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Spanish Magazine Scans
Posted on: 2017/5/20 9:25
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More to come, but this is the first one I can contribute with:

- Hobby Consolas (the best-selling videogame magazine in Spain at the time) was surprised with the unexpected presentation of the "VR System" in their number 40, pages 20 and 21, from January 1995. The picture shows the early controller with the color buttons and their description is pretty accurate (I guess it is all based in the same press release). "Mario Bros VB", "Punchout" and "Space Pinball" appear to be the first three games to be released.

If needed, I can translate further, but I guess this info was the same worldwide. These two are high quality scans.

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Re: Spanish Magazine Scans
Posted on: 2017/5/20 9:36
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Same goes for the direct competition, SuperJuegos. In their number 33 from the same month (January 1995) a small announcement was included in page 9. Information provided is very similar but shorter, skipping the game names and many details.

Here's a curiosity: the game on top of the page, Chiquito de la calzada challenge, is an April Fools' joke. The equivalent of April Fools in Spain takes place on the 28th of December so it was natural to have it published in Jan's number. Chiquito de la Calzada (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiquito_de_la_Calzada) is a very particular and "folkloric" celebrity in Spain. Hard to explain, really, but particularly well-known in the crazy 90's. All in all, many people believed that news and they had to clarify that all was a joke in February's number.

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Re: Spanish Magazine Scans
Posted on: 2017/5/20 16:46
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mmora wrote:

If needed, I can translate further, but I guess this info was the same worldwide. These two are high quality scans.


Very cool! Thanks so much for sharing!

Sure, if you would like to translate these articles into English, that'd be great! Something that I think would also be great is if you could at least give a critique on the English translation for the Dragon Hopper and Zero Racers articles appearing here:

http://www.planetvb.com/modules/articles/?s050198001

Thus, if you think any translated sentences aren't very accurate, you could give your rendition of such. I'm not sure why it also contains an alleged translation for Virtual Bomberman, as I don't see Virtual Bomberman mentioned in the articles on the two pages uploaded to that section of the site.
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Re: Spanish Magazine Scans
Posted on: 2017/5/20 20:21
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Cool, thanks mmora!

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[...] as I don't see Virtual Bomberman mentioned in the articles on the two pages uploaded to that section of the site.


Oops! It seems that part of the translation belongs to a different article: http://www.planetvb.com/modules/articles/?s050185002

Thanks for pointing that out!
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Re: Spanish Magazine Scans
Posted on: 2017/5/21 0:34
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Sure, if you would like to translate these articles into English, that'd be great! Something that I think would also be great is if you could at least give a critique on the English translation for the Dragon Hopper and Zero Racers articles appearing here:

http://www.planetvb.com/modules/articles/?s050198001

Thus, if you think any translated sentences aren't very accurate, you could give your rendition of such.


Sure, I will! This was from the Mexican Club Nintendo however, right? I haven't been able to find anything similar in the Spanish Club Nintendo (although I found a very particular and inaccurate snippet in one of these). Will continue over the next few days.
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Re: Spanish Magazine Scans
Posted on: 2017/5/21 20:45
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Yep! It's from the Mexican version, as far as we know.
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Re: Spanish Magazine Scans
Posted on: 2017/5/22 12:14
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Hi,

So I had a chance to go over the translation for the two Mexican pages (Dragon Hopper and Zero Racers) and I would rephrase some segments of the first one. The Zero Racers translation is much more accurate (I'm trying to be less literal and closer to the meaning). I didn't redo Bound High, which has more mistakes, but it's of less interest as far as I understand. Feel free to correct any grammar mistake (and apologies for my English). Here they go.

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If you are wondering why we didn’t talk about Virtual Boy games since long ago, let us tell you that it wasn’t our choice, as to take pictures of this system a special device that only Nintendo owns is needed, so we took advantage of our recent trip to NOA to bring some images and in this way talk about the future games that are going to appear for this system, as well as some that are already available.
Dragon Hopper
In Dragon Hopper you control a little dragon called Dorin (who is the Prince on top of that) who must rescue his family and his beloved Diana, abducted by his father's (the King, obviously) Prime Minister so his mission is to seek the help of the 4 spirits of his Kingdom and, in this way, obtain enough power to face the diabolic PM and to set his loved ones free. The least important thing for anyone is the plot, however, as it is quite simple, burnt out and predictable, but fortunately for the players the game doesn’t share the same fortune as the story line.
As we already mentioned, you control a Dragon that must go through a series of stages that are divided by floors, so to fully explore a level you need to jump to reach platforms that are over you or let yourself fall through the holes on the ground to descend to lower floors. This effect of going up and down is really well done and on the Virtual Boy it really gives a depth effect which makes the game more attractive.
Dorin can perform multiple movements such as jumping, attacking and talking with the people you’ll find on your trip, to obtain clues about the location of the keys in each level to be able to progress or to obtain information about the whereabouts of the four sought-after spirits.
As you’ll be able to see, this is an excellent adventure game that will allow you to enter a 3D world full of terrible enemies. One of its advantages is its battery, so you’ll be able to save your progress.


