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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:29 pm 


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Rod Smallwood, the man with the most unfortunate name in HISTORY. Almost sounds like a name you'd come up with for your prose on here :lol:


Yeah he's got one hell of a moniker, I always wondered if it was a stage name tbh, or if it was some kind of family tradition bestowed on the first-born son. :lol:
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Love the 32X and am super psyched about Stellar Assault. Parasquad (aka Zaxxon Motherbase 2000) I just got for cheap, I'm not actually such a huge fan of the game, but it's nice to have a legit shoot 'em up for 32X. :wink:


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Hell yeah! jap 32x boxes with the yellow spine. these look so damn rad
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Stellar Assault, awesome pickup! 32X might have too much junk in its roster to compete with the SuperGrafx's John Cazale-esque quality/quantity ratio, but I think of 'em as spiritually akin regardless. The good stuff really is worth having 'em around for. :cool:

Speaking of 32X shooting, have you played Kolibri? I gave it a brief spin years ago, couldn't get around the Real Hummingbird Physics. Flappy bastard! I dig Ecco's sensibly floaty handling but that's survival horror, a bit of jank is expected.
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Stellar Assault


Game blew my mind when it came out. Loved buzzing the flag ships. Never could 1 CC it, but made it to the last stage a few times.
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Hell yeah! jap 32x boxes with the yellow spine. these look so damn rad


95/96 was the height of coherent box design, with Sega Japan's blue, red, yellow, and gold spines for all its systems. :D

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Stellar Assault, awesome pickup! 32X might have too much junk in its roster to compete with the SuperGrafx's John Cazale-esque quality/quantity ratio, but I think of 'em as spiritually akin regardless. The good stuff really is worth having 'em around for. :cool:


If you crunch the numbers, 32X's Japan lineup barely edges out by 64.9% quality versus 60% quality on SuperGrafx. ;)

Still nothing compared to the PC Engine Arcade Card's whopping 83% quality! (Yes, those SNK ports are actually pretty good.)

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Speaking of 32X shooting, have you played Kolibri? I gave it a brief spin years ago, couldn't get around the Real Hummingbird Physics. Flappy bastard! I dig Ecco's sensibly floaty handling but that's survival horror, a bit of jank is expected.


I've played Kolibri, but didn't much care for it either. Iirc it had terrible wobble when switching from left to right. Graphics were pretty but stages quite bland. More of a tech demo than a real game, imo.

I definitely still want to pick up Afterburner and possibly Star Wars Arcade (it's serviceable and cheap). And I would love a Japanese Virtua Fighter, as it's actually a more playable and has more content than the Saturn version, but it's too damn expensive. :lol:


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Oof, goddamn - totally forgot about the twitchy camera in Kolibri. That and the skittery handling made me give up pretty quickly. Shame, I like its odd look. Not exactly an aesthetic I'd go crazy for, it's just very odd and unassuming, from what I recall. Reminds me a bit of Psygnosis's Agony (Amiga).

Also, it's always a good laugh bringing it up as a rival to the legendary CHACKER. :lol: (goddamnit, can't find any footage offhand.)

Do you have Space Harrier? Although 32X Afterburner II has that same unmistakable Rutubo Games TLC, I found its combination of dodging and aiming difficult on digital controls (much like the earlier MD attempt... actually, I wonder if that crazy Dempa MD analogue controller might work with them? it's been a while since I checked but IIRC, Dempa actually coded MD ABII EDIT: Aha! scrolling down a bit, seems it does! Goddamn, forums rock)

Space Harrier's simpler dodge n' shoot OTOH always felt just fine to me on digital, so I happily double-dipped on that one. I wish OutRun had showed up on both systems, too. Super Scaler games running full-blast (or damn near it) on pre-32bit hardware has immortal cachet. :cool:
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Hahaha, yeah, that Dempa analogue pad is like a pocket Tekki controller. What did they think people would need to use all those buttons for!? Would definitely like to give Street Fighter II a go with it though. :lol: :lol:

I do have Space Harrier and actually it's my favorite version to play. It just feels great to have a nearly arcade perfect experience on cart.*

My other games are Kuckles Chaotix (beautiful, high-concept, and amazing OST, but bland stages), Tempo (interesting but a bit difficult to get into), Cyber Brawl (complete garbage, but beautiful OST), Virtua Racing (great port and I love to play it for the additional vehicles and tracks).



