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                        The Bandai Wonder Swan
     			Frequently Asked Questions			 
    		    Version WS.02 - September 2000	 
    O.K.,Here's the legal stuff: Copyright(c)1999-2000, Sylvain De Chantal 
    All rights reserved. This document may be copied, in whole or in part,
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    Additional contributions IS welcome, please send additional informa-
    tions, opinions, and comments to : mailto: "sylvaindc@videotron.ca"
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        - my Home Page at "http://www.emuclassics.com/slydc/"
        - Digital Press "http://www.digitpress.com/"
    or sometimes on the newsgroup "rec.games.video.classic"
                              and "rec.games.video.marketplace"
                 Welcome to the Bandai Wonder Swan F.A.Q. 
                          TABLE OF CONTENTS
                  1.0) Just these few words...
                  2.0) The Bandai Wonder Swan
                  2.5) The Bandai Wonder Swan Color
                  3.0) Wonder Swan specs
                  4.0) Cartridge List
                  5.0) Accessories
                  5.1) The Wonder Gate
                  5.2) The Wonder Wave
                  5.3) The Wonder Borg
                  5.4) The Wonder Witch
                  5.5) The Wonder Me-Xai
                  6.0) More Inputs and Links
                  6.1) Game Reviews
                  6.2) Tips and Codes:
                  7.0) Credits
    1.0) Just these few words...
    Hi there Readers, thanks for reading the Wonder Swan FAQ. By writing
    this FAQ, i am hoping that Bandai (and Mattel) will see that North 
    Americans and Europeans want to get the Wonder Swan (and all the 
    games & accessories) at their local video game store.
    With the rumors that "MAYBE" Mattel will sell the Wonder Swan here 
    in North America, this is a good step to finally see the Wonder Swan 
    available elsewhere than in Japan.
    There is a Petition list for getting the Wonder Swan available in 
    the U.S.A. at this web adress: 
    And if there are a kind soul that wants to make a Petition list in 
    Europe, please me know and i'll include the link in this FAQ.
    So if anyone wants to see the Wonder Swan, i invite you to please go 
    sign the Petition list, if not for you then do it for the other video 
    gamers like me. Thanks in advanced !
    ** Update ** 
    Rumors is that Bandai and Mattel did sign together to release the 
    Wonder Swan here in North America by the end of this year!! YEAH!!
    Bernie Stolar, the guy responsible for the Dreamcast lauch and 
    worked for Sony for the Playstation and other things that Sega Saturn
    fans know too well (that's another story...) sign on with Mattel for
    the launch of the Wonder Swan.
    Other rumors is that the Wonder Swan could be in COLOR instead of
    being in Black & White since Bandai will released the Color version
    at the end of this year. (see section "2.5" for more details)
    With the recent news that SNK has pulled-out the Neo-Geo Pocket Color
    from the North American, European and China markets, this will surely
    aid the Wonder Swan to get a move-on.  
    2.0) The Bandai Wonder Swan
    Released the forth of March 1999, the Wonder Swan is the latest 
    Hand-Held Game System released by Bandai. This newcommer is a 16-bit 
    system that displays in Black and White comes in different colors. 
    Choices range from : 
     Original Color:
     * Pearl White         * Skeleton Green 
     * Silver Metallic     * Skeleton Red/Pink
     * Blue Metallic       * Skeleton Blue 
     * Skeleton Black      
     Summer Two-Tone Color:
     * Frozen Mint
     * Sherbet Melon
     * Soda Blue
     Beside Color:
     * Camouflage
     * Gold
    Bandai has released some few Special Edition Packages and Gift Sets.
    Each packages or sets comes with a game and a Wonder Swan in a new 
    color casing. Here's the list of the Special Edition Packages:
    * Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeons 
    * Digimon Adventure
    * Mobile Suit Gundam MSVS: Earth Federation
    * Mobile Suit Gundam MSVS: Zeon 
    * Tarepan Gunpey (Tarepan WS)
    And here's the list of the Special Edition Gift Sets:
    * Gunpey (blue skeleton WS)
    * Klonoa (blue skeleton WS)
    * Digimon (orange skeleton WS)
    * SD Gundam: Emotional Jam (blue skeleton WS)
    Also Bandai had announced a Wonder Swan with a backlit light but
    for now, i don't know if it was released or not. The only information
    i have found on this backlit edition is how to make your own on some
    few personnal japanese web site. Anyboby has information about this ?
