News: Cave new shooter

April 30, 2004 11:55 PST

Cave / BS


Cave seems to be working on, or at least planning a new arcade shooter. This info comes from the hiring page, where they're soliciting a CG designer. 2D/3D is mentioned, but this may simply be for prerendered sprites. Either way, good news all round. Thanks to nikaiten for the link.


News: Warning Forever interview

April 30, 2004 11:40 PST

Doujinaroni / BS


Roni has a new interview up - this time it's with Hizoka, the creator of the excellent STG Warning Forever. Apparently he has plans to make a 3D action game next.


News: Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune

April 30, 2004 11:25 PST

Namco / BS


Namco has announced a new Wangan Midnight game: Maximum Tune. This one will use a card system, somewhat similar to Initial D Arcade Stage. Check some shots (game and cab) and info here. Thanks to nikaiten for the news.


Download: Silent Hill 4 trailer

April 30, 2004 11:11 PST

Konami / BS


Konami has released a new Silent Hill 4 trailer. Nothing particularly new, but there it is.


News: SNK update

April 29, 2004 11:58 PST

SNK USA / BS


SNK Consumer has announced that they'll be bringing the KOF 2002/2003 and Metal Slug 4/5 packs to the Xbox as well, and that they'll be releasing both Samurai Shodown 5 and Samurai Shodown 5 Special for PS2 and Xbox. Metal Slug Advance and KOF: MI will also debut at E3.


Off Topic: Troubled Windows

April 29, 2004 11:49 PST

Heika Love / BS


A rather humorous japanese flash about the perils of windows ME. Very nice imagery, but the best part is the interactivity - clicking on certain words while the flash is running will get you on a different path within the movie. Check here for the full branch guide. Thanks to Juan for the link, and princess holiday for the guide image.


News: O~3 Entertainment

April 29, 2004 11:40 PST

BS


O~3 Entertainment is a new company formed by three Capcom (europe, primarily) expatriots. Nothing much on the site yet, but one never knows.


News: PSOne prototypes

April 29, 2004 11:35 PST

Sony / BS


At a recent Sony event, a slew of PSOne controller prototypes and early internals were revealed. Interesting stuff, some of it. Thanks to Kusanagi for the link.


News: Okami

April 29, 2004 11:20 PST

Capcom / BS


Few days old, this news. Capcom's Clover team is developing a new game called Okami (which means wolf) - and gamespot has some new screens and info on the game.


News: Mr. T and Slake interview

April 28, 2004 11:59 PST

Arcadia / BS


Click-Stick has got a new Arcadia interview translation up. It's another Beat Raizing IIDX interview (the game itself is called Beatmania IIDX), this time with Mr. T and Slake, who performed a 'secret live concert' recently.


News: Subtle Style

April 28, 2004 11:45 PST

Subtle Style / BS


Subtle Style has released a version-up of their pretty 2D fighter - download it here. Thanks to doujinaroni for the tip.


News: Guilty Gear Isuka/XX#R

April 28, 2004 11:39 PST

Arc / BS


Guilty Gear Isuka is coming out on the 29th of July, and will have net battle - or so says nikaiten. On a related note, Majesco will be releasing Guilty Gear XX#R for Xbox in the US, with the Korean soundtrack.


News: Progear Cellphone

April 28, 2004 11:32 PST

Cave / BS


Cave is porting another shooter to phones - this time it's Progear (horizontal). Thanks to click-stick for the news.


News: Chaos Field

April 28, 2004 11:21 PST

Milestone / BS


The Chaos Field location test is going to happen this week - but now they've given no specific locations, only 'the western part of japan'. Hopefully they will start getting less general shortly. Thanks to nikaiten for the news.


News: Border Down

April 28, 2004 11:16 PST

G.rev / IGGY


G.rev was asked if they would be porting Border Down to any other consoles - they said that PS2 would never happen, but Xbox and GC would be possible if they could get the staff - currently they do not have the capability. So the game will remain a DC exclusive for some time.


News: The Idolmaster

April 28, 2004 11:09 PST

Namco / BS


There's a new promotional movie up for The Idolmaster, Namco's new arcade experiment. Not as stylish as the last one, but an interesting song. There are also a few new wallpapers available if you answer the enquette.


News: New Shining Forces

April 28, 2004 11:05 PST

Sega / BS


Looks as though new Shining Force games are in the works. One is a GBA remake, another is a brand new game (shining force 4, perhaps), and the third (shining tears) is an action RPG. Amusement Vision will be handling the games, without (it appears) the help of Camelot.


