Editorial: State of the Art

January 31, 2003 11:59 PM PST

Insert Credit / josh hsieh / brandon sheffield


Yahoo recently released some stats for the videogame sales of 2002. This prompted Josh to write an editorial regarding the stagnation of the industry, and general lack of innovation. This in turn prompted me to write my own response to his. Are we stagnant for a reason? Have we even reached a period of modernism in the gaming world?


News: Article Seezak's GP32 projects

January 31, 2003 11:54 PM PST

Article Seezak / BS


Our pals at GP32 News have gotten a bit more info about the Article Seezak release schedule. The Story of Bug Eyed Monster demo (not game, as I had stated previously) will be released beginning February second. The gull release will be in March. Mill however, is packaged and ready to go!!! It's simply up to Gamepark to release it!


Editorial: A Square Deal?

January 31, 2003 10:56 PM PST

Insert Credit / Josh Hsieh


Ever intrepid Josh Hsieh moves from the sacred to the secular in his look at the biggest blip on the merger map: the Square-Enix deal. Poor communication skills, madding crowds, and the fight for the top bunk are just part of this latest write up...


Review: Blinx: the Time Sweeper

January 31, 2003 1:40 AM PST

Insert Credit / Charles Mugg


Blinx

Charles has once again taken off the shooty mantle to bring us a review of the X-box's Japanese mascot Blinx: the Time Sweeper. Created by Sonic Team ex-patriots Artoon, it seems quite the game!


Download: Rugal's captures

January 30, 2003 11:55 PM PST

RugalBernstein / BS


Rugal has taken to capturing some unusual things these days - herein you will discover various interesting bits. Samurai Showdown Azura Zanmaden, Sonic the Racers (played with a trackball) among others await!


News: GP32 update

January 30, 2003 3:19 PM PST

Various / BS


Latest info from GP32 Notebook is good and bad. First, the bad news. The highly anticipated action platformer 'Tales of Windy Land' (pics available at GP32 News) has been cancelled. The PC version has already been released, but it's a game of a totally different sort. Very unfortunate, consindering this game has to be about 85-90% complete, if not totally done. Curses to Moongkle for this decision, though I'm sure they had their reasons.

Good news is, Story of BEM (mentioned earlier) will be available next week if all goes well! Finally Article Seezak may actually release a game, rather than simply announcing them!

Last bit, the official GP32 dev forum has gotten a renewal.


News: Moonlight Destiny pre-orders

January 30, 2003 3:16 PM PST

Falcom / BS


Preorders are beginning for Falcom's newest Korean outsourced title: Moonlight Destiny. Order now and recieve Ys V for PC! Nothing has been changed or updated from the SFC version, but you can play with keyboard or gamepad. Rather a nice addition I think (as they say; to tie you over until Ys 6 is finished), but that's not all you get! Also included is the Ys V orchestrated soundtrack, as well as the Moonlight Destiny OST! All of this for a mere 7500 yen! The game comes out on the 27th of March, and pre-orders start technically in February (tomorrow/today, depending on your area).


Site News: Mail problems

January 30, 2003 12:15 AM PST

Insert Credit / BS


Our mail server crashed, so anything any of you may have sent us today, would have been bounced back, or lost. Please resend today, as we should be up and running again in no time. But all of our original mails have been lost. Be advised!


Mini-review: Mr Chin's Gourmet Paradise

January 29, 2003 11:55 PM PST

Insert Credit / Vera LaPorte


Welcome to Vera LaPorte, our newest recruit! She takes a hard-hitting look at Mr Chin's Gourmet Paradise for the Game Boy. A quick, fun read.


Download: Adveritasunica

January 29, 2003 5:50 PM PST

Abars / BS


Adveritasunica

Another excellent but unsung doujin group: Abars. These guys have some great stuff out there. The game you see to the left is the must-download here. It's called Adveritasunica, and is available on their download page. It can be tough to get to the actual download if you don't know japanese, as they outsource for hosting. So the page is here. It's a 2-player sidescrolling action game, playable with keyboard or gamepad. Keyboard keys are: Z - main attack. Both characters have a few set combos they run through, all of which look rather stylish. X - magic. Magic rips through all comers, and MP is regained by smashing things. C or up is jump. Terribly fun game with four stages, bosses, decent graphics, and an AI character which helps you out if you've not a second player to assist. Some of Abars other games worth noting (check the download page for shots, then refer here for downloads):
Lost Magic, a shooting RPG. Be sure to download the update if you get the main file.

Ruinaterra (see the official page): a 3D multiplayer action RPG akin to PSO. Downloadable here.

ASL, an ADV. Download here (direct link).

Having trouble getting them to work? Consult the forums.

RuinaterraRuinaterraLost MagicASL


News: Ai Yori Aoshi

January 29, 2003 5:42 PM PST

Kid / BS


Lazy news day - here's the latest from Kid. The Ai Yori Aoshi page has been given a large update this month, with new story info, CG gallery and character pics. Seems the game will be getting some time on TV Tokyo this week as well. It's still slated for a March 20th 7800 yen release.


News: Talk to your dog!

January 29, 2003 5:31 PM PST

Takara Toys / BS


"The feeling of a dog is translated!" This is the slogan for a new product from the game company/toymaker Takara. The device clips onto your dog's collar, with a screen to reflect their mood, based on vocal cues. Further description taken from the English language site: "Then the display shows phrases that fit the emotional state of the dog, such as "I am sad. I want to play," and "I am super angry. I am going to explode!"" Thanks to Omegadog's MMCafe forum post for the links.


