Feature: Metal Slug 5 location test

October 31, 2003 11:58 PM PST

insert credit / tim rogers

Tim and Chuck Franker attended the Metal Slug 5 location test last week. They managed to get a screenshot and a video, but then the arcade manager exacted some deadly crimson justice. Things could have gone better. Check the report for antics, Outrun 2, Knights of Valour: the Seven Spirits, and...more! He should have sidetalked the MS5 cabinet.

News: Halloween Mario!

October 31, 2003 11:39 PM PST

Blaze / BS

Halloween is mostly over - but you can extend it for a bit longer with Marioween (direct link). This is a very nice homebrew title which marries the graphics of Super Mario World with the gameplay of Super Mario 64...to a degree. The enemies have been redone in halloween-y style, and to top it off, an insert credit quote prefaces the entire thing! Check the forum post for more screenshots, if you need them.

Play Asia: Toys!

October 31, 2003 11:09 PM PST

Play Asia / BS

Neat goings on at Play Asia today - for one thing they've got preorders up for Takara's newest line of TV Games; games that plug directly into the television. The three games here include a 2-player 2D shooter, 2-player Choro Q racer, and taiko no tatsujin-esque drum game. They're due out in four days.

There's also a bunch of Naruto figures...each $5 package comes with one naruto toy, and a bit of candy. I'd expect that these will sell out nearly instantly at that price, so pre-ordering is probably a good idea.

News: Samorost

October 30, 2003 11:59 PM PST

Amanita Design / BS

I'm about three months late on this one. But if you've yet to see it, get ready for an incredibly treat. Samorost is a Flash-based adventure game the likes of Nanatsu Kaze no Shima Monogatari. The graphics are gorgeous, the gameplay engaging, and the music stirring. It was made by a few czech students at the University of Art and Industry. Samorost means driftwood, incidentally. One of the individuals responsible runs Amanita Design. A very odd site. The game is short, but very enjoyable while it lasts.

Rumor: Last Blade 3, Fighters Fever: R

October 30, 2003 11:48 PM PST

Coinop Express / BS

Coinop Express has updated their list of forthcoming SNK arcade titles. This is a sale list from a not-disreputable organization in HK, so it shouldn't be too error-filled. Last Blade 3 is listed as a JAMMA release. Also of note; there is a game called Fighters Fever: R on there, as well, and they credit Noise Factory with Metal Slug 5's development. This information is difficult to confirm, so, as always filter this through common sense.

News: KOF EX 2 to reach US!

October 30, 2003 11:33 PM PST

Atlus / BS

After a failed deal with Acclaim, Atlus has taken up the reins, and plans to release KOF EX 2 for GBA in the US come December. Nice to see them getting back together somewhat.

News: Storm Angel update

October 30, 2003 11:25 PM PST

Loaded Studio / BS

The french Loaded Studio has updated their Storm Angel page slightly, with some game stats and three new images. I've also received the supplemental info that the game is very near complete, and there is a demo forthcoming.

News: Plus Plum 2

October 30, 2003 11:12 PM PST

Takuyo / BS

New Plus Plum 2 images are available here. Not as many as one would hope. The game is coming in december (6800 yen) for Xbox, and will feature a LIVE connection.

News: Sidetalkin...one last time

October 30, 2003 11:06 PM PST

Sidetalkin / BS

I promise that this is the last Sidetalkin link that I will post. But there is now a huge assortment of photos on the site, broken down into no less than nine pages. Some of the juxtapositions are getting terribly clever. Keep a look out for more journalists, and those associated with them! May as well go check - the site is mostly composed of you guys/gals anyway.

Site News: Forums sacrificed to appease pagan gods

October 30, 2003 3:02 PM PST

insert credit / BS

We're hoping they'll come back soon. Oh, and happy halloween!

update: aaaaaaaaand they're back.

News: Pacman for MS Excel

October 29, 2003 11:58 PM PST

Nobuya Chikada / BS

This is bizarre. Seems there's a doujin subculture that enjoys making games that run on Microsoft's Excel spreadsheet program. And...they run well! Pac Man is the latest, and perhaps greatest achievement - check the site for more links in english as well. For more Excel action games, check here...it's an archive of sorts. Definitely useful for those who are stuck at their jobs pretending to work. Perhaps this has something to do with the Flight Simulator pack-in with Excel '97? Thanks to tom for the first link, Slashdot Games for the last.

News: Astroboy TVCM

October 29, 2003 11:44 PM PST

Play Asia / BS

Sega has released some TV commercials for their upcoming Treasure developed GBA side-scroller based on the Tezuka Astroboy property. The game is shaping up very nicely. Thanks to good ole Rid Hershel for the news.

Play Asia: Axel Impact coupon

October 29, 2003 11:39 PM PST

Play Asia / BS

Play Asia is pushing Axel Impact something fierce! They've put up two videos in the section for one thing. For another, they've released a $10 off coupon, since other Korean releases are much cheaper. The code is GO-AXL-IMP, and you simply enter it with your order in the appropriate location. It's unlimited count, but has only been given to insert credit so far.

While we're here, I might as well mention that there are several new import games coming in...the $25 Twinbee RPG PSOnebooks version for instance. Plus they've got preorders up for the Separate Hori controller!

News: Batman & Robin SCD

October 29, 2003 11:26 PM PST

Toonami Arsenal / BS

The Sega CD adaptation of Batman & Robin was not the most fantastic, but it did feature almost an entire (unaired) episode of the animated series by virtue of it's cutscenes. These days, the game can be a bit rough to find, so Toonami Arsenal has made the cutscenes available for download. Thanks to buttered monster juan for the news.

News: GP32 update

October 29, 2003 11:15 PM PST

various / BS

GP32 News' own ThunderZ has been working on an advanced 3D engine for the GP32. He's been making a lot of progress, and really has some nice, truly psone quality graphics moving at a fair clip on the beleaguered-yet-beloved console Check GP32 News for video clips of the emu in motion.

Also, Don Miguel, of Super Plusha fame is going to continue developing for the GP32. This news comes from a post in his GP32 support forum; he will be releasing two puzzle games through mega/joygp, and a full boxed release of his long planned mature RPG.

News: KOF 2003 details confirmed

October 29, 2003 11:06 PM PST

Gamespot / BS

Gamespot's good old japanese correspondent has confirmed several details about KOF 2003, as gleaned from Arcadia magazine. The battles will be 3-on-3, and the Fatal Fury team has been revealed to contain Terry, Joe and Tizoc/Griffon Mask from Garou. Terry is also wearing his Garou: Mark of the Wolves outfit in the illustrations they provided. The illustrations are being done by Falcoon, as hinted earlier. You can find the art on the official KOF 2003 character page, along with their team story. Most interestingly: the game will focus on bringing in other characters from the SNK universe. Not bad.

