News: Give Back Take-Two

December 30, 2003 11:50 PM PST

New York Post / BS


Just in time, just under the wire, comes the worst gaming related article of 2003. The subject is Grand Theft Auto - and while the game is not without it's ethical difficulties - logic, objectivity and reality have been thrown out the window for this amazing article. Perhaps the best line: ""People, this is insane. This is 10,000 times worse than the worst thing anybody thinks Michael Jackson ever did to a little boy - or than any lie the feds think Martha Stewart ever told them..."

Yes folks. In short, violence in videogames is worse than actual crimes. You'd never have known it if not for Christopher Byron's exposé, which goes so far as to insult the Take-Two founder's father. Thanks to Sub's forum post for the news.
Update! For those who can't get enough, Byron wrote a book!! This one 'takes on' Martha Stewart. And the kid-gloves come...on?? Check out the linked review, it's a good one.


News: AC/DC - Defenders of Metal

December 30, 2003 11:33 PM PST

Jay Smith / BS


Jay Smith has posted some proposal docs for an unfinished game that was originally pitched for the Atari Jaguar. AC/DC - Defenders of Metal, it's called. Whoever decided not to release this game was clearly insane.


News: Motoi Sakuraba interview

December 30, 2003 11:33 PM PST

Video Fenky / BS


Video Fenky has posted an interview with Motoi Sakuraba, composer of the music from many of Enix' more popular series (among others). Very low-key, yet interesting guy.


News: KOF Playphone

December 30, 2003 11:21 PM PST

NUVO studios / BS


KOF has finally been released for cellphones, interestingly touting N-Gage compatibility. Read our E3 preview for a bit of info on the game. Seems the Samurai Shodown port is not yet complete...


News: Adventure Island review

December 29, 2003 10:59 PM PST

nfg games / BS


Lawrence has put up a review of Hudson's latest famicom remake; Adventure Island. This is the last in the planned line for Hudson Soft - hopefully more will be forthcoming.


"News": CAPCOM loses mentor

December 29, 2003 10:45 PM PST

The Olympian / BS


Many gaming companies have had some dear losses recently - Sega's Nakagawa, 3DO's everybody, and the entire continent of europe. Now CAPCOM's beloved Teri McGuire also moves into retirement. A nation weeps.

Thanks to Legal Step's forum post for the link.


News: Cross†Channel

December 29, 2003 10:31 PM PST

KID / BS


KID has just announced that they plan to port Flying Shine's newest Galget ADV Cross†Channel to the PS2. Really nice design on this one, and it has the same scenario writer as Natsu Yume. There will be new events, and 30 more event CG. The PC team is coming onboard for most of the work, while KID will take care of the system and middleware. The plan is for a spring 2004 release.


News: Rumblefish site

December 29, 2003 10:20 PM PST

Sammy / BS


The official site is up for Sammy/Dimps new fighter The Rumblefish! There are also three images included there, but in classic Sammy Japan style, they're squintingly miniscule (as left). Thanks to Iggy for the link.


News: ESPGaluda update

December 29, 2003 10:12 PM PST

Cave / BS


Cave has posted the map, enemy and character design for stage one of ESPGaluda. They're really laying it all on the table for this one. Thanks to Triggerzone for the link.


News: Coregrafx stick

December 29, 2003 10:01 PM PST

nfg games / BS


Lawrence has got an interesting project going on - he's sticking the guts of a coregrafx into a Hori PC Engine arcade stick! Really a nice idea, if it works as it should.


News: Atari news

December 28, 2003 11:24 PM PST

various / BS


Atari Explorer has found images and documents regarding the Jaguar Duo, a console that never went into full development. The thing actually looks quite a lot like a Turbo Duo, with the slats on the side (they're on the other side of the linked image, though). In other news, the first official Jaguar CD has been released using the encryption key. Curiously, it's just a video from two years ago. Thanks to Atari Age for the news.

It looks as though we'll never escape those high Jaguar prices. A half hour, two year old video for $25? Even if there is a new movie of their upcoming game on there, that's a bit outrageous.


News: World Fighters

December 28, 2003 11:24 PM PST

Hudson / BS


The full World Fighters character roster has been uploaded, with newcomers Megatron, Moai Head and Binbougami (god of poverty - from Momotarou Densetsu). The game is on sale now for Gamecube and PS2. Thanks to Kusanagi's forum post for the news.


Off Topic: Sapp Devilman

December 28, 2003 11:15 PM PST

??? / BS


Turns out Bob Sapp will be in the new Devilman live action movie. Curious!
Update! Seems he's going to be the world newscaster, according to IMDB. Thanks to GekigangerV's mmcafe bbs post for the news.


Play Asia: posters!

December 28, 2003 11:15 PM PST

Play-Asia / BS


New Play-Asia stuff in the last week or so...
They've got some nice posters in, for $9 each. Highlights include HSF II, Viewtiful Joe and NPI: Matrimelee.

There's also a whole lot more Wonderswan software now, including my personal favorite; Promised Land: Riviera.

Several Dreamcast games have come in as well - Shokora: Maid Cafe Curio, Sentimental Graffiti: Yakusoku and Moekan.

Preorders are also up for Initial D: Special Stage (PS2 best version), Gunbird 1&2, and Sega Ages: Fist of the North Star.


News: NUON news

December 28, 2003 10:57 PM PST

various / BS


There's a new hack up for those Nuons that don't have native controller support, and this one uses more readily available parts. Lots of images and step-by-step instruction.

