Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Anthologies books on the horizon!

 

When it comes to publishers of classic video gaming tomes, there is none better than the French Geeks-Line Publishing! With a stable full of awesome retro gaming anthologies, you can trust in these guys developing and delivering a high quality page turning book.

Their latest campaign on Kickstarter is for an anthology on the NEC gaming systems that wowed us back in the day, the PC-Engine and its many iterations, aliases and also, the PC-FX. Check out the PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 and PC-FX Anthology Kickstarter now and if you are a fan of their books or the PC-Engine family of gaming systems, then this we’d highly recommend you jump on this right now!


image source: Kickstarter

If you are undecided, read our review of Geeks-Line’s PlayStation Anthology to see what you could expect with their upcoming PC-Engine/TurboGrafx-16 & PC-FX Anthology.


Thursday, October 29, 2020

Order of the Griffon review and... patch update?

Some of my all-time favorite gaming experiences growing up are with the classic SSI & TSR "Gold Box" Dungeons and Dragons adventure RPGs. I have fond memories of playing through Pool of Radiance which then got me hooked on the D&D world. So much that I read the collected Forgotten Realms books that correlated to the games! 
When I finally took the plunge into my beloved Turbo Duo universe I quickly sought out any and all RPG style games. I picked up Might and Magic III, Beyond Shadowgate, Dungeon Master: Theron's Quest and finally D&D Order of the Griffon! I was completely hooked on the gameplay style with excellent graphics, great puzzling dungeons, and fun strategic battles. BUT! One thing always bugged me about the game that kept it from truly being a top tier RPG for obey.  The EXCELLENT chip tunes had the strangest of bugs...  The music would at the strangest times totally glitch out and stop at the point of any action or sound effect.
   
Like for instance, while you're in a battle the music pumping out of your speakers rocks and gets you into the mood for WAR!  However, once you select an attack or magic spell and use one on an opponent the music comes to a halt.. and you're left.. in silence..  Often for many minutes while you're in a difficult battle. The music glitch even happens at the beginning of the game when you're selecting your party!  I really LOVE the soundtrack and wound up sitting still for quite a while to hear some of the cool chiptunes to completion, but most would never hear them fully with such a weird glitch. It's like, someone at SSI did playtest this right?

It was even pointed out in one of Spida1's more recent Turbo Views episodes in Turbo Views #120!  You can check out the review here:

In GREAT news, thanks to our awesome modder and homebrew community in the PC Engine scene you can check out a fix that was put together that corrects (most of) the music glitches in the game!  No longer do you have to fear that your awesome chiptunes will hault if you're attacking someone in a heated battle!  You can check out the ROM with the fixed game here!

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Space Ava 201 lands on PC Engine and Turbografx Super CD!

 "Space Ava 201: Quantum Field Theory is a single-player puzzle-adventure game for the TurboGrafx-CD.  It features multiple turn-based gameplay styles, a huge array of levels, and a colorful cast of characters who travel across galaxies in order to save the world and reconnect with a lost friend.


Space Ava 201 requires the Super System Card, a PC Engine Duo, a Turbo Duo, or some other compatible system, or it can also be played on an appropriately-configured emulator. Enhancements are available when run on the SuperGrafx or using the Arcade Card, but neither are required to enjoy the game."


Find out more information about Space Ava 201, and get a download link to the game here!

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

PC Engine Micro PCエンジンPT ???

                           
Not sure how many of you are following the brilliant twitter account for   にわ@チャンネル  and this amazing discovery of a MICRO PCE!!  A handheld device is being worked on in his freetime to bring an amazing quality produced PCE handheld Micro!  The build looks to use a mold inspired by the original PCE/Turbo controller look and feel!  Follow the twitter account above to stay on top of this information for this incredible new gadget!   https://twitter.com/NIWAchannel 








 

Monday, September 14, 2020

Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams Remasters are HERE!!

After nearly two years in production Dark City Productions is ready to ship copies of Cotton: Remastered by Haze!  Limited release is kicking off THIS WEEK with a certain amount of countries getting to the top of the list while others will have to hang tight for a bit. Regardless of when and where you'll get to experience this juicy update to the PCE/Turbo Super CD classic, it's time to celebrate with yet another awesome project from the man himself!


All of the awesome tracks have also been set aside for our CD-players on disc for us to cruise around with awesome disc done by the ever talented Sarumaru! If you have any interest in this project you better head over to DCP ASAP and get your copy today!  For ordering info - Check Here!

Monday, August 31, 2020

Farland Story FX Translation in Progress!

 Great news in the PC-FX scene!

Over at our little group on social media at We <3 PC-FX some amazing news came out about a guy working on a translation of one of the best RPGs on PC-FX!  Farland Story FX is being worked on for the English speakers dreaming to one day play through an FX RPG!

