News: Baldr Force EXE

July 30, 2004 11:49 PM PST

Alchemist / brandon

Baldr Force EXE, the latest in a long line of Last Dreamcast Games Ever, has finally got a release date. It's due out on the 29th of October for 7,455 yen. But there's more! They've decided to go limited-only with this one, in the sense that you'll be paying more than for a normal game, but you'll get an action figure with it. Check some shots of it (and of the CG) at Game Watch. If you're looking for gameplay shots, check this april report. The CERO rating isn't out for this one yet, but the original PC version was an H title. For those who've not heard of it previously, the game is basically a story driven 2D mech action blast-fest, and the latest in a rather positively reviewed series. The official site has been updated as well - downloads to come.

News: Darklaga: Cannonball Symphony

July 30, 2004 11:40 PM PST

int13 / brandon

Darklaga: Cannonball Symphony is a new vertical shooter from the webmaster of doujinaroni. For now, the game is PocketPC only, but a windows port is planned. Check out a slideshow of images here, and download their promo movie right here (direct link). Looking quite nice!

News: Ys 3 site

July 30, 2004 11:28 PM PST

Taito / IGGY

Ys 3 now has an official site. There's not a lot there, just a condensed story and some background art.

News: Illusion updates

July 30, 2004 11:17 PM PST

Illusion Soft / brandon

Lech has posted a summary of the latest news from Illusion (info not work safe) in the forums, and Panovich has added supplemental impressions of their latest released work.

News: Shinkiro interview

July 29, 2004 11:26 PM PST

SNKP / brandon

Curiously, SNKP has translated the interview by eiji shiroi of Shinkiro, KOF illustrator of 7 years infame. Interesting read, in a side-ways manner.

News: SNK Vodafone

July 29, 2004 11:13 PM PST

SNKP / brandon

SNK Playmore now has a site for their cellphone games. Some odd stuff in there; KOF Dodgeball, Gals Fighters, Quiz Daisousasen (criminal investigation [hot]line), joy joy kid.

Edit: Quiz, not Geese. Wishful thinking.

News: To Heart 1.5

July 29, 2004 11:07 PM PST

Leaf / brandon

To Heart Remember my memories finally has an official site. And the anime will release this october. Thanks to zepy for the link.

Edit: and of course, this is not To Heart 2, but a psuedo sequel to 1, making it 1.5. This would be the most errors ever in one day. Time to give up!

News: Green Green 2&3

July 29, 2004 10:57 PM PST

Groover / brandon

Groover has announced that they will be making two sequels to the popular love sim/anime Green Green. Green Green 2 will be released on october 29th, 3 will be in 2005.

News: Classic USB controllers

July 29, 2004 10:42 PM PST

Retrozone / brandon

Retrozone takes classic controllers and converts them to USB format for the PC - or they provide adaptors. They've even got multitaps available. A bit pricey perhaps, but if it's what you need, they've certainly got it. They support NES, SNES, Genesis, 2600 and intellevision. Thanks to psiga for the link.

News: DS redesign

July 28, 2004 11:55 PM PST

Nintendo / scott

You've already seen it everywhere else, now see it here! The new Nintendo DS. On top of this, Atlus has announced their plans for the system. Five games so far: Shin Megami Tensei DS, Snowboard Kids DS, Kadou Chaos, The Game of Life DS, and Choro Q DS.

News: Clover/RIP NEC

July 28, 2004 11:46 PM PST

Interchannel / brandon

This is as good a time as any to tell you all that NEC is no longer in the game industry (aside from chips and such). They have sold of their holdings in NEC Interchannel, their publishing house, and last remnants of what was once a huge gaming group. The US branch, interviewed here in 2003, has long since dissolved. Interchannel (minus the NEC) carries on with clover, a love sim port from the PC original. The PS2 original contents will include an extra scenario, and original event CG. Incidentally - this may mean that Black Matrix OO for PSone is the final NEC game of all time. Clover releases on August 26th - 7,800 for the ltd (with audio drama CD), 6,800 for the standard.

News: Ys 3

July 28, 2004 11:28 PM PST

Taito / IGGY

New images of Taito's remake of Ys 3 have surfaced at EG. Looking much better than earlier screens. Release is planned for september at 5,800 yen.

