THE iDOLM@STER SP
|THE iDOLM@STER SP|
|Video Game data|
|Weiβ Schwarz TCG game preorder card|
THE iDOLM@STER SP is a series of three games released on the Playstation Portable on February 19, 2009 in Japan. The series comprises three different games, each one having different name and content. This game also introduces a rival faction, 961 Production, comprising of three idols (Miki Hoshii, Hibiki Ganaha and Takane Shijou), and their boss, Takao Kuroi.
- 1 Gameplay
- 2 Storyline relations
- 3 THE iDOLM@STER SP English Game Manual
- 4 English Bonus DLC Insert
- 5 Characters
- 6 Songs
- 7 Secrets/Hints
- 8 Advanced User Section
With the exception of a new storyline, most of the gameplay remains unchanged from the Xbox 360 version of the game. Unlike the previous game, however, only one idol may be produced at a time and no duo or trio groups may be formed. If the player wishes to avoid the Story mode of play, they may select the Free mode, which plays like a traditional game of THE iDOLM@STER where the player has 52 weeks to build up their idol of choice.
Another addition is Office mode, where the player can play around with an idol of their choosing, regardless of game version or production company. Here, they can sound test dialogue lines or dress up the idol in stage clothes and perform on of the 16 in-game songs.
In the game, clothes and accessories are obtained when the Producer makes an appointment with a stylist, instead of receiving them at the end of a single session in the original game.
Downloadable Content was roughly released in 1 month intervals. The beta screen showed expiry dates for items, but this has since disappeared in the official release. The items can be found here: THE iDOLM@STER SP DLC. While labeled as returning songs, the music below had several songs that debuted in Live for You! DLC only weeks before becoming SP DLC.
In Perfect Sun and Wandering Star, Miki is still a 765 idol waiting for her production. Thus Missing Moon is not related to either one.
The events involving both Takane and Hibiki are different in both Perfect Sun and Wandering Star, so they, too, may not be related.
THE iDOLM@STER SP English Game Manual
The Producer's Job
As a producer, your job is to train a girl to become a top idol in a limited period of time. The producer's main job is to manage the idol's schedule and to decide her actions. Organize her weekly schedules by selecting lessons, auditions, and whatever else is necessary.
- Balanced Action
The most effective way to win the most fans is by passing auditions and performing on TV. However, simply entering auditions without improving abilities will make it hard to pass them. In addition, working without any time off may prevent your idol from living up to her potential. Strike the right balance between work, lessons, and rest to win as many fans as possible.
- Watch out for the time limit for ranking up!
In Story Produce mode, you must win a certain number of fans and survive the Ultimate Idol elimination round in a limited period of time to raise Idol Rank. You must try again if you are not able to enter Ultimate Idol elimination round before time runs out or you are eliminated.
Note: There is no time limit in Free Produce mode.
Idol Production proceeds in one week at a time. Decide a week's worth of actions on the morning of the first day and check the results for that week on the evening of the last day.
1. Morning (Prepare): Check your progress so far and then select actions.
2. Execute Actions: Execute the selected actions. (Lesson, Audition, Promotion, Desk, Vacation)
3. Night (Check Results): Check the results for the past week.
End of Idol Production and Producer Rank
In Story Produce mode, production work ends after winning the Ultimate Idol contest. In Free Produce mode, production work ends after the activity period is over and the farewell concert is held. When production work ends, your ability (Producer Rank) will be evaluated based on your results during the activity period. The number of things you can do in the game increases as your Producer Rank goes up.
Give your idol instructions so that she will win points by appealing to the judges. Rankings will be determined for three rounds (Vocal, Dance, and Visual), and your idol will get one or more stars for coming in at least third place. The final ranking will be decided based on the final number of stars acquired.
Note: The number of idols that pass depends on the type of audition.
When "APPEAL" is displayed, press the button for the type of appeal you want the idol to make in time with the music. The number of points gained will vary depending on the button press timing and the idol's abilities. An idol can make up to nine appeals during a round.
|Circle Button||Vocal Appeal|
|X Button||Dance Appeal|
|Square Button||Visual Appeal|
- Judges and Interest Gauge
When an idol makes an appeal to a judge, the interest gauge of the judge for the type appeal made will go down. When a judge's interest gauge goes all the way down, that judge will leave and the stars for that type of appeal will be reduced to zero. Keep an eye on the interest gauge of each judge and keep a good balance in mind with the points you want to score while making appeals.
- Memory Appeal
Pressing the triangle button while the Memory panel is displayed starts Memory Roulette. Pressing the triangle button again stops the Memory Roulette. When your idol makes a Memory appeal, the remaining number of times she can do so as well as the number of memories decreases.
|Memory Roulette Results|
|good||All points go up and the judge's interest recovers.|
|bad||All points and the judge's interest go down.|
Rankings will be determined based on the points earned in a round. An idol can earn stars by coming in at least third place, but she will lose one star if she places in sixth.
|Most popular||Five stars|
|Second most popular||Three stars|
|Third most popular||Two stars|
End of Audition
Idols that earn enough stars will pass the audition and be qualified to appear on TV. If this happens, your idol's tension will go up. If your idol fails the audition, the game will proceed to evening of the end of the week and her tension will go down.
Your idol can appear on TV once she passes an audition.
Note: You can set whether or not to tell your idol when to make appeals or leave it up to her during TV performance by selecting TV Appeals under the Game Settings option.
- TV Appearance Screen
During a TV appearance, press the circle button to have your idol make an appeal and press the square button to snap a photo. Note that the number of times your idol can make appeals is determined by her Image Level. Photos: Up to five photos can be saved. If you take any more, they will be overwritten, starting with the oldest. Photo frame: The photo will be the image within the frame. Press the triangle button to switch between portrait and landscape.
|TV Performance Controls|
|Move photo frame||directional buttons/analog stick|
|Switch screen display on/off||X button|
|Switch photo frame||Triangle button|
|Snap photo||Square Button|
|Vertical mode||L button|
|Horizontal mode||R button|
|End TV appearance||START button|
- End of TV Appearance
When your idol's TV appearance ends, select the photos you want to keep and then choose whether to save a video of this appearance. You can view these photos and videos by selecting Album on the main menu.
English Bonus DLC Insert
An insert leaflet was made available with limited edition versions of the game. Each paper contained a Product Code that allowed the 765 Production idols usage of the School Wear costume. However, the codes were only available through December of 2009 and could not be worn by the members of Project Fairy. The costume was later possible to purchase as a part of DLC catalogs, but still could not be worn by members of 961 Production. The leaflet reads as follows:
- Special Costume "School Wear"
Download the special add-on costume "School Wear" for free with the product code below now! The design of this costume is based on the memorable first music CD jacket of IDOL MASTER, don't miss it!
- "School Wear" is a costume for the idols of 765 Production in each version.
- This costume is for all the three "Perfect Sun", "Wandering Star" and "Missing Moon" versions, and is valid until the end of Dec, 2009
All three games introduce a rival idol to oppose the three main idols of that game. New content includes a song for each of the 765 idols from their MASTER ARTIST albums and new costumes and accessories, which can be used across all three games.
|Game||765 Production Idols||961 Project Fairy|
If you produce all 9 idols and then complete another idols story while reaching a 100% score, you will unlock a secret ending.
Ways to unlock the THE iDOLM@STER SP Clothes can be found here.
Advanced User Section
Debug Mode - Allows you to create custom poses, practice lessons and etc.