Site News
Site News
Site News

Site News

Improved shrines

Improved shrines and more goodies!

November 11, 2020

My “Shrines 2.0” project to remake every shrine from scratch is taking forever. In the meantime, I realized just the content itself in my old shrines desperately needs updates and improvements. I figured it was worth it to go through each shrine and perform the following:

  • New MP3 soundtracksAdd MP3 & WAV soundtracks. Particularly, these are properly prepared soundtracks with the song/artist/album/year tags filled in and the album art is included.
  • Re-work Downloads pages with title screen thumbnails and add clear Download buttons. This makes Downloads pages more inviting.
  • Add pre-patched ROMs for all ROM hacks (instead of just having the patch up).
  • Re-work Screenshot pages to display large screenshots and to house 30 shots per page (instead of 10 shots).
  • Add high-res box scans and large official art.
  • Add versions of desktop wallpapers for modern resolutions.
  • Correct any spelling and grammar errors. And remove all of my adolescent sense of humor, which by today's standards can come off as quite offensive ^^;;;
  • Remove any 'old web' stuff such as Flash and frames. If a page has a small-width layout (for 'old web' resolutions), expand it for modern resolutions so that the page doesn't look so squished.

The following shrines were the first to receive the treatment mentioned above and other tweaks. The most work went into re-doing the Music and Downloads pages for these shrines.

And a few general updates:

  • FantasyAnime is now on TikTok! I want to stay relevant and have a presence on all the popular social media platforms.
  • I was looking over the Final Fantasy 9 screenshots I added in the last update. Most of the screens looked significantly dark. So I re-processed all of them and brightened them to appropriate levels.
  • Rip your CD games with RetroArch for WindowsIf you've been following my Video Game Emulation for Newbies tutorials for a long time, you'd know that I recommended a program called “ImgBurn” to rip your game CDs to ISO files for use with emulators. It's a great program, and it still is. However, its installation serves ads that (falsely) get the program flagged by anti-virus programs as adware. This scares people and prevents them from using ImgBurn. Well, I found something better! I discovered that RetroArch for Windows has the ability to rip game CDs! Cool, huh? I updated every tutorial that has game-ripping instructions to use RetroArch instead of ImgBurn: ePSXe, PCSX2, SSF, uoYabause, Gens, Kega Fusion. When it comes to burning ISOs to a CD-R, I still have ImgBurn directions in my tutorials for that since RetroArch doesn't have the ability to write to CDs.
Playing ROMs on your TV

ROMs on your TV, screenshot galleries, and more

August 26, 2020

  • Ways to play ROMs on your TVI typed up an article covering all the popular ways to Play ROMs on Your TV! From custom systems to streaming, there's a bunch of neat ways to achieve this. With every option, I talk about what it is, the pros, the cons, and how to obtain it.
  • You guys might recall that my screenshot galleries for Final Fantasy 7, Final Fantasy 9, Final Fantasy Tactics, and Parasite Eve used some old web application thing ever since the early 2000s. These automatically generated galleries saved me a great deal of time because I collected thousands of screenshots for these games. Well, my web host upgraded the server with something major that broke these old galleries. I had to look for a modern solution real quick and come up with new galleries from scratch. After a week of work, here they are below. The screenshots are scaled 2x larger and they're better quality, too.
  • The English translation for Sailor Moon RPG was updated with bug fixes. Grab it from the shrine's Downloads page.
  • Lots of improvements to the Anime Video Archive:
    • Chrono Trigger OVA in HDThe Chrono Trigger OVA was recently updated with a DVD quality version, which this site now has. This is a big deal! For all of these years, only the poor quality VHS transfer was available.
    • Added a Blu-ray quality version of Slayers Perfect: The Motion Picture (subtitled version only).
    • Added a slightly better quality version of Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals. Best of all, the subtitles are now normal text. The previous subtitles were a fancy brush stroke font that wasn't easy to read.
    • The subtitled episodes for Golden Boy had an issue where words were oddly appearing inside black boxes. This is now fixed! The new font is also nicer looking and easier to read.
Added RetroArch tutorial, and more

