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  1. https://www.gematsu.com/2022/01/pocky-rocky-reshrined-launches-april-21-in-japan
  2. That's huge news. Get on it if you can! (I bought it on the 360 years ago - it's basically a perfect port and, Saturn-worshipping aside, probably the best way to play the game. Nice 'Ikaruga' mode with a different approach to scoring, too.)
  3. Only shmup-adjacent news, this, but the game that influenced Bangaioh was finally re-released on Steam. It has a new arrange mode that looks superb, too: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1392150/Hover_Attack/
  4. (The Japanese version has an excellent original soundtrack, so this is purely a localisation choice.)
  5. Was it the one where the ship's AI puts on a mock voice and introduces themselves as "General Granzella" or whatever? That's the secret one I'm on about. The usual 'hyperspace' launch that you get on custom courses is the same but without that one gag. If there's another for the Lady Love ship I'll check it out!
  6. Yeah, that dialogue switch is completely random and only possible on courses not starting with stage 1.0. There's an achievement for seeing it, too - "Dantalion's Flute". Looking forward to seeing how the next DLC handles Delta's cube maze. Could be one of the best stages in the game if they get the pacing right!
  7. Arcade horse racing, somehow the most aesthetically thrilling genre of all.
  8. I used one of these RGB adapters for a little while, with a Mega Drive 2 RGB cable: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/123883726129?hash=item1cd80ba531:g:FRoAAOSwflJdX6Sz It gave a beautiful display, but I can't vouch for its longevity at all, and obviously having an exposed board sticking out of the back of the console probably isn't ideal. As a cheap quick-fix solution it was great, though. I upgraded to a Terraonion SSDS3 soon after, which is superb and has RGB-out itself, but I've mostly been playing on a Mister since I bought it, so this was a fairly wasteful/needless trajectory. If you want to play on original hardware in the long run, I'd say a Core Grafx II and SSDS3 are your best bet, in terms of display quality, reliability and access to the full library. (This stuff costs a bomb up front, but will save you thousands on shmups alone...) Edit: sorry, Lyrical Donut's PCE CD might well be a good deal, too! BTW, any idea how much your friend wants for the SuperGrafx, Lyrical? It's unlikely I'd be able to take them up on it at the moment, but it'd be good to know!
  9. Yeah same here! It sounds like all of the SMT and SMT-adjacent stuff is on sale in other regions, but I'm glad people can get Soul Hackers, at least...
  10. Soul Hackers is £4-odd on 3DS at the moment. A steal for possibly the best game in the series, and a highlight of the genre, imo. Treat yourself - it's Christmas!
  11. Xexex is notable for being a really good R-Type-alike. It doesn't use its hybrid 'Force' device (incorporating some elements of the X-Multiply ship's tentacles) in especially interesting ways, IMO, but it's lots of fun regardless, and it looks and sounds incredible. Just make sure you play the Japanese ROM - the US version is missing all the fun weapons, and the healthbar that replaces your lives can be drained in an instant by contact with anything, making it a huge hindrance.
  12. ACA Xexex is on the way!
  13. Yeah, it's probably cheaper at this point to buy the ACA games individually than to buy the old anthology, which wasn't very well emulated (and was locked to 50hz if you bought a PAL copy). Playing the ACA versions is almost as good as playing on original hardware. If you have you heart set on playing the games on Xbox or PS2, though, the individual releases are honestly far better than the anthology. (Though they don't span the whole series, and 6 has no autofire option, if that's an issue.) Definitely check out the individual releases of 4 and 5 if you can. 4, while notably suffering from being a post-bankruptcy SNK game, is generally as breezy and fun as the original Metal Slug, which is a deeply underappreciated point, imo. 5 doesn't compare badly to the older games either, and has some really spectacular setpieces and bosses.
  14. The Steam release/update of Wizardry Gaiden: Itsutsu no Shiren is still on the way, and should be available as an early access title next week! https://store.steampowered.com/news/app/1308700/view/3119303141141300520 (It's difficult to keep them all straight in my head but I believe this is the last Gaiden game, and that it comes with an editor for creating your own full-length campaigns.)
  15. I've only spent 2 mins with it but the port seems perfect so far. None of the weird framerate issues and disqualified scores, which were my main fear. Some of the UI is still in Japanese but you should be able to figure things out if you have any of the older versions. It's better than the Shikigami 2 port, which seems to be the old PC release in a new wrapper. It works fine for most people but I never had much luck with it - choppy framerates and tearing, control config woes, etc. Hopefully I'll be able to iron these issues out, though! Feveron was waiting for me after work, too. Spoilt rotten!
  16. The Shikigami no Shiro II Steam port lands next week! https://www.gematsu.com/2021/11/castle-of-shikigami-2-launches-december-6-for-pc-in-2022-for-switch
  17. Ace, haven't had the email about that - figured it'd be next year now!
  18. Haha, nice one! I really ought to get back to Blue Revolver. Despite enjoying it a lot I never really invested much time into it - I don't think I've cleared the Hyper and Parallel modes at all. The scoring is really brilliant, too!
  19. Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade (Steam) is now due on the 18th!
  20. For a ropey old mobile port it always looked surprisingly solid. I'm looking forward to it!
  21. The page has been up for a while, but there's news too: it launches on the 18th! Also, G-Darius HD now has a page, though no date as yet: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1640160/GDarius_HD/
  22. Moglar has just broken the Ketsui WR and is streaming the replay here: https://www.twitch.tv/moglar5k Absolutely mammoth achievement!
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