Buy this game already! And if you already have Rhythm Heaven, it’s now cheap enough that you won’t need to drop too much cash to grab copies for your friends/siblings as Christmas gifts. Other notable deals at Amazon:
1UP/Retronauts’s Jeremy Parish and his team of writers published the third issue of GameSpite Quarterly, now available to purchase with three different editions, each boasting a different 8-bit hero — collect them all! (or don’t, if you prefer to spend your money sensibly)
Titled “The Encyclopedia of 8-Bit Heroes”, this issue profiles dozens of video game characters from the NES/SMS/GB/GBC etc. days, covering recognizable stars such as Samus and Tetris's I Block, as well as obscure figures like the Cheetahmen and Parodius's Takosuke.
The $16 standard edition features 280 pages of profiles, while the $12 budget edition has 160 pages, covering only “the most important of classic game heroes”. The 314-page hardcover deluxe version of GameSpite Quarterly Issue 3 is priced at an expensive $40, but it also promises eight extra characters, as well as articles on perfect rentals, noir titles, and Winter 09/10’s new releases.
You can read the issue’s Foreward and Table of Contents at the above link. For those of you interested in purchasing a copy as my Christmas gift (Hardcover Deluxe plz), feel free to use this Contact form to notify me, and I’ll send along an address you can ship the book to.
When was the last time you cared about a Doom mod? Megaman 8-bit Deathmatch is a multiplayer Doom game based on classic Mega Man weapons. The pixel-textured maps are littered with Robot Monster weapons, with which players can temporarily replace their Mega Busters. And with those weapons, you shoot other Mega Men.
CutmanMike just released an alpha version, if you’d like to try it out. I’m pretty sure it requires ZDoom or some other Doom iteration to play. Hella nostalgic! I totally remember downloading weird Doom WADs from CompuServe.
Japan’s DSiWare service receives three releases next week, one of which you can see above: Kaiten Illust Puzzle Guruguru Logic (this translates into something like Rotation Illustration Puzzle Turning-around Logic).
It looks like Picross and Quarth but doesn’t play like either puzzlers. You’re presented with an incomplete nonogram that you can finish by rotating the grid and shooting blocks into empty spots on the grid. [Update: Chris^2 points out it’s a Guru Logi Champ clone.]
I’m not sure what the deal is with the pink-haired girl or UFO, but it’s not like these two things aren’t staples in most Japanese video games anyway. Priced at 500 Points, this was developed by D4 Enterprise, whom I mostly know from its Virtual Console ports of Neo Geo and MSX titles.
Japan’s other two DSiWare releases next week are a calendar app and Kamenin Merchant, a dungeon crawler with a four-player mode, random dungeons, and an item transfer feature for Wii RPG Tales of Graces. Neither of those count as the second “peculiar” import, though.
One last set of videos for today, though you’ll need to travel to an external site to watch them, as I’m having a difficult time embedding these Dailymotion clips.
In this second-half of Game Center CX's latest two-part challenge, show host Shinya Arino continues his quest to complete the original Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer for Super Famicom. Even if you don’t understand Japanese, so long as you’ve played a little Shiren and have a grasp of the game’s basic mechanics, you should have no trouble following the episode.
Now that your belly’s full of turkey and other fixins, why not close your Thanksgiving by watching Arino learn (the hard way, naturally) why you should kill Skull Wraiths as quickly as possible? Or by enjoying his reaction when he realizes a monster levelled up just a few spaces away from him? Will he manage to complete this notoriously difficult roguelike? Watch and find out!
As with the last episode, Arino takes a break and plays several Game Boy titles, one of which is Meldac’s curious shoot’em up Mercenary Force. I’d never heard of the game before, but this shit looks banoodles.
“Now that the ceremony is over, I feel like I’ve been able to achieve a major milestone in my life. Some people have expressed doubts about my actions, but at the end of the day, this is really just about us as husband and wife.
As long as the two of us can go on to create a happy household, I’m sure any misgivings about us will be resolved. As for what’s next, we still haven’t gone to see my parents, so we will be going home together on New Years to officially announce our marriage.
The two of us hope to continue to let our love for each other grow as time goes on.”—
Sal9000 sharing his short- and long-term plans on life with his new wife, Nene Anegasaki. Most Japanese families don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but I’m sure the newlyweds will share a holiday dinner of some sort with Sal’s parents soon. When that happens, it will make for an interesting conversation when he explains how he met his bride in a Nintendo DS dating simulator called Love Plus.
