Good ol’ NES is not dead…

So, I finally couldn’t resist and placed my order on Retrozone. Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril and Mystic Pillars shall be mine in no time! Bwahaha!


Brand new NES carts in 2010. It’s, like, heaven.

Both of these brand new, original NES games were developed by one-man team Sivak Games. This genius does everything, from graphics and music to assembler programming. Holy shit, I’d sure like to be able to do that! 8)

Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril happens to be the first platform game to be released on the NES in 15 years, and seems pretty much similar to Megaman in many ways. Not bad, huh? This ambitious game includes over 550 rooms, 30 enemy types, 8 bosses and lets you choose between 5 difficulty levels. No less.
Battle Kid was sold out shortly after its release a few months ago. Now that it’s available again on Retrozone, I wasn’t gonna let it go.

Mystic Pillars was made by the same guy, and it’s a Tetris-like. Oh geez, I LOVE Tetris! According to the preview, the game looks pretty nice and colorful and just like the original Tetris, it features custom difficulty settings and music themes. Looks awesome so far, can’t wait to play.

I had originally no intention of purchasing anything else than Battle Kid, but as I was checking their other games Mystic Pillars caught my attention. Because it was a Tetris-like! Not to mention it was made by Sivak too, and seemed real fun. Shipping remained the same whether I was buying it or not anyway. Sigh, shipping overseas is *so* expensive.

* hope my NES works hope my NES works hope my NES works *

Battle Kid gameplay preview (click here to watch it on NESguide):

Mystic Pillars preview:

My ears need something epic…

By some amazing coincidence, both of my favorite artists -that I’ve been respectively following for 3 years, and almost a decade- happened to release new material within a period of two days, between April 28 and April 30 of this year. And although the first is releasing music regularly (despite the fact her indie albums are somewhat confidential, which I find rather regretful), the latter hadn’t been releasing anything for 4 years… So, what were the chances? Anyhow, I like the two of them very much and got my hands on the limited edition for both. It is very likely that I will review these albums sooner or later on this blog.

Akiko Shikata – Inori no Kanata (祈りの彼方, The Other Side of a Prayer)

Single with DVD – 4 tracks
Genre: Medieval/Neofolk
Released: April 28, 2010

Rhapsody of Fire – The Frozen Tears of Angels

Album – Limited Digipack Edition – 11 tracks
Genre: Symphonic Power Metal
Released: April 30, 2010

Both of these albums are fantasy-themed, with well-crafted symphonic arrangements. Epic stuff. Thus, I highly recommend them if you like the genre.