    The most unique feature about Wonder Swan is that it can be played 
    both horizontally and vertically depends on the game you are playing.
    It has a built-in speaker, sound button, start button, A & B button,
    contrast-volume button and two directions pads buttons. As now the 
    Wonder Swan is the smallest handheld game system and takes only one 
    AA battery to make it work for about 30 to 40 hours.
    The rectangular screen is relatively large, being almost as wide as 
    Game Boy's, but not as tall. The monochrome screen has 8 shades and 
    provides decent graphic quality even for fine text. The absence of 
    backlighting, however, means that the unit is suitable for use only 
    in well lit places. 
    The unit can be used horizontally or vertically depending on the game. 
    Laid horizontal, the left thumb controls the direction pad while the 
    right thumb is used for manipulating two pushbuttons, much like Game 
    Boy, Game Gear and Neo Geo Pocket. Held vertically, the player controls 
    two direction pads in a style similar to PlayStation's analog controller 
    pads. Wonder Swan also features a port for accepting a link cable and a 
    slot for connecting yet-unannounced peripheral devices. In addition to 
    a standard AA battery, WS can also be operated on a dedicated, slim, 
    long life rechargeable battery.
    2.5) The Bandai Wonder Swan Color
    Bandai officially announced on August the 30th that the Wonder Swan
    Color will be available at the end of this year in Japan. The sale 
    schedules begins December. The price announced will be 6800 Yens 
    (about 65$ US). As for the size, the Wonder Swan Color is larger, 
    and has a hyper voice which can be heard only when the headphone is 
    Also the Wonder Swan Color will be available in five different
    color casings, they are: 
    * Crystal Glass Black
    * Crystal Glass Blue
    * Crystal Glass Orange
    * Pearl Blue
    * Pearl Pink
    Here's the Specs of the Wonder Swan Color:
    * Size: 74.3mm X 128mm X 24.3mm (with AA battery)
            74.3mm X 128mm X 17.5mm (with rechargeable pack)
    * Weight: about 95 grams (without the battery)
    * Buttons: 13 (X 1to4, Y 1to4, Start, A, B, Volume & Power)
    * Power: 1 "AA" Battery which gives about 20 hours of play
             or a battery rechargeable pack.
    * Display: LCD screen reflection type FSTN
               2.8 inch size
    * Color: 41 colors at once of a 4096 color palette.
             or 57 colors in extended mode.
    * CPU: 16 bits at 3.072 Mhz
    * RAM: 512k
    * Sound: Digital sound source 4ch (2 for voices and 2 for Hyper voice)
    * Communication: 9600bps/38.4kbps(for the Wonder Gate)
    * Other Features: Fully compatible with Wonder Swan Cartridges.
    * Size: 42mm X 67mm X 6mm
    * Weight: About 12 grams
    * Capacity: ROM or FLASHROM max512Mbit(LUXSOR2)
                RAM max512Mbit(LUXSOR2)
    Squaresoft also announced that they would participate for making
    games for the Wonder Swan Color. Their first title will be a Final
    Fantasy. More news will follow when revealed.
    3.0) Wonder Swan Specs
    * CPU : 16-bit 3.072 MHz processor 
    * Screen (dot matrix section): FSTN reflective LCD, 224 x 144 pixels 
    * Display performance : Max. 512 characters, max. 128 sprites (32 on 
                            one horizontal line), two screens (overlay 
                            possible), screen windows and sprite windows.
    * Graphics : 8-shade monochrome in the dot matrix section and six icons 
                 at the static section.
    * Audio: 4-channel digital stereo sound. Built-in speaker or optional 
             headphones with stereo adapter.
    * Battery Time : 40 hours on alkaline battery 
    * Dimension : 121mm (L) x 74.3mm (W) x 24.3 (H) 
    * Power : (x1) AA, or rechargeable battery 
    * Weight : 93g (without battery) 110g (with battery)
    * Connecting Ports : Link Port, Stereo Jack & cartridge port
    * Cartridge Capacity: ROM and/or RAM up to 128Meg (like Beat Mania)
    * Features: Can be played holding the unit vertically or horizontally.
                Built-in EEPROM and 1Kbit RAM for backing up game data.
                Several levels of energy-saving control.