Download: Japanese doujin shooter

January 28, 2003 4:06 PM PST

ABA Games / BS


Listen to me carefully; if you pay heed to nothing else in this paragraph, you must go and download this java game. I discovered this genious group (ABA Games) in a search for Wonderwitch titles. I've found several groups which I will be sharing with you over the coming weeks. The game you see to the left is called Noiz2. Follow the instructions in the readme, and prepare for a fantastic shooting experience. Should you have trouble, just visit out forums. They've used Bullet ML to script bullet patterns from many classic shooters that you may (should) recognize. For their full catlogue in english, click here. Every one of their games is worth investigating. If you've some Japanese knowledge, check out the full page which has a few more programs on it - those not possible to westernize. Great great stuff in these pages, but I'll leave that for you to discover.


Opinion: Josh responds

January 28, 2003 4:05 PM PST

Insert Credit / Josh Hsieh


Clearly I elicited the ire of many a skeptic with the posting of my review, which posited that the latest incarnation of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past provided the marketing means to disseminate the necessary amount of GBAs and Four Swords to end users, who in turn would unwittingly conduct an experiment that tested the principle expounded by none other than Jesus Christ in Matthew 20:18. Perhaps the roaring waves of doubt would part if I placed in your hand a staff of evidence that proved this was not the first time Miyamoto had conspired to coerce our collective consciousness. Please consider the following link to the past.


News: 20 dreamcast titles at around $10

January 28, 2003 4:01 PM PST

Play Asia / BS


As promised, Play-Asia has aquired a stock of 20 sealed Dreamcast titles from wholesalers in Japan. The games are as follows:

Psychic Force 2012 - 3D fighting - US$ 8.90
Virtua Fighter 3tb - 3D Fighting - US$ 8.90
Sega Rally 2 - Racing - US$ 8.90
Net Versus - Riversi - table - US$ 8.90
Net Versus - Hanafuda - table - US$ 8.90
Net Versus - Igo - table - US$ 8.90
Atelier Marie & Elie - 2D RPG - US$ 12.90
Phantasy Star Online - 3D ARPG - US$ 9.90
Ryoko Inoue - Roommate - SLG - US$ 8.90
Grandia II - 3D RPG - US$ 8.90
Tentama - 1st Sunny Side - SLG - US$ 8.90
Evolution - 3D RPG - US$ 8.90
Sonic Adventure - 3D action - US$ 8.90
Jet Coaster Dream 2 - sim - US$ 8.90
Golf Shiyouyo - 4-player sports - US$ 8.90
Sports Jam - sports - US$ 8.90
Fire Pro Wrestling D - 4-player sports - US$ 8.90
NFL 2K - 4-player sports - US$ 8.90
Soul Caliber - 3D fighting - US$ 8.90
Sonic Adventure 2 Birthday Pack - 3D action - US$ 9.90

My personal recommendations - Atelier Marie & Elie, Tentama, Sonic Adventure 2, Fire Pro Wrestling D, and Ryoko Inoue - Roommate. This is actually a great time to get Tentama at this price, because the title is slated for a march re-release at 3800 yen!


Review: Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (GBA)

January 28, 2003 2:08 AM PST

Insert Credit / Josh Hsieh


Josh Hsieh returns from his long term of leave to bring us a review of Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (with Four Swords) for Gameboy Advance. The article ties together religious fundamentalism, the rise of the internet and the Four Swords link-up, so be sure to read clear through to the second page.


News: Taisho Mononoke

January 27, 2003 11:07 PM PST

Gust / BS


Fairly nice looking 2D RPG from Gust. Full voice, well animated characters, but the graphics are strictly PSX quality, aside from the large sprites. Regardless it behooves you to take a look at the official page, not forgetting to visit the download section for the two movies. There's an opening and a promo movie here. Sadly the girl in the opening song doesn't quite have the voice to carry what she's trying to accomplish. And I do get the feeling that the promo doesn't do the game justice. It feels...reserved. One to watch, I'd wager. February 27th release, 6800 yen. Thanks to Rid's MMCafe BBS post for the link.


News: Black Matrix returns!

January 27, 2003 11:03 PM PST

NEC Interchannel / BS


Indeed! Black Matrix returns to the PSX, after the excellent GBA and obnoxiously 3D PS2 versions. The series is certainly not the best in the SRPG genre, its design, attitude and charisma shoot it to the top of my personal list. The new game will be titled Black Matrix OO (Double "O"), being based on the recent NEC IC fan event, along with yet another ADV game for PS2, Boys Love. I just wish that developers Flight Plan would update their own site so I didn't have to wait for the news to come out on Gamespot Japan. Thanks to Tsubaki on our IRC chat for the link!


News: GP32 new programs

January 27, 2003 10:50 PM PST

GPzigi / BS


Two new GP32 homebrew games out there - A new tetris clone, and a small shooter titled 'enter the space'. They're downloadable at GPzigi if you've a login, otherwise head to GP32 Xtreme for the files.


Site News: Forums, feature

January 26, 2003 9:58 PM PST

Insert Credit / BS


One thing - the forums have changed location, so the address is now forums.insertcredit.com, so please update your bookmarks accordingly. On another note, I've fixed the problem with the Japanese Girls are Crazy article, and it should be readable now! Tim's article is fixed too, thanks Vince. ugh.


Download: Cromartie promo

January 26, 2003 8:25 PM PST

Team Digi / BS


Take a look at a movie from the upcoming party game Cromartie for PS2. The game is based on a manga, and essentially follows the classic party/boardgame model. Interestingly the minigames are in 2D, and involve things such as meat frying and nosehair pulling. An odd 4-player experience for those willing to go the distance. Beware: the narrator's furui bancho-style voice needs some work. Maybe Team Digi should stick to publishing.


Industry Jobs: Evoga

January 26, 2003 8:15 PM PST

Evoga / BS


Welcome to Insert Credit's first Industry Jobs with an English language subject! The fine folks at Evoga need a few good persons; a 3D designer, a programmer, and a designer/pixel animator. Check the page for more information. Relocate to sunny Mexico? sure!


News: Metroid movie, more

January 26, 2003 7:45 PM PST

Various / TR / BS


Tim's been trying to get these impressions of latest news out for a while. So click here to see a couple of short pieces of news/opinion from him regarding the Metroid movie and Nintendo's newest system.


