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Jul 26 // TheExcel

A proposal to Nintendo and region-locked gamers

[Image from T3] Nintendo's been in the headlines for a bunch of weird reasons lately. Most of them seem to be due to a perceived disconnect between what they see as the demands of their customers and the reality of said dem...
Jul 04 // TheExcel

Three easy* steps to end Nintendo region locking

This is an issue I have a long history with, as you may be aware. Region locking is in the news again and the people who think it's a bad thing have topped themselves once again in their quest to make themselves look selfis...
Oct 13 // TheExcel

How to fix Capcom (Updated 10/13/2012)

Note: This post was originally written on August 16, 2012 in response to the announcement of Rockman Xover. It was updated on October 13 with a slightly more general tone to reflect new developments since then. It is still ...
Aug 19 // TheExcel

East vs. West: Leave Nintendo Alone! Why Operation Rainfall must not succeed

The past few months have seen a PR fiasco unlike any other. A throng of fans banding under the name Operation Rainfall have decided that they want a select three games because Nintendo has not delivered on their word to bri...
Sep 19 // TheExcel

TGS 2010: La-Mulana Ustream

La-Mulana is one of the few upcoming games I'm looking forward to. Fortunately, I discovered just in time that the developers were holding a Ustream of their panel at the Tokyo Game Show, which I was able to capture and put ...
Jan 14 // TheExcel

Update on my Dreamcast predicament

Some people actually asked me if I ever got my copies of Sakura Wars 1-4 to run. After discussing it with a professional, we concluded that my Dreamcast had somehow lost the ability to execute signed code, meaning I had to...
Jan 04 // TheExcel

[Short] I bought Sakura Wars stuff at MAGFest, but...

I have no idea what to do with any of this. Playing them is certainly out of the question and I don't have any safe place to store them. No clue what the lanyard is for, by the way. Dreamcast is retro, right?
Dec 29 // TheExcel

Card Sagas Wars: How to use support characters

I wanted to just post this in the forum, but since I've posted a blog about Card Sagas Wars preview videos in the past, I figured I should follow with another. This video shows that more of the cards in the frankly impress...
Dec 06 // TheExcel

Left 4 Dead Sound Mod: Shizuka Itou -> Witch (WIP)

I put this up on Japanator, but maybe some of you will find this interesting as well. I actually learned of the Mousou Voice line readings a month or so before the posting [at Japanator], but I always had a Left 4 Dead mod ...
Aug 26 // TheExcel

EGM Returning 1 December

According to the latest update on @EGMNOW (spotted by Qj.net), the stage has been set for the return of Electronic Gaming Monthly on 1 December. Details are currently scant, but I know how the lot of you really liked EGM i...
Jul 05 // TheExcel

New Card Sagas Wars Video

Before I start, no release date or further details have yet been announced. This is just another preview. I really shouldn't be posting this here, because this will only bring more attention to a project at high risk of sha...
May 29 // TheExcel

Trauma Team Announced; The-Excel's Heart Stops

Continuing the tradition of completely ignoring press release traditions, Atlus sent me an email early this morning announcing the next title in the Trauma Center series foretold in blurry magazine scans posted here courtesy...
Mar 31 // TheExcel

Gradius Rebirth Was Custom-Built For Me

Gradius Rebirth was finally released in North America three weeks ago, but I chose not to get it on day one. I bought some parts at Lizard Lick Amusements to modify my Fighting Stick Wii. Specifically, I ordered a Seimitsu ...
Feb 03 // TheExcel

10 Things You Know About The-Excel

Where do I start. 1. My actual internet name as of 22 November 2008 is Excel-2009. My first name was Excel 2004 and was introduced in a forum that allowed name changes. The hyphen was added in 2006 to signify that I was ge...
Jan 06 // TheExcel

Time Crisis Strike Trademarked in Europe

A trademark for a new Time Crisis game has been discovered yesterday by the Siliconera (I source them too much). The author speculates that Time Crisis Strike is a new arcade release. I don't have any particular expectatio...
Sep 30 // TheExcel

