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Tokeijikake no Aquario (arcade game by Westone)
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Kid Fenris



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kurt from Hardcore Gaming 101 is translating a bunch of Nishizawa's Twitter posts about the game.

It's apparently a tough process, but Nishizawa retrieved these sprites of the three main characters as they appear in the game.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

give. to frank.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ADORABLE. I love that robot.
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Johnny Undaunted



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a link to the hash tag on Twitter in case anyone wants to keep up with the development.
[url]https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23dev_aquario[/url]
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Kid Fenris



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, shit.

http://www.seganerds.com/2014/10/01/westone-bit-entertainment-will-be-filing-for-bankruptcy/
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was starting to wonder why there hasn't been any updates about the supposed restoration project in over two years. I hope M2 are still working on the project in some capacity. Has anyone contacted Ryuichi Nishizawa about Westone's possible closure?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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So, Aquario....the sound ROMs were never found so the current data set will not boot. Apparently the sound creator doesn't get along with the ex-CEO of Westone
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They have everything but the sound ROMs but the game won't boot without them. It needs to be hacked to run.

http://www.gamengai.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=553&p=28115#p28115
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Johnny Undaunted



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the sound creator referring to Shin'ichi Sakamoto or someone else who worked on the game? Kinda weird there's some behind-the-scenes drama between him and the Westone CEO. I was under the impression they were in good terms judging from the recent HG101 interview. Here's Sakamoto's Twitter account for those curious.
https://twitter.com/sintan_jp
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They don't even follow each other on Twitter.
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Kid Fenris



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really wish they'd organize a Kickstarter for this. I'd throw in a whole bunch of money.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same here. This game really needs to get released. I'd hate for this to remain lost forever cause of a grudge.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How exactly would a Kickstarter help out? The only issue with the game seems to be Sakamoto's reluctance to provide the missing sound chips (assuming he has them to begin with).

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Kid Fenris



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Money changes a lot of things. And I feel bad that the people who made this game apparently are trying to restore it with no compensation.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Johnny Undaunted wrote:
Is the sound creator referring to Shin'ichi Sakamoto or someone else who worked on the game? Kinda weird there's some behind-the-scenes drama between him and the Westone CEO. I was under the impression they were in good terms judging from the recent HG101 interview. Here's Sakamoto's Twitter account for those curious.
https://twitter.com/sintan_jp


Sakamoto....I see someone is following my posts.

M2 commented that they may be able to act as intermediaries but the lack of sound data is why there has been no traction.
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Kid Fenris



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 2:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man, I'd love an M2-remastered pack of Wonder Boy, Monster Lair, and Aquario.

ShouTime wrote:

Sakamoto....I see someone is following my posts.

M2 commented that they may be able to act as intermediaries but the lack of sound data is why there has been no traction.


You mean your posts at Gamengai? Is there some other forum where all of this Aquario news is breaking, or is it just stuff from Twitter and inside sources?

Not that I doubt what you're saying. I just want to read more about the game.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 2:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

M2 was at my house last week negotiating a deal where we talked about the complications with Aquario. I will be under NDA soon so no more news will come out.


For non-believers, here is the CEO of M2 at my place playing Western retro titles. Tempest 2000 with the rotary controller and Defender 2000 on Jag got a lot of play time.

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Kid Fenris



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn, that's a spread. Is that a Pippin up there, sitting on the Xbox?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, just for Super Marathon and Racing Days.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really hope that something good comes out of this.
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