News: Bangaioh Lego toys

August 30, 2003 11:52 PM PST

k0 / BS


A fellow by the name of k0 has reconstructed the mechs from Bangaioh using legos! He's got both models, as well as the obligatory watermelon on the Bangaioh page. Kind of hard to believe that these were plain old Legos at one point (as it were), but here's the proof! Thanks to Brady Hartel for the link.

Philippe Lorin tells me that these are indeed not ordinary legos, but rather another brand (he offers the possibility of Kubrick) popular to japan.


Download: Bloody Cross v.2

August 30, 2003 11:41 PM PST

Byulbram / BS


Byulbram has released his Bloody Cross demo as promised! The download page is here. There are three characters playable in this version - seems the game is nearly complete! Thanks to GP32 Notebook for the news and the image.


News: Ghost Trick

August 30, 2003 11:35 PM PST

Ghoul Realm / BS


Here's a nifty flash game: Ghost Trick, based on the G&G minigame from SvC Match of the Millennium for Neo Geo Pocket Color. It's actually been updated a bit, and is just as addictive as the original. Only problem is that he attributes the game to Capcom, rather than SNK. Nitpick! Thanks to K J N of the S:NGP Boad for the link.


News: Interlude anime

August 30, 2003 11:23 PM PST

NEC IC / BS


The popular NEC Interchannel parallel novel Interlude is going to be animated! So says Moon Phase. Winter of 2004 is the planned date, but there's no info as to whether this will be an OVA or TV animation. The visual style and in-game sequencing was dynamic and unusual, so it will be quite something to see how they address this in animation. Thanks to Zepy for the link.


Error: Daewoo/Dayu

August 30, 2003 1:20 PM PST

insert credit / BS


Horrible error in the post regarding Square-Enix's new MMORPG - I attributed it to Daewoo, stated in Techside's report as a Chinese company. Daewoo is based in Korea, so this seemed odd. Here's why - It's actually Dayu, a Taiwanese company. The reading is the same, thus the confusion. Dayu's English name is Softstar, and they are the biggest game company in Taiwan. The rest of the information holds. Thanks to Tu Cuc and others for this information.


Review: Madden NFL 2004

August 29, 2003 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / tim rogers


Tim constructs a spectator's review of a game based on a spectator's sport. It works, if you change your damn paradigm for once. DO IT. But I kid. I'm sure you're all very paradigm shifty.


News: Alice Senki

August 29, 2003 11:46 PM PST

Yume no Tsuzuki / BS


Doujin group Yume no Tsuzuki has got a new fighting game on the scene - it's called Alice Senki, and takes characters from various games made by Alice Soft over the years. Alice was one of the first dedicated H-game companies around, so it's very interesting to finally see an homage of sorts. For those who want to try it out, check this page and download the first link (the game) and the second (the music). Thanks to Canned Zepy for the news.


News: Seiklus

August 29, 2003 11:18 PM PST

Clysm / BS


For the fans of classic american/european adventure games, try Seilkus, a game made using the Game Maker by Mark Overmars. Clysm is the author of this particular game - he is desirous of feedback, please do give him some (constructive only, need I say?). Thanks to E_Megas' forum post for the news.


News: River City Breaks

August 29, 2003 3:22 PM PST

walled city / VD


Tomorrow, Walled City (home of ever-interesting aural and visual exhibits) begins hosting River City Breaks. Lasting until August 11th, a collection of art inspired by River City Ransom provides commentary on our generation that has grown up with gaming. Or maybe it's just the artist making sprite-rip comics on canvas. Who knows. Still, itlooks interesting, to say the least, especially the "NESVISION" that supposedly "will allow multiple viewers to interact with the source material for the exhibition in a controlled environment..." I hope that doesn't just mean a TV, NES, and two controllers. I expect Los Angeles gamers (I know you're out there!) to check it out and/or show up at the reception (themed foods?! special beer!) next Saturday...


News: Bujingai

August 28, 2003 11:59 PM PST

Taito / BS


The Gackt videogame has been planned for some time. But nobody told me that Red Entertainment was developing, and Taito publishing. That makes all the difference. Quiter dude speculated back in July that the game would likely be a Devil May Cry hack-and-slash affair. I think he was half joking. But here we are...

The game is set in Taiwan, 20XX. The action is based off of hong-kong swordplay films, with an emphasis on the cinematics. Gackt's character will be able to run up walls and perform moves as though he were on wires - a form perfected by Meteor, Butterfly and Blade. He can use swords and such (combos of over 100 are possible), as well as various forms of magic. The director made sure to note that the magic is not so damaging as to upset balance in the game, though they're going to be very bright and showy. The graphics are...gorgeously colorful. Gackt will be doing the voice acting, and of course supplied his likeness for the title. The Game Watch link has the most images, but the official page on Red's side is here. Planned for a Winter 2003, 6800 yen release. Thanks to the many folks who sent this news in. Someone must know that there are...closet fans among the staff.


Rumor: Square Enix new MMORPG

August 28, 2003 11:38 PM PST

Square Enix / BS


Squenix has got some manner of new PC MMORPG in the works, according to this Techside report. Whether or not they can be trusted, I've no idea - this is their first update in two years. But according to their info, this is a new title under development in conjunction with Taiwan's largest game company, Softstar. It's planned for release in the Chinese market, which Square-Enix views as very important (with good reason, there's a lot of PC gaming over there). The character art is odd, but the in-game visuals are astoundingly stylish. No release or price info here, but I can tell you the title: Chou Bukyuu Taisen, or Great War of Chivalry. Most curious. Thanks to KennyL's forum post for the link.


News: SNK Playmore new info

August 28, 2003 11:24 PM PST

SNK Playmore / BS


SNK Playmore has put up a rather small number of updates - and here they are! First, you've got a character art update. Shin Gouki and Mr. Karate get the Nona treatment, and are the better for it. Next up, there's a clever press release, which outlines the fact that they'll be attending TGS, but aren't sure what they'll be showing there. Yet, they assure that it will be good. Brilliance! Last but not least, the oh wait, let's release it in October after all announcement for SvC Chaos home cart.


News: Radium GP32 port complete

August 28, 2003 11:11 PM PST

GP32 News / BS


According to GP32 News, the work on Radium, the 3rd person shooter for GP32, has been completed. At this point, it's up to Gamepark to release it!


Off-Topic: Tim sells (nearly) his entire game collection

August 28, 2003 11:04 PM PST

tim rogers


Tim is moving to japan soon, perhaps never to return to his current residence. So he's selling off his game collection, which you can view here. There are some further details if you'd like to purchase anything (half off gamestop used price). Don't say I never did anything for you, tim.


News: Space Invaders not coming to the US

August 27, 2003 11:59 PM PST

Sammy Studios / BS


In a giant feat of staff collaboration today - Chris Kohler discovered that Sammy Studios' translation of the Japanese PS2 game Space Raiders is only hitting the UK, not the US. It will be a budget release there, however. Mathew Kumar, our euro correspondent, has seen the game at ECTS, and informs me that the voices are entirely redubbed in english. Since this is a euro only release, I wonder - is it the Queen's english?