News: Hoihoi update

October 29, 2003 11:00 PM PST

Konami / BS

The Hoihoi PS2 webpage has been updated with new costumes, weapons/items, and quite a bit more. Check out the planned toys as well - assembled - accessories. Thanks to Rid for the news.

News: Plaything Digital Arts Symposium

October 27, 2003 11:56 PM PST

dlux / VD / BS

Here's an article which poses the question; who's representing independent game developers? Their answer is unusual - they suggest more artistic outlets, in order for the industry as a whole to mature. Interesting article, but doesn't really answer the call. It seems as though a model like that of ESP in Japan would be more appropriate for the current state we're in. They publish games by developers that fall within their circle, the product of pooled resources. Another fine example of a way to move forward would be more organized/hobby affiliated trade conventions such as Japan's Comic Market. But there may yet be room for art in games...

Play Asia: Korean releases

October 27, 2003 11:47 PM PST

Play Asia / BS

Great news for import fans - Play Asia has finally gotten ahold of a Korean PS2 software distributor to work with - and for those who don't know, Korean PS2 games tend to be released with extras, not to mention a good $15 cheaper than their Japanese counterparts, on average. Check out a few choice titles: Metal Slug 3 ltd, Tales of Destiny 2 ltd (both ~$80 US), 12 Stag ($39) and R-Type Final ($45). Just the tip of the iceberg...and of course, these play on any Japanese/asia-enabled PS2.

Update: A page has been added with all Korean versions, so you can browse the full catalog. The Metal Slug 3 limited box is already sold out! Also some videos have been added for the SCEK racer Axel Impact.

News: Separate controller

October 27, 2003 11:33 PM PST

Hori / BS

Hori is releasing a nifty new item - it's called the Separate Controller. It can be used as a normal controller, split into two, or the right side can be used one-handed. Check the official page for diagrams. This is, I believe, the first ever analog one-handed controller on the market. The release is planned for November 27th (Thanksgiving in the US), at 3200 each. Don't forget the backstory!

News: Totally updated!

October 27, 2003 11:21 PM PST

Sidetalkin / BS

Sidetalkin has updated with a lot more exciting individuals talking excitedly into the sides of exciting things. Many people thought it was funny to talk into an Xbox. Poor Chris Kohler.

News: The Advantage

October 25, 2003 11:59 PM PST

The Advantage / BS

Checking up on one of my local musical groups today, I discovered something interesting. I knew that the post-rock band Hella shared one member with an NES cover duo by the name of Generic. They never released an album, only a single (excellent) track on a compilation. I did not know however, that Hella had formed a new NES cover band, now with four members. And so we have The Advantage. I advise you - before clicking on that link, as yourself a question. Are you ready to rock? Sincerely? If the answer is "no", or even "maybe", just steer yourself clear.

One thing to mention is that the MP3s available on the site are a bit buggy. But they're releasing an album this fall on 5rc, so go buy that when it's released. Further, I expect the overal technicality and cleanliness of the music to improve with the studio release, given the high polish of Generic.

News: Wire Robo

October 25, 2003 11:49 PM PST

Nepia World / BS

A while back we linked to a game by Nepia World - Wire Robo by name. Well the time has come for the release, and rather surprisingly, it's entirely free! So go and get it, it's quite the game. Control is as follows. Fire button launches the robot's head, which can attach to objects, enemies and missiles, while destroying bullets. Once you've attached yourself to something, left and right direction keys will cause the robot to fire homing bullets at whatever it's attatched to. Keep your eye on the radar, and enjoy! Thanks to Michael Stearns for pointing out the release.

News: LotR pinball

October 25, 2003 11:38 PM PST

Stern Pinball / BS

Stern Pinball, the last game in town, has a new game in the works; Lord of the Rings. The information was broken by Pinball News, who have a nice writeup of what to expect from the new machine. Looks like this might be something rather nice! Thanks to slashdot games for the heads up.

News: Bloody Cross version up

October 25, 2003 11:23 PM PST

Bloody Cross / BS

In the face of the failed european launch, Byulbram is here to remind us that the GP32 isn't done for just yet! He has released an upgrade to the demo for his fighting game Bloody Cross.

News: Phantom console discussion

October 24, 2003 11:57 PM PST

Glaximus / BS

A fellow by the name of Glaximus, Jim to his mom, has written up a really nice report of a Phantom product demo. The article is extremely well written, and hosted by the charismatic swashbucklers at Penny Arcade. Definitely a great read - really shows what the industry thinks of we, the gaming public. While you're in the mood, check out the Glaximus website. He's made a slew of amateur games - including Avenging Angels - a vertical shooter, and The Omega Initiative - essentially a combo between Shock Trooper and Maximum Destruction.

News: Totally Sidetalkin

October 24, 2003 11:38 PM PST

Sidetalkin / BS

Check out the spiffy new website (hours old, even!) celebrating the Nokia N-Gage's unique method of phone use. Keep checking back, and you may see some familiar faces in there! Check it out now before the internet rabble turn it sour!

News: Video Opera

October 24, 2003 11:26 PM PST

Video Opera / BS

Video Opera is a nifty new website that tracks the goings on in the fighting game combo community. Very useful resource for finding links to movies, tournament info and the like. They've a decent staff, so expect them to be around for a while, and as all-inclusive as possible. Thanks to the erstwhile Rockman Pocket for the news.

News: Aniventure Diary

October 24, 2003 11:15 PM PST

Taito / BS

Aniventure Diary is an online windows adventure game from Taito, and a very curious project it is! It strikes as an online choose your own adventure series. Essentially you pick a character, buy items at the store, and choose a destination. A movie is then sent to you at a given time on monday, wednesday and friday, and you watch the results, then choose again. Not sure how interactive these movies will be while playing, if at all, but it's a really interesting concept. The beta test will begin on November 18th, but registration is beginning now. There will only be 5,000 beta testers chosen, and you must be able to read and write Japanese (for sending bug reports, etc) in order to partake, but there's nothing about your location in here - so US residents are ok, it seems. If the beta registration is over 5,000 it will go into a lottery.

News: Psyvariar II to DC/PS2/Xbox?

October 24, 2003 11:06 PM PST

Success / BS

The Psyvariar 2 Arcade page has been renewed, with more information, screenshots and the like. Lots of nice images in there. The character and background depicted on each page of the site is randomized, so refresh a few times before you leave. There are more screenshots and such available on the Skonec site - Skonec being a Korean company that seems to have some hand in the release of this game. The Japanese company section of Skonec's site seems to indicate that they not only developed Psyvariar 2, but are providing the middleware for ports to Xbox, PS2 and Dreamcast. If anyone has a different reading on this, please, please correct me. The Japanese on their site was generated through an auto translator, so it's a bit strange.

