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妖精大戦争 ~ 東方三月精

Great Fairy Wars ~ Touhou Sangessei

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Developer Team Shanghai Alice /
Makoto Hirasaka (portrait art)
Publisher Team Shanghai Alice
Released Full: August 14th, 2010 (Comiket 78)
Genre Vertical Danmaku freezing game
Gameplay Single-Player Story Mode
Platforms Windows 7/Vista/XP
(can't run on Windows 2000 despite the information on the package)
Requirements Pentium 1GHz, 300 MB hard disk, Direct3D, DirectX 9.0c, 64MB VRAM, DirectSound, 256MB RAM


妖精大戦争 ~ 東方三月精 (romanized: Yousei Daisensou ~ Touhou Sangetsusei, meaning "Great Fairy Wars ~ Eastern Three Fairies") is a vertical danmaku freezing game and is the 12.8th game in the series. It is a continuation of a story in Strange and Bright Nature Deity and is the only danmaku game by ZUN where he did not draw the portraits himself. The portraits were drawn by Makoto Hirasaka.

Gameplay

Main article: Fairy Wars: Gameplay (includes a more detailed description of the game and information on scoring)

The game plays somewhat like a fusion of the Shoot the Bullet series and the Phantasmagoria series, combined with "standard" Touhou gameplay. Cirno is able to shoot regularly, but also possesses a new "freezing" technique that adds a new twist to the game. Similar to Aya's camera, Cirno has a counter that fills up during gameplay. To activate this technique, hold and release the shot button. When activated, Cirno's freeze attack will attack the immediate area directly in front of her, and freeze any bullets it comes in contact with for a duration proportionate to the percentage of charge before vanishing afterwards. When other bullets come into contact with frozen bullets, they too will freeze, allowing for large chains to be frozen in this way. Points and bombs are awarded for freezing large numbers of bullets.

Like the main-series games, Fairy Wars contains full stages each home to their own specific midboss and boss. However, Cirno is the only playable character, and there are only three stages during a playthrough instead of six. On the other hand, though, there are six different "routes" the player may choose to take, depending on which order they choose to play the three stages in. There is also a seventh extra route which must be unlocked before being playable.

Story

Main article: Fairy Wars: Translation
Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

This game was meant to be a continuation of Strange and Bright Nature Deity.

It is war between the fairies! A group of fairies destroyed the house of Cirno and she is out for revenge. So she declared war between her and the culprits. As Cirno tries to find the culprits she must play and freeze trough the bullets, when she finally can confront the culprit at stage 3 to punish them.

It begins, depending on which path you take, with one Fairy on each stage. On the final stage, the Three Mischievous Fairies battle together at all once, however, Cirno is the strongest and won't lose to the fairies. Cirno was victorious and the fairies were punished.

After, Cirno wanders around for a while, bored of 'weak' opponents. While wandering, she encounters Marisa Kirisame, making Cirno think she is a worthy opponent. They battle, and later, Marisa pauses and realising how powerful Cirno was. Marisa goes slightly harder, but is still defeated. Marisa claims that she didn't try as an excuse for her loss.

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