Feature: Atomiswave previews

September 30, 2003 11:58 PM PST

insert credit / mathew kumar / brandon sheffield

Mathew played quite a few Atomiswave games at ECTS. I played my fair share at E3. Together, I figure we've covered pretty much all of the released titles for this new utopian arcade board. Games covered: Dolphin Blue, Demolishfist, Maximum Speed, Sports Shooting USA and the mighty Sushi Bar. We've got a few movies, and lots of conflicting opinion. Meet the Atomiswave.

Update! - added some images of Sport Shooting, and the promo sheets for Demolish Fist and Dolphin Blue, which are actually rather...quaint.

News: ADK revived??

September 30, 2003 11:44 PM PST

Callus Next / BS

A Japanese rhythm game monitor site by the name of Callus Next got ahold of some interesting information. There is apparently a very small location test for a game called DanceRhythMix being done in select arcades. You can tell from the handmade sign that this is rather low profile. But the game is for the MVS, and was developed by none other than the disbanded ADK corporation. Has Playmore revived them? Is this a game that was finished around the time of the company's dissolution? We may never know the answer to this, but time will tell if they're here to stay. Thanks to the ever-busy Momotato for this find.

News: World Reborn

September 30, 2003 11:31 PM PST

Neopong / BS

Here's a new official horizontal shooter for the GBA - World Reborn by fledgling developer Neopong (this is their first title). The game will have branching paths, a storyline, EXP level-up system for the five pilots and four ships, and an interesting anime-ish design. Planned for a Q1 2004 release in North America by Destination Software (beware of loud flash intro), so snap this one up fast upon release...it may be quite limited. Thanks to Triggerzone for the link.

Update: I had a few facts wrong - they've now been fixed (most importanly, I'd switched the developer and publisher! Professionalism? I scoff at it!)

News: Seven Spirits

September 30, 2003 11:13 PM PST


IGS has released an image of their upcoming Atomiswave title; Knights of Valour: The Seven Spirits. This is the first game I've seen from IGS with true polygons...they're not too good at that yet!! Still, an interesting image...click the pic for a larger view.

News: Guilty Gear Isuka

September 30, 2003 11:04 PM PST

Arcadia / BS

Next week's Arcadia will prominently feature Guilty Gear Isuka, revealing the new system, and surprisingly, the new characters. Thanks to Iggy's mmcafe bbs post for the news. Update - no new characters. This is what I get for not checking the facts! Thanks to Henaki for catching it.

News: Metal Slug 5 location test

September 29, 2003 11:39 PM PST

minnanotsuki / BS

Thanks to momotato for finding this report of the Metal Slug 5 location test. Very few people came out to the test, since it was on the same day as TGS. Luckily this guy was one of them!! So here's the rundown of what the fellow said:

Looks like they've added the ability to slide, which is done by pressing down+B, which for obvious reasons could be very slippery when trying to jump and shoot enemies below. You can shoot mid-slide, and jump out of it as well. The report indicates that the game is rather easy, but this could simply be for the location test. The game has almost all new backgrounds, and the usual green soldier guy doesn't make an appearance, at least not un-masked. All bosses are new, and very 'cool'. Only four missions, but mission 2 is pretty long. Mission one is in the amazon, and you start off riding a canoe. Mission two starts in a canyon. Mission 3 is urban. Mission 4 starts on the ground, but heads under water. Not sure if this is the final number of stages, but that's the report in a nutshell!

News: GA Angel Soldier A

September 29, 2003 11:31 PM PST

Powered by Melody / BS

New doujin title from Powered by Melody - this being a quite pretty Galaxy Angels shooter! More images are available in the online manual, and the demo version can be downloaded here (direct link). Thanks to good ole Holiday and his mmcafe bbs post for the news.

News: GBA LCD mod

September 29, 2003 11:26 PM PST

Konstantin Khanyants / BS

Another very nice mod for the original GBA here...this one properly integrates the ideas we've seen attempted before - that is to say the external Neo Geo joypads, the PSOne LCD screen and the TV out. A nice how-to is provided for your reproducing pleasure. Thanks to Slashdot Games for the link.

News: Moekan

September 29, 2003 11:11 PM PST

Princess Soft / BS

Moekan is Princess Soft's newest console release for PS2 and Dreamcast. It's a love adventure, and features a few characters from their past games. Some nice character art going on as a result. The release for both console versions is planned for winter 2003, at a price of 6800 yen (8400 LTD PS2 version). There's a track (direct link) from the soundtrack available as well. Thanks to the Zepy for recalling my attention to this.

News: Nippon Ichi new RPG

September 29, 2003 10:53 PM PST

Nippon Ichi / BS

Nippon Ichi's website has recently been renewed. Therein you'll find a mysterious page indicating that they've a new PS2 SRPG coming, by the name of Phantom Brave. Looks like they're using the Disgaea character designer once more. More on that at Gamespot, kinda. Not only this, there's also a new cellphone game called Meth Ethereal. An odd title, don't you think? Unfortunately, the english page has not been renewed. You take what you can get.

News: Tengai Makyo II OST

September 29, 2003 10:44 PM PST

Digicube / BS

Digicube has announced the pending sale of the OST for the remade Tengai Makyou II for PS2 and Gamecube. There will be character art in the liner notes, and the opening movie will be included as a bonus. They've already mentioned that they will likely do the same sort of release for Tengai Makyo III at the appropriate time.

News: GP32 button replacement

September 29, 2003 10:30 PM PST

GP32 Emu / BS

GP32 Emu just posted an interesting reader submission; a step-by-step (though it skips a few) guide to replacing the button contacts on your GP32. Should they become unresponsive, this looks like a solid way to do it. I'll mirror the file here, so as not to direct link. The file is a zipped pdf.

News: Japanese freeware archive

September 28, 2003 11:59 PM PST

Free Game Dream / BS

Free Game Dream is an archive of freeware and doujin games for the PC in japan. The list is by no means comprehensive, but 131 games are listed so far, and all menus are in english. Joystick compatibility, direct downloads and other info are displayed via icons, so this is a very good place to start for those interested in the scene. Thanks to Pie for this link.

News: Ys 6 in Kansai

September 28, 2003 11:51 PM PST

Falcom / BS

Falcom has released a kansaiben language (southern Japanese dialect) patch for Ys 6, which just got released this week. Utterly bizarre! Thanks to Zepy for the link.

News: Miracle Board

September 28, 2003 11:42 PM PST

Power Winds / BS

Power Winds is an older doujin company with some rather nifty products. Check out their line of twitch games here. Pie sent these to me, describing them as 'fun in a Ninja Gaiden sort of way'. He's not that far off, at that. Download the first here, the second here and the boarding game here.

News: Hudson mobile blitz

September 28, 2003 11:31 PM PST

Hudson Soft / BS

Quite curiously, Hudson has decided to translate the entire mobile game section of their website into english. Why they've decided to do this is anyone's guess, as these games are entirely unplayable with US phones, but they're fun to browse regardless. The bulk of the interesting stuff is in the iappli download pack section. Highlights include 'Nuts and Milk', 'Barger Time' and 'Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom'.

News: translation updates

September 28, 2003 11:20 PM PST

various / BS

Curiously, it seems as though someone has started a PC-FX translation site. First up; Little Red Riding Hood Cha-Cha. Odd choice, but better than nothing!

Nightwolve has got a near-complete english translation of Ys I Eternal (from the Complete collection) going on over here. Alamone is still plodding away with Summon Night 3.

News: V-F TGS report

September 27, 2003 11:58 PM PST

Video Fenky / BS

If you're looking for gameplay-centric, intelligent TGS coverage in your sphere of interest, look no further than Fenegi's TGS writeups for days one and two, and wait just a few hours for day three to pop up. Great stuff.

News: KOF 2001 PS2

September 27, 2003 11:49 PM PST

SNK Playmore / BS

Game Watch did a nice report on Sammy and SNK Playmore's TGS offerings. Of particular interest is the section regarding KOF 2001 for PS2. Here's what will be changed from the Dreamcast release. The lifebar character image will now be the official high-res art, some backgrounds will have redone 3D polygonal parts, and there will be an opening movie. Nice to see that our questions to SNK at E3 weren't so far flung after all!

