News: EDY Cash Card

February 29, 2004 11:52 PM PST

nfg games / BS


Lawrence has written up a piece about the EDY Cash Card, and it's applications in arcade use. Seems sega has teamed with a mobile company to create these cash cards, which are usable in Sammy's Atomiswave. Could actually prove to be something.


News: Real Otaku Heroes

February 29, 2004 11:39 PM PST

ROH / BS


Real Otaku Heroes now has a Real Otaku Website. There are no less than two new songs there! Please enjoy.


News: GG Isuka OST

February 29, 2004 11:26 PM PST

Sammy / BS


According to Amazon, there will be a Guilty Gear Isuka OST released on the 24th of april for 2,400 yen. Thanks to Nikaiten for the news.


News: Puyo flash games

February 29, 2004 11:11 PM PST

Sonic Team / BS


Check out some time-wasting Puyo Puyo Fever flash games - puzzle and slot. The slot game is particularly difficult to stop playing. Thanks to Rid for the news.


News: Unity

February 28, 2004 11:59 PM PST

Llamasoft / BS


Check out some new images of Unity for the Gamecube. It's certainly coming together. Thanks to The Blueberry Hill for his forum post.


News: Clannad

February 28, 2004 11:48 PM PST

Key / BS


Famous visual novelists Key have finally announced a release date for their newest work; Clannad. The game will come out on on the 28th of April for PC, at 7,500 yen. Key is also responsible for Air and Kanon, two titles with such popularity that they've inspired the designs for a large percentage of the doujin games linked on this very site. Thanks to Megatokyo for the news.


News: KOF Neowave

February 28, 2004 11:35 PM PST

Sammy / BS


Scans of an Arcadia article have been surfacing here and there, which has images of Sammy's upcoming spin on the KOF series. The article speculates, rather than states that the following may be a part of the new game: '98 mode select, and Just Defend system from Garou: MotW. The battles appear to be 3 on 3.


News: FF contest

February 28, 2004 11:22 PM PST

Square-Enix / BS


Square-Enix has an interesting new contest up. Write a short story (in japanese) about any of the characters displayed on the page, and you could win a large cash prize, and the possiblility of being published. Not a bad deal. Submissions have to be in by the 30th of April - thanks to Holiday's mmcafe bbs post for the news.
Edit: link fixed.


News: SFIICE promo

February 28, 2004 11:10 PM PST

Karathrow / BS


Check out a video up at Karathrow - it's a Street Fighter II CE promo video for the release of the Genesis version. Incredibly cheesy, and 100% radical, kind of. Note how they use super famicom commercials in their Genesis promo. The site's bandwidth is low, so be swift, before your filthy peers beat you to the punch.


News: Taisen Hot Gimmick Cosplayjongg

February 26, 2004 11:50 PM PST

X-nauts / BS / IGGY


Behold, for it is risen. Psikyo's super-cool H-mahjongg arcade game is coming to PS2! Taisen Hot Gimmick Cosplayjongg (work safe) features the art of Jun Tsukasa, and an assortment of female characters from Psikyo's repertoire. It also seems as though the H-scenes will be intact for the home release, because not only is the CERO rating 18+, but it is explicitly stated that the post-game 'humiliation scenes' will be for a mature audience. Naturally, there will be an image and movie viewing option added to the game. Bear in mind that this is an excellent series independent of the H-scenes. The game is slated for an April 29th release for 6,980 (special) and 5,980 (normal). The 'special' release will come with an illustration booklet from Jun Tsukasa, with a new character. If you preorder it from the site, you get a free poster. Hopefully Play Asia can secure this as well. Get those purchasin' fingers ready.


News: Espgaluda PS2

February 26, 2004 11:27 PM PST

Arika / BS


Playonline has posted some info regarding the PS2 port of Cave's STG Espgaluda. Arcade mode will have a replay save option, Simululation will allow you to create your own scenarios(?), and Original mode is like a game remix. There will also be a Superplay DVD included, perhaps in a LTD pack. The game is scheduled for a May 27th, 6,800 yen release. Thanks to Jiji for the news.


News: Psyvariar 2 OST+

February 26, 2004 11:18 PM PST

Success / BS


March is a good month for OSTs. Success is putting out a Psyvariar 2 OST+ on March 24th for 2,940 yen. There will be 15 original songs, two remixes, a piano solo and two unused songs. Thanks to Click-Stick for the link.


News: Metal Slug 5 OST

February 26, 2004 11:07 PM PST

Noise Factory / BS


Noise has announced a Metal Slug 5 OST release for the 12th of March. There will be 12 original tracks, as well as four remixed tracks.


News: Carnival

February 26, 2004 11:03 PM PST

SML / BS


SML has put up new info for their upcoming H-game Caravan (not work safe). The game will be published by Groover, and is set for a May 14th release.


News: Crocomire in MZM

February 26, 2004 10:59 PM PST

Nintendo / BS


The Super Metroid miniboss Crocomire has been discovered in the Metroid Zero Mission rom, though he does not show up in the actual game. One wonders! Thanks to Rockman Pocket for the news.