News: Every Extend interview

April 26, 2004 11:59 PST

Doujinaroni / BS


French fan-made game site Doujinaroni (it's far more clever in french) has got an interview with the guy behind Every Extend (linked some days ago in the 3-minute games contest). Check it out here (scroll for english). They're testing out english on the frontpage as well, so give it a look.


News: 1-up Zine reprints

April 26, 2004 11:50 PST

1-Up / BS


The original 1-Up - that is to say the excellent 'zine by Raina Lee - is going into a small reprint. The 100 copies of the first and second issues have been made - don't hesitate to grab them. The first issue is absolutely a must-have if you're even remotely interested in game journalism (emotional, engaging, experiential). Only $10, so go to it.


News: Hayarigami

April 26, 2004 11:42 PST

Nippon Ichi / GL / BS


Hayarigami is a horror adventure game from Nippon Ichi of Disgaea/La Pucelle/Phantom Brave fame. It's coming to PS2, and is text based, but no other info is available (aside from a not-incredible staff interview). Hayarigami roughly translates to 'god of popularity', and the game will revolve around rumor/superstition.


News: Ghouls and Ghosts online

April 26, 2004 11:33 PST

Game Factory / BS


Game Factory has got some new info about Ghouls and Ghosts Online. It will not be an MMORPG as previously thought, but a four-player arena match player-vs-player style game. The art appears to have changed as well - measure the art to the left against the stuff from the preview we did of the game last year. Thanks to Naruto's mmcafe bbs post for the news.


News: Saint Seiya RPG

April 26, 2004 11:16 PM PST

Aurora Game Studio / BS


A french company by the name of Aurora Game Studio is developing a 2D PC RPG based on the Saint Seiya property. They credit Bandai, but it's hard to believe that this is not a fan project with such a small team. Here is the official site (only the french link works currently) - you can check some screens, but not much info. Thanks to Makondo99's mmcafe bbs post for the link.


News: A-GA

April 26, 2004 11:04 PM PST

Illusion / BS


A-GA (not work safe, and beware of music) is the latest work from H-makers Illusion Soft. This one's a "PC Theatrestation" game...somehow different from the usual 'cinematic adventure' it seems. Not much is known about the title yet (date, price, etc), but there are plenty of screens, character art and a promise of 5.1 channel surround sound.


News: Squashed

April 24, 2004 7:20 PM PST

Lost Levels / BS


The Lost Levels fellows have a new story up - this one's about an obscure Jaleco title: Squashed. Feel the obscurity! Also if you've not been there in a while, might want to take a look at their nice Sonic Xtreme coverage.


News: Baldr Force EXE

April 24, 2004 7:02 PM PST

Alchemist / BS


Game Watch has got some new screens of Alchemist's upcoming Dreamcast 2D mecha action/ADV game Baldr Force EXE. This is the latest in the popular hentai game series (see a review of the previous game at freetype.), and is a port of a PC game by giga (18+). The CERO for the DC version is undecided, so the H-bits may or may not be removed. Planned for a 'sometime' 2004 release with no price assigned. Thanks to Waffen and _'s forum posts for the links.


News: Puyo Puyo Fever mac version

April 24, 2004 6:18 PM PST

Sega / BS


The mac version of Puyo Puyo Fever is coming out June 24th for 4,980 yen. But if you spend an extra 2k yen, you'll get yourself a nice saturn pad for your mac. If this works on the PC as well, I forsee many preorders. There's also a new minigame on the official site.


Play Asia: Toys and discounts

April 24, 2004 6:14 PM PST

Play Asia / BS


A whole bunch of new toys have shown up at Play Asia. Check out the mini LCD games for $7, Super Robot Wars toys for $4, Armored Core toys for $8, Famicom keychains for $6, Mario Kart bath toy for $5, and Capcom gals toys for $10.

In game news, check out the latest classic games in the lineup - Revive (one of Data East's last), Twinbee Deluxe, Mother 2, and the NGCD joypad are some highlights. Some new PS2 games have also been discounted. Can't go wrong with Venus & Braves for $15.


News: Chaos Field location test

April 24, 2004 6:05 PM PST

Milestone / BS


Location testing for Milestone's 2D/3D shooter is beginning next month. Keep your fingers crossed for testing news.