News: Shikigami II OST

September 27, 2003 11:36 PM PST

Alfa System / BS

Alfa System is releasing a soundtrack for Shikigami II (arcade) on new years eve 2003. The price is 2,500 yen, and the package includes liner notes from staff, two shikigami II cards (image available on the page) and 25 songs. Six of these are remixes, but the rest are the originals from the arcade. 68 mins 38 secs total running time.

News: Zodiac user's guide

September 27, 2003 11:25 PM PST

Zodiac Gamer / BS

Zodiac Gamer just put up a PDF of the Tapwave Zodiac's user's manual. Since the release is still a ways off, this might be a chance to take a sneak peek at some of the functionality before you take the plunge. Find it here.

News: Vampire Taro

September 27, 2003 11:13 PM PST

Vampire Taro / BS

Vampire Taro was a planned racing RPG for the GP32, some months back. There were various announcements up until November 2002, when the team (Gem) asked for additional programmers via their website. That website is now listed as 'under construction'. This means that either: the game has been scrapped, or they're revamping for a relaunch. Time will certainly tell, though the former idea is disturbingly more likely.

Feature: TGS report

September 26, 2003 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / lawrence wright / scott mollett

Indeed - we've got three pages of TGS goodness for you today! Lawrence of nfg games has written two pieces - the first is a main TGS overview, and perhaps the most cynical piece of writing I've ever seen from him. The second is a critique of sorts, regarding the stagnation of console gaming in Japan.

Scott for his part, has got some nice impressions of the event as well - not to mention 47 images and several movies. Subjects for the videos include: Xenosaga II (short), PC Genjin and New Adventure Islands gameplay, PSO3 gameplay, and Metal Gear Solid 3 music video madness.

To note: Tim will also be supplying reports and videos from here to ridiculous...but server glitches are preventing us from posting at this time.

Play Asia: Free TGS goods giveaway!

September 26, 2003 11:51 PM PST

Play Asia / BS

Play Asia put up a nifty photo journal of their TGS experience; lots of high quality images. Simultaneously they announced that there will be a giveaway of some of the free TGS goods, starting next week!! Keep checking them for more info on this, as no details are available at this time.

News: KOF 2003, 3D

September 26, 2003 11:42 PM PST

SNK Playmore / BS

Famitsu did a report on the anticlimactic showing from SNK Playmore this TGS. KOF 3D was there in movie form only, and just CG at that. KOF 2003 gets a fancy new logo, and loses the 3 on 3 battles. There will be a new system in it's place...no word on what that might be though.

News: Subtle Style doujin

September 26, 2003 11:34 PM PST

Subtle Style / BS

Subtle Style has released a demo of their doujin fighter. Only one character, no sound. But damn if it isn't pretty. Thanks to canned zepy for the news.

Feature: EGDC

September 25, 2003 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / mathew kumar

It's the last of the London Game Week 2003 features!! Well - a bit more may penetrate some other features, but by and large, this report on the European GDC is the last bit you get. So enjoy it while it lasts!

News: TGS reports

September 25, 2003 11:51 PM PST

insert credit / lawrence wright

We've appropriate Lawrence for TGS this year, in addition to the two other operatives we've got afield (tim and scott). Lawrence has been making small text-and-image updates from the show floor via his cellphone camera. There will be more as the days progress, and of course there will be so-called "real" images coming up in due course. But keep that page bookmarked for the next three days, as something interesting may pop up.

News: 1480 mhz Xbox

September 25, 2003 11:45 PM PST

Friendtech / BS

Speaking of pirates, a Taiwanese company has got a fairly legal upgraded Xbox on the market. Essentially it's got a 1480 mhz Celeron processor in place of the native 733 mhz Pentium III, and can play all region DVDs and such. Take a gander at a short article on the subject here. Thanks to Slashdot Games for the news.

News: iQue image

September 25, 2003 11:33 PM PST

Nintendo / BS

Nintendo has revealed the look of it's new chinese game console (Game Watch). There will be further info from the show floor, but it's remarkable how much this device looks like those of the pirates they're attempting to thwart! Thanks to Chris Kohler for the link.

News: Square Enix to cellphones

September 25, 2003 11:19 PM PST

Square-Enix / BS

Square-Enix is getting into the profitable cellphone market with updated versions of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. Check out a few shots at Game Watch. Thanks to Rob for the link.

News: Illusion updates

September 25, 2003 11:06 PM PST

Illusion / BS

Illusion has started a new Sexy Beach screenshot competition! The excitement never stops! They've also put up some character shots and 3D CG of their upcoming game Stalker 3. This is something I cannot link to of course.

News: Sakura Taisen V

September 25, 2003 11:00 PM PST

Sega / BS

Curiously, it appears as though Sakura Taisen V will be set in the old american west...More images of this, and an upcoming Sakura Taisen AVG are available at Game Watch.

Thanks to Rid for pointing out that this is actually STV episode 0, a prequel to the real STV. According to Rid: "It tells the story of Gemini Sunrise, the samurai girl that'll be the main one in the real Sakura Taisen V when it comes out in 2005."

News: Nintendo in China

September 25, 2003 4:15 AM PST

Nintendo / BS

Thanks to Slashdot Games for pointing out a Bloomberg article regarding Nintendo's upcoming game console in China. The system will be "somewhere between the N64 and the Gamecube" in terms of power, and will use flash ram for storage of downloaded games. This is to prevent piracy, but somehow seems...easily hacked. Regardless, one can only wonder what (if any) interesting titles we might see from chinese developers on this beast? The article is a good read, but bear in mind that other sources claim that the games will come on dedicated carts for 100 yuan. As always, take all online news with several salt-grains. Needless to say - anyone in china with access to this when it comes out in October...give us a ring.

News: Border Down review

September 24, 2003 11:39 PM PST

Gamespot / BS

Lawrence has already put up a review of Border Down for Dreamcast. Nice gallery as well. If it strikes your fancy, you know where to go!

News: Hyper SF II

September 24, 2003 11:27 PM PST

Gamespot / BS

Gamespot has posted some new info on the upcoming Hyper Street Fighter II title for PS2. It looks a bit limited, unfortunately. It seems as though you can choose character version from all SFII games, but each will use the same sprites (from Super SF II Turbo), but disallows the use of supers! Of course, the veracity of the information depends on Gamespot's ability to interpret the words of Kenji Itsuno in his pre-TGS address. The truth will soon be unveiled.

Curious though the game may be, we here would much rather see a high-res remake of the first Street Fighter.

Download: GP32 doujin soft

September 24, 2003 11:16 PM PST

various / BS

GP32 News has put up mirrors for two new bits of freeware; Boayo and Mystic Hunter, which you see to the left. Mystic hunter is particularly curious, as one of the screens says the game is copyright Gamepark/Repl. What involvement could GP have with a freeware game? Especially when they said that they were firmly out of the game-making end of things. Most curious! And not a bad-looking game, either.

Download: R: Racing Evolution movies

September 24, 2003 11:05 PM PST

Namco / BS

Namco had put a couple of pre-TGS movies up on their download page. Looking fine, with twice the mascot for your gaming dollar. They've gone to extreme lengths to make the replay camera appear to be operated by a human...most curious. Thanks to Rid Hershel for the news.

News: Tengai Makyo II

September 24, 2003 11:01 PM PST

Hudson / BS

Hudson's Tengai Makyo II page has been updated with a lot of new screens and info. The game is looking very...last gen. Makes one wonder why they didn't simply go for a nicer, sharper 2D look.

Feature: London Game Week 2003: ECTS

September 23, 2003 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / mathew kumar

Good ole Mathew is back with a report on one of the more prestigious events in the London Game Week; ECTS. It covers the major companies that attended, and those games displayed (Castlevania, Red XIII, Maximo, etc). Well written and humorous - dig in to some biting european commentary...or something along those lines.

