JoJo's Bizarre Adventure figures and collectibles from AOU2010
The faces of Iggy (click for a larger version), the small but fierce coffee-flavored chewing gum addict dog who has become one of the most cherished characters from the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series - you may know it from the several video game adaptations presented by Capcom and Namco Bandai [Editor: And the Japan-only Jump Super/Ultimate Stars fighting series on DS!].
During the latest edition of the AOU Amusement Expo, Banpresto has unveiled a series of top quality figures based on the protagonists from Hirohiko Araki’s twisted manga, whose outlandish plot is filled with references to North American and European rock music from the last four decades. In addition, the company is also taking the chance to release different items especially designed for collectors, from key chains to t-shirts and toys.
"There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" by Leeni (The Smiths cover). Leeni is one of my favorite chip artists and all, but this version hardly matches the brilliance of the original. It’s not her fault; Morrissey is just the fuckin’ boss.
Anyway, I’m sharing this track here because it’s an opportunity to mention how I overcame my karaoke fears and sang this song in front of a real audience (one I’ll hopefully never see again) after much goading during my Philippines trip a couple weeks ago. My wife followed up with an awesome rendition of The Animals’s “The House of the Rising Sun.” Yes, I know people sing karaoke all the time; those people are not us.
[Update: I did more research, and it looks like the project was named after the Japanese Iris plant, or Iris Ensata. This is evident by the name of Intelligent Systems’s official DS emulator provided with DS development kits, Ensata.]
I’ve linked this a couple times in our DSi articles, but it’s worth mentioning in a standalone post that Amazon now has the Bronze and Burgundy editions of the new Nintendo DSi XL available to preorder for $189.99 (free shipping, launches March 28th). Don’t forget that WarioWare D.I.Y. releases the same day!
Some related and recent DSiWare news:
Globulos Party, a cute 20-minigame collection from indie dev GlobZ releases in the U.S. next week. The studio actually created a Flipnote animation to promote the game; more companies should do this!
Pix’n Love is a French publisher entirely devoted to videogame publications. Together with their regular volumes, blending the book and magazine formats, they’ve also specialized in the creation of works concerning specific subjects: such is the case of this “L’Integrale des Jeux: Nintendo DS”, a 2009 release covering the entire European DS games catalogue in alphabetic order, each title with its own release data and capsule review. According to the publisher, this book will be reprinted regularly so as to keep the games list updated. They also stated that the Nintendo DS platform is only the beginning as many other systems, including the beloved Sega Dreamcast, are planned to follow sometime in the near future.
Five tiny Nintendo DS/WiiWare news items you might have missed today
With a new Super Mario Galaxy 2 trailer, glossy Metroid: Other M screens, and an array of release dates all revealed at Nintendo’s Media Summit this morning, there were a few second / third-tier news items that you might have overlooked today. Since we relish in covering second / third-tier games, we’ve gathered several quick stories and trailers that caught our fancy.
1. Attract Mode will begin selling its limited edition Cave Story shirts alongside the game’s WiiWare release on March 22nd. Designed by James “HARVEYJAMES” Harvey and Mitch “spacesick” Ansara, these tees were approved by Cave Story creator Daisuke “Pixel” Amaya himself.
More Nintendo news than I know what to do with (and a president Iwata comic)
I didn’t expect Nintendo to price the DSi XL equally with the standard DSi, but $189 just strikes me as a very expensive proposition when said out loud. One hundred eighty nine dollars. For a Nintendo handheld. It actually makes the $169 DSi sound like a bargain!
Anyway, here’s the noteworthy news/dates from today’s Nintendo Media Summit that I scrounged up:
Nintendo will publish Dragon Quest IX in the U.S.
Cave Story hits WiiWare on March 22nd, just as I always predicted. Oh, and those five downloadable/paid bonus modes (e.g. Boss Rush Mode, Sanctuary Time Attack)? Nicalis integrated them into the game and made them free!
Eric has returned from his vacation, meaning that our series of guest posts has come to an end. We’ve had some amazingly rad content on the site over the last two weeks, thanks to the diligent efforts of Matt Hawkins, Adam Robezzoli, and Bruno de Figueiredo!
I thought I would link to all our guest posts again, for those of you who are Eric and missed the last couple of weeks. Every link after the break goes to something wonderful that is absolutely worth checking out!
Attract Mode — a name you’ll recognize from store owner Adam Robezzoli’s excellent guest posts here recently — was already a hot spot for video game zines (if not the only worthwhile spot), stocking recommended reads like FORT90ZINE, 1-Up MegaZine, and the Calvin and Hellen’s Bogus Journey faux-NES instruction booklet.
The video game culture shop added two zines you should pay heed to (and then pay money for):
exp. ($5), a 32-page rag promising “experiential articles” from Mathew Kumar, the self-described “best damn games journalist in Canada”. I have a copy of the inaugural issue, and though I care nothing for Red Faction Guerrilla or S.T.A.L.K.E.R., his articles on the two titles are savory.
If you’re looking for an alternative to the mainstream approach of video game coverage in popular print mags or sites, definitely hit up Attract Mode’s zine section. All of the issues are much cheaper than that other high profile video game zine, Kill Screen, too! ;o)
Oh, and the online store also has several other new products that you will want to save up some change for: Area 5 Gold/Asphalt shirts, arcade coat hooks, Harvey James Poster #01 (now in stock), and Harvey James Poster #02 (Tim Rogers Dartboard Cover!).
"My Beautiful Empty Heart" by 4Mat. This is my jam right here, a sharp song to put on as you turn your back to everything and look to the uncertain road ahead. Also brilliant: "Like Seeing You Again For The First Time."
An indie DS developer recently thanked us for our regular coverage of DSiWare games from small studios, and though it was difficult to accept the praise because I feel we don’t devote enough coverage to these releases, I admit we spend more time talking about them than most other outlets.
Anyway, here are two more recent stories about indie DSiWare games that aren’t receiving enough attention:
After a two-week break chilling at beach resorts, riding carabaos, and eating balut in the Philippines, I’m back home and ready to resume my blogging duties. But before I begin laying down posts willy-nilly, I’ll share several delightful items from the past fourteen days that I found waiting in my email inbox and newsreader.
Skip, the Japanese studio that brought you Chibi-Robo and the unappreciated but wonderful Art Style games on DSiWare, is working on two new titles for unannounced Nintendo systems: Light Trax and Penta Tentacles
This is it; my two weeks are finally up. By the time this post is published, Eric will have either returned from his vacation or will be getting ready to do so. Before I check out, I just wanted to thank Eric and JC for the tremendous opportunity that they bestowed upon me; not only has guest blogging for Tiny Cartridge been an honor (all you readers out there know already that this here place is the best, pound for pound, video game blog out there, period), its also been TONS of fun. And I especially need to thank everyone for the kind words and support!
Well, I wanted to do something special for my final post, and originally was going to pass along the cover to my latest zine, which is set to debut in early April. BTW, if you haven’t had a chance to check out the first two issues, why not check out a copy? Sorry for the cheap plug once again, but hey, since I’m on my way out and all. Unfortunately, the artist is still working on it as I type, so how about this instead…
An old PSone ad from Japan, one that’s been a longtime favorite of mine, for perhaps obvious reasons!
On a side note, I still have a soft spot for Daily Radar; sure, the writing was nothing stellar, but it provided the pre-YouTube internet with plenty of wonderful Japanese game commercials like no one else at the time; this early, work in progress clip of Rez was what planted the seed in my mind for what would become a full-borne obsession.