News: Duelin' Firemen

February 25, 2004 11:59 PM PST

RUNANDGUN! Inc. / BS


Thanks to Sothhelm for pointing out that Duelin Firemen - linked a bit ago in a vaporware column - still lives. Says he: "The director has taken the footage that was made and has been editing it into a stand-alone feature in his spare time. However, since it features aircraft crashing into famous skyscrapers along with the shuttle Columbia, it doesn't seem likely that it'll catch on soon. The site also includes a nine minute edit of some of the footage, and it's very wrong indeed. This forgotten, would-be masterpiece of absurdism includes performances by blaxploitation legend Rudy Ray Moore, the Rev. Ivan Stang of The Church of the SubGenius, Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh, Tony Hawk (of all people), and the legendary Timothy Leary in one of his final performances."
Update: text fixed - thanks Rid.


News: KOF Maximum Impact

February 25, 2004 11:56 PM PST

SNKP / BS


KOF Maximum Impact has a new name, and a new site. Not much there yet, but it's something.


News: La Pucelle box

February 25, 2004 11:50 PM PST

Mastiff / BS


RPGfan has got the US boxart for La Pucelle. Take a look - it's rather oldschool.


News: FAS2

February 25, 2004 11:47 PM PST

Eternity / BS


Eternity, while they might have stopped working on Goddess Saga, has plowed forth with a doujin 'fantasy adventure shooter' by the name of FAS2. Check shots from the game here, along with demo download locations. You can even purchase the full game right here for 10,000 won (under $10). Apparently prinnies like it!


Play Asia: Budget titles, KOF OST box

February 25, 2004 11:35 PM PST

Play Asia / BS


Play Asia has got a slew (read: 30) of budget titles up for grabs across 7 consoles. Highlights include: Charge N Blast, Illbleed DC for $13, the mighty Pen-Pen Tri-Icelon for $10 (featuring members of Team Andromeda). The KOF ten year OST collection is up for preorder as well - pricey, but 66% cheaper than buying the lot individually. They'll also have the white Xbox for sale in limited quantities on the first of march...so be ready - no preorders here, it's first come, first served. Last, but not least - the weekly deal. This time round it's Squenix's Kenshin Dragon Quest sword game, for only $40.


News: GP32 update

February 25, 2004 11:22 PM PST

various / BS


Some sad news, first off. The Gorgeous Goddess Saga has been put on development hold. It's not quite cancelled, but this was the Next Big Thing for the console.

But the promising Wanna Be Wizard site has gotten a renewal, and there's news that the game will be ready in May. Thanks to GP32 Notebook for the news.


Download: Neo Contra movie

February 25, 2004 11:10 PM PST

Konami / BS


Check out a new trailer for Neo Contra. It's quicktime, so watch yourselves. Thanks to Triggerzone for the link.
Update: Link fixed. I hope those of you who followed it yesterday got a nice surprise.


Download: Yukiuta movie

February 25, 2004 11:05 PM PST

Survive / BS


Survive's new H-sim Yukiuta (not work safe) has got a nice opening movie for you to download (or 'downlord', if you check the url). Not bad work.


Site News: New wallpaper

February 25, 2004 2:06 PM PST

Kojima / TR


Tim just finished up his interview with Hideo Kojima for Wired. He asked Kojima to draw something for him - this is what he came up with. Says Tim: The two Chinese characters read "shukumei," meaning "predestination" or "fate." I asked him why he wrote these words, and he said, "Because that's what I felt like writing."

Tim also has a picture of the two of them on his Livejournal.


News: MVS->Atomiswave

February 24, 2004 11:59 PM PST

Gamespot / BS


Gamespot has a nice report of SNK's move to the Atomiswave, and the death of the MVS. Good ole Hiro did the report.


News: Accidental game porn

February 24, 2004 11:53 PM PST

Derek Yu / BS


Videogame Pr0n is a website dedicated to stupid almost-sexual poses that game characters get into. It's almost-funny, so almost-check it out! Thanks to Holiday's mmcafe bbs post for the news.


News: CristaCaelestis

February 24, 2004 11:49 PM PST

Spiral Tale / BS


CristaCaelestis is a sort of Doujin Smash Brothers clone set in a fantasy setting. Definitely has an interesting look going for it. Check out a demo movie here (direct link). No full release set for the game yet, but one can assume that news will come in Comiket 66. Thanks to invisizepy for the news.


News: KID update

February 24, 2004 11:44 PM PST

KID / BS


First off, the Cross†Channel page has been renewed with new art. Very curiously, the game is listed as 18+, even though this is the PS2 version. Perhaps sony is getting more lax on H-stuff. And Angel's Feather has been delayed until March 11th - the game was supposed to have been released this month. Lastly, the Tentama Twins page has been updated with an opening movie. Not a bad one, either. There's an MP3 of the OP as well, if it jangled your spurs.


News: MMTetris

February 24, 2004 11:30 PM PST

Team DTR / BS


Team DTR, of Tears Contact (GP32/PC) fame, has come up with a new doujin work for PC. The subject is not ambitious, but the character design is as top notch as always. Download MMtetris here, along with the 1.01 version up patch (direct links 1, 2).


