Friday, 24 December 2010

King Of Fighters 94 - Neo Geo Station - Another quick look

Thought i'd make a vid to show the different menus and options in the PSN port of KOF94, there's quite a few things there so the video is quite long.



One thing i did forget to mention in my previous entry was that this port actually has no practice mode. Even though it didn't exist either in the original AES/MVS versions, they did add it to the Orochi Collection and 94Rebout so thought it was a bit of an odd choice not to include it in this port.

Also another thing that was pointed out to me today was that you can actually save replays of an entire session and not just one match, a great tool for if you need to record matches or save matches to record later.

I've added some more videos from last night on to my Youtube channel, gameplay is alot smoother than in the earlier vids i uploaded. (Still not perfect but at least in some form playable.)



On an unrelated note, the next issue of Arcadia should have some sort of feature regarding KOF98UM:FE according to the Arcadia website. Will post up the preview images when they go up on that site.

And lastly NeoEmpire will be hosting a KOF02UM tournament at Ultimate Clash 4, which will be held on the Xbox360 version, on the 23rd Jan 2011. Check out the thread on NeoEmpire's forums for more details.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

King Of Fighters 94 - Neo Geo Station - A Quick Play

So bought KOF94 on PSN after work today, luckily thanks to Gunsmith's post on Orochinagi i didn't end up buying the PSP version by mistake...

As a package it seems SNKP have put alot of work into bringing it on to PSN. There are loads of saving options, screen filter options, a sound test option, and a digital instruction manual which looks pretty good.

On the netcode, which is probably the main reason i bought this (already own 2 copies of it on AES, and REBOUT for ps2), it's a bit of a mixed bag. Against Gunsmith it was really bad, constant slowdown and input lag all over the place. (See video Below)



They have put some sort of ping filter in the network options though, so you can search for people with a certain set of criteria and you can also play the game at the same time. Though as of yet i've been unable to match up against anyone like this :(

I did manage to have a few playable (within reason) games after the matches with Gunsmith though, so the netcode isn't completely trash (just not very good).

Overall it's a bit difficult to recommend KOF94, it's a very old game, and i'd imagine most people would be looking for good netcode to play this (which is variable). I'd probably recommend 94REBOUT over this.

I do hope they will continue with the Neo Geo Station though, would love to be able to play some of the later AES games (like RB2, Last Blade, etc), and think it's a bit of a shame that SNKP keep churning out this same batch of games for every system.

A decent start to their PSN venture, just not quite there yet.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Neo Geo Station Lands on PSN

The European PSN blog has updated with the Neo Geo Station today, prices and titles released can be seen below:

SNK NEOGEO Station (PS3)
  • Alpha Mission II (£7.19/€8.99)
  • Art of Fighting (£7.19/€8.99)
  • League Bowling (£7.19/€8.99)
  • Baseball Stars Professional (£7.19/€8.99)
  • Fatal Fury (£7.19/€8.99)
  • Magician Lord (£7.19/€8.99)
  • Metal Slug (£7.19/€8.99)
  • Samurai Shodown (£7.19/€8.99)
  • Super Sidekicks (£7.19/€8.99)
  • King of Fighters ’94 (£7.19/€8.99)

SNK NEOGEO Station (PSP)

  • King of Fighters ’94 (£5.49/€6.99)
  • Metal Slug (£5.49/€6.99) 
Prices are around about the same as the US Prices, maybe slightly more, but if you're a US PSN+ member you can get the PS3 versions for $7.19 a piece.

It also seems the US PSN Store will have a Neo Geo Station dedicated page, i've not been able to check to see what the EU store looks like but will have a look when i get home from work tonight. 


I'll be having a look at the PS3 versions of KOF94 and maybe Fatal Fury tonight.

    Wednesday, 15 December 2010

    K' and Mai Figures to be released next year

    Whilst doing my daily morning/afternoon browse of Kotaku i came across an article about the K' figure i mentioned a while back as well as some new Mai figurines.


    Now looking more finalised than in previous images, it seems that these figures will come in two colour schemes. Doesn't seem to be a price or a set release date (that i can see anyway), but i'd imagine these would be out by some time next year. Also as previously mentioned these figures are articulated, so you can pose K' in any way you wish...


    The Mai figures to be released will be in either her original KOF outfit or Maximum impact Version, again no set price tag but does give a vague Spring release. Bit of a shame that Mai isn't articulated too...


    You can check out the rest of the images from the Treasure Festa over on Moeyo.com (where these images were originally sourced from), be aware though some of the figures shown may be NSFW. (Though i guess if you're able to look at Mai figurines at work then this shouldn't matter too much lol.)

    Sunday, 12 December 2010

    Bao vs Maiko Sakae


    So...You may be wondering what this is all about, well nothing important really just something i found a little amusing.

    Was just watching a music video, by the disbanded all girl band Zone, the other night and noticed that one of the members, Maiko Sakae, looks a bit like KOF character Bao.


    You might not be able to tell from the picture above, but take a look again at the image below from their music video of the song Secret Base ~ Kimi ga kureta mono.


    Still no ? How about the one i edited below ??



    You can see the music video for Secret Base embedded below, it's apparently their most famous song, there's no fireball spamming though :(



    Also check out the latest trailer for Neo Geo Station:

    Friday, 10 December 2010

    Arcadia Magazine [Jan 2011] - A Quick Look


    A little later than i had anticipated (due to Christmas mail/Royal Mail being rubbish), finally recieved my copy of the latest issue of Arcadia this morning.


