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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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Soken and Mitsuyoshi - Pose

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

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

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

Today’s Akihabara With UK

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UK in Akihabara at Friends retro game shop
Interview/Article - Yukio Hayashi Photography - Hiroyuki Matsuzaki (https://www.instagram.com/itl_mtzk/) UK is the guitarist in a duo called MOROHA, that blends music and spoken words. He also loves games and Akihabara. We talked to him about why he's so entranced with Akihabara as we walked around the area for around three hours, as it poured down rain during the rainy season. 1:00 PM on 6/10, pouring rain. JR Akihabara Station, the Electric Town exit. It's too bad that it's pouring rain, but thanks for doing this. (UK) Thank you. First off, I'd like to hear some of your memories of Akihabara over lunch. Where do you usually eat when you come here? (UK) Sure. A lot of the times it's ramen or something, but I go to Gansen a lot too. Ahh, Gansen's great. Let's go. 1:10 PM, pouring rain. In front of Gansen. ...Looks like it's closed today and tomorrow (Laughs) (UK) Too bad! Alright, let's go get some curry from a place near Suehirocho station instead. Continue Reading
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