After getting a complaint about Boktai this morning, and two for Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon on Sunday, I’ve updated my About Me / FAQ to answer the question “Why do you think [some game X] is obscure enough to post on your blog?”. And if you don’t feel like going to it, I’ll just leave the answer for you here:

There are different degrees of obscurity, and just because you’ve played a game doesn’t mean everybody else has. My goal with this tumblr isn’t to dig up games that even hardcore nerds have never heard of; it’s to bring attention to weird, quirky games that most gamers have missed out on for one reason or another. If it really bothers you enough that you feel the need to tell me a game I post isn’t obscure, then please hit the “unfollow” button at the top of the page instead.

minor programming note

LIfe’s got a bit hectic for me at the moment, so it looks like I have to put new GIF requests on hold for a little while. I’ll let y’all know when they’re back. The last remaining ones I’ve accepted will go up Monday.

Get to Know Me!

Feeling bored today, so I made an “ABOUT ME” page. I would call it a FAQ, but I really don’t get these questions very frequently.

Hi, I noticed you post lots and lots of Tomba! 2 stuff so I thought you should know it comes out on the PSN Marketplace tomorrow (2/18/14)

Yep, I’m aware of that. But before everybody gets too excited, make sure you realize this is the Japanese version, and there is a LOT of text in this game. This is not just a simple platformer, it’s an adventure game with a lot of fetch quests, so you really need to know what’s going on. I think it’s pretty ridiculous that they can’t figure out a way to give us the English version of it.

Do you have a list of any obscure Cute 'em up-games? (weird/cute sidescrolling shooters)

I guess it would be nice if I had a tag for them on my blog, but it looks like tvtropes has a list here, and I’ve already posted things for a lot of the games on it:

Air Zonk

Coryoon

Cosmo Gang: The Video

Cotton

Fantasy Zone

Gunbird

Gun Nac

Harmful Park

Keio Flying Squadron

King and Balloon

KiKi KaiKai

Pariodius

Pocky & Rocky

Space Invaders ‘95

Star Parodier

TwinBee

Surprised at the lack of wonderswan titles appearing, that console comes under obscure I should think (unfortunately)

Well that’s probably because there aren’t a lot of games for the Wonderswan; at least not when you compare it to Nintendo, Sega and Sony handhelds.

If anybody knows of any great, obscure Wonderswan games that you want me to cover then please let me know. You can see the ones I’ve already done here:

http://obscurevideogames.tumblr.com/tagged/wonderswan

title - Oh My God! (Atlus - arcade - 1993) 
Today is all about 2nds. It is the 2nd anniversary of the Obscure Video Games tumblr, so I figured I should celebrate by doing an HD remake of my 2nd GIF ever. Long-time followers may also remember that the 2nd guy from the left on weirdo Mt. Rushmore used to be my avatar.
So anyhow, thanks for sticking with me! This second year has been insane:
The blog went from 1000 followers to over 40,000.
For a couple of days this was the #1 trending blog on the tumblr mobile app.
Kotaku, laughing squid and boing boing all discovered me within days of each other.
I got senpai to notice me.
I think I pissed off Shantae.
I finally made it onto the tumblr radar.
My GIFs were (allegedly) displayed at SXSW.
I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like a year from now, but I promise to do my best to keep this thing going and worth your time.
I suppose I’m overdue for “shout outs”, but Instead of just giving you a list of the best video game blogs, here are some of the people on tumblr who seriously follow my blog and make all the work I put into it seem worthwhile:
wonderful people who also just happen to give me lots of great stuff to reblog: vgjunk, cipater, kimimisstuff, anklerocker, n64thstreet, hydao, encounteredanassailant
other friendly people I enjoy chatting with: mrgilder, fabulation, friskywoods, slitherup, hitmeupman, apebit, horny-tyrant-pevertimus-maximus, fergzilla, motherplayer, lunaticobscurity, elcomfortador, splattertrigger, awdplace, insertquarterbin
my most obsessive super-fans: princewatercress, sclr, kurhl, metalfro
Sorry if I forgot anybody; there are just too many great people on here!

title - Oh My God! (Atlus - arcade - 1993) 

Today is all about 2nds. It is the 2nd anniversary of the Obscure Video Games tumblr, so I figured I should celebrate by doing an HD remake of my 2nd GIF ever. Long-time followers may also remember that the 2nd guy from the left on weirdo Mt. Rushmore used to be my avatar.

