Virtual Console – Europe – Friday June 22

There is two new Virtual Console games for download in Europe today.

China Warrior
Turbografx – 1989 by Hudson Soft – action – 1 player – 600 points

“China Warrior is a side-scrolling action game that was released around the same time as the PC Engine (Turbografx) was in Japan. It’s up to the Kung Fu Master Wang to defeat the Dark Emperor, who stands at the top of the Kung Fu world in China. Punch and jump kick your way through all the enemies between you and the enemies between you and the three bosses of each stage.

Skilfully fight your way through all 4 stages. Be sure not to miss the recovery items while dodging enemy attacks! China Warrior boast character size and detail rivalling all the other games at the time of its release!

The one-on-one fights against the game’s realistic bosses will get you so excited that you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of a Kung Fu movie!

Mega Man
NES – 1989 by Capcom – platformer – 1 player – 500 points

“Mega Man is pitted against the powerful leaders and fighting forces of Monsteropolis. Brilliant scientist Dr. Light originaly conceived the construction of fully-optional human-like experimental robots to perform specific everyday duties. Dr. Light, and his assistant Dr. Wily, encouraged by their very first near-human robot – Mega Man – proceeded to develop six additional humanoids, all programmed to perform specialist task: Cut Man, Ice Man, Guts Man, Bomb Man and Fire Man. The experiment was a success, but Dr. Wily turned disloyal, re-programming Dr. Light’s humanoids to use their powers to allow him to control the world and its resources.

The only robot to survive Dr. Wily’s evil plan was Mega Man, who volunteered to be the defender of the universe and its inhabitants – to single-handedly penetrate seven separate empires of Monsteropolis, and to eliminate the leaders and followers of these sovereignties. Get ready for some very exciting challenges!

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass out in Japan

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass or Zelda no Densetsu: Mugen no Sunadokei in it’s native langauge, is now out in Japan. The game got a 39/40 score in Famitsu.

The rest of the world will get the game sometime this fall. I can’t wait.

From the publisher: The epic story of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker continues as Link finds himself lost and alone in unknown seas in a new adventure. Featuring intuitive touch-screen controls and innovative puzzles, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass offers new challenges for fans of the series and an easy-to-grasp introduction for gamers new to The Legend of Zelda. But time grows short, and only the Phantom Hourglass can buy Link the minutes he’ll need to survive.
Many months have passed since the events of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and Link, Tetra and Tetra’s band of pirates have set sail in search of new lands. They come across a patch of ocean covered in a dense fog, in which they discover an abandoned ship. Tetra falls into danger when she explores the ship alone, and Link falls into the ocean when he attempts to rescue her. When he washes up unconscious on the shores of a mysterious island, he is awakened by the sound of a fairy’s voice. With the aid of this fairy, he sets off to find Tetra – and his way back to the seas he once knew.
Game features:
  • The stylus makes controlling Link easier than ever. Tap on the screen to make Link move, or sweep the stylus around him to swing the sword. Players can even draw a path for his boomerang and send it flying into hard-to-reach targets.
  • Players can stash the map on the top screen for quick reference or drop it to the touch screen to make notes, study enemies, or chart a path for their boat to follow while they man the cannons.
  • Compete with a friend over a local wireless connection: Guide Link through special dungeons to capture the Triforce or command the forces that oppose him.
(Source: Play-Asia.com)

Link to Nintendos official The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass site.

If you do read Japanese or can’t wait for the game to hit your local gamestore, you can import it from both Play-Asia.com and YesAsia.com.

Retro Gamer #39

I got the latest issue of Retro Gamer in the mail today. Issue 39 have the following content:

  • Back to the Eighties – June ’83
  • The Making of… Paperboy
  • Retroinspection: Amiga 500
  • The Making of… Parallax
  • Company Profile: Thalamus
  • The Making of… Putty
  • The Art of C&VG
  • The Making of… Duke Nukem 3D
  • Developer Lookback: SNK (part two of three)
  • The Making of… Lemmings 1 and 2
  • The Making of… Jetpack Refuelled

You also have the Retrorivial of The Empire Strikes Back, Powermonger, Trantor: The Last Storm Trooper and Rambo: First Blood Part II.

