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Chu-Chu effects: 04.stage challenge mode 05.puzzle mode **normal: **hard: **special: **mania: **original: **download: 06.puzzle edit mode **how to: **file command translations: 07.network **getting set up: **screen translations: 08.misc **hidden modes/characters: **bonuses: **vmu saves: **records: **clear controller set: **release info: **chu-chu! online: **advertising: **sales: 09.outro **version: **future: **sources: **notes: **legal: **contact: ------------------------------------------------------------ 01.intro chu-chu rocket! is a fast-paced, four-player puzzle game by Sonic Team, the makers of the Sonic the Hedgehog series and NiGHTs. Announced during the 'Four from Sonic Team' series of press releases, chu-chu rocket! was released in Japan on 11.11.11 (11.11.99 on the Roman calender) amidst a fairly heavy marketing campaign. Clocking in at a mere 2800 yen (about US$26), or 4800 yen (US$45) with a limited edition clear orange controller, the game is a blast, whether you're playing the 4 Player Battle Mode with four friends, or attempting the Puzzle Mode by yourself. this document will help get people who have imported the game started, as well as giving working solutions for the Puzzle Mode and Stage Challenge Mode stages. It is a work in process, and should be considered as such. ------------------------------------------------------------ 02.getting started **basics: the gameplay is simple. The object is to get the Chu-Chus (aka. mice)into their rocket, sensibly named the Chu-Chu Rocket. When the stage starts, the mice will begin to run from pre-set points on the screen. Much like lemmings, the mice follow each other. Upon hitting a wall, they will turn right (unless there is a wall directly to their right, in which case they will turn left). Kapu-Kapu (aka. cats) stalk the screen, moving exactly like the mice, but twice as slow. The cats will eat the mice if they hit each other, and will damage the Chu-Chu Rocket if they hit it. in the battle modes of the game, you will find three variations of Chu- Chus. The first is the normal blue and white Chu-Chu, which is by far the most common variety. Next is the pink and red ? Chu-Chu, which, upon reaching a rocket, will randomly select a different game-play option. Finally, the rare gold 50 Chu-Chus are worth, as their name implies, 50 regular Chu-Chus. the board set-up is pretty simple as well. First off, in the top left corner, is a timer. Beneath that is another timer, but one that is measured in rockets instead of seconds. At the bottom of the screen is either a row of counters (battle modes), a list of available arrows (puzzle mode), or nothing (stage challenge mode). The rest of the screen is filled with a 12x9 checkered grid that serves as the main playfield. --names: Chu-Chus Kapu-Kapu Chu-Chu Rocket Chui Chubee Chupii Chubahha Hatch Chao Nightopians **controls: the control scheme in chu-chu! is rather simple, and is fairly intuitive. there are four major control schemes used; normal (battle/puzzle), options select, edit, and online. I have listed the controls in this order below. --normal (used for all of the gameplay sections of the game, including battle and puzzle): Analog Stick: move cursor around the screen (faster than D-pad) D-pad: move cursor around the screen Start: pause X button: place an up arrow in the selected space Y button: place a left arrow in the selected space B button: place a right arrow in the selected space A button: place a down arrow in the selected space L trigger: reset stage (puzzle only) R trigger: once: start stage (puzzle only) twice: speed up stage [dash] (puzzle only) --options select (used for most out-of-game screens): Analog Stick: move cursor around the screen D-pad: move cursor around the screen Start: accept currently selected item A button: accept currently selected item L trigger: switch between modes R trigger: switch between modes --edit (used in Puzzle Edit mode): Analog Stick: move cursor around the screen D-pad: move cursor around the screen Start: pauses game X button: place item facing up in the selected space Y button: place item facing left in the selected space B button: place item facing right in the selected space A button: place item facing down in the selected space L trigger: move down in the commands list R trigger: move up in the commands list [note: some of the uses of the A, B, X, & Y buttons vary with different commands. See the Puzzle Edit section of this FAQ for more details.] --online (used in Homepage mode): not included in this FAQ. (as the Homepage mode is simply a variation of the DreamPassport browser, and other documents already go into this program, I will not include the controls here. Please visit www.gamefaqs.com and search for general Dreamcasts FAQs (there are DreamPassport FAQs contained within) if you wish to have more information on the subject) **screens: while the game isn't really that hard to figure out, the menus are all in katakana, so those who lack even minor Japanese language skills may be a bit confused at first. The following is a rough translation of what each screen actually says in English. In all of