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Old 05-15-2018, 10:31 AM
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Thanks for the awesome Let's Play! I loved all the gifs. Feels appropriate that this game about psychic powers comes down to jump kicks.
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Man though, I love how anime that final battle is, even if the mechanics don't quite measure up to the tension it creates. Rucia gets all burning justice and then they battle in midair? It's not often that a female protag in a Japanese game gets to do that.

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Well, that was an out of left field finale.
I think anyone expected the Dr Knavik betrayal right from the start (specially with that evil-sounding name)... but a flying kick duel?

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Speaking of style, you don't have to remove all this collapsing platform, but if you're me you do.
Haha, yes, so would I. I've felt your pain all through this LP.
It is visually pleasant to see, though, in those neat gifs, so thank you for that. Your suffering was not completely in vain.

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Cecile reveals that Dr. Knavik, their terrible boss, was responsible for everything. Lucia is apparently stunned by the news.
I think she rather looks like she's sooooo tired of this shit. And now her boss turns out to be the mastermind of this whole charade? When he could've just attacked right there at the lab and be done with it?

Also this is a guy who sees she can fly, shoot fire, water/ice, paralyzing beams, make herself invulnerable for a while, heal herself, explode every enemy within a given radius... and comes to the conclusion that makes her not powerful enough to beat him, who can.... also fly, and tackle while in the air.

Yeah, I can sympathize.

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Wait, it was Rucia all along? That's a bit unfortunate, given that in Spanish it sounds like a female rucio.

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Thanks for reading, and special thanks to Sensenic and Erilex for their translations.
Yay, thank you for this great LP and the great gif's and image editing!


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PS: Only now, at the last update, I notice that in the HUD the powers are divided between shot types in the vertical-horizontal axis, and non-shot-related ESP-spending powers in the corners.
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Great LP! I didn't even notice it until today, so I got to read the whole thing in one go.
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Thanks for the awesome Let's Play! I loved all the gifs. Feels appropriate that this game about psychic powers comes down to jump kicks.
The greatest psychic power of all...
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This was an awesome look into a game I hadn't heard of before! Thanks for sharing Yimothy!
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This game is rad, and so was this LP!

I really dig the penultimate boss, with the way it requires you to use most of your powers intelligently. A much better end to the game than MIDAIR KICK BATTLE.
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The kick battle is more of a ďBut thou must!Ē semi-interactive cutscene than a boss fight, I think. So far as I can tell you canít die, and it loops until you press right enough times.

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A much better end to the game than MIDAIR KICK BATTLE.
Yes yes I agree better does mean worse
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Old 05-22-2018, 07:37 AM
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Default Cecile, I'll Certainly Save You... Let's Play Psycho World

OK, how do I start this thing?



Right, there we go...



"Cannot execute a BASIC ROM"? Is this gonna work?



I guess it will. Only one thing to do:



Come on...



Looking good!



Nice little animation...



This sounds familiar.



Doctor K. is a little more forceful in this version.



SMS version: "One day a section of the lab blew up." This version is more sinister right off the bat.



SMS version of the first panel: "Wow! What was that!"



SMS: "Hang in there, Sis. I'll save you."


Hello again, and welcome to Let's Play Psycho World, the 1988 MSX2 original version of Psychic World.



It's got a better cover than the SMS version, I'll give it that. Apparently 6800 Yen was worth about $53 US in 1988, equivalent to about $110 US today. Pricey! I wonder what it goes for now?



This floppy disc only copy on eBay has an asking price of $900 US, so I guess it's appreciated. Yowza. I looked that up because I thought I might like to own a copy, but for that price I want the manual at least. Geez.


This is not a game I'm very familiar with, and the MSX2 is not a computer I'm familiar with. I make no promises for the remainder of this LP. As far as I'm concerned, I've discharged my duty by finishing the SMS game. That said, I'm planning to do the whole thing, probably in a bit less detail than I did for Psychic World and aiming to highlight the differences between the versions.

