Post by nocturnal YL on Apr 16, 2019 11:25:07 GMT -5
300,000 for SNK Heroines sounds pretty impressive, I'd say. I always thought 200,000 is a good general goal for games of that calibre (physical, commercial (bigger-than-indie) releases that aren't particularly popular).
And yes, I'm glad to hear that a new Metal Slug (of any kind, that's not related to the mobile game) is being in development. I'm interested in both a new game and a collection.
Post by Nester the Lark on Apr 21, 2019 15:48:23 GMT -5
This is just so weird and funny and random, I had to post it here.
So, I remember hearing that there was a new version of the original Psycho Soldier theme song sung by Athena's current voice actor, Haruna Ikezawa (who has been doing the character since King of Fighters '98), and it was included on a special soundtrack CD for the collector's edition of SNK Heroines. I've been hoping it would eventually get uploaded to YouTube so I could hear it.
I have not yet come across it, but in a recent search, I stumbled upon something else entirely: Ikezawa singing a cover of the punk rock song "Basket Case" by Green Day. In English, no less. (Content warning for lyrics.)
Apparently, it comes from an old album full of anime voice actresses singing covers of punk and grung rock songs, which never even occurred to me could be a thing. But hey, we basically get to hear Athena sing lyrics like "Am I just paranoid, or am I just stoned?" XD
Post by Nester the Lark on Apr 26, 2019 10:43:50 GMT -5
Now the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection is being ported to the Xbox One, and it's going to include the original NES Baseball Stars as an exclusive.
Baseball Stars always seemed like a conspicuous omission to me, so it's nice that they're finally including it, but also frustrating that they're making it a console exclusive. I wonder if they'll eventually make it available to the Switch and PS4 versions later.
Post by Nester the Lark on May 9, 2019 19:56:12 GMT -5
According to Nintendo Life, there's going to be an official book on the history of the Metal Slug series, including interviews with several members of the development team.
This is interesting because the team behind the series has always been very mysterious. It's known that they were ex-Irem employees who founded the company Nazca, then made only two games (Metal Slug and Neo Turf Masters) before being bought out and absorbed into SNK. I remember reading an interview several years ago in an issue of Retro Gamer magazine with Kazuma Kujo on the creation of the original Metal Slug. Kujo was still with Irem at the time, and only worked on the first Metal Slug in an "unofficial" capacity. (He later left Irem and founded Granzella, who has recently been teasing R-Type Final 2.) He declined to identify any other members of the dev team.
Post by Nester the Lark on May 14, 2019 21:54:03 GMT -5
Here's a spiffy trailer for SamSho. I like the voice over in this one.
More importantly is the part where early adopters get the full first season of DLC for free! I wonder if a similar courtesy will be extended to Switch owners when that version comes out later this year.
Nonetheless, I'm impressed with how hard SNK is pushing this game. They're making a lot of smart decisions, what with the amount of high quality trailers, a spotlight at EVO, and now free DLC for early adopters. Nothing about it feels lazy or phoned-in. They really want mainstream success with this one.
Post by Nester the Lark on Jun 7, 2019 23:00:39 GMT -5
Thought this was cool. As the tweet says, here are all of Nakoruru's voice samples translated into English, not just from Japanese, but also from the Ainu language.
Check the twitter thread for more of his comments on how he tried to translate from Ainu. I didn't realize that Nakoruru actually uses Ainu in addition to Japanese. It is actually considered an endangered language, as there are very few people left who speak it.
On a side note, I actually got interested in learning about the Ainu people because of Nakoruru, although it's hard to find many resources about them online.
Post by Nester the Lark on Aug 4, 2019 18:28:16 GMT -5
Hey! Shizumaru is being added to Samurai Shodown as a free DLC character in September! Woo!
Also, season 2 DLC confirmed, starting with Mina from SamSho 5.
Now, I just need to see how the Switch version turns out. Running on Unreal Engine 4 does make me nervous, given the recent issues with Bloodstained. Apparently, it's not uncommon for UE4 games to have trouble running well on Switch.
And also at EVO, they confirmed development on The King of Fighters XV, which we kinda already knew, but I guess now it's officially official.
EDIT: Replaced the video with the full trailer.