the screens, the Analog Stick/D-pad is used to move between the options, while the A button/Start button is used to confirm selections, the Start button is used to move to the next screen, and the B button is used to go back one screen. --main game select screen: help 4 player battle (1~4P) team battle (1~4P) stage challenge (1~2P) puzzle (1P) puzzle edit (1P) network (1~4P) homepage options --options screen: all mode options 4 player battle, team battle options records reset all to default options --all mode options screen: character sound vibration BGM test SE test reset to default options note: when starting the game, only the normal (Chu-Chu) characters are available. The two ? characters, Chao (first ?) and Nightopian (second ?) are only accessable after beating Stage Challenge and/or Puzzle modes. --4 player battle, team battle options screen: play time minutes # of games (needed to win) ?? ?? reset to default options --records screen: stage challenge -total time 00:00 0 number of clears --pause screen: --battle mode screens (4 player & team): [first screen]: player 1 player 2 player 3 player 4 human human human human computer computer computer computer weak (default) dislikes cats likes mice strong random without *note: the pulldown menu (weak, etc.) is the same for all players. [second screen]: the ? mark stage is Random ;press the L and R triggers to scroll through the different modes; *note: the points are the number of matches that you must win to win the overall game. *note: in the first screen, there must be at least one human player, and you can only select human if there is a controller of some sort in that port on the DC. also note that you don't have to actually be able to _play_ the game with the controller in the latter part (eg. having the Dreamcast Gun plugged in will allow you to select 'human' for the port it is plugged into... --puzzle mode screen: ;press the L and R triggers to scroll through the different modes; *hidden modes: to unlock each, beat all 25 stages on the mode directly to the left of it. --puzzle edit mode screen: please see the Puzzle Edit mode section (06) for info and translations. note: as the 'help' menu is all in Japanese, and this document is basically going to be the English equivilent of it, I won't be providing translations for it. note: any other section not listed is under development. ------------------------------------------------------------ 03.battle modes one of the main two modes in chu-chu!, battle mode (and it's variations) is a four-player (either human or computer) Chu-Chu fest that is a blast to play. the gameplay is simple: get the most Chu-Chus in your rocket (differentiated by color), while avoiding the Kapu-Kapus, to win. this mode is played in a first to X games won manner. the default number is three, but this can be changed by pressing the L and R triggers in the level select screen, or in the options screen (see section 02.screens for more info). the default game length is 3 minutes, although this can also be changed. both 4 Player Battle and Team Battle modes use this Battle mode layout; in 4 Player, it's every player for himself, but in Team there are red/blue & yellow/green teams. also, there are no 50 Chus in Team mode (to my knowledge). **facts about battle mode: -each player can place three arrows at a time. After the third is placed, the next arrow placed will cancel out the first one that was placed, and so on. -arrows will disappear after a while (15-20 seconds or so). They will flash before doing so. -cats (Kapu-Kapu) will eat 1/3 of the mice (Chu-Chus) in a rocket if they enter it. **? Chu-Chu effects: these effects are dished out by the Chus with question marks over their heads. all of the effects are temporary, and are listed in the order that they appear on the spinning selector. [name] [effect] [color] chu2 fever!!: lots of really fast regular & 50 chus. (pink) neko fever!!: only Kapu-Kapu from the hatches. (blue) ^o okinaose!: stops time for a few seconds. (orange) minna-hikkoshi: switch rocket placements. (yellow) speed up: really, really fast mice. (red) speed down: slow mice. (purple) chu2 hitorijime!: chus automatically fly to your rocket (light pink) neko present!: a cat to each of your enemies. (green) *note: when using Chao as your characters, the ? Chao are black, not pink and red, as the Chu-Chus are. ------------------------------------------------------------ 04.stage challenge mode stage challenge mode is a sort of cross between the puzzle and battle modes. playable by one or two people, each stage challenge board has a set prerequisite that you must complete within 30 seconds. records are also kept for this mode, so the faster that you complete the stages, the better. below is a listing of the objects of each stage, and hints for each (hints are given using the 1a - 9l grid fashion used in 04.puzzle mode). also, unlike puzzle mode that has a limited number of solutions for each stage, there are many ways to complete the stages in this mode; hints for only one solution will be given. time is kept for stage challenge mode - if you better your time on a single stage, the overall total will decrease... Right now, I