June 3rd 2000
connoisseur Ben Turner of Planet PS has been at the
E3 show (lucky guy!) and has a spot of info of interest
to all you shoot 'em up buffs out there. By the way mind
and take a look at Ben's excellent and in-depth review of the Gradius
3&4 pack on Playstation 2 - he shares a lot of my own
opinions on Gradius 4..
Wed July 7th Recent additions to DAM
Hi all. Apologies for the lack of
updates on the 'Whats New' page in a while, blame the
likes of Radiant Silvergun, Soukyugurentai and Capcom's
X-Men vs Street Fighter on the Saturn... Oh and also
R-Type Delta! (I'm up to Stage 5 now.. sheesh it's a
tough one!). And blame that darn thing that they call
'work'! ;). If you haven't noticed however I have added a
few new reviews
Einhander - Although I
already have a section up on this excellent game
Gallery feature: R-Type: An excellent feature extolling
the virtues of the classic R-Type which first appeared in
Edge magazine (UK) in April 1998- well
worth a read even if you are not an R-Type fan!
'Uh, I'm a bit late, just wanted to
say that the article at (Destroy all Monsters- R-Type series) really says
everything... I found something in an old german mag
(3/97) which is quite a summary of the whole thing and I
wanted to share it with all R-Type-lovers... consider
though that its translated ;)
have also added a few more downloadable roms to the
emulation section, namely a few harder to find SNES
titles including Parodius & Ultimate Parodius,
Konami's Cybernator (aka Assault Suits Valken), Cotton, and Macross: Scrambled
A Metal Slug Rogues Gallery feature and very detailed Metal Slug 2 review - by Basi, who kindly sent me the Einhander review also. Metal Slug is a great and very photogenic series of Contra-style platform shooters which I've been meaning to cover for some time.. And talking of Metal Slug I've heard recently that Mame now supports the latest in the series, Metal slug X (below) ,though emulation enthusiasts seem to agree that offering the rom of such a recently released game is a bit a a moral (if not legal..) no-no, and I must say I'm inclined to agree. However with import prices of this much-desired Neo-Geo cart being astronomical (Online import vendors Byrite were originally offering it at 299 dollars! - though since then the price has dropped to around the $250 mark..) I can certainly see it being a tempting way for fans to actually get to play it.
review of the classic NES shmup Zanac.
One of the earliest releases by famed Japanese producer Compile,
Zanac was the first in a line of evolutionary vertical
shooters from the acclaimed (at least among shmuppers)
producer, who went on to design the likes of Gunhed (aka
Blazing Lazers) on PCE and the SNES's Space Megaforce (we
Brits, and indeed the Japanese, knew it as Super Aleste).
Both games share design elements derived from features
first seen in this NES classic.
As I've said I've been working my way through this
Other stuff I probably should have let you know about in the last few weeks!!...
X6800 !! I haven't had much of an opportunity to
play it fully, but
MAME 0.35 fixed final released, with support for 1459 games! A number of nice Toaplan shooters - Outzone, the classic Truxton and the Taito distributed Flying Shark - are now emulated, giving those who were unable to run the 'Shark' emu due to configuration problems the chance to finally play them.. and they all run very well, especially in vertical orientation 'a la arcade'.
Other newly released Mame goodies in the new 0.35 final version include Data East's Act Fancer and SNK's Alien Syndrome-esque shooter Search and Rescue. Still no Raiden emulation though unfortunately.. The Mame Homepage is here.
Raine update: The latest
version, Raine 0.23 contained support
for a Tecmo shooter Thunder Dragon, as well as two
'hidden' games- Mutant Night and Bio Ship Paladin (some may
remember the Megadrive version). Also check out
forthcoming emulation of Strahl, a very nice
horizontal airplane shooter with a graphical style
similar to SNK's Metal Slug series, which I'm rather
Recently announced Dreamcast
Panorama Cotton 3D II - (below) is likewise looking very nice indeed, certainly a far cry from the original incarnation of this game on the Genesis/Megadrive. The chances are we won't ever get to see an official release of this spinoff from the series in the West though.. :( More info on Sucess's Cotton site)
Shienryu 2: The sequel to
the Warashi ST-V board
arcade/Saturn title which, seeing as the original (below)
was one of the nicest looking shooters on Sega's last
console, this sequel should be equally impressive by
I don't have a DC yet myself but the
forthcoming release of these games is yet another reason
to make the system VERY appealing, another reason is
Capcom's awesome Marvel vs Capcom beat 'em up which
proves the machine can excel as
Right that's more than enough to
keep you lot happy for a bit..!