News: Border Down OST 2

April 24, 2004 6:01 PM PST

SuperSweep / BS


An update on the second Border Down original soundtrack SuperSweep is releasing; this one contains songs from the home version "remix mode", which were not found in the previous recording. Also included is a new work from the soundtrack's composer Yasuhisa Watanabe. Pay special attention to track three - they stole my mysterious dance! Check out a demo MP3 on the SuperSweep front page. The soundtrack will be distributed by Sega Direct, to be released on May 13th for 2,000 yen. Preorders are available at Play Asia. Thanks to Nikaiten for the link.


Thing: Yumeria papercraft

April 24, 2004 5:28 PM PST

Namco / BS


Nifty new papercraft Neneko up at the Yumeria homepage. If you've the dedication to finish this one, that'd be quite a feat. Thanks to rid hershel for the news.


Download: Espgaluda stage 3

April 24, 2004 5:14 PM PST

Arika / BS


Arika has put up a new test/replay of Espgaluda for PS2, this one's level 3 (direct link). The game has been delayed to a June 24th release. Cave has also got the map and enemies up for level 4. Thanks to click-stick for the news.


News: 3 minute game contest

April 22, 2004 7:46 PM PST

3min.org / BS


The 3 minute game contest is primarily for japanese doujin companies. The only rule is that the games must last about three minutes. The third competition is going on now, submission period ends august 15th. Check here for the downloads and results from the last contest, and here for the first. The downloads are all there, and take a small bit of japanese (or random clicking) to find, but it's worth the effort. Thanks to Zepy for mailing the link.


News: Cyclone 68000 on Zodiac

April 22, 2004 7:16 PM PST

Dave / BS


Emulation guru Dave, of Final Burn fame has got assembler based 68000 core running at high speeds on the Zodiac. This means lots of pending arcade emulation, as the Motorola 68000 was the main chip for platforms such as the CPS 1 and 2, Neo Geo, genesis, amiga, etc. Good news. Thanks to Zodiacgamer for the news


News: Tribal GBA

April 22, 2004 6:43 PM PST

Nintendo EU / BS


I'll let the image and this quote speak for themselves:
"We feel we have created a product in the Tribal Edition that reflects the sentiments of today's youth - rebellion, attractiveness and spirituality. The new console allows gamers to express these emotions in a fun and interactive way, enabling them to communicate their individuality."
From an IGN article.


News: KOF Neowave

April 22, 2004 6:32 PM PST

SNKP / BS


Small bit of news - SNK Playmore has an official site for KOF Neowave up. Nothing there just yet, but the game has gone into a second round of betatesting. Curiously, the tests have generated very little news.


News: SNK Pack-ins

April 21, 2004 11:59 PM PST

SNK USA / BS


SNK USA Consumer has announced that Metal Slug and KOF will indeed be coming to PS2 in the US after all! Metal Slug 4&5, KOF 2k2 and 2k3 will both be packed together for $40. The KOFs will be here at the end of 2004, Metal Slugs in spring of 2005. It's a while to wait, but good news nonetheless.


News: Insane Night

April 21, 2004 11:52 PM PST

Mad Tea Time / BS


Insane Night is a new Korean doujin game for the GP32; a dark character-based action title. The screens are looking really excellent, though the character movement is still a bit early. Check GP32 News (via GP32 Xtreme's boards) for gameplay and intro movies.


Rumor: Chaos Field

April 21, 2004 11:42 PM PST

Milestone / BS


A Shmups forumgoer reports that Chaos Field will be coming to the Dreamcast, being ported from the Atomiswave. We will wait for external confirmation, but this does not sound too far-fetched.


News: Cybriq

April 21, 2004 11:36 PM PST

Bivins Media / BS


Our old pal RW Bivins (of oldergames fame) has got a new MMORPG project under his sleeve - the browser-based Cybriq. It's free, colorful, and has a bit of sim-style building and planning. Could be something.


News: Team DTR update

April 21, 2004 11:22 PM PST

Team DTR / BS


Korean PC group Team DTR (of Tears for GP32 fame) has got a few more projects on the burner. First off there's the freeware PC tetris game MaamMae, which you can download here, along with a new patch. Then there's Know, a new AVG with very nice style, drastically different from their Tears work, though thematically related. No downloads or demos up for that yet. The newest project is Catch Me! - this appears to be a puzzle game, but anyone with some Korean skill is free to correct this!


News: KOF in Splinter Cell

April 21, 2004 11:16 PM PST

Ubisoft / BS


Images of Yamazaki and Billy (KOF art) have been included in a magazine rack in the Jerusalem level of Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow. Check the shot for confirmation. Thanks to dragonwillow in this neo-geo forum post for the shot.


