Monthly Archives: June 2010

When FAQs fail

Actually, I shouldn’t say that this FAQ–for Tengai Makyo II–has failed me. At least, not yet. On the contrary, I’m fairly certain that once I get into the game it will prove most useful in pointing me in the right direction both figuratively (by telling me how to beat the game’s many bosses, for instance) and literally (by telling me where to go after beating said bosses).

At the moment, though, the FAQ is about as useful to me as a piece of moldy toilet paper. Why? Well, for starters, I’m a bit overwhelmed by the game’s many menu options. Which option do I select to change my characters’ weapons and armor? Which option do I select to save?

And then there’s the myriad of options that pop up every time I encounter an enemy. I know that the option in the upper-left corner translates to “fight” or “slash” or something like that, but the rest, unfortunately, are a complete mystery to me.

If anyone who comes across this post can help me answer the questions above, I’d greatly appreciate it!

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20,000 screens of overhead maps, eh?

A few weeks ago, I posted the article–pulled from an old issue of Super Gaming magazine–that served as my introduction to Tengai Makyo II: Manjimaru. Today I’m posting the article–pulled from an old issue of Turbo Play magazine–that solidified my obsession with the titular Manjimaru and his magnanimous team.

I’m pretty sure the following sentence was the one that grabbed me by the short and curlies, so to speak: “In the course of the game, you will cover over 20,000 screens of overhead maps, fight 300 types of enemies and 48 boss characters, enjoy more than 90 minutes of incredible animation, listen to three hours of speech [and] hear 24 CD music tracks and over 80 different PSG (machine generated) music tracks.”

See also:My introduction to Tengai Makyo II

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OK, so I lied …

I’m not going to start my playthrough of the Tengai Makyo trilogy with Tengai Makyo: Fuun Kabukiden; I’m going to start it with Tengai Makyo II: Manjimaru.

Why? Well, I’m still waiting for my copy of Tengai Makyo: Fuun Kabukiden to arrive, for starters. Also, I booted up my copy of Tengai Makyo II: Manjimaru yesterday (you know, to make sure it works) and it sucked me in like a Dyson sucks up dirt.

Specifically, the following tune sucked me in like a Dyson sucks up dirt. (I know, it’s a weird analogy.)

Unfortunately, it’s going to take more than great tunes (and great graphics) to get me through this game, as I’m already finding the multitude of menu options to be more than a little intimidating. (The title’s sole FAQ doesn’t delve into such details.)

See also:Don’t call me a Tengai Makyo virgin‘ and ‘My introduction to Tengai Makyo II

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Hello gorgeous! (part three)

I’m sure some of you are thinking, “Enough with the photos already!” Sorry about that. I honestly can’t help myself–I’m head over heels in love with the design of the PC Engine system and its games.

Speaking of the latter, here are some of Glamour Shots® of the PC Engine games (mostly HuCards) I’ve acquired as of late.

See also:Hello gorgeous! (part one)‘ and ‘Hello gorgeous! (part two)

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About this ‘RGB to SCART’ thingy …

So, the Super CD-ROM2 system I acquired a few weeks ago is able to output RGB in addition to composite. It even came with a RGB-to-SCART cable (see below).

Unfortunately, I have no idea what to do with it.

Am I screwed if neither my TV nor my computer monitor have RGB/SCART inputs, or can I buy some sort of converter?

Thankfully, I can connect the systems to my TV using an AV cable, but I’d sure like to take advantage of the RGB-to-SCART cable if at all possible.

See also:Hello gorgeous! (part two)

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Don’t call me a Tengai Makyo virgin

Actually, feel free to continue calling me a Tengai Makyo virgin until my copies of Tengai Makyo: Ziria, Tengai Makyo II: Manjimaru and Tengai Makyo: Fuun Kabukiden arrive in the mail later this week (or early next).

Yep, I ordered all three (plus the promo-only spinoff, Denden no Den) a few days ago–despite the fact that I don’t know a lick of Japanese. Thankfully, translated walkthroughs exist for each of the titles. (You can find them here, here and here, respectively.)

Anyway, as soon as they arrive I plan to take the advice of IvaNEC (of The Brothers Duomazov fame) and start with Tengai Makyo: Fuun Kabukiden and then work my way backwards through the trilogy.

See also:My introduction to Tengai Makyo II

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Forgotten treasures

My husband and I spent the last week and a half at my parents’ house in McFarland, Wis. While we were there, I dug through my old bedroom closet–and discovered a slew of video games, systems and magazines that I had somehow forgotten.

Among the treasures I unearthed: A pristine copy of Final Match Tennis, two TTi promo videos (one focuses on Lords of Thunder, while the other touts the Turbo Duo system and software in general) and four PC Engine Fan magazine inserts (including some sort of Dragon Knight II strategy guide, see below).

I’ll probably share scans of some of the PC Engine Fan inserts in the coming days and weeks–along with other odds and ends, of course.

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