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Official Japanese Fallout Site Features 8-Bit Fallout Remake

Remake more like demake amirite?!?

Marketing or not, this is radical. Bethesda has created a brilliant 8-bit reconstruction of the Capital Wasteland exclusively for its official Japanese Fallout Web site. The point, from what I can tell, is to attract Japanese RPG enthusiasts to the series, and to explain what an open-world or a "Freestyle RPG" is.

In this "demake," you as the Vault Dweller, can travel to several familiar Wasteland locations, speak with a couple of NPCs, and fight a Super Mutant turn-based-style. The content appears to end there, though I suppose I might not be seeing everything it has to offer. The language barrier is proving to be, you know, a barrier. 
 

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Despite not having much to offer in terms of gameplay, this website is worth checking out for the novelty of seeing Fallout rendered in 8-bit graphics. As Bethesda put it on its blog the other afternoon, you definitely get a taste of what could have been if Fallout was instead created in 1987 by a Japanese development studio.
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Posted by BradNicholson

Marketing or not, this is radical. Bethesda has created a brilliant 8-bit reconstruction of the Capital Wasteland exclusively for its official Japanese Fallout Web site. The point, from what I can tell, is to attract Japanese RPG enthusiasts to the series, and to explain what an open-world or a "Freestyle RPG" is.

In this "demake," you as the Vault Dweller, can travel to several familiar Wasteland locations, speak with a couple of NPCs, and fight a Super Mutant turn-based-style. The content appears to end there, though I suppose I might not be seeing everything it has to offer. The language barrier is proving to be, you know, a barrier. 
 

1674350-demake1.jpg

Despite not having much to offer in terms of gameplay, this website is worth checking out for the novelty of seeing Fallout rendered in 8-bit graphics. As Bethesda put it on its blog the other afternoon, you definitely get a taste of what could have been if Fallout was instead created in 1987 by a Japanese development studio.
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Posted by Dtat

8 bit fallout sounds amazing

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Edited by fillmoejoe

Fallout chiptunes?

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Posted by jim_dandy

I want this in English you cocksluts.

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Posted by MikkaQ

JRPG.... JRPG never changes... 
  
I'd be doubly interested if they got ron pearlman to throw that in the game. 

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Posted by Eirikr

"you definitely get a taste of what could have been if Fallout was instead created in 1987 by a Japanese development studio."  

 
Well, that would just be Megami Tensei II, then. 
 
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Posted by Underwhelmed

Why not just give them a crack at Wasteland, licensing issues non-withstanding?  It isn't all that different than the early Wizardry games in terms of game play, and that series was super big over there.

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Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN

Great effort, but meh.

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Posted by RiotBananas

Slow day for news.

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Posted by endaround
@Underwhelmed said:
" Why not just give them a crack at Wasteland, licensing issues non-withstanding?  It isn't all that different than the early Wizardry games in terms of game play, and that series was super big over there. "
EA owns Wasteland.  So yeah Bioware could make a Wasteland sequel at some point....
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Posted by MuttersomeTaxicab
@jim_dandy said:
"I want this in English you cocksluts. "

QFT. 
 
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Edited by heatDrive88

As a person that gave a fairly big 'meh' at Fallout 3's shooting, action, and dated Oblivion engine, I'd have far more interest in playing an 8-bit Fallout RPG like this instead.

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Posted by Shinri

Bethesda tries to get JRPG fans into Fallout.
 
Bethesda accidentally makes all their fans want a JRPG Fallout.
 
Also yeah most early Megami Tensei/Shin Megami Tensei games are basically 8/16-bit Fallout.

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Posted by Turbo_Toaster

Gonna have to put my foot down on "demake" ever becoming a term for anything.

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Posted by PhatSeeJay

This game has me more curious than Fallout 3 or New Vegas ever did.

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Posted by carpei

Let's make this really happen, Bethesda.

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Posted by OldManLollipop

"Accidentally" makes their fans want an 8-bit Fallout.

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Posted by TeamAliceFTW

As much as I love fallout, this game is as useful to me as Japanese Pokemon cards.

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Posted by Aetheldod

just tried it .... nahh I 'll stick to my Fallout 3 and New Vegas thank you

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Posted by Arker101

I don't really want Japanese influence in my Fallout, but I'm fine with some Falout influence in my Japenese games. ( :
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Posted by Tesla

That's cool.  Great marketing.

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Posted by Crono

Why wasn't I born with the ability to read Japanese?

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Posted by dospod

^ who knows, but looks kinda cool/interesting nonetheless . Makes me wish I had some more jrpg's for the xbox to play... :(

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Posted by NoeinJ

Cool marketing.

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Posted by buft

weird that they wouldnt give the english speaking world a chance to check this out proper.