am not aware of anything special that is opened up by getting a certain total time... basically, the object is determined by the letter of the stage; stages Ax & Bx require you to get all of the Chu-Chus into the rocket, stages Cx require you to have the Kapu-Kapu eat all of the Chu-Chus, stages Dx require you to get 100 Chu-Chus into the rocket, and stages Ex require you to get more Kapu-Kapu into the yellow/green team's rockets than they get into yours. The Final stage (Fin) has it's own requirement: get 100 Chus into your rocket before your opponent does (plays like Battle mode). stage A1 -------- object: get all of the Chu-Chus into the rocket notes: a fairly simple stage, the only real thing that you have to worry about is the hole in the bottom right of the screen. hints: try =3b, and v=2d. stage B1 -------- object: get all of the Chu-Chus into the rocket notes: the '1999' stage, this is also really simple, although a cat is introduced... hints: v=3b to keep the Kapu-Kapu contained should buy you all the time you need. stage C1 -------- object: have the Kapu-Kapu eat all of the Chu-Chus. notes: yes, the roles in this stage are flipped; your object is to kill the Chu-Chus instead of eating them. hints: let the Kapu-Kapu take out the top and bottom rows of Chu-Chus on his own, then direct him to the middle row using a few arrows. stage D1 -------- object: get 100 Chu-Chus into the rocket hints: two well placed arrows, at v=3b and v=6a, should do the trick. just make sure that you replace them when they disappear, and don't worry about the Kapu-Kapus in this stage... stage E1 -------- object: get more Kapu-Kapu into the yellow/green team's rockets than they get into yours notes: an odd stage, you need to destroy your opponents rockets using Kapu-Kapu. Each team starts with 20 on their meter, and each Kapu-Kapu will subtract one. hints: placing > arrows to the immediate left of the hatches (4e & 6e, as well as 5e for safety) should be about all you really need here... stage A2 -------- object: get all of the Chu-Chus into the rocket notes: this is a fun stage (sarcasm intended). Even when you know what you're doing it's not easy (for one person - two would probably be better). hints: there are 12 blocks with trapped Chu-Chus, and two of them are kind of off the same route as the others. take are of those first. place v=6h and =8c, ^=7e, ^=4e, >=2f, >=2i, v=3k, v=6v, and finally v=7k. stage B2 -------- object: get all of the Chu-Chus into the rocket notes: this stage isn't as hard as it looks... hints: first, a general hint: trap the Kapu-Kapus. now for a solution.. you'll notice that there are four areas with trapped Chu-Chus in them. First, direct the Chu-Chus from the upper left to the lower left using a v=3b and the Chu-Chus from the lower right to the upper right using ^=7k. Now, trap the Kapu-Kapu using =8i, and v=8j. stage B3 -------- object: get all of the Chu-Chus into the rocket hints: first, get rid of the Kapu-Kapu using three ^ arrows, one placed anywhere that's not blocked in the Kapu-Kapu's paths. Next, place v=1i, and then do ^=6e. stage C3 -------- object: have the Kapu-Kapu eat all of the Chu-Chus notes: this is the 'chu chu' stage. hints: first, round up all the Chu-Chus for easy eating. place =2d >=3c =4a ^=4e ^=6f v=6j v=6l ^=7c ^=9e **original: this section is impossible to list solutions for, as you will create the puzzles on your own. it is included merely for completeness' sake. **download: first off, please note that the only puzzles that I will list solutions for are official Sega/Sonic Team puzzles. in order to get the downloadable files, log online as if you're going to play the game (don't go to the homepage) and look for a server named ChuChu. Log onto that server, and you should see a red VMU icon. Click on the icon and you should see a list of 25 VMU files - each one is a level, and is three VMU blocks. As far as anyone has figured out, you have to download them one... at... a... time... currently, however, I have yet to figure out how to get the downloaded to load correctly- I have the files (well, a couple of the files), but they're showing up as blanks... more on this as I fiddle around with them more... anyway, for more info on getting signed onto the chu2! servers, see 07.network. ------------------------------------------------------------ 06.puzzle edit mode in addition to it's excellent (and increasingly difficult) Puzzle mode, chu-chu rocket! includes a Puzzle Edit mode so that you can create your own devilish puzzles. This mode, while being rather cool, is also by far the most difficult to navigate without knowing Japanese. This section of my FAQ, however, should help you get started on your own puzzles... **how to: Upon selecting Puzzle Edit mode from the Mode Select screen, you'll have to wait while the game checks the saved levels. If there is a data saved in a level's slot, it will be show as an empty blue circle - no data will be a solid red one. After that is done, you'll be presented with a blank board to create your level on. The screen is fairly easy to navigate. Start still pauses the game, the d-pad/analogue stick still moves your cursor around the