Retro Gamer’s Room: Room 5 – MCU

For this issue we have a very popular musician that serves as an MC for Kick The Can Crew, MCU! We've infiltrated his game room, which feels more like a secret base, that he maintains despite moving frequently. Interview/Photo/Text: Kaze no Iona In collaboration with Retro Consumer Aikoukai [caption id="attachment_4513" align="aligncenter" width="625"]MCU Game Room 1 The retro items and games that are on display here. MCU is both a musician and lover of retro games and items, and is also publicly known as a retro game fan.[/caption] Continue Reading

Rensuke Oshikiri PC Engine mini Interview

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Manga Creator and Hi Score Girl Author Rensuke Oshikiri Clears Splatterhouse and Talks About His Love For the PC Engine!

Rensuke Oshikiri is well known for being a passionate PC Engine fan, having professed his love for it in the third chapter of his autobiographical manga Pico Pico Shounen. Today we had him try out the PC Engine mini and talk with us about his impressions of it, as well as past memories. ...But what we didn't plan on was the amount of nostalgia and expert play he'd show us as soon as he started playing Splatterhouse! It may be the first time this has happened during an interview in Famitsu history (?), so bear witness to his great love for the PC Engine! Continue Reading

Aka to Blue Type Revolution – Soushi Hosoi and Ikeda Minorock Interview

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Stories From Aka to Blue Type Revolution With Soushi Hosoi and Ikeda Minorock! We Talk to Them About Taking Inheriting the Arcade Sound Just Before Their Live Performance!

The arcade shooting game Aka to Blue Type Revolution was officially released on 11/27/2019. Having been awhile since a new shooting game was released in arcades, this long-awaited title acts as the debut game to utilize the new exA-Arcadia board. Today we bring you a special in-depth conversation about arcade sound with Sonic Wings series composer Soushi Hosoi and  Game Center Mikado owner Ikeda Minorock. They were preparing for their live performance at a rock event called "Game to Techno ga Suki!" (officially titled "We Love Video Game & Techno!") (taking place on 02/16/2020), and talked to us quite a bit about the idea of inheriting the arcade sound. Soushi Hosoi - Formerly the composer for the Sonic Wings series from developer Video System. These days he produces various musical artists, performs live himself, and is also involved in streaming. Ikeda Minorock - The Representative Director of INH. Not only is he responsible for the planning and business operations of Game Center Mikado arcades as the owner, but he's also a musician that serves as the lead guitarist for band Heavy Metal Raiden. Continue Reading

Darius Cozmic Collection – Darius Interview

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Interview - Darius: Until We Make A Giant Battleship

Seiji Kato - A Taito employee in the hardware section of the Technological Development department, he's involved in arcade cabinet design. He's worked on a lot of big games released from Taito and Square Enix in recent years. Yukiharu Sanbe - Joined Taito in 1979, and was involved in a lot of their 80s games, starting with Darius. After that he went on to help establish their karaoke and mobile games division, and currently serves as a technology adviser for Taito. Zenji Ishii (Guest) - Former Editor-In-Chief of Gamest magazine. He's the guest interviewer. Continue Reading

Takenobu Mitsuyoshi x Masayoshi Soken Interview

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An Interview With Japan's Best Singing Company Employee, Sega's Takenobu Mitsuyoshi & The singing game developer of FFXIV, Masayoshi Soken - "Under The Weight" Wouldn't Exist If Not For Daytona USA!

Takenobu Mitsuyoshi is Sega's "Best Singing Company Employee": A game music composer having worked on such things as Daytona USA and the theme song for the anime version of Virtua Fighter, a band vocalist, and he's even made his solo debut singing other anime theme songs. Many have probably heard him singing songs such as "Kimi no tame nara shineru" and "Akachan wa doko kara kuru no?" in games such as "maimai", "Chunithm", or even "Phantasy Star Online 2". He held a dinner show for Sega employees back on 10/28/2019, which became highly talked about on Sega's official Twitter account. Someone replied to that tweet with "Can I transfer over to your company by 7:30 tonight?". That someone was Square Enix's Masayoshi Soken. Continue Reading