western countries, usually) Sports Day: The law sets aside this day as a national holiday for enjoying sports and cultivating a healthy mind and body. It was created in 1966 on the anniversary of the opening day of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. More to come. . . . . . . ====================================================== Conversations, nyo! ====================================================== Aside from managing the shop, you’ll usually be able to have small conversations with the characters, nyo. This usually happens when the week in finished but before going to the Management Screen. The conversations usually revolve around random tidbits and jokes, similar to the anime. You can’t choose the conversations however, it is worth noting of an interesting feature that Broccoli (the developers) included inside which was in mentioned in the game’s website. If I’m not mistaken, the 3 special words that you had to type in your biodata can be used here. While having conversations, you may sometimes notice an icon next to a ‘B’ button at the bottom left hand corner of the screen. According to the game’s website, that button means “To Forget”; but translation-wise, it means “No”. In other words, if you were to press the ‘B’ button when you can see the icon, the characters will forget a word and will ask you to teach them a new word. Some of these new words will come from the special words that I mentioned earlier or while others, you will have to type in new one. This is quite an interesting concept as you well see the character talk using words that you taught them, nyo. ====================================================== Fun Games, nyo! ====================================================== At certain points of the year, you will be given a task to play a kind of game, nyo. These games can range from fun to difficult to irritating, nyo. It depends on how good you are, nyo. The games are put into 2 categories: the Job-Specific Games and the Character Games. You will get the Job-Specific Games regardless of who you play. However, to get the Character Game, you must play a specific character for a particular game to show up, nyo. Note that the names are not official, but ones I created for easier referencing. I’ll first start with the Job-Specific Games, nyo. There are 4 Job-Specific Games at 4 different times of the year, nyo. You will get your first mini game between October to December, nyo. Registering the Money: That’s what I call it, nyo as that is what you have to do. This is one of the first mini-games you’ll encounter. In this game, you control a platform that can move left and right, nyo. And then you have your star. Your task is to collect a specific amount of money in a specific amount of time without letting your star fall down. To be precise, it plays similar to the old Atari game, Arkanoid and can be pretty intense at times. In order to collect the money, you must bounce your star to hit the customers at the top of the screen, nyo. Upon impact, the customers will drop various amounts of money ranging from 1 yen to 1000 yen, nyo. Using your platform, you must also collect the money while making sure your star doesn’t fall down. And how much money you collect cannot exceed the limit set. Exceeding which will make you lose a life, nyo. If the star falls down too, you will lose a life, nyo. You can also lose if your time limit reaches zero, from 120 seconds. Good Luck, nyo! Here’s an example gameplay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhk6_U8sIss Fun Level: ***/***** [3/5] Difficulty: ****/***** [4/5] In Need of Customers: This game is like mother hen where you control your chosen character to collect the customers that continuously walk by. After collecting your customer, you must bring them back to a small square in front of the shop, nyo! The more customers you bring, the greater the multiplier will be for each customer after the first one worth the twice of the last one, as in the multiplier of 2. E.g. the first one is worth 1 point. If you have two there, the second one will worth 2, the third will worth 4, the fourth will worth 8 and so on, and this will total up to see your current score. There are challengers however; the customers are both the chicks and the eagle. Normal customers are brown while the ones you collected will be blue. If a normal one touches the blue one, the blue customer will run away as a red customer, nyo! If you can touch the normal one before it touches your blue one, you can add it to your collection, nyo. Be warned however, the more customers collected and not brought, the more chance of you losing all of them, nyo. So, this is also like a game of ‘Snake’! The minimum score you have to collect is 300 points, in a time limit of 120 seconds, nyo! Have fun! Here’s an example gameplay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gX3RyuWan0 This is not one of my best playthroughs. :( Fun level: *****/***** [4/5] Difficulty: ***/***** [3/5] Stock Management Problem: To describe this game simply, it’s a memory game, nyo! At the start of the game, you will be given 8 different colored boxes with a number labeled to each of them. The goal of this game is to push the boxes in that order to Puchiko (Or Usada, if you chose Puchiko) waiting at the door, nyo. Puchiko will not accept if the boxes are not in order, nyo. In this game, you must be careful to not accidentally push the boxes into a corner for you cannot pull them. By walking, you push the boxes by one square. By pressing down the ‘B’ button, you can push the boxes at a much faster rate, double the speed. You have 120 seconds to push all 8 boxes in order to Puchiko. Here’s an example gameplay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFzn9wAu3Us Fun Level: **/***** [2/5] Difficulty: ****/***** [4/5] (**/***** [2/5] if you have a good memory, nyo!) Keeping the Store Clean: You heard me right, nyo. This game is all about the cleanliness of the store. In your hand is a mop. In front of you are the customers dirtying your shop. You know what you have to do. . . .That’s right, you’ve got to do your job and mop up the dirt. You will be controlling your character through the customer-infested store to mop up the shoe prints and dirt left by customers. To clean the dirt, simply walked over them. However, to clean up the shoe marks, they require multiple cleaning. If you come across dirt you cannot get rid of, you must press the ‘A’ button on the dirt to wipe it of. The goal