Also, interview with the developer of Native for the Jaguar. Apparently, there was a NUON port in development! The nuon-related bits are excerpted on the N-D main site.


News?: WSC finished?

December 28, 2003 10:45 PM PST

Bandai / BS


The original domain for the Wonderswan now redirects to the general games site. This change was unannounced, and occurred at some point in the week before christmas. The game software can still be viewed here, but the future release list is no more. There were still four squaresoft games planned, as Namae no Nai Heya's list indicates. But Bandai's list no longer exists. It is only speculation at this point, but there is a very real possibility that we've seen the last of the wonderswan software releases. With the halting of hardware production, the Dragon Ball remake may have been the final game for the WSC.


News: The Rumblefish info

December 27, 2003 11:55 PM PST

Arcadia / BS


Nikaiten has reprinted some of the info found in the new arcadia regarding Sammy/Dimps new arcade fighter The Rumblefish. This was taken from the staff interview. It seems that the character design is going to be something we've not seen before. And one of the main gimmicks is clothing damage. If your character's hat gets knocked off, it stays off until you complete the game. Same if your character's dress is torn. It's going to be a joystick+5 button game, and from Nikaiten spd's report, the visuals are quite nice. The game will be fully unveiled at the AOU in february, and the game is currently an estimated 70% complete.
Update:There will be two modes, attack and defense. Defense does not give you greater protection, but allows more evasive maneuvers, like guard cancels, counters and the like. Thanks to Iggy for that last bit.


News: Doujin update

December 27, 2003 11:42 PM PST

various / BS


Canned Zepy leaves us with many updates while he's away in foreign lands. First off, demos. Digital Hawk has put up a demo of their visually impressive (Glove on Fight style) fighter Artemis Blade. There's also a demo movie on the site. Next, there's a new patch for Eternal Fighter Zero available on Twilight Frontier's site (direct link. Now, there were also several movies released.
hirahira has a new video of their Osaka (azumanga) raising game/screensaver thing, and Rapid Fire put up a new Guardian Heroines movie.


News: Shikigami 2 to DC!!

December 27, 2003 11:23 PM PST

Sega / BS


Yes, this time it's true! Famicom Plaza tells us that Shikigami no Shiro II is being brough to the DC - and who's responsible for the port?? Sega themselves. The release date is planned for March 25th, 2004.

Note to everyone: it's time to stop using the phrase "Dreamcast's swansong." And thanks to Iggy's MMCafe BBS post for the link.


News: Crimson Sea 2

December 27, 2003 11:07 PM PST

Koei / BS


Koei has put up an official page/flash for Crimson Sea 2, the sequel to the stylish Xbox action game. This time it's coming to the PS2, planned for a march 2004 release. Thanks to Naruto's MMCafe bbs post for the news.


News: Gunbird 1&2

December 26, 2003 11:50 PM PST

Atlus / BS


Atlus has put up a page for their upcoming PS2 port of Gunbird 1 and 2. These are supposed to be direct arcade ports, so the quality should be upped a bit from the psx version (of Gunbird 1, at least). The game is planned for release on february 19th, budget priced at 4,800 yen for both.

Note: cute site - the little Marion that follows your cursor is somewhat endearing.


News: The Rumblefish

December 26, 2003 11:41 PM PST

Dimps / BS


This month's Arcadia reveals that the rumored Sammy/Dimps fighting game is to be called The Rumblefish. It's going to have 2D sprites on a 3D background, running on the Atomiswave. No further info just yet, but it sounds like a nice combination.


News: Falcom update

December 26, 2003 11:30 PM PST

Falcom / BS


Falcom has released a promotional video for their upcoming PC RPG Legend of Heroes 6 (direct link). The game is scheduled for spring 2004, and looks extremely detailed, so far. Check out some wallpapers, while you're at it. The characters remain 2D for this one.
They've also updated their mobile phone page, with several new games; Popful mail, Falcom All-Star Mahjong, a new Sorcerian episode, and several others.


News: SNKP update

December 26, 2003 11:19 PM PST

SNKP / BS


SNK Playmore has announced that they will be developing an entirely new game in 2004. Nothing more on that just yet. They've also updated the KOF 2003 official page with character stories and the like. Thanks to Nikaiten for the top link.


News: Metal Slug Online

December 26, 2003 11:11 PM PST

Mega Enterprises / BS


Mega Enterprises has announced that they will be making online versions of Metal Slug from SNK, as well as Falcom's Zwei!!. No exact word on how this is going to come about, but the full report is on Gpara with thanks to Momotato for the link.


Feature: The Advantage

December 24, 2003 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / brandon sheffield


The Advantage play some mean NES covertunes with their rock and roll instruments. On December 19th, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend one of their concerts. I came back with movies, images, and a sizable tale. Catch the spirit, eh?


Off-Topic: Happy Holidays

December 24, 2003 11:50 PM PST

insert credit / BS


Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it, from all at the insert credit citadel. for those who don't celebrate it - good for you. And happy not-going-to-work day. Check out a fine christmas tale that tim discovered, then try to pretend you like your families.


Feature: Black Mages

December 23, 2003 11:55 PM PST

insert credit / tim rogers


Nobuo Uematsu is the composer of Final Fantasy's classic tunes - hero to many, relic of the past to others. The Black Mages is his Final Fantasy rock band. On November 3rd, they played a concert at Kanagawa University - and tim was there.

