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Dorke and Ymp Cover

Talking Dorke and Ymp with Piko Interactive Founder Eli Galindo

Piko Interactive is a company that distributes games for retro consoles. However, instead of reselling old cartridges, they purchase the rights to games that sort of fell by the wayside and they build new cartridges with those games on them. For example, they’re the company who pulled Super Noah’s Ark 3D out of its early grave and printed a fresh run of Super Nintendo cartridges. (They’re also selling the game on Steam.) On top of this, they also publish some brand new homebrew games for retro consoles. I first came across the company because they put out a game called Dorke and Ymp, which was a Swedish Super NES game that never saw a proper release until now. Interested in learning more about the project, I chased down Eleazar (Eli) Galindo, Founder of Piko Interactive, and spent a little bit of time chatting with him in December of 2015.…
Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights: You Won’t Get Sand in Your Shoes

Near the end of the 16-bit era, a small Japanese developer named Pandora’s Box delighted role-playing game enthusiasts with Arabian Nights for the Super Famicom. We Westerners were not nearly as delighted since it never made it overseas. It’s not all that surprising, since the Nintendo 64 was just months away from release and many gamers were already spending their cash on the bevy of next-generation games that were flooding store shelves. American publishers in the 90s were hesitant to release RPGs to begin with, and were definitely afraid of niche ones like Arabian Nights if they didn’t have a big name to back them up. For the most part, it’s the standard RPG fare: turn-based battles, casting magic, using skills, equipping weapons — you know the score.…
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