News: Castlevania TVCM

August 27, 2003 11:43 PM PST

Medama Soft / TR


Game Watch has released some images and info from the TVCM for Castlevania: Lament of Innocence, which will air in Japan this September. Marketing director Seiichi Ishigaki said that it was unanimously decided that this Sonin girl should bring her bright, energetic form to the commercial. More to the point, it's all an elaborate ruse to get her into that costume.


News: Missing Parts to PS2

August 27, 2003 11:25 PM PST

FOG / SM


FOG is re-releasing the first three installments of their moderately popular detective visual novel Missing Parts. The game was designed for the DC, but is making the inevitable move to the PS2 - the first three chapters will be on one disc (called Side A) and released 11/27. Side B; chapters 4-6, will be released in spring - both will cost 6800 yen.


News: GP32 Euro release details

August 27, 2003 10:59 PM PST

GP32 News / BS


GP32 News has revealed a bit of info regarding the european release of the GP32 in their talk with Mitsui at the German Game Conference. Nothing surprising in there, but worth a look to confirm your suspicions.


News: Karate Champ revived

August 26, 2003 11:46 PM PST

Success / BS


At the Classic Gaming Expo, Scott and myself spent most of our time playing a Karate Champ arcade cabinet. I mentioned that now that Data East is dead, someone should pick it up and bring it to a console. Scott said; 'hell - they could put in on a cellphone!' I thought that was a crazy idea. Turns out it wasn't. Success has brought the venerable 1984 arcade game to new life on cellphones in Japan! Only 150 yen! Pretty damn good.


News: Space Raiders coming to the UK!

August 26, 2003 11:27 PM PST

Sammy Studios / BS


Sammy Studios is bringing Taito's Space Invaders legacy-successor Space Raiders to the UK as Space Invaders: Invasion Day. With any luck the title will hit the US as well - with a little more, the dialogue will be retained in the original Japanese. ECTS will reveal all, as that's where the game will be first displayed.


News: Tetris Grand Master Series

August 26, 2003 11:10 PM PST

Arika / BS


Arika has put up some movies of their recent arcade game Tetris Grand Master. These movies (top two links) are akin to shooter replays in their astoundingness. Worth a look or two.


News: GP32 FLU out of production

August 26, 2003 11:03 PM PST

GP32 News / BS


Looks like the Front Light Unit for the GP32 will not be sold for some time, due to a shortage of parts. Sale will resume some time next year - so if you want one before then, best get one from Play Asia before they're gone.


Off-Topic: Sadako (Ring) flash

August 25, 2003 11:59 PM PST

Himitsu / BS


A fun flash for Ring fans and foes alike. The subject is Sadako, the malevolent girl-in-a-well/TV from the original Japanese version of The Ring. Compiled fan art makes her cute, even sexy. Scarier than the movie, I assure you. Thanks to Porcellino's MMCafe BBS post for the link.


News: Illusion models dissected

August 25, 2003 11:48 PM PST

Muki / BS


Another news bit sent in by Muki - here's a forum thread on ninja hacker regarding the models from Illusions games. It seems as though nearly any 3D program will allow you to view the characters in any condition - even sans skin. Plenty of info on various benchmarks in there as well (Yumeria, FFXI) if that interests you.


Download: Rakugaki Showtime

August 25, 2003 11:36 PM PST

Kiken / BS


Good ole Charles Mugg has got some new replays for you. This time they're linked to his personal livejournal. Rakugaki Showtime is the subject this time round - perhaps they're not so much replays as play demos, but they're some of the finest examples around of the coolest Treasure game you may never play.


News: ABA Games to the Mac!

August 25, 2003 11:27 PM PST

Adam / BS


A fellow by the name of Adam has ported ABA Games' fantastic skeletal shooters rRootage and Noiz2sa to the Mac. Doujin games for the proper Macintosh OS are few and far between, so give these a try if you swing that way. Thanks to highlandcattle's ic forum post for the news.


Off-Topic: Zombie Sim survivers

August 25, 2003 11:21 PM PST

Muki / BS


A fellow by the name of Muki sent us a couple of interesting images from the zombie simulator we linked on the 20th. Seems as though on two separate occasions, two groups of humans have simultaneously walled themselves off from zombie attack. The 'creepy double' image was taken after the sim had been running for several hours. Proof positive that one should never give up!

I have been informed by *ahem* several people that it's very common for humans to wall themselves up. Those shots were purportedly taken within one half hour. In another mail Michael Stearns says; "The only safe place from zombies is IN JAIL. So, do you choose to be turned into a zombie and live a life of partying and eating brains, or live out a [confined] existence in the arms of your burly man lover? What kind of hope is that?"

Point well taken, and no offense meant to the burly man lovers out there.


News: GC/GBA minigames and connectivity

August 25, 2003 11:15 PM PST

Nintendo / SM


Folks seem to be speculating about an announcement on the Sega website for Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg. One of the listed features is the ability to play a number of classic games on the GBA including "NiGHTS into Dreams, Puyo Pop, Chu Chu Rocket and more!" This has already been done with PSO 1&2, but some believe that there might be something else hidden in there as well.

Another article comments that connectivity is a buzzword that's been popping up a lot. The author describes the many new gaming possibilities of "connectivity (tsunagari)" including connections between arcades and home, communications with the GBA etc. This leads into two links on the connectivity features of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles and F-Zero. These examples are meant to show the endless possibilities of connectivity. A few bits for us to speculate about ourselves.


News: DC AVG titles delayed

August 24, 2003 11:48 PM PST

Sega / SM


The release dates for Song of the Wind (Kaze no uta) and Lien~ your never ending song (Lien~owaranai kimi no uta) PC ports for the DC have been delayed. Wind has been pushed back to 10/30 and Lien until 11/27. It looks like Wind has updated CG scenes and Lien is being promoted as a "perfect remake." Both delays were about a month. Mature gamers only on these ones.


News: Chikuchiku Beach images

August 24, 2003 11:35 PM PST

Illusion / BS


Indeed, a slew of new imagery from the Sexy Beach 2 expand disc Chiku Chiku beach. The game's dedicated page is here, but that front page is the only one that's work safe. Thereafter it's up to your own discretion.


News: Wildcat images, downloads

August 24, 2003 11:19 PM PST

Wildcat Software / BS


Korean doujin group Wildcat Software has put up some new images of Xtreme Duel, as well as a winamp skin and an MP3 of the theme from Mortal Kombat Zero. Find it all right here!


News: Yoke Yoke further details

August 24, 2003 11:13 PM PST

FaMe Soft / BS


FaMe Soft have revealed some further info regarding Yoke Yoke, their upcoming GP32 puzzler. New work-in-progress photos up, as well as gameplay details - looks like there are lots of secrets to be found! Check it out here.


News: GP32 Europe

August 24, 2003 11:09 PM PST

GP32 Europe / BS


GP32 Europe has a tentative homepage set up. Not much to look at just yet, but nice to know it's there.


Feature: The Making Of Street Fighter II (or, Writing is Rewriting)

August 23, 2003 11:46 PM PST

insert credit / Chris Kohler


In a land where time has no meaning (Book-Off), a sacred warrior (Chris) finds a volume of knowledge (Street Fighter II Complete File) that changes the world as he (Chris) knows it. Are you (audience) ready to embark on this epic journey of revelation (link)?


