News: Ys 6 new characters

July 31, 2003 11:59 PM PST

Falcom / BS


Falcom has put up another page of characters for Ys 6, including several elementals (support characters, it can be assumed). This can be found right here. There's also an engrish poem in the story section by Adol Christian himself.


News: Hot Gimmick keitai

July 31, 2003 11:57 PM PST

Square-Enix / BS


Looks like Hot Gimmick is a hot property these days. Square-Enix have picked up the license to port the game to cellphones in japan. This will go live on the 4th of august, at a 300 yen monthly subscription rate. Looking pretty fantabulous. Thanks to He||sing's MMCafe BBS post for the link.


News: Galaxy Angels PC

July 31, 2003 11:51 PM PST

Broccoli / BS


There's now an official site up for the new Galaxy Angels PC game, based on the anime by the same name. It's a sort of 3D strategy with 2D simmish elements, as you can likely imagine.


Play Asia: New releases; Psyvariar, Silent Hill DVD

July 31, 2003 11:45 PM PST

Play Asia / BS


Lots of new stuff at Play Asia - New releases for Dreamcast (including the recently mentioned Missing Parts 3), PS2 and Gamecube at the new releases page, and as always there are new preorders. Looks like Success has split the fantastic shooter Psyvariar Complete edition into two separate Simple 2000 releases; Psyvariar Medium and Psyvariar Revision, both under $20. The Treasure developed Dragon Drive is coming out quite soon (august 7), and Shikigami II and Chou Aniki preorders have gone up.

They've also gotten a limited supply of the Silent Hill appreciation disc; Lost Memories "The Art & Music of Silent Hill". This contains 200 mins of Silent Hill footage, all of the unlockable endings, art and music, trailers, production material and more.


Off-Topic: Sailor Moon live action cast

July 31, 2003 11:34 PM PST

TBS / BS


TBS has announced the live action cast for Sailor Moon the series, which starts up on October 4th. Interestingly it looks as though they're actually using highschool girls (though the sailor senshi are supposed to be middleschoolers), so it may add some...credibility? Perhaps not.


News: The Zodiac

July 30, 2003 11:59 PM PST

Tapwave / BS


Tapwave has just announced that their handheld hardware, codenamed Helix, will be coming to the US in october under the official name Zodiac. The october date is likely in order to compete directly with Nokia's N-Gage, and might actually fare quite nicely given the more robust specs, and nearly carbon copy list of developers.

It's retailing for $299, with preorders beginning September. It uses a modified Palm OS 5.2.6, had analog control, plays MP3s, movie files (various types), and according to the press release, you can use it to manage your life, which would be nice. It uses an ATI Imageon graphic processor, bluetooth, stereo speakers and has two ports for SD Cards, multimedia cards, and SDIO peripherals. They're trying to push an 'indy developer' angle, claiming 400 companies expressing interest in developing for the system. Bear in mind that many of these will simply be developers of games for PDAs, which the Zodiac will support out of the box. More info to come, I'm sure.


News: Metal Slug Advanced shot

July 30, 2003 8:39 PM PST

SNK Playmore / BS


Famitsu has posted an image and some info for Metal Slug Advance, SNK Playmore's upcoming GBA title. There will be two new characters featured in the game; Walter and Taira. You can collect 100 Metal Slug Cards throughout the game which will affect your characters' status in some way. The levels will be branching paths like the NGPC outings, and the price has been settled at 4800 yen. The release date remains August 24, 2003.


News: Hot Gimmick to PC

July 30, 2003 8:28 PM PST

My Harvest / BS


The publishing group My Harvest has acquired the license to release the popular Psikyo 18+ arcade hit series Hot Gimmick to the PC! Classic Mahjong with hentai stripping scenes and such based on your winnings. The graphics and system are being redone, and the games will make the jump to high res. There will be new CG and animation galleries where you can view your 'winnings'. The games are planned for an October third release, price undetermined. Thanks to Henry Moriarty for the news.


News: Sakura Cafe

July 30, 2003 8:15 PM PST

Sakura Cafe / BS


The Sakura Taisen themed Sakura Cafe has been open for some weeks now, but only just released their menu online. It's much more reasonable that one would imagine! The Cafe also features a karaoke bar, manga to read, and of course, lots of Sakura Taisen memorabilia, much of which you can purchase. Thanks to Rid Hershel and his new site Majoria News for the info.


News: Snake, the game

July 30, 2003 7:56 PM PST

Namco / BS


An odd Gamespot report indicates that John Carpenter (director), Kurt Russel (actor) and Deborah Hill (producer) will be joining namco to create a series of games based on the character Snake Plissken, of Escape from New York fame. The only actual information contained within the article is a genre (action/stealth), a tentative date (christmas 2005) and that Kurt Russel will be supplying the voice.


News: Missing Parts 3

July 30, 2003 7:47 PM PST

FOG / BS


Missing Parts 3 is FOG's last game for the Dreamcast, and it comes out tomorrow. You can check out a movie of the detective-visual novel right here. Looking at the cinema, it's quite obvious that this series gets by entirely on it's story. Regardless, here's what FOG (Full On Games) had to say about the DC (my rough translation); "It's been two years since the production of Dreamcast software was stopped. Thus this will be our last software for the system as well. We hope that this will be a fitting 'farewell' from us. Thanks for your support, DC users."


News: Eternal Fighter Zero Bad Moon Edition

July 30, 2003 7:36 PM PST

Twilight Frontier / GL


There’s going to be ANOTHER big update/expansion for Eternal Fighter Zero called Bad Moon Edition. Will be released… sometime. Already looks rockin’. It’s got shiny new trimmings like new life/super bars, a new super flash, a new hit effect, new sprites and animation and moves and maybe new characters (can’t tell if some of the new sprites are just going to be used for existing characters in new special moves or if they’ll be wholly new characters).


News: GP32 update

July 30, 2003 7:28 PM PST

Various / BS


This is speculation, mind, but it seems as though Don Miguel of FaMe Soft has chosen a name for his upcoming GP32 RPG. If you look at the English page, you'll see that there's a new entry to the right of the near-complete Yoke-Yoke, with a strikethrough. Thus, 2 Ways may be the title for Don Miguel's latest. We should soon know for certain.

In other news, Tailzone has updated GiriGiri Walker with sound effects and improved internet ranking. No release yet though.


Correction: Fire&Fire

July 30, 2003 7:32 AM PST

Team Icon / BS


Recently we reported that Fire&Fire was a demo of a commercial release. But I was contacted by the project leader and in fact, it is freeware. This information was already known by GP32 Notebook, but for some reason didn't filter through to me. I apologize for the mix-up!


News: ESP Galuda info, pics

July 29, 2003 10:45 PM PST

Cave / BS


Cave has released info and images for their new arcade shooter ESP Galuda, the story-driven sequel to ESP Ra De. There's a new official page, and two arcadia scans that are making the rounds. I can't legally link to them, so just take a look at three in-game images I got from "somewhere". Thanks to StickClick among others for the news.

   


News: PSP hardware details

July 29, 2003 10:45 PM PST

Sony / BS


ZDnet Japan has released the engrish specs for the PSP, Sony's monster (but still unreal) handheld. Interesting specs, judge them for yourself. Some particular areas though; region encoding, 3D GC games, wireless LAN, movie, MP3...once again trying to do it all, but only within their defined limits.


News: Doujin update - shooter side

July 29, 2003 10:35 PM PST

Various / GL


Here are a couple of older titles from Team Dangeroude, hosted at Nepia World. Wire Robo is a really weird "shooting" game where you are a robot drifting in space with a grappling hook. yeah. The other, Neko Freefall, is a scrolling shooter which isn't hard to figure out. (SPOILER HINT: saving catgirls is good for the score, even though you know deep down that you want to let them fall and suffer and otherwise DIE.)

Newer things, in roughly ascending order of greatness:
Chronicle Station has constructed a Tsukihime-themed shooter called Tsukihime No Shiro with gameplay based on the PC shooter Shikigami no Shiro. It's alright, though it's not going to blow your mind like Perfect Cherry Blossom. Direct download link.

Remember ABA Games, makers of rRootage? Well before they became kings, they made a simpler game that was just about shot dodging. These Entangled Space people took that game and added in a whole bunch of interesting visual effects and score keeping things, and have given it the greatest STG name ever uttered in broken English: Bullet Philharmonic Orchestra. Oh yes.

Got to add something about this - you use your own MP3s as the basis for the bullet patterns, in addition to being the background music of course. Really nice. Download link is here, and a screenshot can be found here.

On the rRootage note, Hizoka-chi the ninth has updated Warning Forever. The Secondary gun now no longer sucks. Joy. Download link here.


News: Doujin update - fighter side

July 29, 2003 9:41 PM PST

Various / GL


From Falconics there's a new Kanon/Air/Tsukihime fighting game by the name of Artemis Blade. No demo version available for download yet, but there is a video of the beta. The trial edition will be 200 yen once it's releasable. Still a bit choppy in the video though.

Queen Busters from Triplus - think Smash Bros. with Tsukihime and Ragnarok Online characters. Before the lot of you faint in joy, it's still rough. but showing promise: it already supports 4 players with humans/CPU. Download mirrors here, and demo movie here.


News: Shikigami II further details

July 29, 2003 9:32 PM PST

Alfa System / BS


On the 25th Alfa System put up a preliminary site for Shikigami II with a few new details about the Gamecube release. The exact date is October 24th, at a cost of 6800 yen. The full official GC version website will go up in August.


Review: Pirates of the Caribbean

July 28, 2003 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / tim rogers


Pirates of the Caribbean from Bethesda began as a simple pirate game, before the movie license came along. So they bought the name, but not the imagery or the story. What you wind up with is a sort of pirate sim with a fancy action package. And a lame goatee.


News: Ikaruga Bionicle

July 28, 2003 11:15 PM PST

Yamoyama / BS


Ah, obsessions. Yamoyama has meticulously constructed a large number of vehicles from Ikaruga using Lego Bionicle. Check towards the bottom of the of the page for those particular models. Not bad at all. Thanks to Holiday's MMCafe BBS post for the news.


News: Arcadia latest

July 28, 2003 10:56 PM PST

Henry Moriarty / BS


Moriarty recently released a fair bit of info from the latest issue of Arcadia, but didn't have time to post it on his main page. So here it is.

First, the cover of the mag is drawn by Falcoon, with a poster insert by ex-SNK artist Hiroaki, featuring Kyo and Ryu. Could he be making a return?

Not much new info on Samurai Spirits Zero, other than the fact that Rurouni Kenshin artist Nobuhiro Watsuki did three of the character designs for the game. SSZ will have full release in October.

Last bit, Sammy has a new Guilty Gear planned, this one on the nifty Atomiswave board. No news on 2D or 3D, but the title will be revealed at the next Jamma expo. A location test is starting next month, so we may find something out sooner. Apparently it uses a network system and card, and thus has the potential of being multi-player over a local area network. Though that's speculation of course.