Addendum: the videos will likely be down for most of the day.


News: Adventure Gaming

December 23, 2003 11:43 PM PST

Adventure Gamers / BS


Adventure Gamers have written a very lengthy article regarding the future of adventure games as a genre, commenting also on possible reasons for it's gradual demise. While you're in the mood, why not take this Lucasarts survey - it may well determine their next step in the adventure field, if any.


News: Game Stories

December 23, 2003 11:37 PM PST

NY Times / BS


Check out this (free signup required) article in the Ney York times regarding the state of games as a storytelling medium. Interesting to be sure, but primitive nonetheless. Your friend and mine Chris Kohler has posted a response to the article, which is a nice supplement to it.


News: Starblade

December 23, 2003 11:20 PM PST

Namco / BS


Namco is really pushing these Vodaphones to the limit. Check out their port of Starblade, complete with an animated gif. Really looking nice (and pointy), and only 525 yen to boot. Thanks to Lawrence for the news.


News: Nanogear

December 22, 2003 11:38 PM PST

Nurve Networks / BS


Thanks to Manu for pointing out the Nanogear, a new proposed handheld system which looks not unlike a 3rd party Xbox controller with a screen built in. If it gets off the ground, it could be an interesting product, given that it comes from the maker of the Xgamestation. The Xgamestation is a sort of developer's system designed to teach you coding, while also being a haven for lovers of homebrew games. Nanogear looks as though it might be the handheld equivalent of that idea.


Off-Topic: Chess Boxing

December 22, 2003 11:38 PM PST

Chessbase / BS


Utterly bizarre. Chessbase (via Slashdot Games) reports on the world championship Chessboxing match. This is a game wherein the fighters play four minutes of boxing, then two minutes of chess, repeating for a set number of times. An interesting game to be sure, but if one were to be terribly good at just *one* of these sports, instead of moderately good at both (as these fellows were), one would likely win within a scant few rounds. Rough sport.


Off-Topic: stylish Saturn mod

December 22, 2003 11:27 PM PST

Bitman / BS


Bitman posted some really nice saturn shell modifications over at the ngf board. By just swapping pieces of the american and white budget shells, he comes up with something really quite stylish. There are several more combinations at that link...quite a nice idea.


News: Abopa at Comiket

December 22, 2003 11:12 PM PST

Abogado Powers / BS


Abogado Powers has just announced their plans for Comiket at the end of the month - most interestingly they'll be releasing a MxS OST for 1,980 yen. Track listing is there in english, which is nice. Be aware that there's one non-worksafe image on that linked site there.


Feature: Law of the Land

December 20, 2003 11:57 PM PST

insert credit / brandon sheffield


EA, Activision and Sony heads got together for a conference not too long ago. The circumstances were odd, and their conversation surprisingly unscripted. The subject began as entertainment law, but branched from there into a whirl of anecdotal revalations. For instance, George Rose mentions that: "Activision actually passed on making a Matrix game before the first movie had even been announced. They figured it’d just be too difficult to realize…or in his own words “we thought it’d be kinda hard to do.” This is the law of the land.


News: Pekka Kana 2

December 20, 2003 11:42 PM PST

Piste Gamez / BS


Piste Gamez is a Finnish freeware developer with some interesting stuff going for them. Particularly nice - Pekka Kana 2. Pie, who sent the link in, went so far as to call it "rather spinky." I'm pretty sure that's a compliment.


Off-Topic: SvC Chaos intro generator

December 20, 2003 11:33 PM PST

AJ 187 / BS


This SvC Chaos intro text generator is actually rather nifty. It allows you to choose your characters and background, then enter custom text for each line of dialogue. Then it spits out SvC-cloned resultant images. Not a bad way to rewrite history.


Play Asia: Peripherals

December 20, 2003 11:23 PM PST

Play Asia / BS


Those SvC Chaos sticks have come out a bit early - there are both SNK and Capcom versions, which are blue and white respectively. The game itself is out in a few days.

Two movie players have come out for the GBA in as many days. There's the official am3 device of course, but also a more universal looking movie player that also allows multiple media - including .rm, .mpg, .mp3 and images. It costs about a dollar more, but the advantage is that it runs on regular flash cards, not proprietary preloaded stuff. And this is totally unrelated, but here it is anyway: Plus Plum 2 is out! It's wacky!


News: FaMe Soft update

December 20, 2003 11:11 PM PST

FaMe Soft / BS


FaMe Soft has put up some concept images/game sprites from their upcoming GP32 works. A bit of other info as well - their new RPG is to be called Gangstaz Knightz, and their newly-announced beat-em-up will be known as Zabuyaki the streets brawlers.


News: Shikigami II PS2

December 20, 2003 11:05 PM PST

Alfa System / BS


Alfa System has revealed further information on the new modes they'll be including with the PS2 port of Shikigami no Shiro II. Aside from the previously mentioned Boss Attack mode, there will be a host of new options. These include the ability to change the size of enemy shots (50%, 100%, 300%), the speed of enemies(50%, 100%, 300%), and the speed of the game(50%, 100%, 200%). You can also change the shot patterns of the enemies, as well as adjust the distance of your secondary weapon (TBS). Not bad at all.


