News: bobo~bo|bo~bobo for GBA.

November 30, 2002 12:59 AM PST

Hudson Soft / BS


bobo~bo|bo~bobo is a new title from Hudson Soft for GBA. This is (and correct me if I'm wrong) the first Word Playing Game in the sense which Hudson intends it. This is essentially an RPG wherein you battle with borrowed-english word combinations such as "Mayonnaise Choco" et cetera. The main character's nose hair is longer than his entire body. Wacky to the extreme, this may be too much even for me! But you can't deny character design which allows for a man with a pile of crap for a head. Don't forget to check out the demo movie for maximum goofy impact. The game is planned for a December 19th release...just in time for christmas, but on the same day as Space Raiders! Worlds collide!

Also, for those who care, Zero Yon Champ Series: Drift Champ was released last week.


News: Dr. Lin released.

November 30, 2002 12:47 AM PST

Hudson Soft / BS


Hudson's 2 player ADV game Dr. Lin ni Kitemite was released yesterday for PSX. This is a dating sim for girls, I must emphasize, featuring such minigames as nail painting, board breaking and hide and go seek (memory). Are you man enough to date one of these fine fellows? The bishonen action is fast and furious in this 1-2 player (?!) adventure!


News: Space Raiders trailer

November 30, 2002 12:35 AM PST

Taito / BS


You can view the new Space Raiders trailer here. Looks good, but I'm wondering if this is related to Space Invaders or no? Since it's made by Taito it begs the question. The game is due out December 19th for PS2 with a planned 5800 yen pricepoint. Comes out January 9th for Gamecube, for a mere 4800.


News: Pulstar replays!

November 29, 2002 2:52 PM PST

Charles Mugg / BS


Charles Mugg has updates Dodge the Bullet with replays of the amazing Pulstar for Neo Geo home cart. Check his misc section for the downloads, as well as the Sly Cooper Opening in English and Japanese; the ending too. You know...if you're into that sort of thing.


News: New Tales of Destiny 2 pics, OP

November 29, 2002 2:46 PM PST

Various / BS


Check out the fantastic Tales of Destiny 2 pics at Watch Impress. Official shots of the opening are available here...very nice stuff. And if you want to view the opening itself, here you are. That's from Ruliweb, by the by. All of these links are courtesy of our artistic pal Rid Hershel.


News: KOF Puzzle fighter

November 29, 2002 2:43 PM PST

Magic Box / BS


KOF tetris...I never saw it coming. Check the magicbox pic here. So, horizontal tetris, eh? Well I can get used to it, but I know a lot of powerful puzzle players (read: Vincent Diamante, Puyo Puyo champ of Maryland) who cannot handle horizontal puzzlers. I do hope that they re-orient the tetris wells, but were I to hazard a guess, I'd say they probably don't want to pay for the rights. Either way, come December 26th, you can bet I'll have my views plastered all over the place.


News: Light sensitive GBA title

November 28, 2002 1:13 AM PST

Namae no Nai Heya / Scott Mollett / BS


Wow. Light sensitive GBA prototype game in the works at Konami. Bokura no Taiyou (Our Sun) is the name of the game at this stage (sounds a bit better in Japanese). All they really reveal about the game is that it contains vampires which you can weaken by the amount of sunlight input to the cartridge. That's not to say you have to play the whole game outside, as there are times when the darkness is advantageous as well. This project is being headed by everyone's favorite Post-Modernist: Hideo Kojima, who says that he hopes this game will help gamers "become conscious of nature". Unfortunately, you can likely mimic the sun's effect with a high powered desk lamp as well. And who among you can play a GBA without a strong light source anyway? Things to consider. Check JIJ Web for a pic of the prototype. Looks like one for us to import. Link from Namae.


News: Dragon Quest 8 pics

November 28, 2002 12:57 AM PST

Namae no Nai Heya / Scott Mollett / BS


There seem to be pics of Dragon Quest 8 floating around! You can find them here and here. According to this BBS, seems this one might be fully polygonal? I'm not sure how I feel about that, if true. Pics and more info should be available in Weekly Jump next week. Link from Namae.


Review: Metroid Fusion

November 27, 2002 2:06 PM PST

eric-jon rössel waugh / BS


Metroid Fusion - this game too is dubbed as the finest on its respective system. But it's far from perfect, as our pal with the unpronouncable name will tell you. But after all is said and done...it's still Metroid.