Feature: Edinburgh International Games Festival

August 23, 2003 11:46 PM PST

insert credit / Mathew Kumar


Inside, Harry Gregson-Williams demonstrates himself as the true power behind the throne, Miyamoto says "Hello" to "Edinburgh", and David McCarthy doesn't like the cocktail he buys... all this and more in an exciting installment of EIGF coverage.


News: Nokia N-Gage Special Forces

August 23, 2003 11:46 PM PST

Nokia / BS


It speaks for itself.


Feature: Journalism: the Videogame

August 21, 2003 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / various


Game journalism is in something of a bad way. You know this as well as I. But there are a few bright points out there, some glimmers of hope for our particular medium. The grand majority of those interested in the advancement of this field of writing have gathered here to discuss what we can do and what we have already done. Participants include eric-jon, chris kohler, tycho brahe (sic), nich maragos, tim rogers, jane pinckard, kyle orland, micheal french, tom keller and fenegi (sic) and myself. Seriously - we want to change things. Perhaps make a little bit of a difference somewhere. Give it a read, won't you?


News: The Shooting: Double Sheinryu

August 21, 2003 11:47 PM PST

D3 publisher / BS


D3 publisher has put up a page for the latest in their Simple 2000 series; The Shooting: Double Shienryu. As previously stated, the game contains the original 2D Shienryu, as well a new game; Sheinryu Explosion. The original Shienryu is purported to be an arcade perfect translation, for the first time. It may not have the nifty bells and whistles of the console versions, but will be bigger and badder in other ways. The new title is to be 3D, with three different types of ship. There are also six characters selectable - if you meet certain conditions, each has their own special bonus stage. I'm liking the stocky 'where's my torso?' character design already. You can preorder the game here - it's planned for a September 24 release. Thanks to Triggerzone for the link.


News: Kanosshu 2 -Triangle Vacation-

August 21, 2003 11:35 PM PST

GC Maple / BS


Kanosshu 2 is the second in the something-of-a-series of Twinkle Star Sprites games with Key characters as interpreted by GC Maple. Quite a mouthful, at that. The game is in v1.0, being sold through their site - or if you prefer, you may try the demo here (direct link). On the aforelinked page, you may also check out their other doujin works and the demos thereof. Thanks to the magical zepy for the links.


News: Shinseiki Evangelion 2

August 21, 2003 11:29 PM PST

2 channel / SM


New information on the PS2 game Shinseiki Evangelion 2 has gotten out. The game is approximately 50% done and the development is being handled by Alfa System. There will be a new puzzle system called "Shibamura Tech Balance." Each character will have a memory of the events that have happened within the game. Depending on one's actions in conversation the other players impression will change over the game. The movie scenes will be in 2D, while the movement and battle scenes will be in 3D. At first the player will control Shinji, but there is also the possibility of being able to control Rei and Asuka. Regarding the name, Mr Anno said they gave it the "2" because they felt it suited the game well. Bandai expects the game to be released in November of 2004.


News: R-Type Final to Europe

August 21, 2003 11:18 PM PST

Metro 3D / BS


Metro 3D is indeed bringing the final R-Type to Europe January 2004. The full announcement is right here. Good news for PALies.


News: Playmore update

August 21, 2003 11:09 PM PST

SNK Playmore / BS


Two new bits of character art have been added to the SvC Chaos character page - Mars People and Zero, looking very interesting in Nona's inimitable style. Some bad news as well though - several titles have been delayed. The SvC Chaos home cart is not to be released until December 11th (vs October), Metal Slug Advance is now 'winter', and KOF 2001 PS2 is October 23rd - which will assuredly delay the US dual-release as well. Troublesome.


News: Nintendo bits

August 21, 2003 11:04 PM PST

Nintendo / SM


Watch out Apple, Nintendo has continued releasing brand new tasty colored Game Boy models. The newest GBA SPs are available in Pearl Blue and Pink and will retail on Sept. 5 for 12500 yen.

The GC RPG Baten Kaitos website has been updated. This includes information on the characters, story and world.


Off Topic: Zombie infection simulator

August 20, 2003 11:37 PM PST

Kevan / BS


Kevan's zombie infection simulator has hit version two. It's a rather neat java app in which you see how long a group of humans can hold out against a mass of slower zombies. Some have suggested that the end is inevitable, as the human's cannot escape their small city-box. But Undead Fred proved otherwise, as some humans in his run holed themselves up in a building and survived there. Rather a fun thing to run on the side. Thanks to .juan// for the link.


Play Asia: PS2->neo converter

August 20, 2003 11:24 PM PST

Play Asia / BS


A neat new nostalgia product: the PS2 to neo geo controller converter, which allows PS1/2 controllers to be used on NG and NG CD consoles. You can assign the d-pad function to the analog stick, which makes some sense. Got turbo/autofire on it too. Not a bad way to go.


News: Killer 7 pics

August 20, 2003 11:24 PM PST

Grasshopper Manufacture / BS


Jeux France has gotten ahold of some images from Killer 7 for the Gamecube. Always good things from Grasshopper Manufacture, who have a new soundtrack available for Silver. Check some samples (not of that album, but of the previous three releases) at the nifty jukebox area.


News: DB WSC pics

August 20, 2003 11:18 PM PST

Magicbox / BS


The Magicbox has 'appropriated' some images of the new DB game for the SwanCrystal. It's a remake of the Famicom game! Brilliant! And I do mean that.


News: Random bits

August 20, 2003 11:13 PM PST

various / SM


English developer HotHouse Creations has will be developing a game for the Konami brand. It's expected to be released for the PS2, PC and Xbox in 2005. They've already released Casino Inc. under Konami.

Bandai will be releasing several titles for AT&T Wireless' imode based mMode java service. The four titles will be "G-Fighter Air Battle," "SD Gundam Battle," "Airstrip Landing" and "Climber Panic."


News: SvC Chaos drink discovery

August 20, 2003 11:09 PM PST

insert credit / CK


The Chris Kohler has discovered the secret behind the recently-posted SvC Chaos energy drink. He writes:
There's a popular brand of vitamin-energy-BS-drink called ESUCAPPU. This is pronounced, of course, like "s cap" which is the abbreviation for "SNK vs. Capcom".

So it's a joke.

A very cute one though.


Site News: Forums back up

August 19, 2003 11:57 PM PST

insert credit / Ryan Hoegg


The forums have returned! Go talk about stuff.


News: Hoihoi game details

August 19, 2003 11:51 PM PST

Konami / BS


New info on the game system for hoihoi san. Seems you're on mission-based bug-blasting campaigns, interspersed with ADV/anime parts. The character section is also up. There are five voice actresses for hoihoi san herself! Curious! Thanks to Rid for the link.


News: Capcom VS SNK figures

August 19, 2003 11:46 PM PST

High Dream / BS


High Dream has put up some prototypes of their upcoming line of CvS toys. Bear in mind the only real items here are the costumes, heads and accessories. The bodies you see are not indicative of the final look of the...well...dolls. Thanks to Dr Baghead for the link.


News: SvC Chaos: Energy Drink

August 19, 2003 11:32 PM PST

GaiaX / BS


Curious photo - originates here. It is real? A mockup? It may not even matter. It was brought to my attention by Gen's MMCafe BBS post. Dash no Chris wins the catch-phrase contest: Not a Drink. Beverage!!


