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September 22, 2007

Retro Gamer issue 41

Filed under: retro,Retro Gamer — Tags: , — technofranki @ 13:23

I had to back-order issue 41 of Retro Gamer since that issue was lost in mail earlier. But now I have it in my hands. And issue 41 have the following to offer:

  • Back To the Eighties – The Latest News From Sept 1983
  • The Definitive Space Invaders
  • The Classic Game – Get Dexter
  • The Making of… Miner 2049er
  • Company Profile: The Bitmap Brothers
  • The Making of… The Immortal
  • Whatever happened to… Mail Plane
  • Desert Island Disks – Andy Walker
  • The Classic Game – Metro-Cross
  • The Making of… Batman The Movie
  • Full of Eastern Promise – Soukyugurentai
  • The Complete Lowdown – Worms
  • Retroinspection – Game Gear
  • The Making of… Blast Corps
  • Retrorevival: Caveman Ninja, Monsters, Wings of Wor, X-men vs Street Fighter, Harrier Attack

New Virtual Console games, Europe – Friday, September 22

Filed under: Uncategorized — technofranki @ 12:51

Yesterday, Europe got three new (or old) games to downloadon the Wii.

Ninja Gaiden
NES – 1989 by Tecmo – action/platform – 1 player – 600 points

Players take on the role of Ryu Hayabusa, a rising warrior in his family’s clan whose main role in the world is to protect the Dark Dragon Blade from getting into the hands of evil.

Ryu Hayabusa travels to America to seek vengeance for his father’s death. Players fight their way though six challenging side-scrolling levels while defeating gangs of street thugs, battling evil ninjas and fighting barbarian bosses by using the deadly Dragon Sword, ninja skills and Ninpo – ninja magic.

Players can run, crouch, jumpand climb as they make their way through each stage and collect items to gain points, strenght, and weapons.

Ninja JaJaMaru-kun
NES – 1985 by Jaleco – action – 1-2 players – 600 points

Ninja JaJaMAru-kun (meaning ‘determined little ninja’) was originally released for the Japanese Famicom (NES) in Japan in 1985. This action game features a ninja called JaJaMaru, who uses shuriken (ninja throwing stars) to defeat monsters and save Princess Sakura from the evil Lorda Namazu.

Use special items to aid your quest (including a giant frog that you can ride!) as you fight across multiple stages filled with uniquely Japanese ghosts an monsters. Now you can enjoy this classic action game for the first time outside Japan, here on Virtual Console.

In-game text will include some Japanese.

World Class Baseball
Turbografx – 1989 by Hudson Soft – sport/baseball – 1-2 players – 600 points

Acclaimed for its steady gameplay, WorldClass Baseball is the definitive baseball game on the Turbografx. Battle the computer in “OPEN MODE” or play with a friend in “VERSUS MODE”. Customize your team in “EDIT MODE” or even watch a game between two computer opponents in “WATCH MODE”. WCB offers the complete baseball gaming experience.

Of course there’s plenty of single player action, too! The main feature is “PENNANT MODE”, where the player choose a team from one of the world’s leagues and strives to win their team’s league. Beat league rivals and save your progress with passwords on your way to becoming league champions. After winning your league, get ready to the face the other league’s champion in the the heated series for the world championshop!

September 20, 2007

Xbox 360: Minor firmware update

Filed under: Uncategorized — technofranki @ 21:27

I turn on my Xbox 360 tonight and was prompt for a firmware update. That was a supprise for me. So I headed over to over to The update only add support for the Big Button Pad so the certification team can test it on retail hardware.

Here is the quote from Major Nelson:

First off, let me get this out of the way right up front:

This is not the ‘fall dashboard update.’

Today the team is releasing a minor system update via Xbox Live. Over the next few hours, when you sign in to Xbox LIVE, you’ll receive a prompt to accept this mandatory update. What’s in this update? Much like the update last month, the only thing this minor release will do is prepare your Xbox 360 for the Big Button Pad that is being released this holiday. Why do we need to release this update now? Simple: The certification team needs time to test the new controller against the retail hardware/software combination before it hits stores.

One more thing: no new features beyond this big button pad support are included in this update and, once again, this is not the ‘fall dashboard upgrade.’ When I have firm details on the next major update, I will share them.