Site News: Donations

April 19, 2004 11:56 PM PST

insert credit / BS


We've given in - we are now accepting donations to this fine website. No matter how large or how small, we will take them and convert them into food and gasoline like magic. I would also like to randomly send out strange items to some of you donors, so don't be shocked if that happens. Or do be shocked, but hopefully in a pleasant way. You can see the little donation button over there to the top right, for future reference. Juan is the one who made them. He's a good sort.


News: Homebrew e-cards

April 19, 2004 11:46 PM PST

Tim Schuerewegen / BS


The ever-busy Tim Schuerewegen (already well known to the GP32 scene) has cracked the e-card code. Thus, it is now possible to make one's own homebrew e-cards, and print them out from a computer. the man cannot be stopped. Thanks to Slashdot Games for the link.


News: Natsu shoujo

April 19, 2004 11:35 PM PST

Success / BS


Success has got a page up for natsu shoujo (Summer Girl), their latest windows->PS2 port. The game is planned for Summer, and not much else is known. Nice breezy art style though.


News: GP32 Italy

April 19, 2004 11:23 PM PST

New Media / BS


The GP32's official distributor in Italy has been revealed; New Media Online. Curiously, they list Doom emulation in their promotional flier, and the Wind Ups unofficial OS as well. The system is truly being billed as a homebrew paradise now, perhaps the best way they could market it actually. The European launch is still set for May 2004.


Rumor: Advanced Guardian Heroes

April 18, 2004 11:55 PM PST

2chan / BS


The latest rumors about Advanced Guardian Heroes have surfaced over at 2chan. Namakoteam has mirrored a dodgy translation of the info.


News: Imperishable Night

April 18, 2004 11:48 PM PST

Tohou / BS


The Imperishable Night demo came out today in japan - there's more info about the game's system and the event itself in this forum post toward the bottom.


News: Assault Suit Valken Zero

April 18, 2004 11:35 PM PST

X-nauts / BS


An interesting game has come up in play asia's updates: Assault Suit Valken Zero, which would be the sequel to Assault Suit Valken on the SFC, and side-story to Assault Suit Leynoss on the saturn. X-Nauts contains much of the NCS (original maker) staff, so this should be the right team to do it. The release date is July 1st, and the game will be under 4800 yen, but nothing else is known about the title just yet. Thanks to Namakoteam for finding this.


News: Tomak GP32 competition

April 18, 2004 11:27 PM PST

GP32 France / BS


GP32 France is putting on a game coding competition starting today, ending May 1st. The prizes are boxed a Tomak game and 10k Won for first prize, just Tomak for the second, and 20k Won for the third prize. Low stakes, but let's hope some good games come of it. Check the site for rules and requirements.


News: SRM Hai Pai Paradise 2

April 18, 2004 11:16 PM PST

Seta / BS


Everyone's favorite anime strip mahjong title has returned - Super Real Mahjong Hai Pai Paradise 2 hits japanese arcades in May. No game info in there, but they say there'll be a present campaign and some original goods...thanks to nikaiten for the news.


News: Espgaluda new character

April 18, 2004 11:09 PM PST

Cave / BS


Cave has unveiled a new character in Espgaluda. He goes by the name Hiodoshi, and is apparently the engineer who raised the other two characters from small fries. Is he playable? I am unsure, but let's guess 'yes'. Thanks to Click-Stick for the news.

Update: Click-Stick confirms that he is not playable.


News: Metroid Orn

April 16, 2004 6:19 PM PST

Thomas Happ / BS


Metroid Orn is a remake of the original Metroid for the GBA - a 'fan project' for RIT. Playable on EMU or GBA flash - very nice visually. Give er a look.


News: Colorful Box

April 16, 2004 6:05 PM PST

KID / BS


The Colorful Box~to love site is live - KID's latest visual novel PS2 adaptation. Check out these nifty LTD clocks. Comes out this spring for 6,800 (normal), 8,800 (ltd).


Play Asia: Oldschool stuff

April 16, 2004 5:59 PM PST

Play Asia / BS


Lots of niftiness at Play Asia now - and most of it is right here. Saturn shooters (keio yugekitai, radiant silvergun, cotton 2), dungeons and dragons collection, Segagaga ltd for dreamcast (good price, by the by), tons of Neo CD games at $15, the elusive official NGPC->DC connector...best to just check out the full list yourself. It's a good run of stuff (some preowned, too).

While you're at it, take a look at these $9 Final Fantasy Figures. And let's not forget the weekly deal - Soul Calibur II or VF4 EVO japanese PS2 versions for $13 each. Oh, and if you feel like reading a gushing P-A endorsement, check the forums.


