Blip Festival organizers have just announced an additional venue for the annual chiptune festival: TOKYO. On September 4, and 5, Koenji High will host the inaugural Blip Festival Tokyo show, featuring awesome Blip Fest stalwarts like Bit Shifter, Hally, and Nullsleep, as well as Nintendo legend Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka (here’s the Balloon Fight music to let you know why that’s so exciting — and here’s his song about people with the name Hirokazu Tanaka) and YMCK. You can see the full list so far at the site.
I can’t find a good clip from YMCK’s performance at Blip Festival 2006, so here’s a video for YMCK’s cover of Yosui Inoue’s “Yume no Naka E:”
Any Tokyo-based readers willing to share some apartment space for… most of September?
MapleStory DSi bundle, Girls Generation commercials, and piracy in Korea
While we’re enjoying the Nintendo DSi XL and speculation about the Nintendo 3DS in the States, South Korea won’t receive the standard Nintendo DSi until April 15th, when it releases there in White, Black, Blue, and Pink.
To make sure the system’s launch is a hit, Nintendo and Nexon are releasing a DS adaptation of super-popular Korean MMO MapleStory at the same time. Check out the rad limited edition red DSi bundle above!
Now, as my friend Nick Rumas pointed out, piracy, especially for the Nintendo DS, is ubiquitous in the country, so much so that I don’t believe Nexon would have spent money developing MapleStory DS if it wasn’t a joint venture with Nintendo of Korea.
Nitrografx, a a DS-based port of the Game Boy Advance PCEAdvance emulator, is the work of Fredrik “Flubba” Olsson, whose website proudly displays the use of his PocketNES emulator in official GBA collections by Hudson, Jaleco, and Atlus. First released on March 19, The latest version of the PC Engine/Turbografx-16 emulator even adds support for CD-ROM games!
Between this and the breakthrough of GBA emulation on a DS flashcart, the DS has become way more awesome for people who like old games. Sorry, people who live in places where it’s a crime to own a flash cart. :(
Speaking of crimes, while this is super cool on a technical and conceptual level, I’m way too nervous and law-abiding to actually look for PC Engine ROMs to run on this thing. I’ll just appreciate it from a distance. Or maybe play these public domain ROMs.
Artist Maré Odomo posted a set of touching Pokémon-themed comics titled Letters to an Absent Father. The strips focus on the anime series’s hero, Ash Ketchum, as he writes brief but heartbreaking notes to his estranged dad.
Though his father was referenced in the show’s second episode and suggested to be a Pokémon trainer, he never appears on the program, and it’s assumed he has little to no contact with his son (if he’s not dead, that is).
You can see two more strips from the series after the break. As usual, click the images for larger versions.
If you’re at PAX East, why are you spending your precious time there at our silly site? You should be running to the 2 Player Productions booth by the main theater, where you can buy some great chip music albums and other junk.
Our friends from Attract Mode are in the same booth selling their video game culture-y wares and a selection of Meat Bun shirts! Don’t forget to grab a Game Girl tee, too!
Also, rumor has it that if you mention our Tiny site to Adam (that’s this dude), he’ll give you a 10% discount on your Attract Mode merchandise of choice. Finally, a tangible benefit to reading Tiny Cartridge! It’s not all disappointment and broken promises!
And for those of you wondering, we’ll announce the winners of our PAX 09 DVD contest soon, likely through Twitter first, so you’ll want to make sure you follow us. :o)
John Harris, whose @Play column and playthrough diaries of the original Shiren the Wanderer game likely converted a quarter of the roguelike series’s fanbase, has a thorough article on the franchise’s recent Wii release in the U.S.
He discusses the game’s strengths, weaknesses, and changes from previous entries, also touching on Atlus’s decision to advertise the game without mentioning it’s a roguelike. If you’re still not sure about whether you should pick the new Shiren up, or if you just love intelligent articles on the series, this is the article to read!
I have to admit, with much shame, that I haven’t bought the game yet. I was on vacation when it released, spent a week or so trying to catch up on work when I got back, had to cover GDC, started watching The Wire on HBO On Demand, spent some money on Infinite Space, and then there was the whole Tiger Woods thing — you know how it goes! I’ll buy it soon, I promise!
Whenever Nintendo announces a mystery device with a new gimmick, dozens of speculative mock-ups pop up for the hardware, some awful, others majestic/hilarious.
We’re collecting all the fan-created Nintendo 3DS mock-ups we can find, building an archive of crazy/creative ideas gamers come up with for the 3D system. Please send in or link us to any new concept Nintendo 3DSes you come across, and we’ll make sure to add it!
Amazon is offering a steal of deal, in which you’ll receive $20 off future game purchases if you preorder Super Mario Galaxy 2. If you frequently buy games from the online retailer, that credit will come in handy!
Other current Amazon sales relevant to your interests:
I’ve heard a lot of grievances about the (optional) new music in the Cave Story WiiWare remake ever since it released yesterday, but I chalked it off to nitpicking, unappeasable fans of the original game just finding anything they can to complain about.
As it turns out, though, there are some serious issues with the audio not playing as intended. Yann van der Cruyssen (Knytt Stories), who composed the remixed soundtrack, acknowledged and explained the problems:
Nintendo 3DS game concepts from the THIRD DIMENSION
As gaming blogs and Twitter users send themselves into a tizzy with reports about the Nintendo 3DS’s possible hardware features (analog stick?!) and release (second half of 2010?!), it’s important to not forget the most essential factor of the upcoming 3D-capable system: the games.
Naturally, the best way to take advantage of this new gaming technology is to shoehorn old concepts from the 2D space into the 3D realm. We’ve scoured the system’s library of games to deliver a list of the most enjoyable 2D experiences you’ll soon see in 3D:
First-person shooters with bullets and explosions that jump off the screen and onto your face OMG WOW!
"Minako" by Teleidofusion. True story: I was listening to this track in my office when my wife walked in and said, “It’s like jazzy, but it’s also like video games.” She then started moving her hips to the music and rubbing her booty on my arm while I began typing out this post.
For those that need the reminder, we’re giving away several box sets of the PAX 2009 DVDs produced by our cronies at 2 Player Productions. The collections, each of which includes six DVDs and over 10 hours of filmed content from last year’s Penny Arcade Expo, is valued at $40.
All you need to do to enter is leave substantive comments in any of our posts published between this announcement and March 25th, 11:59 CDT. You can also stack you contest entries by tweeting the following message:
@TinyCartridge is giving away a PAX DVD Set & I want to win the damn thing: http://is.gd/aO2xK RT to enter!
2 Player Productions will also be selling some really awesome merchandise at PAX East later this week, so make sure you stop by there. I hear there might even be some custom game boys at their booth…
They’re sharing space with Attract Mode, too, so you know their booth is going to be off the damn hook. If you attend PAX East and don’t stop by to say “Hi” to 2PP and Attract Mode, I am not going to be your friend anymore.
WarioWare DIY: Personal microgames and video game snapshots
snap·shot, noun 1: a casual photograph made typically by an amateur with a small handheld camera 2: an impression or view of something brief or transitory <a snapshot of life back then>
The brilliance of WarioWare D.I.Y. is it gives gamers the power to create video game snapshots, not just in the sense of brief video game experience, but also personal, perhaps clumsy interactive scenes.
Instruments like Klik & Play, modding tools, and (pirated copies of) Adobe Flash Professional have brought the game creation process to the masses for decades, but WarioWare D.I.Y. is unique in that it limits developers, no matter their talent, to 5-10 second affairs.