*Same reason I still love the KoF 95 port for Saturn. Real shame we only ever got two ROM carts for the system.


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Interestingly, Melodiya (or what was left of it) seems to have licensed some of their quite sought after stuff to most peripheral recording labels out there in their late nineteen-nineties. See both Zodiac albums (Czech Republic, 2000) and Bernstein in Russia (Sweden, 1997).
The Most Famous Marches one glaringly skips the Imperial March, though.

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I for one harbour one CD by theirs printed still in Soviet Russia (Bramhs and Mozart string quartets played live in Moscow Conservatory Hall beck when), as well as a CD of a Mass by Dvořák made in still-Chechoslovakiya.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:21 pm 


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Cyber Brawl (complete garbage, but beautiful OST)


You actually turned me onto this one a while back - if I remember right it, it's entirely YM2612-powered? Absolutely incredible work. I've left this track playing on repeat for hours while writing, got that kinda end-to-end quality. :mrgreen:

Virtua Racing DX would justify the 32X all on its own, I think. Alchemic translation of analogue gas & brakes to digital pad. The one thing I used to find a little bittersweet is thinking of what AM2 could've done on Saturn, had that one not gone to TWI - but given the beautiful Switch version, it's easy to forget now.

That's one where the JP cart has a real advantage over the NTSCU one, too - no onboard memory in the latter, and the Desert track's final section is significantly less challenging. I've still got my old US copy, generic photo cover and all. plus 32X DOOM, my original "32X Justifier" BITD, less so now :lol: I'm sometimes weirdly tempted to add the JP ver to my little 32X cache of VRDX, Stellar Assault and Space Harrier, but those crash bugs leave me cold... the PS1 port also has a few, but they're strictly triggered by deliberately alerting masses of enemies on certain maps without killing any. 32X just locks up at random, AFAIK (with a DOS prompt-styled error message!).

Been curious about Tempo (by RED, if I recall - one of those devs that commands my attention whatever the setting), but I'm always a bit lethargic with cuter sidescrolling. Sometimes to ridiculous extents, as with ignoring Gimmick! for years...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:15 pm 


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*Same reason I still love the KoF 95 port for Saturn. Real shame we only ever got two ROM carts for the system.


Not sure if that's a good or bad thing since the cart slot is so poorly made, but I ordered KoF '95 Saturn with ROM cart recently and can't wait to play it (though I will have to).


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 8:54 am 


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You actually turned me onto this one a while back - if I remember right it, it's entirely YM2612-powered? Absolutely incredible work. I've left this track playing on repeat for hours while writing, got that kinda end-to-end quality. :mrgreen:


Yep, afaik it doesn't use any of the additional sound capabilities. Someone should do a romhack and add that OST to Bare Knuckle III! :)

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Virtua Racing DX would justify the 32X all on its own, I think. Alchemic translation of analogue gas & brakes to digital pad. The one thing I used to find a little bittersweet is thinking of what AM2 could've done on Saturn, had that one not gone to TWI - but given the beautiful Switch version, it's easy to forget now.

That's one where the JP cart has a real advantage over the NTSCU one, too - no onboard memory in the latter, and the Desert track's final section is significantly less challenging. I've still got my old US copy, generic photo cover and all. plus 32X DOOM, my original "32X Justifier" BITD, less so now :lol: I'm sometimes weirdly tempted to add the JP ver to my little 32X cache of VRDX, Stellar Assault and Space Harrier, but those crash bugs leave me cold... the PS1 port also has a few, but they're strictly triggered by deliberately alerting masses of enemies on certain maps without killing any. 32X just locks up at random, AFAIK (with a DOS prompt-styled error message!).


Interesting, I didn't know about the regional differences in VRDX. I hate the Doom port for 32X. I think the disproportionately poor quality of most of the console ports did more to promote PC gaming back then, than any real strengths of PC games. :lol:

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Been curious about Tempo (by RED, if I recall - one of those devs that commands my attention whatever the setting), but I'm always a bit lethargic with cuter sidescrolling. Sometimes to ridiculous extents, as with ignoring Gimmick! for years...


