At the recent ‘Sega Private Show 2013’ in Japan the company showed off some upcoming arcade titles including the incredibly inexplicable ‘The World of Three Kingdoms’. It’s like real-time strategy meets the Three Kingdoms inside of Derby Owners Club and, naturally, it’s never coming out of Japan.
I don’t know much about the game itself but there seems to be a lot of betting and brightly colored, domed buttons. Not wanting to get too excited for a game I’ll never play, I didn’t bother translating any details but I did embed this flashy trailer if you want to see the game in action.
Since I found out about GameChops and DJ Cutman over a year ago I’m always looking forward to new releases. Club Needlemouse is a new collaborative effort from RobKTA with the interesting concept of remixing “the tunes from Sonic series with the style of electronic music that was popular when the original games were released”.
Funk, acid-jazz and disco house meet Sonic melodies from the original up through the as-yet-unreleased Sonic Lost World. Having grown up with Club Sega, ‘They Call Me Sonic’, and H.W.A.’s SuperSonic I think Club Needlemouse works perfectly. Have a listen in the player above; the album is available now through bandcamp and Loudr.
Amidst the hidden-object games for PC and the expletive-laden console shooters in this week’s ‘You, Me and the ESRB‘ show I found confirmation of CRUSH 3D. You may remember it as simply CRUSH when it was released in 2007 on PSP. Sega and Zoe Mode are dusting off the source code and slapping it on the 3DS for an expected release in 2011 depending on just how dirty that code is. The ESRB rating summary confirms the return of the 2D/3D puzzle platforming gameplay of the original with “cartoony” characters, giant cockroaches, and, uhh, Mild Cartoon Violence. Elsewhere, the BBC’s Barney Harwood of Blue Peter fame (I have no idea who that is or what that is) recently made a trip to Sega to see the game and was reportedly super impressed.
“It was a fun day” said Marc Tourle, game designer at Zoe Mode. “We created an avatar just for Barney, so he could see himself running around a Crush 3D level. And we all got Blue Peter badges to boot!”
What on Earth are these people talking about? Anyways, Crush 3D is yet another old game that’s getting an exploitative update for the 3D handheld but in this case it might not be such a bad thing. I think a lot of people missed out on what looked like a unique, brain-tweaking puzzle game in 2007… myself included.
Practically confirmed for a while now by various game rating agencies, Sega took to the wire yesterday morning to make official their latest cartload of pyrite mined from their own past: Dreamcast Collection. Coming February 22nd to Xbox 360 and PC, the bundle includes the recently-released Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi and bolts on Sega Bass Fishing and Space Channel 5: Part 2. Sega promises enhanced graphics but they also make a big to-do about Achievements and leaderboards in the same sentence so don’t expect them to look as good as you remember them looking 10 years ago.
I know we’ve all been asking for Dreamcast games for a while but after Sonic and Crazy Taxi hit the download stores back in September it dawned on me just how hard even Sega’s own games are to go back to. As awkward as throwing in a sequel and a game that was only fun for its fishing controller are, the prospects going forward are even more unsavory. I could see a racing bundle coming soon with Daytona, Sega GT, Sega Rally 2, and 18 Wheeler American Pro Trucker that I’d absolutely never pay for. Chu Chu Rocket on download with Sega Swirl thrown in would be ok. I’d probably buy a lovingly touched up Jet Set Radio. But honestly, that’s about all.
What about you? Any plans to snap this up? Dreamcast picks you’d love to be able to play again without digging out the actual console?
I mentioned an arcade game on this week’s podcast, and described it as a “deep sea diving arcade shooter” where you and a buddy would explore the ocean and fight a giant boss at the end of each level. I was kind of miffed though because I couldn’t remember the name of the game, until something in the back of my mind clicked today. I somehow remembered that it was a SEGA game, so a little rooting around the internet proved to me fruitful. The game is called The Ocean Hunter, and it was released in 1998 – exactly the year that I was playing it in the Kahunaville arcade.
According to the Wiki page on it, you fight seven famous great sea monsters in different oceans on each level. The first level is the Kraken. The rest are the Leviathan, Charybdis, Ahuizotl, Karkinos Midgardsorm and Rahab. I only ever killed the Kraken since my friend and I would always run out of money for the game, or run out of time. Or sometimes both. I was hoping that I’d be able to find this game somewhere ported, or at least a machine lurking around somewhere but this pretty much killed any hope I had:
“According to KLOV.com, The Ocean Hunter is classified as extremely rare. No known collectors or warehouses own or have this game. There have also been only a few listings for this game on the popular bidding website eBay; however, this game is available in almost every single video arcade in Singapore and other ones in Mexico. There is one located in Knott’s Berry Farm in an arcade, and one in the Wunderland Avalon, located in South East Portland, Oregon. There is also one in Wisconsin’s “America’s Action Territory”  as well as a Main Event in Texas and an arcade at Six Flags Magic Mountain and at Oasis Lane and Amusement in El Paso, TX. It can also be found at Gatti’s Pizza in Abilene, TX . The arcade aboard the Disney Magic has one as well. So does Ace’s Break Away and Play, an arcade inside the Beaver Valley Mall in Monaca, PA. One is also located in Papa’s pizzeria in Eugene, OR and one in Modesto, CA at the Funworks on Claratina dr. and COffee rd. There is also one in Cinemark Theater in Victoria, TX.The game is also in an arcade on the boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ. A machine is also in Playland at the Ocean City MD. boardwalk Another one can be found in the Surfside Arcade on the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, DE. The game can also be found at the Sports Center, also known as the Rinks, in Shelton, CT. There is also one at Game Works at Arizona Mills mall in Tempe, AZ (Phoenix metro area); the screen is very fuzzy, but the game plays well. One is located in San antonio in one of the Peter Piper Pizza’s. Both the game and screen work well. American Fun Center in Flint, MI, has a machine in very poor condition.”
Depending on how old and accurate this information is, I might be taking a trip to Ocean City, NJ before the summer is out. If you were one of the lucky people who got to play the game…good job. If you weren’t fortunate enough to play it, I do feel a bit bad for you. This was really a great game. An appropriate replacement to the title (though you can’t replace fond memories of a game you loved) would be Monster Hunter Tri.