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Ads from the past 226: Hudson Portable Madness

By : Luis Zena

This week's ad comes from Hudson and the amazing array of games they released during the original Gameboy era. The games were real fun especially Bonk. If you haven't tried them out I suggest them all! Check it out!


Retrobeat Tusedays 018: Blaster Master Boss Themes

By : Luis Zena

So this week we have a classic game with more classic tunes. This time around, in Blaster Master for the NES are all the boss themes. If you haven't tried this game, maybe you should! You have nothing to lose after all and it's not like you'll be spending 50 dollars for the game. Check it out nonetheless!




Animonday 18: Lunar Silver Star Story Complete Intro

By : Luis Zena

A classic RPG from the PS1 era makes it to this week's Animonday! This game was actually pretty obscure but was released with lots of success and started a trend of collector's edition boxsets we see in today's latest RPGs. Well done Working Designs and may you rest in peace.






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Retro Gaming News 140: Dragon Force II Gameplay Translation Released

By : Luis Zena

"Through the fire and flames, we carry on! Started many moons ago by two-fan crew Sandslice and Sixfortyfive, the Dragon Force II translation effort has proceeded in fits and starts and lives on as a community-wide project at Verve Fanworks. We’re grateful for all the support we’ve received from the RHDN community and a veritable army of testers over the years.

This release will let English-speaking Dragon Force fans understand the flow of gameplay, from navigating menus to conducting armies on the field to managing domestic affairs. What it does not do is translate the story. One out of eight storyline scenarios is complete and awaiting insertion, and a second is partially translated, but given the project’s size it’s clear we’re going to need a lot more translation help if a fully English Dragon Force II is ever to see the light of day.

In addition to attracting more volunteer Japanese-to-English translators, we hope this release will spark a healthy fan community around a game that definitely deserves a cult following. Users new to Saturn emulation will want to pay very close attention to the readme and head over to our Dragon Force II project forum with the inevitable questions. Our readme will become a living document as it’s updated with frequently asked questions and answers.

Let’s leave you with a forty minute presentation highlighting the game’s beautiful music and artwork alongside the gameplay translation in action, plus a story preview for one of the eight scenarios and our QA tester recruitment drive video."



Finds 432: Naruto RPG for the Famicom! Hayuka!!!

By : Luis Zena

So after a bit of a dry spell, I got a new game! And yes, it's for the Famicom. Not much is known about this game and I don't even think it's dumped but it's quite awesome. The game brings you the characters of the Naruto animation into the 8-bit world and in RPG format. As you can see, the game is based on probably the first couple of seasons of the series so it's quite dated. Nevertheless, it doesn't stop it from being fun. Furthermore, the game is quite tough at times and the battles can be a little grueling. I will probably give more info about this and other games that I have acquired. As of now, I'm still trying to put my life back in place. Things are looking up that's for sure...

Naruto RPG (Famicom)


Retro Gaming News 139: Bare Knuckle III Spanish Translation

By : Luis Zena

"Well, this is a spanish translation of the game Bare Knuckle 3 for Sega Genesis.This translation is 95% complete, and , in addition to the translation, this rom has new features like:
  • Roo selectable from the beginning
  • stage select and nine lives (without cheats)
  • another customizations

Enjoy it!!"

Pirate Game of the Week 042: 1944 (FC)

By : Luis Zena

So this week we have another shooter. This game is actually 1943 but with a little kick to it. Yes, the pirates though they could make an entirely new game by editing a few things... They though wrong! This one should be called 1943 easy edition if anything. We do appreciate the lowering of difficulty but it's not enough to see it as an all new game altogether. When will pirates learn....
The game has no music but lots of sound effects from the airplanes you are fighting against. There is nothing much to say except you'll hear a lot of flying action sound effects! Die Nazi die!!

The game has the decent graphics 1943 has so there are not surprises. I'm sure most of you know that usually pirates are hacked with some sort of graphic editing but not this one. The only thing that's hacked is the title screen. That must have been quite easy too as they probably copied and pasted the four over the three. Bleh, enough of this.

Gameplay is actually quite epic as you are going against an army of Nazi plains and what not. The best part of the game is your weapon of choice. You shoot lasers! Destroying everything in your way. Now, I haven't played 1943 in a while but I'm sure the game didn't started you with the most powerful weapon in the entire game.

The game is actually fun to come back to especially with such a huge set of guns. You can destroy everything around you. Not even those big airplanes will be a challenge for you. You might as well finish the game, drink a beer, and finish the game once more!

