Soundtrack Sunday Ep34 - Star Ocean Blue Sphere

September 17, 2017
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We're delving into yet another Japanese exclusive RPG with the sequel to Enix's 1998 Playstation tale Star Ocean

It has a great fan translation here: http://www.romhacking.net/translations/1595/ which is apparently unfinished but seems pretty good to me. I thoroughly recommend it to any JRPG fan.

Enjoy the soundtrack, everyone! 

Dan

 

Ep37 - Atomic Punk, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure: A Bogus Journey, Blades Of Steel, Knight Quest, Tecmo Bowl

September 15, 2017
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This week, Dan gets awfully bro-mancy with a late-Eighties Footbawww player. It's weird.

Also, we get totally bodacious with So-crates and some other radical dudes. 

The Bomberman franchise makes its first appearance of several in a game called three different things in different regions (none of them Bomberman)

Knight Quest fills the RPG void between now and when Wizardry Gaiden I comes out (that's next week, by the way)

Also I play some ice hockey. Cos we didn't get sports-y enough with just Tecmo Bowl. Yeah.

 

Dan

 

Soundtrack Sunday Ep33 - Parodius Da!!

September 10, 2017
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Finding good music in a Konami game is easier than falling down the stairs.

Parodius Da!! is actually the second Parodius game - there's a much lesser known title on the MSX, but this is the famous one. It was on NES, SNES and of course the brilliant arcade version. The Game Boy version has the majority of the levels (I think there's only one missing) and the music is right up there with any other port.

Now I will say, the soundtrack is intentionally absurd like the rest of the game, but that does not take anything away from its brilliance. Take the classic Gradius soundtracks, happy it up a bit and chuck in a healthy counterpoint of classical melodies that you're sure to recognise even if you don't know the names.

This'll make you smile, at the least.

Cheers all

Dan

Ep36 - Gradius: The Interstellar Assault, Megalit, Blaster Master Boy

September 8, 2017
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In the last of our extended stories, we're going to be paying homage to the father of the Game Boy, Gunpei Yokoi. 

This is the last episode that'll only have three reviews. Next week, we're back to five! All three games this week are pretty good - the last two have their moments as well as their flaws. However, first off we're playing what I think might be the best SHMUP on the console! Maybe, just maybe. 

I think I should be back from holiday by now (I'm writing this at the start of August!) and should be able to record in time for next week. If not, well... it'll be around at some point. 

Cheers!!

Dan

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Soundtrack Sunday Ep32 - Megami Tensei Gaiden - Last Bible 2

September 3, 2017
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You've probably had enough of Pokémon for a little while, am I right?

It was worth doing though, I think. The soundtracks are maybe not the pinnacle of Game Boy composition but they're super nostalgic for many millions of people, and as a result probably the most evocative on the whole system. It was cool to finally play some Game Boy Advance music on this show, as well. More of that will come, for sure.

This week, we're revisiting the world of Shin Megami Tensei, with the sequel to Revelations: The Demon Slayer - Last Bible II. This was a Japanese exclusive, sadly, but that won't stop us enjoying the music. If you remember Episode 27 back in July, you'll recognise one or two tracks that were reused from the first game, but the majority of this is new and just as good.

Many thanks for listening, everyone!

Dan

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Ep35 - Mysterium, Amazing Tater, Elevator Action, The Super Game Boy Peripheral

September 1, 2017
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Let's take a look at my personal favourite console peripheral - The Super Game Boy! A brilliant, if under-utilised little SNES add-on that let us play Game Boy games on our TVs. It did a lot more than just that, though, and I'm gonna tell you all about it.

Review-wise, we're looking at a sadly underwhelming dungeon-crawling alch-em-up Mysterium; a stupidly expensive Kwirk remake called Amazing Tater; and an arcade game Elevator Action.

Thanks for listening!

Dan

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Soundtrack Sunday Ep31c - Pokémon Gen 3: Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald (Part 3)

August 31, 2017
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Phew, we finally got there. You may or may not be pleased to hear that this is the last Pokémon episode of the show, at least until we get to the actual Gen I game review, but that's a long while away yet. Thank you so much for sticking with me, and welcome to anyone who is new to the show!

