I’m not sure why, but I have a distinct memory of buying, in late 1991, an issue of Super Gaming magazine from the Electronics Boutique in our local mall and then flipping through said magazine while walking around the mall with my parents and older brother.
At some point during that leisurely stroll, I stumbled upon the following preview:
I’m not sure I’ve wanted a game as much as I wanted Tengai Makyo II in the moments–and days and weeks and months and years–following that discovery.
Sadly, Hudson’s mammoth RPG never made it stateside, despite the promises of many game publishers and magazine writers. Thankfully, a rather detailed walkthrough of the game can be found at gamefaqs.com, so if I ever get the PC Engine CD-ROM2 attachment–and a copy of Tengai Makyo II–I’ll finally be able to give it a go.
The folks at the long-defunct Working Designs made a lot of great decisions during the 16-bit era. Among them: Their decision to localize (for North American TurboGrafx-16 owners) Telenet’s PC Engine RPG, Cosmic Fantasy 2.
One of their not-so-great decisions: Using the following piece of art to promote said RPG.
The ad above appeared in the April/May 1992 issue of TurboPlay magazine. Unfortunately, the art featured in the ad also appeared on the game’s cover.
Is it any wonder the game wasn’t able to achieve the sales or status of, say, Lunar: The Silver Star, another of Working Design’s 16-bit-era releases?
You know, I’ve always wondered why the folks at Taito (and, later, Working Designs) didn’t do more to play up the fact that Parasol Stars, one of my all-time favorite PC Engine games, was supposed to be the third game in the famed Bubble Bobble series.
Sure, they mentioned that fact in a subtitle (as seen in the ad, which appeared in an old issue of the American TurboPlay magazine, below), but said subtitle is so small and subtle that it’s all but lost in the cacophony that surrounds it.
Maybe the brass at Taito decided against trumpeting Parasol Star‘s connection to that classic series because it wasn’t created by Fukio Mitsuji, the man behind both Bubble Bobble and Rainbow Islands (aka “The Story of Bubble Bobble 2”)? I guess we’ll never know.