Perfect Performer: The Yellow Monkey

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Perfect Performer - Title Screen
Hardware: PlayStation
07/01/1999 (Japan)
パーフェクト パフォーマー ザ イエロー モンキー
The Yellow Monkey (abbreviated "Yemon" or "Iemon") are often described as the band you'd get if you mixed 70's British glam rock and enka (traditional Japanese ballads) together. They started their career as an indie band who primarily played out of a Shibuya rock club called La.mama in the late 80s, which was something of a home-base for the "Japa-Metal" movement that sort of forked off into glam rock. The first several years of their career were spent struggling to find an audience, constantly being misclassified by Japanese media as visual kei. Their third major label album "Jaguar Hard Pain" finally started gaining them that audience in 1994, and their popularity slowly took off from there. After 1997's "SICKS" was released, they were one of the most popular rock bands in Japan. This is viewed by many as Yemon's best album, and is a very influential rock album in general. 1998's "Punch Drunkard" continued that upward momentum, resulting in a tour made up of 113 dates that lasted almost an entire year. Yemon was at the height of their popularity, so it was the best time to release a game that would take advantage of this. The singles for My Winding Road and So Young had been released not too long before this game, and both are featured in some way. Continue Reading

The Yellow Monkey: Trancemission VJ Remix

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Trancemission VJ Remix - Title Screen
Hardware: PlayStation
04/14/2000 (Japan)
This is less of a game, and more of a multimedia promotion tool for the movie Trancemission and the rock band The Yellow Monkey. For an overview on The Yellow Monkey, look no further than my article about Perfect Performer (the previous PS1 game they were featured in), or my ongoing look into their career if you're interested in more details. Trancemission was the first film by director Eiki Takahashi, and was a science fiction drama released in 1999. Takahashi was the director of "Spark" music video, The Yellow Monkey's 10th single that released in 1996. The band even appeared in this movie as futuristic policeman, and their 18th single "So Young" was used as the theme song for the movie. It also starred Jun Murakami, Natsuo Ishidou, and Chiharu Kawai. Matsudo (played by Murakami) is a regular salary man working in the stock market in forward trading. One day he gets a promotion, but something seems off. He's kidnapped by a mysterious organization, brain washed, and is now under their control. Continue Reading

Our Nostalgic Games: Moon Patrol

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Famitsu - Moon Patrol

Our Nostalgic Games ~Retro Gamer Roundtable~ #179

Editors passionately discussing games playable on modern hardware that are just as good as they've ever been!

Arcade Archives Neo Geo (PS4) - Moon Patrol

A side-scrolling action game from Irem. Controlling a moon buggy that shoots up and forward, this game features Beginner and Champion courses. Original Release Year: 1982 Hardware: Arcade Date of Digital Release: 03/22/2018 Maker: Hamster Continue Reading

Takenobu Mitsuyoshi Dinner Show

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Mitsuyoshi Dinner Show Ad

Japan's Best Singing Sega Employee Belts Out During a Company Dinner! Our Full Report of the Takenobu Mitsuyoshi Dinner Show!

By Umanami Rei There are a lot more photos from the event available in the original article!

Takenobu Mitsuyoshi Dinner Show @ A Company Cafeteria

A lot of people probably went crazy when this was tweeted out on Sega's official Twitter account on 10/28/2019. Sega Interactive sound creator Takenobu Mitsuyoshi is known worldwide as "Japan's best singing salary man", and is a point of pride at Sega. Be that as it may, it turned into a big deal online with people asking "An employee is singing at a company dinner?" and "Why a dinner show?" about this never before attempted experiment. But it's out of fashion for the media to let such an interesting...no...ground-breaking first of an event to be left uncovered! Famitsu.com hurriedly got the scoop, and now we bring you the results of me sneaking into this Sega Sammy Group employees-only event! Continue Reading

Mega Drive Darius: Have Fun With This Historical What-If of a Port

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Mega Drive Darius - Toyama and Ishikawa
Yuuichi Toyama (Taito Development Division 2, Development Department, left) Katsuhisa Ishikawa (Taito Development Division 1, Head of Sound Department, right) What were each of you doing when Darius first came out? (Toyama) I would have been working on Thunder Force III at Technosoft around then. I was responsible for game development on the MSX, but was very jealous of the capabilities of arcade hardware (Laughs) I played Darius quite a bit and everything about it astounded me, including the three screen cabinet. (Ishikawa) I was still in high school. I remember thinking what an amazing game Darius was when it rattled the windows of the old shop I used to play it in, with the huge sound it put out from the Body Sonic system (Laughs) Continue Reading