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Monday, June 14, 2021

Not Sure How, But A 20+ Year Old Game Made My E3!


 Not sure who at Limited Run Games thought this was a good idea, but they deserve a raise! While I have owned the Japanese version of this game since 1997, we now get a US, English release of Castlevania Rondo of Blood, aka Dracula X, on the Turbo Duo! This means if you have a US or Japanese Turbo Duo/Duo R/Dup RX or a Turbo Grafx CD/PC Engine CD with Super System Card 3.0 or Arcade Card Pro, you can legitimately purchase this game or play it without having to patch it and waste away your CD drive with a CDR!

Granted, LRG did announce a lot today, including Zombie Ate My Neighbors, the Shantae series on PS5 and more. So read all about it after the break

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Hell Has Frozen Over..... And That's A Good Thing

So, out of literally nowhere, some monumental news has materialized that is great for the anime community outside of Japan... After decades of lawsuits and stupidity, Harmony Gold, Big West and Studio Nue have somehow agreed and Macross, and I guess Robotech, can now be officially released and distributed worldwide. Willing to bet Sony picking up the Robotech movie rights had something to do with this, but it doesn't matter. Essentially this means hopefully soon, we'll get official releases of series like Macross 7, Zero, Frontier, Delta, the movies and everything else!!!

Saturday, December 19, 2020

One Month In With Two New Consoles

So, in November we had 2 very large consoles release... well, technically 2 1/2. Microsoft's Xbox Series S|X and Sony's PS5 Physical|Digital editions. Since I was lucky enough to get both during the pre-order period, I had both a Series X and PS5 at launch.  Both consoles are pretty big, carry similar specs and do what they are supposed to well. So how did they work out for me?

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Dawn Of A New Console Generation

In 2 days and 4 days we will have 2 worldwide launches that will start off the next generation while the current generation will begin to fade. Or will they? For the 1st time, both major consoles will support the previous console's games on day one. Almost every current gen game will be supported on next gen consoles. In the case of the Xbox series X/S, games from the previous 3 generations will be playable. Sure not every single one, but a lot for sure.

This will also be the 1st time where we have 2 versions of each console. Sony ditching the BD drive on 1 Ps5 model and Microsoft dropping a lower specced Xbox, also without a BD drive. While I am not a fan of all digital systems, for some the cost and shelf space savings can mean a lot. Granted, storage space is not an issue.

Unlike the current generation of console, next gen systems will not let you use standard USB storage for next gen games. Sony will let you use properly specced PCIe 4.0 M.2 Nvme drives, once enabled in firmware, to add additional storage. While it seems interesting, the feature doesn't seem enabled yet on consoles currently in the wild. Microsoft, on the other hand, is releasing a storage "card" that is simply plug and play. While ssd storage has gone down over the last few years, Sony's requirements for M.2 drives means they are not cheap at the moment. Microsoft's implementation could mean prices won't drop as quickly or often, but it seems as if other 3rd parties will be allowed to make drives soon, so hopefully competition will drive those down. Especially since next gen games can be anywhere between a few GBs to 100+ GBs in space. 

Then we have looks and size. I have said this many times since it was 1st shown off, the Ps5 is a hideous console. It sticks out like a sore thumb and seems to have been designed for people to notice it. Add to that the fact that it will not fit in many entertainment centers. The Series X does look like a giant, plain block, but at least will fit in more places and will not be out of place with all other AV equipment. The Series S.... Looks like a toy or a cheap Chinese clone console while being the smallest of all Xbox consoles and will fit everywhere.  Luckily, as long as the end result is playing games, then the system's look shouldn't be that important.

While I'm not going over system specs, games on both look fantastic. Hopefully I'll have both systems in this week and maybe, time permitting, share my thoughts on them and their respective games. Beyond all of that, just remember to enjoy the games. 

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Synology Announces New Solid State Line and Massive All Flash NAS!


Yes, I'm a few days late on this, but that's not important. What is important is that Synology has released a new SATA and M.2 NVME line of storage as well as a new line of flash based enbterprice storage. While we are super interested in the storage, the Xeon powered Flashstation 3600 looks ready to handle just about anything.... if your wallet can handle it! 

More info and pics after the break

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Sakura Wars Finally Gets A US Date!!!



For those that never braved the Saturn and Dreamcast Sakura Wars games, fret not! This April, you will finally have a shot of playing Sakura Wars without having to hire a translator to sit next to you the whole time! Sega is bringing the big guns for this reboot including names like Tite Kubo (Bleach) and BUNBUN (Sword Art Online) as well as a few others for character designs, most JRPG and anime/manga fans should look forward to this release.

Press release after the break

Langrisser I & II demo is coming February 20!

The demo of the remake of Langrisser I&II lands next week in the US from NIS on both PSN and the Nintendo eShop! This remake, besides being a way to play the classic, brings updated art and other elements or you can choose the superior classic art! Having a demo save also unlocks some freebies in the full version, so if you are planning on buying the game, grabbing the demo is a no-brainer!

More after the break

Azur Lane: Crosswave Is Out Now On PS4 And Steam

For fans of "Naval" combat of the anime girl variety rejoice! Azure Lane makes the jump from mobile to the PlayStation 4 and PC!

Also, available for a limited time and NOT available after, Neptune, from the Neptunia series, will be available for FREE until 3/31!

Read the full press release:

Monday, February 3, 2020

SPIKE CHUNSOFT Publisher Sale On Nintendo eShop

Spike Chunsoft is having their 1st publisher sale on the Nintendo eShop with prices slashed 30-80% until February 10.

Games listed after the break

Kickstarter for The Wonderful 101 Remastered

While I normally don't agree with crowdfunding from established companies and publishers, for this I can make an exception. While they already smashed through their modest goal almost 10x over, this remaster of the Wii U classic is a few dollars away from a PS4 release (strech goal was hit as I typed this) and is already landing on the Switch physically and Steam. There are a few other stretch goals that have yet to be announced. Also one of the rewards is to be "Blocked on Twitter by Kamiya", which can be obtained for free by asking him a stupid question on twitter...or confusing him for someone else on Twitter.... Or asking for a follow up of a game he mail while at another company..... or thanking him on a game he didn't work on.... or just about anything!

Either way, many people did not get to play this gem on the Wii U since people hated the Wii U without trying it and this is a great way to rectify that mistake.

Wonderful 101 Remastered Kickstarter

Jim Power Kickstarter

NES version

While not many of you may know this, but there is a Jim Power Kickstarter for release on the NES, Genesis, SNES, Amiga CD-32 and TG-16 CD! While the Snes, Amiga and PC-Engine versions already exist, the Genesis version never was completed, the CD-32 gets the PC-Engine soundtrack, the TG-16 CD was a Japan exclusive and the NES is a brand new port!

As of this post, the game is a bit more that $300 away from it's goal!

Jim Power Kickstarter