News: KOF 2k3 PS2 high res?

July 28, 2004 11:19 PM PST


According to a japanese retailer (rakuen), the PS2 version of KOF 2003 will feature 'high res sprites'. They didn't look that high res at E3, so this is interesting/vague news. There will also be an arranged soundtrack - "a first for SNKP" they say. Comes out October 28th for 5,800 yen or so.

News: GG Isuka extras

July 28, 2004 11:11 PM PST

Sammy / IGGY

Iggy has highlighted most of the unlockable bonuses in the PS2 version of Guilty Gear Isuka in this mmcafe bbs post. Not a bad spread.

News: Alien Hominid

July 26, 2004 11:58 PM PST

The Behemoth / brandon

San Diego based developers The Behemoth have been making progress on their run 'n gun Alien Hominid (beware of flash and sound). Really nice looking game - screens and trailers await. If you want to try the thing out, here's the overly difficult flash version. Thanks to Sklabah's forum post for the links.

News: Woodcube the second!

July 26, 2004 11:50 PM PST

Logan West / brandon

Some weeks back I linked an odd beast called the Woodcube. This here is basically the Woodcube's bigger, sexier older brother. Check the original text-only page here, or view the google cache for the images, given that the official mirror has already been crushed. Thanks to n0wak's forum post for the link.

News: 2D vs 3D

July 26, 2004 11:42 PM PST

Gamespot / brandon

Greg Kasavin has written up a nice discussion of the pros and cons of the move to the 3D world for all of gaming. Read it even if Gamespot's not your bag.

Play Asia: Korean soft, CD selection

July 26, 2004 11:36 PM PST

Play Asia / brandon

New stuff at Play Asia...Gradius V korean version is out today, along with two other odd titles; Super Lite Best Vol. 1 and 2. Volume one contains the original Cotton, and an obscure action-puzzler. The second has Sanvein, a very decent stage-based 3D shooter (with jumping!), and another obscure action-puzzle.

Perhaps more exciting - there's now a full music section, with j-pop, k-pop, audio drama, game soundtracks, and some odds and ends. Worth a look.

News: Mushihime sama

July 26, 2004 11:27 PM PST

Cave / brandon

Alfa Station reports that Cave's new vertical shooter Mushihime Sama (miss bug princess), will be released in the middle of september. Here's the flier again, if you've forgotten what the excellent art looks like.

News: Katamari Damashii Oni

July 26, 2004 11:19 PM PST

Namco / IGGY

According to Play Asia's preorder page, the new katamari damashii game will be called KD Oni. Still no firm release date yet.

Download: RPG Maker XP

July 26, 2004 11:13 PM PST

Enterbrain / brandon

RPG Maker XP has been released. Lots of features added, lots taken away. You can download the demo here, or check what's new on Zepy's page, since he went into a bit of detail about it.

News: Wa ga ryŻ wo miyo

July 26, 2004 11:09 PM PST


Wa ga ryŻ wo miyo is a new dragon raising RPG from Sony. Little cutesy, but pretty interesting. Here's a scan of a flier for it (this one's legal to link, I believe, since it's promo material - if not, I'm sure we'll find out soon).
Update: I, brandon, screwed up the name. Iggy fixed it. It was just hard to believe that they would name the game "look at my dragon."

News: Gigawing Generation

July 24, 2004 11:55 PM PST

Takumi / brandon

Gigawing Generation is a new game in the Takumi shooting series, and is currently undergoing location tests as we speak. It's on the new Taito Type-X windows XP based board (which reportedly rebooted itself after character select once), and remains 3D graphically. Click-Stick has mirrored some images taken from shooting girls. No matter how this turns out, Taito is really showing commitment to the genre.

News: Psikyo collections

July 24, 2004 11:49 PM PST

Taito / brandon

Taito has revealed the next two titles in their Psikyo Shooting Collection series. Vol. 2 will contain Sengoku Ace and Sengoku Blade (perhaps finally taking the saturn game's ebay prices down a peg), Vol. 3 will be Dragon Blaze (never before ported) and Sol Divide. They've also mentioned that there will be a Strikers 1945 superplay DVD in the near future. Vol. 1, Strikers 1945 I and II comes out on the 5th of august for 5,800 yen.

