Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March 18 - Katawa Shoujo, Bari-Arm, Bean's Quest, Shinta Nojiri, and Top Banana kusoge

A slightly smaller update than usual, but hopefully this will allow us momentum to update a little more often, at least until some things settle.

Released quite recently, Katawa Shoujo is an erotic Japanese-styled western-developed visual novel about disabled girls. Seriously though, it’s actually very good, is well written and handles the subject matter with tact – the detailed write up should reflect this. Android Assault: The Revenge of Bari-Arm is a decent hori-shmup exclusive to the Sega CD, and featured in our shmup music video from a while ago. Also for shmup fans is the continuation of our iOS coverage, with Phoenix, Space Invaders Infinity Gene, Super Laser and Danmaku Unlimited. Another iOS game is Bean’s Quest, a surprisingly excellent platformer born from the control limitations of the hardware, which was just released on computer plarforms as well.

Following on from last week’s Jeremy Blaustein interview, we have an interview with Shinta Nojiri, who was recently in charge of developing NeverDead. He started at Konami with Policenuats and has been involved in almost every Metal Gear Solid title – along with these he discusses Ghost Babel on the GBC extensively. He also describes the difficulties facing Japanese developers. In the coming weeks we plan to publish a selection of Metal Gear themed interviews, given that this year marks the series’ 25th anniversary.

Your Weekly Kusoge is Top Banana for the Amiga, which is anything but, and the spotlight article is Lagrange Point, Konami's incredibly ambitious Famicom RPG, which has been greatly expanded by awesome reader Emanuele RodolĂ .

1 comment:

  1. It's nice to see Katawa Shoujo getting some of the love it deserves. Thanks to the guys at the (now-disbanded) 4 Leaf Studio. I really appreciate your write-ups on less mainstream, but just as deserving games. Keep it up!