Here are a bunch of things and thoughts on this series that I couldn't really fit into the game pages, so they're all on this page instead.


The future of this series

Q] What is the future of this series?

A] It has no future.

An accurate reaction of Annet and Earnest playing their own games. Thanks, Anna!

 

Q] ...what's the REAL future of this series?

A] To give a brief overview of what was going on in the 1990s:

-The ending sequence for Annet Futatabi bluntly states "FIN" rather than "To be continued", so maybe Wolf Team didn't want to make a sequel in the first place, and were done with these characters.

-Telenet Japan, the company who owned Wolf Team, seemed to give up on SEGA at some point in 1993, and stopped making games for SEGA consoles. It's unknown why they did this, the only thing I could find on the net was a vague statement about their games sales declining around this time. This does seem believable as the Mega Drive and Mega CD didn't sell very well in Japan. They could have made a new Earnest/Annet game, but perhaps the idea of making one on a non-SEGA console wasn't something they wanted to do, since all of the others were SEGA exclusives.


It gets a bit confusing what happens next, but here's what I've pieced together regarding the rights:

-Telenet Japan went out of business in 2007. They'd taken some desperate measures to stay afloat, with their most infamous move being Valis Cross, a pornographic entry in the Valis series that had been released in 2006. Thankfully there was no Earnest/Annet porn game, perhaps because they didn't have the rights to the characters any more?

-Wolf Team found success with the Tales series, which had its first game in 1995. However, arguments between Wolf Team and Namco led to several Wolf Team members leaving the company. These members made their own company called tri-Ace. Does tri-Ace have the rights? Or does Wolf Team? Well Wolf Team doesn't exist any more, as they were renamed Namco Tales Studio in 2003 after Telenet Japan had sold them off. So do Namco have the rights? I don't know!

-Which leads me to the final company who may or may not have the rights: Sunsoft. In December 2009, Sunsoft announced that they had purchased Telenet Japan's entire software library. The press release does mention El Viento and Earnest Evans by name, so of the three companies who may own the rights, Sunsoft looks to be the most likely. It seems the plan was for Sunsoft to release some of Telenet Japan's games on the Nintendo Wii's Virtual Console, but this never happened. In fact Sunsoft don't appear to do release many games these days at all, if this Wikipedia page is anything to go by.


Not that it really matters to who has the rights. You have to wonder: would anyone be willing to make a new game for this series? El Viento was the only one people liked, and it's almost 30 years old now. The only reason Earnest Evans gets brought up these days is for it to be mocked for being a bad game, whilst most people haven't even heard of Annet Futatabi. I think what I'd want to see is a Sonic Mania style remake of El Viento, but that's really wishful thinking on my part. Still, in a world where Bubsy can get another sequel, maybe one day we'll see the return of Annet and Earnest.



Earnest Evans: The Official Theme Song

SING!! Sega Game Music Presented by B.B. Queens is a Japanese music CD which was released in 1993. It features several SEGA game related songs, which all have vocals provided by Japanese group B.B.Queens. One of the tracks is Earnest Evans related! It's called "Dangerous Heart" and was sung by Fusanosuke Kondo.

Click to listen to Dangerous Heart

The track should sound familiar -it's inspired by the music used in the game's first level and credits sequence for the Mega CD version. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find the lyrics and can't figure them all out myself, but what I can figure out sound humorous. If you play the CD on a Mega CD console, you can play a special version of Teddy Boy Blues, where you can select tracks from the CD to play during gameplay.



El Viento card

I stumbled across this page whilst searching for El Viento on Google. Click on any of the above pictures to make them larger. The link shows what appears to be a El Viento collector's card, featuring artwork from Kazutoshi Yamane. The front of the card features a color picture of Annet, whilst the back features Restiana, Zigfried and Henry, along with a couple more pictures of Annet. Kazutoshi Yamane was also responsible for the El Viento manga, indeed, one of the images of Annet on the back of the card was also used on this manga page. However the other art used on the card was not used on any other promotional material.

The art wasn't the reason I've listed this here, oh no. What I need to show you is the English text on the card. There's text under the color picture of Annet, but it's too small for me to make out other than a few select words, such as "DEVIL HASTUR". But the back of the card has a closer picture, and I've been able to make out almost all of it. Here is the finest tribute to Annet you'll ever read:


She has a fine feature, charming nose, sensual lips, large ??? eyes. And the body -----
high lifting breasts, long legs, slim waist, swelling hips and passionate brown skin.
Of course not just good ---- looking, she is lively and intelligent.
Most than anything else, lots of people love her, she has the courage and the will to better world.
The battle is too hard, but whatever may happen, she never give up hope.
It is also delightful, just like a gust of wind. You love her, she with you!


Yes, well. Hopefully you love her and her swelling hips as much as I do.



Ernest Evans

In 1998, Star Ocean: The Second Story was released for the Playstation. This game was developed by tri-Ace, which consisted of several people who'd previously worked for Wolf Team. It seems that tri-Ace decided to pay homage to Earnest Evans by creating the above character, who's called Ernest Raviede. Ernest is an archaeologist, has long, blonde hair and attacks with a whip. This appears to just be a tribute to Earnest Evans...or a bit of a dig at him since the Star Ocean wikia mentions he's considered to be the worst character in the game.

Interestingly, one of Ernest's endings has him being clueless around his girlfriend, Opera. He heads to a planet with her but rather than spend time with her, he decides to head off to check out some ruins. This ending somewhat resembles Annet Futatabi's ending.



Annet Futatabi cheats

Q] Why haven't you listed any cheats for Annet Futatabi?

A] Because it doesn't have any. At least, I don't think it has any. No cheats sites have any codes listed for this game, the closest I've seen are Game Genie codes for infinite health or magic. Given how obscure the game is there may be cheats for it, it's just nobody has figured out what they are yet. The other games in the series had cheat codes, such as level skips, so I feel the third game must have something as well. Can anyone figure it out?



Annet Futatabi: Korean version?

It's believed that Annet Futatabi was only released in Japan. However, this may not be the case. This blog posted scans of several Samsung catalogues (Samsung were responsible for selling SEGA consoles in Korea at the time), which features various games for the Mega Drive, Master System and Mega CD. The January 1994 catalogue features Annet Futatabi, what I unfortunately don't know is if the game really was released in Korea or not.