News: Nippon Ichi update

July 24, 2004 11:37 PM PST

Nippon Ichi / brandon

We'll start with something relevant. Nippon Ichi is re-releasing La Pucelle in japan for 2,800 yen on the 21st of october. There will be extra items, an extra dungeon and a BGM test mode available after an initial clear.

Next bit of news, there's another Disgaea cellphone game in the works. This one stars Flon. Essentially quite similar to the one they released already, but different story and altered system.

News: Clannad RPG

July 24, 2004 11:28 PM PST

Chinchilla / brandon

Doujin group Chinchilla has announced plans to release a Clannad RPG (based on the visual novel by the same name). Looks quite nice - click the links on the page for character illustrations. Thanks to Zepy.

News: Puyo flash

July 24, 2004 11:13 PM PST

Sega / brandon

There's a new Puyo Puyo Fever flash game at the official site. This one is to commemorate the release of the GBA game. In this game you must either get rid of a certain number of puyo at once, or chain everything, depending. Not too tough to figure out, and rather fun. Thanks to rid for the link.

Off Topic: Cure Maid Cafe

July 23, 2004 11:50 PM PST

Matthew La France / brandon

Matthew La France read my guide to buying games in japan, and followed it. He even went to the Cure Maid Cafe I mentioned, where all of the waitresses are in full french maid costumes of varying colors. And that is what he wrote about here. Basically gives you more detailed directions, and a better description of the contents of the cafe.

News: Plusha II

July 23, 2004 11:38 PM PST

FaMe Soft / brandon

FaMe Soft of russia has announced that they will be developing the sequel to Super Plusha (GP32). Plusha II art has been released on the official site, and appears to be influenced by the Evil Dead series of films.

News: Flash Castlevania

July 23, 2004 11:27 PM PST

France / brandon

This here's a nifty flash game: Castlevania, a symphony of the night redux of sorts. Not bad at all, and you can actually save in the thing. Control leaves a little to be desired, but hey - it's flash.

News: Gamepark relaunch

July 23, 2004 11:15 PM PST

Gamepark / brandon

The Gamepark site has finally gotten an nice redesign. Perhaps this indicates a move towards further publishing? One can only hope. The name of the corporation has also been changed - it is now "Gamepark Holdings".


July 22, 2004 11:59 PM PST

The depths of hell / brandon

Perhaps you recall a new piece last month about the limited edition of Xenosaga II. It came with a terrible Kos-Mos figure that had a look of extreme horror on her face. Naturally, everyone was appalled. Even more naturally, they made a shrine to her and gave her a name: Mok-Cos. Check out some parodies, gifs and ascii art of the abomination. And if you're feeling particularly adventurous, behold the flash. You've got to download it as a .lzh (zip file) - here's the direct link.

Rumor: New Street Fighter in the works?

July 22, 2004 11:45 PM PST

Capcom / brandon

According to the Gamerfeed rumor mill, a new Street Fighter may be in production from Capcom, even with the departure of the game's creator. The project, if it's what they say it is, will still be 2D.

News: KOF 2003 comic

July 22, 2004 11:36 PM PST

ComicsOne / brandon

ComicsOne has announced that they will soon be releasing the KOF 2003 graphic novel in the US, timed to the US release of the game. Nice art by Lion King here.

Off topic: Ayumi Hamasaki vans

July 22, 2004 11:27 PM PST

Masamania / brandon

Masamania has posted a whole lot of images of ridiculously modified vans that have an Ayumi Hamasaki (j-pop singer) motif. These beasts are a sight to behold. What's most shocking to me is how many there are. Our pal Masa likes Hamasaki's voice, but isn't a big fan of her small bust. An odd page that's worth a look. Thanks to blog-site Cockclaw (which counts our top-bar maker Aaron Meyers among its posters) for the link.

News: Psyvariar 2 Extend Edition

July 22, 2004 11:18 PM PST

Success / brandon

Success is planning on releasing an Xbox update to Psyvariar 2, this one called Psyvariar Extend Edition. As for what's 'extended' about it, the graphics have been updated, and there's Xbox Live! score posting. That's basically it. The game should be out in the fall of this year for 4,800 yen. Thanks to lech's ic forum post for the link. Thanks as well to Jani for pointing out my stupid error - psyvariar->Psyvariar 2.