News: Iridion 3D&II AST released

August 19, 2003 11:25 PM PST

Shin'en / BS


Shin'en has released their arranged soundtrack for the Iridion series of games. Comes with a 'behind the scenes' inlay, and some videos and things as well. Check out the details and some samples at the official page.


News: Abopa sale!

August 19, 2003 11:13 PM PST

Abogado Powers / BS


Indeed. Versatile H-game makers Abogado Powers have reduced prices on all of their games by at least 1,000 yen, bringing them soundly into the realm of the almost-near-reasonable price range. Hard to say whether or not any import retailers will reflect the price drop, which lasts until October 10th. We shall see. If you've never played an Abogado Powers game, try out their shooter Tobi D+vine from 2001. The free 1-stage demo is here.


Feature: Game endings

August 19, 2003 11:21 AM PST

insert credit / tim rogers


Tim on videogame endings: We don't need the Videogame Ending anymore. We've probably known this for more than a few years, I'd wager. It's just that no one wants to admit that it's dying.
It's a good one, you'll like it.

This followed by Tim's eleven best videogame endings, which...actually has a lot more than eleven games in it.


News: Dovez

August 18, 2003 11:51 PM PST

Intergenies / BS


Triggerzone just linked to a homebrew shooter by the name of Dovez. Horizontally scrolling German made game with a nifty art design. So far there are some screens up, as well as an mp3 and some movies to download. Intergenies was at the Games Convention, so if any reader has further info on the game, please be sure to share it.


News: Comic Market 64 report

August 18, 2003 11:35 PM PST

Canned Dogs / BS


Zepy has posted some impressions of (and links to demos from) the doujin gaming goods found at Comic Market 64, Japan's largest amateur games/manga/anime convention. Topics include Team Shanghai Alice's full Perfect Cherry Blossom release, Duoprincess and Eternal Fighter Zero: Bad Moon Edition. Keep checking his site for more updates on this.


Assist: Rid Hershel in peril!

August 18, 2003 11:23 PM PST

Rid Hershel / BS


Rid's game news site has been unexpectedly shut down by Tripod. If any fans of his work and interests are about, you might want to email him (remove the obvious bit) if you can offer some type of free hosting. We could do it ourselves if we could properly learn how.


News: GP32 tetris games recalled

August 18, 2003 11:11 PM PST

GP32 Extreme / BS


Good old corporations. GP32 Extreme has been forced to remove links to all freeware titles which have any relation to Tetris in name. This edict came from Glenn D. Bellamy of Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC on behalf of The Tetris Company, LLC. Certainly it is their right to request this. But how much money can they be losing to a few thousand GP32 users? Feel free to tell me I'm out of line here.

OK, so I am out of line. It's interesting regardless. If we still had a forum, we could discuss it there.


News: Chou Aniki keitai

August 18, 2003 11:04 PM PST

Success / BS


With all of the Chou Aniki fury these days, seems only natural that a cellphone game would be released. Only 150 yen! Doesn't look like there's much of anything to it though.


Site News: Forums down

August 17, 2003 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / BS


The forums are indeed down, but should be up rather shortly. Luckily this has nothing to do with the hacking attempts, so fear not. Should be back to normal within a day or so.


News: Komugi to PS2

August 17, 2003 11:57 PM PST

KID / BS


At the recent Comiket, KID announced that they would be bringing Nurse Witch Komugi Chan to the PS2. Of course, since it's KID, we can pretty much expect it to be an AVG. Keep your fingers crossed for something a bit more inventive. Here's the promo ad that was being handed out - hosted on anime news site Moon Phase. Thanks to momotato for the links.


News: bobobo~bo bo~bobo

August 17, 2003 11:51 PM PST

Hudson / BS


Hudson has put up a site for their new GBA bobobo game. This one has the subtitle: Shinken Battle. Check the site for wackiness - given that it's flash, I can't link you around. But minigames, battle system and much more can be perused.

Chris Kohler just sent me the embarrassing truth - it's shinken battle, not janken as I'd previously stated. Janken is funnier - maybe I should start a petition.


News: Phantom details released

August 17, 2003 11:42 PM PST

Infinium Labs / BS


A movie has been uploaded to the Phantom website - it shows a little something as far as what the system can do, and...other bits. Like Bikini Karate Babes. There's an interview here, conducted by new infinium partners Gigex.


News: Summon Night 3 translation

August 17, 2003 11:34 PM PST

Ayashii Gamesubs / BS


The wiley Alamone has just put up a page which indicates that he plans to make a fan translation Summon Night 3 for PS2. Good news for Flight-Plan fans, as the game will very certainly not make it to western shores.


"Review": Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

August 16, 2003 6:05 PM PST

insert credit / Shepard Saltzman


Last week Shep began pestering me about a ffta review. He wanted to write one, that is. I said ok - been out for a while though. No sir, he was talking about the american release on 8/9! Not one day later he discovered that the true release date was 9/8. Feeling sheepish, he wrote a review anyway, in true IGN style. All in all, we wind up with a good tongue-in-cheek read, so who's complaining?


News: 1up zine

August 16, 2003 6:00 PM PST

1up Zine / BS


Just a lil plug. I bought all three issues of 1up Zine at the classic gaming expo last weekend, and was really quite impressed. This was particularly true of the first issue, which has a very sentimental, personal and even dark bent to it. The second two issues are far more traditional as zines go, but the first is a nearly unforgettable read. It costs seven dollars, but is really worth your while. You'll see what I mean.


News: Quartett

August 16, 2003 5:53 PM PST

Littlewitch / BS


H-game makers Littlewitch have put up some info for their newest PC work: Quartett. As usual with these fellows, it would be much nicer if they made non-H games - but that character art is compelling none the less.


Download: Soushun [~tsutaetai koto~]

August 16, 2003 5:48 PM PST

Black Box / BS


Doujin group Black Box has released a movie of their upcoming PC game Soushun. The movie has been released in high and low versions (with low mirror) on the linked site. Thanks to zepy for the news.


News: Bistro Cupid 2

August 16, 2003 5:34 PM PST

Success / BS


The Bistro Cupid site has been updated with nearly all of the info it's going to get prior to the 8/28 XBOX/PS2 simultaneous release. The pre-release buzz for this game seems to be so good that a second comic is being released two days before the games! If certain people fulfill their promise, we should have a review of this one in due course.


Site News: Hax0red

August 15, 2003 11:48 PM PST

someone mean / BS


Yeah - our server was under direct ddos attack for a while there, which is why the site went down for a few hours. Word from the server side is that it was likely not a single person, but rather a group. Further, they have reason to believe that this is not the end - there may well be further attempts at a takeover...or whatever the objective is. So. If you have any info about this, please let us know. It's just not very nice.


News: KID news

August 15, 2003 11:37 PM PST

KID / BS


KID's got some neat new stuff going on. First of all, announced at the latest Comiket: Memories Off Mix. The game features girls and stories from several of the previous games in the popular series, and the ability to play through various scenarios in new context. There's also a puzzle mode, and a character driven mahjong game. It's planned for a 6800 yen PS2 release within the year. Interestingly, the genre they list is "Memories Off variety". Not too many other games in that field, eh?

Another bit from KID, the Natsu Yume site has been renewed. The game is coming out in just two weeks - check out that art design (example left). There's an opening movie for you to download if your interest has been piqued. And hey look! You can purchase it here! Shocked, aren't you?