I'll be back from my forays into the wild (unless I've been accosted in some long grass or something) by the time next week's Soundtrack Sunday airs, but if you're wondering, we're going to revisit the Megami Tensei Gaiden offshoot series that we started in late July, playing the sequel to the awesome Last Bible! 

You can email me at thesupergameboyshow@gmail.com or twitterise my face @SuperGBShow. I'll probably answer this time!

Keep imprisoning them little critters and making them into your fighting slaves, folks! Cheers all

Dan

 

Soundtrack Sunday Ep31b - Pokémon Gen 3: Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald (Part 2)

August 29, 2017
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Bonus Soundtrack Sunday episode #2 this week picks up where we left off on Sunday. If my calculations are correct, you should be somewhere around Lavaridge Town? Yeah, I'm probably a slower player than you - I like to take my sweet time about things, making sure I gots me one of each of them critters, and levelling my buddies up to the point where the battles are a joke. What better soundtrack to accompany your immersion than this? 

Thanks for listening, yo.

Dan

 

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Soundtrack Sunday Ep31a - Pokémon Gen 3: Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald (Part 1)

August 27, 2017
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So here it is: the first Game Boy Advance games ever played on Soundtrack Sunday!

Wasn't much of a surprise, but nevertheless, I'm excited as heck to play these.

All the music this month has been great, of course. However, I think it was generation 3 where I first thought: "Wow, Pokémon has some cracking music, doesn't it?"

Suffice to say, this soundtrack is just as long as Gen 2's was, so it'll be spread over three episodes again. Aren't you a lucky bunch?

Love love

Dan

 

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Ep34 - Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge, Mega Man I: Dr. Wily’s Revenge, The Punisher: The Ultimate Payback, Game Boy Cartridges

August 25, 2017
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This week in our extended story section, we're getting all cartridge nerdy by examining in detail the four types of Game Paks there were.

Also, my absolute favourite Game Boy game features this week. Belmont's Revenge is something I've treasured for many years. It took me years to beat when I was younger, but it was this that taught me patience; the persistence it takes to conquer some of the toughest of games.

Perseverance won't help me with Mega Man, though. I have a very strange relationship with this series. It's like, I want to learn to beat them; I want to join the masses and embrace Mega Man, but I'll be damned if I can bring myself to enjoy them. They're undoubtedly excellent, but there's something about them that makes me hate myself.

The Punisher is a somewhat unique game for the Game Boy - it's a sort of on-rails first person shooter that's very hard but actually not half bad.

See you all next week!

Dan

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Soundtrack Sunday Ep30 - Pokémon Pinball & Puzzle Challenge

August 20, 2017
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The Game Boy Color had a pair of main-series spinoffs as well as the second generation games. Released in 1999 was Pokémon Pinball - a Class B (original GB-compatible) game with a rumble pack cartridge. It featured only Gen I mosters, released as it was before the Gen II games came out, but you'll soon realise when trying to capture all of them that 151 is more than enough! It's an easy game to love, but not an easy one to beat. 

Pokémon Puzzle Challenge is a similar game to Puzzle League from the N64 library, focusing more on the second generation of Game Boy games rather than the animé series that the console equivalent used, but essentially it is the same rendition of a Panel de Pon game. Addicting stuff.

Next week is the last Pokémon episode I'm going to feature (at least for a while). 

 

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Ep33 - Tail ‘Gator, Caesar’s Palace, Vattle Giuce, Game Boy Hardware

August 18, 2017
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Three lots o'fun games this week!! Tail 'Gator is a brilliant, tail-whippy platformer with stunning music and a great challenge curve. Caesar's Palace is a surprisingly entertaining collection of gambling mini games. Just one more game...

Vattle Giuce is a Japanese-exclusive SHMUP that you've probably never had a go on - I'd recommend at least trying the ROM file! Great music again.

This week we're also looking at how these little handhelds work, and what went in them! It's a little diagnostic-heavy, lots of nerdy-sounding numbers and jargon but I'll try my best to put it into normal people words. Please correct me if I've made any errors here (well, this applies all the time, but especially here!!) , as it's certainly not my area of expertise and I've had to research most of it for the piece. 

Cheers all!