News: Another FF7

July 22, 2004 11:09 PM PST

Square-Enix / brandon / IGGY

Aside from Final Fantasy 7 Advent Children, and Final Fantasy 7 Before Crisis (out in September on cellphones, is it?), which comes 6 years before, there will apparently also be another FF7 with Vincent in the starring role. This is according to a scan reproduced at Squarenet.

News: KOF AWnet card case

July 22, 2004 11:05 PM PST

Sammy / brandon

Sammy has released an image of the AWnet card holder/album for KOF Neowave. These are the cards that will allow save data and whatnot.

News: Game Engine 2

July 20, 2004 11:59 PM PST

Fort90 / brandon

IC forum member Fort90 has put up a report of the Game Engine 2 event in New York just a few days ago. This is a game-centric event on the tail of the New York Video Festival. Give er a look.

News: NGPC homebrew

July 20, 2004 11:52 PM PST

Soft n Fuzzy / brandon

Soft n Fuzzy has updated his page of NGPC homebrews with several programs not available to 'the public' before. Tetris, a couple of commodore 64 ports, and experiments with full-color sprites like you see to the left. Not all totally playable, but pretty nifty in terms of how it pushes the system. Thanks to Ahchay for the news.

Play Asia: Gradius V, Samurai 0

July 20, 2004 11:45 PM PST

Play Asia / brandon

Two fives came out this week - the japanese version of Gradius V, and the home cart neo geo version of Samurai Spirits Zero Special (aka ssv). But if you're willing to wait, the much cheaper korean version of Gradius V (with dvd) is coming out on the 22nd. And the deal of the week - Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike for $30.

News: Games and art

July 20, 2004 11:34 PM PST

New York Metro / brandon

New York Metro has a piece up about the recent-ish trend of using retro game motifs in artwork. A little glib, but a little interesting too. Thanks to Ishmael's mmcafe bbs post for the link.

News: Watanabe and Melty Blood Arcade

July 20, 2004 8:18 AM PST

Watanabe / IGGY / vince

Edited 7/21: Watanabe Productions lets out their official position on the arcade version of the game, which is: they're not involved, other than the name and opening up the code for ECOLE to work with. They don't want credit on the game, and if it's not good, don't blame them. Apparently this is in reaction to ECOLE fan and staff commentary here that Watanabe is "a fan group of kids who are hindering Ecole's work" according to one translation.

Vince: Taking the money and running seems to be a little simple for the situation. I tend to agree with the general Watanabe attitude, which is (if you read into it) that their code isn't the best to work with. Makes sense...they've never opened up game source before so it'll look like crap to the guys who've never worked on it before, and if they were never expecting to open it up, why should they adhere to a generalized commenting and structure convention? But that's just me. For more, click here.

News: Talking Dreamcast games and goats...

July 20, 2004 7:56 AM PST

Die-Hard Gamer / vince

...GOAT Publishing, that is. Die-Hard Gamer talks to Dan Loosen about what his publishing company has to offer for the Dreamcast after last year's Feet of Fury. Delays, disc pressing issues, template discrepancies... and a shooter called "Can I Draw On Your Face" deserves to be looked at.

News: Nintendo Cartoon Hour

July 18, 2004 11:50 PM PST

Lonely Island / brandon

This is a bit old, but funny if you've not seen it. A video by The Lonely Island called the Nintendo Cartoon Hour. Compiled/spliced footage from a few NES games with a narrative voice over. Good stuff.

News: Time attacks/speed runs

July 18, 2004 11:37 PM PST

Arc / brandon

A guy who calls himself Arc the Lad has been collecting links/torrents for gaming superplays. Quite a few there, so take a look, if you've the bandwidth for it. Thanks to the beast's mmcafe bbs post for the link.

News: Rumblefish OST

July 18, 2004 11:29 PM PST

Dimps / brandon

Dimps has announced that they will be releasing a Rumblefish OST in September on ULF records. No pricing or cover info just yet.