News: Chun-li life size

February 24, 2004 11:15 PM PST

Capcom / BS


This here is one big Chun Li. She's a life-size 170 cm even. for only 600,000 yen, she can be yours. Check out more pics here. Thanks to VManofMana's mmcafe bbs post for the links.


News: Blood Cross

February 24, 2004 11:00 PM PST

Byulbram / BS


Byulbram has announced (via GP32 Notebook) that Bloody Cross, their new fighter, will be released in full this May. Programming is complete, even now.


Feature: AOU 2004

February 22, 2004 11:37 PM PST

insert credit / lawrence


Our old pal Lawrence has put together a report on the AOU 2004 arcade show. Not much to be found this time, but an interesting read even so. Games beginning with 'Chaos' ruled the field. There's a double joke in there for those of you paying attention!


News: Llamasoft History

February 22, 2004 10:49 PM PST

Way of the Rodent / BS


Here's an interesting ongoing serial - the history of llamasoft, as told by it's founder (and sole member) Jeff Minter. Not a bad read if you fancy the games he makes.


News: Infinium strikes back

February 22, 2004 10:23 PM PST

Infinium / BS


In their latest publicity stunt, Infinium Labs has accused HardOCP and Slashdot of slander. Take a look at the rebuttal on Newsforge. The game is afoot.


News: Tiger Quest IV

February 22, 2004 10:10 PM PST

musenmai / BS


Musenmai, unless I miss my guess, is the side project of one of the Melty Blood staff members. Indeed they have a page with a trial and a movie. Their newest work is Tiger Quest IV, an RPG that will get full release for Comiket 66. Check out screens/story here, and the demo here. Thanks to an absentee Zepy for the news.


News: Marigra

February 22, 2004 9:49 PM PST

Ruputer Fan / BS


Marigra is the latest doujin work from Ruputer Fan. It's a top-down racer, full release this summer. The download is at the bottom of the page. There are quite a few other projects as well, the side-scrolling Marikaku for instance. Thanks to Holiday's mmcafe bbs post for the news.
Update: text fixed, thanks to holiday.


News: Nightmare of Druaga

February 22, 2004 9:37 PM PST

Arika / BS


There is now an official page for Arika's new game Nightmare of Druaga. There's a character subsection, as well as a movie (direct link). They kept the clunky movement and attack interface of the original, which is...good?


Rumor: Various musings

February 22, 2004 9:37 PM PST

various / IGGY


IGGY has posted another rumors thread, with such gems as "It seems that amongst the fake pics of Nintendo DS flourishing here and there on Internet, there is at least one pic of the actual development prototype. Nintendo still refuses to comment about the toaster-compatibility."


Review: Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch

February 22, 2004 1:29 AM PST

insert credit / gabriel leung


Gabriel returns from the ashes of a busted CPU to bring us this review of Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch. For the record, the anime is cuter than he lets on. The game however...it's just as bad as he says it is.


Site News: Updates!

February 21, 2004 5:03 PM PST

insert credit / BS


The reviews and features pages have finally been updated for the first time in two months. So if you missed anything, go take a look! Also, the long lost TV Dance Master review has been moved to the features section for linking purposes.

In other non-sequiturial news, it appears as though 'game makers' okayfun my GDC buddies, are still not making games. They are now, however, 100% ultimate and 100% awesome. So I guess they're doing alright. One of them may or may not have been a hat moron.


News: Chaos Field system

February 21, 2004 4:59 PM PST

Game Watch / BS


Jiji has translated some info regarding Chaos Field, taken from a game watch report on the AOU show. The game has three buttons, main shot, slash attack (up to three times simultaneously - kills some bullets, and has high attack power/limited range) and field change. The field change is gauge-dependent, and can shift you from the order field (fewer enemies, more items) to the chaos field (more enemies, more bullets, fewer items) and back. The gauge takes 15 seconds to recharge, as when you change fields, bullets disappear, and the player becomes invincible for a time.


News: Shadow Tower Abyss

February 21, 2004 4:44 PM PST

Agetec / BS


Agetec has announced via their bbs that Sony has shot down their plans to release From Software's Shadow Tower Abyss in the US. Their reasons are:

1. When comparing STA to other 1st shooters it failed in the graphics department 2. Due to the nature of the gameplay – they felt that there is no market for it in the US

Shadow Tower Abyss is a first person shooting fantasy RPG, and a sequel to Shadow Tower on the PSX. Agetec is currently considering releasing the english text for free, so that english speakers may play the import properly. Thanks to Jiji for the news.


News: Destruction Desire

February 21, 2004 4:39 PM PST

'Yew' / BS


Destruction Desire (or Destraction Desire, if you read the intro screen) is a Doujin Guilty Gear knockoff using 2D Fighter Maker from Enterbrain. It looks very nice though, and the download is free. Click the image on the right-hand side to start the download. Thanks to Takashi for the news.


