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In 2012, while some people were preparing for the apocalypse, most gamers were enjoying another year of video games. During that year, the first game in a new series called “The Denpa Men” was released. This series had a very unique concept that made it stand out from any other game, and that is the way you recruit new characters known as Denpa Men. This unique way of recruiting Denpa men is that they reside in radio waves; therefore where there are radio waves, there are Denpa Men. It also takes advantage of the 3DS’ gyroscope, simply move the 3DS around to look for and capture Denpa Men that are floating around in radio waves. You can even scan QR codes to get Denpa Men if you need to.


The second game in the series, The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves was released in 2013, and is what this review is about. It is not necessary to play the first game in the series to enjoy the second game, as the second game’s story stands on its own. However if you do own the first game you can transfer your Denpa Men to the second game.


Capturing the Denpa Men is just a very small part of the game; the main part is in the form of a simplistic RPG. The story starts as a Denpa Man by the name of Tracy has his family kidnapped, and he has to go save them. The story isn’t very deep; in fact at one point I forgot what the point of the game was. The few times your character does talk, it’s usually when you run into a boss or enter a new dungeon, and the dialogue is short.

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The battle system is very simple, and it mainly depends of what kind of Denpa Men you have. There are the ones that have antennas and ones that don’t. The ones that have antennas have powers they can use. The powers are either a special attack, a power-up you can use on your team, a status effect you can use on the enemy, or a form of healing your team. The ones that don’t have antennas have no special power, but are generally stronger in every other way.


During your turn you can use these powers, use a regular attack, use an item, or defend. There isn’t much strategy in battle, as most of the strategy comes from equipment. Your Denpa Men can equip five different pieces of equipment, one for their head, their back, their arms, their legs, and their clothing. These sets of equipment can range from an element attack, element resistance, typical stat increasers such as speed and attack, and more. Choosing the proper equipment is crucial to your strategy, as most enemies have an element attack, and an element weakness. This can be the deciding factor between winning and losing a boss battle.


I had very mixed feelings about the music in this game. While I liked the music, I felt that a few of the tracks were not set for the right mood. The boss music didn’t feel like boss music in any way, and I feel that the boss music would’ve been better suited for non-boss battles. There is very little voice acting, and Tracy does almost all of it. It’s not especially well done either; he sounds like a poor version of an Animal Crossing character talking.

The graphics are good for an eShop game, and the world is very colorful. Also the 3D is very strong, I wouldn't suggest putting it on full blast for more than an hour. Whether you like 3D or not, you can always turn it off.

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Unlike the first Denpa Men game, where you can only go between dungeons, The Denpa Men 2 has an open world to explore. Don’t worry; you don’t have to run long distances to heal, as there is a jump feature, where you can warp to any town or location you have visited before. Without this feature it would be painfully annoying running from place to place, and the jump feature saves plenty of time you would normally spend commuting from these locations.


Unfortunately the open world has a severe problem; sometimes it is hard to figure out where to go next. After a certain point in the adventure you can ask a fortune teller, but she usually gives very vague hints. The worst part about this is that I had trouble finding a guide online; the best I could find was the official Denpa Men blog but even that doesn’t cover everything. Wondering around for an hour trying to find where to go next can become frustrating, especially considering enemies are everywhere. It’s hard to explore the world when there are so many enemies that will chase after you.


Even if you do happen to know where everything is, you’ll end up having to do some level grinding. Level grinding in video games is polarizing with gamers; some like it, some absolutely hate it. One rule about most RPGs is there will always be some grinding involved, and The Denpa Men 2 follows the same rule as the others.

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While the downsides can be troubling, The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves still has a lot of good qualities going for it.  Finding and catching Denpa Men through radio waves is a very creative feature that you can’t find anywhere else, and overall the game is an enjoyable experience.


Think of The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves as an introductory RPG; it’s great for new gamers and gamers who are new to RPGs, all while being satisfying enough for the average RPG gamer. You’ll get at least 30 hours or more from the main story, along with the post-game content, and all at only $12. It’s not without its faults, but if you’re looking for a good budget RPG, make The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves your next eShop purchase.

Main Pros: Fun and easy to understand RPG, 30+ hours of gameplay for $12, creative concept makes it stand out from the others

Main Cons: The music and voice acting doesn’t feel RPG-worthy, you’ll probably run around for an hour at times, weak story

Score 7.6/10
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Towafan7
Nice work Gamergy and thanks for reviewing this game!
KokorOtaku
on May 11th 2014, 8:06 pmKokorOtaku
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Was going to pick this one up, but haven't since I'm kinda stuck in the volcano area of the first one... I'll pick this up after I beat the first, then when I beat this one that's when I'll get number 3
Aqua Cherry Blossom
on May 12th 2014, 6:22 pmAqua Cherry Blossom
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Romantaku wrote:Was going to pick this one up, but haven't since I'm kinda stuck in the volcano area of the first one... I'll pick this up after I beat the first, then when I beat this one that's when I'll get number 3
Same lol.
The boss is too overpowered in the area. Sad
Aqua Cherry Blossom
on May 12th 2014, 6:24 pmAqua Cherry Blossom
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I forgot to comment on the review lol. Embarassed
Nice review Gamergy!
Tech101
on May 12th 2014, 6:27 pmTech101
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I probably would've played this last year if not for Animal Crossing. Spent way to much time doing what really?!

