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Meteor, our favorite video game shop in Tokyo, began hosting its annual Famicase gallery last week, displaying nearly 90 Famicom cartridges for fake games dreamt up by artists. It looks like more Western artists than usual participated this year, and judging by the messages we received, a lot of our readers heard about the show from our posts and participated! Congratulations! You might remember that we had our own piece featured by Famicase not too long ago.
I’ve picked out my favorites from 2013’s submissions for the images above. Yuko Yano’s Cat Takes The Breakfast sounds like a game idea JC and I kicked around back in the day — the goal in Yano’s imaginary game is to wake up your master to serve you breakfast. ExedStarSoldius曼蛇Xevi ForceZone 頭脳BeeType is also neat, mashing together of a dozen shmups.
My Famicase Exhibition returns April 27
Meteor’s My Famicase Exhibition, which remains my favorite annual game art thing, will host another series of fake Famicom cartridge designs in Tokyo from April 27-May 31.
There’s still time to submit your own artwork! Google-translateable entry instructions and templates can be found here.
Participating in Famicase was one of the best things we ever did! We got to collaborate with Ashley Davis, we got a cartridge with our idea on it shown in a cool shop in Tokyo (and on the internet everywhere), and then people made games out of it!
BUY Famicom stuff
Inspired by the 2010 A Game By Its Cover competition on TIGSource, and in turn by My Famicase Exhibition, a new game design competition invites entrants to make games based on fake game covers –- like the ones in Famicase.
Winning games will be shown at GameCity conference in October. If you’re looking for inspiration, here’s this year’s Famicase set, orrrrrrrrrrr you could base your idea on this random cart from Famicase 2011 (above). We also have these imaginary DS/3DS games you could start from…
Buy: Tiny Cartridge x Mare Odomo stickers for DS/3DS carts See also: My Famicase Exhibition designs [Thanks, @gingerbeardman!]
My Famicase Exhibition is back — and of course, we’ve picked our favorite pieces from the gallery of fake Famicom cartridge art. How can you not want to play Motmot’s rhythm game about petting chubby cats?
Tiny Cartridge fans might remember that we had our own rad cartridge (illustrated by Ashley Davis) at Famicase last year. Unfortunately, our busy schedules prevented us from participating this year, but don’t let that stop you from checking out the 80 awesome entries for this year’s show.
Those of you in Japan, make sure to see them in person at Tokyo’s awesome Meteor shop in Kichijoji, where the carts will be on display until the end of the month.
We’ve already featured our own contribution, with art by Ashley Davis, to this year’s My Famicase Exhibition, Meteor’s annual art show highlighting game cartridge designs invented by artists worldwide.
Having gotten that out of the way (okay, one more time: check out our design, Meteor Night!), Eric and I picked some of our favorite cartridges from the exhibit. See them, and why we liked them, after the break — then look at the full exhibit and tell us your favorites!
You might have already noticed if you looked at the gallery for this year’s My Famicase Exhibition, the annual display of fake Famicom boxarts held at Tokyo’s Meteor store, but we were lucky enough to get to participate this year!
We worked with the wonderful Ashley Davis (Once Upon A Pixel) to create the above boxart, for a hypothetical Famicom game called “Meteor Night.” Here’s the description we submitted for this game idea:
“Designed to be played with friends or a date, Meteor Night shows a peaceful sky full of 8-bit stars. Sometimes a meteor will fly across the sky. Turn down the lights, bring a blanket and snacks, and enjoy Meteor Night together.”
I cannot tell you guys how thrilled I am to get to share this with you. This is something we’ve been hoping to do even before I wandered into Meteor in Tokyo last year and met proprietor Satoshi Sakagami.
I’m super excited to have our site be part of this awesome exhibit, and I know I speak for Eric when I say I’m really glad to have found an excuse to work with Ashley, whose input (and, you know, actual drawing) turned our original idea into something really endearing. We might be the only Americans in this year’s lineup, which is pretty cool.
Thanks so much to Meteor for allowing us to join in! And now to browse the rest of the gallery!
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My Famicase Tease: wall of custom Famicom carts on display at Japanese video game culture shop Meteor.
My Famicase Exhibition, the annual show featuring cartridge designs for game concepts created by artists around the world, opened in Tokyo today. The pieces aren’t available to admire online yet, but folks who have visited the gallery are posting photos from the exhibit.
If you look closely at the shot above, you can sort of see a tiny design for a cartridge sent in by a very special blog. Here’s the list of this year’s contributors, by the way.
[Image via @kmpt]
Japan shopping report, 2K10 edition! I didn’t buy as much big-ticket stuff this year as I did last year, but I did pick up enough interesting things to put up a totally self-indulgent post about.
1. Slime plush and Rockmanjuu: I picked these up at TGS. I walked into the show fully aware that I was going to walk out with some kind of toy Slime, and the Rockmanjuu were one of the cheapest, but most impressive Mega Man items available. I was going to justify the cost even further by eating them for lunch, but Jeremy Parish warned me against eating them. I may still do a Tiny Review!
2. Minna de Spelunker stickers: Super cheap! How has buying Spelunker junk become a tradition?
3. Phantasy Star Zero HUmarl figure: these were 100 yen from a machine in Yodobashi Camera, I think. I got one for me and one for Eric (still be-egged).
4. Famicom games! I didn’t have any particular wants on my list, but I saw neat games in Super Potato’s clearance area. Tetris, in box, was just 50 yen! The other game is Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki Dayo Zenin Shuugo, also known as that one where Kunio’s a samurai.
5. Game Center CX 2: The bottom dropped out on prices for this game, so I was able to pick one up for Eric.
6. Syrupy Slime beverage: For relaxing Slimes, make it Suntory Slime. I have yet to drink this.
7. Famicase poster: I totally could have bought everything in Meteor, but that’s way dangerous considering how many King of Games shirts were in there. I limited myself to just two of these (again, one for Eric).
8. Space Invaders Eco Bag: these were on sale in the Taito Station in Shinjuku. I ended up having to use it when my suitcase was 5 kilograms over the weight limit at the airport.
Am I dreaming? How is this possible? A group of indie gamers at TIGSource have conspired to produce downloadable and browser-based games inspired by the insanely awesome “My Famicase” artworks — Famicom cart designs created for made-up, fantastic titles.
Surely something as wonderful as this isn’t meant for our ungrateful waking world? Look at the image above — someone has recreated a mini-game (one of two!) based on Neco Touch. It is exactly how a Neco Touch game would play, if Neco Touch existed in our realm.
As the planets align tonight, the Perseides will send hundreds of its meteors across the evening sky while the Moon cowers in fear, unable to face the terrible wishes men will fling up by the thousands at the lines of streaking light. Are these games an early gift from the heavens?
Organizers for My Famicase Exhibition, the Japanese art show featuring Famicom carts with artwork advertising fake games, put up photos of this year’s lineup, so JC and I picked our favorites from the 55+ pieces to share with you.
Thumb Fight: Dream Ten-Finger Tag Match:
Sample 1200 Series Vol. 1: The Cube (a spoof of D3 Publisher’s budget Simple series in Japan!):
Uwaaa, So Nostalgic:
My Famicase Exhibition, an art show featuring Famicom carts with new labels designed by local illustrators for fake games, will return to Japan’s retro/game culture shop Meteor, running from May 2nd to the 31st.
You can see previous Famicases at last year’s exhibition site, and a couple of my personal favorites below: