They just lack personality and tend to be drab against the colorful backdrops. 8:21. Would like to have a Definitive Edition with a redesigned UI/UX and QoL. © 2020 Infinity Retro. To hear them in full requires beating the game in under five hours. Sonic CD. Additionally, the player can summon a menu to change some of the game's attributes, the current character, the current character's equipment, use or activate an item, read the game's status, save, load and quit. There's actually basically three versions of it: the PC-88/98/Engine one with its 'run into enemies' combat, the Sega CD one with its zoomed in view and sword button, and the SNES game which is doing its own thing entirely. (All these time-related changes actually have a purpose – more on that later.). In the Japanese version, B is jump while A and C both perform attacks (they're treated identically). Like in a traditional RPG however you can purchase and find new equipment in shops and this will give you new forms of attacks, increase the damage you do, or in the case of armor give you a higher defensive value. In case you doubt or don't know, Popful Mail is/was a genius achievement in the Sega CD world and a dedication in Action-RPG design. He is affiliated with the talent management firm 81 Produce.. On top of each having their own hit points (which means you essentially have three life bars at your disposal which certainly helps during some of the boss fights) each have their differences in handling. A side effect of the repricing is that while all healing items have the same cost/restoration ratio in the Japanese version (3 Gold per HP restored, versus 4.5 Gold per in the US version), the US version actually makes the two highest-end items a worse value for the money (8.125 and 10 Gold per, for the Banana and Melon respectively). Play next; Play now; Popful Mail (Mega-CD) - Opening by Falcom Music Channel. The game then plays the first half of the original Japanese opening (the "legend") until it finishes or the player presses. In the tables below, instances in which a stat changed to make the game harder have been marked in red. Enemies whose stats didn't change are omitted. "Blackie" became "Slick", and "Material" became "Muttonhead"). In addition to jumps, Mail, the protagonist elf, can choose from several items to defend herself, such as weapons or armors. Since the Utilities menu doesn't exist there, the Test Mode option is in the main menu. This game has a hidden sound test. You soon realize how redundant and repetitive it is, and there's almost no payoff here. Popful Mail was a game I saw around in magazines for the TG Duo. Your email address will not be published. While she is on the hunt for a notorious magician, she finds herself caught up in a struggle against an ancient evil being named The Overlord. You start the journey with just Mail in your party but soon into the quest Tatto and Gaw join up with you and from that point you can switch the active character during gameplay. Popful Mail, Magical Fantasy Adventure is a 2D Action RPG Platformer created by Nihon Falcom and was originally made for the NEC PC-8801 in 1991 and PC-9801 in 1992. In both versions, the most recently saved file is selected by default when the menu is opened. The voice acting is some of the best of its era with hilarious over-the-top performances all around. Generally, the idea seems to have been to make healing items and buffs much harder to get. Added title music, extra secrets? I just recently heard about this game, and Id really like to play it, but no emulator will run it. In the Japanese version, they have an Attack of 20, and a typically equipped player at this point in the game will take 5 damage per hit from them. This is where she hears about Muttonhead; a once kind (but crazy) wizard who has turned to the dark side. In the Japanese version, the formula is (damage = (levelnum / 8) + 3); in the US version, it's (damage = (levelnum / 2) + 5). This was a remake of an earlier title in the franchise (yes, this was an actual franchise) which took advantage of the Sega CD’s large new software medium by offering up plenty of voice acting and animated sequences. In 1994, Falcom themselves remade Popful Mail and released it on Super Famicom. Ys III is kinda like an Ys themed Popful Mail. Today I’m going to take a look at one of their more curious releases; Popful Mail: Magical Fantasy Adventure (or just Popful Mail for short). The controls allow the player to jump, attack, open doors or treasure chests, and speak to another character. This game has unused text. The rare cases where a stat change actually benefits the player are marked in green. Relaxing Final Fantasy 7 Remake Music - Duration: 34:15. the one after save. In December 1988 NEC began