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Shin Nihon Pro Wrestling Toukon Retsuden for Bandai Wonderswan Review

Posted by Killette on November 11, 2011 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

           

Hey guys today I want to talk about an awesome English Friendly wrestling game for the Bandai Wonderswan. This is a black and white game released by Tomy in early 1999 and it sports fun gameplay and good graphics considering the limitations of the system.

To start out you have six characters you can choose from. I do recognize them from other games, but I do not know Japanese and I do not know their wrestlers from that time period enough to tell you their names. Each character has their own set of moves unique to them. In order to utilize each of these moves, different combinations must be typed in, similar to Virtua Fighter. For example, pressing X2 and A will provide a different punch than X1 and A. Only the X D-pad is used along with the A and B buttons. By double tapping the D pad your character can run, and you can also throw a character, and pin them. True to wrestling rules the game will not allow you to win by pinfall if you are too close to the ropes. As far as I can tell, there is no way to throw illegal punches or moves.

     

     

The graphics and the sound are both really good in this game. The graphics are crisp, and there is not a lot of ghosting on the wonderswan color. Each character in the game gets their own intro with unique music as the character walks toward the ring while the audience cheers in the background. There is good music and sound effects which makes the game fun to play.

This game is one of the more price friendly games for the Wonderswan, and sports fun and addicting gameplay that is easy to play but you can spend more time mastering the different moves. While most of the text is in Japanese, this game is definetly playable for non-Japanese readers. I would recommend this game to any fan of 2d wrestling games.

          

Rhyme Rider Kerorican for Bandai Wonderswan Review

Posted by Killette on October 20, 2011 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey guys I'm back with another wonderswan review. Today I wanted to cover a rather quirky rhythm game for the system and if you haven't guessed it from the title, it's Rhyme Rider for the Bandai Wonderswan.

Like most wonderswan games, this game is pretty much completely in japanse, but it is definetely playable for someone who doesn't speak the language. You start out by putting on a frog suit and dancing throughout the levels taking on various cute badguys. There are six main enemies in the game and in order to take each one out you have to press a specific button or combination of buttons that is associated with each character. The game itself doesn't give any clues as to which button coresponds to each creature which can be rather frustrating until you memorize them. Included with the game was a set of 10 cards which show each of the characters as well as the buttons that defeat each enemy.

As I said before, this is a rhythm game. The music is funky and techno and pushes the Wonderswan to its limits. Sometimes the music even sounds a bit fuzzy while blasting out the music. After time the music can get a bit old since each time you miss a button it takes you back a bit in the level and has you try again. Each enemy you defeat creates a musical note exclusive to the character type and passing several enemies in a row without a mistake will trigger a nice little tune that reminds me of a funky genesis game.

 

This game sports brilliant graphics that feature sharp bright colors you wouldn't expect out of a 16 bit handheld. The character moves with grace and the animation is smooth. At the start of each level a bit of story is told (in japanese) with crazy backgrounds and great character stills. There is only four levels in the game, and these sequences take up very little time. Althouth there are very few levels, they are nice and long and take some time to master as after your character dies you must start back at the beginning of the level.

The only real downside I see to this game is the timing. Each button press must be executed at an exact time in order to defeat the enemy. This varies from enemy to enemy, and until you get the hang of it, you will see yourself dying rather often. To counteract this your character has a fairly large life guage, and you can eat candy throughout the level to restore some of your health. Overall this game is pretty forgiving on missing the enemies here and there.

I believe this game is definetly one to check out if you own a wonderswan and enjoy rhythm games. The picky timing can be a setback, but once you get the hang of the handling you will breeze through the levels without much difficulty. The jazzy fun music and bright colorful graphics help lead to a fun upbeat gaming experience and this will be a game you can pull out and beat every once and again for nostalgia.

Bandai Wonderswan

Posted by Killette on September 27, 2011 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

If any of you follow the youtube channel, some time ago I made a review on the Bandai Wonderswan. I'm still working on a way to capture the video footage, but I thought I could still share some good ol written reviews of the games I have already collected for the system. We here at Stuckinthe90s are preparing out house, and a lot of games will have to be packed away for a while so after the move I would like to work on capturing the videos. Now on to the good stuff!

Wonderswan Handheld Console overview:

The Bandai Wonderswan was a Japanese only handheld system released on March 4th, 1999. Throughout it's lifespan three versions of the system were released; the Black & White, the Wonderswan Color, and the Swan Crystal.

The specs:

16 bits

512mb of Ram in the Color and Swancrystal

15-30 Hours Battery Time

8 Shade Monochrome or 241 Colors

2 S-pads and A & B button

224x144 Screen Resolution

With its cartride based format this little handheld has no loading times, the later models support the color and black and white games, and the long battery time really gives this system an edge.

The games:

All of the games on this system are Japanese only since this system was never localized to any other markets. There are a few chinese releases that are in English, but they are rather expensive. Most of the games have ports on other sytems, making the system a bit less desireable, however there are still many great titles including Makaimura (Ghost's n' Ghouls), Final Fantasys, Rhyme Rider, Dicing Knight, and many others. These games have good soundtracks, great graphics, and a small twist that is unique to the system.

Back to the system:

Most versions of the system allow you to change the volume of the system but an adapter is needed to use headphones. None of the sytems are backlit, adding to the battery time. The dual D-pads are awesome, but sometimes the buttons are a bit close together making them hard to press accurately. Many games support a vertical arcade style screen and the dual D-pads allow you to rotate the system and still be able to play the games, similar to the Atari Jaguar. The system is small and light, about the same size as a superr nintendo game.

But is it worth getting?

I don't regret getting this system, and I personally think it was a good by. The version I own is the wonderswan color, and I haven't experienced some slowdown. The games are fun and quirky and not too expensive, but many are near unplayable without knowledge of the Japanese language. There are many games that are playable, and some handy walkthroughs can be found online to help you with some of the others. If you are into handhelds and want a fun and quirky Japanese system, this can definetely be one to check out :)


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