News: Shikigami II to DC?

September 23, 2003 5:45 PM PST

Game Watch / BS

Game Watch did a small report on the Shikigami II (GC) demo at Asobitcity today. The usual things went on - director showed up, telephone cards were distributed, and copies of the last game signed. But there was something interesting in there as well - Naoki, director of the game for Alfa System, mentioned that if the game does well on the GC, he'd love to see the game ported to all other major consoles, including the PS2, Xbox and Dreamcast. Good news for those who still can't let go. Thanks to Rob for the link.

News: Gundemonium

September 23, 2003 5:32 PM PST

Murasame / BS

Murasame has released a great side-scrolling doujin shooter by the name of Gundemonium. Great character designs, and a distinct sense of style are pervasive throughout the entire one-level demo. The system is based on a main gun/expendable subweapon/bomb system, powered by bullet scratching. Perhaps the most impressive thing is that it's only 653k to download!

News: Swancrystal afterburner

September 23, 2003 5:26 PM PST

S.o.T.Z. / BS

Not long after Mash made his own backlit WSC, he discovered this site. It documents the procedure for modifying a GBA afterburner to work with a Swan Crystal. Doesn't look too tough, really. Those $24 Afterburners are starting to look pretty good.

Off-Topic: World's smallest website

September 23, 2003 5:10 PM PST

guimp / BS

Perhaps old to some, but check this thing out: guimp is a website of flash games and miscellany designed to give you some serious eyestrain. You can change the resolution...but that's cheating. The worlds smallest website it is indeed, but has a rather large volume of classic games in it's library; pac-man, asteroids, pong, space shooters, mazes, and more. Thanks to Moriarty's post in his own bbs for the link.

News: Madou Monogatari 1-2-3

September 23, 2003 5:05 PM PST

Aiky / BS

Further proof that Aiky does indeed still own the rights to Compile's characters (at least in part) - they're re-releasing Madou Monogatari 1-2-3 for PC this november. The games were originally for the MSX, and in fact, that's where the box art comes from. You're not seeing the final product over there. The game will have full voice for Arle et al - now let's hope for a console release! Thanks to Rid Hershel for the news.

News: Zodiac internals

September 22, 2003 11:55 PM PST

Zodiac Gamer / BS

Zodiac Gamer has posted some images of the Tapwave Zodiac, including detailed internals. These were the images submitted to the FCC for approval, so they should be the real deal. Very clean, and very nice. While you're at it, check out the main page for a movie of one of the games (Galactic Realms) in action, as well as an interview with Zodiac developer Crimson Fire. Thanks to Mash for the link.

News: Psyvariar 2

September 22, 2003 11:43 PM PST

Taito / BS

According to Jeen net bbs, Psyvariar 2 has got a date for arcades - that being November 7th. Samples will be sold to arcades on the 29th of October for 168,000 yen opening price. This news was mirrored by Namae, so it more than likely accurate.

News: Resident Evil: Apocalypse

September 22, 2003 11:34 PM PST

Sony Pictures / BS

There's a new gallery of photos from the new Resident Evil movie over at Sony Pictures. The rather forced image of Jill Valentine, previously assumed rumor, is now confirmed as fact. Thanks to Juan for the news.

News: Dragonball WSC

September 22, 2003 9:12 PM PST

Namae no Nai Heya / BS

According to Namae's recently updated Wonderswan release list, Dragonball (famicom port/update) has gotten a firm date! And that would be November 20th, for those who don't like the clicking of links.

News: AMOA 2003 vids

September 22, 2003 9:00 PM PST

SNK-Capcom / BS

SNK-Capcom has put up several movies from the recent arcade show in Vegas. Check the site for the downloads.

News: A7Xpg

September 21, 2003 11:55 PM PST

ABA Games / GL

The programming gods (well - god, really) at ABA Games have come up with a new work; A7Xpg. It's a really quite fantastic one-button game, where the goal is to collect a certain amount of gold pieces that randomly spawn, without being hit by enemy ships. You can press the 'fire' button to boost your ship, and the blast can be used to 'push' enemies off your tail. The faster you're moving when you grab the gold, the higher the points. Getting the pieces also fills up a gauge, which rapidly depletes. Get enough in a short time, and your ship is able to pierce enemies, allowing you to destroy them for big points. Perhaps the best one-button game around this day and age?

News: 1k, 4k coding compo

September 21, 2003 11:43 PM PST

minigames / BS

Here's a nifty competition for games under 4 and 1k respectively. By and large they're games to be played on various emu (NES, spectrum, C64, VCS, etc) - always fun to see what can be done within very strict limits. The competition is still going on, so you may still submit your work, or download the 40+ that have already been uploaded.

News: Lovesmash 5

September 21, 2003 11:31 PM PST

d3 Publisher / BS

d3 is hyping their new Lovesmash title these days. It's an action tennis game featuring ridiculously buxom girls - check out the cinema for proof of ridiculosity. Tennis racket 'sword' battles, matrix parody and maybe a little sexy beach...can't go wrong!

News: Hudson TGS

September 21, 2003 11:19 PM PST

Hudson Soft / BS

This edition of the Hudson Digital Express features images of their TGS stand, as well as information about the software they'll be demonstrating...just another way to vicariously attend the event!

News: Mortal Kombat Zero

September 21, 2003 11:10 PM PST

Wildcat Software / BS

Wildcat has updated their MKZ page with images/designs of all but the secret characters. I sense a download soon...

Feature: Game fiction

September 20, 2003 11:42 PM PST

??? / BS

A mysterious person came to me with a mysterious proposition. He's got a semi-interactive serial mystery, based in the world of game testing/development. It begins here. If there's enough interest, he'll keep it going. Tough to gauge interest with no forums, but...we'll find a way.

News: World Fighters update

September 20, 2003 11:42 PM PST

Sony / BS

The World Fighters homepage has been updated - now all of the characters are viewable, as well as the gameplay system. Click the red buttons to navigate that particular section, and mouseover elements of the screenshot to get a description. Looks expected, but possibly interesting.

News: Bujingai movie

September 20, 2003 11:29 PM PST

Sony / BS

Unfortunately, it's streaming real media. But even so, it's the first movie of the game - check it out here. If you're a glutton for punishment, there are two Bistro Cupid 2 movies right below it.

Play Asia: Mojib Ribbon

September 20, 2003 11:18 PM PST

Play Asia / BS

Mojib Ribbon is up for preorder! Not a bad game, or so I hear from a certain fellow who got a hands-on with it a while back. And while we're at it, there's some Wild Arms: Another Code F up for preordering as well.

News: Wonderswan Light

September 20, 2003 11:04 PM PST

Mash / BS

Mash of the S:NGP forums has accomplished another afterburner manipulation! He's got the light installed on a Gundam model WSC - the light turns on automatically with the system, but can be turned off via the battery release switch on the bottom - thus, no external mod! Rather a nice thing - you can see more images in his auction for the device. He will eventually be putting up a how-to for those who want to try this themselves.

News: SvC Chaos PS2

September 19, 2003 11:53 PM PST

Play Asia / BS

Seems SvC Chaos PS2 has a date!! The game will retail on December 18th 2003 according to Play Asia, where preorders are already up.

News: Super Mario Bros 3 superplay

September 19, 2003 11:49 PM PST

Sharereactor / BS

You've seen the original SMB superplay by now. Well, Daniel Rocha let us know that there's a SMB 3 superplay out there as well. Narrowband beware - this is 472.05 MB worth of file.

News: Metal Slug 5

September 19, 2003 11:35 PM PST

SNK Neo Geo / BS

There's now an official page for Metal Slug 5 - just story and character art there for the time being. But here's some rather exciting-yet-disappointing news! The Neo Geo Land location test has been announced - that's good. It's on the 27th, during the Tokyo Game Show - that's bad. And incidentally - they're looking for another play tester, part-time.

News: Samurai Spirits Zero update

September 19, 2003 11:26 PM PST

SNK Neo Geo / BS

There are a few updates to the Samurai Spirits Zero homepage. There is a lot more character art up (still not complete, but head shots of the entire cast is visible), as well as a story, which you can read a bit more about here.

News: Illusion new game

September 19, 2003 11:17 PM PST

Illusion Soft / BS

Illusion has announced a new game on their frontpage. It's called...Stalker 3.

News: Cellphone extravoganza

September 19, 2003 11:06 PM PST

nfg.2y.net/games / BS

Lawrence has put up 257 screens of Vodaphone games in Japan - a good graphical tour of what's available for those planning to get in on that sort of thing.

News: SNK Playmore at TGS

September 18, 2003 11:57 PM PST

SNK Playmore / BS

SNK Playmore has announced the full list of games that they will be showing this TGS - aside from SvC Chaos for PS2, as mentioned yesterday, they'll also be showing SS Zero (arcade) KOF 2001 (PS2), Metal Slug (mobile), and most excitingly - a new title for PS2. This is very nearly certain to be KOF 3D, but we'll find out for sure in a matter of days.

News: Tapwave Zodiac review

September 18, 2003 11:49 PM PST

PDAbuzz / BS

Some strange PR-sounding fellow mailed me today about a review of the Tapwave Zodiac on PDAbuzz. Not quite the balanced report Gamesindustry.biz gave the N-Gage, but certainly lets you know a few things. Seems the game-centric PDA is available for preorder on Tapwave's revamped site as well. Rather nice that it comes packaged with app software and two full games (though one is solitaire). The battle of the game combo units begins!

Off Topic: Icon wars

September 18, 2003 11:41 PM PST

someone? / BS

Not quite sure who made this, but here's a nifty flash movie - a battle between several traditional desktop items.

News: GBA dev contest

September 18, 2003 11:29 PM PST

GBAdev / BS

GBAdev's competition deadline has passed, so there are lots of games and the like available for download. Check it all out at the appropriate section.

News: Nina site opens

September 18, 2003 11:17 PM PST

Namco / BS

Namco has opened the site for Nina, their upcoming action game. This is based, quite obviously, on the character Nina Williams from the Tekken series. Luckily she now has access to a horde of weapons, and a ridiculously impractical outfit. Lots of interesting game shots to look at there, including the one to the left.

News: Kenshin Dragon Quest

September 18, 2003 11:06 PM PST

Square Enix / BS

Video Fenky has posted a translation of some initial Kenshin Dragon Quest impressions, originally posted on Techside. Curry-knocking-over goodness, he says.

News: SvC PS2 details

September 17, 2003 11:48 PM PST

Playmore / BS

Not a whole lot of news, but Namae tells us that the PS2 version of SvC Chaos will be at the Tokyo Game Show, and that the 6,800 yen price tag has already been decided. Keep those fingers crossed for console extras!!

Download: Kissing!! Under the Mistletoe

September 17, 2003 11:36 PM PST

Valhalla / BS

Been sitting on this one for a while, but it seems as though all downloadables are now released. Kissing is a new H-game from Groover (publisher) and Valhalla (developer), with the usual musical and production values one expects from a Groover work. Strawberry Club just did a promo for it, and there's a movie download resultant of that. If your interest is piqued, check out Valhalla's own download section for a few nifty items, including an MP3 of the OP with a different vocal arrangement, a movie of the staff bungee jumping to celebrate the release, and an 85 meg demo of the game itself. Be careful clicking around the links on the main page, of course - this being an H game. The movies are all work safe, however.

News: Ninja Gaiden Xbox

September 17, 2003 11:25 PM PST

Tecmo / BS

Ninja Gaiden Xbox will have the original NES game as a playable extra - so says this Famitsu article via Video Fenky.

News: Silent Hill movie details

September 17, 2003 11:11 PM PST

Konami / BS

Check out an english press release from Konami Japan, regarding the upcoming Silent Hill adaptation. Looks like they've got Christophe Gans in the directing chair - could be a lot worse. Thanks to Momotato for the link.

News: NEC IC new title

September 17, 2003 11:04 PM PST


New game from NEC Interchannel coming up - another PC port from the look of it. The game is coming to PS2, that much is certain. But we'll have to wait until the pending homepage opening for more. The title is "sukina mono ga sukikara shou ga nai!" - 'I like what I like, not much I can do about it' (very loosely). Looks to be perhaps...another shounen ai game?

Site News: Despicable acts

September 16, 2003 11:57 PM PST

a jerk / BS

A not-so-fun note here. After we posted the link to that Xak III translation site yesterday, an individual chose to attack them and their site, attempting to use our name in the process. Never, ever do this. I won't get into the specifics, but this kind of act is despicable. We'd never take part in anything of that nature - so it's rough to see our name get dragged into it. I hope to never make a post like this again. Hell, I know our readers are a good bunch. But the bad eggs sure are rotten.

News: Hudson's TGS lineup

September 16, 2003 11:49 PM PST

Hudson / BS

What with all of the news surrounding Hudson these days, they've taken it upon themselves to make a preview of their TGS lineup. Perhaps most interesting is this flash teaser for their World Fighters game. Looks like Optimus Prime is getting in on the action - most curious!

News: TOT GP32 update

September 16, 2003 11:49 PM PST

Treebuds / BS

Treebuds has updated their website for TOT, their upcoming GP32 action game. There are plenty of new screens, system diagrams, and random other bits of excellence. The game is looking simply gorgeous, by the way. Use the navigation bar on the left hand side of the page to work your way through the very large update.

Off-Topic: Kohler's game sale

September 16, 2003 11:40 PM PST

Chris Kohler

Well, now they're all coming out of the woodwork! After returning from Japan, Chris Kohler is paring down his own game and anime collection. Check out his list here.

Damn. I'm not making a habit of this 'advertisement' business - he let us use his shower in Kyoto though. Payback! Go buy his things.

News: Transform Reality

September 16, 2003 11:31 PM PST

Transform Reality / BS

These Transform Reality persons say they're making a book called "Computer Games and Art: Intersections and Interactions". They want submissions - I can make no claim to the validity of their enterprise, but it's up to your discretion. Could be a decent way to get a little something published. You can read the submission guidelines and whatnot on their site.

Uh...I guess that not having scroll bars is pretty artsy, but sure makes submission guidelines hard to read.

News: SvC transformations

September 16, 2003 11:16 PM PST

81 / BS

Good old 81 has scanned some graphics of the various SvC Chaos transformations - midnight bliss (from Demitri), Animal (from Athena) and classic Japanese Monsters (from Red Arremer). A MMCafe forum member (S-T-E) switched the names to english, and here we are: midnight 1 - midnight 2 - animals - monsters.

News: Border Down new site

September 16, 2003 11:08 PM PST

G.Rev / BS

G.Rev just put up a dedicated website for their Dreamcast release of Border Down. The site shows all of the exclusive modes, level design, and a bunch of new screens - as bonus news, word from Play Asia is that the game will be out at least two days before the September 25th release date. preorders ahoy!

News: Xak III translation

September 15, 2003 11:57 PM PST


Nifty new fan translation about, this one for Xak III on the PC Engine. A nearly 100% complete beta version is available. That in turn pointed me to this site, which seems to do a fair job keeping up with fan translation news. Definitely a good resource for those interested in translation on either the construction or resultant end.

News: Alice

September 15, 2003 11:49 PM PST

Poche + Patbier / BS

There's some info on a new homebrew Dreamcast title over at the Consolevision forums. The game is called Alice; a 2D action platformer with a fair bit of story. Check that thread for a larger version of the image...very smart looking. It's being simultaneously developed for windows, linux and DC, so you should eventually be able to play it somehow or other. No dedicated website yet, so keep checking Consolevision for updates.

News: Tatakau Maid Osaru Koubousen

September 15, 2003 11:35 PM PST

Shuyuusha / BS

There's a demo out for Tatakau Maid Osaru Koubousen - direct link is here. You control two maids simultaneously, as they try to shoot the monkeys away from their protective shrine-gate-thing. Very tough, and rather fun. Zepy made a bet that we couldn't beat his score. He was oh-so-right.