    This issue, with the Darius Burst Another Chronicle cover, does not have much KOF or SNKP news this month. Much of the first part of the magazine covers SSF4:AE, Darius Burst AC, BlazBlue CS2 and of course the latest Gundam VS game (which Japan seems to be crazy about).

    The first part of the SNKP news this month is regarding the latest game they are going to publish, Trouble Witches NEO!, which should be out some time this Winter. The featured product this month seems to be some sort of card trading game (i'd imagine something along the lines of Magic or Pokemon cards), and has a small section regarding the NESiCAxLive titles (KOF02UM and KOF98UM:FE). 


    Of course there is the Neo Geo Fan Club as always showing fan arts that have been sent in.


    There's also a section dedicated to the NESiCAxLive, explaining what it is, and lists of titles to be released on it. With KOF98UM:FE and KOF02UM being released some time in Winter.


    Finally the Arcadia rankings for this month, 


    Tekken has been knocked off the second place spot with two of the Gundam VS games taking top spots, Guilty Gear XX AC has completely vanished off the list along with Melty Blood. 

    Blazblue CS2 sits comfortably in the top 4 as it's predcessor did, and KOFXIII makes it up to top 5. 
    Also it seems KOF02UM has made it back into the rankings and not too far behind Lolicon Heart 3. Not a bad month for SNKP in the Japanese arcades. 

    As always you can pick up Arcadia over on Playasia.com or subscribe for a slightly lower price, and also please do not post my images up on other sites without linking back here. Thanks!

    Tuesday, 7 December 2010

    Neo Geo Station heads to PS3 and PSP.

     

    SNKPlaymore has just opened it's new NEO GEO Station website to announce it's collection of Neo Geo Classics heading over to the PS3 and PSP.

    It seems unlike other 'Classics' on the PSN, like PC Engine and PS1, these will not be transferrable between the PS3 and PSP systems and are seperate purchases.

    To make up for this however each game now has additional features not present in the original games, such as online play for the ps3 version and wireless LAN/Ad-Hoc in the case of the PSP (no online mode for PSP...).

    From what i understand these will be emulated ports from the Neo Geo AES so aside from additional features, all bugs/glitches present in the original versions will carry over.(Get ready for some KOF94 grab infinites xD )



    There's no indication currently as to whether you would be able to full screen each game or whether you would be able to turn on any screen filters, screenshots/videos currently only show games bordered (slightly excessively).

    At the moment prices seem to vary slightly between regions Y900/$8.99/€8.99 for the PS3 versions and Y700/$6.99/€6.99 for the PSP versions.

    If you click the GAMEST link in each of the game's information page you can view scans from old issues of the GAMEST magazine/mooks showing tips for each respective title. (Though these are still all in Japanese as they were originally.)

    Check out the Official Facebook page, European Official site, and SNKPlaymore's Youtube channel for more details.

    Also the Neo Geo Pad USB is now up for preorder on Playasia.com, price is currently around £28/9.

    See below for images of the titles to be released, the first games will be released in late December (EU/US/JPN):



    Sunday, 5 December 2010

    Super Street Fighter IV vs Bata

    Had the winner of KOF02UM at SVB20-X Bata around my house today to play some KOF. Unfortunately due to short notice i couldn't get any other KOF players to come round, and since it's boring for him to kick the crap out of me all day he asked me if he could try out SSF4.

    After about 20 minutes in training mode i told him to try playing online on PSN to see how he'd do.

    Here's the first of the vids:



    Considering it was his first time playing it today i think he did pretty well, seemed to do better against people who picked shotos but didn't know what to do against some of the other characters.

    When i asked him what he thought of SSF4 (and playing online) his response was 'stressful'. xD

    The rest of the vids are being uploaded to my Youtube Channel, there are 3 videos in total.

    Thursday, 2 December 2010

    Neo Geo Pad USB


    Coming out next month (9/12/2010) the Neo Geo Pad USB, which will be compatible with PS3 and PC.

    Produced by EXAR (who also made the Neo Geo sticks for ps2 and ps3) it will go on sale for about Y3129 (about £20ish), check out the official product page for more details.

    This may possibly mean SNKP will (finally) be releasing the Neo Geo classics onto PSN that were rated by the ESRB a while back, hopefully they'll be pushing other SNKP titles out on PSN too.

    [Seen originally on NTSC-UK's forums.]

    Tuesday, 30 November 2010

    Arcadia Magazine [Jan 2011] - Preview


    The new issue of Arcadia was released today, mine should hopefully be shipping tomorrow and arrive in about a week. No indication of anything KOF/SNKP related from the previews on Arcadia's official site but of course as always i'll post up if there is any. 

    Hopefully there will be some information about the NESiCA x Live titles at least.

    For those who want to order the magazine themself, you can get it over on Playasia for about £16 (including shipping) or for a slightly cheaper rate if you subscribe





    Also check out the card system course for Trouble Witches Neo! which should hopefully be coming to XBLA some time this Winter.

    Wednesday, 17 November 2010

    Orochinagi XBL KOF02UM - Beginners and Scrubs Online Tournament



    Orochinagi member Giga_D has been hosting the XBL Beginners and Scrubs online tournament, with the first having taken place this past Monday.

    Results for that tournament are as follows:





    You can see the rest of the matches i played here on my Youtube channel, unfortunately because there is no way to view other people's matches there are only the matches i played.

    The sign ups for the next one are taking place now, with the actual tournament running next Monday at 10:30pm, you can sign up for it over at Orochinagi and to see full details.

    Or alternatively if you're based in the US there will be an XBL session hosted by Nilcam on Sunday 21st Nov, full details can be viewed over on Dreamcancel's forums.