News: Malignant Final

April 16, 2004 5:55 PM PST

Aqua Style / BS


Doujin group Aqua Style has got info, screens and a movie up for their off-beat Super Robot Wars clone Malignant Final. At the linked download page, you can also get the original game for freeeee. Thanks to the zepy for the news.


News: Puyo Fever GBA

April 16, 2004 5:50 PM PST

Sega / BS


Indeed, Puyo Puyo Fever is coming to the GBA. Looks like all it's really missing is the 3D, which is not a bad thing to miss. Also, unlike the other console ports, this one is 1~4 players. The game comes out July 24th, at 4,800 yen. Thanks to the magical rid hershel for the news.


News: Advanced Guardian Heroes

April 14, 2004 11:57 PM PST

Treasure / BS


It was rumored some months back that Treasure was working on a new version of Guardian Heroes - turns out they were. According to this amazon listing, there is a game coming out from Treasure on the 16th of september by the name of Advanced Guardian Heroes. Might be a port, might be a sequel, no other information is given. The official price is 5,040 yen. Thanks to CHAZumaru's post for the link.


News: Daikoukai Jidai Online

April 14, 2004 11:48 PM PST

Koei / BS


Daikoukai Jidai Online is a new MMORPG for PC from Koei. It's about pirates. I think they'd be well advised to bring this thing to the states. It's the latest in their famous-ish pirate series, which ran on the NES and SNES. The series is known as "uncharted waters" in the US, and originally had scores by kanno yoko. Check screens and descriptions at game watch, and the official site here. Thanks to Kusanagi's forum post for the news.


Off-topic: Invader shoe

April 14, 2004 11:39 PM PST

Kyocera shop / BS


There are new Space Invader shoes on the market over at Kyocera - these are different from the ones initially sold at the 25th anniversary. Still $100 though. Thanks to greng's forum post for the tip.


Off-topic: Randomlogik shirts

April 14, 2004 11:26 PM PST

Pixeltees / BS


Randomlogik from the forums has a nice little webshop up, with a few game related shirts. Might be worth a look-see.


News: SFIII: 3rd Strike

April 14, 2004 11:17 PM PST

Capcom / IGGY


Capcom has announced the date of their PS2 port of Street Fighter III: 3rd strike. And that date is July 22nd.


Off-topic: Pacific Media Expo

April 14, 2004 11:09 PM PST

Pacific Media Expo / BS


The Pacific Media Expo in LA is mostly an anime con from the looks of things, but if you like Visual Kei, it might be a good thing to check out. The music area is nicely impressive.


Off-topic: Girl PC

April 13, 2004 1:59 PM PST

Kat's Land / BS / VD


Yes, believe it or not, this is a PC. The ERN005-PC (KANA) is a fully functioning PC inside of a life-sized maid doll (designed by Kanna Higashi, constructed by Katsuya Matsumura). The site has lots of construction and assembly photos, english text, and is just all round obsessive.


News: Seventh Sky

April 13, 2004 1:46 PM PST

Next Frame / BS


Next Frame has a lot of nifty flash animations and games going on over there. Check out Seventh Sky specifically - it's a very competent mech combat game with VO-esque design. Thanks to Somari's forum post for the link.


News: Beat Raizing IIDX Special interview

April 13, 2004 1:34 PM PST

Arcadia / BS


Click-Stick has posted a translation of an arcadia interview with the musicians dj TAKA and TaQ of Beat Raizing IIDX Special (arcade) fame. Interesting read.


News: Alice Dreams

April 13, 2004 1:23 PM PST

Alice Dreams / BS


The french dreamcast homebrew game Alice Dreams finally has an official site, with new pics, downloads and info. Thanks to GR Blitz for the news.


News: MU Online

April 13, 2004 1:07 PM PST

MU / BS


Scott has posted news about it before, so here's a followup - check out some odd pics from the Thai release of MU Online at Zest Entertainment. Don't forget to join the Miss MU contest!! (vote for the current entries here)


News: Clannad extras

April 13, 2004 12:58 PM PST

Key / BS


The extra goods for the Clannad limited edition have been revealed. Illustration booklet, nice box, and a freaking bedsheet. Insane. Thanks to Zepy for the news. Normal version is still 7,875 yen, coming out on April 28th.


Review: Minibosses EP

April 12, 2004 2:45 AM PST

insert credit / brandon sheffield


I have reviewed the Minibosses EP. I would recommend it highly, if they were still selling it. That Arizona sun must be getting to them.


