Japanese Yume Nikki fans are talking about an old DVD that (I think?) is being sold that has something to do with versions 0.04 and 0.06 of Yume Nikki. I’m not sure if it’s the full versions or just footage of said versions or what, but I’m doing some digging right now to try and figure out what this is. My Japanese is limited, so I’m only able to understand the gist of the above tweets. It’d be neat if someone with more knowledge of the language could help do some clarification on this stuff. In particular: this guy seems to be talking about the old version a lot. This in particular is getting linked to a lot.
I’ll keep updating this post with any new information that I find out. Whatever you do, try not to get your hopes up; this could all very well be nothing, just footage, or, if it’s something for sale, could be bought by some greedy bastard who decides to keep all the goods to themselves.
After doing some more research, it appears all the hype is indeed regarding a specific magazine issue. The issue in question is called “FreeGameStation! Vol.1″, which supposedly has a DVD disc with something pertaining to version 0.04 (or 0.06) of Yume Nikki. However, there is no current confirmation as to whether or not the disc truly contains said version(s) or if it’s just a, in the words of our beloved Uboachan, “FRAUD”. Furthermore, costs for the issue already appear to be pretty high, with one issue that included the DVD disc asking for 29,800 yen, or about $250 (U.S.). That’s a lot of money to spend on something that may or may not be there, and as of now it seems that nobody can confirm nor deny the existence of the beta, which makes things all the more sketchy. Some are still remaining optimistic, others not so much. It’s pretty much coming down to who can get a copy of said disc to finally put this all to rest, but good look finding one for cheap now that they’re in high demand. I’ll continue to update this post and post updates on my Tumblr and Twitter if anything comes up, though I’m kind of wondering if we’ve already seen all this “saga” had to offer. Oh, and here’s some translations from the Twitter page I linked to ealier. It was basically someone else following the progress of all this, but from their own perspective.