Play Asia: Boktai coffins

July 28, 2003 10:45 PM PST

Play Asia / BS


The nifty Boktai Coffin carrying case for the GBA (and SP) is now on sale at Play Asia for $29. If you combine this with the Boktai SP set, you get $10 off, which is not too shabby.

Lost of other imports (full list) in this weekend as well, including the budget releases of Black Matrix II ($29.90), PSonebooks Metal Slug (19.90), and the full-priced releases of Shining Force II and EVE Burst Terror (DVD Box).


News: Fire&Fire

July 28, 2003 10:35 PM PST

Icon / BS


Team Icon has released the demo for their upcoming commercial release Fire&Fire. Direct link here.
Very much like an isometric Space Invaders in a fantasy setting. Interesting place, this Korea.


Urban Legend: Polybius

July 28, 2003 10:22 PM PST

Coinop.org / BS


An interesting gaming urban legend from Coinop.org - an arcade game by the name of Polybius, which supposedly drove children mad. "Created" by a company called Sinneslöschen (German for 'loss of senses') in 1981, only released to a select few backwoods Oregon arcades. This is not a new article, mind. But you might not have seen it before either. A fun idea, at the least. Thanks to the mighty Juan for the link.


News: Midnight Pleasure

July 28, 2003 10:17 PM PST

Nagehame / BS


Nagehame has compiled a photo collage of SvC Chaos' Midnight Pleasure transformations for all normally selectable characters. For those who don't play Darkstalkers, Midnight Pleasure is a level 2 super of Demitri's, which allows him to momentarily turn any character into an attractive female, or accentuate their already female nature. If you want to see Earthquake as a girl, this is your chance. Thanks to Rockman Pocket for the news.


News: Denis Dyack interview

July 27, 2003 11:49 PM PST

Silicon Knights / Chris Kohler


Another week, another Chris Kohler Nintendo interview. This time round he's got Denis Dyack in his sights for a very interesting interview, no matter what your opinion of Silicon Knights. The interview can be found on gamespy once more, who are all good sports after last week's ribbing (which they didn't much care for). Hey, they'll run Kohler's stuff - that's good enough for me.


News: Another console

July 27, 2003 11:44 PM PST

DISCover / BS


Well, here's another one. Gameshark (!) recently did a typo-ridden interview with Curtis Kaiser of Digital Interactive Systems Corporation, creators of the DISCover. This is a TV-linked PC based console, similar to the Phantom. Their hook is that any PC game will be playable without installation, just drop+play. So it's for PC gamers who can't figure out how to work a PC. It will be modem and broadband compatible, but will likely have trouble in this crowded market. Denis Dyack (above) says that nobody is throwing money around in the game industry these days. Tell that to the hardware manufacturers. Thanks to games.slashdot for the news.


Off-Topic: Coke machine stealth arts

July 27, 2003 11:36 PM PST

??? / BS


Something interesting from an MMCafe BBS post - a Coke machine stealth suit. Rather ingenious! Originally posted on a Taiwanese forum, so the image may originate from there as well.


News: Azumanga Daioh GP32

July 27, 2003 11:24 PM PST

SNK Playmore / BS


A new homebrew for the GP32. It's a simple game of dodging cats, but the Azumanga subject matter will make it worth the look for many, methinks. Thanks to GPzigi via GP32 News for the link.


News: Samurai Showdown Zero shots

July 27, 2003 11:09 PM PST

SNK Playmore / BS


The Magicbox has cropped and assembled a host of Samurai Showdown Zero images from the location tests. If anyone knows where the original uncropped photos can be obtained, drop me a line and I'll share it with the world.


Download: SvC Mars People

July 27, 2003 11:00 PM PST

??? / BS


Two videos have surfaced of the Mars People character for SvC chaos. They can be found here and here. Download them now, as they're on a free webhost and will likely be removed in due course.


Download: How to Mod a Sega Saturn

July 27, 2003 1:49 AM PST

insert credit / tim rogers


Tim had big plans. He was going to make a video about modding a Sega Saturn from start to finish, documenting it on his camera. Doug was there, as was Drew Cosner (speaking of which, we've got some new external links on the side there). But at the end of this 14 meg, 10 minute video, disaster strikes.

IS THIS THE END OF PROJECT FFDOG?

Maybe. This one's for the Tim fans.


Download: Akihabara Gakuen OP

July 26, 2003 10:53 PM PST

Frontwing / BS


The quite odd Frontwing title Akihabara Otaku School has got an opening movie up in the download section! I won't direct link it, as the file is not work safe. But Frontwing always has the highest quality animation when it comes to their OP, so take a look if you're inclined.


News: CT Special Forces II

July 26, 2003 10:45 PM PST

LSP / BS


Triggerzone reports of new photos for CT Special Forces II, the GBA metal slug clone. The images are hosted on Omake.de. CT II is planned for GBA release on the fifteenth of August 2003, but no details yet on the planned PSone port.


News: Chou Aniki screenshots

July 26, 2003 10:37 PM PST

Global A / BS


New Chou Aniki screenshots and info have surfaced over at publisher Global A's site. Clicking the purple links will yield pics and info regarding formations, bombs, damage and powerups. Not to mention the frighteningly poor 3D modeling. Though - I'm not sure anyone plays Chou Aniki and expects to see good graphics. Thanks to Iggy's MMCafe BBS post for the link.


News: Acclaim’s Abdications, Appointments and Agreements Analyzed

July 26, 2003 10:25 PM PST

Acclaim / JH


June 2nd    - Gregory Fischbach’s steps down as CEO, Rodney Cousens steps up as 2nd CEO since
                 Acclaim’s 1987 inception
June 3rd    – Acclaim appoints ex-Electronic Arts GM Randy Dersham as GM and VP of Acclaim
                 Studios Austin
July 22nd   - Acclaim appoints ex-Take Two president and director Paul Eibeler as President and C.O.O
                 of Acclaim North America.
July 23rd  - Acclaim agrees to distribute BAM software’s throughout the PAL nations.

Acclaim is suffering from slow sales and adept accountants, though not their own: The company filed earnings of approximately 12 million and a loss of 60-70 million from August 31st to March 31st 2003 . A conservative estimate would thus be a loss of US$48 million (60-12). This loss and the federal probe that IC has reported this week may very well be related to Acclaim’s abdications, appointments and agreements.


News: Sega’s Suitors, Successors, Shakeups Summarized

July 26, 2003 10:20 PM PST

Sega / Namco / JH


Feb. 13th    – Sega and Sammy sign resolution to combine their businesses
April 24th    – Namco’s website states it is in talks with Sega for May 9th merger.
May 6th      – Sega says no to Namco.
May 8th      – Sega says no to Sammy, states Sega’s deep-rooted independent streak.
May 27th    – Hisao Oguchi announces official consideration of EA partnership.
June 30th    - Sega Senior Officer Hiaso Oguchi succeeds Hideki Sato as President.
July 23rd     - Hisao Oguchi makes official statements at Tokyo Press Conference:
                  - Sega Studios size-down 11 to 9 (11-4+2 = 9). Hiroshi Kataoka succeeds Yu Suzuki at
                  AM2, YS to head new studio; New Sega Sports studio.
                  - Plan to double software share in next 5 years.

Sega’s failed talks with Sammy and Namco brought a loss of stock value and a loss of face to the Sega leadership, resulting in a leadership turnover. However, Hisao-san said the company restructure is independent of the may-be mergers. The EA-Sega partnership would face the obstacle of a head to head rivalry between their sports studios, especially in light of the new Sega Sports Studio. Rather extreme, wouldn’t you say?


Feature: Crazy Mario

July 25, 2003 11:45 PM PST

insert credit / Gabriel Leung


As part of our slowly continuing famicom 20th anniversary feature, Gabriel Leung has brought to light a most bizarre sort of Mario game. Perhaps a hack, perhaps an ill-conceived attempt at greatness. Crazy Mario is a game that defies convention, and could only have come about on the Famicom Disc System. Meet Mario again, for the first time.


News: Samurai Zero beta test

July 25, 2003 11:45 PM PST

SNK Playmore / BS


Images and info have surfaced for Samurai Zero since the location test. The best translated version has been done by Gamespot's #1 superstar; Hirohiko Niizumi. If you've noticed a step up in their import coverage recently, he's why. Regardless, the game uses a four button system, weak, slash (pressed together=hard slash), kick and 'special'. The special button allows things like hops and dashes, but also can move power from your anger meter to a meditation/soul meter. This allows you to enter a slow motion mode with a presumably custom combo mode resultant. You can find impressions, full move lists and images in japanese right here (images at the very bottom of the page). Thanks to Fuchikoma for that last bit.


News: New characters confirmed in SvC Chaos

July 25, 2003 11:30 PM PST

SNK Playmore / BS


Lots of new characters confirmed in SvC Chaos, now that the game is officially released. Zero from the Rockman series, the original Athena from the Famicom/NES version, Firebrand/Red Arremer from Gargoyle's Quest, an alien from Metal Slug series, and Zeus, from...Greece. Screenshots for some, not all of these characters can be found here. Unfortunately, most of these pages seem to get taken down the second they go up. Enjoy the pics while they last.


News: Double Dragon, River City Ransom GBA

July 25, 2003 11:21 PM PST

Atlus / BS


Atlus has released two photos, one from each of their new Technos GBA properties. Double Dragon Advance and River City Ransom EX are both currently under development at Atlus, featuring several original members of the Technos team.


News: Sexy Beach 2 screenshot contest

July 25, 2003 11:15 PM PST

Illusion / BS


Illusion has put up a screen-grabbing contest for Sexy Beach 2! Direct the shots to post@illusion.jp, make them 640x480 jpegs of no larger than 50kb. Each mail may only include two screenshots, one mail per person. Include your name/handle in the mail, perhaps a short description. Winner gets a digital camera of some sort! Probably not for westerners, but you western readers living in Japan...you know what to do.


News:Chou Aniki further news

July 25, 2003 11:13 PM PST

Gamespot / BS


Gamespot has confirmed that Chou Aniki is actually being developed through X-nauts via the Psikyo license. Again, no-one is sure if any original Psikyo programmers even work there now. The storyline goes thusly; the burly men we all know and love are out in search of the Legendary Protein in order to achieve the perfect physique. They've got to destroy those evildoers who are also out for the same protein. The men will fly in a formation, shooting beams from their shiny heads. Formation changes dictate the type of shot, et al.


News: NTT DoCoMo Cell Phone Software Bugs Gamers

July 25, 2003 10:30 PM PST

Japan times / JH


Yesterday, DoCoMo admitted that a glitch in their SH505i camera cell phone causes the erasure of saved game data. The defect lies in the java-based I-APRI (imode applications) software, which allows users to download dynamic content (java-games) from sponsoring websites. The company will replace the software, which runs on the 190,000 SH505i handsets that have been sold, free of charge.


