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“Gross! There’s goo on my wang!” (Guwange Released on North American XBLA)

Posted in Game News, Game Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2010 by Mat$kat

Here we have it (albeit a tad late on my part, sorry folks)Cave’s magnificent feudal Japanese manic shooter : GUWANGE! Only 800 MSP on Xbox Live Arcade!

Anyone who reads my blog or knows me personally can attest to the fact that I am a big fan of the Japanese arcade game developer, CAVE. Some time ago Cave held a survey asking which one, of several of their back-catalogued games, the fans would like to see fully localized and released on XBLA. Among the choices were Progear, Dodonpachi, ESP Ra.De., and Dangun Feveron (aka Fever SOS).

Votes were cast and Guwange (pronounced GOO-WANG) came out the victor! On November 10th 2010 , Cave fans around the globe saw the interspectacular sight of Guwange available on XBLA for ten bucks!

I encourage Cave fans in the USA to go ahead and drop a Hamilton on this game. Consider it your vote for more Cave games released in the US. Officially the only North American releases thus far have been Deathsmiles NA and Guwange.

What’s up next for Cave on XBLA?

The discomen collecting romp known as DANGUN FEVERON! Keep checking back for news on a release date, etc.

But back to Guwange

I’m not going to bother reviewing this game…I’ve seen several game sites with the headline “REVIEW: Guwange is Bullet…HEAVEN?” – so I’ll spare you all the pun laden review. I’ll just say that the game is a faithful port and also incluses two interesting extra modes of play : Xbox360 Arrange Mode (basically a novice mode) and the PUNISHINGLY difficult “Blue Label” Mode. Blue labe mode is a port of a very rare, specially made version of the original Guwange arcade PCB. Originally given to the three highest scoring players at a Cave hosted event in Japan, the “Blue” version is an extremely tough arrange mode. Imagine walking without an umbrella in a severe rainstorm, where the rain is bullets…

Well, whether or not my attempt at evoking an image just now was successful or not, I digress…

How about some pictures and video? Now THAT’s what I’m talking about!

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Lizard Lick Amusements- Arcade Parts Supplier

Posted in Custom Sticks, Game Reviews, Random Shit with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2010 by Mat$kat

Hey everyone, I just wanted to take a moment to tell you about the company that I buy all my arcade parts from : LIZARDLICK.COM

Lizard Lick is an online retailer of arcade parts and accessories. I’ve been using them exclusively for some time now (almost a year). I’ve had nothing but good experiences when purchasing parts and thought I’d share a little with you.

Lets talk about their selection.

LizardLick stocks ALL the popular brands of arcade parts including joysticks and buttons by Sanwa, Seimitsu, Happ, IL, Suzo and Yenox. Not only do they stock the Most popular models, but also some of the more unique stuff too – such as : Sanwa Mesh-ball ball tops, Seimitsu Skeleton buttons, Yenox leafswitch buttons, the Happ “Perfect-360” digital optical joystick, reproduction Astro City control panels, and more.

LizardLick.com also has you covered if you are completely new to the arcade scene, maybe you’re not even an enthusiast – maybe you just want to buy a pre-made multi-game arcade cabinet or cocktail cabinet. No problem! Lizard Lick stocks several versions of their Multigame Cabinets which come fully working and include the cabinet itself, multigame JAMMA board, joysticks, buttons, wiring, coindoor, monitor, and artwork including light up marquees.

On top of everything, LizardLick also sells specialty controller boards by Toodles. What’s that? Well, Toodles (a member of Shoryuken.com) created a circuit board that successfully emulates Playstation 1 -2- 3, Xbox, Gamecube, Wii, NES, SNES, and TurboGrafx 16 – ALL ON ONE SMALL BOARD. These are the boards that I use in my custom joysticks. They are called “Cthulhu“.  The secret is out!

Recently they have redesigned their site, and it looks fantastic. It’s also worth noting that they dropped the price on some of their most popular joysticks : the Sanwa JLF series and the Seimitsu LS-32 series are  priced at $22.95 and  $17.95 respectively.

SO let’s recap: LizardLick.COM has fantastic selection, great prices, reasonable shipping, and will most likely have exactly what you need. Not to mention they are located in the United States – no long delivery times or insane shipping costs (I always choose USPS Priority Flat Rate and stuff arrives on the third business day after ordering).

What are you waiting for – GO GO GO!

Lizard Lick Amusements

Phone: 919-810-9689

(the above image is copyright LizardLick Amusements – and used without permission. This is an unsolicited review. These are my opinions, and in no way were solicited by LizardLick)

Sky Force and Sky Force Reloaded for Android

Posted in Game News, Game Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2010 by Mat$kat

Readers of my blog certainly are aware of my nearly unhealthy love of shoot-em-ups or SHMUPS, right?

One would surmise that if a good shmup was available on a mobile platform, I’d probably be in love with it and play it while on the toilet at work – muttering, in hushed tones, about high scores and score multipliers, right?

Well, now you too can play a killer shmup – while on the toilet at work, or anywhere else for that matter, if you have a cell phone running Google’s Android operating system.

I’m a big fan of Android, and personally believe that Android is poised to kill the iPhone – but enough of that.

This is about games.

This is about mobile ship-flying, shoot-em-up action.

The games, graphically, look similar to the Donpachi series by shmup gods, CAVE. The similarity ends there as these have much lover bullet counts, but are just as challenging – incorporating touch controls and an auto-fire mechanic.

Both of these games ran fine on my Samsung Moment, running a modified Android v2.1 AND even better on my HTC EVO.

Both games are avaibable for free (in demo form) in the Android Market. The full versions run 1.99 Pound, roughly $3.50 USD.

Check out some pics.

Sky Force:

Sky Force QR Code

Sky Force Reloaded:

Sky Force Relaoded Sky Force Reloaded QR Code

*** Just a note: The Funny looking squares of black and white pixels there, yeah those are called QR Codes. If you have an Android device, you can scan them with any of the Barcode Reader apps on the market. Scanning the QR code will take you directly to the download link for each game. Cool huh? ***

Mushihimesama Futari v1.5 Review Posted!

Posted in Game Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2010 by Mat$kat

Mushihimesama!

Bug Princess!

Shooting legend CAVE releases their first region-free game for the Xbox 360!

Bullet hell at it’s finest, now available for all of us outside Japan.

Witness the splendor and read my rambling review here.

Cave Story Review is Posted!

Posted in Game Reviews with tags , , , on March 9, 2010 by Mat$kat

My review of Pixel’s masteful 2-D platforming opus is up. This oldie, but goodie gets better every time I play through it.

Cave Story is a fantastical, beautiful, old-school platformer reminiscent of Metroid and Castlevania. With beautiful sprites and a fantastic soundtrack, Cave Story is a treat for gamers young and old.

Read more here.