News: Game In Namiki closes

August 31, 2004 3:18 PM PST

Namiki / brandon


Game In Namiki a so-called 'shooting mecca' for arcade games, closed on the 25th. This was the location where many of Clover-TAC's highscores were accomplished, and where most of Arcadia's scoring info came from. A large group of people came to celebrate the last day, which you can see to the left. The arcade was in Meidaimae. Thanks to nikaiten for the news.


News: CPS Changer

August 31, 2004 3:05 PM PST

nfg games / brandon


Lawrence has put up a little featurette on the Capcom CPS Changer, the failed attempt to 'compete' with SNK's Neo Geo home console. Some interesting info in there.


News: Noiz2sa Dreamcast

August 31, 2004 2:57 PM PST

Chui / brandon


The popular ABA Games shooter Noiz2sa has been ported to the dreamcast. Get it at the last link, then check out Rid's mini guide to burning it to a cd.


News: Raiden III

August 31, 2004 2:45 PM PST

Taito / brandon


Taito has announced that they will be unveiling Raiden III for arcades (in video form) a the AM show this coming week. Unfortunately it cannot be confirmed at the moment whether or not the game is being developed by the original group Seibu Kaihatsu, which has basically fallen off the map aside from a few cellphone games. Thanks to gamespot for the news.


News: KOF 94 at TGS

August 31, 2004 2:40 PM PST

SNKP / brandon


The PS2 port of KOF 94 (KOF RE-Bout) will be revealed at TGS this year, along with Neo Geo Coliseum.


News: Capcom Songs

August 31, 2004 2:36 PM PST

Capcom/Suleputer / brandon


Capcom will be releasing a CD of popular songs from various games at TGS next month. The CD will sell for 3,150 yen, including tax.


Feature: Ishmael

August 29, 2004 7:56 PM PST

insert credit / eric-jon rossel waugh


Eric-Jon wrote this a bit ago - it's a discussion of art, related only peripherally to videogames. But you might enjoy it.


Site News: mo' money, mo' problems

August 29, 2004 7:56 PM PST

insert credit / brandon


Another week, another huge period of dead-time. More computer issues at the center of this fiasco. Big change coming for insert credit in the coming month, so watch for that.


News: Neo Geo Battle Coliseum

August 29, 2004 7:56 PM PST

Sammy / brandon


You've probably seen it all already, but more pics have been released, in illegal scan form. I won't tell you how to find them though, that is for sure.


News: Xenosaga manga

August 29, 2004 7:49 PM PST

Namco / IGGY


Namco is releasing a manga based on Xenosaga volume one. The terror of Moc-Kos threatens you.


Off-topic: Otaku Bienalle

August 29, 2004 7:42 PM PST

Japan Foundation / brandon


The government-sponsored Japan Foundation recently had an exhibit about otaku culture - and now you can purchase the booklet and figurine, which depicts an underage schoolgirl straddling akihabara, japan's gaming district. That's some self-reflexivity, there. Thanks to StickClick's mmcafe bbs post for the links.


News: Ys 6 PS2 new chara

August 29, 2004 7:19 PM PST

Falcom / IGGY


In the next issue of Dengeki Playstation a new character will be announced for Ys 6 PS2 version. One hopes that it will be more useful than the console extras in Ys I&II Eternal.


News: Pochi to Nya PS2

August 23, 2004 5:34 PM PST

Aiky / brandon


Pochi to Nya, one of the last MVS games (certainly the last 3rd party one), and the final game to be developed by Compile, is being ported to the PS2. The console version will have updated graphics, 11 characters, and some new modes (battle, nonstop, stage, story). The game will be released on october 28th (by Bandai) for 5,040 yen (including tax).


News: Mac shooters

August 23, 2004 5:32 PM PST

Various / brandon


We linked this site some time ago, but there has been a lot of work since then, so let's revisit the home of doujin shooters for the mac. Two of ABA Games' works have been ported here, so watch for that!