News: Kappa no Kaikatta

December 19, 2003 11:54 PM PST

Konami / SM


Looks like Konami will be releasing a Kappa rearing game. That's "kappa" as in the traditional Japanese water demons, not cucumbers (although I'm sure there's a company out there who would try to make a cucumber rearing game. Probably Natsume or Seed9 :) Regardless, "How to Breed Kappas (Kappa no kaikatta)" seems to be based off a manga and should hit sometime in the summer, 2004.

Update: The game is being released by Konami, not Capcom. The game is based off the manga of the same name.


News: Melty Blood Re.Act

December 19, 2003 11:39 PM PST

Watanabe Seisokujou / BS


Watanabe Seisokujou has released more information regarding Melty Blood Re.Act, the psuedo sequel to the mostly-popular original. The demo will be available for 100 yen at this winter's comiket, and freely distributable thereafter. Check out the new gameplay movie while you're at it. Thanks to Zepy for the news.


News: Lineage promotion

December 19, 2003 11:23 PM PST

Coca Cola / SM


Apparently Lineage is popular enough to score a advertising deal with Coca-Cola. As a result, there will soon be Coca-Cola cans featuring images of several popular characters from Lineage II. The linked article also points out that this will be the first time that Coca-Cola has collaborated with an online game for a promotion (although there have been other game promotions such as Final Fantasy in the past). The characters will be Female Elf, Female Dwarf and Human Male.


News: Jakuniku Gakuen

December 19, 2003 11:09 PM PST

Zenryokutei / BS


The doujin group Zenryokutei has put up a promotional movie of their upcoming fighter, Jakuniku Gakuen. Thanks to Zepy for the news.


Feature: More Hard Sells

December 16, 2003 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / VD


The second installment of Vince's forays in video gaming academia are now online for all to scrutinize. Who would have thought that the most entertaining part of his teacher's assistant job would be grading tests?


Play Asia: HFS II goods, Sony hardware

December 16, 2003 11:45 PM PST

Play-Asia / BS


The Hyper Street Fighter II merchandise is plentiful over at Play-Asia - they've got the standard game of course, as well as the special anniversary pack. But there's also some other nifty stuff, like the Capcom Body Set; well made moetic style figures of various capcom characters. They've also got a bunch of cellular phone straps available, and the Street Fighter Tribute Album is up for preorder (shipping next week). Check the full HFS line here.

Lots of new Sony hardware in as well. There's the monstrous PSX DVD recorder/PS2 and the updated ceramic PS2, which aside from looking fancy, is also 30% quieter, and comes with new DVD firmware, and comes with Gran Turismo 4 Prologue. In the peripherals department, the Separate Controller is finally out, as well as the Biohazard Outbreak memory card. Check out other Separate Controller schemes, as well as new game releases here, as Astro Boy: Tetsu Want Atom and Gegege no Kitarou are almost out!


News: Diabolika 2

December 15, 2003 9:25 PM PST

Blackeye Software / BS


Homebrew developers Blackeye Software have released a new action puzzle game by the name of Diabolika 2. The mechanics comprise blowing up demons with various types of explosives to create chain reactions. Really quite fun once you get the hang of the chaining (you must use bombs to explode other bombs), and the download is under 500k, so you've little to lose!


News: Head Over Heels remake

December 15, 2003 9:18 PM PST

Retrospec / BS


Head Over Heels is arguably one of the greater Spectrum games ever made - but the remake might be even better. Retrospec have taken it upon themselves to remake and release a freeware PC version of the game with updated graphics and music, and the result is something worth checking. Thanks to A_Lee_N for the news.


News: Anito: Defend A Land Enraged

December 15, 2003 9:13 PM PST

Anino Entertainment / BS


For those of you interested in alternate voices in games, check out Anino Entertainment, a PC gaming company based in the Philippines. Their first large-scale project is Anito: Defend A Land Enraged, an isometric dungeon RPG with rather high production values (check the demo movies here). They're selling the game for only 750 pesos, and accept international orders...perhaps something to check out. Thanks to Woofydogg's forum post for the news.


News: Desktop Gaming

December 15, 2003 9:00 PM PST

Desktop Gaming / BS


Desktop gaming is a newly resurrected site that archives desktop wallpapers from entire levels/maps in old 8 and 16-bit video games. Think of those old nintendo power Metroid maps, and you won't be far off. They allow uploads, so the site is expanding rapidly! Rather fun stuff. Thanks to Toom for the news.


News: Guardian Heroines

December 13, 2003 11:55 PM PST

Rapidfire / BS


Rapidfire has released the demo for their 2D brawler Guardian Heroines. At this point only the battle mode is selectable, and the demo (direct link) is a bit tricky, so a download manager is recommended. Thanks to Zepy for the news.


Off-Topic: Games influenced by Aliens

December 13, 2003 11:42 PM PST

Yadayo / BS


Yadayo is a quite knowledgeable fellow, adept at finding the origins of specific elements of various games. Check out the full list here. But particularly interesting is his series of games influenced by Aliens the movie. Quite extensive, and in some cases, extremely obscure (especially the Final Fight reference). Thanks to Lawrence for pointing this out.


News: HSF II Cover

December 13, 2003 11:28 PM PST

Capcom / BS


The cover for Hyper Street Fighter II has been revealed. Nice though it may be, it's the exact same cover as the Street Fighter Eternal Challenge book released earlier in the year. Thanks to Riskbreaker's MMCafe BBS post for the links.


News: Shikigami II PS2

December 13, 2003 11:16 PM PST

Taito / BS


Taito's D3 Publisher is releasing Shikigami II for PS2. For the port, there will be a new game mode - boss attack. Thanks to Nikaiten for the news.


