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Game-bit of the day 188: Sakura Wars So Long My Love (PS2)

By : Luis Zena
This is a pretty awesome game that combines dating sim with gameplay. It's a pretty good mix. There have been various games based on this series and believe it or not, this is the first we got in the States... it's a great gem! 

Game-bit of the day 187: Hakuoki (3DS)

By : Luis Zena
If you're looking to an adventure game with tons of text, then this is definitely up your alley. Hakuoki is a graphic novel with a very intriguing story that will keep you coming back for more. The game was originally released on the PSP but it's worth another look. 


Game-bit of the day 186: Persona 4 Arena (PS3)

By : Luis Zena
This is a pretty fun fighting game but beware of the online douche bags! I don't play this professionally or anything but it can be quite annoying. You better learn the controls well if you're going online with it.  

Retro Gaming News: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX Spanish Translation Released!

By : Luis Zena


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Game Review (by Garoth Moulinoski):

If there is a game that has eaten up more of my free time than I can remember, it’s this one. I wasted a lot of time playing Link’s Awakening. I would sometimes put different names for Link and pretend I was playing as that character, such as “Goku” and only using the Fire Rod, pretending I was using the Kamehameha. It’s silly, I know, but I was very young. It also illustrates how wonderful this game was.
The gameplay is a refinement of the original Legend of Zelda’s gameplay. Or would be, if A Link to the Past hadn’t been released first, but this game still feels closer to the original than LttP. You can move diagonally and you combine items together for the first only only time ever (unless you count the bomb arrows in Twilight Princess).
The graphics are superb. You can tell what everything is and although animations are simple, there’s a charm about them.
The sound for this game is good. Sound effects are good effective and the sound track is wonderful. Part of the game’s objective is to collect musical instruments, after all.
The story is more sophisticated than the first two Zelda’s. There’s a plot twist or two and it’s better fleshed out than in the first games. Not like I ever needed a deep story in a Zelda game than to go and beat up whatever villain was around.
I recommend this game to anyone with a soul. It’s probably the very best Zelda you could possibly play.

Description:

Complete spanish translation for the Gameboy Color game “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX” by CUE and Lukas.
This translation restores the censored scenes.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Name: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX v1.2 (UE)
  • Size: 1048576 bytes
  • CRC32: 06887a34
  • MD5: 7351daa3c0a91d8f6fe2fbcca6182478
  • SHA1: 1c091225688d966928cc74336dbef2e07d12a47c"

Retro Gaming News: The Legend of Zelda Spanish Translation Released!

By : Luis Zena


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Game Review (by Garoth Moulinoski):

If there’s a game that knows danger and adventure, it’s this one. You’re given a sword and then, you’re let off into the world to fight yourself through dungeons until you’re to collect all the required items to lead you to Ganon.
The game is rougher than its newer entries. You can only move in four directions and although Link moves pixel-by-pixel, it occasionally feels like an illusion as he still has to take a few steps, sometimes, to change directions that aren’t opposite to his current one. You never “swing” your sword, you only stab. Your money count is also your arrow ammo (but you still need to find a single arrow in order to use the bow). So the game is kinda weird. But it excels in atmosphere. You know you’re in a screwed up world when the only people you meet are hiding out in caves.
The graphics are primitive yet carry a charm about them like Super Mario Bros. or Final Fantasy do. At least you can tell what everything is.
The sound in this game is good too, although very limited. There’s only a few sound effects and like four tracks. It still manages to use them very well, however.
The story is simple. Ganon has kidnapped the Princess Zelda and you’re just the guy to go and rescue her. You have to collect the pieces of the Triforce the princess left behind in… dangerous dungeons, because no fair leaving them in an easy place, huh? Seriously, there’s no big plot twist or anything here. You go beat up bad guys until you rescue the princess.
I recommend this to any Zelda fan. I also recommend it for anyone who is into the action-adventure genre. Anyone looking for a challenge could also apply. This isn’t the game for someone who’s looking for a super deep story or a closed, “hey go from Point A to Point B” type of game. The world is open and you can literally go into the first three dungeons in any order you like.

