Best fantasy game to hit market 2007

Games are not really my thing. But it will be interesting to see if this project makes the grade in what is a highly competitive market. George Best is to feature in a Play Station 2 game that’s due to be launched in Northern Ireland next year after some time after the Japanese launch in September this year.

Japanese Software developers Taito and Comiquat are currently in the final stages of development of a new game based on the life of Northern Irish Footballing legend George Best called Hatsubaibi Shoben. The provisional English title is Best and Yoshi vs. the Bobbe Monster.

A launch in Northern Ireland is planned for 2007 to bring the game home. The game will initially be released in Japan on the 31st September 2006 for the Play Station 2. The European launch will take place at Blitzfair games festival in London this Autumn.

Taito and Comiquat see the universal appeal of George Best as an opportunity for an exciting crossover between the Asian and European markets.

Taito’s spokesman Taku Sugimoto outlined the international importance of the game. ‘Japanese games are quite abstract and experimental and do not involve driving or shooting like games in the European market. These types of games do not translate well to different markets. By using the icon of George Best we can market our ideas more successfully. George Best is an icon of
world football, he is very special and makes an exciting character’.

‘Hatsubaibi shoben’ is set in a technicolour fantasy land where players, assuming the earthly form of George Best must return the Golden ball to the Land of Om by defeating the monsters of evil mastermind Amaterasu of Bobbe. Amaterasu of Bobbe is a deity, his dark power is derived from gullible humans who believe in him. Amaterasu of Bobbe has brainwashed his followers ‘the
tanbou’ into believing in ‘Maketingu Shasetsu’.

With his magic ball ‘Yoshi’ the game character George Best must collect and lead the 108 Stars of Destiny and form the upstart Liberation Army. Can you dismantle the Empire of Amaterasu piece by piece?

In the game George travels through 12 levels beginning with the landscape of his hometown in Belfast, Northern Ireland. As the game progresses the landscapes become more abstract. The game’s amazing Japanese art style helps set the pace of the game and encourages players to relax to enjoy the beautiful scenery rather than just rushing through the game’s missions.

  • Pete Baker

    I’m sorry Mick.. I know it’s the marketing splurge..

    But – “a new game based on the life of Northern Irish Footballing legend George Best called Hatsubaibi Shoben.”?..

    Hatsubaibi shoben’ is set in a technicolour fantasy land where players, assuming the earthly form of George Best must return the Golden ball to the Land of Om by defeating the monsters of evil mastermind Amaterasu of Bobbe. Amaterasu of Bobbe is a deity, his dark power is derived from gullible humans who believe in him. Amaterasu of Bobbe has brainwashed his followers ‘the
    tanbou’ into believing in ‘Maketingu Shasetsu’.

    With his magic ball ‘Yoshi’ the game character George Best must collect and lead the 108 Stars of Destiny and form the upstart Liberation Army. Can you dismantle the Empire of Amaterasu piece by piece?

    right… 😉

  • Mick Fealty

    That should have been in quotes from the pr. Will sort after walking the dogs…

  • Ziznivy

    Did someone spike my pint last night? :-O

  • TAFKABO

    As it happens, games are my thing.
    Best has already appeared in various games, most notably in Pro Evolution Soccer, where he was available to put into the line up of any modern team.

    This story doesn’t add up.
    I’ve never heard if this game before, and Yoshi (as any fule kno) is a character from the Super Mario games, and they are made by Nintendo, not Taito or Comiquat, and they most always appear on a Nintendo system, not Playstation( which is owned by Sony).

    Yoshi has appeared in several games of his own, but when he does, it is a big deal in the gaming world, which is why I am surprised to read this story here on Slugger first.

    Do you have a link to the story?, I’d love it to be true, but I have my doubts.

  • Bert

    I’m sure the name ‘Yoshi’ isn’t copyrighted by Nintendo. Do you not think its possible that a game could use this character name and not be liked to Mario games?

  • TAFKABO

    Bert.

    I’m sure someone might try it, but I’m equally sure that Nintendo would sue their arses off, in the same way anyone writing a book about a character called ‘Harry Potter’ would be sued.

  • Mick Fealty

    It’s a bit early for April Fool’s. But that’s what I found in the supposed press release.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    As TAFKABO noted, Best is already in Pro Evo Soccer 5. Just recently a friend in the BBC was chatting to Pat Jennings at some do and mentioned to the former NI keeper that both Pat and Best played together on his Pro Evo team.

    Pat was chuffed right up until he found out that the team was called ‘Liverpool’.

  • Ziznivy

    Aye. You can buy both Best and Jennings in Pro-Evo.

  • TAFKABO

    Mick.

    I went over the press release and saw that the name proposed was only a provisional title for the game.
    That does change things a little, I’d be more inclined to believe the story if the name “Yoshi” wasn’t in the game.

    I’m still sceptical, but I’d love it to be true.

  • ben o t

    Yoshi is just a Japanese word- it can’t be copyrighted….

    JapaneseEnglish

    yoshiOK!, all right!
    yoshigood, all right, well, so
    yoshireason, significance, cause

  • TAFKABO

    Pete.

    I disagree.

    In the context of video games the word Yoshi is very firmly associated with the Nintendo Supermario games.
    American comic company DC which has managed to successfuly copyright common english words such as “up up and away” “faster than a speeding bullet” etc.
    In the eighties a British comic reintroduced a character from the fifties called “Marvelman in to the mainstream, the American comics company Marvel immedatley sued them, and even though the British character was there first, the bigger ,richer American company succesfully argued that they had the rights to the word “marvel” in the context of comic characters.
    The British character was renamed “Miracleman”.

    Keep in mind that games are a multi billion dollar industry that generate more revenue than the film and music industries combined and you soon realise that a company that had spent decades marketing a character called Yoshi would put up a very strong fight against anyone daring to make another game with Yoshi in the title.

    They wouldn’t even have to be right , they have enough money to ensure that a smaller company wouldn’t dare to get into a legal fight with them.

    Of course, this was all be settled in September if the game is released with the name, then I’ll have to concede the point.
    I’ll be interested to see what happens.

  • Pete Baker

    TAFKABO

    The commenting facility is still fried..

    Pete Baker

  • don dole

    looks like Taito and Comiquat are looking to capitalise on using the name ‘Yoshi’in the provisionally named title for the game and then change it (to avoid copyright) when it finally does come out in the UK market.
    Very clever on their part….

  • Lee

    Also the ‘108 Stars of Destiny and form the upstart Liberation Army’ This is clearly taken from a popular playstation game called Suikoden.

  • TAFKABO

    How about this Games related Northern Ireland story?

    PLAYSTATION ROW SPARKS PETROL BOMB WAR

    STREET violence like that seen in computer games threatened to erupt in Ballymena over the weekend, as two families fell out over a Playstation gaming machine.

    A samurai sword, Chinese fighting blades, an adapted motorcycle chain were just a sample of the lethal weapons seized by police, and two petrol bombs were thrown at houses as the two tribes went to war.

    An ominous atmosphere of fear grew around the town, as back-up gangs from other parts of the Province were expected to descend on Ballymena, and increase the mayhem still further.

    Large numbers of local PSNI officers were deployed in the Doury Road and town centre area, in what Commander Terry Shevlin described as a ‘robust and highly visible manner’.After the alleged theft of a Playstation console, the violence erupted on Friday night in Victoria Park.

    Read the rest of the story here

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Just found out the Best game was a hoax by the lads at the Vacuum!

    Probably to test how gullible the media here is…