News: 1up release party

July 24, 2003 11:23 PM PST

1up zine / BS


There's a new issue of 1up zine coming out. If the name is not familiar, 1up is a thoughtful, artsy, thick, and well-produced zine that comes out every once-so-often, having been mentioned in Edge, G4, and other prominent places. They're having a party this weekend in LA (the 26th. Meltdown Comics, 6:00 pm to be precise), so check the website if you're available. The minibosses will be playing, as will DJ Dolphinforce, in full robot drag. There's a small chance of several insert credit members being in attendance, so...if that comes to pass, don't be a stranger. It'll take a lot of us to bring those G4 persons down to size.


News: SNK blitz

July 24, 2003 11:12 PM PST

SNK Playmore / BS


A rather ridiculous slew of news in from SNK Playmore and SNK Neogeo USA, so I'll keep it short and direct.

Two more silhouettes have been put up at the Samurai Zero page, one of which is likely nakoruru. The other is tough to determine, but seems to be an archer of some sort.

First shots of Metal Slug 5 are available right here from SNK Neogeo USA. The info sections aren't up yet, but it's nice to see a few images, small though they may be.

Character art has been added for some of the SvC Chaos computer controlled bosses. I say some, because the full roster is still, even now, not rightly confirmed.

Last bit, another in the trend of awful SNK Playmore covers. Playmore was doing alright with these before they put that SNK business back on there. The victim this time is KOF 2001 for PS2.


News: CHOUANIKI

July 24, 2003 10:57 PM PST

Chouaniki / BS


Chou Aniki is back!! The utterly bizarre, and longest running homoerotic game series (ever) is back by X-nauts for a new edition on the PS2! The new game will be a side-scroller of some kind (likely a shooter?), 3D backgrounds, though with the usual 2D sprites. The full title is Chou Aniki Seinaru Protein Densetsu, and will be released in demo form along with Global A's Aku Daikan 2. I guess this is what X-nauts is doing with their time, rather than exploiting their Psikyo properties. Further information can be found in this 2 Channel newspost, and at Gamers.com.

YARANAIKA?


News: GP32 update

July 24, 2003 10:51 PM PST

Various / BS


The new GP32 movieplayer is out at JoyGP. Here's what it can do:
Divx 4.12 and xvid supported

100Mhz: 320*240 / 10 fps
120Mhz: 320*240 / 12 fps 120Mhz: 320*176 / 15 fps
Thanks to GP32 News for the info.

Also, there's an online GP32 zine about. It's in it's first issue, so go take a look. Lots of interviews and such.


News: Jaleco Collection

July 24, 2003 10:45 PM PST

PCCW / BS


Pacific Century Cyberworks Japan is planning to release collection of Jaleco games from their early days; the 85~92 era. The seven games on this collection (volume 1! Hope for the future, eh?) include: Argus, Excellion, City Connection, Rod Land, Formation Z, Ninja Jajamaru Kun and Field Combat. It's planned for the PSX in Japan in October, at a price of 4800 yen. Looks like PCCW may have acquired these licenses in broad context, as they've already released several cellphone games based on the properties. For more images, check out Game Watch. Thanks to Porcellino's MMCafe BBS post for the link.


News: Quake IV Quagmire: ID’s Internal Interlopers!

July 24, 2003 10:45 PM PST

ID / Activision / JH


Someone leaked Quake IV concept art, someone has put it up on the net, someone has linked to it, and someone is going to get it:

"We do not know the source of these leaked assets. Please be warned that id Software has instructed Activision that we are not to work with any magazine which uses any of these assets. If any magazine does so, id Software will not allow any assets for id games to be sent to these magazines in the future." – ID/Activision

This modified our original plans for tonight, which included a neat little picture show. Instead, IC and ID are to remain friends for the foreseeable future, content to watch our backs and not the pirated pictures.


News: Sentimental Graffiti delayed

July 24, 2003 10:38 PM PST

Seagull Club / SM


The release dates for Sentimental Graffiti for the DC have been delayed. Expect Sentimental Graffiti ~ Promise to be released in December, rather than September, and Sentimental Graffiti ~ Reunion not to be available until January next year.


News: Hudson and Disney, together again

July 24, 2003 10:33 PM PST

Hudson / BS


The old unholy reunion of Disney and Hudson is upon us!! Hudson used to publish and/or develop a lot of games for Disney back in the 16-bit era, so it's interesting to see them get back in that particular arena. The game is Disney's Magical Park; a 4-player party game of sorts, with lots of mini-action games and the like. It will be released for Gamecube, no price or date yet though.


News: Doujin Amusement Makers

July 23, 2003 9:07 PM PST

Sega / GL


Demos for two of Amusement Makers nice (updated) shooters are here:
First off, the best Twinkle Star Sprite clone you'll play in quite a while. But mind you, when was the last time you saw a Twinkle Star Sprite clone?
(Editor's note: also bear in mind that the game I linked a few days ago merely used the sprite rips from TSS, not the gameplay.) Download it here.

They've also got another fun shooter, more conventional that the above though. The download for that one is right here.


News: Sega restructuring details

July 23, 2003 8:59 PM PST

Sega / SM


In the good news column for today, Sega is reporting that first quarter shipments exceeded expectations by 230,000 units. This was based on expectations of 1.45 million units sold. Also, there will be reorganization of Sega corporate structure, the specifics of which can be found here.
To clarify, it looks they're reorganizing 9 existing subsidiaries into 5 and adding 2 new ones. The changes include:
- Sonic Team and United game Artists will be combined to develop games for the "Right User."
- Hitmaker and SegaRosso will develop a new sort of game.
- Wow Entertainment and Overworks will develop next generation games for all ages.
- Amusement Vision and Smilebit are working on games with more cinematic themes.
- AM2 will continue making fighting games and targeting the core user.
- There will be a new subsidiary specializing in sports games.
- Mr. Suzuki will be heading a new subsidiary focusing on making new hit games.

On the bad news side, Sega's new president announced that Sega will be known as "The Excitement Company." Other than being the least exciting slogan for the company (just about as exciting as anything "Xtreme") one can imagine, the subsequent party will had more than 800 people at a swank downtown hotel to celebrate Koguchi's promotion. Well there goes that surplus of funds.


News: Wonderwitch GP final results

July 23, 2003 8:52 PM PST

Bandai / BS


The results are in for Bandai/Qute's amateur coding competition!! And the winner is...Hanafuda? That's got to a damn good card game to beat out an action RPG. The winner received 100,000 yen, a trophy, a year's subscription to C magazine, a SwanCrystal and the new Kinnikuman. That's probably more than any Hanafuda maker has ever gotten in their lives. Cept maybe these guys.


News: F-Zero GX not Freeloader compatible

July 23, 2003 8:48 PM PST

Nintendo / BS


According to an article at Play Asia, F-Zero GX is not completely compatible with the Datel Freeloader, the most common import device for the gamecube. Videos and images are available - the race timers and most menu options are dropped out, and curiously, there's added english. Likely not an active piracy prevention on Nintendo's part, but an interesting development none the less. We may have to see specific code updates for the freeloader, just as we did with the Gameshark in the past.


News: Ys convenience!

July 23, 2003 8:34 PM PST

Digicube / BS


As you may know, the epic Falcom RPG Ys I&II is being released for PS2 very soon. Publisher Digicube is planning to sell the game at several convenience stores in Japan, including 7-11, Sankus and Family Mart. But not my personal favorite, Lawson. Regardless, if you but the game there, you will receive one of these handsome bottle topper clear character figurines. Check out the link for more character images. Of course you can still purchase the game right here.


News: Gramon Battle

July 23, 2003 8:24 PM PST

Taito / BS


Game Watch has some in-game images up for the monster battling/making title Tensai Bit-kun Gramon Battle. The game was announced some weeks back (I neglected to post the official site at that time, my apologies), and is now revealed to be a sequel to Magic Pengel (US title).


Feature: Famicomugly

July 22, 2003 8:47 PM PST

insert credit / tim rogers


Everyone else is doing it, why can't we? To celebrate the Famicom's 20th anniversary, we're doing our own set of features. You can read some more of those, right? The first is from Tim, regarding the system's delightful design - something he would call Famicomugly.


News: Monolithsoft EPISODE 2003 – Xenosaga, Baten Kaitos

July 22, 2003 8:30 PM PST

Namco / JH


The Xenosaga series was the feature presentation at Monolithsoft Episode 2003 conference at the Ebisu Hotel, Tokyo. Here is a recap of the conference announcements:

Xenosaga II: PS2
- Key battle system intact, improved tempo and load time.
- The story revolves around the Zohar project, and the people who seek to bring it to life.
- Template for CGI character models is real-life video capture, not cartoon anime.
Xenosaga I: Reloaded: PS2, November 16th, 2003 North America.
- New character costumes, backwards compatible save data, DVD Video of Xenosaga II
Baten Kaitos: Gamecube, December 2003 Japan
- Title is Arabic name of Zeti Ceti star, and means Belly of the Whale
- Exclusive Gamecube 2D/3D turn-based RPG, Middle-Eastern graphic aesthetic.


News: Feds Probe US Game Industry, Acclaim CEO steps down

July 22, 2003 8:30 PM PST

CNBC / Reuters / JH


The FTC and SEC is auditing the entire US videogame software industry, most notably Acclaim, Activision, Midway and THQ, to discover if millions of dollars of revenue were unaccounted for between the period of 1996-2002. EA and Take-Two have been investigated under similar but separate charges. This stems from a long-standing suspicion that the software industry manipulates “reserve accounts”, that normally are subtracted from revenue to account for defective or returned software.

A Los Angeles based financial analyst published his findings that Midway and other companies’ revenue grew faster than their stock prices. This added to speculation that software companies dumped gross earnings into reserve accounts during a bull market, and withdrew from this fund during a bear market. In order to stabilize their stock price, the companies would report lesser earnings during a bull market, and greater earnings during a bear market.

Amidst these allegations, Gregory Fischbach, co-founder and CEO of Acclaim stepped down but will remain as Co-Chairman and Member of Board of Directors. It is quite possible that the companies in immediate investigation are also suffering in sales, which may be a motivation to commit said manipulation of reserve funds.


News: Shenmue III Development, No AM2 Confirmation

July 21, 2003 9:30 PM PST

Shenmue BBS / Begn / JH


Many websites claim that Shemue III is officially confirmed by AM2, but offer no quotation or citation from a Sega source. Shenmue BBS recently warned its English readers that it is not confirmed yet. Here is a chronology of the see-saw confirmation process:

Nov. 2001 - AM2 confirms production of Shenmue III is underway.
Mar. 2002 - Shin Izakawa, new Shenmue series producer, says Shenmue II XBOX sales will determine release of Shenmue III.
Jan. 2003 - Yu Suzuki reveals Shenmue III game designs, expresses desire to make it movie rather than game. Scares and angers many fans.
July 2003 – Websites report that AM2 confirms Shenmue III will be released, but not where, when or on what. Minor controversy and buzz ensues. IC fans the flames.

