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Since: 28.4.02
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Just a quick heads-up that two of the most, er, unique video game concepts are both due to arrive in stores today: Gamecube's "Animal Crossing" (a cute and cuddley life-simulator-esque game which runs entirely in real time) and Playstation 2's "Kingdom Hearts" (a bizarre hybrid of Final Fantasy and Disney.).

Both of which should be worth checking out, even if just to play something *different* for once.



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One more for today's pile: the Game Boy Advance e-Reader.

This gadget plugs into the GBA's cartridge slots, and reads encoded data strips off of special trading cards. Not only will it support mini-games and extra features for GameCube titles (Animal Crossing being the first), but also NES games (Donkey Kong Jr., Excitebike, Balloon Fight, Tennis and Pinball for now, more to come) in card format at $5 apiece.

End result -- a portable NES, though it remains to be seen how many NES games will be released and when. I'm surprised I haven't heard more buzz about this -- it even has me tempted.





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#3 Posted on

    Originally posted by vsp
    One more for today's pile: the Game Boy Advance e-Reader.

    This gadget plugs into the GBA's cartridge slots, and reads encoded data strips off of special trading cards. Not only will it support mini-games and extra features for GameCube titles (Animal Crossing being the first), but also NES games (Donkey Kong Jr., Excitebike, Balloon Fight, Tennis and Pinball for now, more to come) in card format at $5 apiece.

    End result -- a portable NES, though it remains to be seen how many NES games will be released and when. I'm surprised I haven't heard more buzz about this -- it even has me tempted.




When it has Contra, Metroid, Crystalis, The Guardian Legend, Rygar, Mega Man II and Mike Tyson's Punch-out, I'll totally get it.
But not a day before!



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Since: 28.4.02
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If nothing else, "Punch-Out" is heavily rumoured to be one of the NES games in "Animal Crossing", although, for now, they seem to be going *really* old-school. Launch games, mostly.



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The Mike Tyson variant of Punch-Out isn't coming back. Somehow, I doubt Nintendo wants that particular name-brand association back in the public eye. Third-party titles are also less likely (at least at first), because Nintendo may not have direct control over the copyrights.

I've only read a handful of previews for this gadget, and most of my curiosity centers around the cards themselves. Programs in encoded paper format are nothing new -- old-timers like myself surely remember the strips in old computer magazines, which you'd cut out and run through a special reader to convert them to usable code.

So, let the questions begin:

* Will the dot-code simply be an encoded binary in sections, or will there be some sort of encryption at work as well? The Japanese version apparently did have some sort of region-code lockout, which is odd when you figure that the GBA itself has no country-code lockout.

* Can card-owners use a photocopier, or (better) a scanner and laser-printer to make backups of their cards, in case the dog eats Card 4 of 5 for a multi-card game? This seems likely, as the cards are apparently not magnetically encoded. (I suspect a photocopier might corrupt the images somewhat.)

* How long before someone works out a way to convert OTHER, non-rereleased NES images to dot-code form, thus turning this device into a portable-NES game factory? (This may take a while, depending on how savvy the hackers are and/or how proprietary the encoding device is.) Or picture files, sound files, etc.?

* Likewise, will the encoding scheme be available to third-parties who might want to release e-Reader games of their own?

I mean, I'm not jumping up and down at the chance to play Urban Champion again... but the device has serious potential, if its specs are opened up.



(edited by vsp on 17.9.02 1323)


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Since: 31.3.02
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Also tomorrow, the Yu Gi Oh GBA game, whose name escapes me.



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1 more month until PSO.....1 more month until PSO.....1 more, er oops, sorry, THIS month. Also to be released is Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, which was a sweet game.

Count me in on the e-reader if more olbie games come out (namely ~BUBBLE BOBBLE and the greatest sidescroller of all time CONTRA).



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Since: 17.1.02
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I'm down for portable Bionic Commando, Contra, Tecmo Bowl, Kid Icarus, and Double Dragon II.



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Or how about a Tecmo-Bowl with GameLink support -- F' Madden then!
I think the hardest game to get in there, of course, is Hogan's Alley... but that's just my opinion.

Myself... I'm hoping for a Ninja Gaiden remake myself.



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If they made Punch Out, it would just be the Mr. Dream version they changed it too after Tyson went to jail. Same thing as the original, except with a big white guy as the last boss instead of a big black guy who takes his hands off.



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