I remember renting both the SNES port of Joe & Mac and its SNES exclusive sequel.
Some of Data East's Joe & Mac staff later created Dashin' Desperado for the Genesis/Mega Drive, and its Neo-Geo sequel, Spin Master (known in Japan as Miracle Adventure), which they feature characters similar to the ones in the Joe & Mac series. Characters in both Dashin' Desperado and Spin Master are identical except their names are completely different.
Anyway, in my opinion about the debut trailer, it looks mediocre when compared to the trailer for SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1. It really bothers me to see Bally Midway's BurgerTime artwork as much as the North American front cover of the first NES Mega Man does to most people.
Post by Nester the Lark on Dec 6, 2009 14:06:08 GMT -5
Wow. A little Internet research has revealed that there was more to the Joe & Mac series than I initially realized.
Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics was apparently released in arcades in Japan, except it was called Joe & Mac 3. Released between the two Joe & Mac games was a prequel called Congo's Caper (which was also ported to the SNES).
And later was another arcade game called Joe & Mac Returns, but it was a single-screen action game.
G-Mode has the rights to all of them, and they should all be on either the Virtual Console or a compilation pack.
Post by Nester the Lark on Dec 7, 2009 18:31:56 GMT -5
The Kartel has an article about why it took so long for a Data East compilation to be made.
In other (old) news, Golgoth announced last month that they were going to do a remake of Joe & Mac. No platforms were mentioned, but seeing as how their Toki remake will be HD, I wouldn't count on the Wii as a candidate.
After hearing The Kartel article say, "Data East doesn't exist anymore, but someone has to own the rights to such classic games to BurgerTime, Joe and Mac and Bad Dudes", the three games made me want to post this. Three most popular Data East games outside of Japan:
* BurgerTime (one of the most unique arcade games around the early '80s when Namco's Pac-Man, Konami's Frogger and Nintendo's Donkey Kong were also popular.) * Bad Dudes VS. DragonNinja - Known for the English plot being silly, that's slightly different compared to its Japanese counterpart's. * Joe & Mac / Caveman Ninja series - An unusual beat 'em up/run 'n' gun hybrid.
Here are the three most popular Data East games in Japan, which they were also mentioned in The Kartel article:
* Karnov - The company's mascot, who made numerous appearances in other Data East video games. * Chelnov - One of the most controversial games in Japan, due to the plot and name resembling the then-recent Chernobyl nuclear accident, while also being a unique run 'n' gun. * Fighter's History series - Several fighting game fans in Japan believe Fighter's History isn't a 'direct copy' of Capcom's Street Fighter II (as Capcom USA argued), but a tribute - a congratulatory rethink of a game style that has been omnipresent since the heyday of Konami's Yie Ar Kung Fu. It was really low of Capcom to try to claim the entire genre as their own, especially given that they are far from innocent in this area. Gamers in Japan also consider the chain combo system of the Fighter's History arcade to be a lot smoother than the chain combo systems of most other SFII inspirations like Namco's Knuckle Heads, Atlus' Power Instinct and Konami's Martial Champion. Fighter's History went on to make even more of a name for itself, tweaked to perfection in the excellent Fighter's History Dynamite (known in the PAL regions as Karnov's Revenge).
Last Edit: Dec 10, 2009 2:17:41 GMT -5 by parrothead
According to the external links found on the website titled GDRI (Topic about website here), Data East didn't really develop the NES ports of some of their arcade games. It was actually Sakata SAS; however, I don't see all Data East NES games (whether arcade ports or not) in the list, but I'm pretty sure Sakata SAS did port Bad Dudes VS. DragonNinja, Tag Team Wrestling, Joe & Mac and Heavy Barrel to the NES.
I think we can understand why they chose Burgertime, Bad Dudes Vs. Dragon Ninja, and Joe & Mac for this, but not Karnov, Chelnov, or Fighter's History... This is a collection meant for the US market, not the Japanese one. Most compilations only come out in the West.