News: Nurse Witch Komugi extras

October 24, 2003 10:59 PM PST


The extras have been revealed for the limited edition of Kid's upcoming PS2 realization of the Nurse Witch Komugi Chan franchise. There will be the figure to the left, of course, and also a music CD. This won't be an OST really, but rather a song sung by the gal who did the OP for the anime, and two original unpublished songs from mr. Koro, who did the OST. The track list is not yet 100% firm. The limited edition will cost 10,800 yen, while the regular version will be 6,800 yen. So those had better be some nice extras! The official page for the game is here - expect it to be released sometime in 2004.

Site News: PN03 error

October 24, 2003 3:21 PM PST

insert credit / BS

I made a grave error when putting up Josh's latest review: PN03. I unwittingly omitted about 400 words (three paragraphs) from the end of the review, making it terribly incomplete. Please go back and read the review in it's entirety, as it's quite a good one. My apologies to you, and to Josh. We've also now re-implemented the response section of our forums, so you can respond to the two most recent articles.

Review: The King of Fighters EX 2

October 23, 2003 11:52 PM PST

insert credit / brandon sheffield

This is a review ten months in the making. Not so much to show for that really, I just couldn't begin to be satisfied with a final opinion on the game. At times it frustrated me - the review, not the game. I'm terribly conflicted as to where to place this in the KOF lexicon - it wants to be a console game, but feels very much like a handheld game. At the same time, it doesn't use the GBA to it's fullest either. You begin to see my conflict. So I procrastinated for several months - waiting for the US release. It never came, and never will, though a European release did pull through. So...better late than never, eh?

Download: Frane III demo

October 23, 2003 11:52 PM PST

Exe Create / BS

Frane is an ARPG series from Exe Create. The most recent incarnation; Frane III has a shooter section, for which you can download a demo (direct link). Not the greatest, but something to occupy a slice of time. There are some promo videos to view as well. Thanks to Triggerzone for the news.

News: MSX magazine revival

October 23, 2003 11:41 PM PST

Gpara / BS

MSX magazine ran from 1983 to 1992, then basically died with the system itself. But in 2002, a memorial edition was created, with various goings on and interviews since the last issue. Now, on the third of December, another (twice as large) memorial issue is being released. The new MSX magazine will have emulator news, news about the new PC re-releases (such as Madou Monogatari 1-2-3), and a whole slew of interviews. The issue will retail for 2,800 yen. Thanks to Iggy's MMCafe BBS post for the link.

News: SNK Playmore update

October 23, 2003 11:30 PM PST

SNK Playmore / BS

Some minor updates today; the english KOF 2003 page is open, and the english character page is up for the Metal Slug 5. Lastly, the SvC Chaos consumer page was added.

News: Metal Slug 5 location tests

October 23, 2003 11:23 PM PST

SNK NeoGeo / BS

More location tests for Metal Slug 5 - Osaka, Tokyo and Fukuoka. They run until the 26th - if all goes as planned, we should have someone there.

Site News: .......Forums!

October 22, 2003 11:53 PM PST

insert credit / VD

Indeed! After months of waiting, the forums are back. We couldn't transfer them from the old server, so everyone will have to reregister - but it's better than nothing, no? Vince brought them back to life, so you've him to thank. Hop on in, friends!

Update: Well that didn't last very long, did it? The forums are already down, and for once, it's totally unexpected. It's a database error - it will be corrected soon...

Update the second: And they're back up again! Amazing what can happen within 24 hours...

News: GP32 not coming to Europe

October 22, 2003 11:53 PM PST

GP32 News / BS

GP32 News reports a Mitsui announcement that they will not be bringing the GP32 to Europe after all. No word yet on why, or if Virgin will still be distributing it in Spain, but this is very unfortunate news, either way.

News: La Pucelle coming to the US

October 22, 2003 11:45 PM PST

Mastiff Games / BS

Nippon Ichi's lovely PS2 Simulation RPG La Pucelle is coming to the US!!! The popularity of Disgaea is a powerful thing. The conversion will be done by relative newcomers Mastiff Games, who have only two PSOne titles to their credit. But don't let this discourage you - take a look at the pedigrees of the persons involved...not too shabby. Check out the official page for the japanese version for screens and such. One can only hope that they will consult Alamone, who has been doing a fan translation up until now.

News: Treasure Island arcade

October 22, 2003 10:12 PM PST

Wecom / BS

Wecom Arcade, the company that brought Her Knights from the GP32 to the arcade is porting another title to the coin-eater medium. This time they've chosen...Treasure Island. Read here to see why I included the emphatic ellipses. They're also bringing out a Wario Ware-esque minigame collection by the name of Wuly (?). Check out videos of both games in their BBS post. Thanks to GP32 News for the link.

News: Dactyl Joust

October 22, 2003 9:59 PM PST

High Voltage Software / BS

A relic from the past! This is a bit of news I missed last week - a video of the unfinished Atari Jaguar game Dactyl Joust has been released! This video really shows the jaguar at it's best...the graphics are absolutely some of the nicest seen on the system. So as not to encumber anyone's server, I've uploaded it here. It's a divx file. The footage was supplied by Carl Forhan, who swears up and down that it's running on an actual Jaguar system. The news originally came from Atari Age, and for more info on the game itself, check out the Cyberroach section.

News: Thunderfuture

October 22, 2003 9:55 PM PST

Thunderfuture Team / BS

A fan group has decided that the Thunderforce legacy has too long been dormant. So they're making their own sequel - Thunderfuture. The game will use 3D polygonal graphics and original ship designs, but you can see that they're still keeping very true to the series thus far. Check out some ship wireframes and WIP engine shots for now - more will be revealed in the future. The...thunderfuture! Hmmm. Thanks to Triggerzone for the link.

Not-quite-news: FreeOn dead?

October 20, 2003 11:56 PM PST

FreeON / BS

The FreeOn may very well be dead. We first (and last, really) saw it at E3 2003 - the report of our findings is here. Not too impressive, really. That said - for a time, it seemed as though they had some backing, attending two more trade shows in europe after their E3 outing. But now their website has gone down without a word. Is this the end of the FreeOn? Perhaps they saw the writing on the wall as regards wireless gaming.

News: KOF 2001 shot comparisons

October 20, 2003 11:43 PM PST

various / BS

Both Megaking (publishing the game in Korea) and Ruliweb have put up shot comparisons for the KOF 2001 side of the 2000/2001 PS2 port. Very interesting things they've done here, though unfortunately the win poses and character profiles (both in-game and character select screens) all use the same art. Thanks to various mmcafe bbs posters for the links.

Play Asia: New imports

October 20, 2003 11:29 PM PST

Play Asia / BS

New imports coming into Play Asia...Daisuke Uchiyama's newest game Naruto: Narutimett Hero is getting a partial shipment tomorrow, as is Famitsu Gold award winner Shikigami II. Then on thursday you can expect KOF 2000/2001 and the ic recommended budget title The Shooting: Double Shienryu. Not a bad week for the niche genres!

