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Podcast: Extra Credit – MicroSoft eXtended (MSX)

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For this extra credit Fred goes solo to discuss Japan’s only semi-exclusive microcomputer, the MSX.  Created by Microsoft as a computing platform, the MSX is responsible for many cart-based titles that found mass success on the NES and even today.  It’s an impressive library on one of the most niche worldwide consoles/computers of all time.

Opening Song: Main Theme – Nightmare on the MSX
Sequence 1 break: Intro/Main Theme – Metal Gear on the MSX
Closing Song: Main Theme – Salamander on the MSX

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Written by Fred Rojas

April 25, 2014 at 11:00 am

Review: Castlevania: Bloodlines (Genesis)

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Console: Sega Genesis
Released: 1994
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Mega Drive? Yes (as Banpaia Kira  Translation: Vampire Killer, Castlevania: The New Generation in Europe)
Instruction Manual: Not necessary – Link
Difficulty: Hard
Played it as a child? No
Value: $23.07 (used) $59.99 (new) (
Price: $25-$50 (used) $60-$350 (new) on eBay
Digital Release? No

Just like today there was fierce competition between the two main 16-bit consoles, SNES and Sega Genesis, that necessitated exclusive games.  Aside from the first party developed titles, third-party developers could opt to either create the same game for both consoles or create completely new ones.  In the case of many Disney games, like Aladdin or The Lion King, different companies developed the game on each console but the basic concepts and level design would remain consistent regardless of which version you purchased.  Konami, on the other hand, would usually make completely different exclusive titles that played to the strength of the specific console it was designed on.  There was no way this developer, who was free to release games on any (and every) console not to create games for both.  Castlevania: Bloodlines is a side story game, much like Rondo of Blood, that played to the audiences that came running to Sega’s edgy console.

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Written by Fred Rojas

July 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm