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Takahashi Meijin Speaks: The Game Industry During the First Year of the Heisei Era

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Interview/Text: Kaze no Iona Photography - Noriaki Watanabe Profile - Starting out in the game industry with Hudson in 1982, he was in the PR department when Hudson began releasing games on the Famicom, and was known to the media as "Takahashi Meijin". Since leaving Hudson in 2011 he's appeared on broadcasts as a game presenter, established his own company called DokiDoki Groove Works, and has otherwise continued to be active in the industry. 30 years ago, the name of the era changed to Heisei. What was the game industry like during that first year? We took a look back on it with someone who was on the front line as an employee of Hudson, Takahashi Meijin. Continue Reading

Darius Plus

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Darius Plus - Title Screen
Hardware: PC Engine
09/21/1990 (Japan)
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This second port of arcade shooter Darius was based on the PC Engine CD Super Darius (the first home port ever, released 6 months prior to this one), from the same developer and publisher. Being on a standard HuCard instead of a CD, this was obviously the Darius port for those who couldn't afford or just didn't have a PC Engine CD, so a lot more technical limitations were at play here than for Super Darius. But the results of this port are pleasantly surprising. Continue Reading

The Kung Fu

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Hardware: PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16
11/21/1987 (Japan), 1989 (US)
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China Warrior
Most of the beat-em-up games we've seen so far has been arcade ports (with the exception of the first three Hokuto no Ken games). The Kung Fu was obviously meant to be an arcade game in spirit, with Spartan X's DNA flowing strongly through it. The PC Engine was marketed as the next evolution of current consoles after all, so it needed something to set a fairly standard game like this apart from its contemporaries on the Famicom/NES and Mark III/Master System. That something would be giant character sprites, standing nearly the entire height of the screen. The story is about as standard as it gets: An assassin by the name of Wang (who looks remarkably like Bruce Lee) sets out to defeat the Dark Emperor and save the country that he has overtaken. To do this he must of course use his own kung fu to defeat other martial artists, and eventually the Dark Emperor himself (who turns out to be nothing more than a stereotypical practitioner of drunken kung fu). There are four stages (along with a bonus stage in which you stop a cursor on a power gauge in order to break a large pot), each divided into 3 separate parts that contain a boss at the end. You get three lives and up to two health meters to make your way through these stages, though it is possible to earn more through score and oolong tea power-ups (in the case of health). Continue Reading