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OFLC Update: Even More Imports!

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

The OFLC has updated once again with ratings for some games which will soon be coming to Europe/Australia.

The least surprising of the lot is Clu Clu Land. It's already available in the US and was released in PAL regions originally, so it's no shock that it's coming to the VC elsewhere.

Also not really unexpected is Kirby's Dream Land 3. Also already available in the US, it wasn't released in Europe/Australia originally, but seeing as various other imports were rated recently, it was only a matter of time until this one was rated!

By far the biggest surprise though is Pulseman, an action/platformer game for the Mega Drive. Also never released outside Japan and the US, this is one of the first games ever made by Game Freak, who you probably know as the creators of most Pokemon games. It's anyone's guess if this will count as import title on VC or not though - It was only released in the US as downloadable game on the Sega Channel originally. Golden Axe III, which was also download-only in the US (And not available at all in Europe), is available on VC as a non-import. Will Pulseman go the way of Golden Axe III or will we have to pay an extra 100 points? Even if we do, it'll be worth it!

It is also worth noting that just a day after we did a news story on an OFLC update containing two imports, the OFLC rated Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II, yet another import title.

That's more than enough imports rated for a Hanabi Festival - Any time now!

If you're a WiiWare fan the OFLC has even more good news today - They've rated Gradius Rebirth, which is the first sign of it coming to PAL regions.

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slangman

#2

slangman said:

I would say we will pay an extra 100 points for Pulseman. NA got Alien Soldier and Super Fantasy Zone with import charges. Not sure i want to pay an extra 100 points for a 50hz conversion though.

xesbeth

#3

xesbeth said:

GRADIUS REBIRTH to pal region!!! hurry! I can't wait any longer! T___T

Betagam7

#4

Betagam7 said:

is it too much to ask that we will be allowed to play Hanabi Pulseman in its original format Sega? Or will we have the ususal downgrading of import megadrive games into 50hz?

Objection

#5

Objection said:

Pulseman looks interesting. Wonder how long it'll be now before you get another Hanabi...

Bensei

#7

Bensei said:

I guess Hanabi Festivals are now regularly in March and September.

Rawk_Hawk

#8

Rawk_Hawk said:

I gonna download Pulseman. Looks cool
Well another Sega Channel exclusive its on its way, so I can still hold out hope for Wiley Wars.

That_Guy_from_Faxana

#9

That_Guy_from_Faxana said:

Pulseman looks very good, like a Sonic/ Gunstar hybrid. Judging from the film clip though, controls could be jerky. Hopefully it´s good.

Jazzem

#10

Jazzem said:

Pulseman! I've wanted this game for a while, so happy to see it coming to the VC :)

For anyone interested in it, they should also track down Drill Dozer for GBA, a really great and original platformer also from the people behind Pokémon.

Angelic_Lapras_King

#11

Angelic_Lapras_King said:

Awesome! Since I ve loved Game Freak for what they ve done with Pokemon, I ll be sure to get Pulseman =D

And Drill Dozer's coming in the post too. ^^

Mike1

#12

Mike1 said:

I don't see why Nintendo needs a Hanabi to release imports in Europe. When the U.S. gets an import, we just get it, no Hanabi needed.

DrakeStaff

#13

Drake said:

NoE simply prefers to release imports in one big bunch rather than spreading them out through other releases.

RadioShadow

#15

RadioShadow said:

"They've rated Gradius Rebirth, which is the first sign of it coming to PAL regions."

Sounds good. ^ _ ^

Pulseman looks like a cool Mega Drive game.

Rapadash6

#16

Rapadash6 said:

Wow, can't wait to try Pulseman. A bit surprised Rondo of Blood hasn't been rated and it seems unlikely it'll be a part of the next festival. Oh well, maybe next time.

Jolted85

#18

Jolted85 said:

I think ninty is trying to make all regions have an equal amount of games, I'd like to see Dragon Slayer head our way as it's scheduled for release during the Hanabi festival, but I'm glad the EU folks get Kirby's Dream Land 3.