Play Asia: Hanshin Tigers enjoyment pack

September 15, 2003 11:27 PM PST

Game Watch / BS

For the first time in many, many years, the Hanshin Tigers have won the championship in Japan. To commemorate this event, Nintendo (based in the Kyoto region, Hanshin HQ) is releasing a Hanshin Tigers enjoyment pack, which comes with a 'Tigers Gamecube, controller, jersey and Gameboy player. And for the PS2 fans, there's a Hanshin memory card.

To learn just how long it's been since they won, and the spectral curses they had to surmount, read the chilling tale in my journeys with Henry Moriarty in Japan.

News: Onimusha 3 graphic engine

September 15, 2003 11:13 PM PST

Game Watch / BS

Game Watch has posted an interesting look at the Onimusha 3 engine for PS2, specifically the sophistication of the prerendered/3D integration. Very japanese heavy, but with plenty of illustrations for those who can't speak the language. It's very unusual for a Japanese company to reveal their technique in any regard, so this is a rare treat. Thanks to Rob Turner for the link.

News: Hudson character battle update

September 15, 2003 11:13 PM PST

Nikkei Market News / BS

Nikkei news has released further information regarding the upcoming Hudson/Konami/Takara battle game World Fighters. Two new characters have been revealed; Rikachan from Takara's Micro Machines and Momotaro from Hudson. There will be 17 fighters in total. The combined marketing push for the title will reach 50-100 million yen, and they're anticipating 150,000 sales in the first year. Plan for sale is 6,800 yen in December.

News: GP32 zine vol. 2

September 15, 2003 11:06 PM PST

GP32 Zine / BS

The second edition of the online GP32 zine is here - check the site for a description of the contents, but rest assured - lots of info, interviews and scene news to be had.

News: Yoshiki Ohka interview

September 14, 2003 11:48 PM PST

Japangaming / BS

Yoshiki Ohka created Gain Ground, an arcade game not too well liked in it's time, but which eventually garnered a cult following in later years. It can still be played in many cheaper/retro arcades in Japan. Fans of the game will certainly enjoy this very nice interview with Yoshiki, who also worked on such titles as Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and YuYu Hakusho Gaiden for Megadrive and Mega CD.

News: Chopper's Great Adventure

September 14, 2003 11:34 PM PST

Bandai / BS

There's now a page up for Chopper's Great Adventure, the planned ARPG for the Swan Crystal. The game is still on target for an October 16th, 4500 yen release.

News: ESP Galuda level illustration

September 14, 2003 11:21 PM PST

Cave / BS

Cave has put up a few illustrations of the level backgrounds on their ESP Galuda images page. Larger versions available if you click the text below the images. Thanks to Lech for letting me know about this.

News: Chetics cancelled?

September 14, 2003 11:10 PM PST

Comprazard / BS

It seems as though Chetics for GP32 may never see the light of day. This is mere speculation, but we've not heard anything about the game in some time now - what's more, the GP32 port was only mentioned on Comprazard's subsite Run2game, which no longer exists. There is no mention of the GP32 version on the main site. Another game fallen by the wayside? While we're speculating, the page that contains the images of their long-planned SRPG Cartouche still exists (find more info on the title from our October 14th news post). Anything is possible - something to consider, certainly.

News: Capcom catch-up

September 14, 2003 11:03 PM PST

Capcom / BS

Missed a couple of things in the last two days - for one, Capcom is releasing a Megaman Collection on the GC and PS2 - it will feature megaman 1-8 with remixed music, as well as the CPS II Rockman Battle arcade games. There will also be TV commercials and other goodies on the disc. Not a bad deal, I say. The other major news bit comes from Capcom as well - namely that Hyperfighting Street Fighter 2 X has been formally announced. This is a direct sequential sequel to Street Fighter II. And it had better be good.

Features: London Game Week: Nintendo

September 12, 2003 11:57 PM PST

insert credit / mathew kumar

Last stop for nintendo, next 50 miles. They won't be attending TGS, won't be holding Spaceworld - if you want Nintendo, the London Game Week was it. Mathew Kumar was there to take it in. Now you can take it out.

Off-Topic: Bandai panties

September 12, 2003 11:44 PM PST

Bandai / BS

Very odd. Bandai is making some underwear for women these days. Not just that - it's men's brief-style underwear with american-style comic figures on them. Their target market is 'fashion conscious' 13-20 year olds. Hell, the lady in the photo can't even keep from laughing at them. Thanks to Iggy's MMCafe BBS post for the link.

News: KID news

September 12, 2003 11:36 PM PST


The page for Nurse Witch Komugi Chan (PS2) is up. So far only the story section is available - it will be a completely original tale, not lifted from the anime.

The opening movie for Memories Off Mix has been put up as well. Go get it here.

News: Golden Sun 2 contest

September 12, 2003 11:26 PM PST

Club Nintendo Spain / BS

There's a contest on at Club Nintendo Spain - just complete a few puzzles, and you could win a copy of Golden Sun 2 for the GBA. The contest is here and begins on the 15th. There will be 50 copies of the game dispensed, and 5 GBA-SPs. Starting on the 15th, ten people per day will get a Golden Sun 2 cart. Those 50 winners will get to complete a 6th puzzle on the 20th for the 5 SPs. Thanks to Vander Fujisaki of ociojoven for the news.

News: Tears Contact

September 12, 2003 11:15 PM PST

Team DTR / BS

Team DTR has finally released the PC version of their visual novel Tears Contact. You can download a demo of the game here, as well as the GP32 demo.

News: Amusement show report

September 11, 2003 11:57 PM PST

Gamespot / BS

More info from our pal at gamespot! He's written up a more detailed report on the Sammy vs Capcom announcement, as well as a very informative report on the entirety of the Jamma/AM show. Interesting notes; there's a new Eolith 2D fighter being produced/distributed by Taito, and there are a few more details on the card system that Sammy will be using with the Atomiswave. Wonder if it will be anything like a VMU? ufufu... (in fact, it's more like this. Full article, and images of Sammy's new 3D fighter here)

A few corrections to the Gamespot report in case they don't wind up catching them on their own: IGS is a taiwan based company, not Korean, and their games have all been released on their proprietary board, not the MVS. Other bits - don't be fooled, they don't truly have footage of KOF 2003 as they mention here. This is in fact KOF 2002 footage used to display the 'idea' at the show. Oh and Puyo Puyo Fever isn't in a racing cabinet. Other than that, the news is all good, solid stuff.

News: N-Gage review

September 11, 2003 11:44 PM PST

Gamesindustry.biz / BS

This article is one of the fairest I've seen as regards the N-Gage. A rather comprehensive hardware and software review, highlighting many of our fears, and allaying others. A good read for all interested in the system.

News: Tim's game sale

September 11, 2003 11:34 PM PST

tim rogers

Tim has only a few games left in his collection; he's selling them all to get back to Tokyo for a good long stretch. The rest of his games list has been hosted here, along with a sampling of his forthcoming website Japanku. There's a comic in there somewhere - you might want to check that out as well.

News: Hudson/Konami party game

September 11, 2003 11:25 PM PST

Hudson / BS

Yes, there's a Hudson/Konami crossover afoot. It's being reported in a few places - the plan is for a 4-player party game on PS2 and GC, including major licenses from the Hudson and Konami universes. Semi-confirmed are: Bomberman, Momotaro, Takahashi meijin, Yugo, Pawapurokun, Twin bee, Simon Belmont, Rikachan, Takao. Keep your fingers crossed, and hope for the best!

Download: AS DVD demo

September 11, 2003 11:20 PM PST

Kogado / BS

Another video download, this one being the OP from the Kogado Musical SLG AS Umaretabakari no Lovesong. It's refreshingly oldschool in some ways, though the direction leaves a little something to be desired. The navigation being in english, all sections and downloads should be simple enough to find. Begrudging thanks to Zepy for the news.