News: The Crow - CDi

April 12, 2004 2:37 AM PST

The Blackmoon Project / BS


Devin at The Blackmoon Project has got an interview with the head of the long lost Crow project for the CDi. It was to be an FMV adventure, of all things. SHOCK!! An interesting read though, truthfully.


Download: Dicing Knight promo

April 11, 2004 2:12 PM PST

Murasame / BS


There's a promo movie out for the upcoming Dicing Knight for wonderswan. Give it a look-see. You can still preorder it at play asia.


News: Doujin update

April 11, 2004 2:08 PM PST

various / BS


Fancy Factory has put up a new demo of their 2D fighter Mind Arms (direct link and version-up). Check out more screens here.

Also take a look at Zankuro no Oheya's fighter Aimaimi, with screens here and download here (direct link). Thanks to Zepy for the news.


Rumor: N-Gage 2

April 11, 2004 1:56 PM PST

Nokia / BS


N-gage gaming has found some pics of what may be the N-Gage 2. Looks not too bad, has a camera, and no more sidetalking.


Off-topic: Azumanga flash

April 11, 2004 1:49 PM PST

takurei / BS


Few days old, but check out this Azumanga Daioh flash, and just try to get the song out of your head. Do it!


Review: Siren

April 9, 2004 6:10 PM PST

insert credit / IGGY


IGGY the mighty wonderdog has penned an exceptional analysis of Siren. Discussed within: new-style narrative, depth of character, and actual horrific technique. Shocking, but they did it. Trouble is, due to the tactless localization, most of us will never get the full experience.


News: Future of game mags

April 9, 2004 6:10 PM PST

Famitsu / BS


Video-Fenky has put up a nifty translation of a Famitsu article descibing the current and future state of the Japanese gaming magazine industry. Worth a read, most certainly.


Thing: Katamari cat folding!

April 9, 2004 6:06 PM PST

Namco / BS


In the present section of the katamari damashii site you'll find a print-and-fold cat toy thingy. Go do it. Thanks to Bu||et for the link.


News: DDR Animix

April 8, 2004 11:59 PM PST

DDR Animix / BS


DDR Animix is an anime/game character based DDR clone for the PC (works with PC dance pads as well). They seem to have some 220 songs available, and lots of anime skins and whatnot. Looks rather nice, and the thing only costs $5 shipped for two CDs. It is customizable, since it's basically a modified Stepmania. Good stuff, give it a look.


News: KOF Neowave location test

April 8, 2004 11:45 PM PST

SNKP / BS


KOF Neowave location test kicks off tomorrow in Japan...which is technically today. So says this official thingy.


News: FF GBA pack

April 8, 2004 11:19 PM PST

Square Enix / TR


Square Enix is releasing Final Fantasy I and II for Gameboy Advance as one cartridge for 6090 yen, according to a recent Shounen Jump article. Tim says:
I have reviews of those two games here, and here, by the way. The gist of those reviews is that the games suck, and do not stand the test of time. Squaresoft perhaps read these reviews, because they've added new random dungeons to each game. I will not review them again; however, I will gladly buy the package. Now if they'd make a Final Fantasy IV for GBA, we'd be all set.
Thanks to Crunk Games for the news.


News: KOF 2003 comic

April 8, 2004 11:10 PM PST

SNK World / BS


SNK World has put up a few sample pages of the comics that come in the KOF 2k3 mook. They're by falcoon! And they have very provocative titles! Who can resist?


News: Tumiki Fighters

April 7, 2004 3:50 PM PST

ABA Games / BS


A few days ago, shooter genius Kenta Cho (ABA Games) released a new game; Tumiki Fighters. The trick here is that you can fuse broken pieces of enemy ships with your own, creating a more powerful craft, as well as shielding. Don't hesitate to grab it.


News: Metroid the movie

April 7, 2004 3:28 PM PST

SNKP / JH


John Woo has optioned the film rights to bring Nintendo's Metroid to the big screen, in what will be the second attempt to make a Metroid movie. Zide/Perry previously purchased the film rights in January of 2003, but let them expire. Nintendo and Woo will partner to release the film before 2006. Currently, Woo is developing three original games with Hollywood talent at his Tiger Hill video game studio, and his Metroid project is just the latest attempt in his investment into a medium which has already borrowed much from him. Source: Hollywood Reporter.


News: Samurai Spirits Zero

April 7, 2004 3:25 PM PST

SNKP / BS / IGGY


Samurai Spirits Zero has been announced for PS2. Unfortunately this is not SS0 Special, as we had previously hoped. The bosses will be playable, each with their own new story scenario. It's planned for a June 24th release at 6,800 yen.