    4.0) Cartridge List
    Name                              Company        Type     Year   Plyr
    5 Rever Toryumon                  Sammy          Society  2000   1-2
    Archer Field Z                    Sammy          Misc     1999   1-2   
    Armored Unit                      Sammy          Sim       ??    1-2
    Bakuso Dekotora for WS            Human/Kage     Misc     2000   1-2
    Beat Mania                        Konami         Sim      1999   1-2   
    Bistro Recipe                     Red            RPG      1999    1    
    Buffers Evolution                 Bandai/Koto    Misc     1999    1
    Card Captor Sakura                Bandai         RPG      1999   1-2
    Chaos Gear                        Bandai         Sim      1999   1-2   
    Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeons     Squaresoft     RPG      1999    1    
    Clock Tower for WS                Human/Kage     Advent.  1999    1
    Crazy Climber                     Nihon Bussan   Arcade   1999    1    
    Cyoaniki Otoko                    NCS            Action    ??    1-2
    Densha de GO!                     Taito          Sim      1999    1    
    Densha de GO! 2                   Taito          Sim      1999    1    
    Detective Conan Majyutyushi       Bandai         Advent.  1999    1    
    Detective Conan 2                 Bandai         Advent.  2000    1
    Digimon (Digital Monsters)        Bandai         Sim      1999   1-2 
    Digimon Adventure (1999 edition)  Bandai         RPG      1999    1  
    Digimon Adventure (2000 edition)  Bandai         RPG      2000    1
    Digimon Adventure Zero 2          Bandai         RPG      2000   1-2
    Digital Partner                   Bandai         Misc      ??    1-2
    Digital Partner Doukon            Bandai         Misc      ??    1-2
    Dokodemo Hamu                     BEC            Misc     2000    1
    Engacho!                          Nihon Applic.  Misc     1999   1-2   
    Fever for Wonder Swan             BEC            Sim      1999    1
    Final Lap 2000                    Namco          Sports   2000   1-2
    Fire Pro Wrestling (for WS)       Human          Sports   2000   1-2
    Fishing Freak: Bass Rise          BEC            Sports    ??     1 
    Global Hexcite                    Gu Inc         Puzzle    ??    1-2
    Gun Pey                           Bandai         Puzzle   1999   1-2   
    Hanahuda                          Success        Puzzle    ??    1-2
    Handy Sonar                       Bandai         Misc     1999    1    
    Harobots                          ???            RPG      1999   1-2   
    Hunter X Hunter                   Bandai         RPG      2000    1
    Jyajyamura                        Jaleco         Action   1999    1    
    Kaze Klonoa: Moonlight Museum     Namco          Puzzle   1999    1    
    Keiba                             BEC            Sim       ??     1
    Keiba Yosoushinkaron              Media Entert.  Misc     1999    1    
    Kiss Yori: Seaside Senerade       Kid            Advent.  1999    1
    Kiwame: Professional Mahjong Sim. Athena         Sim      1999   1-2   
    Langrisser Millenium              NCS            RPG       ??     1
    Last Stand                        Bandai         RPG/Sim  1999    1    
    Lode Runner                       Banpresto      Puzzle   2000    1
    Macross:True Love                   ??           Advent.  2000    1
    Magical Drop                      Data East      Puzzle   1999   1-2   
    Maikamura[Ghosts & Goblins]for WS Capcom         Action   1999    1   
    Medarot Kabuto                    Natsume        RPG      1999   1-2  
    Medarot Kuwagata                  Natsume        RPG      1999   1-2  
    Mingle Mag                        HAL            Puzzle    ??    1-2
    Mobile Suit Gundam MSVS           Bandai         Sim      1999   1-2  
    Morita Shogi for WS               Yuki Ent/Kazur.Society  1999    1
    My Angel                          Namco          Puzzle   1999   1-2  
    Neon Genesis Evangelion: Shito    Gainex         Sim      1999   1-2  
    Nice On                           Sammy          Sports   1999   1-2  
    Nobunaga's Ambition               Koei           Sim      1999   1-2   
    One Piece                         Bandai         Advent.  2000   1-2
    Ouchan Logic                      Sun Electronic Puzzle   2000    1
    Pocket Fighter                    Capcom         Fighting  ??    1-2
