March 25, 2000
5:50 AM   Subscribe

Ummm. What the hell is this?
posted by endquote (7 comments total)
There's a bigger shot here. Looks weird. No screen or anything? I'm confused. I shouldn't have dropped out of that Japanese class after just a week.
posted by endquote at 6:23 AM on March 25, 2000

Looks like vertical whack-a-mole...

(Actually, if you look carefully at the larger picture, there is a screen; it's just indented a long way.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 7:26 AM on March 25, 2000

My memory of katakana seems to have finally died, BUT from the scraps it seems as if this would be a boxing type game played in first person. Instead of pressing buttons you punch the round pads.
posted by bryanboyer at 7:32 AM on March 25, 2000

Definitely a boxing game. The characters on this page are from the manga "Fist of the North Star." Think of it as The Road Warrior meets Kung Fu meets Scanners: guys wandering around a nuclear wasteland, beating the hell out of each other and making each other explode. I guess this game is supposed to be along those lines: punch the pads on the screen, and watch your opponent's head explode.

Let's just hope that there isn't some nasty force feedback, or arcade owners are going to have to get extra insurance...
posted by RakDaddy at 7:49 AM on March 25, 2000

As far as I can tell the kanji reads "North Star Temple" or "Big Dipper Temple." Some of the katakana reads "Panchi Gamu" and "Panchi Manua" (Punch Game and Punch Manual).
posted by plinth at 8:51 AM on March 25, 2000

It looks fun.
posted by corpse at 8:59 AM on March 25, 2000

the game's called "Punch Mania ~Hokuto- no Ken~," Hokuto- no Ken being the title of a manga. "Fist of the North Star."

yes, it's a simulational (physical?) game machine where you punch those red things instead of slamming on buttons. also, it says "Panchi MaNIa," as in Punch Mania, not "Punch MaNUa." the article -- the longer one, linked by endquote -- says it'll go on sale in late March; it goes on to give a general overview of the manga itself, explain the objective of the game, give basic credits (voices, images, etc.), and technicalities (about the "punch pads," etc.). then the separate sections go over "product features," "how to play," and "product availability details" (something like that).

ah, the joys of having someone who's fluent in Japanese on Metafilter. :D
posted by joopy at 12:26 AM on March 28, 2000

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