News: Melty Blood Arcade

August 23, 2004 5:28 PM PST

Type-Moon / brandon


More specific information has been released about the version of Melty Blood Arcade that will turn up at this year's Tokyo Game Show. The Professor has the info at his bbs. There are discussions of possible console ports, as well.


News: Gensosangokushi

August 23, 2004 5:21 PM PST

Falcom / brandon


The newest publishing project from Falcom is another reworking of the classic chinese Three Kingdoms tale. Gensosangokushi was developed by the Taiwanese developer Userjoy Technology, and takes sort of a fantasy RPG route. The game will be released for PCs on September 29th for 7,960 yen (DVD or 3 CDs).


News: Melty Blood Act Cadenza at AM

August 21, 2004 11:49 PM PST

Type-Moon / brandon


Melty Blood Act Cadenza will be on display at the AM show, it seems. Several bugs from the location test were worked out, and the number of characters has been increased. Thanks to nikaiten for the news.


Download: Capcom Fighting Jam video

August 21, 2004 11:38 PM PST

Capcom / brandon


Someone at Snk-Capcom.com has posted a video from the CFJ location test - it keeps moving around, so check the mmcafe bbs post to track it.


News: Cave's renewal

August 21, 2004 11:25 PM PST

Cave / brandon


Cave has renewed their website, with mixed results. It's tougher to get to the shooting game portions of the site, but much easier to get to the cellphone sections. One wonders if this does not indicate a direction shift? There's also the obligatory notice saying that Mushihimesama will be at the amusement show in september.


News: Bishi Bashi Panic Champ Online

August 21, 2004 11:13 PM PST

Konami / brandon


Konami has begun location testing for the latest in their Bishi Bashi Panic series. Similar to Wario Ware, but much more arcade-based, and with longer rounds. The newest is called Bishi Bashi Panic Champ Online, and it's currently undergoing location tests. A small photo montage has been compiled here. Thanks to Hamapika for the link.


News: Read_Me festival

August 19, 2004 9:19 PM PST

Readme / brandon


The Read_Me 2004 festival in Århus, Denmark is looking very interesting. It takes place from the 23rd to the 27th, in two parts. Part one is the Software Art and Cultures Conference hosted by the University of Århus, and the second part is the Runme Dorkbot City Camp (aka 'people doing strange things with software') hosted by the Jutland Academy of Fine Arts. Check the site for more on this unusual event.


News: Neo Geo Colosseum

August 19, 2004 9:14 PM PST

Sammy / brandon


At the AM show in Japan, Sammy will be showcasing a new game called Neo Geo Colosseum on the Atomiswave hardware. Here's the official SNKP announcement. The game will basically be a tag-battle of 'special neogeo characters', ala capcom fighting jam. Could be something.


Play Asia: Maximum Impact, Katamari LTD

August 19, 2004 9:00 PM PST

Play Asia / brandon


Lots of stuff going on at Play Asia since we last visited - KOF Maximum Impact is up for preorder, and the Korean limited version with a 60 page booklet and bonus DVD is only $50. The soundtrack is also out. Flight Plan's Summon Night Craft Sword Tale 2 has been released for GBA, the LDT korean version of Katamari Damashii is out as well, and comes with a free umbrella. Only $45 for that. Last but not least, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the saturn, two soundtrack compilations are being released.

edit: big error on katamari damashii - it's the first one, not the sequel. whoops!


News: Beatmania releases

August 19, 2004 8:50 PM PST

Konami / brandon


Konami recently announced updates to many of their major rhythm series - Pop'n Music 10, Beatmania IIDX 8th Style, DDR Festival and a Pop'n Music Controller Re-release. Good stuff - and all available for preorder at play asia.


Rumor: Siren 2, DQ8, FF12

August 19, 2004 8:46 PM PST

various / IGGY


According to an japanese bbs poster who claims to have an early edition of the new famitsu, Siren 2 will not be a direct sequel to the first, will have shadow enemies (ala ICO), and you will be able to 'sight jack' animals as well as people. In other rumors, FF12 may come in january, on 2 DVDs, DQ8 would be ready before the end of the year (perhaps the end of november?), and Killer 7 would be released the 7th of december. For more info and rumors (and more Siren 2 specifics) visit IGGY's mmcafe bbs post.


