MNL48 sets off ‘Janken Senbatsu’ card game app during Tokyo Game Show 2019

by MNL48 Philippines

AKB48’s international sister group MNL48 made another out-of-the-country appearance as they officially released and gave a sneak peek of their first ever card game app in Japan during the annual Tokyo Game Show 2019 held at Makuhari Messe, Chiba on September 12 to 15, 2019.

MNL48 Abby, Rans, Coleen, Cess, Brei, Kay, Amy and Dana introduced to the world the official MNL48 card game app “Janken Senbatsu” which was originally based in the classic Jan-Ken-Pon (Rock-Paper-Scissors) game during one of the biggest video game and tech convention around the globe.

The card game app lets players assemble their own MNL48 Janken Senbatsu to battle against other users from all over the world. Additionally, exclusive MNL48 music and videos can also be enjoyed by players within the app.

Visitors also got the chance to play against MNL48 girls in an exciting twice-to-beat game of rock-paper-scissors where winning contenders won exclusive Janken Senbatsu photo cards and other freebies from the group. Event goers also tried their luck in gashapon or toy capsule vending machines that were also available at the MNL48 booth.

For this year, the Tokyo Game Show racked an official visitor count of 262,074 in its four-day run where a total of 2,417 booths were set up, considering it as one of the biggest video game expos across the globe. The event was also joined by 350 game companies from Japan and 305 overseas gaming corporations.

According to MNL48 Brei, the thought of launching their first ever mobile app thrilled her like never before, as if they are immediately following the footsteps of renowned idol group and sister group AKB8 who has already launched couple of gaming apps in the past years.

“Kahit nasa biyahe pa lang sobrang excited na kami. Nag-look forward agad kaming lahat sa mga pwedeng mangyari doon. First time naming magkakaroon ng game app and nacurious ako sa magiging kalalabasan kasi part na rin ‘yun ng ginagawa talaga ng AKB48. Inisip ko kung paano kaya ‘pag ginawa siyang game na downloadable at pwedeng laruin ng fans namin,” Brei exclaimed.

“Sobrang bago rin sa amin yung pagpunta sa Japan kasi may mga first time kaming nakasama, sina Cess, Amy at Dana, kaya sobrang daming nakakatawang moments at mas lalong nakapagpagaan ‘yun sa performance namin. Parang dumaan lang ‘yung mga araw, hindi na nga po namin namalayan na pauwi na kami. At sobrang dami naming natutunan sa anim na araw na ‘yun,” she added.

For MNL48 Cess, who performed on the international stage for the first time, she gave all her best to impress her fans abroad and to represent MNL48 well in one of the largest video game expo in the world.

“Of course, I’m happy because I went to another country and of course, because I’ve been able to perform on an international stage. It’s my first time performing in a foreign country so I practiced and gave everything I could to make them happy and inspired,” Cess said.

MNL48’s Janken Senbatsu card game app is brought by Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. and developed by Diamond Entertainment Inc. Following the success of the launching event, the said game app is set to be released this September in the Apple Store for iOS users and Google Play for Android users.

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