However, an AM2 interview conducted by a freelance correspondent for Begn.be revealed that Shenmue III is in development, and that IV is planned. It is all but an official confirmation, and a must read. Check it...

Shenmue III will take place in Guizhou, China and will reveal the story’s connection to the actual Hmong legend of Chiyou upon which it is based.


News: Casa del Juego

July 22, 2003 7:58 PM PST

Casa del Juego / BS


The unkempt hooligans at Casa del Juego have finally managed to keep their site up for more than five minutes, so I feel safe in linking them now. They've a breezy site design, solid writing and a good staff. Just don't tell them I said so. I think they'll be around for a little while. Check them out without reservation.


News: Hoihoi san

July 22, 2003 7:45 PM PST

Konami / BS


Konami has opened up a website for their ubercute new character-driven game; Ichigeki Sachuu!! Hoihoisan (rough: kill insects in one blow). It's a Mediaworks developed PS2 action/sim, wherein (as Hoihoi) you must destroy bugs with your gun and melee weapons. Hoihoi is very customizable; left and right handed weapons, clothes and parts. It will have action, comic and anime movie sequences. Check out in-game images right here. Thanks to terrible Zepy for the link.


News: Doujin fighters update

July 22, 2003 7:38 PM PST

various / GL


Studio Siesta has an updated demo (fixes a hang problem) of their 4-player game "Pocket Air & Pocket Kanon" available, as well as info on the OST release. Pretty cool for a fan made game to have its own OST production. Download link here.

On the more disturbing side - The most frighteningly real fighting game you'll ever play, Brief Karate Foolish. The otaku at the bottom of the page says everything.
The really disturbing part though is that it doesn't play like crap. Download link here. Don't forget to check out the character page!


News: Samurai Spirits Zero location test

July 22, 2003 7:38 PM PST

SNK Playmore / BS


Some news I've neglected for two days now...Samurai Spirits Zero is going to have a location test at Neo Geo Land from the 25th through the 27th. We're hoping Chris Kohler can make it again, but no guarantees!

There's also a character page up now. Only two characters are depicted, but both are shrouded in shadow. The leftmost is assumed to be Haohmaru by many. As for the rightmost...some people already have ideas.


News: Red Dead Revolver revived!

July 22, 2003 7:31 PM PST

Namae no Nai Heya / BS


According to Namae, Capcom's Ennio Morricone-scored western shoot-out Red Dead Revolver is back on the release schedule!! According to the article, the American staff are responsible for pushing the title back into development stage. There's an official page currently being made. Great stuff.


News: SvC Chaos pushed up

July 22, 2003 7:29 PM PST

SNK Playmore / BS


SvC Chaos is due for arcade release on the 24th instead of the 25th now...one day early! Supposed to be out in the US already, I hear? If you've seen it, let me know.


News: Aonuma interview

July 21, 2003 9:53 PM PST

Chris Kohler / BS


Our pal and fellow staffer Chris Kohler has got a nice interview up - it's with Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma, Producer of Wind Waker, among other distinctions. You can find it over at Gamespy, but that's not his fault.


News: KOF and Metal Slug US dates

July 21, 2003 9:47 PM PST

Gamestop / BS


Gamestop now has US pre-release ETA dates for Metal Slug 3 (11.18.03), Metal Slug Advance (11.11.03), KOF 2000&2001 (10.07.03) and KOF 3D (01.01.04). They're moving right along, eh?


News: Twinkle Star Sprites doujin

July 21, 2003 9:35 PM PST

RF-Emporium / BS


There's an interesting new homebrew shooter over at the RF-Emporium (hosted by STG replay master Alamone) - it's based on the twins from Twinkle Star Sprites. Many other shooters to try on that page, including Xeno Fighters EX; a Raiden Fighters homage. Thanks to Holiday's MMCafe BBS post for the link.


News: Yoke Yoke coming soon to GP32

July 21, 2003 9:24 PM PST

FaMe Soft / BS


FaMe Soft is planning to release the commercial version of Yoke Yoke at the end of this month. The game will be finished at least; it's up to Gamepark to publish it thereafter. The shots from the page are of the original - since then the graphics have become 16 bit, and the gameplay has changed a bit (can be played 2-4 player simultaneous, for one thing). Within a few weeks we will see concept art from his large-scale future project for the GP32 - all I can tell you is that it's an RPG of some kind, with serious themes. If the games succeed, they will be ported to the N-Gage as well.


News: Game companies investigated

July 21, 2003 9:13 PM PST

CNN Money / BS


A Slashdot Games report points out two articles regarding some recent investigations into various US game companies' book keeping records. The first mentions that the SEC is searching for potential illegal activity...specifically from Activision, THQ and Acclaim. Take Two is under a separate, but similar investigation. The second further explains some of the actions being taken, and some 'potential implications'. One is a stifling of creativity...but let's be honest, we're talking about Acclaim, Activision and THQ here. Innovation is not a major concern for them these days.


News: Border Down OST

July 21, 2003 9:00 PM PST

G.Rev / BS


G.Rev has posted the rather classy cover for the Border Down LTD edition pack-in original soundtrack. Check out the full image here. Thanks to Triggerzone for the link.


Feature: Letters Section

July 20, 2003 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / various


Well, after all this time, I decided to put the letters section up. To be honest, it's not fantastic. But perhaps it will inspire some of you to make it fantastic in the future. You can send us letters here. Oh and don't forget to check out the ten fancy new topbars. Two are from our old standby Aaron Meyers, while seven others come from posters at GPzigi. One I made myself. See if you can guess which!


News: Shikigami II gamecube exclusive

July 20, 2003 11:45 PM PST

Gameonline / BS


According to an article on Gameonline, it seems as though Alfa System plans to release Shikigami II as a gamecube exclusive! They took out a poll as to which system people would like to see it on, and Gamecube won out. Curious choice, but hey - as long as I get to play it! The game is slated for an October 24th release at 6,800 yen. The limited first run will also include a character figurine. Thanks to Highlandcattle's forum post for the news.


News: Neo-Geo Land

July 20, 2003 11:35 PM PST

SNK Neo Geo / BS


Curiously, SNK Neo Geo has just put up a description and some photos for their Neo-Geo Land arcade building in Osaka. Basically a general idea of what non-neo games they have, and the layout of the place. Of course - we've got videos too.


News: MMOPG

July 20, 2003 11:20 PM PST

Puzzle Pirates / BS


Holy crap. Just when you didn't think there could be any Massively Multiplayer Online Anythings, here comes Puzzle Pirates; a multiplayer puzzle game. With freaking pirates! Check out some screens here, and try the free beta! Thanks to slashdot/games for the news.


News: Famicompo ends

July 20, 2003 11:11 PM PST

Famicompo / BS


The famicompo has come to an end! The votes have been tabulated, and the winner is the Miko Miko Nurse cover!! How incredibly odd. I wonder if that flash animation had something to do with it? Since my favorites didn't win, may as well mention the website of one of the better entries' creator. Thanks to Simon for the news.


News: MxS patch

July 20, 2003 11:00 PM PST

Abogado Powers / BS


There's a new patch up for MxS, fixing various problems. Exciting! But there's also a nifty new image of the oyaji as snails. I like it.


Feature: Minibosses: 7:18

July 19, 2003 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / brandon sheffield


I saw the minibosses yesterday. The NES covers flowed like beer down our throats, throwing us through the hazy room into the land of sprites and cartridges. A good time. Videos and images to prove it. And I tried a little something different on the writing front. You can comment on this with the new 'reply' feature now that the forums are back up. Have some fun.

(Video links fixed)


News: Treewave

July 19, 2003 11:45 PM PST

Treewave / BS


Speaking of videogame music, Paul Slocum's "band" now has a website; Treewave. Though it's less game inspired, than game instrumentation. Still very nice stuff.


News: Mario Superplay

July 19, 2003 11:29 PM PST

Japan / BS


A video of the ridiculous no-death/wacky crap Mario playthrough has been 'discovered' by Rockman Pocket. Check it out from Blobbynet right here.


News: Baiken Kaitos site opens

July 19, 2003 11:22 PM PST

Namco / BS


Another new site opening; Baiken Kaitos, Gamecube RPG. Everything's starting to look like everything else to me.


News: Xenosaga site updates

July 19, 2003 11:14 PM PST

Namco / BS


Namco has put up sites for Xenosaga 2 and Xenosaga Reloaded. Looks like the Xenosaga 2 soundtrack is to be created by the famed anime composer Yuki Kajiura (Noir, Aquarian Age. .Hack//sign).


Site News: THE FORUMS RETURN

July 18, 2003 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / BS


The forums return at long last! You can finally return to what you were talking about on the...4th of July, I guess. So go to. Hop back on that train.

Addendum: the forums aren't back for everybody. Keep checking though, it should kick in soon. And be aware that our email server is going through a similar problem. Very little is actually making it through, so if you're thinking about emailing us, please wait a day or so. Be further aware that I (brandon) have not received any emails since 7:00 PM PST on the 18th. So if you sent something and got no reply, try again in a bit.

In other news, I just saw the Minibosses in concert. I have to say. They rock. More on this later, in what you might call a feature. Yes. Expect that along with all of the other things I've promised in the last week.


News: Koei polls consume

July 18, 2003 11:59 PM PST

Koei / BS


Thanks to Entdepot for pointing out that Koei is actually polling the customers to see what languages they'd like to see in the new Dynasty Warriors games. They're having a poll per week, it seems - though this current poll seems to have run for two weeks straight and refreshed, thus the low participation count. Regardless, very cool to see a company doing this.


News: FFCC Mog play

July 18, 2003 8:37 PM PST

Square-Enix / SM


The Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicle Site has been updated with new single and multiplayer information. In the singleplayer mode the player can have Mog as a partner! That's some good news.


News: First Kiss site

July 18, 2003 8:33 PM PST

Broccoli / SM


Broccoli has put up an official page for First Kiss Monogatari I&II. Character shots, story AND MORE. wow.


News: Ys 6 characters

July 18, 2003 8:24 PM PST

Falcom / BS


Falcom has updated with a second page of characters from ys 6. The first page can be found here. Great to see Dogi back in it, of course.


News: Pasogo

July 17, 2003 11:23 PM PST

nfg.2y.net/games/ / BS


A bit surprising to me, Koei (of sangokushi fame) made a handheld. Not recently mind you. But according to Lawrence's article, Koei put out a near-PSOne sized cartridge-based handheld which only plays go. Wacky indeed.

I particularly like how he describes the menus and manuals as useless, because they're in Japanese. Good form, Lawrence!


News: Samurai Spirits Zero

July 17, 2003 11:23 PM PST

SNK Playmore / BS


Samurai Spirits Zero has been announced by SNK Playmore. It will be a new 2D version of the classic fighting game, which has remained dormant for some seven years now. The odd thing is that it's being developed by Yuki Enterprise, makers of...shogi. And some Run=Dim strategy game. Very strange choice. Further info will be released in the August edition of Arcadia, which comes out July 30th. We've not long to wait!


