Good news for Zangief fans, shmup Cho Aniki Zero is coming to PSP via PSN! If you only understood most of the words in that sentence, a little explanation is in order.
Above: A language you don't understand and a picture you don't want to.
While the Cho Aniki (roughly, Super Big Brothers) series hasn’t reached the same level of name recognition as say, Mario, it remains fairly well-known amongst gamers, as it’s a great example of something so Japanese your head implodes the first time you see it. The series is notorious for its bizarre, scantily clad muscle men and flagrantly homoerotic overtones; add to that its strange graphics, bizarre bosses and relatively low production values, and you’ve got a recipe for a cult hit.
Above: I'm sure this scored well with the test audiences
The game’s “plot” revolves around a bunch of comically huge, oiled up muscle men in speedos who are galactic protectors and blah blah blah no one cares, it’s a big wacky gay joke slapped over an R-Type clone. Even the press release is chock full of innuendo and dick jokes. In fact, the press release sums it up best: “Collect enough Man Protein to unleash the devastating attack of the Men’s Beam!” Indeed.
Cho Aniki Zero arrives sometime soon on PSN, as it's scheduled for a Spring 2010 release.
Mar 25, 2010