News: Downtown Nekketsu

October 20, 2003 11:13 PM PST

Atlus / BS

Atlus has put up an official page for their upcoming revival of the Downtown Nekketsu series. Not a lot there, just now, but the Ricky and Kunio profiles are interesting. Click the gifs, if you missed them.

News: Icon new game

October 20, 2003 11:06 PM PST

Icon / BS

As previously stated, Team Icon will be announcing a new GP32 game in november - now there's a date; 11/11. The team leader (Fine) mentions that the girl is incidental, but even so...indicative of good things, methinks. That's top-notch character design. Thanks to GP32 News for pointing this out.

Review: P.N.03

October 19, 2003 11:58 PM PST

insert credit / josh hsieh

Product Number 03 - it's gotten mixed reviews all round. Josh has a different approach, however. There's a good game in here - it's all about the mindset with which you approach it. Take another look at P.N.03.

News: Mame cab fury

October 19, 2003 11:47 PM PST

various / BS

I linked only one Mame cab yesterday - that was slightly irresponsible, as I'm not showing you the full spectrum. There are many, many converted cabinets out there, of various different types. The fellow who reminded me of this (Brian Lebure) points out this one as perhaps the most impressive. I'm inclined to agree - the multiple control set is truly amazing.

Flash: Battle Phantasia

October 19, 2003 11:36 PM PST

??? / BS

Some nifty flash animations here, based on the popular Super Robot Wars series. If I'm not mistaken, Battle Phantasia was actually released as a doujin title - it uses characters from galget games instead of robots. So check out the flash animations - one with Hudson's original Galaxy Fraulein, and one with a little Mikomiko Nurse.

News: Akiba Gakuen fan disc

October 19, 2003 11:23 PM PST

Frontwing / BS

Frontwing is releasing a fan disc for Akihabara Gakuen. And quite a fan disc it is - to feature user submitted illustrations and stories. Kind of an odd way to go...

News: Maniac Jackson

October 18, 2003 11:45 PM PST

Fat Girl in Ohio / BS

A fellow who calls himself Fat Girl in Ohio (from Argentina, no less!) has emailed me about an adventure game he's constructed using a modified SCUMM engine. It's called Maniac Jackson and the Moonwalking Mindbenders. It's free to download and play - just don't look at the walkthrough. They're for the weak! Our readers are strong!

News: Disgaea 4koma

October 18, 2003 11:37 PM PST

Zepy / BS

Zepy has been translating 4-panel Disgaea comics recently. Now, they're all on a single page, along with some GGXX scans. Rather humorous stuff.

News: SvC chaos toys

October 18, 2003 11:23 PM PST

High Dream / BS

The new SvC Chaos toys are being unveiled - Toy Mania has the first images. Little skinny, eh? The full list of characters to be released is here. Thanks to Ishmael's mmcafe bbs post for the link.

News: Ragnarok Battle Adventure

October 18, 2003 11:11 PM PST


Zepy reports of a download for Ragnarock Battle Adventure ver. 4.0. It's an action game based on the characters from Ragnarock - check out the movelist here.

News: Progress Quest ic guild

October 17, 2003 3:19 PM PST

Progress Quest / BS

The Insert Credit progress guild lives! There's one in Oobag and one in Spoltog servers. Press CTRL+G to join up with the guild...it's InsertCredit with no space. It's small now - but soon we will triumph! Thanks to Lokiam for starting it up!

News: SNK USA Consumer update

October 17, 2003 3:17 PM PST

SNK Consumer / BS

More nifty stuff on the SNK USA consumer site. For one thing, it's fully up and operational, with options to buy and all of this. The best thing though - new shots of Metal Slug Advance. They're talking about over 100 types of e-cards. That is too many, if you ask me.

News: SNK Playmore update

October 17, 2003 3:11 PM PST

SNK Playmore / BS

The Japanese consumer side has a bunch of new stuff for us to look at. There's an official KOF 2003 page up, with the fancy new logo. Looks like it's planned for a December 2003 release! Then there's the English Metal Slug 5 page...as well as a terribly mediocre KOF 2001 wallpaper.

News: SNK NeoGeo update

October 17, 2003 3:02 PM PST

SNK NeoGeo / BS

A couple of new items from the SNK arcade side. First of all, a nice handy MVS software list has been put up (or renewed, rather), as well as a much nicer printclub section. They're also looking for yet another programmer, of 30 years or older.

News: GP32 in spain

October 17, 2003 1:11 PM PST

Vandel.net / BS

Vandel.net reports that Virgin Play will be the distributor of the GP32 in Spain. Makes more sense than Mitsui, somehow.

News: Nintendo buys Bandai stock

October 17, 2003 1:02 PM PST

various / BS

By now you may know that Nintendo has purchased several million shares of Bandai stock, making them an over 2% shareholder in the company, and one of the top ten. Some view this as evidence of a future takeover. This seems very unlikely. Video Fenky has a much more logical theory.

News: Tengai Makyo II error

October 17, 2003 12:53 PM PST

Hudson / BS

Hudson Soft has announced that there is a rather large-ish bug in the recently (9/25) released Tengain Makyo II for Gamecube. It seems that if you use a certain party member (Shiro) to talk to a certain cross-legged man, the game glitches severely. Their suggestion for the time being is not to talk to the fellow. Hopefully they'll soon decide to actually *fix* the problem, but they made no mention of this in the post.

News: Sorcerian keitai

October 17, 2003 12:49 PM PST

Falcom / BS

Falcom has released a new scenario for their Sorcerian cellphone game. Just another thing to make you jealous. Even with the release of a new crop, our western phones can't hope to reach this level (at this price, especially).

News: Mitsui Interviewed

October 17, 2003 5:54 AM PST

Pocket Magazine / BS

Pocket Magazine has interviewed Mitsui, and the results have been posted on the yaronet forums. This confirms some of our fears - the European launch has been delayed to march 2004 (from november of this year), and that Astonishia Story is not a launch title. Thanks to GP32News for the link.

News: iQue Preorders Open

October 17, 2003 5:54 AM PST

Play Asia / BS

Play Asia has got preorders up for the Nintendo iQue, the first ever official foray into Chinese console territory. The system comes with a 64 meg flash card, on which there will be five games. The retail price is US $119, with an October 23rd release date.

News: SNK Playmore covers

October 17, 2003 5:54 AM PST

Various / BS

The SvC Chaos PS2 box art has been posted at SNK-Capcom. The Falcoon art used seems to support our earlier theory that he may be working closely with the company. In addition, the US box art for the KOF 2000/2001 collection can be found here.

News: Evoga site down

October 17, 2003 5:54 AM PST

Evoga / BS

Evoga's site is down - are they out for the count? They've not produced anything in recent months, so it's not very far fetched to assume this. Thanks to Juan for the news.

News: Progress Quest

October 15, 2003 11:57 PM PST

Progress Quest / BS

Try this out. It's a new phenomenon called Progress Quest - an RPG where all you do is set up the character and let it run. No more pesky clicking! How much can you stand??? There are guilds and everything. Thanks to Omegadog's mmcafe bbs post for the link. If anyone creates/joins an insert credit guild, lemme know. We must defeat the madman's cafe aka the diabolical Kobald Red guild!