Play-Asia: New releases this week

July 17, 2003 11:23 PM PST

Play-Asia.com / BS


Lots of new releases and preorders from Play-Asia.com this week. Check the full list here. The early shipment of R-Type Final, AVGs Marginal (Princess Soft) and First Kiss I&II (Broccoli/NEC), pending releases F-Zero GX and Metal Slug PSOnebooks (among others).

And I'm just realizing that they have a special combo for the Boktai special edition GBA-SP/game set! If you buy the system, you get $5 off Mother 1+2 for GBA.


News: Playmore various

July 17, 2003 11:23 PM PST

SNK Playmore / BS


A few things here and there. Best first this time. Eric-Jon recently pointed out that the fan art contest at SNK World has been going on for some time now. It ends on the 31st. This month, the theme is King of Fighters. Next month, SvC Chaos. If you've still not registered, just consult my guide, and you should have not problems.

There's an SvC Chaos wallpaper up; the Falcoon art from the splash page.

The English page for the SvC Chaos screenshots got updated. Hard to get excited about.


News: Shadowhearts II

July 17, 2003 11:08 PM PST

Aruze / BS


Just a short note - Moriarty mentioned on his BBS that Shadow Hearts is indeed being developed by the original team. The updated homepage reflects this in the developer's diary. This it is proven. Ex-SNK developer Sacnoth has become Aruze developer Nautilus.


News: Therapy at JoyGP

July 17, 2003 11:00 PM PST

JoyGP / BS


A few days ago, the GP32 visual novel Therapy was released to JoyGP. I just confirmed with Bada of Entware that this is the Korean version, not English translated. Quite a shame. If you're still curious, check out my review of the game here (2nd entry).


News: Metal Slug X (PAL)

July 17, 2003 10:57 PM PST

BS


My earlier info was flawed. Seems that Metal Slug X has long been planned for the PAL market, but never released. According to reader Philippe Lorin: "Back in November 2002 the game was supposed to be released some time in December but it got delayed then delayed again...
I did pre-order it at Amazon as soon as I heard about it and kept asking them repeatedly when the damn thing would care to ship."


So it looks like the PALies will have to wait...indefinitely. What a shame.


Rumor: KOF Online defunct

July 16, 2003 11:58 PM PST

Magicbox / BS


According to the magicbox, Playmore has revoked the character licenses used in KOF Online, a venture of Unotac/Uno Technologies in Korea. The game was to be an official SNK sanctioned project, but with the licenses revoked, there's not much room for this game to survive. Seems like SNK Playmore's relationship with Korea just keeps worsening.

This actually inspired me to finally try the game out. It can't be played by anyone without a Korean ID number, or at least a kind korean pal who's willing to lend you theirs. Initial impressions - we're missing out on something here. A full preview will follow. At least you'll know what might have been.

Addendum! The Magicbox has changed the statement. It now reads that the images may be used, but not the names. How strange.


News: Games Convention Concert interview

July 16, 2003 11:51 PM PST

Music 4 Games / BS


Music 4 Games has put up an interview with composer/conductor Andy Brick and event producer Thomas Bocker. Pretty much the only thing of it's kind you'll find on the web. Could have been more innovative with the question choice, but hey - it's not my interview.


News: Xenosaga 2

July 16, 2003 11:42 PM PST

Namako Team / BS


Famitsu has released the first official info regarding Xenosaga Episode 2, and Xenosaga Reloaded. This info reprinted from a news entry by Jiji at Namako Team.

Xenosaga Episode 2

1) The game is 35% complete.
2) The main character is Shion's brother, Jin.
3) The character design will be altered, with characters having smaller eyes as opposed to the huge anime ones in Ep1.
4) The characters featured in the foreground of Ep2 will be Shion, KOS-MOS, Chaos, Jin, Jr, Alberdo, Margulius and an unrevealed new character.
5) The new mecha types in Ep2 are the ES Asher and the ES Issachar. They will be notabily larger than AGWS in Ep1.
6) Costume designs will be modified in Ep2, with Shion not wearing glasses!


On Xenosaga Reloaded:

1) It can utilize save data from the normal Episode 1.
2) You can view any of the cutscenes you have already seen again in the game.
3) There will be new costumes available for the characters in battle.
4) The 2nd disc will be a movie of XS Ep2.

Check out the images on Jiji's site - the characters all actually look...'of age' now. That's much healthier, I think.


News: Pandora no Yume

July 16, 2003 11:34 PM PST

NEC Interchannel / BS


With the pending Dreamcast Collection rerelease of Pandora's Dream (Pandora no Yume), NEC IC has reintroduced the website for the game. Just ignore the price - it's actually 2800 yen, not the full price listed on the site.


News: Treebuds

July 16, 2003 11:17 PM PST

Treebuds / BS


Some new info on the GP32 developers Treebuds (formerly Article Seezak) at GP32 News. Seems Nard will have its own website soon...I can't get over the name though.


Off-Topic: Cutey Honey live action

July 16, 2003 11:13 PM PST

Bandai / BS


Another anime is being redone in live action form! This time round it's Cutey Honey, which will be transformed into a live action movie by Evangelion director Anno Hideaki. Sato Eriko will star, and the movie will feature over 30 transformations. Wacky stuff. Check Natsume Maya for more news, and Toonzone forums for images. Thanks to Holiday's MMCafe BBS post for the news.


News: Wonderswan official homebrews

July 15, 2003 11:41 PM PST

Bandai / BS


At the Wonderwitch Grand Prix on the 19th, not only will the winner of this year's competition be announced, the winners from the past to years will be able to sell official carts of their games! These carts are limited, and only available at the festival. Both games have been upgraded quite a bit for the cart releases, the boxes of which can be seen here.


News: Metal Slug 5 finished

July 15, 2003 11:30 PM PST

Gamefront / BS


Unconfirmed word from Gamefront has it that development on Metal Slug 5 is finished, and that the location test will begin in early august 2003 (Japan). Still not sure just who developed it though.


Off-topic: New Printer style

July 15, 2003 11:18 PM PST

Paul Slocum / BS


For those interested in Paul Slocum's work with printers as musical instruments, he's written up some detailed information about all three iterations of his project. No new MP3s - yet.


News: Nokia - it's own rival

July 15, 2003 11:04 PM PST

Nokia / BS


Looks like Nokia has built itself a rival in the 3300 series phone. It has a design similar to the N-Gage, but looks much sleeker. It's got a more comfortable looking D-pad, and uses cheaper SMCs instead of MMCs for data storage. The only thing it *can't* do is play N-Gage games. But it can still play the full line of Java games released for the phone line. Not sure how much it costs, but...this is interesting. Thanks to Mathew K for the news.


Rumor: Metal Slug X PAL

July 15, 2003 10:52 PM PST

Vidgames.de / BS


I call it a rumor because I'm not certain of the source, but Vidgames.de reports word of a PAL release of Metal Slug X for Playstation. The game has long been available in NTSC format in Japan and the US, but the neglected folks in the UK have not yet had that dubious luxury. Looks like perhaps they soon will. What do they get for the wait? The removal of blood from the game. What a deal!


News: Griffon Studio disbands

July 14, 2003 11:58 PM PST

Griffon Studio / BS


I just received word from Pion that his GP32 software group Griffon Studio is officially disbanded. They had two games planned and one finished, but Gamepark never saw fit to release it. It's sad to see them go, but they need to make livings!! I wish Pion, Fivecrow, Eru and the rest the best of luck in whatever they do!

These images are from Fivecrow, one of the team's artists. He sent these to the group as a sort of greeting gift. Both are concept art the planned game Friday the 13th - you can see images from the game at GP32 News, thought these were from before the artists signed on. They're merely place markers for use in testing the engine.


News: Famicom SP

July 14, 2003 11:47 PM PST

Nintendo / BS


Looks as though Nintendo's celebration of the Famicom's 20th anniversary (today, in Japan) is just a marketing gimmick. If you buy the six specific games mentioned on the contest page (some are GC games, as well) and send in the accompanying flyers, you may be one of the 1,000 who win a Famicom-themed GBA SP. The games are spread out from August 1 to September 5. Guess they're really covering costs on this one! Thanks to Momotato Daioh for the news.


Plug: SF Kosmo - Treasure fansite

July 14, 2003 11:41 PM PST

SF Kosmo / alex vo


Onetime insert credit staffer Alex Vo has revived his Treasure fansite, now with staff member listings, and reviews of most titles. Not a bad place to go for Treasure info, and dare I say it, the most complete resource in English? Bold, I know.


News: Tales of Symphonia Game/'Cube

July 14, 2003 11:35 PM PST

Namco / SM


According to Famitsu, development of Namco's "Tales of Symphonia" for Gamecube is nearly complete. The opening vocals will be performed by misono, who sang "day after tomorrow." The theme will be about different worlds. Link. This doesn't quite match getting Kuraki Mai (who did the intro for Tales of Destiny 2), but I've always enjoyed the Tales tradition of a spiffy vocal intro song. Though I personally prefer the original vocal song for Tales of Phantasia on the SNES. Images available at Impress Game Watch.

For those without a Gamecube, Nintendo is releasing a Tales of Symphonia Gamecube pack. The package will include a Symphonic Green Edition Gamecube, a copy of the game, a Memory Card 59 and a green GB Player.


News: Import updates

July 14, 2003 11:29 PM PST

Namae no Nai Heya / SM


Aside from Playmore, other updated pages include Doubutsu no Mori e+ with Q&A, Renai CHU! with new Q&A, and the official opening of the Kenshin Dragon Quest site.

Lots of rumblings about a pending Shenmue announcement at AM2. Namae asks us to be just a little more patient.


News: Super Robot Wars Compact 3

July 14, 2003 11:18 PM PST

Bandai / BS


Bandai has put up a page for their June 17th SwanCrystal title Super Robot Wars Compact 3. Graphics look nice - animation is the key to this series though. Can't determine that just yet.


News: Playmore site renewal

July 14, 2003 11:13 PM PST

SNK Playmore / BS


SNK Playmore has updated their site and logo to reflect the name change. Scott says: "As should be expected, it's another god-awful pastel colored Japanese website." I say it could use more pink.


News: Lords of Thunder PC

July 13, 2003 11:55 PM PST

Pcenginefx.com / BS


The epic PC Engine/Turbo Duo horizontal shooter Lords of Thunder is being redone for the PC! The project is being taken on by Aaron Nanto of Pcenginefx.com, and is thus far complete up until just past the first miniboss. Pretty well done port, though the enemy patterns have been changed. Incidentally, send him email if you want this work to continue - if I know Nanto, feedback is the only way to keep him focused on it.