Off Topic: Milfeuelle contest

February 21, 2004 4:21 PM PST

Anime Nation / BS


Are you enough of a nerd to win the Galaxy Angel contest at Anime Nation? If you're enough of a nerd to want the prize (left), I'm going to say 'yes'. The questions are straightforward, and a seven inch Milfeuelle statuette is the prize. Get ready to sell your email addresses to Bandai! Thanks to Jazzie D for the news.


News: Espgaluda OST

February 21, 2004 4:09 PM PST

Gamepro / BS


Cave is primed for the release of their second commercial OST, this one for Espgaluda. The soundtrack is actually quite good, and is slated for a march 15th release at 2,415 yen. There will be eleven original songs, three arranged version, and a bonus track which appears to be from an upcoming work (given the 'Next Game Image' distinction assigned to it). Thanks to Click-Stick for the link.


News: Vaporware

February 21, 2004 4:04 PM PST

Gamepro / BS


Somehow this one slipped by - if it slipped by you as well, why not make up for lost time? It's an article about various games that never saw the light of day in the US for one reason or another. Far from complete, with a baffling entry or two, but worth a look, even so.


News: Unity?

February 21, 2004 4:00 PM PST

Llamasoft / BS


The Great Yak has posted two images in his forum/blog, which are presumably ship effects from the upcoming Unity for GC. Special thanks to whoever told me about this in the forums.
Edit: the person was and is The Blueberry Hill.


News: Chaos Breaker

February 20, 2004 5:55 PM PST

Taito / BS


Taito has put up a page announcing their entries for the AOU 2004 show. Check the bottom for an image of Chaos Breaker, a 2D fighting game. The look is very similar to Dark Awake, an Eolith game that was supposed to be published by Taito, and was announced at the last TGS. It is very likely that this is the same Eolith property, but with a new name.

Update: the link is dead, but we've got the picture right there, so no worries.


News: History of SNK

February 20, 2004 5:48 PM PST

Gamespot / BS


Those of you who have yet to do so, check out Gamespot's feature on the history of SNK. It's mostly correct!


News: Chaos Field

February 20, 2004 5:44 PM PST

Able / BS


As below, Alpha Station has also got a nice scan of the Chaos Field manual. There are plenty of new screenshots, as well as system data. One button will allow you to switch between Order Field and Chaos Field on the fly, completely different playing fields, with different item treatment.


News: Quest of D

February 20, 2004 5:42 PM PST

Sega / BS


Alpha Station has put up a scan of the instruction pamphlet from Sega's upcoming network-based action arcade game Quest of D. The game debuts at the AOU 2004 show this weekend.


News: Super Mario World editor

February 20, 2004 5:39 PM PST

FuSoYa's niche / BS


Thanks to Shep for pointing out this level editor for the SNES Super Mario World. Looks to be very full featured.


News: La Pucelle Tactics

February 20, 2004 5:27 PM PST

Mastiff / BS


Mastiff just recently announced that they've set a date for La Pucelle Tactics in the US. The game is due out in May of 2004 on PS2. Check out the official site for the japanese version here.


News: Star Soldier flash

February 20, 2004 5:19 PM PST

Hudson / BS


Not the full game, unfortunately. This is just a 'click the button' Star Soldier flash from Hudson. However! If you get past a certain number, you get a screensaver with a guy in a cowboy hat running on top of a train.


News: Gradius II

February 20, 2004 5:12 PM PST

Konami Online / BS


Konami has released a Java-based cellphone port of Gradius II. The cost is 350 yen. And that's about all there is to that.


Play Asia: Dreamcast Puyo Puyo Fever

February 19, 2004 11:37 PM PST

Play Asia / VD


Play Asia, in addition to the typical weekly assortment of new releases, brings news of an unexpectedly early shipping Puyo Puyo Fever for Dreamcast. You did keep your Dreamcast, right?


News: SNK's Future is Atomiswave

February 19, 2004 11:37 PM PST

SNKP / VD


Thanks to IGGY for pointing out an article on SNK Playmore's latest plans. Game Online reports that The King of Fighters 2004, Samurai Spirits AW (tentative title), KOF Neo Wave and Metal Slug 6 are Atomiswave bound. Exciting times we live in...


Review: Castlevania: LoI

February 18, 2004 9:17 PM PST

insert credit / Matt Brent


Castlevania: Lament of Innocence can be viewed as a stepping stone. It can be viewed as a failure, it can be viewed as a success. Or perhaps a little of all three. Contributor Matt Brent takes the analytical approach.


News: Hirameki

February 18, 2004 9:10 PM PST

Clickgamer / BS


Thanks very much to jiji/namakoteam for pointing out that Hirameki, who has long planned to release several popular dating sims in english (DVD format), has scaled back their plans. They now have only four releases on the table, versus the original baker's dozen. On the bright side, two games have actually been released! Day of Love (koiyoubi) and Amusement Park are both out now, and the future releases still planned are Tea Society of a Witch and Hourglass of Summer. Strange that the screenshots are all in japanese, but we've been assured that the final product is indeed English text, Japanese voice.


News: Bust Em

February 18, 2004 9:01 PM PST

Clickgamer / BS


Call me crazy, but somehow this game passed me by. A Pocket PC Breakout clone using Penny Arcade characters. Bust Em is the name. Check some screens while you're at it. These are strange times we live in.


