Post by Nester the Lark on Sept 18, 2007 0:13:49 GMT -5
Last week, Treasure announced that it's developing a sequel to it's N64 and Dreamcast game Bangai-O. Bangai-O Spirits (Bangaioh Tamashii) is scheduled to be released in Japan sometime next year. There doesn't seem to be plans for an international release at this time.
For those of you unfamiliar with Bangai-O, it's kinda like a mix between Smash TV and Rampage, except different. It's a multi-directional shooter with a wacky, self-conscious sense of humor. And like many Treasure games, it relies on a gimmicky game mechanic. You see, it rewards you for putting yourself into reckless and dangerous situations by giving you a special weapon that's much more effective when you're surrounded by bad guys, bullets and missiles. Read this for a slightly better explanation. Or watch this review (language warning) for an even better one.
There's not a lot of info in the DS version yet, except that it contains a multiplayer mode and a level editor.
Oh, and I forgot to mention a couple of things. According to Kotaku, Bangai-O Spirits is being released in the US sometime this spring by D3Publisher. It has a four-player mode and a level editor. Most interesting of all is the bizarre way that you can transmit custom levels to other people. The game converts the custom level into a sound file that can be played thru the DS's speakers. Other DS's can pick up this sound thru their mics and re-interpret it back into a custom level. It's strange, but I guess this means that people can upload these files online, and then play them back through PC speakers.
Just informing anyone here interested in Bangai-O Spirits that there is like 1 copy left on Amazon for $4.43 (save 78% off the $19.99 price) from Sayda. Unfortunately there only seem to ship to the US and that was the reason why I couldn't get it.