Play Asia: Dicing Knight

April 7, 2004 3:21 PM PST

Play Asia / BS


Some wonderswan news at play asia - they've got the preorders for Dicing Knight (mentioned yesterday) in, and restocks of Judgement Silversword coming!


News: MK Zero

April 7, 2004 3:10 PM PST

Wildcat / BS


MKZero has an official site as well now. This will be the team's base of info from now on.


News: La Pucelle

April 7, 2004 3:08 PM PST

Mastiff / BS


There is now an official site for the US version of La Pucelle Tactics. There's a trailer, screens, MP3s and a voice actor section. Not bad.


Off-topic: 1k posters poster

April 6, 2004 11:49 PM PST

insert credit / BS


The newest fellows to break into the 1k posting mark on the forums have put up a nice poster, which you'll see to the left. They might be a little sick in the head. The forum post is here.


News: FreeOn hardware

April 6, 2004 11:49 PM PST

FreeOn / BS


The Korean handheld FreeOn still exists! And to prove it, they've put up a few more concepts of the hardware, now seen 'running' starcraft. Some of them look quite nice!


News: Doujin madness

April 6, 2004 11:38 PM PST

Zepy / BS


Zepy has got some huge doujin updates going on once more. Rather than relinking them all, I'll just redirect you to him again.


Play Asia: Preorders, OSTs

April 6, 2004 11:27 PM PST

Play Asia / BS


Some long-awaited preorders are up at Play Asia. There's Hot Gimmick Cosplayjongg, along with the limited version with the artbook, Psyvariar 2 for Xbox, Nightmare of Druaga.

There's also a set of OSTs here. Mojin Ribbon! KOF 2k3! Psyvariar 2+! Radiant Silvergun! Can you resist? And let's not forget the weekly deal - adventure island for GC for $19. That is cheap.


News: Pia Carrot 3.3

April 6, 2004 11:13 PM PST

NEC IC / BS


This news is about a month old, but here it is anyway. NEC Interchannel is releasing Welcome to Pia Carrot 3.3 for GBA; a scenario that imagines what would happen if the character from #3 had never gotten attached to any of the girls. This one takes place one year later, and also features characters from 2 and 1. It comes out April 23rd, for a whopping 5,900 yen.


News: Dicing Knight

April 5, 2004 11:47 PM PST

murasame / BS


Murasame's doujin-turned-official Wonderswan title Dicing Knight is now on sale in japan. One can only hope that Play Asia will pick it up as well. Check the official site for screens and info. Thanks to the Wonderswan Fan Site for the news.


News: Mortal Kombat Zero

April 5, 2004 11:38 PM PST

Wildcat Software / BS


Here's some new character roster imagery from the korean doujin fighter Mortal Kombat Zero. No new info otherwise...
Link updated.


News: Airforce Delta

April 5, 2004 11:24 PM PST

Konami / BS


Konami's Airforce Delta has apparently got some classic airships from older shooters as playable planes. They've released two videos showing this, which you can check out here and here (direct links). Check jiji's site for a full list of the planes.


News: BoR GP32

April 5, 2004 11:16 PM PST

Falken80 / BS


The Beats of Rage beat 'em up engine has been ported to GP32! In addition to the original KOF version, Falken80 has made Zelda and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles versions. Check GP32 News for the downloads.
Update: original port by Squidge.


News: Psyvariar 2 Xbox

April 5, 2004 11:09 PM PST

Success / BS


There's an official site for the Xbox version of Psyvariar 2. The release date is now august 28th, with a 4,800 yen pricetag.


Review: Gyakuten Saiban 3

April 4, 2004 5:11 PM PST

insert credit / tim rogers


Tim has the verdict on Capcom's niche court adventure. Typing that sentence made me feel dirty. OVER-RULED!


News: The Idolmaster

April 4, 2004 5:15 PM PST

Namco / IGGY / BS


The Idolmaster is a raising/music game in which you choose one of 9 girls to produce, and turn into a star. With five minigames, you raise her dance, song, and visual stats (their costumes are customizable). There's also a conversation element, to raise her confidence, and so you can get some "memories" in movie form. After some lessons, you get a chance to make her go to TV at an audition show. She'll compete against five other girls, and if she wins, acquire some fans. The number of fans from then on determines the idol status. If you do well enough, then you can train more girls. Says iggy: "And the character designer is some famous guy whose name I can't read." Oh yes - there's a promo movie here.