News: Square and Enix merger

November 26, 2002 4:53 PM PST

Scott Mollett / BS


By now everyone knows about this. But there's more that you may not know. This article from Mainichi Interactive states that Square and Enix are merging with hopes to reduce the costs of online gaming. They'll do this by sharing the weight of the task, their hand forced due to increasing foreign competition. Also, there was odd movement in Squares stock price. For 10 days prior to the announcement the stock rose incomprehensibly each day. From 1241 on 12th to 1884 on the 25th (52% increase). Square president Wada says its just a favorable reaction to their recent achievements. Japanese stock analysts suspect insider trading, and as such an investigation into both companies stocks was initiated today. Keep in mind the fact that Square put a total of 26% stock into the merger, 8% of which was from an investor of theirs, vs Enix's 30% (see Reuters). If the allegations are true, it seems possible that they padded the stock in order to be able to invest even that amount.

Puts it all in perspective doesn't it? What do they have to gain from the merger otherwise? Enix publishes, and Square develops. They've little to gain by publishing or developing each others titles. But it all suddenly makes sense. Link to the Mainichi article from Namae no Nai Heya


Rumor: Radiant Silvergun for GBA?

November 26, 2002 4:33 PM PST

Scott Mollett / BS


Spong.com seems to think that a Radiant Silvergun game is in the works. The Treasure rumors certainly are rampant at the moment. They name no sources, (though...since Namae ran it, maybe...) so I'll remain entirely skeptical here, but here's hoping, eh?


News: Hellhotel new shot

November 26, 2002 4:20 PM PST

Oldergames / BS


Another new pic of Hellhotel (PC/Dreamcast) from Oldergames. Finally some environments this time. Click the pic for a larger version.


Review: Metroid Prime

November 26, 2002 3:45 PM PST

Tim Rogers / BS


Metroid Prime, the best game ever??? That's a bold statement, but Tim makes it within. Yowza!

Seems like everyone's breaking out the bikinis now, am I right?


News: Flash is better than work.

November 26, 2002 3:45 PM PST

Various / BS


Try to deny it!!! Waste your time in the most addictive ways possible. Latest interesting flash game/things:

Zoo Keeper - This one has been all over the GPzigi forums. It's quite a lot like bejeweled in terms of play. There are a host of animal in a well, and you switch them around to match up groups of three or more. But there's more to it than that! In order to clear to the next stage, you must get a certain number of each animal (different for each stage) and you have a timer which increases its pace with time. Only mad chaining action can raise your time and keep the boss from yelling at you!

Curveball - 3D pong basically. But it's damn fun, and you can put quite a bit of english on the ball. Engrossing to say the least!

Kikkoman! - a humorous and poorly sung anthem to Kikkoman, the best sauce in all of Asia!

Last two links from MMcafe BBS.


Feature: Watch & Game

November 25, 2002 12:01 PM PST

Paleface / BS


Move over GP32! Steb aside GBA! There's a new handheld in town (well - sort of). The Watch & Game dominates your very existence! I borrowed this feature from Paleface over at the Sector: NGP forum, so go pay them a visit. And if you find one of these bad boys on ebay, let me know!


News: Abogado Powers update

November 23, 2002 4:39 PM PST

Abogado Powers / BS


Lots of goings on at Abogado Powers of late! First off, the Pidgeon Blood DVD version has been released (click the heart). In related news, the frightening cosplayer over at Not Funny has gotten together a very impressive cosplay series in the Pidgeon Blood vein. Be sure to check the omake section for character art/cosplay comparisons. Click the cosplay pic for the link!

Finally, Abogado Powers has previously recieved development assistance from a group called XYZ, but in 2001, the company went bankrupt. As thanks for their assistance, Abogado Powers has adopted them as a subsidiary. As such their new page can be found here. They've a new game called Angel Maker, for which there is a demo movie as well as CG samples. I don't think I have to mention that this stuff is not for kids.


Rumor: GP32 backlight?

November 23, 2002 4:08 PM PST

GPzigi / BS


This post from GPzigi seems to present a diagram (shown left) of a potential GP32 backlight. The pic of the lit GP32 is from the old GamePark break-in, so I wonder if anyone has actually attempted what this fellow has written in his diagram. Time will tell!