News: rRootage update

August 15, 2003 11:21 PM PST

ABA Games / BS


Good ole ABA Games have released a new version of the fantastic windows doujin shooter rRootage. Adjusted bullet patterns and such...worth a download. Thanks to Lech for mentioning this in the forums.


News: Yoke Yoke delayed

August 15, 2003 11:13 PM PST

FaMe Soft / BS


According to Don Miguel, FaMe Soft's GP32 puzzler Yoke Yoke has hit some rough road. The game will not be finished until September (planned), and released sometime thereafter. It is still possible that we may see a few teasers for the new RPG before that time, however.


News: Border Down new video

August 15, 2003 11:02 PM PST

G.rev / BS


Yet another new video of Border Down for DC. Stage 6, this time. Guess this is a 'try before you buy' scenario.


News: Ikaruga Discordance Axis

August 14, 2003 6:57 PM PST

Hydrahead Records / BS


My pal Matt Ritona just linked me to this video. It's a song called Ikaruga by the grindcore(ish) band Discordance Axis. The video is from their recent DVD, and features footage from various shooters in very short bursts. This is the same band that covered Sega's Bass Fishing theme. Apparently their live shows are full of this stuff. (ok - not all of their shows. But...one, at least!)


News: Bloody Cross Official

August 14, 2003 6:57 PM PST

Byulbam Creatures / BS


Byulbram has just opened the official page for his upcoming GP32 fighter Bloody Cross. There are lots of images, illustrations and sketches available at this time, as well as a wealth of new information. There will be between 8-10 fighters in the final version, four of which have been outlined on the site:

Jinsu: Republic of Korea/tae kwon do
Sakuraba Yuuka: Japan/judo
Shawn "Razor" Kent: USA/boxing
Devil Dagger: ?/?

There is a new playable demo planned for the 30th of august, and the finished game should be available by December!


News: ESP Galuda video

August 14, 2003 6:57 PM PST

eightone / BS


In their continuing coverage of the ESP Galuda location tests, Triggerzone has found a movie from the event. But it is a mirror once more, divorced from it's original source. Again, if you know who took the footage, please let me know so that I may give them their credit due. You can download the video from our servers right here in .zip form.

Thanks to everyone who emailed me about the source of the video. It's good ole 81, master of time, space and digital camera. Word on the street is he's got a new/better one coming up shortly. Fantabulous.


News: Building Space Invaders

August 14, 2003 6:57 PM PST

Tokyopia / BS


Tokyopia recently issued a report of one of the Space Invaders 25th anniversary events; 2-player Space Invaders on a 300-foot building! Once you get past that part, shield your eyes though - our own review is coming in a matter of days.


News: ESP Galuda location test

August 13, 2003 11:58 PM PST

Cave / BS


In further ESP Galuda news, Triggerzone has posted a link to a mirror of some ESP Galuda location test images. If anyone knows the whereabouts of the original report, please let me know and I will do my darndest to translate it.


News: Space Invaders 25 madness

August 13, 2003 11:47 PM PST

Taito / BS


Taito is not content to merely release a nifty game for the Space Invaders 25th anniversary. They've also got a whole slew of other crap to sell, with a nifty minigame-esque interface. There's a CD with that young peoples' electronic music, sneakers, bags (sold out), watches and other invader-y goods.


Download: Ys 6 video

August 13, 2003 11:33 PM PST

Falcom / BS


Falcom has released a new, very large video of Ys 6 for PC on 4gamer.net. This is the one to silence the skeptics, if anything can. Here's the direct link.


News: Shirachu Ninken Bu

August 13, 2003 11:24 PM PST

Taito / BS


Taito has updated the page for Shirachu Ninken Bu, their new mystery/AVG. The story seems sound (friends get a strange postcard inviting them to their childhood neighborhood), and the character art is engaging. The system page is the most recently updated. Looks like it uses some sort of dynamic stereo sound, though not official surround. If the game interests you, it can be purchased here.


Download: Border Down new video

August 13, 2003 11:13 PM PST

G.rev / BS


Another new Border Down video has been posted by Sega. Check it out here. Thanks to Triggerzone for the link.


News: ESPGaluda shots

August 12, 2003 11:58 PM PST

Cave / BS


Cave has posted four miniscule shots of their new arcade game ESPGaluda. The character profiles are also now available. Shaping up very well, so far.


News: Noise recruiting

August 12, 2003 11:37 PM PST

Noise / BS


Another bit I neglected sharing for a while - SNK affiliate Noise updated their site on the 31st of July. They are looking for four full-time employees, and one contract worker. They're looking for a 2D/3D programmer, a planner, 2D dot artist, and 3D designer in the full-time department. The contract worker is to be an apprentice, with aims on design and programming. Most interestingly, the programmer must be versed in PS2 and GBA environments. So maybe this is why they've been so silent lately.


Play Asia: weekly imports

August 12, 2003 11:24 PM PST

Play Asia / BS


Lots of new titles in at Play Asia - here are some personal highlights. RahXephon, bandai's latest anime-based mech shooter has been released for PS2 - there's also a bonus version with an extra DVD. Idea Factory's VS card battle RPG Cardinal arc is also out for ps2, along with Flight Wing's Summon Night 3. If you're some kind of crazy person you can go buy Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles for GC. In the budget releases we have the Konohana 2 AVG superlite, very decent game. The mighty Policenauts has been re-released as a PSOnebook as well.


News: Astroboy GBA

August 12, 2003 11:11 PM PST

Sega / BS


Sega/Hitmaker are developing a GBA game based on Tezuka's famous manga/anime series Astroboy. Check out some shots at Game Watch, and the official homepage. Thanks to Rid Hershel for the links.


News: Capcom titles cancelled

August 12, 2003 11:00 PM PST

Capcom / BS


Gamespot recently confirmed with Capcom the death of Dead Phoenix for GC, Red Dead Revolver for PS2 and Capcom Fighting Allstars for arcade. This is interesting considering the fact that Red Dead Revolver is supposed to be under development with independent funds. Here's hoping for an error in translation on that front. Thanks to Kusanagi's forum post for the link.


News: Goddess Saga

August 11, 2003 7:29 PM PST

Eternity / BS


A new Korean firm by the name of Eternity has just put up a page for their planned GP32 SRPG: Goddess Saga. The player-characters are (nearly?) exclusively female, and a high level of interaction is planned. Battles are strategic on a hex-grid pattern, with physical and magic attacks aplenty. In fact there will be an interesting combo system which may require multiple input on the player side. That last bit is unconfirmed. Battles will accommodate a rather large number of characters on both sides. The level-up system is based around job and class changing (seen here). The game uses true transparencies, and has an obviously high quality level graphically. The full gallery can be found here. The game is planned for a late 2003 release, so we've not long to wait! On a side note, there's also a download section on the main site. Nothing there yet, but it looks like soundtrack excerpts will soon be available here, as well as movies. Illustration and wallpaper sections appear to be planned as well. Thanks to GPzigi for the link, GP32 Notebook for the translation into Japanese.