You can buy Retro Gamer #39 from Imegineshop.co.uk.

DVD: The IT Crowd (Version 1.0)

The IT Crowd was shown on Channel 4 sometime last year (I think, I don’t live in UK). I saw some clips on the net, and it look good. I bought the DVD and it’s great.

The show is about two guys, Roy and Moss, in the IT deparment of a big company. They have their office in the basement and spend most of their time there. From time to time they leave the office to help other employes on the other floors. But if they can, they will stay in the basement vere they feel safe.

I will quote what the back of the DVD cover say:
“Roy and Moss toil in the squalid basement of a huge company, fielding IT help desk calls. Roy has a lousy attitude coupled with an eye for the ladies, while Moss is dressed by his mother and has an earosol can of water clipped to his belt with which to spray his ear when it gets hot.

Into their life of ‘users’, pizza, science fiction and firewalls comes middle manager Jen, a spunky can-do career gal who doesn’t know one end of a laptop from the other. Can she introduce real life to men who email the fire brigade in an emergency, who invent a spycho for an internet dating site and display sympathetic PMT symptoms once a month?”

When they get a call, the conversation goes something like this:
-”Hello, IT. Have you tried turning it on and off again?
OK, well, the button on the side, is it gloving?
Yeah, you need to turn it on.”

This is a very british sitcom and a very good one. The characters are a bit stereotypical, but they are spot on. The IT Corwd is very funny and I laugh all the time. I think you will too. If you buy this DVD, and I think you should, it’s well invested money.

The series have six episodes:

  • Yesterday’s Jam
  • Calamity Jen
  • Fifty-Fifty
  • The Red Door
  • The Haunting of Bill Crouse
  • Aunt Irma Visits

The DVD have some extras: Deleted scenes, Behind The IT Crowd, Hello Friend, Hidden Out-takes and Audio commentaries.

Picture is 16:9 anamorphic, English 2.0 stereo and its PAL region 2 (will work on regionfree DVD players).

A new season will be aired in the UK this autumn 2007.

You can buy the PAL region 2 DVD from Amazon.co.uk.

PS3 firmware update, v1.81

Today Sony made a firmware update for the PlayStation 3. The firmware is now up to v1.81.

This is what’s new:

SETTINGS

  • The method of setting [RGB Full Range (HDMI)] under [Display Settings] has been improved.

OTHER

  • The stability of the network connection used during gameplay has been improved for some PlayStation®2 format software titles that support online gaming.

Source: PlayStation.co.uk

Virtual Console – Europe Friday June 15

Europe got two new games to download from the Wii Shop Channel, and one a realy good one.

F-Zero X
Nintendo64 – 1998 by Nintendo – racing/action – 1-4 players – 1000 points

“The fastest racing game in the univers returns! F-Zero X is the stunning Nintendo 64 sequel to the Super Nintendo smash hit, featuring more sound barrier-braking, gravity-defying action than ever before.

F-Zero X boasts 30 different futuristic hover ‘machines’ to control, more than 20 tracks packed with twists, tunnels and jaw-dropping jumps, and the ability to perform sideswpies and spin attacks to bash opponents out of your way.

Play solo in the main GP Race mode, go for your fastest laps in Time Attack Mode, eliminate rivals in Death Race mode and compete with up to three friends in the split-screen VS Battle mode.”

J.J. & Jeff
Turbografx – 1990 by Hudson Soft – action – 1 player – 600 points

“This comical action game features the two bungling detectives, J.J. and Jeff, as they travel trhough a total of 6 Fields. One day, a request comes in at their office to take a case that requires them to “rescue a wealthy man who’w been kidnappped”. Choose between the two charachters, and set off alone to outwit your partner and save the day.

Each Field is broken down into 4 Areas, where enemies – as well as the utter incompetence of your partner – will try to keep you from your goal. There are many items scattered throughout each Area – kick around in various location to make them appear. Jump and spray-paint your way towards your goal! In hidden rooms, you can regain your health while being enternained by surreal short sketches!”