News: Various rumblings from Japan

November 23, 2002 3:53 PM PST

Various / BS


Masamune Shirow, creator of such manga as Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed has been enlisted to design a few mice for PC! See them here. Interesting, if a bit uncomfortable-looking. The series is being called MAPP, for The Mechanical Designer Accelerate the Peripheral Pruducts. Very dubious acronymn if you ask me. They seem to be taking the purely artistic reading of 'design' here. Seems that Shirow did the first three, and the second group was done by the designer of Gundam 0083 (Katoki Hajime?). Their stylistic differences are quite evident!

Check Capcom's Japanese website for better quality movies of their upcoming Gamecube games. Viewtiful Joe is a sight to behold! The biohazard 4 trailer is nothing to sneeze at either.

Thanks to posts by Sensenic and Time Mage from MMcafe BBS for the tips.


News: Happy birthday GP32!!

November 23, 2002 3:49 PM PST

GamePark / BS


The GP32 turns one year old today! To commemorate this, if your GP32 serial number is G01120001123P, send an email to help@gamepark.co.kr to redeem a prize; one GP32 and two GP Links! If your birthday is 11/23, you win a piece of game software! Check inside your battery compartment to find your GP serial ID.

Damn!!! I'm off by 612!


Rumor: Holeman postponed? cancelled?

November 23, 2002 3:47 PM PST

Moongkle / BS


Rumor from GP32 Notebook has it that Moongkle has postponed or cancelled sale of their GP32 kart racer, Holeman. The title was sheduled for a November release on Mega GP. It's unfortunate if true, but not shocking coming from Moongkle, who was supposed to release Tales of Windy Land four months ago.


News: Japanese Zelda TVCM

November 22, 2002 2:29 PM PST

Nintendo / BS


Two new Zelda TVCM can be found at the Nintendo Japan website...direct links are here and here. It's looking pretty nice. And importable!

Thanks to Dragon-Warrior's post on the MMCafe forum for the info.


News: DOA Beach Volleyball killer!

November 22, 2002 1:39 AM PST

Illusion Soft / BS


Don't want to wait until January for DOA Beach Volleyball? Disappointed with the lack of nudity? (although certain poor facsimilies have recently made themselves known) Well look no further than Illusion Soft's 12/21 release title: VR - Sexy Beach for PC. This game will be downloadable as free service right before christmas! Now you know what to get granddad...


News: New title in the Zero Four racing series

November 22, 2002 1:17 AM PST

Hudson / BS


Check out Hudson Soft's newest title in the Zero Four racing series: Drift Champ. This time around it's being dubbed a Dramatic Racing Game, and it looks to be true to that title. If you take a look at the promotional movie (top one's better quality), you'll notice that the game has a lot of story, dialogue, Eurobeat and 80's guitar. Everything I wanted from the Initial D games but didn't quite get. What remains to be seen is the quality of the racing engine, but since this is an established series, I wouldn't be too worried. Could be one to watch!


News: New Namco sim

November 22, 2002 12:44 AM PST

Namco / SM / BS


Namco is out to revolutionize the dating sim genre! Possibly! Yumeria for PS2 is a 3D polygonal romance adventure. I don't believe 3D has been done in quite this way before. All I can think of is the aforementioned Illusion Soft's games, but that's hardly romance! Positioned for a 2003 release, this sim is still a long way off.


News: Illusion soft new movie

November 22, 2002 12:40 AM PST

Illusion Soft / BS


The imaginative individuals at Illusion Soft have a new PC game coming out...The project is called codename alpha at the moment, but naturally this may change. This time around they're tackling the survival horror genre. The demo movie is available here, at the top of the list. As always their facial modeling is a sight to behold.


News: RF for GP32 gets a date

November 21, 2002 6:20 PM PST

Gamepark / BS


Seems that the RF Module is getting a release date and a name change. The RF will be called the GP Link, to be unleashed on the 5th of December. Now that I'm thinking about it more, I'm not sure how wieldy the module will be, dangling down there as it is. Considering how easily the PC-link USB comes off, I hope they've a better scheme for keeping this thing attatched, especially since it's hanging off of the unit. Check the pic at GP32 News.


News: Hellhotel new shots

November 21, 2002 6:17 PM PST

Oldergames / BS


Two new pics of Hellhotel (PC/Dreamcast) from Oldergames. Coming along, eh?


News: GP Fight! to be delayed

November 21, 2002 1:19 AM PST

Teamblaze / BS


Curses! GP Fight! is hitting the chopping block before release, according to Rino via GP32 News. It seems the game was too violent and must be censored a bit. I honestly thought Game Park was above that. I'll do my best to get a copy of the original. Sit tight.


News: NEC to release more DC titles!

November 20, 2002 11:56 PM PST

NEC Interchannel / BS


How did I of all people miss this news??? Thankfully it was reported by Segafans and I took notice. NEC interchannel is going to be bringing out three new dreamcast titles with over-18 labels. Welcom to Pia Carrot 3, Majyo no Ocha Kai (loose translation: Magical Teahouse Girls) and another White Illumination game entitled Episode of the Clovers will be the released (dates undecided) for dreamcast within the 2002-2003 area somewhere. Check this Ruliweb page for mandatory video downloads of the PC versions of the latter two games! Do it! While you're at it, check this video for the recend NECIC DC game Weakness Fighter Torauman. And here's the official Little Witch download page for the Episode of the clovers PC demo.


News: SMS III release

November 20, 2002 11:56 PM PST

Tectoy / BS


Thanks to a tip off by Segafans, we learn that Brazilian SMS maniacs Tectoy have released the SMS III, featuring new colors, 74 built-in games and a decent price tag, this looks like a winner!!


News: GP32 homebrew page open

November 20, 2002 1:09 PM PST

Edhel / BS


New news from our pals at GP32emu indicates that GP32 coder Edhel has now got a homepage highlighting his latest projects. Several of these are available for download, but some are still being judged in the ADIC 2002, and so are not yet public. New projects include: imappy, a multi-distance map display and a bomberman clone.


News: The Ring - KOF

November 19, 2002 11:56 PM PST

Planet Dreamcast / BS


For those of you who have seen the not-so-scary movie The Ring should check out this rather silly KOF version of what's seen on the video. Thanks to Fat Cat Lim's post on the mmcafe forum for the news.


News: Night Raid video

November 19, 2002 4:00 PM PST

Charles Mugg / BS


Charles Mugg has posted a video of Night Raid in action, for those curious about the game. A review is forthcoming, but for now check his misc. section for the video, as well as an Ikaruga 2-player preview.


News: Sprite artist needed for GP32 fighter

November 18, 2002 11:27 AM PST

??? / BS


I've recieved a request to look for a sprite artist or two for an upcoming (and currently in development) GP32 fighting game. Here's a word from the project manager:

"Applicants may wish to note that the project's cast of characters have already been drawn into the computer once, as sprite animations. Because of this, a visual guide of each character would be presented in addition to the high amount of verbal instruction from myself. Though originality and knowledge of the human form is a plus, as well as being able to adapt to certain levels of drawing ability (16 color palettes and screen size limits, for example), be aware that many resources will be given to assist in the creation process."

So you won't be flying blind. This is a very worthwhile project, so any even remotely interested parties should email me and I'll direct you to the project manager. All those who applied to Griffon Studio, don't be afraid to try again!


News: GP32 related news

November 18, 2002 11:23 AM PST

Various / BS


Something I've neglected to mention for some time: Gem Gem team is looking for staff to work on Vampire Taro, so at least that means development is still planned/in progress.

Team K2yaa is working on an online title by the name of Gods&Wars (I believe). It's not for GP32, but the group did some map, 2D, 3D and tile work on the title. Check here for a screenshot.

Be glad that as a GP32 fan you don't live in Japan (and if you do, I hope you've a lot of money!). This link from GP32 Notebook shows just how much Japanese gamers have to pay to get GP32 games and software shipped across the pond. 5800 (USD~$55) yen for Dungeon and Guarder??? Thank goodness for Lik-Sang!!!


News: GP32 Solitaire

November 18, 2002 12:18 AM PST

Color,Line,Dot / BS


Yesterday GP32emu mentioned a new card game for GP32. The game is classic solitaire, complete with 11 card selections and transparancy effects. Well worth the download, I'd say...especially since it's an .fpk. Check the official site for the download.


News: Latest from Sega

November 17, 2002 6:15 PM PST

dengekionline / BS


First off, in Japan Sega has begun to 'rent' their PC games online. Games will be downloadable from their B-club site and be playable for anywhere from one week to 30 days, depending on payment. Virtua Fighter 2, Densha de Go! and 23 other PC titles will be available. Several Megadrive titles will also be ported. I'm not sure if the service will be available to foreigners, but if all you need is a credit card, I'd say our chances are good!