CanisWolfred

#19

CanisWolfred said:

PULSEMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've forever for this news! I thought it wasn't ever gonna come here! G-d I can't wait!

Salamander, Twinbee, and now Pulseman. I got a lot to look forward to, now!:)

Viral

#20

Viral said:

I'd like to point out these are only the games they've announced are coming. This doesn't mean that there aren't more great games. ;) I'm keeping my hopes up for some sweet imports that never made it to the United States (as I grew up there). And yes, the Sega Channel was sweet as hell back in the day. Why doesn't Sega have a Sega Channel available on the Wii? I remember playing the hell out of Pirates Gold! :)

abe8812

#22

abe8812 said:

I hope you guys like Startropics 2 and Kirby's Dream Land 3. They are fun.

Ricardo91

#24

Ricardo91 said:

Pulseman! Niiiice! I heard the same guy that designed pokemon designed the characters for this game. It looks great, and it's nice to finally see more Sega Channel support! :)

Ricardo91

#26

Ricardo91 said:

^Oh no. They're completely different games. DD is a platformer of sorts for the GBA, and Mr. Driller's a puzzler.

Jace

#27

Jace said:

I actually played Pulseman on the Sega Channel back in the day (maybe late '94 or sometime in '95?), and it is truly one of the shining gems of the Mega Drive/Genesis. Anyone who enjoys brilliant and fantastical action-platforming needs to play Pulseman.

And while it's true that this was a "downloadable game on the Sega Channel" in the US, be aware that the Sega Channel didn't allow you to keep games; it was more akin to a rental service, and the games available changed every month--so that was only one (glorious) month with Pulseman. I'd love to have it in the U.S. as well! Emulation doesn't do it justice; this needs to be played on a crisp, big screen.

MickEiA

#28

MickEiA said:

what vc games should i get


super mario,yoshi island,lylat wars/starfox,paper mario or super mario world

Chunky_Droid

#29

Chunky_Droid said:

Wow, Pulseman looks awesome! I'm definitely getting this when it comes out!

EDIT: Also, Drill Dozer is a Nintendo property, Mr. Driller is Namco

FunkMasterRitter

#30

FunkMasterRitter said:

Pulseman is definitely worth a download. may actually have a reason to play my wii again when this comes over to the US.

Viral

#31

Viral said:

MickEiA, you should probably download Paper Mario as it will give you the longest play time out of the list.

Adamant

#33

Adamant said:

Two more games got announced too: Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars and Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair. God, what's the point of these Wonder Boy duplicates?

The_Fox

#34

The_Fox said:

Hmmm...something about Pulsemans graphical style is offputting to me and I can't quite put my finger on it. Probably going to skip that one if it hits the states.

hal

#36

hal said:

@Jace: SEGA CHANNEL!!!!! was more like a 'cable-game-magazine' subscription service. thankfully, they rotated games, so the particularly good ones would come back every 2 weeks - 1 month. ..discovered alot of great games from it! ['94-'98.]

♥ Pulseman*

*though, nintendo took so long releasing this on VC-eu/us, probably won't even get it. [may be an inferior version, too.]

Starwolf_UK

#37

Starwolf_UK said:

God, what's the point of these Wonder Boy duplicates?
If you ask me it isn't any worse than Street Fighter 2...I suppose it didn't feel like you were getting that every other month :(

Adamant

#38

Adamant said:

Well, in Street Fighter's case, it's only been the Mega Drive Champion Edition that's been really pointless.
But, like Capcom, Sega now seem to want to release different versions of games that are already available, and with these one-game weeks, we'll probably end up getting it as the only game of that week.

Not to mention, if they release WB3:ML in the US, it'll be 900 points as opposed to ML's 800, as the Mega Drive version was never released there.

Chunky_Droid

#39

Chunky_Droid said:

"What's the point of these Wonder Boy duplicates?"

Well for starters, I'm not buying any of the clones myself, I'm getting only the Wonder Boy titles. Hudson would be making money off the Turbo Wonder Boy title, and SEGA making money off the Genesis title, so that would be the reasoning business wise...