to release video games on CD-ROM for its PC Engine console. The game has a basic crash handler that dumps the main CPU's registers in the event that something goes wrong. is a side-scrolling platform game. It features Mail, an overambitious elven bounty hunter, and her two companions Tatt (a naive wizard's apprentice) and Gaw (a small, bat-like dragon) that the player can switch between as soon as those characters have joined the party. You have ladders to climb as well. Without them platforms such as the Sega CD and Saturn would have been barren wastelands as far as the genre is concerned. After the publisher logo, this new splash screen featuring the title logo shows up. Surprisingly, it was actually increased in several cases. The Status subwindow has been expanded to incorporate the time elapsed on the current file. The developers failed to design a world that’s fun to explore. Ready for the next thing there and it had a good 4 game run (Seven, Celceta/IV, VIII, IX), which is already more than Bump Classic (I, … Along the way Mail will meet new friends; Muttonhead’s former apprentice Tatto, and flying dragon creature Gaw. The outdoor stages really pop with brightly colored scenery, and the characters really stand out against them. It was released on the Sega CD in 1994 and was also released on other consoles like the Super Famicom and even released on PC in 2006. The first thing I was drawn to is the colorful aesthetic. With a two million gold bounty on his head he’s an irresistible target for our greedy hero, and so she sets out to track him down and bring him to justice. At the main menu, select Quit Game and leave "No" highlighted at the confirmation prompt. Having played both, the animation in the TG Duo is better looking, but the controls for the Sega are superior in every way. Working Designs worked on the localization for the North American Sega CD version (the one that will be covered in this entry). 14 images of the Popful Mail cast of characters. It’s a rare Japanese RPG on an unpopular platform that hasn’t been translated into English anywhere else. The US version alters the control scheme. Per Working Designs' highly idiosyncratic localization practices, the vast majority of the enemies in the game received boosts to their stats...very, very large boosts. Popful Mail - A Magical Fantasy Adventure / MY LIFE IN GAMING - Duration: 8:21. The original japanese Mega-CD Popful Mail is also easier than the Sega-CD version, because only the Sega-CD version was enhanced by Working Designs. Popful Mail has great voice acting, graphics, and at first seems to be a lot of fun. This one had big shoes to fill. All rights reserved. I have no real complaints when it comes to the graphics here. the one after save. My first question is what does the last option in the in game option menu do. This game has debugging material. The game is fun, but it certainly doesn’t deserve the amount of praise I’ve heard for it over the years. It was released on the Sega CD in 1994 and was also released on other consoles like the Super Famicom and even released on PC in 2006. Were you able to play this game? The story is told through a significant amount of voice acting and few animated sequences that really pop. Directed by Victor Ireland, Dean Williams. That alone ensures Popful Mail has quite the devoted fanbase. The Utilities menu will now contain a new Test Mode option featuring a sound test, voice test, and cutscene viewer. We’re looking forward to your contributions! Popful Mail takes place in a whimsical, fantasy-themed world, and features charismatic characters and a light-hearted storyline. The amount of damage done is computed directly from the internal ID of the current stage (the Elf Woods are 0, Treesun is 1, and so on following the game's linear order). In order to be able to play this game you need an emulator installed. Popful Mail is a kind but struggling bounty hunter who covets money and fame. It’s our favorite time of the year once again! The reason so many extra time displays were added around the game is a new feature added to the game: depending on how quickly it's beaten, a certain number of outtakes from the voice-over recording sessions are played after the "The End" screen. After Mail fans petitioned against the remake, "Sega Falcom" (the alliance between Sega and Falcom that would have made Sister Sonic) instead created a version of Popful Mail for the Sega CD, retaining original characters Mail, Tatt, and Gaw. It was the SNES that really cemented this as a long term hobby and the rest is history! The sell prices have mostly been increased too, but rarely by enough to make selling things actually useful. Nihon FalcomPublishers: Sega (JP), Photos of the Popful Mail (Game) voice actors. These