Posted on May 31, 2017
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 Sotoyama (@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.
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