News: Ikaruga US Boxart

January 26, 2003 7:35 PM PST

Atari / BS


Triggerzone has just posted a shot of the US box art for Ikaruga (GC). In a very nice twist, dare I say that the US art is for a change nicer than the Japanese? I dare.


News: New game from Abopa

January 25, 2003 2:05 AM PST

Abogado Powers / BS


Abogado Powers has announced a new game, by the name of MxS. This is basically a marriage of the shopkeeper sim and the H-game. You're the manager of a small S&M club, with a dependency on paid members. But the chief is displeased with you, and your staff. So you have until Christmas to turn the club around, which is less than one month in the game world. In this time, you must promote the club, run the business and train five new female employees. For more shots, check the story page (over 18 for this one). To see the five girls (two queens, three slaves), the hero and your boss, take a look at the character page. Here's the system page, which explains the gameplay. You maintain the club as you would in game like Cupid Bistro. You also have to keep up relations with the girls (talk to them) in order to lower their stress levels. If their stress level gets too high, customers don't like them. You need to get repeat customers in order to make your business succeed. You have to advertise as well, and keep the girls' hitpoints up (eep). Looks interesting to say the least...more info as it comes!


Download: Gals Fighter combo vid

January 25, 2003 1:55 AM PST

Rockman Pocket / BS


Rockman Pocket has uploaded his latest NGPC combo video onto the Sector: NGP gamespy server. Sadly this means Fileplanet to you and me. Click here and try to get the tempermental gamespy server to work. I'll mirror this file once I can download the thing. But let me tell you - his videos are always worth the wait.


News?: Death of Compile?

January 25, 2003 1:47 AM PST

Bloomberg / BS


It's been five days since Gamefront reported that Bloomberg supposedly announced the death of brilliant developers Compile. Their games include the Puyo series, Zanac, Pochi to Nya~, Geo Conflict series, etc. I've yet to see this Bloomberg news with my own eyes however. I remain skeptical (more like hopeful), but feel as though I must present the idea.


News: DBVR new CG

January 25, 2003 1:34 AM PST

Illusion Soft / BS


Not too exciting, but here you go; new DBVR CG of the character Maria. Next week's update from Illusion will be far more interesting though. You can download some action CG, but also a new beach patch for Sexy Beach!!


News: the Great Sushi Race

January 24, 2003 6:20 PM PST

Tokidoki / BS


Wow. A link from Sensenic brings us to not only the excellent/bizarre Flash game Great Sushi Race, but also a treasure trove of fantastic flash art. Well worth your time! Italy's latest greatest achievement!


News: Super Robot Wars Alpha 2 trailer

January 24, 2003 6:15 PM PST

Banpresto / BS


A trailer has been released for SRWa2, which you can find here in zip format from Chinese site allgames.online.sh.cn. Thanks to Whitesword's MMcafe post for the news.


News: Dodonpachi to PS2 gets date

January 24, 2003 6:04 PM PST

Cave / BS


Cave's latest in the Dodonpachi arcade shooting series has recieved a release date! The arcade to console move was previously announced on Triggerzone. Dodonpachi Dai Ou Jou (Dodonpachi Peaceful Death), 6800 yen is the price, August 10th the date. The magicbox posted a link to a movie of the game in action. Worth watching.


News: Playmore lawsuit; defendant side

January 24, 2003 5:55 PM PST

neogeofreak / BS


For those curious, Dion of neogeofreak has his own ideas regarding the playmore hearings. Corrosive love has made a backup of Dion's initial confusing announcement, for one thing. He further clarified his ideas at least, in an email to several members of the neo-geo.com boards, which you may view here. Take all information with a grain of salt.


News: legal Genesis roms

January 24, 2003 5:49 PM PST

Sega / BS


In a strangely pointless move by sega, several roms of Genesis games are being made available for play on the Real One Arcade. At the provided link you can download demos of games, then pay for the full version should you so choose. This is a download-only service. Quite an odd thing to do, when you consider how mainstream these roms are for one thing, and the fact that anyone who wants to play them probably still owns them. It'd be interesting to see if this takes off. Thanks to a MMCafe post for the link.


News: Playmore lawsuit info

January 23, 2003 12:15 PM PST

Playmore / BS


For those wondering about the recent injunction against Neogeofreak by Playmore, more light has been shed. It is now confirmed that the cryptic and strangely worded statement on NGF's site yesterday meant that they did in fact have legal copies of KOF 2000. However, they are to cease and desist any hacking, reprinting et al of MVS or home cartridges. Further claims have been made against Worldwide Video Entertainment, as well as the terribly fun but terribly illegal (it seems) Arcade Infinity. Playmore speaks of having made raids on these businesses, siezing any illegal material, of which all three organizations had some moderate amount. You can view the US press release here, and specific claims against NGF and WVE.

It's great to see Playmore putting their foot down. They're definitely not ones to roll over and pretend nothing's going on. Further, it pleases me to see them reference SNK Neo Geo USA as a live corporate entity. So perhaps not all is lost for US Playmore distro. Good news all round.


News: Yumeira

January 23, 2003 12:05 PM PST

Namco / BS


Namco's 3D adventure game Yumeira has recieved several updates. Now you can check out the battle system (basic RPG style); the adventure mode (click the clickables there to see different action possibilities for consoling mizuki); and the story. It basically goes as such: a 16 year old boy (mikuri tomokazu) has a dream one night; that of a young girl fighting an unseen enemy in a land that is foreign to this world. In this dreamscape, Tomokazu has incredible powers (surprise) and lends the girl a hand. Then other girls begin to show up, and they must learn to live together in the dreamworld (thus the ADV). And for some reason, the actions in this place will affect his reality when he awakes. Thanks to Rid Hershel for providing the link.


