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  Classic Japanese gaming goodness!
« on: September 16, 2007, 07:57:43 PM » by Ian Kelley
Caveat: This site is entirely in Japanese so some may have trouble using it, and you may have already known about it.

I may be late to the party but I just discovered www.amusement-center.com and I am all freaking over it. It's the website for EGG, Engrossing Game Gallery.

I first heard about EGG when I bought Xanadu NEXT, since it came free with copies of the PC ports of the PCE-CD games Xanadu Legend of the Wind 1 & 2, which were produced by EGG.

EGG has freaking everything including just about every one of Falcom's classic titles. All are ports of classic games in Windows format. Most are PC games like X68000, PC88, PC98, or MSX, but there are a few Megadrive/SFC/PCE/etc games too. All of the games are purchasable online and downloadable.

They're damn cheap, too, like 800-900 yen for most games ($7.50ish, I suck at math) though some of them are more expensive. I think the most expensive one is around $20 for the first 5 Ys games. PCE-CDs are only like 1000 yen each too.

 I am so going to ring up my credit card bill...
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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2007, 02:01:11 AM » by Dais
Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't most games featured on EGG simply roms with emulators stapled to them?

I mean, 'not that there's anything wrong with that', and I'm sure even Japanese gamers who grew up with stuff like the PC-98 find setting up the emulators maddening, but it still seems kind of upsetting that they aren't true ports to Windows. I guess it doesn't really matter though.

Since I can't read Japanese for <whatever>, I find myself a bit more interested by Egg Music, a vaguely-iTunes like site that allows you to download mp3s of various oldschool games, the kind that EGG distributes. Mostly it's stuff like old Motoi Sakuraba music, things you can usually just listen to via HOOT, but there's some odd treats in there - artist albums, midi arranges based on Gameboy games, the music from all the Langrisser and Assault Suits games, the odd arcade or DS soundtrack, and all sorts of other things. Nothing of a real "I must have it!" variety for me, but a moment of synchronicity appeared when I first opened this topic - the artwork banner above depicted the Hiouden SFC boxart....and the music from Hiouden SFC is one of the few SNES soundtracks featured on Egg Music

Oh hey, there's Laplace 68k. Huh.

What was the other thing...oh, right! Let's see...aha, here it is!

Woomb! Basically a rather sad little attempt to bring EGG out of Japan, as detailed here. Sadly, it's more of a curiousity than anything else....
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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2007, 07:40:25 AM » by Ian Kelley
Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't most games featured on EGG simply roms with emulators stapled to them?

Well, yeah, in the sense that their graphics and sound aren't updated. But they're edited to make them more user-friendly. For example they do away with tediousness like disk-swapping, add joystick support to games that previously didn't have it, and include big fat PDF manuals for every game.

As I'm used to stuff like Koei's Teiban series, where you have "disk swapping" Windows menus and no manual save for a jewel case insert with a couple of instructions on how to boot the game (for massively complex strategy games, yet) it's kind of a nice change of pace. Plus they're cheap.


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Woomb! Basically a rather sad little attempt to bring EGG out of Japan, as detailed here. Sadly, it's more of a curiousity than anything else....

Well, they do charge a little more than EGG does (of course they have to translate so that kind of makes sense) and their library isn't that fantastic. The only really good game they have that appeals to me is Xak, though I suppose the Hydlide games aren't too bad....

Too bad they're not more than a curiosity though. If I had oodles of cashto start my own company bringing something like EGG overseas would be the kind of thing I'd be interested in doing.
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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2007, 07:56:12 AM » by Lechise Inohara Tutonic Warrior
Eh, maybe, if it's still around and I somehow come into possession of a large sum of yen, I'll look into this when I finally start to grasp the Japanese language... But until then buying these games for me would just be very depressing, since I get an awful hollow feeling inside when I play a game where I can't read more than two or three words... Perhaps it's because I simply feel unworthy of playing such games...

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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2007, 12:15:42 PM » by Elrich2k3
Is it unusual that I can't read a word of Japanese, but I know at least 98% of these games...

Ys, Crimson, Marchen Veil, Zaider, and... is that a Windows port of the PC-98 Xak III? And, How Many Robot? Artdink's stuff too? Argh... I will be purchasing from them in the future... if they are still around. Whenever I get around to learning Japanese...

Also: Ape Hunter J gets my vote for the Best Title Screen Ever award.
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2007, 08:04:44 PM » by Ian Kelley
Ys, Crimson, Marchen Veil, Zaider, and... is that a Windows port of the PC-98 Xak III? And, How Many Robot? Artdink's stuff too? Argh... I will be purchasing from them in the future... if they are still around. Whenever I get around to learning Japanese...

Hey, if you want to download stuff now and need help setting up an account with them or something hit me with an email and let me know, maybe I can walk you through the registration process or something.
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« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2007, 03:30:03 PM » by SkyeWelse On a quest to find Xanadu!
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Woomb! Basically a rather sad little attempt to bring EGG out of Japan, as detailed here. Sadly, it's more of a curiousity than anything else....

I will say that the English version of Xak: The Art of Visual Stage is rather good and the original game has been enhanced from it's original form to run more smoothly on a PC. All of Woomb's games come with translated manuals and any bonus material/artwork that originally game with the game. I'm actually hoping that they will pick up afterawhile and possibly even have some of their efforts be ported to the Wii as a line of English never-before released MSX titles. Last time I spoke with Woomb they informed me that they still plan to release all of the MSX Xak series games as well as Fray in Magical Adventure. I'm excited about this because I run a Xak series fansite and I never thought these games would ever be considered for an official translation release.

-SkyeWelse
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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2007, 07:44:52 PM » by Dais
Ah, interesting! It's nice to know that they aren't doing a sloppy job.

Then again, it seems like the kind of work where you really have to be a part of the niche you're selling to, y'know?

I had forgotten that the VC was getting MSX games. Come to think of it, last night I was just wondering if there was anyplace that classic LOOK-->THINK--->THINK--->ETC Japanese adventure games of a non-pornographic nature could start resurfacing (stuff from the PC88/98, mostly). I figured that it'd be a sacrifice of graphical quality to put them on DS, a waste of power to put them on the PSP, but through the Virtual Console.....it's not like many of them require more than a few buttons, anyways, and I'm sure quite a few of them could be licensed for cheap.

Naturally, it's kind of a moot point for someone like me who doesn't speak Japanese and realizes such games are unlikely to have any appeal in the US, but I'm curious as to how receptive Japanese gamers would be.
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