News: Legend of Dynamic

October 15, 2003 11:48 PM PST

Banpresto / BS

Coming soon from Banpresto - it's Legend of Dynamic!! This is an RPG featuring many of Go Nagai's most famous anime characters (such as Devilman, Cutey Honey, even that naked ninja girl), but with a more traditional dungeon-style than one is used to seeing from Banpresto. Coming out this month for 5,800 yen(!) on the GBA. Thanks to Iggy's mmcafe bbs post for the link.

Download: Phantom Brave movie

October 15, 2003 11:36 PM PST

Nippon Ichi / BS

Nippon Ichi has put up a movie of Phantom Brave, their upcoming SRPG. Great music, as usual. This is the short version of the promo video - the longer will be released later. Thanks to Rid for the link.

News: Takara to purchase Atlus

October 15, 2003 11:23 PM PST

Gamespot / BS

As indication of the industry's further implosion, Takara purchasing additional shares of Atlus' stock, making them the majority shareholder in the company. Takara in turn is owned in large part by Konami. Atlus will become a full subsidiary of Takara once this is complete. Thanks to Gamespot Hiro for the news.

News: Phone pad

October 14, 2003 11:47 PM PST

???? / BS

Here's a nice solution for those who want to play games on the cellphone without getting cramped! Unfortunately, I've no idea who makes it. This was found on the GPzigi forum...

Thanks to the large response from readers, the origin has been discovered: it's the gamepad for the Ericsson z600 phone. And it's none too cheap, I hear.

News: SF II remix CD

October 14, 2003 11:37 PM PST

Capcom / BS

Another SFII 15th anniversary commemoration - a SF II remix CD, featuring tracks redone by the composers of such games as Ridge Racer, Gradius, Metal Black, Ys, Galaxian 3, Chou Aniki, Xenosaga and Daytona USA. Release is December 17th for 3,150 yen. Thanks to Iggy's mmcafe bbs post for the link.

Download: Star Soldier replay

October 14, 2003 11:21 PM PST

Hudson / BS

Hudson Soft has renewed their Gamecube Star Soldier site (three months after the game's release, oddly). One of the many updates is a hi-score replay. To be quite honest, it's not the most impressive play, though the score is nice.

News: Phantom Brave

October 14, 2003 11:08 PM PST

Nippon Ichi / BS

A preliminary Phantom Brave site has gone up. A few shots (not new), as well as a release date; January 22, 2004. There will be a normal release for 6,800 and a limited (with full-color artbook and OST) for 8,800. The full site opens on the 17th.

Feature: Tim's TGS Coverage

October 13, 2003 8:59 PM PST


Tim's long awaited TGS coverage is here! Although...he didn't write it. You see, he's not allowed to write about TGS for us. Something about money and videogame magazines, I think. Regardless, I've taken it upon myself to write up his initial impressions of the show, as shared through an online conversation. When you're done with that (or even before), you get to the true report - his video feature. 5+ hours of video for your viewing pleasure.

News: Axel Impact

October 13, 2003 8:55 PM PST


There's a movie (done in flash, low-res) of Axel Impact up on the official site. For those who don't recall, this is the arcade racer developed by the korean Axis Entertainment, and published by SCEK. Here's hoping they get some korean car licenses in there!

Off-Topic: Monkey mind control

October 13, 2003 8:42 PM PST

iol / BS

Independent Online has reported on an interesting study, which has allowed rhesus monkies to control videogames with their minds. A vision of things to come, most certainly. Thanks to Slashdot Games for the link.

News: ZOOO

October 13, 2003 8:36 PM PST

Success / BS

Success is porting the wildly successful Zoo Keeper Shockwave game to the GBA, in the form of ZOOO. Lots of modes and new graphics in here. Not bad. October 31 is the release date, 3480 yen is the price. The game is up for preorder at Play Asia.

News: GP32 update

October 13, 2003 8:32 PM PST

various / BS

There are two new french homebrews about for the GP32; bomberham and capture the wargame flag. Check these out over at GP32 News (not to mention the new 3D demo).

News: Melty Blood SR

October 13, 2003 8:28 PM PST

Watanabe Seisokujo / BS

Watanabe Seisokujo has revealed that Melty Blood SR (fka Melty Blood Plus disc) will be getting a demo for the next comic market. According to Zepy, this expansion was supposed to be a stand-alone Melty Blood 2, originally.

Off-Topic: Hoihoi bus ad

October 13, 2003 8:12 PM PST

Dengeki / BS

Ah, bus ads are curious! Here's a host of images from the Hoihoi san bus ad that's currently running on a Keio line in japan. The Hoihoi san official page is here. Thanks to Rid for the link.

Feature: ATEI Preview '04

October 11, 2003 11:59 PM PST

Stinger Report / Kevin

Kevin of the Stinger Report has sent us a uh...report, of the Amusement Trade Exhibition International preview show in London, which took place just a few days ago. Some interesting info in there, regarding new cabinets, Atomiswave architecture, and virtual reality. One gets the impression that the amusement industry might be making something of a comeback, as odd as that sounds. This is just the preliminary report - the full version is available at the Stinger's site.

News: Bike Bandits

October 11, 2003 10:50 PM PST

Team HotPulse / BS

Doujin group Team HotPulse has buddied up with French Bread (fka Watanabe Seisokujo) to bring us the very nice looking 2-player horizontal shooter you see before you. Bike Banditz is looking incredibly nice, and there's a 67.3 meg demo for you to try, if you're into that sort of thing. You know - games and all that. Thanks to Zepy for news.

Off-Topic: QOO flash

October 11, 2003 10:39 PM PST

Monkey Magic / BS

Monkey Magic has some interesting QOO flash going on over here. The newest in particular caught my eye. QOO teams up with other degenerate mascots, such as mickey mouse, doraemon and pikachu...very odd stuff. Pie sent this link in...and I'm not surprised.

News: Azumanga doujin fighter

October 11, 2003 10:28 PM PST

Yukidaruma / BS

The Yukidaruma doujin circle has an Azumanga Daioh-based fighting game in the works. There's a playable demo out already...not bad, though it does look as though the energy blasts come from the armpits of the young heroines. Curious! Thanks to the Zepy for the news.

News: ESP Galuda characters

October 11, 2003 10:23 PM PST

Alfa System / BS

A short note - the character section of the ESP Galuda site has been updated. Let's hope someone picks this up for a console release! Thanks to Triggerzone for the link.