News: Nintendo plans new console

January 23, 2003 11:56 AM PST

Nintendo / JH / BS


Josh Hsieh found this article at CNN.com, which states that Nintendo is in the process of creating a new came console for the 2005/2006 timeframe. I'd like to put in my vote here and now for backward software compatability, which was one of the PS2s main selling points. Listen to the people Nintendo. A great quote from the article: "When we withdraw from the home game console, that's when we withdraw from the video game business." It's nice to hear some bold statements every once in a while.


News: Phantom; new system

January 23, 2003 11:49 AM PST

Infinium Labs / BS


Yes, Infinium Labs now plans on releasing a console as well. This one speaks of a utopian world in which games will be securely downloaded at cost, the system will be eternally on broadband, and owners can play against PC owners via their television. It's possible, but I smell another 3DO. Read the full Jan 20th press release here. So, with Make Your Move's new platform and the Nokia handheld, this makes for a potential eight 'live' platforms in the US in 2003. Yikes.


News: misc.

January 22, 2003 11:37 PM PST

Various / BS


Just some various stuff. For one thing, the forums may well be down for a day or two in the upcoming week. Expect continued various strangeness from insert credit for the duration of the week as we change servers.

On a different note, the Metal Slug 3 OST goes on sale (1800 yen) next friday from Noise Factory. The CD contains 28 tracks from the game, and it looks as though Noise will be doing the distro themselves. Order it here.

The Ys PS2 character list is up at team-digi's site. Check out the unfortunate English translation of Dark Fact's name (though I suppose he is in the end).


Industry Jobs: Taito, Sun Amusement

January 22, 2003 11:15 PM PST

Various / BS


A few bits here and there for the Japanese speaker. Taito is looking for a web contents producer. Just a step above webmaster I might think, but a full-time job nonetheless. Further, there are a few part-time jobs available; web designer and 3D CG artist to name a couple.

Sun Amusement is looking for several persons to round out their arcade design. They need a game designer, a planner, and a programmer. Smells like something new could be in the works at Sun!


Download: Korean MMORPGs

January 22, 2003 11:10 PM PST

Various / BS


A few things I found - You can download the full version of MUonline (english) here.

Or if the 3D MMORPGs aren't your thing, you can go for the free version of Asgard. You can check out some screens first, or head straight to the massive 478 meg download.

The third choice is Karma-Online. View shots here, and download the 250+ full game here.

  


News: La Pucelle translation project

January 22, 2003 10:55 PM PST

Alamone / BS


Forgot to mention this last week - shooter replay creator Alamone is in the process of hacking a translation for the Nippon Ichi Sim RPG La Pucelle. Check out his progress here, and by all means join up to help with the project if you're able.


News: Streets of Rage 4 demo

January 22, 2003 10:48 PM PST

Tokyopia / BS


Tokyopia has aquired five movies of a Streets of rage 4 demo from their contributor (the mighty) Yuzo Koshiro. These were used to pitch the idea of the game, and don't necessarily show how the game would have turned out. But I for one am pleased with the decision to leave it alone. The first person mode clinched it. Now a SoR 4 for the GBA or GP32, that I could handle. Thanks to Bu||et for the link.


Site News: new features, server

January 21, 2003 5:55 PM PST

Insert Credit / Brandon Sheffield


A few new things. One is that I've updated the staff page with a new story, this one entitled Adventures in SF Wonderland. The old story, due to popularity, had been moved to the features page. So from now on you may read Japanese Girls are Crazy there.

We'll be moving to a new server (the Insert Credit movies shall rise again!) in the next few days, so please excuse any outages. Contact page has been updated with shiny new email addresses.

Last, I've updated our external links. Of note is Christopher Fords webcomic experiment.

Thanks as always for your support! Keep visiting those forums!


News: Snow White new pic

January 21, 2003 5:20 PM PST

GPUN / BS


The Global Play Union has posted a new shot of their upcoming GP32 shooter Snow White. The game looks better and better each time I see it. Click the pic for a larger version.


News: The Yak returns to consoles

January 21, 2003 3:55 PM PST

Llamasoft / BS


Jeff Minter (aka Yak), programmer of Tempest 2000 for Jaguar among other things, has announced his return to the console world! Highland cattle has quoted the conversation in our forum but the gist of it is that Minter will be making a new title for the Gamecube, under Lionhead Studios (Black&White, etc). Admittedly this does sound a bit like rez, but could still be quite interesting in its own right.


News: Da PANTSU!!

January 21, 2003 2:45 PM PST

Cadath / VD


No, you did not misread the title logo. Cadath will release their ADV game DA PANTSU on January 31st. Visit the website and you'll see plenty of sample pictures of the game's focal point: strong winds sending skirts flying high above the wearer's waist. You can also download the opening if you so choose. If that's your thing, this game can be yours for only 8800 yen...


News: Puzzle Bobble All-stars

January 20, 2003 8:45 PM PST

Taito / BS


More on the Taito front, a new Puzzle Bobble title is in the works! Puzzle Bobble All-Stars is for Gamecube, and (I believe) the first four-player rendition of the title. Looks pretty promising. You can check out the game modes here. The game is slated for release February 27th with a 6800 yen price tag.


News: Rastan returns!

January 20, 2003 8:39 PM PST

Taito / BS


Taito is continuing their recent trend of reviving classic games/characters with Warrior Blade for GC/PS2. This action game pits characters from the Rastan universe against Titus' Barbarian characters. Not too much info available yet - just the top page, plus four character sketches. The game is scheduled for a March 2003, GC/PS2 6800 yen release. The GC version might be preferable here, as it's 4-player vs the 2-player PS2 version.


News: Sonic Adventure 2 re-release

January 20, 2003 8:37 PM PST

Sega / BS


Sega has released a special edition of Sonic Adventure 2 for Dreamcast, with an illustrated history booklet, a music disc, and two gold plated Sonic coins packed in. It's available for an insane US $9.90, so anyone who hasn't picked up (or just wants the extra stuff) should go check it out at Play-Asia. They'll be recieving more sets like these in the coming weeks, so keep a look out.!