playfield. The L & R triggers are now used to rotate through a list of eight commands, and the A, B, X & Y buttons are used for slightly different things depending on which command is selected. Below is a list of the commands (shown on-screen on the left hand side from mid-screen to the bottom of the screen), as well as what each button does for that command (shown at the bottom of the screen). file -> A:clear current level, B:erase saved level, X:load saved level, Y:save current level (see 'file command translation' section below for more details). test -> A:start, B:stop, X:start/speed up wall -> A:v wall, B:> wall, X:< wall, Y:^ wall mouse -> A:v mouse, B:> mouse, X:< mouse, Y:^ mouse cat -> A:v cat, B:> cat, X:< cat, Y:^ cat arrow -> A:v arrow, B:> arrow, X:< arrow, Y:^ arrow goal -> A:place/remove, B:remove hole -> A:place/remove, B:remove [note: for mice and cats, the animals will be facing the direction that the arrow is pointing. For walls, the wall will be along the edge that the arrow is pointing to. For arrows, the arrow will be pointing in the direction that the arrow is pointing (duh). Once you've placed everything to your hearts content, select the test command to test it. If it succeeds, a small dark-blue box will appear in the very bottom left saying "Save OK" - this doesn't mean that the level has been saved, but that it can now be saved by pressing the Y button while having the File command selected. Note that the arrows obviously won't appear where you put them on the board, but down at the bottom of the screen, as is the same with all of the Puzzle stages. You don't have to put the arrow where you've specified, but keep in mind that every arrow that you place will become availble to the player when the stage is actually played, so don't put arrows at every possible solution... Saved games can be played in Puzzle mode by selecting 'original', the second-to-last stage set (press L/R to scroll through the sets). **file command translations: The File command is very easy to get mixed up on if you can't read Japanese, partly due to it's odd button layout. This section, while not being a direct word-for-word translation, should help you get through saving and loading files correctly. --A button:clear current level: Are you sure that you want to clear the current level? A:yes B:no --B button:erase saved level [if data exists] Please select the file you would like to erase. CHU-CHU__E01 [level comment] CHU-CHU__E02 [level picture] ...etc. CHU-CHU__E25 stick/d-pad:move cursor A:select B:cancel [upon selecting a level to erase, you'll be prompted "Are you sure you want to erase this level?" A:yes/erase, B:cancel] [if no data exists] No data available. A:return --X button:load saved level [if data exists] Please select the file you would like to load. CHU-CHU__E01 [level comment] CHU-CHU__E02 [level picture] ...etc. CHU-CHU__E25 stick/d-pad:move cursor A:select B:cancel [upon selecting a level to erase, you'll be prompted "Loading this level will erase the current one. Do you want to continue?" A:yes/load, B:cancel] [if no data exists] No data available. A:return --Y button:save current level: [screen one]: Please select the slot that you would like to save this level in. CHU-CHU__E01 CHU-CHU__E02 No data. (if level is blank) ...etc. [picture of level] (if level contains data) CHU-CHU__E25 stick/d-pad:move cursor A:select B:cancel [note: if there is already data saved in the slot that you've chosen, a "Would you like to overwrite this data?" box will come up: A:yes/overwrite, B:cancel.] [screen two]: Please write a comment to be shown above your level. [comment blank] [keyboard] [note: space bar is beside the small 'n'] A:select X:backspace start:finish/save B:cancel [note: use the L/R triggers to scroll between letter types: hiragana / katakana / romaji (English)] ------------------------------------------------------------ 07.network One of the things that Sega has always pushed regarding chu-chu! is it's online play modes. Of course, as it is a Japanese game, all of the setup info is in Japanese. This section, hopefully, will rectify that situation (well, not rectify, but allow you to understand what is going on...) **getting set up: All of the info in this part of the section is thanks to Krys, and was posted to the Dreamcast Technical Bulliten Board (http://www.canadawired.com/~gvink/cgi- bin/Ultimate.cgi?action=topics&forum=SEGA&number=1&DaysPrune=1&Browser=o ther). This was copied and pasted directly from the board, with minor changes put in [brackets] (except for spelling/formatting changes, which are unmarked). --playing the network game in America: " i have a Jap[anese] machine with a Jap[anese] modem - though I have it setup with my ISP. chu-chu! works because it uses your ISP connection rather than dialing the Jap[anese] servers direct like [Sega] Rally 2 did. It took me a little while to figure out how to use the commands on the server that let start a game and also let you create your own rooms. you can add passwords to your games and/or rooms so that only people you give the password to can enter. the top command on the server let[s] you create a room and add a password if you want. the