| paleface [sys=N64; cat=Shooter_4way; loc=JPN] |
|The original, Japanese version of the game that later came to DC as "Bangai-O" in the States. I haven't compared back to back, but dang, this game looks pretty good running on the N64 hardware: no more slowdown than the DC version, perhaps even less, some little animations and sounds not seen really in the DC version, and some nice fuzzy explosion effects.|
There are gameplay differences, too. You can't special bomb all the time: you've got to charge a meter thingy by...collecting fruit, maybe it was? Also, Mami's laser looks more like green bullets than a blue laser. Oh, also, if you create a counter-attack with enough bullets, a "shop" wormhole will open up, with an inventory aside selling upgrades (weapon power, penetration, and something else I can't remember my friend telling me--oh, Life, I think).
And, needless to say, it controls much more naturally on the N64's crazy controller: you move with D-pad, shoot with A-stick, switch weapons with the left shoulder button, and charge a counter-attack with the trigger button.
Anyway, I'm totally impressed with what Treasure pulled off in the N64 hardare. It's a shame that it didn't come to the States with dialog, 'cause the dialog you hear during the DC one is hilarious.