Play Asia: Import PS2 discounts

February 18, 2004 8:52 PM PST

Play Asia / BS


Play Asia has put some hard discounts on 24 import PS2 titles recently. Check here for the full list. Highlights include Ys I&II for $30, Venus and Braves for $25, Chou Aniki for $45, Star Ocean: until the end of time for $20.


News: DS discussion

February 18, 2004 8:41 PM PST

Famitsu / BS


Game Science has translated a Famitsu article which highlights various designers' hopes for the forthcoming Nintendo DS. Some quotable quotes in there, to be sure. Thanks to randomlogik's post for the news.


Review: Sonic Battle

February 17, 2004 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / tim rogers


Sonic Battle is the latest heap of videogame dung to be piled upon the once-proud Sonic Team Legacy. Witness Tim's first truly negative review!


News: 1945 Arcade Versions

February 17, 2004 11:55 PM PST

Red Ant / BS


Australian developers Red Ant are finally set to release their mysterious 1945 port for PS2, it appears. The game first came to our attention in march of last year, and has been subject to numerous delays. The original post suggests that the game is a shoot-em-up, as does this Amazon order form (or arcade, at least). Strangely, it's listed as "real time" on the Australian PS2 website. Time will tell - we can hope.


News: Shiki II Appreciate

February 17, 2004 11:44 PM PST

Media & Creative System / BS


The Shikigami II Appreciate DVD has a cover, sort of. Looks a bit tall for a DVD case. But more importantly, there's a general release date; March.


Play Asia: SvC Chaos shirt

February 17, 2004 11:31 PM PST

Play Asia / BS


Play Asia is now taking preorders for the korean version of SvC Chaos for PS2, which comes with a limited edition T-shirt. And speaking of specialty items, the gigantic Onimusha 3 katana controller is out now. Good stuff. Don't forget the weekly deal either - this time it's R: Racing Evolution for $25.


News: SS0S location test

February 17, 2004 11:22 PM PST

SNKP / BS


The Samurai Spirits Zero Special location test will be from february 20th to 22nd, at the second Neo Geo Land in Osaka. And that's that.


News: Puyo '96

February 17, 2004 11:11 PM PST

nfg games / BS


Lawrence has come across a PCB of Super Nazo Puyo 2 - this was a promo version of the game that would hit the SFC in mid-'96. More of a curiosity than anything, as it was designed for the Tokyo Toy show.


News: Crimson Room

February 15, 2004 11:59 PM PST

Takagi / BS


While waiting for Silent Hill: The Room, check out Takagi's flash game Crimson Room. It's a point and click (snatcher style), and a bit engrish-y, but pretty fun. Beware of some very small hotspots. Thanks to Ikari DC's mmcafe bbs post for the news.


News: Chaos Field

February 15, 2004 11:45 PM PST

Able / BS


In this Amusement Journal AUO 2004 article, the first image of Able's new 3D/2D STG Chaos Field has been revealed. As I type this, new info has arisen - the game is being developed by milestone, and Able is once again taking the role of production. Then again, Milestone is a very new company (april 2003), and may be an Able subsidiary. There is also an official site for the game. The flash intro is rather cool, give it a look-see. Thanks to nikaiten for the first link.


News: Silent Hill 4

February 15, 2004 11:23 PM PST

Konami / BS


The official (placeholding) site for Silent Hill is up, and they've got three sizes of trailer for your downloading pleasure. It's worth viewing.


News: KOF 3D Max

February 15, 2004 11:06 PM PST

EB Games / BS


Looks like the 3D KOF for PS2 is not only still on track, but now has a title; KOF 3D Max. This is according to EB Games, who have also put a nice blurred Oni box as the 'coming soon' artwork. Odd!


Site News: Feel the love

February 14, 2004 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / BS


Happy Valentine's Day, ya ingrates. Now that's all I can write.

For those of you wondering, the screen is from Dragon Blaze.


Letters: Revival!

February 13, 2004 5:54 PM PST

insert credit / drew


Drew has put up his latest letters column, this one regarding games most deserving of remakes. Go read it, or drew will get all snarky. Yes, that's right.


News: Retro PC game radio

February 13, 2004 5:54 PM PST

Gyusabu / BS


For those of you who like the oldschool sounds, check out Gyusabu's retro PC streaming radio. The 'station' covers games from the X68000, PC-8801, PC-9801, X1 and FM77 computers. Navigate through the list of featured game soundtracks by clicking the years to the right. The station's instructions can be found here for winamp. He also has instructions for other players at the bottom of the front page. For the winamp folks though, the easiest thing to do is select 'Play URL' from the file menu, and then input http://gyusyabu.ddo.jp:8000. Good stuff.


Off-Topic: Beer Party 2

February 13, 2004 5:45 PM PST

Jaleco / BS


It's hard times for game companies everywhere. To this end, Jaleco has decided to go where the money is. Hard liquor. Indeed, with the Jaleco Beer Party 2, you can turn any normal beer bottle into a tap, with the aid of our old friend nitrus "laughing gas" oxide. Just try and argue with their 3/7 head-to-beer ratio! Yours for only 4800 yen.


