Sunday, October 27, 2013

Wai Wai World: Minus a Kong and a Goonie

I know this blog doesn't get as many readers as others, but it's still fun writing up posts regarding some of the more insane stuff I come across.

If you couldn't tell by the title, this is in regards to Konami's Japan-only crossover platformer Wai Wai World, perhaps one of the earliest examples of a video game crossover, alongside the Famicom Jump games. Wai Wai World has since gotten quite an overseas following in the more recent years thanks to the whole console emulation boom, and even featuring two non-Konami guest stars, which (obviously pulled from Wikipedia) got included as Konami-developed games based around the two guest characters spawned years prior. These two characters were Mikey from The Goonies and King Kong from the film series of the same name, preferably the sequel "King Kong Lives" which was dubbed as King Kong 2 in Japan. Konami made two licensed games each for the two characters, with Mikey getting The Goonies and the video game-only sequel The Goonies II (the later being the only of these games to be released outside Japan) and Kong being granted both Yomigaeru Densetsu (exclusive to the MSX2) and the slightly more known Ikari no Megaton Punch. Seeing as Konami still held the rights to these two series, they decided to include the two in Wai Wai World, giving both Mikey and Kong their own respective stages and abilities. The "sequel", Wai Wai World 2 - SOS!! Paseri Jou (and I put that in quotes since it doesn't really play like the first game) didn't feature any guest stars, and stuck solely to Konami-based franchises. Very likely this was since Konami lost the rights to both The Goonies and Kong Kong between both the Wai's (or however you wish to call them).

Fast forward to 2006, when Konami began it's slew of porting their classic titles to mobile phones, with Wai Wai World included in the lineup. This version was altered in slight parts to remove any and all mention of The Goonies and King Kong, instead featuring Upa from Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa and Penta from Antarctic Adventure respectively. Since then I've been trying to look for good-quality screens or videos or even a playable/downloadable version of the Mobile version outside of the actual mobile version and not counting the screens on the official site, but sadly no such things exist. I'd be surprised (and excited) if someone ported it to the NES via excessive ASM and sprite hacking.

If anyone out there either has the Mobile port and can take decent screens or knows where I can easily get it without a classic mobile phone (not iOS or Android) I'd appreciate it.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

To all giant monsters and etc that eat people

This picture pretty much explains it.

The ultimate revenge to a carnivorous dragon/giant/kaiju that swallows you whole without chewing.

And no, mutating into a monster from inside the carnivore's stomach is not something I'd consider "giving out a message" to the monster's allies. Humans in the Attack on Titan canon are so small, I really want to see someone dig their way inside a Titan's body (a place where even a Titan itself couldn't reach) then climb around and slowly rip apart organ after organ as the Titan does its daily routine, slowly killing it.