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The Obscurer Tribune # 2


Welcome to the second issue of The Obscurer Tribune, where the only thing lower than the price of admission is the number of actual readers.

First on tap today is the recent release of ADK Tamashi for the PS2, a collection of five (mostly ninja-themed) ADK arcade titles from the 90’s – beat-em-up Ninja Combat, overhead action game Ninja Commando, tourney fighters Ninja Master’s and Aggressors of Dark Kombat, and puzzle/shooter Twinkle Star Sprites. The only title of the bunch that I’m personally familiar with is the last one (which is pretty awesome, especially if you have someone to play against), but I figure that fans of some of these rather obscure games might be interested in importing – though I already own TSS on the Saturn, I might spring for it if the price goes down, especially considering that it (along with a bunch of the other PS2 SNK/NeoGeo compilations) are never coming here. Site is here, thanks to Gamengai for the tip-off.

While I’m at it, King of Fighters 2002 Ultimate Match is scheduled for a February 26 release in Japan (we’ll hopefully be getting Ultimate Match ‘98 here in the US shortly before that), while the much-awaited KoF XII is set to hit Nippon’s shelves in April. Hopefully between then and the US release we’ll get word of some secret characters…

In Atlus news…well, the DT front page (specifically Ms. Colette) has already beaten me to mentioning the recently-announced Hammerin’ Hero and The Dark Tower, and I don’t have any more info than they do, so I’ll just redirect you there. I am currently looking into an Atlus issue that I plan on (hopefully) exclusively reporting on soon, though – keep your eyes on this space in the meantime (yeah right). I do already know, however, that if you’re still Persona 4-less, you might want to pick up a copy at GameCrazy if there’s one near you – apparently they’re including the “Visual Data” artbook that was previously pre-order only with all sold copies of the game while supplies last, so call the store and see if they have any left.

In terms of obligatory shooter news, Triangle Service’s compilation Shooting Love 200X is going to be out February 19th, though there’s still no date for Triggerheart Exelica Enhanced or any of the Cave 360 titles. Similarly, doujin Dreamcast side-scroller DUX has been moved back to “early 2009” after being slated for this month. Off to the side, no reports yet of a home port of G. Rev’s recent arcade shooter Mamoru-kun is Cursed!

Finally, Fate – Unlimited Codes, which I mentioned in a previous post, is out, and early impressions are pretty good – has anyone here played it, and is furthermore willing to give the rest of us some firsthand experiences? I’m very tempted to spring for this (though I’ll probably pass on the SP Box, but I just don’t know enough about it…if nothing else, it might make my sad lack of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom easier to bear.

‘Til next time, loyal (and likely lost and/or bored) readers.
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About BulletMagnetone of us since 9:04 PM on 10.04.2008

Thanks kindly for paying my blog a visit.

I'm currently looking for paid writing gigs, so if you might want anything written shoot me a message (craighats at hotmail dot com).

In case the contents of this blog don't make it obvious enough, I have something of an affinity for slightly "offbeat" titles, so if there's something out there that few others cover, there's a fair chance I'm at least somewhat up on it.

If there's any sort of (reasonable) inquiry you'd like me to address, please don't hesitate to be in touch.

Below are a handful of recaps and other links (oldest listed first by section), in case you're interested - asterisks mark promoted articles.


'Magnet School


Curriculum: Puzzle Games

Course 1: Ochige 101
Course 2: Tossology
Course 3: Ochige 201
Course 4: Phys. Ed
Course 5: Ochige 301 (Adv.)
Course 6: Free Elective
Course 7: Ochige 401 (Hon.)
Course 8: Extra Credit
Graduation Speech



King of Fighters: Orochi Saga
Ar Tonelico II - Part 1 and Part 2
Prinny and Street Fighter IV
King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match
Nintendo DS
*King of Fighters XII
How-To: Atelier Annie
How-To: Mushihime-sama Futari


The Forgotten Essentials

Part 1: RPGs
Part 2: Shmups
Part 3: Fighters
Part 4: Puzzlers


The Obscurer Tribune



Monthly Musings/Writers Wanted

The Fear: The End
*A Time to Destroy: I Cast Thee Out
*Expanded Universes: Triple Triad X
*Those About to Die: Nocturne's Demons
*Untapped Potential: The Second Dimension
*I Suck at Games: and I'm Here to Help
*The Forgotten: Real Life
*Love/Hate: The Weirdo, The Wall, and The Beast
*The Future: A Refreshing Cup of Hemlock
*More Than Just Noise: Digital Cheese LIVE
East vs. West: Where The Old Gods Dwell
Resolutions: Fresh Flowers
Collaboration: IF Only...
Violence: The Gatekeepers


Assorted Ramblings

Why Am I Here? (intro)
Non-Portable Portable Gaming
Hating the Unhateable
*Soul Bubbles, Mickey Mouse, Journey of the Self
Dreamcast: The Other Shmup Machine
One-Year Anniversary Reflections
Shmups: Gaming's EOE


Non-DT Writing


Saturn Shooter Rundown
PS1 Shooter Rundown
PS2 Shooter Rundown
Shmups 101
Shmups That Defined the Genre
"Hidden Gem" Shmups


Shadow Hearts


Unofficial Shmup Glossary (, WIP)
My Backloggery (Warning: Inherent Shamefulness May Be Too Intense for Some Readers)