EDIT 2: And it looks like Haohmaru will be a DLC guest character in Soul Calibur VI.
Almost seems redundant considering that Mitsurugi is already like Soul Calibur's version of Haohmaru.
Post by Nester the Lark on Aug 28, 2019 9:59:55 GMT -5
According to GoNintendo, Samurai Shodown will be released on Switch in Japan on December 12. It runs at 60 fps and supports a single joy-con for multiplayer. Also, early purchases will include a copy of Samurai Shodown! 2 (the Neo Geo Pocket Color game).
I was getting worried about this game, but this gives me some confidence. Now, if only they'd throw in the season 1 DLC for free...
Also, the SamSho Neo Geo collection was mentioned in Famitsu, but only in that it was scheduled for a winter 2019 release.
Nester the Lark: First, The Pokémon Company gets into trouble with that whole Pokémon Masters EX hashtag business, and now this.
Jan 14, 2023 9:55:16 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: That's very embarrassing (and also entertaining). But I wonder why would The Pokémon Company post something they probably didn't make themselves?
Jan 14, 2023 17:56:51 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Got to the ending of Xenoblade. I'll do the post-game contents in Casual Mode since they started to feel grindy. I'll also go back to the parts I skipped (mostly quests and Colony 6); there isn't much reason to play NG+, so I'll just complete the 1st run.
Jan 14, 2023 23:39:45 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I'd like to be playing Fire Emblem Engage, but it wasn't delivered when it was supposed to be, and the shipment tracking hasn't been updated, so I have no idea what happened to it.
Jan 21, 2023 18:21:51 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Times like this make me wonder if Sakurai had the right idea, and buying games digitally is the way to go.
Jan 21, 2023 18:23:18 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Digital is usually more expensive and Switch only supports up to 2TB storage (about 140 to 200 games), but if you want to play games as soon as possible, it's the way to go.
Jan 22, 2023 1:48:00 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I don't know when will I be getting it. I'm still interested, but it's no longer the "pre-order, premium version" kind of interested. These days I order games in bulks, so maybe I'll wait.
Jan 22, 2023 1:49:34 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Finally, an update. It's marked as "out for delivery" again. Fingers crossed.
Jan 23, 2023 12:58:22 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: About the prices of digital games, I often find that when they go on sale, it's usually for very cheap prices. Except for first-party Nintendo games, which rarely go on sale, and not usually for that big of a discount.
Jan 23, 2023 13:01:40 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: But then, first-party Nintendo games usually hold their value for a long time even physically.
Jan 23, 2023 13:02:21 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Welp, that's 0 for 2 on the delivery.
Jan 23, 2023 23:11:36 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: And it's out for delivery again. Third time's the charm?
Jan 26, 2023 12:54:55 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: And that's 0 for 3 on the delivery.
Jan 27, 2023 9:49:06 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: So, the delivery company gave up and sent the game back to the retailer. My order is being cancelled and money refunded.
Jan 27, 2023 20:41:21 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I've been in contact with a customer service rep from the retailer all week, and they didn't understand why the package wasn't being delivered, either. But they're sending me a $30 gift card for the trouble, so that takes the sting out of it.
Jan 27, 2023 20:43:16 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Still considering the digital option at this point.
Jan 27, 2023 20:53:05 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Went back to my Wii U and downloaded updates / free DLC for games I don't have, in case I want to buy those.
Jan 30, 2023 7:22:29 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Wii U having only 32GB of storage isn't helpful at all. 3DS and Switch are expandable via SD cards, while Wii U only supports USB hard disks. It made sense in 2012, but with SD cards going up to 2TB now, not supporting that sounds silly now.
Jan 30, 2023 7:27:19 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: What started off as me checking what can I do with the Wii U ended up with me just having fun with the system. Also relieved that it still works perfectly fine after 2 years of disuse. Except the Wii U GamePad vibration motor, which now makes weird noises.
Jan 30, 2023 12:43:42 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I actually planned to use a mod to dump my games and save data, so that in case anything happens to it I can move on to emulation (since, unlike Switch, there's no save data backup service). I haven't started doing that, though.
Jan 30, 2023 12:45:00 GMT -5