So anyhow, thanks for sticking with me! This second year has been insane:

I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like a year from now, but I promise to do my best to keep this thing going and worth your time.

I suppose I’m overdue for “shout outs”, but Instead of just giving you a list of the best video game blogs, here are some of the people on tumblr who seriously follow my blog and make all the work I put into it seem worthwhile:

Sorry if I forgot anybody; there are just too many great people on here!

I was wondering if you could share some of your favorite rpgs with gameplay/controls similar to that of the Mother series with a great story as well, if you know any... thank you!

This may come as a surprise to you, but I haven’t played any 16-bit RPG’s like Earthbound for more than an hour into the game. Back in the early 90s, when I did play games (which wasn’t often) it was almost exclusively platformers. In fact I didn’t really start getting into turn-based JRPG’s until the PS2. So I’m probably not the best person to ask.

my #1 most popular GIF of 2013
obscurevideogames:

flap - Gimmick! aka Mr. Gimmick (Sunsoft - NES - 1992)
requested by marbletoss

my #1 most popular GIF of 2013

obscurevideogames:

flap - Gimmick! aka Mr. Gimmick (Sunsoft - NES - 1992)

requested by marbletoss

my #2 most popular GIF of 2013
obscurevideogames:

KRAKEN - Dynamite Cop (Sega - Dreamcast - 1999)
requested by carsonfuckingdaly

my #2 most popular GIF of 2013

obscurevideogames:

KRAKEN - Dynamite Cop (Sega - Dreamcast - 1999)

requested by carsonfuckingdaly

my #3 most popular GIF of 2013
obscurevideogames:

chest bump - Crayon Shin Chan: Arashi wo yobu Enji
(Bandai - Super Famicom - 1993)

my #3 most popular GIF of 2013

obscurevideogames:

chest bump - Crayon Shin Chan: Arashi wo yobu Enji

(Bandai - Super Famicom - 1993)

my #4 most popular GIF of 2013
obscurevideogames:

get down - Dynamite Cop (Sega - Dreamcast - 1999)
requested by carsonfuckingdaly

my #4 most popular GIF of 2013

obscurevideogames:

get down - Dynamite Cop (Sega - Dreamcast - 1999)

requested by carsonfuckingdaly

my #5 most popular GIF of 2013
obscurevideogames:

boss - 
Ninja Spirit (Irem - arcade -1988)

my #5 most popular GIF of 2013

obscurevideogames:

boss - 

Ninja Spirit (Irem - arcade -1988)

I just wanted to tell you that it's refreshing to see a blog about obscure and bizarre games without all the "Wow those Japanese sure are ridiculous, did the nukes mess with their brains or something" bullshit commentary that usually plagues this kind of thing.

Thanks! I know exactly what you’re talking about. In most cases I think it’s more effective to let the weirdness speak for itself. Usually when I make a comment, it’s either about trivia or to point out something you might miss.

GIF Requests Are Back!

But they’re going to work a little differently now.

I stopped taking requests because my backlog was getting out of control. It got to the point where it was taking me about two months from the point of request to produce and post the GIFs. And doing requests all the time was preventing me from doing GIFs for games that interest me.

So to fix this, here’s what I’m going to do:

  • Mondays are going to be “request days”. Normally I stop at three GIFs per day, but now on Mondays I’m going to try do as many as possible. The first request day will be January 6, 2014.
  • One GIF per request. I promise I will try to make it a good one. And if I like the game, I’ll probably post more from it later on.

As usual, you can submit requests through the “ask” box on my page. If you wrote to me sometime in the past two months, and I told you requests were on hold, then you’ll need to re-send me your request. And remember, I don’t do PC games.