Next bit of news: Starting November 28th at 1:00 PM, Sega will be shipping a limited edition Panzer Dragoon Orta box from their D-direct store, with only 999 limited editions available. The sale ends on the fourth of December at 11:00 PM. But more interesting than this: Microsoft made one single Panzer Dragoon Orta special edition X-box, which was not intended for commercial distribution. But due to numerous customer requests and complaints, the next 50 defective units returned to Microsoft will get one of these extremely limited boxes in return. That will make for some very interesting situations in Japan!
Holy crap I want one. Notice how it's constructed to resemble a relic from the Panzer Dragoon world. Now that's an X-box.

Overworks just released a 4-player simultaneous version of reversi for Japanese phones on the 13th. 280 yen (plus tax) is the price for this title.

Last bit, for the Mahjong fans: Sega's 4-player Naomi based Mahjong arcade game is also coming to japanese cellphones. It will be available for 300 yen/month, but the actual date the service begins has yet to be determined.

All info from Dengeki Online.


News: Taito mobile series

November 17, 2002 6:13 PM PST

dengekionline / BS


Check Taito's latest additions to the cellphone game market: Psychic Force, Daruis and The Cleopatra Fortune (a 1996 arcade puzzler). A mere 100 yen each! I can only wonder if these games would be coming to the GP32 were the system available in Japan...

All info and pics from Dengeki Online.


Rumor: Guardian Heroes Sequel?

November 17, 2002 5:57 PM PST

Gamefront / Alex Vo


At Gamefront.de, they're reporting some news about a possible (though probably unlikely) Guardian Heroes sequel. Here's what it says when translated:

16.11.02 - Unconfirmed: Treasure is to operate allegedly on a new Guardian Heroes episode. An appropriate entry was made twice in Treasures forum and deleted immediately again.

Thanks to Chakan for correcting my (Brandon) stupid error


News: Latest from Famitsu

November 17, 2002 1:46 AM PST

Famitsu / SM / BS


Beginning November 15th in Ikeburo, Sega will be exhibiting life-size character art, mech designs and more from their classic sim series Sakura Taisen. Also on display will be clothes from cosplay/drama performances, and concept art. The entrance fee is a mere 300 yen!! Check the Famitsu section for pics of the exhibit.

Some recent info on the latest Tales game...a button press during play will allow you to converse with your partners at any time. The screenshot of this doesn't look like much, but here it is.


News: New Capcom movies (GC)

November 16, 2002 11:50 PM PST

Famitsu / SM / BS


Want to see the latest movies of Japanese GC games from Capcom? Don't want to pay for IGN insider? here's a nice mirror. Thanks to Namae-no-nai-heya for the link.


Review: Tomak: Save the Earth Again! (plus patch)

November 16, 2002 4:35 AM PST

Insert Credit / BS


The GP32 Tomak review has been updated to reflect the release of the new patch. While the game does take several steps forward, there are still a few problems with the it. Check inside to see what's changed.


News: topbars

November 15, 2002 11:55 PM PST

Aaron Meyers / BS


You may have noticed the new topbars. We've got several new pictures by new staff member Aaron Meyers designed to randomize with each refresh. Tell us how you like them, and we may aquire more.


News: Hellhotell

November 14, 2002 11:59 PM PST

Oldergames / BS


Check out Oldergames' first shot of Hell Hotel, their upcoming PC and Dreamcast game. More images coming later in the month, but as of now this loading screen is the sole image available on the net.


Review: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

November 13, 2002 10:15 PM PST

Tim Rogers / BS


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Pre-order this review, or you won't get one! Suckah!

"She must be around thirty-five. She might have roller-skated in a bikini back in the mid-eighties. It’s hard to tell, now, what with her still-big hair and her tan-in-a-can and her cellulite suit. "You gonna reserve "Vice?""


Review: Animal Crossing

November 13, 2002 9:58 PM PST

Alex Vo / BS


Alex Vo has revisited Animal Crossing for his own review of Nintendo's 'life simulation'.

"there is no ultimate reason why you should be excited to wake up every morning, as there is no reason why you should play Animal Crossing every day. But, like life, there is no reason not to."


News: Plac CFC online!

