The developers failed to design a world that’s fun to explore. 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. 2:28. Then feel free to add a description to our database using our entry form. When reading the chart below, bear in mind that damage calculation in this game is very simple: The damage dealt is the attacker's Attack minus the defender's Defense, or 1 if this comes out to 0 or less. 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. Captain Tsubasa. It's boring overall. The complex nature of the CD-ROM² line has led to NEC Retro grouping all CD-based PC Engine variants … 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. Mail is the most agile and fastest of the three, Tatto has projectile attacks but is slow, and Gaw has the worst handling but can jump higher than the other two. Popful Mail is a kind but struggling bounty hunter who covets money and fame. By the way, here is the old sprite sheet I used way back when I started. In typical fashion Working Designs incorporated a lot of humor into the script, and for the most part it hits the mark. It's similar to. A day in the life as our hero Popful Mail. FFVII: Remake: $50 (shipped) SOLD. It tries to offer Metroid style exploration, but the developers only went halfway with this resulting in an unbalanced package. You can buy items in shops from gold dropped by enemies and these include healing items, weapons, armor and accessories. Game: Popful Mail File Name: Popful Mail.rar File Size: 156.24 MB Genre: RPG System: Sega CD Downloads: 80,587 Rating: (4.83 /5, 90 votes) Top 25 Sega CD ROMs. 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. 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. Por Alberto Carmona. Despite being marketed as an action RPG, the emphasis clearly is on the former. See the full list of available Sega CD emulators for this game. Popful Mail . 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. Without them platforms such as the Sega CD and Saturn would have been barren wastelands as far as the genre is concerned. First of all, Working Designs' logo appears for a few seconds before the game begins. Enemies are dispatched by weapons instead of hopping on their head, and they have health bars that appear on-screen when you strike them. This game has debugging material. In both versions, the most recently saved file is selected by default when the menu is opened. 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. After the publisher logo, this new splash screen featuring the title logo shows up. 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. 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. Lots of stuff got changed around for the US version, sometimes for good reason and sometimes decidedly not. CiB. 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, … In the Japanese version, overwriting byte 0x0C of GM00.BIN (which is at 0x11780C in an ISO) with 0xFF should make this show up after pressing Start at the title screen. The soundtrack is also really great, but there isn’t a whole lot to it. 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. 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. The rare cases where a stat change actually benefits the player are marked in green. I extract the files from the archive, be it rar or zip, and wind up with an ISO and some MP3s. The prices of weapons and armor were left alone. With Melissa Gulden, Blake Dorsey, Shaun Watkins, Keith Lack. Well, that's not the end of it. This results in the following table of damages in each version: These are by far the most significant changes to the game. The sell prices have mostly been increased too, but rarely by enough to make selling things actually useful. Published in 1991 by Nihon Falcom Corp., Popful Mail was an above-average fantasy title in its time. I have a lot of retro video game knowledge and wanted to share it. Popful Mail is not just any platform game. Xenoblade X is such a lovely game and I still break out my Wii U for it from time to time. Money is basically the only resource you can grind in this game. The player takes on the role of a bounty hunter named Mail, but it’s possible to switch to other characters. Do you know what “Popful Mail” is all about? 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. Looking for some more great role playing games? When I saw it for the SG CD I snagged it. Falcom Music Channel 1,831 views. the one after save. From here every environment is the same side view style area. In the US version, this is much more complicated: The US version significantly reworks the main menu, for whatever reason. © 2020 Infinity Retro. 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). (All these time-related changes actually have a purpose – more on that later.). In the Japanese version, the formula is (damage = (levelnum / 8) + 3); in the US version, it's (damage = (levelnum / 2) + 5). 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). 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. 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! Some arbitrary tinkering was also done to the amounts of Gold dropped by various enemies. This one had big shoes to fill. In the US version, they constantly move to the left independently of the screen's movement. Opening plays the game's opening, Erase Data deletes all the save data, and Listen to Song plays the game's vocal theme. 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Along the way Mail will meet new friends; Muttonhead’s former apprentice Tatto, and flying dragon creature Gaw. 4:11. It sounds interesting, but it actually makes exploration a little boring to be honest. Oh, and it goes without saying, but a lot of the US script is made up. It’s pretty similar to Zelda II, but with a few key differences. The animated sequences are some of the best I’ve seen on the Sega CD. 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. Popful Mail was a game I saw around in magazines for the TG Duo. That's where you all come in! This game has unused text. Enchanting Extensions 29,744 views. The US version adds extra dialogue from the characters on the Game Over screen. Surprisingly, it was actually increased in several cases. 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. I do love the aesthetic, but that alone isn’t enough to make this one a classic. It tries to be a wide open Metroid style side scrolling role playing game but I feel this sounds better on paper. More seriously I'd love a Ys V remake but I hope Falcom retires the PartYs style first. In the Japanese version, there are six options: Opening, Continue, New Game, Erase Data, Listen to Song, and Quit Game. Register now and enjoy:. At the main menu, select Quit Game and leave "No" highlighted at the confirmation prompt. Submit. Additionally, the US version will automatically close the menu and return to the title screen if it's left idle for long enough. 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