News: Trizeal date

July 18, 2004 11:18 PM PST

Triangle Service / brandon

Triangle Service's new Naomi arcade shooter Trizeal is coming out in September, according to River Service. Thanks to nikaiten for the link.

News: TV Game museum

July 17, 2004 2:58 PM PST

Konami / IGGY / brandon

The National Science Museum has opened up a videogame and digital science exhibit, in coordination with TBS and Yomiko Advertising. Check some shots of the exhibit. Pretty much only the newer games are playable, but there's also a dedicated game exhibit or three - one being Bandai's odd rock monster quiz apparatus, here called 'ubiquitous gaming.' Thanks to Kusanagi's ic forum post for the link.

News: Tokimeki Girl's Side 2

July 17, 2004 2:55 PM PST

Konami / IGGY / brandon

In the latest issue of Konami's Habataki Watcher magazine, they announced the development of Tokimeki Memorial Girl's side for PS2. This is the flipside of a galget game - a guyget, designed for female players. This is, yes, somewhat different from the boys love games we occasionally mention.

News: GP32 USB power

July 17, 2004 2:50 PM PST

Tailzone / brandon

Tailzone has put up his diagram for making a GP32 USB power chord. Supposedly this is possible via easy to find items, but unless you know a bit of electrical engineering it might be a bit difficult.

News: Mojipittan

July 17, 2004 2:37 PM PST

Namco / IGGY / brandon

The PSP is getting its dose of quirky puzzle action in the form of Namco's Mojipittan. You can try the game out in flash form right here.

News: KOF 94 something

July 17, 2004 2:32 PM PST

SNKP / brandon

On the KOF 10th anniversary site, they've got an odd page signifying a sprite update for KOF 94. It's very likely a joke, and if it is one, it's being played on the fans, wonders why it's being done. Very odd.

News: Xtreme Duel

July 15, 2004 11:13 PM PST

Wildcat / brandon

Korean doujin group Wildcat has finally put up an official site for their original 2D fighter Xtreme Duel. Check out character stats, art and animated gifs. Demo is...pending. Features the greatest character name on earth - Seaofp.

News: SNK cosplay design

July 15, 2004 11:04 PM PST

SNKP / brandon

On the KOF 10th site, a contest has been announced. You must design the costume that the main cosplay gal will wear at the SNKP booth at TGS. Entries must be submitted by August 9th, and total entries will be displayed on the 19th. Oddly, there seems to be no prize involved.

News: Galspanix

July 15, 2004 10:58 PM PST

D5 / brandon

D5, makers of Sispri Gauntlet (coming to this season's Comiket) have put up their full Gals Panic clone for download. This game is apparently pretty much work safe, ie no nudity, just some underoos. Thanks to Zepy.

Off-topic: Ika Wrestler

July 15, 2004 10:50 PM PST

Avex / IGGY / brandon

Ika Wrestler - the movie! He's the squid with a love for the ladies, and a penchant for pro wrestling - click around the site to find the karaoke version of the opening, as well as production stills of what is sure to be the film event of the new millennium.

News: Yourself!Fitness

July 15, 2004 10:43 PM PST

Respondesign / brandon

Yourself!Fitness is an upcoming Xbox title, based on fitness (of course). Basically, you let the game know what kind of equipment you have in your house, and the game tells you what to do with it, via a virtual trainer by the name of Maya (quite a realistic looking one, too). Team Xbox has the first pic, but shield yourself from the grammar.

Letters: Robots among us

July 14, 2004 10:10 PM PST

insert credit / drew

Drew has put up another letters column, this time about fantastical sim games. And also a robot goes berserk. Do it!

News: SNK Gamecube details

July 14, 2004 10:08 PM PST

SNK Neo Geo USA / brandon

Celsius of the mmcafe forums has had another phone interview with SNK USA head Ben Herman. Here's the gist of it. Essentially, SNK will not be releasing Gamecube games in the US under their own power, but should Ignition Entertainment wish to release GC games in europe (something they've expressed interest in), then SNK USA would be happy to bring them here.

News: Isuka details

July 14, 2004 10:05 PM PST

Sammy / brandon

There's a new official page for guilty gear isuka. The new site has story info, as well as a more robust ABA profile.