News: Shikigami II GC page open

August 11, 2003 7:17 PM PST

Alfa System / BS


The official page for Shikigami no Shiro II GC has been opened. Lots of new info available as well. The Gamecube version will include all 7 characters from the arcade, and have a few playable modes. Arcade will take you through the full story mode, practice mode is basically score/stage attack. Unlockables include 'story recollect' mode, where you can hear/view the dialogue from the story, which should be worth something given the fact that they've hired some professional voice actors to do the voice. There will also be a gallery mode for the illustrations, et al. The game will feature TATE (vertical) mode, as the last one did - and this time in normal mode there will be an illustration of your character on the sidebars. Vibration and progressive scan are also to be available. The game is planned for an October 24th release at 6800 yen.

Thanks to Lech for the assist.


News: Gunsmoke Witch illustrated novel

August 11, 2003 7:09 PM PST

Alfa System / BS


Alfa System is releasing an illustrated (by Shikigami artist Norimitsu) novel based on the game Shikigami no Shiro II. This is the second such novelization for the series. The new book will be called Shikigami no Shiro Gunsmoke Witch, and stars Fumiko. Enterbrain's Famitsu Bunko is the publisher; they have quite a line-up of game related books and illustrated novels which is worth checking out on it's own. The plan is for an august 20th 640 yen release.


News: Space Channel 5 SE/VF4 evo

August 11, 2003 7:01 PM PST

Agetec / BS


Returning to the 'forgot to post about it last week' department, Agetec is planning to release Space Channel 5 parts 1 and 2 for PS2 in the US. Both games will be packaged together for the 'buy-it-or-die' price of $29.99. This glorious event will take place fall 2003.

Another bit of retail wonder - Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution will make it's US debut at only 19.99. Game comes out on the 13th; that's wednesday to you and me.


News: GP32 Tears page open

August 11, 2003 6:45 PM PST

Team DTR / BS


Team DTR has opened the new official page for their upcoming GP32 visual novel Tears: Another. In the 'information' section, you'll find new character images and an updated gallery. There's also a movie for download, and a new demonstration version. Preorders have begun under the 'buy' section at 10,000 won (under US $10) each. Final sale date is still undecided, however. Thanks to GP32 Notebook for the news.


News: Ragnarok Online Tactics

August 10, 2003 11:48 PM PST

Elemental Soft / BS


Doujin group Elemental Soft has just put up some new screens of their upcoming game Ragnarok Online Tactics. These are the fellows who created Super Majokko Taisen, the Super Robot Wars shoujo homage. Check the main page for the fantastic images. Thanks to Zepy for the news.


Download: Brief Karate new demo

August 10, 2003 11:29 PM PST

D.C.S. / BS


D.C.S. has released a new demo (direct link) of their otaku doujin fighter Brief Karate Foolish. There's a new character selectable, for all of your frightening gross-out needs.


News: Xtreme Duel

August 10, 2003 11:16 PM PST

Wildcat Software / BS


New image from Wildcat Software's doujin fighter Xtreme Dual. The character on the left is a hidden unlockable character - Mr. Dino. Odd, but...nice somehow.


News: chiyo chichi XX

August 10, 2003 11:05 PM PST

Ore no Ie / BS


Chiyo Chichi, that odd cat from from Azumaga Daioh is the star of this Guilty Gear-themed flash. Pity the guy on the right. Thanks to Jazzie for the news.


Review: Mario Golf Toadstool Tour

August 9, 2003 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / tim rogers


Tim loves him some Mario Golf. Hates it too though. You know how we do.


News: Subtle Style comiket

August 9, 2003 11:15 PM PST

Subtle Style / BS


Doujin group Subtle Style will be releasing a three character playable demo of their upcoming fighter at Comiket 64. And rather soon there will be a one character demo on the website. Check the dedicated page for a few more ridiculously gorgeous shots. Thanks again to the terrible zepy for the news.


News: Catsumanga Daioh

August 9, 2003 11:06 PM PST

taRo / BS


taRo has just released the new version of Catsumanga Daioh for GP32. The internet ranking is now enabled. The current top score may be unbeatable.


Download: Sandglass Story movie

August 9, 2003 10:54 PM PST

Ambivalence / BS


Ambivalence has released a new (9.8 meg) movie of their upcoming game Sandglass Story. The direct link is here, mirror here. Thanks to Zepy for the news.


News: DBZ to WSC

August 9, 2003 10:38 PM PST

Bandai / BS


According to various TGS lineup reports, Bandai will be unveiling a new DBZ title for the SwanCrystal at this year's Tokyo Game Show. The full title is Dragon Ball Z Legend of Goku, so let's hope it's not just a port of the GBA version. Further intelligence will reveal the truth.


Response: "Sex, Spies, and Videogames."

August 8, 2003 11:39 PM PST

insert credit / tim rogers / chris kohler


CBS's 60 Minutes II ran a story Tuesday night entitled "Sex, Spies, and Videogames." Insert Credit Reporter TIM ROGERS and Special Correspondent Chris Kohler had a little off-the-cuff conversation about it, complete with erratic punctuation. Listen in here if you like knowing what two fools have to say about various things.

Update: Original article link fixed.


News: Samurai Spirits Zero new videos

August 8, 2003 11:39 PM PST

Ocio Joven / BS


Thanks once again to Ocio Joven and Ocean, their correspondent in Japan, we've got seven more Samurai Spirits Zero videos for you. They're all still around 1.3~1.4 megs each, 15 second clips. So let's get to the goods:

Yoshitora VS Mina 1 - Yoshitora VS Mina 2 - Basara VS Shizumaru - Mina VS Shizumaru - Shizumaru VS Mina - Sogetsu VS Shizumaru - Yoshitora VS Kusageredo 2


News: Rainbow Region

August 8, 2003 8:06 PM PST

D-Craft / BS


In doujin news, D-Craft has released a vertical scrolling shooter based on the ever popular Air/Kanon characters. Rainbow Region is the name, and you take control of three characters, which are switchable on the fly. Movement is left-and-right only, but still an interesting game regardless. Thanks to zepy for the news.

Edit: the link is down - once it revives itself, I will post a link to the demo


Off-Topic: Mikomiko returns

August 8, 2003 8:06 PM PST

Nanashi / BS


The Mikomiko madness never ends! Here's a new flash regarding a fellow using the mikomiko nurse song in an interview. Ridiculous, even if you can't speak japanese. Far more hilarious if you can though. Thanks to one canned dog for the link.


News: Yonggary team new project

August 8, 2003 8:03 PM PST

Yonggary/Byolbagy's team / BS


Yonggary just let me know that his team will be releasing a demo of their newest work this week, assuming all goes well. It's a monopoly-style game for GP32.


Feature: Demon Castle Y: Oratorio of Extrapolation

August 7, 2003 11:53 PM PST

insert credit / eric-jon rössel waugh


Castlevania has been a jumble of a series ever since Konami started farming titles out to its various branches in the Gameboy era. 21 titles with another on the way, it takes a scrutinous eye to make sense of the entirety of the legacy, the purpose and the methods. Luckily, we're possessed of just such a scrutinous person in eric-jon. Spend some time with Demon Castle Y: Oratorio of Extrapolation.


News: KOF 2003 to MVS

August 7, 2003 11:35 PM PST

SNK Capcom / BS


Trieu has posted some info regarding KOF 2003. As usual, not revealing his sources - he states that KOF 2003 will hit arcades by December 2003 on the venerable old MVS. In many ways this is right in line with some of our greatest fears for the franchise. Time will tell.


