Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse

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Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse
Game Title Image
零~月蝕の仮面~
Zero ~Tsukihami no Kamen~
Project Zero IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse
Developer(s): Tecmo & Grasshopper Manufacture
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Distributor(s): Nintendo
Release date: Japan - July 31 2008
Genre: Survival Horror
Game modes: Easy, Normal, Hard & Nightmare
Mission Mode
Ratings: Japan: CERO C
Countries: Japan
Platform(s): Wii

The fourth game of the Fatal Frame Series, released for the Nintendo Wii console.

Storyline

"Do the things we can't remember still exist?"

On Rougetsu Island, an island south of Honshu, a festival called the Rougetsu Kagura occurs once every decade. During the Kagura, five girls were spirited away. Although the girls were rescued by a detective, they had lost all of their memories. One of the girls, Ruka Minazuki, retained one faint memory: a single melody...

Masked people surround girls playing instruments as the masked woman, as though possessed, dances in the moonlight.

The melody repeats, gathering speed... until eventually the memory is interrupted.

"What happened on that day...?" Ruka has been thinking since.

Ten years later, of the girls who went missing two have died simultaneously, their faces covered and contorted as though screaming in pain.

Ruka and the two remaining girls, Misaki and Madoka, return to Rougetsu Island to uncover the mystery behind their friends' deaths. Her friends already on the island, Ruka follows to discover what lies within her lost memories...

- Opening description from the game manual

Release dates

There are currently no plans to release this game to the PS3 or Xbox360 consoles. A Tecmo representative stated that the game would not be released outside of Japan on any other system with any other company.[1]

Wii

  • Japan - July 31st, 2008
  • Europe - Release canceled.[5][6]

Development Info

  • Game was privately announced at 2007 Tokyo Game Show
  • Tecmo publicly announced the game on January 30th, 2008 at their winter press conference.[7]
  • Game was released on July 31st, 2008 in Japan for 6800yen.
  • Suda51 is involved as director of the game (as is Makoto Shibata). [8]
  • The soundtrack was scored by Masafumi Takada and Etsuko Ichikawa.[9]
  • There are four playable characters in the game. Different stages feature different characters (similar to Fatal Frame III).
  • Game features Resident Evil 4 style gameplay (3rd person over the shoulder).
  • Kikuchi and Shibata have mentioned that this game is the best yet of the series.[10]
  • An unofficial translation project by fans, replacing Japanese text and subtitles with English, was completed in January 2010. A Spanish fan translation was completed on August 28th, 2010, and a French fan translation on September 2nd, 2011. An English voice track for players to use instead of the original Japanese track was also in the works. However, the dub project has since disbanded and been cancelled due to creative differences.

Main Characters

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Ruka Minazuki 水無月 流歌 (age: 17)

The main heroine of Fatal Frame IV. Several years ago, Ruka (a previous native of the island) and four other girls were rescued by a detective after being kidnapped as a child. Now, the remaining two girls have left for the island of Rougetsu, where it all started. In search of her lost memories, Ruka too heads out for the island.



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Misaki Asou 麻生 海咲 (age: 17)

One of the surviving kidnapped girls, Misaki is a strong-willed girl who has to have her way. Led by the vision of a girl in black who appears in her memory, Misaki heads towards Rougetsu Island. However, soon after arriving to the island Misaki, lead by her curiosity, abandons the cowardly Madoka.




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Madoka Tsukimori 月森 円香 (age: 17)

One of the surviving kidnapped girls, Madoka has a timid personality. Upon Misaki's urging, Madoka follows her to Rougetsu Island. Soon after arriving to the island, Madoka begins to have second thoughts, and suddenly finds herself separated from Misaki. Madoka is the first character you play in the game.



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Choushiro Kirishima 霧島 長四郎 (age: unknown)

The detective who rescued Ruka and the other girls from Rougetsu island several years ago while in the pursuit of a suspect. Now just a private eye, he travels back to the island, upon the request of Ruka's mother, to find Ruka and her friends.



Chapters

咲き触れ / Blooming Touch ???
音連れ / Musical Accompaniment
共鳴 / Resonance
忘日 / Forgotten Day
空身 / The Empty Body
双面 / The Masked Pair
月守歌 / Tsukimori Song
無苦 / Without Suffering
朔夜 / Sakuya
帰来迎 / Kiraigou
殘桜 / Lingering Cherry Blossoms
月蝕 / Lunar Eclipse
零域 / Zero Stage

Book

Box Art

Misc Info

  • The theme song is Zero no Chouritsu by Tsukiko Amano.
  • The ending song is NOISE also by Tsukiko Amano.
  • The game's official image color is yellow.
  • The keywords are moon, mask, and memory.[11]
  • The theme is 'Feeling fear with your body'.[12]
  • There are three main glitches in the game, one of which will freeze gameplay.
  • Unlike previous games, this game was developed by the newly created Team TACHYON, instead of the Project Zero team (now disbanded).
  • Fatal Frame IV Staff
  • This is the first Fatal Frame game for the Wii console.
  • The game sold 0.08m units globally.[13]

