Kyokugen - how to get best ending?

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By wyrdwad

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06-06-2019, 14:44

Ooh, I'd love to hear about the cheats! I'm also intrigued by the mention of unlockable characters -- there's space for more characters on the character select screen, but I'd never heard mention of them up till now, and I'm really curious what they may be.

If you wouldn't mind either posting that info or sharing that DSK image (or both!), it would be greatly appreciated indeed! I'm also really curious to learn more about Izumic Ballade, since I tried (unsuccessfully) to fan-translate that one after really enjoying my playthrough of it.

...Also, a 99-life code! I think that alone will make it possible for me to beat the game on difficulty level 4, even on actual hardware. Every time you die, it resets your bombs, and using a bomb makes you temporarily invincible, so with 99 lives, I should be able to bomb-spam my way through the hardest sections. Wink

-Tom

By Takamichi

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06-06-2019, 14:53

Is English translated Kyokugen still around or did it disappear? I was part of the project Smile
Anyway here is the list:
Unlockables
Kureha: Beat Stage 18 by any means.
Captain Semeru: Achieve 300 at the rapid fire trial in the OPTION menu.
Player's alias: Play 3 minute time attack 150 times or more, 5 minutes 100 times or more.
Isaribi: Complete a game in 2x magnified mode and rank D or better.

Tricks and cheats
Delete ending check sheet: Right after selecting a character (any), keep S key pushed until the diary appears.
Asagi auto fire: Right after selecting Asagi in the character selection, keep R key pushed until the diary appears.
Level 6 from the beginning: Start stage 1 with M key pushed.
Kyokugen 2 from the beginning: Start stage 1 with I key pushed.
99 lives from the beginning: Start stage 1 with N key pushed.
Isaribi's attack power tripled: Right after selecting Isaribi in the character selection, keep D key pushed until the diary appears.

Kyokugen disk 3 also explains "secret bonuses" in each level but I don't have guts to translate it now.

By Grauw

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06-06-2019, 15:03

Pretty sure I have the English version of Kyokugen at home...

The one shown in the cover images here:
https://www.generation-msx.nl/software/m-kai/kyokugen/releas...

(Didn’t know there was a ROM version...!)

By Takamichi

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06-06-2019, 15:21

I didn't know either... Anyway I wanted to add the cheats to this page so I joined the membership but pushing "CONTRIBUTE" doesn't allow me to add the cheat. How?

By wyrdwad

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06-06-2019, 15:29

The English version is not only still around, but physical copies of it are still for sale! I bought one less than a year ago from the MSX Facebook group, and the guy selling them had 11 more copies for sale. I think they're all sold at this point, but it does appear to be a legit copy of the 2000 English release.

...Also, Kyokugen 2?! Isn't that Pleasure Hearts?! I'm REALLY intrigued by these cheats! Definitely going to have to play around with them a bit!

EDIT: Oh, yeah, there's a "second loop," isn't there? I assume that's what it means. Interesting!

Thanks a bunch!

-Tom

By Takamichi

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06-06-2019, 16:01

Yes, Kyokugen 2 refers to the second loop where dying enemies shoot you back and not a different game. And I emailed to the address in your profile page, did you receive it?

I have the photos of the Japanese original package and disks. They are in terrible state, I even scribbled on the package *_* but may suffice to be watched. I might delete these photos later.

By Sylvester

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06-06-2019, 16:16

Takamichi wrote:

I didn't know either... Anyway I wanted to add the cheats to this page so I joined the membership but pushing "CONTRIBUTE" doesn't allow me to add the cheat. How?

I have added it for you Wink

By Takamichi

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06-06-2019, 16:37

Thank you! I also added Disk 3 information to the Comments.

By wyrdwad

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06-06-2019, 17:06

I got your email; thanks!

Also, I played around with a few of the cheats. The second loop is BRUTAL. But the cheat code that starts you off at level 6 is almost better than the 99-lives code -- when you're level 6, you're practically invincible until stage 8! And even then, it's a lot easier than it would be if you were any lower in level.

Unlocking the bonus characters seems insane, though. I thought I'd try to cheat my way into unlocking Captain Semeru, by using my rapid-fire controller to easily get 300 on the rapid-fire test... but the best I can do with a RAPID-FIRE CONTROLLER is 144. To get 300, you need Takahashi Meijin-level thumb technique! Sheesh! Wink

-Tom

By Takamichi

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06-06-2019, 17:42

Semeru is my favorite character who can obliterate bosses with a few shots but yes he's hard to obtain. My finger bleed many times until I asked the developer himself to mash the buttons. I remember the tip was to protect your finger with bandaid and mash at the edge of the button. He told me I, II and III in Stage 3 had meanings but I forgot them. Kyokugen is full of references and homage to old time shmups and I heard Stage 6 music is almost identical to some arcade shmup's but I forgot details as well. If you like M-kai try Wonder Swan Judgment Silversword for Wonder Swan and Xbo360 Eschatos Smile

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