I’m sure the following admission will shock a few of you PC Engine stalwarts, but I’m going to share it anyway: I’ve never been a big fan of New Zealand Story.
For starters, I’ve always thought the game looked a bit garish and rough–especially when compared with Taito’s other arcade classics of the same era, Bubble Bobble and Rainbow Islands. Second, its music and sound effects are, in my humble opinion, akin to an assault on the ears.
I don’t have anything negative to say about New Zealand Story‘s gameplay–other than it can, at times, be a tad too difficult–but it doesn’t really matter because the aforementioned niggles have been, until recently, more than enough to turn me off of the game.
So, what prompted me to give it another try a few weeks ago? I’m not entirely sure, although I think this review had something to do with it.
Now, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that my second and subsequent experiences with the game have pushed me to start a New Zealand Story fan club or anything like that, but they have helped me see it for what it is–a quality, if not exactly high-caliber, PC Engine platformer.
I’ve wanted a PC Engine LT ever since I saw the sexy little laptop-esque system in the pages of an early issue of Diehard GameFan magazine.
So why haven’t I bought one? Well, they’re expensive. Really expensive. A recent eBay search, for instance, brought up auctions for three used, boxless systems, with the cheapest priced at $550 and the most expensive priced at $799.
A guy who calls himself dcmaster on Flickr recently acquired the PC Engine LT above for a bit less than that. In fact, said system–bought at a “car boot sale,” whatever that is–set him back just £5 (approximately $6.75).
Assuming the thing works, I’m not sure whether I should pat this dcmaster fellow on the back (virtually, of course) or try to put a hex on him.
True story: I’ve been looking for an AV Booster ever since I bought a PC Engine a few months ago.
And when I say I’ve been looking, I mean it–I’ve paid regular visits to eBay, genkivideogames.com, japanvideogames.com, play-asia.com and other such sites since I acquired NEC’s little white wonder in late May, but I’ve yet to actually seen one for sale.
Am I just looking in the wrong places, or were these peripherals not produced in the quantities that I’ve imagined? (I know, there are other possibilities, too. Like, plenty were produced, but most of them have stayed in Japan–or most of the North Americans who own one have no interest in selling them.)
Oh, well, I’ll keep looking. In the meantime, I’ll read and re-read this rather informative post over at magweasel.com.
This recent tinycartridge.com post prompted me to spend some time this morning scanning YouTube for “classic” PC Engine commercials.
I think the following one–used to promote Namco’s Splatterhouse–is my favorite.
Of course, Hudson’s corny and over-the-top Gunhed ad is pretty fabulous, too.
And then there’s this one, produced by the folks at Hudson to promote PC Genjin.
What are your favorite PC Engine (or TurboGrafx-16) commercials?
More than 20 years after it was introduced in Japan, the PC Engine is still going strong–in the minds of its many fans.
Case in point: The inaugural issue of PC Engine Gamer, an online magazine that hit the Internet a few months ago.
The 18-page publication (check it out here), produced by the folks behind the fabulous PC Engine Software Bible site, features reviews of Bikkuriman World and The Kung Fu, a top 10 list, tips and tricks and more. (It even includes an ad for Telenet’s sci-fi RPG, Babel.)
Can fans of NEC’s little white wonder expect to see a second issue of PC Engine Gamer? The magazine’s editor suggested in an interview with gamesetwatch.com’s Eric Caoili that it’s a possibility–should the first issue produce an energetic following.