Game Lab Mana's Game inferno vol. 21
Hello everyone!
How are you doing?
I'm sorry its been so long since I've updated; I accidentally broke my computer so now I am only left with an ipad to work on.
Right now I'm on a public computer, so whenever I can access one I've been trying to work on translations.
ご機嫌いかがでしょうか!
久々の更新するが、パソコンがやめちゃったので、最近Ipadだけ使えます。
今、パブリックなコンピューターを作っていて、
翻訳作品しています。
さぁ、これがやばいなあ~
仕様がないけどね。

Anyway, I have now finished working on Mana's Game inferno vol. 21, this month's issue that came out on the 16th.
とにかく、今月16日のゲームラボ「Mana様の郷愁Gameinferno~第21回~」を翻訳したので、
ここに付けたかった。

Please enjoy!

Click thumbnails for full size images

Mana Photo caption: Hareware is the best!

Mana-Sama's Nostalgic Game inferno

~Part 21~

Mana's Hardware Collection


Kousokusen
Release Date: July 27, 1983
Company: Bandai
Retail Price: 54,800 yen

3DO REAL-FZ 10
Release Date: November 11, 1994
Company: Matsushita Electric Industrial
Retail Price: 44,800 yen

3DO TRY
Release Date: October 1, 1994
Company: Sanyo Electronics
Retail Price: 54,800 yen



The hardware collector Mana-Sama speaks briefly about a remaining group of consoles

I'm going to go ahead and introduce some consoles in "Mana-Sama's Nostalgic Game inferno" that have really given me a shock in my life.
I've been continuing on with this for nearly 2 years now, so perhaps I should bring out some machines that I have had the strongest emotional attachment to. This time let's take a look in one single go at some consoles I have not yet given my impressions on.

Consoles that had a widely diverse appearance in design


First of all I definitely want to introduce the kousokusen (*lit. translation, "Light Speed Ship"). This console was quite special; it was an unheard of machine that had a monitor build in to its body. The design was simple and it was nice that it didn't feel like the form was out of place in a room interior.

Originally it was an American machine called the Vectrex, but Bandai marketed it as the Kousokusen. The screen used a Vector display formula, using a simple green x monochrome [style]. However, on the contrary the beautiful game screen display just as it is decorated the room with a futuristic feel floating about, which was quite stylish.

The games themselves also did not leave out the jaggies in the lines, but it was quite beautiful. It was something I wish I could stare at forever. However, besides the major maniacs, the Kousokusen didn't sell very well in Japan.

I will forever love Panasonic's early 3DO REAL, which closely resembled the Parthenon, and I actually talked about this in part one of this serialization. Continuing with that introduction is the cheaper versions of 3DO REAL series, Panasonic's model, the 3DO REAL FZ-10, and SANYO's model the 3DO TRY. To all of you readers, do you notice anything when you look at the 3DO REAL FZ-10? Well, its just like NEC's PC Engine DUO. I have a feeling that when they saw it, the game hardware designers were shocked when they saw how much it looked like their PC Engine DUO design. ......What a rip-off! Then when I saw the design of the 3DO TRY I couldn't help but burst into laughter. After all, it looks just like a video cassette player (laughs). For a Game console, thats a fatal thing to see. I even had to think to myself 'I'm not mistakign this for a video cassette player, am I?"
However, the wavy top part was a unique design. I liked the nice way they also engraved in the 3DO logo.


A Nonexistent Custom Design!?
The Forced Combinatin Series


Next is the PC Engine Core Graphics combined with the Super CD Rom2. Previously I introduced the combined suit case and white Engine type [model] known as the CD-ROM2. However, this one's stylishness was fragmented and it had a forced feeling about it. Honestly, this combined version didn't go well in a room interior. Incidentaly, NEC's product designs are sent out refined, but on the other hand their items had a considerable feeling of negligence to them. I wonder if this kind of recklessness in design was the cause of the brand's death.

Theres one more console that had a feeling of forced-ness about it that I want to pick up, and that is SEGA's Super 32X. There was a booster for this 16-bit system to become a mega drive 32-bit system. The Sega Saturn immediately followed in sales as a genuine 32-bit system, so it had been released only half way finished. SEGA's haphazard strategy using an unfinished [machine] was by no means a success, and thus it met its end in the Japanese market without any form of popularization.