News: Steel Empire

February 13, 2004 5:35 PM PST

Starfish / BS


Starfish has announced (via Famitsu) that they will be porting Hot-B's 1992 megadrive shooter Steel Empire to the GBA. The full Japanese title will be Koutetsu Teikoku from Hot-B. The game is due out in April, at 4,800 yen.


News: Rumblefish movie/impressions

February 13, 2004 5:25 PM PST

MMCafe / BS


The MMCafe's own Professor has posted some Rumblefish impressions from the 2nd location test, as well as a link to a movie (click on No_7584.lzh on that page).


Site News: Konami week

February 12, 2004 8:40 PM PST

insert credit / BS


It's near the end of Konami week in the old insert credit forums, so I figured I should let you folks know about it. The image to the left comes from this guy's home-made Silent Hill figures page. Also, tomorrow is Friday the 13th. Yow! Don't forget to set your clocks one hour back...
to murder.


News: Judgement Silversword

February 12, 2004 8:30 PM PST

M-kai / BS


The official Judgement Silversword page has updated with a gameplay movie. Very impressive sprite pushing for the wonderswan. Again, the game can be purchased here.


News: Way of the Robotron

February 12, 2004 8:24 PM PST

Way of the Rodent / BS


Speaking of Robotron, Way of the Robot made an NGPC entry to that very competition seen below. More interesting than the actual game though, is the developer's diary that was made alongside. Give er a read.


News: PDroms llamatron contest

February 12, 2004 8:21 PM PST

PDroms / BS


The mighty PDroms' latest competition has just come to an end. It was a Llamatron/Robotron coding compo across multiple platforms. Check out/download the results!


News: Goldeneye hidden thing

February 12, 2004 8:11 PM PST

Detstar Goldeneye / BS


Indeed! Some guys found a stage in Goldeneye that was presumed not to exist, even to the extent of Rare's denying that it was anywhere in the cart. But it sort of, kind of, almost is in there. Interesting. Thanks to Slashdot Games for the news.


News: Imagin Systems Hotrod

February 10, 2004 9:30 PM PST

Imagin Systems / BS


This is utterly bizarre: a dental imaging device modeled nearly to the inch after the Atari Jaguar. Even the 'memory cart' is from a Jag. Click the pic to the left for a larger image. One wonders how something like this game to be. Thanks to Sweaterfish for the news.

Update: Apparently Imagin purchased the Jaguar mold from Atari 'some years back', and use none of the actual Jag internals. The top of the shell is unmodified, but the bottom has been heavily altered. Thanks to the Atari Age forums for the update.


News: Lineage II guide

February 10, 2004 9:15 PM PST

Mighty Florist / BS


As he himself says: "From the guy that brought you the signup guide for Yankee Spirit, yet another minimally helpful guide for helping you sneak into stuff you weren't meant to be in." Unfortunately the Yankee Spirit guide has been lost to the ages, but you can still sneak into the Lineage II free betatest.


News: Akihabara burns

February 10, 2004 9:08 PM PST

Yamagiwa / BS


Mere days after the announcement of Asobitcity's closure, the famous Yamagiwa Soft has gone up in flames. Check Kakaku for more pics. Luckily, nobody was hurt. Also check Video Fenky for some interviews regarding the Asobit closure.


News: Capcom at AOU

February 10, 2004 8:59 PM PST

Capcom / BS


Capcom has unveiled their new machines for the AOU arcade show. Not what you'd expect, likely. Thanks to Nikaiten for the link.


News: KOF 2k3 mook

February 10, 2004 8:43 PM PST

Enterbrain / IGGY


A bit of older news; a new mook from Enterbrain for KOF 2003. The mook includes short comics by Falcoon, cut scene and ending images, detail of the moves, and a DVD with explanations character by character, fights between famous players, and help against the bosses. All of this for only 1,659 yen, coming february 27th.


News: A3

February 8, 2004 6:36 PM PST

Gungho / SM


Gungho Entertainment's A3 initially announced last year, has finally been fleshed out for the viewing public. The game, which will go into closed beta testing in March, has long been touted as an MMORPG for people over the age of 18. Sporting more than 2000 quests, the game places a special emphasis on story and in particular the "3 As" that make up its name, Art, Alive and Attract. In particular, the story will incorporate many dark elements, such as treachery, haggling, betrayal, and difficult psychological aspects. It's for these reasons that the game has garnered an r-18 rating. The beta application will be available on Dengeki Online from 2/13-2/26.

Now, after seeing that R-18 rating hype I was a little disappointed with explanation given by Dengeki Online. I mean betrayal and all the rest are standard fare in an RPG, aren't they? Well, the website elaborates by noting that, "the high graphic quality is in pursuit of reality" and their dedication to creating a game that mirrors the real world. Thus, only mature individuals are allowed to play.

Try the Video out also. The video definitely has a Heavy Metal feel to it at some points, so you tell me the real reason it's R-18...
Edit: proper credit, proper title.