CD-ROM² systems, beginning with the appropriately titled CD-ROM² would take a number of forms over the coming years, complementing the base system and its range of games on HuCard.. Much like Sega’s version, it’s been redone as a more typical side-scrolling action-RPG, though the game itself is completely different. Popful Mail (Mega-CD) - Advent of the Hero ~ Distant Valhalla by Falcom Music Channel. Northern California based publisher Working Designs worked overtime to bring early Sega fans a decent line-up of role playing games from overseas. Ad-free browsing; Rom recommendations tailored to you (the more roms you rate or add to your collection, the better the recommendations become). In typical fashion Working Designs incorporated a lot of humor into the script, and for the most part it hits the mark. The game is also a little unforgiving with large spans of time wherein you cannot recover or buy healing items. Do you know what “Popful Mail” is all about? Popful Mail for the Sega CD is a port/remake of Falcom's 1991 side-scrolling RPG for the PC-88. Popful Mail is a side-scrolling action-adventure game, originally made by Nihon Falcom (developers of the Ys series) for NEC's PC-88 home computer, and then ported to the PC-98, Sega CD and PC Engine CD systems. Basic gameplay is fun. In the US version, they have an Attack of 60, meaning the player takes 45 damage per hit from them and their projectiles, not to mention that their HP has been more than tripled from 25 (2 hits to kill) to 80 (4 hits). Lifelong gamer and movie addict. You can buy items in shops from gold dropped by enemies and these include healing items, weapons, armor and accessories. It's a remake of other ... 5 Popful Mail ($650) Popful Mail is a side-scrolling platformer game that was released in 1991. DOWNLOAD Popful Mail (U) ROM (Download Manager) DOWNLOAD Popful Mail (U) ROM (Direct) PLAY Popful Mail (U) ONLINE. It’s nice that they have differences, but for the most part I found myself sticking with Mail because of her versatility. Photos of the Popful Mail (Game) voice actors. Ive tried getting it from 3 different places, and each time the same thing happens. The menu is opened with Start. Check out our list of the top 100 best RPGs of all time. A day in the life as our hero Popful Mail. Popful Mail kicks off with an animated sequence depicting the titular hero chasing down a nefarious criminal named Nuts Cracker in hopes of collecting the bounty on his head. This didn't exist at all in the Japanese release. The title was also released for Japanese computers, the Super Famicom and PC- Engine CD, all of which share the same story and characters but play somewhat differently. SIMS Co., Ltd. translated the Sega CD version and Masaharu Maeda (前田 正治, Maeda Masaharu, born February 4, 1954), known by the stage name Shigeru Chiba (千葉 繁, Chiba Shigeru), is a Japanese actor and voice actor from Kikuchi, Kumamoto. Then press Left, Right, Left, Right, Left, Right, Right, Right, A. In the US version, they constantly move to the left independently of the screen's movement. Factor in that player invincibility time after getting hit is only 40 frames, that the player's maximum HP is permanently fixed at 100, and that Amulets and healing items are much more costly to get in the US version, and perhaps you get the picture: for the average player, the US version is so frustrating it borders on unplayable. Idling there for long enough will play the game's opening cutscene. Popful Mail is awesome by the way, I own 2 of the 3 versions. It sounds interesting, but it actually makes exploration a little boring to be honest. Description of Popful Mail PC-88. CiB. On a related note, most of the English names are different, too (e.g. It perfectly fits the anime motif and lives up to Working Designs legacy. Some arbitrary tinkering was also done to the amounts of Gold dropped by various enemies. It's similar to. The game was later ported to Various consoles including PC Engine CD, Super Famicom and Sega CD in 1994. Today I’m going to take a look at one of their more curious releases; Popful Mail: Magical Fantasy Adventure (or just Popful Mail for short). Enchanting Extensions 29,744 views. In the Japanese version, the game always boots directly to the title screen. Oh, and it goes without saying, but a lot of the US script is made up. Or there's the Melon, which goes for 300 Gold in Japan but 1000 Gold in the States. Popful Mail: Magical Fantasy Adventure (ぽっぷるメイル, Poppuru Meiru?) Falcom Music Channel 1,831 views. More seriously I'd love a Ys V remake but I hope Falcom retires the PartYs style first. Sometimes they're recreations of the originals using a different synthesizer, but in other cases (such as the second half of the opening, and the