Update! I neglected to mention that this game is for arcades only, thus far. There are memory cards involved, with pictures of different idols on them.


News: R-Type III developer comments

April 4, 2004 5:11 PM PST

Raylight / BS


Jiji has condensed some developer comments from a member of the italian Raylight team. They're the ones responsible for the recent R-Type III GBA port that has gotten such mixed reviews of late. The original post was in the shmups forum.


News: KOF Neowave

April 4, 2004 4:57 PM PST

Sammy / BS


KOF Neowave has a loose release date - July 2004. Alpha Station broke the news Check some team rumors in a mmcafe bbs thread by iggy.


News: Tengai Makyo Namida

April 4, 2004 4:50 PM PST

Hudson / IGGY


Tengai Makyo 3: Namida is moving along, according to Mainichi Interactive. The game will be finished in 2005 and should "complete the saga" (leaving out 4??). The game is now PS2 only - the GC version has been dropped. Also, Sarah Brightman has been chosen to sing the opening theme.


News: KOF MI

April 4, 2004 4:48 PM PST

SNKP / BS


The japanese KOF Maximum Impact site is now nothing particularly new there, but it's got a nice design.


News: Space Raiders

April 4, 2004 4:41 PM PST

Masfitt / BS


Mastiff has got an official spot for the US version of Space Raiders (Gamecube only over here). If they budget price it, it's not a bad game to try. The game is due out in 'early april', so...any day now.


News: Clover-TAC

April 3, 2004 10:16 AM PST

Arcadia / BS


Click-Stick has mirrored a translation of an arcadia interview with Clover-TAC, expert Espgaluda and ESP.ra.de player. Technical, but interesting!


News: Koutetsu Teikoku

April 3, 2004 10:11 AM PST

Starfish / BS


The megadrive->GBA port of Koutetsu Teikoku from Hot-B has got a date; April 30 2004, at 4800 yen. Thanks to jiji for the news.


Site News: Ads

April 1, 2004 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / BS


I'm sure you've noticed them by now. We have ads. The fact of the matter is, I'm broke, tim's possibly dead, and eric-jon just moved to a strange new city. This was a long time coming...as we get more advertisers, they will become less annoying. We hope. Bottom line: sometimes you really do need to be able to afford food.


News: Doujin update

April 1, 2004 11:55 PM PST

Zepy / BS


A lot has happened in the doujin community in the last few weeks. So...rather than retyping it all, why don't you go take a look at Zepy's page?? He's redesigned, and there's a whole lot of interesting info there. Still won't be regular updates though.


News: Imperishable Night

April 1, 2004 11:52 PM PST

Team Shanghai Alice / BS


Team Shanghai Alice, of Perfect Cherry Blossom fame, has announced a new shooter. It's called Imperishable Night, and the screens look excellent. Thanks to Triggerzone for the link.


News: KOF Maximum Impact

April 1, 2004 11:46 PM PST

SNK NG USA / BS


The KOF Maximum Impact site has been updated with pics, character descriptions, a storyline and a new trailer. Go check it out.


Play Asia: SvC Chaos and discounts

April 1, 2004 11:39 PM PST

Play Asia / BS


Play Asia has got quite a few discounts going on now...here's a whole slew of PS2 games that've gotten price cuts. Highlights include the Cool Girl limited edition, Fullmetal Alchemist, and the Prince of Tennis: Kiss of Prince fire and ice versions. Here's another page of discounts for various systems - best in the lot here: Shikigami II for PS2, Nurse Witch Komugi Chan (PS2) and Astroboy for GBA. Of course, don't forget the weekly deal; SvC Chaos Korean version (plus T-shirt) for $40!


News: Neopong interview

April 1, 2004 11:28 PM PST

AF7 / BS


Newcomer AF7 has got a nice interview with Neopong up. They're the ones making World Reborn, the promising GBA horizontal shooter. Go give it a look.


Off-topic: Neo Fukuoka

April 1, 2004 11:17 PM PST

Neo Fukuoka / BS


This news is round about two months old, but still rather nifty. These fellows over at Neo Fukuoka have made a working (?) replica of the main bike used in Akira. It's actually officially licensed! That's something.


News: Ikaruga T-shirt update

April 1, 2004 11:08 PM PST

pixelcorps / BS


The Ikaruga T-shirt guy just emailed me, saying that if anyone is still interested in them, to contact him at pixelcorps-subscribe@topica.com for pics and pricing. Some people were wondering, so...there we are.


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