Elevator Action Returns Again

[Note to the administrator: This really belongs in an Arcade category. Maybe you should consider adding one?] The Siliconera reports that Taito is making an Elevator Action sequel due out in Japan next summer in the spirit ...
Sep 08 // TheExcel

Feel the Hatred: My Television

I swear, if I have to struggle with the inputs on my piece-o-crap Sharp TV one more freaking time then I'm going to drive an axe through the screen. Does anyone other than me have to fiddle with the RCA jacks every 10 minut...
Sep 05 // TheExcel

Chou Aniki on Virtual Console

Due out on 8 September. Basically just read this earlier post of mine and replace all instances of the word "Europe" with "North America". [Edit]It's rated E10+. Something's not right here.
Sep 05 // TheExcel

Gradius Rebirth Response

I wouldn't consider this an impressions post since I haven't played it. Rather, I decided to watch some gameplay videos of Gradius Rebirth which came out in Japan this Monday. I read a little about it from a forum thread an...
Sep 03 // TheExcel

Bangai-O Spirits Elite Design Contest

First off, if you haven't yet gotten a copy of Bangai-O Spirits for the DS, stop reading and get it immediately. D3 Publisher recently put together a level editing contest for Bangai-O Spirits among select American game deve...
Aug 29 // TheExcel

Gradius Rebirth Due on Japanese WiiWare September 2

The Siliconera posted more images of the upcoming WiiWare entry in the long-running Gradius series. These new screenshots definitely have a Gaiden-like feel to them and for that I am even more vengeful that we can't have t...
Jul 23 // TheExcel

The James A. Calwell III 19th Anniversary Foundation

In the time it took my parents and siblings to watch The Dark Knight, I put on a new screen protector on my DS Lite's touch screen. (I saw the trailers and the reviews and I just can't bring myself to go watch it. Iron Man ...
Jul 21 // TheExcel

Gradius Rebirth Announced for Japanese WiiWare

Apparently going by the same token as Mega Man 9 but on a more liberal scale, this new Gradius title will use pseudo 16-bit graphics, judging by the only available screenshot (see source). The graphics look like something ...
Jul 20 // TheExcel

Why the E3 Ennui?

Before I begin, I would like to file a complaint to whoever designed the new layout. It took me 15 minutes to find the "post new blog" button, it having been moved from the top of my blog page to somewhere in the middle of t...
May 30 // TheExcel

Alphanumeric! ReBoot Returns

Several weeks ago I posted news that ReBoot was making a comeback. You have these people to thank for that. It seems that Rainmaker Animation's (formerly Mainframe Entertainment, which should sound familiar) idea of a com...
May 30 // TheExcel

Super Mario RPG to Hit Japan Virtual Console in June

According to Siliconera, it has been announced that Super Mario RPG will be released on the Japanese Virtual Console sometime in June, albeit at a higher price than usual (900 points, as opposed to the standard 800). I think no further comment is necessary.
May 23 // TheExcel

If You Love It, Change It: Gradius

In 2004 or 2005 (I forget which exactly), my brother borrowed all of his friend's PS2 games. Among them was Gradius V, which I remembered seeing in passing in an issue of GamePro a year or so before. The article praised i...
May 10 // TheExcel

ReBoot Returns May 29?

It's not videogame related but there are games about it and I thought someone would like to see this. If you don't recall, ReBoot was a 3D cartoon that allegedly took place in a computer. All the things that were believed...
May 03 // TheExcel

CHOU ANIKI CHOU ANIKI CHOU ANIKI (Nintendo Hanabi Festival) [Not Safe For Work?]

The Nintendo Hanabi Festival is a PAL-only event in which several Japan-only releases are published on the Virtual Consoles for Europe, Australia and New Zealand and related territories over the course of several weeks. Gam...
Apr 06 // TheExcel

Classic Controller + GlovePIE = One Happy Exy [Edited]

It's a very rare occasion when I try out some new or cool technology for myself and I manage to actually be able to enjoy it. It's even rarer when it goes completely without any hassle or compromise to myself. I read report...

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