Mana-Sama's Nostalgic Game Inferno Part 8
What normally would have only taken me a few minutes seems to have taken the entire night...

What that means is, although I already finished the translations to this month's Game Labo Mana article my computer is continuously freezing and making it nearly impossible for me to work on translations and photo scans...

Its extremely frustrating.
I wish I knew what was wrong with my computer...

Anyway, since I have FINALLY been able to access the internet and my blog here is the latest Game Inferno translation. Enjoy!!



Image caption: GT is an abbreviation for Game & TV!

Mana-Sama's Nostalgic Game Inferno

Part 8: PC Engine GT

Company: NEC Home Electronics
Release Date: December 1, 1990
Retail Price: 44,800 yen


Mobile [gaming] consoles became useful for when you had a little extra time while going out [or on a vacation]. This time let's introduce my favorite portable gaming console, the PC Engine GT.

Originally, the world acknowledged mobile game systems when the Game Boy was released around 1989.

Until then you could say things such as Game & Watch were games that you could not replace with others. However, on the Game Boy you could play various games. This became a big hit. Additionally, the early form of the popular "Tetris" was huge.

However, the screen was in monochrome, which at that time couldn't be helped, but its limits were sad. Incidentally, typical of Nintendo, a colored version was eventually crafted, but with having done that it intensified it's electricity consumption. It seemed you would have to do without the supposed ability to play games on a mobile gaming console outdoors as this became fatal [to the system].

In 1990, the following year after the Game Boy was released the PC Engine group introduced their colored mobile gaming system, the "PC Engine GT" into the market!

You could insert the magnificently colored Hu Card into the PC Engine GT, and enjoy playing games outside on the PC Engine at the same time. With the appearance of this dream-like mobile game console I was trembling with excitement. Furthermore, it was equipped with a TV tuner so you could watch TV programs as well, so for that time it was a groundbreaking built in function. "This is exactly what I've been searching for!" "NEC is the best!" it was something that made me clap and cheer!

Around then, a lot of people in my surroundings had Game Boys……. So I would show off the beauty of the PC Engine GT's screen and its high quality beautiful form saying, "What do you think of this! Isn't it cool?" and then I would start propagating it around!
In comparison to the Game Boy, the graphics were like a difference between heaven and earth so everyone would be surprised and say "Cool! Its beautiful!"

However, as opposed to 12,000 yen for the Game Boy, the price of the PC Engine GT was 44,800 yen. Although at the present time it was the forerunner of familiar multi-functioning machines, the PC Engine GT was forced into a difficult battle due to its price.

Also, the PC Engine GT had even more faults. Since the liquid crystal screen was as small as 2.6 inches, what happened was the images were too small to see so making games for the GT style backfired. Moreover, at the time when you would pause [or interrupt] a game, you would have to enter in a password in one by one, but the letters were frequently too small to read.

Furthermore, for the liquid crystal colors you needed 6 batteries, and yet it wouldn't even hold for 3 hours……. As a result, it ended with a short lifespan. Aahh, poor PC Engine GT.

However, I would like to praise the spirit of NEC for developing a color liquid crystal technology at that time and for being brave enough to come out with a color mobile game system. After all, even the Game Boy was converted to color 8 years after the release of the PC Engine GT. I won't forget it. The gallant figure of the PC Engine shined in color at that time!

After that, NEC would never go any further to put an extreme game console out into the market again. (To be continued in the next issue)

Translation by Sarah @ Mana-Sama.net


I ended up doing some of my own separate research on the PC Engine GT after translating which was actually pretty interesting.

I'd also like to add in a bit of my own reflection to this month's Game Inferno, but I will have to do it later after I can see if I can fix my computer problem.

Oh and by the way -- Recently I closed down my Mana-Sama.net forums. Although the link is up on the main website still, I will soon take it down and make the necessary changes I'd like to, including changes in the Mon+amour page of the website.

Until then I will be working hard on my website and whatever else needs my attention right now. I'm changing apartments in 7 days, so I have to think about packing up soon as well.

Sorry if my entry sounds a little strange...I suddenly started to not feel very well tonight, but hopefully I'll be able to sleep it off and feel better in the morning.(^^;)

Anyway, goodnight everyone~



Sarah
Comments
Thamks
Thanks for your translations once again, you're the best
2011/10/20(木) 07:50:10 | URL | Saya #-[ Edit ]
wow... in germany we just had the gameboy i think XD

you are moving? where will you live then?^^;

(i booked my flight -> i will be in japan from 26th onwards! do you have plans for halloween yet?)
2011/10/20(木) 08:06:19 | URL | charlotte #-[ Edit ]
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LOL I thought we only had the gameboy in America too, but it turns out we DID have the PC Engine, it just came out a year later and under a different name...but I guess it was still a piece of crap so nobody bought it. LOOOL XDDD

Oh! I'm just moving to my apartment you visited last year! XD When I tried to rebook it in August someone had taken it from me, but now it will be open again so I'm going back there! :3 Right now I'm living at a guest house a couple blocks down from that apartment. LOL

OMG OMG OMG!! YESSS I'M SO EXCITED!! :D NO I HAVE ZERO PLANS FOR HALLOWEEN! WE WILL BE DOING SOMETHING THEN! MAYBE VAMPIRE CAFE. I DON'T KNOW. XDDDDDD
2011/10/20(木) 10:18:49 | URL | Sarah [Mana-Sama.net] #-[ Edit ]
i bet, we didnt have that, i will research that XD

ahh cool!!! back to the roots kinda <33

perfect <3333333333
i hoped you would mention vampire cafe, i want to go there soooo badly!!! *_*
shall we also go to the game centers again??? i want to catch a bunch of snoopys xDDDDDDDD
ahh btw: i will get my old mobile back, though the mail is still the same, do you have mine?
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