Dan

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Soundtrack Sunday Ep29c - Pokémon Gen 2: Gold, Silver, Crystal (Part 3)

August 17, 2017
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Phew, Johto region was bloody huge, wasn't it? As if that wasn't enough (spoiler alert) we got to travel back to Kanto afterwards. No wonder the soundtrack is nigh on 2 hours long - it's essentially two games! 

We got to the end, though. Did you catch all 251?

Me neither.

 

Next Sunday, we're taking a break from the main series and having a go at Pokémon Pinball and Puzzle Challenge! They're both great soundtracks but quite different.

The final week in August - it's something new for Soundtrack Sunday. You'll still have to wait until then to find out what I mean.

Cheers

Dan

 

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Soundtrack Sunday Ep29b - Pokémon Gen 2: Gold, Silver, Crystal (Part 2)

August 15, 2017
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It's the first ever Soundtrack Tuesday! Ok, so that's not its name - it's just an extension of Sunday's show. Gen 2 had a huge soundtrack. It was a huge game, especially Crystal. 

There are lots of recognisable motifs from the first game that were expanded on or varied in one way or another, creating a sound that was definitely new while remaining undoubtedly Pokémon.

Enjoy, young trainers!

Dan

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Soundtrack Sunday Ep29a - Pokémon Gen 2: Gold, Silver, Crystal (Part 1)

August 13, 2017
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You read that right: Ep29a. This week's Soundtrack Sunday is so large, I've split it into three parts. You don't have to wait until next Sunday to hear the second part - it'll be up this Tuesday. Part 3 will be Thursday. Pokémon overload this month, right? I'm not even sorry!

 

Nuff said, enjoy a fully loaded week of the Super Game Boy Show!

 

Cheers

 

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Ep32 - Bo Jackson: 2 Games In 1, Skate Or Die: Tour De Thrash, Sneaky Snakes, The History Of The Game Boy

August 11, 2017
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This week we're delving in depth into the history of the Game Boy and its family! We'll take a look at the origins of handheld cartridge gaming with the MicroVision, right the way through to the end of the Game Boy Advance's lifespan in 2008!

Also this week, we're playing a couple of crappy sports titles, the final entry in the Skate Or Die franchise, and the sequel to the NES isometric platformer Snake, Rattle 'n' Roll. Thankfully, this one is 2D.

Thanks for listening, everyone! This weekend we're continuing our Pokémon journey into Johto, with Gen II! And just so you know, I might not be able to fit it all into one show... Maybe keep an eye out throughout next week as well?

Cheers

Dan

 

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Soundtrack Sunday Ep28 - Pokémon Gen 1: Red, Blue, Yellow

August 6, 2017
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Finally, it's PokéMonth here on Soundtrack Sunday!!

I've wanted to play these soundtracks on here for ages, so I thought it'd be a blast(oise) to dedicate a whole month to Junichi Masuda's outstanding portfolio. First up is Generation I, which - while simply-composed - is chock-full of recognisable motifs that feature in every single incarnation of the main series right through to today's games. Part of the beauty of Pokémon has always been slight modifications on a tried and true formula, and the music is no different.

I've tried to arrange the tracks in the order that they come up in the story, paying a bit more attention to the flow of the pieces. I hope I've got it right.

Nothing much more needs to be said about this. It's easily the most famous set of Game Boy games, and probably the most well-loved and fondly-remembered. Just listen to that opening melody and tell me you don't get completely over-hyped about the forthcoming adventure. Which starter you gonna choose?!

 

Gen II is next week, followed by Pinball and Puzzle League on the 20th. (We already played the TCG for one of the earliest episodes last year). For the last Sunday in August we're going to do something totally new for Soundtrack Sunday... 

 

To hear the totally true story about how I totally actually definitely found Mew under this truck this one time, contact thesupergameboyshow@gmail.com or @SuperGBShow.

 

DISCLAIMER: The Super Game Boy Show or Dan Astley will not be held responsible for any homicidal urges you may or may not experience during the Lavender Town segment of today's show. 

 

Ep31 - Hatris, Football International, Choplifter II, Aerostar, Final Fantasy Adventure

August 4, 2017
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Aside from possibly Link's Awakening, there is no action RPG on the Game Boy that can stand up next to Final Fantasy Adventure (Mystic Quest). I'm not going to talk about it for long here - the review on the episode says everything that I want to say about this game. I adore it, but something more than that - I connected with it. I'm not sure what I mean by that exactly, but just listen to the review and hopefully you'll catch a feeling of my love for it.

