Yup, the resurrected Tribune
is officially 40 issues old today, which means that it will immediately begin gaining weight in rapid fashion, taking additional medication, abandoning its former liberal principles, looking at beachfront property in Florida, and quite possibly having a fling with a younger, more attractive weekly gaming news recap.
According to some thirdhand information
from PAX East, Aksys is aiming for a June 29th release date for DeathSmiles
(you can also sample some uncomfortable-looking cosplayers while you’re over at that link, more here
). Moreover, we’ve finally got a rundown
of the now-confirmed Limited Edition for the game – it comes with a faceplate, arranged soundtrack CD, and a big ol’ outer box to fit it all in. Perhaps most interestingly of all, the bugger’s only 50 bucks – looks like they’re probably following the BlazBlue
precedent and including the extra stuff with all first-print copies. Either way, buy it! Or, if that stuff still isn’t enough for you, there’s always the BDSM Uber Edition
If no more delays or other corporate shenanigans rear their ugly heads, Ketsui X
should finally be out in about a month – in the meantime, the game’s Amazon page
has some pictures of the extra stuff included with the Limited Edition.
At last, we’ve got a pair of videos
of The Flying Hamster
– witness the power of the beer laser (and at least one unmistakable Gradius
It might look like an April Fool’s joke, but it ain’t – those nuts at Cave are putting ESPGaluda II
, which was recently ported to the 360, onto the iPhone. Moreover, a new technique known as “awakening pulse” (which allows you to turn bullets into green gems) is being added in, y’know, just in case the thing’s system wasn’t complicated enough already. It’s out sometime this Spring and will support both Japanese and English text.
Of course, there’s plenty of actual April Foolery on the shmup front – first and foremost a pair
appear to depict the rumored Gradius Arc
, in all its traditional side-scrolling glory – as far as anyone can tell, however, the “video” shown therein doesn’t exist. On the other hand, Melty Blood Sky Stage
is 100 percent real. For serious. This last one, however, almost got me…supposedly, there was a pseudo-unreleased sequel to Blaster Master
, subtitled Destination Fred
, in which you shrink and enter the titular frog to fight off some nasty micro-bots. Well, according to
Sunsoft’s site, they were planning on bringing it to Virtual Console – of course, that’d be made easier if it actually existed! (DToid coverage here
For my money, however, the most interesting April 1st shmup-related release is an actual product you can play, known only as EPIC SHOOTER
– see some (slightly NSFW) video here
. Shoot the full-bodied mature women and rescue the lolis! This masterpiece of interactive entertainment can be downloaded here
Also over at the forum (where else?) a few
have been posted
of Variant Schwanzer
, an unreleased vertical shooter by Seta originally slated for around the year 2000. The original gimmick was the ability to capture and fuse with enemies, gaining their abilities – I wonder if there’s a prototype ROM floating around out there someplace? Someone else on the forum also uploaded some (rather blurry) scans of the latest issue of Arcadia magazine, which includes articles about prolific shmup company Cave as well as King of Fighters SkyStage
– check out this thread
if you’d like a look.
Most onlookers probably assumed this would be the case, but now it’s been confirmed
– nifty looking pseudo-shmup Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
is headed to XBLA. No date or price has been mentioned yet, but one way or another the game is on the way. (DToid coverage here
A new vertical-scroller called Zulu Hour
has also popped up on XBLA Indie Games – from here it doesn’t look all that good, to be honest, but if you’d like to give it a try, there it is. In sorta-related news, a few more details about After Burner Climax
, slated for both Microsoft’s and Sony’s download services, has come to light – the exact release dates will be April 21st (XBLA) and 22nd (PSN) and the price for both will be ten bucks. Not bad! (DToid coverage here
The front page has posted a nifty video
of an upcoming DS title called Fractured Soul
– while most of it plays as a run-n-gun, there’s at least one shmup section squeezed in there. The kicker, however, is that you control two different versions of yourself at once, on the separate screens – only one is “solid” at a time, and can interact with stuff, but the other “ghostly” form can’t be hurt, so you’ll be switching back and forth between them frequently to get out of trouble. Looks like it’ll take some getting used to, but at the very least it’s a neat concept.
