Haven't played much of franchise yet, but here's more interesting tidbits from the manual:
- There's an "Expansion Mode" option available when you start, where you can edit and add up to 2 new teams. You can choose team name, uniforms, logo, where you hold spring training, etc.
- As mentioned before in thread, there's a Fantasy draft option.
- If you purchase the option in the shop, you can directly import any created or modified team from the Arrange Mode into Season Mode.
- There's a "Manage" option called Quick Game for quickly playing through games similar to MVP 05, where you give commands to your players and see what happens as opposed to simming with no control or input.
- There's a yearly draft in June, though it doesn't go nearly as long as a real draft (doesn't say how many rounds it is in the manual).
- There's a 15 day DL available, but nothing longer it seems.
- There's free agent negotiation and contract extension talks available in the mode.
- Only one level of minor leagues (AAA)
- Typical postseason stuff - 3 division winners and 1 wildcard for each league, Divisional Series than LCS then World Series. There are also various awards given out after the season (Silver Slugger, Cy Young, MVP, etc). There are also Player of the Month awards for each league.
- Lots of team customization - define specific roles (starter, situational lefty, pinch runner, defensive substitution, pinch hitter), team strategy (you can quickly preset batting lineups by choosing options such as "Emphasis hitting ability" or "Emphasis on fielding/defense," etc. and choose settings like how often to steal bases, how often to pinch hit, etc).
- There's something called "Turn Setup" that you can use during Quick Games to have the game automatically pause or even enter into regular gameplay at specific times. You can use this to observe a specific player during games, and even use this to play as one specific player throughout the franchise! I'll have to mess with this to see how specific a situation you can setup, it would be neat to have the game enter gameplay mode for you to take manual control if certain things happen (opposing team takes the lead in the last 3 innings for example).
- The mode goes up to 10 seasons.
Other general info:
- No progressive scan or 16:9 support on the Wii.
- There's not many hitting stances/pitching deliveries available at the start when creating players, they need to be purchased in Shop mode.
- Alternate uniforms are also available in the shop.
- Completing games in Exhibition earns money for the Shop mode. You can also earn money in Success Mode, HR Derby, and Season (franchise) mode.
- You can exchange created players with other people by giving them a password. Entering the password will add that player to the other person's game, complete with stats and everything.
Also, it looks like the Japanese fanbase is not too happy about getting shafted
Originally Posted by BigManZam
Man, they are ticked. I'll do some translations before I pass out.
"This is horrible."
"Are you kidding me?!?!"
"They are seriously underestimating Japanese gamers."
"After seeing this, any thoughts I had for buying the Japanese version completely vanished."
"It's hilarious that the only thing really kept out of the Japanese version is edit."
"My blood is boiling."(very loose translation)
"If they can do something so messed up like this, I'm never going to buy Pawapuro again."
"I'm totally jealous of the American version. I'm going to cancel my order."
"If your stats are going to be such garbage, include a damn edit mode, Konami."
"AAAAH!!! Release PawaMajor International now!"
"Just like always, the stats aren't even close to being decent. If you're going to scam us all, at least do it before opening day."
"Why does the American version get this? It's even half priced."
"I really want this! I laughed at the guy making Posada faster, though. Haha."
"People yelling about 'put an edit mode in!', you should just make players in Success Mode. Perhaps you can't because you suck at it?"(this is probably the saddest post in all the thread and raises my suspicions about whether it's a Konami employee or not)
"When you see the American version's edit, you can't help but think that the Japanese version belongs in a ditch by the side of the road. It doesn't belong on a store shelf."
"Has facial graphics, edit mode, and is half priced. This is awful."
And that's all I'm going to do for now. Yep, they're ticked.