Things X 5 – December 9, 2013

by Francois Joron

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Screw the Mushroom Kingdom and Hyrule/Lorule, I’m in the Fantasy Zone!

What did I play last night instead of the endlessly awesome games Super Mario 3D World and A Link Between Worlds? 3D Space Harrier! And I played it for almost 2 hours even though I never really enjoyed, or even cared about Space Harrier before. But since various reports highlighted M2′s obsessive approach to the port of the arcade classic, I just had to give the eShop download a try and I’m glad I did.

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The port features plenty of settings; from the expected difficulty gauge and screen ratio options to the incredibly unnecessary but downright awesome arcade cabinet noise option. But more importantly, and I’ll quote JC Fletcher’s Joystiq article“The options added by M2 range from fussily simulating the best possible arcade experience, to actually improving upon the original game (in optional ways, of course, to maintain the accuracy of the original work).” The effort that went into this port, as well as 3D Super Hang-On that was released alongside Space Harrier, is simply incredible. For the recently released 3D Sonic The Hedgehog, M2 actually create a new virtual Sega console nicknamed the “Giga Drive” to port over the Genesis classic (as reported by Nintendo Life via an in-depth interview conducted by Impress Watch which is availble in English on Siliconera).

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Thanks to Sega and M2 for being crazy with those overdone classic ports! Now Sega, go berserk and release Yakuza 1&2 HD stateside. Anyway, coming up on the 3DS eShop in the 3D Sega Classics line of games is Galaxy Force II (Dec 12), Ecco the Dolphin (Dec 12), Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Monster (Dec 19) and Streets of Rage (Dec 19) with M2 working on a second round of 3D classics for 2014. You might want to take a look at Sega’s Game Gear Virtual Console games too, also ported by M2, as they’re not too shabby and look super crisp – at least from my experience with the semi-entertaining dungeon crawler Dragon Crystal.

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The history of Sega detailed as fast as its mascot

Speaking of Sega, Lore in a Minute made another quick video, this time detailing Sega’s history in 1 minute, well, 1:22 to be exact. Check out Lore in a Minute’s YouTube Chanel for more quick video game history lessons including Portal and Half-Life.

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Virtual plants, leaves, trees and whatnot

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Here’s a tumblr blog entirely dedicated to “the beautiful and weird approximations of plants found in video games.” and it’s pretty rad. Check it out.

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A few months ago, I’ve highlighted a long forgotten WiiWare title that never made it out of Japan. The game was named Oudaa (Order) and was released in 2009 for the Wii’s digital store, from the information I could gather I’ve described the game as “a strategy game sporting a retro SNES 16-bit look putting you in the role of a king dispatching heroes from the comfort of its throne to expand his kingdom”. As reported by Nintendo Everything there’s a revamped version of Oudaa coming up on the Japanese 3DS eShop on December 11. Apparently, the game is bundled with I Want to Save the World, a spin-off game set in the same universe where you can create an adventurer who wanders the land, takes on quests, fights monsters and well, everything an adventurer would do in a classic JRPG. Interestingly, it seems both portions of the game can interact with each other.

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The game is apparently very text heavy making the prospect of the niche game appearing in North America pretty slim, but it was developed by Poisoft, the same studio behind the quirky 3DS eShop game Kersploosh! that was brought over by Nintendo in America earlier this year. So, well, maybe there’s a tiny chance.

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There’s another Mario movie, but it’s a secret. 

As reported by cool blog A Little Bit on the Awesome Side, there’s a Mario anime I never knew existed. It is called Super Mario Bros.: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen! It was released in 1986, directed by ex-Sanrio employee Masami Hata and it’s apparently the very first movie based on a videogame. The movie never made it out of Japan and according to its Wikipedia page, is one of the rarest films of all time. Still, there’s a fansub availabe on YouTube.

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Looking at the cover above, is it just me or those Toads look weird and creepy, like there is something terribly wrong with them or maybe they’re naked? Also, I can only assume that prince affair was history after Mario saved Peach from Bowser, right?

Don’t forget, you can drop me hints on my Twitter account. Also, you are welcome to send me a friend request on my Wii U, my Nintendo Network ID is Jorf-Jorf. My 3DS Friend Code is 5069-3920-3758. If you want to snoop at what I’m playing on PS3 my PSN ID is l_am_error. Have a great week!

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