second command lets you select to offer a game out and give it a name and also a password if you want. you [then can] move into the game area and hope that people want to join your game. as soon as you have more than one person you can select to "Go for it" and the server fills in any gaps to make up 4 players. you can have some really mad games with four players and its the first person to win two games that wins the match. before and after the game you can also chat - very much like an IRC client - which would be cool if they weren't all talking japanese!!! You can highlight a player and press the x button [to have it tell] you how many matches they have won. [Y]ou can also use the x button to highlight a game and see if there is room for you to join. NOTE - the first time you connect it asks you for a username and a password to assign to you - I messed this up not realising what it was about and couldn't specify a new username and password until I had changed my email address in the configuration of the internal memory. If you only have the J[apanese] browser software you won't be able to change these things [note: see below]- you need the US browser disk to be able to modify your ISP settings - so if Sega.com are still sending out replacements [now is] the time for all you J[apanese] owners to send for one. " [note: regarding changing your configuration, later in the discussion it was revealed that you can and info on how to do so was given. This info should still be available on the Board, and as it was not written by Krys (who gave me permission to use his info), I do not feel comfortable adding this info to my FAQ without the original writer's permission] **screen translations: with Krys' above info conbined with these screen translations by your's truly, you should have no trouble getting set up for online chu2 madness... once again, the translations are not exact translations, and at some point are totally made up. That's right, I made them up (see the fifth screen). But they all make sense... ;) [first screen] How many people are playing (on your console)? 1 person 2 people 3 people [second screen] (something about how you want to connect to the network?) yes (dial 1 time) [i selected this and it worked fine...] yes (dial 3 times) no (don't connect?) [third screen] (neko) dialing... [fourth screen] Please choose a nickname to be used in network mode. [nickname blank] (after entering a nickname, the following appears below it) Please choose a password for network mode. [password blank] [keyboard] [note: space bar is beside the small 'n'] A:select X:backspace start:finish/save B:cancel [note: use the L/R triggers to scroll between letter types: hiragana / katakana / romaji (English)] [fifth screen] Your nickname and password are as follows. Please make a note of them. nickname:xxxxxxxxx password:xxxxxxxxx a:confirm nick/pass [main online screen - sixth screen] Lobby Server Server Sonic Server Tails Server Knuckles Server Amy Server Big Server Chao Server NiGHTS Server Pian Server ChuChu Server KapuKapu Puzzle Land a:Enter [separate server screens] Notice Explaination Room Immediate Competition Beginner Room 1 Beginner Room 2 Beginner Room 3 Beginner Room 4 Beginner Room 5 Expert Room 1 Expert Room 2 Expert Room 3 Expert Room 4 Expert Room 5 Ranking Change Servers === = (VMU downloads - Server ChuChu only) a:select/enter x:check contents y:enter chat start:menu [puzzle land screen] this isn't a translation, but an explaination of what's going on. First, this is where you can download fan-made puzzles. When you log on, you'll see two text files and data rooms from A-Z - each one has various people's names in it - pressing x will show you how many files that person has uploaded. Many people have no files - you just have to check. I'm guessing that you automatically recieve a space here when you log on... I didn't do much looking around, though... Also, all of the data rooms may not (and probably are not) full - the latter part of the alphabet is probably very empty... Also, as I mentioned before, I'm not going to do solutions for any of the fan made puzzles - only Sonic Team/Sega puzzles... [ranking screen] Return Victory Margin Time (Stage Challenge Mode Time) Your Own Stats [vmu downloads screen] (first it will check to see which downloaded files you have on your VMU) CHU_CHU__D01 CHU_CHU__D02 ...etc. CHU_CHU__D25 a: download [menu (pause) screen] return sign off ------------------------------------------------------------ 08.misc **hidden modes/characters: as with many games these days, chu-chu! has it's share of hidden modes and characters. The modes and the methods of uncovering them are listed below: --Puzzle mode: Hard mode: clear all 25 Normal mode puzzles (opens 25 additional puzzles) Special mode: clear all 25 Hard mode puzzles (opens 25 additional puzzles) Mania mode: clear all 25 Special mode puzzles (opens 25 additional puzzles) Download mode (semi-hidden): clear all of the Normal, Hard, Special, and Mania mode stages, then follow the directions in the section to download the puzzles (25 additional available). [unconfirmed by myself, but seems logical enough.] --Hidden Characters: Chao: to