The other games aren't half bad either. Hatris is as bland as they come, sure, but there's nothing exactly wrong with the game. Just a bit dull, I suppose. Football International is ambitious as well, and - although flawed in places - is quite fun. Choplifter II caught me out a little bit - it's an arcade-style game, but a very nicely done one with a veneer of polish on it. Certainly one to try. Aerostar is the best of the rest, I think. A rare, somewhat unknown SHMUP with a special jumping gimmick to it. Lots to enjoy on this episode.

Oh yes, it's August ! The treat I promised you this month on Soundtrack Sunday drops this weekend. The first part of it, anyway. I think you'll like it.

This is the last episode that I'm uploading near to the time of release. The next five weeks are all ready to launch, but I might not answer any of your messages straight away. IT'S VACATION TIME, SUCKAS!! See you in September.

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Have a great summer, everyone!

Dan

Soundtrack Sunday Ep27 - Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible 1

July 30, 2017
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Released as Revelations: The Demon Slayer in North America for the Game Boy Color, the first Last Bible game was released in Japan only in 1992.

It's a great RPG with critically-acclaimed music. The whole Shin Megami Tensei series and its many spinoffs have always had stunning soundtracks, from the earliest 8-bit days right the way through to the marathon adventures of the PS2 era and beyond. 

I fully recommend playing through the adventure. There are fan translations out there, or like I say you can get the first one on the GBC. 

For now, enjoy a rather short but undeniably excellent collection of songs. 

 

By the way, I'll be playing the sequel, but not next week. Last Bible 2 will air on the first Sunday in September. 

Why the wait? Oh, you'll see....

Let's just say that the four Sundays in August are going to be a lot of fun.

 

Cheers all!

Dan

 

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Ep30 - Snow Bros Jr., Marble Madness, The Hunt For Red October, Castelian, Mickey’s Dangerous Chase

July 28, 2017
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Sorry for missing last Friday, but my usual sexy voice was a raspy, mucus-y mess; not the usual silky dulcet tones you're used to. All's back to normal now!

This week, we're playing another contender to Bubble Bobble's crown - Snow Bros Jr.! Like Spanky's Quest from episode 29, this is an absolutely pristine single-screen action platformer where you need to take out all the enemies on a stage. It's well expensive now sadly - I paid around £15 for it three or four years back and seem to remember umm-ing and err-ing about that. So glad I stumped up the cash then, as the game's easily four times the price these days! I think it's largely due to the notoriety of the NES game; the Game Boy one isn't that rare. We see a similar thing with Magical Chase for the GBC - that game isn't super hard to find but you'll easily be paying a couple of hundred, basically down to how much the PC-Engine one is. And no, I don't own it! I doubt I ever will - it's just not worth that much.

None of that takes away from how excellent a game it is. One to emulate at the very least.

We're also taking a look at a rather impressive rendition of one Marble Madness. A nice version of a nice game, and the version I usually gravitate to if I want to roll some balls around a maze for a bit.

There's a pair of games that are far, far too hard - they're so difficult as to render them both stressful as hell. A couple of ok concepts ruined by being brutally unfair. You can't have everything, I guess.

Also, Mickey's back in our fifth review of the week. He's teaming up with his lady friend to dangerously chase things. This one's actually a lot of fun!

 

This weekend on Soundtrack Sunday, we're having a listen to the music of Last Bible - a 1992 Japanese exclusive DMG game that was released on the Color as Revelations: The Demon Slayer towards the end of the decade. Excellent tunes in this one. I say that every week, but it's always true! I have great taste.

 

Love ya

Dan

 

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Soundtrack Sunday Ep26 - Tokimeki Memorial Pocket Part 2

July 23, 2017
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Here's hoping you found your waifu last week. 

I hate myself for being aware of that word.

Anyway, it's Part 2 of Tokimeki Memorial Pocket! Seal the deal, folks. Put a ring on it, and all that.

 

Any solicitations (not too crude, please...) to thesupergameboyshow@gmail.com or @SuperGBShow

Dan

Soundtrack Sunday Ep25 - Tokimeki Memorial Pocket Part 1

July 16, 2017
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So I promised you lovebirds another dating sim a while back - well, it turns out the soundtrack is way longer than I thought. Soooo.... I've taken a little longer to arrange it into two episodes starting this week. 