Not “technically” a shmup by a strict definition, but this should still be of interest to some readers – Siliconera links to this retrospective
of the unreleased Star Fox 2
, which offers bountiful information on how it came to (not) be. On a similar note, you can also check out Hardcore
, an unreleased Genesis run-n-gun by DICE.
Just in case you were planning on buying anything off of the Japanese XBLA store, from the second to the seventh of next month prices are being slashed
on several games, including R-Type Dimensions
You might have scoffed at Sailor Bubba. You might have said that Man-Faye was “not that bad”. And you might not think that Touhou cosplay could ever reach quite those same heights/depths…well, if that’s the case, then you probably haven’t seen this guy
A bunch more King of Fighters XIII
images can be found over here
, as well as a longer video
of the location test on YouTube (watch for a glitch around four and a half minutes in!). Of course, be sure to check the official site
as well – thanks to Mognet Central for all three links. Also Mai cosplay
, since everyone’s got an excuse to start doing that again.
Looks like the box art for Super Street Figher IV
has gotten a once-over
, most notably replacing Cammy with Dudley – looks like half the community will be ecstatic and the other half will be incensed (DToid coverage here
). On the c-blogs, Steel Squirrel is pretty excited
about the game, and hopes that more people give it a try once it’s out. Finally, BFeld13 posts some commentary
of a match fought at PAX East – yeah, the actual match can be watched in there too, though I doubt you’ll be able to pay too much attention to what’s actually happening thanks to all the chatter.
I doubt that anyone here has expressed much interest in Samurai Shodown Sen
, which finally came out recently, but I can’t help but find it interesting that, according to Xseed, the localization was ”pretty much done”
by the time they inherited it from Ignition. The latter company must have been in quite a sudden hurry to get out of its deal with SNK…
Sega has revealed a new “trailer”
for Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Turbo
, which looks a little more…exuberant than most of the rest of the series. Of course, it has nothing on the pure, unbridled fury of Rage Against Charlie Sheen
. Oh, and maybe I should mention that both of these were posted on April Fool’s Day.
Wry Guy’s at it again
, and thank goodness for that – his next local tourney, as promised, is for Garou: Mark of the Wolves
, and will also include a few members from orochinagi.com to keep us on our toes. Sign up today and get your face punched in!
Kotaku has a preview
of UDON’s “Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia”, which is out in June and contains more information on the series’ characters than you ever wanted to know (with the exception of Dan, about whom it’s impossible to know too much). (DToid coverage here
Wait a sec, wasn’t Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
already on sale, like, everywhere? Well, apparently it (and a few other titles) has been reduced yet again
on XBLA, where it can be had for 560 points (7 bucks). (DToid coverage here
Sakura Wars: So Long My Love
is FINALLY out (my copy just came in the mail earlier today) – if you still haven’t seen enough of the game to make a decision on it, check out Siliconera’s recent playtest
, which should give you a pretty darn good idea of what to expect. Of course, the fact that unang is probably waiting outside your door with a gun and a shovel might serve as a motivational factor as well. Moreover, if you read the comments in last weeks’ Tribune
, you know that our very own Excel is keeping a diary of several playthroughs of the game, each with a different “theme” in mind – check them out on this thread
at Japanator! WARNING – Spoilers abound!
Those waiting for Persona 3 Portable
have some more media to chew on this week, as a new website has opened
and some new screens have appeared
as well. Meanwhile, I’m still undecided as to whether to purchase this thing a third time, despite its lauded “play while on can” ability.
If you’ve been hankering for some of the unique demon-summoning codes on offer for Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
, this post
on Atlus’ forums offers a couple. Many more are promised in the future, though exactly where they’ll appear is anyone’s guess…
Clayton Chan really needs to show back up on the c-blogs here sometime (I mean, it’s not like he’s got anything better
to do someplace else, right? Especially
not anything that niche gamers would really hope he was focusing on), but until he decides to stop in again we can check out this interview
in which he comments on several aspects of Hexyz Force
A few more illustrations and a bit of commentary have popped up
in connection with The Last Story
– looks like we’ll have some rather impressive ships and such on our hands. (DToid coverage here
.) One more illustration is over this-a-way
I haven’t been following Xenoblade
as closely as some other upcoming releases, but the new trailer posted up on the front page certainly has my attention
. A little bit of additional new information can be found here
, the PSP RPG based on the anime based on the eroge, has officially been pushed back
to July 22nd, in case you were planning on importing it.