Download: Ys 6 new video

September 11, 2003 11:12 PM PST

Falcom / BS

There's a new 'buyers video' afoot in Falcom town. It's the second group of links, incidentally. Contains some new footage, as well as a bit of work from the Ys history comp that comes with the complete edition. Looking rather swell!

News: Interact Play VR

September 11, 2003 11:00 PM PST

Illusion / BS

Another DVD re-release announcement from Illusion - it's Interact Play VR this time round. Oh, and there are a couple of extra videos floating around the download section...not work safe, but if you search them out yourself, they're yours. The original Interact Play VR page can be found here.

News: Atomiswave extravaganza

September 10, 2003 11:57 PM PST

various / BS

One board to rule them all!! ufufu~

The news came fast and furious after the Jamma Arcade show in japan today. First off, Sammy and Capcom announced that they will be collaborating on a VS fighter, Sammy Vs Capcom (tentative name).

Next bit, SNK has pledged allegiance to the Atomiswave as well, stating that the next KOF will be released on the board. It was not expressly stated that it would be KOF 2003, but this seems the most likely candidate. That means, of course - the engine must be rewritten, which is a bit exciting.

The last, and least exciting piece of news is that the new 4-player Guilty Gear has been officially named Guilty Gear Isuka.

Sammy Vs Capcom has not even entered the design phase yet, but KOF is well into development, and planned for a spring 2004 release. Thanks to the Madman's Cafe (and a clearer BBS post from Moriarty) for the news, as well as Dengeki and ZD Japan who also have images from the show(including the above [ZD]). No actual game footage yet.

Lots of loaded statements here. Times are changing in the world of 2D fighting. Perhaps united, they stand a chance?

News: Korean Videogame Museum

September 10, 2003 11:46 PM PST


Turns out that Korean PC Engine ad yesterday came from this site; the Korean Videogame Museum. Lots of cool stuff in there to browse through. For those of you who are baffled, the navigation bar is on the right, ordered by decade. Some really great, really huge images in there, so be sure you're prepared for the modem strain.

Play Asia: New budget releases

September 10, 2003 11:33 PM PST

Play Asia / BS

Here's what's new in the budget import category - the nifty shooter Psyvariar Medium Unit has been released for PS2 ($25), first off. Then there are a host of Dreamcast Collection budget titles, all $34 or under. The titles are Gaia Master Kessen (Capcom - SRPG), KOF 2000 (SNK Playmore - FTG - only $29.90), Pandora's Dream (NEC IC - AVG), Miss Moonlight (Kaga Tech - AVG), and Moero! Justic Gakuen (Capcom - FTG).

Some interesting full priced games out as well - most notably Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life (GC) and Drag On Dragoon (PS2).

News: PC Genjin, Adventure Island remakes

September 10, 2003 11:19 PM PST

Hudson / BS

According to the magicbox, Hudson is now planning to do the famicom re-release dance on the PS2 as well. But there are two new titles to add to the mix! In addition to Lode Runner and Star Soldier, they'll be bringing out PC Genjin (Bonk's Adventure) and Adventure Island! If the last two can successfully make the transition to 3D, I will be pleasantly shocked.

News: Bloody Cross demo v-up

September 10, 2003 11:14 PM PST

Byulbram / BS

The Bloody Cross GP32 demo has been upgraded to version 1.0.1. Go get it here!

News: Bloodrain

September 10, 2003 11:12 PM PST

Bloodrain / BS

Bloodrain is a new doujin shooter from Germany, incorporating the buzz system with powerups and three ship types. Looks promising enough - since the homepage seems to be overloaded most of the time, download the current build at the Retokyo and Triggerzone mirrors.

News: KOF 2000/2001 pack

September 10, 2003 11:08 PM PST

SNK Neo Geo / BS

You all know this by now - the KOF 2000/2001 PS2 pack is coming at the end of November for $39.99. Check here if you want to read the full press release.

News: Sage Expo

September 9, 2003 11:55 PM PST

Sage / BS

Expos are coming fast and furious round about now, what with London Game Week, Comiket 64 and TGS. Here's one of a different color; the Sage Expo. It's an online 'meeting' of the sonic games community. That is to say, homebrewers who by and large have the mighty blue ring-obsessed insectivore as the star of their hearts. Lots of demos to try, as well as history to discover. So go to!

Incidentally, I've been informed that a few of the 'booths' were having server trouble. But they're to be back up within a few hours, so if the object of your desire does not load - it soon will.

News: Korean PCE clone

September 9, 2003 11:37 PM PST

Etronics / BS

Very curious system here! This is a Korean model PC Engine that went into (and quickly out of) production some years back - it has been significantly modified from it's original state. It's got the AV out on the side, as you can see, as well as the large-style controller ports on the front, and the blue power button (evoking the forthcoming Duo in Japan). It was called the Supercom 16 Vistar, and was brought to Korea by a company called Hai-Tai, which has since changed it's name to Etronics. No info on the system there, of course. All of the info gleaned thus far comes from Super Guppy Deluxe's post on the monkeyboards. Anyone with further intel is encouraged to let me know, so that I may spread the word.

News: Rumblings from Japan

September 9, 2003 11:21 PM PST

various / SM

Yahoo! Nothing more exciting than a new Armored Core game. News is out that Armored Core NEXUS will be released next spring. There will be two discs, one for the past and one for the future. The past will have mail and recordings of missions from the previous games. Future will be a completely new product. There might be weather and time changes incorporated, and the garage will be updated as well.

Suikoden 4 will be released in 2004. The stage for the newest edition will be the sea. The warring countries will spread over a number of islands. The character design will be handled by Junko Kono, who did the first game. More information will be made available at TGS in a few short weeks.

And of course, there are the rumors of FF7-2 showing up as well. Time will tell, eh?

News: GP32 proto

September 9, 2003 11:10 PM PST

Gamepark / BS

Here's a prototype I've not seen before. The shape is familiar, but the blue buttons and pad are especially striking, and the old-style RF module is also well-represented. This comes from a September 2000 report by ZD Net Japan, though I can't find the specific news post in question. The image was linked from the GPzigi forums. Click the pic to the right for a larger view.

News: Story of Bug Eyed Monster

September 9, 2003 11:03 PM PST

Team Athena / BS

The GP32 visual novel/minigame extravaganza Story of Bug Eyed Monster has been released! Go get it at MegaGP.

News: Cat flash

September 8, 2003 11:55 PM PST

ece4co / BS

ece4co appears to be the work of one Yoshio Ishii. He's got a great assortment of flash games for the playing. Most immediately noticeable are the games featuring cats at the top there. All are simple, and have a fantastic arthouse feel to them. And each one makes you feel terrible when you lose. Down below, there are several non-cat games linked via text. The genres are, in order: Action, Shooting, RPG, Puzzle, Other. They're all quite fun, and each has a totally distinct visual style to it. Rather a nice site, on the whole. If nothing else, check out this rez-style shooter. Thanks to Binjuice of the insert credit IRC channel for mailing in the link.

News: Poko!

September 8, 2003 11:43 PM PST

Boy Dolls / BS

My name is Poko. Have you eaten Milky today?
An intrepid woman in japan has taken it upon herself to make a large volume of cloth dolls based on popular manga/game characters. Naturally Terry is a favorite, though she's renamed him Poko. Very curious site, complete with Snake Charmer; 'beautiful underwear for men', and instructions on how to make panties out of handkerchiefs. Don't forget to visit the polls and give our boy Terry a (perhaps undeserved) boost! Thanks to MAV's MMCafe bbs post for the link.


September 8, 2003 11:37 PM PST

Reaperman / BS

He had big goals - to make a GBA with a larger screen, heftier feel, external Neo Geo controller ports, and TV connectability. Once he got that Neo Geo Controller and TV part working though, he got understandably distracted. View his progress here, and learn how to make the model he originally planned on your own, or just get as far as he did. While you're at it, have a look at the GBA/PSone LCD project. That one's much more complete, albeit by a different person entirely.

