Surging Aura is yet another very cool looking JRPG that I cannot play because it’s in Japanese. Even though the graphics aren’t quite as good Surging Aura looks very similar to Phantasy Star; which make this all the more troubling.
The narrator of the clip below translates most of the text as he plays and it’s cool to get a taste of what’s going on.
I’ve read that several translations have been started but I don’t think any were ever finished. With any luck it will happen someday.
Until then this is still a great looking game for the collection. It’s in excellent condition and even came with a small Surging Aura pin.
Exile is an interesting mix between top down RPG (like Surging Aura) and a side scrolling platformer. And there is a Genesis version. So I’ll be able to play this one!.. once I get the English version.
Exile is one of rare Genesis titles which I feel has better cover art than the Japanese Mega Drive version.
Surging Aura – $32
Exile – $14
Shipping is included in the cost of both games.
Interestingly enough, you can make it through Exile with no Japanese knowledge if you’ve played the US version at least once from start to finish. Except for one or two areas, the game is pretty linear.
That said, the PC-Engine/Turbo Grafx version is the best, as it’s not edited (the Genesis version chops out some major story points and loses the cinemas from the CD). The one thing I like more about the Genesis version is one or two tunes from the cart, but the Cd version is still the one to get (I think it’s redbook audio, so you can pop it into a CD player and listen to it). There was an Exile sequel for the Duo, but I didn’t like it as much back when I played it…
I’m starting to realize that the Turbo Grafx-16 is a pretty solid system. I need a power cable for mine. I should hurry up and get one. I’m getting more and more eager to try it out.
Maybe the Turbo Grafx-16 CD version is cheaper than the Genesis version. I’ll have to check it out.
I think the Duo version of Exile may cost more as Working Designs handled the port (The Genesis version was by Renovation) and their stuff is usually more expensive. I haven’t looked it up in a while, but you may find a good deal on it and a few of their other TG-16/Duo games (Cosmic Fantasy 2, Cadash, Vasteel and others). I know Exile 2: Wicked Phenomenon is expensive, as I can recall selling mine off a long time back for more than I paid for it…
Yeah, get that power cable – I know you’ll love a LOT of TG-16 games, especially when you can compare MD versions to a few of them…
cool, I think I recently ordered the PC Engine version from Solaris.. still waiting for that parcel to arrive.. it’s gonna be huuuuuge 😀
and yeah, the genesis cover art is waaaay better! ^_^
Is Solaris an online store? What’s the URL? I’d love to get more options other than ebay.
http://www.solarisjapan.com/ I bought looooads of games from there in one big batch, but it still hasn’t arrived >_< 1.5 months later…
Cool. I’ll check them out. But 1.5 months is a long time to wait! You must be getting a bit worried by now. But that does sound possible for surface shipping!