News: Azu Race Daioh: Battle He~cho!

August 7, 2003 11:14 PM PST

Littlespace Software / BS


In the oldie-but-goodie department: Japanese doujin group Littlespace Software has created quite a game in Azu Race Daioh, based on the anime of the...quite similar name. The game is a four-player battle kart racer of epic proportions. Sort of. You can download the demo right here, or a demo movie here. Thanks to He||sing for the link.

Update: The game is actually 4-player simultaneous, much like Mario Kart 64 - thanks to Jazzie Kun for the correction.


News: GGXX #Reload Korean version

August 7, 2003 10:51 PM PST

YMB / BS


Just last week, Guilty Gear XX #Reload was released by YMB in Korea. The interesting thing is that the game comes with two extra backgrounds, an optional remixed soundtrack, and of course Korean voices. What's more, at 49,000 won, the game is more than $20 cheaper than it's Japanese counterpart. The image to the left is of the limited metallic boxed version. Check Ruliweb for the full box art, both limited and not-so-limited. Thanks to Shyeim's MMCafe BBS post for the news.


Review/Feature: FFDOG III: Final Fantasy IV

August 6, 2003 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / tim rogers


It's that time again. Get ready for the third installment of FFDOG, that lovable series in which young timothy rogers dons an orange scarf and pigtails and plays a final fantasy of some sort for twelve straight hours with a group of friends. Final Fantasy IV was the game of the evening - and the fellows might have enjoyed the game a bit too much. The resultant video journal can be found right here, streamlined for your viewing pleasure. The review is here, thick like the fallen dew. Please enjoy your videogame experience.


News: Xgamestation

August 6, 2003 11:46 PM PST

Nurve Networks / BS


Another new system on the horizon - but this is one you might actually be able to get excited about. The Xgamestation is a system for developers; it sports a low-end processor (near the C64/Atari 800 level), a few controller and eprom ports - that's about it. But it's positioning itself as the perfect device for classic amateur game home dev, with detailed programming guides and SDK. The system allows easy access to the single main board for custom modding, expansion or what-have-you. Optional accessories include backlit LCD display, Vector display, Atari 2600 and Xbox controller ports, with more to come. We'll hear a lot more from these guys in the coming weeks. Thanks to Billy T in the insert credit IRC channel for the link.


News: Shienryu revived

August 6, 2003 11:37 PM PST

Warashi / BS


Some info I inexplicably let slip for some time now. As Quiter reported earlier in the week, Japanese retailer Media Land has put up a preorder page for a new budget title by the name of The Shooting: Double Shienryu. This 2000 yen PS2 disc will contain the original shienryu, as well as a brand new title in Warashi's very solid, very straight shooter series. For info on the original, I direct your attention here.


News: Usagi Mahjong

August 6, 2003 11:23 PM PST

Warashi / BS


In other Warashi news, they seem to have fully revitalized themselves after over a year of stagnation. Behold Usagi - Yasei no (X)bai: Yamashiro Mahjong hen, their newest arcade title. Other than the X kanji that I was incapable of translating, this means roughly; Rabbit - Rough Tile: Mountain Castle Mahjong Compilation. The characters are all named after various animals. This two-on-two tag team mahjong title(!) should be in Japanese arcades now, so go get your action mahjong on.


News: Cakeshop GP32 info

August 6, 2003 11:08 PM PST

Team H.E. / BS


I got an email from reader RU, which offered a translation of the text on the Cake Shop site. Here's what Team H.E. had to say about their new GP32 title, vague though it may be.

"It's a game that uses simple interface to manipulate the main character to run a cake shop. Unlike other 'shop running sims' we got rid of all the rigid rules system and simplified the game system to make it fun."

What we can take from these words - this will be more action-oriented than anything. The sim elements will be downplayed, in favor of the minigame-esque appeal. Could be interesting.


News: Xtreme Dual additional images

August 6, 2003 11:01 PM PST

Wildcat Software / BS


Wildcat Software has re-uploaded the old WIP images of Xtreme Dual from April - you can find them here if you're so inclined. New shots coming soon, by all accounts.


News: Samurai Spirits Zero footage

August 5, 2003 11:58 PM PST

Ocio Joven / BS


Ocio Joven has put up four Samurai Spirits Zero taken by their agent in Japan at last weekend's beta test. There are four videos in total, each 15 seconds in length, and rather small in size (1.4 meg average). Check out the original post right here. The links are dead though, so I've uploaded them here; Character Selection - Yoshitora VS Kusageredo - Light Ukyo vs Yoshitora. The fourth video is still at large - if you've got it, send it over. Thanks to RainMakeR for sending the third video. I had originally credited Ocio Joven's work to someone else, but the error has been corrected.


News: Xtreme Duel, MKZero

August 5, 2003 11:41 PM PST

Wildcat Software / BS


The Korean doujin group XD Marine Team has changed their name to Wildcat Software, and updated their page with some new info (found in their Free Board - where you'll see some oddly familiar references). The game will have 12 main characters, at least 1 hidden character and a final boss (unplayable?). Very detailed animation and a sci-fi theme (it's based on a manga written by my contact).

Mortak Kombat Zero is still being produced as well, not put on hiatus as I'd previously reported. The sprites have been redone, with a much more jaggy polygon look (while still being in 2D).

If they can get additional programmers, they plan to port the games to GP32 - so keep your fingers crossed. New sprite images for Xtreme Dual will be released very soon. More info as it comes.


News: Mosh flash

August 5, 2003 11:35 PM PST

traum4tized / BS


Here's an interesting headbanging rhythm game from Swedish traum4tized. It's a bit buggy, but fun for a few go-throughs. As added clicking incentive the headbanger is a very well designed anime-esque goth girl. Unfortunately the highest scores reported are due to the game getting stuck in frenzy mode. Thanks to .Juan// for the news.


Play Asia: GGXX fighting stick

August 5, 2003 11:26 PM PST

Play Asia / BS


Play Asia is now stocking the new GGXX Custom fighting stick for PS2, with buttons customized for the GG series. And Dragon Drive ships friday!


News: Capcom Fighting Allstars cancelled

August 5, 2003 11:15 PM PST

Capcom / BS


Capcom seems to have definitively cancelled Capcom Fighting Allstars. Unfortunately, the actual announcement is now a 404. So, is it really cancelled even now? This game may never rest.


News: Tot info

August 5, 2003 11:08 PM PST

GP32 News / BS


Via their Treebuds contacts, GP32 News have discovered some new info about Tot, Treebuds' latest Action/adventure game. It will indeed be released for GP32, not PC, available in both Korean and English on a 32 meg SMC. In the middle of august they will unveil the full website. In september, the demo. In October, the full game.


News: Fire&Fire new version

August 4, 2003 11:45 PM PST

Team Icon / BS


Fine from Team Icon just let me know that a new version of Fire&Fire will be released for GP32 this weekend. They're adding an internet ranking ala Tailzone.


News: SvC Chaos for DC

August 4, 2003 11:03 PM PST

SNK Playmore / BS


Edit (8/4/2003): Reported on forums across the globe by now, SNK Playmore has sent out a form letter response to several persons who inquired about the possibility of SvC Chaos seeing a Dreamcast release. If that's something you feel is important, send an email to info@snkplaymore.com info@snkplaymore.co.jp, as they said they will gauge the need for such a port by the number of responses they receive.