News: GP32 update

August 19, 2004 8:37 PM PST

various / brandon


There's a new game out from Mad Teatime, creators of Insane Night, the dojin action game for GP32 - this one's called Stairway2Heaven. Kind of strikes one as a spirutual sequel to Dyhard Infinity. Be sure to download the main zip and the patch (which has the 1.02 by it).

In other news, the release of the official european title Blue Angelo has been delayed until december, due to complications on (surprise) the Gamepark side.


News: Atelier Iris ~Eternal Mana~

August 17, 2004 11:55 PM PST

NISA / brandon


Nippon Ichi Software America has just announced that they've acquired the license (from Gust) for Atelier Iris ~Eternal Mana~ to be localized and brought to the US. This is the sixth installment in the Atelier RPG series, and features a gorgeous amalgam of 2D and 3D graphics. The release is not set in stone yet, as it's still subject to SCEA approval. But we're hoping that we can bump this one over the top, just like we did with Disgaea. This would be the first in the Atelier series ever to come to the states.

In other NISA news, check their front page, and you'll see that if you preorder Phantom Brave, you'll get a free soundtrack CD.


News: Comiket reports

August 17, 2004 11:48 PM PST

Zepy / brandon


Comic Market is over, and Zepy has reports on some of the major full releases to the doujin community that were made during the event. An impressive amount of stuff considering the small amount of time he has to work with - go take a look.


News: 'Troid

August 17, 2004 11:36 PM PST

Hermit Games / brandon


'Troid is the latest from Hermit Games, makers of the excellent 2D Super Mario Sunshine adaptation we linked some time back. The new game takes the Asteroids formula, adds combo multipliers, dust bonuses and various extra point bonuses for extra twichiness. Download the demo, check out the gameplay movies, and buy the full version, if you feel so inclined.


News: Minibosses concert

August 17, 2004 11:25 PM PST

Minibosses / brandon


The minibosses are having a concert with Jimmy Eat World in los angeles at the Troubadour on thursday the 26th. Tickets go on sale the 20th at midnight, only at Ticketmaster, so beware of markup. Only 250 seats available, $20 each. But they want to make sure they get some minibosses fans in there, so they're not all alone. To allay some of the costs, The 'bosses have promised that if you either print out their global mail they sent (you can mail them to ask for it) or bring in this article, they'll send you their next two CDs for free when they're released. That's a deal! You've got to show it to one of the minibosses though, so keep that in mind.

Brandon's note: Usually I don't post about such regional stuff, but they promised me candy.


News: Katamari Damashii nose

August 17, 2004 11:12 PM PST

Namco / IGGY


The summer present on the Katamari Damashii Oni site is the king's nose. Now you can wear it proudly.


News: Mushihime release

August 17, 2004 11:07 PM PST

Cave / brandon


The release month is set for Mushihime, according to Riverservice, and november is the month to watch for cave's latest.


Feature: Dreaming in an Empty Room revision

August 15, 2004 1:30 PM PST

insert credit / tim rogers


Some time ago, tim had to pull his metal gear solid 2 feature from the site, when he interviewed hideo kojima in japan. The interview is near publication, and so the frequently requested article is back, a bit revised, and with an addendum on the final page.


News: AP-3: Aruze's linux board

August 15, 2004 1:19 PM PST

Aruze / brandon


Aruze has just announced a new board called the AP-3. It's another PC-child, much like Taito's Type-X windows XP based board. But this one runs on linux. According to the press release, Aruze has met the terms of the General Public License (GPL) and LGPL, so all is legal here. Two versions of the board are planned: Puratto-Net, for online networking, and Street Stream, a general game configuration. 20 titles are planned in the next financial term, the first of which is part of the 'Millenary' series, with which everyone I polled was unfamiliar.
Edit: various fixes. better now.