The ATARI2600, Admired by Mana-Sama since childhood

Last of all, I want to talk about the ATARI2600. This machine landed in Japan when I was a child and I would play on this system at the toy store for a few minutes when I inserted 50 yen into it. WHen it came out in 1977 it cost 57,300 yen which was extremely expensive, so it was never popular for general household use and only rich kids had one at their house.

Although the ATARI2600 was intended for rich people, its design surface was pure excellency. Especially the joystick part with the cover that would make you believe it should have been a part of a war tank -- that really had me excited.

I had an extreme emotional attachment to it, but actually I was never able to own this console....... However, I do have an ATARI2800.





After this I'm going to take a break from writing various things about consoles. Starting next time I plan on talking about my memories of games in general. However, there are still some consoles I haven't yet introduced, so they might appear some time.

Mana-Sama



Footnote:

I also can't forget the console TV VADER that specialized in "Space Invaders". The placement of the joystick and buttons was lacking, and honestly it was difficult to operate, but I did have a fixation with the design. The pixels were rough and the game was reproduced in low quality, but I still rejoyed saying "I can play 'Space Invaders' at home now!" (Mana)

Translations by Sarah @ Mana-Sama.net

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I'm sure I've said this before, but it always puts a slight shock to my system when Mana talks about not owning the ATARI2600 and yet completely adoring it.
以前、多分これを語ったが、Manaは持っていないATARI2600のことを書くとき、ちょっと衝撃を受けってくれます。

This was actually the very first game console I was introduced to as a child.
In fact, my mother got this very system for Christmas when it was new and eventually gave it to me. I don't really know why, but I had a huge fixation with this system when I was very young and have a lot of memories of playing all the games we had for hours on end.
私は、子供のころ、ATARI2600は初めて紹介したハードですよ。
発売の時、母はクリスマスプレゼントとしてこのハードをもらったが、後ほど私にくれました。
だから、初めてプレイした時からものすごく懐いて、ATARI2600の思い出が一杯。

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We still own the system, actually. I know any time I mentioned it to anyone in the past most people just give me strange looks, so I'm happy to see Mana shed a little spot light on it.
今もこのハードを持っている。
しかし、子供のころから今までこのハードのことを話すとき、友達の皆さんがわからないんです…
だから、今までたいてい家族の中にだけこのハードのことを話していたが、
Mana様はこのATARI2600に明らめたので、
ついにちょっぴり話ができますね。


By the way,
This isn't related to games at all, but finally I finished one of my projects I had intended to use those Matin Mana pictures I drew for!
ところで、
ゲームやハードのことではないが、おとといMatinの画像でプロジェクトをひとつを仕上げちゃった!





そして、
今までコンピューターのアクセスしたことがないので、
大阪のMoi dix Moisライヴを参加した皆さんへ、
どうだった?
よかったら、この右手にてメールフォルムで教えてくれてください!
もちろん、ここにコメントも大丈夫ね!

よろしくお願いします~(・ω・)ノ



Sarah
Comments
Thanks for the translations once again! but the links to see the full length images are wrong
Btw I loved the Mana Matin pendants, you made a good work on them
2012/11/21(水) 16:50:25 | URL | Saya Sama #-[ Edit ]
Thanks for the translations once again! but the links to see the full size scans are wrong
Btw I loved the Mana Matin pendants, you made a good work on them
2012/11/21(水) 16:56:19 | URL | Saya Sama #-[ Edit ]
omg the pendants are so cool!!!!!!
2012/11/21(水) 18:49:15 | URL | charlotte #-[ Edit ]
Re: No title
Oh Thank you for telling me!! They're fixed now!!! (*__*)
2012/11/21(水) 18:57:05 | URL | Sarah [Mana-Sama.net] #-[ Edit ]
Those pendants are really pretty! *__* You have done such great job with them. ^_^ And also with that translation, thank you soo much for doing these translations for all of us. <3
2012/11/22(木) 07:57:36 | URL | Nenna #-[ Edit ]
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