Nintendo Adventure Books: Monster Mix-Up DS

Nintendo Adventure Books: Monster Mix-Up DS is a digital version of the gamebook of the same name written by Bill McCoy and published by Archway Paperbacks in 1991. It is best described by the book's introduction:

"Dear Game Player: You are about to guide me through a great adventure. As you read this book, you will help me decide where to go and what to do. Whether I succeed or fail is up to you. At the end of every chapter, you will make choices that determine what happens next. Special puzzles will help you decide what I should do—if you can solve them. The chapters in this book are in a special order. Sometimes you must go backward in order to go forward, if you know what I mean. [...] Good Luck! Driplessly yours, Mario."

An entry into the openXile Craptastic Coding Competition 2009.

Read the readme.txt for more information.

Requires a DS (obviously) and a flash cart, such as an R4 or R6 Gold; or an emulator such as No$GBA (though you can't rotate the screen). Rumble feature requires a Rumble Pak. Motion feature requires a DS Motion cart or an R6 Gold, which has motion support built-in.

Download: Ver 20090824 - nab_ds.zip (1.5MB)

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Video Game Print Ads from 1990's Comic Books


I scanned a bunch of retro game ads that appeared in various comic books from the 1990's - back when I was obsessed with polybags, backing boards, variant covers and keeping things mint (good times!).

To advertise a game back then, you needed to:
  1. Use a pun or double-meaning; or
  2. Note the game's technical prowess
While modern ads today don't really do much of (1) anymore, we still see lots of (2), which is kinda sad. Ten years on, the market is still being driven by graphics, not gameplay. Oh well.

Looking back at these ads, I was surprised that:
  • Some of the games even existed (i.e. never heard of them before)
  • Some of the games look quite good (i.e. might be worth tracking down and trying)
  • A lot of text to describe/explain the game
  • Acclaim did a lot of comic book advertising, which might help explain why they ended up buying Valiant Comics (who owned Turok, Shadowman, etc.)
Anyway, check out the gallery at Photobucket.

Hello Freeplay Independent Games Festival Visitors!

Today, I did a talk at the Freeplay Independent Games Festival in Melbourne about DS homebrew development. It was an introduction to various topics, and I think it went down well. If you were there and have come to my website - Hello! Thanks for attending my talk and also coming here. You probably want links, eh? Here you go:

I won't bother to put up my presentation notes as I don't think it was note-worthy, but if someone wants them, leave a comment.

Update: Here is my presentation in PDF format (via Rapidshare)

Japanese Hiragana & Katakana Review

Japanese Hiragana & Katakana Review is a kana character review tool aimed at upper-beginner and intermediate Japanese students. The application allows the user to review their ability to recognize each of the 46 hiragana or katakana characters from visual and audio cues. Performance is ranked by speed, mistakes made and review difficulty. The application will also highlight the user's weakest kana characters for further study. Features include voice samples from native Japanese speakers, Rumble Pak and DS Motion support. Cute bonus: the application will greet you appropriately depending on the time of day!

An entry into the Neoflash Summer Coding Competition 2009 - UPDATE: Placed 1st!

Read the readme.txt for more information.

Requires a DS (obviously) and a flash cart, such as an R4 or R6 Gold; or an emulator such as No$GBA. Rumble feature requires a Rumble Pak. Motion feature requires a DS Motion cart or an R6 Gold, which has motion support built-in.

Download: Ver 20090813 - jkr_ds.zip (1.5MB)

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Vote for Me!

The R4 for Nintendo DS & DSi website are having a Top 10 DS Homebrew competition with the results based upon votes from the public. So, if you'd be so kind as to visit them and leave a comment voting for my two games Game Trivia Catechism and Game Melody Oratorio that would be much appreciated!

http://www.r4revolutionds.co.uk/top-10-r4-ds-homebrew-get-voting/

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