replace the Chu-Chus with Chao from Sonic Adventure, clear all Stage Challenge mode stages. Then, go to Options, select the first batch of options, and move the first option in that screen to the first question mark. Pian: to replace the Chu-Chus with (Nighto)Pians from NiGHTS, clear all the Puzzle mode stages (including Normal, Hard, Special, and Mania). Then, go to Options, select the first batch of options, and move the first option in that screen to the second question mark. [note: with the hidden characters, it may be that Chao is automatically the first hidden character opened regardless of which mode (Stage Challenge or Puzzle) is beaten. I, however, beat Stage Challenge before I beat Puzzle, so I'm not sure...] Upon clearing the final stage, you'll be treated to a lovely credits roll, followed by a Chu-Chu telling you 'thank you!', and the announcement of the additional mode/character. **bonuses: as with Sonic Team's other Dreamcast game (Sonic Adventure [International]), chu-chu rocket! contains a folder accessable by Windows computers. Inserting the game disk into your PC CD-ROM drive, and accessing the contents of the drive will reveal a folder titled 'extras' (as well as three text documents that have very minor info in them). This folder contains two more folders: '1240x1024' and '800x600'. Each of these folders contains 8 chu-chu rocket! wallpaper images. Note that 1240x1024 has a different aspect ratio to 800x600, so the former images contain a bit more of the picture. also, the game includes a set of controller stickers that can be used to keep track of which controller is which; the stickers include groups of blue, red, yellow, and green stickers, and thus one group of stickers for each team. The stickers are for placement on the controller port plug (the odd-shaped stickers) and the controller itself (the longer stickers). Any other stickers are just for fun. this is more fun than anything else... If you leave chu-chu! sitting idle for a while while in Homepage (Internet) mode, instead of the screen darkening, then the random colors starting (as the Dreamcast normally does when it has been idle), one of the very cool Chu-Chu screensavers will start. The first screensaver features rows upon rows of the little mice appearing on your screen, then disappearing, over, and over... The second screensaver features the game's namesake, the Chu-Chu Rocket, moving toward you on the screen and disappearing, only to be replaced by another rocket. More screensavers may exist, but I haven't seen them yet... **vmu saves: chu-chu!'s VMU saves work in sets of 3 blocks. First is the main chu- chu! data. The file's name is CHU_CHU__SYS, it's description is "chu- chu!/main", and it's size is 3 blocks. The icon for the main file is a rocket on a black space background, and is not animated. Also, it is read-only (signified by a red-border), and cannot be copied to another VMU. Next is the series of Puzzle Edit mode (Original) data files. Each file is named CHU_CHU__Exx, where xx is the number of the stage, from 01-25. It's description is "chu-chu!/puzzle edit", and it too is 3 blocks. The icon for the puzzle edit files are a single chu on a white background, and is not animated. It is copyable, signified by it's black border. Last is the series of Puzzle mode Download stages. Downloadable from the chu-chu! online game server, each stage is 3 blocks. The file is named CHU_CHU__Dxx, and it's description is "chu-chu!/download". The icon is a KapuKapu on a blue background, and is not animated. They are black-bordered, and thus can be copied from VMU to VMU. As a final note, there is no mini-game (green border) for chu-chu rocket!. **records: these records are taken from the chu-chu! network servers - for current standing and other record information, log online using the network mode, and check the rankings section... If you have a record that is better than this (for Time only - for many reasons, I can't really accept Victory Margin entries), but aren't able to access the Network mode, just send a screen capture or a scanned photograph of the 'records' screen (in the option menu) to the below address with the subject "New Chu-Chu Record" and I'll include you in a future release. --victory margin: This is the amount that the winner had over the second place player (eg. if player 1 had 500 chus at the end of the match and player 2 had 300 chus, the victory margin would be 200) first place: 758 (unknown player) [more coming] --time: This is the amount of time total that it took the players to complete all 25 levels in Stage Challenge mode. Yes, these are real times, and no, I have no clue how they got it that low... first place: 3'04" (unknown player) [more coming] **clear controller set: upon it's Japanese release, chu-chu rocket! was released in two versions: a traditional game only version for JY2800 and a limited edition set that included a clear orange/white Dreamcast controller for JY4800 (this is a savings of JY500 [normal controllers are JY2500], aside from the fact that this version of the controller is only available in this package). As far as I know, the contents, sans the controller and it's instruction book, are exactly the same, and the game itself should be unaltered as well (the only real differences with the game's packaging are a lack of a spine card and a different product number). Regarding availability of the set, it was fairly hard to come by here in Japan, although the large stores (such as Laox) had plenty of copies; mainly the smaller independant game stores had trouble stocking the set. Being a limited release, even the bigger stores that did have it were well sold out a mere week after it's release... **release info: title: chu-chu rocket system: Sega Dreamcast company: Sega Enterprises dev.team: Sonic Team release date: 11.11.11 (11.nov.99) format: 1 GD-ROM prod.