There was also 2 Wonder Boy III's aswell, the Dragon's Trap was on Master System and Monster's Lair on Megadrive.

To be honest Adamant, if they are bringing different console versions of the same game to the VC, it gives me hope for the SNES version of Earthworm Jim as I can't stand the sounds of the Genesis version

KingMike

#40

KingMike said:

Pulseman has now been rated by ESRB, so it will probably come to the US as well.

RadioShadow

#41

RadioShadow said:

I just played Pulseman and have to say Rocket Knight Adventures is a far better platform game.

Not that Pulseman isn't a bad game, just you can die quickly in about 3 hits (the flashing thing in the top left corner doesn't help indicating how much life you got left) but it has some nice music and decent voices.

I'll still get Pulseman know. :)

CanisWolfred

#42

CanisWolfred said:

@RadioShadow

Oh yea, you reminded me about Rocket Knight Adventures! Another great game that I've been waiting waitin for for a while. I hope both of them make their way to the VC soon.

Well for starters, I'm not buying any of the clones myself, I'm getting only the Wonder Boy titles

Ahmen to that. I'm only gettin' the real deal, with the possible exception of Dragon's Curse.

Well, as happy as I am to hear about Pulseman coming, I know that it's going to be quite a while until it ever arrives in NA.

You know it's funny, I had been interested in Drill Dozer back when it was released, but I don't think I ever knew what it actually was. Then when I heard about Mr. Driller, I had assumed that Mr. Driller and Drill Dozer were one in the same.

sfog

#43

sfog said:

"Not that Pulseman isn't a bad game, just you can die quickly in about 3 hits (the flashing thing in the top left corner doesn't help indicating how much life you got left)"

It actually does serve as a health indicator. You have full health when it's blue. Get hit once, and it turns yellow, a second time, red, and a hit at red will kill you. Hearts with a small circle around them (often found in relatively out-of-the-way locations) are "Energy Repairs", and restore one level of health.

Additionally, 10 Spark Balls get you an extra life, as does scoring every 50,000 points.

The_Fox

#46

The_Fox said:

@post 46:
Challenge is not a negative? Oh, that can be quite untrue. A nice healthy challenge is a good thing. An overly steep challenge that descends into frustration is another thing altogether.

hal

#48

hal said:

lol Pulseman is better that way! while it's similar to other games of it's 'make', it's altogether very 'different' (the health meter/messages are pretty intuitive) ..give it time --you may ♥ it, too!

Adamant

#49

Adamant said:

@The Fox: That would be bad design, then. You simply cited "you can quickly in about 3 hits" as if that was a flaw. Challenge on it's own is not a bad thing, a game being challenging for the wrong reasons is.

Chunky_Droid

#50

Chunky_Droid said:

Although I agree a challenge can be a good thing, say for example. Mega Man 9 is hard, especially the challenges, but it's not frustrating. On the other hand, bad design can frustrate you to no end (see, Sonic the Hedgehog on PS3 and 360), Pulseman doesn't seem to be unfair from what I've seen in videos.

#51

said:

Pulseman! cool! I always wanted to play that game!

BiggerJ

#52

BiggerJ said:

By my count, there's now seven import titles lined up for us: MUSHA, Smash Ping Pong, Bomberman '94, TwinBee, Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II, Kirby's Dream Land 3 and Pulseman. All of these games being released during one Hanabi Festival isn't unprecedented; the most games ever released during a Hanabi Festival is nine, during Hanabi Festival 2.

Terra

#54

Terra said:

I could have sworn Pulseman had already been released, although looking at things now, it's probably Bravoman i was thinking of. Still, Pulseman is great, having played it before and i'll probably download it. I never doubted that the KDL3 and Startropics II would come to Europe, although i was beginning to wonder about Clu Clu Land. Also nice to see that Gradius ReBirth should be out soon.

As for a new Hanabi, i could swear that there were more Import candidates. After the last 3 were Nintendo, Sega+Hudson and Nintendo, this one seems quite different. I Reckon there's still another title or two to be revealed, although i'm around 60/40 in favor of how sure i am on that one

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