Speaking of differences, the text here is slightly different from the SMS version. Psycho World was only released in Japan, in Japanese. I'm playing a fan translation. It seems like it's actually the second fan translation released for this game, which is kind of nuts. The first one, which doesn't seem to be available online anymore (though I haven't looked very hard), was done by a French guy who speaks English but had to machine translate the Japanese. Dunno how that turned out. Seems to me like they could have used the perfectly adequate SMS text, which is almost the same as this version but mostly reads better, in my opinion.

The pictures were also redrawn for the SMS, I assume because of reduced storage capacity on the cart. I mostly like the SMS ones better, but I grew up with them. The MSX versions I think are more ambitious, but don't always land so well. That said, I like some of them, like the shot of Lucia pulling on her jacket, the next panel with the inset of her face, the doorway shot, and especially the animation of her opening her eyes going to the title screen, which was pretty nice on SMS but is fantastic here.

So far I've played and taken shots of the first level, but I'm still working on some material for the bonus post for that one, so the first proper update of the MSX version will be up either in an hour or two or else sometime in the next few days. See you then!

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Old 05-22-2018, 07:44 AM
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Here's a poster that came with a later game by the same company, Hydefos. It's pretty much the same as the cover, but the text is moved around, showing Lucia's hair more clearly and covering her boots and the lightning ball in the background. Plus I guess they got MSX magazine's BHS Award for 1988, whatever that is.



Here's the back of the poster, again similar to the back cover. There are some labels that weren't there before, on the map and the first two bosses. I still don't speak Japanese, so the finer details of the differences in the text are beyond me.
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The text above the map says something like,

"Introducing one part of Psycho World!"

The top right box points to "Pyramid," bottom middle says "Country of Ice," and the bottom left says "Lava Zone." The text next to the Chimera says "Boss of the Plains: Super Chimera G (Giant)."

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Here's a poster that came with a later game by the same company, Hydefos. It's pretty much the same as the cover, but the text is moved around, showing Lucia's hair more clearly
Hmm... Does ESP stand for Extreme Static-Electric Pompadour?
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Old 05-23-2018, 01:48 AM
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But wait, there's more?!

Yay! \o/
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Old 05-23-2018, 08:32 AM
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OK, let's kick off with the game proper.



Data load? I guess I can save in this version. Let's see if there's a save file already:



Not on the disk, I guess.



Not on the PAC, either. That's the Panasonic Pana Amusement Cartridge, which contains 4K of SRAM for saving games. Thanks, Google!

Enough messing around! Let's hit start!



Oh. The SMS version didn't have this. Incidentally, I never managed to get this far in the Japanese version because I couldn't read the menu and it also puts up a confirmation prompt when you click start.



Here we go! World 1!



I try out Lucia's basic abilities. Jump and fire both work. I also have access to Shield right off the bat. You might notice a flickering row of pixels - I'm pretty sure that's not supposed to be there, and I found a way to get rid of it just in time for the last .gif of this update, at which point I wasn't going to go back and redo all the earlier ones. Let's check out this ladder:



Woah! Vertical scrolling! The SMS version didn't have that. What's up here, anyway?



As she collects a Shield power-up, the clouds part to reveal the lands before Lucia. Let's get a look at a still shot:



This is the world map, as seen on the back of the box. At the bottom right is the first stage, the river-crossed plains. Looks like the volcano is to the left of that, the ice field above the plains, and the pyramid up top. If the fortress is on here I don't recognise it (maybe the middle left?), and there's some other stuff we'll have to figure out as we get to it.



Heading back down I notice that this version doesn't have transparency on the Psy-cannon.



The opening of the stage proper is pretty much identical to the SMS version. Maybe I won't have to document many changes? One change that is on show here is to the running. Instead of automatically starting to run after a few seconds, on MSX you start moving, then release and repress the key to run. I haven't really adjusted to it yet, but in theory having control over that will make things easier. Also of note in this gif is the smooth horizontal scrolling, something the MSX2 isn't really known for. I'll talk more about that later.



The lava is new. Barely touches Lucia's health bar, though. Speaking of which, the health and ESP bars are a bit fancier in this version. They even have shadows! They look pretty good, but I find them a little harder to read while I'm playing than the simple bars on SMS.



