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Cho Aniki - The Strangest Game Ever?

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the most-disturbing-shmup-of-all-time dept.

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Thanks to NFG Games for their newly-posted detailed look at Ai Cho Aniki for the PC Engine / TurboGrafx, a side-scrolling, bodybuilder-filled shoot-em-up where, as the author explains: "The game starts as many do, in space above some clouds with... floating heads, swords and a strange guy on a half-moon who throws babies at you." The extremely odd graphical presentation, encompassing "burly men, angels, [and] machines with faces", even extends to the game's front cover - and it's not the only version for the PC Engine, even. There's also now a PlayStation 2 sequel, called Mighty Brothers: The Legend of the Holy Protein, due later this year.

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First post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6877914)

I would like to dedicate this first post to Junis in Afghanistan. Junis, I hope you've got your linksys 4-port router now working with the commodore-64s you found under that chicken coop. Have you downloaded any season 3 episodes of The Osbournes yet?

First self-referential post EVER? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6877926)

Try here! [slashdot.org]

Re:First self-referential post EVER? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6879448)

You fail it ;)

Cultural differences in game titles (5, Interesting)

LordOfYourPants (145342) | more than 10 years ago | (#6877961)

I have nothing to say about the game itself. It looks strange, but nothing mind-blowing.

On the other hand, I am interested in the title and its translation.. "Chou Aniki: Sei Naru Protein Densetsu. In English, the title translates to Mighty Brothers: The Legend of the Holy Protein."

Does this title sound as cheesy/campy in Japanese as it does in English? Or is there some element of Japanese culture which makes this title acceptable and taken with a straight face?

I've noticed this with other old-school game titles as well, such as "Space Mega Force." Even modern games with Engrish-sounding titles such as "Dance Dance Revolution 2nd Remix Append Club Version" have me wondering if it's done intentionally or not. I'm sure an arcade game which has probably sucked up millions of dollars in money can afford to hire a person for oh, say, 2 minutes to come up with a somewhat literary translation.

Re:Cultural differences in game titles (5, Insightful)

NEOGEOman (155470) | more than 10 years ago | (#6878243)

Most all Japanese learn rudimentary English in school. Most all Japanese don't learn much more than that. This tends to result in a lot of English in games that is, at best, not quite right. But who cares, really? The tiny handful of people in Japan who know better get over the whole "Engrish is funny haw haw" thing in a matter of weeks and find better things to be disgusted by. The average Japanese on the street sure doesn't care, they're just pleased, I imagine, that their highschool English lessons proved useful at all. Accuracy is irrelevant.

And if the game makes it big and is exported overseas it will already have name recognition that's only spoiled by correcting the oddities in the title.

Comments could be made about most of the gaming fanboys still struggling with the concept of apostrophes and therefore unqualified to ponder the nature of the titles, but that's perhaps a matter for another time.

And yes, "Legend of the Holy Protein" sounds as bizarre in Japanese as it does in English - but the entire series is based on some pretty strange subject matter. This title is no doubt intentionally laughable.

Re:Cultural differences in game titles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6879080)

"Most all" ???

Where did you learn English?

Don't you mean "Almost all"

Re:Cultural differences in game titles (5, Insightful)

aitsuda (633462) | more than 10 years ago | (#6878253)

Sei Naru Protein Densetsu sounds if anything cheesier in Japanese. Certainly cheesy as fuck. Dance Dance Revolution yadda yadda yadda sounds...well, like a game title. There's a whole (and well documented) culture of using English for effect in Japan which can lead to all sorts of strangeness which doens't sound like English as such to Japanese people, but fits within the vocabulary of decorative items / game titles etc. Can make for some weird language to Western ears (but then there's the whole issue of people in the west tatooing themselves with Chinese / Japanese characters they don't understand [ncbuy.com] so who am I to badmouth Japanese use of English?)

Re:Cultural differences in game titles (4, Insightful)

Captain Rotundo (165816) | more than 10 years ago | (#6879467)

I have often found it odd that a lot of poeple find "engrish" extremely funny (and some in an offensive derogetory way) but have no problem butchering other languages or thinking its 'hip' to have a random chinese character that they can not read tattooed on them.