The official site
for Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: The Lord of Elemental
has opened several sections, thanks to Mognet Central for the tip.
First up in Virtual Console news this week, you can now get your hands
on Ogre Battle 64
, and be a person of lordly caliber! (DToid coverage here
and a sixth (and rather lengthy) featurette
(also on the subject of system design) have been released for Trauma Team
– more than that, the game’s retail price has been brought down to forty bucks, so if you were on the fence as to whether or not to snag this, maybe that’ll help you make your decision. (DToid coverage here
.) You might also be interested to know
that the Forensics portions of the game were partially inspired by the Demon Fusion mechanics in Shin Megami Tensei
, as well as a request from the Atlus USA branch (DToid coverage here
From the floor of PAX East, Kotaku has some impressions
of Battle Block Theater
This one’s got both shmup- and fighter-related news bundled together, so it ended up here – anyways, the latest batch
of additions to the Virtual Console also includes SNES side-scroller Darius Twin
(featuring some of the most irritating music in all of game-dom) and goofy Sunsoft fighter Waku Waku 7
Once again it’s Confession Time – I never quite caught the Scott Pilgrim
bug. That said, I will share these images
, which offer a semi-preview of the upcoming game based on the movie based on the comic. (C-blog item here
, front page item here
Joystiq now has their own
hands-on writeup of Raskulls
, if you’re looking to expand your opinion roster on that game.
The ESRB has rated Disgaea Infinite
(a “T” in case you were curious) and in the process given me a new favorite put-down – “Does your brain not get enough nutrients because your boobs absorb them first?”
It would occur to most casual observers (like myself) that Japan-exclusive puzzle-platformer Ivy the Kiwi
would be a relatively slow-paced game, but apparently if you know what you’re doing you can whiz through
levels pretty darn quickly.
Now here’s an obscurity even by my standards – you’ve probably never heard of a Japan-exclusive puzzler called NoNoNo Puzzle Chai-Rian
, but a scaled-down version of it recently came to DSiWare under the title Kuru Pachi 6
. More than that, it looks like
the thing might be headed westward under the title Spin Six
Ms. Davis has declared it, so it’s official – Cave Story
is the Best Game Ever
. Or IS it
? Of course, you could also just read Mr. Holmes’ front-page review
of the thing. Or some cross-stitch
Assuming that this one’s not yet another April Fool, it looks like the latest Super Meat Boy
guest character to be revealed is Ogmo
, from Jumper
(though with a name like that he could probably moonlight as an evil final boss in some other game).
On the c-blogs chr156r33n offers a musing
on the nature of NPC death in Patchwork Heroes
– of course, you’ll also want to check out the front page’s official review
of the game while you’re at it.
Right next door, Monodi brings up a name I haven’t heard in awhile, namely Drill Dozer
for the GBA. If you bought the game complete with all its original paperwork, you got a mini-comic along with it – if you missed out, head over to his blog and check out
some scans instead. Whatever you do, though, definitely give the game a try!
Local pinball maven FunWithBonus gives us a look
at Stern’s new Iron Man
machine, which will apparently be playable sometime in May, though the “official” release date is seemingly sometime later on.
Also have a sampler
of moshboy’s “Indie Games You Might Have Missed” YouTube bits. Y’know, just because.
“Still Alive” from Portal
is pretty certainly not obscure (especially by now), but I still think it’s cool that a children’s choir from Wisconsin performed it
. Also, in case you ever wondered what the inside of one of the game’s turret bots looks like, now you know
I’ve got no real excuse to link this video
except for the fact that I was amused by it, but of course I’ve NEVER pulled that lame stunt on Tribune
readers before. And I’m entitled to one
self-indulgent slip-up, right? Never again, I promise!
Guess that’s all for now – back to Sakura Wars
(and you’d all better be getting to it as well – hopefully you’ll have better luck with the girls than I have so far)! Until next issue, thanks as always for reading and keep gaming obscurely.
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