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Author : HERZOG
-- Playing video games since the 80's ! --
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TELENET JAPAN delivers one of the best animated video game CM from the 80's.
This is the 「Special Edition」 video CM for 「VALIS : THE FANTASM SOLDIER」 which was released on the FAMICOM in 1987.08.21.
While the standard TV CM ran only for about a dozen seconds or so, this SE is 3 minutes long.
Curiously this video CM showcases the duel (and its outcome) between the game's main protagonist YUKO and her best friend turned rival REIKO, which was a major plot highlight of the original PC game version.
Normally this would've been considered a spoiler. But I guess TELENET thought people already knew all about it from the PC version. Or maybe they felt it irrelevant given the younger age of the FC target audience.
Ironically out of the 4 different incarnations of the original VALIS - which were released for PC, FAMICOM, MEGADRIVE, and PC-ENGINE respectively - the FC version is perhaps the worst version, yet still it was the one that was given the most promotion by TELENET.
While the original game was developed by WOLF TEAMand the MD and PCE versions by RIOT. The FC version in turn was programmed by 「TOKUMA SOFT」, and they just weren't as good.
Of course the FC version came out at a better time and on a substantially more popular system than the others, so it's hard to blame TELENET for trying. And I guess the game is still better than the crap that was pushed out by LASER SOFT...
In any case, this is certainly one of the best video game TV CM from the 80's. The production is simply top-notch. Definitely TV anime show quality stuff.