Re:Cultural differences in game titles (1)

aWalrus (239802) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880628)

Heh... very good point. Americans do that to Spanish in Mexico all the time. They think it's funny. We think it's rather annoying. It's extremely rare to find a US person that wants to really learn to speak the language or try to get the accent right. I find that the reversed situation is rarely the same. Then again, we have more need of learning proper English than US people have of learning proper Spanish.

Re:Cultural differences in game titles (1)

andrewski (113600) | more than 10 years ago | (#6883589)

Actually, I have made an effort to assure that my Japanese accent sounds as generic as possible (Tokyo). Most non-native English speakers that I know of hardly make an effort to have their English sound correct. When you approach them about this (for example, Andy is not pronounced on-di, it's ANN-di) they get pissed off.

It's possible to learn to speak proper English with a terrible accent. It takes a little more effort to learn how to pronounce our words correctly, though.

Re:Cultural differences in game titles (1)

Mandoric (55703) | more than 10 years ago | (#6879048)

I'm reasonably sure the entire Cho Aniki series, titles included, is a joke item.

As for the other things mentioned... really, the only awkward phrase in that DDR title, besides, well, DDR, is "Append".
And as for phrases like DDR, games are rarely renamed for US release anymore, as the Japanese version has typically already attracted a fan base.

Re:Cultural differences in game titles (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6879055)

re: Dance Dance Revolution Second Remix Append Club Version

That's totally normal, if you read it with punctuation. Behold!

Dance Dance Revolution: Second Remix - Append Club version

Look at that, it actually makes sense now. It's an "Append" disc to the Second Remix. You switch to it from the Second Remix version of the game. And it's mostly Club music.

Re:Cultural differences.... (1)

evil-osm (203438) | more than 10 years ago | (#6879528)

Hmmm perhaps, it would appear that way, however these games don't seem to be streaming out of that part of the world, so I don't think that would be the case.

Now (going to get flamed for this) sexual differences.... that may be a stronger possibility, I mean a guy squatting with a pilon on his head and wearing nothing but a bannana hammock? Then two guys wearing nothing but bannana hammocks while one cuts flowers that were growing out of the other ones head?

I think in the review, Daemon, hit the nail right on the head.

Re:Cultural differences in game titles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6882199)

Yes, cheese is a good source of protein. I don't think hole-y cheese is any better though. Probably worse because the holes are air, which is relatively low in protein. What were we talking about again?

Most people get more protein than they need anyway. I would probably buy some holy antioxidants instead.

Oh, and how can any game that can be described as "a side-scrolling shooter" be The Strangest Game Ever? I know the gaming industry is bereft of imagination, but really. Taking a standard formula and replacing the sprites with weird amusing ones is a thirteen year old's C64 trick.

Re:Cultural differences in game titles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6883615)

In high school, we had a special version of Scorched Earth that we circulated...

The original title read "Scorched Earth: the Mother of All Games"

Our edited version read "Neil Soder: the Mother of All Gays"

Re:Cultural differences in game titles (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#6882821)

"I have nothing to say about the game itself. It looks strange, but nothing mind-blowing."

What about if you travel back in time a few years? It's all relative.

- You're not seeing it in motion. Part of the surprise was that it probably did more than what was expected of the TG-16.

- It's being compared to games of the time. Today it's probably not a big deal.

- The artist that did the artwork was well respected.

Food for thought.

Re:Cultural differences in game titles (1)

Tsuzuki (442471) | more than 10 years ago | (#6884862)

"Aniki" is actually "big brother", making the uhh.. dominating aspect of it even clearer. I'd also assume that Protein refers to a protein drink, capturing the bodybuilding aspect.

So yes, campy as fuck I'd imagine! :]

That is one scary looking game (0, Troll)

CheeseEatingBulldog (703915) | more than 10 years ago | (#6877962)

Anyone here saying violence in games makes kids go Ga-ga and kill lots of people?

Imagine what a game like this can do? Turn you child gay within hours of playing!

