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  1. I checked it out. Indeed there are two versions. I didn't even know that the game was ported to the PC in the first place, let alone the fact that it had two editions, which also makes this port rather obscure. I played the PC version of Virtua Cop way back, but I didn't play the original arcade, so I can't judge how the porting was done. But it wouldn't surprise me if it was ported from the Saturn, rather than the arcade. The PC port of Mortal Kombat 4 suffers from lower graphics than the arcade original, because it was based of the ports on the consoles. Contrast that with Mortal Kombat 1, II, 3 and Trilogy, which received PC ports that are very close to the arcade. (Not to mention the fact that the original Mortal Kombat was ported directly from the original source code in C, and thus retains the glitches and bugs of the arcade version)
  2. Thanks for the info. I managed to find the release date for the game and I am currently contributing it to MobyGames. I also discovered that Daytona USA got a Windows port. According to MobyGames, it was released in the US, but I found evidence that it was also released in Japan. I don't know whether or not Windows 95 was a big success in Japan (it was a worldwide success, no doubt about that), but judging from the number of ports released around that time, I guess it might be the case. One should definitely look into doing some comprehensive research on ports of console games in Japan during the 90's/early 2000's.
  3. Thanks for the reply. Like I said, almost all of the titles released under the DigiCube label were released only in Japan. One of the releases documented here is the Wizardry: Llylgamyn Saga, which was also released for the Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation. (https://www.pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Wizardry:_Llylgamyn_Saga) However, there is also the PC port of Fushigi no Dungeon Fuurai no Shiren ~Tsukikage-mura no Kaibutsu~, an enhanced port of the original which came out on GameBoy. Fushigi no Dungeon is a series of Japanese roguelikes made by Spike Chunsoft, the company famous for the Dragon Quest series. Fushigi no Dungeon has spanned multiple games and spinoffs throughout the 90's and mid 2000's, on a multitude of platforms. Fushigi no Dungeon Fuurai no Shiren ~Tsukikage-mura no Kaibutsu~ is the only one (as far as I know) that was released on the PC. Now, this release in question had two editions: the first one is by DigiCube and it features desktop accesories. The other is an updated version with internet support. Both of these versions can be found on the Japanese Amazon, but they commend staggering prices (200~250 USD), as it is out of print. On the other hand, there is currently an auction on Yahoo Auctions that offers the DigiCube release for cheap (~40 USD). Usually they are cheaper if they appear on Yahoo Auctions. First edition (DigiCube): https://tinyurl.com/y6ux42k2 Second edition (internet support version): https://tinyurl.com/y8jkmvsw Yahoo Auction offer: https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/l597398774 Now, I've never heard about a (perhaps potential) Russian PC port of the original Yakuza. If confirmed, it would be a very interesting find indeed. I can help you with some Russian, as my native language is actually Serbian, also a Slavic language with many similarities to Russian, and uses Cyrillic script. I believe that by restricting the search to Cyrillic, one might find some info on the game. If you want, I can contact you through here or through Discord and we can sort some things out. EDIT: I've found another Fushigi no Dungeon game for PC, also on Yahoo Auction, in very good condition, but it is very expensive. https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/v721541638
  4. Hello everyone! I'm relatevely new around here, but I saw this post way back and I would like to contribute some info about obscure PC ports and releases, particularly from Japan or South Korea. Back in 1997, Squaresoft (now Square Enix) developed a service to distribute games across Japan's many convenient stores, or through digital kiosks. It was called DigiCube. Their first release was the original debut of Final Fantasy VII in Japan. However, besides console games, they also released and distributed ports of popular titles on the PC or localizations of European or American games (such as SimCity 4 etc.) One of those titles was Growlanser, a RPG by Atlus and CareerSoft, initially released in 1999 for the PlayStation. Two years later, on April 25th 2001 they released an official Windows PC port of the game. Also, at around the same time, South Korean company Soft Action released the PC port, but with a Korean translation (unfortunately text only, and it does not include the original Japanese voice work.) However, info on the port is rather sparse. Japanese Atlus' website does not mention they developed the port for the PC, so I had to use the Wayback Machine of Internet Archive and access the website in question. The info is even more sparse on the Korean release of the game. I barely managed to find a working version of the website and retrieve the info. Now, these games can be purchased from Yahoo Auction in Japan (some vendors can ship internationally!). I saw one post that was selling the game for 7000 yen (about 70 USD) in a very good condition. Korean release can be found on Naver and is a lot cheaper, but I don't know if their services ship internationally. However, if anybody is interested in tracking down these releases and document them to this wiki, then I can help with communication in Japanese, and only a little bit in Korean. I can provide the links for the sources that prove the existence of this release, as well as where to get the games. Also, if nobody is minding, I may start a new thread that is focused on documenting DigiCube PC releases. The info on these obscure PC ports of console games in Japan is quite fascinating, and, from a historical perspective, might reveal these efforts of Japanese companies to support the platform. Here's a video on YouTube about the Japanese PC release: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz7dxjBZK6s And here's the one for the Korean release: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEPww3JPDbA
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