ドラゴンクエスト Dragon Quest

Dragon Quest, or Dragon Warrior as it was known outside of Japan, is the first in a series of role playing games that really need no introduction. The game launched a legitimate phenomenon in Japan which continues on to this day. The game’s artwork being penned by Dragonball creator Akira Toriyama is the icing on the cake. But while this is all well and good, I recently realized that I have never actually played the very first instalment of the series. Partly due to not having a NES as a child (long live the Sega Master System). As I grew up and started getting my grubby hands on new systems, and even discovered the world of emulation, I still never got around to playing the game which started the Dragon Quest series.… Read the rest

KiddEd – Level Editor for Alex Kidd in Miracle World

KiddED (click here) is a level editor for the Sega Master System classic Alex Kidd in Miracle World which was built into the Master System 2 model.  Despite the name, the Master System 2 wasn’t actually a generation after the original Master System, but rather a re-modeled version which lost the card reader for card-based games and stuck to the cartridge port. Anyway, prior to Sonic the too-radical-for-the-90’s Hedgehog bursting on to the scene, Alex Kidd – the lost prince of a far away fantasy land called Radaxian – was Sega’s flagship character. The level editor gives you a great deal of control of the levels, to the point where you can re-build them from the ground up, however some enemies, particularly bosses, are a hassle to alter but can often be worked around.… Read the rest

北斗の拳 Fist of the North Star (Famicon)

Fist of the North Star is a legendary manga series which ran for several years during the mid-80’s in Japan. Naturally it spawned an anime series, a (terrible) live action film and, of course, a string of tie-in video games. The Famicon version isn’t the very first video game incarnation of the series, but it is as good a place to start as any. For those who are not familiar with the original manga series, it revolves around Kenshiro, a wandering ass-kicker who wanders around a post-apocalyptic wasteland kicking the asses of all he feels deserve and ass kicking. His signature move is the ‘Holy Fist of the North Star’ which consists of Ken attacking his opponent with a flurry of well-placed blows to the abdomen which results in a delayed explosion of the body.… Read the rest

Double Dragon 4 coming soon to Steam and PS4

A new installment in the legendary Double Dragon franchise is set to hit the virtual shelves on January 30th, 2017, which just happens to mark the 30th anniversary of the first Double Dragon title. The order of games is a little out of whack as Super Double Dragon for the Super Nintendo is technically the fourth Double Dragon game, but whatever, I’m just happy to see another Double Dragon title. As you could probably tell from the trailer, it is made to resemble an old school 8bit beat-em’-up. It definitely looks authentic, but only time will tell if Double Dragon 4 will live up to it’s predecessors in terms of gameplay.… Read the rest

Konami to release 53 game soundtracks

Konami has released the soundtracks of 53 of their old school titles, over 1000 individual tracks, via the online music store Chakushin Uta (releative linkage). The site itself is Japanese, and it has not been made clear if Konami will release the soundtracks internationally, but it is a step in an awesome direction for video game music lovers everywhere. The tracks went up for sale on the 21st of December (2016). I had a poke around the site and it looks like you need a Konami ID, which *I think* can be set up from anywhere on planet, and not just the land of the rising sun.… Read the rest

Games Based on Movies that Don’t Exist: Apocalypse

Apocalypse stars Bruce Willis as Trey Kincaid in a si-fi action-adventure spanning through prison riots, zombie filled sewers and crime ridden city streets all in a desperate attempt to stop the mad scientist, “The Reverend”, from destroying the world by summoning the four horsemen of the apocalypse. As the title would imply, this game is based on a movie that doesn’t exist, but unlike most of the other games which fit into that category, Apocalypse was never intended to be based on any kind of film or franchise. The reason I call it a game based on a non-existant movie is because everyone thinks that it’s a game based on a movie.… Read the rest

Game Review: Eschalon – Book II

Eschalon : Book II is the second installment in the Eschalon series of role playing games published by indie game studio Basilisk Games. While the game does follow off where Book One finished, it is set a number of years later in the game’s internal time-line. This creates a convenient explanation as to why your character has forgotten all the skills they had built up from the last game. You can’t port your character directly, but you can just as easily re-create him in the character creation screen. You also have the option of creating a female character this time around.… Read the rest

Movie Remakes I’d Like to See: Weird Science

Released in the summer of 1985, Weird Science took movie goers on a rollercoaster ride of a film with two bumbling nerds who create a woman on their computer who is brought to life by a well-placed bolt of lightning. You might be interested to know that the film was based on a one-off comic titled “Made of the Future” which appeared in a 1950’s EC Comics magazine called, you guessed it, Weird Science. Gary, played by Anthony Michael Hall who was well known at the time for playing the ‘awkward teenage boy’ character, absolutely steals the show with his tenacity, while his shy friend Wyatt, played by Ilan Mitchell-Smith, lays a solid foundation to the pair’s act.… Read the rest

Games Based on Movies that Don’t Exist: James Bond – The Duel

James Bond : The Duel was released on the Sega Genesis and its 8bit relative, the Master System in 1993 by Domark, which no longer exists as a game creator. Domark actually produced a long list of games before being swallowed by Edios software, with Klax and Desert Strike being among their more notable releases. They also produced video game adaptations of A View to a Kill, 007: License to Kill, The Spy who Loved Me and The Living Daylights, so it’s probably safe to say that they know their shit when it comes to James Bond video games. The game stars Timothy Dalton in his last ever role as 007.… Read the rest

RetroFreak : Multi-System Hardware Emulation Console

Third party consoles, or hardware emulation devices, are nothing new. There have been consoles released in the past which have emulated the hardware of the NES, Super Nintendo and even Genesis so that they can accept and play original carts form those systems. Hell, multi-system hardware emulators aren’t even a new thing, which most being made with slots to accept  carts from different console types. RetroFreak is looking to take the concept to a whole new level. This device claims to do it all. Not only does it have support for a number of consoles, including the NES, SNES, Genesis, PCEngine, GB, GBA, but also boasts save states, cheats, output filters, multi-gamepad support and, possibly most controversial of all, the ability to copy the game file from a cart and add it to an on-board library of games.… Read the rest