September 17, 2007

Retro Gamer issue 42

Filed under: retro,Retro Gamer — Tags: , — technofranki @ 21:10

So I’ve got issue 42 of Retro Gamer for some days now. And this is what the new issue have to offer:

  • Back to the Eighties – October 1983
  • Back to the 90s – January 1990
  • The Definitive Space Invaders – part II
  • The Classic Game – Micro Machines
  • Developer Lookback – Strategic Simulations Inc (part 1 of 2)
  • The Making of… Tetris
  • The Complete Guide to Shoot’em-ups
  • Tetroinspection: BBC Micro
  • The Making of… Crazy Taxi
  • Company Profile – Big Red Software
  • Arcade Inspection – Capcom’s CPS-2 System
  • Eastern Promise – Silhouette Mirage
  • The Making of… Sheep In Space

Also Retrorevival: California Games, Starbike, Cybernator and Raid Over Moscow.

You can buy this issue from

September 15, 2007

Virtual Console: Turbografx CD coming to VC in October

Filed under: Uncategorized — technofranki @ 20:11

In October, Hudson will release to games from the PC Engine CD-ROM and PC Engine Super CD-ROM. The game will be released in all regions at 800 points each. Which titles is as of yet, unknown.

The Tubrografx CD games comes in sizes from around 50 MB to several hundres. The question is, will Hudson only release the small games (in storage sisze that is) or will Nintendo have a firmware update on the Wii so we can download and play games from SD-memorycards? Only time will show.


September 14, 2007

New Virtual Console games, Europe – Friday, September 14

Filed under: Uncategorized — technofranki @ 23:47

Europe got three new Virtual Console games today, Friday September 14. One is Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Level, which is the orginal Super Mario Bros 2 which was only released in Japan on the Famicom Disk System. This game is available for download until end of September only. Nintendo will release some more Japan only games in the coming week, but more on that at the end of this post.

This is the games that’s new this week:

Mario’s Super Picross
Super Nintendo – 1995 by Nintendo – puzzle – 1-2 players – 900 points

More than 10 years before Picross DS, there was Mario’s Super Picross for Super Nintendo. This classic ‘picture crossword’ game, previously unavailable outside of Japan, features hundreds of relaxing yet challenging brainteasers.

Each Picross puzzle consists of a grid of tiles which reveal a picture when solved correclty. In Mario’s main game mode, a wrong move means losing precious time. However, in the more difficukt Wario puzzles, mistakes are not indicated and the timer counts upwards!

Like Picross DS, Mario’s Super Picross also features a save ability that lets you return to a puzzle later, and various background melodies.

In-game text will include some Japanese.

Neutopia II
Turbografx – 1992 by Hudson Soft – action RPG – 1 player – 600 points

The sequel to the action RPG, “Neutopia”, wich is currently available for download. THe story begins with the apparent revival of the evil demon, “Drith”.

This game picks up where the first one left off, with you taking on the role of the main hero’s son. You’ll need to rely on your “magic compass” and gathered information to find entrances to labyrinths and defeat the bosses in them. Make your way thorugh the field, which can be tricky at times, and find hidden information and items. Move blocks and destroy wall to uncover secret rooms.

Like the original, this game has a save function, a fine-tuned difficulty level, and a fast-paced story, making it a true RPG that everyone can enjoy. Experience improved graphhics and controls in this exciting sequel.

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
NES (Famicom Disk System) – 1986 by Nintendo – platformer – 1 player – 600 points

For the first time outside of Japan – for a limited time only – experience the original sequel to the best-selling video game of all time!

Super Mario.: The Lost Levels, originally available only for the Famicom Disk System in Japan, expands on the first game with challenging new level designs, trickier enemies and obstacles, and many secret worlds to discover.

This game is only available for download until the end of September, so make sure you grab this piece of gaming history while you can!

The Wii Shop also had more info on upcoming games. Here’s the quite from these pages:

Introducing the first Hanabi Festical!

Since the launch of Wii, Virtual Console has been your ticket to video game classic from yesteryears. But now we’re going broaden your horizon even further.

Over the next few weeks, until 28th September, we’ll be bringing you games that were never released in Europe before!

We’re calling our event the “Hanabi Festival”; named after the Japanese holiday season that’s famous for its fireworks displays (‘hanabi’ literally means ‘fire flower’). And, boy, we’ve got some games that will light up your life…

Mario Week (from 14th September)
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (NES)
Mario’s Super Picross (Super Nintendo)

Ninja Week (from 21st September)
Ninja Gaiden (NES)
Ninja JajaMaru-kun (NES)

Sci-Fi Week (from 28th September)
Sin And Punishment (Nintendo 64)
Gradius III (Super NIntendo)

And who knows? This first Hanabi Festival might not be the last…

PS3: Small firmware update (v1.93)

Filed under: Uncategorized — technofranki @ 19:02

Last week, PlayStation 3 got a small update. Some people experienced an unstable network connection, and this is fixed in the new, very small update yesterday.

New in v1.93:

The stability of the network connection has been improved.


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