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Out LIve English Translation Turbo Grafx-16

Review – Out Live for Turbo Grafx-16 English Translation

Okay, by now you probably have heard that a new role playing game has been translated to English. This science fiction RPG is also for the Turbo Grafx-16 console (known as the PC Engine in Japan). That makes it even more interesting as we don’t see a ton of games translated on the old NEC console. Out Live was released by Sunsoft in 1989. Yeah, in Japan, a lot of game publishers supported the NEC platform. Before you go through the trouble to play Out Live, remember it is an old school (basics anyhow) RPG from the extreme late 1980s. You are not getting your hand held by any means here.

Pietro Bros. New Mario Bros. Clone for the ZX Spectrum

While an official licensed Mario Bros. game did make it to the ZX Spectrum in 1987, it is generally considered to be a poor port of the 1983 arcade platformer by Nintendo. With that in mind, Christian M. Gonzalez has been working away for many months on his own version of the game and has just released it as a Christmas gift to the retrogaming scene. While not an official conversion of the original arcade by any means, Pietro Bros. is basically Mario Bros. under a different name and with slightly tweaked characters.

Super Mario Run

Super Mario Run Coming to Android

Super Mario Run has been a popular release, for more than one reason. People either love it or hate it – there is not much of a middle ground on this one. For many that hate the game, it is usually one of two reasons. One is the In App Purchase price of $10 or two, the fact that it is not available on Android. While that first problem is probably not going anywhere anytime soon, that second problem is about to get fixed. Gamers just have to be patient.

Something for the Weekend – December 24, 2016

The weekend is a time to wind down. A time to reflect on all the happenings in the retrogaming scene. At time to revisit the week’s main news, previews, reviews, retrospectives, and updates. This week, we spoke with the founder of the Retro.HK retrogaming convention, we checked out the latest news (Super Mario Run, Kraut Buster), new games releases (In the Walls of Eryx [ZX Spectrum] and Retro City Rampage DX [Android]), Kickstarter updates (Tanglewood, Dreamworld Pogie, The Atari ST and the Creative People vol. 1), Fan Translations. All this and more . . .

Monkey Lad Sega Master System

New Sega Master System Game Called Monkey Lad Continues Development

The Sega Master System, a console that got precious little attention from Sega, at least in North America. I know, in Europe the SMS was very much well supported–too bad that was not the case in the United States. Anyhow, fans are still showing some love for the little Z80 CPU powered console. Monkey Lad is one such title that is being developed by homebrew independent developers. Action platform fans will love what they see since the last time we looked at this one. Tons of improvements.

Retro HK Dixon Wu Founder

Interview – Dixon Wu Founder of Retro HK Annual Convention

Dixon Wu is a special guy. For one, he is the mastermind that put together the really cool Retro HK convention (recently celebrating their second annual show successfully). Second, he doesn’t settle for “less”. The first Retro HK event in 2015 featured the public debut of the Sony Super Nintendo CD-ROM hybrid console. The second annual Retro HK event featured the debut of Unholy Night, a new fighting game for the Super Nintendo. Along with each of those special public debuts, Retro HK featured a lot of classic gaming fun, contests, and the coming together of gaming fans. I was able to catch up with Dixon after the 2016 show was completed and when things had settled down a bit on his end. Check out the interview after the jump.

Tear Ring Saga Playstation

Fan Translation – Fire Emblem for Playstation, er, Tear Ring Saga Released

The Fire Emblem series has been a surprise hit for Nintendo after they brought it over to North America (I believe starting on the Game Boy Advance). Unfortunately for North American fans, this series was very much older than we were originally led to believe. This series actually went back to the Nintendo Famicom (the original name for the Nintendo Entertainment System in Japan). Since the game series was so old, it was only a matter of time before someone key to its development left Nintendo and went to work elsewhere, taking with them a strong feel for the previous series. That is exactly what happened with Tear Ring Saga for the Sony PlayStation. This is as close as PlayStation gamers will get to Fire Emblem on their console. The cool thing is, fans have just released an English translation patch for it.

Boarding School game for NES

Fan Translation – Sakigake!! Otokojuku: Shippuu Ichi Gou Sei Now Available in English

Sakigake!! Otokojuku: Shippuu Ichi Gou Sei is a weird title. This is one of those games that would only have been any measure of a success in Japan. The idea behind this one is that you are a juvenile delinquent and are sent to a private school to get straightened out. The lessons taught, Japanese chivalry, would just be so out of place had Sakigake!! Otokojuku: Shippuu Ichi Gou Sei seen a North American release. That has not stopped fans from translating it though.

Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance Strikes Back!

Feel the wrath of Rome as you viciously slay your enemies in Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance. You are the undefeated Invictus Thrax, the champion of the former emperor of Rome, but what is it that you’re avenging? For starters, you’re taking revenge for the sudden and mysterious death of the lord that would have set you free. Not only that, you’re also taking vengeance for the fact that, not 10 minutes into the game, your “invincible” hero dies to something we won’t see until later in the game. In order to achieve your objective Thrax will have to kill an insane ruler called Arruntius and stop his plans of destroying Rome.

Fable of Ruby

The Fable of Ruby Pulls Inspiration from Legend of Zelda, Available Now on Android

What is the best form of flattery? Imitation, right? Well, if that is the case then The Legend of Zelda should be blushing right now. The Fable of Ruby is an overhead action adventure just like The Legend of Zelda on the Nintendo Entertainment System. The differences are minimal but still noticeable.

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