Feature: The Fighter's Life

January 19, 2003 11:45 PM PST

Insert Credit / Eric-Jon Rössel Waugh


A short study of King of Fighters broader significance by the famed extroverted introvert. For fans of the genre, missing The Fighter's Life would be a mistake. This one not for the light of mind.


You've been in Japan too long

January 19, 2003 11:07 PM PST

???? / Brandon Sheffield


Short diversion; a list of ways to tell if you've been in Japan too long. The more of these you get, the more of a hopeless otaku you are. But so it goes.


News: Neo Geo news

January 19, 2003 11:05 PM PST

Playmore / Brandon Sheffield


Perusing the Sun Amusement website, I discovered that location testing for New Power Instinct: Matrimelee begins at Neo Geo Land, friday the 24th of January.

Also at Sun, there's a new Neo Geo Mini Crane! Can you feel the excitement! Direct link to the new product is here, or go here if you want to see the full lineup. And for a full version of the pic to the left, just give the image a friendly click.


News: InfoNES update

January 19, 2003 10:55 PM PST

Anders Granlund / Brandon Sheffield


Short note: InfoNES emu for GP32 updated. Better sound and speed! go and get!


Download: Portable fighter combo vid

January 19, 2003 10:48 PM PST

Mash / Brandon Sheffield


Go take a look at the first handheld combo vid from Mash of the Sector: NGP forums. Not the best combo vid you'll ever see, but it's interesting nonetheless, as he has entries from GBA, Game Gear, WSC and NGPC. I would have liked to see some GP32 in there but...you take what you can get!


Download: DBVR opening movie

January 18, 2003 3:41 PM PST

Illusion Soft / Brandon Sheffield


Download the opening movie from Illusion Soft's newest H-title DBVR. No ecchi bits in this one, but the CG is truly fantastic.


News: Bomberman PC collection

January 18, 2003 3:30 PM PST

Hudson / Brandon Sheffield


Hudson has just released a Bomberman collection for PC, which contains the original Bomberman and Bomberman '93 (PC Engine), as well as Bomberman World (PSX). The price is a mere 3800 yen for two great Bomberman titles and one...mediocre one.


News: Story of Bug Eyed Monster (GP32)

January 18, 2003 3:11 PM PST

Article Seezak / Brandon Sheffield


There's a visual novel in the works for GP32, by the esteemed Article Seezak. According to the translation by GP32 Notebook, Story of B.E.M. will have many minigames in multiple genres. The story has many main and sub branches, with multiple endings resultant. It's sort of an intergalactic love-story, inter-species and all that. Here are the main characters:




College student: Freshman who is majoring in vocal music.

Journalist: who works within the "X-files" division.

Guitarist: In a band with the hero, and has a sort of 'unrequitted love' for him.

High School student: Slated to be the sucessor to her father's 'organization', providing she can prove herself worthy.

Then there's...this guy.

Looks fantastic! Check the official page for future pics, et cetera.


News: GP32 new contest

January 18, 2003 2:52 PM PST

GBAX 2003 / Brandon Sheffield


First off, we've got a new amateur dev contest! This time it's for GBA and GP32 both, and is sponsored by GBAX and GP32 Emu. This time the top three prizes are cash!

1st : a GBA SP+ 150$
2nd : 150$
3rd : 100$

Check out the contest page for further info.


News: Ikaruga still for Gamecube US

January 16, 2003 7:15 PM PST

Nintendo / Brandon Sheffield


The mighty Ikaruga is still coming to the US on Gamecube. This news from a Nintendo press release outlining the current lineup of upcoming software for Nintendo's consoles. Thanks to highlandcattle's post in the forum. Looks like the EGM article was wrong!


News: GP32 Quake, NES

January 16, 2003 7:11 PM PST

Various / Brandon Sheffield


Some info from GP32 News; PocketQuake has been ported to GP32, with limited success. Check it out here along with a new NES emu. Quake runs at a mere 3 fps, so is not entirely playable. The NES emu fares quite a bit better, but will be updated rather soon, so one might be advised to wait.

And another GPzigi aquisition from GP32 Xtreme; a small tour of GamePark's office, followed by a Korean interview with CEO Hyoung Gun Jeon. It's pre-ECTS, just so you know. And incidentally, the light demo from the same site, is of the Front Light Unit, by Nanotek which was mentioned earler. It looks very nice. For GP32 and GBA.


News: Super Fighter is a go!

January 16, 2003 7:07 PM PST

Oldergames / Brandon Sheffield


It's official! The license has been aquired, and Super Fighter will be ported to the following systems: Sega CD, Turbo Duo, Neo Geo CD and GP32 (and perhaps more, budget pending). Watch for these titles very soon!


News: New Power Instinct

January 16, 2003 7:05 PM PST

Noise / Brandon Sheffield


Here we have the first pics of the next Playmore release: New Power Instinct: Matrimelee. What a bizarre title to choose. Given that it's by Noise, it looks a fair bit like RotD. As further disappointment, since RotD didn't see a console release, it stands to reason that this one too will live life only in the arcades. Thanks to Iggy's MMCafe post for the link.


News: Espiritu

January 15, 2003 5:15 PM PST

Niz Entertainment / Brandon Sheffield


Take a look at this new Korean MMORPG from Niz Entertainment. The game is called Espiritu...The visuals leave me the impression that this game is very console-gamer sympathetic. The art is excellent, but I'm more impressed by the 3D environment than basically any other MMORPG I've seen to date. Take a close look at the towns and you'll see a strong sense of 2D/detain sensibility within the surrounding universe. It's got a wholesome feel which permeates the shots. Check out some specific areas:

NPCs: click the three yellow tabs at top right to view more pages.
Enemies: (same as above)
In-game graphics
MP3 downloads: town music

Looks nice...probably not coming over here, but fun to check out nonetheless. Seems as though the opening animation was done by Dongwoo, generally fill-in animators (Rurouni Kenshin, Initial D, etc).