November 12, 2002 5:08 PM PST

Flavor / BS


Flavor, of the S:NGP Board has devised a way to play the Neo Geo Pocket Color game SNK Vs Camcom Card Fighters Clash online versus human competitors. Check here for the instructions. No distinct card graphics yet, but you can play it! He's working on themes and CFC2 support, so expect more updates as they come.


Review: Zanac X Zanac

November 12, 2002 4:15 PM PST

Charles Mugg / BS


Charles Mugg has written up his impressions of Compile's return to the shooter world (I got my two bits in as well). The Zanac X Zanac review is here, and you can find wallpaper and movies on the official download page. If you're curious, in the TVCM, the narrator is saying "Buchikirero!!", meaning "Lose your temper!!". Frenetic action indeed.


News: Dinosaur Resurrection movie

November 12, 2002 4:15 PM PST

Falcom / BS


Falcom has released a incredibly huge movie for Dinosaur Resurrection, their upcoming dungeon game. I've never been a fan of the dungeon games, but hey...Falcom.


News: More GP32

November 12, 2002 4:15 PM PST

Various / BS


here's the new version of Doyongid's GP-R engine test (0.3).

Check out the ADIC 2002 competition list. I'm testing the games currently...though it seems as though only half of the competitors followed through.


News: GP32 update

November 10, 2002 4:21 AM PST

Various / BS


GP32 News, from their new server reports that a new Korean company called Wecom is porting their arcade dieting shooter (!) "Cutey Fatty" to GP32 in the first quarter of 2003. Check their site for a very long video. They're also the ones releasing Byulbram's Her Knights arcade game.

Team Blaze has released two new shots for GP Fight! - their upcoming GP32 Technos tribute. If you don't feel like digging through their page, they're here, and here.


Feature: Kingdom Hearts response

November 9, 2002 4:48 PM PST

Tim Rogers / BS


Tim does not like Kingdom Hearts, this much I can tell you. His latest article, entitled Alone in nuclear disneyworld: a calculated assault on Kingdom Hearts could be viewed as a counterpoint to Chris Woodard's infamous Kingdom Hearts review. Fight to the finish!!


News: New Wonderful Days clips

November 7, 2002 2:38 AM PST

Tin House / BS


Check out the Wonderful Days download page for two new clips of this amazing looking anime. The top left and bottom right movies are the new ones. The latter is something of a 'making of' video, which is a must download. I'd no idea just how many models were used in the production of this film. Seems they use the digital movie camera from Star Wars: Episode 2 to achieve these effects.


Feature: Harmony of Dissonance

November 7, 2002 2:26 AM PST

Insert Credit / Eric-Jon Waugh / BS


Fans of the written word will find our new contributor Eric-Jon Waugh's Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance editorial to be quite a worthwhile experience. It delivers the terrible pointed specificity you've come to expect from Insert Credit, but with half the saturated fat of the leading competitor. Thoughtful analysis or low-calory snack? The answer lies within.


Review: Raphael for GP32

November 6, 2002 5:45 AM PST

Insert Credit / BS


Raphael is a mix of classic MSX gameplay with 21st century sensibility. Or is it? I'll lay out the cold, hard truth for you in my tell-all expose. More GP32 reviews shortly, so hold your horses!!


News: Movies of Mill for GP32

November 6, 2002 3:15 AM PST

Article Seezak / BS


Article Seezak has posted two brand new movies of Mill, their upcoming GP32 ARPG. One shows the intro movie (with some rather unfortunate music, I'm afraid), and the other shows around 6 minutes of gameplay footage. Both are entirely worth your while. Bear in mind that the gameplay is still under construction at this point (you can even see collision boxes around the characters still), so one can only expect that the game will improve from this point. Further perouse the Mill BBS for some fine images of Mill the Ginko Girl (Ginko meaning species of tree...the movie explains this to a degree).


News: Korean amateur game competition

November 6, 2002 2:37 AM PST

Gamepark / BS


Thanks to information from Pion I've learned a few details about the Korean amateur game competition, about which we've all heard varied rumors. To paraphrase Pion:

"As for the Korean competition, its sponser is Micro-Software (It's not M$, it's a name of a korean programming magazine). In the August issue of the magazine, Tae-Sup Um (one of the two developers of All for Princess) and myself wrote articles on GP32 development. After that, they announced that they would have a competition, very similar to ADIC. Its deadline is over (31st of October), and the results will come out in the December issue of the magazine. Gamepark announced the competition, and the magazine, too. But I don't think there's any announcement written in English."