News: PSP teams

July 14, 2004 10:01 PM PST

Gpara / brandon

The list of game makers signed on to the PSP platform has grown to 59 - here's the full list. About 1/3 of those companies are owned by konami or sammy, but still, impressive numbers.

News: Melty Blood to arcades

July 11, 2004 11:23 PM PST

Typemoon / brandon

Melty Blood, a 2D fighter from doujin-turned-pro developers Type Moon just underwent location testing. Here's the original page for the PC version. ECOLE is bringing it arcade side, with no help from the original makers, allegedly. Some info has circulated, most of it coming from this ojama company fellow. For full (english) details on the test, check TandeM's ic forum post, and the Professor's own ramblings on his bbs.

News: Women and development

July 11, 2004 11:10 PM PST

MSNBC / brandon

Another article on women in game development. This one is a bit naive (and occasionally typical), but has some good points throughout. Ultimately, it's undermined by the final paragraph, which declares that it's business as usual: "Does this mean that future E3's will have G-stringed men gyrating alongside the "booth babes?" That's one trend I prefer not to think about." Still worth a read.

News: Riviera soundtrack

July 11, 2004 11:06 PM PST

Sting / brandon

As you may recall, the gorgeous off-beat RPG Riviera had an anquette asking what extra goods people would like to see in a limited edition. Looks like soundtrack won. So there will be a soundtrack in the ltd edition, but no further info is offered, just yet. Thanks to Lech for pointing this out.

News: Game & Watch homebrew compo

July 11, 2004 10:56 PM PST

PD Roms / brandon

So the Game & Watch homebrew competition is over - but most importantly, the submissions are up for download. Some nice stuff in there across various consoles (playable either on the hardware or via emu, depending), so check it out.

News: Robo Ky II

July 11, 2004 10:44 PM PST

Sammy / IGGY

According to Famitsu, in the PS2 version of Guilty Gear Isuka there's a mode called "Robo Ky II Factory", in which you can customize your own little Robo Ky II (seems you can give him whatever move you want? Perhaps even those of other characters?) The article only says you can buy new abilities with the points you gains (but not how) to make your own invincible Robo Ky II.

Download: Imperishable Night update

July 9, 2004 10:59 PM PST

Shanghai Alice / brandon

Shanghai Alice has updated their Imperishable Night demo (excellent 2D curtain-fire vertical shooter). Just search for the 19.0MB download, and select a mirror, for the full packed update. Thanks to Zepy for the news.

News: Shikigami no Shiro RPG

July 9, 2004 10:55 PM PST

Alfa System / brandon / IGGY

Here's an odd item. A Shikigami no Shiro RPG has been made - for cellphones. itmedia has the scoop. Just released, 420 yen for the download. Areas, bosses, enemies are all from the original game itself. Curious!

News: Maniac Mansion 1.1

July 9, 2004 10:48 PM PST

Lucas Fan Games / brandon

The Lucas Fan Games group has made an update to their Maniac Mansion (adventure game) remake. The game is now playable in some 10 languages! This is also the game's first posting on insert credit, so go check it out if, like me, this is the first time you've come across it.

News: Miyamoto & co. interview

July 9, 2004 10:40 PM PST

Gamasutra / brandon

Gamasutra has put up an interview (registration required, unfortunately) with Shigeru Miyamoto and his disciples Eiji Aonuma and Ken'ichi Sugino. Things of some import are discussed therein.

Download: Michigan vids

July 9, 2004 10:34 PM PST

Spike / brandon

There are a bunch of movies on the Michigan site - the Killer 7 producer's new game. Check them out here. If you check out CHAZumaru's forum post you'll find a link to the main actress's homepage. Not work safe, that one.

News: Ken Ju info

July 9, 2004 10:21 PM PST

Sammy / brandon / IGGY

Location test details are in for Sammy's new Atomiswave fighter. It's 3D, for one thing, and many are referring to it as 'Force Five 2', even though it's a fair bit different. Some people are saying it's similar to Justice Gakuen, some refer to Guilty Gear X. Take a look at IGGY and Fuchikoma's mmcafe bbs posts for more detailed system info.