News: GBA/GP32 light solutions

January 15, 2003 5:05 PM PST

Various / Brandon Sheffield


GPzigi points us to a new Nanotek. It's a front light unit, which is compatible with most handheld units (GBA/SWC/PDA). The thing could very likely be made to work with a GP32 as in the diagrams previously seen on this site. You can get the specs via the link, or by clicking the pic.

In related news, there's word of a movie of a GP32 backlight in action over at GP32 Xtreme, but the site's down at the moment. Check back later to see if the video has resurfaced. Could be enlightening (ouch...)


Download: Fuwaru the Apprentice

January 15, 2003 4:57 PM PST

Marcken Software Developer / Brandon Sheffield


Here's a fun little game: Fuwaru the Apprentice, from Marcken Software. You can download the first two stages (freeware version) from the english section of the site. It's a japanese doujin PC action game, which looks a bit sparse on details but enjoyable nonetheless.

Link from Gameshot.


News: FFT-A+GBA-SP special edition

January 14, 2003 3:22 PM PST

Squaresoft / Brandon Sheffield


Ever since the GBA-SP news break, Tim has been talking about the "co-incidence" of release dates with Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. Now here's a further marriage between the events; a special edition GBA-SP FFT-A pack in. You get the game, a special edition pearl-white GBA-SP, an AC adapter, a FFT-A wrist strap, an FFT-A/GBA-SP carrying case, all for 18,300 yen, or roughly $180 US. The package will be released on the 14th of February, and pre-orders will begin January 17th (soon!). No pics of the unit yet, but this info came straight from the source. Link from Namae no Nai Heya.

Update: fixed the link


News: Astonishia Story OST

January 14, 2003 3:18 PM PST

GPzigi / Brandon Sheffield


It seems as though someone on the GPzigi forums has ripped the OST from Astonishia Story R for GP32! The download is available at GP32 Xtreme. It should give you a taste of the incredibly mediocre light jazz which is found throughout the game.


News: more Ikaruga replays

January 14, 2003 3:01 PM PST

Dodge the Bullet / Brandon Sheffield


Charles has changed servers once again, and has posted several new ikaruga replays. They can be found on the second page of his ikaruga section. Replays include boss battles and two more examples of two-player cooperative play.


News: Interlude movie

January 14, 2003 2:39 PM PST

NEC Interchannel / Brandon Sheffield


A promo movie for the parallel novel Interlude, a February Dreamcast release, has been posted at Gamespot Japan's section on the game. Looks quite dark...but I think this is not to be one of the planned 18+ titles.

Gal Get games seem to be the last bastion for the oldschool music I loved throughout the PCE era. As long as it's somewhere, eh? Thanks to Gen's MMcafe post for the link.


News: Abopa flooding video

January 13, 2003 11:55 PM PST

Scarecrow / Brandon Sheffield


Footage of the Abogado Powers flood aftermath was taken...you'll find it set to music on the Scarecrow site for one of Abopa's programmers. If you're having trouble locating the download, it's at the top right.


News: Raiden Fighters Evolution

January 13, 2003 11:54 PM PST

New World System / Brandon Sheffield


The fantastic shooter Raiden Fighters Evolution is coming to X-box and PC in Q1 2003, as some of you may know. Screenshots have been added to the official site, so check it out with post haste! This will be an X-box Live title, which will allow players to share their replays via the network! X-box looks more and more like the place to be for console shooters after the Dreamcast's "demise." Thanks to Triggerzone for the link.


News: Sexy Beach pics

January 13, 2003 11:53 PM PST

Illusion Soft / Brandon Sheffield


For those of you who could not get Sexy Beach to work, here are some pics of the game in action. Not quite as good as playing but it's something.


News: GPfight footage

January 12, 2003 11:41 PM PST

GP32 Xtreme / Brandon Sheffield


Check out a gameplay movie of GPfight from TeamBlaze! The game looks incredibly promising, particularly in the cinemas. The game appears to be running on an actual GP32, so fear not about the legitimacy of this footage. The clip can be found at GP32 Xtreme.


News: Sarien for GP32

January 12, 2003 11:20 PM PST

GP32emu / Brandon Sheffield


GP32emu reports that a new emulator has been released for GP32. Sarien emulates early Sierra PC titles. At this point there in no sound, and one can only place one game at a time on the SMC. To remind folks, Sierra released Falcom's seminal RPG Sorcerian a while back. No idea if it's playable but I'll be keeping my fingers crossed.


News: Next game from Playmore

January 12, 2003 11:15 PM PST

Namae no Nai Heya / Brandon Sheffield


This post from Iggy at the mmcafe bbs pointed out the next game from Playmore. Seems as though New Power Instinct will be the next title, to be released in arcades this March.


News: Abogado Powers flooded

January 11, 2003 10:19 PM PST

Abogado Powers / Brandon Sheffield


Recently a pipe in the Abogado Powers office broke due to over-freezing! A great number of magazines, PCs and other Abopa accoutrement were damaged in the ensuing flood. Check out the carnage, and feel their pain. It's actually a pretty light-hearted article - speaking of dead bodies everywhere, and the casualties of war et al.

Addendum: I neglected to mention that all of their data, and that of XYZ soft and Abopa were located in the server room. The server room was free from flooding, and thus no actual progress was lost, thankfully.


News: DBVR character update

January 11, 2003 10:01 PM PST

Illusion Soft / Brandon Sheffield


Illusion soft has seen fit to merge two of their popular titles, the Des Blood and VR series, into one massive game. The aptly titled DBVR uses the H-system of DB and characters and themes from both VR and DB. But that's old news, what's new is the character to the left. A large version of the pic is downloadable here. I've no idea of the theme for this game, but given the shot, it seems like it might be more on the action end of things. Time will tell.