Official Links

http://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/r4zj/index.html
http://www.tecmo.co.jp/product/zero4/
http://wii.com/jp/articles/zero/
http://wii.com/jp/creators-voice/zero/

References

  1. Riley, Adam. (June 3, 2009). Tecmo Discusses Nintendo's Cancellation of Fatal Frame 4 Wii. Cubed3.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-05 from [1].
  2. (April 10, 2009) Fatal Frame Shuttered in US, EU. Gamespot.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-06 from [2].
  3. Casamassina, Matt. (April 8, 2009) Fatal Frame Never Coming to America?. IGN.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-06 from [3].
  4. Furtado, Matt. (April 7, 2009) Fatal Frame 4 Not Coming to US. Kombo.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-06 from [4].
  5. (May 29, 2009) Sorry guys, Fatal Frame IV isn't coming to Europe either. GoNintendo.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-06 from [5].
  6. (May 30, 2009)Les fantômes n'effrayeront que le Japon. LiveWii.fr. Retrieved on 2009-06-06 from [6].
  7. Tecmo 2008 Winter Press Conference (January 30, 2008). 零~月蝕の仮面~. Press Release. Retrieved on 2009-03-01 from http://www.tecmo.co.jp/special/conf2008win/index.html
  8. Gantayat, Anoop. (January 30, 2008). Fatal Frame Wii Revealed. IGN.com. Retrieved on 2009-03-01 from http://uk.wii.ign.com/articles/848/848539p1.html
  9. Fatal Frame IV Preview (2008, April). Games TM Magazine, 52.
  10. Creator's Voice. Wii, Nintendo Japan. Retrieved 2009-03-01 from http://wii.com/jp/creators-voice/zero/
  11. Gantayat, Anoop. (January 30, 2008). Fatal Frame Wii Revealed. IGN.com. Retrieved on 2009-03-01 from http://uk.wii.ign.com/articles/848/848539p1.html
  12. Creator's Voice. Wii, Nintendo Japan. Retrieved 2009-03-01 from http://wii.com/jp/creators-voice/zero/
  13. VG Chartz, retrieved October 21 2012.

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Fatal Frame Series
Fatal Frame - Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly - Fatal Frame III: The Tormented
Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse - Fatal Frame: Deep Crimson Butterfly - Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir
Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water


Characters
Player Characters
Ruka Minazuki - Misaki Asou - Madoka Tsukimori - Choushiro Kirishima
Major Characters/Ghosts
Miya - Ayako - Sayaka Minazuki - You Haibara - Sakuya Haibara - Shigeto Haibara - Souya Yomotsuki - Dr. Kunihiko Asou
Minor Characters/Ghosts
Marie Shinomiya - Tomoe Nanamura - Fuyuko Shiratsuki - Yoriko Sonohara - Kazuto Amaki - Iori Aiba - Natsuki Shiono - Tadayuki Kaido - Tomoko Hinuma - Asagi Hizuki - Shoji Katagiri - Sanae Houzuki - Katsuhito Kariya - Kageri Sendou - Watashi - Shie Sonosaki - Masanobu Fuchiki - Michihiko Ikushima - Sato Mizunoe - Tsubaki Tono - Yuukou Magaki - Yuuzou Takemura - Kyouko Kitazume - Miyoshi Tsukigase - Takashi Aiba - Himiko Kiriya - Takahisa Kouzuki - Souetsu Yomotsuki - Kaoru Sendou - Souan Yomotsuki
Terms
Asou Family - Blooming - Camera Obscura - Face-Cutting - Flashlight - Getsuyuu Syndrome - Haibara Family - Hōzuki Dolls - Kanade - Kidnapped Girls - Kiraigou - Lunar Eclipse - Lunar Melody - Rougetsu Kagura - Shrine Guards - Spirit Stone Radio - Spirited Aways - Spirit Flashlight - Tsukimori Shrine Maidens - Utsuwa - Yomotsuki Family
Locations
Amakore Bay Police Station - Haibara Clinic - Haibara Hospital (List of Rooms) - Kusanagi University - Lunar Eclipse Hall - Moon Reflection Well - Rougetsu Hall (List of Rooms) - Rougetsu Island - Rougetsu Tunnels - Tsukuyomi Beach - Tsukuyomi Peninsula Lighthouse - Yomotsuki House
Gameplay
Camera Obscura - Misaki's Camera Obscura - Save points - Blue Crystal - Red Crystal - Spirit List - Lenses - Spirit Stone Radio Recordings - Functions - Films - Flashlight - Health items
Music
Tsukiko Amano - Zero no Chouritsu - NOISE - Tsukimori Song
More Pages
Items - Notes - Photographs - Costumes - Choushiro's Handbook