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TheRedEye
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2004 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Assuming that's the same as the Game Gear release, it's not very similar at all. It's also one of the worst games ever.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2004 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since the Game Gear is basically a battery-driven SMS, then yes, it's the same shitty game.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2004 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kitsune wrote:
Since the Game Gear is basically a battery-driven SMS, then yes, it's the same shitty game.


That doesn't mean that the Game Gear release isn't a different game.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2004 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, but a lot of SMS games were just repackaged onto a smaller cart to play on the Game Gear.

Edit:
The GG version is not the same game. It's an even WORSE version of the game. At least in the SMS version you could attack while flying...
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't the NES version of "Gremlins 2" have a nice soundtrack? Pretty certain "Fester's quest" did,too.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

just a couple comments on the sunsoft mix

Smeg wrote:
Fester's Quest
03

just 03??? 04 and especially 06 are good, the latter is really begging to have a rock cover done

Smeg wrote:
Gimmick!/Mr. Gimmick
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02
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what about 07, the first level music?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know this is kinda late, but I'm sorta stuck in the game. On the second level, I come to a place where it seems like I should start drilling into the ground (Sunman starts to spin around) and a text says "push button!". Wich button am I to push? I've tried banging both the b-button and the a-button, I've tried holding down the "down"-key while doing so, but the only thing that happends is that the hero just spins a bit faster.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just keep hitting whatever button it was as fast as you can, he'll start drilling after a little while.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How long is that? Several minutes? 'Cause that's how long I've been desperately banging the button as fast as I can now, and still nothing happens.

Is it the emulator? I'm using Nesticle...
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Set up a strobe light directly in front of your face. Tape your finger to the button. Flick the strobe light on. The rest should be history.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Freddie,

First things first. Get rid of nesticle. It was good back in 1997, but look for some of the newer ones, like FCEultra. Better sound, better compatibility, more features, and no stupid bloody hand. That might help.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FCE Ultra also lets you assign one of the buttons to turbo. That should help a lot.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have reason to believe that Sunman was developed by EIM, Kenji Eno's company before Warp. The article already mentions Eno overseeing development (as planner & director). But not only that, one of the programmers was later a programmer on D.

According to SIT Developer Table, EIM also developed Wanpaku Kokkun no Gourment World/Panic Restaurant (FC/NES), Time Zone (FC), and Ultraman Club 2: Kaettekita Ultraman Club (FC).
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, now, I hadn't considered that. Thanks for the heads up, I'll look into it if I ever have a chance.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The back of the SMS box just says that the Storyboard is © Sunsoft, and that the coding for this version was © Virgin Games. So, I guess it's loosely based on the same plot, maybe sorta? Perhaps?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something to chew on..."Sunman" and "Time Zone" share credits.

Code:
Sunman (NES)

Planner
Kenji Eno

Director
Kenji Eno

Graphic Design
Shingo Aoyama

Graphic Design
Yoshiaki Kadowaki

Programmer
Takaya Nakamura

Programmer
Hideki Miura

Music
Hirohiko Takayama

Producer
Chou Musou

Producer
Ikko Okumura


Code:
Time Zone (FC)

Development staff:
Original Concept
Kenji Iino

Planning
Hideki Miura

Main Program?
Hirofumi Hayashida

Enemy Program?
Takaya Nakamura

Background Art
Kouichi Yamada

Sprite Art
Shingo Aoyama

Map Creation
Yamaomi Kuwahara

Music Composition
Hirohiko Takayama

Additional Music
Gen Satou

?
Yutaka Nakada

Executive Producer
Mutsumi Murakami

Producer
Hisaki Katou


And just for the heck of it, here's Ultraman Club 2, which apparently was by EIM, though I really can't tell by these credits.

Code:
Ultraman Club 2: Kaettekita Ultraman Club (FC)

General Manager
Mikio Ishigami
Junji Senda

Manager
Eisaku Maniwa

Producer
Akinobu Hoshi
Takashi Shouji
Shinji Hashimoto
Hiroshi Oginome
Isarou Iimura

Planner
Hiroshi Oginome
Mister Eno
Atsushi Kakaricho
Takeo Tetsukawa
Hiroyuki Rurikawa
Miyabino

Graphic Design
Akyura Kamizawa
Ichirou Kanno
Tsutomu Iwao
Hirokazu Hiraiwa
Yokatta Warikashi
Daisuke Nakajima

Music
Michelle Kamijima

Sound Effects
Tsukushi

Program
Miabino
Frenchman of Mystery (Naso no France Jin)


Game Developer Research Institute
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's something interesting and finally not necessarily Kenji Eno/EIM-related. GMCL (Game Music Composer List) has Hirohiko Takayama (the sound guy on "Sunman") down for the FC and GB versions of "Superman."

Code:
FC/GB スーパーマン


The FC version is presumably "Sunman." But was Sunsoft planning to release a similar game for the Game Boy? The mind reels. Or not.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kenji Eno talks about Sunman, EIM, and MANY other things in a new EGM/1UP interview:
http://www.1up.com/do/feature?pager.offset=0&cId=3169166

Quote:
1UP: It's hard to determine which games you actually worked on in your early career. Did you work on Sunsoft's Batman for the NES?

KE: No, no, no.... I worked on an unreleased Superman game, not Batman. Originally, I was working on Superman. But the licensors were like, "Superman can't die. Superman can't be damaged." Therefore, it didn't work out as a game because--

1UP: He was too strong.

KE: Yeah, too strong, so it got cancelled. Then Sunsoft asked us to make a game with a superhero called Sun Man. So I was working on that, but we didn't finish the game. They canceled it before it was finished. I thought that the project was gone for good, but it seems that you can see it on YouTube.

1UP: Actually, we've played a seemingly finished ROM image of Sun Man that was reportedly done entirely by you.

KE: Released?

1UP: Unreleased. But we've played it, so it's somewhere out there on the Internet.

KE: I hadn't heard about this until now, but I would like to know where it is, and who leaked it on the Internet. [Laughs]
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh god, Kenji Eno is after me!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is undeniable proof that Kenji Eno is made of der butter.
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