I've no idea what this game is about (honestly!) it's awfully cute if you like that sort of anime girlie thing. Apparently a really popular franchise in Japan, the PC Engine game that this is based on has been lauded as one of the best games of all time over there. What the hell for, I don't know. It's a dating simulator. Hey, different strokes and all that. I don't much care what the game is about - all I know is the pair of Game Boy games (subtitled 'Sports' and 'Culture') have an amazing soundtrack by Seiko Kobuchi - the same super-talented lady responsible for that brilliant RPG 'Juukou Senki Bullet Battlers' from a month or so ago here on Soundtrack Sunday.

I don't even remember how I discovered this soundtrack. I promise you, I don't make a habit of playing Japanese anime dating sims...... Am I protesting this a little too much?! 

 

Bah!

Hope you like it, my luvvies.

Dan

Ep29 - Spanky’s Quest, Torpedo Range, WWF Superstars, The Adventures Of Star Saver, ASMIK-Kun World 2

July 14, 2017
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Oh yes, I've been waiting for like, ever to talk about my monkey. I call him Spanky, and he's just awesome.

Spanky's Quest is possibly my favourite action/puzzle/platform game on the Game Boy. It's in the vein of something like Rainbow Islands or Bubble Bobble but I actually prefer it over those. I say 'possibly' because there's a little game called Snow Bros coming later this season that runs Spanky's Quest pretty close. Ooh, I'm not sure which I like better, but I love them both.

Anyway, you're this monkey and you need to basically kill some funky looking monsters with bubbles that magically get bigger as you juggle them in the air. Sold yet? Well, listen to this week's show then go out and buy the damn thing. Thank me later.

 

Oh yeah, there are some other games this week but I forget what they are. 

Spanky is Love. Spanky is Life.

 

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"If you play with that thing too long you'll go blind." - my mother, circa 1994. (Talking about my Game Boy, you sickos - I was only seven)

 

Soundtrack Sunday Ep24 - Azure Dreams

July 9, 2017
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Funnily enough I actually mentioned this game during the Cavenoire review this week. It's almost as if I plan this show...

 

The game is not bad actually. It's better than the Playstation version in my opinion. The soundtrack is definitely an improvement to what was a little lacklustre on the console. I think it's by the same composer, but the themes and motifs are quite different. The GBC songs sound not dissimilar to Shantae actually. You'll enjoy it, I'm sure.

 

Cheers all!!

Ep28 - Final Reverse, Cavenoire, Sumo Fighter, Nintendo World Cup, Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle 2

July 7, 2017
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Have you all been enjoying Summer Games Done Quick 2017? As always my mind has been thoroughly blown watching how some of these games have been destroyed in super speedy time. There's a Game Boy block coming up this afternoon at around 4 PM GMT (morning for you State-siders) where, amongst others, Avenging Spirit will be run. It's a unique and unusual game where you play as this ghost who can possess various people. It's a strange one for sure but pretty good from what I remember. You'll have to wait until next season for it to be on this show as it came out in 1992, but I'm very excited to see the speedrun! Hammerin Harry and Mega Man 4 are being played as well which should be great.

This week on SGBS we're having a look at a couple of Japanese exclusives first - one kinda average and one that's excellent, including the only procedurally-generated Roguelike game I can think of on the system. I'll post a link at the bottom if you'd like the English fan translation of Cavenoire, as I strongly recommend everyone tries it.

Sumo Fighter is a humdrum platformer that costs way more than it has any right to. Don't buy it.

Nintendo World Cup is the first GB soccer game I can ever remember loving.

Oh yeah, Bugs as well. Meh.

 

http://www.romhacking.net/translations/1707/ for the hack, but you'll have to find your own ROM file - I'm not helping you there!

Soundtrack Sunday Ep23 - Daikatana

July 2, 2017
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John Romero's about to make you his bitch!

 

Well, not with Daikatana for the N64, he isn't.

Proof that even the most legendary game dev has a duff idea from time to time, Daikatana was lauded as one of the biggest commercial failures of the N64 era. And rightly so - shonky controls, unusable camera angles and horrendous, utterly broken gameplay rendered the console version of this game a horrible, horrible mess that angry YouTube video game reviewers have reaped so much rage-fodder from for a long time.

