Dragon View – hybrid genre game from SNES

I haven’t played the game myself but when I stumbled upon it, it captured my attention. Because it is a hybrid genre Exploration Adventure+Beat ’em up RPG game.

You are walking over a land and then enter locations which switches the game into an action genre. Sounds familiar, right?

The graphics in this game is pretty nice. The 3D view of the overworld is pretty good for SNES.

The overall gameplay and design decisions are questionable and have downsides from what I read.

I could not write a good review of the game, but just today some channel I am subscribed delivered one. So check it out if you want to know about the game:

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Pushing Intellivision limits

Todays developers keep pushing the limits of some old consoles. While it’s common to see it with NES, Intellivision is end of 70’s beginning of 80’s era.

Below are interesting examples of new games on the old console.

Anthropomorphic Force is a vertical scrolling SHMUP with a robot. It has nice music and parallax background movement. The enemies in it are a bit repetitive and basic. However the bosses are huge and quite impressive for such an old console.

The game lands somewhere on the half way to the NES quality which is never seen back in the days. Have you seen Donkey Kong series on Intellivision? Just to have an idea how the games were back then.

The video is blurred. But that one shows more levels and bosses of the game:

Another interesting example is Mario port. It also looks better than any game back then. That guy also working on ports of some other games like Castlevania, Megan and Prince of Persia.

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Bubblegum stickers in 90’s in Russia

In 90’s in Russia a lot of people glued stickers on their fridges. Recently, some street artist with the nickname A11c1ear made large copies of these 90s stickers and put them on the streets. A lot of people felt huge nostalgia about these.

I don’t know how it was in other countries but the themes should be familiar. They are mostly about worldwide popular stuff like games, movies, cartoons etc. Like Mortal Kombat, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles to name a few.

Here is the video showing those huge stickers:

And here is few examples of 90s fridges:

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Sonic 30th Anniversary Symphony

All Sonic fans are probably already know about this. I am not that much a fan of Sonic, but I love stuff like this. Music from the game played with a full symphonic orchestra. With a good arrangement it sounds great and enjoyable!

This was put on youtube a week ago and I found out only today.

I set the start time mark to 14:50. It’s where the actual concert starts. And before that is some random music from the game and covers.

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Amico Intellivision – is it going to be dead born?

A very strange presentation of Amico Intellivision on E3 came out. It seemed for me that people were excited the most about Earthworm Jim 4. And they did not show any updates of the development of the game.

The games shown in the presentation looked mostly generic and outdated. It has a feeling of Action 52 cartridge. They say it’s a casual console to play together. But there are tons of casual games on mobile phones, and a lot of them look way better and attractive. Games shown on Amico look like they are generic games from 2000-2005, that were produced by small teams.

The platformer game Finnigan Fox looks just like thousands of similar indie games you can buy on Steam. It looks OK, but not even close to the best ones.

I don’t know if this gonna be a success. Maybe there are people who would enjoy to play such games. Maybe it can take a place to play cards and dice games, and other board games.

They say they have a special controller. But the only specific thing I saw is that you can shake dices and then throw them into a screen. Maybe that is amusing, but this is not enough. Make more stuff that can be specifically done using such controller. Like pouring a salt in a cooking game. Or maybe a steering wheel of a car. Maybe interactions with objects could be done using such controller. It also should be fun to do. I did not saw something like that in the presentation.

Dolphin Quest on 7:29, similar to Ecco The Dolphin, looked OK. They say it is the same team who developed the original title. However. The only game people seemed to be excited about was Earthworm Jim 4. It probably the only game to make people buy the console. But it gotta be a really good game that can please fans of the original ones.

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Irena Genesis Metal Fury

People keep making games for the old retro consoles. This is Irena Genesis Metal Fury for Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. The work in progress.

The game had successful campaign on Kickstarter, so mostly like it’s going to be finished. Tho there were cases when games got the necessary donations but then stopped. I think Sega+SHMUPs fans might be interested in such a game.

The graphics looks a bit amateur for my eye. Gameplay seems kinda OK.

Authors say it is inspired by classic games of the 90’s such as Thunder Force III / IVAero BlasterSuper Shinobi II and Contra Hard Corps.

I also see similarities with Gradius series.

Below is gameplay video of stage 1.

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Metal Slug Tactics – Reveal trailer

I hope everyone knows Metal Slug series. If you don’t know – it’s a great run ‘n gun platformer. I think one of the best in this kind of games.

Leikir Studio taking the visuals and place them into a different genre – a dynamic tactical RPG with roguelike elements. There are a lot of nice tactical games on SEGA, SNES, GBA. So this idea seems a nice blend of retro and more modern roguelikes type of games.

The trailer mostly shows a nice anime scenes. Not much of gameplay. But from what it does show we can see that the pixelart is good.

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GG Aleste 3 by M2

A while ago M2 company bought rights for Aleste series. The original developer was Compile. As you may know Compile developed Zanac and The Guardian Legend.

M2 created the Aleste sequel – GG Aleste 3. And it’s not just a new game. It is made on Game Gear system. So it’s a real ROM which can work on Game Gear console. It is available on Game Gear Mini. And also it is in Aleste collection on Nintendo Switch.

They captured Compile’s vibe pretty good. The game looks really nice. And has good soundtrack.

This immediately put a thought in my head. What if they could develop The Guardian Legend sequel? If someone is reading this and find this a good idea, then try to contact them and suggest them this idea.

Let us know on the forum or in The Guardian Legend’s discord chat with other fans: https://discord.gg/93C68CT

Here is the video of GG Aleste 3 full gameplay:

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The Guardian Returns guitar theme

The music loosely based and inspired by the music of the game. It mostly sounds different and on its own, but a few notes reminds you the game’s music.

This could be an actual soundtrack to some sequel or something. It has very Metroid’s music feeling. Something unexplored and unsettled. Like an abandoned city.

The actual music starts from 2:42. And when I listen to it feels too short. Just when I start gettin into the theme it just ends.

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Challenge at 90 fps

When you want to play your favorite game but the challenge is not as it used to be. Because you know the game too good. Well here is a way. Play it on a faster speed!

Letsplay from Carina – 90 fps Speed Challenge: The Guardian Legend

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