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Another unexpected 2021 thing: getting WAY back into original Xbox

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Runabout is Back! Wait.... when did this happen?

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I was looking for something special to be my 20th blog post and I couldn't think of anything more fitting than news of a new Runabout game! I loved the original: imported it on PS1 and helped a fellow player write a way-too-thorough FAQ back in the day. I never did get into Runabout 2 or Super Runabout much (and holy cow, there were like, 2 more games in Japan) but I've always held the series in high regards for its bizarre Japanese-iness.

Today Ghostlight (who localize a lot of JRPGs for Europe) unexpectedly announced they were bringing this newest Runabout (Runabout 3D: Drive Impossible) to the territory as Crash City Mayhem. I dig into it and -- lo and behold -- the game's been out since January in Japan... and I didn't know about it! I clearly need to read Magic Box more often. So this still doesn't mean I'll ever get to play the game in English as Ghostlight doesn't publish stuff in the States but with the work already done there's a better chance someone like 505, Zoo Entertainment or Majesco might bring it out over here. And if it is one of those three in particular it'll probably be at value-level price. For now I'll just plow away at the wiki page for the game and maybe finally dig into the sequels I do own.