Four Goddess Online: Cyber Dimension Neptune Import Guide

This is a guide for English importers of the Japanese release of Four Goddess Online: Cyber Dimension Neptune of the Hyperdimension Neptunia series.

This guide’s a major work in progress as I’m still playing myself. If you have any questions or info to contribute, please leave a comment, send an email or whatever. While I’m working on it, you can use this Japanese Wiki to help as well.

Updates

Guide Updates
Game Updates

The game was updated around 2017-3-14. Thanks to AzureValkyrie again for translating these!

 

General Info

Release date: February 9, 2017
Platforms: PS4
PS4 Pro support: Not that I can tell
Genre: Action RPG
Specs: 1080p/60FPS with occasional frame dips
Where to buy: Amazon.co.jp can ship internationally and can be used in English with USD/local currency
Review: (soon)

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Localized Terms in Hyperdimension Neptunia

Welcome to the second article about Neptunia localization. In our first article we discussed about how character names have been localized and the rationale behind the changes (or lack thereof). This time we’re going to talk about different terms that have been used through the series.

Some information was obtained from this interview:
http://www.siliconera.com/2016/04/18/hyperdimension-neptunia-editor-nick-doerr-talks-localization/

The list

Neptunia ← ネプテューヌ (neptune)

In Japan the Neptunia series is just called Neptune. When NISA localized it, they were worried about potential trademark issues (this was around the time companies were being sued over the word Edge), and so the word was changed slightly into a non-existent word.
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Name Changes in Neptunia Localizations

Of all the issues discussed in localizations, characters’ names are often the most contentious issue. Hyperdimension Neptunia has had just about every possible different style of name change across its history: different name but same meaning, direct romanization, and even completely made up replacements.

An aspect of localization that’s often hard to grasp is that sometimes wording has to change for the meaning to stay the same, but sometimes things are changed for other reasons (or worse, no reason).

What was changed, and why?

The List

Arfoire ← マジェコンヌ (majekon’nu, romanized “Magiquone”)

Probably the most well known of the name changes. Her Japanese name is taken from a DS flashcart sold in Japan called Majikon. Her English name is taken from the R4 flashcart (which is essentially its Western counterpart), and also happens to fit more in line with the French-style naming.

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Welcome aboard Sik, a new Neptunia focused guest writer

When I started this site I didn’t plan on bringing other writers on board, but plans always change. So today I’m announcing two changes.

First, this site will be somewhat of a home for Neptunia information, as I’ve found it frustratingly difficult to scrape together information on what’s a fairly popular series (for it’s budget/pedigree). These stories will be collected under a new top level menu item for Neptunia. I’ll keep making import guides and covering the release of new games in Japanese, as well as guides once (or before!) the English version hits western shores.

Second, welcome aboard guest writer Sik, who will be assisting in writing about Neptunia!

Sik is a Genesis Homebrew Game developer from Argentina and artist who does lots of Neptunia art, it so happens. Some of his stuff is on itch.io as well.

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Neptunia Re;Birth1 Black Heart Fight Strategy and Save File

So Neptunia Re;Birth 1 has a pretty disastrously hard boss fight: Black Heart, and it’s right at the start of the game. If you’re here, you might have ragequit because of it. I come bearing the following good news:

  • Re;Birth 1 is the only game in the series this unreasonable
  • There’s only 2 fights like this, both at the start of the game
  • A half hour+ of grinding is really all that’s needed to make this quite easy, it’s mostly a level mismatch
  • I have a PC save file to help you get past it without spoiling the rest of the game!

Easy Mode (PC Only)

Download this save file (created by @badp) and you’ll be level 15 and just before the Black Heart fight. It copies to save slot 19 so it shouldn’t erase any of your saves. Copy it to “Documents\My Games\Idea Factory International, Inc\Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1”, on modern Windows systems pasting that into Windows Explorer’s bar will take you right there. Failing that, navigate to your My Documents folder and continue down.

No DLC was used in making the save so it’s maximally compatible, but you’ll have to re-obtain Peashy/Plutia and grind them a tiny bit if you bought the DLC (not a big deal at all since all characters get XP not just the party). Should be fairly easy but read the strategy below if you’re still new to the series/having issues.

Unfortunately due to trophies I do not believe such a method is possible on PS Vita so you’ll have to grind a bit yourself and follow below.

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