Hey, it's not all bad, though.

The Game Boy Color game is actually brilliant. Sticking to a safe, 2D rpg-ish style with operable controls and a really well told story, Daikatana for GBC is well worth the £20 you'll have to pay to get it. Done away with was the rubbish distorted guitar soundtrack that accompanied the N64 game - instead we have a really droney, ambient, atmospheric dirge as the backdrop to a really tense foray into the esoteric world of espionage.

This GBC game is literally the only good thing about the Daikatana name, and the music is cool as hell.

Enjoy.

Dan

 

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Ep27 - Fastest Lap, Jeopardy, Super Scrabble, Solomon’s Club, Parodius

June 30, 2017
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If you want to hear a fully grown adult male gush like a dumbass about a penguin-based cute-em-up, this episode is definitely for you! Parodius (DA!!!) is one of my favourite games of all time, and the Game Boy version is probably the one I play the most. Golly, it's so blummin great. 

Jeopardy is right down the other end of the spectrum, though. Ewwww.

Fastest Lap is only slightly better. Actually, scratch that - it's just as bad.

The other two games on show today are a couple of decent midcarders as well - an enjoyable action puzzler as well as a well-done board game sim.

Also, I tell you how to get all that minging crap out of your cartridge games! I ramble on as usual, so if you want the abridged version, here it is:

DON'T BLOW IN YOUR GAMES!

 

Also, don't use sandpaper.

 

Love y'all.

Dan

 

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Soundtrack Sunday Ep22 - Pop ‘N TwinBee

June 25, 2017
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TwinBee Da!!, or Pop 'N TwinBee has been on the show once already, as it was a 1990 Japanese title that also hit Europe in 1994. One of Konami's lesser known but still outstanding GB SHMUPs had a pretty lovely soundtrack as well. It's not a long one, but it's riddled with quality.

So, let's join TwinBee and WinBee and fight through 5 gorgeous levels to face off against Super Delicious Ultra Cyber Poppo! 

 

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Ep26 - The Game Of Harmony, NBA All-Star Challenge, Ninja Taro, Loopz, R-Type

June 23, 2017
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Two of my favourite genres of video game are Action RPGs and Shoot-em-ups. This week, we have a good one of each! 

Ninja Taro is a semi-historical RPG game that plays like a stripped-down Zelda, that's partly set in feudal era Japan and partly in a weird alternate universe. Worth a shot, even if it's not so cheap.

R-Type is as good as it should be - it's maybe not the first version I would play but for those familiar with it you can't go wrong.

Loopz is an interesting little strategy-ish game where you need to make loopz out of pipes for some reason. 

The Game of Harmony is an ok game in concept but sadly the Game Boy couldn't really handle it too well.

Oh and the NBA one - well, you know how I feel about basketball by now, but this is a bad example of it.

 

I've also gone into a little more depth about spotting fake / reproduction Game Boy carts! The swear button might have been used once or twice, but I'm not even sorry.

Thanks for listening, folks!!

 

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Soundtrack Sunday Ep21 - Metal Gear Solid

June 18, 2017
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Peeking out from the shadows, it's Soundtrack Sunday Ep21!

As prog metal as you can get without calling Rudess and Petrucci in; as heavy as a threesome with the Hairy Bikers; as dark as the devil on the The Undertaker's shoulder... it's Metal Gear Solid for GBC.

Known as Metal Gear: Ghost Babel in Japan, this - like so many Metal Gear games from the NES right the way through to the PlayStation consoles, has been lauded as being amongst the best titles on their respective systems. The first MGS is certainly right up there for the PSX, as are MGS 2 & 3 for PS2. The game we have here is easily in the top 10 original GBC games. Play it and you'll see why - it looks closer to the NES games obviously, but the feel and gameplay elements of stealth and anxiety were replicated so brilliantly in a 2D format.

We'll get to the game eventually on the main show, but for now take the time to enjoy a ridiculous soundtrack. There's never been anything this heavy and progressive on the Game Boy - so many different time signatures and a real raw, angry grunt to everything. It's just as atmospheric as a stealth game needs as well. I love it.

Thanks for listening, you Solids!

Dan

 

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