This July, Examiner gave young wannabe-fashionistas the heads-up about Girls' Fashion Shoot, a Nintendo 3DS game made just for them. This week, more details come to light via a hands-on play session held by Rising Star Games in downtown San Francisco.
Girls' Fashion Shoot (known in Japan as Nicola Kanshuu: Model – Oshare Audition 2) is based on Japanese teen fashion magazine, Nicola, and aspires to give teen and tween gamers the opportunity to follow their dreams of high-fashion domination.
At the Rising Star event, the full game was available on 3DS and time allowed to check out the game's character customization. Starting with a pert brunette base model, a starting outfit was built from countless shirt, pant, dress, skirt and accessory options. The available items were fun and trendy and many of them could be stacked to create even more varied looks.
Once her starting look was established, it was time to send the young model to her first photo shoot. A typically artsy photographer type set the girl up in front of a backdrop and a palette of poses became available to choose from. Players choose a main pose, then as the shoot progresses, the photographer provides extra shots in two additional poses. All the poses were cutesy but appropriate, given the context. Once the photos were done, a collection of backgrounds, frames and adjustable decorative graphics popped up, for use in embellishing the final shots.
Once the shoot is done, the model earns money which can then be spent on clothing and furnishings for her apartment. Photos are saved to each model's “card” and can then be viewed and commented upon by other players via Nintendo's Streetpass technology. Although the magazine editorial/management aspect of the game was not shown at the event, the modeling portion of it promises to provide hours of fun unlocking new items, even after completing the game's career mode.