ending) the music has been completely rewritten. It tries to offer Metroid style exploration, but the developers only went halfway with this resulting in an unbalanced package. This applies to both player characters and enemies. He manages to escape at which point Mail returns to town to find a new target. The original japanese Mega-CD Popful Mail is also easier than the Sega-CD version, because only the Sega-CD version was enhanced by Working Designs. There is no leveling system; you have one hundred hit points in the beginning of the game and that’s your maximum factor even as you face down the final boss. Pressing Start on the title screen leads to the main menu, and starting a new game from the menu leads directly to the world map. It's such a tragedy to live with the fact that the Sega CD had its difficulties surviving and therefore this game never got the overwhelming popularity it deserved. In the US version, this is much more complicated: The US version significantly reworks the main menu, for whatever reason. As with the cutscenes, the localizers apparently didn't have access to the original backing tracks; the English song has been recreated from scratch, resulting in very different instrumentation and mixing. The sell price of Gold Bullion (which exists only to be sold) was actually slashed in half from 1000 to 500 Gold. This makes the whole thing a bit of a drag to play to be honest. The US version reformats the Save and Load menus slightly so that they display the amount of time elapsed on each file. In the Japanese version, the title screen is completely silent, but in the US version it's actually accompanied by a new track done by the American staff! Additionally, the US version will automatically close the menu and return to the title screen if it's left idle for long enough. Get ready for a plethora of incoming reviews of horror based games for the month of October! 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Popful Mail is a side-scrolling action-adventure game, originally made by Nihon Falcom (developers of the Ys series) for NEC's PC-88 and PC 98 home computers in Japan, and then ported to the TurboGrafx-16 CD and Sega CD systems. Working Designs worked on the localization for the North American Sega CD version. To start with, the US version of the game inflates many items' prices by massive amounts. Captain Tsubasa. He has also worked as a sound effects director and music director. Money is basically the only resource you can grind in this game. I started playing with the original Nintendo but quickly fell in love with the arcades as well! It would probably have remained Japan-exclusive had not Working Designs stepped in and given it a US release (and the less said of Sister Sonic, the better). Working Designs (US)Platform: Popful Mail is a Sega CD platformer released by Working Designs in February 1995. Popful Mail is not just any platform game. This page was last edited on 18 July 2020, at 07:04. Interestingly, most of these were commented out of the US version. For starters, Mail and friends do not gain experience points. I have a lot of retro video game knowledge and wanted to share it. Whenever a new game is started, the game plays the second half of the original opening scene (Mail's pursuit of the Nuts Cracker). To see it, well, crash the game. Popful Mail . Since the lower-end items are easily obtainable by backtracking, this means it's a massive waste to buy those items in the US version! Xbox ALL SOLD. Actually, she is in the game as well. From a side view you walk left, right, and jump. Popful Mail honestly seems like a fairly decent game, in all its myriad versions, but it's not really for me I think. In the Japanese version, the code is instead Left, Right, Left, Right, Right, A. The only thing I didn’t really like is the way you progress in the game. Just a few. My Life in Gaming 16,048 views. A short plot summary about the anime “Popful Mail” would help many anime and manga fans decide whether they want to watch this show or not. It was later ported to PC Engine CD-ROM by NEC Home Electronics and to the Sega CD by "Sega Falcom", an alliance of the two game companies Sega and Falcom. Popful Mail is a very good looking game. My first question is what does the last option in the in game option menu do. Popful Mail, Magical Fantasy Adventure is a 2D Action RPG Platformer created by Nihon Falcom and was originally made for the NEC PC-8801 in 1991 and PC-9801 in 1992. This works well for the dungeon areas, but everything such as towns and the like are interconnected. It was notable for its voice acting, the quantity and quality of which were great for the time, as well as the typical Working Designs humor. Por Alberto Carmona. The enemy designs are a bit sub-standard but that’s forgivable. 