News: SvC Chaos US impressions

July 13, 2003 11:38 PM PST

Cain Highwind / BS


Check out some detailed impressions (in a MMCafe BBS post) of the game's US iteration; translations and all. Very good read for those interested, with the added bit of confirmation that the game will be released to PS2 late this year/early next year.


News: Intellivision Standalone

July 13, 2003 11:26 PM PST

Intellivision Productions / BS


I was going to hold off on reports of this thing until the Classic Gaming Expo, but what the hell. Intellivision Productions is the company formed by the original intellivision programmers (Blue Sky Rangers), having bought the rights to the system several years ago. They've done a fantastic job of reviving the system in the eyes of the world - here's the next step. They've created a stand-alone controller that plugs directly into the TV, as so many pirate NES 'systems' do. These will come in 10 and 25 game flavors, both with truly excellent lineups. They're missing Beam Rider and Demon Attack, but I forgive them. For now. The 25 even looks to have an analog pad! More on this from the CGE show floor in August!


News: Doujin updates

July 13, 2003 11:14 PM PST

various / GL


There's bit too much of it to cover today, so let's progress slowly. More exciting bits tomorrow.

Panorama's gals fighter Heartful Kyun has been updated with various fixes.

The brilliant shooter Perfect Cherry Blossom has been updated as well, now in version .11.


News: GP32 on the net?

July 13, 2003 11:09 PM PST

GP32 Emu / BS


Pirotic appears to have found a way to connect GP32 users to each other on the net via the USB port. Very interesting applications this has! See his post on the GP32 Emu boards for more.


Download: Summon Night 3 movie

July 13, 2003 11:01 PM PST

Flight Plan / BS


There's a new movie out for Summon Night 3, the next epic SRPG from Flight Plan. Check the download section of the summon night homepage for the movies, .rm though they may be. Thanks to Zepy's MMCafe BBS post for the link.


News: FreeOn lives

July 12, 2003 11:45 PM PST

FreeOn / BS


Looks like somebody's still convinced that the planned Korean handheld FreeOn can make it in the crowded market. They'll be demoing the unit at the Korean Software Expo on the 18th of August. Who knows, it might even make it to production! For more info on the system, check out my E3 writeup. Kind of an underpowered N-Gage clone, with bluetooth and whatnot. And not a single developer officially signed on.


News: Kid Music Museum

July 12, 2003 11:32 PM PST

KID / BS


Good ole Kindle Imagine Develop is releasing a music compilation CD! It's to be called the Kid Music Museum, and features BGM tracks from the three major Memories Off games, as well as Close To. There's a bonus disc with four bonus vocal tracks on it - I'm guessing a minicd for that one. The soundtrack/compilation is being released by ES Entertainment - their page for the CD is here. Speaking of Close To, there's a new wallpaper, if you're interested in that stuff.


News: New Sega Ages images

July 12, 2003 11:24 PM PST

3D Ages / BS


The 3D Ages page has been updated again. Now there are images for all games, at least those which have covers. Check the lineup page for the images.


News: Colecovision drum machine

July 12, 2003 11:17 PM PST

AtariAge / BS


AtariAge has aided in the development of a new classic gaming electronic instrument. CVDrum can create 9 one-measure patterns, which can be arranged into a 56 measure sequence. There are a few sample MP3s on there, but don't expect Paul Slocum musical quality from them. While we're at it, Slocum has released a new version of his C64 synth. He's got a pretty nifty piano keyboard overlay to go with it as well.


News: Yumeria KOS-MOS

July 12, 2003 11:08 PM PST

Namco / BS


For those still paying attention - Namco has released a new Yumeria wallpaper, this time it's Mone, a character from the game, cosplaying as KOS-MOS from Xenosaga. Slightly bizarre.


News: Girigiri new pics

July 12, 2003 11:01 PM PST

Tailzone / BS


New images of Tailzone's latest game have been put up...more on the internet ranking and name entry business.


Site News: IRC changes

July 11, 2003 11:55 PM PST

insert credit / BS


Yes, the forums are still down. No, we've absolutely no idea when they'll return. However! The IRC channel has been moved - you may take your discussions there if you wish. The new location is:
excalibur.esper.net
#insertcredit

If you've an IRC browser client, here's a nice direct link for you.


News: KOF 2001 3D

July 11, 2003 11:46 PM PST

SNK Playmore / BS


A frightening thought. But it's merely the backgrounds that will be getting the 3D revamp for the PS2 release in August. To be perfectly honest, they could use the help. There will also be new strikers that were not in the arcade version. Now - this could simply be the same extra strikers we saw in the Dreamcast port. There's no mention of the puzzle mode, but they'll include it if they know what's good for them. This news comes from the preorder page from Japanese retailer Media Land. It should be credible - but no guarantees. Iggy's MMCafe BBS post supplied the link.


Download: Virtual View movie

July 11, 2003 11:31 PM PST

Pony Canyon / BS


Sony/Pony Canyon recently posted a movie of Virtual View in action. It's a .rm file, so as usual, of you find a better quality file, let me know. Virtual View is a voyeur-ish game, wherein you control the camera for an interactive movie/photoshoot. The original news piece for this series of games can be found here. If not for the subject matter, this would be quite a step forward for gaming. It probably is, even still. There's no BGM, and no effects other than the diaphanous sound of the producers, camera shutters. Very much a 'reality' game, if ever there was one. The three versions go on sale next week. You can purchase them right here. Thanks to Play-Asia.com for the link.


News: The Phantom

July 11, 2003 11:23 PM PST

Newsforge / BS


Newsforge, the Linux news source that prefers the less common 'end parentheses' spelling of "publications", has posted a hoard of valuable info regarding the ever mysterious Phantom game console. It turns out that the beast will be used more as a distribution channel for online games. No Quake allowed.

A $400 system that's aimed at games for younger audiences? Eschewing violence? High-end PC that can't actually use PC software? It's all here! Thanks to Games.Slashdot.Org for the link.


Note: Wisdom Tree preaches

July 11, 2003 11:11 PM PST

Christian Game Developers Conference / BS


I was just checking out the speakers page for the CGDC, and who do I see, but Wisdom Tree, notorious cartridge pirates of the NES through SNES eras! More like bastions of self-distributed illegal homebrews, but even so. Very odd to see that Brenda Huff of Wisdom Tree will be covering "Sales and Marketing in CBA market." I can only imagine what she'd have to say.


News: Tokyo Game Show

July 11, 2003 11:05 PM PST

TGS / BS


Tokyo Game Show registration begins!! You know we'll be there! Here's the preliminary list of exhibitors in English. Notice that both Aruze and SNK Playmore will be present. I sense a gang war...and with SNK palling around with Sammy these days, Aruze is in for it, methinks. Their only backup is Sacnoth/Nautilus. An interesting time to be alive, friends.


News: Ys Complete Works

July 11, 2003 10:56 PM PST

Falcom / BS


Falcom has put up a page for the Ys 6 preorder companion disc(s), Ys Complete Works. Info and Images have been included for each game (Ys I-V). Worth taking a look at.


News: Outrun 2 Site Open

July 11, 2003 7:21 AM PST

SEGA-AM2 / VD


You knew Sega was going to do something more with that Ferrari license, right? This winter will see Outrun 2, some 17 years after the original hit arcades, being released on the Chihiro (Xbox-derivative) arcade hardware, courtesy of AM2. The website is now open, featuring some some nice, if small, screen shots of the game in progress. It looks like they're still using the old style route system, but I wonder what those hearts are used for. What I really want to know is what they'll be putting on the radio...


News: Christian Game Developers Conference

July 10, 2003 11:56 PM PST

CGDC / VD


Portland, Oregon is quite the god-fearing city. Really, it is. Which is why it is home to the Christian Game Developers Conference, July 25-27 at Cascade College. While checking out this conference is not an option for most of you, the parent site, GraceWorks Interactive, provides an interesting alternative stance on the video game industry.


News: Tales of Paraphernalia

July 10, 2003 11:56 PM PST

game watch impress / VD


Namco's Tales series of RPGs isn't just a video game series...it's a way of life. Which is why they're trying to sell you on clear files and calendars featuring the ever popular characters from Tales of Phantasia and the upcoming Tales of Symphonia. Watch for these items and others to show up on Japanese streets not two months from now, and Yahoo! Auctions Japan not long afterward...


News: Playmore Updates...

July 10, 2003 11:56 PM PST

playmore / VD


From the Playmore front comes plenty of new eye candy. First comes the expansion of the SNK vs. Capcom "Game Picture" section with more battle screens, including hidden characters like Dan, Goenitz, and Geese. Once you're done looking at that, you can check out the coming rerelease of Metal Slug for the PlayStation.


Feature: Naming in RPGs

July 9, 2003 11:47 PM PST

insert credit / tim rogers


Join classic tim in a discussion of the playing of roles in games, and what makes an RPG, in fact. It's about identity and responsibility.

"This is a technique that plays off the habit bred into our subconscious by Final Fantasy I, the same habit Mother's favorite-food-naming wasn't strong enough to break: only the heroes get names.


News: GP32's European distro!

July 9, 2003 11:47 PM PST

Gamepark / BS


The GP32 finally has a European distributor announced! It will be the import giant Mitsui (Hamburg branch of German division) doing the dirty work. Interesting that it's the Hamburg branch, as they by and large handle food and miscellaneous goods, not electronics. Regardless, they plan to ship 200,000 units by the end of the year. The exact launch date is undetermined as of yet, but three titles have been confirmed thus far: Astonishia Story R, Pinball Dreams and Her Knights. All Korean software is reportedly being considered, but I can think immediately of several that will be left by the wayside. This will all be fully packaged software, by the way. If all goes well, I'll have more info for you shortly. As an interesting aside, Mitsui's logo is actually an iconographic play on the kanji that depict it's name. Rather cool. Thanks to the mighty GPzigi by way of GP32 Notebook for the news.


News: Akihabara Otaku School

July 9, 2003 11:35 PM PST

Frontwing / BS


That's a fun title, eh? Frontwing's latest 18+ PC soft takes place in an underground otaku school in Akihabara. You play the role of a new transfer student, less otaku-ish than your peers. And for some reason you're taking a bishoujo scenario course. Interesting school, interesting results. Very nice character designs, but the page is not quite work safe, so I shan't link it directly. This "otaku communication adventure" is due out August 29th, price undetermined.


Play-Asia: NGPC in stock

July 9, 2003 11:32 PM PST

Play-Asia.com / BS


New Neo Geo Pocket Color systems are in stock at Play-Asia.com...check them out here. Not sure if you can choose the color/pattern of the system, but if you don't have one, this is a good time to pick one up!


News: Tensai Beat-kun's Guramon Battle

July 9, 2003 11:29 PM PST

Taito / BS


Taito is planning to bring the CG NHK television series Tensai Beat-kun to PS2/GC this september/october (respectively). It's a so-called 'rakugaki fighting game', which of course makes me think of this. You build your own "Guramon" and fight them. Pretty derivative, but I'll be damned if the frightening character design isn't distinctive.


