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Famicom game "Rampart" & Super Famicom game "Ghost Chaser Densei" get English fan-translations


The fan-translation community continues on, this time with translations for the Famicom game, Rampart and the Super Famicom game, Ghost Chaser Densei. Both translations were handled by the same team this time around. Thanks to Goncalo for the heads up!

Blast from the Past - Dr. Mario manga gives a wacky backstory to the puzzle game

The following info comes from the second entry in the Kodansha Media “KC Mario” series, called “Dr. Mario”

- Bowser cultivates the viruses in an attempt to conquer The Mushroom Kingdom
- once infected, the people of The Mushroom Kingdom laugh uncontrollably and cant’t stop
- Mario studies potential cures with the help of Princess Peach and Daisy
- the trio uses the Sky Pop to rain down capsules over the kingdom to save the day
- one virus escapes and infects Luigi
- Mario shrinks down in the Marine Pop to try and save him
- Bowser somehow also gets into Luigi’s body and Mario battles the viruses to save Luigi’s lif

NPD April 2017 - Nintendo Switch was the month's best-selling hardware, followed by NES Classic


The following comes from NPD Group analyst Mat Piscatella...

“Nintendo owned the top 2 platforms in unit sales for the month, with the Nintendo Switch at No. 1, followed by NES Classic.''

Kirby Super Star's development has ties back to the Famicom

Well here's something really interesting. Kirby Super Star, which came out on the SNES in 1996, actually has some development ties that go back to the Famicom! The devs were doing test animations for what would eventually become the character model in Kirby Super Star. You can check out more of the sprite sheets here.

Nincade wireless controller upgrade kit for NES/Famicom Classic Edition

It is no longer a dream to play NES games wirelessly.

NINCADE let's you use PS4/8Bitdo(iCade mode)/iCade/Wii remote/Wii U Pro Wireless Gamepads to play NES Classic Edition and Nintendo Classic Mini Family Computer.

NINCADE can bring a better gaming experience, better feel, and the same touched.

Overview

Are you dreaming to use your favorite wireless gamepad to play on Famicom and NES?

Yes, Brook made it.

With Nincade, there's no more gamepad restriction. You can use your favorite Bluetooth wireless gamepad to play games on Famicom and NES, which brings you best gaming experience.

NINCADE can simulate Nintendo Famicom/NES controller's signal. By the technology, you can use the controller of PS4 / 8Bitdo (iCade mode) / iCade / Wiimote / Wii U Pro wireless gamepad to play on Nintendo FamilCom mini/NES.

Grab yours here

Eskimo Bob - gameplay footage with the creator

Remember, this game is trying to get a physical release on the NES through Kickstarter. If you like what you see, you could always donate! Thanks to Leaffaarisclaus for the heads up!

LizardCube dev on revamping Wonder Boy, wanting to remake Zelda

UPDATE - A portion of this interview has been removed due to request.

A portion of a USGamer interview with LizardCube's Omar Cornut...

On revamping Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap for modern consoles

"Wonder Boy was part of me knowingly saying, 'I'm going to make this because it's my comfort zone, I know the Master System technology.' It was a mixture of aligning my interests: Sega Master System and making games. It was a game I was fantasizing about for fifteen years. I always wanted to make something with the series.

It was also sort of a cop-out in a sense that I wanted to start my company, but I knew that designing a new game is so terrifyingly hard. I was happy to make something that seemed easy. It's always ten times harder than you realize, but making the game was still comparatively easy. I've been wanting to do it for so long that it was easier to scratch that off my list.

Improving an emulated game is pretty hard and I don't think people have done it a lot. That was a more interesting problem than just converting all of the code. I thought it was more interesting to build this thing where I could improve an emulated game. I don't think that's been done before. It sort of emulation-based, but it's hybrid and weird. The game is mixture of hacking the original ROM and hacking the emulator."

On a desire to remake the original Legend of Zelda

"Part of me wants to make new games. The creative me is sort of ashamed to be making remasters. The technical me finds the process very interesting. If we were to make another remake, we need to find something that first we love enough and then this game has to be something we can get the license for. I wouldn't mind remaking The Legend of Zelda, but Nintendo is never going to let us."

RetroN HD announced

Supporting both PAL and NTSC NES cartridges, as well as shipping with a new premium controller called the "Cadet," the RetroN HD stands to be the best solution for NES gaming in our current gaming generation. The RetroN HD is available for pre-order in the UK and will be available on May 25th from FunStockRetro.co.uk.

"This is the best time to be an NES enthusiast," said Hyperkin Product Developer, Chris Gallizzi. "With the advent of the NES Classic Edition, Capcom's Disney Afternoon Collection, and just a general resurgence in 8-bit gaming, the RetroN HD is both the perfect time machine and gateway console for playing real NES cartridges in your modern living room."

Key Features

HD audio and video (720p) with 16:9/4:3 switch (HD cable only)
High compatibility for PAL and NTSC cartridges (via bottom case switch)
Premium classic-style "Cadet" controller (10 ft. cable)
3 ft. HD cable
6 ft. Micro USB charge cable with USB AC Adapter
Also includes AV ports with AV cable