News: Matrimelee OST

December 13, 2003 11:07 PM PST

Noise Factory / BS


The Matrimelee OST is a limited run, as it turns out. In fact, there are only 43 left! Get them while they exist.


Download: FSB 2004

December 12, 2003 11:39 PM PST

Falcom / BS


Falcom has put up a promotional movie for their soon-to-be-released Falcom Special Box 2004, with footage from Legend of Xanadu, as well as the various included DVDs. Check out our November 21 post for the full contents of the box. The small version of the movie can be found on the aforelinked site, but if you want the needlessly large size, check 4gamer's mirror (direct link). The release date and price remain december 19th and 7,980 yen, respectively.


News: Squarehouse GBA covers

December 12, 2003 11:39 PM PST

Squarehouse / BS


Squarehouse has been hand-making plush GBA cases for a little while now - and they've finally opened up a product page from which you can purchase them. They're a bit on the pricey side, but all handmade, well constructed, and...quite cute.


News: Rhapsody of Zephyr

December 12, 2003 11:26 PM PST

Marvelous / BS


Marvelous has just opened their page for the PS2 port of Falcom's 1999 RPG The Rhapsody of Zephyr. The port is slated for a January 29th 2004 with a 6,800 pricetag.


Off-Topic: KOF flipbook

December 12, 2003 11:13 PM PST

Starwas / BS


Something odd from toonmaker Starwas, as mirrored at Werra Clan's board - it's a flipbook battle between Kensou and Yamazaki. Really impressive...if only the quality of the flash were better.


Site News: Articles aplenty

December 11, 2003 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / brandon sheffield


The staff page has finally been updated to include Mathew Kumar. As is customary with staff page updates, a new article has been written to accompany it - this one being a Guide to Writing for insert credit. This should be helpful to all of those aspiring journalists out there. The old story; Adventure in SF Wonderland has been relocated as a feature. As a refresher, the original staff page story was Japanese Girls are Crazy. Further, the PC Genjin review has been updated to include six screenshots, as well as discussion of the Tatsujin and Meijin modes unlockable in the game.

Incidentally, as there's no 'discuss this article' link on the staff page, I'll just link to it here.


News: To Heart 2

December 11, 2003 11:51 PM PST

Aquaplus / BS


Leaf's new PS2 galget visual novel To Heart 2 has been delayed. Rather than spring, it'll be coming out next summer. The game will take place two years after the first, with eight new girls, but the same school and town. Familiar characters from the first may make appearances! Four artists contributed two character designs each...those artists being Misato Mitsumi, Amatsuyu Tatsuki, Kawata Hisashi, and Nakamura Takeshi. New opening and ending themes will accompany the release. Thanks to Momotato for the info roundup.


News: SNKP update

December 11, 2003 11:45 PM PST

SNKP / BS


The latest from SNK Playmore - the woman's team is up at the KOF 2k3 page, and the english version has been updated as well. Dou Lon's certainly got an interesting fighting style. SNK World has also updated - they're giving away five copies of SvC Chaos for PS2 on christmas. Unfortunately, this only works for folks in Japan - the guide I made back in the old days cannot help here, as it uses the original address you logged in with.


News: KOF EX2 ships

December 11, 2003 11:33 PM PST

Atlus / BS


Atlus has released KOF EX2 for the GBA - our review is here if you've not seen it.


Download: Yukiuta OP

December 11, 2003 11:25 PM PST

Survive / BS


Frontwing subsidiary Survive has just released the not-quite work safe (as is the company's nature) opening movie for their new game Yukiuta, which is scheduled for a December 19th release ay 8,800 yen.


News: Psyvariar II chara/DC

December 11, 2003 11:11 PM PST

Success / BS


Success has opened the character page for Psyvariar II, which is apparently in arcades now. There's also an official page up for the dreamcast version of the game - some care went into that. Not too much, but a little.


Review: PC Genjin

December 10, 2003 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / brandon sheffield


Two records broken in one day. First, I've reviewed a game within the week it was released. The nation gasps! Second, I finally like a game without reservation. Well - not much. Believe me, I'm as frightened as you are. PC Genjin, the remake of Bonk's Adventure (as it's called over here) for the PS2/GC, is a very fun game. See the present through rose-colored glasses.


Site News: Server move

December 10, 2003 11:45 PM PST

insert credit / BS


Yep. Another server move is coming up within the week. So if there's any downtime, strange anomalies or things of this nature, please attribute it to the server move, rather than our gross incompetence.


News: Final Fantasy II

December 10, 2003 11:37 PM PST

The Lost Levels / BS


The Lost Levels crew have discovered a lost gem - the official final fantasy II translation for the NES. The translation was near completion when scrapped, but plagued by engrish-style dialogue, due to cartridge ram constraints. Interviews with appropriate staff accompany the never-before-seen (mostly) rom.


News: STG Omnibus

December 10, 2003 11:25 PM PST

Softbank Games / BS


Softbank Games is releasing a shooting game soundtrack collection by the name Blast! Shooting Game Omnibus. It will contain music from Ketsui, Shikigami 1 and 2, Psyvariar, Fantasy Zone, Gunbird 1 and 2 among others. The compilation will be available on december 17th for 2,940 from ZDnet, or 2,800 yen from Amazon Japan. Thanks to Nikaiten for the links.