"Love to share with you guys first-hand something I've been working on. As a side-hobby I've been learning Japanese for the last two months and thought I could help the community with a English translation of Farland Story FX. I've been working on this for the past month and have reached a stage where I am comfortable to share it with others. If you would like to try it yourself, apply delta patch to your own CD ripped through TurboRip. "

The file is available within that FB group with encryption key. 

The Original poster mentioned; "I think I have spotted most of the text in the binary, I've played till stage 6 and all seems to be well. I will continue play it though to double check. I've also been able to replace some of the graphics tiles for the ingame menu words. However FMV remain untranslated, and the audio only dialogue still remains. Hope you like it!"

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Keith Courage Action Figure Box Set coming Feb 2020!

Hot on the heels of the Turbografx Mini coming in 2020 Konami has announced a rare pre-order bonus for those lucky to grab the offer off Amazon last year!

The Nova Suit was made famous in the game Keith Courage that happens to also be the original pack-in game with the Turbografx-16 when it hit state side in 1989. The release was infamous for being rather underwhelming in pushing the limits of the new "16-bit" console stateside. Aside from the goonie overworld area that Keith romped around killing cheese cheetahs and picking up coins to buy stuff from shops, the Nova Suit section proved to be pretty exciting and offered challenging gameplay. Many fans of the game wished the entire game was made up of Nova Suit levels!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

TurboGrafx16 mini, PCEngine mini, CoreGrafx mini Due out in March!



It's coming quickly and I am getting very excited! It's coming with 57 games already installed. They are taking pre-orders on Amazon for 99.99 without an adapter and 119.99 with an adapter.

The system uses a standard USB adapter and if your like me you have 10 of those adapters just lying around the house. So you wouldn't need an adapter. It also comes with the system and a controller.

Extra controllers and Turbotaps are sold separately for 24.99 and 29.99. I'm going to hold off on the extra controllers until I see if other USB controllers work as I have 4 of those as well.

But what a great deal. Basically getting the system all playable out of the box for about $1.75 per game. Plus if it's like the other mini systems, you will probably be able to load up every single game ever made for the system. We will talk about that later. It's just a great deal as is.
Order your TurboGrafx Mini 99.99
Order your TurboGrafx Mini for 119.99 adapter included

Cosmic Fantasy 2 for 3ds using RPG Maker FES

Hello everyone. Windancer here. It has been a very longtime. I've been working on a 3ds version of Cosmic Fantasy 2 for 3ds using RPG Maker FES. So far I'm really happy with the way it's turning out. 

RPG Maker FES is a bit limited as you cannot make your own assets such as music and sprites. But it comes with quite a few sound files and sprites that I think will get the job done.

So far I have mapped up to where you meet Medoshi Darva and the game is actually playable up to where you fight against Wizda. I'm having a great time doing it so far and I think it's looking good. At my current rate the game should be available to download sometime in March.

If you own a 3ds. All you need to do is download the RPGMaker player from the Eshop, it's a free app. You can then login to the RPGMAKER servers and download many, many free fanmade games by some talented storytellers. There's alot of unfinished games but quite a few finished. Well worth the download. Hopefully if all goes well Cosmic Fantasy will be available in March. Happy Gaming everyone I'm back!

Lastly, I'm so excited to get my hands on the Turbografx mini which comes out in March. I pre-ordered 3 of them. 1 for me of course and the other 2 as gifts for my kids. Let the bomberman wars commence! Pre-order yours at Amazon today!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Where have the forums gone?

It's been a pretty wild ride in the world of OBEY over the last year and a half. Our beloved pcenginefx.com forums have officially been closed (left in read only mode likely forever) after a bit of chaotic admin actions. Now where do we go to chat? Seems that a large chunk of us migrated over to random social media groups like Facebook to seek out conversation and trades, however it should be noted that two excellent sources of forum chatter have risen from the ashes!

One option is over at Sunteam Paul's PC Engine Software Bible forums at http://pcengine.proboards.com/  was the first to take a stand amidst the fall of pcenginefx. Many members that were banished from the forums landed here and the community is still going strong. Now it should be noted that this forum is a fresh start and only has history going back to 2018, so if you're looking for information that was discussed 10+ years ago you can still go through the original read only forums at pcenginefx.com or.....

Our second option is a more recently backed up database of the ORIGINAL pcenginefx forums with ability to post new content! PCEngine Fans over at https://www.pcenginefans.com/ The forum was built off of a backup taken prior to when the forums were taken down and is an excellent resource for all of your Turbo/PCE needs and has most of the rich history still intact.

I fully realize that it's been almost EXACTLY two years since a single post has been published on this blog, and I apologize for that. I'd like to start getting more content here, however finding time to post more is often a challenge with my schedule. If you, or anyone you know would like to contribute to the blog, please feel free to contact me and we can get you set up to post here!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

NANTETTATTE ENGINE starring ROM² For TurboGrafx-16 / PC Engine


Our friends at Aetherbyte have a special surprise just in time to wrap up OBEY month!  Nantettatte Engine is here and FREE for all to enjoy!  Our beloved PC Engine was released on October 30th 1987, and here we are 30 YEARS later with a new title to enjoy while bathing in memories of sweet shoot-em-up glory!  Check it out at the link below!

