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Super Famicom game "Undercover Cops" getting an official English release

A long time coming

Well here's something I don't think anyone saw coming! Undercover Cops originally saw release on the Super Famicom back in 1992, but was never localized. Retro-Bit is changing that, as an official English release has been revealed. Check out details ont he title below.

Retro-Bit® and Irem® have teamed up once again to bring another masterpiece to the West. Originally released in 1992, Undercover Cops joined other Irem® classics like Kung Fu Master, Blade Master, Ninja Baseball Man, and more at the arcades. Three years later, the arcade hit was brought to the Super Famicom® in Japan but was never released in North America or Europe. Now officially translated to English for the first time, you can answer the Mayor's call and experience Zan's techniques, Matt's powerful throws, and Rosa's dazzling abilities in 16-bit glory. You can even raise the challenge up even further to experience the true ending in Hard mode - if you can survive!

Multiple retailers around the world are going to stock the game, and that includes both standard and collector's editions. You can get a closer look at both versions and the retailers stocking this game here.

Switch Online Famicom/Super Famicom Collection update for Feb. 2021 (Psycho Dream, Shin Megami Tensei II, Mario's Super Picross, Solomon's Key 2)

Japan gets some exclusive titles

Just like in North America and Europe, the Switch Online Famicom/Super Famicom collections are getting more games as well. Due out later this month are Psycho Dream, Shin Megami Tensei II, Mario's Super Picross, and Solomon's Key 2. You can check out clips for each above.

Bandai Namco looks back on Tales of Phantasia to celebrate the franchise's 25th anniversary

The game that started it all

Bandai Namco is currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Tales franchise, and they're releasing special videos that look back on various installments. Above is a video tribute to Tales of Phantasia, which launched for the Super Famicom, and then the GBA years later. Take a dive back into this classic installment by giving the video a watch.

Famicom/Super Famicom Switch Online update for Dec. 18th, 2020: Donkey Kong Country 3, Kunio-Kun no Dodgeball, and more

Japan's retro lineup

The Famicom/Super Famicom lineup for the Switch Online service in Japan is a bit different than what North America and Europe are getting. Those in Japan can look forward to Donkey Kong Country 3, The Ignition Factor, Kunio-kun no Dodgeball da yo Zen’in Shugo, Sugoi Hebereke, and Smash Ping Pong.

Square-Enix celebrates Trials of Mana's 25th anniversary with new art, wallpapers, figurines, and music

Celebrating 25 years

A Square-Enix artist has already shared some new artwork to celebrate Trials of Mana's 25th anniversary, but it turns out the company actually has more in the works to celebrate.

First up, Square-Enix will be running a poll for the six protagonists of Trials of Mana in order to see which is the most popular.
The winner of the poll will get new artwork by character designer Haccan. The poll is set to run until Oct. 13th, 2020.

Along with that, a new set of wallpapers has been released. You can take a look at each one in the gallery above.

A series of Square-Enix Bring Arts action figures for Duran, Angela, Kevin, Charlotte, Hawkeye, and Riesz were also announced, and they'll be sold in sets of two. The Duran and Angela Bring Arts set will launch on August 28th, 2021, Charlotte and Kevin Bring Arts set will launch on September 25th, 2021, and the Riesz and Hawkeye Bring Arts set will launch on October 30st, 2021. Each figure set will be 21,780 yen.

Finally, the soundtrack from the original Super Famicom release of Seiken Densetsu 3 is now available to stream. You can find it on Spotify, Apple Music, AWA, and LINE MUSIC.

Satellaview title BS Fire Emblem: Archanea War Chronicles gets an English fan translation

A long-lost Fire Emblem revived

The Super Famicom's Satellaview add-on never saw release outside of Japan, which means there's a small handful of exclusives Nintendo fans in the rest of the world never got to see. Extremely dedicated fans have been doing their best to help those games live on outside of Japan, and today they've released their latest project.

The Satellaview saw release of BS Fire Emblem: Archanea War Chronicles, which is basically a collection of four maps that are set before Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. The game includes the Grust knight Camus, the Macedonian princess Minerva, and six new playable characters that wouldn't reappear until Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem on Nintendo DS.

While most of this Satellaview content was remade for Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem, it's nice to see the originals get a chance to shine. It's very unlikely Nintendo will step in and squash this project, so hopefully if you're interested, you can play this fan translation without worry.

New line of Hobonichi MOTHER Project merch revealed

More irresistible items for fans

The Hobonichi MOTHER Project has already given us a ton of great MOTHER/Earthbound merch, and now a whole new wave is on the way. Check out a breakdown of the newly-revealed items below.