Nor is there any website for us to visit. They used an archaic method known as "printing". Go figure. Gamepark will supply the judges for the competition...both the ADIC 2002 and this one have the same deadlines. Gamepark's judges will be overworked!


News: D.Force 1&2 Shooter

November 6, 2002 2:21 AM PST

Magical Pallete / VD / BS


Vince showed me this link recently (WARNING: turn your speakers down before this page loads! It's very loud), mentioning that the site was host to some shooters I might like. Not shockingly, he was right. I think you'll like them too. D.Force 1 and 2 are available for download on the site...I've linked to them directly because finding them requires a bit of Japanese knowledge. May the internet gods forgive me. Regardless, the game is conceptually similar to Sentimental Shooting, a cult Japanese doujin masterpiece. It's a basic shooter at first, but with time comes an interesting twist. The stage boss requires that you shoot the clothing off of an anime girl! Freud would have a field day with this one...


News: GP32 News site under construction

November 6, 2002 2:18 AM PST

GP32 News / BS


In case you didn't see their warning, they're changing servers at the moment. The domain www.gp32news.com is temporarily disabled, but you can still visit them here. Update your bookmarks accordingly until they return.


News: Nokia handheld

November 5, 2002 3:11 AM PST

Nokia / BS


Looks like everyone is trying to get in on the action. In a recent press release, Nokia announced that they will be launching their own mobile handheld system, the N Gage in February 2003. Sega has allready pledged open support for the console, which will run on the Nokia Series 60 platform and the Symbian OS. Further information from this press release indicates that the device will use Bluetooth technology for wireless interactivity. The games will come on Memory Cards (SMCs, I assume?), and Nokia will step up as a publisher. I finally understand why Nokia has been at the last three E3 conventions. Networking!

Very interesting. The handheld market is exploding it seems...it looks to me like the GP32 has until February 2003 to gain a major foothold, as it's tough to compete against Nintendo and Nokia, which both have big-name publishers backing them. The thing might be back-lit...their phones are. Rechargable battery and net-access seem likely as well. Nokia's weak point: even if they construct them twice as well as they do their phones, it'll still break at least once per month. I hope they do trade-ins! But hey, if all goes well, there will be three successuful handheld consoles on the market. Then we all win...


Review: Star Fox Adventures

November 5, 2002 3:01 AM PST

Tim Rogers / BS


Tim delivers a rather mixed review for Rare's latest Game Cube foray. All the action, countless references, and even a little bit of that sweet, sweet lovin' all await you within.


Interview: Ashal of AHA Studio

November 5, 2002 12:01 AM PST

AHA Studio / Pion / BS


Our old pal Pion has come through with an interview of Ashal of AHA Studio! The interview was conducted in Korean and translated into English by Pion. The interview is largely his own, but based loosely on my prompts. Lots of exclusive info regarding Wings of Soul, the new Ys style ARPG!! Check it out here!


News: Abogado Powers releases

November 4, 2002 11:27 AM PST

Abogado Powers / BS


Abogado Powers has plans to release the OST for their latest game Pidgeon Blood on the 21st of december (though anyone who purchases an Abopa product for christmas is probably...) through the relatively new Candypop label. It's got all of the vocal songs from the game, as well as arranged versions of the BGM.

Also! There will be a rerelease of Pidgeo Blood on DVD! It looks like now is the time to pick this one up; the new version comes with a desktop calendar, higher music and sound quality, a browser for the images recieved upon completion of the game, additional images, and at least one movie that was not included in the original. It seems there also may soon be a demo movie from the CD version on the site. I'll keep you posted.


Feature: I like the mullet

November 4, 2002 3:45 AM PST

Tim Rogers / BS


Well...the name says it all. A new humorous article from Tim. Yes...Solid Snake does have nice hair.


News: The latest from Dengeki Online

November 4, 2002 3:45 AM PST

Dengeki Online / BS


A few interesting articles from Dengeki Online...first up, there's a game coming out for PS2 entitled Space Fishermen. No lie. Collect alien and robot fish up to 100 meters deep! Check here for some movies, screenshots, character art, everything! Looks interesting to say the least. Original article here.

