Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Rejoice! Mega Man Legends 3 Announced

One of the most awaited sequels has finally been announced: Mega Man Legends 3. Capcom will be bringing the title to the 3DS. The new Nintendo handheld system looks very powerful for it's size, as it is capable of real ports of Super Street Fighter 4 and Resident Evil 5. Let's hope the game shapes up to be a true gem with full voice overs and good graphics. I think Capcom needs to scrap Mega Man Universe, and focus on this one instead...

Monday, September 27, 2010

Mother Series Fan Art

I beat Mother 3 yesterday. If you haven't played it, go find the English translated rom and do so; because it is one of the best games for the Gameboy Advance. Period. The game really brought back memories of Earthbound. I have gathered some really outstanding pieces of fan art today to show my love for this series. Enjoy, and if you like this stuff, join Pixiv. They have so many fantastic artists on that site. It comes highly recommended.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Potato Dono!!! NOOOO!!!!

I love Japan. They make great games, and wonderfully weird movies. Another treat is the almost infinite selection of insane anime shows. This is not game-related, but I was laughed my ass off at this clip and felt like sharing it. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Dreamcast of Your Dreams

Check out these amazing looking custom Dreamcasts. Each system was lovingly air brushed by artist Torsten Rachu. In a perfect world, these systems would be for sell. Shenmue's Ryo has never looked so good.

Here is a custom portable Dreamcast. I would buy one even if looks really ugly and dorky. It was modeled after the Stormtroopers from Star Wars.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Treasure Fan Art

One of my favorite game makers ever is the little Japanese company, Treasure. They started out blowing our minds with games like Gunstar Heroes, then blowing our minds again with hits like Radiant Silvergun and Guardian Heroes, and continue today with hot games like Sin and Punishment 2. They consistently make fun games that push their platforms to the limits. Here is my small tribute with fanart pulled from Pixiv. Sadly, I couldn't find more for Dynamite Headdy.

Here is a cool piece that was released within the Sega Ages 2500: Treasure Box on PS2 in Japan. It is a beautiful and rare piece of official promotion artwork used for Gunstar Heroes.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Classic Review: EarthBound (SNES)

The Super Nintendo was a RPG powerhouse. We were given wonderful games like Chrono Trigger, Final 4 and 6, and one other hidden gem. That gem would be the cult hit, EarthBound. These days you will not find it on Virtual Console, and it's awesome sequel was released only in Japan. The only way to (legally) play Earthbound is to track down the cart and pop it in the old SNES. The game is pretty expensive these days as a result. Is it worth the high price eBay dictates?

EarthBound comes from the Mother series of RPGs developed by Nintendo. The first Mother released on the Famicom. An English translation was created, but never officially released due to the dawn of the SNES era. The Super Nintendo would see Mother 2, better known in the US as EarthBound. Mother games all revolve around aliens, psychic powers, and comedy. Another neat attribute of the series is that each is set in a modern world.

EarthBound follows a boy named Ness and his attempt to stop an evil alien from dominating the world. He meets three allies along the way, each with unique attacks and fighting style. The plot sends the player everywhere from a town haunted by zombies to Stonehenge to The Great Pyramind. Each setting is designed wonderfully, and populated with really fun NPCs.

Comedy separates Earthbound from most most RPGs in the West. The writing is very self-aware and intelligent. NPCs in each location are actually fun to talk to unlike most games. I usuallly hate finding a clue in a town, but in this game it is a treat to hear comedy gold from most anyone you talk too (even animals.)

The graphics are simplistic but I think they hold their weight well with modern games. Small objects are very detailed like cars and buses. Elaborate dance animations are giving for musical performers in the game. Also the battles use strange hypnotic coloring for backgrounds. It is trippy! It might not be Chrono Trigger, but for 16 bit it is pretty awesome.

The music is strange. Some tunes are catchy like the Sky Runner theme (a UFO you fly around in), but others like the Dungeon Man Theme are awful. Apparently some bits use samples from Beatles' songs and Monty Python, this is one reason people attribute to the game being unavailable for Virtual Console due to legal issues. The music is honestly, hit or miss.

The game difficulty is also strange. The first couple hours of the game are brutal. Be prepared to grind for boss fights. It gets easier with progress, as new party memebers help balance the scales of power. A few boss fights towards the end are also brutal, but nothing a few good items can't beat. Another quirk is the rare items being very hard to acquire. If you want the only weapon for Poo (yes that's his name), you need to fight a certain enemy that appears briefly, and you have a 1 in 128 chance of getting it from him!

EarthBound is a cult classic. It is very loved by a small hardcore crowd. The weirdness of the game will almost surely draw you in. The difficulty can be a rude awakening, but trust me it is worth sticking through to the end. As for my first question: Is it worth the high price? Absolutely.

This is how a re-make could look on today's systems.

Random Stuff

- Mother 3, this game's sequel, has a great fan translation available. If you like RPGs at all, then you should get it.

- GameReproductions sells the NES version of Mother for 30 dollars. That is pretty cheap for a cool game.

- Ness appears in all three Smash Bros. titles. His Mother 3 counterpart, Lucas, appears in Super Smash Bros Brawl as well.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Busy Days

I have been super busy with real life these days so I haven't posted much on here lately. I will try to post some new art soon or review something old. In the meantime here is a kick ass picture I saw on Kotaku today!