    Puro Yakyu                        Jaleco         Sports    ??    1-2
    Puyo Puyo 2                       Sega           Puzzle   1999   1-2   
    Puzzle Bobble                     Taito          Puzzle   1999   1-2   
    Rainbow Island                    Taito          Puzzle   2000    1
    Ring Infinity                     Bandai         Misc     2000    1
    Rockman & Forte                   Capcom         Action   1999   1-2   
    Sangokushi                        Koei           Sim      1999   1-2  
    Sangokushi II                     Koei           Sim       ??     1
    SD Gundam Emotional Jam           Bandai         Sim      1999   1-2    
    SD Gundam Episode 1               Bandai         Sim      1999   1-2
    SD Gundam G Gen.:Gather Beat      Bandai         Sim      2000   1-2
    SD Gundam G Gen.:Gather B.Doukon  Bandai         Sim      2000   1-2
    Senkaiden Houshin                 Bandai         Action    ??    1-2
    Sennou Millenium                  Bandai         Puzzle    ??    1-2 
    Shanghai Pocket                   Activision     Puzzle   1999   1-2  
    Shogi Toryumon                    Sammy          Misc     1999   1-2   
    Side Pocket for WS                Data East      Sports   1999   1-2
    Soccer Yaro: Challenge the World  Coconuts       Sports   1999    1    
    Soutugyou                         Bandai         Sim      1999    1
    Space Invaders                    Taito          Arcade   1999   1-2   
    Super Robot Wars Compact          Banpresto      Sim      1999   1-2  
    Super Robot Wars Compact 2        Banpresto      RPG       ??     1
    Surizalink                        Bandai         Puzzle    ??     1
    Taikyoku Igo                      Ken Chen       Society   ??    1-2
    Tanemaki Tori                     D's Garage     Puzzle    ??    1-2
    Tango                             Mebius         Puzzle   1999   1-2  
    Tanjyo Debut                      Bandai Visual  Sim       ??     1
    Tarepan Gunpei                    San-X/Gr.Camel Puzzle   1999   1-2
    Tekken Card                       Namco          Misc     1999   1-2  
    Terrors                           Bandai         Adv      1999    1   
    Tetsuman                          Chatnoir       Misc     1999   1-2  
    Tetujin 28                        Hikari Pro     Advent.  1999    1
    Time Bokan                        Banpresto      RPG       ??    1-2
    Tokyomajin Hujyo                  Asmik Ace      Advent.   ?6    1-2
    Toryumon                          Sammy          Misc     1999   1-2  
    Toukon Retsuden                   Tomy           Sports   1999    1   
    Trump Collection                  Bottom Up      Society  1999    1   
    Trump Collection 2                Bottom Up      Society   ??     1
    Turn Tablist                      Bandai         Sim      1999    1   
    Umitsuri                          Coconuts       Fishing  1999    1   
    Uzumaki Denshi                    Omega Micott   Misc      ??     1
    Uzumaki Noroi                     Omega Micott   Sim       ??     1
    Vaitz Blade                       Bandai         RPG      1999    1   
    Wazabi Production Street Dancer   Bandai         Action   2000   1-2
    Wonder Stadium                    Capcom         Sports   1999   1-2  
    Wonder Stadium 99                 Capcom         Sports   1999   1-2  
    Youhu Makai                       Kobunsha       Misc     1999   1-2
    Will be Released Soon:                Reales Date:
    Super Robot Taisen Compact 2:Episode2 14 Sep. 2000
    Hataraku Cyokobo (Let's Work Chokobo) 21 Sep. 2000
    Tokyomajin Hujyu                      ?? Sep. 2000
    Super Robot Taisen Compact 2:Episode3 ?? Oct. 2000
    Arbacus                               ?? ???  2000
    5.0) Accessories
    Battery Recharger (by Sammy):
    This accessory is not essensiel but if you want to cut down the cost
    of batteries, then you'll need it (with a Rechargeable Battery).
    Rechargeable Battery (by Sammy):
    This is a must for all traveling people. Replaces the battery.
    And don't forget to buy the Battery Recharger.
    Link Cable (by Sammy):
    This item is for use if you want to play with another player for
    all 2 player games.
    Headphones (by Sammy):
    In stereo. Very useful if you don't want to bother anyone on a bus, 
    in a car, at home or anywhere in a matter of fact !!
    Pouch Holder (by Sammy):
    Thi is a simple Travel Pouch Holder with a transparent side.
    5.1) The Wonder Gate:
    Bandai announced On June 23, a communication adapter and cartridge 
    for the Wonder Swan. This peripheral is inserted into the cartridge 
    port for connecting to a cellular telephone. This item will transform 
    the Wonder Swan into a network terminal. This acessory should be 
    available by the end of this year. With Nintendo choosing to announce 
    a similar network connectable setup, it appears the two major handheld 
    systems are going to slug it out over the network.
    Beside Wonder Gate, Bandai announced it will undertake the development 
    of original network contents including games that will work with the
    communication adapter. The market waits with baited breath to see how 
    Bandai's announcement will affect Nintendo's plans with the communicable 
    Game Boy. 
    One of the first game to support the Wonder Gate was launched on December 
    1999, it was SD Gundam: Episode 1. It would be able to use the Wonder Gate 
    to perform downloads from Bandai's website.
    Specs of the Wonder Gate:
    Power: One AAA battery
    Communication protocols: PDC digital cell phone communication protocol
                             PPP and TCP/IP Internet connection protocol.
    Dimensions: 70 x 40 x 23 mm (HWD; provisional; the width would be 30mm
                when connected to WonderSwan)
    Communication Cartridge:
    1) Browser (HTML 3.2)
    2) Mailer (Memory stores up to 50 mail addresses and 100 messages of up 
       to 300 ascii text code. Also supports HTML mail, attached image files, 
    3) Downloading of (32kb) minigames (designed for automatic line shutoff 
       to allow play)
    5.2) The Wonder Wave:
    At the Tokyo Game Show of September 1999, Bandai unveiled the Wonder 
    Wave, a device that allows remote linking between the Wonder Swan and 
    and the Playstation 2 via the Pocket Station.
    It uses an infrared light to send data to the Pocket Station, which has 
    similar abilities. The Wonder Wave clips onto the right side of the 
    Wonder Swan. While character and game data can be transferred between 
    the two, another possibility is that the two units can share Pocket 
    Station mini game data to play against one another. Bandai said this is 
    possible, but went no further in explaining this killer possibility. 
    Anyone has more informations ?
    5.3) The Wonder Borg:
    This is mostly one of the unique peripherals i have ever seen. it
    is a little robot that you can program to learn about early robotic
    enginering. It has infra-red rays sensors, touch sensors, floor
    sensors, brightness sensors, pheromane sensors, step sensors and
    interlock sensors. Thse little robots are mainly for education and
    entertainment like for battle with other Borgs.
    Here's the specs: (not sure if these are the right specs)
    - CPU: 8-bit single chip microprocessor
    - Output units: * Speaker
                    * x3 LED: for visual capabilities
                    * x1 Output terminal
                    * x1 Small DC motor for walking
                    * x4 LED: for infrared rays
    - Input Device: * x2 Baton switch for sense of touch sensor (?)
                    * x1 Input terminal 
                    * x1 Baton switch for slide switch (?)
                    * x1 Power Supply for infrared rays receiving integrated 
                    * x1 Optical sensor phase sensor (?)
                    * x1 One visible two operations per one (?)                                 
    - Attached goods: Complete Parts set for cartridge "Robot Works"
    - Power Supply: x3 "AAA" Alkaline batteries.
    - Operation time: about 2 hours (continuous)
    - Infrared rays trans/receiving distance (for program): about 20 cm.
    - Infrared rays trans/receiving distance (for pheromane): about 2 meters. 
    If anyone knows more about the Wonder Borg, please contact me.
    5.4) The Wonder Witch:
    The Wonder Witch is basically a developper's tool for making your
    own games or software on the Wonder Swan. The language use to program
    is the C language, one of the easiest to learn. The source code of the
    program is made for PC with an text editor, afterwhich you take your
    source code and compile it with a C compiler to make a exucutable 
    program to upload in your Wonder Swan. But here's the catch of this
    gadget: You must know Japanese to use it.
    But if you do know Japanese, here's the requirement you'll need to use
    the Wonder Witch:
    * A Wonder Swan (DUH!!)
    * The Wonder Witch kit which contains:
      - One PC-Wonder Swan connection cable (RS232C serial connection)
      - Swan cable: One Swan connector < -> DSUB9 (male)
      - One cartridge (OS and Font building built-in) only for Wonder Witch
        Flash ROM: 512KB(4Mbit). The program file of 384KB or less's worth 
        can be stored. 
        SRAM: 256KB(2Mbit). 64KB or less's worth of a work file can be stored. 
        RTC (clock/calender function)
        Original OS(FreyaOS). Version up is possible. 