Re:That is one scary looking game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6878502)

I think the 'Slashdot Troll' game already does that.

Re:That is one scary looking game (4, Funny)

Bastian (66383) | more than 10 years ago | (#6879253)

Forget the video game. Imagine what NFL football will do to your kids - not only is it full of burly men in super-tight pants, but they also spend half the game rolling around in the mud with each other!!

Re:That is one scary looking game (1)

andrewski (113600) | more than 10 years ago | (#6883654)

Football is TOTALLY GAY!!! Let's look at the issues...

1. Tight pants made of lycra-spandex.

2. Bright, nay, fruity colors.

3. The ass grabbing / slapping.

4. The desire to get all sweaty and grab the other guy any way you can.

5. The snap. You're three seconds away from anal penetration or a rim job. Plus, the other guy's face is shoved into your sweaty ass...

6. The poorly applied eye makeup.

7. The cheerleaders are all but ignored by the players.

8. The red-faced, preverted, alcoholic loudmouthed pedophile (coach) supervises showers and all the burly guys are his bitch.

I could go on.

Re:That is one scary looking game (1)

stovey (698291) | more than 10 years ago | (#6880039)

If that was the case, the 90% of middle american males would be gay soley because of one game. WWF RAW [gamestop.com]

Re:That is one scary looking game (1)

bitrott (232312) | more than 10 years ago | (#6881575)

Indeed. Homoerotic Glam White-Trash Porn. That's the closest I can come to describing "professional" wrestling. Listen, I like a good tractor pull as much as the next person (no, no i don't) but WWF fandom screams "I have three cars on my front *lawn* and none of them work". (no apologies to that apologist Foxworthy)

Re:That is one scary looking game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6910855)

I thought violence in games makes kids go Galaga and shoot down lots of enemy ships.

Holy Protein (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6878153)

"Holy Protein", yeah that's what I told her.

Inspired by Jeff Minter? (1)

lokedhs (672255) | more than 10 years ago | (#6878687)

I loved the Jeff Minter games. It's great to see something new coming out which is similar in strangeness.

Redundant and... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6878809)

See the much better review at somethingawful.com. [http://www.somethingawful.com/articles.php?a=38]

Here's something you haven't seen before.

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"Boboboubo Boubobo Secret 87.5 Cold Laugh Nostril Hair Ultra Fist."

Check out the TV commercial linked within...

Love, randomd

Minesweeper (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6879558)

How much stranger can a game be? I mean, stepping on mines... for fun... Or that other game with the blocks falling from the sky. You had to arrange them in a row, and then suddenly they disappeared. Poof! Just like that.
Those are strange games!

I had this game (3, Interesting)

Mr. Darl McBride (704524) | more than 10 years ago | (#6879754)

I had this game. I believe the pronunciation is "choh an eeky" where "choh" rhymes with "show."

The play is actually very fun; it's a classic Turbo Grafx shooter in its own right. But the greatest strength is the music. I still listen to it today -- much of the time, it's positively trippy, filled with angry grunting and screaming and what sounds like a band organ gone awry. Other times, it borders on techno. If you get a chance, get your hands on the MP3s (or a whole disc image!) of this one. You won't regret it, so long as nobody catches you listening.

Cho Aniki - Bakuretsu Rantou Hen (1)

almightyjustin (518967) | more than 10 years ago | (#6881468)

Seeing this story reminded me of a review [somethingawful.com] from the SomethingAwful ROM Pit of a SNES game called Cho Aniki - Bakuretsu Rantou Hen. It seems to be in the same series, except it's a one-on-one fighter a la Street Fighter II. The ROM is worth a download for a laugh at the blatant homosexuality everywhere if nothing else.

You called that STRANGE?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6885158)

How about Boboboubo Boubobo [webbee.net], which involves an guy with Afro hairdo beating up enemies with... NOSE HAIR!!!

In all semiseriousness (1)

stonecypher (118140) | more than 10 years ago | (#6885488)

Aside from extreme cases like Boonga Boonga, which isn't really a playable game as much as a novelty, are we forgetting about Panic!, Master Red, Wizball, Gorf, Qix?