Description:

This is yet another The Legend of Zelda translation into Spanish, but this one’s different! It’s been made to look like just an official translation released in Spain. The new script translation has been done thanks to the 2003 re-release (which fortunately was better written) and Legends of Localization’s exhaustive translation analysis. This includes hints properly indicated and credits staff names reverted to their real ones. Please enjoy this translation and don’t hesitate to contact me if you find any errors or issues!

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Legend of Zelda, The (E) (PRG1) [!]
  • CRC32: 3C07A00A
  • Legend of Zelda, The (U) (PRG1) [!]
  • CRC32: 02BB0C56"

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Retro Gaming News: Hammerwatch (PC)

By : Luis Zena



"This is an almost complete translation of Hammerwatch for PC.
Everything in the vanilla game has been translated, with the exception of minor strings found in the executable.
The patching process is pretty simple. You only have to copy the ‘assets’ folder to wherever you have Hammerwatch installed. It will not overwrite anything.
This translation was made for the 1.23 version of the game, but it should work on previous versions.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • v1.23"

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Retro Gaming News: Chess Academy

By : Luis Zena


"This is the full translation of the Chinese game Chess Academy for the NES. Everything is now in English and fully playable. This is not our version of chess. It is Chinese Chess.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Country: China
  • Rom Name: Chess Academy (ch).nes
  • CRC32: 1EC71E38
  • MD5: DCB3D986CE7E79E07D21CFAF24377E42
  • SHA-1: 5ACB590B0F3BCE67D4A78F999786382E4456A4BC"

Ads from the past 276: Blockbuster Video

By : Luis Zena

For people like me who couldn't afford every single release out there, there was Blockbuster Video. A nice little place where you could rent every new release out! It was one of the most awesome places ever! You would have to be there first when a new game was out for rent or else wait all weekend for the copies to be returned in order to rent them out. Those were the days....


Retro Gaming News: Rainbow: texture format converter

By : Luis Zena


"Rainbow is a tool intended to convert different graphics formats from video games assets to and from user editable images (like png). It currently supports almost every variant of the TIM2 format.
The main difference with other great tools like Tile Molester and Crystal Tile 2 is to provide direct support to proprietary graphics formats found in “new generation” consoles, like PS2, PSP, Wii, etc., instead of dealing with just the raw image data.
Features
  • The underlying image library has almost complete support to TIM2 texture files usually found in PS2 and PSP games. The app supports multi-layer, multi-clut, swizzled (PSP)/unswizzled TIM2 images with both linear, interleaved palettes, and segments headers eventually extended with custom user data (usually used by programmers).
  • Can open textures in any format supported by the underlying image library.
  • Can open whole folders in search of supported texture formats. All known texture files are then displayed in a list.
  • Can export and import textures in suitable image formats for editing (like png).
  • Any additional information specific to the texture is preserved when exporting/importing (like the TIM2 header data), in order to have a one-to-one correspondence with the original texture.
  • Customizable background color for transparent and semi-transparent images with chessboard like pattern.
  • Finally, Rainbow supports parameters via command line: the first parameter is the name of a texture you would like to open.
The GitHub repository in the relevant link contains the complete source code and more informations on how to use Rainbow."

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Retro Gaming News: Super Donkey Kong: Xiang Jiao Chuan

By : Luis Zena


"This is the complete translation of the Chinese game Super Donkey Kong - Xiang Jiao Chuan for the NES. It translates all in game text from Chinese to English. The game translates to “Super Donkey Kong - Banana Boat”. Enjoy!

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Country: China
  • Rom Name: Super Donkey Kong - Xiang Jiao Chuan (Ch).nes
  • CRC32: B9B35C5D
  • MD5: 2E6A76E110C4B6AEFD5153916F7DB328
  • SHA-1: C394DE9CC2E367DE65F22BC73E6F1982DD80FFA1"

Game-bit of the day 180: Darkstalkers (Sega Saturn)

By : Luis Zena
This is a very odd series which was never highly popular but was definitely respected in the fighting games community. The game is fun and play great. It was released by Capcom after all. Think of this as a Goth Street Fighter game. 


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