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Retro Gaming News: Mega Man X3 - Zero Project (3.0)

By : famicomfreak

"The newest and ‘hopefully’ final Mega Man X3 - Fully Playable Zero is ready to go! The differences from this version and the other aren’t visible in some areas, but it’s dramatically improved underneath the hood of the game.
For this version expect FAR less bugs, although, there may have been some that slipped by. Zero’s new animations have been greatly altered and he now has a proper victory animation!
The biggest change of all is that this ‘SHOULD’ be compatible with most anything now compared to the old version.
Hopefully everyone who enjoyed the old version can enjoy the newer one!"

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Yu-gi-oh! Card of the Week 016: Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss

By : famicomfreak
With the release of the Mega Tins 2015, a lot of players have been given the chance to pick up some hard to find cards. It's still a matter of luck, but at least your odds are a lot better with these mega packs. Anyways, the card we have on here is one of the best from the mega tins. Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss is a pretty amazing card that only saw TGC play. We got exclusive cards and this set is one of them. The card is a bitch to get over unless you return it instead of destroy it. It's easy to make too! I can go on and on about it, but this should be enough. 

Retro Gaming News: Castlevania - Dark Version

By : famicomfreak

"This is a hack that simply changes “Castlevania”’s color palette to a more grimy one. Levels are now dark and musty-looking, with most of their colors changed to create a gloomy and eerie atmosphere. Gray isn’t used as much as in the original, so that the backgrounds don’t appear too dull. The sprites’ color palettes also have been changed, in order to stick out more."

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Retro Gaming News: Earth Bound Beginnings 25th Faithful Edition

By : famicomfreak

"This is a title screen patch for Mother 25th Faithful Edition. This also changes the map to say Earth Bound as well.
Since Nintendo decided to release their originally unreleased localization of Mother as Earth Bound Beginnings on the Wii U, there was disappointed that they didn’t attempt to clean up their game and give it a proper title screen. Before that,DragonDeplatino did and excellent hack known as Mother 25th Anniversary Edition. He cleaned up the graphics AND the translation as well. Then ShadowOne333 improved on that by making the game simply say Mother, and to rename things to better match Earthbound (Mother 2) such as naming Giegue to Giygas. Well, this patch is for those who want the the game to have the title that Nintendo has decided to release the game as and enjoy the improvements made by DragonDeplatinoand ShadowOne333."

Retro Game of the Week 147: Lufia -The Legend Returns- (GBC)

By : famicomfreak
The game that revived the series after so many years was released on the Gameboy Color. The game is quite difficult but good overall. This is your classic dungeon exploring grinding RPG. Not only that but you can have up to nine members in your group. That's a lot of power! This is the follow up to the second game for the SNES although they don't have much in common. This is by far one of my favorite series but I shall never forgive the atrocity of the DS game.... ugh! Lets take a look! 

The music is amazing! Classic RPG Lufia music to the best of the Gameboy's capabilities. The game uses the right tones for the right places. There aren't that many games that get it so right. This is your classic RPG at its finest. 
The color gives this game life in many ways. You feel like if you're playing a NES version of Lufia at some point. It's beautiful. The character art is great as well and the world looks fantastic. Pix-elated beauty!
The game is as tough as ever. You'll have to grind and find a way to get past certain bosses even with nine party members, you'll have a hard time. The game challenges even the most strategic RPGers. The usual shop to get stronger weapons is here as well as the fields where you can level up till your heart is content. One thing you should know, the dungeons change every time you exit from them! This keeps the dungeons fresh every single time. It's quite unique and interesting. 

The game has dungeons that change every time you get out of them so that definitely keeps the game fresh. I'm no sure if you want to go through all the trouble again but with such an intriguing story and fresh gameplay I'm going to say that it has a pretty decent replay value. 

The game is quite good and above average in all levels. You should play this game if you're into something fresh and especially into RPGs. The game is also quite affordable so if you want to get a physical copy, go for it! Till next month! 

Manual Monday 032: Hammerin Harry (FC)

By : famicomfreak
This week we have a very fun sidescroller for the Famicom. Hammerin Harry is one of the obscure Famicom titles that was so good but never saw the light of day overseas. It's a shame but at least now we can get them and play these classics we missed out on their first run. 

Retro Gaming News: Pokemon Yellow Famicom Translated!

By : famicomfreak
This is one of the more interesting news I've read about in a while. Pokemon Yellow was released for the Famicom a couple of years ago. The game is apparently the complete game for the Gameboy. This release not only translates it, but fixes certain things such as the music and EXP. Be sure to check it out! It's a must play for any Pokemon fan.

Lei Dian Huang: Bi Ka Qiu Chuan Shuo

"After a few years of work, this project is finished!
Here’s the English translation of Shenzhen Nanjing’s Lei Dian Huang: Bi Ka Qiu Chuan Shuo, otherwise known as Pokemon Yellow.
The game is fully playable from start to finish and also includes fixes to the game’s music and EXP growth."