News: Team Athena (Bug Eyed Monster)

August 3, 2003 11:56 PM PST

Team Athena / BS


Team Athena was the group within Treebuds (Article Seezak) that programmed Story of Bug Eyed Monster, the forthcoming visual novel for GP32. That game is still planned for an end-of-month release, but now Team Athena has gone off on it's own. In fact, the game is no longer even being released in conjunction with Treebuds.

Now that they've got their own site, they've released some images from Story of BEM - including some screens of the minigames. Looks as though there's a memory tile game, as well as an RPG-ish portion. They've also announced a new game; The Sentinel. No word on whether this is GP32 or PC software just yet. More on Team Athena and their projects, assuming they can be contacted. Thanks to GP32 Notebook for the news and images.



   

News: Frontal Assault

August 3, 2003 11:41 PM PST

Frontal Assault / BS


Here's an odd game that comes from the same competition as the Dismount games we mentioned yesterday. Frontal Assault is a sort of action/puzzle game in which you must...slap these breasts in certain patterns before move icons fall past the screen. Rather disturbingly addictive. Thanks to A_Lee_N for the news.

As always with this sort of thing, I'm not sure whether to be offended or simply to laugh. What would Jane say?


News: tot

August 3, 2003 11:33 PM PST

Treebuds / BS


GP32 developers Treebuds have announced their first PC game; tot. There's little info on the game at this point, other than an ambiguous blurb similar to the one used for Mill. News will come.




News: Cake Shop

August 3, 2003 11:26 PM PST

Team H.E. / BS


Team H.E., aside from releasing a new version of Avoid, has also announced a new game for the GP32 - this one by the name of Cake Shop. If you can read the info text, please let me know. More as it comes. Thanks to GP32 News for the link.


News: Metal Slug Advance images

August 3, 2003 11:15 PM PST

jeux france / BS


Jeux France has put up some images of Metal Slug Advance for GBA. While not acquired legally, they're certainly informative.


News: SvC Chaos for DC

August 3, 2003 11:03 PM PST

SNK Playmore / BS


Reported on forums across the globe by now, SNK Playmore has sent out a form letter response to several persons who inquired about the possibility of SvC Chaos seeing a Dreamcast release. If that's something you feel is important, send an email to info@snkplaymore.com info@snkcapcom.co.jp, as they said they will gauge the need for such a port by the number of responses they receive.


Feature: KOF, please

August 3, 2003 2:13 AM PST

insert credit / Eric-Jon Rössel Waugh


It's August. By now, we should have heard something about the King of Fighters 2003. But we've gotten nothing, not even a positive murmur. This could take some figuring out - and Eric-Jon is just the man to do it. He lays the clues out on the table, but answers are...


News: Truck Dismount

August 2, 2003 11:42 PM PST

Dismount / BS


It's time for Truck Dismount, the sequel to the popular Finnish amateur game Stair Dismount. Make a truck crash with remarkable physics, gaining points for critical damage. Quite addictive and quite free. Well worth your time.

Thanks to A_Lee_N for pointing out that these games are not flash, but hard coded games. My mind was still on Mikomiko nurse.


Play Asia: SvC Chaos, Pokemotion

August 2, 2003 11:36 PM PST

Play Asia / BS


Play Asia has got their SvC Chaos preorders up! Only $339 and that bad boy of a home cart can be yours. The game is still planned for an October 9th release in Japan.

On other odd news, there's an interesting Pokemon wand - official product from Nintendo. You kind of...shake the thing in the air, and different Ruby or Sapphire related pokemon, out of 200, are resultant from the movement of the LEDs. There's a quiz game to play, basically Pokemon identification, as well as a 'communication mode', in which you can have conversations with Pikachu. Check out more images at the Pokemotion website.


News: R-Type net ranking

August 2, 2003 11:23 PM PST

Irem / BS


Irem's net-ranking page for R-Type Final is up. Do us all proud.


News: STG spiele

August 2, 2003 11:17 PM PST

Ahiga / BS


T-Mobile Germany has put up a nifty download page for oldschool shooter-themed homebrews. Lots of good stuff in here, largely Space Invaders, Galaxian or R-type based homages. Thanks to Triggerzone for the news.


News: Mikomiko addiction

August 2, 2003 11:09 PM PST

Ahiga / BS


The Miko madness has reached a fever pitch. The original, the MP3, the Chou Aniki inspired flash, and now this. It documents the phenomenon really. It's a flash about...watching the flash. Enjoy. Thanks to Dr. Ian for the link.


Feature: Famiclones: a guide to pirate Famicom fighters.

August 2, 2003 1:13 PM PST

insert credit / chris kohler


This is the final chapter in our strange Famicom tribute-style feature. Chris Kohler has played through the best (worst?) of the Famicom pirate fighters, rated them with a semi-nonsensical scoring system, all from the comfort of an emulator. A half-assed approach to half-assed games, with pleasing results. BREAK A SPINE R....


News: Type-Moon returns!

August 1, 2003 11:48 PM PST

Type-Moon / BS


Not too long ago this would have been another doujin update. But Type-Moon has moved from the amateur sector into the professional, and now they've announced a game to prove it! Fate: Stay Night is a visual novel for PC, planned for release within 2003, price undetermined. Very nice art and CG to look at for the time being. Should be pretty interesting, considering how much they have to prove. They are one of the first, if not the first company to make the crossover in this way. Thanks to Zepy (Canned Dogs) for the link.


News: Sexy Beach 2 expansion

August 1, 2003 11:35 PM PST

Illusion / BS


Illusion has announced a character expansion disc for Sexy Beach 2, featuring three new characters and some new scenarios. It's called ChikuChiku Beach, an onomatopoeia which I will not describe. They're selling for 3800 yen on august 12th. You can check out the page for the expansion right here. It's about as work safe as an Illusion link is going to get.

In other news, the snapshot contest has received over 500 shots - there are now six pages of the best and brightest up there.


News: FaMe Soft RPG elements confirmed

August 1, 2003 11:21 PM PST

FaMe Soft / BS


I got a bit more info regarding FaMe Soft's upcoming GP32 RPG project! The previously mentioned title 2 ways is actually a working title. 'Ways' may be a poor translation, says programmer Don Miguel - 'paths' or 'roads' may be more accurate. And the '2' in the title is intended to be a runic symbol. But as for actual details; it's an original RPG aimed towards adults. There will be adult themes and subject matter, though he's not sure about how Gamepark will censor it. The graphics will be more realistic, and not so anime based. More info as it comes!


News: Katamari Damashii

August 1, 2003 11:17 PM PST

Namco / BS


In other Namco news, they've put up the official page for Katamari Damashii - a game controlled with both analog sticks. You control the prince (the green fellow), and roll a giant thing around, collecting...other things. Definitely different. Thanks to Video Fenky for the news.


News: Tales of Phantasia TVCM

August 1, 2003 11:12 PM PST

Namco / BS


Namco just released footage of their Tales of Phantasia (GBA) TV commercial. There's also an omake movie of the detailed animation from the commercial, sans the intercutting bits. Thanks to Rid Hershel for the news.


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