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8Bit Music Power Book & CD Translated to English

Back in February 2016, 8Bit Music Power was released in Japan on the Nintendo Famicom (known as the Nintendo Entertainment System in the West). This was an original album of chiptunes on Nintendo’s 8-bit games console, housed in authentic plastic shell and cardboard packaging. And with a limited release of 1,000 copies, not many people […]

Happy Birthday, Super Mario!

Everybody’s favorite Bowser basher, Goomba grinder, Koopa killer and Mushroom masticator blew away 8-bit Japanese gamers on this day in 1985. While Nintendo’s mascot would take another month to arrive on the North American continent, Super Mario Bros. wasted no time turning the video game world on its ear. No other game has ever made […]

Today in Japan Retro Gaming: Dragon Slayer IV (NES)

Dragon Slayer IV: DraSle Family is one of those lesser-known but still classic titles for the NES. Five playable characters, each with different abilities, must work in tandem to explore a dungeon, find essential equipment, and SPOILER ALERT!! slay the dragon. If that sounds somehow familiar, it’s probably because you’re a North American gamer who’s […]

Revenge of the License: Willow

Now that we’ve reached the final column of the year, I want to end on a high note rather than just trash-talk another piece of crap. It’s been a few months since I wrote about anything Famicom-related, so back to the 8-bit scene we go! Today’s entry is my chance to gab about and gush […]

Fans Translate Pachinko Daisakusen 1 and 2 for Nintendo NES, Castlevania fans this is Your Future

With the announcement that Konami is taking Castlevania to the Pachinko world many gamers went into one of three camps. One camp is mad that it is not a new action Castlevania game.  Another camp is happy that it is an “erotic” Pachinko game.  Finally, the last camp is like “What the hell is Pachinko?”  We […]

Five Games You Need the Japanese Version to Fully Enjoy

It’s not news to say the Japanese get tons of stuff the rest of the world doesn’t, but at least they throw non-Asian gamers a bone every now and then. Usually this is in the form of a simple port, where all the text is translated and (hopefully) localized for the target market. This localization process […]

Gyromite and Rob The Robot Break the Fourth Wall on Nintendo NES: Today in History- January 13th, 1985

Developers spend so much time trying to figure out how to immerse the gamer into the game they are playing and usually fail miserably resulting in a wild mess.  The sad fact is, Nintendo had already broken that fourth wall of entertainment way back in 1985- that is right, 28  years ago today the fourth […]

New Game: Dragon Quest II Now Available on Android with Slightly Updated Graphics and Gameplay and Decent Price

Square Enix are known for releasing full blown role playing games on mobile devices. Not just the usual flick or tap type affairs either. Square Enix are also known for giving their mobile releases console prices and fans have complained about it since day one. They have already released the original Dragon Quest on Android […]

Revenge of the License: The Goonies

It’s the greatest adventure upon which a group of friends could embark: the search for a long-forgotten haul of a notorious pirate captain. There’s danger, excitement, a little romance thrown in so the boys in the audience can mutter, “Ewww!” and “Yuck!” at the kissie parts. It’s “The Goonies”, directed by Richard Donner, and if you’ve […]

Translation: Paris-Dakar Rally Special Now Available in English

Wacky racing games are a genre that we usually don’t get in North America- probably a localization thing. Paris-Dakar Rally Special, until now a Japan exclusive, is now available in English and it is certainly in the “wacky racing games” genre. The interesting thing about it is all of the similarities between this 1988 title […]


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