The game itself is nothing of a big change but more of an easy version of 1943. You should definitely check it out even in emulation form. It's fun for a bit but I wouldn't recommend you going out and buy a 20 dollar cart with it. That's all for this week.


Retro Game of the Week 112: Faxanadu (NES)

By : Luis Zena

Here comes one of the most interesting games released very early in the NES lifetime. Faxanadu is definitely one gem that has been forgotten by many. I think it rivals games like Metroid and Kid Icarus. The game's difficulty makes it even more desirable. In the end, RPG fans will drool over this beautiful gem. Another work of art by Hudson...man do we miss you....

So the music itself is dark at times and fun at others. It's definitely sets the mood for the game and the world you are trying to save. The sound effects are also your pure classic 8-bit awesomeness. Furthermore, The game music will never make your ears bleed...believe me.

The graphics of the game are quite good for the time. A game released in 1988 wasn't as epic looking as something from the 1990s but Hudson did a great job to bring you a world in danger to life. The monsters look epic as well and some are as memorable as Nintendo characters.

The gameplay is difficult at first but once you get the hang of it and most of all, better gear then it becomes more bearable. The game uses a level up system as well as gold and item collecting. You can be exploring areas for hours to find the desired amount of money and exp to move on to the next area. Make sure you don't cry when you die though, as you might need those tears when you see the ending....wink..

The game is your typical action RPG but it will not require another run unless you want to redo the game with all the items or a certain amount of experience. Those are just personal goals if you ask me. The game itself is dark and beautiful at the same time so coming back for it would go great in a rainy day.

The game itself is your above average game especially from Hudson. They had some gems for sure including Adventure Island and Bonk but this one will always be the more forgotten one of the bunch. I do recommend trying it out especially if you like to play something similar and even better at times version of Zelda 2 for the same console. Till next time!




New Affiliate! NESquester is added!

By : Luis Zena

So yet another wonderful blog makes its way to the affiliates section. If you are a NES fanatic, I highly suggest you check it out but the overall retro game aficionado will love this awesome blog. It has a lot of information and great writings on NES games. The goal of this blogger? To review every NES game ever released in his own style. Welcome to the team! ^_^


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Retro Gaming News 138: Tear Ring Saga Translation Released! (PS1)

By : Luis Zena



"Almost everything should be translated.

Known issues:

  • Text alignment and line breaks in words at many places, esp. items
  • Some graphics text banners not translated
  • Ending graphics not translated
  • VS mode not translated
  • May crash or freeze at Morse tower (and at other places?)
  • Not playtested or beta-tested much / at all
  • Much of script not proofread or sanity checked

With all that said, we hope this patch in its incomplete state will stir up some interest in clean-up work to fix all the above issues. Please contact FoxStar74 if you are interested in contributing (please have an example work or project to demonstrate your experience)."


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Ads from the past 225: Bubble Bobble 2

By : Luis Zena

We have double the fun in this ad. It's Bubble Bobble 2 for both the NES and Game Boy! If you are into NES collecting, you must know how tough Bubble Bobble 2 is to come by in the wild. Be sure to at least appreciate this ad!


Retrobeat Tuesdays 017: Floppy is here!

By : Luis Zena

Here is a treat for you! This is one of the kewlest bands ever! With a retro feel of course. If you haven't heard from them, then here they are!! Floppy is by far my favorite retro band! They use a lot of retro sounds and beats! I'm sure you can relate to them. Be sure to add them to your Ipod because if you are like me, you'll play them in your car at full blast. ^_^




Animonday 017: Persona 4 Intro

By : Luis Zena

This week we have a classic RPG for the PS2! Let me rephrase that, it's the best RPG on the PS2! This is by far my favorite RPG of all time! You can't get enough of it and with Golden coming out for PSvita...I'm going to need some more time to conquer some new social links!




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Retro Gaming News 137: Final Fantasy IV, typo-free

By : Luis Zena


"There are lots and lots of Final Fantasy IV hacks on the site already, so you must be thinking, “Spooniest, you debonaire swashbuckling hex hero, what makes this one different?”

…Ok, maybe you’re not thinking exactly that, but what makes this one different is that it cleans up the text from Joel Smith’s “FF4 - Cosmetic Changes.” A handful of typos remained from J2e’s hack, and some punctuation and tone issues were present. The full change list is in the readme.

Maybe it’s pointless to try to get anyone to play Final Fantasy IV again, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to sit by while the only versions of the original SNES game available are riddled with typos.

SIDE NOTE: vivify93 requested that I change the ellipses in the game to the “single character” version that is found in the code, which I may still do, if I’m feeling saucy sometime.

Enjoy!

- Spooniest"


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