News: Mario Pac

October 10, 2003 5:07 PM PST

Hermit Games / BS

Now here's a nice euro doujin game! Mario Pac is a 2D realization of the Super Mario Sunshine concept; use the jetpack to assemble a pipe, poison the flower within and escape to the next world, all the while popping the baddies with your FLUDD pack. It's rather enjoyable, if a little gimmicky - even Edge says so. The download is available on that site, or if you're like me and abhor installs, you can find the zipped .exe right here (direct link). Might as well check out their other offerings while you're there. Not a bad site.

Rumor: Falcoon to SNK?

October 10, 2003 5:02 PM PST

Falcoon / BS

The long beloved fan artist Falcoon has just put up a message on his website, stating that he will be closing down for a few months while he works with a company on a project that will consume most of his time. Couple this knowledge with the fact that he did some art for KOF 2002, the SvC Chaos poster (in Japan), and the SNKP promo flyers at TGS this year, and you begin to see where this rumor is coming from. Don't be shocked if you see new character designs in KOF 2004!

News: Unite for kids

October 10, 2003 5:00 PM PST

various / BS

That Unite for Kids auction is going on again, what with the charity and the unfortunate children. Check out the wares here...plenty of game related items for you to be charitable with.

News: HSFII mini update

October 10, 2003 4:59 PM PST

Hudson Soft / BS

A short piece on Hyper Street Fighter II - the official page is up, and thankfully confirms that the super meters will indeed remain intact for those characters that can use them. This is contrary to an earlier report, but as this comes straight from capcom, there's no more need to fear.

News: Angel's Feather

October 10, 2003 4:50 PM PST


The official site of the PS2 port of Angel's Feather has been updated, though this does require both a knowledge of Japanese and an established relationship with the game itself. Essentially, you can now vote for a coupling of characters in the shounen ai game, and the winners by the end of october will have an altered relationship in the port. It's rather a nice way of allowing users to influence the final product.

In other AF news, a side story is being created for the original PC version. This one is simply an AVG, rather than being a dungeon RPG like the original. The game is due out in spring 2004 for the PC at 7,800 yen. A 18+ expand disc will be released for 2,800 yen.

News: Bomberman Jetters Game Collection

October 10, 2003 4:45 PM PST

Hudson Soft / BS

Game Watch has done a small preview of Bomberman Jetters minigame collection for GBA. Six of the 16 total minigames are shown, and you can see two more on the official site. Guess they want a few of them to surprise you! The game retails for 4,800 yen on October 16th. Thanks to Rob for sending the link.

Download: Meteor, Butterfly and Blade

October 8, 2003 11:58 PM PST

InterServ International / JH

Meteor, Butterfly and Blade is to videogames what Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was to movies. Forget that CTHD game that's coming out. We've played both, and this is the real deal. There's a full review of the game coming up shortly, as well as an interview with Taiwanese developers InterServe, but for now we thought we'd give you a few teaser videos.

opening CG - weapons preparation
CG/gameplay compilation
TGS gameplay footage - taken at the Taipei Game Show 2003.

That should hold you over until the real thing...but if you need a bit more, check out some shots at the TGS section.

News: Storm Angel

October 8, 2003 11:46 PM PST

Loaded Studio / BS

French indy PC developer Loaded Studio has a very nice looking 2D/polygonal horizontal shooter in the works! The game is called Storm Angel, and the visuals are tops so far. Their last game was freeware, so we'll see about this one. Thanks to Triggerzone for the link.

News: GP32 update

October 8, 2003 11:37 PM PST

various / BS

Gamershell reports that the GP32 will indeed be released in both normal and lit versions in Europe. In addition, Mitsui will be distributing the system beginning this November, a month earlier than expected! Good news for the hold-outs. Thanks to Zamuel for pointing this out.

Another bit of November hope; Team Icon mentioned on their Q&A Board that there will be news of their new project coming next month...perhaps even more than news?

Play Asia: PSOnebook madness

October 8, 2003 11:28 PM PST

Play Asia / BS

There has been a huge burst in the PSOnebooks arena. Konami has nearly exploded with discount titles, many of which are shooters, or otherwise ic related items. Check out what's in there for under $20 (these are all preorders, by the way): Akumajo Dracula X, Metal Gear Solid Integral (with the 200 VR missions), Gokujou Parodius Deluxe Pack, Ganbare Goemon: Uchuu Kaizoku Akogingu (this is the one tim's been begging everyone for), Gradius Gaiden, and Detana TwinBee Yahoo! Deluxe Pack (two arcade releases, never ported PSX before). Not a bad slice of nicheness there.

There a few notables in the full priced preorder department as well. Samurai Spirits Zero (Neo Geo) is up for preorder, as is the Treasure developed Gradius V. There's also a Growlancer collection coming for PS2, which gives you the first three PS1/2 games in one package for $75. And of course there's Growlancer IV on the way as well. The Street Fighter Hyperfighting is coming... There appears to be an $85 version (with the DVD, mousepad et al), and a $39 version (just the game).

Last but not least, the Sony PSP hardware. The portable everyone loves to fear.

News: Kita he Diamond Dust

October 8, 2003 11:14 PM PST


Kita he Diamond Dust is going to be released on the 30th of this month, so this might be a good time to check out the website. Everything is up; character intros, story, system, and promotional video. They're using a lot more real locations in this one, sometimes to the extent of having moving digital video behind the characters (rippling water, wind in trees, etc). Very curious. The design is still being done by NOCCHI, of Littlewitch fame. The platform is PS2, the price is 6,800, the genre (as before) is travel communication.

News: N-Gage dev competiton

October 8, 2003 11:03 PM PST

N-Gage / BS

In an effort to lure new developers to their fledgling console, Nokia is sponsoring a developer's competition, with 30,000 euros in cash prizes! Yes, it's open to american developers as well. Check the site for more details, it might be a good opportunity.

News: Meteor Blaster for PCE

October 7, 2003 11:57 PM PST

MindRec / BS

PCengineFX reports of a new game being developed for the PC Engine SCD platform. Meteor Blaster is being developed by MindRec, who created Implode, another major homebrew for the system. One can expect that this title will also be picked up for distro by Play Asia and Lik-Sang. The full game isn't due out until 2004, but a barebones (no cut-scenes, no CD audio) version has been released in rom form on the Meteor Blaster page. PC Engine lives for ever!

News: Final Fantasy Memorial

October 7, 2003 11:45 PM PST

Yuhgi / BS

This is an older doujin title, but if you've not seen it before...it's quite something. I say this because Final Fantasy Memorial is a FF dating sim. There are girls from several Final Fantasy games in here, though 7 is the predominant game they draw from. The visual style is interesting, blending real backgrounds with 2D illustrated characters (and the occasional bg). Check out some more shots here, and get the demo here. Thanks to Logick for pointing this out.

News: Japanese edutainment

October 7, 2003 11:39 PM PST

Project lrnj / BS

An interesting bit of shareware edutainment here - Project lrnj. This is a serial RPG which aims to teach Japanese kana and kanji even to the novice. The aim is to make the game enjoyable, but informative simultaneously. It's a tough balance to reach, but the price is right for the trial. So far it works on Linux and Windows, but a Mac OSX version may be released if there are enough pre-registrations. Thanks to Riff for the link.