4:11. I do love the aesthetic, but that alone isn’t enough to make this one a classic. Instances in which a stat changed detrimentally by more than 5 points and constituted a change of 66% or greater from the original amount appear in magenta. 14 images of the Popful Mail cast of characters. Popful Mail was also ported to the Super Famicom by Falcom themselves, released shortly after the Mega CD version. There's a good possibility that Working Designs didn't get the original backing tracks from Falcom, just the finished versions with baked-in Japanese voice-overs, and they ended up having to remake them from scratch in order to get the English dub in. If you thought Lunar: Eternal Blue got it bad, wait 'til you see this. I'm a former writer at the website Epinions.com and started this blog as a response to that closing down. Pressing Start now opens this new, animated pause screen, which keeps track of the time elapsed on the current file. After Mail fans petitioned against the remake, "Sega Falcom" (the alliance between Sega and Falcom that would have made Sister Sonic) instead created a version of Popful Mail for the Sega CD, retaining original characters Mail, Tatt, and Gaw. The Japanese version has written narration over each scene, but the US version erases the text entirely in favor of a voice-over by Mail. It’s typical walk from left to right while performing light platforming and fighting enemies. I cant run Popful Mail Heeeelp! Lots of stuff got changed around for the US version, sometimes for good reason and sometimes decidedly not. In the US version, A and B work the same, but C instead opens the menu. Register now and enjoy:. Then feel free to add a description to our database using our entry form. I didn’t find town areas fun to investigate in the least, and though they offer side quests, Popful Mail would be a stronger package without them. In the Japanese version, the clouds in the background of Elf Woods use a parallax scrolling effect, but only move when the player scrolls the screen. A side-scrolling fantasy action game with light RPG elements created by Nihon Falcom that is best known for its Sega CD incarnation, published in the US by Working Designs. Please consider supporting The Cutting Room Floor on Patreon.Thanks for all your support! Despite being marketed as an action RPG, the emphasis clearly is on the former. The Utilities submenu now contains the Delete Data option, as well as an extra "Options" menu. Literally nothing in the game is even remotely dull, and from the game play to the story, to the graphics and sound, Popful Mail is a game … First of all, Working Designs' logo appears for a few seconds before the game begins. With Melissa Gulden, Blake Dorsey, Shaun Watkins, Keith Lack. See the full list of available Sega CD emulators for this game. 2:28. What we have here is one of those genre bending side scrolling platform role playing games. If you haven't played Popful Mail or want to try this action video game, download it now for free! They’re fully animated and take up a large portion of the screen with scene transitions and nice effects as well as great lip syncing. Popful Mail Released: 1994 Originally produced for the NEC PC-8801 in 1991, this 2D action RPG title shares many similarities with the Wonderboy: Monster World series. Sega CDReleased in JP: April 1, 1994Released in US: February 23, 1995. The game's startup sequence was significantly altered for the US release. ... RETRO 'Silpheed', analizamos el remake para Mega CD de este gran matamarcianos (31/01/2016) Popful Mail + Strategy Guide: $375 SOLD. The game is a little bit platformer, a little bit RPG, and a lot of anime. Popful Mail is a 2D side-scrolling action game from Nihon Falcom, the creators of Ys and Dragon Slayer. The game was later ported to Various consoles including PC Engine CD, Super Famicom and Sega CD in 1994. Opening plays the game's opening, Erase Data deletes all the save data, and Listen to Song plays the game's vocal theme. The first part of the opening scene is actually significantly different in the US release. Popful Mail Released: 1994 Originally produced for the NEC PC-8801 in 1991, this 2D action RPG title shares many similarities with the Wonderboy: Monster World series. Popful Mail 2 or Gurumin 2? I'm surprised I still have this XD. During the game, Mail is eventually joined by a wizard named Tatt and a winged cave-dwelling creature named Caw. The player takes on the role of a bounty hunter named Mail, but it’s possible to switch to other characters. Let's start with the more innocuous additions and work our way down. Weapons and armor were Left alone recently saved file is selected by when. 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