News: 5200 adapter

July 9, 2003 11:22 PM PST

Pixels Past / BS


Pixels Past and AtariAge have joined forces to bring you the Redemption 5200. This is a controller adapter that will allow the following controllers to be played on an Atari 5200:

Atari 2600 and Sega SMS/Genesis
Atari 7800 (with two fire button support)
PC joystick (analog style with trimmers)

The item will debut at the Austin Gaming Expo, though will hopefully make a reprise performance at CGE. It's about time...I think there are maybe three working 5200 controllers left in the world; the things were notoriously flimsy.


News: First European Game Music Concert

July 9, 2003 8:02 AM PST

GC - Games Convention / VD


While many people were disappointed that this year's orchestral concert at E3 was cancelled, there's another option available to those needing their live game music fix. Those with Leipzig, Germany and the GC - Games Convention (August 21-24) in their travel plans can attend the first non-Japanese orchestral video game music concert as part of the convention's opening ceremonies. Further notes and the full concert program can be found at the GC website.


Preview: Lethal Skies II

July 8, 2003 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / brandon sheffield


The preview build of Lethal Skies II is in, and so are my crude opinions. Gameplay good. Script bad. Change script! Graaah!


Download: Miko Miko Nurse MP3

July 8, 2003 11:44 PM PST

insert credit / BS


The people asked, and they shall receive. The Miko Miko Nurse MP3 was a big hit yesterday, and several folks asked if I had the MP3. I didn't, but Sakura sent it over (full version). download away!


News: Xenophobia No More

July 8, 2003 11:36 PM PST

Quiter / Zenosaga.com / JH


After much ado about the uncertain future of the Xenosaga, Monolith/Namco stirs the stagnant speculation with its announcement of a July 21st press conference for Xenosaga I: Reloaded , and Xenosaga II - Beyond Good and Evil. The titles continue the Xenosaga trend to borrow from quasi-philosophical sources, namely the Matrix and Nietzsche. The conference is cleverly called Episode 2003, and takes place July 21st at the Ebisu Garden Hotel in Tokyo. Read all about it at Zenosaga.com the heart of the Xenosaga community, or get the gist below:

Xenosaga I: Reloaded is both the international and special edition of Xenosaga I - The Will to Power wrapped in one PS2 package. Details are sketchy, but expect the usual cutting floor material, including perhaps a special treat for those fascinated by android sexuality.

Speaking of fatal attraction, Xenosaga director Tetsuya Takahashi has “christened” the second episode Beyond Good and Evil. Like The Will to Power before it, Takahashi takes the title from a book by Friedrich Nietzsche. The titles reflect the thematic connection of iconoclasm between the Xenosaga and Nietzsche, namely the deconstruction of the Judeo-Christian God as an impediment to human potential.


News: Saint Seiya WSC

July 8, 2003 11:33 PM PST

Bandai / BS


Bandai has released images and info for their upcoming game Saint Seya Golden Volume Perfect edition. The game is an updated compilation of the original famicom games, released in '87~'88. Sidescrolling action, bizarre battle sequences...you 've got it! The game is scheduled for a July 31 release at 3980 yen.


Download: Border down media

July 8, 2003 11:29 PM PST

G.rev / BS


More Border Down media has been released - there's a new video from Sega's arcade site, as well as a sample Mp3 from the soundtrack. The sound track of course, comes with the special edition release.


News: NEC pagery

July 8, 2003 11:23 PM PST

NEC IC / BS


NEC has updated a few of their newer projects - Snow for Dreamcast now has a page...not much, but it helps you get a better feel for the characters.

And the disturbing Interlude has been announced for PS2 re-release. The Dreamcast parallel novel will receive numerous updates in terms of story, scenario, and CG resolution. Not sure if it'll be worth purchasing it over the original.


Download: Metal Slug 3 videos

July 8, 2003 11:05 PM PST

Megaking / BS


If you're hankering for more metal sluggery, some "official" videos of the Korean version have been uploaded over at Megaking, who's distributing the title in Korea. Seems as though Korean ports are getting pretty swift these days, even to the point where R-type hit Korea before Japan.


Off-topic: Ojisan unveiled

July 8, 2003 11:00 PM PST

Abogado Powers / BS


A while back, Abogado Powers held a contest wherein you could name the 100-or-so old men for their then WIP game MxS. Well, the game has been out long enough that they've released the list. Not among the winners: me. Guess my Hello Kitty ojisan didn't make grade.


News: Data East declares bankrupcy.

July 7, 2003 11:56 PM PST

Data East / BS


The district courts of Tokyo were not bad enough dudes to save Data East from bankruptcy. As theorized by my post last month, Data East is indeed kaput. They ran into financial trouble in '99, struggling with a near 2.8 million dollar debt, but promised to restructure and return to profitability. Unfortunately, come April 2003, they filed for bankruptcy. The papers went through on June 25th, and the news was distributed today. They tried to sell negative-ion generators to save themselves during this period, which is just terribly depressing. At least they live on in pillaged-license re-releases. Thanks to the MMCafe and AM Press for the news.


News: Games not-so-freaky

July 7, 2003 11:35 PM PST

Yahoo / CW


Here's a change of pace. A Yahoo Tech report relates a study of computer game-players at various campus' computer labs. The results are unusually biased in our favor this time round, with games being called unintrusive, social, and multi-gendered. It's stuff you already know, but it's nice to see the Associated Press reporting it.


News: Miyamoto lecture

July 7, 2003 11:21 PM PST

Video Fenky / BS


Video Fenky has posted another translation, this time an abridged version of Miyamoto's lecture at Tokyo University! A good read for all.


News: Playmore name change

July 7, 2003 11:10 PM PST

SNK Playmore / SM


Playmore has gone through another name change! Henceforth they will be called SNK Playmore, and this brand will presumably appear on their software from here on in. They also mentioned:

Regarding gaming opportunities, we will not only continue to release "The King of Fighters," "Samurai Spirit (Showdown)," "Metal Slug," etc., but we intend to vigorously develop original titles and gaming equipment (AM kiki=Arcade Machines? We can only assume).

Moreover, as a new company, we've started with the pachinko slot machines, which are expected to begin selling soon. On July 1, we received a license from the National Association for Crime Prevention."

That ws translated from the original Japanese release. The much shorter english version is here.


News: Silent Hill 3 Sentai

July 7, 2003 11:01 PM PST

Konami / BS


Silent Hill always has a wacky ending hidden in there somewhere. One of these has already been discovered for the newest incarnation; Silent Hill 3. Check halfway down this page for images of the main character going through a transformation into some manner of sentai Pretty Soldier. Thanks to the MMCafe for the news.


Off-topic: Miko Miko Nurse!

July 7, 2003 10:57 PM PST

jotohe / BS


"Jotohe" has created an amusing flash using characters from Miko Miko Nurse, a Psycho H-game. If anyone knows the name of the song it's based on, let me know, because it's driving me nuts. Guaranteed to be the next thing-you-don't-understand to get stuck in your head. Thanks to Sakura for emailing me the links.


News: Rieko Kodama interview

July 6, 2003 11:45 PM PST

Video Fenky / BS


Fenegi of Video Fenky has finally gotten back to doing what he's best known for - translating interviews and odd bits of text. His first effort on his new site is Rieko Kodama, of Phantasy Star design fame. An excellent interview (originally published on Sega's Masterpiece Album site), complete with a manga of her near-failed attempt to play the game that made her famous. Great stuff, this is.

Sorry for the name mispelling - force of habit.


Site news: Staff in the movies, part the second

July 6, 2003 11:20 PM PST

insert credit / jaimie nakae


Indeed, insert credit's own Jaimie Nakae is involved in the special effects work for Terminator 3 as well. So...scream obscenities when you see her name. It's buried way down in the SFX tech section. Not so in Tim's T3 review however! As entertaining as it is long. Take that as you will.


Off-topic: Sailor Moon live action

July 6, 2003 11:06 PM PST

Bandai / BS


The upcoming Sailor Moon live action TV series now has a place-mark of a homepage. Should be some interesting stuff coming in there relatively soon. And I can guarantee you that this show is going to be completely wacky. Starts in October on Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS). Thanks to Holiday's MMCafe BBS post for the link.


News: Requiem Hurts

July 6, 2003 10:59 PM PST

Illusion / BS


Sexy Beach 2 is to be released on the 11th, which fast approaches. So a new title has been announced - a new re-release that is. This is part of the DVD-PG series from Illusion, wherein they re-release their older games on the DVD format with more a few features, but the main draw is that these titles are largely out of print. So the next title up is Requiem Hurts. That link is work safe, but anything you click thereafter is not my responsibility.


Unreview: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

July 6, 2003 3:43 AM PST

insert credit / tim rogers


Tim discusses the interactivity and methods of Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, speculates about the future...without really playing the game. Thus the unreview. A curious beast.


News: Seed9 interview

July 5, 2003 11:59 PM PST

Mainichi / SM


A few days ago, Mainichi Interactive interviewed Gun Kim of Korea's Seed9, famous for the Tomak series on PC, PS2 and GP32. Luckily, Scott has translated the interview into English for your reading enjoyment!


News: Ika appreciate translation

July 5, 2003 11:55 PM PST

John Kupchik / BS


John Kupchik has translated the DVD insert/booklet for the Ikaruga Appreciate disc! He's got one of two sections done so far, starting with the player discussions, so go check it out! Thanks to Holiday's MMCafe BBS post for the news.


Play-Asia: Ys! RPD!

July 5, 2003 11:45 PM PST

Play-Asia.com / BS


Yes friends, Play-Asia.com has the Biohazard Raccoon City Police hats in stock. Just try not to buy one! It won't work!
In addition to this, they've gotten a whole slew of new titles in, and preorders up. Check here for the 45 new preorders. Highlights include Ys Eternal I and II and KOF 2001 for PS2, Bistro Cupid 2 for Xbox and Harvest Moon: a wonderful life for Gamecube.


News: Dreamcast re-releases

July 5, 2003 11:34 PM PST

Sega / BS


Sega has decided to re-release another batch of Dreamcast titles at a budget price of 2800 yen each. The titles are: (September 11th)
Gaia Masters
KOF 2000
Pandora's Dream (Pandora no Yume)
Miss Moonlight
Moero Justice Gakuen

(September 25th)
Capcom VS. SNK Millennium Fight 2000 Pro
Tako no Marine
Powerstone 2
Memories Off Second
Kichitsuguru no Oka de Nekorobu

I may be a bit off on that last title, please feel free to correct me.


News: Puchi to Nya sneak preview?

July 5, 2003 11:23 PM PST

Aiky / BS


Aiky (the cats who purchased Compile) is holding a "secret event" for their upcoming MVS game Pochi to Nya on the 6th, which is right now in japan. In fact, it's already over. Damn time zones. Here's the info on that. It was from 10-12 at Mu-tairiku in Chiba. If anyone was able to go, let me know. It seems to have been a very sudden and very brief preview showcase of the game.


