Blog:A Really Big Shou

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CRV 15:20, 28 January 2010 (UTC) [permalink] [comments]

I plan on writing an in-depth post soon about Yumekobo, Aicom, Santos, and Eleca. What do they all have to with each other? Well, you'll have to wait to find out. I'm hoping to get some more info. In the meantime, let's get this out of the way.

Below are three scans from an unknown magazine featuring an interview with Nobuyuki Okude, who was then the head of Yumekobo. He talks about the company and a game called Karate Ninja Shou. Yumekobo is perhaps best known for the Neo Geo shooter Blazing Star.

If you've never heard of Karate Ninja Shou, there's a reason for that - it was never released. It's been assumed in the past that this was a Neo Geo game, but that is not actually specified anywhere in the article. Neither is the genre, but it does appear to be either a beat 'em up or fighter.

The origin of Shou's development is a bit of a mystery, too. Note the screenshot with a character named Santos. "The new Santos" was supposedly at least partially absorbed into Yumekobo. One possiblity is that development started at Santos.

A translation of most of the article can be found here and here.

Thanks to Billy Pitt of the Neo Geo Proto Page for providing the scans.


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Shou said ...

It says in the article's headline that Karate Ninja Shou is for the Neo Geo.

--Shou 20:19, 23 November 2010 (CST)

CRV said ...

@Shou It's all moot anyway since it turns out this is from Neo Geo Freak magazine.

--CRV 09:02, 29 November 2010 (CST)

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