Carrying on I fight a few more enemies, and get a B Block, the first I've seen so far. Unlike on SMS, not every enemy drops something in this version. In the last panel I come across what looks like a hole in the ground:



And indeed that's what it is. A little health boost won't go astray.
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Old 05-23-2018, 08:35 AM
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I pick it up and head topside. The screen Lucia comes up on is the same one she would have reached had she skipped the hole. This gif demonstrates my difficulty with the new way of running, with Lucia taking some lava damage as a result.



Like on SMS, this version has running water that drags you along. Whee!



Here's something I mentioned during the SMS game: Lucia's hair part is on the same side (screen left, her right) whichever way she's facing in this version. It's the little things, you know?



The flower is back, and it's basically the same fight. The power up immediately doubles the size of Psy-cannon to hit high and middle. At this point on SMS it was doubled in power but just hitting at middle height.



I reach another hole, this one containing the Teleport power.



I give it a go. I'm finding the power select a bit harder to activate in this version, not that I was great at it on master system. Teleport on MSX only takes Lucia back to the river area, rather than the start of the stage.



This is where the flower was before. It's still gone, so I can't grind for Psy-cannon upgrades like I could on Sega.



Up ahead is a dead end with another hole, containing another flower. It's arguably easier than the first because you can jump on the upper platform to avoid the root attack, plus your firepower is doubled. On the other hand, it's harder to dodge the flower attack. Beating it gets Lucia a Shield upgrade.



It took me quite a while just now to figure out why I'd made this gif, but I got there: I cross over 10,000 points and get an ESP refill. Doesn't look like Lucia got it all back, though.



Carrying on we find these floating platforms. They turn regularly, and the hot side will cause injury.



The sky ominously darkens as Lucia continues onwards. This next gif is spoilerpopped for flashing lights:



It's the Super Chimera! Just like on SMS it rises from the ground and throws fireballs at Lucia, though this time they come from different angles. A little more dodging is required, but it's about as easy as the other version. Lucia gets Hydro-wave for her troubles.



And that's the stage!



I save to disk, because I don't know if I have a PAC.

Next time:



Lava Zone.
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Old 05-23-2018, 08:38 AM
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What extra things do I have for you this time?

TALK mode:



Pressing F4 on the opening screen allows you to change the game mode, and with it Lucia's clothing colour. According to the readme, MAXUP mode gives more HP and ESP, POWER mode allows you to use keys 1-9 to select the psychic powers (sounds useful), EXTRA mode allows you to get TALK mode by pressing F5, and TALK mode lets you speak to enemies. NOMAL mode is just normal mode. TALK sounds pretty interesting, let's check it out:



You have to take a hit to get it to activate. There seem to be three phrases which repeat. I don't have any Japanese, so I spent far too long with a hiragana and a katakana table and google translate to produce the following:

Panel 1:
Hiragana: きやん
Roman letters: Kiyan
?English: Cancellation

Pretty sure I have this wrong, since the character I took as や is different from the first character in the second panel which is more clearly や. This pixel font is a bit hard to make out, especially for a novice like me. Still, I can sort of imagine "Cancellation" as a curse.

Panel 2:
H: やめてよもあ
R: Yameteyomoa
?E: Stop it

This one makes a lot of sense.

Panel 3 & 4:
H: しんじわら でしよ !
R: Shinjiwara deshiyo !
?E: I am at it!

This sort of makes sense.



Panel 1:
H: いたいよあ
R: Itaiyoa
E?: You look (or "Hurts Joah")

"Hurts" sounds right, dunno about "Joah" or "You look"

Panel 2:
H: ばりわあ
Bariwaa
Knowledge

This came up as I activated Shield, so "Knowledge" sort of makes sense as Lucia uses her ESP knowledge. Dunno. Speaking of shield, look at my HP! I rushed through the level pretty carelessly, and I was deliberately taking hits to capture the dialogue, so I'm almost dead. That's a worry.



Two things of note here: Lucia can't damage the flower from behind, and Excharge isn't working! It did work when I played through on normal mode. Is this part of TALK mode? Am I going to have to git gud to capture all the talky bits? This might not work out.



