Originally Posted by EnduroGamer
Not to change the topic, but Boy, did you start on the very easy difficulty setting for PN03?
The American version of PN03, unlike the Japanese version, is meant to be played through on each difficulty setting in succession. It's pretty much the only way you can ever afford to get the best suits and best power-ups. Without it, you'll have to be a God to beat the last couple levels on the harder difficulty setting.
They actually made the US version of PN03 quite a bit harder than the Japanese version. When I asked Capcom about it (when I did the guidebook for it) my contact couldn't tell me why, but it was confirmed that you are essentially required to play at least several times through in succession to get the best stuff.
I started on US Normal I guess. Sounds like a challenge now, and because of that I can't back down.
But yeah, Capcom does that a lot. Supposedly the US got the hardest version of DMC3 and Viewtiful Joe as well. I remember that Tomonobu Itagaki from Tecmo said in an interview that he liked American gamers better because they played hard games and were "manlier". I suppose maybe that's why?