Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Sega Saturn in anime

By now we've seen Sega's almighty console appear in the most varied forms of media, ranging from movies to manga, but still it's always nice to spot one, and this time I had that honour! I was quietly eating lunch while watching Evangelion on tv for the 4th or 5th time when suddenly I see a Saturn controller appear before my eyes! How the fuck have I missed it before??? Anyway, it doesn't matter, what matters is that one of the best controllers of all time was featured in all it's glory and detail in one of the best anime series of all time, and I was fortunate enough to find footage of it on the inter-webz. It's not untouched footage, though, for the uploader decided to mix it up with a famous clip from the Angry Video Game Nerd. The result is pretty fun, though:



Notice the detail of the controller, even to the point of having the SEGA logo (or is it "SECA"? It's hard to tell whether that is a G or a C). Funny enough, there were a lot of Evangelion games for the Saturn, 5 in total according to GameFAQs, but, guess what, they were all Japan-exclusive releases and I believe that most, if not all, are heavy in text, thus unplayable by us gaijins, and that's sad...

Anyway, if you haven't seen Evangelion yet, make sure that you do, for this is a most excellent production that everyone, with no exceptions, should see, regardless of whether you like anime or not. Evangelion is made of WIN and GOD, so do yourself a favour and don't miss it. Now that I think of it, I've never seen the movies... Got to take care of that...

Oh, and by the way, my Virtua Stick arrived today! Already tried the beast with DoDonPachi and man, that rocks! The joystick is tight and much more precise than a d-pad and it has turbo options! Add that to the fact that it also serves as a 2nd controller (I'm finally able to play against other people) and you have a really damn fine purchase! Unfortunately not all games support it and the joystick seems to make a lot of noise when I move it, which eventual gets in my nerves, but all and all, I'm fucking happy with it!

7 comments:

Caleb said...

MUaha! I remember that scene!

In the show she was playing a game with giant robots in it which is pretty ironic.

NGE always made me sad when I watched it though. It's pretty depressing.

There was a whole Neo Genesis Evangelion "dating sim" game for the Dreamcast that came with a custom mouse too. I thought that was pretty funny.

NebachadnezzaR said...

Really? I don't remember seeing what she was playing, just saw her holding the controller and a scene showing the tv but from far back, with no visible image in it. But then, I was eating, so maybe I missed that scene while stuffing food down my throat.

Indeed, Evangelion has a pretty serious tone to it, if not depressing at times (specially with subjects like Shinji's or Asuka's mothers).

I knew about that Dreamcast game, but it's the first time I hear about the custom mouse. Do you happen to have pictures of it? A google find turned out nothing and now I'm curious about it :D

Caleb said...

I blogged all about it in the past.

http://blandco.blogspot.com/2007/06/another-dreamcast-video-nge-rei-ayanami.html

The video in that blog shows the game and at the end of the video you see all the extra stuff like the mouse.

The mouse doesn't look all that cool.

NebachadnezzaR said...

Thanks for the link

The mouse is rather simplistic, but I think it's pretty cool, nonetheless. I know I would love to have a mouse with the NERV symbol on it :D

fatherkrishna said...

Wow! This post is just amazing! i don't think i can add much more right now other than...

"Nuno, tua amizade e muito importante para mim. espero bem que um dia podremes encontrar. Ate a proxima pa!"

But I already told you that didn't I? LOL! X

elend said...

Oh nice one! It's a bit weird to see graphics as crappy as those in the Anime, but maybe she isn't playing Saturn at all, but hacked her favourite joypad to fit onto her famicom / NES or something like that. Hehe.

I am btw back in germany by now. Just arrived today after a lot of hick ups on the Heathrow Airport, which is just not my cup of tea. Anyways. I'll post about Japan, Sega Saturn, Sega and drinking a lot of german beer over there, soon!

The GagaMan(n) said...

Heh, yeah I remember spotting a Saturn controller in that too. I used to have the whole series on DVD but now I just have the movies. The first is the entire series crammed into about an hour or so anyway.