A handful of brief but interesting articles this week: Rusty may sound familiar to anyone who really keeps up on Castlevania lore, since it's basically a huge ripoff/homage developed for the PC98, although it stars a scantily clad anime chick as opposed to a hulkman barbarian; Hatoful Boyfriend has been making the forum rounds lately as a source of great comedy, considering it's a visual novel where you date pigeons; Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru is one of those "lost" Nintendo titles that they never bothered to localize, even though it's quite charming; and most NES fans probably know Kabuki Quantum Fighter for being that weird game where you infilitrate an organic computer and whip enemies with your hair, but you may not know it was actually a tie-in with a movie around the same time called Jipang, which in turn got a few video game sequel several years back, published by Konami, called 7 Blades. Very odd story behind all of thise!
Anyway I spent a good chunk of my Friday night playing this week's kusoge, Perfect Weapon, or at least trying to. It's not really as obscure as some of the awful games we feature here, as it's pretty well known to be an atrocious game, I was really just confirming it, plus it was lying around my room for some reason. I was under the impression it used digitized sprites, but it's actually set up like Resident Evil - of course a game focusing entirely on melee fighting using tank controls is already doomed to failure, and yet this one somehow goes several steps worse. And we're featuring Azure Dreams this week, since we released some localization files for a few Konami games over the past week. Keep your eyes out for more soon.