News: Sammy advises Sega

December 10, 2003 11:10 PM PST

Bloomberg / BS


Bloomberg reports that Sammy's president Hajime Satomi has begun advising Sega - his first bit of advice being that they should focus on their arcade business, and be more careful with their console development. Could be the kick in the pants they need, honestly. Check Gamespot's english report by the brilliant Hirohiko Niizumi.


News: Silent Hill comic

December 10, 2003 11:01 PM PST

Konami / BS


Konami has announced that Silent Hill will become a comic in North America. It'll be available february 2004, at $3.99 per issue.


News: Ys 6 to console

December 08, 2003 11:33 PM PST

Konami / BS


Konami has just announced that they will be bringing Falcom's latest RPG - Ys 6 - to consoles in winter of the coming year. Best of all, it will be hitting the US and Japan, at the very least.

And to note - don't believe the press release; it's pronounced 'ees', with a soft 's'.


News: KOF 2k3 official movie

December 08, 2003 11:26 PM PST

SNK USA / BS


SNK Neo Geo USA has posted a new movie of KOF 2003. The clearest video so far, if a little poorly compressed. The video contains the (shortened?) intro, and a variety of gameplay footage.


Off-Topic: Games in politics

December 08, 2003 11:26 PM PST

Straits Times / BS


The Straits Times (via Gamers with Jobs) reports that Hong Kong Education Secretary Arthur Li was caught playing Bejeweled on his PDA during a recent meeting. He said that he "played computer games during a lengthy legislative meeting on Monday because no constructive opinions were raised during the session." Rock that Bejeweled, Mr. Li.


News: Gunbird 1+2

December 08, 2003 11:19 PM PST

Atlus / BS


ES Toys has confirmed earlier reports by various sites that Gunbird 1+2 is indeed being re-released as a package deal for PS2. Atlus is the group to blame/praise for this one. February 19th, 4,800 yen.


News: Segammy returns?

December 08, 2003 11:16 PM PST

Yahoo Business / BS


Interestingly, even though the Sega/Sammy merger didn't go through, Sammy did manage to acquire all of the stock in the company that was previously held by CSK. This positions Sammy as Sega's largest shareholder.


News: PSP info

December 08, 2003 11:11 PM PST

Sony / BS


Sony has released some further information on the PSP. Nothing terribly exciting yet, but something to engage your brainstems, perhaps.


Feature: GameXpo

December 07, 2003 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / fantus


The GameXpo is the Netherlands' largest game expo, as one might imagine. The event took place on November 29th/30th, and our operative in the area, fantus of Daily Play, has taken it upon himself to write up a great feature about the event. New games from Playlogic, a broom-riding arcade unit from EA, and more await within! That's not to mention the excellent video (with music and effects!) he's edited together of the show's highlights. Of course, visit Daily Play for more fantus.


News: Retroconsole

December 07, 2003 11:37 PM PST

Retroconsole / BS


Here's a very curious box in development. They call it the Retroconsole. It's a gamestation that will play a certain system's legal roms via an smc port. This is different from a dedicated emulation box though, as it actually houses the CPU of the emulated machines in dedicated chips. So in theory, it should be 'perfect' emulation. These consoles will each be released one at a time, unfortunately. Not as an all-in-one package. Still an interesting project though. The first to be released is the Retroconsole2600, which will actually take cartridge input. There will be two joystic ports, likely PSX or something similar, AV/S-Video/VGA out, and will be pocket-sized. Price point for this unit: $50.


News: Dash de Lei Lei

December 07, 2003 11:28 PM PST

Easy Game Station / BS


Easy Game Station has announced a new title for this winter's Comiket. These are the fellows who made the excellent Duo Princess. Regardless, the new game is called Dash de Lei Lei, an action racer featuring Lei Lei of Darkstalkers fame. Looks quite nice - let's hope for a demo release! Thanks to Zepy for the news.


News: Angel's Feather

December 07, 2003 11:15 PM PST

KID / BS


KID's Angel's Feather page has been updated with some new info regarding the pending release. The game is planned for February 19th 2004, at 6,800 yen for the standard, 8,800 yen for the limited release. The limited edition comes with an extra voice drama CD.


News: KOF US report

December 06, 2003 11:59 PM PST

Amakusa / BS


Amakusa, friend to insert credit, was able to attend the "location test" in Los Angeles (written with quotation marks as the game is released formally in two weeks - not much that one can change in that time). He wrote up some very nice impressions in the forums, with particular attention to detail as regards the newer characters.


Download: KOF 2k3 movies

December 06, 2003 11:47 PM PST

KOF Union / BS


KOF Union has mirrored the KOF 2k3 movies that have been floating around the web, and turned them into real media. Find the list of movies here.


News: Puyo Puyo Fever

December 06, 2003 11:30 PM PST

Sega / BS


Sega has posted a movie of Puyo Puyo Fever on their official site. Here's the direct link. Stream only, sadly. But it appears as though the 'fever' mode drops a set of puyo that are combo-ready, so that you may drop a combo immediately, or allow it to build further. Thanks to Nikaiten for the link.


Rumor: Clark/Leona in MS5

December 06, 2003 11:30 PM PST

Epicenter / BS


Someone at the Epicenter forums has posted two images showing Clark and Leona of Ikari Warriors fame in Metal Slug 5. Probably fake, but if so - whoever constructed them worked very hard, considering how recently the rom was dumped. Clark, Leona. Thanks to Fuchikoma's mmcafe bbs post for the images.