News: Duel Savior

August 15, 2004 1:14 PM PST

GIGA / brandon


Duel Savior is a doujin action/adv side-scroller from GIGA. They've just put up the 53 meg demo. If you just want to see a movie (commercial) of the game, visit the same page, but grab the CM link instead. Thanks to Zepys Gone Wild for the link.


Download: Mushihime video

August 15, 2004 1:09 PM PST

Cave / brandon


Eight-one has captured some footage of the mushihime location test, and click-stick is hosting it.


News: Sakura Taisen V

August 15, 2004 1:07 PM PST

Sega / brandon


Sega has opened booths for people to try out Sakura Taisen V episode 0 - right during comic market, the gigantic doujin convention (fan games, manga, anime etc). As a result, there are no reports on the game, as nobody is playing it. It's like Sega wants to fail. For now, amuse yourself with this 2-channel thread regarding the conditions under which people would hate Sakura Taisen V. As translated here by iggy. Thanks to Zepy's mmcafe bbs post for the news.


News: KOF MI site renewal

August 15, 2004 1:03 PM PST

SNKP / brandon


This actually happened some time ago, but we were not operational at the time. The new site is here, complete with TVCM, and character profiles. Another interesting fact: Falcoon did the new (and alternate) character designs for the game.


News: Eien no Aselia

August 13, 2004 11:50 PM PST

Nippon Ichi / brandon


Nippon Ichi has a new PS2 publishing project in the works - Eien no Aselia - The Spirit of Eternity Sword, an AVG/SRPG with action-based battles. The original game was by Xuse, for the PC. view the original page here. Check out a demo movie of the PC version at this location. The game's release is planned for this winter. Thanks to recap for the tip.


News: Nanostray

August 13, 2004 11:41 PM PST

Shin'en / brandon


Our pals at Shin'en (of Iridion I&II fame) have got a new shooter up their sleeves - this one for the DS. The game is called Nanostray - a 3D shooter with a Q1 2005 release date. Thanks to atarianallstar for the link.


News: KOF 94 remake

August 13, 2004 11:20 PM PST

SNKP / brandon


Apparently the KOF 94 high(er) res remake was real. The game will be released in XX for PS2, and there will be a Neo Geo CD-style PS2 pad as a limited bonus. If you buy this game, KOF: MI and KOF 2003, you can send in proof of purchase to get a limited athena or mai figurine from pinky st. Thanks to gamespot star hiro niizumi for the english news.


Off-Topic: Traveler hassled for RPG book

August 13, 2004 11:09 PM PST

mephron / brandon


An odd tale about a fellow who was asked to get rid of his (pen and paper) RPG book, due to its 'inappropriateness.' Just an example of the homeland security initiative, one supposes.


News: SNEX

August 10, 2004 11:55 PM PST

Johnny / mathew / brandon


Another odd hardware amalgam for fans of the woodcube - the SNEX. It's an SNES and an Xbox built into a lego fortress of co-operation. Built by a guy that likes to call everyone 'kids', the SNEX is an ambitious and bizarre piece of kit.


News: Mighty Mighty Missiles

August 10, 2004 11:46 PM PST

GDG / brandon


Chu Chu Rocket clone or Chu Chu Rocket clone? You be the judge. Mighty Mighty Missile is a new game for the Sega CD, being released by Good Deal Games and Oldergames at the Classic Gaming Expo (21st and 22nd). Check the site for more screens and info.


News: Unity videos

August 10, 2004 11:34 PM PST

llamasoft / brandon


A couple of alfa videos of Jeff Minter's new gamecube shooter have surfaced. The quality of the movies is low, but the feeling is there. Check the forum post for the links.


News: Lovechess

August 10, 2004 11:22 PM PST

Interstudio The Netherlands / brandon


Lovechess (for the love of everything, NOT worksafe) is an erotic take on the game we all know and love. It takes greek and trojan gods, and pits them against each other on the field of love. Looks fantastic, looks cheap ($17) and everyone's made of marble. Can you resist it? Quite the gaming tour de force I'm sure. Leave it to the industrious dutch! Thanks to Chaz for the link.