As it turns out, the problem was that although Lucia starts with Shield, she can't Excharge at its lowest level. On my main run, I went up the ladder at the start and got the first upgrade. On the TALK run I skipped that, to my chagrin. Note that the Shield icon changes colour and gains an outline when I pick up this power-up after the second flower.



There's a brief conversation before the boss:

Panel 1:
H: あなたは だあれ?
R: Anataha daare?
?E: You are?

Panel 2:
H: わたしが
R: Watashiga
?E: -
Google translate didn't get me anything for this, even though I'm probably more confident I got the right characters here than in any other image. Maybe this is the boss's given name? Googling "Watashiga" it looks like it just means "I am" or something like that.

Panel 3:
Katakana: ス-パ- キマイラ . G
R: Su ichi pa ichi kimaira . G
?E: Scan one path one Chimera G

I tried to get too clever here, mistaking the dashes for the Japanese numeral for 1. Katakana is often used for loanwords, so I should have tried saying it aloud. It's "su-pa kimaira G" - Super Chimera G. No idea what the G is for.

Panel 4:
H: だよん
R: Dayon
?E: Tavern

I have very little faith in this translation. Again one of the characters (the one I've taken as よ) looks about right, but the pixel font has another character that looks like the same one (see the second (and fourth) panel of the first talking image above).

So the complete dialogue, best as I can do:
Lucia: Who are you?
Boss: I am The Super Chimera, G.



I hadn't realised at this point that I could excharge, so I died here. The text is one of the same phrases as earlier hits, but goes off the edge of the screen and appears on the opposite side, with a few characters lost over the edge (more on that later).



Picking up the boss's drop gets one more phrase:

H: やつたあ !
R: Yatsutaa!
?E: I did it!

Google translate didn't get this one, but I thought it sounded familiar so I did a normal google search on it and found some forum posts. I think this (skip to 1:10, don't have your volume too high) was where I'd heard it before.

Anyway, obviously my success in figuring out what's being said has been limited. I'm hoping someone reading can help me out? I'm planning to keep the TALK mode run going in parallel, so I expect there'll be at least a boss dialogue per stage.

OK, what else?

Scrolling:
This version of the game features vertical scrolling, which the SMS version did not, along with horizontal scrolling (which it did). The vertical is kind of annoying for me, actually, since scrolling greatly increases the size of gif files so more of it makes it harder to keep them down. The horizontal seems unremarkable, but actually this is one of the few MSX2 games to manage it so smoothly. I'm not very familiar with the platform, but as I understand it, the MSX is bad at any kind of scrolling. The MSX2 has hardware support for vertical scrolling (maybe for vertical shmups?), but not for horizontal. As a result, a lot of games scroll in chunks, like this. So what's Psycho World doing?



It turns out the game isn't using all of the screen's real estate. Eight pixels on each side of the screen are blocked out by black sprites (I've been cropping this dead space out). This is actually kind of like how the SMS does scrolling - games with horizontal scrolling run at a horizontal resolution of 248 pixels instead of 256, the other eight being hidden by the system and used for scrolling. Unlike the SMS though, this isn't a planned feature of the MSX2, so Hertz had to be more clever. There is actually a limited facility for hardware scrolling in the system: the image can be moved left or right up to sixteen pixels to compensate for analogue displays that might not project centrally. This is supposed to be set by the user if needed, but Psycho World uses that function to scroll one pixel at a time, shifting the whole image back eight pixels at the end of each tile. This obviously looks ridiculous, so the edges of the screen are obscured with black sprites, cutting into how many can be displayed on screen at a time. In the image above, I've turned off sprites, causing Lucia to disappear and the edges to appear.

Let's check out the scrolling with the sprites gone:



It's pretty clever, even if it does eat a bit of the sprite budget. I mentioned earlier that when text is near the edge it wraps to the other side with a couple of characters lost - I think they're under the black sprites. I tried to get text to appear with the sprites off, but they didn't show. Must be sprites as well.



Incidentally, it appears that Lucia's shots are not sprites. Maybe that's why their background isn't transparent.



While I have the sprites off, here's the map appearing and disappearing without any pesky sprites in the way.

