Monday, February 06, 2012

 MAG Weekly Famitsu Vol. 1209 - New Import

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» The February 16, 2012 issue of Weekly Famitsu includes coverages of the following games and events in the Japanese marketplace:

 » Special feature 'New Capcom's Game Special Scoop' which previews PS3/X360 Dragon's Dogma, PS3/X360 Biohazard Operation Raccoon City, and PS3/X360 Asura's Wrath which are all shipping this year.
 » Preview for Rayman Origins which is in development for the Vita, PS3, and Nintendo 3DS.
 » Reviews for PSP Genso Suikoden: Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki (7/8/7/8), PSP Vitamin X: Detective B6 (7/8/7/6), PSV Sumioni (7/7/7/8), PSV Gravity Daze (10/9/9/10), and PS3 The Cursed Crusade (6/7/6/7).
 » Details on the characters and scenarios in PSV Gravity Daze.
 » A recap of the Nintendo 3DS and its 3D capabilities and functions to remind readers that it's a special machine.
 » Prepackaged buns, pastries, and sweet treats are featured in this week's PICK UP FOOD.
 » Guild 01 preview which features a mech that bears a strong resemblance to the winged prototype Evangelion.

 MAG Shooting Gameside Vol. 4 - New Import

NCS Product Synopsis
«©NCSX» The fourth Shooting Gameside magazine continues the theme of focusing on shooting 'em ups with 160-pages of new and retro coverage. Notable articles in the magazine include:

» Retrospective on Toaplan's games including Truxton, Slap Fight, Zero Wing, Hell Fight, Tatsujin, Batsugun, and more. Most of the games are given a full page with a short write-up, the original advertising artwork, and some screenshots. The "All your base belong to us" phrase from the introductory sequence in Zero Wing is also revisited.
» Interview with Tatsuya Uemura who co-programmed Kyukyoku Tiger, Hishou Zame, and Tiger Heli and composed the game ditties for Toaplan shooters such as Tiger Heli, Twin Cobra, Out Zone, Zero Wing, Dogyuun, and more.
» Interview with Masahiro Yuge who was a co-programmer with Tatsuya Uemura for Toaplan games including Kyukyoku Tiger, Hishou Zame, and Tiger Heli. Yuge also programmed Tatsujin. Like his contemporary Uemura, Yuge also composed the ditties for Toaplan's shooters.
» Coverage on Kokuga for the 3DS which ships later this year and the HD version of Under Defeat which ships for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 later this month.
» Information on Valhellio, a horizontal shooter for the PC from Ideastock/Elements which is being released this year.
» Mushihimesama Futari for iOS
» Pixel Junk (side scroller) is currently available on the USA and Japanese Playstation Networks.
» Chat with Naohiro Kimura of Q Games who led the planning for Pixel Junk.
» Rayforce for iOS and Ikaruga for Xbox Live.
» Preview of the Metal Slug Fiolina Germi fixed-pose figure.
» The Museum of Shooting Game Art checks out ASO (Armored Scrum Object).
» A look back at Crisis Force on the Famicom.