News: GP32 info

July 5, 2003 11:08 PM PST

various / BS


Some good news today! Team ICON has released a work-in-progress demo movie of their new game Fire&Fire!! This was posted to the GP32 Notebook BBS, but I've mirrored it here for ease. There's no sound, but it looks interesting. Looks to me like we've either got an action RPG or a Space Invaders clone going on over here. Here's hoping for the former.

Tailzone has updated his new project. Looks like he's added a name entry program, but the words Internet Ranking make me wonder if there's not something else going on. I wouldn't put it past him, with his handmade famicom cart dumper. Perhaps he's gotten it up and running on a network?


News: New WSC games

July 5, 2003 11:03 PM PST

Bandai / BS


According to The-Magicbox, Bandai is releasing a One Piece action RPG for the WSC, this one featuring the annoying Chopper for some reason. It's to be called From TV Animation: One Piece Chopper's Great Adventure, and will feature other One Piece characters as animal familiars.

And this may not be new, but it kind of took me by surprise. Looking at the WSC release page, I see that there's a Saint Seya game coming out next month. The full title is Shoutoshi Seiya Ougon Densetsu Hen, meaning Saint Seya Golden Legend Compilation. No idea what that's on about.


Site News: forums down

July 5, 2003 12:25 PM PST

insert credit / BS


Don't know why, and don't know when they'll be back. The host's site is down too, so...it may be a while?


Review: The King of Fighters 2002

July 5, 2003 4:01 AM PST

insert credit / brandon sheffield


After posting Eric-Jon's impressions, I realized that I'd been dragging my feet. I didn't want to review this game, because I knew what I was going to say about it. With pain in my heart, I rate KOF 2002 the worst KOF I ever hope to play. Please emphasize the 'hope' part, for my sake.


News: Oldergames release info

July 4, 2003 11:51 PM PST

Oldergames / BS


Our friends at Oldergames have secured themselves a distributor in Lik-Sang. And with this, they've nailed down some tentative release dated for several of their projects, including no less than six iterations of Superfighter across various consoles! Check the press release for the info.


News: Dragonquest stand-alone

July 4, 2003 11:40 PM PST

Square-Enix / BS


Square-Enix will soon be releasing Swordmaster Dragon Quest: Resurrection of the Legendary Sword, a stand-alone hack and slash game. There's a September 19th date, a rather ludicrous 6,980 yen pricetag, and an ambitious one million projected sales. Take a look at some pics here. Just plug the base unit into the TV via A/V cables, and that's that! Check Video-Fenky for a bit more info.


News: Castlevania: Lament of Innocence page

July 4, 2003 11:26 PM PST

Konami / BS


Konami has opened the first official page for Castlevania: Lament of Innocence. Seems only preliminary stuff until they can give us the goods, but it's there nonetheless. Thanks to Namae no Nai Heya for the news.


News: Da Kapo Plus Situation

July 4, 2003 11:14 PM PST

Kadokawa Shoten / BS


The Circus developed dating sim Da Kapo is coming to PS2 sometime in autumn, price undetermined. The game is very non-linear, and thus has multiple outcomes - very choice based. For the PS2 version, there will be more scenarios for the normal girls of course, but there will also be a new character - the pink bear you see to your left. It's possible to see through her disguise and discover her true nature. If you really want to know the nature of a girl who constantly dresses up as a bear. This wacky link courtesy of Rid Hershel.


News: 15-day GP32 compo ends

July 4, 2003 11:06 PM PST

GP32Emu / BS


The results are in! Congratulations to the winners - I hope to see more from Metallius and Franz Lankes in the future...


News: Nuon homebrew

July 4, 2003 11:03 PM PST

Dragonshadow Industries / BS


Just a small note; the Nuon homebrew Decaying Orbit got an update yesterday - level editor is near complete, though the game still crashes frequently. Worth checking out if you've got a Nuon.


News: Neo RGB exposed!

July 3, 2003 11:45 PM PST

nfg.2y.net/games/ / BS


Lawrence has put up a new tell-all expose to rankle the collector-elite. It seems as though somewhere around the 85,000 mark SNK degraded the RGB output to in order to increase the composite quality. He's got the proof, though many won't like it. And if you're still confused about why RGB is important, read this.

Minor wording fix, thanks to Lawrence - sounds much more nefarious (not to mention accurate) this way.


News: Alfa System bits

July 3, 2003 11:34 PM PST

Alfa System / BS


Here's some further clarity regarding Chibi Fumiko, the "secret" character in Shikigami no Shiro II (arcade). As Scott mentioned, all the end user need do is press the joystick to the right in order to choose the alternate character. The arcade operator on the other hand, must input this sequence of keys in order to enable the selection. Good to know if you buy the PCB!

Also, a book of Alfa System history is being published by Kishousha! Illustrations, game descriptions and developer interviews in this so-called "tale of passion." 2500 yen for 242 pages. They worked on Fighting Street?? Who knew?


News: Playmore news

July 3, 2003 11:25 PM PST

Playmore / BS


Can't get enough barely interesting updated from Playmore! Have some more then! The English section for SvC Chaos has been updated with System info now. "Experience the pure pleasure of demos! You can enjoy before a battle demos applied to all the characters each! Don't miss it!"

Verily! Also - the consumer schedule has been updated with already mostly-confirmed dates for KOF 2001 (9/18) and Metal Slug Advance (9/26).


News: ESPGALUDA page opens

July 3, 2003 11:17 PM PST

Cave / BS


Cave has opened their page for espgaluda - not much new info there, other than the statement that it's in the same line as esprade, taking place 5 years later. Which is...techically true!


News: Sorcerian for keitai

July 3, 2003 11:06 PM PST

Falcom / BS


Forgot to mention, as it's merely an interest piece - Falcom released Sorcerian for cellphones in Japan last week. Looks damn fine, wish I could play it.


News: EFZ 2.13

July 3, 2003 11:02 PM PST

Twilight-Frontier / GL


Yep. Version 2.13 of Eternal Fighter Zero is out. Tweaks and balances are all you get, but...that's good stuff, right?


Review: Night Raid

July 2, 2003 11:34 PM PST

insert credit / CM


Night Raid is Takumi's first self-published title - they haven't released a game since. Is there a connection? The ever-brutal Charles Mugg takes their latest shooter to task.


News: Ys 6 screens

July 2, 2003 10:59 PM PST

Falcom / BS


The official webpage for Ys6 has been opened!! In addition, several promotial images have been released at (among others) Game Watch. The first 60,000 persons to purchase the game (a PC release, you know) will receive 'Ys Daizenshuu' - a compilation of Ys I-IV!! Ys I-III are in ported directly from the original PC88 games, IV and V from the SFC. Rather strange that they chose Ys IV from SFC instead of PCE, but since they're totally different games, that's Falcom's call. The new game will retail for 7,980 yen on August 27th. What's more, the first 30,000 preorders will get the 'All about Falcom' DVD, which contains some JDK Sound Team live concerts, unreleased Ys OVA bits, history, and lots of images from the past and present. Check out the game and DVD covers at Dengeki. Thanks to Zepy for the extra links.


News: Cosplay gone wrong

July 2, 2003 10:46 PM PST

Oka-P / BS


Yes, that's a real person. A cosplay site verging on the frighteningly bizarre; Oka-P. Check the site for many more images - this cat seems to particularly enjoy Tokyo Mew Mew. Thanks to Momotato-Daioh for the news.


News: Policenauts re-release

July 2, 2003 10:42 PM PST

Konami / BS


Konami is re-releasing Policenauts for PSone on August 7th, at the remarkable price of 1,800 yen. Thanks to Namae for the news.


News: Dolphin Blue site open

July 2, 2003 10:30 PM PST

Sammy / BS


Sammy has put up a site for their upcoming arcade action shooting game Dolphin Blue. The game is slated to be released in arcades this august.

I'm reminded that I was supposed to preview this game. Will do so shortly. Thanks to Namae no Nai Heya for the news.


News: First Kiss Monogatari

July 2, 2003 10:22 PM PST

Broccoli / SM


First Kiss I and II are being re-released at the price of 7,800 yen on the PS2 on July 17th, if Game Watch's report is to be believed. This is a dating sim/visual novel that began life on the PC-FX (part I), making it's way to the DC later in life (part II). This re-release will have progressive scan and higher resolution, but not much more than that. A special edition with a limited CD will be included in a 8,800 yen package.


News: GC cracking

July 1, 2003 11:58 PM PST

Pirates / BS


So now that the GC has been cracked, and the discs dumpable, what could be next? Here's what: the extra disc that came along with Wind Waker contained an unreleased N64 Zelda game. Many were disappointed that the graphics weren't above the N64's standard. Now that the game's been dumped, it turns out that this is because it was actually played via an emulator on the disc! The same is true of the Nintendo Puzzle Collection, quite surprisingly. So Sweater Fish Deluxe of the S:NGP forum took the rom and burned it to a disc. He inserted this in his newly acquired Z64 (a dev unit used to play roms on the N64), and how he's playing exclusive GC contend on the actual intended system. Brilliant.


News: Psyvariar 2 pics

July 1, 2003 11:48 PM PST

Success / BS


Success has upped their Psyvariar 2 page, which contains images and art for the Naomi title, as well as the full title: Psyvariar: The Intention of Fabrication. Colorful bullets and mecha - I'm in.


News: Bloody Cross new image

July 1, 2003 11:43 PM PST

Byulbram / BS


Here's a new image from the adventure mode in Byulbram's upcoming GP32 fighter Bloody Cross. Not sure if this is simply an element to the story mode, or a separate visual novel-type affair, but regardless, you've got to admit that the art has improved dramatically. Click the pic for a full-size image. Thanks to Yonggary for the pic.


News: 15-day coding votes

July 1, 2003 11:40 PM PST

GP32emu / BS


All of the files are up and ready for download!! Looks like some nice entries, be sure to vote on them, eh? Somehow these 15-day games seem to have turned out better than the games in the ADIC 2002. I can only imagine what mysteries the 2003 competition will hold for us!!


News: VG shows on GSN

July 1, 2003 11:32 PM PST

Gamespot / BS


According to this Gamespot article, the Game Show Network will soon begin airing two UK videogame related shows in the states. Game Sauce and Gamer.tv will run on Thursdays at 5-7pm Eastern time and 2-4pm Pacific time this coming fall. Thanks to Cain Highwind's MMCafe BBS for the link.


News: R:Racing Evolution pics

July 1, 2003 11:05 PM PST

Namco / BS


Some new images of Namco's latest addition to the Ridge Racer series at Impress Watch. Looks more anime styled, with far better car models than before. Could be something! Thanks to Rid for the link.


Rumor: Artoon's 3D fighter

July 1, 2003 11:00 PM PST

Artoon / BS


It's being widely reported, but Artoon seems to have a 3D fighter up their sleeves. They're working with Melbourne House on the project, so says IGN.


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