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PostSubject: [NEWS] Sailor Moon Drops Game Shutting Down   30th January 2019, 2:31 pm

As most of you already know, it was announced on Jan 28 that Sailor Moon Drops will be shutting down on March 28, 2019. Bandai-Namco doesn't even list it in their mobile game offerings anymore.

The company has not released any further information or insight as to why the decision was made but TuxedoUnmasked has posted an interesting article speaking to the popular speculation that it was not making enough money. Of course there are no hard numbers available to work with, but he at least puts it into more specific context beyond just that 'these games need to have a lot of users to make it worthwhile for the company'. I think the most insightful part of the piece is that the company's fiscal year end is just after the game will be shut down, "so they probably wanted to close this game out now rather than carry it into their investor reports for the next year," he suggests.

The fan hero behind Minty's Moon Drops has also posted her own analysis of the announcement along with a quick summary of all the need-to-know details for those still wanting to play between now and the shutdown in March. Her take on it traces the decision to shut down through the abnormality of game data updates starting a few months ago. (You can read her previous posts regarding the details to get the full picture.) If anyone is interested in the cute graphics and sounds that came with the games, her resource is invaluable. Consider crediting her if you use the game assets and drop hehe her a line to say thank you for her efforts!

Not surprisingly, a petition has been started at change.org by a passionate fan and has gained over 2500 signatures so far with the goal of 5000. It's one way for people to express their disappointment beyond just posting on social media, in any case.

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I know most of us already hashed things out over Discord but feel free to post any thoughts you have on the news here in this thread!

Personally, I think it's a shame. The devs obviously made a sincere effort to make an enjoyable game and despite the gameplay being (purposefully) frustrating, all of the little details (e.g. characters, abilities, maps, game concepts like the Space Time Door, etc.) fit really well into the Sailor Moon aesthetic and lore. To have it all just disappear because not enough people wanted to lose their shirts over digital intangible rewards sends a terrible message.

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PostSubject: Re: [NEWS] Sailor Moon Drops Game Shutting Down   30th January 2019, 2:53 pm

It is a shame! Though, tbh, I got kind of bored with it, along with losing my initial progress after a phone upped and died on me ina way where I couldn't access the transfer code. I think some factors like that and some people feeling like the only way to win was to pay, a lot of people stopped playing.

I have also heard of other mobile games going to the wayside like this, so I guess its not all too surprising. At the end of the day, the companies are out there to make money and if a product isn't doing that...then bye bye.

My only wish would be if there could be a full paid version that could be ported to other platforms beyond mobile. Like, I may have considered shelling out $20 for a full, not pay-to-win BS version of the game. The artwork is cute and clearly some effort was put into the little stories and cut scenes.

At LEAST they got as far as the Stars arc and finished it, along with releasing some surprising characters, like Sailor Cosmos.


I think what makes this even sadder to me is the fact that this was the first Japanese SM game that got an official English release that I am aware of. It was nice to know that we had something offiical to actually play. I would very much like it if after this closes, it opens up potential for something different but considering the state of SM lately... I'm not so sure. :/

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PostSubject: Re: [NEWS] Sailor Moon Drops Game Shutting Down   30th January 2019, 7:10 pm

I never actually got a chance to play it because (gasp) I don't use a smartphone.  It's a pity there was no other way to get ahold of it.

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PostSubject: Re: [NEWS] Sailor Moon Drops Game Shutting Down   30th January 2019, 7:55 pm

I've said it already in the discord chat, but I feel like one of the reasons it shut down was because people got tired of how difficult it became to play without paying. The later levels were designed to make it very hard to beat without a certain amount of special gems-and most of them you had to pay for. I stopped playing the main levels before I even got to queen beryl because of this and stuck with events only. It would have made much more sense if they decided to release it as a normal match-three puzzle game for 20$ rather then the fremium play. I'm not suprised it's closing. On a side note, the mintys moon drops blog that is in the first post managed to rip everything from the game. Gifs, images of the various sprites including the items, cutscenes and even the wallpapers and music-they're all safely preserved on the internet. I'm not to upset over it shutting down because of this.

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PostSubject: Re: [NEWS] Sailor Moon Drops Game Shutting Down   30th January 2019, 8:29 pm

I think the main reason I'm personally sad about it is that there won't be any more puppets in the adorable style. I dropped the game myself last semester because I was a perfectionist about it (I had every character and was consistently caught up on the main course) and I realized that my schedule was too busy to continue playing like that...

I'm just thankful all of the puppets are conserved and that the game lasted through all five arcs, but it would've been nice to see puppets for some of the more minor villains that they didn't get to like the Witches 5 or the Animamates.

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PostSubject: Re: [NEWS] Sailor Moon Drops Game Shutting Down   30th January 2019, 8:58 pm

I never got into it, mostly because I can only afford one mobile game hobby at a time (i.e. Pokemon Go), but I was tempted, especially since it seems there were so many iterations of the characters available. I am surprised they pulled the plug so soon after the Stars arc wrapped up though; I would've thought they'd leave it as is for a while, like a year or so, for late comers to the game to grind through most of the levels to reach the end of the story. :\

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PostSubject: Re: [NEWS] Sailor Moon Drops Game Shutting Down   30th January 2019, 10:38 pm

I did notice a drop out in the updates personally once I started to complete some of the missions and no newer ones appeared so I'm not really surprised it happened. I'm not so hung up on the game because I've played games like Candy Crush before and SM Drops by comparison is much easier, but I will miss the uniqueness Drops had. I can't think of many games where you could change the character you're playing and use them in a similar way. Honestly for me the replay is all in collecting the characters now and the game definitely pumped out characters for players.

In terms of Sailor Moon games and the franchise though I agree with Britchan and I do wish for more games for the international fans. Personally I'd like for the brand to get closer with Nintendo again and create new games or updates from previous titles. English Another Story 2.0 anyone?

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PostSubject: Re: [NEWS] Sailor Moon Drops Game Shutting Down   5th February 2019, 11:35 am

Wow, that's sad. I used to play the game until I got mad at it because of a bug/delay (idk what it was). I just know it was bad. I tried to get NQS on an event and the game would just stay still no matter what I did. I send a message to bandai, but I haven't received a response yet. Anyway I absolutely love the game, and it's a shame that it's going to be shut down just bc peole doesn't want to pay for play. That's stupid, in my point of view as a player
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PostSubject: Re: [NEWS] Sailor Moon Drops Game Shutting Down   Yesterday at 3:00 pm

I'm really sad even tho I didnt play alot.
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PostSubject: Re: [NEWS] Sailor Moon Drops Game Shutting Down   Yesterday at 10:06 pm

This news reminded me to download it, .
I don't suppose that there's a way to play it offline yet?

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PostSubject: Re: [NEWS] Sailor Moon Drops Game Shutting Down   Yesterday at 11:40 pm

Not yet, but I'd imagine someone would find a way via an emulator or ROM or something like that. Can't imagine how long that would take, though.

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