News: Shikigami II pics

January 11, 2003 9:54 PM PST

Alpha System / Brandon Sheffield


First pics from Shikigami II for the Naomi arcade system. Doesn't look significantly different from the first, but the graphics are pretty exciting regardess. Check Alpha System's section for the rest of the images.

Thanks to Triggerzone for the link.


News: Disgaea new pics

January 11, 2003 9:52 PM PST

Nippon Ichi / Brandon Sheffield


New pics of the promising new SRPG from Nippon Ichi. Check them out at Watch Impress.


Review: Panzer Dragoon Orta

January 10, 2003 4:22 PM PST

Insert Credit / Tim Rogers / Brandon Sheffield


Panzer Dragoon Orta. We waited...only to discover that the life had been sucked out of one of the most vibrant series in Sega's lineup. Tim takes a long hard look at the game that could have been, and I add my two cents as well. Perhaps if we do uncover a port of Zwei contained withing the disc my tune may change.


Review: King of Fighters 2001 (DC)

January 9, 2003 11:59 PM PST

Insert Credit / Brandon Sheffield


So the port is lacklustre, yes. But the extras alone are worth the price and aggravation. Given my penchant for 2000’s gameplay, I find myself playing 2001 more for the puzzle mode than the fighting game. I’d even go so far as to say that puzzle fans who don’t care for KOF should get this. Find out why within.


News: Moonlight Destiny

January 9, 2003 11:51 PM PST

Falcom / BS


Falcom has updated their Moonlight Destiny page with a new screensaver, and a description of the battle system. Looks nice, if a bit conventional.


Download: Porrasturvat

January 9, 2003 11:47 PM PST

TAAT / VD / BS


This has been on slashdot, so you may have seen it already. Finnish game called Porrasturvat - Stair Dismount. Basically you push this guy down the stairs, trying to get maximum damage. Quite excellent physics, and they've a fun spin to make this a 'helpful', rather than 'violent' game. Check it out post haste if you've yet to do so.


Review: Gekioh Shooting King

January 8, 2003 11:59 PM PST

Insert Credit / Brandon Sheffield


Gekioh Shooting King is the best shooter you can get with a 10 dollar bill for your Playstation console. Anyone who says otherwise hates kittens. Yours truly gives the title a thorough once-over, complete with ambiguous pics from the Japanese version of the game. hmmm. I promise real pics later.


News: Metal Slug 3 for PS2 pics, info

January 8, 2003 11:57 PM PST

Playmore / BS


Playmore has updated their english info on Metal Slug 3 for ps2. The pics show a glimpse of the mode selection screen, but no concrete info regarding what those new modes will actually be.


News: Playmore takes on Aruze

January 8, 2003 11:55 PM PST

Playmore / BS


Read this January 6th press release (English) regarding Playmore's plans for 2003. Included there you'll see their move into the pachinko arena, though still emphasizing games. Seems like they're not only suing Aruze, they're rubbing their noses in it. Interesting. Can't say I feel sorry for Aruze...


News: Ikaruga GC internet ranking

January 8, 2003 11:49 PM PST

"Atari" / BS


The Gamecube Ikaruga internet ranking page has gone up. The game is still slated for a January 16th release in Japan, but the nonfunctional enlish on the website should give us further proof that the game will not be coming to the US. This is starting to look like a Tramiel-run "Atari" to me.


News: Inu Yasha in the US

January 8, 2003 11:37 PM PST

Bandai / BS


The Magicbox reports that Bandai will be releasing the Dimps fighter Inu Yasha: Sengoku Otogi Gassen in the US, March of 2003. Check the Dimps page for shots.

In totally unrelated news, Magicbox also mentioned that KOF 2k1 won the 'best selling' award in arcadia magazine's annual awards column.


News: GBA SP

January 7, 2003 9:44 PM PST

Nintendo / BS


By now everyone knows of this. Nintendo announced earlier today that they will release a fold-out, front lit, rechargable GBA in February. As you'll note, the design borrows heavily from that of the GamePark powerhouse GPi, but still has only one speaker. The front light can be switched on and off, adding to the battery life - Play-Asia reports 18 hours of use. Since I've only seen pics of one side of it, we'll have to hope the headphone jack is on the other side. Those recessed controls look not so hot. And the controller area is much smaller than the GBA, which is already tough enough to hold if you've large-ish hands. I think that this system, while very nice, was not designed with anyone but children in mind. The shoulder buttons should have been moved to the face. They look even harder to get to now. I get the feeling that this will feel much like playing with an original NES controller. Check out more pics at famitsu!

Insight from forum members: No headphone jack. This will be released as a seperate device, much like the Wonderswan has. They love money! Tsubaki said this: "actually the back of the GBA has two ports. One is intended for the link cable for multiplayer. The other is intended for the AC Adapter which recharges the lithium battery. The optional headphone jack adapter will plug into the ac adapter port, so at this point you can not play it with earphones and have it plugged in simultaneously." More pics at different angles to be found at GBAcentral.


News: Feet of Fury info

January 7, 2003 9:29 PM PST

Cryptic Allusion / BS


Just a brief note for those interested - Cryptic Allusion has released some new info regarding their in-the-works Dance/Typing game for DC. Topics include controller support, combo indicators, et cetera. Seems they've even hooked up with Red Octane to some extent!


News: GP32 users list

January 7, 2003 9:21 PM PST

RovCorp / BS


A link found on GP32 News...there's a site which archives GP32 users around the globe for the purpose of locating a potential person with whom you can use your GP link. A good idea...use at your own risk of course!

Another brief GP32 item, also on GP32 News they've posted new shots of the Astonishia Story altered menu. Very fun.


News: Gamespot comics

January 7, 2003 9:13 PM PST

GA Graphic / BS


In light of the Nyan Nyan cat police comic, Rid pointed out to me the many other comics done for Gamespot Japan on their GA Graphic section. Check out these three in specific.


News: Advance Wars 2

January 7, 2003 9:04 PM PST

Alpha System / BS


Planet Gamecube reports that Advance Wars is getting a sequel. Two screens of the 4-player Nectaris knockoff are provided in the article. Intelligent Systems remains the developer, Nintendo the publisher.