News: SNK in the UK part 2

July 9, 2004 10:13 PM PST

Ignition / brandon

Ignition Entertainment has put out a new press release - it looks as though (almost?) every title hitting the US will be PAL converted and euro-localized in due course. Quite nice. Thanks to Theodore Reiker for the news, once more.

News: SNK interviews

July 8, 2004 11:59 PM PST

various / brandon

Two interesting SNK interviews have come up in the last couple of days. One by spong, more arcade based, and another by Eurogamer, dealing with distinct differences between SNK's consumer plans in the US and the UK/europe. Both worth reading in spite of occasional errors. As an extra tidbit, KOF 98 has been added to the KOF 10th anniv. history site.

News: Emulator in official game

July 8, 2004 11:46 PM PST

PocketNES / brandon

PocketNES is a NES 8-bit emulator for GBA, and it was recently used by Jaleco in an official Nintendo-licensed GBA game - "Jajamaru Jr. Denshouki - Jaleco Memorial." There's a discussion about it (by the creators of the emu) on the pocketheaven boards. Very interesting to hear how emu makers feel when their own work is used without permission/compensation. Thanks to Hipkondo's ic forums post for the links.

News: CFJ location test

July 8, 2004 11:39 PM PST

Capcom / brandon

The location test for Capcom Fighting Jam is underway, and IGGY has posted/translated his findings on the mmcafe bbs. Read his first two posts for maximum information-gleaning.

News: Gradius V+DVD

July 8, 2004 11:29 PM PST

Konami / brandon

The japanese version of Gradius V is being sold at $60 by Play Asia. But the Korean version was just added, and comes with the DVD and artbook for the same price! Looks like that's the one to grab. Thanks to Bu||et for pointing this out.

News: GP32 bits

July 8, 2004 11:23 PM PST

various / brandon

According to GP32 Notebook, development work on the excellent-looking Wanna Be Wizard has resumed for GP32, with Gamepark giving A&B Soft an official contract last month. Development started up again this week. In other 'restarting' news, japanese homebrewer Tailzone has begun working with the console again. He's got a new Arkanoid clone, and a strange-looking USB power adaptor.

News: Beatmania IIDX 8th style

July 8, 2004 11:19 PM PST

Konami / brandon

According to a Q&A Konami posted on their Konamistyle site, sales of Beatmania IIDX 7th style exceeded their sales projections. As a result, they will begin development of an 8th style. Good stuff. Thanks to ShaperMC for the link.

News: Ys III PS2 screens

July 8, 2004 11:10 PM PST

Taito / brandon / IGGY

Pics of Taito's Ys III port to PS2 have surfaced at rakuen. The graphics are being redone in Ys Eternal style. Release date is September 30th, for 4,980 yen.

News: Long Range Bullet

July 6, 2004 11:56 PM PST

Long Range Bullet / brandon

Long Range Bullet is a site devoted to the works of Jun Tsukasa and Range Murata, two excellent game/doujin/anime artists that are easily confused by one another (by some of us, at least!) Their credits include Taisen Hot Gimmick Mahjong, Air Force Delta, Spy Fiction, and the Power Instinct series, among others. Lots of art to look at, and info to be had.

News: Hirameki releases

July 6, 2004 11:45 PM PST

Hirameki / brandon

Hirameki has been slowly releasing english-language ports of Japanese dating sims in the US. They play basically the same on a PC, DVD player, PS2 or Xbox, which is the appeal of the format. They've released two games already, but are now set to release two higher-profile games, Tea Society of a Witch and Hourglass of Summer. Preorders coming soon. There will be an artbook included in Tea Society's box. Thanks to Namakoteam for the news.

Play Asia: Controllers and Gradius

July 6, 2004 11:29 PM PST

Play Asia / brandon

Check out the latest from Play Asia - metal dance pads for DDR, for one thing. Compatible with PS1/2, Xbox and PC. Quite a beast. Strikers 1945 I&II may be delayed in Japan, but it's already been released in Korea. These ports are apparently of the english-language variety. Play Asia has them here. The Gradius V official DVD is up for preorder as well. Very soon they will also be stocking the Saturn USB controller originally to be packaged with the Mac port of Puyo Puyo Fever. Last but not least, the weekly deal - Gran Turismo 4 Prologue for $9.

