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#11
Re: Hunt for Dragon Hopper?
Posted on: 5/5 13:24
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I've been curious about the leak myself. But I don't have a clue how about 4chan, and I can't find the leak to actually look through it and see if there is anything Virtual Boy related in there.
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#12
Re: Hunt for Dragon Hopper?
Posted on: 5/5 14:34
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Joined 2013/6/17
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Been crossing my fingers too but haven't seen anything really much related to VB
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#13
Re: Hunt for Dragon Hopper?
Posted on: 5/7 11:08

Joined 5/7
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Benjamin Stevens wrote:
For Dragon Hopper, I'd be satisfied if just the whole original story of the game got released. It was probably written all out at some point, and just getting those notes would be great.


Some days ago I contacted Jim Wornell. I found his name in the 'special thanks' section of the Galactic Pinball credits. As Dragon Hopper and Galactic Pinball were both developed by Inteligent Systems I figured he might have been involved in both games.

He actually responded quite fast and told me that he was indeed involved in Galactic Pinball, Bound High, Dragon Hopper and Zero Racers. Back then he was responsible for localizing games that came out of their parent company in Japan. Writing screen text, debugging, overseeing the manual/package, getting the ESRB rating, working with legal, marketing, and advertising. Anything that had to do with the US release of a game, he was responsible for. You can actually hear his voice on the title screen of Galactic Pinball.

He assumed that all three games (Bound High, Dragon Hopper and Zero Racer) never got leaked. He was surprised when I'm told him about Bound High and the different ways it got released. He assumed that either all of them or none would find its way to the Internet.

He told me that he actually played all of the games as part of his jobs but that he doesn't have anything left from those days, not even screenshots or the like. He also told me that those who worked on VB games back then weren't too sad that it got discontinued. I asked him if he could sum up the story of Dragon Hopper or could tell me someone else to contact about the games but he didn't respond to that question.
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#14
Re: Hunt for Dragon Hopper?
Posted on: 5/7 23:56
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Problem Child wrote:

Some days ago I contacted Jim Wornell...


Neat! Too bad he hasn't had much to add to the story, but it's cool that he responded to you about it.
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#15
Re: Hunt for Dragon Hopper?
Posted on: 5/12 14:07

Joined 5/7
Laos
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Benjamin Stevens wrote:
Quote:

Problem Child wrote:

Some days ago I contacted Jim Wornell...


Neat! Too bad he hasn't had much to add to the story, but it's cool that he responded to you about it.


I forgot to add that he told me that both games (Dragon Hopper and Zero Racers) where finished but I guess that was already known?

He didn't seem to be bothered at all by me asking questions. If someone has something he want's to ask I could forward the question.
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#16
Re: Hunt for Dragon Hopper?
Posted on: 7/6 2:38

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There must be a ROM of Zero Racers out there somewhere. Either a Japanese developer or magazine editor is holding on to as a holly grail. It will appear someday, I can feel it :) Especially since Problem Child was able to talk to one of the English developers and confirm it was completed. Great work my man, thanks for taking the time to contact him.

All this talk about Zero Racers and Dragon Hopper got me started down a rabbit hole, downloading old issues of Nintendo Power magazine. Reading through them brought back all the warm fuzzies, drooling over each screenshot of Zero Racers when I was a kid back in 96. I couldn't WAIT for that game to come out... and then, poof.... it was gone. I was too busy being a kid to even realize that the Virtual Boy itself had disappeared. My last memories of the Virtual Boy as a kid is picking up a few games in the clearance bin at my local Blockbuster Video. I remember picking up Red Alarm, Tetris 3D, Vertical Force, and maybe Mario Clash for $5.00 a piece.

Ahh, good times indeed.

-Retro
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