News: Shikigami sequel

January 6, 2003 11:36 AM PST

Alpha System / BS


More news from Triggerzone, there's a new movie of Shikigami Evolution, the sequel to the excellent X-box shooter. The game is slated for a March 2003 release for the box, and likely another PS2 port will work its way into existence. Check out the two possible covers here and here. Shikigami Evolution will feature new characters, improved AI, and more restless ghosts than ever before.


News: Ikaruga cancelled for the US

January 6, 2003 10:59 AM PST

Triggerzone / BS


Triggerzone tells us of an EGM assertion that Ikaruga US release plans have been scrapped, due to poor sales of shooters in the US, and a shrinking market for that type of title on the Gamecube. Thank goodness the Gamecube is the easiest of the current console breed to modify for imports.


News: Sol Divide re-release

January 6, 2003 10:55 AM PST

XS Games / BS


Hot on the heels of the well-timed re-release of Gekioh, here comes another $10 shooter for PSX. Psikyo's crowning underachievement has come to the US after four years of Japanese existence. A great game it is not, but a worthy $10 purchase it most certainly is. Go get it at EBgames or thereabouts.

If you come across the XS Games website, please do let me know about it. Thanks to Triggerzone for the news.


News: GP32 update

January 6, 2003 10:42 AM PST

GP32 Notebook / BS


FaMe Soft has added a link to the puzzle game Yoke Yoke. I guess it may well see a full release!

GP32 Notebook reports that Article seezak's soon-to-be-released ARPG Mill may well be an 18 and over title. Not sure exactly what this entails, but if they go through with it, Mill will be the first game with that distinction for GP32.


News: Tim's moments of 2002

January 5, 2003 4:20 PM PST

Insert Credit / Tim Rogers


Tim has compiled his 13 moments of the year 2002. This is not a best-of, not a ranking, but a rememberance. It can be browsed in, or out of order, for your interactive convenience.


News: Sakura Taisen theatre

January 3, 2003 11:58 PM PST

Gamespot Japan / BS


Take a look at some pics of the Sakura Taisen musical/opera which was held at the beginning of this month. The grand scale performance wove characters with a humorous new scenario (director of smilebit walks onstage, thinks it's a cosplay convention). Brilliant insanity.


News: Meltyblood impressions

January 3, 2003 11:52 PM PST

Zepy / BS


Zepy sent me some initial impressions of the full release of the doujin gal-fighter Meltyblood.

"I enjoyed the game a lot I think...the story mode is of the same quality as the Tsukihime games, and the new character is cool. Other than that, as mentioned before by Type-moon in Puregirl magazine, for the first time ever in Tsukihime, the characters actually have voices (only in the battles though, not in story mode). They aren't giving out the seiyuu list, which I believe is the exact same cast that will be used in the upcoming Tsukihime anime that is being done by Rondo Robe of Pioneer LDC. And music is good too, they actually managed some level of picture-music direction in the game even though the timing is controlled by how fast the player scrolls through the text...

Keep an eye out for a full review, one may be coming soon!


News: Trouble ahead for SwanCrystal?

January 3, 2003 11:49 PM PST

Gamespot Japan / BS


Gamespot Japan just released the console schedules for all active systems in Japan. Not looking too good for the SwanCrystal, with a total of seven games currently on the table for 2003. Six of these are Bandai published, and the other is Final Fantasy III. One can only hope that a few more titles will hop aboard in the coming months, but it's looking grim at the moment. Will 2003 signal bandai's swan song? But perhaps that was in poor taste...regardless, you can view this month's schedule here, and the rest of the year (and beyond) here.


News: Splinter Cell for GBA

January 2, 2003 11:35 PM PST

Meristation / BS


Spanish-language site Meristation has released pics and some info about Splinter Cell for GBA. While not yet officially announced, these shots were found to be linked to the X-box title. The visuals have transformed into a to sive-view 2D sprite-based affair, but is rumored to keep most of the gameplay elements which garnered such support for the X-box original. Unfortunately they don't give the source for their findings. That sort of thing seems to be all the rage now-a-days. Go to the Meristation section for the rest of the pics. Thanks to Sensenic's post in the MMcafe forums for the link.


News: New HK import shop

January 2, 2003 11:29 PM PST

Play-Asia / BS


Looks like when Lik-Sang went under back then, some of the good guys made it out alive!! Play-Asia is the site, and it's got the best prices on GP32 hard and software so far. They also stock Neo carts, Turbo Graphx, NGPC, Jaguar and saturn stuff, not to mention the usual wacky HK goods. Thanks to an ex-Lik-Sang employee for letting me know about this.


News: GP SCUMM new release

January 2, 2003 11:25 PM PST

ph0x / BS


Ph0x has released a new version of his GP32 SCUMM port, with the following improvements: "improved sound, gamma correction, L/R selects action, faster cursor". Go here for the download. Thanks to GP32 EMU for the info.


News: Contest news

January 2, 2003 11:21 PM PST

GP32 News / BS


All contests are official! Go to this section of Gamepark's site to see the official results for ADIC 2002. Then stop by GP32 News to see who won the contest (you already know if you won something...they emailed all winners). Nice to see some familiar names in there...too bad none of them are mine!


News: Nyan Nyan police

January 1, 2003 7:17 PM PST

???? / BS


Not too much news when the world takes a day off...so check out this Sexy Cat-girl Comic found at Othernews. Not sure where he got it from, but it's humorous nonetheless. Happy 2003!!


News: Meltyblood released

January 1, 2003 6:58 PM PST

Type-Moon / BS


The 2D gal-fighter Meltyblood was released recently it seems, from pupular doujin publishers Watanabe Seisokujou, with Type-Moon. If you want to try it out, the demo from October is available at Maid in Tokyo.

Image stolen from the MMCafe with the best of intentions.


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