- MOTHER Earth silver necklace (Â¥19,800)
- Franklin badge (Â¥3,850)
- brass key ring (Â¥7,700)
- Starman brass pin (Â¥4,400)
- glass bead pixel art charms (Â¥2,530)
- towels (Â¥3,300)

Fan builds his own SNES Playstation add-on

Rewriting history

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📀 닌텐도 슈퍼패미콤 CD롬 "Nintendo SNES CD-ROM" 닌텐도가 슈퍼패미콤 시절 기획했던 슈퍼패미콤 CD롬입니다. 소니가 슈퍼패미콤과 CD롬을 결합한 플레이스테이션을 들고 왔을 때 까지 않고 합작했더라면 게임 시장의 운명이 바뀌었을지 모릅니다. 만약 그대로 발매했더라면 어떤 모습일까 상상해 기기를 만들어 봤습니다. 자세한 구동 영상은 다음번 포스팅으로 찾아뵙겠습니다. This is the Super Famicom CD-ROM that Nintendo planned on 1988. The fate of the game market may have changed if Nintendo had collaborated with Sony. I made a device to imagine what it would look like if it had been released as it was. I'll be back with the detailed running video next time. ♊️ #플스 #플레이스테이션 #닌텐도 #소니 #닌텐도플레이스테이션 #슈퍼패미콤CD롬 #슈퍼패미콤 #ps #playstation #nintendo #sony #nintendoplaystation #snes #snescdrom ✡️ #게임 #레트로게임 #추억의게임 #게임스타그램 #ninstagram #retrogamer #retrocollective #collection #retrogaming #videogames #retrogames #games #ニンテンドー #セガ #レトロゲーム #ゲーム 🙆‍♂️Special Thanks to @solvalou_works @gcollectus

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The SNES Playstation was almost an official product. A collaboration between Nintendo and Sony, the SNES Playstation would have been an add-on for the SNES that would allow for CD game play. It was basically the PS1 as we know it nowadays. Instead of seeing release, Nintendo got cold feet at the last minute, and the deal was nixed. Sony went on to release the hardware on their own and called it the Playstation, and the rest is history.

While there is indeed a SNES Playstation prototype out in the wild, that's a pricey collector's item. What if you want one, but you don't have the endless amounts of cash needed to buy the prototype? You make your own, of course! That's exactly what Gamer_Iafan has done!

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📀 Super Famicom CD-ROM 구동방법입니다. 간단하죠.😄👍 Simple work👍 🙆‍♂️Special Thanks to Korean No.1 Retro game Technician : @solvalou_works Korean No.1 Plamodeler: @gcollectus ♊️ #슈퍼패미콤CD롬 #닌텐도플레이스테이션 #플스 #플레이스테이션 #닌텐도 #슈퍼패미콤 #superfamicomcdrom #nintendoplaystation #ps #playstation #nintendo #snes ✡️ #게임 #레트로게임 #추억의게임 #게임스타그램 #ninstagram #retrogamer #retrocollective #collection #retrogaming #videogames #retrogames #games #ニンテンドー #セガ #レトロゲーム #ゲーム

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The add-on was made by taking some parts of the Satellaview Super Famicom attachment and reworking them. The final result looks pretty damn close to the real thing, and better yet, it all still functions! As you can see in the video above, the add-on can be stacked up and used to play actual PS1 games. A glimpse of what could have been if Nintendo went ahead with the partnership.

Famicom/Super Famicom Switch Online: Shin Megami Tensei, Donkey Kong Country, and Gun-Dec coming in July

Heavy hitters incoming

The next Switch Online Famicom/Super Famicom update for Japan has been announced. Later in July, Switch Online members will be able to enjoy Shin Megami Tensei and Donkey Kong Country for the Super Famicom, as well as Gun-Dec for the Famicom.

Square-Enix grabs a new trademark for Live A Live (UPDATE)

It's A Live!

Live A Live hit the Super Famicom all the way back in 1994, and was the directorial debut of Chrono Trigger director Takashi Tokita. The game eventually saw release on the Wii U and 3DS Virtual Consoles in Japan, but today it seems Square-Enix isn't done with the game yet.

Square-Enix has just grabbed a new trademark for Live A Live in Australia, which gives hope for the game to get localized. Live A Live has never seen release outside of Japan, but with this trademark, many are thinking that an English remake or re-release could be in the works.

UPDATE - A trademark for Live A Live has also gone live in Europe as well.

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