Or maybe neither of Sal’s parents will bring it up at all at the table, trying their best to not ruin the meal or their son’s mirthful mood. Instead, they’ll only look at each other with worry when their boy tries to spoonfeed his wife, smearing noodles on the DS’s touchscreen.
Maybe these photos from the honeymoon will assure Sal’s parents that this is the right girl for him:
I’m kind of Love Plus'd out with all this wedding news lately. If I can manage it, I'll try to avoid posting more news about the import game for a couple weeks. That is, unless you actually want more Love Plus junk?
Why you should watch the Penny Arcade reality show:
Whether or not you appreciate the Penny Arcade comic strip, the authors’ personalities are engaging enough (and their story of succeeding against the odds is inspiring enough) to warrant spending 16 minutes of your day on watching the show’s pilot episodes. If anything, it passes the time until A Life Well Wasted’snewest chapter releases later today.
The show was shot and edited by 2 Player Productions, the same indie film production crew behind the Blip Festival DVDs/CDs. Support these super talented guys; they rock.
Because of 2PP’s involvement, the camera work and film quality are top notch, and the program is littered with chiptune tracks from familiar artists playing in the background, like Alex Mauer’s “Any City”, a favorite in the Tiny Cartridge office.
The concert scene around 05:30 of the pilot episode’s second half, in which the crowd is waving around hundreds of bright screened gadgets, is glorious. In fact, if you watch closely, you’ll see one of the DSes is displaying a copy of Art Style: BoxLife/HacoLife. You owe it to this gamer to watch the show!
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a BioWare game priced so cheap — if you can’t afford Dragon Age: Origins, here’s your chance to pick up the next best thing! I hear the stories are near identical anyway. Except this one’s furrier.
[Update: Looks like this deal is already out of stock.]
More highlights and shame from last weekend's Love Plus wedding reception
The janky footage we shared yesterday of Sal9000’s wedding kiss with his digital bride Nene Anegasaki (of Konami’s Nintendo DS dating sim Love Plus) didn’t do the romantic ceremony justice. Please strike that clip from your memory and enjoy this one, which features a better angle and actually captures the audience’s giggles, instead.
If you have any doubts over the couple’s love, I invite you to watch this video of the two sharing a carousel ride at a local amusement park. They’re so happy together!
“Immigrant Song" by Zulaika. I admit that a chiptune cover of a song I love is more likely to draw my attention than an original title I don’t recognize, and this Led Zeppelin cover is executed in pretty convincing NES style, save some impossible-sounding chords.
As teased earlier this week, the otaku who married Nene Anegasaki, one of three digital girls in Konami’s import dating simulation game Love Plus, in Guam (a non-legally binding union, of course) held a wedding reception during tech expo Make: Tokyo Meeting 04 last night.
Though the event was heavily attended by the press, the bride’s parents, presumably upset that their young daughter eloped with the eccentric suitor, boycotted the reception and refused to give the newlyweds their blessing.
In this low-quality video from the party, you can see a portion of the slideshow sharing photos from the couple’s dates, vacation, and wedding (not shown: romantic shots of the husband riding a carousel while holding onto his DS), followed by the virtual bride and real-life groom walking out as Pachelbel’s Canon plays:
“You will see more games from us on the Nintendo DSi soon – beginning with Art Style: Digidrive which is already out in Europe (but is called Intersect there). There are more games in the pipe.”—
Q-Games’s Dylan Cuthbert confirming to Finalboss that the company did in fact return to develop the DSi version of its bit.Generations game Digidrive. I was wondering!
On that note, Skip ltd./Art Style fans should pick up this month’s issue of GamesTM (#89) for its four-page article on the DSiWare series. It includes an interview with several surprising revelations, like Skip once working on a Wii MotionPlus sports title! I wonder what came of that?
Atlus sent out a notice today to confirm our suspicions that the U.S. localization for Shiren the Wanderer (Wii) will not include the Nintendo WiFi Connection features that gamers enjoyed in Japan, likely due to the publisher’s inexperience with the system’s online infrastructure:
"Despite our best efforts, the North American version of Shiren will not include the Rescue, Versus, or Item Transfer online features. However, the downloadable dungeon content from the Japanese version will be included on the disc.
Without these subfeatures, Shiren is still a fantastic RPG, one we hope all gamers can experience and enjoy. Still, we understand that the absence of these features may influence some fans’ decision to purchase the game, which is why we are bringing this to their attention as soon as possible.”
So, if you had hopes of battling other wandering Shirens, trading pots, checking leaderboard scores, and rescuing fallen friends to earn rewards, you’ll need to put those aside. It’s unfortunate, but it’s a miracle that we’re getting an English version of the roguelike at all.