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Zero Racers

Wow! After a long wait we will be able to enjoy a racing title for the VB and the best thing is that it is a high-speed one. Those who have had the chance to play it say that it plays very well with a nice sense of speed.

This game is planned to be released in a couple of months so not many details are available, but we can say that there will be four different types of ships which fly in the channels that define the tracks. Ships have different characteristics (as often found in Nintendo games) so you will need to get used to a ship which accelerates quickly but is not very fast or another that has excellent speed but takes years to get there. The other comment we have heard about this game is that it could be said to be F-zero for the VB, which already speaks well of it. Therefore, we can only hope to be able to tell you more.
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Re: Spanish Magazine Scans
Posted on: 2017/5/22 14:45
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To keep the flow going, I'll post the two other references I've been able to find in Hobby Consolas so far.

- First is page 27 in number 41 (Feb 1995). In summary, the snippet at the bottom of the page talks about the Winter CES in Las Vegas, where the editor had the chance to test the VB. "Nintendo didn't try to surprise with their games. This time they did so presenting a really revolutionary console: the Virtual Boy". He really had difficulties explaining the concept; the VB is introduced as a "Game Boy but with faster graphics and in red and black [...] all in 3D!".

- Second is a deeper report in October 1995, number 49, p. 26-28, although in the last paragraph the editor warns the readers: "it is very possible that we won't ever see this device in Spain". The language used is interesting overall, but the most particular point is in the game list. If you look at the screenshots at the bottom of page 27, they don't look at all like the games.

Galactic Pinball: the picture doesn't look like a pinball table at all and the snippet suggests that the game is not played "as a pinball game".

Mario Clash: the picture looks more like a concept than the real thing. It's weird as the snippet reads that "first, [Mario] will appear in an adventure similar to Mario Bros. and later in a Tennis game full of surprises.". Mario Clash was released in October, but Mario Tennis was a launch game a few months before.

Golf: it actually talks about Virtual League Baseball and an "untitled" golf game.

Vertical Force: ¿what's that screenshot?

Jack Bros: the last one is almost a joke. Jack Bros is referenced with a ¿coliseum? touristic screenshot and is summarized as "an interactive adventures at the likes of Doom". ¿What?

Wario images at page 28 are scary, too.

They all came from the tech demos for the Virtual Boy, I guess, but it's kinda surprising that the editors took that as screenshots for the coming games - or, otherwise, it's hard to believe that they actually tested the games.

More to come, please let me know how these could be added to the Magazine Scans section (to make it bigger),

m.

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Re: Spanish Magazine Scans
Posted on: 2017/5/22 15:08
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mmora wrote:
I didn't redo Bound High, which has more mistakes, but it's of less interest as far as I understand.


Thanks so much for the excellent translations! Yeah, since we have access to the ROM of Bound High!, articles about it aren't of as much interest as the still inaccessible games.
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Re: Spanish Magazine Scans
Posted on: 2017/5/23 9:21
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Let's continue with Superjuegos, the second most important magazine at that time. These are quite simple, however.

- Number 34, February 1995: a short snippet that reads that the "Virtua [sic] Boy is the main weapon that Nintendo has to fight the Mega Drive 32X", from the Winter CES 1995.

- Number 38, June 1995: again, a short snipped regarding the Virtual Boy in the E3, this time with the final console (check the buttons). Some games are called by their prototype names (Wario Cruise, Mario's Dream Tennis) while others are final. Release date in the US is correctly stated and there is no mention of the Japanese release.

- In number 48, April 1996, a reader asks about the Virtual Boy. The editor compares it again to the Game Boy and then states "I can tell you that it didn't get the expected success and sales are expected to rise with the future launches of Star Wing and Zelda." A little optimistic, isn't it? It's probably made up.

Next to come, the third in order of relevance: Nintendo Acción, the official Nintendo Spanish Magazine.

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