Download: Castlevania Resurrection

December 06, 2003 11:18 PM PST

Castelvania Dungeon / BS


Some old news, but rather nifty. Castelvania Dungeon has posted a collection of movies from the unreleased Castlevania Resurrection for Dreamcast. See the Castlevania game that never was - and why.


News: Bumpin' Heroes

December 05, 2003 11:59 PM PST

Amusement Makers / SM


Seed9, famous for creating the story of a head in a pot, have opened the beta testing for their new game, Bumpin' Heroes. Employing a modified Tomak Again engine, Bumpin' Heroes is a side scrolling shooter that aims to create a new genre of online game. You'll be able to play online with up to 5 other human players. There will be various characters (hero) and vehicles (ride) that combine for the hero-ride power system the game employs. Right now there are 6 heroes and 3 rides available, but there are plans to keep updating the roster. Check out more screens at 4gamer.


News: May Rain

December 05, 2003 11:48 PM PST

Amusement Makers / BS


Doujin group Amusement Makers have just released the 5.0 demo (direct link) of their excellent shooter, May Rain (alternately, this may mean Early Summer Rain). Very nice style, somewhat in a Gigawing vein. Shield reflects/absorbs/dispenses shots, depending on the number of bullets you've taken in. Great music, nice graphics. Thanks to ShaperMC for the link. Quite a few nice games over there.


Off-Topic: Ika ramen

December 05, 2003 11:36 PM PST

World Ramen / BS


The wily Jess Ragan recently sent me a link to a Ramen shop in Tokyo. It goes by the name Ikaruga. Hell, there's probably no connection at all, but the kanji is the same (mouseover the image on the World Ramen page to see a shot of the shop itself). Prices aren't too shabby - sounds like a place to visit, maybe. Not sure that the "intensive aroma of dried sardine stock" is a selling point.


News: IGNspy

December 05, 2003 11:23 PM PST

Yahoo business / BS


You've heard it everywhere by now - IGN and Gamespy are to merge. Double your ads, double your fun.


Site News: bandwidth death

December 04, 2003 4:46 PM PST

insert credit / BS


crap!!!

You know, I really meant to take that Super Mario 3 superplay down within a few days, before the message boards got to it. I forgot. 227 gigs of data in three days of december, that video transferred. Thus! We are bandwidth challenged for the rest of the month. We're beginning the process of removing all movies from the site for a while, in order to cut corners. The newer ones will be back. Hope nobody is disappointed. And as a side note, I've added another site to the external links: Nikaiten. Rather a nice game news site, very much in the same vein as insert credit. In fact, the design looks like the bastard child of insert credit and Canned Dogs. Together we form the Triforce! Maybe! Entirely in Japanese, but webmaster spd has a keen eye for news and humor.


News: PC Genjin review

December 04, 2003 4:46 PM PST

nfg games / BS


Lawrence has put up a nice comparative review of the newly remade PC Genjin (Bonk's Adventure). Marvel at the different language used for a game he likes! To note, the PC Gengin game is available for purchase here (GC) and here (PS2).


News: Atari update

December 04, 2003 4:35 PM PST

Atari Age / BS


A lot has been going on in the Atari realm, but I've been derelict in covering it. Let's remedy that now.
First off, as hinted earlier in the week, the Jaguar CD encryption code has been found. As such, it is entirely possible that all of those tasty demos and homebrews that used to only be playable via the impossible to find, and prohibitively expensive flash carts, will now be available in bootable CD format.

A fair bit of info has been revealed about the scrapped Panther console. The 16-bit beast was to take on the SNES and genesis in it's day, but never saw it's way to production. The full story - some old, some new - can be found at Atari Explorer. Finally we see some concept images, not to mention official specs for the system.

In older news, CyberTech has created an S-video card for the 2600. This board modifies your VCS console, improving the pesky ghosting images one often finds with the older models, not to mention improving clarity in general, and adding stereo output.


News: SNKP update

December 04, 2003 4:29 PM PST

SNKP / BS


Updates abound! There's now an official page for the Metal Slug vodaphone remake (12/17 hatsubai!), more characters on the KOF 2k3 site, an english language conclusion to the NeoGeo Freak, and an updated consumer page. The new stuff there: DC KOF 2k1 budget re-release, Metal Slug 5 home cart on feb. 19th, KOF 2k3 on March 11, Samurai Spirits 0 is coming to PS2. Other than that, KOF (3D), KOF 2002 and Metal Slug Advance have...renewed 'eventually' status.


Play Asia: Korean PC games/Famitsu subscription

December 04, 2003 4:21 PM PST

Play Asia / BS


Hoard of nifty play asia stuff over the last week! Here's a recap:
More Korean PC titles! By all accounts they've been rather popular. Here's the best of the bunch, between $15 and $17. Dungeons and Dragons II: Shadow over Mystara. The classic Capcom beat-em-up, but without the $90+ pricetag of the saturn version. Tengai the only(?) non-arcade port of Psikyo's 1996 horizontal shooter. Arcturus, a great traditional RPG from Sonnori, makers of Astonishia. Speaking of which, they're also stocking the original PC version of Astonishia Story. There are several more, so check out the full list here.

Lots of people have asked me about subscribing to various magazines in Japan...well, your prayers have been answered! At least...one of them. Play Asia is now taking subscriptions to Famitsu Wave (the monthly magazine), which also includes a game DVD with each issue.

The legendary All about SNK DVD box set. Likely beyond the reach of mere mortals.