        Japanese font, 8x8 dot, the 1st/the second level)
      - One CD-ROM (software)
        File transfer tool (XMODEM protocol for Windows)
        Library filed C header
        Sample source
        Appendix C compiler (for Turbo C2.0 and LSI C-86 for Wonder Witch 
        and Windows)
      - Online manual.
      - One manual.
    * And a PC:
      - PC/AT compatible
      - Display resolution: More than 256 colors <640x480 dots>
      - OS: Windows 98, NT4.0, 2000
      - CD ROM drive
      - CPU: Pentium 133MHz or more
      - Serial port: RS232 C9600/38400 bps (DSUB-9 male connector)
      - Memory: 32MB or more (recommendation 64MB or more)
      - HDD empty capacity: 20MB or more
    And the support Web Site: "http://wonderwitch.qute.co.jp/"
    There is a FAQ about the Wonder Witch made by Qute Corporation, but
    it almost all written in Japanese. I have a translated copy in rough
    english (thanks to TransLingo!), and since it's updated frequently, i 
    just put the necessary informations in this FAQ.
    5.5) The Wonder Me-Xai:
    Bandai was planning to release a digital camera attachment for the 
    WonderSwan, entitled Wonder Me-Xia in september 1999. The device 
    featured editing tools as well as other softwares.  
    Anyone has more information about this device ??
    6.0) More Inputs and Links:
    Did you know that Densha de Go from Taito sold 200,000 sold in 1 
    week? This marked one of the best sellers games in Japan.
    The following software companies have announced games for the Wonder 
    Swan: Banpresto, Koei, Namco, Square, Taito, Tomy, Koto, Athena and 
    many more... 
    For more info: 
    The Official Wonder Swan Web Site (all in japanese):
    Koto Laboratories Wonder Swan Page:
    We Love Wonder Swan:
    Swan Song - Wonder Swan Only American Web Site: (for now anyway)
    Some few Retail Stores where you can buy Wonder Swan stuff:
    * MicroWorld America: "http://www.microworldamerica.com/"
    * The Rage: "http://www.therage.com/"
    * Multimedia 1.0: "http://www.multimedia1.com/" 
    Here's a big news for all Wonder Swan Fans, this is posted on the
    site of Bandai of Japan (http://www.bandai.co.jp/eew/eewhome.htm)
    On July 21, 1999, Bandai Co., Ltd. ("Bandai") executed a Letter of 
    Intent with Mattel, Inc. ("Mattel") regarding global business 
    alliance and an investment alliance.
    The purpose of this alliance is for Bandai and Mattel to fully utilize 
    the products, marketing and other business resources of the two 
    companies in order to increase the businesses and revenues of both 
    companies in the global market. The two companies will be forming a 
    business alliance in order to obtain a synergy effect through effective 
    use of the companies' respective strengths. The alliance will include:
    Cooperation in the form of joint product development, joint marketing 
    and joint sales; and Exploration of new business opportunities such as 
    a global network business.
    The first step towards the alliance will be discussion of the businesses 
    set forth below, execution of the formal agreement at the end of August, 
    1999 and commencement of the business alliance from October 1999:
    1. Alliance in Japan (from October 1999): 
       Marketing and sales of Mattel products by 
       Bandai: Barbie doll, Hot Wheels 
       (miniature cars) and Fisher-Price
    2. Alliance in Latin America (from October 
       1999): Marketing and sales of Bandai 
       products by Mattel: "Power Rangers" and 
       other Character toys for boys, etc. 
    Since this is the first year of this alliance, its influence to this 
    fiscal year will be very little. We are envisaging to achieve 10 
    billion-yen mark in Japan and 5 billion-yen mark in Latin America at 
    the next three years.
    In order to strengthen the alliance between the two companies, and in 
    order to provide sufficient business funds, Mattel will acquire up to 
    a 5% interest in Bandai through the purchase of newly issued shares.  
    Bandai has right to acquire up to a 5% interest in Mattel.
    Mattel is the world's largest toy manufacturing, with sales of US$ 
    4.782 billion (approximately 600 billion yen) in the year ended 
    December 1998.  The Mattel group owns such long-selling products 
    loved by people around the world as Barbie, of which over 1 billion 
    were sold since first launched in 1959; Hot Wheels, with annual sales 
    of over 150 million cars; toys for toddlers by Fisher-Price; American 
    Girl by the Pleasant Company; and radio controlled cars by Tyco.  