News: Pocket - new mag

August 10, 2004 11:11 PM PST

ACBM / brandon


Some fellows in france have put out a new indie pocket gaming mag, covering contemporary and classic portables (GP32, gba, zodiac, psp, etc etc). It's called pocket videogames, appropriately, and only costs two euro. Support indie print! If you speak french, of course.


Site News: Mostly back

August 9, 2004 11:59 PM PST

insert credit / brandon


I (brandon sheffield) have fixed my computer for the most part (by going into debt! yay!), though my photoshop disc has croaked. So images will be trouble for a short while. Otherwise though, things should return to semi-normal pretty quickly. Thanks for your patience, all. I am a bit disappointed that I didn't get the chance to make a smarmy comment about chris kohler's upcoming book, so I'll just say this: he's not as terrible a writer as you might think.


News: Game video archive

August 9, 2004 11:55 PM PST

Internet Archive / brandon


The Internet Archive has unveiled their new section devoted to videogame movies. There are thousands upon thousands of movies available for download, including machinima, previews and speed runs. Well worth a look.


News: Karugamo DC

August 9, 2004 11:49 PM PST

Project Firestorm / brandon


Karugamo is a PC game from german indie developers Project Firestorm. They've just announced plans to port the game to the dreamcast in late 2004/early 2005. The cost will be 30 euros. Not sure at this time if the game will be in PAL or NTSC format. Be sure to check out the video as well. Thanks to Sweaterfish for the news.


News: Mother/Earthbound NES

August 9, 2004 11:42 PM PST

Lost Levels / brandon


Lost Levels has a new spotlight feature up - this time the target is Earthbound. Not the SNES port of Mother 2, but the prototype NES US port of Mother 1, which bore the same name. It's the official story on yet another game that never was.


News: Mushihimesama

August 9, 2004 11:35 PM PST

Cave / brandon


Lots of new stuff on cave's new arcade shooter Mushihimesama this week, including an announcement that the game will be playable at this year's AM arcade show in japan. Click Stick has compiled images of the location test, fliers and promos if you've not seem them at shooting girls.


News: Riviera comiket goods

August 9, 2004 11:21 PM PST

Sting / brandon


Sting has announced the goods that will be available for Riviera at this season's comiket. Most interestingly, there will be a prelude disc. It's got 19 wallpapers by different artists, a minigame, a flash movie (deluxe version) and an arranged bgm from the soundtrack.


News: Summon Night Craft Sword Tale 2

August 9, 2004 11:13 PM PST

Flight Plan / brandon


Summon Night Craft Sword Tale 2 is the sequel (naturally) to the ARPG spinoff of the successful playstation SRPG series. The official site is fully open now, with images, info and movies galore. Thanks to rid for the news.


News: Palm PSone

August 9, 2004 11:08 PM PST

brian / brandon


A fellow named brian has built a very nice looking portable PSone. He's not making any more, but there is something of a step-by-step guide in there.


Book News: Kohler offers Power-Up this September

August 8, 2004 12:44 AM PST

insertcredit / vincent


Chris Kohler, intrepid game journalist and sometime contributor to this site, lets us know that his book, Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life, will be hitting bookstores, online and offline, this September. For some reason, the BradyGames website doesn't have the press release in plain view, but a little searching nets the book's web page. I wonder if I can't use this as a text book for the coming semester...


Site News: Leave of absence...

August 4, 2004 12:15 AM PST

insertcredit / vincent


Due to some unfortunate circumstances involving a dropped computer, a vase, and a six-foot-long rubber band (choose two of the three), Brandon is unable to perform his various netly activities, not least of which is updating the site. While work is being done to rectify the situation, it will be some time before updates to the site resume.

Until then, try spending some time in our forums talking about things like this, this, this, even this...oh and this...etc. etc...


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