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Posted by ZeekDaGeek

I wonder if I just made good or bad moral decisions... I just pressed buttons in that game :D

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Posted by l3illyl3ob

If you want a taste for what Fallout is like if it's an 8 bit game from the '80s, play Wasteland, made by one of the founders of Interplay, who was involved with the creation of Fallout. It's also really good!

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Posted by Landon

Neat-o

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Posted by veganwa
@Turbo_Toaster said:
" Gonna have to put my foot down on "demake" ever becoming a term for anything. "
I'm afraid your foot is several years too late. Not that the term is actually ever used that much, but then there aren't that many demakes around either.
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Posted by ryoma122

man the only problem for me is that i cant read japanese but i could totaly get rite into that game if it was a finished product and in english 

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Posted by Nomin

Wow, more promising and authentic than anything Mass Effect 3 could hope to be RPG-wise. 

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Posted by Krystal_Sackful

So rad. This looks kinda like wasteland.

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Posted by Donoram

How about a playstation style animated song sequence where the vault dweller sings about finding love?

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Posted by Dark_Schala

It's really clever and a very good marketing idea. This isn't a necessarily a 'demake' (which would imply gameplay to me--it's all about semantics and lexical unit choices, after all). It seems to serve as an "advertisement" (seems to backtrack from this previous advertising campaign: http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2010/08/04/fallout_protests/) for the Fallout games in Japan. From what I got out of it, it's a flash site that mostly explains Fallout's gameplay in an 8-bit RPG fashion. IIRC, Dragon Quest sites in Japan (used to?) do this, as do a few universities in Japan (I recall a Japanese university's website being made in the image of Mother/Earthbound).   
 
It doesn't, however, detract from the fact that I'd like to play a Fallout game in this fashion. Wasteland, here I come!

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Posted by Deusoma

Not sure why he put it in quotes, demake is already a term. Saw a pretty good mock-up of Bioshock for the original Game Boy a few weeks back.

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Posted by paulunga

"As Bethesda put it on its blog the other afternoon, you definitely get a taste of what could have been if Fallout was instead created in 1987 by a Japanese development studio.  "
 
Fallout 3

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Posted by Sinful

Maybe if Bethesda brought out a game without game breaking bugs. Then I bet the Japanese consumers won't mind a Western RPG. 
 
Stop wasting time on gimmicks like these and fix the damn game.

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Posted by Sammo21
@jim_dandy: Yeah, cause that will make it happen. QFT.
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Posted by Krakn3Dfx

I would totally get behind $5-$10 for a full copy of this w/ English text.

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Posted by ParaParaKing

Wasn't their ad campaign slogan, that JRPGs are stupid? That doesn't fit with this website.

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Posted by MisterMouse

cool way to reach the japanese audience.

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Posted by ArachAU

There *is* an 8-bit Fallout game. 
 
Wasteland.  

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Posted by Dan_CiTi

Do want. 

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Posted by keyhunter
@Eirikr said:
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"you definitely get a taste of what could have been if Fallout was instead created in 1987 by a Japanese development studio."  

 
Well, that would just be Megami Tensei II, then. 
 
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Oh, you mean Fist of the North Star?
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Posted by Eirikr
@keyhunter: Nope! Maybe you do, but I still mean the Dragon Quest inspired Megami Tensei II, which is superficially similar to the appearance of the Fallout demake. .
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Posted by scarycrayons
@ParaParaKing said:
" Wasn't their ad campaign slogan, that JRPGs are stupid? That doesn't fit with this website. "
It's designed to show how Fallout is better and different than the typical tiresome JRPG.  The fact you can go anywhere, actually make a difference to the world by responding to characters in different ways, and assumingly (I haven't reached the turn-based-battle thing due to the language barrier) show how VATS is crazy different from JRPG style 'attack/defend/run' in the best possible way.
 
It's reinforcing the 'JRPGs are boring' slogan by showing how much better JRPGs would be if they followed Fallout's style of 'actual roleplaying'.
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Posted by dragonzord
@keyhunter said:
" @Eirikr said:
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"you definitely get a taste of what could have been if Fallout was instead created in 1987 by a Japanese development studio."  

 
Well, that would just be Megami Tensei II, then. 
 
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Oh, you mean Fist of the North Star? "
Oh, you mean Mad Max?
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Posted by captain_clayman

lets put this in intentionally poor english and available for the NES

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Posted by MrKlorox

For some reason when I read "Fallout," I expected Fallout instead of Fallout 3. Silly me, right? I was almost interested.

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Posted by samcotts
@MrKlorox said:
" For some reason when I read "Fallout," I expected Fallout instead of Fallout 3. Silly me, right? I was almost interested. "
^This. 
 
Bit misleading.
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