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Redux: Dark Matters for Dreamcast is out now

31 Jan

redux dark matters

After years of hyped waiting and a couple of other shooters, you brand new Dreamcast game (mind, not officially licensed by SEGA) is out! Redux: Dark Matters is the latest shooter game released by Hucast Games for the long-dead SEGA console.

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Not enough video games with female protagonists? Check those hacks

18 Mar

Mike Mika has a three year old daughter and they play a lot of old games together. Mike’s daughter favorite is Donkey Kong.

Some days ago, she asked him if she could play as the girl and save Mario. She’s played as Princess Toadstool in Super Mario Bros. 2 and naturally just assumed she could do the same in Donkey Kong. The good Mike told her she couldn’t in that particular Mario game, she seemed really bummed out by that. So what else is a good father supposed to do? Mike decided to hack the ROM, replacing Mario with Pauline. He used the 2010 NES Donkey Kong ROM. He has redrawn Mario’s frames and he swapped the palettes in the ROM. He also replaced the M at the top with a P for Pauline.

Now, the little girl can play as Pauline in her unique Donkey Kong: Pauline Edition!

Here’s the DK Pauline patch for download.

This is what Mike Mika told to Wired in a recent interview:

“She was excited! But for all she knew, I just figured out how to get Pauline to work. And that was fine. I wasn’t expecting it to change her life. We played for a bit. And some more. And again later. You know what? She really did seem to enjoy the game more. For whatever reason, she was more motivated to play as Pauline than as Mario. I can’t read into that too much, because it does feel a bit like a new game to her still. So we’ll see how she does after a week with it.”

But this isn’t all folks. Inspired by Mike Mika’s hack, professional animator Kenna W. decided to hack The Legend Of Zelda, in order to make Zelda the main character!

She changed the sprites for the ROM of the decades-old, 8-bit NES game so that Princess Zelda was the hero of the story, playable through the campaign, instead of just being the titular character of the series, and obviously save the poor Link.

“I wished I had someone who could have done that for me. Then I remembered. I’m an adult now. If he could work it out, I could too,”

Enjoy you version of The Legend Of Zelda starring…Zelda!

Download this patch for The Legend Of Zelda here.

The Ghost Blade – A brand new shooter for Dreamcast

14 Mar

ghost blade dreamcast

After Sturmwind (and our preview and the news about the long-waited release date) here’s another brand new game for the beloved SEGA Dreamcast.

It is called The Ghost Blade and it is made by Hucast Games, a German indie developer known for their previous Dreamcast title: Redux: Dark Matters.

What is about? This is what we know from Hucast Games official blog:

Another ace shoot ‘em up for the Sega Dreamcast with focus on arcade action joy and elaborate scoring system. And various player ships to choose from and a load of game modes, such as 5 stage game mode or challenging caravan game mode and last but not least: time attack.

The game will also feature online score leaderboard via code and the possibility to choose between two screen settings: TATE ( “3:4”) and YOKO (“4:3”).

ghost blade dreamcast

The release date is still TBA, but the game will be available in two versions, standard and the CE (picture below). The Collector Edition (limited to only 300 copies) will feature an exclusive cover art, a different in-game title screen, a 24-pages artbook, the soundtrack CD, a SuperPlay DVD and a sticker set.

ghost blade limited edition collector

You can pre-order your copy of the game on Hucast Shop.

We’ve already contacted Hucast Game and we hope to put our hands on a press copy of this game as soon as possible. Stay tuned!

Sturmwind gets a release date!

14 Mar

sturmwind cover

We are really pleased to inform you that Sturmwind, the upcoming shmup game for SEGA Dreamcast developed by Duranik, has an official release date!

Here is the press release by Red Spot Games, publisher of the game:

We are under attack: Sturmwind pilots, fall in for saving the world in April 2013!

Antritt zur Weltenrettung!

The fierce enemy‘s troops have already reached our world‘s doorsteps and we are running out of time! Our reconnaissance drones have detected 16 promising locations for our search of „Mother“, the planet of our living ancestors.

After several development steps by Duranik and redspotgames the launch date for your mission is clear.