#: HDR-0039 (regular version) HDR-0048 (Clear Controller Set) region: NTSC-J (Japan), NTSC-A (Asia) price: JY2800 (JY4800 for the Clear Controller Set) players: 1~4 players genre: action puzzle supports: memory backup [Visual Memory] (3 blocks), Modem, PuruPuru Pack, Arcade Stick, Dreamcast Keyboard, VGA Box. instr.book: 32 pages dreambank: 120 points includes: 1 GD-ROM, 1 instruction book, 1 warantee card, 1 point sheet, 1 sticker sheet, 1 DreamLineup [vol.5] booklet, 1 spine card, 1 tray liner in a totally clear traditional jewel-case limited ed.: titled 'chu-chu rocket Clear Controller Set' includes all items in normal release (sans spine card), plus: clear orange/white ltd.ed. Dreamcast controller, Dreamcast Controller instruction book, ltd.ed. box other: NetFront JV-Lite, macromedia FLASH3 supported **chu-chu! online: please note that this is not going to be a comprehensive look at chu-chu rocket! pages online, but merely an overview of where to find the major media for the game... Official chu-chu rocket! homepage: http://chu-chu.dricas.ne.jp - includes info, screenshots for the game (all in Japanese) - includes the 15 sec. Japanese chu-chu! commercial in MPG format - the page you are taken to when you select the homepage function in the game The Gaming Intelligence Agency (The GIA): http://www.thegia.com - English coverage of chu-chu!, including info, media, and screens - includes the 15 sec. Japanese chu-chu! commercial in MPG format, as well as the song (9 seconds long) from the commerical in MP3 format, the words to the song in Japanese and English, and the guitar tabs for said song. **advertising: chu-chu rocket! was promoted fairly heavily in Japan. this will be a brief look at the various forms of advertising used... --magazine ad (1 page) a fairly straightforward ad featuring a few screenshots as well as illustrations of the Chu-Chus and a Kapu-Kapu. the Clear Controller Set is heavily featured as well. There also is a slightly altered back-page version. --magazine ad (2 pages) merely a larger version of the 1 page ad, featuring many of the same screen shots and images, but re-formatted for a two-page spread. --CM [television commercial] (15 seconds) the infamous chu-chu! CM, with it's short, but insanely catchy song, and it's high-quality (read line drawing) visuals. widely available online, the GIA (www.thegia.com) has the most on this commercial, featuring the file in .MPG, the song in .MP3, as well as guitar tabs and lyrics (English and Japanese). --Sonic Team flyer (6 pages) first seen at the Tokyo Game Show Autumn '99, this flyer is an ad for the four games from the 'Four From Sonic Team' series of press releases. chu-chu! is featured in the cover, as well as on the inside and the sheet of memory card stickers within. **sales: chu-chu rocket! has the honor of being the first Sega Dreamcast game to reach the top spot in the Famitsu sales chart (for most copies sold in one week). It's first week sales were fairly brisk, clocking in at over 33,108 copies sold (this includes all versions). ------------------------------------------------------------ 09.outro **versions: 0.95 29nov99 finished the Puzzle walkthrough thanks to Jonathan Demers (solutions for Manias 15, 16, & 17) and the official Chu-Chu Rocket BBS (solutions for Manias 22 & 25)... adding info on how to get the downloadable files, again thanks to Jonathan... updated Stage Challenge D4, A5, B5 & D5, and added Fin(al), as well as adding a bit about the time-keeping part of the mode... added screen translations to the 07.network section... added a list of ? Chu effects to the Battle modes section, as well as doing a lot of minor updating to that section... added/rewrote some of the Getting Started section... switched the order of Puzzle (from 04 to 05) and Stage Challenge (from 05 to 04) modes to reflect the order on the Mode Select screen... added 06.puzzle edit mode, and thus renumbered the old sections 06, 07, and 08 to 07, 08, and 09, respectively... added info on the second Homepage mode screensaver (the Rocket one)... updated the 'future' section... added a section on VMU saves... added a section for records... put more name variations in the **notes section of 09.outro... minor corrections and updates throughout... 0.88b 25nov99 thanks to Jorg again, added the solution for Mania 19. 