News: Lineage II

February 8, 2004 6:27 PM PST

NC Soft / SM


Also, the Lineage II client is available as of yesterday. The client weighs in at 1.18GB. The beta test will begin on the 11th. This game looked gorgeous at TGS, but then...NC Soft also did give me a backpack.


News: Eugene Jarvis interview

February 8, 2004 6:19 PM PST

Way of the Rodent / BS


Eugene Jarvis created Robotron, Defender, and several other classic arcade games. This is an interview with him. If you want, you can read it.


News: DC PSO fan server

February 8, 2004 6:15 PM PST

not sure / BS


Some intrepid fellows have taken it upon themselves to construct an unofficial PSO Dreamcast server. Get more info in this forum post, but beware of LOLs and OMGs. Thanks to Sweaterfish for the news.


News: Data East games purchased

February 6, 2004 5:51 PM PST

G-mode / BS


Something of a surprise here; G-mode has purchased the entire library of Data East's intellectual properties. As you may recall, Data East went bankrupt some months back. G-mode's only plans for the moment are japanese cellphone ports of existing games, such as Burgertime and Magical Drop. But if I may editorialize for a moment, this can't be seen as anything but a good thing in the long run, for fans of Data East's games. The properties are active again - and while G-mode may only make cellphone games themselves, this doesn't mean they can't farm out titles to other publishers. We must watch and wait.


News: Dakimakura

February 6, 2004 5:40 PM PST

Chris Kohler / BS


Chris Kohler, arch nemesis of decent folk worldwide, has written up a report on the Dead Or Alive Dakimakura, or hugging pillows. This one's for wired, so you know it's good! Am I joking??? No one can tell!


News: ABLE shooter

February 6, 2004 5:29 PM PST

ABLE / BS


ABLE corp has announced that they will unveil their new 2D shooter Chaos Field at the AUO 2004 show in september. Thanks to Nikaiten for the news.


News: KOF 2003 cover

February 6, 2004 5:20 PM PST

SNKP / BS


SNKP has put up an image of the KOF 2003 cover for the home cart port. They're also recruiting in the pachinko department, not surprisingly.


News: Puyo Dreamcast

February 5, 2004 8:40 PM PST

Sega Direct / SM


If you missed out on the classic Dreamcast system, Sega will be making available a Puyo Puyo Dreamcast Set. This kit packages a (standard) Dreamcast and Puyo Puyo Fever together for the affordable price of 13482 yen and is only available from the above linked site, beginning 2/24. This is Sega's first push of the dreamcast system in many, many months. Curious!


News: Asobitcity closing

February 5, 2004 8:26 PM PST

LAOX / SM


News may have gotten out before this, but Laox's Asobitcity will be closing on april 10th. Mr. Yamashita from the PR department was quick to dismiss that the closure had to do with problems at the store itself, however. "Since this closure is due to building's owner's decision to sell the property rather than circumstances within the main office, it's something that can't be helped." Yamashita continues to assert that Asobitcity had developed into a major presence, attracting 800,000 visitors in December and that the closure is a serious pity for Laox. There are plans to reopen the store at another location in Akihabara, but the details won't be available until March.

I remember shopping at Asobitcity. I got off at a random Akihabara stop and went to a number of off the beaten path stores looking for games for Brandon. By the time I got to Asobitcity city the prices looked pretty good and I picked up Tales of Destiny 2 for myself and Wind Walker for the girlfriend. It was only afterwards that I realized that Asobitcity was way overpriced and decided never to buy anything from there again.

Also from this entry are comments about AsoBitCity 3rd Building, a small store focusing on Adult software and figurines opened on 1/29. The move towards smaller stores is a new step for AsoBitCity, who thinks that managing smaller stores can be particularly efficient. Or something like that. Read some time-worn AsoBitCity stories here (brandon) and here (tim).


News: SS0S

February 5, 2004 8:15 PM PST

SNKP / BS


Check out the official Samurai Shodown Zero site for info on SS0 Special. There are new stages and illustrations displayed there on the front page, but also take a gander at the updated character roster. Looking beefy, and with an indication that there may be more to come.


Play Asia: Silversword

February 5, 2004 8:03 PM PST

Play Asia / BS


Play Asia have gotten ahold of Judgement Silversword for Wonderswan, which won the Wonderwitch Grand Prix back in 2001 (but was only released officially in the last few months). This is quite something considering the difficulty of ordering the item as a foreigner (the Qute site only accepts bank transfer and COD). In other news, they've got the aforementioned Puyo Puyo Fever, and Moekan, featuring the music of blasterhead.


News: Fevered puyos

February 5, 2004 7:55 PM PST

Sega / BS


Puyo Puyo Fever was just released for PS2, so Sega took it to the streets. Watch impress has images of all the ridiculous puyo-ness you missed out on. It's probably for the best. Thanks to Kusanagi's forum post for the link.