Last bit, lots more Wonderswan titles up. Blue Wing Blitz and the korean Gransta Chronicle are among the better of the bunch.


News: Phantom Prime

December 04, 2003 4:05 PM PST

Infinium Labs / BS


'copyright' indeed

The saga continues. Infinium Labs recently supplied Communications Engineering & Design magazine with a screenshot of what appears to be the frontend of the Phantom console's OS. You'll find the full picture in the CED article. Note the...striking similarities of the screen to Metriod Prime. Then consider whether or not Nintendo granted them permission to use the image, and further, whether this is even any sort of indication of anything having to do with the phantom console. Investors beware! Of course, this could also be a complete scam. But it's fun to look at, no? Thanks to Ataru Moroboshi's forum post for the news.


Off-Topic: Higgins hands

December 04, 2003 3:48 PM PST

Hudson / BS


Hudson's Famicom era mascot Master Higgins (of Adventure Islands fame) could press the buttons on the famicom pad 16 times per second. Have you got what it takes?? Check out this sort of...watermelon poking game thing, which rates the speed of your button presses. They give you a larger window of time, then average your score. Thanks to nikaiten for the link.


Download: Zodiac2 movies

December 04, 2003 3:31 PM PST

Zodiac2 / BS


A new zodiac centered site has opened in japan. Lots of nice videos there, for those of you considering a purchase, as it covers a lot of the operation of the unit through visuals. Thanks to Zodiac Gamer for the news.


News: Disgaea figures

December 04, 2003 3:28 PM PST

Tora no Ana / BS


Tora no Ana is planning to make a line of tiny figurines of the disgaea characters this coming January. At a price of 450 yen each, they look like the future denizens of many the desktop monitor. Confirmed so far: Laharl and Etna. But there's indication that more may come. Check out the dengeki article for more info. Thanks to Zepy for the news.


News: Chiyoruga

December 03, 2003 10:27 PM PST

Peach Parasol / BS


Check out Peach Parasol's latest doujin project; Chiyoruga. It's an Azumanga Daioh take on the Ikaruga style of gameplay. Not a bad way to go. Thanks to the Zepy for the link.


News: Virtua Fighter Cyber Generation

December 03, 2003 10:00 PM PST

Sega / BS


A bit of extra info regarding Virtua Fighter Cyber Generation at Game Watch. The game will actually be coming to all four major consoles, making this the latest in the long line of 'last dreamcast games ever.' Polygon has more on the Game Watch interview.

Update: Sadly, other than the polygon mag article, there's no mention of the dreamcast. Seems to be a false alarm on that front.


News: KOF 2k3 screens

December 03, 2003 9:45 PM PST

SNK USA / BS


Some new screenshots of KOF 2003 have gone up at SNK USA. If you look hard enough, there are some much nicer videos floating around the net as well.


News: Alfa System Saga

December 03, 2003 8:55 PM PST

Kisousha / BS


The Alfa System Saga book, which chronicles the life of the odd company from their Fighting Street days to the present, now has it's own website. It's primed for a december 31st release, at cost of 2800 of your hard-earned yen.


News: Pochi to Nya date

December 03, 2003 9:00 PM PST

Aiky / BS


The new MVS puzzler Pochi to Nya has finally got a firm release date! That's 12/24, for those into the japanese arcade scene. This news from a Jeen-net post, via Nikaiten.


News: Mario papercraft

December 03, 2003 8:55 PM PST

Got Orion / BS


Remember those old papercraft mario toys that circulated a while back? These were the printable sheets with which you could make your own figurines. That site is now down, but it turns out the files got mirrored. Good times, that is. Thanks to IkariDC's mmcafe bbs post for the link.


News: Eyetoy in Japan

December 03, 2003 4:36 PM PST

Sony / SM


The EyeToy for PS2 will finally be released in japan for 6980 yen on 2/11. The promotion will feature everyone's favorite Lawsons convenience store spokesman, Konishiki.


News: Maid Cafe delayed

December 03, 2003 4:32 PM PST

Alchemist / SM


maid cafe "curio" has been delayed until 12/25. Another one of those delectable DC sims that will never make it to this side of the pond.


News: DDR numbers

December 03, 2003 4:23 PM PST

Konami / SM


The DDR series has reached 6.5 million in sales worldwide. Europe accounts for 1.5m units and the US for 1m.


News: PS3 new details

December 03, 2003 4:16 PM PST

CNET Japan / SM


The folks at CNET Japan have a little to say about the successor to the PS2. The article starts with the grand statement that, "The Next Generation Playstation may be able to recognize the user's motions and feelings." This might be similar to the Eye Toy that has sold like hotcakes in Europe and dominated the Sony booth at this years TGS. This comes from a statement by SCE VP Phil Harrison in the Australian Financial Review. He said that the Playstation's successor would be equipped with this sort of equipment. While he didn't explicitly name the Playstation 3, he hinted that this would be the case.


News: Sparco Racing Cockpit

December 03, 2003 4:10 PM PST

Logicool / SM


Does this just seem like a bit much, or have I been in Japan so long that it looks too big for the packing box I call a room? Logicool has a Driving Simulation Kit utilizing the GT Force Pro called the "Sparco Racing Cockpit Pro Fighter Model." It will go for a cool 98,000 yen and can be picked up at the Logicool Website. (And yes, though the Logicool site says 69,800 yen, it also says that the GT Force is sold separately).


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