Taken from Aetherbyte.com-

Year: 6280AD
In the years following the Great Flush, the HuCOUNCIL decided to preserve all known PC Engine games and hardware in a secret vault within Mt. Fuji.
They encased the dormant volcano in an air-tight dome and suspended it above the barren, lava filled wastelands that Earth had become.
The evil Nintendoids and Segatrons were not so lucky. All of their items were lost. In a jealous rage, they have joined forces, intent on destroying the PC Engine vault!


 
Year: 198X 
Meanwhile, RomRom, relaxing near the beach, receives a distress signal on her HuPHONE...
from the HuCOUNCIL in the future!
She hops in her trusty AE86 and races to the meeting point, greeted by a PC Engine Shuttle fighter-ship!
The HuDRIVE engages and sends her speeding to the future, so she can save the PC Engine, and the future itself!



http://www.aetherbyte.com/aetherbyte-nantettatte_engine.html

Monday, August 28, 2017

UPER GRAFX details!!

Source: https://www.beep-shop.com/blog/8154/

Since it is unmodified and can output video of 720p from PCE, it has become a hot topic among retrogame fans as well as PCE fans from the beginning of the announcement " U-U-ku Furuuchusu ". BEEP will also start reserving a new version that enhanced its internal functions!

In the first place, " UPA Fururukushu " means 720p video output at the DVI - D terminal, as well as image quality, low delay of 1F at maximum, and even by saving save data by linking with a personal computer It is an item called. Moreover, since it is output from the DVI - D terminal, conversion to HDMI can be done easily.

This is realized by loading the game image data of CD - ROM 2 using a memory card instead of connecting it with Rom - Lom, so a substantial reduction in load time has been realized. Although its compatibility is not complete yet, it is planned to continue to increase with continued updates. These updates can be done by USB connection with PC.

· The capacity of the internal SRAM is changed from 2 Mbit to 4 Mbit. (→ Because this change is done after considering priority of keeping compatibility, this will not stop the software from working, and the use of the added RAM capacity is undecided.)


It is designed to maintain compatibility, and about performance is about the same thing.

Some people may already feel that the hurdle is high because of loading the game image data of the CD-ROM 2 in the memory card, but from loading the game image data to loading with this machine How to do is explained in an easy-to-understand manner in the official website.








For pre-orders or reservations:


 https://www.beep-shop.com/reserve-form/

Monday, July 24, 2017

Off the Wall prototype for PCE gets release!!

It may or may not be news to you that back in the 16-bit heyday, game developer "TENGEN" were signed on to develop games for our beloved PC Engine/Turbografx 16. They were working on many of the same games they released on Feka's 16-bit monster, the Mega Drive/Genesis.  Games like Klax, Marble Madness (unreleased for TG-16) and slightly lesser known- "Off the Wall".  A slightly less completed version of Off the Wall has been dumped to the net and is available for those willing to wield a Turbo Ever Drive or are using Emulation like "Magic Engine"!!



This has been teased a few times over the years. first by Nekofan a long time ago, then more recently by Jun Amanai who programmed that port and apparently own some versions of it. Comparing the version I obtained with Jun's, it seems that Jun's version is more recent and complete. This PC Engine build here seems to be a work-in-progress debug version, where you can skip levels at the press of a button, and not all features have been implemented. Still a cool thing! The files are below.
To see more from the actual article please check out -SMS Power Forums




Stay tuned for more info as we hear more!  ~

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Download 2 Remastered vs. Original Comparison


Video comparisons of the Electrohaze REMASTERED Download 2 for PC Engine! 




Check out Electrohaze at these fine links to get your own copy of this remaster and more!!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/269631716731726/

http://electrohaze.com/duo/index.shtml

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Gate of Thunder Remastered by: Electrohaze

 

Electrohaze said he would do it, so now he has done it! Taking all the music from Gate of Thunder and remastering it.  After working with EQ's for several hours making sure he wasn't clipping the music, fixing some fades, and even EQ'd tracks left and right channels one by one for a better stereo mix - We have a complete remastering of the original GoT soundtrack!




This task was an act of love to the Turbo community, and with enough support, hopefully we'll see more projects like this in the future!

Does Dark City Productions seem familiar to you?  If so, you are probably an old veteran of the 90s Turbografx scene!  DCP, The Turbo Pages, PCenginefx.com and Turbo2k.net were some of the first community pages available online back in the day that covered Turbo! It's great to see some life breath back into DCP today and can't wait to see new projects in the future!!


Check out Dark City Productions on FB for GoTR and other cool projects!