News: XS moves up

February 5, 2004 7:48 PM PST

cruel fate / BS


The butchers localization professionals over at XS games are moving up - their newest release will be done in conjunction with the economically mighty Take2, so says gamerfeed. Wanted Dead or Alive is the name of the game, and it's coming to a PC near you. This is a 'wild west' style game, so perhaps they'll add some lazer guns to appeal to the american audience. Thanks to Lech for the news.


Off Topic: Real Otaku Heroes 2

February 3, 2004 11:56 PM PST

Lejizm / vincent diamante


Vince and Tony have gone back at it, coming up with another Real Otaku Heroes parody. This one's called Mr. Pirated Anime Goods Seller. Just in case you missed the first one, it was Mr. Unwashed Convention Attendee.


News: AOU 2004 lineup

February 3, 2004 11:44 PM PST

Amusement Journal / BS


The Amusement Journal has put up a concise article highlighting some of the machines that will be on display at the AOU 2004 show in Japan. Images of the cabinets, as well as brief descriptions are available.


News: Cellphone shooters

February 3, 2004 11:30 PM PST

various / BS


Triggerzone reported of a few cellphone shooters that have recently come into existence. Cave has ported two Guwange games to the mobile format. Konami, for their part, put out a game called Gradius Neo. This is an entirely new game in the Gradius series...look here for some excellent pics.


Off-Topic: Petit Cossette

February 3, 2004 11:13 PM PST

Sony Music / BS


Don't usually post about anime news over here, but it's not too often that you see a Gothic Lolita anime. There's a 30 second commercial available for the curious. It streams, though. Thanks to Rid for the news.


Review: Yakiniku Bugyou Bonfire!

February 2, 2004 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / brandon sheffield


It takes a vegetarian to review a game this meat-filled. Yakiniku Buygou Bonfire! is a tour de force of mad-cow consumption, flesh frying, and crowd pleasing. Truly a game for the ages.


News: Pcenginefx death

February 2, 2004 11:34 PM PST

pcenginefx / BS


PCenginefx has long been the home for PC-FX and PC Engine enthusiasts, and lasted almost 10 years. But now, due to bandwidth constraints and lack of time, the site is saying farewell. It may be back eventually, but one can never be sure about these things. I wish Aaron Nanto the best of luck in his future endeavors.


News: Carnival

February 2, 2004 11:19 PM PST

Groover / BS


A preliminary page has been put up for Carnival, the new H-game from super-publishers Groover. The game will release in spring of 2004, with excellent cinemas, if Groover is to live up to their name.


News: Shiki II update

February 2, 2004 11:10 PM PST

Alfa System / BS


An official page for the Xbox version of Shikigami no Shiro II has been put up. April release, 4,800 yen (5,040 limited).


News: NEC IC update

February 1, 2004 11:59 PM PST

NEC IC / BS


NEC Interchannel has just posted some info regarding two upcoming projects. First off, the Black Matrix Double O page has been updated. There's now some info on the minigames, characters, and a full list of seiyuu for the main players. This will be a March release for the PSOne, on two discs for 6,800 yen.

They've also announced that they'll be porting the boy's love game Sukinamono ha sukikara shouganai to PS2 (trans: I like what I like, c'est la vie). This is a port of a yaoi H-PC game that was released last may. The PS2 version will have redrawn event CG, new options (like replay of scenarios), new system elements, full voice, progressive scan, and they're doing something-or-other with the anti-aliasing. Planned for 2004 at 6,800 yen.


Download: Remember 11 promo

February 1, 2004 11:47 PM PST

KID / BS


KID has updated with a new promotional movie of their upcoming game Remember 11 - The Age of Infinity. The game is planned for a march 18th release, at 6,800 (standard) and 8,800 (limited) yen.


News: Cakeshop GP32

February 1, 2004 11:36 PM PST

Team HE / BS


GP32 developers Team HE have renewed their homepage, and the official site for Cakeshop along with it. Lots of new pictures, character info, etc.


Play Asia: Donkey Konga deal

February 1, 2004 11:22 PM PST

Play Asia / BS


Play Asia is starting up an interesting program, wherein they heavily discount one game for one week. This time round, they've got Donkey Konga going for $49.90 with controller, which is a discount of $20 off the regular price. That's...quite something. This is the japanese version, mind, but there's also a freeloader pack-in deal.


Download: Literary Fragment movie

February 1, 2004 11:22 PM PST

Abogado Powers / BS


Abogado Powers put up a movie for thier remake of Kuro no Danjou: The Literary Fragment about two weeks back. I can't link to the movie nor the page (even abopa's frontpage isn't work safe, nowadays), but if you look, it's easy to find.


News: Beats of Rage

February 1, 2004 11:14 PM PST

these guys / BS


Beats of Rage is a Streets of Rage/Bare Knuckle style beat-em-up, remade using sprites from KOF. Quite nice looking, and fully functional. The game is available for free download in DOS, DC and PS2 versions. Thanks to Sweaterfish for the news.


News: Drummania 10, Guitar Freaks 11

February 1, 2004 11:05 PM PST

Konami / BS


The HK forum bot known as Fire has posted the full list of songs/options from Drummania 10, and Guitar Freaks 11th mix in a recent post. Both games just underwent japanese location tests in the last couple of days.


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