News: Powerglove movie

September 8, 2003 11:25 PM PST

NantoFX / BS

Our old pal Aaron Nanto of pcenginefx just emailed me about some work he did in a gaming-related short film. It's called The Glove (watch it here on ifilm), and Nanto did the effects for it. To be perfectly honest, the effects are the best part - take a look at some screens and methodology on his NantoFX page. Give a PCengine guy some support, I say.

News: Decaying Orbit

September 8, 2003 11:11 PM PST

Dragonshadow Industries / BS

Skah_T of Dragonshadow Industries has put up an extensive writeup of Decaying Orbit, his PSX-turned-Nuon homebrew title, at Nuon-dome. It's a decent read, chronicling his past, present and future work with the game. And of course, there's a new three-level download for you to try out, and a host of screens.

News: Aiky revives Zanac

September 8, 2003 11:07 PM PST

Aiky / BS

Aiky, successors to - nay, purchasers of the Compile throne have seen fit to get back into the shooter game. Perhaps not in the way you'd like though. They've taken to bandying about the MSX version, porting it to the PC and cellphones in japan. Better than nothing, kind of.

News: Viewpoint GBA demo

September 8, 2003 11:02 PM PST

In-Cubus / BS

We've discussed this game before - a Viewpoint port for the GBA. But at the time, there was only a video or two available. Well now there's a demo ROM. Not sure how legal that is, so grab it while you can! Thanks to Paleface for pointing this out.

News: Killer 7 images, info

September 7, 2003 11:57 PM PST

eg.nttpub.co.jp / BS

eg.nttpub.co.jp has just posted some new images and information from Grasshopper Manufacture's upcoming Gamecube title; Killer 7. The game will be mostly adventure/detective work. But at key moments you can gain control of the character's movement, but only to the point of choosing between preset options on a live menu screen. Action/assassination will take place in first person mode. There's talk of head shots, various weapons and whatnot.

Looks like I'm going to have to learn to live with disappointment.

News: Sispri Gauntlet

September 7, 2003 11:49 PM PST

D5 / GL

Sispri Gauntlet is a nice doujin work from D5 - a Gauntlet clone as you can image, wherein you play as Karen from Sister Princess, trying to fend off all the other clone-girls. Get the demo here (direct link) - it should fill all of your sister blasting needs.

News: GP32/GBA coding competition

September 7, 2003 11:45 PM PST

PD Roms / BS

Kojote emailed me regarding his GP32/GBA/GBC coding competition which I foolishly missed at the start of the month. There are cash prizes for this one, with additional prizes from Gambit Studios and the creator of HamLib. Submissions must be in by October 31st, so get cracking! It doesn't appear as though there's any embargo on entering GP32 entries into both this and ADIC 2003, so we should see some ambitious works come out of this.

Download: Tetris Master 2nd movie

September 7, 2003 11:31 PM PST

Arika / BS

Arika has released a second movie of Tetris Master (arcade) on their downloads page (direct link). Frighteningly fast, this game moves. The video shows an individual clearing the entirety of master mode (complete with lots of close calls) to become a Grand Master - credits roll. The game is still due out in the fall to Japanese arcades.

News: Noise Factory update

September 7, 2003 11:23 PM PST

Noise Factory / BS

Noise Factory is still moving along...though updates are slow. They recently announced that they've found over half of the staff they were looking to recruit, and that the Chiba branch is moving to Tokyo. Check out all the new data here. Any day now, they're going to come up with a big announcement. I can feel it.

Feature: Playstation Experience

September 7, 2003 2:40 PM PST

insert credit / Mathew Kumar

Mathew Kumar, our European Correspondent guy, trekked his way from Scotland to London, where he covered the entirety of the London Game Week, which includes ECTS, the European GDC, some Nintendo deal, and the Playstation Experience. You'll be hearing about all in kind, but this is the first. Behold as Mathew stealthily dodges burly guards and silver tongued PR reps on his quest to actually get Kojima. In many ways, he succeeds at this. Oh and he talks about some games, I think. Read up, friends.

Review: Winter Is...

September 6, 2003 11:47 PM PST

Yellowrider / BS

Some four months ago, I was sent a translated copy of a review of Winter Is... - the 2nd visual novel for GP32. The original was in Korean, written by Yellowrider. Valken did the translation and I the localization. But I was hoping we could do better. Four months later, we did not. And there is still not one English language review of the game on the net, nor even a prominent Korean one. With that as a preface, I give you Winter Is...

News: Solid Snake/Kyle Reese

September 6, 2003 11:33 PM PST

Metal Gear Zone / BS

This is plain wacky. You may have seen it before, but in case you haven't...take a look at this image juxtaposing Solid Snake (original Metal Gear version) with Kyle Reese, destroyer of the Terminator, almost. Quite striking, that plagiarism. Thanks to Crazy Mike's mmcafe bbs post for the link.

News: GTA live action

September 6, 2003 11:23 PM PST

Otherside / BS

Some European fellows have made themselves a rather humorous live-action short film based on Grand Theft Auto. Perhaps the greatest part is that they made certain to highlight the game's many control and play quirks. Runs a bit longer than it should, but worth the time if you're on broadband. Thanks to good ole Pie of the insert credit IRC channel for the link.

News: Kanon Town

September 6, 2003 11:12 PM PST

Song2 / BS

Song2 has come up with a Kanon-themed Nekketsu style beat 'em up game called Kanon Town. Quite tough, so make frequent use of the save states. The visual novel graffiti on the walls is a nice touch. Thanks to Zepy for the news.

News: GGDX

September 6, 2003 11:05 PM PST

Alpha Station / BS

Short GGDX location test update - here's a scan of the generic movelist/description of the game, hosted by Alpha Station. Thanks to iggy's mmcafe bbs post for the news.

Reviews: Star Soldier

September 5, 2003 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / brandon sheffield

Hudson is out to reinvent themselves, rebuilding from the ground up. This great game is a stepping stone towards that goal. Shame nobody bothered to buy it. Have yourself some Star Soldier.

News: Sadako Flash MP3

September 5, 2003 11:43 PM PST

Porcellino / BS

Update! Damian Maxwell has gotten us closer to the origin of the song. Right here you'll find a selection of songs based on or inspired by the Nova usagi commercials that air all the damn time in Japan. This is that little pink rabbit that urges people to go learn English at Nova's schools. The Sadako flash song is #83. It's still likely that the music came from elsewhere originally, but...that may well be beyond our scope. (Original post below)

Your prayers have been answered. Lots of folks mailed in asking about the MP3 from the Sadako (ring) flash we linked a while back. The origin has yet to be determined, but the MP3 has been ripped! Porcellino did the deed, and I've taken the liberty of uploading it to our servers. Check it out.

Play Asia: New preorders, releases

September 5, 2003 11:35 PM PST

Play Asia / BS

Got some new preorders this week, important ones at that. There's Killer 7 for the GC, Castlevania: Lament of Innocence, Kunoichi: Shinobu and Super Robot Wars: Scramble Commander for PS2.

Preorders aside, Enterbrain has re-released budget versions of a few of their more prominent titles. Take a look at 3D Fighter Maker and True Love Story, both under $30!

News: Tapwave Zodiac

September 5, 2003 11:21 PM PST

various / BS

There's some new information that's surfaced about the Tapwave Zodiac. There will be two versions - a 32mb HD for $299, a higher end model for $399. There's quite a bit more information for those interested, which you can find in a full article here, with another right here.

News: Evangelion 2nd impact

September 5, 2003 11:12 PM PST

Alfa System / BS

An official page has gone up for Alfa System's latest work; Evangelion Second Impact. The site has not opened in it's entirety yet, but there are quite a few images for you to look at.

News: Chouaniki discussion

September 5, 2003 1:37 PM PST

nfg.2y.net/games / BS

Talk about synchronicity - as I put up my Angel's Feather post, Lawrence was composing an article about Chouaniki and the sexual properties thereof. Half review, half commentary, with lots of strange visuals. Good stuff.