Concept art:



Here's Lucia's sprite on paper. I noticed that, although this implies that the body is just mirrored with a different head to change facing, there's an extra pixel at the bottom right of the left facing sprite that isn't on the right facing one. I had another look at the in-game sprites:



Check it out! When she's standing at least, Lucia's shadow is cast to the right whichever way she's facing. Good stuff, Hertz. On SMS, the shadow is behind her, whichever way she's facing.

Despite that failing, I mostly like the look of the SMS version better. That's gotta be at least in part because that's the version I played as a kid, but there are also some technical differences. I think the MSX version tends to have more detail, probably because of more storage capacity, as seen in the much bigger intro cutscene images, but also in the clouds and mountains in this first stage. On the other hand, the MSX has 16 simultaneous colours to the SMS's 32, and I think it shows. Here's SMS Lucia:



Her belt is more detailed, her boots are a different colour to her dress, and there's more colour in the headband. I think the MSX has pretty strict restrictions on sprite colours. Still, it's not a bad looking game, and I look forward to seeing the rest of it.

That's it for today!

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The short answer for what you're doing wrong with hiragana identification is that there are 'small' versions of a few characters that are used to produce dipthong-like sounds (the small や ('ya') is meant to affect the 'ki' next to it so it's more like kya -- I think 'kyan' isn't supposed to be anything more than an interjection of pain) or to double-up certain sounds (I think that's actually an お ('o') in yameteomoo, meaning the o is held for an extra 'beat' or syllable; the つ ('tsu') in やつたあ should be small too, since it's meant to provide a doubled-consonant (a bit like a glottal stop) sound between the ya and ta, more like yat-ta)

Some of these characters are really hard to make out though and I don't blame you being confused by it
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That makes a lot of sense. I did notice that the tsu was smaller than the other characters, but in my near-total ignorance of Japanese and how itís written I didnít realise that was significant. Thanks!
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Here's what I got out of the little phrases, in the order of your screens:

ETA: Screens added for clarity.



Kyan! = Generic, feminine cry of annoyance or displeasure. Basically "EEK!"

Yameteyo moo = "Stop it already!"

"Shinjatto desho!" = "I'm done for!"
I'm not actually sure about this one.



Itaiyoo = "Ooouch!"

Bariaa! = "BARRIER!"



"Who the heck are you?"

"I...am SUPER CHIMERA G!"
(the "dayon" at the end of this just adds emphasis and also sounds a little bit comedic. Kinda like adding "....obviously.")



"Yattaa!" = "I did it!"

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Wow! Talk mode. This is so crazy and cool.



Shame Lucia gave up her cool jeans and jacket combo for an action dress
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Regarding the scroll, now the last paragraph (the previous ones are just a narration of the intro) in the back of the poster makes more sense - Didn't translate it before because I was missing a couple of words (and I was at work, that too, natch) but here it goes (again, being overly literal here, just for the sake of comprehension, not trying to adapt anything):
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Originally Posted by Psycho World Back Cover blurb - last paragraph
Many worlds that spread along a screen with a smooth horizontal scroll! Its breathtaking story that you wouldn't believe an action game to have and its animation will surely leave you wonderstruck!
Truly the Scrolling was a big selling point!
And no, after hyping the story that much the animation does not have any kind of qualifier, it's just that, "the animation". Surely this wasn't the only MSX with animated sprites in it?

And Talk Mode is freaking awesome! This shouldn't be hidden behind a cheat, this should've been a toggle in the options - and also proudly announced in the blurb!

Just one punctualization on Drac's translation:

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"Shinjatto desho!" = "I'm done for!"
I'm not actually sure about this one.
She's saying "Shinjau desho!" = "I might die!"
It's... really cute, though, she's basically "scolding" the monster, as in "Don't hit me any more, I could die, you know!"
Like you'd scold a kid for hitting sth fragile, as it may break, and we wouldn't want that, now, would we?

It's a similar effect with the Super Chimera (G) - It appears all solemnly and it announces its name in bolded, hard edged katakana... and then finishes with a cute/silly "dayon!"

EDIT the 1: Oh, and also, on the cutesy aspect, she's definitely not saying "Who the heck are you", but that elongated "a" in "daare" denotes, again, a singing or childish tone: "Who aaare you?"