Sturmwind pilots, your all-dominant mission will begin on April 24th 2013. All documents will be sent to you until this very date.

Fight over 20 boss enemies in 16 levels. In addition to the so-called “Award Trophy System”, there will also be an internet highscore list in which your performance can compete against each other worldwide.

Your wings of steel are now our last resort.

Stay ready for further instructions. Over and out.

So, undust your Dreamcasts folks, because Sturmwind will see the light on April 24th 2o13! Check out our preview of the game.

Pre-order the game here.

8 Bit Weapon needs coders for a new Commodore 64 RPG

8 Mar

c64 programming

8 Bit Weapon is a statement in the worldwide chiptune scene. They make awesome 8 bit music only with retro computers and consoles. But lately they’re not just into music, indeed they’re making a brand new RPG for the beloved Commodore 64 and they’re looking for talentuos assembly coders.

If you’re able to help and interested in the making a shiny new game for the C64 contact them via 8bwinfo@gmail.com or private message on Facebook or Twitter.

We can’t wait to know what the game is about. Stay tuned

Resident Evil 1.5 Gameplay | Elza Walker

19 Feb

After our post about the release of an early build of Resident Evil 1.5 and the previous video about the Leon campaign, here we go with a second one! This time we tried the Elza Walker campaign. We use the word tried instead of played because…oh well…watch the video.

Resident Evil 1.5 Gameplay | Leon S. Kennedy

18 Feb

As we already told you here, a build of the long-waited Resident Evil 1.5 leaked, so the guys behind the so-called restoration project have released a playable build of the game. We have played it a bit today, so enjoy our gameplay video for the Leon S. Kennedy campaign.

Yes, there are a lot of doors we didn’t open…why? Because most of them lead to a game crash or to major gameplay issues.

Why we didn’t use the knife to fight the baboons? Because if you press the button for that you can just open the debug menu, so we just enjoyed our death.

A video for Elza Walker gameplay is coming soon, so stay tuned.

**UPDATE 19 Feb 2013**

Here we go with Elza

Resident Evil 1.5 leaked!

18 Feb

resident evil 1.5 leaked build

Sometimes miracles just happen! And this is the case, because finally, after 17 years, Resident Evil 1.5 leaked on the net!

Resident Evil 2 began development in 1996 shortly after the original game and was originally scheduled for a March 1997 release. However, as the game was approaching its release date, the developers were dissatisfied with the resulting product. Rather than releasing a game they were unhappy with, the developers took the risk of developing the game again from scratch. Resident Evil 1.5 is the name given to that famous scrapped version, and now you can actually play it (sort of).

resident evil 1.5 leaked build

Basically this is what happened. A team of hackers obtained an incomplete build of the legendary scrapped version of Resident Evil 2, and are working to finish it. However, it seems like a build of their restoration project leaked to someone in the Resident Evil community, who then proceeded to try and sell it around. Due to this, the team have released the same build. That is not the current build on which they’re working on, but still, for now it’s better than nothing.

For now enjoy the trailer released by MrBZork (the guy behind the restoration project), starring Elza Walker (the main character) and Leon Kennedy facing some infected baboons.

If you want to try this build on your modified PS1 or on your favourite emulator you can download it here. But remember that is not representative of the current state of development of the non-profit restoration fan-project.

Sources: The Horror Is Alive and NeoGAF

**UPDATE 19 Feb 2013**

Check out our gameplay video for both Leon and Elza

Now you can use the Wii U Controller on PC games

5 Feb

We always love people making an improper use of licensed hardware, especially when it’s not about cracking or piracy, but just opening a new world of possibilities. And this is the case of this guy, Chris Manning, transforming the Wii U game pad into something you can use on a PC.

This video also shows how you can re-map the pad in order to make it works with lot of stuff on your PC, like DirectInput games and emulators (including Dolphin and most Steam games).

We know that you’re wondering about the touchscreen and all the cool stuff you’d like to do with it on your PC. Chris also said that a touchscreen support in on the work, and you’ll be able to use the pad as a graphical tablet or similar stuff very soon.

For now, you can download all the stuff you need to make it works here.

Keep it up Chris (and watch your back from Nintendo)