Despite the average Supervision game being painfully low in terms of overall quality, the strange little beast continues to enjoy a cult following due to both its interesting bendy design, large screen and...well...that's about it really.
Except that this cult following is currently extending to a whole lot more than the usual ironic appreciation of Youtubers. People with actual technical skills are doing quite remarkable things with Watara's unloved baby and producing even more remarkable results.
Leading this charge are A2-Heaven. The Bulgarian based tech-tinkerers have produced 2 items of extreme interest to the small community of Supervision loyalists.
First off the production line was the tremendous multi-cart, a full review of which can be found by following this link.
This handy looking device contains almost every Supervision game commercially released bar one, as well as whole host of bits and bobs of interest and additional slots for "new releases" (more on this in a bit).
This game is the semi-legendary 'Journey to the West' and courtesy of A2 Heaven's technical wizardry is now available as an actual cartridge that can be played on any model of the Supervision. While it does require a donor cart to house it (we used one whose label was already lost to time but any self-respecting Supervision owner will own at least 3 copies of Crystball already!) it comes with the usual high quality packaging A2 Heaven pride themselves on as well as high quality labels for the cartridge itself.
Both the Multi-Cart and Journey to the West: Reborn can be purchased from A2 Heaven via their website by following this link.
However, it's not just A2-Heaven who have been busy. Over in Germany, talented team PriorArt have been producing numerous versions of their puzzle game Assembloids for various retro systems and the Watara Supervision is the latest stop.
As we've commented many times in the past, the Supervision is more than capable of producing great games when these games try to limit themselves to what the system can do well. See our review of Popo Team for an example of this.
Assembloids is a single screen puzzler and so holds up brilliantly on the Supervision. What's of far greater interest is just how PriorArt made the Supervision sound so fantastic! It's not an exaggeration to say that this is the best the system has ever sounded with music that wouldn't sound out of place coming out of a C64. High praise indeed.
Full reviews of both Assembloids and Journey to the West Reborn will be coming to the website over the next few weeks.
On that note, apologies to anyone who would like this website to be a more regularly updated affair. It's been an extremely busy year for me, personally, moving to a new country, settling into a new job and beginning a Masters degree and I haven't been able to produce nearly as much content as I'd have liked. Don't forget that you can follow Obsolete Worlds on Twitter, which I do update much more frequently.
Thanks for reading and remember: Supervision-Man loves you!