These are the September Update news:
- Major deal: Hasbro, a known toys/games company, is
preparing to buy Wizards of the Coast. This is an
important deal. We must remember that, sometime ago,
Wizards acquired TSR, the ADND producers. This deal
will affect the board/card RPGs (such as Magic, Pokemon
and ADND, for example). Hasbro is offering 325 million
US Dollars. If this offer is accepted, the deal should
be finished by the end of this month.
- Award: from now on I can call RPG Channel "The
Award Winning Site". Yap, I've won an award! It's
just a moral reward, since there is no prize
money involved... but... hell, it's something!
- About me: I'm in the University!!! The lists were released
today on the net and I've already seen my position. I got
placed in IST (the Portuguese MIT :) ), in Informatic
Engineering. It feels great!!!!!!! But I guess I should
disguise this as RPG related news, afterall this is a
RPG related homepage... so here goes... Crappy Games Inc
is planning to release a new RPG. On this game, you'll
control the cool RPG Channel Webmaster in the IST world.
A minimum of five years of play is predictible (if everything
goes well). Ok, now it looks like RPG news :).
- UltraHLE: I had already heard the rumour, but TypeZero confirmed
it. UltraHLE is coming back, this time with OpenGL support,
making it available to more users. Until then, if you wish
to try the best N64 emulator, go to the Download section and
get the standard or the Direct 3D version. Thanks to TypeZero
for sending me some news (you should all be like him :) ).
- Download: I am preparing a massive update of the Download section.
I will add more games than usual, I'll probably place some more
emulators and I'll even add a new system! The reason is quite
simple... This page is almost celebrating its first year on the
web! The next global update will be quite special, so keep coming
back! Until then, you can see the new Download look that I've added
today. It's a lot more cool and functional!
- Sailor Moon: this RPG, previously available in japanese,
now has an english translation patch. It was released in
10th of September, but only yesterday I've managed to get my
hands on the game and the patch. I'll add'em to this page in
the next global update (by the end of the month), so be a
little patient, ok?
- Langrisser: this will be another RPG for Dreamcast. It's
scheduled to be released by the end of 1999. This will continue
the saga which has seen games for the Genesis and Saturn.
- Super Mario Adventure: another RPG for N64. It's scheduled
for release somewhere during 2000. I would bet that it'll
be something like Mario RPG for SNES but using an engine
similar to those seen on Mario 64 or Zelda 64.
- Breath of Fire 4: this will probably be one of the first
RPGs for the PlayStation 2. It will be released by the
end of 2000. Rumours about a PlayStation version have
not been confirmed.
- Sponsors: I've decided to add some publicity to the
page, to see if I can raise enough money to rent some
space on a better server. All I ask you is that you
support me (and my sponsors) by clicking on the banners.
But I won't force you to do so. I've seen some sites
which tricked their visitors to click on the publicity
to get games or to access a certain part of the page.
This may get some extra money, but it's also a complete
disrespect for the visitors. I respect those who visit
this page and I also don't want to ruin almost one year
of work just to get some extra dollars. By clicking on
the banners you will be helping this page and that's what
counts. Thanks for your suppport!
- Microsoft: Bill Gates' company is planning to create
a new console. This 128 bits system would have a
500 Mhz processor and a graphical co-processor with
Riva TNT technology. It should be released in the
next couple of years... can you imagine what kind of
RPGs will be available?
- Support: doing a page about RPGs all by myself is
really tough and I would like a bit of support from
Write me an e-mail with your opinion about this
page, send a RPG review, some suggestions, TOP 5 votes...
This page can be improved, but it's a lot more difficult
to do it without your participation.
- Zelda Gaiden: let's face it... Zelda 64 was the only
decent RPG available for Nintendo's top system. Those
who played the original game have been waiting for a
sequel... the wait will end soon. Zelda Gaiden is now
50% complete and is scheduled to be released in March
of 2000 (Japanese release date). The story begins some
months after the defeat of Ganondorf. One day, while
travelling through the forest, Link encounters a Skull
Kid wearing an unsual mask. The kid steals Epona from
Link and escapes through a mystical doorway. Link followed
him and entered in a strange, yet familiar, world. This
world had some familiar faces. But there was one thing
happening... The moon was falling down. The world would
end in the next few days. One of the inhabitants of that
place said that locating the Skull Kid with the strange
mask could give a clue on how to save the world. Link,
as expected, started to search him.
In this world Link will find characters from Zelda 64,
but he will also find some major differences. Probably
the main one will be the time limit. Yes, the clock's
ticking and you'll have to finish the game within a
time limit (which sucks, in my opinion).
Link will use several masks with strange powers...
He'll be transformed into several beings (Goron, Zora...)
and will gain their abilities. Will this be enough to
overcome Zelda 64? For what I've seen so far, this
game will be very similar to the previous one... not
many graphical differences, a similar interface... the
only thing really different is the time limit.
If you wish to download a special video preview from this
game, then click here.
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