News: Bont„go

July 6, 2004 11:17 PM PST

Digipen / brandon

Bont„go is a freeware single or multiplayer 3D realtime strategy game about territory expansion. It comes highly recommended by Bu||et if the ic forums, who mentioned this title to me. It's a product of a group of students from the Digipen Institute of Technology, and was a 2004 winner in the Independent Games Festival.

News: Shooter shirts

July 6, 2004 11:10 PM PST

various / brandon

A couple of old shooter shirts mentioned on Click Stick. Here's a psyvariar and variant, and there's a shikigami from TGS 2k1.

News: Space Invasion

July 4, 2004 11:40 AM PST

Space-Invaders / brandon

Perhaps I'm a little late on this one - Space-Invaders is a site that documents the guerilla artwork (ala OBEY) of a frenchman who plastered space invaders on various monuments across the globe. Pretty neat idea. Check the site for images and info. He wrote a book about it as well, called L'invasion de Paris (The Invasion of Paris, obviously). Thanks to Game Girl Advance for the link.

News: SGX

July 4, 2004 11:35 AM PST

nfg games / brandon

Lawrence has put up a new piece of obscure Sega hardware - the SGX. This Saturn unit went in Japanese hotels, had a 7-disc changer, and was operated by a time-based coin system. Quite an interesting, and large, beast.

Download: Shikigami II PC demo

July 4, 2004 11:30 AM PST

Alfa System / brandon

4gamer has a demo (direct link) of Shikigami no Shiro II for PC. 1 gig processor minimum requirement. Key legend:

Normal shot: Shift or C
Shikigami shot: Ctrl, A or Z
Special attack: Alt, B or X
Pause/start: Enter or S
Movement: direction keys

News: Metroid 2 DX

July 4, 2004 11:23 AM PST

Metroid Evolution / brandon / eric-jon

Metroid 2 DX is the Gameboy Color upgrade that never was. Super Mario Bros. and Zelda's GB outings both got full-color versions, but Metroid got the shaft. So Metroid Evolution has applied the GB Colorizer to make for a more visually appealing experience. Rather nice results for those who, like eric-jon, find this to be one of the finer games in the series.

News: Tekken 5 location test

July 4, 2004 11:12 AM PST

Tekken Zaibatsu / brandon

Tekken 5 is undergoing location tests now, and Tekken Zaibatsu has compiled and translated a bunch of info from the first day of testing. Lots of needed power level changes. Thanks to Fuchikoma's mmcafe bbs post for the link.

News: VF4 Final Tuned

July 4, 2004 11:10 AM PST

Sega / brandon

Virtua Fighter 4 Final Tuned has a nice official website now, with system info and whatnot. This also has the same ALL Net usability as Tekken 5 (and did it first, too). Thanks to Legal Step for the news.

Feature: Pixel Beads

July 2, 2004 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / Patrick De Vogel

Patrick De Vogel, notorious comboing dutchman, has come up with something quite nice. This is a guide to making your own 2D sprites, the likes of which you see to the left, out of plastic beads. You can't resist! Should you come up with some nice sprites of your own, please share them in the appropriate forum thread.

News: Master System Handy

July 2, 2004 11:47 PM PST

Tec Toy / brandon

Brazil's Tec Toy has released yet another new piece of Sega Master System hardware! This one's called the Master System Handy. It comes with 27 games built in, and composite video out for the first time ever. Unfortunately, it's not currently known whether or not the thing will play carts. Tec Toy is the odd Brazilian Sega subsidiary that continues to release SMS titles long after the 'death' of the system, even going to the lengths of porting gamegear games to the Console. For more on Tec Toy and their odd, odd games, visit this place, and possibly here. Thanks to Slashdot Games for the link.

News: Ken Ju - new fighter

July 2, 2004 11:35 PM PST

Sammy / brandon

Sammy has stealthily announced a new fighter for the Atomiswave - Ken Ju. The game is already to go into location testing, which will begin the ninth, and end on the eleventh. Click the image to the left for a larger version.

News: 256 v-appli games

July 2, 2004 11:23 PM PST

nfg games / brandon

Lawrence has put up a gallery of images from the new generation of cellphone games in Japan, the 256 v-appli. Very few phones can handle it, and it's not hard to see why.

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