Retro Gaming News: Super Metroid - Metroid Mission Rescue

By : famicomfreak

"As this is my first hack ever, level design improves as you get further into the game, but overall it’s pretty good, but make up your own mind…
There is a new hud with different controls, to learn how to use it read this:
To switch between and to beams and Missiles, supers etc. The default buttons are ‘y’ to switch from beams to missiles, supers etc and vice versa…..And to change between them you press and hold the select button and then right or left to select and then let go once you have the one selected…Also holding down the select button and pressing up or down you can also switch from beams to missiles etc and vice versa…
The hack is a complete full hack and hard mode has exactly 699 rooms, normal has a few less, and easy a few less again…There is 8 worlds on the planet, so you get to explore more territories…The name of the planet is ‘Arion’. It is highly recommend NOT starting off with Hard mode, as it’s really only designed for people who have already played easier versions and this time want a hard challenge as it is really really hard…If you do try hard first and don’t like it, you can give normal or easy a try before you give it the flick, of course…
There is a manual put together that can guide you through some differences in the game, so if you are a bit confused between a couple of things. Look on the manual and it might give you a clue…For example, door colors…There are instructions on how to put the manual together so you can just print it out on your printer and use it like a normal manual. Instructions are on page 2…"

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Yu-gi-oh! Finds 012: Mega Tins 2015!

By : famicomfreak
I picked up two tins and pulled a lot of good stuff from it. The cards on these tins are from the previous set of the year prior. They made them so that they're easier to acquire. The price of the cards also go down so overall, it makes the game more affordable for everyone. Check out the pic for my wonderful pulls! Don't forget about Norden! 

Finds 870: Bootleg Foursome!

By : famicomfreak
One of my favorite things to collect are Famicom bootlegs. These two were up for grabs and I picked them up! My favorite of course being Super Bros 8! The game is just genius. I am not even sure I had Mario Pizza Pop but I'll pick them up any time I can even if I already have them. Mario Bros 16 is just a hack of Joe & Mac but with Mario on it. Super Mario IV is actually a hack of Armadillo which never came out for the NES. Super Bros 8 is a hack of Don Doko Don 2 for the Famicom and Mario Pizza Pop is a hack of Panic Restaurant. Pretty neat stuff huh? 

Ads from the past 294: Gameboy Yellow

By : famicomfreak

This is a very interesting ad. Nintendo did everything to get your attention in the war of the 90s. They always came up with amazing ads to rival those of Sega and the others. Well done Nintendo! 

Retro Gaming News: Final Fantasy IX: Alternate Fantasy

By : famicomfreak

"Final Fantasy IX: Alternate Fantasy is a mod aiming to increase the difficulty and, above all, to give a new experience of FF9 for those who already know the game well.
Most of modifications are gameplay related but a few of them are also scenaristical. Those are mostly dialog scenes that were deleted by the developers from the final release of the game. You’ll find the scenes from the “Hidden Dialogs” patch, but also a few others for which the only remains are the texts.
The main things now:
  • Abilities, be it the player characters’ or the enemies’ ones, have been modified.
  • One of the point of the mod is too enhance the statuses. Some basic spells deal statuses additionally to their damage.
  • Ragtime Mouses Quizz has been refreshed
  • The enemies are stronger and more resistant
  • The most frustrating bug of the game has been corrected: the last Tetra Master rank displays properly
  • Few weapons can be used by several characters (for instance, Dagger can use the… dagger)
  • The ultimate weapons give a big boost to main characteristics (Strength, Magic, Speed and Spirit)
  • Phoenix Pinions now cure Doom; they also cost and sell cheaper
  • A mini-game has been re-added at the beginning of disc 3.
  • Excalibur II can now be acquired by two different methods:
    1) Reach and beat Hades in less than 14 hours,
    2) Get all the treasures of the game (there are 3 little mistakes allowed) to obtain the higher treasure rank. Some particular cases don’t count (Stilzkin’s sells and Ragtime Mouses’s/Ozma/Hades rewards mainly). Kupo Nuts don’t count by themselves but all the one-time rewards count (roughly 1 per disc from disc 2). Similarly, Chocographs don’t count when you unearth them but the treasure themselves count. Also, Mimics count. In the end, that makes 404 unique treasures to find.
  • And much more!"

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Bootleg Game of the Week 078: Blood of Jurassic (FC)

By : famicomfreak
 I'm guessing that this game was released because of the movie that came out earlier this year? Perhaps! Anyways, the name says it all. You're here to kill dinosaurs and drink their blood! This is just another one of those crazy bootlegs that promise a lot but give very little. Have I said too much? Well, lets see what it has to offer. Blood-on! 

The music as in most bootlegs is stolen from other games. I'm not even sure from which games but they sound awfully familiar. I can't give this game any credit for the music because of this...

The graphics are actually not bad. The game looks original from whoever made it even though it's about dinosaurs but I gotta say, it's not bad on the eyes and that's saying a lot for a bootleg.  

You get to pick from six stages. The stages vary of course and consist of you shooting dinosaurs in a first person shooter perspective. It's not bad but it can get boring quite fast. 

The game has very little replay value so you won't be back to it anytime soon. It's good for show but that's about it. There is no story to this game and nothing more than just six stages. 

The game is nice to look at but with stolen music and boring gameplay, it gives little notion to recommend it. I do suggest checking it out even though it's a bit tricky to get to work on an emulator. Till next week! 

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