of this game is to clean the store in the least amount of time possible, nyo. Good Luck. This game is difficult at first but once you get the hang of it, it gradually becomes easy. The time limit for this game is also 120 seconds, nyo. Here’s a sample gameplay, nyo! : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Caro_bHmcc Fun Level: ***/***** [3/5] Difficulty: **/***** [2/5] (*****/***** [5/5] if you don’t know the controls :P) For the mini-games that require you to control your character such as Stock Management Problem and Keeping the Store Clean, pressing the ‘B’ button will enable your character to run, nyo, making them move faster. Next is the Character Games, nyo! This games are special as they can only be unlocked if you chose a specific character, nyo. Dejiko’s Monkey Trouble: If you chose Dejiko as your favorite character, this is your character game. With a story about Gema being kidnapped by a monkey during a vacation sometime in November, Dejiko must rescue her floating pet before the monkey does god-knows-what with him. This is a difficult Character game. As Dejiko, you must follow a monkey through an obstacle-filled track. You must avoid the obstacle at all cost. Failing which the monkey will taunt you, nyo. You can jump to avoid certain obstacles, but you’re better off avoiding them as best as you can, nyo. You will fail if you lose all 4 chances before reaching the end, nyo. You ALSO fail if you reach the end before the timer finshes and you haven’t completed your objective yet. As of now (25/1/2007), I’ve yet to discover the method to win this game. Here’s an example gameplay of this extremely annoying mini-game, nyo! : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHUgiuuhAmQ Fun Level: */***** [1/5] Difficulty: *****/***** [5/5] Usada’s Halloween Treat: If you chose Usada as your favorite character, this is your character game. With the story about the Black Gema Gema Gang trying to steal all the Halloween candy around Halloween, you must stop them by getting the candy before them. This is quite average, nyo as you’ll be using Usada’s special Bunny Ear Copter for this game. As Usada, you must collect the candy that falls through the sky while evading the Pumpkins Gebas (Geba soldiers with pumpkin heads) that try to steal them from you. To defeat the Pumpkins Gebas, you have to jumped on them ala Mario. If you’re lucky, they may sometimes drop some extra candy for you to take. If you fall, you have to propel yourself up again using the ‘A’ button. Your objective is to collect as much candy as possible before the Pumpkin Gebas, nyo. You fail if you hit a pumpkin and lose all your chances, nyo. You only have 4 chances. Here’s an example gameplay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UYD5QKQTgA Fun Level: ***/***** [3/5] Difficulty: ***/***** [3/5] Puchiko’s Flower Viewing Festival: If you chose Puchiko as your favorite character, this is your character game. With a story of Puchiko being bored during the Flower-Viewing festival, you must help to entertain her by collecting the Sakura petals that fell of from the tree. Also, this is your earliest Mini Game in this game as you get it just about 2-3 weeks into the game. As Puchiko, you must collect as much Sakura petals as you can before they either touch the ground or get eaten by the insects that followed them from the trees. Due to your small stature, the caterpillars will be able to hurt you. You can run with the ‘B’ button and jump with the ‘A’ button. You must collect as much Sakura petals as you can before the caterpillars overwhelm you. Bees will come after a short while into the game to pose an extra challenge to you. You will fail if you get hit by a caterpillar or a bee and lose all your chances, nyo. As usual, you also have 4 chances for this Character Game, nyo. Here’s an example gameplay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlvAxs8PvLw Fun Level: ***/ ***** [3/5] Difficulty: **/ ***** [2/5] ====================================================== Scoring System, nyo! ====================================================== As most sim-type games, you are assessed on how well you do, nyo. In this game, your progress will be recorded at the end of every few months in the form of a Resume sheet using a kind of point system, nyo. Your scores will be awarded on your total profit, weekly profit, customer satisfaction and your total money, nyo. This will then all be added up to show you your final score for the part of the game, nyo. This is basically what they mean from top to bottom, nyo (maybe):- 1st: Month's Revenue 2nd: Discounted Revenue 3rd: Leftover Stock 4th: Wasted Stock 5th: Max Income for the day Bottom-Right: Overall Grand Total This is where the Cable Link option comes in, nyo. According to Broccoli’s website, you can apparently link up with another GBA to compare scores and engage in the mini games (not sure about this), nyo. ====================================================== FAQs, nyo! ====================================================== Some of the questions that might be asked, I shall answer them here, nyo. Q: Does the Black Gema Gema Gang make an appearance in this game? A: If memory serves me right, they appeared during Usada’s path. Somewhere before her Character Game Q: Is there an English version of this game? A: This game was released in 2002 and till now, there is still no English planning. So, the answer is most likely no. Q: I enjoyed this game! Is there more? A: Apparently, there’s a sequel called “Di Gi Charat: Di Gi Communication 2: Datou ni Black Gema Gema Dan!” which roughly translates to “The Black Gema Gema Gang Comes!” (I think). Even though it’s a sequel, there are some gameplay difference, especially involving the use of various cards for the various jobs. ======================================================== Credits, nyo! ======================================================== GameFaqs, nyo! For putting this up. Koge Donbo, nyo! For creating the Di Gi Charat characters. Broccoli, nyo! For distributing all Di Gi Charat Related Merchandise. Anime Gamerz, nyo! For starting the Mascot idea for their shop which in turn brought to the creation of Di Gi Charat The manga, “Degiko’s Champion Cup Theater” for details on most of the character bios, nyo! Wikipedia.com, nyo! For some extra information about the Di Gi Charat series, nyo. Me, nyo! For creating the FAQ. And the last but not least, YOU, the readers! For taking the time to read this FAQ, nyo! Arigatou, nyo!