0.88a 24nov99 thanks to Jorg, added solution for Mania 21 and fixed two incorrect solutions (Manias 6 & 21)... that's what I get for trying to count rows at 2am ;) 0.88 22nov99 added the final solution to Special 25 thanks to Jorg, and thus started on the new mode, Mania - currently, solutions Mania stages 1- 14, 21, 23, and 24 are included; keep in mind that I was very busy this weekend (when I recieved the final solution from Jorg), so many of the Mania stages I've barely looked at... corrected a minor typo in the sources section that had Jorg saying an untruth - there really are stickers in the normal version, and he really did tell me that - whoops... fixed references to Original stages in Puzzle, which I had mistakenly referred to as Edit... added the chu-chu-saver info to the bonuses section... added a Sales: section... added the Puzzle Mode select screen to the Screens: translation section... 0.87a 19nov99 added solutions to Specials 21 and 22 thanks to Jorg from ODCM... added an Online section... added a section (06.network) with info on how to play online in the US thanks to Krys... added an advertising section... corrected minor mistakes (including one on the solution for Puzzle Mode Normal Stage 25 thanks to Jorg again) and renumbered a few sections... 0.87 12nov99 added Stage Challenge coverage (05.stage challenge mode) for all stages, although 3 are incomplete... added solutions for all but three of the Special Puzzle Mode... added controls for the Puzzle Edit mode... added the prod.number for the regular (ie. non-limited set) version... also, minor changes: renumbering two sections, fixing the date of release of the faq, and accessing the DreamPassport FAQ on gamefaqs.com. 0.77 12nov99 first version; everything added. **future: Future revisions will (hopefully) include: -the missing solutions for Mania Puzzle mode stages 22 and 25. -confirmed info on what completing the Mania set of puzzles opens up. -the solutions for the Download Puzzle mode stages. Past that, I feel that the document is nearing completion after a mere few weeks. I'm rather pleased... :D Also, when (or if) the game is released in the North America (or Europe/etc.) more info on those regions' versions of the game will be added upon the info's acquisition. However, since the game probably won't officially see the light of day outside of Japan until late 2000, this is a decent way into the future. And as I doubt that the game will be altered that much, the additions probably won't be that large... **sources: "Jorg S. Tittel" for quite a few of the harder Puzzle Mode solutions, including Puzzle Mode Mania 19 & 21, Special 21 (thank you so much - this saved [what is left of] my sanity...) and 22, as well as the fix on the Puzzle Mode Normal 25, Mania 6 & 21, as well as the words of support. Also, for mentioning that the regular edition does come with the stickers, and mentioning that the main VMU save is read-only... "Jonathan Demers" for the Mania 15, 16, & 17 solutions, as well as how to get the Downloadable puzzles... "Krys" for the fact that the regular edition does come with the stickers, as well as the info about getting Network support outside of Japan. The Official Chu-Chu Rocket! BBS at (http://chu-chu.dricas.ne.jp) for the Mania 22 and 25 solutions. National Console Support (http://www.ncsx.com) for the regular (non- controller set) product number. Famitsu Weekly, 12/10/1999 issue for the first week's final sales stats. The original Japanese Chu-Chu! BBS posters for the Mania 22 and 25 solutions, whose names I didn't write down (Mania 25 is on page 6, Mania 22 is on page 1). **notes: a quick note about the formatting of this document... Since the title of the game is lower-case, I've chosen to keep this somewhat similar in this document; hence, the first letter of every paragraph is not capitalised _on purpose_. All other sentences should be capitalised... about the name of the game, I feel that this is minor, but I feel that I should add it. The title of the game differs slightly depending on which you look at: the English or the Japanese title. The English title listed on the packaging is 'chu-chu rocket', while the Japanese translates to 'ChuChu Rocket!' and the Japanese in romaji is 'chuuchuu rokketo!'. Also, the VMU saves are listed as 'chuuchuu!' (romaji version) or 'chuchu!' (translated version). To make things even more complicated, I have chosen to use the title 'chu-chu rocket!', or simply 'chu-chu!', in this document. This is merely to make the all-lower-case title stand out more. I don't think that it's that big of a deal, but I though that I should put it in anyway. **legal: chu-chu rocket!, chu-chu rocket! Clear Controller Set, Dreamcast, Sonic Team, Sonic Adventure, NiGHTS, Saturn, Chu-Chu(s), Kapu-Kapu, Chao, Nightopians, and all other related terms/trademarks are copyright/trademarked by Sega Enterprises 1999. All other copyrights are properties of their respective owners. This document is copyright J.T.Kauffman 1999 and cannot be reproduced for profit in any form. It can be freely distributed over the internet as long as it is unaltered and is only distributed on free (i.e. non- subscription) sites. If you do choose to post this document on your site, please email me to let me know. **contact: J.T.Kauffman firstname.lastname@example.org since 11nov99 shibata, miyagi, japan jtk.