Breaking News:

Chronicles of Mystara, an enhanced collection of Capcom’s D&D hack-n-slash games, is now available for PS3, Steam and X-Box 360:

I’m actually waiting to see which version (PS3 or Steam, that is) most of my friends get before getting it myself.

There’s a huge LittleBigPlanet sale on PSN this week. The games, the add-on packs and the costumes are at some very fine prices right now. This is the perfect time to get either a game that’s missing from your collection, the add-on packs that you’ve held off on getting before or those “Man, I want a few parts from that pack, but really don’t want the whole thing” pack. A digital version of LBP2 is only $10. $10! A ton of the bigger costume and minipack sets, including the Street Fighter costume pack, Ghostbusters, Ico/Shadow of the Colossus pack and Marvel costume packs 1 through 4, are $2.99 each. Sadly, the Sonic the Hedgehog pack isn’t on the list. I picked up the two of the early Marvel packs I was missing along with the SF pack, and I’ll probably be getting more before the sale’s over.

Also, don’t forget to download the free Summer Creator pack before the PSN shop updates next week!

I just got my first set of instructions for my next paid activity book art assignment and gigs like this need nearly all of my free time. Due to this and the shift in its schedule, most of my plans for the huge anniversary update (July 19th) just can’t be done. A few things were finished ahead of time, so it won’t be completely barren. If you want to know when the updates hit, please follow the weblog’s RSS feed, Twitter account and/or the Tumblr. I’ll still be at the All AmeriCon convention in Warren, Ohio on July 7th, though, so don’t forget to stop by my table if you can make it there!

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GFX Generators There has been a major change to the menu set-up. Palette selections are no long found underneath the sprites on the second menu page. Don’t panic! Select everything else and go to the next page just as before. You’ll now see a new page to select the palettes, but with previews of the sprites to go along with them! The old system was just to avoid making another menu page. It might seem wasteful to have another page, but there will probably be new features (portrait palettes, eventually) added to the engine that would work nicely on this new menu page.

GroupShot: 88 x 136 pixel comic book cover added

Currently has Archie (with Capcom and Sega logos), DC 1980s, Marvel 1980’s, and Udon (Capcom). There’ll be more new cover set-ups like this in the near future, but let me know if there are any that you really, really want to see.

Capcom: Anakaris (2 new palettes), Chun-Li (more CvS sprites), Mega Man (MvsC sprite, 2 new palettes)
Marvel: Psylocke (4 new sprites, new palettes)

Mini-logos – Black Tiger added to the Capcom section, Dark Adventure & Violent Storm added to the Konami section. DC (swirl), Justice League of America (original), Justice League (Giffen/JMD/Maguire era stencil 2), Static, Teen Titans (1980s) added to DC section. Marvel, Fantastic Four added to Marvel section. Bravoman (TG-16 style) added to Namco section. Ninja Warriors and the New Zealand Story added to Taito section.

Custom Sprites – Mega Man NES: Meteor Man (movie), Galaxy Trio (Gravity Girl, Meteor Man, Vapor Man), Ip Man/Yip Man (Donnie Yen version, 2 poses)

Note: the new sprites and mini-logos were added to the GFX Generators, too.

Game Index – Black Tiger (arcade) updated and fixed.

I (finally) have LittleBigPlanet 2 for the PS3 and I’ve been enjoying it for about two weeks now. If you’re on the LBP.ME site, check out my page at scrollboss. I have a lame LBP1 test level and a LBP2 comic book logo/symbol shape giveaway level right now. I’ll eventually have a similar giveaway stage for game-related items for things that aren’t SMB, Sonic and the other things already heavily represented in LBP.

Heads up! In honor of G.I. JOE: Retaliation hitting theaters soon, a small G.I.JOE-themed update will hit next week. Yes, updates two weeks in a row! Expect to see new G.I.JOE and Cobra custom sprites along with some other Joe-related things.

Last, but certainly not least, Happy Birthday to Flying Omelette, owner of the Flying Omelette game site with shrines and an oddity section with more more weirdness than five Minus Worlds stuck together with Crazy Glue!

I’m still building up enough content to have a decent update. Beside that preview I posted in the weblog last week, I have some other things done for the generator including minor adjustments to the engine itself. I also have two new GroupShot themes nearly done. Here’s the one I’m 100% done with:

Super Powers by Kenner

This was something I wanted to do for the big Superhero update last year but I decided to go with the Mego package since it could work for both Marvel and DC. The other is ready to go now but I want to add some more optional graphics before I show you. I’ll have this and more ready in the next update.

Breakin’ News

LittleBigPlanet 2 is out now and word on the street is that it’s amazing. It’ll be a while before I can get it but I will get it. Here’s something that a lot of people are missing: the Spacesuit costume is back. It’s only available in special instances so get it now. Go to the PSN store and it’s add-ons section but go to the LittleBigPlanet2 add-ons instead of the regular LBP section. The completely free Spacesuit is in there and works with both LBP 1 and 2.

Wizzy has been on an unstoppable rampage of fine, fine CPS2-style music and this one is just filled with magic:

That cool-looking X sprite is by Camo. Great job on that, too! Check out Wizzy’s YouTube page and subscribe if you like what you hear.