It's visually quite impressive, but a bit too bare-bones and lacking in terms of playability. There's nothing gravely wrong with any of the game's aspects, but they don't really come together to form something coherent and engaging, if you know what I mean. For example, the animation is great, but a lot of 2D games with lots of animation frames actually feel a little less precise, particularly if certain frames aren't cancelable. Thankfully, the controls are still good enough, but I find the visual stylings in Tempo to be disorienting sometimes. There's always some crazy effects going on in the background, but they're fixed in the screen, so you often lack a sense of spatiality, particularly when making jumps on higher up platforms. Add to that the 3/4-view on the platforms but without any drop-shadows, and it unnecessarily complicates what is really just a simple hop'n bop game under the surface. Also: the boss battles suck.
Word has it that RED rectified all these issues in the Saturn sequel, but I've never actually played it.


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Hahaha, yeah, that Dempa analogue pad is like a pocket Tekki controller. What did they think people would need to use all those buttons for!? Would definitely like to give Street Fighter II a go with it though. :lol: :lol:


For a serious answer, it has all those buttons because it was meant to be a 1:1 hand-held replacement for the original Cyberstick.


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I don't remember having any crash issues with Doom on 32X, and it plays well enough. The music can be muted. Visually, it's reasonable enough -- could be a little better in some aspects, but it's still pretty smooth and playable. A black border around the screen instead of a textured one would have done wonders for hiding the fact that it's not quite fullscreen.
Not having ANY episode 3 levels at all is really garbage though, and the music is so bad that it would have been a lot better remembered if the game simply didn't ship with music.

Also, man, VRDX desperately needed to be on the Saturn and not languish on the 32X. It's too good. Absolutely first-rate effort.
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Virtua Racing DX would justify the 32X all on its own, I think. Alchemic translation of analogue gas & brakes to digital pad.

I've been increasingly impressed by digital controls in Moto Racer Advance (although, from the very beginning, series was obviously going to be played this way by many gamers, so it always had to be good or else). The entire game works so well on the GBA that I keep wishing Saturn had more such exclusives. Some of the best-selling PSX games were 2D, so there surely was a room for a beautiful scaling racer, maybe even running at 60 fps on Saturn.
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Some of the best-selling PSX games were 2D, so there surely was a room for a beautiful scaling racer, maybe even running at 60 fps on Saturn.


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Much like the spectre of Saturn VRDX, it's easily forgotten nowadays with DC Power Drift (via Yu Suzuki Game Works) and PS2 Galaxy Force II.
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I need to give some other GBA ports of Sega titles a try (ChuChu Rocket! and Super Monkey Ball Jr. are jolly playable on the thing, so, OutRun and Virtua Tennis shouldn't be awful either).

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Picked up the SPI mobo and cart of Senkyu/Battle Balls.
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Expanded storage space for - mostly - CDs.

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Quite the introduction to basso ostinato and a most valuable lesson of Baroque music. Am I grateful to Alpha for this handsomely affordable reprint!

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Picked up the SPI mobo and cart of Senkyu/Battle Balls.



Congrats! That game is really a thrill to play!


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Sweet. Any tips on searching for the PSX version? Searches only turn up one match when they do turn something up. I might post in the trading section later. I'm also looking for Side by Side Special (2000) for that JP neGcon game fix. I just received a JP PS1, as well as Capcom Generation 4 and R-Type Delta. I also bought JP versions of Raystom and Strikers 1945 II from US sellers.


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Sweet. Any tips on searching for the PSX version? Searches only turn up one match when they do turn something up.


The PS port (Mezase Senkyu Ou) is stupidly difficult to find for no discernible reason. When it does pop up, it normally sells for around $15, making it's rarity all the more strange. I've owned a copy for years now, but it was sourced by a good friend of mine who came across two complete copies for sale while doing some random searches and just scooped them both up (as they cost no more than $25 each at the time).
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Thanks for the info. I did see one Senkyu Oh and would have jumped on it if it wasn't for the current JP shipping situation. Funny thing happened when I looked for BaM/Puzzle Bobble 3/3DX. I almost got the JP DX version, but remembered there was a US version that sells for cheap and got that instead. Darn late releases.

Edit: Are those Seimitsu sticks and buttons on the Astro City cab? Sweet!


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Are those Seimitsu sticks and buttons on the Astro City cab? Sweet!


Seimitsu LS-32s and Sanwa OBSF series buttons. I replaced all of the sticks, buttons, dust covers and ball tops on both my cabs after I cleaned them up.
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Nice. I wasn't 100% sure on the buttons.


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Beautiful. :smile: One of those quintessentially photogenic title screens, especially in cab context.
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