Nice review and I do want to play it someday!
ShanaNoShakugan
on May 12th 2014, 7:32 pmShanaNoShakugan
Such nice review. Smile
Gamergy
on May 12th 2014, 7:42 pmGamergy
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Nepgear wrote:
Romantaku wrote:Was going to pick this one up, but haven't since I'm kinda stuck in the volcano area of the first one... I'll pick this up after I beat the first, then when I beat this one that's when I'll get number 3
Same lol.
The boss is too overpowered in the area. Sad

That boss really is overpowered, when I finally got to it I lost in about five seconds. The final boss in The Denpa Men 2 is overpowered as well. My strategy for TDM2's final boss is to bring as many full potion S and revive potions as you can. My Denpa Men were all around level 70, but they would still get knocked out in 2 or 3 attacks. If you can use a full potion S every turn it's not too hard.

@Tech101 wrote:I probably would've played this last year if not for Animal Crossing. Spent way to much time doing what really?!

Nice review and I do want to play it someday!

I played the Gamecube Animal Crossing to death, was about 50 items away from having everything (keep in mind there are over 1000 items total, and some are really hard to find) caught all 40 fish and got 38 bugs, all without any time traveling. Then I lost the memory card forever. New Leaf is a fun game, and I need to pick it up again as it's been a few months...
Amufungal
I liked this game, but Bravely Default is much better Smile
Ms_Kinomoto
Um...this is such a fun game, but it is really hard sometimes too. Shocked
Anonymous
Beautiful review Gamergy-chan! I love you
Aussiegamer
on May 13th 2014, 5:48 pmAussiegamer
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Superb review mate! I couldn't agree more! :-D
Staroceancrazy
on May 13th 2014, 9:16 pmStaroceancrazy
Awesome review Exclamation
Ms_Kinomoto
Um...your review is so nice. Smile
Megatron2000
on May 15th 2014, 11:42 amMegatron2000
This series is rather strange, but it's fun and challenging as well. Your review is superb, however I would have given the game an 8/10! Megatron Happy
DigiDestined
on May 17th 2014, 11:28 amDigiDestined
Nice review Gamergy! =)
Akatsuki
Fair review and fair score. Smile
Gamergy
Thanks for the feedback everyone! Your guys' comments are what keeps me writing! Smile
ToughGamer
Good review.
Ragnarok
Awesome review dude!
SuperVash
Your review is great! Nice tagline FTW! victory
Talesfanatic
Sweet review gamergy! Very Happy
Mouser
Well that was a good read!
Gekkouga-Senpai
on May 17th 2014, 6:14 pmGekkouga-Senpai
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When can we expect the review for The Denpa Men 3?
RWBY Yellow = Yang
on May 17th 2014, 7:56 pmRWBY Yellow = Yang
I really enjoyed reading your review @Gamergy!
Kain
I need to get around to finishing this game, but I have too many games left in my backlog.
captainamerica
on May 18th 2014, 2:16 pmcaptainamerica
Impressive review!
ShounenMania
I never liked this series, but that's just my opinion not a fact. Your review rocks! The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves review (3DS eShop) 631737971
Chickgoboom
Awesome review! This is on my long wishlist of eshop titles that I plan on downloading!
Elza
I love the cute story and characters in The Denpa Men series! Smile
Elza
Nice review Gamergy. Smile
Link_i_am
on May 27th 2014, 12:49 pmLink_i_am
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This is comment number 32! Shocked Congratulations, it's no surprise given the quality of your articles.
Love4Gaming
@Link_i_am wrote:This is comment number 32! Shocked Congratulations, it's no surprise given the quality of your articles.

I couldn't agree more these articles are what makes WiiWareWave so great! Smile
Gamergy
on May 27th 2014, 1:30 pmGamergy
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Wow, over 30 comments and 25 likes! Surprised   Thanks to all of you guys! Smile
Towafan7
@Gamergy wrote:Wow, over 30 comments and 25 likes! Surprised   Thanks to all of you guys! Smile
Congrats. Wink
Clαππαd
Nice review Gamergy.

@Gamergy wrote:Wow, over 30 comments and 25 likes! Surprised   Thanks to all of you guys! Smile

Congratulations. Smile
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