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miner2049er
21-12-11, 12:49
JOLLY CHRISTMAS AND MERRY HOLIDAYS, HAPPY YULETIDE AND A RIP ROARING FESTIVIUS!!

The December 2011 RoundUp wings its way through the skies, down your chimney and lands under the tree, just next to that little thing with the kind of raffia work base, that has an attachment.....

I digress. The Christmas In Japan Special is present for your delectation so grab it before they run out.

TOPICS COVERED IN THE SHOW
Editorial: Christmas In Japan - (00:00)
Hardware Flashback Japan - (06:29)
Press Play On Tape - Way Of The Exploding Fist - (51:54)
Zen And The Art Of Donkey Kong - (54:06)
Guinness Gaming Records - (66:47)
Bob Polaro Interview - (68:12)
Top Ten Japanese Arcade Games - (102:34)
Gaming Trivia - (241:56)
The British Hour - (243:01)
SoCal Mike's Christmas Wrap - (256:08)
Live News And Listener Views - (260:32)
Last Ninja 2097 (Deep Throat) - (394:34)
URLs And EMails - (397:51)

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Leathco
21-12-11, 01:49
Cool. Can't wait for the full show!

indieseoul
21-12-11, 01:50
OOh I hope it's done before Saturday So that I can take it with me on my trip. I have a long six hour flight ahead of me before my Christmas on the beach can commence! Raise your hand if you know what "turning Japanese" means. Ewww not that hand it's all sticky!

miner2049er
21-12-11, 02:22
If not, Urban Dictionary will help you out as usual.

While you're there look up "slizzers"

SubaruBrat
22-12-11, 08:40
Where you headed to indie?

miner2049er
22-12-11, 11:46
I don't give a shit where he's going, but the show is out in time for his trip.

indieseoul
22-12-11, 12:33
I'm off to a quiet getaway in Cambodia. Beach and 75 cent beers. Thanks UK you produced the shit out of this!

retroshaun
22-12-11, 07:09
Last time I drank local beers in a far away place I had stomach cramps and the shits for 3 days. So - avoid San Francisco beer I guess :-)

GameGavel
22-12-11, 11:54
Great Hardware Flashback Scott! Very informative. Hey, where can I get a copy of that Nintendo book you got at E3?

indieseoul
23-12-11, 02:27
Oh Shit it's snowing right now in Seoul a White fucking Christmas I hope to hell this doesn't delay my white beach Christmas. A special note to RetroShaun. Cambodian beer is like making love in a canoe.






It's fucking close to water!

miner2049er
23-12-11, 03:23
Great Hardware Flashback Scott! Very informative. Hey, where can I get a copy of that Nintendo book you got at E3?

Well, kind of by listening to the part where he gives you the authors name, their website and the ISBN number.

I thought they were huge clues. ;)

GameGavel
23-12-11, 03:41
Cool, i havent listened to the whole thing yet. And i was listening while working :)

SubaruBrat
25-12-11, 08:46
To those who have prizes due from me; I just got back home and I have your PMs, I will get them out as soon as I can.

Mr Johnson
26-12-11, 02:26
Great show guys!

Burgertime
27-12-11, 01:14
While listening to the show UK mentioned Gatchaman and it's English title, Battle for the Planets. You guys also mentioned not being fans of fighting games (which I can respect). I'm sure you're aware of the the game Tatsunoko vs Capcom. The arcade and Japanese versions of this game have a slightly different characters set than the English one (I think one character was removed, and 4 were added to the US version). All versions include Ken the Eagle and Jun the Swan. The US and UK versions also include Joe the Condor.

Not a retro game for the list, but it came to mind when you brought up the Anime series.

Duke.Togo
27-12-11, 05:24
Great show as always guys. For those of you looking for the Nintendo book Scott mentioned, it's published from http://www.pixnlovepublishing.com/ and they have free worldwide shipping. Vol. 2 is coming soon from them focused on the Game & Watch! I ordered mine and it is on the way.

SubaruBrat
27-12-11, 05:59
Your going to love it, so many pictures of really cool stuff you never knew existed, it really fills out this history of Nintendo. Be sure to tell them you heard it here.

Duke.Togo
28-12-11, 06:22
Your going to love it, so many pictures of really cool stuff you never knew existed, it really fills out this history of Nintendo. Be sure to tell them you heard it here.

Actually while I was looking for where to buy the English version I emailed the author. We did a little back and forth, and I told him where I heard about it. He asked what episode so he could check it out. He remembered you from E3, and said he was glad that you honored your word. Seemed like a great guy, and I'm looking forward to the books!

meppi
28-12-11, 09:53
Hey guys!
Really enjoying the latest episode.
Normally I keep them for when I work the night shift, so I can listen to them on my iPod and make the night go by a lot quicker.
But since I have a 2 week holiday break, I couldn't help myself and started listening to it already.
Still have plenty of episodes to listen to since I rediscovered the podcast only a couple of months back.

Especially enjoyed the Japanese top 10 arcade games section since I still consider myself an arcade gamer even though I haven't been to one in many years. (Grew up in a café when I was a kid, so I basically grew up on late 70's, early 80's arcade games. :D )

Anyway.
My picks would have certainly included Elevator Action, even though I fully understand how many people probably won't rate this game.
But for some reason this is one particular arcade game that I can come back to day after day, year after year and never get bored of. Better yet I always end up having a great time when I play it.

As for a more pure Japan styled game I would pick Mizubaku Adventure since it's also one of those titles that has that special kind of magic that I find really hard to explain.
Layer Section and Puzzle de Pon would have been 2 other games that I would rate very highly.