News: Fireman flash

October 7, 2003 11:26 PM PST

Iragination / BS

Fireman - Incoming Storm is a flash side-scrolling game in the megaman vein...so much so that it even uses the same (or similar) bosses! Not a bad bit of code. Thanks to Amakusa's mmcafe bbs post for the news.

News: PSX shots

October 7, 2003 11:11 PM PST

Game Watch / BS

Game Watch has put up some high-res shots of the PSX; Sony's new all-in-one entertainment box. The release is fast approaching, but the $1,000 pricetag is likely to turn most folks off.

News: Seven Piece - Welcome to Lupinus

October 6, 2003 11:57 PM PST

Abogado Powers / BS

Abogado Powers is back! They've only just announced a new game, and there's a surprisingly pleasant non-H feeling coming from this one. It's called Seven Piece - Welcome to Lupinus-, and is classified as a comical love sim. The story surrounds a young man who goes to a private rest home populated by young women. So far the story, character and system requirement pages are up. If you take a look at the story page, you'll get a nice glimpse of the way they've got the narrative advancing in-game. Really nice use of manga-style panels, and it's much less static than other contemporaries who've tried similar devices. The game is planned for a January 2004 release.

News: The first gaming modem

October 6, 2003 11:49 PM PST

The Lost Levels / BS

Frank of The Lost Levels emailed me with quite a story. He's tracked down the creator of the Teleplay Modem, which was to be the first gaming modem to allow play across console lines. That is to say, games with iterations on the NES, Genesis and SNES could all play together in an online environment. This would also have made the device the second (?) game modem ever to the market. But it was not to be. Read why. Nolan Bushnell is involved! As always!

Play Asia: N-Gage mini-review

October 6, 2003 11:38 PM PST

Play Asia / BS

Play Asia got ahold of the N-Gage themselves...so they did a mini-review. The key words are 'maybe you can get used to it'.

News: Knights of Valor shots

October 6, 2003 11:26 PM PST


The guys at Sirio-B have put up a few more images from the Spanish FER Interazar 2003 show. This time round, they've got some shots of IGS' upcoming atomiswave brawler; Knights of Valor, the Seven Spirits. These in-game images are taken from the flier distributed at the show, and as such makes the 3D elements look perhaps a little bit better than they do in person. Images of the full fliers are also available at the same link. The shot of the back gives a bit of info in english, for those curious among you.

News: Shikigami goods

October 6, 2003 11:17 PM PST

Alfa System / BS

Word from the Alfa System camp is that there are two new Shikigami II event novelizations hitting the streets this month at 580 and 640 yen respectively. Check their Shiki II goods page for more info.

In other news, they've gotten their own Evangelion 2 page put up. A few new screens, and a much nicer layout than Bandai's.

News: Plush PCE

October 6, 2003 11:04 PM PST

Zumi / BS

I wasn't planning on linking this again, but...she made a plush PC Engine!! With a little power switch and everything!! I cannot be asked to ignore that.

Review: Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

October 5, 2003 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / shepard saltzman

You may recall the fake ffta review shep did a while back. Well - lots of folks didn't get it. So here he is again with a proper review. This may be more to your liking, I think?

News: Prince of Persia flash

October 5, 2003 11:47 PM PST

Gamespot / BS

Gamespot put up a nifty flash game based on the original Prince of Persia for DOS, in order to promote the upcoming PS2 version of the game. It's essentially the same as the first level of the original, with a few subtle differences. Play for yourself and see, or read the post at the mmcafe bbs that tipped me off to the flash in the first place.

News: Metal Slug 5 shots

October 5, 2003 11:34 PM PST

Sirio-B / BS

There's a mini-report of the Metal Slug 5 location test at Sirio-B. Here's the direct link...these were taken at FER Interazar 2003, the biggest amusement show in Spain. The images are shaky, but show the character select screen, and a couple of in-game shots.

News: SNK new member

October 5, 2003 11:18 PM PST

SNK Consumer / EJRW

Gamerfeed reports that SNK USA is getting a new marketing head - that being Mark Rudolph, most recently of Majesco sales. They then mention that he will be marketing their consumer products, while the link at the end points to SNK Neo Geo, the arcade site. Presumably there is just confusion on the gamerfeed side, and that he is in fact to be the marketing director of SNK Consumer, not SNK Neo Geo USA.

Off-Topic: Wolf mech suit

October 5, 2003 11:07 PM PST

Kevin's Costuming / BS

This Kevin fellow is one step closer to the future than the rest of us. He's made a working mechanical wolf suit from scratch. There's a bit of info in there as regards the construction - very interesting bit of cosplay. Thanks to Porcellino's mmcafe bbs post for the link.

News: KID update

October 4, 2003 11:45 PM PST


Some new info from KID today - most interestingly, they've announced the fourth installment of their Infinity mystery/ADV series. The new game is called Remember 11, and they've signed on a new character designer - the mighty Left Side. Check out his personal site, if nothing else. Remember 11 is planned for spring 2004, price undetermined. Dual shock 2 compatible though! hmmmm.

The other update to the site is another renewal to the Komugi PS2 page. Now story and system are selectable.

News: Melty Blood Plus Disc

October 4, 2003 11:34 PM PST

Colorful / BS

Colorful's PureGirl magazine just did a piece on Melty Blood, and a scan of the article is currently circulating. I of course, would never report anything based on a scan. Zepy, however, is without scruples. Or who knows, maybe he buys the magazine. Regardless, he says that there will be a Melty Blood Plus Disc coming out next year with new moves, new backgrounds, and Ren and Satsuki as playable characters. Not a bad deal, but a while to wait.

Download: Gungrave OD movie

October 4, 2003 11:17 PM PST

Red / BS

Red's got some fancy looking movies of the new Gungrave game. Multiple playable characters, lots of style and jojo-esque story. Not a bad way to go! The official site is here, while the downloads are here (direct - small) and here (direct - large). Thanks to Rid for the news.

News: Plush Gamecube

October 4, 2003 11:05 PM PST

Zumi / BS

Zumi is at it again, this time with a plus Gamecube and her own site! Word on the street is she might actually begin selling these in a non-auction environment. Could be the start of something!

News: Rocky

October 4, 2003 11:00 PM PST

Success / BS

*old news post deleted*

Seems this game was already released in the west. Guess I need to pay more attention!

Hell, I never thought I'd have to modify my already modified post. But STE of Edge fame claims that this game is fantastic, not mediocre as I'd previously been told. He's probably right.

Rumor: Last Blade 3 and more

October 3, 2003 11:44 PM PST


Update: Some of this information is already being refuted by the Stinger, so glean what you can, and take what you will from this, filtered through your own experiences.

If you are wondering about what else is up Playmore's sleeves concerning their older properties... wonder no longer! Or continue to wonder; it's up to you! In any case, Dion Dakis, head honcho at Neo Geo Freak USA just sent out an e-mail with the following:

BATTLE ARENA - Eolith - MVS, December 2003.
POCCHITO NYAN - Taito/Aiky - MVS, December 2003.
Last Blade 3 - SNKP - JAMMA, February 2004, (we saw this at JAMMA show 2000)
KoF2003 - SNKP - JAMMA board, March 2004
(edit: date fixed)
KoF2004 - SAMMY - Atomiswave, June 2004.
Dance Rhythm Mix - ADK - MVS, April 2004.

Battle Arena is a brand new fighting game while Last Blade 3 looks to continue the trend of "new old stock" from the Aruze-SNK era...

As always, take news items like this with a grain of salt until official confirmation arrives.

News: Limenko

October 3, 2003 11:44 PM PST

Limenko / BS

Here’s an interesting Korean arcade company I stumbled across today. If you check their arcade product info you’ll see some interesting titles in there. Much of the work looks a bit derivative, but it’s all in 2D, all action or puzzle based, and very colorful. They appear to be working off their own proprietary board, and following in the footsteps of companies like IGS and SNK. Looks like a company to keep an eye on.

News: Chip music fest

October 3, 2003 11:44 PM PST


MSNBC recently posted an article about the very large 8-bit music fest in New York, New York. The event was sponsored by European Micromusic, who champions low tech music for high tech people. There are a lot of familiar faces in there, from chip music competitions we’ve linked before...not to mention our old pal Paul Slocum. Interesting to read the opinions in this piece, coming from a relative scene ‘outsider’ as they do.

Review: F-Zero GX

October 3, 2003 5:33 PM PST

insert credit / tim rogers

Tim finished this review almost one month ago...and the fellows in the IRC have been clamoring for it ever since. It is the ultimate (in length!) F-Zero GX review. Plus Tim has his own review system now, for whatever reason. It's worth the wait - speed is a dish best served cold.

News: Phantom Brave new shots

October 2, 2003 11:55 PM PST

Nippon Ichi / BS

Game Watch has put up an article about Nippon Ichi's newest SRPG for the PS2. This game is Phantom Brave, of course. There's a lot more 3D in this one, as far as I can surmise, with much deeper environments. Interesting system news includes that there will be circles (domes, more like) of influence for any given attack or spell, 8 views for the battlefield (vs 4 in disgaea), and interactive environments in the form of items strewn across the natural area.

Download: World Reborn movie

October 2, 2003 11:40 PM PST

Neopong / BS

The fellows over at Neopong sent me a video of their upcoming GBA shooter World Reborn. You can download it here from our server. It's not a bad looking game - anyone who spots the Aero Blasters reference in there gets a cookie. A metaphorical cookie, but a cookie none the less. Oh, and while you're in the zone, you might want to check the corrections I made to my original article about the game on the 30th of September.

Play Asia: Trance Vibrator

October 2, 2003 11:27 PM PST

Play Asia / BS

Another Play Asia news bit - they've managed to get ahold of a supply of the rather difficult to find Trance Vibrator, for use with Rez for the PS2 (not to mention any other game that vibrates). The price is a mere $14.90. This is a device that, as Rez' producer said, you can 'put anywhere you would like.' Some of you may recall a story by our compatriot Jane over at Gamegirladvance, wherein she did just that.

The vibrator...er...accessory comes with a nice cloth sleeve suitable for laundry washing, should that be required. Absolutely 100% guaranteed to get your girlfriend interested in games!! Especially Rez, which Play Asia has handily picked up a few copies of. In addition, there's a free package of Tempo Petit first class tissues with every order! Now what do you think that could be for, eh friends?

Play Asia: TGS free givaway!

October 2, 2003 11:19 PM PST

Play Asia / BS

Play Asia has made good on their promise! They are indeed distributing the wealth of goods they've gathered at TGS. With every purchase that's shipped in the next day, as long as supplies last, Play Asia will be including TGS merchandise of various flavors, free of charge. Here's a small sample of what they're offering. See those playable demos in there? See that SNK catalogue? These are nifty things. So what can you get, you ask? Play Asia has got a whole lineup of budget titles that answer this question for you. In the $25 range, we've got Soukyu-Gurentai, Raiden and Stikers 1945 II (STG), KOF 97, 98, Samurai Spirits III and IV all for PSone. Want to go cheaper? It can be done!

In the under $10 category, Play Asia has gotten ahold of a huge assortment of titles for various classic systems. There's Sonic Shuffle for DC, Darkstalker's Revenge for Saturn, Fhey Area for MegaCD (RPG by Wolf Team), Builder Land and F -1 Team Simulation: Project F for PCE (the latter title was developed by Laser Soft of Valis fame), DBZ Gaiden for Famicom and Super Bomberman Panic W for SFC. These are just the newly aquired titles, there are also a host of previously catalogued games under the $10 mark. Not a bad time to buy.

News: Plush dreamcast

October 2, 2003 11:10 PM PST

nfg.2y.net/games / BS

Lawrence's legal compatriot Zumi has created something rather nice - a plush dreamcast. She also made one with eyes, which is just ridiculously cute. I asked Lawrence if they were planning to market these - he said he'd put it up on ebay and see what happened. He's a hateful fellow, that one.

News: SNK Playmore update

October 2, 2003 11:06 PM PST

SNK Playmore / BS

Some minor updates from SNK today. The most important thing is that they have delayed the release of the Neo Geo home cart version of SvC Chaos from October 9th to November 13th. Bear in mind that in Japan, that's a friday. Spooky! They also announced the titles they had at TGS (we knew this), and made an outdated update to the consumer schedule.

News: SNK consumer division

October 1, 2003 9:59 PM PST


SNK USA's consumer division has finally opened a tentative site. There's a page for KOF 2000/2001, with a tiny not-so-bad-looking shot of the packaging. PSP development is also confirmed. There are a couple of problems here, however. Check out the GBA section and see what you think of that.

Off-Topic: Origins of Ryu and Sagat

October 1, 2003 9:45 PM PST

French Bread / BS

This site makes a very interesting case for the origins of Ryu and Sagat being based on the lives of real people. There's a lot of background on the real-life characters, that being the main drive of the article. A good read even without the Street Fighter element. Thanks to Whitesword's mmcafe BBS post for the link.

News: Drill Milky Punch

October 1, 2003 9:27 PM PST

French Bread / BS

A doujin group by the name French Bread has come up with an interesting game here - it's called Drill Milky Punch. This is a multiplayer online action game of sorts - but it's not a freebie, given the online element. There's a 1,000 yen charge for the game, so no try before you buy over here. Thanks to Zepy for the news.

News: Fenky wrapup

October 1, 2003 9:15 PM PST

Video Fenky / BS

Fenegi has wrapped up his TGS coverage - you can find it here. We've one last report coming up as well...anticipate it!

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