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BEEP releases special issue of EXTRA mag. interviewing the original Compile team

81 pages long, mostly dedicated to the MSX

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Javi Lavandeira

Posted on May 31, 2017


BEEP is a popular retro computer store in Japan, with branches in Saitama and Tokyo (Akihabara). They release a quarterly paper magazine called EXTRA mag, that they sell in their online shop.

This month they've released a special 81-page issue containing a long interview to the original Compile members: Masamitsu Niitani (@mooniitani), Satoshi Fujishima (@pacf), Takayuki Hirono (@jeminilog), Yuichi Toyama (@u1_toyama) and Takashi Ito. There's also a shorter 4-page interview to Naoki Horii, president of M2 Co., Ltd., current holder of the Aleste copyrights since November 2016.

Pages 2 to 35 contain interviews to Mr. Fujishima, Mr. Hirono, Mr. Sotoyama, and Mr. Ito. They comment on what they did while working at Compile and what memories they have from their pre-Compile days developing amateur games such as Crazy Climber, Donkey Climber, Dan Game and others (all for the Sharp MZ series) or Monster Panic (for the NEC PC-8001). They they talk about their Compile games: E.I., C-SO!, Final Justice, Thexder, Guardic, Aleste, and many others.

Pages 36 to 61 are reviews of many of these games, with screenshots, explanations, and even full game maps (such as Golvellius').

Pages 62 to 77 contain the main interview to Mr. Niitani: how Compile was founded, how it worked developing for other companies, and what are the current projects (the final 3 pages are dedicated to Mr. Niitani's latest game for the Nintendo 3DS: Nyoki-Nyoki).

Finally, pages 78 to 81 are a separate interview to Mr. Horii and his plans for the Aleste franchise.

It's a long and interesting read, but only available in Japanese.

The price is 1,080 yen + shipping. At this moment we don't know whether it's available for purchase outside of Japan. If you are interested in buying this magazine then let us know and we will find out possible ways.

Comments

Definitely interested in this!

Definitely interested in this!

I can order one for you if you want. The price is 1,080 yen for the magazine + 380 yen shipping inside Japan + whatever it costs to ship to Holland.

Is that ok?

Hello Javi!

I'm interested in one.

Could it be possible to send it to Spain?

Thank you!

Hi German,

Sure, no problem at all. A few people have asked for it already, so in order to save on shipping costs I'll order them in one batch during the weekend.

Before I place the orders I will post the final total price with shipping included.

Hi German,
Sure, no problem at all. A few people have asked for it already, so in order to save on shipping costs I'll order them in one batch during the weekend.
Before I place the orders I will post the final total price with shipping included.


Thank you!

Hello!


I'm interested in one copy.

I live in Italy. Please, let me know


Thanx

regards,

Gianluca


Hi Gianluca,

Sure, I'm adding you to the list. I'll post the cost of the magazine + shipping here during the next couple of days.

Javi

I'll wait until Sunday in case somebody else is interested, then I'll place all the orders together. If you know somebody else who is interested then let me know as soon as possible.

I'm interested too! Where can I provide the details?


...and congrats on your new site, it looks really nice :)

@Samor:

Perfect, added you to the list. I'll send you a private email once I know the shipping cost (shouldn't be more than $3-5).

If it is not too late, I would also like to order a copy of this issue. Can I also order "EXTRA mag. # 1" and "EXTRA mag. # 2"?

Hi Javi,

I'm interested too, if not too late (it's still Sunday in France ;)). Congratulations for your new site!

@Flemming Dupont:

If it is not too late, I would also like to order a copy of this issue. Can I also order "EXTRA mag. # 1" and "EXTRA mag. # 2"?

You're not too late. I'm going to place the orders now. No problem at all about the two extra numbers.

@Louthrax:

Ok! I'm placing your order too.

@Flemming Dupont:

#1 and #2 are more expensive:

  • #1 is 1,620 yen
  • #2 is 3,240 yen


Please confirm ASAP that this is ok.

@Javi: That's so cool, thanks a lot :)

PS: OMG, I accidentally hit the "down arrow" on your post saying you placed the order for me !! (I was playing with the interface and looking for a "Quote" option...), and it does not look like I can revert that.

Oh! You downvoted me! :-)

No worries, I've removed the vote manually from the database. I'll add a way to undo votes at some point.

Price for #1 and #2 is okay with me!

Thanks for confirming! I'll place the orders now.

Orders placed. They should arrive in 2-3 days. By Thursday or Friday I'll start mailing everybody with the final price and will start shipping them during the weekend.

Hi all,

I've received the magazines and I'm ready to ship them.

Just to confirm, this is what I'm going to be shipping:

GuyveR800
1 x BEEP EXTRA mag. special (paid)

David Fernandez
2 x BEEP EXTRA mag. special

Germán
1 x BEEP EXTRA mag. special

Gianluca Lazzari
1 x BEEP EXTRA mag. special

Samor
1 x BEEP EXTRA mag. special

Louthrax
1 x BEEP EXTRA mag. special

Flemming Dupont
1 x BEEP EXTRA mag. special
1 x BEEP EXTRA mag. #1
1 x BEEP EXTRA mag. #2


I'm going to send you all payment requests via PayPal. Note that this time I'm not adding any markup/commission to the price because this was an improvised thing. When you pay please be sure to enter your address so I can ship the magazines there.

If you have any questions just mail me at javi.lavandeira@msx-center.com.

Perfect for me! Just paid!

Thank you!!

Gianluca


Thanks Gianluca! I confirm: payment received. I'll ship the magazine this weekend.

Germán: payment received. I'll ship it this weekend together with the others.

Thanks!

Payment sent, thanks a lot Javi!

Looks good to me, please sent me a Paypal invoice.

Louthrax, Flemming: payments received, thanks! I'll ship the magazines this weekend.

Hi again, time for a status update.

Shipped today:

  • Flemming Dupont
  • Louthrax
  • Germán
  • Two other people who requested them via direct email

Shipping tomorrow:

  • GuyveR800
  • Samor
  • Gianluca


Thanks for your patience! :-)

And update again: all magazines shipped. :-)

Nice magazine! Unfortunately I've no idea of japanesse, so I should be losing a lot of info :-(

Hi Javi,

The magazine arrived last Saturday already and you packaged it very carefully too :)

Thanks again!


Same for me, received in perfect condition on Saturday in a great packaging. Thanks Javi!

Glad to hear they have started arriving. :-)

Hello Javi!

The magazine arrived on Monday. Thank you very much!

Received!!

Sorry for my reply delay, but i was in holidays ^_^


Thank you!!


Gianluca

Received!!

Sorry for my reply delay, but i was in holidays ^_^


Thank you!!


Gianluca

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