Sunday, January 9, 2011

OK, Sorry!

Alright, so a "couple days" have passed, and no new Chronsega!  I'm still working on Golvellius!   Don't blame me, blame Compile for making a Zelda clone, where every single item in the game is hidden.  And I didn't get any work done today, either, as I was out and about (among other things, seeing Black Swan.)   But it's worth it, for as Sgt D says, you can count the good SMS games on two hands, and Golvellius is one of those games.

But seriously, Chronsega 6 should be ready in few days.  In other cool news, qaylis/Kahless GOA (is there an explanation behind that name?) has pointed out the very recent release of a prototype for Square's Aliens game for the FDS.  Aliens has got the be the oddest title in the Square catalog -- an MSX game based on the James Cameron movie.   Yes, it's actually an official licensed Aliens games from Square.  A Famicom Disk System version was produced but never released.  Thanks to a dedicated individual a prototype disk was acquired, dumped and released.  This has actually been a pretty good couple of months for prototype releases: aside from Aliens, there has also been a Legend of Zelda prototype, and Baldur's Gate for the Playstation.












It's not clear why this game takes place in the outdoors with a mountain range visible in the background.

I'm not sure how I'll work in unlicensed or unreleased games in Chrontendo, though I'd certainly like to cover stuff like Aliens.  Half of the fun is seeing terrible early work from companies that later when on to bigger things.

10 comments:

Chris Osborne said...

For me, I'm just going to do unlicensed things at the end of the year they were released unless I have something more specific.

Yeah, I'm trusting sources on the release date too. As much as I hate Wikipedia for some things (like saying Super Mario Bros. was released by March 1986 and not saying that Nintendo's own release data is good enough), they are through with video game stuff.

Jonothan said...

I'd say do unreleased games and prototypes in separate bonus episodes so as not to sidetrack regular episodes too much. Unseen64 is a good source for info on protos, demos and the like.

qaylIS said...

About my Nickname, I startet blogging here under Kahless_GOA, but till that time I changed my Avatar and my Nickname to qaylIS (traditional klingon spelling...yes, I am a nerd), so I kept Kahless_GOA for some time in the name, so I could be recognized...though it was not really thought out after all, and enough time has passed to change my name completely to qaylIS. Like on all the other sites...

Alysandher said...

Not to nitpick, but Aliens was directed by James Cameron. Ridley Scott directed the (infinitely superior) original Alien.j

Doctor Sparkle said...

"Infinitely superior?" Those are fighting words, Alysandher! But thanks, I often get Scott and Cameron confused since both are Commonwealth directors whose careers had interesting starts before detouring into making lucrative schlock.

garsh said...

I agree with Alysandher. I loved Aliens and all, but it was basically a big, dumb, loud action flick with very little of the tension and moody substance of Alien. It didn't treat the material with the same believable tone, but it was still orders of magnitude better than any of the sequels since then.

Doctor Sparkle said...

Alright, as long as we can all agree that Alien 2: Sulla Terra is far and away the best of the all the Alien movies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRYbS4AypxE

garsh said...

Well I can definitely agree it's a film by Sam Cromwell.

...Let's just say I'm really looking forward to hearing about that game.

Phil Nelson said...

Doc,

In looking at your spreadsheet, I noticed some games missing dates. Jeremy Parish from Gamespite says he's got a book with all the Famicom release dates he'd lend you. I'd love to see the spreadsheet get filled out. I'm working on a project that depends pretty heavily on your data!

Phil Nelson said...

Whoops. Here's the link: http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showthread.php?p=942019