Next on the list, Ragnarok Online's Japanese server will be a charge service beginning December 1st. So anyone who has been using the Japanese servers had better get some play time while they can. The beta test period ends on the 20th of November, so at the time of the charge service, some minor changes will be made to the game. Article here.

CRI has announced that the development of the X-box compatible arcade board Chihiro and GC compatible Trifoce are ready for game development. CRI has adapted their ADX and Sofdec audio and video solutions to both boards. here's the original article.

Sega is porting some classic titles (and some new ones) to cellphones in Japan! Though Insert Credit readers are largely from the west (and can't actually use the service), it's still rather interesting. Check the original article for pics of Action Puzzle (UGA 2002), Bonanza Brothers (SEGA 1990, 2002) and AWOG (?) (SEGA 1994, 2002). Based on the popularity of past SEGA mobile games, it seems that many more are forthcoming. The price varies between $1.50 and $3.00 monthly.


News: New GP32 title

November 3, 2002 11:59 PM PST

Windship / BS


Some new news from Shepelt of Rino's excellent BBS. The amazing artist Windship seems to have teamed up with a coder named Hyun-suk Im, to make a game called Princess Brave. To quote Shepelt:

"He (Windship) said that the project began in july 2002 and the basic character design and the prototype for game system are complete. The prince is kidnapped by the Dark Prince...he was mistaken for the princess by the subordinate of the Dark Prince. The princess is the player character. She is in deep depression as her lover, the prince, is kidnapped. The princess is then transformed by the incident."

Shepelt warns that the game is not official yet, but honestly...if they made a poster, I'd be surprised it it weren't. Click the pic to the left to see the full report from Shepelt and the four other images! And be sure to visit Windship's gallery.


News: Dragon quest OST Box

November 2, 2002 9:15 PM PST

Sony Music Japan / BS


Sony Music Japan and Enix are releasing a 7-CD box set of Dragon Quest soundtracks as redone by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Naturally the compilation covers Dragon Quests I-VII. For this box-set re-issue there will be several bonus tracks, making for a total of 143 songs! The image to the left shows the bonus bottle toppers which you recieve with the box. Click the pic to the left to view the full spread.

Special thanks to Dragon-Warrior's thread on the MMcafe for the news.


News: New homebrew game

November 2, 2002 9:15 PM PST

GP32 emu / BS


Guyfawkes of GP32 emu has gotten ahold of a new homebrew game, which he's calling Ham, based on the filename. Check out his site for the download. But I've not been able to get it to work yet. Any advice?


News: I have no idea what's going on

November 2, 2002 8:52 PM PST

GPzigi / BS


Right. This obviously has something to do with Seed9, but past that...this is madness! It came from here. Click the pics!




News: The latest from GPzigi; new game announced!

November 2, 2002 8:30 PM PST

GPzigi / BS


Two articles to tackle here. Number one shows some nice new images from Tears Another, from Team DTR.

Article two explains something I'd been wondering about for a while. Moongkle is just finishing up work on a title which was announced in concept back in september. The new game is called Holeman Battle Race. I'd known that there was to be a Holeman game for some time, but didn't know what it was, or even who HE was. The latter part I'm still unclear on. The game is basically a Mario Kart clone, comeplete with special weapons and 7 stages, if I'm not mistaken. Holeman Battle Race will be released on Mega GP this month. Look forward to it! (You know...once we've the actual ability to purchase games there).


News: More F13 art/news from Pion

November 2, 2002 2:45 AM PST

Pion / BS


Some news from Pion of Griffon Studio. First, the he explains the picture I mentioned a few days ago.

It is a kind of korean culture (at least those who have good painting skills), that giving pictures to your friends as a gift. And the picture is a gift from my buddy, fivecrow, one of the two new artists of Griffon Studio. The picture shows a concept-art of the hero of F-13. You see, we decided to make F-13 have some kind of a story line. It would be a mission-based game, with the central concept of the game - all directional scrolling shooter - being maintained.

Then he sent me an image from fivecrow to eru, the second artist of Griffon Studio. That is of course the excellent (enlargable) image to the left. Also check Fivecrow's homepage for more of his artwork.

<Sorry...I fixed the image problem.>


News: Tokimeki Blazing Star for Hyper Neo Geo 512!

November 2, 2002 2:45 AM PST

Electric "___" / VD


Yes, it's fanart. I hope you weren't expecting a real game announcement. Fun looking poster.


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