I mean, Kid Icarus is arguably as weird as this is. You fight an eggplant, for the measurable sake of crap.

Something Awful Reviewed the SNES Version (1)

The-Bus (138060) | more than 10 years ago | (#6886608)

Source [somethingawful.com]

Game Plot: This should serve as an example of why you should not download files from sites in Poland, especially when the file is described with a string of text similar to this: "sjavjenky rommy... boljay noxwob. bolshi fight za homosex (!!!)". This game is quite literally the single most concentrated mass of gay that I have ever in my life encountered. It's like a huge, flaming gay star exploded and collapsed in on itself, sucking itself down into a black, gay hole. The incredibly flagrant homosexuality in this game eclipses that of Gundam Wing: Endless Duel by several billion orders of magnitude. Endless Duel had intermission screens with the main characters in loose-fitting tank-tops. This game has large, oiled men in thongs with fairy wings dancing on flowers. It has huge, shadowy men thrusting their pelvises at the screen and characters whose combat moves include such powerhouse attacks as the "bend over and present your bare buttocks to your opponent, who happens to be a hugely muscled bald man wearing a loincloth." I don't think there really is a plot to this game. If there is, I really, really, really don't want to know it.

Weapons: Since this is a fighting game, each character has their own range of attacks and moves. The actual control layout is pretty good, and the movement (all the characters can fly, and so can move in any direction) makes it a rather unique experience. There're a wide range of attacks and they're matched with a good, intuitive control scheme. However, most of the good points about the gameplay mechanics are balanced out by the fact that THE GAME IS FULL OF NAKED MEN. ALL THE MOVES INVOLVE SOME DEGREE OF IMPLIED SODOMY. Super Mario Brothers was a good game, but if they replaced Mario with a muscleman in a speedo who "grew larger" when he touched "a mushroom", NOBODY, ANYWHERE, WOULD EVER, EVER PLAY THE GAME, EXCEPT MAYBE FRAGMASTER.

God, this is the WORST GAME EVER.

Enemies: Since this is a gay sex fighting game, the player characters and the enemies are all the same. There are 8 characters, each with his or her own style, technique, and HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE SEXUAL INNUENDO. The characters include a lithe, loinclothed muscleman, a tight-pants kung fu guy, a woman who controls the ugliest pair of cherubs in existence, an Elvis robot, and a cute girl who seems to have had her lower body and the top of her head ripped off, with the remaining parts being surgically bolted to a tiny flying steamship which is crewed by three tiny, naked men. Further objections to good taste include a nude man in a flying bathtub, THE MOTHERFUCKING GOD OF WAR, and a strange blue thing which appears to be made out of latex. I have no idea what that blue thing is, but I'll probably be seeing it a lot in my forthcoming nightmares.

Number of Levels: Since this is a gay sex game, the "levels" are simply backgrounds that appear while your characters are "fighting" in midair. The various backgrounds include a field of giant flowers (complete with horrible, horrible fairies), a male version of the Statue of Liberty (with tiny male figures silhouetted in the eye windows), what is apparently a temple to lesbian and gay sex, a dreamy nightscape with the sun and the moon gazing lustfully at each other, and a real, honest-to-god mantrain complete with boxcars hauling suspiciously phallic vegetables. There are only 8 enemies in the game, with two fights per enemy, which makes about 16 actual fights to win the game, assuming no ties. There actually isn't that much variety, and the game isn't very long.

Number of Bosses: No bosses. If you get caught playing this at work, you won't have a boss anymore either, unless the guy at the head of the unemployment line counts.

Defining Moment: That would probably be the part right after the shock of seeing all the naked men wore off, at which point I realized that the game had a lot of sound effects too. Specifically, a lot of voice samples. You can probably see where this is going. Grunting, moaning, slapping, pounding, and various other (thankfully) unidentifiable audio samples grace this work. And what a piece of work it is.

The Protein brothers are back!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6949656)

That's right, the manly body builder shooting game returns on Playstation 2! Goto Global A Entertainment's site [gae.co.jp] for more!
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