    Mattel is also actively developing new areas of businesses such as 
    high tech toys for toddlers and the Internet business.
    Bandai is active not only in Japan but around the world in merchan-
    dising television and comic characters into toys, apparel, models, 
    daily goods, and foods according to the markets' needs and tastes.  
    In addition to original Bandai characters such original Digital 
    Monsters toys, WONDER SWAN, a hand-held game launched this year, is 
    showing very good sales.
    Unbeleiveable but true! 
    There is an Famicom emulator for playing on the Wonder Swan!
    Since the screen of the Wonder Swan is smaller that the display
    of a Famicom, you can scroll the screen with the Y button.
    Only Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong JR. and Popeye works with the
    emulator. You should know that for inserting roms in the Wonder
    Swan you must have a Wonder Witch set. You can get the emulator at
    this web page:
    "http://www.playoffline.com/ww/index.html" (Japanese only)
    FC emulator made by KAMI (mailto:m-kami@da2.so-net.ne.jp)
    6.1) Game Reviews:
    Crazy Climber on Wonder Swan by Michael White
       I don't know if any one here is interested, but on a recent trip to
    Japan I noticed a new portable game system from Bandai called Wonder
    Swan.  This normally wouldn't have mattered to me a bit, except there's
    a version of Crazy Climber for it.  Shortly after noticing that,
    remembering that Crazy Climber is one of my all time favorite cames,
    I was the owner of Wonder Swan with Crazy Climber (and Space Invaders and
    a baseball game, too).
       Although Wonder Swan is small and in black and white (see
    http://www.mayn.de/home/memm/gameboy/didknow03b.htm), Crazy Climber
    is pretty accurate.  The left and right button groups are used
    exactly like to two joysticks in the arcade.  In a matter of a 
    minute or less, the movement was familiar.
       In addition, the graphics are nearly identical, although smaller
    and in B&W.  The opening and closing windows with reflections, the
    girders falling on you, the nasty old bird, the falling crazy climber
    signs, etc...  I've only got a couple of complaints:
       - The audio pretty much sucks.  I know the Wonder Swan can do better.
       - Some things changed to avoid potential copyright problems.  For
         instance, King Kong no longer looks anything like Donkey Kong.  He's
         ugly as snot on the Wonder Swan.  Also, some of the music has changed,
         probably for the same reason.
       Also included is a Wonder Swan version, which I have not played much.
    Don't know what the differences are.  One thing is that a flying turtle
    craps on you rather than a bird.
       Given that the game is about $40, and the cartridge about $30, it's
    not a bad deal.  In addition, with the un-backlit B&W display, the 
    rechargeable battery will run attract mode for over 24 hours.  I've never
    killed the rechargeable battery while playing.
       My opinion - if you want to play Crazy Climber any time without plunking
    down the cash to buy the full size game (if you can find it) and can put
    up with the small size, buy it.  Yeah, it's supposed to be Japan only now,
    but you should be able to buy it mail order somewhere.
    Michael White (michael@fastlane.net)
    6.2) Tips and Codes:
    Tips and Codes were taken from the web site Game Sages.
    Beat Mania:
    Bonus Songs 
    Complete the first ten songs, then play songs with three or more 
    stars to complete normal mode. The "Hard Techno" and "Attack The 
    Music" songs will be unlocked. Complete all songs, including the 
    two bonus songs, to unlock the bonus songs in free play mode. 
    Puyo Puyo 2: (sent by Stephane Lajeunesse)
    Want to know how to enter your name, birth date, sex and blood type?
    Here's what to do: Press START button and hold it down, power-up the
    Wonder Swan and voila! You're at the inscription screen.
    Super Robot War Compact:
    Extra Points 
    Drop the bombs at the map screen, then hold Y-3 when the points 
    are displayed. Then, press B to exit and press Y-3 to view the 
    map again. Press B to exit again to get extra points. 
    7.0) Credits:
    * Stephane Lajeunesse (tip/code)
    * Daniel Riley of The Swan Song Web Site
    * Michael White (game review)
    * Bandai of Japan
    * The Official Wonder Swan Web Site
    * We Love Wonder Swan
    * Game Sages
    Thanks and see you in the next version !!!
    Copyright(c)1999-2000, Sylvain De Chantal, "sylvaindc@videotron.ca"
    or come visit my homepage at "http://www.emuclassics.com/slydc/"

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