Thursday 30 April 2009

Is the import playable? Deep Fear.

I have been getting some Japanese Saturn Games from Japanese Ebay stores lately since they sell for like $2.50 plus $2-$4 shipping.

I have decided to rate some of these games playability for people who cannot speak nor read Japanese.

First on the list? Deep Fear.

I have heard that the Japanese version of Deep Fear has a ton of English language text in it and the voice acting is in English as well.

But is it fully playable? Are some of the puzzles going to be impossible without a firm grasp of Kanji?

Stay tuned and find out.

Tuesday 28 April 2009

Even Suicide Girls Like The Saturn.

Kotaku is running a contest where people send in photos of themselves posing with things that are red. They are trying to promote the new Red Faction game (thus the whole "red" concept).

A Suicide Girl named Lacey sent in pictures and apparently she is a big fan of large red lightguns manufactured by Sega for the Saturn console if you catch my meaning... really, she took a picture with a Sega Saturn "Stunner" lightgun.

So apparently the Saturn is a hit with nice looking young women with an affinity for fishnet stockings. Not surprising at all considering how awesome the Saturn is. Or maybe she just happened to grab the gun because it was red... know what I am just going to go with my theory/fantasy that Lacey really likes the Sega Saturn and enjoys playing a round of Virtua Cop 2 or House of the Dead every once in awhile (while wearing fishnets of course).

The original article from Kotaku.

BTW: Sorry to bump your post

Happy Console Gamer - Guardian Heroes

No, despite the title this is not another Angry Video Game Nerd rip-off. Quite the opposite, actually, since this is not a humorous video but a serious, accurate and in-depth review. Of an obscure Saturn game! Actually, for Saturn enthusiasts, Guardian Heroes is pretty well-known, despite the fact that most haven't played it. This is probably due to the fact that it's one of the most rare and expensive games out there. Not Radiant Silvergun or Psychic Killer Taromaru-expensive, but still it can cost you as much as a new Xbox 360 game or even more, depending on your luck.

I have a copy of it and played for a little bit once, but just to see if it was working or not, not to really play it, so I can't tell you much about it. This video sure made me want to play it seriously, though.

Saturday 18 April 2009

SSF Saturn Emulator guide

There's a rather excellent article now on Racketboy regarding Saturn emulation. This is an interesting subject, since for many, many years gamers thought that emulating a Saturn would be impossible, due to its unique and complex architecture, but alas, they were proven wrong, and nowadays we already have some good examples of Saturn emulators. The best of all is, arguably, SSF, but it is as great as it is obscure, programmed by some unknown Japanese guy, and with an official webpage all in Japanese. So, for some of us, just getting the emulator to work may not be an easy task.

That's when this article comes in. Not only can you learn a bit about the emu's history, but there's also some rather great guides regarding everything related to it, from compatibility lists to set-up guides. Of course, for most of us, proud Saturn owners, this may seem somewhat irrelevant, since so far there's no real advantage in using the emu over a real console, but for those curious readers who follow us without even owning a Saturn, to the older fans who along the way lost their Saturns and want to relive the old days without having to invest on a new one, or even for us, hardcore Saturn fans, who want to try out betas and the like without the hassle of having to burn a cd and making it run on the console, SSF is a must.

Monday 13 April 2009

Showing Off the Collection

I've been getting some pretty good scores on EBay and locally the last little while, so I thought that I would show off my game collection as it stands these days:

Starting from top left:

- BUG!
- Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
- Street Fighter Collection
- NHL '97
- World Cup Soccer '98
- Virtual On
- Vampire Hunter
- Guardian Heroes
- Akumajo Dracula X: Gekka no Yasoukyoku
- House of the Dead
- Sega Rally Championship
- Saturn Bomberman Fight
- Street Fighter Zero 2
- Virtua Fighter 2
- Manx TT Superbike
- Sega Touring Car Championship
- Nights Into Dreams
- Fighting Vipers
- Panzer Dragoon II: Zwei
- Daytona USA
- Burning Rangers
- Marvel Superheroes vs. Street Fighter w/ 4Meg Ram Cart
- Biohazard
- X-Men: Children of the Atom
- Christmas Nights
- King of Fighters '96

Not in picture (because they have no case)
- Virtua Cop
- NBA Jam TE

Lately I've been playing a lot of Nights, Marvel Superheroes vs. Street Fighter and Guardian Heroes.

Wednesday 1 April 2009

Let's Go Away!

In 2009 the Sega Saturn is celebrating its 15th birthday and it is indeed a good year for our beloved Saturn. As some sort of a birthday present, Sega is releasing a 4 CD Set of one of the greatest soundtrack to ever grace mankind's ears - Daytona USA. It will feature the music from the games Daytona USA, Daytona USA 2 and Daytona 2001 not only as the arcade versions, but also the great Sega Saturn and PC versions. Also expect some smashing remixes! The release date is the 9th of April 2009! Be sure to make a note in your calendar and order it in the official Sega Direct store (or shortly afterwards on ebay probably).