Added a tutorial for RetroArch, and more

May 24, 2020

  • PS1 emulation with PGXP enabledI've made some BIG changes to my emulation offerings. RetroArch recently redid the UI from the ground up and now it's 1000% better. I'm so impressed by it that I made a tutorial for RetroArch. I updated the emulators page to push RetroArch as the top emulator to replace standalone emulators for 8-bit/16-bit/32-bit gaming systems. The animated GIF to the right is an example of RetroArch's PS1 emulation correcting the jittery of 3D animation vs normal PSX.
    • The most important highlight of RetroArch I need to point out is that it's required to use for emulation of Sega CD/Mega CD and TurboGrafx-CD/PC Engine CD. Kega Fusion and Gens don't fully support the new format people are ripping games. All of this is explained in the RetroArch tutorial.
    • For my tutorial for the Android version of RetroArch, I re-wrote sections for emulating Sega CD, emulating PlayStation 1, and loading cheats.
  • Arion movieTo the Anime Video Archive I added a new movie: Arion! It's an excellent 80s anime classic following a story of a hero based on greek mythology. I also updated every anime page to include release information so that you know the year everything came out and who made it.
  • For Final Fantasy 6, the ROM hacks for Brave New World and Ted Woolsey Uncensored Edition were updated. I also redesigned the Downloads page to follow my new design standard of organizing things better and showing a thumbnail screenshot.
  • For Revelations: The Demon Slayer, I expanded the Downloads page to include fan translations for Last Bible II (Game Boy), Last Bible (Game Gear), Last Bible Special (Game Gear), and Last Bible III (SNES).
  • For the emulators page, I've removed the downloads for emulators that are currently in active development. Rather, I'm linking to their website instead to download the latest version. Keeping these emulator downloads constantly up-to-date has been an annoying task that I don't want to do anymore. In the 'Other' page, I organized it better to highlight the best options for iOS, Mac, and Chromebooks.
New Shining Force Final Conflict shrine

New Shining Force Final Conflict shrine, and more

November 2, 2019

  • New Shining Force Final Conflict shrineThe shrine for Shining Force: Final Conflict (Game Gear) has been revamped with the “Shrines 2.0” format. It's mobile-friendly, organized better, and overall more pretty. Added in the update are new pages which the previous shrine didn't have: walkthrough, music, wallpapers, and videos. The soundtrack is available in multiple formats.
  • To Shining Force 1, added the exciting new ROM hack: Shining Force Alternate. It offers a whole new experience for Shining Force! Firstly, take a look at these preview screenshots. There are many tweaks to the gameplay, story, dialogue, and spells. You'll notice new features in the animated battle sequences: battle backgrounds from Shining Force CD, new sprites for enemies and Force members, and new weapon designs. There are new spell effects for staffs and spell users such as the iconic Blast from Shining in the Darkness! New abilities and ranges for most non-magic users; even enemies use these. Force members have more presence/dialogue in select scenes. All icons have been updated. And more!
  • The following hacks were updated with bug fixes & improvements: Sailor Moon RPG English Translation and Final Fantasy IV: Namingway Edition.
  • What I'm working on now: The revamped Final Fantasy 7 shrine is currently 60% complete. I'm also working on adding new anime to the Anime Video Archive.
Added Trials of Mana (Seiken Densetsu 3)

Trials of Mana & Sailor Moon RPG retranslated

June 25, 2019

  • Trials of ManaTo Seiken Densetsu 3, I added the download for Trials of Mana. Trials of Mana is the localized version of Seiken Densetsu 3, recently released for the Nintendo Switch as a part of the Collection of Mana. We've been enjoying the fan based English translation for nearly two decades (it was released in 2000)--now we can experience an official translation of the game!
  • Sailor Moon RPG recently received an improved & massively overhauled retranslation. A bunch of people got together and took it upon themselves to perfect Bishoujo Senshi Translations' original translation. They fixed some bugs in the game as well. The language throughout my shrine has been updated to accomodate for the new changes in this improvement translation.
  • To Final Fantasy 4, I updated the Project II and Namingway Edition hacks. The updates consist of fixes and improvements.
  • To Final Fantasy 5, I added a new spoof hack. I'm calling it the 'tasteful spoof' to avoid confusion with the 'dirty spoof' I already have there in the downloads page.
Updated anime to HD (bluray quality), and more

Upgraded anime to Bluray, new Dolphin tutorial

May 5, 2019