I noticed when you guys were talking about Dodonpachi that you thought these kinds of games were something of the 1990's and were not made anymore in this day and ago.
Well, I've very happy to say that these games are actually the very reason why I bought a 360 last month. :)
Even though most of them never leave Japan, a couple have been released in Europe thanks to www.risingstargames.com, namely Dodonpachi Resurrection and Death Smiles, with Akai Katana on the way.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkZ8grT5Jr0

There are even a couple of region free Japanese Cave shooters out that can be played on EU or US 360 as well.
Several of these have already been ported to iOS devices as well.

GameGavel
28-12-11, 10:01
Ya, I know some of them have also been released on iOS including Dodonpachi Resurrection. And Elevator Action is an awesome game and still gets playtime on my NES and Mame Cab :) Welcome to the forums btw. I hope you become a regular around here.


Hey guys!
Really enjoying the latest episode.
Normally I keep them for when I work the night shift, so I can listen to them on my iPod and make the night go by a lot quicker.
But since I have a 2 week holiday break, I couldn't help myself and started listening to it already.
Still have plenty of episodes to listen to since I rediscovered the podcast only a couple of months back.

Especially enjoyed the Japanese top 10 arcade games section since I still consider myself an arcade gamer even though I haven't been to one in many years. (Grew up in a café when I was a kid, so I basically grew up on late 70's, early 80's arcade games. :D )

Anyway.
My picks would have certainly included Elevator Action, even though I fully understand how many people probably won't rate this game.
But for some reason this is one particular arcade game that I can come back to day after day, year after year and never get bored of. Better yet I always end up having a great time when I play it.

As for a more pure Japan styled game I would pick Mizubaku Adventure since it's also one of those titles that has that special kind of magic that I find really hard to explain.
Layer Section and Puzzle de Pon would have been 2 other games that I would rate very highly.

I noticed when you guys were talking about Dodonpachi that you thought these kinds of games were something of the 1990's and were not made anymore in this day and ago.
Well, I've very happy to say that these games are actually the very reason why I bought a 360 last month. :)
Even though most of them never leave Japan, a couple have been released in Europe thanks to www.risingstargames.com, namely Dodonpachi Resurrection and Death Smiles, with Akai Katana on the way.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkZ8grT5Jr0

There are even a couple of region free Japanese Cave shooters out that can be played on EU or US 360 as well.
Several of these have already been ported to iOS devices as well.

SubaruBrat
29-12-11, 03:10
While Elevator Action wasn't on my list, it is certainly a favorite. Welcome to the forums!

RetroPom
29-12-11, 05:33
I spotted an 'Elevator Action-Death Parade' recently...
http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z43/driver695/33cceeca.jpg
...should have given it a whirl!
http://m.kotaku.com/5162971/elevator-action-arcade-shooter-has-great-name-even-better-gimmick
Looks cool. The metal lift doors a nice touch :)
Andy

meppi
29-12-11, 12:34
Thanks guys!

I remember reading how that arcade game was coming to PSN and probably XBLA as well, but nothing ever came of it.
Been a while ago, possibly a year or two.

GameGavel
30-12-11, 12:55
Another sweet Japanese Shooter coming to iOS - Taito's Rayforce


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LhxPEAiCHXc

meppi
30-12-11, 02:24
That's incredible! I had no idea! :)

This is actually the game Layer Section that I mentioned before, it got retitled from RayForce to Layer Section when it was ported to the Sega Saturn.
Then when it was released in the west they somehow renamed it yet again to Galactic Attack.
Oh and I just found out that there was a European arcade version which also had it's own name: Gunlock.
What a mess.

But when all is said and done, I still view this game as one of the very best "modern" shooters.

dominoid
30-12-11, 11:18
Great show guys, really enjoyed it. I often wonder if there's going to be a fight break out on the top ten discussions!

The history of Nintendo book is awesome, I have a copy here and it's really detailed. Volume 2 is on my "to buy" list as well. In the UK, it's published by Pix n Love publishing and I can't recommend their books enough, they have a pretty good library with a fair few more being translated to boot.

Re: the Taito pronunciation: Their name is spoken over the splash screen in the intro to the PS1 version of Bust a Move 2, which I played to death when it came out, so I've always pronounced it "Tie Toe" since then as that's how they seem to think it should be pronounced.

miner2049er
31-12-11, 02:15
Great show guys, really enjoyed it. I often wonder if there's going to be a fight break out on the top ten discussions!

If we ever did one face to face I could not be held responsible for my actions, but what happens in Top Tens stays in Top Tens.

Cynicaster
11-01-12, 03:49
Re: the Taito pronunciation: Their name is spoken over the splash screen in the intro to the PS1 version of Bust a Move 2, which I played to death when it came out, so I've always pronounced it "Tie Two" since then as that's how they seem to think it should be pronounced.

Wow, really? I was way off. When referring to Taito in the NES days, my brother and I would pronounce it "tye-E-toe" and I've been doing that since. Ooops.

random_dave
12-01-12, 11:46
hmm, i thought i said it similar to Ninja Gaiden (guy-denn) but i think i put more emphasis on the i in Taito and say it more (thai-eat-oh)

whice reminds me, did anyone else think Scotts "suppeso inbedas" sounded a bit 'Gringo' ;-)

LovelyWong
22-01-12, 08:12
I remember playing Darius back in the day even though I only saw it in one or two places. The one I do remember was an an arcade at the Colorado Bell Hotel/Casino in Laughlin when they had lots of games for 5 cents. Yes 5 cents and Darius was one of them.;)
Now the place sucks badly. All the great games are gone and like what ever they still call an arcade nowadays, it is full of nothing but ticket machines and horrible video games.

Chris
23-01-12, 06:18
You guys had me laughing so hard I was crying with all the soundbytes from that crazy woman who disagreed with your pinball machine show.....love that stuff, that's gold.