It is all being played very silly, childish and cutesy - the English word "Barrier" being written in hiragana (the first syllabary children, and new Japanese students, learn to read & write) is also a clue.

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Google translate didn't get this one, but I thought it sounded familiar so I did a normal google search on it and found some forum posts. I think this (skip to 1:10, don't have your volume too high) was where I'd heard it before.
See also, very famous yatta.

Also this.

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Check it out! When she's standing at least, Lucia's shadow is cast to the right whichever way she's facing. Good stuff, Hertz. On SMS, the shadow is behind her, whichever way she's facing.
Really neat!

EDIT the 2: I also noticed that when she shoots the shadow goes to her back - the flash she's producing makes her project a shadow backwards!
Very clearly seen here:


I choose to believe this was another detail made on purpose.
EDIT the 3: Oh, and when she's facing left the shadow doesn't switch. It IS made on purpose.
Hertz sprite artists, my hat goes to you.

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Thanks Sensenic, that verb tense was throwing me off!

In general the little bits of dialogue add a cute and funny aspect to the game that wasn't really there before. I love it.

Oh and I also think I like Lucia's purple dress in this version. On Sega, the pink was a bit too close to her flesh tone, which made the details get lost (when she didn't have shield, on anyway).
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Oh hey, you replied while I was editing, added a couple more notes on the cutesiness of it if you want to check.

You're welcome!

I love it as well, it's a really original and neat touch.
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While I understand the whole thing is that it was mostly targeted for Game Gear with Master System as nearly an afterthought (only in Europe!), it's a shame the MSX2's lovely OPL soundtrack didn't show up on SMS.
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Thanks for the translation work, everyone! やった!

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the last paragraph (the previous ones are just a narration of the intro) in the back of the poster
Not to create more work, but I've been wondering: how good is the fan translation of the narration? I'm not sure if what's on the box would be exactly the same as the in game text they would have been translating, of course. I feel like the SMS version mostly reads better, particularly "Hang in there, Sis. I'll save you." versus "Cecile, I'll certainly save you...". At a guess, I'd assume the latter is a more literal translation and the former more a localisation using an idiom that I assume is not present in Japanese.



Here's the original text. Without being able to read it, the punctuation makes it look a lot like the fan translation. Also, I strongly disagree with the choice made by the fan translators to convert the spaced out ellipses a single character. One specific question: Are the sisters volunteers in the original, as they are in the fan translation but not on SMS?

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And Talk Mode is freaking awesome! This shouldn't be hidden behind a cheat, this should've been a toggle in the options - and also proudly announced in the blurb!
My guess is that it's hidden because it's kind of silly and not supposed to be canon. For all I know, though, the manual tells you how to activate it.

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EDIT the 2: I also noticed that when she shoots the shadow goes to her back - the flash she's producing makes her project a shadow backwards!

I choose to believe this was another detail made on purpose.
EDIT the 3: Oh, and when she's facing left the shadow doesn't switch. It IS made on purpose.
Hertz sprite artists, my hat goes to you.
This is great. It's clear they cared about this game.

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While I understand the whole thing is that it was mostly targeted for Game Gear with Master System as nearly an afterthought (only in Europe!), it's a shame the MSX2's lovely OPL soundtrack didn't show up on SMS.
I actually really like the SMS soundtrack as is, but it is a shame it doesn't have FM support as well. There were a few SMS games that didn't come out in Japan but had FM soundtracks, but I assume they were all games that were planned for Japanese release before Mark III releases stopped in 1989 (or maybe at some point they were thinking of putting out the FM unit in Europe?). This being a 1991 release, I guess it was never in danger of a Japanese release so they didn't bother.
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This is the first thing my mind goes to whenever I hear "yatta!" and I'm glad that I'm not alone in this. >_<
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As for the "volunteer" thing, the text just seems to say that the sisters were both assistants and test subjects at the lab. There may be some nuance that I'm not getting.
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I just find the idea that not only are the sisters unknowingly working for an alien bent on world domination, they're doing it unpaid to be upsetting for whatever reason.
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