Off-Topic: Onegai Twins recreation

September 4, 2003 11:58 PM PST

Amato Kinkakuji / BS

Many anime take tours through actual areas of japan. But Onegai Twins opening sequence was so realistic that a few fellows decided to recreate the entire thing. It's truly amazing how dead on these scenes were. A mere curiosity, but for those interested in pop culture, one not to be missed. Thanks to Namakoteam for the link.

News: Tsukihime typing battle

September 4, 2003 11:49 PM PST

PSG System / BS

Nifty typing game from PSG System, as pointed to me by Zepy. It requires knowledge of japanese keyboards, but may be worth a look regardless. Check out a direct link to the demo if it piques your interest.

News: Kaido Battle to the US

September 4, 2003 11:43 PM PST

Sammy Studios / BS

Sammy Studios is bringing Genki's drift racer Kaido Battle to the US! The date is somewhere in February 2004 - a while to wait, but it'll be well worth it for this one.

News: GP32 update

September 4, 2003 11:34 PM PST

various / BS

A whole mess of stuff happened in the GP32 arena in the last two days. I'll be brief:

Treebuds Soft has released new images of their upcoming game TOT. You can find them here and here.

Team Athena has announced that their new minigame/love sim Story of Bug Eyed Monster will be coming out on the 9th of September for 13000 won (download version), and have released some new images on the site to prove it.

Last but not least, Tailzone has put up the download for their latest game, GiriGiri Walker.

News: Yon Koma Cafe

September 4, 2003 11:11 PM PST

Chris Kohler / BS

Some may not be aware that our own Chris Kohler transrates 4-panel comics. These comics are associated with the site's mascot Kobun, of Capcom's Rockman Dash fame. They have a tendency to be funny.

News: SvC Chaos artwork update

September 4, 2003 11:05 PM PST

SNK Playmore / BS

Short update - two new characters have been added to the SvC Chaos character page. Athena and Red Arremer are the new additions.

Off-topic: The Famicom hooligans

September 3, 2003 11:48 PM PST

thisisnorthscotland.co.uk / BS

Not a whole lot of crime in Woodside, North Scotland. So when some miscreants decided to daub graffiti on the walls of a local Aberdeen church, officials were baffled. The youths scrawled something unusual across the spilled orange paint.

Police have confirmed they are searching for the culprits - but are unable to shed any light on the meaning of "The Famicom".

News: Angel's Feather

September 3, 2003 11:35 PM PST


KID has just announced that they'll be bringing the dungeon Adventure RPG Angel's Feather to the PS2, release date and price pending. What's interesting about this particular title is that aside from it's being a 2D/3D RPG, it's also a boy's love ADV. Sample CG event screens are here. The game was developed by Blue Impact for the PC, and was actually released with an 18+ expansion pack. The official page for the PC version is here. There's a demo movie on that same sample page, direct link here. Totally work safe, and shows a good deal of the dungeon crawling/battle system as well as the Opening movie.

What's particularly interesting to me about the title is that this makes the third PS2 title in japan with a homosexual-centric theme, after Heaven from NEC IC and Chou Aniki from X-nauts. Sony is growing braver than they once were.

News: Mitodokebito

September 3, 2003 11:23 PM PST

Earthwell / BS

Doujin group Earthwell has released a demo and the (frighteningly high quality) opening movie for their upcoming AVG title Mitodokebito. The demo can be found here (download both packs), and the movie here (direct link). Sources say the game is quite good as well.

News: GGDX location test report

September 3, 2003 11:18 PM PST

Chupiler / BS

Chupiler has compiled the data he's found on the net regarding the recent Guilty Gear DX arcade game on the Atomiswave hardware. He's posted a very informative thread about it on the MMCafe message boards. Here's what the madman himself had to say about the game:

Dear God, the game was insane. Think of it as GGXX using the QOH99's 4 player engine with the Fatal Fury 2 line system embedded into it.

There's not really much to talk about this new game, since aside for the 4 player anf line thing, there seems to be no major changes or new moves added in. The game consists of a single round, although the players have more than a stock of life. Each match ends pretty quickly when played by all human opponents. Its pretty devastating when a player has to face two opponents (like when the teammate dies), since the opponents can just do an infinite series of weak attacks to death...

And yes, there were a good number of matches with only Sols on the screen.

News: Hoihoi san update

September 3, 2003 11:06 PM PST

Konami / BS

The Hoihoi san website has been updated once more, with additions to the game system and wardrobe sections. There's a mini flash game now, where you can dress hoihoi san up in different clothing. I'm starting to think that this game may not be for the...adult audience.

News: Illusion snapshot contest prizes

September 3, 2003 10:59 PM PST

Illusion / BS

Not sure if I just missed this a while back or what, but Illusion has revealed the prizes for their Sexy Beach 2 snapshot competition. There's the aforementioned Digital Camera grand prize (looks pretty middle-grade), a DBVR Dartboard, telephone cards based on various software, a ring necklace, and a pencilboard/mousepad 'set'. The snapshot page has been updated again, but I can't link you to it, due to the explicit nature.

Site News: The outage

September 2, 2003 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / BS

There wasn't much we could do about it. We didn't get hacked this time, just DNS errors and foolish things. Hopefully it won't happen again. No guarantees, of course!

News: Goddess Saga new info

September 2, 2003 11:57 PM PST

Eternity / BS

Goddess Saga, the gorgeous SRPG for GP32 has been updated with loads of new info and pics. Going through methodically we find: a story (albeit in korean), character profiles and artwork, updated class tree and images of various jobs, battle system info and animated gifs, and finally, a new gallery of screens. If you didn't think it was pretty before...this may change your mind. Anyone who can help translate this info, please drop me a line!

News: Mahoromatic fighter

September 2, 2003 11:35 PM PST

DK Soft / BS

DK Soft has just put up a demo of their doujin Mahoromatic-based fighter. Not a whole lot to it just yet, but fun for the fans to be sure. Thanks to Zepy for the news.

News: Puyo returns

September 2, 2003 11:23 PM PST

Sega / BS

...at least in a manner of speaking. Here's the site for the new game; Puyo Fever. The graphics have been completely redesigned, and the characters themselves are a bit...unusual for the series. The game is being redesigned by Sonic Team, who did a very good job with the GBA version of the game. But this game appears to have been totally revamped - though the system recalls puyo puyo Sun more than anything. That is to say, you fill a gauge, then unleash chains. They've also done away with the four-player battles. The game is planned for a simultaneous winter 2003 release across four consoles - DC, PS2, CG and Xbox. No price has been set just yet. More shots can be found on Sonic Team's official page for the game.

News: Shooter bits

September 2, 2003 11:05 PM PST

various / BS

Some tiny shooter updates today; catch-up from the last two days. First, Cave has released a new poster/image of Esp Galuda, which is coming out very soon. I've uploaded the image right there to the left.

And the official site for the GC version of Shikigami II is up, and was recently updated with character art. Thanks to Triggerzone for the news.

News: ADIC 2003

September 2, 2003 5:40 PM PST

GP32 News / BS

The next wave of GP32 competition has come! The ADIC 2003 is an official gamepark sponsored GP32 coding competition which is now in it's second year. GP32 News is organizing and hosting it again, though the judges have yet to be announced. New prizes include a Panasonic Gamecube, ASR GP32 pack, and other handheld items. Now that the community has gotten a fair bit larger, we should see some very interesting stuff!

News: Sega hardware tree

September 2, 2003 5:37 PM PST

nfg games / BS

Lawrence has put together an interesting visual tree of sega's hardware, omitting a color variation here and there. Check out the full image, in addition to an explanation of what's missing right over here.

News: Capcom tabletop RPGs

September 2, 2003 5:34 PM PST

Living Room Games / BS

For those wacky folks who like pen and paper RPGs, here's a bit of news. Living Room Games just recently announced that they will be releasing RPGs based on the Rival Schools, Darkstalkers and Final Fight properties. By all accounts, they might be just the cats to make it work.

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